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Black Flame Interview

jeudi 26 mars 2015 à 11:56
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Actually we just started the live activity in support of the new album, and we are planning more live dates.

2.You have a new album coming out in the end of March, 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?
It might sound obvious at this point, but we are very proud of how “The Origin of Fire” sounds, I think more complete and in a certain way more mature than the oldreleases. In the two previous releases “Septem” (2011) and “Imperivm” (2008) we noticed that some aspects of our songwriting were leaving a certain incomplete feeling while listening the songs for a while, like not withstanding completely the test of time. So, for this new release we worked more on the “melodic” aspect of each track, adding more guitar layers and creating more variations, which transformed our sounds in something wider and deeper.

3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
We played many gigs and we faced our first line-up change since the foundation of the Band in 1998, changing a bass player and including the live session guitarist in the permanent line-up, so this took a few time to be properly settled.

4.Your lyrics cover a great amount of Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Black Arts?
Black Flame have always been a Band with a deep and personal lyrical path. All our releases have been always enriched with lyrics inspired by our experiences and our philosophy, and “The Origin of Fire” is no exception in this. The new album is lyrically inspired by the cosmic creations which have been created by humans in order to search for a sort of divine self-elevation: the controversial relationship with Death celebrated through cursed cults forged in fire and blood. This thing could be seen as a direct metaphor of how we live and we conceive this Band : we summon Death and the destruction of all the demiurgic cosmic creations. We chant about instincts, we chant about lust, about fire, about ashes and destruction and our music in the altar upon which we sacrifice our human barriers so we can ride wild and unchained in the sonic realm we create.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Black Flame'?
The Black Flame is the primordial fire, the origin of the realm of the black shadows.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We would always remember the mini-tour we made in Norway in late 2007, while supporting the “Conquering Purity” album. Norway has been always seen as a crucial land for Black Metal, and the bands coming from there have been widely praised and acclaimed, so for us it was a very important moment to bring our music in that land. The response from the audience was positively unexpected in all the gigs and it was a sort of a eye-opener for us, a sort of boost which gave us a big energy and confidence, which at that time resulted in the recording of “Imperivm”.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes, we already have 6/7 gigs planned between Italy and Switzerland and more will come.

8.On the album you had done a cover of Kenneth Anger's "Lucifer Rising", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
Kenneth Anger has always been a controversial figure, and many aspects behind the creation of the soundtrack for “Lucifer Rising” were and still are a mystery. Originally, Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin was recruited for the soundtrack writing and it looks like that some of the parts were completed by Page at the Boleskine House, during his most intense period of involvement in Black Magic practices. However, it looks like that his tracks were never used, and the soundtrack was credited to Bobby Beausoleil, which was a Charles Manson associate and that is serving a lifetime sentence for homicide in prison. This Luciferian cocktail of Occult practices, controversy, drugs, is perfectly captured in the track “Lucifer Rising”, which features some guitar patterns which, in the original version, are unmistakably the touch of Jimmy Page…. even though Bobby Beausoleil was officially credit. Who knows the truth can’t and won’t speak now, and we decided to tribute all this.

9.Also on the new album you had PK of Abigor and Iscariah of Dead to This world quest on a couple of your songs, can you tell us a little bit more about their contributions to the recording?
They are both long time friends, since PK already wrote some music for Black Flame in 2004/5. His contribution in “My Temple of Flesh” and “On the Trail of the Serpent” is exactly a tribute to the ten years of the first collaboration.
I played drums in the Norwegian band Dead To This World from 2008 to 2015, so it was very easy and natural to invite Iscariah for some vocals in the track “On the Trail of the Serpent”. They both had a clear vision of their ideas and the way to make them working in our style, I’m very pleased about the final outcome.

10.Over the years how has the feedback been to your music by fans of both black and death metal?
To be honest, during the years we’ve been more interested to get people attracted to us and develop our personal style, trying to avoid sonic speculations in order to gain more audience.

