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Bukavac Interview

jeudi 24 septembre 2015 à 06:47

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
I am a one man black metal band form North Dakota. I wouldn’t call my music traditional black metal and I myself have trouble categorizing my style. I would say this album is more focused on mood and groove than blast beats or atmosphere, although both of those appear as well. 

2. Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Heavy and brooding at times. Melodic and melancholy at other times.
I have heard people say I sound like first wave and really early second wave black metal bands. I wouldn’t be so bold as to compare myself to legends and gods like Bathory, Venom, Black Sabbath, or early Mayhem, but those are some bands others have used to describe my sound. I am deeply honored by those comparisons.  

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
This album is all about nature, mythology, and what I view as the illusion of the human experience and my personal philosophies on humanity. Thus the title “All That Is of the Earth.” 

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bukavac'?
Actually there is a story behind the name. I joined a website called My Online Band a few years ago. On that web site I found a black metal vocalist named Arsenic. We formed an online band called Astral War and he started posting our songs on YouTube. Of course the credited members where Arsenic and SixStrings (my profile name) and that was just fucking ridiculous. So I needed a new name. We looked up demons and other appropriate names but one fit perfectly. A Slavic demon with six legs, gnarled horns, who makes a lot of noise. He hides in the swamps and strangles people to death who pass by. Who wouldn’t love such a creature?
And so Bukavac was born. Some Astral War songs are still online. They are not very good because I had no idea how to mix or master my music then... I still don’t really but I feel I have greatly improved. Arsenic was actually a solid vocalist and we had some really good ideas but, I didn’t have the knowhow to make it sound good. That and my DAW at the time kept shitting the bed. So guitars would be in the left channel and not the right, and all other kinds of problems. It was fun but I would consider it a learning experience for both Arsenic and myself. Hopefully Arsenic is still making music. 

5. On the album you recorded mostly everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you plan on keeping it a solo project?
I played and recorded everything but drums. I don’t know shit about drums and honestly have no desire to learn how to play them. So I use Beta Monkey drum loops.
Bukavac always has been and always will be a solo project. If I should work with others it would no longer be Bukavac. It would require a new band name. I Bukavac would just be a piece of the band rather than the entire band.

6. The album was released on Black Lion Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about how you had came in contact with this label?
My friend Karhmul from the band Abandoned by Light recommended them to me. Since signing with Black Lion I have been really happy. They have been more supportive and helpful than any other label I spoke with. That and the art work on the CDs and booklets look amazing. Black Lion does really good work.

7. On the album you had a quest appearance from a member of 'Abandoned by Light', can you tell us a little bit more about what he added to your musical style?
Karhmul is a great musician and an amazing artist. I was honored to have him appear on the album. He wrote the lyrics to “Into the Abyss Beyond” so the song doesn’t really fit the overall concept of the album but I really wanted to include it.
Karhmul is a much better vocalist than I am so it’s possible those are the best vocals on the album!

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
So far it’s been all positive. I am still amazed at how connected the world is now. I have heard from people in South America, the U.S., and I am signed to a label in Sweden. It means a lot to me to be accepted by Scandinavian black metal fans though. As a black metal artist and fan I know that it is the birth place of the genre and some of the greatest bands ever have come from that area.

9. Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Currently no. The Legion of Black Blood is releasing a split at the end of the month. There are two or three collaboration songs between Jord, Nocturnal Toxin and Carnage, Abandoned by Light, and myself. 

10. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I plan to stop masturbating before I play fast tremolo picking… its exhausting. Haha no.. I have no idea what to do next as a musician. I would love to take guitar, bass, or vocal lessons but I know I don’t have time. I have also thought about ancient history college classes to help me write lyrics. But again time, money, and life all get in the way.

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?
I love all extreme metal music. Death metal, black metal, all that good shit. On this album I would say my influences are Behemoth, Watain, Marduk, Black Label Society, Danzig, Agalloch, High on Fire, Subrosa, The Well, Bloodbath, Coffinworm, Gorgoroth, Mastodon, Neurosis, and Kylessa.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?
Porn. Puppies. Puppy porn. Same as everyone else.
I enjoy art and alcohol… I don’t know. Other than music I just hang out with the wife. We don’t go out much. I am not big into sports or anything like that. I am pretty fucking boring.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you so much for the opportunity to appear in your magazine. All of what I have experienced so far with my music is way more than anything I expected when I just began learning Cannibal Corpse songs on a hand me down acoustic guitar back in high school.

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Kalmankantaga/Opalan/Wolfspell Records/2015 Split Album Review

jeudi 24 septembre 2015 à 06:42

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Finland's  Kalmankantaga  and  Sweden's Opalan  which  was  released  by  Wolfspell  Records  and we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Kalmankantaga  a  band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan/black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  melodic  pagan  black  metal  sound  that  can  also  be  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  after  a  minute  and  a  half  grim  screams  start  finding  their  way  into  the  music and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  both  stick  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are written  in  Polish  and  cover  Paganism and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion   Kalmankantaga  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hetki     Kuolemassa".

