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Arathgoth/Brutal Winter/Katabaz Records/2013 Full Length Review

jeudi 9 janvier 2014 à 06:14

  Arathgoth  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  Forgotten  lands  that  started  out  as  a  dungeon  synth  project  but  started  utilizing  elements  of  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  with  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album  "Brutal  Winter"  which  was  released  by  Katabaz  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  some  heavy  and  dark  sounding  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  synths  and  then  going  into  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  melodies  being  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.

  As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  dungeon  synth  being  mixed  with  black metal  while  the  heavy  parts  dominate  over  the  synths  and  the  screams  also  start  utilizing  more  depressive  elements  and  when  the  album  goes  into  the  third  song  it  shows  a  return  back  to  the  dungeon  synth  style  of  earlier  albums  and  the  black  metal  makes  a  return  halfway  through  the  album  and  takes  over  again.

  The  music  on  the  album  starts  to  change  it  starts  out  being  black  metal  and  then  goes  to  dungeon  synth  and  after  awhile  it  will  alternate  between  both  styles  while  also  being  mixed  together  and  you  can  hear  Arathgoth  has  progressed  a  lot  with  this  recording  and  he  never  repeats  himself  and  so  far  all  4  of  his  albums  have  sounded  different  for  each  other.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  cold  and  pagan  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  which  is  perfect  for  the  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  the  music  is  not  too  overproduced.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arathgoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Brutal  Winter"  "Lost  In  The  Blizzard"  "Pale  Moon"  and  "Thin  ice".  9  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/arathgothbrutal-winterkatabaz.html


Dragon Smile Interview

jeudi 9 janvier 2014 à 02:33
1. Can you give us an introduction to the band for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?
I’m Serit, the only member of Dragon Smile. Right now, Dragon Smile has only released an EP (on Katabaz Records http://katabazrecords.bandcamp.com) but a Full Length is currently in process. The EP is available on bandcamp :http://dragonsmile.bandcamp.com
 

2.In your own words how would you describe the musical sound that is present on your ep?
Well, it is a mix of Epic Black Metal, Dungeon Synth and Medieval/Movie Soundtrack, with some Soundscape/Field Recordings. But all very spontaneous, without any pretention : just doing what I want to hear.

3.When i listened to the ep there seemed to be a good mixture of dungeon synth and black metal, out of these 2 style which one do you prefer?
I agree with you. I don’t really prefer one style rather than one other : when I like a music, I don’t care about the style as long as there is emotion in it.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I sing in ”Dragon Speech” : I create the language and use my own words to name the songs.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dragon Smile'?
This music is inspired by Dragons : their look, their stories and thoughts, their “voices”.

6.I have noticed there was no metal archives page for this band and there was not much present on the fb page, do you prefer to keep this musical project mysterious?
Yes and no, it is not really a choice and I would be happy if more people talk about it : but I’ll communicate more about this project when I’ll release a Full Length. But I thank you to already focus on my EP.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and dungeon synth?
I got some upload on Youtube but nothing big right now. I expect to have more feedback with a LP.

8.When can we expect a full length and also what direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I’m working on it. I guess during the first quarter of 2014, I hope so. It’ll be more metal but still with a very personal touch : it’ll mix more different influences.

9.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Summoning, Howard Shore, Mortiis… but I do it with what I have so my sound could be cheap and raw but this is how I like it : very spontaneous, only feeling matters.

10.Does paganism play any role in the music?
No, only medieval imagery and Dragons.

11.Do you have any non musical interests?
I guess like everybody : books, movies, etc.
 

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this interview and follow me on Facebook to get updates about the first LP : www.facebook.com/smileofthedragon

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/dragon-smile-interview.html


L' Hiver en Deuil Interview

jeudi 9 janvier 2014 à 00:27
1. Can you give us an introduction to the band for people that would be hearing of you for the first time?

