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Murdryck Interview

mercredi 17 février 2016 à 20:11
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Murdryck is a semi-melodic old school style Black Metal band. We have a lot of riffs, a few solos here and there, and some proper nasty vocals you can sing along to. We have released a demo, an EP called As The Moon Bleeds… and finally, in 2016, our debut album, Antologi MMXV.

2.Recently you have released a new album,how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I think our sound takes the best elements of the music I grew up with. There's nothing super original  but I genuinely believe that Murdryck are not emulating any other band in terms of a specifically defined sound or format. You won't confuse us for another band and we have a lot of elements done well enough to float us above the sea of bland and generic Black Metal bands that pollute the scene.

3.From 1999 to 2014 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about the 15 year gap?

I don't see it so much as a gap but a reboot. I was really into a lot of dark movie soundtrack albums in the 90s and some of the stuff on Burzum's Hvis Lyset Tar Oss had a big effect on me when the album was released in the early mid 90s. Recording music on a computer was becoming far more accessible. I bought a Roland D50 synth from a friend and started using it compose the music.
Life basically got in the way of my aspirations to make music. I was very disillusioned with the music scene after 2000. I realized trying to make a career in music was not going to be for me. The world was awash with a plethora of labels signing any band with the tag "blackened death metal" and music was more expensive to make then. I was playing as a session bassist for a melodic doom/death band in 2001 and we had just released an album that had received a lot of good reviews. I began writing new material for a follow-up but it never materialized. I worked on demos at home in the hope of getting a new band together but I couldn't find the people. Around 2007 or so I started developing acute tendinitis in my arms from weight training. Over the years, on and off, I've had golfers elbow in both arms, tennis elbow in both arms, a problem with my right bicep, calcification of the tendon in my right shoulder and as I write this, tennis elbow in my left arm has been bothering me for about 5 months now. I stopped playing guitar between 2008-2013.

4.Originally the band started out as blackened dark ambient project, what was the decision behind going into more of a heavier guitar orientated direction?

I had been to Inferno Festival in Norway for the 2nd year running in 2013. I was pretty inspired to get back into music after seeing some cool bands play the smaller stage and I was just determined to put the problems with tendinitis behind me. When I got back I started looking for a band to join. I found some guys looking for a guitar player in my area and decided to apply. I had barely played guitar or bass for a few years so I was rusty. I bought new some equipment and wrote the song Metamorphosis. It came really easily and out of nowhere and we started playing it in the new band. Almost at exactly the same time another band in my area had put out an advert for a bass player. The band went out anonymously but I was seduced by the fact they said they had gigs lined up and were on a record label. I figured it was probably a band called Death Tyrant as they were the only band I could think of that had those kind of prospects. It wasn't a surprise when Thomas Backelin got in touch, but it was a big surprise when he sent me a folder full of Lord Belial music to learn for an audition. I didn't have a bass at the time either (all my music stuff had gotten stolen in a break-in a few years earlier) but I saw this as my chance to really get my arse in gear. I was upfront about the fact I hadn't played for a while and that I had no bass and I thought it was a long shot they would choose me or if I would be up for the task. I borrowed a bass from a work colleague and just sat for hours working out a few of their easier songs and had the audition two days later. I got the job on a temporary basis to cover for their existing bass player for 6 months. The other black metal band I was playing guitar in lasted barely a few months. It was totally useless. When my time in Lord Belial came to an end I was determined to do my own band. I realized I really needed to step up my game on the guitar though after playing in a band with two high quality guitar players. I figured I could write the music on guitar and maybe continue as bassist in my own band but would worry about that once I found additional members. I couldn't think of any cool new names for my band so I decided to take Murdryck form my existing dark ambient project. I always thought the name had a cool mystique about it and it would fit perfectly for a Black Metal band!

5.Your lyrics cover Biblical, War, philosophical and metaphysical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

That's actually not really true and is just something that's written on Metal Archives. From the very beginning, I had decided if I couldn't find any members to play with I would just look for a vocalist to perform on the album. That would require me to write lyrics and is not something I am entirely comfortable with. It is true that I was trying to find themes I knew could write about from my other interests. The original concept was to write about quantum mechanics somehow. I've no idea how I was gonna pull that off though, haha! Eventually, after a long search and asking many different vocalists who had all turned me down, I found Gast and he has a much more visual and twisted imagination than I do. He gave me a text he wrote called As the Moon Bleeds... and I really liked it. It was short and very abstract but intriguingly poetic. I immediately put him in charge of all the lyrics. The only lyric I contributed to the album is The Ascension. I would say the lyrics are now focused with metaphorical meaning and cover a range of aesthetics with importance on keeping them dark. Gast actively avoids the usual clichés in his writing.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Murdryck'?

