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A Diadem Of Dead Stars Interview

mercredi 25 novembre 2015 à 18:05

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

After my latest release back in September The Mist Bearer pt.II EP I am finishing my next full length which will be ready in early in 2016. The biggest part of the music is recorded, only few additions left to be done and now I am working on the vocal parts. At the same time I am working the layout of the release.

2. In September you had released a new ep, 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?

I composed these two songs during the breaks of the recording sessions of my upcoming album. Actually the homonym track is a mixture of old riffs that I have rejected in the past and new ideas. I released this ep exactly one year after the digital release of my first album “The Mist Bearer” which actually marked my existence as a "celebration". This one I believe that combines melody, aggressiveness, uplifting moments which are heralding the darkest and more depressive ones, epic feeling and isolation. In general I believe that with every effort I walk a step further from where I was standing. I find a personal and a musical maturation through every release. There are differences among my works even if all are under the banner of atmospheric sound.

3. So far most of the music has been instrumental are you interested in adding lyrics into your music during the future?

Yes, as I mentioned above I am about to record vocals for my new album so I wrote lyrics dealing as always with Mother Earth and Nature, Enviromental Destruction...  

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'A Diadem of Dead Stars'?

The name was taken from the first full length of Wolves in the Throne Room. I paraphrased it. Beyond that there is a verse in John’s Apocalypse mentioning a pregnant woman clothed with the sun and moon and wearing a crown of 12 stars. The divine woman for me is earth, not any god not any demon, who gave birth to us, but the stars are dead cause we dethroned her, we raped her divine grace. We carved the umbilicus violently and through the years in the name of the rising progress we have forgotten where we come from. We are drying the wells of flora, we are muting the voice of fauna, and we are turning the womb of life to a sterile burning furnace.

5. Since 2014 you have released 4 releases, do you put a great amount of time and effort into writing music?

I like to dedicate time and effort on my music, after all is an urge that comes from inside. I like the procession of composing. New ideas taking shape in the real world. The journey and the passage from subconscious to conscious. Also every time that I am recording I discover new paths, completely unknown to me and that is something really fascinating.    

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

I had few bands in the past and I was working with other people. After a while I could see that we were not sharing the same vision or there where different paths us to follow. I couldn’t handle the lack of time, lack of interest, possible interferences on my music. So after a small break I decided to start something by myself with only purpose to compose music that satisfies me as I want and whenever I want. There is a risk you have to take and a cost to pay. It’s always easier to have other people taking care their parts of music, but that’s fine. There are several difficulties, but I am doing things in my way and I am glad about it. So there is no chance to add other members on this project.

7. I know that you have worked with Pest Productions before in the past, but which label will be releasing your newer music?

Pest Productions again! I was very satisfied with our cooperation and since they are interested for my new material I have no reason to search for something else. To be exact and honest they were embraced my music from day one! They believed my material and after all I was a fan of their releases. Their roster has powerful releases like Sadhaka, Alda, Vallendusk. So it’s very honoring to continue with them. I also cooperate with a small independent label from Germany named No Sleep Till Megiddo. They handled the releases of my EP’s. “The Mist Bearer” part II EP is about to be released sometime soon and also they’re going to release the tape version of ‘The Mist Bearer” in a limited number.

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

I must say that the support is very big and the words of people who come in contact is very encouraging! The copies I received from Pest Productions of my full length are almost sold! A great amount of supporters comes from USA. Europe is there too, from Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway mainly), Germany, Russia, Spain, Italy. I think that almost zero feedback comes from Greece, hahaha! Very few people know my project here and even fewer like it!

9. When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

The next album is about to be released in early 2016 in digital format at first through my bandcamp and during the year Pest Productions will release it as CD. I believe that this one has a more obvious Cascadian style, a more primitive aspect but of course all these combined with misty lowland’s atmosphere.

10. 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?

US black metal of early 00’s has a very strong impact on me. I find their perspective on black metal sound very refreshing, but of course Norwegian bands like Burzum, (early) Ulver are present…I guess I am inspired from anything I can absorb atmosphere. Allow me to give you my latest top 5 list: Alda-Passage, Spectral Lore-Gnosis, With The End In Mind-Thresholder EP, Grimoire-L’Aorasie des specters reveurs, Vallendusk-Homeward Path.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like reading. Poetry and horror / epic literature of the previous century, movies and small isolating trips in nature.

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

Thank you for the interview and the interest you saw on my project.