David: When our former bands split-up we grew sick and tired of being in a band with people which were not like-minded.  We started of L’HeD basically for ourselves to be able to dig into our hearts and feed our souls and minds. At that point we had no intention at all to leave the rehearsal room and make this band public. It was only after we had a complete line-up and we were offered to play a gig as support for Forgotten Tomb that things got more serious so to speak.

2.In your own words how would you describe the musical sound that is present on your ep.

David: Well, obviously I would say our sound owes a lot to the BM genre, there is no denying in that. The key words I would use to describe our sound would be raw and harsh on one hand but also melancholic and at times even beautiful on the other hand. We cover a wide range of contrasts in our songs, from calm clean acoustic moments to heavy blasts. Atmosphere is a crucial element in our sound. In this band we wear our hearts on our sleeves, so a lot of genuine emotions are involved. I do believe our sound is quite different of what is common in Black Metal.

Boris: The production on the EP also supports this specific atmosphere. We were really lucky to work with Phorgath (Enthroned, Emptiness), who was able to understand our music and give our songs the right sound while recording at his Blackout Multimedia studio.

3.The lyrics are written in a mixture of Dutch, English, and French, what was the decision behind writing songs in a variety of many different languages and also can you tell us about some of the topics that you cover with your lyrics?

David: It is more of a coincidence as you have to understand that we had a dozen of songs available for the EP of which we decided to record five. So what you hear on the EP is a mixture of some of our very first songs and more recent ones.
Basically all future lyrics will most probably be in Dutch. I used to write in English but somehow felt I lacked the proper ‘finesse’ to express my feelings accurately. I still remember exactly when I wrote my first lyrics in Dutch... it was such a relief! I feel the Dutch language has a harsh bite, it sounds cold, raw and is very direct and confronting. If the lyrics deal about loss for instance, in English it would hardly make any impact anymore because people are used to most of the words already but when I scream in Dutch ‘de angst rijt mijn ziel aan parten’ it really feels like a punch in the face.

I realize that singing in Dutch might be a disadvantage since most people who pick us up live abroad. Details might get lost but I’m convinced the atmosphere and the bite of the words will do their job here anyway. People, and especially people into BM, will use their imagination, and that is why it is so rewarding to be active in this genre. BM acts like a vessel that when it touches the right buttons it can carry you away from the material world right into a spiritual one. A transcendental journey into another state of mind or another consciousness.

Of course there is a deeper cohesive leitmotif behind the band, the lyrics, title and artwork of the EP. We hope people can interpret it in their own terms. We all wear our cross. L’HeD is about locking yourself  in these dark places and confronting yourself with thoughts you do not want to roam in, your fears and nakedness. A perpetual and  spiritual search for a deeper truth. Rather than going outside we dig into our souls for solace and truth. In the words and songs we cover this from different angles, often based on real life experiences, and from different point of views e.g. that of the deceased in ‘Fatum’ or that of a surviving relative in ‘Ocean Black‘.



4. I know that the band name means ‘winter in mourning’ in French, what was the decision behind using it as a band name?

David: Johan came up with the name. We live near the French speaking border of Flanders and he has been living in Brussels now for quite some time so the French name feels comfortable. In this band we are always looking for the correct words. Elements of nature, seasons etc. are often a metaphor for human emotions. We formed in winter and we all felt like shit to be honest. ‘Mourning’ is crucial in this band name as it is also very symbolic for all things in life. They come and they wither, in spite of light all is dark.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band played in its 4 years of existence, and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Boris: We're not a very active live band so to speak. Our first official gig was with Forgotten Tomb in 2011, and it has been our main appearance on the Black Metal scene here in Belgium. We also organized a few gigs ourselves, mostly in intimate settings, which were very valuable for the band's progression.