There is no meaning behind the name. The meaning it has to me is my expression of how I write music. The inspiration came from fantasy novels, I guess. Since those kind of books have made up languages and place names I wanted to emulate that kind of feeling in my own band name. It was probably to distinguish the band from 10,000 other bands that have the words dark, black, blah blah in their band names. I could be safe that my band name was 100% unique and no one else could accidentally come up with the same name or a variation of it.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Murdryck has not yet played any shows. We are officially a two-piece band as I handle the recording, music and guitar/bass duties. Gast handles the lyrics and vocals. We have a live band that is rehearsing for live shows plus inclusion on future recorded material. From my own performances with different bands, I can promise that we will deliver something energetic.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We have a show at Backstage Rockbar in Trollhättan, Sweden on 1st April 2016. We will not be a touring band but we are open to playing shows when the opportunity arises.

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

The feedback has been really good. Our EP, which was released March 2015, gained little attention and passed through the underworld unnoticed by many. The album, on the other hand, has received more attention and feedback in two weeks than the EP did in 11 months. Most people appreciate the small intricacies in the music - the fact it's very old school in nature but with a modern twist and that we have a good sound on the album. A modern sound but not too sterile or clean. A mix between the old and the new! It's fun to hear people draw comparisons with bands I've never heard of and bands I don't think we sound like but the important thing is that it's being talked about.

10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Our drummer plays in a folk/death band called Falkhan. The guitarist , Peste usually has some raw and atmospheric side projects on the go but I have no idea under what names or if anything is released. Musically, Gast and I focus on Murdryck.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

You can expect a shift in sound between each release we make. The EP is basically a cut version of the album and was just put out to start promoting the band before the album was released. I was hoping to use the EP to find a label but that didn't work.
The album was supposed to be entirely redone with a complete lineup but that didn't work out in time so it was finalized in December 2015 and released as is. Our next project is going to be a concept album entitled  Vålnadens Psalmer..most of the texts will actually be in Swedish this time. It would be more thought out and we will spend longer on making it great. We haven't decided 100% on if it will exclusively contain Swedish lyrics or not. The sound will be a darker, a little rawer than Antologi MMXV but it will contain the trademark Murdryck sound that has been established with our debut. Our intention is to change up things each release. We will not release album after album of identical songs. But it's important not to drift too far from the original concept. You won't find us doing 80s synth pop or dumbing down the sound down in a few years to reach a wider audience. We will do as we please though.

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?

I think I am more influenced by certain albums than bands these days. There are few bands around where I am hooked on their entire discography. Some bands I like have very immature catalogs in the beginning of their careers and other bands have the opposite - a couple of great albums then total shit. My earliest influences come from Iron Maiden, Megadeath, Metallica, Slayer, Bathory. Later influences come from Marduk, Mayhem and Emperor. After that, bands I like come on a "per album" basis. Nowadays, I shy away from the big names that labels like Nuclear Blast took from the underground and turned into career sensations and made totally accessible to the regular rock lover. These bands have become template metal and tour endlessly. All mystique has been removed and they offer little to me that is worthwhile. I search out stuff on Bandcamp now and put my money into the smaller acts that really need a boost. I get a similar feeling hunting on Bandcamp that I did from trading in the early 90s or reading about band demos in Terrorizer magazine. I hope people will do the same for us, instead of spending their cash on different colour vinyls of the same album they have 10 different editions of. This materialistic aspect of music really disappoints me.

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

Yeah, I could go on ranting and blabbing for another 50 pages but I think i have written enough ; Thanks for the interview and I just want to remind people that our album is available digitally and physically on Black Lion Productions and from the bands own Bandcamp page for anyone who dares to drop a few bucks on new music instead of the plethora of different color splatter vinyls for the latest release of whatever band from the 90s is still going.

Regards, Skärseld.

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Circle Of Noose/Eschatological Gnosis/Depressive Illusions Records/2016 Demo Review

mercredi 17 février 2016 à 00:49

  Circle  Of  Noose  are  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "Eschatological  Gnosis"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  and  avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the demo  along  with  some  some  grim  yer  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  clean  singing  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  clean  playing  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  feeling  along  with  some  mantras  that  also  add  more  of  an  esoteric  and  meditative  feeling  to  the  recording.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  heavy  and melodic  adding  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw edge and  as  the  demo  progresses  some  of  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  lo-fi atmosphere  and  the  heavy  and  avant  garde  parts  also  start  getting  mixed  together  while  other  songs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  psychedelia  and  there  are  also  some  songs  that  use  of   peoples  voices  in  the  background  and towards  the  end  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  also  brings  in  a  few  blast  beats.

