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Growth Interview

mercredi 30 décembre 2020 à 21:05

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about he musical project?


Growth was created in 2007, in France, as a one-person band. It blends extreme metal with electronic elements, and influences such as synthpop or gothic rock. To put it short, I label the music as industrial black metal, but to some people it sounds more like death metal, or even grindcore.

The band was restarted in the end of 2019, and has since released 4 EPs (2 tracks each) and a cover of a Carnival in Coal song.


2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


I like to try different things with every new release. This time, because of the theme, I wanted to create a christmassy atmosphere for the track Santa’s Claws. There are still black metal riffs and blasting electronic drums, but also a chorus in major scale, and choirs and bells rather than synths. The second track, Blood under the Christmas tree, is more in line with the usual style, using more electronic elements.


3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the anti Christmas themes, that you cover with the newer release?


Christmas seemed to be a fun way to make a political commentary. In France (and elsewhere), kids are told that Santa brings presents to everyone who deserves it. This poorly hides the fact that you actually get what your parents can afford, and equality is bullshit. But kids are not stupid. Santa’s Claws is about one of them discovering that the game is rigged.

Blood under the Christmas tree deals with the elves, exploited to provide us with cheap goods. They are pictured working in many factories all over the world, until they realize that they can unite against this oppression. There is a bit of hope in both songs.

Antichristmas seemed to be an obvious title to gather those two track. The pun with « antichrist » is totally black metal.


4.On your previous release you also covered some political themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


I do cover political themes, but to me, all art is political, wether it is intentional or not. To sum up, I’d say that Growth’s lyrics satirize the narratives used to justify power structures in rich western societies. Christmas tales are one example. The previous release mocked the worshipping of billionnaires, often presented as benevolent job creators while they exploit workers to the point of driving them to suicide. There’s also a song about landlords, who can rightfully own your home and siphon your incomes, which seems normal to many people because that’s the way it is.

Because of these themes, I use the RABM (red & anarchist black metal) tag to describe my work, although the music might not fit precisely under the « black metal » label. It is also a way to contribute in making leftist ideas visible within the genre.


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


At the very beginning, the lyrics were focused on the fact that the richest countries keep seeking economic growth at all cost, even if it fucks up the climate. I had turned this concept into a whole album, starting with a merry ode to growth, supposedly the solution to every problem. It ended with an agonizing humanity on a barren planet. Growth can also refer to a tumour, so it was the perfect name for this project.

In hindsight, it was maybe not the best choice for a french person, because I probably pronounce it very badly.


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


So far, I made all the artwork myself. Each time, I try to create a picture related with the lyrical themes of the EP. Antichristmas was probably the easiest to come up with: an evil santa with bringing blood-stained presents. It connects to the lyrics of both songs. The corpsepaint and misty forest in the back add some black-metalness.


7.From 2008 to 2019 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


At the beginning, the music was only made with cheap midi sounds crushed with distortion and very low-fi voice recordings. I released a bunch of songs under the Myspace supremacy, but back then I didn’t have the gear or the know-how to record properly. I had gathered some more skillfull friends to help, but that went nowhere. I think I got fed up, ended the project and moved on. All the tracks released during this first period can still be heard on the Growth and decay of mankind EP.

I only began releasing music again in 2017, with my other bands Astre Noir and Playgirl Killer. Both involve other people, so I wanted to have my own project on the side, to write and record black metal by myself, more spontaneously. While reading old lyrics from Growth, I thought that there was material that I could still use. So, in 2019, instead of creating something new from scratch, I decided to revive this project. But this time, using real instruments as well as electronics.


8.Since 2019 you also have released a good amount of music, do you spend a great amount of your time writing and creating music?


Yes, especially since we spent a lot of time locked down in 2020. I have not been able to rehearse and play live with Playgirl Killer, Astre Noir is moving very slowly, and I had plenty of motivation and time for Growth.


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


Today, everyone can craft and release their own music. If you do so, even in a niche genre, you are drowned in the neverending flow of new music. If you’re not good at promoting yourself (which is my case), you can’t expect much reaction. But the feedbacks I had so far have been mostly positive. The Antichristmas EP seems to have drawn a little more attention than the previous ones, probably because of the seasonal theme. There was even one song broadcasted on a british radio show, which was a very pleasant surprise.


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


All the tracks released in 2020 will be gathered into an album, along with a few new ones. I will remaster everything to the best of my ability, to make it sound even. Then I’ll start a new cycle of writing and releasing songs, hopefully on a regular basis.

