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Catechon Interview

lundi 19 juin 2017 à 03:53
For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Sinister: Catechon formed in 2013 by the hand of Morgue (voice) and Dawn (former guitarist). Line-up would become stable only by the end of the same year with Jackal (bass) and me (drums). After recording the demo ‘Il richiamo di Orfeo’, distinguished by a mixed style Black Metal, Dawn left the band, and Dusk takes his place. After recording the new split with Infernal Angels and Ad Noctem Funeriis (which includes two new songs and the remake of the first demo track), Dusk left and the new guitarist, Mourner, joins in. In these four years Catechon played in 22 gigs along various bands of different levels and had to reprint the demo three times.
Morgue: I'm the only founder who's still around and I'm very proud of it. It's difficult to find musicians with the right attitude and skills to play Black Metal around here, this is why we had so many line up changes. This, and my authoritarian-ish personality, which keeps on causing some quarrel within the band. I'm very proud of our results though, since the band is growing musically and “spiritually”.

So far you have released a demo and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on those recordings?
Sinister: The demo ‘Il Richiamo di Orfeo’, as we said previously, is distinguished by tracks which take inspiration from a diverse array of Black Metal styles. There was no intention to imitate the style of some bigger and more famous band, the songs were recorded exactly how they were composed in the first place, and in a live recording session. The songs to include in the split ‘Italian Black Metal Assault’, on the other hand, were picked for their raw and violent feeling: it's easy to find Blackened Death influences in ‘Legacy of Cain’, while ‘Succube’ borrows some element from the most Punk-ish Black Metal, and finally the third track is a remake from the demo.
Morgue: I hate limiting creativity, so Catechon will probably remain a multifarious and chaotic entity, without ever getting stuck on fixed standards; but if I must point out a  common theme between the demo and the split album, then it's the reference to those who came before us. I have the deepest respect for the creators of the black flame, and I'll never stop listening the classics with their atavic darkness, although I'm open to experiments.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Morgue: I don't follow a fixed pattern, I take inspiration both from everyday reality which disgusts me more each passing day, and from personal studies and experiences. A good portion of the lyrics I write involve a mix of philosophy, mysticism and occultism.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Catechon'?
Morgue: The name Catechon is borrowed from the second letter of St. Paul to Thessalonians, a text we also quote in latin in one of our songs in the split album. The literal meaning is “that which holds” and it stands for the last bond to break before the coming of the Antichrist and the end of the world, which however could be happening already (the “Mysterium Iniquitatis”). The exact meaning is still a matter of debate among scholars, some say it's the Roman Empire, others claim a symbolic meaning in connection with human nature. What inspired me in choosing this name was Deathspell Omega's EP ‘Chaining of the Kathecon’ (the usage of K is due to Greek spelling) and a book on the topic by the Italian philosopher Massimo Cacciari.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Sinister:  We have a handful of shows we remember more fondly among all the ones we played in:
- 13th of March 2015, in Padova with Common Grave, Helegion and Nocturnal Depression
- 5th of September 2015 in Marcerata (Howling at the Moon 2) with Goat Vomit Noise, Black Faith, Sedna, Selvans, Oltretomba, Ad Noctem Funeriis, Infernal Angels e Handful of Hate
- 9th of October 2015 in Venice with Dispersion, Brunndl, Enisum e Mortifera
- 27th of February 2016 in Verona (Verona Nera act 5) with Blaze of Sorrow and Vanhelga
- 7th of January 2017 in Verona (Verona Nera act 10) with Afraid of Destiny and Vanhelga
Our shows are often enriched with designs and rituals prepared specifically for the event, so no Catechon show is the same as the previous.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Sinister:   No.

