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CAPA Interview

vendredi 5 septembre 2014 à 06:10
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

We're already knee-deep in writing for our next album, which will probably be a full-length. We've got a few songs already close to being finished, but we'll probably end up re-writing a lot of parts and adding/removing sections until we're completely happy with them. We usually take the year to write and then record in the summer. It gives us plenty of time to get every aspect exactly how we want it. Our other guitarist, Matt recently moved to Germany for the year so writing and communicating exclusively through email is going to be interesting.

2.At the end of August you had released a new ep, 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 would describe The Droves as being more intricate, heavy, and detailed than our previous material. We made some big changes in the production department through working with a new engineer. The main characteristic that we wanted to display on this album that differed from our previous material was clarity. There were times on This is the Dead Land This is Cactus Land where I felt some instrumental sections got washed out. I think the change we made ended up working out.

3.You call your musical style 'tragic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Tragic black metal is a term we use simply because we feel it captures the tone that we hope to capture in our music.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores in the music?

Our previous 3 albums (The Road is a Grey Tape, Shallow Towers, TITDLTICL) formed a conceptual trilogy that told the story of a character leaving society to survive in solitude only to return to the society after it had burned to the ground. Conceptually it explored topics such as nihilism, technology and ego centrism, and the relationship to the natural world. The Droves is a concept album about religion, specifically it focuses on one person who learns to reject religion and find meaning and beauty in the world. We wanted the mood of the album to transition musically, lyrically, and emotionally from crushing oppression to ambiguity, and finally to acceptance.

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

The name CAPA was chosen by our guitarist Matt while the project was still my solo ambient music outlet. We got the name from a character named Robert Capa from the Danny Boyle film "Sunshine".  Slowly as the band transitioned in style the name stuck.

6.In your pictures you wear masks, can you tell us a little bit more about what these masks represent?

The masks we used in promos were meant to represent the character from our conceptual trilogy of albums while fitting the tone of the music and shifting attention away from the actual members' appearance. It also came about because we hate posing for pictures haha. In our album art we used the mask to represent the character. In Shallow Towers the album art is almost a portrait of the character while in TITDLTICL the mask can be seen resting on a pile of rubble. We're not planning on using the masks forever. Now that the trilogy is over we stopped wearing them in promos, and when we play live we definitely don't wear them.

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

The best show we've played was also our first show. It was with Rivers of Nihil and Scorned Deity at Kungfu Necktie in Philadelphia. We're definitely looking to play live more in the future, but with our other guitarist in Germany we'll have to find a replacement which could be hard.

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

Sadly not at the moment. We're still looking to fill out our lineup. We had some member shifts over the last year.

9.The last few releases have been self released, do you feel this gives you more freedom to do what you want musically with the DIY approach instead of having to work with a record label?

Self-releasing our material has been mostly due to practical concerns rather than any reason concerning creativity. Ivory Antler put out our first album, The Road is a Grey Tape, and was wonderful. We are actually currently looking for a label who would be interested in releasing a physical version of The Droves. I already have some alternative artwork that I think would work well for a vinyl release.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal and other forms of underground music?

Feedback seems to be positive. It's hard to gauge response outside of reading reviews. But overall I'm happy with the response it's gotten so far.

11.When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Our new material seems to be expanding on the intricate and heavy elements present on The Droves. But we're still about a year away from any kind of announcement on our part and a lot can change in that time.

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've been listening to Ulcerate's new album, Vermis nonstop which I'm sure will show up in some shape or form in the material we're writing now. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes has been on repeat also. As for direct influences on our music I would say Wolves in the Throne Room, Krallice, American Football, and probably hundreds of others.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I am also a visual artist. I do paintings, photography, and digital editing as well as creating all of CAPA's artwork. I'm looking to get into creating album art for other bands as well. Other than art, I recently graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree and our other guitarist Matt just got his Master's.

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

Thank you so much for the opportunity! 

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Creptum/The Age of Darkness/2014 EP Review

jeudi 4 septembre 2014 à 21:22

  Creptum  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "The  Age  of  Darkness"  which  is  also  a  re-recorded  version  of  a  2004  ep  with  the  same  name.

