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Blood Torrent Interview

mercredi 22 avril 2020 à 10:31
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new single?

We worked long and hard on the album. In 2017 we started writing new songs, revising old ones and thinking about how we would record the stuff, what sound we would like to have etc. When the song writing was finished and we knew which songs we would like on the album we have come to the conclusion, that we want the complete recordings to be as natural as possible. So it was up to us to see how we got the whole thing baked and everything that goes with it, especially when it came to record the drums and the guitars.
I think it's good that small bands now have the opportunity to record everything digitally, which often saves a lot of work. However, it often makes the sound too artificial and too smooth, and that's exactly what we didn't want. So we recorded everything with microphones. All you hear are real instruments and apart from the intro, midtro and a few highlights, we left the sound very true to the original.
We recorded in our drummers "Grandur" home studio, on which the mixing and mastering was also done. In order to achieve the sound that we had planned in advance, we took as much time as necessary for the recordings as well as the mixing and mastering. We also worked intensively on the layout of the single and the upcoming album. In our opinion it is important not to rush these phases just to be able to release as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, he had to leave the band for private reasons in the meantime. But we already have a worthy successor, "Myrmeleon" who is also an excellent musician.
With the release of our single we noticed that some people noticed us. We have the impression that the single release is very well received by the fans. In autumn we would like to release our album “Void Universe” on which we are really looking forward to and of course play a number of gigs. We hope that the current situation, which hits many organizers and musicians hard, does not slow us down too much.

2.Recently you have released a new single, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

In our opinion, not much has changed from the basic style. But from the point of view of the musicians who make the music themselves it's always difficult to say such things haha. In my opinion, however, a lot has changed if you look at the sound itself. While the older releases were very raw and the vocals were more often edited, the current sound is much clearer, while the vocals are pretty natural. Another difference is that we have prepared ourselves more intensively and professionally for the recordings. And I think we have more catchy and groovy riffs.

3.This is also your first release in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Quite a lot has gone up in the past 7 years. We lost our former rehearsal room and rehearsed in many different rooms from befriended bands and tried to write new songs which limited us quite a bit because it just didn't fit in terms of time and atmosphere. After some shifts within the band, we also had to part with "Geyst" (guitar 2010 - 2015) and "Jazariel" (bass 2007 - 2016). During this time, Rahl came in the band, with whom I had previously played in a band, on the guitar. We are very satisfied with the current line-up.
Despite the loss of our rehearsal room, we weren't completely idle in the 7 years and were able to play some great gigs with great bands like 1349 or Possessed and in the meantime wrote really great songs, which I think is also noticeable on the single. Every year of the band's existence has affected on the style of "The Comsic Breakdown" and "Void Universe" somewhere. All in all, the past 7 years have been a great time, even if we would have liked the release earlier.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with the music?

Clearly, the lyrical topics have always been very critical of society. The dimensions are very different, but mostly drift into theories of existence, subversion or misanthropy. However, the texts also deal with subject areas such as philosophy, physics, sociology or even religious subjects like the apocalypse. Ideas from authors such as Aldous Huxley, Charles Bukowski, Friedrich Nietzsche or Franz Kafka sometimes mix with the topics, but you can say that the lyrics are often very hateful, which I think it harmonizes very well with the music.
On “Void Universe” and therefore also on our single release we have a recurring theme: It should raise the question of what would happen if society could start all over again. Because I believe that even if all of humanity were annihilated and could start anew, it would still perish itself. It is a preprogrammed collapse of civilizations and appears to be an irrefutable law of nature.

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

Blood has always been considered as the medium of life force in human history. The observation of how the powers of a man bleed to death or the slaughter of a slaughtered animal led to the conclusion that the blood was a primal substance of life. You could also say that blood is life.
In many mythologies, man was created through the blood of the gods. This understanding of blood as the secret to the origin of life explains the special meaning of blood and the color red as a symbol of life and fertility.
In contrast, in the many other symbols, for example on flags, red often symbolizes the blood of the fallen or generally stands for death or sacrifice.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the single cover?