Recently you were part of a split with Infernal Angels and Ad Noctem Funeriis, what are your thoughts on the other bands that are presented on the recording?
Sinister: We played with Infernal Angels and Ad Noctem Funeriis in Macerata in 2015 and there was an immediate and spontaneous synergy. Those two bands, despite being seasoned veterans of our genre, never tried to show themselves as “Kings of Black Metal”, something which is sadly common in Italy these days, and their music is terrific. We liked them, and they liked us, so the idea of the split was born.
Beyond the mutual esteem, I must say that personally, I consider Ad Noctem Funeriis the best italian band in terms of “pure” Black Metal.

The split was released on 'Adimere Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Sinister: Adimere Records is a label managed by the guitarist of my second band, Afraid of Destiny. After we discarded some labels which didn't think we deserved a reply, Adimere Records offered its help in producing the split.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Sinister: We're not that known around the world, so that's kind of a difficult question to answer. After all, we published just a demo and a split album. Here in Italy the feedback is generally positive, considering the fact that here, in Northern Italy, Black Metal is hardly seen anywhere in its live form.
Morgue: I agree, to me ‘Verona Nera’ events, in which I had the honor to take part sometimes, represent a safe haven in a simply desolating panorama.

What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Sinister: Afraid of Destiny (the Depressive Black Metal band formed by me, Mourner (aka M.S.) and Adimere) has a good feedback abroad. Our new full length has been released by a medium sized label, and we got a good number of positive reviews. We see ourselves as a slap in the face of Black Metal purists in Italy. Solitude Project (my Depressive Metal project) is currently in stand-by, but the first full length is completely ready, as far as composition is concerned.
Mourner: As Sinister already said I’m playing guitar in Afraid of Destiny although I’m mainly a live member as of now. I will be giving my insight, help during the production and possibly write something for the future releases but my main focus stands on Catechon.
Jackal: Outside of Black Metal, I'm working on a Funeral Doom project, A View From Nihil, whose first release will be out in September, with a mix of Funeral Doom and Drone.

When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Sinister: We're working on our first full length right now, and we hope to release it within one or two years. We're not gonna reveal how it will sound, but we can just say that it will be extremely different from our usual Raw Black Metal style.
Morgue: It will be a kick in the ass to everything that now represents a trend in Italian Black Metal.

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?
Sinister: Personally I have no influences on my drumming style. I listen to so many very diverse bands, I couldn't make a unitary play style out of them. My ultimate goal is to have my very own style.
Lately I've been listening to a lot of Depressive Black Metal, but normally I listen to anything that succeeds on stimulating my emotions.
Morgue: Regarding vocal technique, my models are Attila Csihar and Meyhna'ch. Right now I'm savouring once more a lot of second wave albums along with the reading of ‘Black Metal Compendium’, a really well written book recently published in Italy which, in my opinion, perfectly pictures the true essence of Black Metal through a series of high quality reviews.
Mourner: My guitar playing is heavily influenced by modern Metal music, I love the new horizons that many bands have uncovered in the latest years and I personally think that some of those concepts can be applied to Black Metal as well. In my opinion Black Metal is lacking some kind of new element to find the spotlight once again. Of course the styles I’m talking about have nothing to do with Black Metal and as such many might label me as some kind of “poser” or “betrayer” but honestly I could care less, if listening to a Progressive Metal band or even electronic music can help me garner new ideas for Catechon’s music I don’t see the problem as long as I adapt those ideas toward a Black Metal aesthetic. Having said that don’t expect my songwriting to be following any kind of standard procedure, if it sounds good it’s good, that’s my motto.
Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Sinister: Of course.
Morgue: Absolutely, but we're still at the beginning of a long journey, a research that has somewhat yet to begin.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Sinister: Black Metal can be considered dead only if the public keeps listening to bands who are only on YouTube, born and dead on the internet, and keeps avoiding live concerts. True Black Metal is outside the social networks, it's on the stage and in our souls.

