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Verlassen Interview

mercredi 20 mai 2015 à 09:54
1. For those that have never heard of you can you tell us a little bit about the band?

A: Hi, my name is Skinrur and i play in the german Black Metal band ‚Agonie‘ since early 2014. In February 2015 i had some song ideas that don’t really fit into Agonie, so i decided to start a little solo project and named it ‚Verlassen‘. Due to the unexpected big and really positive feedback i decided to move on and make some albums.

2. Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on this recording?

A: All of the recordings are home made, but i think i did a really good job with it. It sounds raw but a lot better then the typical Black Metal underground cliché.

3. You also play in 'Agonie', what are some of the things your are able to do with your solo project not you are not able to do with the band?

A: I do not plan on playing live with Verlassen, so i am able to write multiple guitar tracks along with some keys and synths without any trouble. While writing songs for Agonie is a little bit more difficult since we are limited to 2 arms and legs per person.

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

A: The Demo has very little lyrics, but it is mostly about pain, hate and the willing to die.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ;Verlassen’?

A: One proper english translation of Verlassen would be ‚desolate‘. It means that I am left by all good spirits.
6. With this musical project you record everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to working with a full band?

A: Sometimes it is easier to write songs since all the communication process is not needed but on the other hand, it is really hard sometimes to come up with all the ideas by myself. Working in a team with good buddies is much more fun though.

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

A: I don’t look forward to sign anything yet since i have a lot of private stress right now, but i would appreciate every offer of some labels. If the offer is right, i could see my self signing a label.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
A: The very most of my fans came from Germany. I think it is a bit hard to get noticed outside of Germany with german lyrics. But the feedback was very positive, especial by those who are not from Germany.

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

A: I think the first full length will be available around spring 2016. Until then i will probably make some short things like a split, an EP or some covers. I also plan on writing songs with some other Black Metal genres. Currently it is kind of DSBM but i would like to bring some variety in the future. And of course, we have big plans with Agonie. So make sure you are ready for this!

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your musical project?


A: I wanted to make some really depressive music along with some ambient influences that makes you start thinking about your current live position. I think the biggest influence for the instrumentals is Burzum.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

A: I do like developing software which i also do job wise right now.

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

A: Thank you very much for this interview and your review. And a little shout out to SixSixSixMusic. They did a lot of promotion for me.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/verlassen-interview.html


Isvind/Gud/Folter Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 20 mai 2015 à 08:37

  Isvind  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  alum  "Gud"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Folter  Records.

  Melodic  female  vocals  and  chanting  starts  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  later  on.  off the  album along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  alter  that leads  up  to  a more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  clean  parts  do  make  their  return at  times   and  after a couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  mixing  in  more  of  a  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  

  The  bands  approach  to  black  metal  brings  in  a  bit of  the  mid  90's  raw  Norwegian  sound  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  a  raw  yet  melodic  direction  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there is  also  a brief  use  of  clean  singing  male  vocals  at times  and  some  of  the songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  and  the  whole album  is  very  diverse  and  shows  a  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  being  played  with  a  more  updated  approach  while  also having  more  of  an  underground  approach. 

  Isvind  creates  a  black  metal  album  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Norwegian  style but  mixed  in  with  some modern  elements  and  unlike  a  lot  of  other  bands  from  their  country  the  band  still  remains  true  to  its  underground  roots,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  their native  tongue  and  cover   grimness,  darkness,  death  and  winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Isvind  are  a  very great sounding Norwegian  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flommen"  "Tonen"  "Giften"  and  "Spiret".  8  out of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/isvindgudfolter-records2015-cd-review.html


The Ugly Interview

mercredi 20 mai 2015 à 06:10
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on since the recording of the new album?

Well, first and foremost we’ve been through a couple of changes in the line-up since Slaves to the Decay. Our original drummer Henrik quit the band and a while later we parted ways with bass-player Peter. We had some other constellations before we landed with drummer Fredrik Widigs and bassist Joakim Antman. Their addition to the existing line-up really opened up new ways for us to pursue our aspiration to create ferocious and relentless swedish black metal.

2.You have a new album coming out in June, 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 would say that Decreation as a whole is a more dynamic record than Slaves to the Decay. Decreation varies in both tempo and atmosphere in a way Slaves to the Decay didn’t do. Decreation also includes two songs written by guitarist Per Rinaldo, which of course also adds to making it an even deeper and more varied experience. Slaves to the Decay was more like being hit by a steamroller going in 200 mph from start to finish.

3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

As I said earlier, mostly problems with departing members and lineup changes. And of course writing the new material to Decreation. We’ve made maybe one live performance every other year, and besides that, just focusing on Decreation.

