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Old Graves Interview

mardi 7 juillet 2015 à 07:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

That's a big question, and kind of hard to answer. I'll just be blunt and say that Old Graves is me trying to shed the distractions of a "full band" and make music as free and purely as I possibly can.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's and have also been a part of a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on those recordings?

I don't really strive for a particular sound, but I've always liked more melodic music and that definitely shines through in my recordings. I like to think that the music is colored by an equal amount of everything I listen to. I do listen to a lot of black metal.

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

In the past, a lot of the lyrics have been based on whatever sets off an emotional response with me. A lot of it has been depictions of nature, exploring sadness and anxiety, dying and rotting, that sort of stuff. A few songs have been more story-like, dwelling on memories or ficticious situations. I'm going in a more instrumental direction for the future though, so I'm not sure how big a role lyrics will play.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Old Graves'?

No deep meaning, really. It was inspired by the way I've always liked visiting graveyards and finding the oldest graves.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

I'm definitely open to collaborating on a temporary kind of basis. I can't see anyone else ever being a permanent writing member, but I'd love to have other musicians (particularily vocalists) feature on some songs.

6.A year ago you where also a part of a split with 'Paths', what are your thoughts on this solo project that was a part of the recording?

Paths is awesome, I think I messaged Michael about a split the first night I listened to it. Super trancy, phychadelic sound. There's something about Victoria that seems to breed great bands, it's weird.

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

Pretty positive, I think. There's been some good healthy criticism here and there, which is good, but yeah generally positive.

8.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?

Yup, I play guitar in a hardcore band called Dead Hand. We take a lot of influence from old-school death metal, it might appeal to some metal fans. We're actually setting out on a short Canadian tour in a couple of weeks now.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I've been working on a full length for a little while now. A couple of songs are getting close to done, but I definitely don't want to rush it. This coming Winter, maybe. As for my direction as a musician, who knows. As it stands, I still
like the same dark, brooding, cold shit that I've always been into. As I said earlier though, less vocals.

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?

Another big question, hahah. I really dig the good old "classic" black metal, as well as more contemporary depressive/atmospheric stuff. I'm just a sucker for metal in general, I'm listening to Entombed (a favorite) as I write this.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I'm trying to save up for another round of University, so I've been working a lot- not leaving a ton of spare time for much other than music and getting to the woods whenever I can. I'm just getting into making knives, got a shipment of steel on the way as we speak.

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

Thanks for the interview, death to nazi metal.

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Kyy/Travesty Of Light/Saturnal Records/2015 EP Rebiew

mardi 7 juillet 2015 à 06:44

  Kyy  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Travesty  Of  Light"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Drum beats  along  with  some  heavy,  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  ep  along  with  an  atmospheric  background  and  grim  black  metal  screams and  the  vocals  also get  very  deep  at  times along  with  a  few  angry  shouts  and  spoken  word  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  melodic musical  direction.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  an  early  90's  Nordic  black  metal  style  along  with a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  at  times  also  adds  in  a  touch  of rock'n'roll  and  punk  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  remaining  true  to  a  second  wave  style  of  the  genre  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.  

  Kyy  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  in  the  second  wave  Nordic  and  Finnish  traditions  and  also  avoids  sounding  modern, the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Kyy  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  -  The  great  Liberator"  and  "Travesty  Of  Light".  8  out  of  10.


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Dystopia Na! Interview

mardi 7 juillet 2015 à 05:57
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Since the album was finished, we’ve been rehearsing for live shows and done a lot of administrative work concerning the release – working on t-shirt designs, booking gigs, trying to promote the album, etc.
Time goes along all too quickly, and it’s almost already a year since we again started recording Dweller on the Threshold.

2.Recently you have 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?

Sound wise we have put a lot more time and effort into making the new album sound as good as possible. We originally wrote most of the material on DotT before Syklus was released, and started recording pretty soon after. Unforeseen circumstances, however, led to us having to re-record the entire album. We made some changes both instrumentally and lyrically this time around, and ended up with a result we felt deserved a release. The album is a lot more progressive, with longer songs, and more intricate song structures.

As for the differences between the albums, Syklus can be a pretty confined and depressive experience, whereas DotT is more colorful in its emotional range. It is harder, yet softer, psychedelic, yet grounded – full of contrasts and shifting moods.

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

Like mentioned in the previous answer, we had a long process of re-recording and re-writing during these years. The choice to go back and do it all over again was not easy, and it certainly took its toll on all of us, but now in the end there is no doubt that it was the right choice, and what the album really deserved.

The first years we spent a lot of time trying to repair bad raw material, but it was a futile project – luckily for us, since the new result is much better than the previous recording ever was.

We also collaborated with a friend of us who works with films to create a backdrop for a concert we played in a movie theatre May 2014, and some time was also spent building our own circular canvas to show it on.

We enjoy to do these kind of projects, but they are indeed time demanding, and time flies.

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

Dweller on the Threshold is more existential in nature than Syklus was. In short, the album starts with the protagonist’s encounter with his doppelgänger. According to European folklore, if you see your double once, bad luck will follow. The second time you see your double, death is near. Thus our protagonist is confronted with the imminence of death, and is slung out into an existential crisis. What reason is there for anything, if it is all going to end? What things in life are really important?
Dweller on the Threshold is the journey from despair to acceptance, and is in many ways dealing with coming to terms with reality.

