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Permafrost/Spiritual Isolation/2015 CD Review

mardi 12 mai 2015 à 08:16

  Permafrost  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Spiritual  isolation".

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  leads  up  to  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  style  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  music  has  a  mid  90's  European  black  metal  feeling  and  clean  playing  and  whispers  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  the  guitar  solos  that  are  utilized  are  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   Some  of  the  songs  use  deeper  vocals  along  with  a  touch  of  death  metal influences  and  the  synths  from the  intro  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the recording  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  show  the  vocals  going  into  more  of  a  grim  direction along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants  abs  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  riffs  also  mix  in  more  of  a  thrash  feeling  into  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  the  vocals  also  get  more  depressive almost  towards  the  end  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that are  very  long  and  epic  in length.

  Permafrost  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  fast,  raw  and  melodic  but  also  manages  to  capture  a  very  occult  sounding  atmosphere  with  their  music  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  sane  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian, Occultism,  Blasphemy,  Sickness  and  Depression  themes.

  In my  opinion  Permafroat  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "King  Of  The  Serpents"  "Ave  Satan  Lucifer" "Dragon Of  The  Other  Side"  and  "Blood  Sacrifice".  8/5  out  of  10.   

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Zeit/Trummer/2015 EP Review

lundi 11 mai 2015 à 05:09

  Zeit are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a very  raw  and  depressivr  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015 ep  "Trummer".

  A  very  distorted  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  a  minute  and  a  half  the  music starts  going into  more  of a  black  metal  direction  along with  some  high pitched  screams  and  they  also  have  a  very grim feeling  to  them  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  they  also  have  their  fast  moments  which  also  gives  the  music  an  early 90's  second  wave  black  metal  feeling  as  well  as  utilizing  a  brief use  of  blast  beats  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring in  a small  amount  of  melody  while  some  of the  slower  sections  add  elements  of  doom  metal  into  the  songs.

  Zeit  plays  a  style of  black  metal  that  is very  raw  and  depressive  sounding  and while their style  is  very  modern you can also hear  some  old  school  elements  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  yet  heavy  along  with  all  of  the  songs  being  recorded live  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover   dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Zeit  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Splitter"  and  "Moment  der  Klarheit".  8  out  of  10.    



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Merda Mundi Interview

lundi 11 mai 2015 à 01:46
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
I am trying to record a specific EP (or album) which would contain reworked material which was planned to be released under the name of my unfortunately dead band 'Deviant Messiah'. Before we split, the album was almost ready and since the material is a pretty great one, the band agreed to leave it to me so I can rework on it and release it for Merda Mundi. As for other new material or split, not really. I have other things on my mind at the moment. Maybe some re-recordings.

2.A few months back 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?
When I started MM, I wanted it to be as raw (in all ways possible) as I felt back then. Nothing changed much except the fact that I know more about sound and production now and 'raw' doesn't mean bad or cheap production. I worked a lot on this album so people can know that, first of all, I do still exist and that I am evolving.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?
This album is a quarrel with God, as if his son was represented by the album's voice. My own visions of it.

4.So far all of the recordings from the demos all the way up to the new album have been started with Roman numerals, is there a concept that goes with all of these releases?
More like a way to see when MM is coming from. Not really any concept.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Merda Mundi'?
MM is a name which got me into several problems, even though it doesn't concern me personally. People (within the extreme metal scene, listeners & labels, etc) refused to listen to a band which name contains 'Merda'... Yet they don't give a crap about bands like 'Satan's Almighty Penis' or else.
MERDA MUNDI. The shit of the world. The name speaks for itself.
As for the inspiration, same thing : the name speaks for itself. You might add personal dark philosophies but still in a very straight, violent way.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself but have worked with musicians on other projects, do you feel you are able to express yourself more personally with the musical project that you have not been able to do with the other ones that you are a part of?
You know I have a lot of projects and bands. Every single one of them is a different way to express myself. MM is a one man band and I will keep it this way, with its same concept, sound, themes. As very personal as it seems, I need to keep it this way. Being alone gives me a certain freedom, but as well as several boundaries which I need to explode myself. It's not only a musical work.

7.Recently you done a cover of an Anaal Nathrakh song, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their tracks?
Eversince the first time I listened to this song, I wanted to be able to play it completely because of its amazing violence, madness and epic melodies. I never liked the sound of their album much, because it removes this epic violence. I wanted to take this song to the level I had in mind it deserves.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to this musical project by fans of black metal?
As far as I know, the people who listened to it and gave me their feedback love it, or love part of it, which I am happy about. Yet, I think it's all personal. Between one's own tastes but as well as interpretations and devotion.

