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Fornicus Interview

lundi 4 août 2014 à 02:14

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a black/death metal band hailing from KY. The band started as a just myself and our bassist Chris in late 2012 in whom I've known for several years having played with him in one of my earliest bands as a teen. We approached David sometime in early 2013 expecting him to not be interested and surprisingly he was more than eager to get involved...fucker lives nearly 2 hrs away and makes the drive over for practice every Friday night. Kelly is our latest addition to complete the lineup on lead guitar. We also play together in a death/grind band called Gorgy where I actually drum. Kelly and I had another project going before he joined Fornicus that was black metal called Storming Heaven and since the projects sounded so similar we just merged the two, hence why the debut album is titled Storming Heaven.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The album I think has a fairly wide range of sound. Some songs such as We Are Sin and Pallium Mali have a riffier, more old school sound, some have a darker edge such as Into Obscurity, and some have a pretty heavy death metal influence such as King of the Egoists and The Beckoning.

3.A couple of the band members also have a background in death metal, how would you compare playing black metal to death metal?
Black metal for me pulls deeper into the essence of who you can represent a wider range of thought and emotion than I think death metal can. Death metal satisfies me on a more primal, pure aggression level. I love both genres however so it depends on my mood as to which I favor.

4.Your lyrics cover some satanic, occult and anti christian topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?
Having been raised as a christian as a child right in the heart of the bible belt, especially in a denomination that felt it was the only "right" one a lot of the anti-christian sentiment stems from my own rebellion from the religion and my views of its hypocritical and mentally abusive nature. The use of satan for me is more a literary and metaphorical reference as I do not believe in any deities. Satan of course represents rebellion and freedom from the binding chains that religion had on me when I was younger as he dared to defy god as well. Views vary a bit from member to member but at its core, we are very much anti-religion.

5.I know that the name 'Fornicus' comes out of the movie 'The Cabin In The Woods', what was the decision behind using it as a band name?
It was suggested by either David or Chris one night when we were trying to figure a name out. We're all horror fans, some more than others and we thought the name sounded good and wasn't overly complicated so it would be easy for people to remember. 

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
My favorite show thus far was our debut show last May. We opened it but the crowd was already there and they gave us some very enthusaistic and positive feedback. There aren't any stage theatrics that some use within the black metal world in our performance (not suggesting anything negative towards that, just not what we choose to do), its just straight forward, no bullshit thrashing black/death from beginning to end.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?
Touring is probably not an option in the near future as well all have full time employment and a couple of us have families as well. We do however and will continue to play regionally in surrounding states on weekends.

8.According to the Metal Archives page the band is signed to Negative Earth Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Negative Earth is a DIY label Kelly used to have a few years ago that he revived to release our album. We had interest from a few established labels but we felt that we had the resources to achieve what we wanted to achieve ourselves and the offers weren't 100% to our liking.

9.On the album you also did a cover of Sepultura's "Antichrist", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this track?
I had always loved the raw, aggressive sound of early Sepultura and always had this song in mind as a good one to cover which the rest of the band agreed. Felt we could make it our own while preserving what the song originally was as well, to which I believe we did successfully.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We just released the album a week ago digitally and are currently taking pre-orders for the CD which will ship by the end of August so there hasn't been a lot feedback just yet but so far the bulk of our sales/pre-orders have been international from different European countries so I believe fans from abroad are finding us to their liking.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are already writing for the next album and are actually considering talking with some other bands about doing a split. So far the writing has been a little darker and some playing more on the aggressive side of black metal.

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?
Bands that have had an influence on myself include early Emperor, Marduk, Angelcorpse, Dissection, and Goatwhore to name a few. I've also taken a bit from local metal stalwarts Abominant as they've recorded their last three releases at my studio so I think they've rubbed off on me a little, ha! Bands I frequently listen to at the moment include Craven Idol, Vader, Prosanctus Inferi, Oubliette (a band from nearby that just released a fantastic album), Goatwhore, and Gorgasm as far as more recent shit goes and have been revisiting Emperor a lot lately from all the media attention for the reunion shows they're doing. 

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Don't have a lot of time for other interests between work and music but myself I do some gaming here and there, same for Chris. David is big into weight lifting and such and Kelly...I don't know where he finds time to breath, ha!

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We appreciate your time and the interview very much! Hails to all that support the underground and keep its flame burning, you are its spirit!

