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Siechtum Interview

lundi 13 février 2017 à 03:53
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

I “founded” Siechtum back in 2005 when i had my first riff which would become the intro of my first album. But i almost spend 10 years without releasing any stuff, just doing demos for myself – which are really crappy i have to admit. In the first days i had this stereotype themes like hatred, and unreflected satanism which i think many start with in their puberty-state. But i felt this doesn`t really fit to me for 100%. My education deals a lot with nature and so i had chosen to make these topics center of my concepts, but not in this Neo-Hipster Black Metal style. When you study nature and the role that mankind and yourself play in it – you realize that our lives are just a small glimpse of an eye in earths history and the individual life is worthless in the large scale. That is of course a quite nihilistic approach, but we`re talking about Black Metal, right? And of course Mankind depends on the natural environment – not the other way round.

2.So far you have released 3 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on all of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

I think there is a clear development in the sound – although it`s recorded with the same equipment and software (I just added three more mics for the drums since the second album). I just changed the way of recording which is still on amateur-level. But i think i`m at a point that i found my sound, maybe i will even take a step back and do the drums in the style of the second album again. It`s important for me that everything sounds like it`s just coming out of the rehearsal room. Recording in the studio isn`t an option for me, because when you enter a studio you have to do a job, done under financial and time pressure. I also include the note on every record, that i use shitty-cheap equipment exclusively (for example all guitars are done with my small 30watts amp and my crappy amateur guitar – maybe i should change guitar-strings by time?). I think Black Metal isn`t about musicianship or technique but passion, sweat and blood you put in it.  

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

I have chosen to call my music “Ecocentric Black Metal”. It should describe the opposite of anthropocentrism in the way i described it in the first part. Also – as a logical step – my concepts are strictly anti-christian (in the logical way this includes also judaism, islam and all religions that put a anthropocentric concept above). I often cite the Bible-vers Gen. 1:28 (about subduing the earth) cause in my opinion this is one of the most cruel and unreal Dogmas that has ever been stated. And claiming that a god, who creates man as his likeness – by the way i think it`s the other way round – has created this one species in the long evolution of the earth and universe, claiming that it (Homo sapiens s.) should subdue the myriads of species is just perverse and stupid in my opinion, especially when you see how dumb and arrogant mankind acts.
With this new album i explore that topic in the reflection of a pig in factory farming – sounds strange concerning Black Metal, but when you think about it, it makes perfectly sense when it comes to suffer, a justified hatred towards mankind and christianity. Also the title itself (“...durch die Augen einer gequälten Seele” means “seen through the eyes of a tortured soul”) is truly  blasphemic cause the christian theology (among others) claims that only humans have a soul. So what are these fuckers claiming that a feeling, thinking and acting live form like the pig on the cover doesn`t have a soul? Fuck them.

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

Siechtum means a sort of decay; originally it was just referring to the decay of our civilization or mankind in general – it wasn`t a really creative band name back when i started i have to admit. But concerning the new album it get`s a new form of definition – cause this time it deals with the physical and psychic decay of a individual.

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solos?

With the new album it was the first time with “humanoid” guest- vocals in some parts,  which a good friend of mine did. He also stands behind this topic and i felt his deep vocals would be a good affect behind my voice – and i really like the result. A “trademark” also may be that i include samples of animal voices on every album. Sometimes it`s really astonishing how it fits to the music and atmosphere – for example i recorded some toads (Bombina bombina) for my second album and this time it still gives me goose bumbs when i hear the pig sounds on the new Album. Otherwise i`m doing everything by my own – also the layout – cause i like the control and not to do any compromises. And the only one who i have to give account to is myself.

6.I have noticed that there was no websites or social media for the musical project, do you feel these things have destroyed the underground nature of the genre?

I can`t really estimate this because i was never part of the undergound or any scene. I grew up in a small town and later moving to an even smaller village nearby. Social media was never a part of this and i explored my Black Metal universe by my own. I think it`s the way Black Metal should be enjoyed - like listening to Darkthrone`s “Panzerfaust” roaming through the woods at night with a bag full of beer instead of twittering about how true somebody is.. In a way it`s strange when i imagine how bands sing about hatred, sorrow, misanthropy or isolation and the same time they`re happy about every like on Facebook. So for my project it would make no sense to present myself on social-media.

7.So far the albums have been released on 'Winterwolf' 'Northern Fog' and 'Depressive Illusions', do you feel these labels have been very supportive when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

I don`t know, working with a label is just a thing that has to be done, cause i don`t have the time and passion to deal with this stuff. There can be a lot of frustration and disappointment dealing with labels, also i really got fucked up by another one that isn`t mentioned here (So, may i say: “Fuck You Black Blood Records! Wasting my time for half a year!”?) On the other hand the wok with “Northern Fog” was quite good and professional but i think no label can really support my vision for 100%.

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

I`m not in contact with Black Metallers nor have i been part of a scene or something. I just have some good friends who listen to different genres and if i would need an honest response, i would reply to them. But in the end it`s me who makes the decisions and only when i`m pleased to 100% with the music, it`s worth to release it. But of course it`s nice to here if there`s anyone who likes the music. On the other hand i also like it when people find my music crappy, haha.

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

I will start to record a new Siechtum album this summer, this time with really new material cause the amount of song material on the further albums is based in my starting period from 2005-2010. I´ve also started a second Project called “Ökomisanthrop” which has a lot more black-thrash vibes in it – there i can realize my “Fuck Off” approach better. I hope the first EP can be released this year.

