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Vrag Interview

lundi 4 janvier 2016 à 08:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Vrag has been always in me, the idea of the project was born more than 15 years ago, but I waited until 2010 that the first songs to embody. Today I think it was a good choice, earlier I would surely released things, whereon - I’m afraid - I no longer would be too proud. My aim was already in the beginning, to write songs all alone, I did not want nobody around me, for several years I played in bands, fed up with it, and still today I do not feel to play music with other people, maximum as assistant. From the music so much, my greatest influence was always Burzum, I think with it everything is said. Vikernes is still one of the exemplar, not only in music, but also in ideology!

2.You have released a good amount of material during the first 4 years, do you feel you have put a great amount of time and effort into this musical project?
Recording of the first Vrag songs is prevented by several years of preparations, so I only had to record them. In the teeth of this there was not released too much, although the first 1-2 years was this project all about. Then came more important things into my life, and today my aim is not to release as many issues, rather what I give out of my hands, to have an impact on people, and it has to be some kind of value.
3.While there was a good amount of stuff being released between 10-14, there was nothing released in 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
This is not entirely true, because in 2015 finally appeared in normal form the Vrag / Solus split cassette, that one which Darkness Shade Records has stiffed us. However, in the background, I was in studio in the entire year, continuously conducted recordings of the new album, say-so slowly, but at least it will be, as I wanted. If all goes well, in 2016 it will also appear, I only have to record the bass. The album will be titled ,,Remete”.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
It is difficult to tell the inspiration in a few words, because there are plenty of things appearing in my lyrics, which I could not tell so easy. Feelings, anger, grief, hate, pain, disillusionment, the past, nature, paganism and even could I go on all day long. The first demos had nature-centered concept, but this is no longer true to the next disc.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vrag'?
I live in a small village, which is a very closed community, specifically because of the so-called vends (Slovenians wo live in Hungary), who not really saw before me scary figures in leather jacket with long hair, so in their own language behind my back called me "vrag". This means in the local dialect devil or evil. Therefore I am Vrag.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself but have worked with other musicians before in other bands or projects, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical style?
Yes, I was in bands for many years, but we did not gone anywhere, because always was some idiot, who pulled back the common notion. Only one of these was black metal, the others were different styles. The one-person work obviously gives much more room for creativity, and in most cases no one has a word, what am I doing and how, at most you just fighting with yourself. I can not imagine, that such an intimate and from such depth increased of music could create with someone else. More precisely, I can imagine, but so far I found only one person in this life, and with her I’ve done in another formation, because In Vrag there is no, and will not be place for anyone else!

7.You have been a part of many splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the groups that had participated on the recordings?

The first split came out with the English Orbis formation. Head of the Darkness Shade Records stands behind it, and if I am right, this is still an active project, which is pure ambient music. The following split came out with of the Hungarian Harag (Rage) "band". This is a one-person black metal project of the guitarist of Heldentod, and former guitarist of Gungnir, with much NS overtones. Unfortunately, not very active, but Zoli is an incredibly gifted songwriter. On the following Split next to Vrag appeared my another formation, WitcheR.  It was an interesting issue, because thereon were Hungarian military songs in our style. The realization I like not much today, but because of the stance and idealism may in the future there will be alike. The last split, whereon Vrag appeared, was released with the contribution of Solus "Awakening of the Witch Hungarian Woods” cassette, which has been published in 2013, but in worthy form only in 2015 came out through Neverheard Distro and Fekete Terror Productions. Solus is a very good friend of mine, D’s project, who unfortunately with this publication takes a point to the end of this story. It is worth to follow his work - according to my information he continues under the name of Hamvak (Ashes) - because he's a really talented songwriter.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
If my attention is not attracted to the criticisms, I do not really read them, but a lot of people had look up - mostly by e-mail - and got me positive feedback. Most of the people liked, that so I create evil and melancholic mood in the music, while I use not the clichéd themes to it.
9.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

Only WitcheR is currently active from my other musical projects. With this formation in 2015 appeared on the second album on CD and on cassette, plus merchandise products are made, but there are no further plans for the time. There is moreover an active musical project in the NS scene, the recording session is going on, soon may be ended, but other than currently only Vrag is active, and it seems, that life wants to keep it that way.