9.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that you are a part off?
A lot is happening. 'Sources of I' will soon go on stage & release our first EP / 'Yhdarl' will release soon a big album / 'Imber Luminis' will release a compilation & is working on the next album / 'Maladie' just released a second album / 'Slow' just released their 4th album / 'COAG' is working on first album & on split material / etc. A lot is happening.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
Hopefully, I would like to settle down and being able to feed my family out of music (production of bands & studio, mainly). Musically speaking, I won't stop. I think I will just go deeper in everything.

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?
Music doesn't really influence my newer compositions, but I do listen a lot. As of now, a lot of Funeral Doom (Skepticism, Thergothon, Eye of Solitude, Shape of Despair) as well as Black Metal (Judas Iscariot, Antaeus, Dimholt) and non metal stuff (Chopin, Diamanda Galas)

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
Very personal and to be kept to myself only.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for your time and patience.

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Sodium Thiopental/Death Awaits/2015 Demo Review

lundi 11 mai 2015 à 01:25

  Sodium  Thiopental   are  a  solo  project  from  Turkey  that  plays  a  mixture  of  noise,  dark  ambient  and  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  "Death  Awaits".

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  radio  static  in  the  background  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient   and  the  songs  are  all  instrumental.

  All  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  the  music  can  also  be  atmospheric  and  epic  at  times  with  the  synths  taking  over  at  times  and  the  songs also  bring  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Sodium  Thiopental  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  dark  ambient  and  noise  but  also  mixes  in  elements  of  depressive  black  metal  to  give  the  songs  more  of  a  heavier  sound  as  well  as being  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion Sodium  Thiopental  are  a  very  decent  sounding mixture  of  dark  ambient,  noise  and  depressive  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Here  it  Comes"  and  "Same  Shit  Over  And  Over  Again".  7/5  out  of  10. 


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Aezh Movarc'h Interview

dimanche 10 mai 2015 à 23:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? AEZH MORVARC'H is definitely a project : in the literal sense first, which means that, in the future, some freedom will be used to keep the songs constantly under process ; as liquid is always in motion, AEZH MORVARC'H will work to offer his wide range of emotions in non fixed interpretations. Secondly, in the figurative sense, AEZH MORVARC'H is both music and lyrics meant to adapt and move forward relatively to how we conceive our presence to the world : not as affected persons, posers but as conscious people, conscious on the duty to define and customize it according to our dreams and ideals, conscious of what we have inheritated of (historical lies and hidden truths) and the duty of making something great and more sincere, with honesty, out of it, in a prospective way. Our music serves a cause. All this will be cleared up by detailed explanations in our upcoming website.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording? Actually, it's an E.P. which has been released ; not an album yet. The album will be the addition of the first and the second upcoming E.P.. I personnally didn't work hard on the musical sound. Mornoz did. The main goal wasn't to have the best production, the best tools, the best mixing... That's for commercial standards. I prefer spending time on composing rather than sounding. But I am very grateful of what Mornoz did, considering how much time he dedicated to it. I just gave him a few clues and it was enough for him to reach my wishes, bringing more meaningfull richness to the whole piece : each instrument had to suggest different layers of water : the undertow for the bass guitar, the waves raising as walls for the rhythm guitar, the sharp freezing winds for the lead guitar and the galoping hooves of the horse for the drums. All together, I wanted a sticky and humid sound to carry our message and picture the lanscapes Morvarc'h travels through. All this gives a visual guideline which will be more and more cultivated as our signature in terms of sound.

3.Your lyrics cover some Breton legends and mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics? Events are factual and short-lived, Legends and mythologies last forever ; when you read a legend, you are more than just looking at a fixed picture, you are looking through a kaleidoscopic telescope to different levels of realities mixing objective experience and distorted perceptions. It talks to the very deep of human primordial understanding of the world, using symbols to increase the multiplicity of interpretations through ages and, reversely, to make things converge and strongly take roots in the present time ; So do I through AEZH MORVARC'H, building a bridge between the time of fantasmagoria and the time of pragmatism, the past and the present, something far in time from today's concerns, but so close from me in space (breton Cornwall) and so close to what my imagination is likely to seek and create. So it was obvious that I had to express both my artistic inspirations and cultural commitment in my home country using this magical character of the infernal black breton sea horse which appears in two different but linked legends of Brittany : the legend of the submerged city of YS and the legend of the king MARC'H, uncle of Tristan, the same one as in the very notorious legend of Tristan and Izold. Those two legends will be the subject of future albums. Back to our topic, I really wanted something iconic likely to include a base of litterary heritage and also something which hadn't totally been developed like the horse's birth and the stories seen through its eyes. AEZH MORVARC'H talks about legends but from a different point of view and with different purposes than advertising for christianism, if you know what I mean. Giving the legend a sweep up was needed, in order not to remember what everyone knows but to remember what everyone has forgotten for not having tried to look beyond the disguised surface.

