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Kirkebrann/Nar Alt Dor/Blackcrowned Records/2013 CD Review

lundi 17 août 2015 à 02:31

  Kirkebrann  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic,  blasphemous and  satanic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2013  album  "Nar  Alt  Dor"  which  was  release y  Blackcrowned  Records.

  Dark  and  atmospheric sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with some  spoken  word  parts  and  a  few  seconds  later  a  heavy guitar  sound  makes  its  way  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression.

  Throughout the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  remain  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Kirkebrann  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic and  also has  a  Swedish  feeling  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  Satanism  Occultism  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kirkebrann  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  "Incoming"  "Bombehagl"  "Necrocosmos"  and  "Tal  Satan".  8  out  of 10.



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Leibstandarte Luzifer Interview

dimanche 16 août 2015 à 22:29
Interview Leibstandarte Luzifer

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

Thrusba: We are beer serious occult raw Black Metal from Norway and Germany. I (vocals) am from Norway, my band mates Snalgtron (drums) and Lá Trommi (strings) are living in Northern Germany (Lubeck). So, we are all very Nordic, you know. We are raw as f*ck, our music is so raw, it still lives.

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Thrusba: Raw as f*ck, like good old 90's demos from Bands like Shoggoth or Morke. Raw, brutal and without any regrets.

Snalgtron: Sounds like sh*t, but it's still the best music I've ever heard.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Thrusba: We are dealing with occult topics, but this occults topics are wrapped in humorous lyrics, like in "Succubus cleaned my house at night" for example. We are also singing about drinking Waldi, our favourite drink. In English Waldi is called "Woodruff", this Woodruff mixed with Vodka is a refreshing and delicious drink, you should try it.

Snalgtron: I love Waldi! Waldi tastes like heaven!

4.For a raw black metal band you seem to have a very good sense of humor, do you feel this is missing in a lot of bands these days?

Thrusba: Most of the people in Black Metal seem to have simply NO humour, they think they are the "trvest" and "rawest" and "most evil" persons of all time. Leibstandarte Luzifer is dealing with that. We are mucking around with those people, or, as we call them, assholes (laughs). We want to show that Black Metal also can be fun - and, as I said, we want to mock the so called "trve scene".

Snalgtron: Yes, of course it's missing in a lot of bands. Most of them are acting like stuffy little babies.

5.So, you are hating Black Metal?

Thrusba: No. Simply no. I love Black Metal and I'm in Black Metal for around 10 years now, I really appreciate the music and I don't want to do anything else than Black Metal - I mean it! But I hate the "trve" people, the "know-it-all"-people, the "Oh, I'm sooo evil and trve, I conjured a Demon yesterday... Oh, I'm sooo depressive, killing myself right now... Oh, I'm playing my guitars like a god! (and it sounds like shit on purpose)"-people, you know what I mean, I think. All this assholes calling everybody but themselves "posers", but being the greatest posers, dumpshits and fools I've ever seen in my whole life. All this retarded children and mid-20's...
But, as I said, I love the music. Loving the music, hatin' the scene. 

Snalgtron: Well... I like the people in Black Metals scene, but I hate the music...

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

Thrusba: You know the band "Hellfucked"? Hellfucked is a really sick and genious band, they had an song called "Leibstandarte Luzifer", well, this song was our inspiration. And, of course, we are the army of Satan, the army of Luzifer (laughs). "Leibstandarte" means something like "army" in German, you know.

Snalgtron: I joined Leibstandarte Luzifer, because I was bored. For me there's no inspiration.

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

Thrusba: Strictly studio.

Snalgtron: I don't believe, that you wanna' see us in a live show.

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

Thrusba: Well, at the moment we are not looking for a label, we want to sell the first demo on our own, maybe we are publishing the next record via label.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Thrusba: No, they are not. No time for that, unfortunately.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Thrusba: The future will show, we've not made any thoughts about this...

Snalgtron: Maybe there will be more songs about Waldi! Let's see...

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?