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 think the two most important bands, who also shaped my visual comprehension of Black Metal are Darkthrone and Agalloch (of course Agalloch isn`t what one would define as Black Metal, but they pushed the approach of old Ulver to new dimensions). When i first got in contact with extremer music – a keystone was Venom's “Black Metal” – the whole second wave of Norwegian Black Metal really cast a spell over me (and it still does). So i still love old Taake, Carpathian Forest, Gorgoroth or Hades for example cause the music has this dark nature-mystic in it – also there are some italian bands like Tenebrae In Perpetuum or Lorn who carry this spirit. But there are also more progressive bands that i love, like Agalloch, Alda, Primordial or Nocte Obducta (check them out if you don`t care about genre-borders).
I´m quite exploring the Thrash of the 80ties a little bit more right now, when the genres were not that fixed and many bands also had a blacker vibe in their music – check out early Excidium form Italy or Sacrilege from UK. And i really recommend some german BM-Albums like Lunar Auroras “Ars Moriendi” or “Perished And Forgotten” from Graven.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I`m a nature-boy and spend a lot of time outside, roaming through the woods (or what is left from them), drinking beer and listening to good music. Unfortunately you don`t have the freedom here in Germany to do real Trekking-tours cause it`s official not legal to camp outside, nether can you do a fire or something. Of course sometimes i do smaller Tours or larger ones in other countries. But it`s a pity in Germany,, cause there are a lot of good places, especially in north-eastern Germany where not so many people live. It really fucks me up when i imagine that you can`t even get water here outside, cause everything is spoiled with agro-chemicals or fertilizer. What a shame for a “civilized” country (as almost for the whole world) to sacrifice this natural goods for some economical values – as it stands in the fucking bible “Subdue the earth”. And yeah, another hobby of mine is being in rage about these environmental-topics and the fucking religions, haha.

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

Thank you for the support, it`s maybe one of a few opportunities for me to give some infos about my projects. There are two tracks from the new album on soundcloud and if anyone is interested or want to receive my music, contact me on
Or just send me money (ok, that was a joke).

Thanks and keep the black flame burning!

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Verwesung/Crushing Thy Existence !!/PahaHenki Productions/2016 Demo Review

dimanche 12 février 2017 à 05:00

  Verwesung  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  noisy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2016  demo  "Crushing  Thy  Existence  !!"  which  was  released  by  Pahahenki  Productions.

  Angry  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  violence  before  adding  in  a  raw  raw  yet  powerful  bass  guitar  which  is  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  a  later  track  shows  the  vocals  going  into  a  grim  spoken  style  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts   and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  the  bass  riffing  is  all  open  note   riffing  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  and  some  of  the  distortion  almost  has  a  harsh  noise  feeling  and  the  demo  also  remains  very  heavy  and  raw  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  and  the  bonus  tracks  are  very  harsh  sounding  instrumentals  with  a  great  amount  of  static.

  Verwesung  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding  while  also  being  very  harsh  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  hatred,  death,  depression  and  vampirism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Verwesung  are   a  very  great  sounding  raw,  lo-fi  and  noisy  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blutbad  Im  Schatten  Des  Petersdom"  and  "Verrottetes   Daesin'.  8  out  of  10. 

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Volkolak/MMII-MMIV/Crush The Desert Records/2017 Compilation ALbum Review

dimanche 12 février 2017 à 00:04

  Vololak  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  had  material  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  has  done  albums  in  both  the  ns  pagan/black  metal  and  neo  folk  genres  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "MMII - MMIV"  which  consists  of  their  2002  album  "The  Feat  Of  The  Grey  King"  2004  album  "Hail  To  The  God  Of  The  Sun"  and  a  2017  bonus  track  "Tyhe  Witch.  Ice  Hike"  and  was  released  by  Crush  Of  The  Desert  Records  and  consists  of  their  early  folk  material.

  Wind  sounds  along  with  wolves  howling  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  adds  in  a  medieval  folk  music  feeling  and  on  the  second  track  folk  instruments  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  singing  and  some   songs  also  bring  in  female  vocals.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  drum  beats  along  with  a  few  instrumentals  and  classical  guitars  along  with  finger  picking  is  also  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  the  vocals  start  adding  in  more  aggression n and  nature  sounds  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  the second  album  on  this  compilation  also  continues  the  same  tradition  as the  first  recording.

  On  this  compilation  Volkolak  started  developing  their  folk  music  style  and  create  a  medeieval  pagan  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Russian  pride,  Slavic  and  Norse  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Volkolak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Odin's  Wolves"  "Witches  Valley"  "To  The  God  Of  Fire"  and  "Veles  And  The  Warrior".  8  out  of  10.

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Underdark/Mourning Cloak/Third I Rex/2017 EP Review

samedi 11 février 2017 à 06:44

  Underdark  are  a  band  from  The  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Mourning  Cloak"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Third  I  Rex.

  Heavy  post  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of   tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard .

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  while  also  mixing  in  some  post  hardcore  and  shoegaze  elements  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  growls  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Underdark  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  has its  raw  moments  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  shoegaze  and  post  hardcore  to  create  something  very different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Underdark  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Span  Of  Black  Nihility".  8  out  of  10.

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Netra/Ingrats/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 11 février 2017 à 02:16

  Netra  are  a  band  originally from  France  but  now  re-located  to  Norway  and  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  trip  hop  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ingrats"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Trip  hop  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  that  add  in  a  touch  of  jazz  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a   very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  also  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.

  Ambient  elements  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  clean  guitars  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing    and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  touches  of  post  rock  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  all  instrumental  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses saxophones  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Netra  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  trip  hop,  ambient,  industrial  and  avant  garde  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  life,  urbanity,  solitude,  and  self  reflection  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Netra  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  trip  hop,  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Everything's  Fine"  "Infinite  Boredom"  "Paris  Or  Me"  and  "Jusqu  'au-boutiste".  8  out  of  10.

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