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Baalberith Interview

lundi 4 août 2014 à 02:00
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hail! Yes...The Current status of Baalberith has changed in masses over the course of 2014.
Since we finished recording apparition of skulls we have had a massive shift in dynamics.
With disagreements and unreliability reaching an all-time high, I felt it best that we made the change towards becoming  a studio only project. This has resorted in the band reverting back to a studio project format.
The status of Valefar [Drums] is very much unknown at present date, so I have proceeded into the studio with only myself of the old line-up to represent the name of Baalberith. Although I do believe that the future will see the return of Valefar into action.
Now I can announce that I have aligned with Atticus from UK folk metal titans 'Andraste' to write the next full length Baalberith release. This release is being heavily crafted as we speak. More information on this will arise when necessity calls for it.

 2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the new recordings and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
  Yes, it’s called Apparition Of Skulls. The only way I can describe this release is a mix of all things metal with an overbearing black metal edge, For any long term fans of the band they will know that we have always crossed genre boundaries in order to make something unique for the listeners.
I like to think of this album almost as a part 2 of our 2010 full length release Abortion of Religious Futility. So much so we put a different spin on a couple of tracks and re-recorded them for the purpose of this release.
All our albums differ...yet are the same.  We have our own style of chaos and that goes from album to album, we do whatever it takes to make that work without sounding like a constant repetition.

 3.I have read that after this album the band is going to be a studio only project, what was the decision behind going into this direction?
  It is not a decision I will ever be truly happy with, but it was for the best due to previously mentioned reasons.
It was a matter of die as a band...or live on as a studio project.  I made my decision, who knows what the future will bring.

 4. Your lyrics cover some satanic, occult and anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your views on these topics?
 I write what inspires me. My hatred towards religion fuels the flames a lot of the time.
A prime example of this is our track 'God Delusion'. But by all means we are not limited to this aspect. I have no set direction, Whatever I feel, I write...

 5.I know that Baalberith is chief secretary of hell in demonology, what was it that interested you about this deity in order to name your band after him?
 The name was originally suggested by a previous guitarist 'Azhagoth'.
After many a discussion we all agreed this name was for the best. The idea of a demon that could tempt men to blasphemy and murder seemed fitting for our style, for our message.
Much like ourselves he tells things of the past and present, with truthful outlook of the future. 
This is the demon that that has given dignities to men throughout history. What better creature could summon inspiration for the black arts?

 6.What where some of the best shows the band played when they where a full time line up and also how would you describe your stage performance?
 EVERY show was a good show, regardless of how well we played or how big the crowd.
We have always gone out and put all our vehemence and anger into the live shows.
I have witnessed legs broken, noses smashed, eye sockets caved in, ribs broken and epileptic fits all whilst we have been onstage. And all that does is drive us to invoke more chaos. These people have gone through physical injury to show their appreciation for Baalberith.

 7.A few months back you had released a split with Hellvete, what are your thoughts on the band that had participated on this album?
Yes, although a very different style to ourselves I enjoyed this split. I myself am a fan of their music. And really like the direction they push for.

 8.The new album came out on SixSixSixMusic, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Yes, a new label for us....
But they sure as hell haven't disappointed, Steve goes above and beyond what's necessary to promote the bands he works with. And does a fantastic job of making sure the bands are happy and know what's going on at every step of the way.

 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans Of black metal?
 Surprisingly this album is going down well in the black metal community. Abortion of Religious Futility was a massive struggle against elitists in the genre. So I'm happy that this album can get full appreciation from those who matter, instead of smacked down by elitist pricks that can’t understand the concept of adding outside influences into a style of music.

 10.What is going on with some of your other musical projects these days?
My death metal band Born Undead released its first e.p early 2014 titled 'Violator of Humanity'. It was a very limited release so I will be looking for labels willing to put it out properly on a bigger scale in the coming months.
Skiddaw has released its debut e.p on Sixsixsix Music and is going down a storm, plans have been put in place to create a full length sometime this year.
And that's about it for now, a lot of my projects are currently on the back burner till I get time to write for them.

 11.Recently I have heard your other musical project 'Skiddaw' and the lyrics covered Cumbrian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
Quite honestly, Cumbrian Mythology is not something I had ever researched into until I joined Skiddaw. But as with everything, I am researching and educating myself on the subject.

 12.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
I really don't know, I'm hoping to get another band together to get me back on the live music scene. And contemplating experimenting with a few new styles. Only time will tell.

 13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Black metal, Death metal, Doom, Thrash and Grindcore are my main musical tastes. And I guess have all had influence one place or another throughout my music writing.
I find myself listening things like Woods of Ypres, Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride lately. But it’s only a matter of time before that reverts back to Silencer, Lifelover and Life is Pain.

My musical tastes often reside in the sounds of negativity and sadness.