11.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are a part off?
I’m currently drumming for the cult band Opera IX and for Janvs, while Tiorad is playing guitars for Adversam and our bass player Gnosis is the mainman of Mystical Fullmoon.
All this bands are active and on fire with new albums out or in the process of being released.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We’re not interested in ambitious dreams of fame, I see this band as a constant and sonic expression of our personal paths, so until we will be clear and focused enough to materialize our visions in music, this Band will exist.

13.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?
We listened to so many music that it is really impossible for me to point out at something, and when we write new music we have no other reference but ourselves.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this space and for the interest. Dare yourselves to discover what is “The Origin of Fire” ! Serpens Vigil Est !

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Warnungstraum Interview

jeudi 26 mars 2015 à 11:47
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We're rehearsing some pieces that will be recorded into the next months for a three-way split album with italian hordes Infamous and Solitvdo. Then I've started to work on the next full-length which will be a challenging opus for Warnungstraum, surely its most laboured release.

2.In December 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 that is hard to describe  "Mirror Waters" precisely. It's music that make me think to a journey between surreal landscapes, supernatural visions, painful emotions, melancholy and moments of deep calm and contemplation. The black metal songs are very much doomish like our first album, but this time I used the keys together with the guitars so in many moments the sound is more majestic and near to some old symphonic black metal bands like early Gehenna, or early Dimmu Borgir. The sound of our previous albums was raw and morbid, the structures where simple and minimalistic, and the music was a direct expression of negativity and pain. The latest album is a step ahead of all this, we take the direction of a more mature, narrative approach to extreme music.

3.According to the fb page you label your music as 'Introspective Visionaire Black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

I try with Warnungstraum to express some of my deepest thoughts, visions, pleasant and unpleasant obessions. Black metal music is usually associated with the devilish, the sinister, the horrid, the tragic.. I think that the first place where you could find all these elements is into yourself, during your moments of paranoid and your introspections, and I think it's a really visionaire experience to face your own dark thoughts, because you can't define them "clearly", you can't put them into an organized structure or ideology, the force of fantasy is bigger than every limit you could impose to your thoughts. They are like an ever-changing fluid, made by images that tremble in a water mirror. So I could say that my music is dealing with that kind of introspective and visionaire experience.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

This time I explored two topics: the first is that of some oriental views about post-mortem experience and reincarnation, in fact "Antarabhava" is a term that indicates the intermediate state between one existence and another. I don't believe in such views but I like the idea of a dreadful journey for the coscience of a dying individual, starting from the separation with the body and ending in a painful re-birth into a new carnal body. Is something like a "catharian", pessimistic vision of earthly life with which I don't agree, but anyway I found the topic much suggestive for a black metal piece. The second topic was taken by the myth of Narkissos, that for me is a tale with great symbolic, spiritual and psychological meanings. In the whole of my life I was (and still I am) obsessed by the reflection of myself into my mind; sometimes I'm really fascinated by this alter-ego while in some other moments I feel it like my biggest enemy, a sort of illusion that enslaves me and prevent myself from becoming what I really am, inducing me to pursue false ideals. I tried to express this deep level of signification with the lyrics.

5.On the album cover you quoted Ovid, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?

Ovid is the latin source I used for the Narkissos topic. His opus "Metamorphosys" is one of the biggest source for greek-roman mythology, religion and spirituality of the imperial age. I'm always been very much into this things, is like "daily bread" for me. The quote into the album cover is a reference to the symbolical meaning of the myth.

6.Has the band done any any live shows or has this been strictly a studio project so far?

Warnungstraum is strictly a studio project. Never say no, but I think that it will remain as this.

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

The distribution of our works was always very much underground and limited to the circuit of small black metal labels, with promotion near to the zero. I received very few feedback, but maybe the people who appreciate and know Warnungstraum's music is more than I could imagine.

8.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are a part off?

The new album of Obscure Devotion is ready to be released and I hope that into the next months it will be out for a good label. It's really a masterpiece of black metal art, the song writing is on a very high level and inspiration was deep and intense. I'm waiting also for the release of the new Aryan Art album of my friend Alexander Ivanov, in which I played all the guitars and acoustics part. Then from my side I'm working on the first full-length of Flamen, my extreme epic metal project.

