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The Sarcophagus Interview

jeudi 23 mars 2017 à 03:10
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

When our previous vocali Niklas Kvarforth left the band for focusing Shining properly, Mørkbeast joined The Sarcophagus and hereby the vocal sound of the album had changed.The session drummer Oktay moved to Ireland after the drum recording session.After completing the recording we have started to look for a drummer for the gigs.Besides I have started to prepare material for the next album.I hope next album preparation will not be so long…

2.You have a new album coming out in April, 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?

Yes the new album will be out on the 4th of April.This one has a better quality sound and production. It is more agressive and dark but also has melodic parts.During the recording of Towards The Eternal Chaos we had the same drummer problem so we made it drum machine which hadn’t satisfied us.In this album you can hear the acoustic drum sound blasting with the guitars.The musical style is same as in the recent one but I can’t describe the new style in a word.I can say that it is a black metal inspired by the 90’s black metal and created it’s own style.

3.I have seen the band refer to its musical style as 'anatolian raw black metal' can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Anatolia is the ancient name of Turkey where dozens of ancient civilizations have been living more than 5000 years.We are using it not to describe the music style but an idea and black metal music coming from this land without meaning the national borders…

4.This is your first album since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Yes it has been very long time…Actually we never wanted to delay things such a long time but I moved to another city, other band guys had their own music projects so we were silent during that time.I started to prepare these songs around 2014 and the recording was completed in 2016 but you know things take time…

5.Your lyrics deal with Mythology, Ancient Cultures and Mysticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

As I mentioned in the recent question, all these inspirations are coming from the Anatolian culture.All those civilizations had various legacies and we love to use it in the music.I had the chance of studying Archeology, Religions History, Anatolian Civilizations during the university period and all these had a great influence on me and so on the music of course.All these themes are living together with each other.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Sarcophagus'?

Sarcophagus means “flesh eater” in ancient Greek and this means stone tomb.For us, it is the symbol of death, end of everything, in other words a bridge between life and death and this word is living with us for more than 20 years.We added “the” in front of Sarcophagus because there are too many bands with the name Sarcophagus

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

We haven’t played live for a long time.Unfortunately we have had line up problems.The main line-up moved to another city/country and new line up was from different countries.You know it is not always easy to come together but now we are planning to play live very soon…Our old shows was great, we were playing with corpsepaint on the face, bulletbelts, nails, firebreathings etc…

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Yes we may play live if we deal with the drummer problem.Everyone is working 5-6 days in a week so touring is a bit hard thing to do.Actually this was one the reasons of the delayed album.It is very hard to work and making music together.

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

We have had lots of followers and friends since our recent works.When we released our new album track samples "Reign of Chaos" and "Ain Sof" had great feedbacks.Tracks also have killer reviews and scores All of these are very cool...

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

Mørkbeast is blasting with his main band Todestriebe in Moscow.Our bass player Ozan is about to complete his own music studio Dead House, it will be finished very soon and I think this will be the next album recording's adress.He will be recording a new album with his main band Raven woods coming months.I have also a side project in my mind but details are not clear yet...

11.Where do do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Our first goal is to create new better albums and keep the black flame burning with The Sarcophagus.The thing what we are most satisfied with is spreading our music to the metal people all around the world.

12.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?

As I mentioned in previous question, the black metal The Sarcophagus plays inspired by the cult black metal band's of early 80-90's but what we are trying to do is creating our own style.I think with this album our sound  started to be a distinctive The Sarcophagus sound and we want to keep it.We are still listening these awesome albums such as old Emperor and Dissection albums.They will be always cult.I find Mgla very successful.They carry an old sound and combine it with the new sound.This is what we are doing now too.

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

Thanks to all the fans, friends and metal people all around the world who support The Sarcophagus.

We also would like to thank to our labels.Together we shall destroy the barriers of light!!!!!!! thesarcophagustr

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Digir Gidim/I Thought There Was A Sun Awaiting My Awakening/Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum/2017 CD Review

mercredi 22 mars 2017 à 04:48

  Digir  Gidim  are  a  duo  from  an  unknown  location  that  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "I  Thought  There  Was  A  Sun  Awaiting  My Awakening"  which  will  be  released  on  March  31st  by  Aeternitas  Tenebrarum  Musicae  Fundamentum.

