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Antiquus Scriptum Interview

mercredi 13 avril 2016 à 21:13
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

. Hi! Thanx so much for the opportunity. Right now I'm recording already the forthcoming album of Antiquus Scriptum, that shall be named: "Imaginarium". It's the 5th original album and the 6th full-length album of the project since 1998.

2. So far this year you have released a compilation and also have been a part of a split, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

. The music is always evoluting from work to work, of course, Antiquus Scriptum is no different. Much things change from album to album, further technical aspects, but the important is to hold the identity, or the gem of the project through the years, but I think that despite some technical details, there are always changing from album to album, the music of Antiquus Scriptum doesn't differ much from the early days due its own personality... That's what I honestly think... 

3. Over the years you have also released a great amount of compilation's, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

. Yeah, the fact is that I'm not weird when it comes to issues, by the contrary, I'm always searching for more and more releases, no matter the drafts, type or format. Much of these compilations are in Pro CDr editions, very limited most of them, but it's ok for me, since I just want to release more and more stuff of my project, actually.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

. Antiquus Scriptum is mainly influenced by ancient history, mythology, old tales and stuff, but some themes are consisted in a more 'modern' points of views and talk about modern things as well... Each theme is a theme and I don't only talk about history all the time and I don't talk about social criticism all the time as too... I try to connect these both, amongst other matters, depending on the theme I'm writing. Some themes are historical, some are interventional, some are romantic, some are more 'Black Metal', others more Thrash... It depends...

5. You have covered Lustinian Heritage and Mythology in your lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in your own heritage?

. Well, I'm a Lusitanian Warrior, I shall tell my own history!... Not new, everybody does... Each people with their roots and heritages. First of all I really love ancient history, mythology, old tales and all related with antiquity, the own name of the band shows that, so I enjoy to talk about my own ancestors and homeland, despite to have themes that are focused in other cultures, as the Roman Empire, the Vikings, biblical aspects, etc, etc etc... I think that it is a little fashionable nowadays in terms of Pagan Black Metal wordwide to talk about our own cultures and history... I like that, a little Folklore and mythology as well... But I have no problem to write about any culture or nation, since related with antiquity, worldwide.

6. On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to bringing other musicians onto the albums or do you prefer to remain solo?

. Yes, Antiquus scriptum is and will always be my solo project... I have always guest musicians on the records, as the Vieira brothers that participate in almost all the recordings, plus new folks I occasionally meet, is always happening, but their participations are always as guests musicians and the project always remains my solo project, ever.

7. You have done live shows with this project before, what are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

. Antiquus Scriptum just played live once in 1999 in Almada, with the very first formation when it was considered a band, but there's the very first phase of the project and it's far from what I've done alone through the years, after I choose the one-man-band path... Live performances ate not my type, that's part of the past... Antiquus Scriptum is mostly influenced by projects as Bathory, Burzum or Darkthrone, that doesn't play live ever and I like this way.

8. Do you have any plans for shows in the future?

. Sorry, but no.

9. Recently you where a part of a split with 'Astarium', what are your thoughts on the other project that had participated on the recording?

. Astarium is a very good Russian Symphonic / Pagan Black Metal / Ambient project and SiN, is a very talented and nice guy! I respect him so much for his course with Astarium and I think he respect Antiquus Scriptum equally. I really love his stuff and the Ambiental Split just happened occasionally, since the label that have released it is of his own, NitroAtmosphericum Records... 

10. On the split you had done a Satyricon cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

. First of all I really love (early) Satyricon and "I En Svart Kiste" is such a beautiful and epic keyboard theme! Makes all the sense to cover it, it's really an ex-libris of old school Black Metal golden years! In fact, I was needing an outro keyboard theme to close my tribute album, "Recovering The Throne...", back in 2014, so I asked to my great friend Ricardo Vieira, a very talented musician and friend of mine that participate for many years in the band, that covered me "I En Svart Kiste" of satyricon, so he did and very alike, that's it... I really love that song, I feel chills every time I listen to it, no matter how many Winters have passed since then...