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Evil Nerfal Interview

lundi 19 juin 2017 à 03:45
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 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Evil Nerfal is a band of Black Metal that emerged in the south western Colombian, in the city of Pasto, department of Nariño; forged by Brannagh Bapheker in 2007, where he began rehearsals with musicians of sister bands, setting up a fast, aggressive and intense music, in the vein of the first and second wave of black metal of Europe, similarly under the influence of South American extreme bands of the 80`s. There were several years of inactivity due to changes of city, however the horde, since year 2012, is reconstituted in the city of Pereira, center of Colombia. Brannagh Bapheker composes all music and lyrics, and plays guitars, bass and vocals; Purson Dominus, who joined in 2012, is in charge of percussion. In the year 2010 a demo-rehearsal with 5 songs was recorded and distributed in cd-rom format to metal brothers close associates. After the reconstitution of the band begins to rehearse with discipline to, at the end of 2013, to record 8 songs that would be the components of the first album. Evil Nerfal incorporated session musicians for live performances; Óreidu is in charge of the second guitar and Engram Zulphur of bass. The band, after the first production, was dedicated to work on new compositions, revealing a remarkable evolution in all areas, improving the production and quality of music, which will be reflected in the next album, which will see the light on January 2018.

2.A year ago you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The best epithet to describe the sound characteristics of our first production is INTENSITY; Evil Nerfal executes a INTENSIVE Black Metal, ostensible by the speed and the superposition of contrasts, in the alternation of fast and average times. Obviously this intense sound is a Classic Black Metal, satanic, blasphemous and anti-religious.

3.The band has been around since 2007 but waited until 2016 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 9 years?
In the answer to the first question you can glimpse some considerations that answer this question, despite that there is something more to add. We are not professional musicians, and what leads us to create black metal is our passion, a fervent passion, insane and obsessive. Now, it is not less important that in Colombia support for emerging bands is few, so the underground cult must be self-financing, and not everyone has the socio-economic conditions in their favor, not for nothing someone said out there the social conditions of production determine the area of ​​cultural elaboration, and if someone omits this and does not understand how difficult it is to overcome this fact, he is simply an ignorant man living in a world surrounded by pink elephants, in the placid comfort of his stupidity. Evil Nerfal had to overcome this type of difficulties before having a stability that allows him to unleash the creation. In this sense, and taking into account that our professions are far from being musicians, of making music a modus vivendi, we have had to overcome difficulties of city change, which lead to inactivity, problems with the satisfaction of the expected sound, which implies that the publication of music has been scarce.

4.Your lyrics cover a lot of Satanic, Occult, Left Hand Path and Anti Religion themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
The lyric aspect of the band is eminently Satanic, nourished by symbology disseminated in literature, mythology and history; we are satanic beings, that is, opponents and adversaries of any system of alienation, especially when it comes to Semitic religions, which constitute the greatest plague in human history. Luciferianism as a source of knowledge, elevation of the vital potentialities, and self-affirmation of the subject in its singularity, constitutes a consequential existential praxis, which goes beyond the conceptual sphere.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Evil Nerfal"?
It should be noted that the Hebrew word NERFAL (ליפול) was used in the Old Testament when evoking the “fall” of Lucifer, the expulsion of the kingdom of God into hell; “Fall” (ליפול) is poured into our alphabet as Nerfal, and decided to join the adjective “Evil” to designate the precipitation of evil, the steady decline of evil on the world, an ontology of evil; this concept of evil is understood as a radical opposition to all divine domain, where knowledge and arts are forbidden weapons to fight endlessly to the gods. Evil Nerfal then, while black metal band, represents the symbol of the fall ontological evil to fight all religious discourse, to declare war by sound shocking violence.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
In the performances the band has 4 members, because a second guitar and a bass are essential to define and establish the sound made in the studio. Concerning the recording process, it is not necessary to have more members, because the drummer and me are more than enough to make the sound captures.