 Avant  garde  sounds  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  bring  in a   decent  amount of  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  Deep  growls  can  be  heard  at  times  while  clean  singing  avant  garde  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  make  the  music  more  experimental  and  ritualistic  along a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.

  Digir Gidim  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  mixes  the  occult  and  avant  garde  sides  of  the  genre  to  create  something  very different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  Mesopotamia,  esoteric  doctrines,  cosmology  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Digir  Gidim  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Revelation  Of  The  Wandering"  and  "The  Glow  Inside  The  Shell".  8  out  of  10.       

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Hesperia Interview

lundi 20 mars 2017 à 11:45
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?

The recording/mastering of the album ended in August 2016, and after that I created the artwork. The complexity of the 2-version cover (and the complete artwork) kept me busy me for a few months. In the past, when an album was released, I used to begin to create new material right away, but now I'm very busy because I want to make 1 video for each song of CAESAR (FOR A TOTAL OF 11 VIDEOS), because the album is something like a rock metal opera, musical but also visual. In the previous album I put a multimedia track with the concept and the illustrated story inside the CD, but only few people know and watch it, so this time I'll create those videos and upload them on YouTube. The album should have been released in February but there were some delays,  so it will be released in March instead. Now it's available for pre-order.

2.In February you had released a new album, 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?

CAESAR [Roma vol.I] has so many influences and musical hints, more than Metallvm Italicvm (the previous album). The general sound is more metal/extreme metal oriented, while the previous was more rock-metal oriented. In Metallvm Italicvm there were no pauses between the tracks, it was a suite, while in CAESAR there are 11 tracks, every track has a cinematic intro in the style of the soundtracks. Every musical sound and influence in CAESAR is used to create the right atmosphere in the story of the life of Caesar. But the first album of Hesperia had a very raw pagan black metal sound with some particular sounds inside. However I've always labelled the sound of Hesperia as “Metallvm Italicvm” (Italic Metal) or Hesperian Metal (HM, Archaic Italic Metal)

3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about them?

The new album is a concept, a rock metal opera about Julius Caesar, his life and his challenges. It begins with the introduction track and the first  track about Caesar's ancestry, the divine omens and his arrival. Then there are the songs about the Triumvirate, his work De Bello Gallico (about the wars in Gallia), the campaign in Britannia, the civil war in Roma (after the Crossing of the Rubicon river), the Egyptian venture (the theme of Cleopatra), the theme of Caesar (at his maximum powerful splendour), the theme of Brutus and the conspiracy, the divine omens of his death (on the Ides of March), the events after his death: the ghost of Caesar appears to Brute, Rome destroys his murderers, and the immortality of CAESAR’s name as a title for kings and emperors all around the world.

4.Also this is the first volume in a series, how many albums do you have planned for this concept?

At the moment I've planned 2 albums about ROME and the Roman Age: Caesar (this one), and the next one. Then I'll start the albums about the Italic Medieval age.

5.With the project name and lyrics you have always covered Roman and Italian Paganism, Mythology and History, can you tell us a littl bit more about your interest in these topics?

In my real life I'm an Architect, but I have a huge passion for history, mythology, Tradition (esoteric/alchemical contents), especially Italian ones, and also about my hometown (the region of Marche, in Italy, the Sibillian Mounts: the Mounts of Sibilla).
That’s why Hesperia (which is the ancient name of Italy) is a concept band about Italy and his mythology, history, traditions, where I follow a chronological order album after album.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with another full band in the future?

Over the years Hesperia has become a very complex and difficult project, very difficult to manage in every aspect, similar to a full-time job. Maybe in the future I'll look for someone to help me in this project. But I need very motivated people.

7.The new album was also released through 'Sleaszy Rider Records', are you happy with the support they have given you over the years?

Yes, I am. With SR Records I've had many opportunities, and the albums were released quickly over the years. It' s an honour for me to be released by the label that re-released the masterpiece albums by Rotting Christ, Ancient and also some great metal albums by Motorhead, Whitesnake and such.