The layout was designed by the artist Moy-A and is a mixture of various works by Gustave Doré and modern art. The flash of light within the empty space is intended to illustrate „The Cosmic Breakdown“. You can see our new logo on the front cover. As already explained in the last section, the band name is a symbol of life and death for us, which is always a change. A dagger can be seen in the drop of blood in our logo. The dagger is also a symbol for change and for the upheavals of societies and cultures such as at the time of the enlightenment regarding the peasant uprisings. That is exactly what a cosmic breakdown does. It ensures cleaning and order.
On the back you can see Doré's picture of the story of Cain and Abel, which can also be an aphorism for the upheaval of the existing order.
Charles Baudelaire for example wrote the anarchist poem Abel et Caïn in 1857 as part of his cycle of poems „Les Fleurs du Mal“, in which Cain, as the forefather of all outcasts, the damned and especially the rag proletariat, is called upon to storm the sky and to throw God to the ground what he once did with Lucifer - thus overturning any existing rule of power. Just as is the case with a „Cosmic Breakdown“.


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?

This is actually difficult to say because we had a lot of fun at almost all of our gigs. But I would say our release party 2012 with Creature, Krater, DarkSoul and Xes was definitely a very good performance and at the Maniacs of Rock Festival 2011. Our performance with Whiskey Ritual last year or our last performance with Narvik in March was also great.
As I said, however, we are passionate about all live performances. It is a lot of fun for us to perform live and I think the energy we feel when we make the music also appeals to the audience. So I would almost say that we have never played badly without wanting to be pretentious haha. There is always a lot of movement on stage with us and I think the people in front of the stage always feeled that power. However, we also regularly think about how we can continue to design our shows, especially now before the album release we are thinking about a suitable appearance on stage etc.

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

Yes, we are unsigned at the moment. But we want to release our upcoming album with a label. At the moment we are still in negotiations with several labels. Therefore, I can not say much about it yet, but we like to keep you and our fan base up to date via our social media channels.

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

I have the impression that our music is very well received worldwide. I also think that the style of our music is not that common. Many probably like that. At least I haven't heard anything bad about our art.
Most fans of our music probably come from our surroundings, of course. But many people who listen to our music also come from abroad. Many of these foreign fans are from the South American continent.

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

The release of our full length album "Void Universe" is planned for autumn. As I said, we are passionate about music, like performing live and want to bring our art closer to people. And we want to do that a lot more in the future.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

So our music started with a strong influence of the progressive black metal bands in the late 90s / early 2000s like Satyricon, Dödheimsgard, Darkthrone or 1349. But we were always enthusiastic about heavy metal and hard rock and are Diehard fans of the 70s, 80s and the Pioneer and 1st Wave Black Metal bands like Celtic Frost, Venom or Bathory. Not much has changed since then, the repertoire has only increased. I personally still hear a lot of Black Metal, mostly BM bands with punk and groove influences like Carpathian Forest, Midnight or Scum. But when we sit together, we run 80% hard rock. It always goes and for the music of many other bands from earlier days that we like to hear, it represents a "common root".


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

No, but we would like to thank “Occult Black Metal Zine” for the interview and the interesting questions. We look forward to release our album and continuing to share our music with interesting people which are interested in art like you.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/blood-torrent-interview.html


Nadir/The Great Dying/2020 EP Review

mercredi 22 avril 2020 à 10:14

  Nadir  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal  and  harccore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self   released  2020  ep  "The  Great  Dying"  which  will  be  released  in  May.

A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostyl  hardcore  style  screams  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  sludge  metal.

  Thoughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  whole  ep  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Nadir  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  Norwegian  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nadir  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tungetale"  and  "The  Wasteland  Of  Man".  7/5  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/NadirCult 
https://nadircult.bandcamp.com   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/nadirthe-great-dying2020-ep-review.html


Vuur & Zijde/Impavida/Self Titled/Prophecy Productions/Lupus Lounge/2020 Split Album Review

mercredi 22 avril 2020 à 09:09

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Netherlands  Vuur  &  Zijde  and  Germany/U.S.A's  Impavida  which  will  be  released  on  April  24th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Prophecy  Productions  and  Lupus  Lounge  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Vuur  &  Zijde  a  duo  that  plays  a  very  transcendental  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  alsio  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  One of  their  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Atmospheric  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  elements  of  darkwave  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  existential  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vuur  &  Zijide  are  a  very  great  sounding  transcendental  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Zonnesstorm".

  Next  up  is  Impavida  a  duo  that  has  had  music  reviewd  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  clean  playing  can  aksi  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  raw  feeling.  Throughiut  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  their  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  existential  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Impavia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Wahn  &  Stille".

