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Tundra Interview

samedi 24 octobre 2015 à 23:08
> 1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
> First of all, thanx for your interest in our band.
> The new album "The Burning Fanatism" is completed from some times but will be released in the next days by Avantgarde Music. The recordings started in december 2011, and due to many shit happened during the following years, it seems that only now we have arrived at the end of this tunnel. Of course in the meantime we have done some other split releases as usual, ad there were many line-up changes as always in the story of the band. Actually we are putting the last touches on the material for a split album with italian band Vardan that will be released probably at the end of the year, and we have already completed works for a new full lenght album. There is always lot of ideas and stuff coming.
> 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?
> Due to some delay with the pressing plant, the album will be released during the last week of october. The music is always the same, as everything in the album was written by me (except one riff). The differences of course are into performance, as the musicians involved are the top for this genre: I found useless to write any kind of adjectives regarding Shatraug and Thorns. They are just the best. Differences can be found also into recording: we are raw as usual, but in a more professional way thanx to the help of the friends involved like Davide from Frostmoon Eclipse.
> 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
> I usually write always about the same things: hate towards the society surrounding me. Its the same since the beginning, sometimes it comes in a different way and wrapped into a sort of little fiction story, but most of the time I go straight to the point. I don't like this philosophical way into black metal, I prefer a fist in the face. New stuff is more or less the same, also if the subjects could seems different. For example, the next full length is a concept album based on tv series Twin Peaks, exploring the human side of it, the connection between the evil and obscure subjects with the humans.
> 4.A few months back you where a part of a split with 'Korium', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
> I simply love Korium. I feel a deep respect for Koronas, one of the few individual totally devoted to to a certain way to intend black metal. We need more projects like this into the black metal music.
> 5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
> Since the beginning of the band, our live activity is too little to pick up a best show. I can say at a personal level that I will never forget playing some of our old gigs because we shared the night with some of my favourite bands, but its just something regarding me, its not about a memorable concert for fans, like Kiss or Maiden. We go on the stage and we just try to unleash the same vibes that we have when we create our music.
> 6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
> The idea is to organize a number of selected shows to support the new album during the year 2016. One is already confirmed for June the 2nd, the Howling At The Moon Festival, together with our czech brothers Inferno and others bands to be confirmed. We hope to confirm some other gigs in the next months. Actually I am trying to work on a more solid stage persona image for the whole band, to support visually the same impact of the music. Nothing particular anyway, we don't need and nobody need it.
> 7.I know that one of the band members also runs 'Slava Satan Records', can you give us an update on what is going on with that label these days?
> I am behind the label, that was, is and will be always an hobby. As every little underground label, the activities are strictly connected with the problems related to  private life, so actually is in a sort of "on-hold" status. I will release for sure Tundra stuff under this name, and some other little things strictly connected with my close contacts, but for the rest I am not searching new bands and new releases to press.
> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer music by fans of black metal?
> The term "worldwide" seems so weird when connected with my band. We are a very little entity, of course we have our little amount of followers (and I am glad and honoured of it), so I can't really talk about a worldwide feedback. I can say that everytime we have a new release out, some maniacs are interested to get it, so I am feeling great.
> 9.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?
> I sometimes help a friend of mine with the black metal project Agonia Blackvomit: there is a new album based on an interesting concept out on the end of the year. I also help my brothers in Lost Reflection, an hard \ rock bands, so I can entertain myself playing my Precision Bass as my hero Steve Harris. The actual Tundra guitar player is involved into the black metal project Under (they have a split cd out the past september) and also play bass into the hardcore band Galera, they have a strong sound and a very dedicated underground approach.
> 10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
> We are heading nowhere. As usually most of the music and lyrics are coming from me, and I am not going to change my style, I don't feel the need. Sometimes stuff will be more raw and lo-fi, sometimes will be more atmospheric, but its always the same story: we have a strong derivative and unoriginal style, but with every new releases people tell me that it sounds Tundra. 80% of my lifetime I listen to Iron Maiden, so for sure you will forever find melodies in our music.
> 11.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?
> As I have already wrote, I listen mainly Iron Maiden since I was a child, I totally worship their works, also the new ones and the Blaze-era. Of course I am a sort of music-addicted, I buy cds every week, most of the times I don't pay the bills of my house to buy cds. I like many styles, but Black Metal is still my favourite, and I smile when I read or listen people telling that the genre is dead. My musical influences are all here, into Iron Maiden and into Black Metal. Films and books are also an inspiration, but mainly the daily shitty life.
> 12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
> Regarding Occultism, I was always fascinated by this topic. Unfortunately I never had the time, and probably the guts, to examinate it in a deep way. Talking about Satanism, I use this word to convey a personal way to intend all the aspects of my life. I don't tend to be part of any religious circle (apart when we talk about my favourite soccer team).
> 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
> Again, thank you for interest in Tundra and for the interview, really appreciated. You can find info about our activities through our official website or following our facebook page. My last thought is for Vlad Blasphemer from Maniac Butcher, that recently left us forever.