 14.What are some of your non musical interests?
  With very little time to spare now days all my interests are of a musical nature.
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thankful for interviewing me at this time. You can connect with us via Facebook or via our label at:
  Both tape and cds version of Apparition Of Skulls will be out very soon

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Aasgard/Morbid Celestial Desecration/Vacula Productions/2014 CD Review

dimanche 3 août 2014 à 07:41

  Aasgard  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Morbid  Celestial  Desecration"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  they  also  use  of  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking   and  you  can  also  hear  some  clean  playing  in  their  music  at  times.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  anger  in  their  music  along  with  some  depressive  riffing  and  vocals  being  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  thrash  in their  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  getting  more  deep  and  grim  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

   The  band  sticks  mostly  to an  early  90's  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  a  great  amount  of  diversity  throughout  the  recording   and  they  only  use  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  you  can  hear  some  melodic  pagan  vocals  being  utilized  in  the  background  and  they  become  the  music  sound  very  epic  along  with  some  chanting,  on  one  of  the  alter  tracks  the  band  brings  in  a  slow  riff  that  reminds  me  of  early  Beherit  and  the  last  2  tracks  show  the  band  adding  in  nature  sounds  into t heir  grim s tyle  of  black  metal.  

  Aasgard  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  but  with  a  more  diverse  approach  to  this  genre  and  they  also  make  every  song  sound  different  from  each  other ,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  feeling,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Hate,  War  and  Dark  Passions.

  In  my  opinion  Aasgard  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  diverse  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beliefs  of  Native  Gods"  :The  Art  Of  Paganism"  and  "Frozen  Wind  Above  the  Tomb".  8  out  of  10.


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Throne Of Sacrilege/Impurium/Unleashing A Cacophony Of Destruction/Orchestrated Misery Records/2014 Split CD Revie

dimanche 3 août 2014 à 05:38

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Illinois's  Throne  Of  Sacrilege  and  Indiana's  Impurium  called  "Unleashing  A  Cacophony  Of  Destruction"  which  was  released  by  Orchestrated  Misery Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Throne  Of  Sacrilege  a  band  that  plays  a  very  chaotic  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  the  band  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  solos  and  leads  are  added  in  the  music  and  they  also  give  the  band  a  more  chaotic  edge  and  they  also  add  in  ritualistic  sound  effects  on  the  second  track  before  returning  to  a  heavy  and  brutal  sound  as  well  as  adding  melody  into  their  musical  style  while  the  last  track  brings  in  a  sample  from  The  Omen  Part  3  which  adds  a  more  blasphemous  edge  to  the  music  one  the  heavy  parts  start  to  kick  in.

  Throne  Of  Sacrilege  take  the  fastest  and  heaviest  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  to  create  the  sound  that  is  presented  on  all  3  of  their  tracks,  the  production  sound s very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Throne  Of  Sacrilege  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  brutal  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "As  the  Black  Wind  Howls".

  Next  up  is  Impurium  a  band  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  black  metal.

  There  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  has  a  mid  80's  to  early  90's  feeling  but  with  a  more  modern  production  and  after  awhile  they  start  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  death  and  thrash  metal  elements  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  very  extreme  sounding  old  school  metal  leads,  on  the  second  track  dark  sounding  melodies  are  added  into  the  music.

  Impurium  play  a  very  fast  and  chaotic  form  of  old  school  black  metal  which  also  has  elements  of  death  and  black  metal  as  well  as  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  the  production  sound s very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  Norse  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Impurium  are  a  very  great  sounding  Nordic  influenced  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "'til  Midgard".

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


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Fornicus/Storming Heaven/2014 CD Review

dimanche 3 août 2014 à 03:49

  Fornicus  are  a  band  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  heavy  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Storming  heaven".

  A  very  dark  and  evil  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  which  gives  the  music  a  ritualistic  feeling  before  going  into  a  more  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Deep  demonic  growls  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  more  of  an  old  school  death  metal  direction  while  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  the  more  melodic  side  of  black  metal  at  times  and  the  band  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  fast  playing  which  utilizes  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  really  starts  to  find  their  sound  taking  the  raw  and  melodic  styles  of  black  metal  and  combining  them  with  death  and  thrash  metal  as  well  as  using  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  have  a  technical  feeling  to  them  at  time s when  they  bring  in  the  death  metal  parts  and  the  spoken  word  parts  also  return  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  some  fast  and  primal  bass  guitars  and  the  band  also  does  a  cover of  Sepultura's  "Antichrist"  before  closing  the  album  with  2  of  their  own  original  songs.

  Fornicus  creates  a  style  of  metal  that  takes  both  the  old  school  and  melodic  satanic  side  of  the  black  metal  genre  while  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  and  thrash  metal  influences  to  create  some  truly  heavy  and  unholy  music,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fornicus  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  melodic  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  with  a  thrash  and  death  metal  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Are  Sin"  "Into  Obscurity"  and  "Storming  Heaven".  8  out  of  10.

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