David: About performing live, you will get different answers depending on whom you ask in the band. If technically all is going fine I can completely lose myself on stage. I need this otherwise it means nothing.  Afterwards I can hardly recall anything from the show, the audience and the band  itself because I‘m so absorbed by inner emotions. I will always go to the limit. I wish it would be more cathartic though…it is but it also feels very confronting and painful. On one hand it is liberating to put off the mask that you wear everyday but at the same time it feels really scary to leave this comfort zone. Personally I see very few convincing front men these days in BM. They all seem very busy looking though and more occult than thou but often  their performances are lacking of the same energy and any deep emotion which is really a shame. More artist should let their guard down and being more true to themselves rather than hiding behind fake imaginary.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for 2014?


Boris: We have a gig lined up in January with Borgne and Lugnasad, but no other concrete plans. We hope to be able to arrange a few more gigs this year and reach out to the local Black Metal scene, as our current visibility there is rather low, but our main focus will remain on writing new songs.

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

David: So far the reactions are really positive. We have not re-invented the wheel of course, we realize we still have a long way to go but it was really nice to read all the positive comments from all over the world. It is rewarding that people despite the fact that the lyrics are in Dutch somehow seem to pick up the right atmosphere we intended to create with this album. We have been sending ep’s to all over the world, it feels unbelievable and very rewarding.

Boris: Most reviewers seem to like our music and approach, while admitting that it's nothing new. More like, reusing an old formula with a twist, and executing it well. We do get the Drudkh comparison quite often... And some also give us credit for the Dutch lyrics, considering it a sign of authenticity to sing in our mother language.

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

Boris: I have also been playing in Marche Funèbre (Death/Doom) for about a year now. We released a full length album (Roots of Grief) in 2013, and have some nice gigs lined up for this year, including a UK mini-tour with Eye of Solitude (January) and a self-organized doom festival with Esoteric and Procession in Brussels (April).
Me and David also have a separate project called Soul Dissolution, but it is still in its early stages, with a first demo recording planned for February.

9. When can we expect a full length album and also what musical direction will it be heading into?

David: We’re already busy writing new stuff but it takes time. We have one song ready which we play live and a second one of in the making.  We really want to progress in comparison to the EP. ’Gekluisterd’ was the last song we wrote for the EP and acts like a standard for any new songs we compose. Rest assured the new songs will really top everything we have done so far. The last one sounds like Hate Forest drenched in an aura of melancholy; there are running shivers down my spine just thinking about this song, I‘m really confident about the new tunes.

Boris: At the current pace it would probably take about one year to have all the material ready for a solid album. It could be sooner but it all depends on inspiration which is not a very predictable thing, and we really don't want to rush it and put lots of effort in each song to get the best result. So all in all, you can expect an album somewhere in 2015.

10. What are some of the musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

David: Stijn, who is our main composer, doesn’t follow the scene much these days, so his influences come directly from the 90's Black and Death Metal bands. In reviews we often are being compared with bands he never heard at the time when he was composing the songs for the EP. I believe this is a very healthy situation for the band to not be directly influenced by any current trends in BM. The others and myself we follow what’s going on more closely. I still buy albums on a regular basis most being basically post BM but also everything from Religious Black Metal, DSBM to Bestial War Metal and everything in between. Besides BM most of us like listening to Sludge, Postcore, Doom & Death Metal as well. My favourite band is Amenra, no other band on earth comes even close to them. Their level of darkness is beyond what is still to be discovered by most contemporary  BM bands.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

David: I do not feel like really going to deep in this question as it is irrelevant to L’Hed. Most members are still studying so that is their main focus of course. For me personally it would be my family. I have twins at home so I’m always running on a busy schedule.

Boris: Our jobs and daily lives are indeed not so relevant, but it is worthwhile to mention that we have five members of very different ages and backgrounds, with an age difference of more than 15 years from youngest to oldest, some of us studying, some working, some with kids,... This contributes to the richness of the band as a whole for sure!



