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ForestMuse Interview

samedi 22 février 2014 à 07:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Kage: ForestMuse is a black metal band from Santa Cruz, California, started by Taserof and myself in 2012. At the time of formation we had been playing music together already for about 6 years on and off, and now ForestMuse is around 2 years old. We play black metal inspired by bands such as Bathory, Emperor, Immortal, Moonsorrow, as well as history, particularly of Europe/Scandinavia and the Americas.
Our first release, “The Land of Tall Trees,” was self-recorded and self-produced and released through Bandcamp. Our new album, “Moonlit Shadows,” is complete and awaiting artwork before becoming available. It was recorded at Parade Outrageous Studios by Max Zigman.

2.A few year you released your first demo, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?

Kage: Our style falls into the classic black metal tradition, but we also use ambient and folk elements in our music. Our first album had several keyboard pieces, and our latest album features a Finnish instrument called the Kantele.

Taserof: As well as the Lithuanian Kankles.

3.Your lyrics cover Nature, Atavism and Ancestors, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Taserof: My interest is in all things that made us humans the way we are. It is more than something so narrow as a “topic” they are the very reasons we are alive today. Anyone who does not appreciate nature, their ancestors, or the past is completely lost in the artificial world it’s became.
The lyrics of ForestMuse are imaginary. I personally am a very visual person, I see a story or landscape unfold from music. So when I write lyrics I try to make them match what I see from the music. ForestMuse lyrics are generally literal and take the listener to a place and describe the setting. It’s sometimes hard for me to write lyrics that don’t delve into my hate for greed and the many things that still continue to utterly destroy our already shattered cultures and dwindling nature. I let the music be the hate while the lyrics focus on the epicness of what was (and can still be).

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ForestMuse?

Taserof: The name is self-explanatory. I have been asked if the word muse has anything to do with the old Greek religion and no it does not. However, I think anything that reminds people of the past and of a forgotten religion fits ForestMuse.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain a duo?

Kage: We added our bass player, Senun, last year. He is an accomplished musician who also plays in Fiends at Feast. Senun definitely adds a missing element to the band, as is evident both live and on our second album, and we are lucky to have him.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Kage: We have played half a dozen live shows so far, mostly in Santa Cruz, but we have begun to play neighboring cities. In June we will perform at Festum Carnis, a forest metal festival in Soda Springs, CA.

Taserof: We are looking to play as many live shows as possible. We will hopefully organize and play a show somewhere in the forest in Santa Cruz sometime in the spring.

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

Kage: We are not currently seeking a label; however, if there is enough interest in our second album, we will consider finding a distributor.

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

Kage: We have gotten positive feedback on our first album by fans worldwide, from France to Italy to Chile, Russia, and so on. It has been very humbling to have good response to a record that was recorded and produced entirely for free, and we are looking forward to hearing what people have to think of the second album. It is all-around a much stronger record and we expect more people to hear it and enjoy it!

9.When can we expect new material and also what musical direction do you see the band heading into during the future?

Kage: As said before, the new album, “Moonlit Shadows,” is recorded and awaiting artwork before its release. Here is a video for one of the songs from the album:
Taserof is currently writing new material and we will hopefully record again this year.

Taserof: Yes, new material is constantly developing. Future releases will have more Kantele and Kankles.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Kage: As I mentioned earlier, the bands that have influenced us the most stylistically are classic black metal bands such as Bathory, Emperor, Enslaved, and Immortal. In addition to black metal, I listen to a lot of death metal like At the Gates, Morbid Angel, and Death, although I don’t know how much that style influences ForestMuse’s music.

Taserof: As Kage already mentioned most of the second wave Norwegian black metal bands from the early 90’s as well as various underground Slavic black metal bands from the mid 90’s. The keyboard songs on “The Land Of Tall Trees” were inspired by Burzum’s “Hliðskjálf” and “Daudi Baldrs”, Mortiis’s “Keiser Av En Dimension Ukjent” and “Ånden Som Gjorde Opprør”, and various ambient artists especially Klaus Schulze. There are too many bands to name but Slayer must be mentioned. Non- metal (but still metal) Martti Pokela and various other kantele and zither music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Kage: All of the band members love spending time in nature, whether it be hiking, camping, mountain biking, etc. I am a graduate student, so when I am not playing or listening to music I am almost always reading or writing. Senun is also a student finishing up his degree in music.

Taserof: Nature admiring. All the education I need comes from the forest and deep recollecting.

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

Kage: Thank you for the kind words and for helping us put our music out there. We are excited to continue performing and writing original black metal, and we hope that people give us a listen and enjoy it!

Taserof: Never forget who you are. Feel your blood. Smell the Night-Air!


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Signalfeide/Fornjot/Floodgate Moods Productions/2014 EP Review

samedi 22 février 2014 à 06:04

  Signalfeide  are  a  band  with  members  both  from  the  United  States  and  Norway  that  plays   black  metal  mixed  with  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Fornjot"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  dark  ambient  drones  and  harsh  noises  and  after  the  first  song  the  music  gets  more  distorted  and  goes  into  a  more  mid  paced  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  spoken  word  samples  which  also  lead  up  to  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  psychedelic  elements  in  the  background.

