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Cold Raven/Equilibrium And Chaos/Sliptrick Records/2015 CD Review

vendredi 19 février 2016 à 04:37
 Cold  Raven  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Equilibrium And Chaos"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  even  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  slower  riffs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  clean  playing  along  with  some  whispers  make  a  return  briefly  on  the  last  track.

  Cold  Raven  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  melodic  in  the  90's  style  which  they  also  mix  in  with  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Religions,  Inner  Enlightenment,  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cold  Raven  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Mercy"  "Trapped  In  A  Cult"  and  "The  World  Is  Doomed".  8  out  of  10.  



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Humanitas Error Est Interview

mercredi 17 février 2016 à 22:56

1.For those that have never heard of you, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Ahephaïm: You probably know this feeling when you are so disgusted by something, so pissed off by someone that you can't put a single word on it... Through the years, I learned to hate humans and their stupid behaviors and the only logical way for me to exteriorize this without becoming a mass murder was to transform this hatred in music. At this point, you need to find musicians who understand this and walk the same way. Not always easy, but we got it.  
Ghoul: We strictly follow our path, our understanding of music, our understanding of Black Metal.
S Caedes:Absolutely, no-holds-barred! It was important for Ahephaïmand myself to find musicians, who share the same point of view and are passionate about creating music, rather than those who don't take their profession seriously.And to add something special in the band I had the idea to have a male-vocalist besides me, to try something new, to have more vocal variations. So we decided just to do it. And with Ghoul, I guess we are a good team on the front.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the album?

Ahephaïm:For me, the music we compose is brutal of course but also subtle in its obscurity. Behind the vehemence of the riffs, blast beats, … and the suitable dirty production, you can enter a world of very different extreme emotions. The compositions were pretty spontaneous and translate our real state of mind; a very direct and furious anger load accompanied by various other feelings you probably can detect if you care enough.
Ghoul:Yes, definitely! We represent very aggressive, straight and fast Black Metal. But in few songs we also includedatmospheric parts, which can be maybe interpreted by some peopleas depressive tendencies. Since we all have different influences, we try to combine all so that our music not becoming monotonous.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
S Caedes:We're writing about our view of humanity, religion, the abstruse way of life most humans choose to go. And since I'm a very sadistic person, my lyrics are often influenced by this topic. I like to write about torture, but when you read between the lines, you can always find my message related to the meaning of Humanitas Error Est.
Ghoul: The crucial point is the human being. Pertaining to mother earth, humanity is a virus, an all destroying species which is gorging till death. From my point of view this is the ultimate downfall of our world.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Humanitas Error Est'?
Ahephaïm:You maybe know the famous Latin expression “Errare Humanum Est” (to err is human). As we were searching for a suitable band name, fitting to our concept, I was thinking about this and just transformed it to perfectly represent what our message is: “Humanity is the error”.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Ahephaïm: On stage, we can really let everything out, let the people feel what we mean directly and not through a record. We put a lot of energy to make every live apparition better than the previous one, intense and aggressive as possible. My best experiences till now with Humanitas Error Est were the In Flammen Festival in Torgau (D), the Night Of Blasphemy in Olten (CH) and the date with Nocturnal Depression in Erfurt (D).
S Caedes:Same for me. The In Flammen Festival – really great feeling to be part of such a known festival, specially under the aspect that we only published one demo-song at this time.And also the Night Of Blasphemy in Olten, Switzerland – the audience was just amazing! To describe our stage performance, well… I don't know, we just act like we feel on stage without planning this or that. We are not playing roles, we represent what we are, what we feel, what we want to express with our music.
Ghoul:My favorites are Club From Hell (Erfurt/Germany) and, like my bandmates, the Night Of Blasphemy. The audience was great, we really felt that they were there to enjoy a Black Metal gig. It was just an amazing atmosphere.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Ahephaïm:At the point we were about to get our albums pressed, we wanted to wait to have them in hands to make further shows and as it was pretty delayed, we had to postpone our live dates but it will come soon enough. We already have two festivals, which we can name officially: The Underground Remains Festival in Göttingen (D) and the Autumn Souls Of Sofia in Bulgaria. But of course we also have few other dates, which will be announced soon. We will definitely not hide behind the album. There will be enough gigs this year, where people have the chance to see us live on stage.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Ahephaïm: Since we put our first demo online, we get really a lot of encouraging feedback from everywhere and it's also the case with our album, even if it's still a bit early to say as the promo began only one or two month ago and that a lot of magazines need more time to get the material or having the time to review it. But for now, the feedback is really positive.
S Caedes: We have already fans from around the world, what is just amazing. I'm in contact with fans from South America, Portugal or also Bulgaria... they're fucking enthusiastic about our music and can't wait to receive our album or/and see us live. It's a great feeling, when you get such a support. Clearly there are also people, who don't like our music, but hey, I also don't like every band. This is normal, and its good, like it is. I guess I can speak for the whole band when I say, that we don't want to be loved by everyone.
Ghoul: Indeed. The feedback we get till now is really great, specially live, people like what we stand for, what we represent. But sure you can't suit everybody, but this is also not our intention.