We have to be silent for a while and feel the pounding heart of our Mother in order to remember where do we come from…

Misty Regards!

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Nyx/Hairesis/Satanath Records/Vacula Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 25 novembre 2015 à 08:47

  Nyx  not  to  be  confused  with  the  other  band  with  the  same  name  from  Germany  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2014  album  "Hairesis"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Vacula  Productions.

  Melodic Gregorian  chants  and  choirs  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and   raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  blast  beats  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  growls.

  A  great  amount of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  Gregorian  chants  also  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  an  aggressive  black  metal  style  while  the  influence  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Nyx  plays a  style of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  brutal,  raw  and  aggressive  sounding  mixing  in  some  of  the  Swedish  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  left  Hand  Path  and  Luciferian themes.

  In  my  opinion Nyx  are  a  very great  sounding  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hairesis"  "Nema"  and  "Obnubilato  Incesto  Semen".  8  out  of  10.

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Lauxnos/My Dead Ocean/Satanath Records/Metallic Media/Deleting Soul Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 25 novembre 2015 à 06:22

 Lauxnos  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "My  Dead  ocean"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  Metallic Media,  and  Deleting  Soul  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  giving  the  music  a  progressive  feeling  and  after  a  few  seconds  post  rock  style  melodies  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  going  into  the  same  musical  direction.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  heavy  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style  along  with  some  depressive  screams  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  post  rock  elements  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Lauxnos  plays  a  style  that  mixes  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  with  post  rock  to  create  a  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ocean,  lonely,  philosophy  and  mysticism.

  In  my  opinion  Lauxnos  are  a  very  great  sounding   atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Dead  Ocean  Part  1"  'My  Dead  Ocean  Part  5"  and  "Waves  Of  My  Soul".  8  out  of  10.


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GodHater/Blasphemia/Satanath Records/Dark East Productions/Grotesque Sounds Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 25 novembre 2015 à 04:58

  GodHater  are a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  "Blasphemia"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records, Dark  East Productions  and  Grotesque  Sounds  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  vocals  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  and  once  the  grim  high  pitched  screams  kick  in  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  thrash  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  melodic  sound  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  utilize  melody  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  as  the  album  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  briefly  and  they  bring  in  a  war  like  feeling  to  the  recording  and  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Unlord's  "Angel  Of  Fire".

  GodHater  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  mid  90's  aggressive  and  raw  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are written  in  Russian  and  cover  Satanism  and  Hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  GodHater  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  satanic  black  metal  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Spirit  Of  The  Crucifixion"  "The  Departed"  "I  Choose  Darkness"  and  "GodHater".  8  out  of  10.


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ChaosWolf Interview

mercredi 25 novembre 2015 à 02:06
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
1.    Sure. We are filming the first videoclip of Chaoswolf, but it’s a slow process that will lasts -at least- six month. I’m starting the composition of new songs too.

2.In August 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?
1.    The sound is a little bit more violent and heavier than the old stuff. But it also has those –few- remainders from old Chaoswolf, for example, the intro, “La escisión de Ouróboros” (Ouroboros’s Cleavage). As some people know, Chaoswolf started as an ambient BM project, keyboards playing a protagonic role, long length songs, but now the style is oriented to the guitars and to create some kind of dynamic BM experience. In fact, the album was recorded by two different drummers, spilling their own style. You’ll find a versatile sound in this album.

3.Your lyrics go into depth with Lycanthropy and Philosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
1.    Lycanthropy was the first topic on Chaoswolf, the first lyrics used to talk about the transformation into a demonic beast, known as werewolf, as a some kind of satanic thinking extension. The werewolf was a metaphore of the inner demons, the inner dark force provided –of course- by Satan. Now the concept is pretty much different. I’m not considering Satan as a real entity anymore. Here enters philosophy. Part of my philosophical position is to overcome the religious thinking, at any of its forms. I apologize if i sound a little heretic, but i propose the death of Satan as a strategy to create new ways of reflection. But here comes the other hand, after killing Satan as an idol, he becomes a signifier of a pure and radical void. I will develope a little more this idea on question 12.
About lycanthropy I can tell that is the Chaoswolf’s mark. I allude to it all the time. I consider my music, lyrics and voice as howls that only another wolves –of the same pack- can interpret, understand and enjoy. I don’t think lycanthropy as being violent, evil, destroying everything, etc. I think my position is much more modest: the myth of the werewolf express the human fantasy to overcome our condition, i. e. to be pulsional energy at it’s pure form and so on. But that is imposible, the fact is that we are divided, like Harry Haller in the famous Herman Hesse’s novel (inspired –by the way- by his relationship with C. G. Jung). So, i use the lycanthropy as an artistic expression of the subjective division. What people call “the inner beast” is not our animal part (represented by the wolf) but the human divided between his drives and the culture. In this dialectic movement, the inner beast is exactly the outside one, the human itself.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'ChaosWolf'?
1.    Well, i was 17 when i named this project as Chaoswolf. If i’m still using this name, even knowing that i’m very different nowadays, is because there are things that never change. I think this name could symbolize this never-changing element that i call my “own name”. And it will be more sick BM through this name.