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Hatecrowned/Newborn Serpent/Satanath Records/Darzamadicus Records/2015 CD Review

samedi 24 octobre 2015 à 07:31

  Hatecrowned  are  a  band  from  Lebanon  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Newborn  Serpent"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Darzamadicus Records.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  deep  and  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  get  high  pitched  after  awhile  along  with  heavy guitars  also  making  their  presence  known  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  at  times  the  music  brings  in  an  old  school  Swedish  vibe  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music.

   Some  of  the  riffs  and  growls  also  add  a  touch  of  death  metal  onto  the  recording and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  avant  garde  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  true  style  of  black  metal  which  also  shows  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  more  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  there  is  also  a  track  that  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  title  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Hatecrowned  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  mostly  in  the  very  fast,  raw  and  heavy  European  black  metal  tradition  and  also add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  album,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Misanthropy,  Darkness,  Death  and  Anti  Cosmic  Luciferianism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hatecrowned  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  fast  and  raw  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Infest  And  Conquer"  "Newborn  Serpent"  and  "Wolves".  8  out  of  10.                              

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Unrest Interview

samedi 24 octobre 2015 à 06:35
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
    Unrest is a 1 man USBM band much in the vein of Leviathan, Burzum, Judas Iscariot, Xasthur, etc. Basically one man’s way to express his contempt for the world.

So far you have release a full length and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on both of the recordings?
        I’ve also just released an EP call “Son of Midwestern Darkness”. But that just was unleashed a few weeks ago. As far as the sound, I describe it as a wall of chaos that doesn’t wash over you but goes through you, it stains your very soul. No gimmicks. no tricks. No Eddie Van Halen virtuoso mess. Just a straight forward punch in the face.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
    Nihilism, Misanthropy, Self-hatred. Those are the 3 biggest. Not incredibly original I know because everyone under the sun has the same concepts. But I’m just a guy who hates the world and everyone/everything in it, and want to scream about it. And the self hatred part isn’t the “oh woe is me, I’m so sad.”. It’s more of I’m part of the problem too and should probably exterminate myself much like the rest of humanity. I have the words “I Have Walked Away From The Human Race” tattooed on me for a reason.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “Unrest”.
    Well, when it originally started, I called it “Eternal Unrest” because at the time I initially liked how it sounded. But shortly after I thought that was kind of too long for a name. I prefer one word names. They have more impact to me at least. A singular name can become a symbol or much like with the black metal logos, a piece of art. As for the meaning/inspiration, Unrest means “a disturbed or uneasy state”. Which is incredibly fitting for basically who I am as a person. Not in the sense of “hurr durr, I’m a serial killer” or any kind of childish nonsense like that. I, like many other people have my own demons that I don’t believe will ever be exorcised.

5. With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer the solo route a lot more?
    Actually the whole by myself thing was born out of necessity. I’ve been trying to find like minded individuals to form an entire band for a very long time. I could never get all the components at the same time. So I just got sick and tired of dealing with unreliable, flaky people that I just said fuck it and decided to do it all myself. I didn’t even play guitar until about 2 years ago. I had played bass in every other band I had been in for the past 12 years. Never even knew how to use a guitar pick or anything. So I got a guitar and rig, then took some lessons and went from there. Luckily I went to college for Audio production, so the recording/programming drums and tons was already extremely easy for me. Used to I would’ve said I would love to have a full time band to do this. But doing it all myself is extremely refreshing. There’s no one I have to please but myself. I don’t have to practice with a bunch of people and teach them songs and then practice those to death and then take 6 months before they can be played at a show. I can basically write, demo, record then be done with it. It’s a wonderful feeling.