12. Any final words before we wrap up this interview?

We thank you very much for this interview.
We wander in darkness…



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/l-hiver-en-deuil-interview.html


Deep Desolation Interview

mercredi 8 janvier 2014 à 23:37

DEEP  DESOLATION
all answers by mastermind himself lord Markiz

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Markiz: We are working on the third album at the moment, and very soon we will enter the studio to start the record session. I am in two other bands beside that, that's why I don't really have spare time.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?
Markiz: We distorted our sound down on "Rites of Blasphemy", bass guitar is distorted as well, that's why sound is more dirty and heavier than on our debut album. On the album we are working now we decreased tuning again, but we will see results after complete work.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
Markiz: On "Rites of Blasphemy" we depict dark visions bathed in narcotic deliriums. Meriath, our guitar player, created most of the lyrics, I created one text to one song and we used one poem by William Blake, this is the only song performed in our native Polish language. We try in a surrealistic way respond to the crap we live in. My lyrics differ from Meriath's, they have more ideological and have more satanic message, Meriath creates fictional stories which are to reflect atmosphere of the song.
    
4. The new album came out on DarkZone Productions can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Markiz: It is a split release of two underground labels: The End of Time Records and DarkZone Productions. They care of reviews and interviews all right, but they don't support us with gigs, which is very uncomfortable for us, because we just want to play live.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Markiz: As mentioned above, we don't play live very often, mostly we play in our hometown. We hope that will change soon, but nevertheless we focus on our new album now.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
Markiz: We don't really have such ones at the moment.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer music by fans of black and doom metal?
Markiz: Judging on published reviews and interviews feedback is very good, but as previosly mentioned, we didn't have the chance to present to a broader audience due to only local shows, that's why it is hard to say. Third album we are working on now may change that matter when released. I dont' know about our sales, it can reflects value of the band as well.

8. Are there any other current musical projects besides Deep Desolation?
Markiz: As previously mentioned I play in two other bands, black metal Architect Of Disease, we released debut album this year. This is link to check the band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du4_o7SQvR0). My other band is Doomster Reich playing a mixture of heavy doom psychedelic, we are looking for label to release our debut, you can check our music here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Ysf1jt3YM

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Markiz: We won't change our direction, we still play old good black metal plus elements of doom metal. New stuff is more heavy I'd say, refers more to the classics of playing heavy music, but played in our own unique style. We can discuss that after finalising the whole session.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Markiz: The whole classics of doom metal Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Saint Vitus, proceeders of that style Cathedral, Electric Wizard, then first and second wave of black metal - Bathory, Celtic Frost, Venom, Mercyful Fate, Darkthrone, Burzum, Mayhem, then classics like Judas Priest, Motorhead, then psychedelic rock like early Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Monster Magnet (early records, the new one kick the ass though, one of the best records of year 2013), bands playing black metal with psychedelic and trance elements like Aluk Todolo, Oranssi Pazuzu (one of the best bands of recent years), then old obscure death metal of Autopsy, my personal number one, plus Entombed and Grave, plus new bands like Obliteration, then dark ambient, drone, avantgarde music of Diamanda Galas, Jarboe, Lustmord, Sunn o)), Asva, then progressive music of King Crimson and new bands like Astra, retro style bands like Devil's Blood, Jex thoth, Kadaver, Orchid. As you can see there are plenty of them, that's why I express myself in three different bands, on top of that I collect CD albums, I own more than one thousand items, as you can see I have lots of music to listen to.

11. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism and also which occult philosophers and magickans had and impact on your views?
Markiz: For me personally satanism is a key word regarding my attitude towards world. I consider that as my life philosophy not as religion. I am not religious person, and I hate all practices coming from religious leaders, even tradition annoys me, where in Poland tradition is a base for the religion. For me satanism is a self glorification, extreme egocentricity towards self-development, pleasure and achieving own goals. Accepting myself in the whole spectrum including internal destructive forces. Fascination with everything what mysterious, hidden means occultism. Otherwise I would call that far individualism, but in an aspect of existing.
in such hypocritical catholic society I use word "satanism", but that word has Christian connection and I like its meaning which is rebellion and having myself on the pedestal. I won't be very original with my authors like Nietzsche, Crowley, Anton Wilson, George Bataille, Markiz de Sade, Osman Spare, counter-culture writers, horror classics like Lovecraft. These aspects influenced on me and still do. I have very crystallized philosophy of life, few outlooks very radical, but I can cooperate with people, I still manage to play in three bands, not in a solo project!! But these are my own views, not the whole band, because rest of the band members may have different views, but as a band we are opponents to Christianity and Islam. Interest in occult is only mine.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Markiz: It is literature and active sport, I try to keep my form well. I like to experiment with psychedelic, but I don't really have an access, only rarely I turn myself into shaman.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Markiz: Thanks for interesting questions, sorry for delay with my answers, but as they say better late than never. I hope I introduced band fair enough. Talk to us after third full album then. Stay heavy. Markiz & DEEP DESOLATION.


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/deep-desolation-interview.html


Ode Vinter Interview

mercredi 8 janvier 2014 à 09:01
1.Can you give us an introduction to the band for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?
1. A black metal assault from the mid west united states.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on your recordings?
2. We play with very low tuned guitars with a subtle doom undertone combined with vicious drums and occasional synth.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band covers with the music?
3. Our music covers the basics, death, misanthropy, the apocalypse, and just plain murder.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ode Vinter'?
4. The name in Norwegian means desolate winter. We chose this name to give homage to the black metal greats that came from the Scandinavia region which initially inspired the bands formation.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
5. We are more than open to more members, the problem stems from the fact that we go very hard with our live performances using corpse paint, blood, and whatever else at our disposal.This along with a general lack of interest in black metal in the local metal community makes it very hard to find new members.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. Definitely all the bars we play at. People get much more loosened up with alcohol flowing through them and it lets them get into the music much more easily. Live we try to give people what they can only get from us locally. We use corpse paint and cover ourselves with blood (along with willing audience members). And between songs we like to spout blasphemy and profess our love for marijuana and plague.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. We have no tour plans as of now, and we are lining up shows throughout 2014 right now.

8.When I looked at the band's fb page there where a lot of references to pot, shrooms and alcohol do you feel these substances add to the creativity of the music?
8. Weed, alcohol, and psychedelics make us very happy, but I don't know if I'd say it makes us more creative. They certainly makes things more interesting, and definitely influence our music.

9.Recently the band singed to Swampkult Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
9. Swampkult Productions is a relatively small label that seems to specialize in black metal-esque related works. They've helped us a lot in making and distributing merch.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
10. Thanks to the internet we have fans from here to New Zealand. It seems like most people who like black metal or the sort can find some reason to dig our music. Although I'm sure like anything there's people who really don't like us too.

11.When can we expect a full length and also what musical direction will it be taking?
11. We actually recently released a full length through Swampkult Records a few weeks ago called 'End ov the Solar Era'. It's a very heavy album about the destruction of the sun and the ensuing death that followed. We are working on getting it on Bandcamp or something that like so people can listen to it. Here's the label's CD link...http://swampkultproductions.storenvy.com/collections/222804-swampkult-productions/products/3723400-de-vinter-end-ov-the-solar-era

12.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12. It's come to our attention people compare us to Gorgoroth and Dark Funeral often. We also like to intertwine doom metal elements to our sound as well. Lately there's been a lot of Leviathan and Xasthur playing through my speakers though.

13.How would you describe your Satanic, Luciferian and Occult views?
13. We don't believe in a real Satan as some bands do per say. We believe in the anti-christian ideals his image stands for. We always clear the room of the religiously sensitive when we start playing.

14.Do you have any non musical interests?
14. Personally I'm rather fond of cars and automotive technology in general.

15.Do you have any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
5. We are happy to give interviews to anyone who wants them and thank you for going through the time to ask us!
Yours Truly,
Sortis Abortis

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/%C3%98de_Vinter/3540356319

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/ode-vinter-interview.html