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

I could anticipate that the next Warnungstraum full-length will be a very rich work, with a strong narrative and conceptual vein, with various musical elements that will go from the melodic black to the death doom, passing through atmospheric moments, ambient, symphonic neoclassical parts. I will try to gather all the past experience into one musical opus dealing with a specific theme, trying to give to the music and to the lyrics a precise structure like in a progressive concept-album. The theme will be obviously based on my own interior experience, but this time I will deal with a specific spiritual/psychological topic.

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?

The influence for our newer music is coming maybe from bands like italian Tronus Abyss, early norwegian melodic bands like Gehenna, Limbonic Art, first Dimmu Borgir, some classic doom like Katatonia, plus some ambient and psychedelic music like Tangerine Dream, Coil, Popol Vuh. I always listen to tons of music of various kind so is something difficult to quote the influences.. nowadays I'm listening very much classical music like that of Arrigo Boito, Giuseppe Verdi, Igor Stravinsky, plus some old rare heavy metal classics and the latest Laibach works. Extreme metal near to zero.

11.Does Paganism or Occultism play any role in your music?

In past times I was very interested into such things, but into the last years I've changed my mind and now I could say that I don't see paganism or occultism as good things. I will always be interested in true spirituality, and my own inner research will always go on, but I think that some things are a great obstacle for a real spiritual growth. Actually Paganism is a false tradition: is only an ideology, a mask for a materialistic vision of life and if you analyse the neo-pagan visions and ideas you will find only a different way of expression of such concepts that are derivated by the modern science that is materialistic, the modern philosophy that is nihilistic and the modern anthropology-sociology that are a sum of the previous disciplines. It has nothing to do with the true ancient spiritual Traditions. Occultism is much more dangerous: usually when you go into occultism you're driven by the desires of your ego, by a long list of false ideals that are covering your lowest impulses, that have nothing to do with your true personality and self, because they are only a transitory "reflection" of your coscience into the organic, biological plane. So it's obvious that your individual ego, that is a transitory illusion, will never be able to dominate the invisible forces and the errant psychic entities that are active on the intermediate level which is the operative field of occultism. Occultism promises powers and exaltation to the ego, and liberation from an earthly life that one can't accept because it seems without sense. There is no benefit for me into all of this.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

When I'm not operating with music usually I read and study a certain kind of books, or I do some manual labour or sportive activities that helps me to be not too much "intellectual" and philosopher, that is not a good thing... especially for my body! I like also to walk in natural places, exploring mountain paths and woods.

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

To all black metal people: don't lie down on your illusions. Extreme music means independence, autarchy. Reject the cliches and the ideological dogmas if you want to fight really against this world. If not, be calm and patient, the end will come anyway. All the best!

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Macabre Omen/Gods Of War - At War/Van Records/2015 CD Review

jeudi 26 mars 2015 à 09:09

  Macabre  Omen  are  a  band  originally  from  Greece  but  now  resides  in  the  United  Kingdom  and  plays  an  epic  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Gods  Of  War  -  At  War"  which  was  released  in  2015  by  Van  Records.

  Water,  thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  pagan  chanting  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  along  with  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  are  very  epic  and  melodic  and  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  most  of  the  songs.

  When  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  very  deep  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  can  get  very  high  pitched  and  times  while  the  melodies  gives  the  music  a  90's  Hellenic  black  metal  feeling  and  the  music  also  has  a  very  raw  feeling  at  times  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  singing  vocals  can  be  hard  in  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  epic  vibe  when  they  are  utilized  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  small  amounts  of  acoustic  guitars  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  folk  instruments  are  brought  onto  some  of  the  tracks  giving  the  music  more  of  a  medieval  feeling  while  some  of  the heavier parts  also  use  a  small  amount  of  deep  and  demonic  growls

  Macabre  Omen  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  epic,  raw,  heavy  and  diverse  in  the  Greek  tradition  of  the  90's  but  done  with  more  of  an  up  to  date  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death,  Hellenic  Pride,  Rhodian  antiquity  and  lore.