10.When can we expect new music and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I'm not a musician, I'll never will be. The guitar and other musical instruments to me is a tool to express the thoughts live in me, but with it I have no goals or ambitious desires. I grown out that stand on stage and play music to people, to become a rock star, I leave to those who think that with this style can earn money and become celebrity, there are no long-term plans, either. If there born songs, I record them, if not, that was all. An LP material is ready anyway, it gave him the title ,,Remete” and in 2016 will be released, but what will happen in the future, it will decide the fate, as always.

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 would be impossible to list everything. Man goes insane when listening to just one style of music, so I love thousands of bands and formations, from heavy to death and through black metal and hardcore whatever may come, in which I find myself. I do not care if I do not pass into a style, I never wanted to belong to a subculture, to one style. Of course, always tagged along here or there, but then I always was left alone, and so it matches to me, I listen what I like what is some kind of metal or hardcore. To the music of Vrag the greatest influence is Burzum. I bow my head at any time before Varg Vikernes, he is impressed on me in every way!

12.Does Paganism or occultism play any role in your music?
Definitely not the occult, paganism is only tangentially. Rather affects me as a man, I live these things as a man, and they manifest indirectly in my songs, some places in my text.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Arguments I leave the true faces, anyway, they always know anything better, so I can only thank you for your support and this interesting interview, and with it, allow me to wish you great success in the future in your work and in your magazine. Support the underground resistance!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/vrag-interview.html


Ande Interview

lundi 4 janvier 2016 à 08:40
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Ande was created in early 2015, I felt the need to make black metal and had some ideas. It's also a way to learn how to record and mix stuff, I've always been interested in that. Actually it's been in my mind to do a solo black metal project since about 2001, but I've just now gotten round to it.



2.Recently you have put out your first release on bandcamp, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
In my opinion the best way to describe the music is atmospheric black metal. It's harsh at times, yet also melancholic and consciously repetitive. The recordings are pretty basic, 2 to 3 layers of guitar, bass, drum and vocals. And I've recorded some short ambient tracks to separate the metal songs.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
All the lyrics are written in Dutch, me being from Belgium / Flanders. On this first release I worked on one song at a time. So when writing lyrics I just wrote about something that was happening in my life at that time. They're pretty personal and somewhat dark, so I've decided not to publish them.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ande'?
When I started the project, I actually had another name in mind. But a few months ago I found out someone else had adopted that name by then, so I had to start thinking and looking around again. 'Ande' is an old Dutch word that's not used anymore. It's a word to describe strong feelings like anger, remorse, passion, ... and I think it fits the concept rather well.



5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer working solo?
At the moment I'm quite comfortable doing it by myself. I'm learning a lot, and I still have ideas to work on. It's also easy when you don't have to plan rehearsals and other things. You just work when there's inspiration. I do have to admit that I sometimes miss other people's ideas. For instance another person can play a variation of your riff in a way that you wouldn't think of, and actually sounds better. So I don't rule out inviting other people to join me somewhere in the future. The initial concept I had in mind was for me to create and release songs, then ask some friends to help me rewrite things to bring them live a few times. Afterwards I would release those live versions. Kind of like a black metal collective.



6.The release has only been out for a few days but are you hoping to get some label interest once your music is more well known?
I have already contacted some small labels, and there does seem to be some interest. Maybe not for this release, but for the next one. However nothing is definite at the moment. The backup of a label does make promo and distribution easier. It's also a compliment if someone is interested in releasing my music. On the other hand I'm also still thinking of doing a limited release of 'Licht' on CD by myself.



7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I contacted some zines and blogs, and people that react are quite positive about it. I also saw someone added Ande to the Metal Archives, and already found a fan video of the track 'Beelden' on YouTube. My friends are giving positive feedback too. So it's going rather well, but it still needs some more time and promo for more people get to know Ande and get more feedback.



8.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?
Yes, I played bass in a garage rock'n'roll band for about 13 years. I had a great time with that band, doing gigs and meeting a lot of cool people. At the end of 2014 we put the band to rest, so that's when I got time to work on Ande. Apart from that I'm also active in a death/grind project with some friends.



9.Where would you like to see yourself head into as a musician in the future?
At the moment I'm looking at making more songs, and doing a next release, probably somewhere in 2016. Preferably I would like to have live drums in the future, so I'm thinking about learning to play the drums. And possible doing some live shows should there be an interest for it.