7.The last album was released on 'Tribulacion Records', are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?
Definitely the support of this label has been fundamental for the band to have an opening in the underground movement of Colombia. And I want to highlight the great work of the owner of the record label, because it is thanks to him, Mauricio Sanchez, known on the scene as "MORTAS", who for more than 25 years has managed to spread the Colombian black metal scene all over the world, and this was reflected in the support for Evil Nerfal.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
As it is black metal undeground, the diffusion spectrum has not been wide, to this it is added that of our first disc only released 300 copies, and thanks to the work of the label and the trades, the material has wounded to some countries of South America and Eupora, where the reception of our music has been favorable, highlighting the classic and raw character of the first production, which has been received with fervor in European countries.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Pereira Colombia, where the band is currently based, is an emerging scene in terms of groups and musical productions, so the number of bands with released physical disks are few. At the moment I (Brannagh Bapheker) am active member of 3 more bands; in the horde Tormentor 666 (Pereira Colombia) I am vocalista, in Darkness Almighty (Armenia Colombia) I execute the rhythm guitar and the voices, and in Siniestra (Pasto Colombia) I am in charge of the lead guitar. On the other hand, the drummer of Evil Nerfal (Purson Dominus) and the guitarist of session (Óreidu), militant in the band War Legion (Pereira Colombia) taking charge of the percussion and guitar and voices respectively.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have just recorded our second album, and with this we intend to expand more, to release the material with some European label, at the same time as to make a release with a national label, in order to disseminate the art in the two Continental fronts. Logically in our projection is the realization of national and international tours, all in order to internalize the message of satanic freedom in all who enjoy Evil Nerfal.

11.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?
It is worth mentioning that the repertoire of listening of this type of bands to nourish and inspire our music is so broad and vast that it goes from the classic black metal of the 80's and 90's to the new proposals of orthodox black metal, the new wave. We are always listening to the classical bands and we have been following the path of laudable creations that for about 5 years have been forging around the world. There is another aspect that has personally been decisive when it comes to composing, which will be especially evident in the second production of the band; It is about classical music. Indeed, I always nourish my spirit by listening to this type of music, attending recitals where the sublime apotheosis has its place.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all rise the fucking horns for your interview, honors for supporting the Colombian cult of black metal.
For all black headbangers of the world: if you make black metal that is because your existences are covered by the cloak of satanic opposition, counter culture, dark forces and the deepest sense of difference; if you make black metal by entertaining or by being accepted, let me tell you that you are a bastard who, as such, is nothing more than a hologram. If you don’t live what you do, if you don’t but feel the force of dark music,  if that does not allow your life to be a work of art of emancipation,  let me tell you that you are nothing more than a dilettante of the flock insipid. If you make black metal with the passion of a consistent existential praxis never forget that you must walk under D.D.O.: DISCIPLINE, DEDICATION AND OBSESSION; that the Luciferian forces of knowledge accompany your existence. HAIL BLACK METAL MADNESS! HAIL SATHANAS!

1. ¿Para aquellos que nunca han oído hablar de ustedes antes, ¿puede decirnos un poco sobre la banda?
Evil Nerfal es una banda de Metal Negro que surgió en el sur occidente colombiano, en la ciudad de Pasto, departamento de Nariño; forjada por Brannagh Bapheker en el año 2007, donde principió ensayos con músicos de bandas hermanas, configurando una musica veloz, agresiva e intensa, en la vena de la primera y segunda ola de metal negro de europa, de igual modo bajo el influjo de bandas extremas suramericanas de los 80`s. Hubieron varios años de inactividad debido a cambios de ciudad, sin embargo la agrupación, a partir del año 2012, se reconstituye en la ciudad de Pereira, centro de Colombia. Brannagh Bapheker compone toda la música y las letras, y ejecuta guitarras, bajo y voz; Purson Dominus, quien ingresó en el 2012, se encarga de la percusión. En el año 2010 se grabó un demo-rehearsal con 5 canciones, distribuido en formato cd-rom a hermanos de metal allegados. Posteriormente a la reconstitución de la banda se empieza a ensayar con disciplina para, a finales de 2013,  grabar 8 canciones que serían los componentes del primer álbum. Evil Nerfal incorpó musicos de sesión para las presentaciones en vivo; Óreidu se encarga de la segunda guitarra y Engram Zulphur del bajo. La banda, luego de la primera producción, se dedicó a trabajar en nuevas composiciones, revelando una notable evolución en todos los ámbitos, mejorando la producción y la calidad de musica, lo cual se verá reflejado en el próximo álbum, que verá la luz en Enero de 2018.

