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Grip Interview

jeudi 22 août 2019 à 09:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



We’re a dynamic punk/metal band from Philadelphia that formed in 2014. After slowing down for a few years, we’ve just released our debut album: Early Iteration, which is free to download and available on tape through Tomb Tree Records.




2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?



The speed, intensity and complexity were definitely turned up. Screams have been made more frequent and strained, and the ambition of the overall composition is much greater. The atmosphere has also gotten much darker and much more oppressive, favoring less articulate distortion and less predictable structures.



3.This is also your first release since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during this time frame?



We began writing for the album before our EP was recorded and had majority of the songs finished just after releasing the EP. We started rehearsing the new material right away while working with a new drummer, but after a few months of preparation for recording the album, we all began to have less and less free time to rehearse before things started to slow down. By 2016 I moved to Chicago to finish my BFA and we incrementally worked towards recording during my trips back to Philly, but encountered quite a few technical issues (we were self recording everything with no prior experience) which delayed the release even further. So by Spring of 2019 I decided to move back to Philly with the completed album and we began organizing shows and finally started working on more material.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer album?



It’s difficult to definitively pin the themes initially intended because the narrative has been fermenting for a few years prior to the release, but right now I've been thinking about it in terms conviction, self-righteousness, validation, and awakening.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grip'?



We had a difficult time deciding on a name, but had a rapidly approaching show. Our first drummer initially suggested GRIP and it had a certain bite, immediacy and concision that we all felt worked well and felt comfortable with its visual simplicity.



6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?



I had been experimenting with both inked and ink-less embossings, preparing dimensional drawings to imprint on paper, later to scan the images and print the scanned shadows through silkscreen. I was thinking about degradation of oration and how iteration might skew the intention of a story or image.



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



We played at a great space in South is West Philly, called Anthorna Gallery, that was extremely fun, despite us being on the verge suffering heatstroke. Our performances have been pretty stripped down; Its just me, Dan and an iPod for a drum machine. We're not interested in any stage banter and just move track to track with minor interludes.



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



We have a show August 24th and are looking to for dates in mid October and November, but not much is set in stone at the moment.





9.The new album was released on cassette by 'Tomb Tree Tapes', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



We’ve been big fans of Zegema Beach Records for a while, and planned to send the album to the them as soon as we finished. After sending it to them, they approached us with their new idea called Tomb Tree and were looking to collaborate and press our tapes, so we were happy to oblige.



10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of underground music?



So far all reactions have been positive. It's great to hear kind words, especially on something we've been sitting on for while. It's been a strong motivational force, encouraging us to work on newer compositions: brimming with ideas brewing for the past few years.



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



I've been interested in considering the structure of a lot of classical music and jazz in our new compositions, and applying our tense and aggressive approach to more experimental frames, littering our new material with leitmotifs, harmonies, and improvisational sections. I also think the diversity of our future output will be much greater, considering our interests in an array of textures, stylings, and pacings.



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?



The artists I've likely listened to most throughout GRIP's lifespan are Circle takes the Square, King Crimson, Cloud Rat, Radiohead, Unwound, and the Smashing Pumpkins. We're pretty interested in Prog Rock and more intense, dynamic punk subgenres, but we're always pulling ideas from all over the place. Dan and I have been getting really into Kate Bush and Nine Inch Nails recently, and I've been listening to a lot of Magma, Bolzer, Om, and Paysage d'Hiver.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?



I’m a visual artist and do more writing outside of our lyrics, which buys up most of my free time, and Dan is a basketball and wrestling fanatic



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



We have a split coming out within a few months with my other project: The Hands Resist Him (which also released an album recently), so we'd appreciate everyone keeping an eye out for that. Thanks for reaching out to us

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/grip-interview.html


Synteleia Interview

jeudi 22 août 2019 à 08:48
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Synteleia was founded in 2015 by guitarist Drakon Hesperion and vocalist Nyctelios. With the addition of Septis (bass/keys) and the assistance of Amdusias and Oort (Plague band), in June 2016, we recorded our first rehearsal demo, Astral Blasphemies. In the summer of 2017, the current lineup was formed, as Cronios joined in as the lead guitarist and with the assistance of Nick “Yngve” on drums, we entered the studio for the recording of our debut album, on December 2017 until mid 2018. On February 2019, Hells Headbangers announced the signing of Synteleia. The first fruit of this union is our band's debut album, “Ending of the Unknown Path”, to be released on 30th August 2019, on CD initially and later on vinyl LP & cassette formats.



2.At the end of August you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2016?

Although it shares the same basic musical roots, “Ending of the Unknown Path” is synthetically more complex with more creepy rhythmic progressions, extensive melodic parts and new technical solos. Occult atmosphere and deep esoteric feelings come to surface with wider use of female vocals, keyboards and additional string/wind instruments. Needless to say about the huge step forward in the production level, with the guidance of very experienced professionals. Finally, we had the honor and pleasure to cooperate with the soprano, Mina Morfi, the emblematic female singer of Greek Black Metal pioneers Horrified, back in the early 90s! A true honor for us all!



3.Your lyrics are based upon  the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work and also what sets you apart from the many other bands that are inspired by his writings?

We are literally moving into the Cthulhu Mythos theme, created by the father of horror literature, H.P. Lovecraft, enriched though with several personal narratives and storytelling, sometimes dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish, profoundly based on dystopian situations and the call of the Great Old Ones to reclaim their dominance on earth. At an atmospheric level, some mysterious, agonizing and ritualistic situations will come to fruition, as each song has a different storytelling in first or third person, making it a stand - alone occult story in the path that H.P. Lovecraft paved. In that sense, lyrics helped us to built-up on the whole atmosphere of our songs. A part of the Pantheon of Cthulhu Mythos will be invoked on our upcoming full length work, as in some songs we used actual invocation verses of the Necronomicon in a ritualistic manner!