8.What is going on with some of the bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
S Caedes: Beside Humanitas Error Est I'm doing the vocals in Lebenssucht. Its more depressive Black Metal with a deeper morbidity (but no suicidial affects - I love my life with all its negativity, no interest to kill myself). We are working on our first album and have already few gigs fixed for this year. First time we will be on stage in beginning of July in Belgium. In addition I will also do guest vocals in Withering Night (Black Metal, United States) and Absolutus (Black Metal, Belgium).
ïm:I have many projects beside Humanitas Error Est, like Arnwald which is my ambient-industrial solo project but also Rogash (death metal with Rogan, our bassist), Lebenssucht, a black metal band with S Caedes and Déhà (the guy who made the mix and mastering of our album). With this guy, I also have several projects like Yhdarl, Vaer, Merda Mundi, … I also play in different other non-metal projects because I think diversity is important: Grausame Töchter (SM electro punk) and Die Wanderratten (medieval rock). It's not really everything, but the rest still has to be announced...
Ghoul: I'm vocalist in Goatfuck, a black/trash band also from Leipzig, Germany. It's a bit more oldschool, more ugly than Humanitas Error Est. We restructured the band for a new path with me as vocalist, also changed the name (before it was Slaughtered Existence), cause with me the band will be a bit more black, than trash. Few new songs are already finished and for now we are searching for a label.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Ahephaïm: I can't answer you precisely because it depends on a lot of factors. We don't want to follow borders and we'll just make the music which express the most our thoughts. Anyway, I guess I'm not wrong when I tell you that you can still expect some dirty brutality. The new songs composed after the album already show a threatening sky...

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?

S Caedes: Since we all have our own musical influences, for me its really exciting to make music with all these individual characters. But it was clear from minute one, that we want to create something brutal, something nasty, a spit in the face against humanity and religion. Tsar is absolutely fan of Dark Funeral and Setherial, very harsh and very fast Black Metal. The roots of our bassist Rogan are based in Death Metal. Void114 and me, we are more into DSBM. For example I'm a big fan of Lifelover, Shining, Taiga, Silencer. On the other side I'm also a big fan of kickass bands like Anaal Nathrakh, Dyscarnate, Endstille, Marduk etc – and for me the main point was to be able to express my inner aggression with Humanitas Error Est, unleash a brutal assault against humanity
.Ghoul:We are often compared with Dark Funeral and Marduk, because of our aggressive and fast playing. On the face of it I can agree, but I want to underline, that we are not interested in being a clone of another band. We absolutely do our own thing, following our instincts in composing songs. For me, I can say that I'm a big fan of Oldschool Black like Taake, Nattefrost, Carpathian Forest but also Marduk and Watain, for example, I really like a lot.
Ahephaïm:Everyone in the band has a really personal musical background and in this wide spectrum of sounds emerge some common bands or musical intensity. Influences are not always logical regarding what we are doing but I can name, for me, Urfaust, Anaal Nathrakh, Cattle Decapitation, Strapping Young Lad, Absu, … only to give you a few.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