2. Hace un año habías lanzado tu primer álbum, ¿cómo describirías el sonido musical que se presenta en la grabación?
El mejor epíteto para describir las caracterísiticas sonoras de nuestra primera producción es INTENSIDAD; Evil Nerfal ejecuta un INTENSO Metal Negro, ostensible por la velocidad y la superposición de contrastes, en la alternancia de tiempos rápidos y medios. Obviamente este sonido intenso se trata de un Clásico Metal Negro, satánico, blasfemo y antirreligioso.

3. La banda ha estado activa desde 2007, pero esperó hasta 2016 para lanzar un álbum, ¿puede decirnos un poco más sobre los primeros 9 años?
En la respuesta a la primera pregunta se pueden entrever algunas consideraciones que respondan a este interrogante, pese a eso cabe agregar algo mas. Nosotros no somos músicos profesionales, y lo que nos conlleva a crear metal negro es nuestra pasión, una pasion ferviente, demente y obsesiva. Ahora bien, no es menos importante que en Colombia el apoyo a las bandas emergentes es poco, por lo tanto el culto suberraneo debe autofinanciarse, y no todos tienen las condiciones socio-económicas a su favor, no por nada alguien dijo por ahí que las condiciciones sociales de producción determinan el ambito de elaboración cultural, y si alguien omite esto y no comprende lo dificil de rebasar este hecho simplemente es un ignorante que vive en un mundo rodeado de elefantes rosa, en la placida comodidad de su estupidez. Evil Nerfal tuvo que superar este tipo de dificultades antes de tener una estabilidad que le permita dar rienda suelta a la creación. En este orden de ideas, y al tener en cuenta que nuestras profesiones distan mucho de ser musicos, de hacer de la música un modus vivendi, hemos tenido que sortear dificultades de cambio de ciudad, que conllevan inactividad, problemas con la satisfacción del sonido esperado, etc., lo que implica que la publicación de música haya sido escasa.

4. Sus letras envuelven muchos temas satánicos, ocultos, de la mano izquierda y de la anti religión. ¿Puede decirnos un poco más acerca de su interés en las artes oscuras?
El aspecto lírico de la banda es eminentemente Satánico, nutrido de la simbologia diseminada en la literatura, la mitologia y la historia; somos seres satánicos, es decir, adversarios y opositores a todo sistema de alienación, máxime cuando se trata de religiones semitas, que constituyen la mayor plaga en la historia humana. El luciferianismo en tanto fuente de conocimiento, elevación de las potencialidades vitales, y auto afirmación del sujeto en su singularidad, constituye una praxis existencial consecuente, que rebasa la esfera conceptual.

5.¿Cuál es el significado y la inspiración detrás del nombre 'Evil Nerfal'?
Cabe señalar que la palabra hebrea NERFAL (ליפול) se usó en el Antiguo Testamento al evocar la "caída" de Lucifer, la expulsión del reino de Dios al infierno; "Fall" (ליפול) se vierte en nuestro alfabeto como Nerfal, y decidió unirse al adjetivo "Mal" para designar la precipitación del mal, el declive constante del mal en el mundo, una ontología del mal; este concepto del mal se entiende como una oposición radical a todo dominio divino, donde el conocimiento y las artes son armas prohibidas para luchar interminablemente contra los dioses. Evil Nerfal entonces, en tanto banda de metal negro, representa el símbolo de la caída ontológica del mal para luchar contra todo discurso religioso, declarar la guerra con la violencia del sonido.