  With  this  recording  Circle  Of  Noose  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient,  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  to  create  something  very  dark  and  disturbing  yet  original  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  sick,  depressive,  bi  polar  and  anti  human  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Circle  Of  Noose  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Longer  You'll  Smile"  "The  The  ones Who  Wear  A  Shield  Of  Glass"  and  "Sigh  of  rotten  t6hroats".  8  out  of  10.

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Kuu Interview

mardi 16 février 2016 à 20:41
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Kuu is a Black Metal project that originally started out in 2009 as Flesh. I had a vision to create some of the most evil, blasphemous and aggressive Black Metal there is. It wasn’t until 2014 I settled on the name Kuu and began recording the full length; Deus Est Mortuus.

2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Raw, evil and full of blasphemy, anger and hatred. Not a single melody to be had here, it is all straight forward brutality. The ambient tracks present on the album convey a minimal yet occult, ritualistic atmosphere. So much more in the style of the Finnish scene as opposed to Norwegian or Swedish bands. There is a lot more Death/Doom influences as well.

3.the lyrics cover some Satanic and Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more abotu your interest in these topics?

I used to be more of a theistic Satanist that literally believed and worshiped the devil in a physical and mental sense, relying on ‘him’ for guidance. I am still very much so a Satanist, but I do not take it as seriously any longer. I am open minded to the idea that Satan exists and rules over all of mankind. But for the most part, I do not follow any sort of deities. I am my own God who makes his own rules. I truly hope that when we die, it is pure blackness and no thought, no longer aware of our surroundings with no concept of the meaning of time. Life is already what you would call dissatisfying, I would hate to think there is another dissatisfying life after this. Unless that ‘life’ consists of demonic winged sluts that serve your every need for all the evil deeds you committed on earth, haha.

4.Originally the musical project was known as 'Flesh', what was the decision behind the name change?

Flesh was a spur of the moment type name decision I made when I recorded the initial (and now long lost) 4 track demo back in 2009. Two of the songs remain and were included on the Kuu - Deus Est Mortuus release, The Void Speaks My Name and Summum Malum (the last two tracks). The other two remaining tracks have since gone missing. There is also another two track demo under Flesh that was limited to just 10 from scratch hard copies handed out to a select few people back in 2012 or so. I am still in possession of these two tracks, but do not intend to ever release them ever. It wasn’t until 2014 I decided to rename the project to Kuu after much thought. I wanted to keep the name as simple and straight forward as possible, still. I am also half Finnish and speak the language quite well, and also since Finnish Black Metal is so influential to me, I wanted to pay homage to Finland by having my band name in Finnish.

5.I know that the projects name means 'Moon Goddess' in Finnish, do you also have an interest in Finnish Paganism or Mythology?

I am interested in the sense that I read about it with fascination, but I do not believe or practice it. I am strictly a Satanist. I think in many ways Satanism and Paganism go hand in hand. The true Satanic way is to not seek any advise or help from any imaginary gods/goddesses for guidance, but to use your own mind and judgment. I have in the past encountered many events and occurrences which may be perceived as seeing and experiencing demons, though. So I am very open minded at the idea of there existing other realms in this universe that we can’t explain. But for the most part, I see myself as my own God who chooses his own path in life without the guidance of anything really spiritual. We are all our own Gods that shape and control our own destiny.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I am and have been open to the idea of collaborating with other musicians. I am very strict though in the sense that I prefer to only collaborate with musicians who are worthy enough and see eye to eye with my ideas. I have often jumped at the idea of hiring/finding session musicians to help put up a few live shows, but usually in the end other people try to change or dictate my visions for themselves or they just outright flake or chicken out. My requirement for a live performance would be every musician has to be theatrical in some way, which means; no shorts, sandals, and nerd glasses unless its just a rehearsal. The LA scene has enough bands that dress as if they just got off their office day job. If I put on a live show, everyone must look the part, but alot of people do not agree with this mindset and think by just playing the music well its rewarding to the audience. Yeah, corpsepaint has become a bit cliche since 1996, but it is still much better than seeing a bunch of guys in flannel shirts and neckbeards on stage. I also want blood, impaled heads, inverted crosses, burned Quran’s and Bibles everywhere, maybe even a Swastika to piss people off. I want to be controversial on stage, but most people are sadly too politically correct to go along with it. It is extremely hard to find people who see eye to eye with the traditional Black Metal mindset in this very liberal Los Angeles SJW/humanist cesspool. I have often thought of performing live on stage just by myself, with backtracking.

