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Solus Interview

mardi 22 décembre 2015 à 20:02
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Hails! First of all, thanks for your interest in my musical activity. Well, I’m finishing the last release of Solus, which would be an EP and for sure promoting the first and the last full-length album.

2.In April you had 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 during the last few years my music evolved continuously into that atmospheric/ambiental form. My lyrics became more deeper and, the sound is better and the concept behind this act had more complexity too.

I used to have more primitive ideas during the first years –both in lyrics and music too-
more raw sound, less original composing etc…

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explored with the newer music?

Heathenism, old shamanic traditions and rituals. To be concrete, I wrote about the spiritual journey between feverdreams and cold dimensions. From the depths of darkness to the golden flames of light.

4.According to the Metal Archives page you changed the project's name from 'Solus' to 'Hamvak', what was the decision behind the name change?

It was a hard decision, but my new songs are simply can not be described as Solus songs.
I dropped some extra elements into my visions (dissonance, more variations …) and it has become Hamvak. Anyway, Hamvak means ashes in Hungarian.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you feel you are able to express yourself a lot more with this musical project?

Sure. I have to do everything by myself and it satisfies me because I hate to take compromises, or change anything which sounds good to me. I tried to play in bands with full line-up, but mostly it sucks to me (except Malediction, they are GREAT guys).
I hate to wait for other band members to learn the fucking new songs, to make some new riffs, to checking out the lyrics, I don’t really like to play too many gigs..etc It makes me sick and tired.

6.Originally the project was from Hungary but know located in Germany, what was the decision behind the move?

I moved because of financial reasons. I’ve got a new job with better salary.

7.A year ago you where a part of a split with 'Moonkult', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

I just discovered their music somewhere and it amazed me. I like that kind of storming Black Metal, and I decided the drop an email to them. They agreed with the cooperation and we recorded our songs.
The cover art was made by a very talented Russian guy (formerly known as Askold art, now Godlike Icons) who plays in a band called Pogost.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Dark East Productions'?

It’s a label from Russia. They make mostly co-releases with other labels. They released Witcher and Vrag albums too (highly recommended to check out!!) and I decided to ask them about my stuff. Originally the Solus album planned to be released by another label, but in the middle of the manufacturing  process they denied to reply me for some  reason, and later on I changed to Dark East Prod. Now I see that was a good decision.

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

I get nice reviews from some zines so I think the feedback to my music is mostly positive.

10.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Yes, for sure! I have a band with Patrik (Evil Conqueror, Sign of Death, ex-Sinful Eternity) called Earth Plague. We make very simple, primitive, Punk influenced Black/Death/Thrash music in the spirit of the 80’s. We are working on our second full-length album.

We made another band too called Ghoultemple which is an Earth Plague side-project.
It’s a very primitive and barbaric Death Metal.


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I don’t really know. My aim is to make my visions attainable in the right form.

12.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?

I listen to a very wide variety of music from simple blues/rock/hard rock to the Black/Death Thrash underground, and I like some types of electronic music too.
Nowadays I mostly listen to Bölzer, Sinmara and Portal. They are the best bands from the scene.

13.How would you describe your views on heathen Spiritualism?

Briefly to me and my culture, which is highly involved with Shamanism (Táltos to be precise), it can be represented  with transcendental experience and philosophycal acknowledgement. You can get answers for your questions during some type of journey and you can see something which is hidden in this modern world.

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

Thank you very much for this interview and for the attention! We will meet soon under the banner of Hamvak!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/solus-interview.html


Third Storm Interview

mardi 22 décembre 2015 à 06:18
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
We are at the moment writing new songs for the first full-length album which hopefully will be recorded next year. All the members have  their other bands also so things are not moving that fast but that's a good thing, we don't want to rush things.

2.In September you had released a new ep 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?
The musical direction is focused on both black metal and doom metal with a lot of dark and twisted atmosphere, two 13 minutes long epic songs. The newer songs we're working on now are shorter and have lots of fast parts, we will keep the doom elements also of but not that much as on the EP. The music of Third Storm in the 80s was more chaotic noisy black/thrash with lots of blast beats and shit, not so much doom as now. We were very young back then and not so good musicians so to speak.

3.The band was broken up for almost 30 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform after all of these years?

We just got tired of the band in 1988 and went separate ways, we were 16-17 years old and two guys moved to other cities to study or something like that and me myself didn't want to be in a band for a while 'til I formed Sarcasm two years after. The timing now was right I guess, there's alot of variety in the metal scene today compared to the 90's. It wouldn't have been wise to ressurect this band back then I think.