  On  the  following  track  they  start  bringing  in  acoustic  guitars  while  also  having  distorted  parts  before  returning  to  a  more  black  metal  direction  on  the  following  song  and  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  deep  grim  vocals  which  are  mostly  done  in  a  whisper  or  spoken  mode  as  well  as  having  soft  and  heavy  parts  being  mixed  together  and  the  last  song  is  all  ambient.

  With  this  ep  Signalfeide  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  originality  and  while  you  can  tell  that  black  metal  is  one  of  their  main  influences  you  can  also hear  traces  of  dark  ambient  and  other  genres  throughout  this  recording  and  this  is  a  hard  to  classify  band.

  Song  themes  cover  darkness  and  nature,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  sound.

  In  my  opinion  Signalfeide  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Miles  From  Home"  and  "Black  Sun  Insignia".  7/8  out  of  10.


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Morgirion/None Left to Worship/NoVisibleScars/2014 Live Cassette Review

samedi 22 février 2014 à 05:23

  Morgirion  are  a  band  from  Connecticut  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  a  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  live  2014  cassette  "None  Left  To  Worship"  which  was  released  the  NoVisibleScars.

  The  cassette  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  raw  and  heavy  old  school  black  metal  sound  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  grim  sounding  screams  and  after  awhile  they  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  bass  guitars  getting  a  lot  more  powerful  in  sound.

  When  the  ep  goes  into  other  song s the  band  sticks  to  an  old  school  black  metal  direction bringing  in  influences  from  both  Norwegian  and  Swedish  bands  as  well  as  beinging  death  metal  growls  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  With  this  live  recording  Morgirion  really  show  an  aggressive  sound  with  their  old  school  black  metal  approach  as  well  as  showing  how  powerful  fast  and  brutal  black  metal  can  sound  live  and  this  is  the  type  of  sound  I  would  want  to  hear  when  I  am  at  a  black  metal  show.

  Song  lyrics  cover  misanthropic  and  nihilism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  being  recorded  live.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding recording  from  Morgirion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  raw  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  live  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "None  Left  To  Worship"  and  "Infiltration  Of  Divine  Entity".  8  out  of  10.  


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Thyruz/Svik/2014 CD Review

vendredi 21 février 2014 à 06:04
  Thyruz  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  form  of  Norwegian  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Svik".

  The  album  starts  out  with  dark  and  distorted  viking  sounds  along  with  spoken  word  parts  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  heavier  Norwegian  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  vocals  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  which  also  leads  to  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melody  in  the  recording  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  moves  on  the  band  sticks  to  a  more  fast  Norwegian  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  mixing  influences  from the  90's  to  the  modern  day  while  having  a  more  raw  approach  than  the  previously  mentioned  as  well  as  keeping  around  the  more  slow  and  melodic  sections  and  at  time s they  also  bring  in  brief  uses  of  spoken  word  parts.

  While  there  is  not  much  in  the  way  of  originality  on  this  recording,  Thyruz  still  have  all  of  the  best  elements  of  Norwegian  black  metal  in  their  music  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  well  executed.

  Lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  darkness  and  holocaust  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  for  beign  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album.

  In  my  opinion  Thyruz  are  a  very  decent  sounding  Norwegian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Final  Holocaust"  and  "Darkness  Illuminates  All".  7/9  out  of  10.  


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Thy Flesh/Thymiama Mannan/Odium Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 20 février 2014 à 04:40

  Thy  Flesh  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Thymiama  Mannan"  which  was  released  by  Odium  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  dark  sound  along  with  some  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  which  also  lead  to  the  music  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  vocals  as  well  as  mixing  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  together  and  at  times  they  also  bring  in  ritualistic  chanting.

  When  the  band  go  into  the  second  song  the  music  gets  more  fast,  aggressive  and  old  school  sounding  along  with melodies  that  have  a  Swedish  black  metal  feeling  to  them  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  the  band  also  brings  in  some  brutality  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  they  go  into  more  slow  and  melodic  parts  the  music  starts  having  a  more  dark  sounding  atmosphere  to  it  and  I  can  hear  traces  of  early  Dissection,  Ondskapt  and  Ofermod  throughout  the  recording  while  the  band  is  no  no  means  a  copy  of  them.

  When  the  album  gets  closer  to  the  find  they  bring  in  some  movie  samples  and  then  go  into  a  song  that  has  the  mid  90's  black  metal  sound  done  perfectly  as  well  as  adding  in  some  deep  and  demonic  vocals  and  the  last  song  is  a  ritualistic  ambient  piece  with  whispered  spoken  word  parts.

  Thy  Flesh  bring  out  a  lot  with  their  music  with  the  way  they  mix  some  of  the  fastest  and  most  aggressive  elements  of  black  metal  with  some  of  the  more  slow  and  melodic  sides  of  the  genre  and  they  create  an  album  that  has  an  old  school  edge  while  also  bringing  in  a  little  bit  more  of  a  modern  touch.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Esoteric,  Magick  and  Occultism themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful, heavy  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.  

  In  my  opinion  Thy  Flesh  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thymiama Mannan"  "Rape  Magick"  and  "Flagellum  Made  Catharsis".  8  out  of  10.        

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