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Zareg Interview

dimanche 18 janvier 2015 à 01:58
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Nowadays we are composing our second album and searching a singer.

2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
People means that it sounds like black metal and melodic death metal.

3.The band has been around since 2006 but so far have only released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
We have had ups and downs of musicians, why we delayed, we have also devoted time to channel where we go. The new album will be released this year and thereafter, hopefully not take much (laughs)


4.Your lyrics cover some Catalan Earth and the Origins of Nature topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?
In the album Extreme Nature, we have talked about tales of catalan earth, the paths, knowledge growing and the importance of origins of nature. In our next works we want to go deep in darkest lyrics, like evil, suffering, and the most darkest part of humanity. The message is something like nature is above all.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Zareg'?
There are two nickname attached Zaos and Regnet

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
So far, we believe that the best shows, were the first and the last. We remember the first show with the room almost full of friends who were waiting to see us in action and the last people who came to concernos and already with some fans.

Our attitude on stage has grown, thanks to the experience, the audience response and sound in rooms.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Soon we will publish some dates statewide.




8.Can you tell us a little bit more about BlackSteel Promotions?
Blacksteel is a very young that focuses on underground metal promoter. Currently preparing a compilation of several bands in which we participate.


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We have not yet had much global advocacy, but we must say we play with some American band and other nationally

10.Are any of the bands members involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes, drummer on Human Carnage (brutal death metal) and Bassist on Forja (folk metal)

11.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are composing new songs, a bit darkest than the last album and more elaborated. I think we finish it in this year.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
All bands got something we like. I think that we don't have a defined style but the objective is going to a pure and black metal sound and stylish. It can be appreciate the thrash-black metal sound in our first album.
We are influenced by Gorgoroth, Dying Fetus or Taake

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Difficult, almost all our interests are realacionados with music, and either editing, composition. But if we are to name a few, almost all studied college career and / or playing sports.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Health and blackmetal!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/zareg-interview.html


Earth And Pillars/Earth I/Avantgarde Music/2014 CD Review

samedi 17 janvier 2015 à 02:21

  Earth  And  Pillars  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  Cascadian  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Earth  I"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  A  nature  orientated  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  and  dark  soundscapes  and  after  a  few  minutes  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  while  also  still  being  very  melodic  and  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements  of  the  intro.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  grim  black  metal  screams  that  are  somewhat  overpowered  by  the  guitars  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  programmed  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of   acoustic,  ambient  and  heavy  parts  which  is  also  the  main  focus  of  most  of  the  songs  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  musical  direction..

  Earth  And  Pillars  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic,  atmospheric,  raw  and  melodic  and  also  brings  in  influences  from  the  Cascadian  bands  of  Northern  California,  Oregon,  and  Washington  to  create  more  of  an  European  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Earth  And  Pillars  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rivers"  and  "Tides".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/earth-and-pillarsearth-iavantgarde.html


Burning Bethlehem Interview

vendredi 16 janvier 2015 à 13:54
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
1.  We have hired a new drummer and are in the middle of recording and producing our next record.

2.So far you have released one demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
2.  The first album was recorded on a zero dollar budget.  Also everything was written and recorded on the first take to capture the spontaneous and unpredictable attitude.  The minimalist attitude was carried on through the production of The Unholy Path to Hell.  We only used 2 microphones for the recording of that album and the budget was increased to $100.  They were recorded somewhat hastily as we were excited to release the music.  The next album will be different though in both production and quality.

3.Your last release was in 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
3.  Since 2012 we have hired a new drummer and written many more songs that will be released soon.  We have also played our first show with the new drummer last halloween.

4.Your lyrics cover some satanic and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?
4.  The satanic and occult topics are simply interesting to us.  We do not follow or support any religion.  Our message continues to be to go against the flock.  The interest we have in these topics are related to the interest we have in classical horror movies for example.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Burning Bethlehem'?
5.  To us the name means burning of the status quo.  It means the cleansing of all of the things that have been imprinted into our minds through the media and culture.  Hail the individual who seeks enlightenment. Burn the masses.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6.  Our stage performance in the past could be described as highly energetic and in your face.  Recently though, we have taken a new approach by creating a dark atmosphere and focusing on making the music the peak of the Burning Bethlehem experience.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7.  We may go on tour soon to promote our next album.

8.Currently you are unsigned,a re you looking for a label or have received any interest?
8.  We are not in desperate search for a label.  We are waiting until we find the right one to work with instead of getting the first one we can find.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9.  Our music has been received very well so far, especially at our shows.  The new album will definitely make some waves in the metal underground.

10.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
10.  Burning Bethlehem was meant to play live shows so naturally others joined.  Burning Bethlehem really got its start when Nokturn from the band Nokturnal Frost joined forces with us.

11.When can we expect a new album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11.  A new album can be expected this summer as long as everything goes according to plan.  We are continually growing as musicians and would like to make our music faster and more abrasive than ever.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12.  The old school european black metal, british heavy metal and american death metal has really influenced our music a lot.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13.  Hmm as far as non musical interests i guess history(especially the really gritty parts) is worth mentioning.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14.  Look out for the new Burning Bethlehem album "Black Ritual" this 2015

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/burning-bethlehem-interview.html


Charming Timur/For The Duration Of Psychiatric Treatment/2015 Full Length Review

vendredi 16 janvier 2015 à 13:29

  Charming  Timur  are  a  1  man  band  from  Finland  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  alternative  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015  album  "For  The  Duration  Of  Psychiatric  Treatment".

