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Withania Interview

samedi 6 décembre 2014 à 07:39
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Setril: I formed Withania in 2013, after having released two albums as Weidenbaum in 2008 and 2009. In summer 2013 Xceno joined Withania, he is responsible for the clean vocals and some additional growls.
Xceno: Yes, that fateful summer… I was desperate for something new – A new musical experience. So when I had the chance to join Withania I just had to take it.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Setril: It is pretty hard for me to describe my own music, especially if I have to use certain genres to do so. I guess that it could be described as dark metal, considering the ambiguousness of that term. I think that there is quite a lot of variety in the sound itself, there is the more aggressive dark metal side, but there are quite a few softer parts, that have been stripped of most metal influences.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Setril: The lyrics are very personal and not easily understood I guess. They basically deal with personal experiences, life itself or more abstract themes that are hard to describe.

4.The project was originally known as "Weidenbaum", what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Withania'?
Setril: I was never happy with the first name and in 2013, when I started the recordings of the album I needed a clear cut with the past in order to focus on the future. Withania is a genus of the nightshade family. I dreamed of one member of said genus several times and decided to use it as a name, as I find it carries a certain beauty and elegance.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future, or do you chose to remain a duo?
Setril: There are no plans on expanding the line-up, but it could very well happen.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Setril: I’m certainly not desperately looking for a label and I don’t mind being unsigned, but some people have shown interest in releasing the album.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and dark metal?
Setril: So far I haven’t received too much feedback, which doesn’t surprise me. It is pretty hard to raise interest nowadays, especially as a new band that doesn’t play live. The feedback that I’ve received so far has been quite good, though.

8.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Setril: Xceno is the singer of Final Faith, they play Death Metal. They’ve actually just released their first full length album, as well.
Xceno: Indeed, and then there’s my own side project which is something in between neo-folk, electro and darkwave which will probably never get done as there are songs I work on for over five years now… In the meantime I invite you to check out Final Faith and of course listen to Withania over and over.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Setril: I don’t know. Even though there are some ideas I’m not sure what the future will have in store for Withania.

10.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?
Setril: It’s pretty much impossible for me to say which bands have had significant influence on my own music, as they are pretty much subconscious. I don’t listen to metal (or even music) as much as I used to, I mostly enjoy classical music, soundtracks, old time and alternative country and some folk music these days.
Xceno: I second this one. Despite the fact that I sing in another Death-Metal band I don’t listen that much metal anymore. It just bores the hell out of me nowadays.
What I love is best described as neo-classic, old-school goth and certain types of experimental music.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Setril: No, not really.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Setril: Movies, literature, photography, nature and herbalism/medicine.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Setril: Thanks for the interview!

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Apocryphal Voice/Pain & Pleasure/Inverse Records/2014 CD Review

vendredi 5 décembre 2014 à 08:01

  Apocryphal  Voice  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  avant  garde  black/dark  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  which  will  be  released  on  December  12th  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  keyboard  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  progressive  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  that  bring  in  an  avant  garde  feeling  to  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  they  band  uses  add  more  melody  to  the  songs  that  they  are  a  part  off.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  more  black  metal  elements  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  raw  guitar  riffing,  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  avant  garde  sound  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  clean  playing  into  certain  sections  of  their  songs  while  still  sticking  mostly  to  a  heavier  direction.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  the  band  also  starts  mixing  in  influences  from  death  metal  some  of  their  songs  while  the  black  metal  vocals  when  they  are  utilized  start  adding  in  more  of  a  depressive  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  variety  to  keep  the  album  interesting  and  original  sounding  and  towards  the  end  of  the  album  traces  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard.

  Apocryphal  Voice  takes  an  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  depressive  and  dark  metal  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  influences  from  death  metal  to  create  an  album  that  takes  this  genre  into  a  new  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  disgust  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion Apocryphal  Voice  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  black/dark  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Underneath  A  Mask"  "Tongue  of  Kali"  "Mussy  trail"  and  "Rebel  Angels".  8  out  of  10.