6. ¿Actualmente hay solamente 2 miembros en la banda, es usted abierto a ampliar la alineacìon en el futuro o usted elige permanecer en dúo?
En los performances la banda tiene 4 integrantes, debido a que una segunda guitarra y un bajo son imprescindibles para definir y establecer el sonido elaborado en el estudio. En lo que atañe al proceso de grabación no es necesario contar con mas integrantes, porque el baterista y yo somos más que suficientes para realizar las capturas del sonido.

7. El último álbum fue lanzado en 'Tribulacion Records', ¿estás contento con el apoyo que la etiqueta te ha dado hasta ahora?
Definitivamente el apoyo de este sello ha sido fundamental para que la banda tenga apertua en el movimiento underground de Colombia. Y quiero destacar la gran labor del dueño del sello discográfico, porque es gracias él, Mauricio Sanchez, conocido en la escena como “MORTAS, quien durante mas de 25 años ha logrado diseminar por todo el mundo la escena del black metal colombiano, y ello se vió reflejado en el apoyo a Evil Nerfal. Vio

8. A nivel mundial ¿cómo ha sido la retroalimentación a su música por los fans de black metal?
Trantándose de black metal undeground, el espectro de difusión no ha sido amplio, a ello se le suma que de nuestro primer disco solo salieron 300 copias, y gracias a la labor del sello y a los intercambios hechos, el material ha llagado a algunos paises de Sur America y Eupora, donde la recepción de nuestra musica ha sido favorable, destacando el carácter clásico y crudo de la primera producción, lo cual ha sido acogido con fervor en paises europeos.

9. ¿Qué está pasando con algunas otras bandas o proyectos musicales en estos días, algunos de los miembros de la banda son parte de estos?
Pereira Colombia, lugar donde actualmente esta radicada la banda, es una escena emergente en cuanto a agrupaciones y producciones musicales, por tal motivo el número de bandas con discos fisicos liberados son pocas. En estos momentos yo (Brannagh Bapheker),  soy miembro activo de 3 bandas mas; en la horda Tormentor 666 (Pereira Colombia) soy vocalista, en Darkness Almighty (Armenia Colombia) ejecuto la guitarra rítmica y la voces, y en Siniestra (Pasto Colombia) estoy a cargo de la guitarra líder. Por otra parte, el baterista de Evil Nerfal (Purson Dominus) y el guitarrista de sesion (Óreidu), militan en la banda War Legion (Pereira Colombia) encargándose de la percusión,  guitarra y voces respectivamente.

10. ¿Dónde ves que la banda se dirige musicalmente en el futuro?
Nosotros acabamos de grabar nuestro segundo trabajo discográfico, y con este lo que pretendemos es expadirnos más,  liberar el material con algun sello europeo, a la par que realizar una liberacion con un sello nacional, ello con el fin de diseminar el arte en los dos frentes continentales. Logicamente en nuestra proyección esta la realizaciòn de giras nacionales e internacionales, todo con el fin de interiorizar el mensaje de libertad satánica en todos los que disfrutan de Evil Nerfal.

11. ¿Cuáles son algunas de las bandas o estilos musicales que han influido en tu música y también lo que estás escuchando hoy en día?
Las influencias de Evil Nerfal parten del Black Metal de la primera y segunda ola, por lo tanto enumerar bandas aqui sería muy dispendioso; al respecto cabe resaltar que el repertorio de escucha de este ripo de bandas para nutrir e inspirar nuestra música es tan amplio y vasto que va del clásico metal negro de los 80´s y 90´s hasta las nuevas propuestas de black metal ortodoxo, la nueva ola. Siempre estamos escuchando las bandas clasicas y hemos ido siguiendo el camino de las loables creaciones que desde hace unos 5 años se vienen forjando alrededor del mundo. Existe otra vertiente que personalmente ha sido determinante a la hora de componer, la que sobre todo se hará ostensible en la segunda producción de la banda; se trata de la música clásica. En efecto, siempre nutro mi espritu escuchando este tipo de música, asistiendo a recitales donde la apoteosis sublime tiene su lugar.