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  harsh  noise  before  adding  in  a  melodic  nu  metal  style  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  which  also  use  some  reverb  and  it  also  gives  the  music  an  industrial  feeling  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  turn  tables.

  When  black  metal  screams  are  utilized  more  they  bring  more  of  a  grim  and  depressive  feeling  to  the  music  along  with  the  music  bringing  in  more  shoegaze  and  post  rock  style  melodies  into  the  leads  while  a  great  amount  of  the  slower  riffing  bring  in  elements  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  that  makes  the  music  have  more  of  a  heavy  sound  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  brings  in  elements  of  dream  pop  and  indie  rock  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction   while  there  still  is  a  great  amount  of  variety  throughout  the  recording.

  Charming  Timur  creates  another  diverse  recording  with  this  album  taking  elements  of  depressive  and  post  black  metal  and  mixing  in  some  of  the  slower  riffing  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  also  adding  in  elements  of  the  more  mainstream  nu  and  alternative  metal  genres  to  create  an  album  that  is  too  heavy  for  the  nu  metal  crowd  but  not  grim  enough  for  the  kvlt  black  metal  crowd,  the production  sound s very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  and  everyday  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Charming  Timur  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.   RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You  Are  Next"  "Fly  With  Me"  "Close"  and  "A  Human  Cell".  8  out  of  10.  

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/charming-timurfor-duration-of.html


Ecferus Interview

mercredi 14 janvier 2015 à 23:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Ecferus began simply as a way to explore the riffs that weren't getting used in my other band. I gravitate more towards black metal aesthetics when I write, and my band at the time was more of a thrashy hybrid. Inevitably there were some riffs getting shelved. I've been recording for a while so Ecferus was just another extension of that. It's by far the most realized thing I've ever done, though.

2.You have a cassette coming out later this year, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I tried to create an atmosphere of traveling through prehistoric times and landing in different parts of the world. Not sure I achieved that, but that's how I envisioned it. I also used some soundbites of a brilliant mythology writer and scholar, Joseph Campbell, to sort of mold this primitive consciousness I was trying to create. Musically the aesthetics are fairly black metal influenced, but I don't adhere to any strict traditional standards that might imply. Sometimes you have to come up with words to describe your music to people, and that tends to be "atmospheric black metal".

3.Your lyrics cover evolutionary anthropology, mythology and science, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Prehistory implies that no written record exists to describe the psyche of early humans. Anthropology and science give insight into migrations, behavior, diet, tool making - but can't tell a personal story of human struggle. The impetus for Ecferus was a fascination in inventing this early psyche and writing about its struggle for survival. I like to think that on an unconscious level what I'm doing is not so different than primitive mythologies of the world. They were using their imagination to explain the unknown. Honestly I'm only a novice when it comes to these subjects but they resonate with me strongly when I write.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ecferus'?

Ecferus is Latin for "savage". I just stumbled upon it one day and immediately it seemed perfect.

5.With this project you record everything solo, are you open to working with other musicians on this project in the future?

I'd really like to work on some splits. It would be great to put something together that's somewhat a collaboration and not just throwing a random song at a project. As far as other artists performing on Ecferus songs, I wouldn't count that out, as I'm friends with plenty of great musicians, but nothing is planned for the foreseen future.

6.The cassette is going to be released on Fragile branch Recordings, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Fragile Branch is label based out of West Virginia that focuses on cassette and vinyl releases. They've been consistently putting out quality stuff, co-releasing with other labels, and keep a very respectable distro stock. I discovered them while researching some of the great Appalachian black metal going on right now. My dad's side of the family all come from West Virginia, and I never got the opportunity to know any of them. My great grandfather was a fiddle player and worked in coal mines his entire life. I guess being a part of a label that supports that music gives me a bit of a kinship with that part of my lineage.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music so far by fans of black metal?

Well, because this is a debut, not many people have heard it at all. My friends dig it, but I haven't gotten feedback anywhere else besides the label. Over the coming months I look forward to hearing people's reaction to it, though.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

The band I was playing in when Ecferus was conceived has since dissolved, but there were some songs left over that never got recorded. One or two of us will probably reinvent it as a recording project sooner or later.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I'd like to work on my drumming chops and double bass a bit; get a little faster. I don't use programmed drums, so don't want my drumming limitations to hold back the music. As far as the sound of recordings go, I want to layer a lot more guitar parts and create a bigger, more massive sound. I'm working on a couple of new songs at the moment and hope to employ all these elements.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Some bands that have blown me away recently are Howls of Ebb, Thantifaxath, a lot of the Icelandic metal going on right now is killer, like Carpe Noctem and Svartidauði. I caught Anicon and Yellows Eyes on tour recently and they were both incredible. Both of their most recent releases are outstanding.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Well, I'm married and have a young son, so music is about all I have time for. Maybe when my son gets a little older I'll actually read a book again or something.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

The cassette will be released soon so check Fragile Branch's site to pick it up. Also, I hope to have some splits and/or EP's coming out later this year. Thank you to OBMZ for taking the time to do this interview.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/ecferus-interview.html