8.On the new album you had also done a cover of Iron Maiden  "Ides Of March" what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

My Ides of March is a “conceptual cover”: Caesar died on the day of the Ides of March, so I've described this chapter without words, only an instrumental song: a cinematic version of the Iron Maiden cover. There are no metal rhythmic instruments, only orchestral ones, but there are the same guitar  melodies/harmonies as the original one, and we tried to perform the solos leaving them identical to the original ones. The first solo is mine, the second solo was performed by Clemente Cattalani (Sleazer, Scala Mercalli). Of course the first 7 albums by Iron Maiden have a huge influence on the sound of Hesperia.

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

People say that Hesperia is a black metal project, but I have always labeled Hesperia as “ITALIC METAL” (Metallum Italicum). There are some pagan and bm influences, but it's just not black metal. In my music, and in my concept, the word “ITALIC” is more important than the word ”black”, because ITALIC includes my country, my past, my blood, my history and so on.
Maybe this concept is closer to identitarian rock and the pagan worlds than to the metal and black metal worlds. Many people in the bm and metal world have a hard time understanding this “ATTITUDE”. I march straight on my own way, avoiding to follow something created by other people. Black Metal was coded by other people and in my opinion it must be “unchanging”, “involuted”, “traditional” (or it wouldn’t be “black metal” anymore), so I haven’t been playing black metal since the Sulphuria years (1992-98). That was an italic bm band.
It's strange but during this 20 years of existence of the project, it has been appreciated more enthusiastically abroad than in Italy (for example Germany, South America, Finland, France, Belgium, Japan).
It’s strange considering that Hesperia was one of the names of Italy and it’s a concept about our land, roots, and tradition.
In Italy there is a strange situation, many people follow the musical scene with a mind that seems to be open, but at the same time they have many difficulties when it comes to understanding bigger things and what is happening in the world around them. Many Italians often have an xenophile mind, they finally understand the important things that come out of their own country only after decades, or when some foreign artist talks about these things. More than the other countries they support the ones that are more advertised in the scene, and they don't understand that this is only a matter of money, not of art. This is the average situation.
THERE IS NO REAL SCENE IN ITALY, because many people are divided by envy and only some bands are united by the respect for each other; most of the people involved never understood that working for a scene (and not just for thei rselves or their band) would have brought strength and light to everyone; I HATE the ideas and the way of thinking of the average Italian and the average metaller; the average cultural level in that metal “scene” is very low, I am more in tune with people that follow identitarian rock, esoteric traditional ideas and such. But there are also italian metal and bm bands (and people) that I appreciate very much, and people that appreciate Hesperia too.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

It's difficult to say. I will continue to code the genre that I label as “Italic Metal” with cultural themes, musical elements, traditional esoteric elements and so on.

11.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?

In the sound of Hesperia there are many influences: metal from the '80s (hm, speed, thrash, death metal, proto-black metal, aor, etc.), black metal and some metal from the early '90s (especially pagan bm), identitarian Italic rock, nsbm,  progressive rock (especially Italian), rock 'n’ roll from the '50s, psychedelic sounds from the end of the '60s, opera, classical, folk, neofolk, ambient, martial industrial, soundtracks.
Nowadays I'm still listening to all these kinds of music, but at the same time I'm continuing to support the underground bm that have the primordial genuine spirit and attitude, or black metal ambient. I don't support those kinds of plastic metal styles, especially in the bm scene, it's not my kind of genre (metal is not plastic).

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

History, mythology, esoterism, tradition, hiking (especially on the Sibillian Mounts) and… voyages through time and space in the Italic past (hehe).

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

Yes, of course:
Search and Support the real art, not the empty business metal or music that the big mass-medias feed you with. This is the only way to avoid killing art and music. Stay Hesperian!
Thanks for the interview.

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Decrepit Throne Interview

lundi 20 mars 2017 à 03:00
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Gregory-Decrepit Throne is a new studio project that exists to create dark, heavy music. We hail from the east coast of the USA. Not a lot to tell, the music does the talking. I think most people who are familiar with Black Metal and Death Metal will hear a wide range of influences. We are simply trying to contribute to the underground by creating heavy and dark metal.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Gregory-I like to describe the sounds on Traitor's Grave as a mix of black metal and old school black metal but there are some modern influences. I think it is melodic yet aggressive, not as raw as a lot of the second and first wave of black metal but the production is defiantly not polished. I pretty much hate sterile, lifeless recordings so I hope the listener gets a sense of organic darkness.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Ron-I try not to limit myself with writing lyrics, so I tend to cover a few themes through the course of the album. Revenge, war, death, nature, and Satanism.

