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Endarken Interview

jeudi 20 janvier 2022 à 02:18

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new single?


The recording of another single is currently coming to an end, it should be out soon and a new album is also in the process of recording so it’s pretty working but I like it, I love to create.


2.Recently you have released a new single, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


Musically it is not much different from the previous release. I would say that the only difference is in the vocals that were sung somewhat differently than on the album.


3.This is also your first release since 2018, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


I've been working on new songs, mostly for Endarken, but also for some other projects which I'm planning to release soon and it's the first time I've worked on something other than black metal, so it was quite challenging but also fun. Also in the meantime I moved from Serbia to Croatia, not far away, only 60 kilometers difference, anyway, it counts towards change but I am satisfied, I like the new city, I feel like I've always been here.


4.Some of your lyrics cover Satanism and Occultism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


The interest in it dates back to the period when I was a child because of some things I experienced. There was a grany in the neighborhood who did some weird things, at least they seemed weird and pretty scary back then and it took me quite a while to understand what she was doing. As time went on I began to understand all that more and more and it helped me to start understanding the universe as a living beast, the beast we live in, the beast that is the existence of everything around us, everything before us and everything that will be after us... And that is the starting point from which I am guided by everything in life.


5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Mostly misanthropy because most people do not live in harmony with nature, they have no respect for this house in which we live or for each other, everything is being trampled on, everything is for sale, everyone is for sale. It's disgusting.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Endarken'?


We live in a world where the true values and culture of living are in great darkness, so Endarken seemed to me as a good name for the band, as a synonym for myself and for all those who hide in the dark and find inspiration there for another day, for another victory of the will, for another honor of truth.


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is present on the single cover?


Well, it was supposed to be a promotional photo but I liked how it turned out so I decided to use it as a cover so there isn’t some big story behind it all, it’s pretty simple, I got cover and promotional photo in one.


8.With the exception of a drummer you record most of the music by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to work mostly by yourself?


Like you said I record everything myself except the drums and I think it will stay that way in the future because I often wasted a lot of time trying to involve someone else in the creative process of the band. Some things were planned to happen much earlier but there was not enough will in others to really accept the job. There were also attempts to gather a crew for live performances, however, as this biological war started and all restrictions with it I gave up on that idea because it doesn't make much sense to prepare live performances at the moment.


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


I am very satisfied. It is nice to see that they listen to us from all over the world. For "Tvoj je hram u srcu mom" we had orders from all continents except Africa... And Antarctica, is there not a single black metal fan among scientific expeditions?


10.What is going on with 'Samrt' these days?


Samrt has been standing still for a long time, I have a new album ready, something has even been recorded, but unfortunately I haven't managed to finish everything yet, but I will do my best to finish it during the year. I unjustly neglected all that and put it aside, but I will do my best for myself and for the people who love Samrt to really finish new album this year.


11.When can we expect another release and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


As I said, the recording of the new single is nearing its end and we will release it soon... And as far as the release of the album is concerned, it all depends on how quickly we find the publisher and then depend on them when they are scheduled to release, I would like it to be this year but we'll see how it goes.


12.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 like to listen to everything from The Beatles to Cannibal Corpse. I'm not someone who is a slave to genres... When something is good then it's good. For influence in the music I make, I try to ignore as much as I can, even though it's almost impossible. I don't think anyone is immune to influences...So I can't single out some specific influences, somewhere it seems to someone that there are too many of them and somewhere that there aren't any at all, which is ok in every sense. And these days I mostly listen to Deiform from Funeral Mist and Heretics from Rotting Christ.


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


Be free, keep your mind free, keep your freedom, because when they take away your freedom they have taken away everything from you. Freedom is something that belongs to us by birth and we must not allow anyone to take away that right from us. Freedom!

\www.facebook.com/endarken

www.instagram.com/endarkenofficial
endarken.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/endarken-interview.html


Berzerker Interview

mercredi 19 janvier 2022 à 02:12

 


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


Answer by Bughuul:

Berzerker was founded in late 2016 when I felt the urge to make music again after my previous band became inactive in 2014(Tears Of Wrath aka. T.O.W.). Things got pretty complicating in the last days of T.O.W. because of personal and job-related issues of individual members. It was very hard for me to accept that it wasn’t possible to keep the band operational under this circumstances and so I took a break of making music for two years after we decided to put the band on hold.

With my new project I wanted to stay as independent as possible and the idea of a solo project came to life. This time it had to be BlackMetal but I can’t and don’t want to deny my roots into Death- and ThrashMetal so these styles are also fundamental for Berzerker.