4.From what I have read so far that in the 80's you where considered one of the most extreme bands at the time, do you fell you have been a huge influence on a lot of the bands that popped up in the early 90's from your home country?

No I don't think so, since we didn't spread our music that much, perhaps maybe in our home town Uppsala where we did some gigs and spread our name, but I don't think it reached more far than that. The scene in Stockholm began when we split up and I have no idea if those guys knew of Third Storm or not.


5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Our first full length that we are working on right now will be a concept album and part one of a trilogy. That album will be about the creation and the laws of the universe, and of course the forces behind everything. I can't go into much more details without spoiling, which I won't. I can say that the whole story will be about genesis, the storms and a new order.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Third Storm'?
The name originally referred to world war three, it still is but this time it's much bigger than that, this time the whole universe is at stake. The band name will be explained in details on the third album (last part of the trilogy)

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Well, we haven't played live since 1988, but back then it was chaotic, crazy, bad sound, not that well played etc. But fun at the same time.

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

We will do some shows in the future but we don't know when, I guess when we are ready.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
So far it's been good, the EP has just been released but the feedback/reviews have been great so far. The majority likes both the doom/black elements and we hear often that we have our own sound and that we have created something very dark, weird and atmospheric and that the material is original etc, and thats a good thing because when we started this thing again we wanted to go our own way and to create our own sound. We didn't want to be another retro band or a band who plays only fast for the sake of it. Our main goal was to create a dark and disturbing  atmosphere and I think we've achived that.


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?
David is in Anguish, a great doom band also from Uppsala, they have released two albums. Daniel is in Iron Lamb and Usurpress who just recorded their new album. I'm also the singer in Sarcasm, we're working on new songs for a new album, five of them are complete at the moment.

11.Currently you are working on a full length album that is a concept recording, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
I told you a little bit, but I can tell you that the first album will be about the birth of god, the creation of universe, the laws of the universe, the creation of earth and man and what man is capable of creating, an undelibrate creation of unwanted and the consequences universe has to face because of this. Part 2 about the storms (wars) and part 3 will be about the final storm and ultimately a new order in the universe. half of this concept I had in my mind a long time, after we recorded the EP I thought maybe this could work if we did a trilogy and combine the meaning of the band name which actually by coincidence was in the original story but in a different form, so I changed and added stuff here and there so it could fit three albums. The story is a combination of spiritualism, law of attraction, philosophy, sci-fi, duality, biblical elements, real historical events, the politics in history and the present, and the future. The idea is to combine everything and tell a saga. And the whole story will be told through perspective of God. He's telling the story, but in a different way. There will be twists and turns and messing of the minds. The concept will be very blasphemous if you're religious and thats the whole point, we're not here only to turn the crosses upside down but to turn everything upside down. The lyrics will all be in english in case people wonder, that was not the case with the EP where the vocals where in three or four different languages, even if it has atmospheric value to do so I want people to understand the story instead of me singing in kurmanji or latin or something.

12.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?
Well, we like lots of different stuff, not only doom or black metal or whatever metal, I mean I also listen to a lot of movie soundtracks, 60s and 70s music etc (even 80s pop music) Of course the music we play is extreme metal but it's not necessarily one band or a style that is an influence, instead the whole spectrum and we are very careful not to copy a sound or a band, there are plenty of those bands. The most important thing is to create an atmosphere that belong to us and that can be definable. But sure, we are all fans of 80s black or speed metal, the good thing about that period is that those bands tried really hard to create their own sound and almost everyone succeeded in that aspect. Black metal could be done in different ways and that way of thinking is what inspires us. Most of that mentality were sadly gone in the 90s when rules were set how extreme music should be. Uniqeness became secondary, it was more important how your corpse paint looked like or how many churches that got burnt.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I watch movies, lots of them, mostly old ones and every genres as often as possible when I don't work with my bands. Daniel is also a film buff and writes a book now and then. The others are mostly into music I think.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yeah, its really cool to see these good reactions to the EP, we thought the music would be somewhat hard to grasp, but it has reached people who understand what we tried to achive with this EP and that's the most important thing. We really appreciate all the good reviews and positive words it recieved so far. But beware, this is just the beginning, the Prima Mobilae is yet to come....

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/third-storm-interview.html


Istidraj Interview

mardi 22 décembre 2015 à 06:08
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?

Hail! The band is writing a new materials for an upcoming mlp which shall be done by middle 2016.

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?

Progression is imminent.. It's more well structure now

3.So far all of the albums I have heard have been different from either while also always being true to black metal, how would you describe the musical progress over the years?

No point to produce similar album.. We are not bound to become static..


