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Havukruunu Interview

dimanche 18 octobre 2015 à 00:17
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Havukruunu is a finnish duo, evoking images of pagan past.

2.So far you have released 2 demo's, an ep, single and a full length, how would you describe your musical sound in the beginning and what it has progresses into on the new recording?

Of the released demos (we've done some demos and an EP of sorts before 2013 also, but those really don't count...) on the first demo, we had a really great "outdoor"-sound, but the playing was sloppy and ideas were executed halfway. The progress has been really in the field of  the focus and thought that goes into the music. We spend a lot of time listening on really raw demo versions of the songs, and just think it through. Obviously the musicianship has evolved to a higher level, and with each release, the amount of the HEAVY METAL riffs and passages has increased. "Havulinnaan" is a kind of "best of" of what we wish to do now.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

This kind of lyrical style allows a lot to be explored really. We write about the woe and void of this mortal life, existential thoughts expressed through pagan and nature metaphors. Feelings of loss and disappointment from knowing the history of mankind, and witnessing the horror we cast upon ourselves and the earth. We also write much of the inherent fear of darkness we all have, the fear of the mystical, eerie night and what's left unseen.

4.I know that the bands name means "coniferous  crown"  in  Finnish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

It fits perfectly, as the influence of northern woodlands and dark wintry nights on our work is huge. Havukruunu is the sign of the imaginative people who venture the twilight and long to witness the secrets of the nightside.

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?

This has been, and will be a subject to change occasionally, with people around me coming and going, Humö now being the longest standing member besides me. But that does not undermine the talent of the people i work with. Personal situations change, and people need to prioritize other things in their life. Playing live is too an option, and we most certainly will always bring forth the people who will make it happen. But we will see how that goes, if that ever becomes reality.

6.You have had a busy year so far with a single, ep and a full length all being released in the past few months, does the band put a great amount of time and effort into writing, creating and composing new music?

It is a constant process, as ive demo'ed stuff for ten years now and for releases we just pick those that share the same athmospheres and themes. All music is created with great passion and focus. With all releases we double our efforts to make it sound as good as possible.

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

Surprising, for me at least. And seems like when the people who like this kind of music find something they like, they commit to it. To actually get feedback from doing more music in an inflated scene like this, fills me with an utmost respect for those supporting Havukruunu.

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

Hard to say really, but it seems we are slowly heading stylistically towards more heavy metal kind of stuff. But it's not like we can not ever return (or regress if you will) back to this black metal-ish stuff, or do things even more grim and bleak. Needless to say, though, that whatever happens in musical directions, the athmosphere stays the same. It's like expressing yourself with different languages. The core message is the same.

9.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?

Havukruunu is influenced by classic heavy metal, and obviously black metal. Bathory, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Manowar and Dark Throne and you cannot go wrong. I've been listening a lot to 70's progressive and psychedelic rock lately. Seems it has been a trendy thing lately to do things in this psychedelic occult-rock style, but i've noticed that people get the image and the vintage visual look right with the actual music lacking.

10.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

Somewhat innocent, we don't actually study the subject that much really. For a large part it comes from the inside, how do you view life and existence? What is the relationship between self and nature?
Of course we know history and myths, but in this context, it's not about name-dropping gods.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We have jobs, and besides that we are fully occupied in music. In Havukruunu and other projects.

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

Thank you for your interest. Check out "Havulinnaan" through Naturmacht productions.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/havukruunu-interview.html


Hornwood Fell/Yheri/Avantgarde Music/2015 CD Review

samedi 17 octobre 2015 à 06:06

  Hornwood  Fell  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  nature  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2015  album  "Yheri"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Experimental  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  direction t hat  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  clean  playing  along  with  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and some  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  present  throughout  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  touch  of  psychedelia  can  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  an  acoustic  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  Hornwood  Fell  expand  on  the  90's  Norwegian  influenced  style  of  black  metal  from  the  previous  recording  and  also  gets  more  atmospheric  and  progressive  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hornwood  Fell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Walking  In  the  Woods"  "The  Snowstorm"  and  "Them".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/hornwood-fellyheriavantgarde-music2015.html


Regarde Les Hommes Tomber Interview

vendredi 16 octobre 2015 à 18:18
http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.fr
REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER
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?
We recorded "Exile" on march, and all the spring/summer has been dedicated to rehearsals and work for booking. We made the choice not to play live before the official release (September 19th), considering that it was important not to go fast... This "calm before the storm" politic was logical for us and gave us time to build a good show, to be perfectly prepared to hit the stage.

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?
 "Exile" has been built following a collegial process, whereas the first album was composed by only one person, our guitarist J.J.S. The main idea here was to give birth to something heavy, panoramic, both oppresive and epic. Some kind of fresco, to picture perfectly the themes we deal with. In that way, we worked hard to mix the ideas of each member during the writting sessions. Concerning the studio, the recording process was very fluid and natural, a real pleasure. "Exile" has been recorded, produced and mastered by Francis Caste (Studio Sainte Marthe, Paris), and he simply did a fucking great job. The texture is denser than our first release, more extreme, with a massive sound... exactly what we expected.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The concept of the band focuses on a main point : The fall of the men, who are rejected and tortured by God despite of their devotion and their love for the divine. This new album pictures both this fall and the birth of a consciousness that leads men to reject the Lord and all the principles of adoration during the exile... to finally become their own gods and "sit on this throne". All the lyrics evoke biblical mythology (Abel, Caïn, Lilith, the city of Sodom, etc...). Without any ideological message, I shall precise : We only deal with these themes on an artistic way. Those symbols are intense and highlight the concepts we want to show in our music, that's why we use them. The artwork of Exile is a good example : a city destroyed by the flames, a crowd condamned to exile... The song "...To Take Us" is about it : the cry of Sodom and the divine punishment inflicted on the sinful men. That myth is fascinating, although it's not the only biblical one we deal with in "Exile", that was obvious to paint it for the cover art... simply because this theme sum up our main concept, evoking something visually strong and darkly desperate.

