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Faded Grave Interview

lundi 16 décembre 2013 à 10:47
  •  1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
  • 1. I always wanted to have a music project but never got anywhere with it. I finally ended up being serious about it in late 2007 when I created Faded Grave. The main focus was to write black metal music and stay "underground" in opposition to all of the so-called "metal" bands that were spawning, the numbers of trend metal bands continue to grow in Rhode Island.
2.How would you describe your current musical sound and also how has it evolved over the years?
2. It is always tough to explain the project's current sound, as it changes from album to album. The aim was always to be a raw black metal band, and to this day I like to incorporate the raw black metal roots into my music. I'm a big fan of the raw sound and also ambience and synths. Listening to my first demo I wrote, the audio quality was terrible which was the way I wanted it. The more I played and wrote music the more technical the riffs/songs got. Over time, the music quality got better and decipherable, but I tried my best not to break the routine of black./speed metal.

3.The newer material was all instrumental while the earlier stuff had vocals, what was the decision behind the musical change?
3. I have mixed feelings when it comes to vocals in my music. I am not completely sold on my ability to do vocals/lyrics for some reason. My intentions were to add vocals to the newest material but just could not find the time or think of anything. What it comes down to is time and ability. Though I plan to return to doing vocals on a future release.

4.What where some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explored with the past releases?
4. On past releases the lyrics seemed to focused on religion, war, myth, death, suicide, depression and the occult. It was a wide variety of topics that obviously was not set in stone going album to album either.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Faded Grave?
5. I live in a town that's famous for it's cemeteries and 'vampire graves'. I actually live right near a family cemetery that supposedly included a vampire. Whether it is true or not it makes for a real interesting story. The woman's name was Sarah Tillinghast. I visited the gravesite among other known graves around Rhode Island and eventually the name came to me.

6.Currently this musical project is all solo, do you have any plans on using other musicians for this project in the future?
6. I like the advantage of having a one man band. I can do all of the work at my own pace and involves no consulting so the material doesn't get 'watered' down. I do plan to collaborate with other musicians and also feature them in tracks for albums but I think Faded Grave will always be a solo project

7.According to the bandcamp page the project is on hold, can you tell us a little bit more about yet?
7. Every now and then I put the project on hiatus, not because of loss of interest, it's more of responsibility matters. It's tough balancing college, work and trying to maintain a consistent schedule for writing music. Usually when semesters end I'll start back up writing material.

8.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?
8. Unfortunately when one project gets put on hold they all do. At times I feel bad for the other musicians because I feel like I burden the project with my lack of availability during semesters. Some projects fizzled out, but I have three good projects going that I would enjoy continuing (Faded Grave, Euporie, Caillte Agus Marbh)

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. Overall the feedback on written material has been pretty good. The reviews have been beneficial as they highlight my strengths and weaknesses as a musician. Music truly is a staple in my life and it is inspiring I am able to write material that others enjoy.

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
10. I'll probably stick to the raw side of black metal. The treble and grit of the riffs appeal to me so I'll probably stay with that style. I don't rule out experimenting with acoustic and ambience however.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11. The earlier albums of Darkthrone, Mayhem, Bathory and similar bands left a mark on me and inspired me to write fast and chaotic riffs. I was attached to Mayhem's 'Deathcrush' release, how the songs could be slow but still heavy and effective – but also have the speed riffs as well.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
12. Occultism has always fascinated me. I've had a number of experiences that I believe I can relate back to the occult so it happened to have a profound impact on my music content. It is the unknown things that are the most interesting and mystifying.

13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
13. Aside from writing music, I am a huge sports fan. I'll be watching NFL and NHL on a regular basis during the seasons. Spending time with like-minded musicians is another thing I am fond of. It's great bouncing ideas off of each other and give advice on how to improve. Can't forget the beer(s) and the tokes

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
14. First I appreciate the reviewing of my demos and for the opportunity of the interview. I'd also like to thank those who continue to support me through the years and enjoy the music. As for everyone else, look for future releases from my bands Faded Grave, Euporie and Caillte Agus Marbh

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/faded-grave-interview.html


Shabti/Paracusia/2013 Full Length Review

lundi 16 décembre 2013 à 08:20

  Shabti  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Maine  that  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "Paracusia".