S Caedes: When I was fifteen I began to read a lot about Satanism, black magic, also Nietzsche, LaVey, Crowley… I was obsessed by these occult themes. From all influences I created my own view about life, about religion, about Satanism. I'm strictly against every religion. For me, there is no almighty God, so there can also be no Satan – who is waiting the bad people in hell. But I absolutely do believe in evil, the sadism in every human being. Satanism also means the freedom to decide what you want to do in your life and take on responsibility for it – it is the acceptance that there is no god.Everyone has to decide which way to go. Following the weak ones in believing there is someone more worth than you, following stupid rules, just because god tells you what is wrong, what is right – this is definitely not my way. Never was and never will be. I can't have respect for people, who blame Satan for all dire events in their life/on earth and telling such a shit like god will lead them to the light, when you follow his rules.
Ghoul:Satanism is the human being itself, the human nature, physically and mentally free and independent. Everyone is his own god, responsible for what he is doing, for the choices he made. For me, religion invented Satan to put humans and behaviors in stereotypes. The result is that religion controls, wields power. But the truth is, that what is good is always in the eye of the beholder.
Ahephaïm: As for any spirituality paths, it's a very personal thing which everyone see differently. I'm not sure that I could explain my vision precisely enough to don't deform it. And I'm not sure that I also want to do it. I'm trying to find my own divinity outside established patterns. I learned a lot about satanism and other branches of the black art and it's a really fascinating world where you can experience a lot but also loose yourself if you don't take good care. One of the lesson you should remember from any spiritual apprenticeship is to keep discretion about it. What I find ridiculous is that many bands are using this satanic imagery and concept to be like “evil” and have no knowledge about it. Through these people, the satanism in music looses its meaning and essence, sometimes becomes even a mainstream “must have” to belong to the scene, far away from a spiritual way to be. Empty vessels make the most noise. In contrary, you also have some bands who express subtly their satanic beliefs without trying to impress anyone but more by including them parsimoniously in their art. This is, for me, the most interesting means when you feel like combining satanic faith and music.

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

S Caedes: Well, thank you for the interview, for your interest in Humanitas Error Est.
 Ghoul: And for the people out there: be free, follow yourself!

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Murdryck Interview

mercredi 17 février 2016 à 20:11
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Murdryck is a semi-melodic old school style Black Metal band. We have a lot of riffs, a few solos here and there, and some proper nasty vocals you can sing along to. We have released a demo, an EP called As The Moon Bleeds… and finally, in 2016, our debut album, Antologi MMXV.

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?

I think our sound takes the best elements of the music I grew up with. There's nothing super original  but I genuinely believe that Murdryck are not emulating any other band in terms of a specifically defined sound or format. You won't confuse us for another band and we have a lot of elements done well enough to float us above the sea of bland and generic Black Metal bands that pollute the scene.

3.From 1999 to 2014 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about the 15 year gap?

I don't see it so much as a gap but a reboot. I was really into a lot of dark movie soundtrack albums in the 90s and some of the stuff on Burzum's Hvis Lyset Tar Oss had a big effect on me when the album was released in the early mid 90s. Recording music on a computer was becoming far more accessible. I bought a Roland D50 synth from a friend and started using it compose the music.
Life basically got in the way of my aspirations to make music. I was very disillusioned with the music scene after 2000. I realized trying to make a career in music was not going to be for me. The world was awash with a plethora of labels signing any band with the tag "blackened death metal" and music was more expensive to make then. I was playing as a session bassist for a melodic doom/death band in 2001 and we had just released an album that had received a lot of good reviews. I began writing new material for a follow-up but it never materialized. I worked on demos at home in the hope of getting a new band together but I couldn't find the people. Around 2007 or so I started developing acute tendinitis in my arms from weight training. Over the years, on and off, I've had golfers elbow in both arms, tennis elbow in both arms, a problem with my right bicep, calcification of the tendon in my right shoulder and as I write this, tennis elbow in my left arm has been bothering me for about 5 months now. I stopped playing guitar between 2008-2013.