Thrusba: My greatest influence are raw BM bands like Hellfucked, Pure, Shoggoth, Wurzelkraft, Pest, Old Pagan, Forest (RUS)... but also other BM bands like Satanic Warmaster, Sargeist, Inquisition and a lot of humours bands like Dark Kirchensteuer, Trollkotze or The Black Satans. These are also the bands I'm listening to nowadays.

Snalgtron: As I said... I don't like this kind of music. I'm only listening to Krishna Dub from Emu.

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

Thrusba: May Satan be our barkeeper! Against the scene, against these assholes and fools, for BLACK METAL!!!

Snalgtron: Drink Waldi!

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Ecorche Interview

dimanche 16 août 2015 à 22:23
Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
JGW: After releasing the album “Deep In the Ground” we put out a single for “My Dead Lover” and we also just recorded a video for “A Necrotic Mind,” (a track off the “Necrotic Minds” LP that was released earlier this year). Necrotic Minds, if anyone reading this hasn’t heard the album, is half extreme black metal and half ambient music. “A Necrotic Mind” is one of the dark ambient tracks that was inspired by actual letters written by patients in an asylum in Great Britain in the 19th century. The title of the song refers not only to the patients living there, but also to the ‘doctors’ treating them. In many cases, the symptoms of the treatments were far worse than the disease itself. The video can be seen here:

W: We spent the past 8 months recording a backlog of material that was written a year or two ago, mixed in with a few newer songs along the way.  Field Of The Impaled, which appears on DitG, is the final track of that lot.  Now, for the first time in a while, we need to write some new stuff before we can get back to the studio phase.

In July you had released an 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?
JGW: “Deep In the Ground” is a mix of new and old songs, so I think it is a taste of where we are going in the future and also it was a chance for us to finally put the “Kunstkammer” demo to rest. “The Grotesque (II and III)”, “LV-426”, and “I Am In Hell Help Me” are completely new songs, and I think they show where we’re going. The songs are longer and more experimental. The “Kunstkammer” songs are all shorter and more straightforward metal, but we had an opportunity to re-work them to make them more in line with what we’re doing now. For example, “My Dead Lover,” was updated to include not only new lyrics and guitar parts since the original demo version, but also a female voice reciting poems by Emily Dickinson.

W: The easiest way to tell our newer music from the older, even on the same album, is to look at the track length.  Anything old is in the 4-5 minute range.  The newer stuff has consistently ended up clocking in at 7-20 minutes.  We’re not going to rule out something that sounds good just because it’s short, but that’s definitely the direction we’ve been headed.  And a 10-minute track, if it’s interesting, can’t just be verse/chorus/verse/chorus indefinitely, so along with more time comes more complexity: different movements, more storytelling, and so on.

The band was formed in 2006 but you also had split up for awhile, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform the band?
JGW: We were a three man industrial metal band (including myself and Wolfman) that lasted for about a year sometime around 2006. We played some shows in Philadelphia, recorded one demo on CD, and started recording a second demo, but never finished it. Not sure what happened really. Things just sort of ended. In 2014, a friend of mine wanted to start playing music, and we needed a bassist so I called up Wolfman. The new band was a five man metal band and A LOT of people came and went for a while. By about a year ago, it finally ended up just being myself and Wolfman and we continued on at that point as the ‘new’ Écorché.

W: I think our priorities just went in different directions for a while.  There weren’t any creative differences or big arguments or anything exciting.

Since 2014 the band has released 3 full lengths and 2 ep's, do you put a great amount of time and effort in creating and writing new music?
JGW: We don’t play live shows this time around, so all we do is create music. I like it this way – no carrying tube amps and stacks to shows. Life is much easier!

W: As I mentioned earlier, we’ve spent the past few months recording all the stuff that we worked on with our rotating lineup of other band members.  Once they were out of the picture, we decided to go ahead with recording all the songs that the two of us already knew forwards and backwards, with an occasional new one mixed in.  If we’re going to keep up that recording pace, we’re going to have to buckle down and get seriously creative for the first time in a while.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
JGW: Some of the songs have been inspired by Honore Fragonard’s écorchés (Écorché and The Grotesque series of songs) and that will probably continue to be an inspiration now and again. So, historical figures and events have been an influence, along with sci fi and horror films, such as the Alien movies and Hellraiser.