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

1.    We haven’t play any live show, but we will. I guess.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
1.    Nothing solid yet, but i’m considerating some cities around my region.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Caligo Arcanum Productions'?
1.    It’s a very serious and professional label mostly oriented to real underground BM. There are very few labels truly compromised with the spirit of mexican BM, i think CA is one of them.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
1.    Many people, especially from another countries, consider Chaoswolf as a raw, rudimentary and old-school BM. They like that. Personally, i don’t think in any style in particular when i’m creating my songs, but the influences talk by themselves. I have to add the fact that I use the recording tools accessibles to my hands. And i like to work my music without the stress of renting hours in a studio or something like that.
Also there were people who told me that they prefer the first Chaoswolf (the ambient BM one). It’s aceptable, but I sometimes think those opinions like the metaller stereotype: “the best stuff of that band is the first two demos”. I do not deny that sometimes is true, in the case of many bands. But in my case, in think my music has grown up not only without moving away from BM but solidifying it.

9.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?
1.    Well, Senectus plays in Cineris (Black Metal) and Atroxia (Death metal). They’re having some live shows and recording. Both bands have a facebook page, by the way. I invite you all to check them out.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
1.    We want to give some live shows and record a new album.

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?
1.    Well I guess this album is not brutal BM, but an energic one. My favorite BM style is the combination of energy, feeling, darkness spiced with some pieces of melancholy: i think in Noenum, Luror and Lutomysl. Even Nargaroth. I think my album is in that direction. I could agree the energy of bands like Stormnatt or Goatmoon.
I have a great variety of styles and genres in my “playlist”. Rock, pop, metal, hip-hop, nu-metal, even salsa. I have been listening some japanese rock bands lately. I can agree that all the music i listen is connected with some signifiers in “my” simbolic universe. The music is a linguistic phenomenon. It’s about significance. For example, Black metal is special for me because is the music that i choose to be part of. Even if i’m an excluiding part. But i don’t define me through the music  I hear, moreover, i don’t define me in anyway, i’m a fucking unknown entity –submerged in contingency- even to myself.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
1.    I was a follower of satanism (from the Left Hand Path), but i set apart from it because I was influenced by another thoughts, for example, Chaos Magick. CM says that our believes are fictional, but funtional, so we need to make them work (for our magical purposes) by training some kind of “mental plasticity”. Besides, the controversial ideas of psychoanalysis made me question everything that I had believed. However, i have my construction about Satan and his role in BM, because is important. I think Satan as a name, not a symbol (like LaVeyans), just a name, wich means “the adversary”. But, adversity to what? To all monotheistic religions? That’s a little simplistic. Satan –for me- is the adversity to the religious field of meaning. Religion comes from the ethimological latin root re-ligare, re-unite. What’s the element wich reunite people? Meaning. People look for meaning, and the gods give it. So, the radical satanism for me would be the one who can escape from the meaning temptation. Some people object me saying that LHP isn’t religious, because the emphasis is to develope the own self. In some cases, to become a god. The individual versus the other. That’s right. But i think that as a form of introjection. Incorporing god(s) in a similar way as the sons eat the corpse of their father in the freudian myth of the primal horde. But the religious essence stills, just take a look to many satanist orders. Also, many people presuppose knowing wich is the border between myself and the Other. They presuppose the answer to the question: Where I end and where the other begin? And that’s a big philosophical problem.
About occultism, i like it, as a field of research. I’m interested in the relationship between mathematics and occultism, because numbers could point to the real, for example, 333 = the abyss. Also, i have affinity with Chaos-magick, because concibe chaos as something more creative than many occult orders.

 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
1.    Well, thanks for having interest on Chaoswolf, howls to you and all those who support Chaoswolf, i really appreciate it!!!

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