  "Run  To  your  End"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  heavy  old  school  style  death  metal  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  drums  before  adding  in  a  mixture  of  deep  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  slows  down  and  starts  getting  more  melodic.

  "In  the  Lion's  Court"  begins  with  fast,  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  slowing  down  a  bit  which  also  leads  up  to  growls  and  screams  and  then  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  fast  and  slow  parts.

  "Writhe"  opens  up  with  drums  and  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  later  blackened  death  metal  vocals  kick  in  before  speeding  up  a  bit  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  then t he  music  alternates  between  slow  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  powerful  sounding bass  guitars  and  guitar  leads  kick  in.

  "Harvest  Of  Forgotten  Years"  starts up  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  a  minute  alter  the  music  slows  down  a  bit  and  adds  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  along  with  some  bass  guitars.

  "The  Second  Kingdom"  kicks  in  with  black  metal  screams,  along  with  drums  and  fast,  melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffs  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  before  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts.

  "Dissolution"  comes in  with  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  vocals  and  then  the  music  slows  down  a  bit  but  does  also  speed  up  a  bit  in  some  parts.

  "Calling  Wolves  to  your  Door"  breaks  in  with  fast,  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums   as  well  as  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  vocals  and  the song  is  short  and  under  3  minutes.

  "The  Gospel  of  Zero"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  begins  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  some drums  as  well  as  some  old  school  elements  which  also  leads  to  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  after  awhile  the  bass  guitars  get  more  powerful  sounding.      

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Shabti  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Run  To  your  End'  "The  Second  Kingdom"  and  "The  Gospel  of  Zero".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.             

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/shabtiparacusia2013-full-length-review.html


Mystifier/Wicca/Greyhaze Records/2014 CD Re-Issue Review

samedi 14 décembre 2013 à 04:29

  Myatifier  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  are  one  of  the  first  bands  to  play  what  is  known  today  as  bestial  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1992  album  "Wicca"  which  will  be  re-issued  by  Greyhaze  Records  in  the  year  of  2014.

  "Our  Glout"  which  is  the  intro  for  the  album  opens  up  with  synths, clean  guitars  and  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  spoken  words  and  a  a  small  amount  of  heavy  guitars  and  drums  to  start  off  the  album.

 "Osculum  Obscenum"  the  first  official  song  on  the  album  begins  with  heavy  and  dark  sounding  gutiar  riffs  that  utilize  some  melody  along  with  some  drums,  bass  guitars  and  deep  demonic  growls  which  also  leads  up  to  guitar  solos  and  leads  coming  in  and  out  of  the  music  as  well  as  black  metal  vocals  kicking  in  before  the  song  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  then  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow  and  fast  parts.

  "Tormentum  Aeturnu"  opens  up  with  evil  sounding  synths  before  adding  in  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  then  the music  goes  into  a  fast  and  raw  direction a long  with  some  early  bestial  black  metal  growls  and  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  back  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  guitar  leads  and  solos  before  returning  to  a  faster  direction.

  "Cursed  Excruciation"  begins  with  slow,  dark  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  black/death  metal  vocals  as  well  as  some  bass  guitars  and  drums  and  after  a  few  seconds  synths  become  a  part  of  the  music  along  with  some  guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  music  and  towards  the  end  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  along  with  some  blast  beats.

  "Defloration  (The  Antichrist  Lives)"  starts  up  with  fast,  raw  and  primitive  guitar  riffs  and  blast  beats  from  the  drums  as  well  as  some  bestial  black/death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  bass  guitars  in t he  background.  

  (Invocacione)  The  Almighty  Satanas"  kicks  in  with thunder  sound  effects  and  a  few  seconds  lter  demonic  voices  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  the  music  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  fast,  raw  and  primitive  guitar  riffs  kick  in  along  with  some  drums,  bass  and  bestial   black  metal  vocals  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow  and fast  parts  along  with  some  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  "The  Dark  kingdom  (T.E.A.R)"  comes  in  with  thunder  and  rain  sounds  and  a  minute  alter  fast,  raw  and  primitive guitar  and  bass  riffs  kick  in  along  as  song  blast  beats  from t he  drums  and  bestial  black  metal  growls  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  utilized.        