4.Originally the band started out as blackened dark ambient project, what was the decision behind going into more of a heavier guitar orientated direction?

I had been to Inferno Festival in Norway for the 2nd year running in 2013. I was pretty inspired to get back into music after seeing some cool bands play the smaller stage and I was just determined to put the problems with tendinitis behind me. When I got back I started looking for a band to join. I found some guys looking for a guitar player in my area and decided to apply. I had barely played guitar or bass for a few years so I was rusty. I bought new some equipment and wrote the song Metamorphosis. It came really easily and out of nowhere and we started playing it in the new band. Almost at exactly the same time another band in my area had put out an advert for a bass player. The band went out anonymously but I was seduced by the fact they said they had gigs lined up and were on a record label. I figured it was probably a band called Death Tyrant as they were the only band I could think of that had those kind of prospects. It wasn't a surprise when Thomas Backelin got in touch, but it was a big surprise when he sent me a folder full of Lord Belial music to learn for an audition. I didn't have a bass at the time either (all my music stuff had gotten stolen in a break-in a few years earlier) but I saw this as my chance to really get my arse in gear. I was upfront about the fact I hadn't played for a while and that I had no bass and I thought it was a long shot they would choose me or if I would be up for the task. I borrowed a bass from a work colleague and just sat for hours working out a few of their easier songs and had the audition two days later. I got the job on a temporary basis to cover for their existing bass player for 6 months. The other black metal band I was playing guitar in lasted barely a few months. It was totally useless. When my time in Lord Belial came to an end I was determined to do my own band. I realized I really needed to step up my game on the guitar though after playing in a band with two high quality guitar players. I figured I could write the music on guitar and maybe continue as bassist in my own band but would worry about that once I found additional members. I couldn't think of any cool new names for my band so I decided to take Murdryck form my existing dark ambient project. I always thought the name had a cool mystique about it and it would fit perfectly for a Black Metal band!

5.Your lyrics cover Biblical, War, philosophical and metaphysical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

That's actually not really true and is just something that's written on Metal Archives. From the very beginning, I had decided if I couldn't find any members to play with I would just look for a vocalist to perform on the album. That would require me to write lyrics and is not something I am entirely comfortable with. It is true that I was trying to find themes I knew could write about from my other interests. The original concept was to write about quantum mechanics somehow. I've no idea how I was gonna pull that off though, haha! Eventually, after a long search and asking many different vocalists who had all turned me down, I found Gast and he has a much more visual and twisted imagination than I do. He gave me a text he wrote called As the Moon Bleeds... and I really liked it. It was short and very abstract but intriguingly poetic. I immediately put him in charge of all the lyrics. The only lyric I contributed to the album is The Ascension. I would say the lyrics are now focused with metaphorical meaning and cover a range of aesthetics with importance on keeping them dark. Gast actively avoids the usual clichés in his writing.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Murdryck'?

There is no meaning behind the name. The meaning it has to me is my expression of how I write music. The inspiration came from fantasy novels, I guess. Since those kind of books have made up languages and place names I wanted to emulate that kind of feeling in my own band name. It was probably to distinguish the band from 10,000 other bands that have the words dark, black, blah blah in their band names. I could be safe that my band name was 100% unique and no one else could accidentally come up with the same name or a variation of it.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Murdryck has not yet played any shows. We are officially a two-piece band as I handle the recording, music and guitar/bass duties. Gast handles the lyrics and vocals. We have a live band that is rehearsing for live shows plus inclusion on future recorded material. From my own performances with different bands, I can promise that we will deliver something energetic.