6. Recently you were part of a split with Idolatry, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording.
    LOVE those guys. I’m actually good friends with Lord Matzigkeitus. We met online when I was searching for another band to do a split with. Come to find out we’re are into a lot of the same things and just kind of hit it off. I love everything they do. When they were looking for a bass player I had considered moving to Canada just to join them. I’m hoping one day I can assemble a live band just so I can play shows with those guys.

7. So far your release have been put out by Appalachian Noise, can you tell us a little bit about this label.
    Appalachian Noise Records was actually started by myself. Again out of necessity. I had demos for Isolation done and sent them out to several labels and whatnot to see if there was any interest because I am still virtually unknown and was hoping someone would bite and take it from there because I really didn’t want to self release. After about the 10th rejection and a bunch of unreturned emails and phone calls I finally just decided to do it myself. I’m a pretty stubborn and driven individual and if someone doesn’t want to play ball I basically just DIY it and do it better than they could of. I can be kind of a control freak at times when it comes to my art and what I want to accomplish. So it’s probably best that if I just handle it all myself anyway. Oddly enough there were people who were into it and wanted me to sign their bands. It was one of those things that I just started for my own uses and it has now grown to where I have a few bands I’ve released material for and have a few more things in the pipe. It’s weird being my own boss.

8. The musical project has been around since 2004, but you waited until 2014 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 10 years.
    When I started it in 2004 I actually had a full band. We had a few songs worked on and almost done and were talking about doing a demo. Everything was ready to go, then just fizzled out because the other guys lost interest or what, I don’t know. Unrest at the time was our side band because the other guys were in other full time bands and couldn’t dedicate the kind of time to it like I wanted to. So I kept trying to find more people and would find a guitar player here and there, or a drummer every now and then. Most of which would stick around for a few months, or we would write some songs and then they would bail. In 2009 it almost took off. I had 2 guitar players and had a friend who agreed to play drums on the demo. I thought it was finally gonna happen. Then one day the main guitarist/songwriter decides he was going to sell all of his belongings and move to California. So it died on the vine right there. I was also in a full time band at the time that was extremely busy doing shows and mini tours pretty much every week/weekend that I put Unrest kind of the back burner and would revisit it when I had the time. Every now and then I would demo out some weird ambient tracks with just bass and programmed drums and thought about releasing material that way. But I was never happy with it and would just scrap it. After my last serious band ended in 2012 I thought I was pretty much done with music. Then of course I got the itch again and tried one more time to find guys for Unrest. After about 6 months of more of the same(flaky people bailing constantly) I decided that I’m going to jump in the deep end with both feet and just do everything myself. Bought a guitar and amp and never looked back. It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
    Surprisingly positive. I never thought in a million years some songs I wrote in my home studio and recorded would reach as far as it has. People in Japan have downloaded my music. I found a torrent site in Russia that some kid uploaded my album illegally. I’ve shipped cassettes and vinyl to Europe, Canada, and South America. It’s insane to me. Overall the people that have listened to it are very into and spread the filth. Which I’ll be forever grateful for.

10. Where do you see yourself heading into a musician in the future?
    The sky’s the limit. This has gotten my name out in the black metal community and I’ve recently started collaborating with other musicians for a yet unnamed project that will be coming out soon. As far as Unrest, I’m planning on doing this until I just don’t want to anymore. I’m going to try and flesh out my sound a little more. Experiment a little more. Just see where it takes me. At the end of the day, this is my outlet. As long as I’m happy with how it’s coming out and how I’m expressing myself, I could give a shit what anyone else thinks.