5.I know that the band name means 'Dystopia Now! in Norwegian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

That name was conceived in tandem with the concept for «Syklus» and does perhaps reflect the tone of that album more so than «Dweller on the Threshold». Syklus dealt with an outcast looking at the cruel reality of today's society from an outsider's perspective, and laments the fact that the actual, physical world never can live up to his idealistic vision – a form of «weltschmerz», really. DotT is significantly more introspective, but does in a way deal with some of the same themes, albeit in a completely different manner. Musically, we still try to convey those emotions; a sense of not belonging and coming to terms with a reality which may not live up to our hopes and dreams. Hence, a perfect world, or utopia, is impossible to achieve, and our band name reflects this notion. The word «dystopia» is usually used when referring to some fictious or far off world with only a satirical bond with our current world. We discard this claim by adding «Nå!», underlining the fact that today's world is, in many respects, dystopian.

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?

We’ve actually only played one show so far, together with Images of Twilight. The set was a movie theatre, and both bands had a specially created film shown together with the performance.
Our performance is hard to describe from our perspective – a crucial part of it is devotion to the music and the lyrics – to enliven the music as it is performed. We hope to do many more in the coming years.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

As of now we do not have any specific tours planned, but we would very much like to do that.
We have some cool single shows here and there, all to be announced in the near future. If there are any booking agents out there, please contact us - we are ready!

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

Feedback has mostly been good, even surprisingly good sometimes – something we are very happy about. But what concerns fans of traditional black metal, we are not expecting them to like our music – it’s too emotional and colourful for some, and that’s fine.

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?

There are many dimensions to this question, but the most important one might be KK’s Spurv, who released their debut this May to much critical acclaim. They’ve also done a lot of gigs and are really making a name for themselves in the Norwegian post-rock scene.

K. also recently released a side project called Compost Golem on Norwegian noise-label Records of the Flesh God. If you are into slow, crushingly beautiful doom in the vein of Nadja or The Angelic Process, you should check them out!

There has also been talk of doing some shows with Hinsidig in the future, but there is still some logistics to be handled before that is realizable. Time will tell. Dystopia Nå! is our main focus anyways.

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

It’s hard to tell at the moment. After several years of mostly being a studio band, we are very eager to play more shows and travel if possible. But we do indeed have a lot of material lying around, and if it is any precursor for what’s to come, the next album will be a lot less metal, and a lot more interesting musically.

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?

Oh, the list is long. We are of course influenced of a lot of music outside the metal genre, especially progressive rock, such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Camel, Genesis, Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree, etc etc, but also jazz, fusion, shoegaze and electronic music.

These days I have been listening to the fusion bands Isotope and Snarky Puppy, the prog-rock bands IQ, Motorpsycho and Tame Impala, and the jazz-rock-electronic band Jaga Jazzist. There’s been a while since I listened to a complete metal album to be honest.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We all enjoy hiking in the mountains, and are in fact going on an eight day hike in the mountains starting tomorrow.

Besides that we all enjoy movies, and also reading, especially dystopian literature, Russian surrealism, some science fiction and of course philosophy.

Good food, good wine, good coffee – enjoying the fruits of life, really.

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

Thank you very much for the interest! If you haven’t done it already; check out our new album. Stream it for free on Bandcamp or buy the physical copy either directly from us or through Avantgarde Music. Cheers!

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Barzakh/2015 Promo Review

lundi 6 juillet 2015 à 06:31

  Barzakh  are  a  band  from  Indonesia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  2  song  promo.

  A   raw,  melodic  an old  school   black  metal   sound  starts  off  the  promo  along  with some  growls  and  grim  screams  and  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  music  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  second  track  starts  off  with  a  melodic  black  metal  style  and  deep  growls  before  adding  in  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  that  also  takes  the  music  in a  faster  direction  while  also  mixing  in  mid  paced  parts  at  times  and  the  music  also  remains  true  to  an  early  90's  style  of  black  metal.

  Barzakh  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  rooted  in  the  early  90's  tradition  of  the  genre  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Life,  Darkness  and  Hatred.

In  my  opinion  Barzakh  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic,  old  school  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  promo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Shadow  In  The  Grief".  8  out  of  10.  


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Dementia Senex/Sedna/Deprived/Drown Within Records/2015 Split EP Review

lundi 6 juillet 2015 à 06:11

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  with  Italy's  Dementia  Senex  and  Sedna  called  "Deprived"  which  was  released  by  Drown  Within  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Dementia  Senex  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post,  sludge  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  post  rock style  clean  playing and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  gets  more  heavier  and  adds  in  more  of  a  sludge  metal  sound  along  with  some  melodies  and  vocals  that  use  both  growls  and  screams  and  they  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  the  song  is  7  minutes  in  length,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  loss,  human  condition  and  personal  struggles.

  In  my  opinion  this  is another  great  sounding  track  from  Dementia  Senex  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  post,  sludge  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is Sedna  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  sludge.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  clean  yet  distorted  playing along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to them  and   the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  has  more  of  a  cascadian  vibe  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  song  still  has elements  of  sludge  in  the slower  sections,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Sedna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal  and  sludge,  you  should  enjoy  their  song.

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

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