  Next  up  is  Opalan  another  band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  black  metal.

 Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars,  atmospheric  sounds  and  melodic  chanting  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  drum  beat  kicks  in  the  music  goes into  a  very fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  while  still  having  a  touch  of  melody  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  alternating  between  both  heavy  and  acoustic  playing,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Paganism  and  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Opalan  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  songs.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Solens  Aterkomst".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  the  atmospheric  and  pagan  black  metal  genres.  8  out  of  10.   

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Mist Of Misery Interview

mardi 22 septembre 2015 à 09:06
Interview with Phlegathon, guitar player of Mist of Misery:

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Mist of Misery was formed in 2010 in Jakobsberg, a northern suburb in Stockholm.  The music focuses primarily on creating a dark, depressive and melancholic atmosphere. The listener is supposed to enter a kind of meditative state while listening to Mist of Misery. This is of course equally reflected in the lyrics as well. They are written to fit the musical landscape we are trying to portray. The lyrics deal with a variety of different subjects ranging from descriptions of nature, negative emotions in general and some different perspectives of outlooks upon life. The music tends to be repetitive, quite often slow but not always and we involve a lot of orchestration combined with melody mixed with traditional DSBM influences.

 2.A year ago you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The sound was represented well for that time. It was a closing chapter for the “old” Mist of Misery you could say. We are proud of that EP, but it is nowhere near of what we are capable of. The new full length album we are working on right now (and have been for quite some time) will be….different to say the least. I will speak more of that later in this interview. But all in all, I think the EP represented us quite well. It is moody, melancholic and repetitive, everything a Mist of Misery recording should be.

3.The band has been around since 2010 but waited until 2014 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?
Wrong. I joined the band in 2011, but Mist of Misery had released several independent releases before that. Some of them were old recordings of the songs featured on our latest release “Temple of Stilled Voices” which you referred to. On another note, Temple of Stilled Voices was released in 2013 actually, but only in digital format. It was released in physical format this year of 2015.
Now, regarding the first 4 years… I cannot tell you much about the very first year, since I was not part of the band back then, but I know that several shows were performed, one in Umeå I believe and several in Stockholm and as I mentioned earlier, several releases were made during the first 1-2 years. Among others they featured early versions of Bleak Autumn, Temple of Stilled Voices and Windows Mirror Image. When I joined the band in 2011 everyone basically left except for Mortuz Denatus. We wrote pretty much all the material for the full length album that we are recording now during a considerably short period of time and more songs that will be on the album after that. We have been re-recording our full length album at least 5 times since 2011 (yes, while we were also working on our EP  “Templed of Stilled Voices” simultaneously) and have finally come to the conclusion to keep most of the tracks we have recorded now and finish the entire process by the end of this year. Hopefully we will see a release quite shortly after that. We also performed several shows during those years that you mentioned. All of them where in our hometown of Stockholm.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Well that question was more or less answered in an earlier stage of this interview, but I guess I could elaborate a bit. Natural descriptions such as describing autumn landscapes or mists are a common theme at least among our older songs. The newer lyrics focuses perhaps more on philosophical topics but described in a typical Mist of Misery fashion. We also have one song that is inspired by the Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien originally enough, hehe…
The general themes however in most of Mist of Misery’s lyrics are depression, darkness, melancholy and hopelessness. Although speaking for myself, I cannot help but to throw in a glimpse of optimism in the lyrics I write. If I didn’t, I would go mad with negativity.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mist Of Misery'?
You would have to ask Mortuz about that. He came up with the name. Although I do know for a fact that he conceived it during a rather… inebriated state. That does not make it without meaning however. I have my own interpretation of what the name stands for, but to find out the original idea behind the name, you should ask him.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you willing to work with a full band again or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We would like to have a full band I would say. We have tried, but this is not really the band that people stick with for some reason… I like working with Mortuz, but I would not mind at all working with a full say 6 piece band. That would exciting. The only problem is that you have to work with dedicated people that are willing to stay through the tough and demanding times, which very few people are willing to do unfortunately. We hire session members for every live performance and they are usually replaced when each new gig comes up.
Long story short: We would like to work with a full band, but we just have not found people that are dedicated enough yet. You never know for the future… but no matter what happens, I think me and Mortuz Denatus will remain the main driving forces behind Mist of Misery.