The problem of the solo project concept was that I wasn’t able to do the vocal part on my own. What can i say – no Voice J So after gathering first ideas and developing some song structures Imbrifer became aware of the project and joined performing vocals and writing lyrics. So you may describe Berzerker as a two man project from that moment on.


2.In December you had released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


Answer by Bughuul:

In my opinion “Pereat Mundus” is a straight forward OldSchool BlackMetal album. The whole album is inspired by the norwegian scene of the early/middle 1990ies. But only in its musical style. Regarding the production and mixing process I wanted to do something else. To be honest I never understood why so many BlackMetal-bands and fans think that this kind of music has to sound like it was recorded on a kids tape recorder drowned in the toilet. I think strong music needs a strong production to unleash its full power. So the goal was to get the punchiest and most transparent sound possible without killing the rawness which is essential for that type of music. I know that some “true” BlackMetal fans will say that’s blasphemous but I really miss a good sound and production on many of my favorite albums from that era. Of course some of them couldn’t afford a better production at that time. But nowadays many bands are doing this crappy LowFi-Sound whilst they would be able to do better. So my goal was to bring this two world’s together: The technical possibilities of modern production systems with Oldschool-BM songwriting.


 


3.The band has been around since 2016 but waited until 2021 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?


Answer by Bughuul:


First of all, like most artists in those underground genres, I have to do a day job to keep my bills payed. So I can only work on the project beside my job.

What also slows down the whole process is that everything except vocals and lyrics is done by myself. From creative songwriting over recording all instruments to the whole production process which includes arranging, mixing and mastering. And you have to take breaks from time to time to get some distance from the already achieved song material for not losing your focus on what is good and what needs to be discarded.

As you can see this is very time-consuming but with my experience gathered through the production of “Pereat Mundus” i hope to shorten the intervals between releases.


 


4.One of your songs also covered the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works?


Answer by Imbrifer:


I have always been a big horrorfan, no matter if in books, movies, comics or games. So of course I discovered H.P. Lovecraft when I was younger.


Stories like „The music of Eric Zann“, „The rats in the wall“ or „The Dunwich Horror“ were and still are fascinating me. It's this intangible terror, always lurking in the shadows, waiting for you. Like when you were a kid and had to get something from the dark cellar, always having the feeling, something's behind your back. That's what defines Lovecraft for me.


I wanted to write a song based on Lovecrafts work, especially based on the Cthulhu-Myth, for a long time. When I heard the music for „Immanentization...“ with its chanting middle part, the sound effects in the intro-section and its epic length, I knew this was my chance.


 


5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Answer by Imbrifer:


I think there are some recurring motifs in the lyrics.


Like the downfall of humanity, which destroyed or is destroying itself. Or religious leaders, who are exploiting the faith of people for their own benefits. Maybe you could call it some kind of social critique.


Also there are influences from what's going on right now. „Isolation“ for example was inspired by the issue of mental health problems during the pandemic.


And of course there is some good old horror.


That's what all my lyrics have in common.


They are oversubscribed and mixed up with my fascination for horror-stories, psycho-thrillers, apocalyptic movies and all that stuff.


Sometimes there are things to find between the lines and sometimes there's nothing.


 


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Berzerker'?


Answer by Bughuul:


I was already using Bers. Erker in T.O.W. not least because my second name is Erker in reality. So it was a logical step to call my solo project like that.

Besides a “Berserker” is a nordic warrior who is fighting in a frenzy without feeling pain and showing mercy. I thought this would be a good match to the music I had in my mind. Let’s see maybe Imbrifer has some lyric ideas about a Berserker in a future song. The “S” in “Berserker” was replaced by a “Z” because of stylistic considerations and to avoid confusion with the german band “Berserker”.


 


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


Answer by Bughuul:


The front cover is a picture I have taken on an art exhibition a few years ago. I really like that kind of aesthetics and I think it’s perfect for the first album. The back cover picture was taken in the tunnels of fortress Josefov – CZ - where Brutal Assault Festival takes place every year.


 


8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?


Answer by Bughuul:


Yes expanding is definitely the plan. My next goal is to achieve a complete lineup to become able to play live shows in the near future. I’m not speaking about hired musicians. The plan is to transform this solo project into a real band where every member is welcome to participate in the songwriting process.


 


9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


Answer by Bughuul:


Of course the support of a label would be great. Currently we are still looking for a proper partner, which is able and willing to bring Berzerker forward.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


Berzerker is still a newcomer and “Pereat Mundus” is out only since a few weeks but the album has already received reactions from all over the world. All of them were very positive.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


As mentioned before next step is to establish a full band lineup. So let’s see what influences the new members will bring in. My own songwriting is never planned. It’s just happening. So it’s hard to say if the next album will be more symphonic, harder and faster or more melodic or whatever. I can only predict Berzerker will stay BlackMetal.