  In  my  opinion  Macabre  Omen  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  See  The  Sea"  "Man  Of  300  Voices"  and  "Rhodian  Pride,  Lindian  Might".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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Nocturnal Nightmare/Allt Har Sitt Slut/2015 EP Review

jeudi 26 mars 2015 à 05:31

  Nocturnal  Nightmare  a  duo  from  Sweden  that plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Alt  Har  Sitt  Slut".

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  minute  the  music  gets  heavier  and speeds  up  as  well  as  going  into  a  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  introduces  depressive  high  pitched  screams  to  the  recording  and  both  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  having  clean  parts  make  their  return  at  times.

  Whispers  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  also  add  more  of  a  suicidal  atmosphere  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  music  at  time s can  be  a  bit  avant  garde  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  depressive  black  metal  style  and  on  the  second  tracks  melodies  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  guitar  leads.

  Nocturnal  Nightmare  continue  the  depressive  black   metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  making  both  of  their  songs  very  diverse,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Swedish  and  cover  suicide,  self  harm  and  depression.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  ep  from  Nocturnal  Nightmare  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Allt Har Sitt Slut".  8  out  of  10.

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Jarnvidr Interview

jeudi 26 mars 2015 à 04:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 We are Jarnvidr, a "black metal" constellation located in Linköping, Sweden. Many people think that we are a one man project, which is totally wrong. We are a band, from the beginning to the very end. The line up and all participants in the band have always been a secret, until our latest release Landzplågor came out. I decided to include all of them in the booklet, only for this time.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
 Our way of playing may be typical "black metal", but we are not looking at other bands, taking inspiration or just simply stealing. What you can hear on the recordings of Jarnvidr are creations directly from our minds, or sometimes through. Basically we want the listener to feel the pure and cold hate straight from our nordic hearts, the old forgotten folkish melodies and the total madness from the deepest chambers of a human mind.

3.Recently you said you where re-recording your new album, what was the decision behind the move?
We fucked it up. Minor errors are no big deals for us, but you just can't fail to play correct on every fucking part/riff. But sometimes you fail, and the only thing to do is to learn by your mistakes and come back more stronger than ever, hopefully. Most of the errors were rythmic and not melodic. I consider Jarnvidr to be a 65% rythmic and 35% melodic, so i had to tell the boys that we must re-record this shit, because our music i rythm based, and the mistakes can be heard too easily then.

4.The band has been around since 2006 but waited until 2010 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?
 Jarnvidr was formed in 2009, and we began to rehearse and make songs at that time. So the time between 2006-2009 is a pre-Jarnvidr period when i was searching for the right sound, and i found it almost immediately.

5.From 2012 to 2014, the band was on hiatus, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
 We tried to record an album in the beginning of 2012, but everything failed completley. After that i lost all my interest in black metal and i even doubt that we could come back and record another album. At the same time i started interest myself for other activites. What kind of activities and interests should not be mentioned here due to several reasons.

6.Your lyrics cover Swedish History and Folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?
 The dark history of Sweden, and northern Europe as well, are big inspiring sources for me. Half of Jarnvidr is about the music, and the second part is the cultural treasure from sweden, like poems, local tales, paintings and the nature itself is a big inspiration in our music. .Several songs of Jarnvidr are titled in the same style as artists names their paintings, because i want the songs to be like a painting, but instead you hear it and imagine and building up a landscape inside your head with the help of evil and dark sounding tunes. Even christianity and churches can be inspiriting, especially the old versions of bibles and the language within them.

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Jarnvidr'?
 All i can say is that the name sounds good and looks good in letters, and also that Jarnvidr symbols our northern heritage  Jarnvidr, Iron woods in english or Järnskogen in swedish, is a place in the Norse mythology where evil beings dwell, very short explained.
Actually we don't have many songs about the Norse mythology, just a handful. The album/compilation Ostrogothia have four tracks related to that subject if i'm not wrong. So Ostrogothia is our recording which can be related to the "viking"-era and the myths and legends of that time

8.Has the band done any live shows or has this been strictly a studio project so far?
 We have discussed to play live for years now, we are just waiting for the right opportunity. For exemple, we certainly will not play with any random metalcoregayband, and not at a disgusting muslim owned club/bar. Drunken retards are another problem..The gig will probably anyway end up like a GG Allin show with fist fights or similar actions So therefore the whole concert must be VERY carefully planned. If some band or person think that they have the same visions as me/Jarnvidr, please contact us and we can discuss how to organize a live appearance.