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

Gregory-The name is a reflection of my deep dislike of organized religion and mankind's tendency to use religion as a tool to manipulate and oppress

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you open to expanding your line up, or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Ron- Well considering the distance between Greg and I, it's impossible to do a full live lineup, plus keeping it a studio project keeps extra egos out of the equation. We have a vision for Decrepit Throne and intend on sticking with it.

Gregory-Like Ron said, the distance would make it very difficult. At this point in time, I can not imagine a realistic scenario that would allow that to happen. I really like the fact that this arrangement gives me ample time to concentrate on playing and writing. Time is not a replenishable resource and I have little of it.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Gregory- I would be open to signing with a label if the right opportunity presents itself. I am enjoying the DIY approach but life is like a wheel that is constantly turning so who knows what may happen. I have been contacted by a few labels but as you know, we remain independent.

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

Ron-so far the feedback has exceeded expectations. It's good to hear what people are saying, but at the same time I like to do music that I'd like to hear.

Gregory-Most of the feedback from the metal community and friends has been very positive and encouraging. To be honest, I try to release music that I want to hear and not what the latest trend is so I have few expectations but as Ron said, the positive feed back has exceeded any expectations. I try not to think about it but it is a good feeling knowing our music has provoked any interest at all.

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Ron-I'm still involved with Blasphemous and we're getting ready to record this spring and have a summer lined up with shows along the East Coast.

Gregory-My last band has broken up so currently Decrepit Throne is all that I am doing but that could change any day because I never know when I may end up in another band. As the days go by, I am starting to get comfortable with the idea of only doing this studio project for the foreseeable future.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Gregory-I really want to use the first album (Traitor's Grave) as a seed to grow and explore. I never know what I am going to write until it actually happens. I just want to be heavy and aggressive and continue to explore and implement melodic passages.

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?

Ron-Well when Greg sends me the music over, I try to capture the feeling and put it into the lyrics. A very heavy Dissection vibe is what I feel with Greg's riffs. As far as what I'm listening to lately, the new Black Anvil, Immolation, Obituary, Xibalba, and Woe have been heavily on my playlist lately.

Gregory-My current listening habits are all over the place. I try to spin at least 3 or 4 records a day and bands like Drudkh, Aosoth, Dissection, Death, Dawn and Deceased have been on my turntable lately along with 70's rock and 80's metal bands like Dio, early Ozzy, Yes, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Zeppelin and Sabbath. I even had 80's pop bands like The Motels, The Fixx, Missing Persons and Saga in my rotation. But yeah, I am not afraid to admit that I jam on a lot of different genres of music but metal is first and true love.

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Ron-Occultism is definitely a part of what I deal with lyrically, particularly Satanism. I'm thoroughly disgusted by organized religion. Particularly the scum that plagues the Christian and Muslim faiths. For people to commit atrocities in the names of said religions is repulsive.

Gregory-I think Ron said it better than I can. I have always had a deep interest in all things related to the dark side of the universe. Religious freaks will never control me with their lies and deception.

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

Ron-I thank you for giving us the opportunity to talk. Give Decrepit Throne a listen.

Gregory-Many thanks! Life is short so do what makes you happy. And raise the horns and beers high! Check us out at
https://decrepitthrone. and DecrepitThrone/

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WOM/Psychedelic Noir/2017 Full Length Review

dimanche 19 mars 2017 à 00:57

  WOM  are  a  solo  project  from  Cyprus  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  more  of  a  psychedelic  and  progressive  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Psychedelic  Noir".

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  thunder  and  rain  sounds  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  structures  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  psychedelic  elements  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  album  closes  with  a  keyboard  instrumental.

  WOM  moves  away  from  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  going  into  a  more  psychedelic  and  progressive  form of t he  genre  while  also  keeping  the  grim  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  melancholy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  WOM  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ides  Of  Death"  "Moonlight  Melancholia"  and  "The  Tempest  Of  Loss".  8  out  of  10.

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