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

We have a show at Backstage Rockbar in Trollhättan, Sweden on 1st April 2016. We will not be a touring band but we are open to playing shows when the opportunity arises.

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

The feedback has been really good. Our EP, which was released March 2015, gained little attention and passed through the underworld unnoticed by many. The album, on the other hand, has received more attention and feedback in two weeks than the EP did in 11 months. Most people appreciate the small intricacies in the music - the fact it's very old school in nature but with a modern twist and that we have a good sound on the album. A modern sound but not too sterile or clean. A mix between the old and the new! It's fun to hear people draw comparisons with bands I've never heard of and bands I don't think we sound like but the important thing is that it's being talked about.

10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Our drummer plays in a folk/death band called Falkhan. The guitarist , Peste usually has some raw and atmospheric side projects on the go but I have no idea under what names or if anything is released. Musically, Gast and I focus on Murdryck.

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

You can expect a shift in sound between each release we make. The EP is basically a cut version of the album and was just put out to start promoting the band before the album was released. I was hoping to use the EP to find a label but that didn't work.
The album was supposed to be entirely redone with a complete lineup but that didn't work out in time so it was finalized in December 2015 and released as is. Our next project is going to be a concept album entitled  Vålnadens Psalmer..most of the texts will actually be in Swedish this time. It would be more thought out and we will spend longer on making it great. We haven't decided 100% on if it will exclusively contain Swedish lyrics or not. The sound will be a darker, a little rawer than Antologi MMXV but it will contain the trademark Murdryck sound that has been established with our debut. Our intention is to change up things each release. We will not release album after album of identical songs. But it's important not to drift too far from the original concept. You won't find us doing 80s synth pop or dumbing down the sound down in a few years to reach a wider audience. We will do as we please though.

12.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?

I think I am more influenced by certain albums than bands these days. There are few bands around where I am hooked on their entire discography. Some bands I like have very immature catalogs in the beginning of their careers and other bands have the opposite - a couple of great albums then total shit. My earliest influences come from Iron Maiden, Megadeath, Metallica, Slayer, Bathory. Later influences come from Marduk, Mayhem and Emperor. After that, bands I like come on a "per album" basis. Nowadays, I shy away from the big names that labels like Nuclear Blast took from the underground and turned into career sensations and made totally accessible to the regular rock lover. These bands have become template metal and tour endlessly. All mystique has been removed and they offer little to me that is worthwhile. I search out stuff on Bandcamp now and put my money into the smaller acts that really need a boost. I get a similar feeling hunting on Bandcamp that I did from trading in the early 90s or reading about band demos in Terrorizer magazine. I hope people will do the same for us, instead of spending their cash on different colour vinyls of the same album they have 10 different editions of. This materialistic aspect of music really disappoints me.

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

Yeah, I could go on ranting and blabbing for another 50 pages but I think i have written enough ; Thanks for the interview and I just want to remind people that our album is available digitally and physically on Black Lion Productions and from the bands own Bandcamp page for anyone who dares to drop a few bucks on new music instead of the plethora of different color splatter vinyls for the latest release of whatever band from the 90s is still going.

Regards, Skärseld.

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Circle Of Noose/Eschatological Gnosis/Depressive Illusions Records/2016 Demo Review

mercredi 17 février 2016 à 00:49

  Circle  Of  Noose  are  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "Eschatological  Gnosis"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  and  avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the demo  along  with  some  some  grim  yer  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  clean  singing  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  clean  playing  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  feeling  along  with  some  mantras  that  also  add  more  of  an  esoteric  and  meditative  feeling  to  the  recording.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  heavy  and melodic  adding  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw edge and  as  the  demo  progresses  some  of  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  lo-fi atmosphere  and  the  heavy  and  avant  garde  parts  also  start  getting  mixed  together  while  other  songs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  psychedelia  and  there  are  also  some  songs  that  use  of   peoples  voices  in  the  background  and towards  the  end  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  also  brings  in  a  few  blast  beats.