4.The lyrics on the new album cover the destruction of the world, cosmicism and Lucifer, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Destruction of the world, or death in general are things that I think have fascinated people for as long as we have existed. Just look at all religions. All of them have their own interpretation of the end of the world. From Ragnarök in the norse mythology to the apocalypse in christianity.

Cosmicism is a philosophy developed by famous horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. It states that there are no divine presence in the universe and that humans are particularly insignificant in a larger cosmic perspective. Crawling around like insects, oblivious to all and everything, always at the risk of being wiped from existence at any moment. 

To me Lucifer is interesting as a symbol and as a concept. Since I am an atheist, I don’t see Lucifer as some form of higher force or being, but as a fitting symbol for enlightenment, rebellion and humanity.

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

For me it’s a name of depth and it can have several different meanings. What is the thing that comes to mind for you when you hear it?

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?

I can tell you that our worst show was our first gig ever, as one of the opening acts for Napalm Death. It was a complete clusterfuck from start to finish in every possible way.

Otherwise our live shows are high in energy and ferociousness in a way I don’t think is too common when it comes to black metal. For me it’s a complete and total channeling of all my frustrations and scorn when I’m on stage.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Right now we only have our release party planned. We’re gonna play in Stockholm on june 13:th with support of two other great bands: Mystruin and IXXI. I’m really looking forward to playing our new songs live!


8.The new album is going to be released on ViciSolum Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

We got in contact with them through friends who have bands on ViciSolum too, and they had only good things to say about the label and Thomas who’s running it. He really liked Decreation when we presented it to him, and then we agreed to sign a deal with him.


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

When we released our first album it was really only released in Europe. We got some really good reviews from german magazines, and the reviews for Decreation that are starting to pop up have been really good. Sometimes people don’t like the name or the logo, but that doesn’t really matter to me.

10.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?

Our drummer Fredrik plays with Marduk, and Joakim plays in a band called Overtorture as well. Johan is only focused on The Ugly, I lend my voice to various other black metal projects from time to time and Per always has a shitload of other projects he works with simultaneously.

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

We’ll probably continue to keep playing our type of swedish black metal. We’ve already begun working on the next album and it sounds really, really good, I think.

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?

Dark Funeral, Marduk, Tsjuder, Venom to name a few. I listen to a lot of different music. Lately I’ve been into the early albums by WASP and Twisted Sister. Brings back memories from my childhood when my older brothers listened to heavy metal.

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

I just wanna thank you for taking the time to interview me, and I hope all the fans of The Ugly are gonna appreciate Decreation as much as we do. We’re really proud of this album, and it won’t disappoint anyone who likes Swedish aggressive black metal!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-ugly-interview.html


Trivax/The World Is Dead/2014 EP Review

mardi 19 mai 2015 à 08:43

  Trivax  are  a  band  originally  from  Iran  not  now  resides  in  the  United  Kingdom  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  satanic  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "The  World  Is  Dead".

    A  horror  movie  style  keyboard  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ritualistic  sounds  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  melodic  guitar  leads  become a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  add  a  Swedish  feeling to  the  music  and  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Once  grim screams  are  added  into  the  music  the  ep  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that also  utilizes  a great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  when  the  music  slows  down  you can  hear  a  lot  of  death  metal  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies   and they  close  the  ep  with  an  outro  that  utilizes  clean  guitar  playing.   

  Trivax  plays  a  musical  style  that  is very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  satanic  black  metal  style  and  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  melody and  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  murder,  destruction  of  the  world,  lunacy  and  Satanic  Magick.

  In  my opinion  Trivaz  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic,   satanic  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Of  Stone  And  Flesh".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/trivaxthe-world-is-dead2014-ep-review.html


Pale From Sunlight/Love Was Never An Option/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 19 mai 2015 à 06:46

  Pale  From  Sunlight  are  a  duo  from  South  Dakota  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Love  Was Never An  Option".

  Clean playing  starts  off the album  and  a  minute  later  the  music  starts  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  suicidal  screams  as  well  as  a  good  amount of  atmospheric  sounds  and  most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Depressive  style  melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  band  also  brings  in  dark ambient  style  synths  at  times  while some  of  the  guitar  leads  bring  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  when  they  are  utilized  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  start  addignmore  grimness  in  their  depressive  approach.

  Pale  From  Sunlight plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  raw,  atmospheric  and suicidal  sounding,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pale  From  Sunlight  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Till  Death  Does  His  Part" and  "Last  Sunrise".  8  out  of  10.  

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/pale-from-sunlightlove-was-never.html