4.What are the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aezh Morvarc'h?
I could have contented myself with picking the animal to call the project MORVARC'H but, in my opinion, I would have commited a shameful robbery : I can't, without any remorse, take over something which is older than me, which existed before me and still exists to everyone. MORVARC'H is the property of humanity ; here is my ethics.
The global project, the band, the music, is not the character but something emanating from the character, something which is not meant to be cleared up but to be suggested. Reality is never crystal clear otherwise it's made up for simple minds, for the masses and it becomes parodic lies. AEZH MORVARC'H is not what we see of it, but what we hear, its blurring breath, the reality wrapped up in its nasal fogs, literally "vapours of the sea horse"; in other words, AEZH MORVARC'H is not MORVARC'H itself but only an image and toxical expression of it : a gargoyle.

5.According to the bandcamp pages you where looking for some musicians, have you had any luck in finding other musicians that want to work on this project? As mentioned in our biography, published by LADLO, Skornus accepted to join the band with great loyalty and he's really committed to it. Isarnos also showed great interest in serving the band for an unlimited length of time, after having recorded the drums on the upcoming second E.P. and despite his commitment in many other bands. We are going through a period of transition, passing from a one man band with session musicians to a stable line-up where one instrument fits to one musician. Since I started to play in 1996, I've never had the chance to gather so many constructive energies so I feel very lucky and confident for the next stages.

6.Are there any plans to make this musical project a live band or do any shows or is this strictly a studio project? I have plans for shows on stage and it's definitely where I will lead the band to, very soon, hopefully. For the first one, I would like to play for the "Samain Festival" amongst those who support the breton primary school for which it's organised.

7.The new album was released on Emanations, can you tell us a little bit more about this label? Ictus from IN CAUDA VENENUM, who is a very good friend of mine, introduced me to the boss of LADLO productions first. A year later, they created EMANATIONS, a division of LADLO in order to help bands, more or less confidential like us, to make their first appearance on the Black Metal scene. To me, it's more a subdivision as the bands whose works will be published under that name won't move to a bigger or better distribution afterwards. EMANATIONS is supposed to be and stay an opportunity to give a leg up and promote new bands from the underground. Time will tell. AEZH MORVARC'H has other priorities for now. To move from a label to another will be an extrinsic necessity, not a purpose in itself.Making music to extend and defend breton culture is our first ambition.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? It's too early to tell. And honestly, I don't really care. I just want to materialize my creations by giving birth to a band. My aim is also to create a strong friendship through music and sharing the pleasure to have the breton call for life resonate.

9.Are you also involved with any other musical projects? I used to be, but AEZH MORVARC'H is enough work now to focus on. I hate flitting from one thing to another as I hate fast-food ; It would be the best way to put a bullet in myself. So we take it easy. The plan is now to be strong enough. At our stage, dividing is weakening.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future? The first and second EPs are a two-part album containing the last songs I have made, dating back to 2010. My only purpose is now to live long enough to edit or rerecord with a stable line-up what I've composed from 1996 : some dark and tortured in an old school way, some others epic with synths depending on the main theme of the lyrics. So,after the next EP, all what you will hear will be older but more mature too ; as a good wine, the older, the better.

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? From an early age, I have been listening to three range of music altogether : great composers, most of them from Northern and Eastern Europe ; modern and traditional celtic music (from Ireland to Scotland, from Wales to Brittany, from the revolutionary Alan STIVELL to the guitar virtuosos Jean-Charles GUICHEN, Soig SIBERIL and Patrice MARZIN) ; and, last but not least, Metal music.
I don't really update my musical listenings these days. In fact I haven't done it since 2007, when the Metal shop 'Ifern an Naoned' definitely closed its doors in the city where I was living at that time. So what I am listening to now and the bands which participated in defining the way my music has to follow are mainly : TAAKE, WINDIR, KVIST who sing in their native language, the first ENSLAVED and BORKNAGAR albums, BURZUM, CARPATHIAN FOREST, ABIGOR, Old SETHERIAL, old EPHEL DUATH, BLUT AUS NORD, etc. : bands which really make me feel that they looked inside and deep into themselves to deliver their very personal music, regardless to the highlights or cloning who they admire.

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

AEZH MORVARC'H is True Breton Black Metal...
Ma revr gant an drevadennourien ! Breizh da viken !!!*

*Colonialists, fuck you ! Brittany forever !

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