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Gungnir Interview

samedi 13 juin 2020 à 22:08
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

At the moment we in the process of recording our first full length album, “With Ravens on our Side”. The drums are all tracked and have almost finished with the guitars. At the same time, the bass is being recorded and lastly we will track the keyboards and the guest parts in some songs.


2. So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

That is a bit tricky, as some songs were recorded as demos since 2013, in order to be used in Mortuus Sum, the band that Jim Havok and me founded before Gungnir were formed. With that being said, even though Gungnir is a Bathory-based Viking black metal band, some riffs were more in the raw black metal style. We just changed them a bit and the EP was created.


3. Both of the band members are also involved with other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Gungnir' that you are not able to do with your other groups?

With Gungnir we wanted to do something that never existed in Greece. A pagan metal band, with lyrics about Norse mythology and culture exclusively. All the pagan metal bands in Greece, death metal, black metal or anything, are all writing about the Ancient Greek mythology. We wanted to stand out, so here we are. Music-wise, as we said before, we wouldn’t have been here if it wasn’t for Quorthon and Bathory.


4. The lyrics cover Norse Mythology while the band is from Greece, do you also have an interest in Greek Mythology?

Yes we do, but for ourselves and not in Gungnir. Here is Norse mythology only.


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

Gungnir is Odin’s spear, a spear that never loses its target. I think it represents the band’s goal in a way, as we are focused on what we are doing and we never stray from our path.


6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

The whole artwork, is a compilation of painting, regarding the subjects of each song and the general EP’s title. We have a painting of Ragnarök in the front cover, of Thor for “Our Swords for Thor”, of Odin for “The Wanderer” and of Fenrir’s, obviously for “Fenrir”.


7. For awhile the band was a trio but now is a duo, are you open to expanding the line up again in the future?

Not really, at least not for the band’s permanent lineup. Jim Havok and me are the band and if a live show comes up, we will use session musicians to cover the spots needed.


8. With the live line up you also have done some shows, which one stands out the most that you have played so far?

We haven’t playd any live shows so far, but we are thinking about it.


9. On the ep you also done a 'Bathory' cover, what was the decision behind doing one of your own versions on one of their songs?

As I mentioned before, Bathory is possibly the main reason we exist, apart from the desire to play that kind of music. “Under the Sign of the Black Mark” is an album, that together with “Blood Fire Death”, are the closest to what we want to do. The beginning of the epicness in the songs in the first one and the beginning of the Viking theme in the other. We wanted to combine those two together.


10. On the ep you worked with both 'Metal Throne Productions' and 'Mercyful Hell Prods', do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Yes! Definitely yes! Both labels did an excellent job for the CD and the tape and we couldn’t be more satisfied.


11. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of viking and black metal?

The feedback was pretty good, press and listeners alike. The truth is that were caught off guard with it, as we didn’t think that people would like it that much.


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

Yes as we said before, we are working on our first full length album, titled “With Ravens on Our Side”. As for the future, who can really tell? We have thoughts, but we will take one step at a time.


13. What are some of the bands or musical styles you are listening to nowadays?

Metallica, Bathory, Savatage, Darkthrone, Hypocrisy are some of the bands I am stuck nowadays. Those are actually my top favorites with a couple of more, but nowadays I don’t really listen to something apart metal. Sometimes I might listen to some ethnic music, or folk/ambient of something, or maybe just some good old hard rock, but those 5 bands are always the ones that I am getting back to.


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

Thank you very much for the interview, it is a pleasure and an honour to see that there is interest in us, even after 2 years of silence since our debut EP. Take care and stay safe!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/gungnir-interview.html


Lycopolis/Opener Of The Ways/Snow Wolf Records/2020 EP Review

samedi 13 juin 2020 à 08:23

  Lycopolis  are  a  band  from  Egypt  that  plays  a  very  raw form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Opener  Of  The  Ways"  which  was  released  by  Snow  Wolf  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's influences.  A  small  amount  of  melody can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  whole  ep  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction. 

  Lycopolis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  aggressive sounding  in  the  90's  and  early  2000's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lycopolis  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Sun  Id  But  A  Mourning  Star".  8  out  of  10.

 Bandcamp

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/lycopolisopener-of-wayssnow-wolf.html


Morknatt/Icarus/Abyssal Sounds Records/2020 EP Review

vendredi 12 juin 2020 à 20:39

  Morknatt  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Icarus"  which  was  released  by  Abyssal  Sounds  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of   the  songs  also  utilize  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  You  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  90's  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  still  sounding  up  to  date.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  ep  progresses  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording. 

  On  this  recording  Morknatt  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Misanthropy  and  Anti  Religion  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Morknatt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hymn  For  The  Goat"  and  "The  Will  Of  Rats".  8  out  of  10.

Online Stream:
https://youtu.be/Q4jpJ_2rLAE

Bandcamp:
https://morknatt.bandcamp.com/

Facebook Band:
https://www.facebook.com/morknatt.official/

Metal Archives:
https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/M%C3%B8rknatt/3540408614
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/morknatticarusabyssal-sounds.html


Ossario/Self Titled/2020 EP Review

vendredi 12 juin 2020 à 10:07

  Ossario  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  putrid  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2020  ep.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  thrash  metal  elements.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  amount of  90's  and  80's  influences.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  whole  recording  also  sticks  to a   heavier  direction.

  Ossario  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  adding  in  touches  of  both  the  first  and  second  waves  as  well  as  some  elements  of  thrash  metal  but  still  retaining  a  very  modern  day  aggression.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ossario  are  a  very  great  sounding  putrid  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We're  All  Born  To  Die"  and  "Torment  Sweet  Torment".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ossario/3540469043 

https://www.facebook.com/Ossario-102928118083232 

https://youtu.be/ihGjDzSK8Gw

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/ossarioself-titled2020-ep-review.html


Non Serviam/Le Coeur Bat/2020 FUll Length Review

vendredi 12 juin 2020 à 09:20

  Non  Serviam  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  grindcore,  industrial,  electro,  experimental,  trip  hop  and  baroque  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Le  Coeur  Bat".

  A  very  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times. Clear  vocals  and  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  clean  playing  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style.

  Programmed  beats  can  also  be heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  they  add  in  touches  of  trip  hop  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  female  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  in  the  guitar  riffing.  The  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  capture  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  electro  sounds.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  demonic  voices  also  being  brought  into  the  songs  at  times.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  synths  and  elements  of  industrial  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  parts  of  the  album.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  psychedelic  moments.  One  of  the  later  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  music  also  adds  in  the  brutality  of  grindcore.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Non  Serviam  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  grindcore,  industrial,  electro,  experimental,  trip  hop  and  baroque  music  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Le  Coeur  Bat"  "Salem" and  "Je  Contre".8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/Non-Serviam-103846074427132/

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/non-serviamle-coeur-bat2020-full-length.html