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

We came up with the name “Synteleia” which means "the end of times". It is an Apocalyptic term in Greek and notifies the end of the world as we know it and the dawn of a new era. The era of our cult… Synteleia has come!



5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The artwork is a visual depiction of the music atmosphere and lyrics of the album. Specifically, the cover illustrates the agonizing question that pervades the entire album: what lies at the end of the unknown path? But of course, the eternal evil that lurks and seeks its glorious return from unearthly forgotten astral realms to its primal dominion!



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

Among others, we have played with Kawir, Horn and Primal Cult at the “Under the Pagan Moon Fest” (Athens, Nov. 2017) and with Varathron - for the occasion of their 30th anniversary - and Disharmony at the “Lords of the Void Monuments” (Athens, Oct. 2018). We consider performing live as an integral part of our existence as a band and with our overall performance on stage, we try to communicate the thoughts and deeper feelings of our music to the fans.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Several shows in Greece are under preparation during Autumn 2019 and we look forward to our first appearance outside the borders of Greece, which will hopefully follow next year.


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

As expected, we had the warmest welcome from metal fans in Latin America and especially Mexico and Brazil. Traditionally, Latin American brothers have the deepest admiration for the Greek Black Metal scene and we are very thankful to them. As the band progressed in time, we had very positive reactions from all around the globe and we expect, after the release of the album, to receive even better feedback and wider endorsements.



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

We walk on the path of the Greek Old-School Black metal genre, which we appreciate and love most, and in terms of honoring it, we hope to represent it successfully in our days. We will stay loyal to that genre, hopefully making a sincere, strong and clear statement of our own mark on the Greek Black Metal scene and its followers worldwide. Having said that, we are not opposed to new ideas, new influences or the use of extra atmospheric instruments, like for example, how early Necromantia used saxophone in their blackest song “Evil Prayers”...



10.The band is very heavily rooted in the 90's era Greek black metal style, do you feel the sound of your homeland has been making a huge comeback over the years?

This is true. During the recent years we are experiencing a rebirth of the Greek Black metal scene with both newly formed bands such as Synteleia, Funeral Storm, Primal Cult, Katavasia and older “traditional” ones such as Deviser, Disharmony, Yoth Iria (act of Mutilator, founding member of Rotting Christ & Varathron), that re-establish themselves in the Greek scene.



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?

Of course the “unholy trinity” of Rotting Christ, Varathron and Necromantia have the biggest influence on us, as young metalheads back in the early 90’s, together with Thou Art Lord, Horrified, Septic Flesh and Nightfall, all bands that shaped the Greek Black Metal scene at that time. Apart from that, we also listened to some classic heavy metal bands, such the universally appreciated Iron Maiden representing NWOBHM style and the glorious 1st wave of Black metal, with bands like Venom, Bathory and Celtic Frost being our early listenings and inspirations.

Nowadays, we listen to whatever metal genre incorporates soul and is played by humans in a studio. The feeling of playing and recording in a studio, like traditional analog times, shouldn’t be lost for the sake of technology or low budget productions...



12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

We have a deep respect and affection for occultism and draw much of our musical inspiration from the occult doctrine, having extensively used it in out lyrics. Ex Ignorantia Ad Sapientiam; Ex Luce Ad Tenebras.


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

At this point, we’d like to thank Hell’s Headbangers’s for their support and we are honored to be a part of their unholy legions! And, of course, to our fans out there, all we have to say is: Stay Black, stay true, Synteleia has come!



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/synteleia-interview.html


White Ward/Love Exchange Failure/Debemur Morti Productions/2019 CD Review

mercredi 21 août 2019 à 21:16

  White  Ward  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Love  Exchange  Failure"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Debember  Morti  Productions.

 Police  sirens  along  with  some  pianos  start  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  saxophones  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  one  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  some  elements  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  has  it's  atmospheric  moments  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  existential  and  psychological  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  White  Ward  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Love  Exchange  Failure"  "No  Cure  For  Pain"  and  "Uncanny  Delusions" .  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/white-wardlove-exchange-failuredebemur.html


Idolatry/In Nomine Mortis/2019 Full Length Review

mercredi 21 août 2019 à 09:31

  Alberta,  Canada's  Idolatry  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  moving  away  from  a  satanic  black  metal  and  focusing  more  of  a  death  themed  orientated  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "In  Nomine  Mortis".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  which  also  returns  on  alter  songs  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  at  times.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeps  it  very  modern  at  the  same  time,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  All of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  last  song  also  brings  in  classical  guitars  and  Gregorian  chants. The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  revolving  around  death.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording  from  Idolatry  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  traditional  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Toward  the  Widening  Eye"  "Reborn  In  Poison"  and  "The  Serpentine  Possession".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/idolatryin-nomine-mortis2019-full.html


Infernal Cult/Son Of Babalon/Ecliptic Promotions/2019 Single Review

mercredi 21 août 2019 à 08:10

  Infernal  Cult  are  a  solo  project  from t he  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  suicidal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  single  "Son  Of  Babalon"  which  was  released  by  Ecliptic  Promotions.

  Distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  track  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  The  song  is  also  over  8  minutes  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  depressive  melodies  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  song  sticking  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  having t heir  atmospheric  moments,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  track  Infernal  Cult  remains  true  to  the  suicidal  black  emtal  style  he  has  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  real events,  darkness,  depression,  human  evil,  negativity  and  occultism  theme.s

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Infernal  Cult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  suicidal  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/infernal-cultson-of-babalonecliptic.html