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Temple Koludra/Self Titled/2013 EP Review

jeudi 4 décembre 2014 à 00:10

  Temple  Koludra  are  a     band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2013  ep.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  that  turn  into  melodic  female  chanting  and  singing  which  is  also  used  again  on  a  later  track  as  well  and  after  a  while  you  can  hear  some  demonic  vocals  on  the  recording  along  with  the  sounds  of  rain  and  fire  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  black  metal  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  grim,  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  the  faster  raw  parts  with  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  elements  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  being  utilized  in  the  guitar  riffing

 At  times spoken  word  ritualistic  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  leads  and  solos  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  and  technical  black  metal  feeling  to  the  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in    decent  amount  of  blast  beats  at  times  and  at  times  the  synths  also add  an  epic  feeling  to  the  recording  in  the  parts  where  they  are  utilized.

  Temple  Koludra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  has  its  ambient  roots  but  a  lot  more  heavier,  aggressive,  fast  and  guitar  than  most  bands  of  this  genre  while  still  displaying  a  great  amount  of  atmosphere  and  melody,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Occultism  and  Germanic  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Temple  Koludra  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  an  ambient  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Ginnungagap"  and  "Zornissen".  8  out  of  10.


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Voices/London/Candlelight Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 3 décembre 2014 à 23:03

  Voices  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  extreme  form  of  progressive  black  metal  with  a  heavy  death  metal  influence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "London"  which  will  be  released  in  2015  by  Candlelight  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  brings  in  depressing  sounding  keyboards  and  on  the  following  track  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  brutal  blackened  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams   and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

    Throughout  the  recording  the  band  also  mixes  the  keyboards  and  clean  singing  which  also  brings in  a  few  seconds  of  female  vocals  on  later  tracks  with  the  heavier  parts  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  the  guitars  being  very  technical,  melodic  and  progressive  all  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  clean  sections  present  throughout  the  recording  which  adds  in  more  of  an  experimental  feeling.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  used  on   the  recording  they  are  very  melodic  and  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  start  mixing  in  more  of  a  depressive  black metal  sound  while  also  making  the  deeper  vocals  have  more  of  a  grim  edge  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  good  portion  of  the  later  tracks  also  bring  in  more  acoustic  guitars  as  well  some  of t he  songs  mixing  in  a  depressive  black  metal  sound  with  technical death  metal.

  Voices  creates  a  very  original  sounding  album  this  time  around  adding  in  depressive  black  metal  with  brutal  death  metal,  progressive,  experimental  and  avant  garde  music  to  create  and  album  that  really  stands  out  and  take  extreme  metal  into  new  directions,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  on  the  more  darker  and  depressive  side  of  living  in  London.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Voices  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suicide  Note"  "Megan"  "Last  train  Victoria  Line"  and  "Cold  Harbour  Lane".  8/5  out  of  10.  




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Falloch/This Island, Our Funeral/Candlelight Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 3 décembre 2014 à 08:28

  Falloch  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  post-black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "This  Island,  our  Funeral"  which  will  be  released  in  2015  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  more  distorted  guitar approach  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  throughout  the  recording  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  vocals  find  their  way into  the  music  and  become  a  huge  part  of  all  of  the  tracks.

  Once  the  music  gets  heavy  the  album  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  post  black  metal  style  sound  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  while  the  acoustic  guitars  have  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  at  times  depressive  sounding  synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  will  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow,  melancholic  and  heavy  musical  direction  which  also  shows  that post-black  metal  does  not  always  needs  growls  and  screams  to  create  a  depressive  atmosphere  while  one  of  the  songs  bring  in  more  angry  sounding  suicidal  vocals  for  a  few  seconds  and  when  female  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  esoteric  dimension  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Falloch  bring  in  more  of  a  darker  style  this  time  around  while  their  music  still  remains  in  a  post  atmospheric  black  metal  and  shoegaze  direction  while  also  adding  in  more  progressive  elements  which  makes  their  songs  more  advance,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Falloch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Torradh"  "Brahan"  and  "Sanctuary".  8  out  of  10.            

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