I will probably stick to the 2-tracks format: it is short enough not to get swamped into the recording and mixing process, yet you can showcase different sides of your music, and work on a common theme for both songs. New music should also be released in 2021 with my other bands.


11.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 should mention Rammstein, which was one of my first metal shocks. It rooted my taste for the blend of electronics and heavy guitars. A couple of years later, I got into Carnival in Coal, a french band that used to mix genres such as disco and death metal. It must have have shaped the way I blend genres in my music. I should add black metal in general, post-punk, gothic rock, new wave… Devo or Frank Zappa could also be mentioned.

Nowadays, I find it more difficult to get hooked by something new. I mostly listen to stuff that I already know. But the current band that I listen to the most these days is probably Tribulation.


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


Thank you for your interest! If someone wants to keep an ear on Growth’s music, check the Facebook or bandcamp page.

https://eternalgrowth.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PlasticMetalForPlasticPeople/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/growth-interview.html


White Nights/Solanaceae/Iron Bonehead Productions/2021 EP Review

mercredi 30 décembre 2020 à 06:24

 


  White  Nights  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  abstract  mixture  of  black  metal  and  death  rock and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "Solanaceae"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Programmed  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  riffing  and  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  shows  an  influence  of  death  rock.  Clean  goth  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Elements  of  atmospheric  black  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  A  touch  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  and  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  closing  track  shows  the  recording  going  for  more  of a  psychedelic  direction. 


  On  this  recording  White  Nights  goes  for  more  of  a  death  rock  direction  while  also  maintaining  some  touches  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  psychedelic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  White  nights  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  influenced  death  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halluncinogenic  Black  Clouds"  and  "Solanaceae".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/oEHlibIz5P0     


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/white-nightssolanaceaeiron-bonehead.html


Nathir/Beinahruga/Signal Rex/2020 EP Review

mercredi 30 décembre 2020 à 05:02

 


  Nathir  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ancient  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "Beinahruga"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  by  Signal  Rex.


  Dark  ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  evil  voices  a  few  seconds  later,  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  One  of  the  songs  also introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  showing  some  old  school  black  metal  touches  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  a  slower   musical  direction  as  well  as  o  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.


  Nathir  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Nathir  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ancient  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beinahruga"  and  "Vado Mori".  8 out  of  10.



http://nathr.bandcamp.com/album/beinahr-ga-2 

nathrdoom.com // nathr.bandcamp.com  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/nathirbeinahrugasignal-rex2020-ep-review.html


Caedes Cruenta/Of Ritual Necrophagia And Mysterious Ghoul Cults/Helter Skelter/Regain Records/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 30 décembre 2020 à 03:35

 


  Greece's  Caedes  Cruenta  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  old  school  style  of  occult  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Of  Ritual  Necrophagia  And  Mysterious  Ghoul  Cults"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  as  a  joint  effort  between  Helter  Skelter  and  Regain  Records.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  clean  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  epic  feeling  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic yet  old  school  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Greek  style.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  melody  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  at  times,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Mysticism,  Ancient  Rituals  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Caedes  Cruenta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Of  Ritual  Necrophagia  And  Mysterious  Ghoul  Cults"  "From  The  Darkest  Paths  of  Golgotha"  and  "Under  the  Shadow  Of  Death".8/5  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/Caedes-Cruenta-112443672198855/

https://regainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/of-ritual-necrophagia-and-mysterious-ghoul-cults    


          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/caedes-cruentaof-ritual-necrophagia-and.html


Los Males del Mundo/Descent Towards Death/Northern Silence Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 30 décembre 2020 à 02:18

 


  Los  Males  del  Mundo  are  a  duo  from  Argentina  that  takes  the  modern  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  old  school  90's  melodic  sound  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Descent  Towards  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  by  Northern  Silence  Productions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilize d it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  At  times  the  vocals  also  get  deep  sounding  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  at  times  the  music  also  captures  the  aggression  of  the  mid  90's  era  and  spoken  word  parts  also  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  Los  Mal3es  del  Mundo  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  modern  atmospheric  era  of  the  black  metal  genre  and  mixes  it  with  the  aggression  of  the  mid  90's  melodic  era  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  philosophical  writings  of  Fredrich  Nietzsche,  Emil  Cioran  and  Arthur  Schopenhauer.  


  In  my  opinion  Los  Males  del  Mundo  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Falling  Into  Nothing"  and  "The  Heavy  Burden".  8  out  of  10.


  https://losmalesdelmundo.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/LosMalesDelMundo

https://www.instagram.com/l.m.d.m.official    


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/los-males-del-mundodescent-towards.html