  With  this  recording  Circle  Of  Noose  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient,  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  to  create  something  very  dark  and  disturbing  yet  original  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  sick,  depressive,  bi  polar  and  anti  human  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Circle  Of  Noose  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Longer  You'll  Smile"  "The  The  ones Who  Wear  A  Shield  Of  Glass"  and  "Sigh  of  rotten  t6hroats".  8  out  of  10.

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Kuu Interview

mardi 16 février 2016 à 20:41
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Kuu is a Black Metal project that originally started out in 2009 as Flesh. I had a vision to create some of the most evil, blasphemous and aggressive Black Metal there is. It wasn’t until 2014 I settled on the name Kuu and began recording the full length; Deus Est Mortuus.

2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Raw, evil and full of blasphemy, anger and hatred. Not a single melody to be had here, it is all straight forward brutality. The ambient tracks present on the album convey a minimal yet occult, ritualistic atmosphere. So much more in the style of the Finnish scene as opposed to Norwegian or Swedish bands. There is a lot more Death/Doom influences as well.

3.the lyrics cover some Satanic and Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more abotu your interest in these topics?

I used to be more of a theistic Satanist that literally believed and worshiped the devil in a physical and mental sense, relying on ‘him’ for guidance. I am still very much so a Satanist, but I do not take it as seriously any longer. I am open minded to the idea that Satan exists and rules over all of mankind. But for the most part, I do not follow any sort of deities. I am my own God who makes his own rules. I truly hope that when we die, it is pure blackness and no thought, no longer aware of our surroundings with no concept of the meaning of time. Life is already what you would call dissatisfying, I would hate to think there is another dissatisfying life after this. Unless that ‘life’ consists of demonic winged sluts that serve your every need for all the evil deeds you committed on earth, haha.

4.Originally the musical project was known as 'Flesh', what was the decision behind the name change?

Flesh was a spur of the moment type name decision I made when I recorded the initial (and now long lost) 4 track demo back in 2009. Two of the songs remain and were included on the Kuu - Deus Est Mortuus release, The Void Speaks My Name and Summum Malum (the last two tracks). The other two remaining tracks have since gone missing. There is also another two track demo under Flesh that was limited to just 10 from scratch hard copies handed out to a select few people back in 2012 or so. I am still in possession of these two tracks, but do not intend to ever release them ever. It wasn’t until 2014 I decided to rename the project to Kuu after much thought. I wanted to keep the name as simple and straight forward as possible, still. I am also half Finnish and speak the language quite well, and also since Finnish Black Metal is so influential to me, I wanted to pay homage to Finland by having my band name in Finnish.

5.I know that the projects name means 'Moon Goddess' in Finnish, do you also have an interest in Finnish Paganism or Mythology?

I am interested in the sense that I read about it with fascination, but I do not believe or practice it. I am strictly a Satanist. I think in many ways Satanism and Paganism go hand in hand. The true Satanic way is to not seek any advise or help from any imaginary gods/goddesses for guidance, but to use your own mind and judgment. I have in the past encountered many events and occurrences which may be perceived as seeing and experiencing demons, though. So I am very open minded at the idea of there existing other realms in this universe that we can’t explain. But for the most part, I see myself as my own God who chooses his own path in life without the guidance of anything really spiritual. We are all our own Gods that shape and control our own destiny.