11. The compilation was partially released by Pesttanz Klangschmiede, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

. Yes, Pesttanz Klangschmiede is my official label since early 2013, despite I have always others issues by different labels at the same time... Pesttanz Klangschmiede (and Vegvisir Distribution), are very good labels and I just have to speak well of them, of course, they unleashed all my discography of 5 albums, all 1.100 copies each one and they have been very professional and fair until now, nothing to blame, it's been great!

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

. Fortunatly, Antiquus Scriptum is mostly well received everywhere for the folks whom enjoy this type of music, I am fortunatly always receiving messages from interest folks around the world with nice words about my project and that's very, very good! Much respect everyone, Strengh & Honor! For such a small Portuguese band that even doesn't play live, I have a very nice feedback, indeed!

13. What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

. No musical projects beside Antiquus Scriptum, no, no... I have no time. Antiquus Scriptum takes 100% of my free time!

14. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

. Huumm... Nice question... Well, I see myself as an Underground musician in the future, just like I was in the past, actually... Things here in Portugal are not easy at all, and Heavy Metal music is almost a taboo for the society in general... Only Moonspell have achieved a real nice international landing in almost 30 years of Underground, here... Music here is nothing but an hobby, almost secret sometimes, that we carry passionately through the years, not for living as in Norway or Sweden...

15. 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 terms of Metal I listen to everything that is old school, but mostly 80's & 90's... Heavy Metal, Thrash, Death, Doom, Black, I like everything and I listen to everything regularly, despite the most important influences I use in Antiquus Scriptum is Black Metal, of course, Thrash & Folk. But in music in general I like lots of stuff, ambiental stuff, classical music, chants, etc... I'm very opened minded in terms of music and I get influenced by many things through the years, despite I have a firm convicted path for the project...

16. What are some of your non musical interests?

. Women... eheh, just joking :) I like to read a lot, some epic movies, walk on nature, forests, mountains... But even all this is related with music and music is, definitely, the most important thing on my life!

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

. Well, thanx so much to thy Occult Black Metal Zine for this opportunity and for the folks in general, I just want to ask to you please support your local bands on the acquiring of their merchandising, go to live concerts and use Mp3 just to listen on the street, but please buy their original stuff. Thanx so much, see you :)

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/antiquus-scriptum-interview.html


Eufori Interview

mercredi 13 avril 2016 à 00:36
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

- We are a DSBM-band formed in 2016 by me & "Livsnekaren". Our music represent the darkest emotions we posses and experience.

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

- The sound is quite raw & cold I would say.

3.According to the fb page you label your music as 'happy metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Sarcasm. "Happy music for happy people". Allthough some of our riffs is quite happy, the lyrical themes is the opposite, to give the listener a sense of "irony" that's all I can say.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the ep?

- Depression, feelings of guilt, selfhatred & anxiety

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eufori'?

- Sarcasm, and there is no actual inspiration.

6.What are some of the things you bring into this musical project that you are not able to do with your other band?

- This band focuses on more traditional DSBM, the more raw sound, and a different overall style than my other band.

7.On the ep you had done a 'Vanhelga' cover, what was the decision behind doing one of their songs?

- Vanhelga is a band we take inspiration from, and a band we really appreciate. Hence the cover.

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

- So far so good, so let's hope it continues to stay this way.

9.Where would you like to see this project heading into musically during the future?

- We'll see how the future turns out when we get there.

10.What are some of the musical influences you bring into this musical project?

- Lifelover, Vanhelga, Thy light, Nocturnal depression, Kall, Hypothermia, Hank III, Djävul among others.

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

- nope, that's all for now.