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 listen to a lot of music and different styles, and I'm always looking out for new stuff, so it's probably a mixture of all kinds of things. However this first release 'Licht' does have a few concrete influences. Like Burzum in the simple arpeggio riffs. Furthermore the way one riff of the song 'Paniek' is played, is inspired by a riff of the track 'Herval' by Lugubrum. And a variation of a riff in 'Beelden' is inspired by Urfaust. The slow breaks are inspired by music of Altar of Plagues and Year Of No Light.
At the moment I'm totally into the following records:

    Terzij de Horde – Self: kind of a mix between post-black and the recent albums of Enthroned
    Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate: with David Eugene Edwards from 16 Horsepower. It's the first Wovenhand album I've checked out, and I quite like it.
    the first album of Chelsea Light Moving with Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth
    Russian Circles – Memorial: great instrumental post metal band, I especially like the drum patterns
    Vanum – Realm of Sacrifice: members from Ash Borer and Fell Voices, it really sounds like a good mix between those two bands
    Lugubrum – Herval: their latest release, I have a lot of respect for this band, it seems they keep re-inventing themselves.




11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Nothing too spectacular really, mainly having some beers with friends, attending gigs and festivals, watching cool movies and the occasional vacation to Scandinavia with my girlfriend. My favourite up to now is visiting Oslo in Norway. Very interesting city. We also visited the cellar of Euronymous' Helvete shop there, with the 'Black Metal' sign written on the wall. It's a strange feeling you get when you're walking around down there. Ok, of course it's just a cellar, but that place did have a huge impact on black metal in general.



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I wanna thank you for your genuine interest in Ande, and wish you good luck with your zine! People that want to check out the music can download the first release 'Licht' for free on bandcamp: http://ande-be.bandcamp.com/


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/ande-interview.html


Lugburz/Pure Misanthropy Of Death/Satanath Records/Dark East Productions/2013 CD Review

vendredi 1 janvier 2016 à 06:24

  Lugburz  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  misanthropic  form  of  occult  black metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Pure  Misanthropy  Of  Death"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Dark  East  Productions.

  A very  fast,  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats,  grim  screams  and  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  and  fast  parts.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  melody  in  both  the  riffs  and  leads  while  the  solos  also  bring  in  an  old  school  extreme  metal  feeling  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  back  the  90's  atmospheric  European  style  with  the  synths  and  some  of  the  riffs  also add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  influences  as  well  as  a  touch  of  thrash  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  semi  melodic  vocals.

  Lugburz  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  brings  back  the  90's  synth  style  while  also  being  very  raw  and  melodic  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Left  Hand  Path,  Satanism  and  Dark  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lugburz  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blades  Of  Maelstrom" "The  Devil's  Anthem"  and  "Eternally  Lifeless".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/lugburzpure-misanthropy-of.html


Astarot/As leaves Fall/Satanath Records/2013 CD Review

vendredi 1 janvier 2016 à 02:13

  Astarot  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013 album  "As  Leaves  Fall"  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  Nature  sounds  and  field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a minute  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  they  also  have  a  very  depressive  edge  to  them  at  times  and  one  the  second  track  drum  beats  are  added  into  the  music.

  Elements  of  ambient  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  starts  getting  heavier  it  brings  in  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  At  time s the  vocals  can  get  very  deep  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  alternate  between  both  the  ambient  and  heavy  sides  of  the  music  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  keeping  around  the  nature  sounds  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of clean  playing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them.

  Astarot  plays  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  nostalgia,  melancholy  and  astral  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Astarot  are  a  very  great  atmospheric  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  Leaves  Fall"  "Despair"  and  "The  Secret  Garden".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/astarotas-leaves-fallsatanath.html


Wasteland Of Reality/Unnamed Chaos/Satanath Records/2013 EP Review

jeudi 31 décembre 2015 à 23:20

  Wasteland  Of  Reality  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "Unnamed  Chaos"  which  was  released by  Satanath  Records.

  Distorted  yet  clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  style  of  death  metal  and  melodies  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  You  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  growls  in  some parts  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  Swedish  black  metal  vibe  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  movie  samples  on  one  track.

  Wasteland  Of  Reality  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  European  black  metal  tradition  and  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  some  very  heavy  yet  melodic  music,   the  production  sounds very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wasteland  of  Reality  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pedophile  Priest"  and  "Die  For  Victory".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/wasteland-of-realityunnamed.html