4.I know that the band name comes from a 1994 movie by Jaques Audiard, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this film?
This name just sum up our all concepts in a powerful way. That's why we chose it, there’s not a direct link with Audiard.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Roadburn, Hellfest, Motocultor... We are very proud of this background. On stage we use our own light system to instaure a particular atmosphere. Also lot of fog, of course. We want to show something unique, a kind of mass, of immersion. We don't speak on stage, the music does for us.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Eleven gigs are planned in France from september to december (Paris, Nantes, Lille, Cannes, Bordeaux, Rennes, etc...), and one in Switzerland. We hope that we'll get some new opportunities for 2016. We would be delighted to give shows in the rest of Europe, our booker Kongfuzi works on it.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of post black metal and sludge?
We get great reviews from foreign webzines, but concerning the "real" people, actualy... we don't really know. We know get fans in other countries but it's hard to know if they are numerous or not. Our releases receive a great welcoming in France, but for the rest of the world, it's hard to say... thus we would be delighted to play in other places to be aware of it.

8.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?
Playing in Regarde Les Hommes Tomber is not so different than being in our others bands... despite of the fact that we give more shows than with our side-projects ! Nantes (the town we live in) has ever had an active scene... that's a chance to have a thriving underground activity in our city, a kind of pride. We all come from this subterranean scene.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 We don't have "plans". We try to walk on our own path, keeping our identity without thinking about the trends... A third chapter will release one day, but in this moment we don't give priority to composition. We just wanna play live.

10.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?
Regarde Les Hommes Tomber is composed of friends with different tastes, which is, I think, a true force. Some of us enjoy Black Metal, others are great fans of Sludge and Post Metal... Actualy we don't consider that a musician shall listen only one genre, that's why our music is a mixture of various influences. We trust the power of this diversity to build our sound. We don't have "direct" influences, but listening us can evoke bands like Drudkh, Amenra, Wolves In The Throne Room, etc... once again, we build our music whithout thinking of a model, we just look for the best way to deal with our concepts. And the fact that our country is full of good similar-style bands is a cool thing: we admire the work of Céleste, Deathspell Omega, The Great Old Ones, etc ... each one gets something special and unique. They are great musicians.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
... I'm affraid we don't get time to have others interests than music, really ! This is our main passion, the rest doesn't really count.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We are truly excited to expose this new material on stage after all these months of composition/rehearsals/recording. We eagerly await to hit the road, play and meet people. Thank you for this interview, à très bientôt.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/regarde-les-hommes-tomber-interview.html


Tundra/The Burning Fanatism/Avantgarde Music/2015CD Review

jeudi 15 octobre 2015 à 09:58

  Tundra  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  traditional form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "The  Burning  Fanatism"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music. 

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  rough  yet  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  takes  the  album  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  vocals  start  going  for  more  of  a  grim  yet  hateful  black  metal  screaming  style  while  also  mixing  the  heavy  and  clean  parts  together.

   Once  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted in  the  90's  second  wave  style  the  production  makes  the  music  sound  a  lot  more  modern,

   Some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  while  a  later  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  tradition  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental  track.

  Tundra  takes  a  very  raw,  traditional  and  old  school style of  second  wave  black  metal  and  makes  the  genre  sound  modern  again  with  the  advanced  technology  of  the  past  20  years,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness,  and  Hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tundra  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  n  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disgust"  "Insanity"  "Wrath"  and  "Fanatism".  8  out  of  10.   

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/tundrathe-burning-fanatismavantgarde.html


Manticore/Ritual Slaughter/Depraved Sacraments/Tridroid Records/Bleak Bone Mortualia/2015 Split EP Review

jeudi 15 octobre 2015 à 08:41

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Ohio's  Manticore  and  New  York's  Ritual  Slaughter  called "Depraved Sacraments"  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  in  November  between  Tridroid Records  and  Bleak Bone Mortualia  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Manticore  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal.

  Their side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  doom/death  metal  sound  along  with  some  growls  and  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  The  song  also  starts  mixing  in  a  good  balance  between  slow  and  fast  parts  along  with  their  track  being  7  minutes  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  even  more  of  an  old  school  death  metal  sound  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a very  powerful  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track from  Manticore  which  shows  them  adding in  a  touch  of  doom/death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Ritual  Slaughter  a  band  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  old  school  black/death  metal  sound  that  is  very  raw  and  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  slows  down  a  touch  of  doom/death  metal  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  incorporating  more  growls  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  demonic  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ritual  Slaughter  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Demonic  Converions".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  d  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  bestial,  black,  death  and  war  metal.  8  out  of  10.   

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/manticoreritual-slaughterdepraved.html