 


12.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?


Answer by Bughuul:


Like many others of my generation Metallica was the very beginning of my musical socialization. Over the years I was mainly focused on Thrash and later also Death-Metal(especially Melodic Death). But I was always into BlackMetal too which became more and more over the years.


Slayer, Evenfall, Third Moon, Death, Desaster and Kovenant were early influences and of course all the BM-Classics like Mayhem, Satyricon, Darkthrone, Bathory…


Anaal Nathrakh and Igorrr are two of my newer discoveries which I’m really into at the moment.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


Thanks for your interest in Berzerker and your review of our first album. Let’s keep in touch I’m confident “Pereat Mundus” wasn’t the last chapter of Berzerker. All the best for your future and your blog!



 BANDCAMP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9DuEFnR5Rg

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/berzerker-interview.html


Berzerker Interview

mardi 18 janvier 2022 à 05:35

 


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


Answer by Bughuul:

Berzerker was founded in late 2016 when I felt the urge to make music again after my previous band became inactive in 2014(Tears Of Wrath aka. T.O.W.). Things got pretty complicating in the last days of T.O.W. because of personal and job-related issues of individual members. It was very hard for me to accept that it wasn’t possible to keep the band operational under this circumstances and so I took a break of making music for two years after we decided to put the band on hold.

With my new project I wanted to stay as independent as possible and the idea of a solo project came to life. This time it had to be BlackMetal but I can’t and don’t want to deny my roots into Death- and ThrashMetal so these styles are also fundamental for Berzerker.


The problem of the solo project concept was that I wasn’t able to do the vocal part on my own. What can i say – no Voice J So after gathering first ideas and developing some song structures Imbrifer became aware of the project and joined performing vocals and writing lyrics. So you may describe Berzerker as a two man project from that moment on.


2.In December you had released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


Answer by Bughuul:

In my opinion “Pereat Mundus” is a straight forward OldSchool BlackMetal album. The whole album is inspired by the norwegian scene of the early/middle 1990ies. But only in its musical style. Regarding the production and mixing process I wanted to do something else. To be honest I never understood why so many BlackMetal-bands and fans think that this kind of music has to sound like it was recorded on a kids tape recorder drowned in the toilet. I think strong music needs a strong production to unleash its full power. So the goal was to get the punchiest and most transparent sound possible without killing the rawness which is essential for that type of music. I know that some “true” BlackMetal fans will say that’s blasphemous but I really miss a good sound and production on many of my favorite albums from that era. Of course some of them couldn’t afford a better production at that time. But nowadays many bands are doing this crappy LowFi-Sound whilst they would be able to do better. So my goal was to bring this two world’s together: The technical possibilities of modern production systems with Oldschool-BM songwriting.


 


3.The band has been around since 2016 but waited until 2021 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?


Answer by Bughuul:


First of all, like most artists in those underground genres, I have to do a day job to keep my bills payed. So I can only work on the project beside my job.

What also slows down the whole process is that everything except vocals and lyrics is done by myself. From creative songwriting over recording all instruments to the whole production process which includes arranging, mixing and mastering. And you have to take breaks from time to time to get some distance from the already achieved song material for not losing your focus on what is good and what needs to be discarded.

As you can see this is very time-consuming but with my experience gathered through the production of “Pereat Mundus” i hope to shorten the intervals between releases.


 


4.One of your songs also covered the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works?


Answer by Imbrifer:


I have always been a big horrorfan, no matter if in books, movies, comics or games. So of course I discovered H.P. Lovecraft when I was younger.


Stories like „The music of Eric Zann“, „The rats in the wall“ or „The Dunwich Horror“ were and still are fascinating me. It's this intangible terror, always lurking in the shadows, waiting for you. Like when you were a kid and had to get something from the dark cellar, always having the feeling, something's behind your back. That's what defines Lovecraft for me.


I wanted to write a song based on Lovecrafts work, especially based on the Cthulhu-Myth, for a long time. When I heard the music for „Immanentization...“ with its chanting middle part, the sound effects in the intro-section and its epic length, I knew this was my chance.


 


5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Answer by Imbrifer:


I think there are some recurring motifs in the lyrics.


Like the downfall of humanity, which destroyed or is destroying itself. Or religious leaders, who are exploiting the faith of people for their own benefits. Maybe you could call it some kind of social critique.


Also there are influences from what's going on right now. „Isolation“ for example was inspired by the issue of mental health problems during the pandemic.


And of course there is some good old horror.


That's what all my lyrics have in common.


They are oversubscribed and mixed up with my fascination for horror-stories, psycho-thrillers, apocalyptic movies and all that stuff.