  A  very  fast,  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  after  a  minute  grim  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  which  are  only  used  for  a  few  seconds  on  a  few  songs  that  bring  a  very  dark  and  melodic  atmosphere  to  the  bands  musical  style.

  Most  of  the  bands  musical  style  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  true  90's  black  metal  tradition  and   the  band  also  adds  in  a  bit  of  melody  with  their  raw  black  metal  sound  at  times  and  they  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  speed  and  aggression  with  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  nothing  having  a  soft  moment  and  they  make  each  track  sound  very  evil  and  blasphemous.

  Creptum  plays  a  very  true  style  of  black  metal with  their  music bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  aggression  in  the  true  old  school  and  blasphemous  tradition  as  well  as  demonstrating  how  black  metal  is  meant  to  be  played,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  old  school  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Creptum  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Fall  Of  The  Nazarene  Whore"  and  "Disciple  Of  Evil".  8/5  out  of  10.    

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CAPA/The Droves/2014 EP Review

jeudi 4 septembre 2014 à 02:52

  CAPA  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  very  tragic  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "The  Droves"/

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  element s of  sludge  and  doom  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  vocals.

  There  are  a  lot  of  post  metal  traces  being  presented  in  all  of  the  tracks  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  parts/acoustic  guitars  which  make  the  ep  have  more  of  a  progressive  edge  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads  at  times  and  the  last  song  is  almost  11  minutes  in  length  and  shows  a  great  amount  of  variety  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  towards  the  end.

  CAPA  plays  mostly  a  post  style  of  black  metal  which  also  adds  in  elements  of  doom,  sludge,  ambient  and  progressive  music  which  makes  the  bands  musical  style  have  more  originality  as  well  as  being  very  diverse,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  CAPA  are  a  very  great  sounding  tragic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cull  The  Living  Flower".  8  out  of  10.      

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At Dusk/Anhedonia/Broken Limbs Recordings/2014 CD Review

mercredi 3 septembre 2014 à 23:41

  At  Dusk  are  a  1  man  band  from  California  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Anhedonia"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Broken  Limb  Recordings.

  Dark  sounds  and  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  slow  and  depressive  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  more  atmospheric  sounds  are  added  into  the  music  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  the  second  song  the  music  starts  having  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  slow  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  which  also  sees  melodic  guitar  leads  becoming  a  part  of  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  on  the  third  tracks  the  synths  start  having  more  of  a  powerful  presence  on  the  recording  and  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  music  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  At  Dusk  plays  a  very  depressive  style  of  black  metal  that  mostly  focuses  on  a  slower  direction  while also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  atmosphere  and  rawness  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  At  Dusk  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Agonia"  and  "Melancholia".  8  out  of  10.  

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Cara Neir/Venowl/Broken Limbs Recordings/2014 Split EP Review

mercredi 3 septembre 2014 à 22:06

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Texas's  Care  Neir  and  Illinois's  Venowl  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Broken  Limb  Recordings  with  both  bands  having  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cara  Neir  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  melodic  crust  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  p[itched  screams  before  adding  in  some  melodic  riffing  which  adds  in  more  of  a  crust  and  post  metal  feeling  to  their  musical  sound  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  playing.

  You  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording,  on  the  second  track  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  is  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  drones  towards  the  end  of  the  song  and  they  bring  back  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  on  the  last  track.

  Cara  Neir  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  melodic  crust  punk  on  their  side  of  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  more  elements  of  post  rock  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cara  Neir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Pitiful  Human  Beings".

  Next  up  is  Venowl  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture of  black  metal,  doom  and  noise.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  an  ambient  drone  sound  before  adding  in  some  bass  guitars  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  doom  metal direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  song  is  divided  into  2  different  parts  and  after  10  minutes  more  reverb  and  distortion  are  added  into  their  music.

  Venowl  go  more  into  a  doom  metal  direction  this  time  around  while  still  having  a  good  amount  of  black  metal  in  the  vocals  and  they  cut  back  on  the  noise  influences  of  previous  recordings  to  create  a  song  that  is  very  dark,  slow  and  over  20  minutes  and  the  production  has  a  very  dark  sound  with  all  of  the  music  being  recorded  live.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  tack  from  Venowl  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  song.

  In  conclusion  i  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  doom  and  crust  you  should  add  this  recording  to  your  collection.  8  out  of  10.        

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