  "An  Elizabethan  Devil-Worshiper's  Prayer  Book"  breaks  in  with  drums  and  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  which  also  leads  up  to  some  grim  black   metal  vocals  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  speeds  up  for  a  few  seconds  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  returning  to  a  slower  direction.

  "Hyoscyamus  Niger"  hits  it  off  with  blast  beats  from  the  drums,  bestial  vocals  and  fast  and  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  alter  ritualistic  chanting  is  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  and  solos  being  utilized  towards  the  end  of  the  song.

  "Mystifier  (Satan's  Messengers)"  is  introduced  with  fast  and  dark sounding  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  bestial  growls  and  a  couple  of  minutes  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  and  towards  the  end  the  music  goes  into  a  slower  direction  along  with  some  synths.

"Ancient  Prediction  (My  Eternal  Nightmare)"  is  brought  in  with  demonic  spoken  word  parts  and  a  minute  alter  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  come  in  along  with  some  drums  and  black  metal  screams  and  a  couple  of  minutes  alter  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  towards  the  end.

  "The  Sign  Of  The  Unholy  Cross"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  starts  off  with  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  dark and  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  growls  as  well  as  some  drums  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  music  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  alternates  between  slow  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  melody  into  the  guitar  riffing.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  left  Hand  Path  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  for  the  era  it  was  recorded  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  great  recording  from  Mystifier  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  early  90's  era  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album  and  for  the  older  fans  the re-issue  is  worthy  to  buy  since  it  comes  with  a  dvd  that  contains  2  live  concerts.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Osculum  Obscenum"  "Defloration  (The  Antichrist  Lives)"  "An  Elizabethan  Devil-Worshiper's  Prayer  Book"  and  "The  Sign  Of  The  Unholy  Cross".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/mystifierwiccagerhaze-records2014-cd-re.html


We All Die (Laughing)/Thoughtscanning/Kaotoxin Records/2013 CD Review

mercredi 11 décembre 2013 à 05:25
   We  All  Die  (Laughing)  are  a  band  from  Bulgaria  that  plays  a  very  dark,  progressive  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom that  also  utilizes  some  black  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Thoughtscanning"  which  was  released  by  Kaotoxin  Records.

  "Thoughtscan"  opens  up  with  soft  and  clean  guitar  playing  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  bass  guitars,  drums  and  melodic  guitar  leads  which  also  come  and  out  of  the  music  are  added  into  the  song  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  evolve  into  depressive  black  metal  screams  shortly  after  that  while  also  keeping  around  the  melodic  vocals  which  also  leads  up  to  heavy  guitar  riffs  that  combine  depressive  black  and  melodic  doom  metal  together  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  cleaner  direction  for  a  few  seconds  along  with  some  flutes  and  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  death  metal  growls  in  certain  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  the music  alternating  between  clean  and  heavy  parts  which  also  leads  up  to  synths  becoming  a  part  of  the  song,  halfway  through  the  song  fast  guitar  riffs  and  blast  beats  start  coming  into  certain  parts  of  the  music.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  dark  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  only  song  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  with  its  33  minutes.

  In  my  opinion  We  Are  Die  (Laughing)  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  melodic  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/we-all-die-laughingthoughtscanningkaoto.html


Barzakh/Promo 2013 Review

mercredi 11 décembre 2013 à 04:30

  Barzakh  are  a  band  from  Indonesia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  promo.

  "Shadow  In  The  Grief"  opens  up  with  drum  beats  before  adding  in  some  fast  old  school  black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  a  mixture  of  growls  and  grim  screams  and  you  can  hear  dark  sounding  melodies  in  the  guitar  riffs  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  song  also  alternates  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  "She's  Not  Honoured"  begins  with  drum  beats  before  adding  in  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  which  leads  up  to  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  and  then  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  in  the  mid  90's  direction.

  In  my  opinion  Barzakh  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  promo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Shadow  In  The  Grief".  RECOMMENDED.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/barzakhpromo-2013-review.html