Sometimes there are things to find between the lines and sometimes there's nothing.


 


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Berzerker'?


Answer by Bughuul:


I was already using Bers. Erker in T.O.W. not least because my second name is Erker in reality. So it was a logical step to call my solo project like that.

Besides a “Berserker” is a nordic warrior who is fighting in a frenzy without feeling pain and showing mercy. I thought this would be a good match to the music I had in my mind. Let’s see maybe Imbrifer has some lyric ideas about a Berserker in a future song. The “S” in “Berserker” was replaced by a “Z” because of stylistic considerations and to avoid confusion with the german band “Berserker”.


 


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


Answer by Bughuul:


The front cover is a picture I have taken on an art exhibition a few years ago. I really like that kind of aesthetics and I think it’s perfect for the first album. The back cover picture was taken in the tunnels of fortress Josefov – CZ - where Brutal Assault Festival takes place every year.


 


8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?


Answer by Bughuul:


Yes expanding is definitely the plan. My next goal is to achieve a complete lineup to become able to play live shows in the near future. I’m not speaking about hired musicians. The plan is to transform this solo project into a real band where every member is welcome to participate in the songwriting process.


 


9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


Answer by Bughuul:


Of course the support of a label would be great. Currently we are still looking for a proper partner, which is able and willing to bring Berzerker forward.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


Berzerker is still a newcomer and “Pereat Mundus” is out only since a few weeks but the album has already received reactions from all over the world. All of them were very positive.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


As mentioned before next step is to establish a full band lineup. So let’s see what influences the new members will bring in. My own songwriting is never planned. It’s just happening. So it’s hard to say if the next album will be more symphonic, harder and faster or more melodic or whatever. I can only predict Berzerker will stay BlackMetal.


 


12.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?


Answer by Bughuul:


Like many others of my generation Metallica was the very beginning of my musical socialization. Over the years I was mainly focused on Thrash and later also Death-Metal(especially Melodic Death). But I was always into BlackMetal too which became more and more over the years.


Slayer, Evenfall, Third Moon, Death, Desaster and Kovenant were early influences and of course all the BM-Classics like Mayhem, Satyricon, Darkthrone, Bathory…


Anaal Nathrakh and Igorrr are two of my newer discoveries which I’m really into at the moment.


 


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


Answer by Bughuul:


Thanks for your interest in Berzerker and your review of our first album. Let’s keep in touch I’m confident “Pereat Mundus” wasn’t the last chapter of Berzerker. All the best for your future and your blog!


 BANDCAMP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9DuEFnR5Rg

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/mortem-interview.html


Mortem/Slow Death/Peaceville Records/2022 Compilation Album Review

mardi 18 janvier 2022 à 05:17

 


  Mortem  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  a  history  that  goes  back  to  the  80's  that  also  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  compilation  album  "Slow  Death"  which  will b e  released  in  February  by  Peaceville   Records  and  consists  of  a  re-recordign  of  their  1989  demo  "Slow  Death"  which  also  contains  bonus  tracks  and  also  the  original  version  of  the  recording.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  some  symphonic  touched  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  


  One  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  soundscapes  along  with  clean  playing  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clear  vocals,  they  also  bring  in  a  Mayhem  cover  in  Norwegian  language  and  the  1989  demo  tracks  show  the  vocals  being  done  in  a  more  death  metal  orientated  style.  The  production  on  the  newer  version  sounds  professional  while  the  demo  tracks  sound  very  raw  and  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Gore,  Suicide  and  Satanism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortem  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slow  Death"  "Nightmare"  and  "Satanas".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/mortemnorway/
www.instagram.com/mortem_norway 


     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/mortemslow-deathpeaceville-records2022.html


Mortuary Drape/Wisdom Vibration Repent/Peaceville Records/2022 EP Review

mardi 18 janvier 2022 à 04:08

 


  Mortuary  Drape  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  has  a  history  that  goes  back  to  the  80's  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  ep  "Wisdom  Vibration  Repent"  which  will b e  released  in  February  by  Peaceville  Records.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals are mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  to  early  90's  era.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them    while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  along  with  some  touches  of  the  first  wave  era  also  being  added  into  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  tracks.


  Hhen  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  one  of  the  songs  being  a  cover  of  Mercyful  Fate's  "Nightmare  by  Thy  Name"  which  also  adds  in  some  clean  vocals  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Black  Magick  and  Necromancy  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortuary  Drape  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  A  Candle  Flame"  and  "Where  Everything  Falls".  8 out  of  10.


Web Site: www.mortuary13drape.com

Band Contact: info@mortuary13drape.com

Facebook: / mortuarydrape

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mortuarydrapeofficial/       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/01/mortuary-drapewisdom-vibration.html