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 latest gig we had in June was quite special to me at least. It was by far the tightest we ever played and it was fun to play a lot of newer songs. We had some technical problems and our session bass player was….disappointed to say the least. We were also supposed to film and record that gig, but things did not get handled that well, let’s put it that way. But as for the atmosphere, and the people who appreciated it, it was a fine gig for me.
Our onstage performances are not like your typical extreme metal show. Our music is often quite slow and repetitive and it is not really meant for excessive head banging, moshing etc.  We focus rather on delivering the songs the way they are supposed to be delivered: With feeling, tension and lots of epic vibes in general.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Touring? No, not at the moment. Shows and everything is in the planning process, but we really feel the need to complete our full length album before any extensive amount of live-performance can be made. We something more to promote than just our latest EP. We are not completely closed at the moment with regarding to do a show or 2 before the album is released. That more or less depends on finding the right people that are willing to follow through with it. Time will tell.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I’m glad you asked. We have received 2 very interesting offers from 2 promising record labels. One of them we have pretty much decided that they we will be working with them for promotional purposes when our full length album comes out. Of course I can’t tell you what label, but you will see….

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
From the people that I’ve been in contact with, either through promotional means or personally the reception has been 99 % good. Around 10 reviews have been done for the Temple of Stilled Voices EP and none of them have been negative. That to me is not necessarily only a good sign.  A true sign that you are doing something good is that you have haters, people who dislike what you are doing. I’m not complaining though, I’m glad that people seem to like it which it is healthy for the band.

11.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?
Mortuz Denatus is the founder and owner of Studio Forlorn Halls, the studio that we record in. That takes up a lot of his time and he is doing everything from fixing drums to other bands, mixing in general, mastering other bands and doing his own stuff of course in that studio obviously. He is also in a band called Soliloquim. I believe they are about to release their second EP, or full length album at the moment.
I am also in another band called Hyperion. Our debut album has been recorded and is currently being mixed by a guy called Sverker Widgren who is the owner of Wing Studios. The artwork is completed and everything. We’re basically just waiting for him to finish the album and we are writing some new music as well. I also do some melodic electronic music with a friend of mine, but that is more of a fun project.

12.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Yes, you can expect a full length album for sure. The time it has taken is beyond all criticism, but rest assured: We WILL complete this album. You just wait and see. This album is….different than the previous Mist of Misery releases. It is more mature, complex and way more symphonic. I think some listeners might be surprised by it, but we still maintain the foundation of Mist of Misery. You can definitely hear that we are the same band as before. It sounds like Mist of Misery, but greatly improved and on a whole new level
I see the band basically including more symphonic elements in the future and expanding the bounds of atmosphere and beauty. It is going to be very interesting.

13.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?
Musical inspiration for Mist of Misery ranges across a variety of different artists. I guess some important names are Thy Light, Coldworld, Gorgoroth, Mayhem, Dissection, Vangelis and Hans Zimmer. But it is not really consciously that these artists influence us. We combine Depressive Black Metal with I guess traditional sounding Black Metal, but we also mix a lot of classical newer symphonic music with it as well.
Me, personally I listen to a lot of 80:s hard rock and metal. At the moment I can’t stop listening to WASP and Magnum, but I am in love with lots of different genres of music.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in any way. Your actions mean the world to us. I would also like everyone to keep an ear out when the full length album is released and listen to it with an open mind. Thank you for the interview!

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Panzergod/Deathshrouds Bestowed/ExileMusick/2015 Cassette Review

vendredi 18 septembre 2015 à 09:30

  Panzergod  are  a  band  from  Oregon that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  cassette  "Deathshrouds  Bestowed"  which  was  released  by  Exile  Musick.

  A  very  raw  and  fast  old  school  black  metal sounds  start  of  the   recording  along  with  a  great amount  of  blast  beats  and  a few  seconds  deep  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  get  very  high  pitched  screams  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  melodies  can  be  hear d in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  the  solos  and  leads  can  also  be  very  melodic  when  they  are  utilized and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  death  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Panzergod  creates  another  black  metal  album  that  continues  the  true  second  wave  tradition  of  the  style  while  also  bringing  in  more  melodies  this  time  around  and  the  whole  album  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemous  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Panzergod  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deathshrouds  Bestowed"  "Broken  Pile  Of  Flesh"  and  "Rites  Of  Walpurgisnacht".  8  out  of  10. 

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In League With Satan/Self Titled/Merdumgiriz/2015 Cassette Re-Issue Review

vendredi 18 septembre 2015 à 07:14

  In  League  With  Satan  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  experimental   black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2009  album  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A  very  raw  and  noisy  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the album  along  with  some  grim  screams,  goat  sounds,  programmed  blast  beats  and  chaotic  guitar  leads  and  elements  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  can  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Deep  guttural  growls  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  music  can  be  very  experimental   at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses drones  can  be  heard  in  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  with   the  melodic  riffs  and  most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's.

  In  League  With  Satan  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  but  also  gets  more  experimental  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of grindcore  and  death  metal  to  create  a  style   of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemy,  Anti  Christianity,  Darkness  and  War  themes,

  In  my  opinion  In  League  With  Satan  are a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan   of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goddess  Of  Bestial  Lust"  "Fetid  Heresy"  and  "Daughter  Of  The  Ancient Ones".  8  out  of  10.

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