4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

Endtime prophecy & universal death.. For the Antichrist hath come to fulfill the final prophecy... Malak Al-maut (the angel of death) is here to claim every living creatures one by one...

5.I know that the band name means 'blasphemous ' in Arabic, how did you come across this name?

I've used to read books about eschatalogy thus i discovered it through one of the book called Istidraj which is about blasphemous deeds of humanity that will claim it tolls.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Holocaustik onslaught! So far we play with Dark Funeral, Hail, Eibon, Surrender of Divinity, Abigail & few more which i can't recall

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

Maybe with reasonable offer why not?

8.Over the years there has been many different line up changes, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Basically the dismissal it's because they can't commit so therefore it occurs

9.I remember back in the Myspace days i read about one of the band members doing jail time and also there was the murder of a black metal musician in Thailand, do you feel black metal fans are a little bit more dangerous in the Eastern countries with all of the poverty than they are in the Western Countries?

The original drummer was sentence to jail for manslaughter.. Death is certain, life is not! For death is the liberation of souls, every souls will taste death!

10.The new album was released on Iron County Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Its fairly a new label which is from hungary.. They are doing a good job & promotion so far, horns up to Kevin Baltasson! The cd version is release on limited 500 copies by Iron Blood Death Corp of Mexico

11.The band has a history that goes back to 93, what is it that motivates you to keep going after all of these years?

The blasphemous fire that still burning, smouldering with hatred forever burns! The band has become my flesh & blood!

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

So far so good! We are spreading the  black plague towards mankind & forth!

13.I know that in the past some of the band members where involved with other bands and musical project, are there any current side projects going on these days?

I'm active with Companions of Hellfire which shall release a debut soon. Z:c4 is still active in K.S.K

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

Still reigning in black death underworld

15.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your current music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

 For influence i can say Sarcofago, old Slayer, old Sepultura, old Mayhem.. Ad hominem, Funeral Mist, Deathspell Omega & New Behemoth album is interesting..

16.How would you describe your vies on Anti Christianity, Satanism and Occultism?

Christianity is just a roman product.. Too many contradictions.. Many may not know that it's a scam cult to deceive people.. It's invention of Council of Nicea after 325 years of the death of their saviour jesus christ.. Other religions follow next in line.. Satanism/occultism  is more of a tool being used by the freemasons, illuminati & others which is tool to succeed & enslave the weaks

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

Thanks  for this interview & your honest yet great review of our "Muerte Mundi Militia" album! To the mass do obtain when it's unleash for every souls shall taste death! Death is liberation of souls! Those interested getting our previous releases "Blasphemized Perversion" digi mcd & split cd/tape Thornspawn/Istidraj( last few copies available though) can order thru: istidraj666@gmail.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/istidraj-interview.html


Circle Of Noose/Spreading Anti Human Propaganda II/Depressive Illusions Records/2015 Demo Review

samedi 19 décembre 2015 à 07:15

  Circle  Of  Noose  are  a  solos  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo  "Spreading Anti Human Propaganda II" which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  a  few  seconds  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the brief  sounds  of  a  human  tortured  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  sets  up  the  mood  for  grim  black  metal  screams  to  become  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  at times.

  Synths  can be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  without  ever  over  powering  the  music  and  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  ambient  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  vintage  90's  style  to  them and  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  at  times  but in  less  of  a  mainstream  and  more  in  an  underground  fashion and  as  the  album  progresses  elements of  depressive  black  metal  can  be  heard.

  Circle  Of  Noose  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  grim,  raw  and  depressive  for  the  most  part  while  also  adding  in  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  to  create  a  very  original  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while t he  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Circle  Of  Noose  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  experimental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rapist  Of  Souls"  "Vultures  Circling  Above  Carnage  And  Rape"  and  "Gnaw  their  Bones".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/circle-of-noosespreading-anti-human.html


ReffuS/Eternal Misanthrope/2015 Demo Review

samedi 19 décembre 2015 à 05:06

  ReffuS  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  demo  "Eternal  Misanthrope".

  Clean  playing  and  depressive  cries  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  suicidal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Depressive  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  can  be  heard  and  they  also  go  back  to  the early  days  of  the  depressive  black  metal  genre  when  the  music  was  still  very  raw  and  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  the  second  wave  era  and  some  of  the  slower  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  doom  and  synths  are  added  onto  the  last  track. 

  ReffuS  creates  a  recording  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  mostly  guitar  driven  and  they  manage  to  keep  everything  thing  very  grim,  dark  and  heavy,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropic  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  ReffuS  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Sentence"  and  "Eternal  Misanthrope".  8  out  of  10.
   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/reffuseternal-misanthrope2015-demo.html