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

  https://prophecy.lnk.to/Vuur-Zijde-Impavida

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/vuur-zijdeimpavidaself-titledprophecy.html


Hovert Interview

mardi 21 avril 2020 à 20:50
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 ep?
1. Well everything go their way all the time. Occasionally I work on compose new material, recovering old songs, think on what type of songs fits to full album, or other release. By the way I draw a cover art for following release.

2.In March you had released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2. As I see my previous releases was a bit lifeless because each instrument was recorded separately apart the drums that were recorder life with guitars. It's monotonic to record each track separately and I realised I need a new approach. So I decided to bring life to new EP and record live rehearsal raw and harsh as it is. We rehearsed several times and finally recorded it in a few hours.
Most of all this material was inspired by early raw black metal bands of 90th. I rejected synths also to avoid the soft sound. For now this EP is closest work to black metal genre I've ever done. It's little different but still atmospheric and depressive.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
3. Lyrical topics are based on things we're going through, dark thoughts. Song subjects are about nature, death, existential fears, disappointments in life, pointlessness of existence, sort of nihilism. On how humans are total weak comparing to forces of nature. Periodically things like philosophy, poetry, and reminiscences are more interested to me. Almost anything that worry me would be reflected in lyrics.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hovert'?
4. It was inspired by forces of nature. I always associate thunder and element of air with extreme metal sound, imagine storms and cold winds when play guitar. I get hypnotic feeling of levitation given by music, a feeling of hover above the ground. So I've decided to choose english word "hover" and added "t" to sound it more stronger.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?
5. This cover art made by professional artist, who turned my sketches to this piece of art. I wanted to show fragility of life and the inevitability of death, That each moment in our life can be last one from the very beginning. In other words - we're all born in the hands of death. Thus the cover art gives us full feel of it.

6.The musical project started out solo but the last few recordings have seen other musicians joining, what was the decision behind working with other musicians?
6. I'm often not happy with material I record because do everything by myself literally blindly. Today I can do everything solo as it was before but not as professional as other musicians. Sometimes I have new ideas, that needs some other timbres, sonic textures and instruments I don't play or just can't borrow. That is the main reason, hopefully it makes music better.

7.The new recording was released on 'Talheim Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
7. It was back in 2013-14 as I remember. Vocalist of PSYCHONAUT 4 contacted me and suggested to join the split (Psychonaut 4 / Cheerful Depression / Культура Курения / Hovert). Talheim records was a label who released the split. Label was interested in stuff I do. So I started to work with Talheim and work till now.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric and depressive black metal?
8. I guess this project little-known and there is not much success. Sometimes I get some positive album reviews and some support from bandcamp page. To be honest I've no idea on how to measure people's opinions, I don't make statistics. Probably some like it, some don't. Honestly, I'm not holding out much hope.

9.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
9. This is a tough question. Some people think that concept of full length albums died out. That is why more and more musicians make short releases. At times I have composes so different that it contradict each other and can't be on full release together. But small CD can unite them. That's why it is relevant personally for me. At the moment some songs are ready to record but need a time to get all pieces together under a full concept. I would not say any date not to think that far ahead. Let it be a little surprise.
But already this autumn 2020 it will be one more 30-35 minutes release which I hope would be interesting to hear. Very emotional raw and dark material with a bit of sound experiments.

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?
10. There are so many influences comes. From extreme genres like black/death/doom to ambient, academic composers, instrumental music, post punk and even electronic stuff like darkwave. I assume Hovert balancing between black and doom metal with different other genres mixed in. I feel free to use influences from different genres it gives me some identity.
As for last bands and projects I was listening let's say was - Blood Red Fog, Funeral (doom from Norway), Sale Freux, Dispirit, Skepticism, Urfaust... and many others.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Actually there are not so a lot. Arts, drawing, design, nature. A wandering in woods to clear my head.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Well thank you for having me. I'd thank all, who have been supporting project and paying attention to my music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HFVlbxE9ys

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/hovert-interview.html


Dismalimerence/Tome: 1/Transcending Records/2020 CD Review

mardi 21 avril 2020 à 10:53

  Dismalimerence  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Tome:  1"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Transcending  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  sounding  along  with  the  tiffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Elements  of  post  rock  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  clean  playing  also makes  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dismalimerence  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crimson  Glow" "Orchid's  Reverie"  and  "Destined  For  Solitude".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/Dismalimerence/
Dismalimerence.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/dismalimerence
www.instagram.com/dismalimerenceofficial/

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/dismalimerencetome-1transcending.html