12. ¿Antes de concluir esta entrevista, ¿tiene alguna palabra o pensamiento final?
Antes que nada arriba los malditos cuernos por tu entrevista, honores por apoyar el culto colombiano del metal negro.
Para todos los Black metaleros del mundo: si haces black metal que sea porque tu existencias este cobijada por el manto de la oposición satánica, de la contra cultura, de las fuerzas oscuras y del más profundo sentido de diferencia; si haces black metal por entretener o por ser aceptado, dejame decirte que eres un bastardo que, como tal, no eres más que un holograma. Sino vives lo que haces, sino sientes la fuerza de la música oscura, sino eso no permite que tu vida sea una obra de arte de emancipación, dejame decirte que que no eres mas que un diletante del rebaño insulso. Si haces black metal con la pasion de una praxis existencial consecuente nunca olvides que debes caminar bajo la D.D.O., DISCIPLINA, DEDICACIÓN Y OBSESIÓN; que las fuerzas del conocimiento luciferino acompañen tu existencia. LARGA VIDA A LA LOCURA BLACK METAL, LARGA VIDA A SATANAS!!!

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Birkenwald Interview

lundi 19 juin 2017 à 03:36
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
*H110413D – Birkenwald were born at the beginning of 2016. My aim was the creation of something which could give shape to the torments I felt and I still feel inside. I was already in touch with all the actual members of the band, but we had never played together before. Their empathy on the topics I wanted to express with my music pushed me to give birth to Birkenwald. We decided to release a promo single, called “Shrinking”, which was the result of several riffs I had composed through the past years. The good feedback from the audience conviced us to take the project to the next step. Some months after, the creation of MDD, our first album, started and, in 2017, our efforts were rewarded thanks to the great job of Federico Ascari of Wavemotion Recordings, who engineered our sound. So, here we are.
*H110311A – Birkenwald were created in order to express our deepest feelings through music. However, our songs mainly with the self-conflict which dwells in certain human minds and, therefore, our themes are also open to everyone who finds himself in the same situation.
*H081213S – The band was born in early 2016 by an idea of the bass player. We started recording our first song in june (the same period in which I definitively chose to join Birkenwald) and, in september, we released it. During january 2017 we started recording our first album, MDD, which can be considered as a concept album divided in four songs (in addition to an intro) representing 4 states of depression. It will be available from 22nd june.

How would you describe your musical sound?
*H110413D – If I should find a word to describe our sound, I would definitely say “schizophrenic”. Indeed, when you will listen to MDD, you will probably notice the constant alternation between those parts which we could define as “atmospheric” and some more aggressive parts, in which we decided also to experiment, introducing elements from other genres (it's not an usual thing to find so much breakdowns or slap bass parts in a black metal group). What is the result of this alternation? Probably in your review you went straight to the point, saying that we play “a musical style that takes atmospheric black metal and mixes it with depressive post rock to create a sound on our own”.
*H110311A – In my opinion, it is a very particular sound. When we create our music, we do it without respecting any criteria. We just follow our pulses, and this leads us to alternate some really obscure and heavy riffs to a lot of clean guitars, which aim to create melancholic atmospheres and, in many parts, seem to sound like voices. Black metal is not the most suitable definition for our music, according to me. Birkenwald are just Birkenwald.
*H170207C – From my point of view, our sound reflects the character of each member. Every song is just the reproduction of feelings and thoughts that we usually live and therefore are able to recall through the instruments we play.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
*H110413D – Our lyrics represent that empathy I was previously talking about. Indeed our convergence is based on themes like melancholy, sorrow, grief and, at the highest level, depression. These are feelings (or, in certain cases, illnesses) which are constantly present in our society. However, they are at the same time ignored, refused and not accepted, in spite of the fact that they exist and change radically people's lives. Our aim is to dissolve this mask of hypocrisy and to tell how our life's experiences cannot be controlled by it.
*H110311A – All the lyrics are really important and strictly closed to our life experiences. Indeed, who is going to read them, is also going to read a brief diary of our lives.