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

I am and have been open to the idea of collaborating with other musicians. I am very strict though in the sense that I prefer to only collaborate with musicians who are worthy enough and see eye to eye with my ideas. I have often jumped at the idea of hiring/finding session musicians to help put up a few live shows, but usually in the end other people try to change or dictate my visions for themselves or they just outright flake or chicken out. My requirement for a live performance would be every musician has to be theatrical in some way, which means; no shorts, sandals, and nerd glasses unless its just a rehearsal. The LA scene has enough bands that dress as if they just got off their office day job. If I put on a live show, everyone must look the part, but alot of people do not agree with this mindset and think by just playing the music well its rewarding to the audience. Yeah, corpsepaint has become a bit cliche since 1996, but it is still much better than seeing a bunch of guys in flannel shirts and neckbeards on stage. I also want blood, impaled heads, inverted crosses, burned Quran’s and Bibles everywhere, maybe even a Swastika to piss people off. I want to be controversial on stage, but most people are sadly too politically correct to go along with it. It is extremely hard to find people who see eye to eye with the traditional Black Metal mindset in this very liberal Los Angeles SJW/humanist cesspool. I have often thought of performing live on stage just by myself, with backtracking.

7.Recently Merdumgiriz re-issued your 2014 album, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

I am very happy with the releases. To have all of the material released on physical CD and tape is really great. Up until just recently, the material was self released only digitally. It wasn’t gaining nearly enough exposure as I had hoped for seeing as most underground metal fans prefer owning and collecting a hard physical copy, whether its in tape or CD as opposed to just MP3‘s. Then I found out that the MP3‘s were being sold on Spotify for just pennies, that didn’t bother much though. I am confident that I will have great success being on this underground label and I am very satisfied with the overall outcome.

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

Most of the Black Metal elite appreciates it and enjoy it a lot. Upon announcing the release to personal friends, I have already gotten several people interested and praising it. Some of the songs on the album were recorded as far back as 2009 though, so it doesn’t represent my current musicianship or production skills. I know I can do alot better and will do alot better in the next release, but overall Deus Est Mortuus gets tons of praise.

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

I am currently working on the next album as I speak. With each new release, you can expect even more changes with the direction of the sound continually becoming more experimental and darker. I may abandon the down tuned straight forward Death Metal style as heard on Deus Est Mortuus, playing more eerie, dissonant guitar riffs in a higher key and faster tempo in weirder scales. I already recorded a track that sounds very reminiscent of say; Endless Dismal Moan. However, my style and direction is always subject to change depending on my current mood. I am still very much interested in producing a sort of Death/Doom style of Black Metal, but with a lot of changes and new experiments. In all honesty, I have always preferred more slower and heavier/brutal metal bands. We will just have to wait and see what the next Kuu album has in store for it’s listeners.

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?

I’ve always favored the Finnish style of Black Metal and would say that style is my primary influence. Stuff like Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, Archgoat, etc. I prefer bands that use minimal emphasis on keyboards (nothing too heavily symphonic), but I want them to be present either way and convey atmosphere. One of my favorite projects of all time is the Swedish Abruptum, no band has ever come close to conveying such an occult and Satanic atmosphere. These days, I grow more and more open minded to other genres, but in the end, I always end up coming back to Black/Death/Thrash Metal. There are so many new and old bands to discover in the underground to keep it all fresh.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Apart from music I am really heavily into anything on computers. Programming in C#, 3D modeling, game development. I also enjoy reading and writing, I much prefer to read something than to watch the mindless crap you see on American TV. I’m always willing to gain more knowledge and learn new things.

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

The release of Deus Est Mortuus is a huge middle finger to all the recent trends of these “post-Black Metal shoe-gazing” hipster garbage bands coming out recently. I hope I can inspire other talented young musicians to keep the spirit of true and elite Black/Death alive and well, and this whole hipster trend plaguing the Black Metal scene can just end and die off already once and for all. All the peace loving, tree hugging, SJW, politically correct vegan hipsters in metal should fuck off and leave the genre to the real men. Have to give a shoutout to Mark Danson from the Hipster Black Metal Youtube comedy channel for compiling my music and introducing it to Merdumgiriz. Thanks to all my loyal fans and supporters. Lastly, always live by the Flesh, and hail Satan!

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