//Mortuz

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/eufori-interview.html


Neoheresy/Potop/Elegy Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 13 avril 2016 à 00:30

  Neoheresy  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  pagan  form of  black  metal  with  some  folk,  ambient  and  symphonic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Potop"  which  was  released  by  Elegy Records.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  along  with  classical  guitars  and  shamanistic  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  medieval  folk  music  atmosphere  and  after  awhile  melodic  vocals  and  pagan  chanting  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

 Violins  can  be  heard  in  the  music  briefly  and  on  the  intro  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  getting  heavier  and  the  synths  also  get  more  epic  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  later tracks  bring  in  ambient  elements  and  melodic  guitar  leads.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  uses  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  to  the  recording  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  the  more  atmospheric  side  and  later t racks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  usually  mixed  in  the  background..   

  Neoheresy  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  mid 90's  pagan/black  metal  mid  paced  sound  an d mixes  it  in  with  symphonic,  dark  ambient  and  medieval  folk music  to  create  something  very  dark,  original,  epic  and  ritualistic,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Paganism  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Neoheresy  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  project  with  element s of  ambient,  symphonic  and  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dar"  "Dotyk  Albo  Miecz"  and  "Potop".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/neoheresypotopelegy-records2016-cd.html


Svoid/Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion/Sun & Moon Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 12 avril 2016 à 22:44




  Svoid  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  an  anti  cosmic  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Storming  Voices  Of  Inner  Devotion"  which  will  be  released  on  April  18th  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  Grim  screams  and  ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier bass  guitar sound  and  clean,  distorted  yet  melodic riffing  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  wahile t he  grim  screams  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  black  metal  approach.

  Clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  some  elements  of  indie  rock  and  post  punk  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  riffing  and  solos  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  early  80's  death  and  goth  rock.

   As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  be  can  be  heard  while  tribal  elements  and  clean singing  male  vocals  can  be  heard  on  later  tracks  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the y also  bring  in  a  brief  ambient  track  which  still  has  a  ritualistic  feeling  while t he  following  songs  go  back to  more  of  a  guitar  orientated  sound  and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  brief  return.

  Svoid  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  anti  cosmic  Swedish  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  post  punk  and  indie  rock  to  create  a  very  original  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  void,  anti  cosmic  chaos  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svoid  are  a  very  great  sounding  anti  cosmic,  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crown  Of  Doom"  "Eternal"  "Forlorn  Heart"  and   "In  Damnation  Vast".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/svoidstorming-voices-of-inner.html


Tormentium Interview

mardi 12 avril 2016 à 20:01
Tormentium interview - April 2016
Sky (vocals, lyrics, visuals)
Wes (guitars, song writing, lyrics, vocals)

1.Can you give us an update as to what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Sky: Mainly just working on getting the album released, all the details and final touches. I know the guys have been diligent as always in writing new stuff, rehearsing and drinking beers.

2.You have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording, and how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
   
Wes: It's not a far cry from anything we've ever done. I think the production is the best we've had thus far. We've had several years to cut our teeth on some of these songs. So it was nice to finally record this material.

Sky: The production is definitely a major factor… We never really felt our songwriting had benefitted from an appropriate production in the end. Writing wise, I think we stepped up our game on all fronts. I feel like this chunk of music is more cohesive and well organized.

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

    Wes: There's definitely a range of subject matter. Our songs tend to have a common thread of misanthropy, depression, and hate. I'd say that the lyrics for "Requiem Within" are definitely the most overtly personal that I've gotten in this band.

    Sky: When I write lyrics for Tormentium, I definitely make an attempt to conceive of a narrative story structure, letting it lead me as it goes, and ultimately it represents feelings and situations that eat away at me internally. That way, hopefully the listener gets a compelling drama experience, fiction and nonfiction, depending how you look at it. That’s been my take on the lyrics on Bound To The Depths.

4.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us about what has been going on during that time frame?