I know that the bands name means 'Birch Forest' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
It was thought because of the bark’s very bright colour of these trees as a recall to the all-white walls of mental asylums; indeed, with the word “Birkenwald” we are supposed to find ourselves in a natural place of madness which, of course, may inspire our music.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? - Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
*H110413D – We still haven't played on a stage. Anyway, we are finally ready to face the world outside and, for this reason, we're going to perform at In Tormentata Quiete's release party in Bologna, our native city, on 24th June. Be there, and join us for a extremely melancholic night!

Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
*H110413D – We received some offers, but they were not interesting enough. Therefore, we have decided to distribute MDD by our own. Our album will be digitally available on many web platforms like Spotify, Itunes, Bandcamp etc. from 22nd June and physical copies will be sold at concerts or sent worldwide, if ordered, at the price of 5 euros (plus shipping costs).
On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
*H110413D – As previously said, our promo single received a good feedback from the audience. Let's see how will be the reaction to MDD.
*H081213S – When we released Shrinking, many people found it interesting, and now, the preview of MDD seems to be appreciated by the first listeners.
*H170207C – We know that our sound cannot be properly defined. However, each of us is influenced by black metal and our listeners will be able to recognize this influence, despite our experimental approach.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
*H110413D – In a mental asylum, probably...

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?
*H110413D – Well, I kinda listen to a lot of genres, but, concerning to Birkenwald, I think that our deepest sources of inspiration come from Depressive rock (I am talking about bands like Vanhelga, Apati, Psychonaut 4, Joyless) and Atmospheric/Post Black Metal (Harakiri for the Sky, Woods of Desolation, Lantlŏs).

What are some of your non musical interests
*H110413D – Personally, I would like not to talk about this. Everything that people have to known about us is already told in MDD.
*H170207C - Music surrounds most of our time, but, personally, I have a great passion for cars, since, according to me, driving seems very similar to playing an instrument. Indeed, you have to feel the best part of it, experiencing and doing always better, as time goes by.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
*H110413D – Thanks both for the review and the interview. Enjoy our misery, listen to MDD and spread our madness.
*H110311A – We hope to see you at In Tormentata Quiete's release party on 24th june. It will be a special night. Spread our madness.

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Hate Manifesto/To Those Who Glorified Death/Fistbang Records/Unholy Distro/2017 FUll Length Review

dimanche 18 juin 2017 à 06:00

  Hate  Manifesto  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "To  Those  Who  Glorified  Death"  which  was  released  as a  joint  effort  by  Fistbang  Records  and Unholy  Distro.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  bestial  growls  being  added onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  while  still  sounding  very  contemporary  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Hate  Manifesto  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  war  metal  style  that  was  established  on  the  previous  split,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  hatred,  and  genocide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hate  Manifesto  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Those  Who  Glorified  Death"  "Wrath  Hammer"  and  "Conqueror's  Memorial".  8  out  of  10.


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Ljosazabojstwa/Sychodzanne/Hellthrasher Productions/2017 EP Review

samedi 17 juin 2017 à 19:17

  Ljosazabojstwa  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  a    mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 ep  "Sychodzanne" which  will  be  released  on  June  30th  by  Hellthrasher  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  heavier  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls are  added  into  the  music.

  Touches  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  riffing  along  with  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  war  metal  elements  being  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  of  black/death  metal  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  and  classical  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  instrumental  before  closing  the  ep  with  a  vocal  track.

  Ljosazabojstwa  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  90's  era  genres  of  war,  black,  and  dearth  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belarusian  and  cover  anti  Christianity,  death  and  cruelty  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ljosazabojstwa  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zhuba" and  "Zabojstwa  Ijosa".  8/5  out  of  10.   

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