7.Recently Merdumgiriz re-issued your 2014 album, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

I am very happy with the releases. To have all of the material released on physical CD and tape is really great. Up until just recently, the material was self released only digitally. It wasn’t gaining nearly enough exposure as I had hoped for seeing as most underground metal fans prefer owning and collecting a hard physical copy, whether its in tape or CD as opposed to just MP3‘s. Then I found out that the MP3‘s were being sold on Spotify for just pennies, that didn’t bother much though. I am confident that I will have great success being on this underground label and I am very satisfied with the overall outcome.

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

Most of the Black Metal elite appreciates it and enjoy it a lot. Upon announcing the release to personal friends, I have already gotten several people interested and praising it. Some of the songs on the album were recorded as far back as 2009 though, so it doesn’t represent my current musicianship or production skills. I know I can do alot better and will do alot better in the next release, but overall Deus Est Mortuus gets tons of praise.

9.When can we expect another album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I am currently working on the next album as I speak. With each new release, you can expect even more changes with the direction of the sound continually becoming more experimental and darker. I may abandon the down tuned straight forward Death Metal style as heard on Deus Est Mortuus, playing more eerie, dissonant guitar riffs in a higher key and faster tempo in weirder scales. I already recorded a track that sounds very reminiscent of say; Endless Dismal Moan. However, my style and direction is always subject to change depending on my current mood. I am still very much interested in producing a sort of Death/Doom style of Black Metal, but with a lot of changes and new experiments. In all honesty, I have always preferred more slower and heavier/brutal metal bands. We will just have to wait and see what the next Kuu album has in store for it’s listeners.

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?

I’ve always favored the Finnish style of Black Metal and would say that style is my primary influence. Stuff like Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, Archgoat, etc. I prefer bands that use minimal emphasis on keyboards (nothing too heavily symphonic), but I want them to be present either way and convey atmosphere. One of my favorite projects of all time is the Swedish Abruptum, no band has ever come close to conveying such an occult and Satanic atmosphere. These days, I grow more and more open minded to other genres, but in the end, I always end up coming back to Black/Death/Thrash Metal. There are so many new and old bands to discover in the underground to keep it all fresh.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Apart from music I am really heavily into anything on computers. Programming in C#, 3D modeling, game development. I also enjoy reading and writing, I much prefer to read something than to watch the mindless crap you see on American TV. I’m always willing to gain more knowledge and learn new things.

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

The release of Deus Est Mortuus is a huge middle finger to all the recent trends of these “post-Black Metal shoe-gazing” hipster garbage bands coming out recently. I hope I can inspire other talented young musicians to keep the spirit of true and elite Black/Death alive and well, and this whole hipster trend plaguing the Black Metal scene can just end and die off already once and for all. All the peace loving, tree hugging, SJW, politically correct vegan hipsters in metal should fuck off and leave the genre to the real men. Have to give a shoutout to Mark Danson from the Hipster Black Metal Youtube comedy channel for compiling my music and introducing it to Merdumgiriz. Thanks to all my loyal fans and supporters. Lastly, always live by the Flesh, and hail Satan!

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Sig:Ar:Tyr/Northern/Hammerheart Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 16 février 2016 à 05:36
 Sig:Ar:Tyr  are  a  band  from Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk,  pagan  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  album  "Northern"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hammerheart  Records.

  Synths  and  ocean  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  that  use  full  chords  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  most  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  melodic  and  traditional  metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  classical  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  folk  music  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Sig:  Ar:  Tyr  creates  a  very  epic  and  melodic  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  folk  and  they  also  bring  in  a  very  guitar  driven  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are about  the  Vikings  adventures  and  voyages  to  North  America. 

  In  my  opinion  Sig:  Ar:  Tyr  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk,  pagan,  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crownless"  "Skraeling"  and  "Last  Ship  Sails".  8  out  of  10.

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Murdryck/Antologi MMXV/Black Lion Productions/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 16 février 2016 à 03:52

  Murdryck  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that plays a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Antologi MMXV"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  black  metal  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  before  slowing  down  and  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  bass  guitars  bring  in  a  few  leads  at  times and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  fast  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  and  clean  playing  can be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  other  ones  also bring  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  synths  and  Gregorian  chants  and  the  last  song  is  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Murdryck  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  in  the  true  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  biblical,  war,  philosophical  and  metaphysical  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Murdryck  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  The  Moon  Bleeds"  "Slaves  Under  A  Dying  Sun"  "Blood On  the  King's  Hands"  and  "Throne  Of  Shattered  Divinity".  8  out  of  10.

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