    Wes: We practice on the regular. Sky is in Portland[, Oregon] now, and we're still in Eugene[, Oregon] but we're always cultivating new riffs and new songs. I've discarded far more songs for this band, guitar wise, than we've ever learned as a whole band. It's all part of the writing process. We jam at practice and come up with a lot of the most potent riffs from working together as a band. That's why practicing regularly is important to us. Also, this shit doesn't happen overnight. We recorded this album a year ago. The 2 or 3 years prior to that we were writing it. So although 4 years seems like a long time, in hindsight it was just a blink. Sometimes shit takes a while in the underground. We're trying to find our stride though.
    Sky: Yeah, we take our time with this band. Our older releases have all been smaller projects, like splits and demos. But in all honesty this is our most ambitious release to date, and towers in size and detail over our older efforts. So, it doesn't surprise me that it’s been a few years since our last, but we do this project for ourselves anyways.

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?

    Sky: We’ve mostly just played shows in our home state, and sparingly since 2008 or so. Every few years we get the honor of playing alongside a big name band, but I feel like our best performances have been smaller ones. It's hard to always predict when you’re gonna have an “on” night, crowd on your side, and sound great... But we try like hell. Describing our stage show is a tough question, being that we’re always on the wrong side of the stage. But I can tell you there’s lots of blood, spikes, and loud noises.

    Wes: We've had many good times, and been lucky enough to share the stage with many great bands. I was drunk for all of it. After the smoke clears I'll let you know. Ha ha

6.Do you have any touring or show plans now that the new album is released?

    Wes: We did the tape release in our home town of Eugene, OR, last month. We're doing a CD release in Portland on May 21st [with Gloam, Daemoniis Ad Noctum, and Hiding]. We don't have any tours booked, but we plan on it in the near future.

    Sky: We’re eager to tour, but we’re all broke-workin’-geezers, so the stars must align.

7.The new album is coming out on Exile Musick, can you tell us a little bit about this label?

    Sky: Exile Musick is a tape label that specializes in small batch, hand made DIY releases. Real old school, cult style. They’ve believed in us since day one and it's great to have that kind of support.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been by fans of black metal?
   
    Sky: Well, the honest answer is that's not really something we’ve ever investigated. Our international reach has always been shit. But our material tends to be appreciated by fans of all kinds of metal; black, death, thrash, etc. It tends to be quite varied genre-wise. We get some of the riffy-heads and the atmosphere-lovers. Depressive-hobbits and blast beat duders.

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

    Wes: My band Hiding just released our first offering, a self-titled EP. We're actually on a West Coast Tour as I'm writing this. Ha ha. Cheers!

    Sky: I’ve been doing vocals for an older gore band named Splatterhouse, and we played Maryland Deathfest in 2015, but I’m waiting to hear new tunes from them. I’m also really looking forward to contributing lyrics and vocals on a secret new DSBM project.

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

    Wes: I think it's detrimental to the integrity of our music to overthink it. We have a wealth of material for the next album that we're currently cultivating. I know that as a guitarist I always want to keep progressing. So we'll see where it goes.

    Sky: I couldn’t say for certain. But I’d like to see our music keep getting darker, honest, and realized. The kind of stuff we wanna play, our own way, and rad as fuck.

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?

    Wes: I'm very heavily influenced by some of the Swedish black metal greats like Dawn, Dissection, Dark Funeral, Lord Belial, and Shining. They are staples of my listening diet. There are so many good bands these days. Honestly, I just try to stay away from that hipster, bullshit scene mentality. There is no time for that shit. Stay true, and stay metal!

    Sky: Vocally, the kind of stuff that influenced me on the “Bound…” was odd, passionate shit. Shining was a big influence, as well as Dark Fortress - “Ylem”, Primordial, Maniac era Mayhem, Blood of Kingu, and Behexen. Lately, I’ve been listening to all sorts of random shit… obscure black metal, hip hop, classical, darkjazz… My mood decides.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

    Wes: I prefer to observe the clandestine forces of this world in my own personal way. Occult philosophy is just one of many tools to help one come to terms with their existence and inevitable death. You can become a slave to your own absolutes. It doesn't matter what forces you pray to. They probably don't give a shit.

    Sky: It’s neat, but I invest 0% into all belief systems, even the cool ones.

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

    Wes:  HAIL!
    Sky: Art only justifies life.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/tormentium-interview.html