9.On the album you added some military march samples, can you tell us a little bit more about the piece that you had used?
. It's an old Germanic military march from like 1918 i think. The whole (long) title can be found inside the booklet of our latest release Landzplågor. We just like to include Germany related things in our songs because it was a great country in many ways. On every album we use something that is releated to Germany in any way, mostly titles, but this time we used a military march. For exemple we put the word "Einsatzkommando" in from of Jarnvidr sometimes. It is not connected to the national socialistic Germany, we just like the strong and elitist feeling in the word.

10.The new album was released through both Ostrogothia Productions and Fallen Temple, can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?
. Ostrogothia Productions is a closely related label to Jarnvidr, and i (the former of Jarnvidr), is somehow involved. The label started in 2010 in order to release Jarnvidr related recordings, so we could do everything by ourselves and avoid all the bureacratic bullshit that often comes when you are dealing with new and unknown labels. Fallen Temple is a magnificent label from Poland. A very great guy, Dawit, runs it and he is very professional to co-operate with! We will contintue to work with him when our new full-lenght is done. He did a good job with the Landzplågor release and we are totally satisfied. I have tried to make deals with many many labels through these five years, but none of them have been as great as Fallen Temple. Most of the labels out there are run by retarded cocksuckers (you all know who you are!).

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
 In fact, we are a very small band, so it is hard to be seen and heard when there are so many other bands out there. Still we have managed to get fans all over the world, and we appreciate when they are writing to us and give us positive feedback, that is really inspiring and makes me want to continue with the music. Of course, alot of negative and neutral feedback have also come to our attention. Some mongoloids claim that we "sound like all bands did on the 90s" and "Jarnvidr isn't making something new". I find it very funny because if you want to hear REAL black metal, should'n it be a great thing if this new band sounded like the old masters of black metal? For exemple; I don't buy a rockabilly record and then complain about it is sounding like the 50's. The world is full of retards.

I can with pleasure say: if you are looking for some new, strange, experimental avant garde black metal that has been recorded with 100 microphones and mixed with the latest computer programs and so on, then you SHOULD NOT buy a Jarnvidr record, because we will never play that kind of plastic, digital and flat music you call "black metal".

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 Last month we decided that this recording we are making now, called Närwarelse, should be our last full-lenght. Instead we will do some other formats, like splits and vinyls. I find it more interesting to meet new intelligent people with good music writing skills than to sit on my own and make 10 songs with the same musical style and sound landscape. In my opinion a split between two unknown and small bands may sound more "complete" and better than a regular full-lenght in 50 minutes from a established black metal band. Musically we will not change a single bit. We have found our musical formula, so why take away something we are satisfied with?

By now people would know what they are going to get when they buy (or download) a new Jarnvidr record. That means: no trends, no overproduced digital plastic shit, no political correctness, just some real black arts from Ostrogothia!

13.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 really don't feel like talking about what i'm listening too, but i appreciates almost every sort of music. Like now i'm listening to Eddie Meduza and his "radio program" Radio Ronka.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
 Within a couple of months some releases should be out. A home site with shop will be launched with the address "", this will make it a little bit more easy to get our stuff instead of sending mail back and forward with instrucitions etc. We are a small band with minimal amouts of cash to spend on the band, therefore are we depending on your support. If you like a song or an album with Jarnvidr, make sure to buy it. Your money will go straight back into the music business so we can produce more recording and merchandise. We are also trying to keep the prices as low as possible, it means that we are not making any profit at all, or just a very small

Keep your eyes open for our NEW and LAST full-lenght album with the title NÄRWARELSE!!! Out soon on FALLEN TEMPLE!!!
Meanwhile you can still buy our latest album LANDZPLÅGOR. Send an e-mail to: OR

News and other updates can be found on our facebook page "Jarnvidr Official".

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