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?
    The first black metal band I ever heard was Darkthrone. I was 10 years old and it scared the shit out of me. Transylvanian Hunger pretty much set me on my path. That’s incredibly cliche’ but it’s the truth. Of course Leviathan, Crebain, Judas Iscariot, Xasthur,and Burzum are gigantic influences. They showed me that it can really just be you doing it and still come out phenomenal. I also love Dissection, Krieg and Emperor. If I could make an album half as good as any of theirs I can die happy. I’m from a very small town in rural Ohio. So I grew up around a lot of old Outlaw Country like Hank Williams and there was a lot of Bluegrass being played everywhere you went. You can’t directly hear it in my music, but it’s there. Crowbar is another big influence. The way Kirk makes riffs had a very profound effect on me. If you have a good riff first, the rest will fall into place.

As far as listening to nowadays. Aside from the stuff listed above(because I’m also listening to Burzum or Leviathan), some of it is very “untrve”. I’m a huge Deafheaven fan. I catch so much shit for that. But I really don’t care. If you like it, then you like it and fuck anyone else’s opinion. I’ve been a fan since their demo came out. It’s not black metal in the “trve” sense. But there are flourishs. Kerry McCoy and George Clark like some of the darkness. It’s interesting to see where they’re taking it. Just found this phenomenal band called Ghost Bath who I haven’t stopped listening to for the past 4 days. Just really well done “post” black metal. It’s depressing and wonderful. There’s this other band I’ve been spinning recently called Pyramids. They just released an album not to long ago called “A Northern Meadow”. The music at first listen sounds like it shouldn’t make sense. But it does in the weirdest way possible and it fucks me up. The Pig Destroyer reissue Relapse just did of Prowler in the Yard made me fall in love with that album all over again. I’m also a huge melodeath fan, so the new Black Dahlia Murder album came at a perfect time this fall. The new Archgoat album punches me in the throat every time I play it. I could probably write another 10 pages of what I’m listening to right now. I’ve always got music playing and always getting new stuff to play. It’s exciting to find new, good music.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
    Just because you can’t find like minded people to play music with doesn’t mean you have to sit around like a bump on a log and do nothing. Modern technology has made it ridiculously easy to make your music. It just takes time and money.
And because I’m a shameless self promoter, visit and and download/buy something. Support the underground!!!!!

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Kabexnuv/Crypt Of The Black Solar Order/Bud Metal Records/2015 EP Review

vendredi 23 octobre 2015 à 08:36

  Kabexnuv  are  a  solo  project  from  British  Columbia,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  ep  "Crypt  Of  the  Black  Solar  Order"  which  was  released  by  Bud  Metal  Records.

  A  very  distorted  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  giving  the  music  a  90's  old  school  black  metal  feeling  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  screams  start  to  kick  in  which  also  leads  to  the  music  getting  more  fast  and  raw  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  more  of  an  old  school  metal  feeling  into  the  songs  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  starts  mixing  in  more  atmospheric  elements  into  the  rawer  sections  of  the  tracks  and  with  the  exception  of the  first  track  the  whole  ep  is  mostly  instrumental.

  Kabexnuv  creates  another  recording  that  is  very  true  to  raw  occult  black  metal  while  also  getting  more  atmospheric  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Aryan  Occultism  that  also  shows  Vedic  and  Hyperborean  roots  which   also  has  a  touch  of  Blavatsky  and  the  Thule  Society  philosophies.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Kabexnuv  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Caverns  Of  Welesburg".  8.5  out  of  10.

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Bloodwraith/The Omnipresent Darkness/2015 Demo Review

vendredi 23 octobre 2015 à 07:15

  Bloodwraith  are  a  band  from  West  Virginia  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  demo  "The  Omnipresent  Darkness".

  A  very dark and  melodic  guitar  riff  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  the  music  has  a  very  raw  and  old  school  feeling  at  times  along  with  some  depressive  elements  being  utilized  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  grim  spoken  word  parts.

  At  times  the  vocals  can  be  melodic but  done  in  a  more  tortured  fashion  while  also  being  clear  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard   along  with  the  drums  also  bringing  in  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  while  also  being  very  melodic  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  

  Bloodwraith  plays a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  90's  influenced  and  also  brings  in  melodies  and  elements  of  thrash  to  resurrect  an  old  school  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bloodwraith  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Desecrating  Metal"  and  "The  Return  Of  Winter  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.


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