W: All I can really account for beyond that is the samples I’ve added during production.  There’s a lot from the Hellraiser and Alien series in there, of course, in addition to religious revival preachers, folk music from various places, industrial and natural sounds, poetry, generic horror movie sound effects, and clips from films such as Solaris, The Prophecy and What Dreams May Come.

I know that the band’s name means "cut away" in French, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
JGW: That’s not 100% accurate, though somebody put it on our Encylopaedia Metallum page. We can’t change it: you need to earn brownie points on that page (which we don’t have) before they’ll let you edit that info. The name actually refers to a human cadaver or an animal with the skin removed for anatomical study. It was inspired by the works of Honore Fragonard, an 18th century French veterinarian who did bizarre sculptures using human cadavers and animals ranging from horses to monkeys. His works are still on display today in a tiny museum in France.  How does fit in with our musical style? Not sure. Just thought it was really creepy and it’s a cool sounding word.

W: It had more to do with the music we were putting out back in 2006, which is a little different from anything we’ve done lately.  But we already had the name, we still had a bunch of art to go along with it, and we got the blessing of the only person who was in the band back then who isn’t still playing with us anymore.

Currently there are only 2 member in the band but you have worked with other musicians before, are you open to expanding the lineup again in the future?
JGW: Not sure. We have been a 2 man band for the past year, and in that time, as noted, we’ve put out a WHOLE LOT of albums since then. If we ever decide to play live, having a human drummer would be nice. I think bands without drummers look funny.

W: We were looking for a vocalist for a while too – someone to really front the band – but since we haven’t been trying to book shows, that hasn’t been a priority.  Perhaps we’ll do a little better in that search now that we have a bandcamp page with six albums on it: we only had some rough demos when we were trying to recruit people before.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
JGW: We haven’t played a show since 2006, so, not much to add on that one.

W: Two of the three venues where we played in 2006 no longer exist.  Perhaps we ruined them.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
JGW: Again, not much to say.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music?
JGW: It’s been fascinating.  We have few or no fans in the United States it seems. A majority of our ‘likes’ seem to be from Central America, South America, and from Mediterranean countries in Europe. Americans (or at least people living in the USA) don’t seem to have any interest in whatever weird variation of black metal it is that we’re playing.

W: I think English-speakers are turned away by our unapologetic use of letters with accents on them.

Where do you see your music heading into during the future?
JGW: I just want to keep experimenting. I want to get weirder synth / world music instrument sounds going on and I also starting doing some more guitar solos (as I began experimenting with this past album). Maybe try to get better at the guitar, as I haven’t actually taken a lesson since I was in middle school. And now that we finally have all the ‘old’ material out of the way, I think I’d like to do a concept album. Not sure what that concept is, but we’ve discussed maybe basing it on a sci-fi movie, or a series of sci-fi movies.

W: If Austrian Death Machine hadn’t already cornered the market on Schwarzenegger-movie-metal, I’d be pushing for a Total Recall concept album.  I’m sure we can think of something else, though – or come to an agreement with ADM.

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?
JGW: Still listen to a lot of old Industrial stuff that I’ve always liked, and I’ve recently gotten back into Black Metal, which I hadn’t really listened to since the 90’s. Some bands that I’ve been listening to lately are early Satyricon, Alrakis, Arcturus, The Beast of the Apocalypse, Behemoth, early Cradle of Filth, De Silence Et D’Ombre, Elderwind, Gorgoroth, The Horn, Immortal, Mayhem, Paradise Lost, The Ruins of Beverast, Sar Nath, Ministry, Pig, Skinny Puppy, and Nine Inch Nails. I could go on, but that’s probably enough.

W: I come at it from a somewhat different angle: I hear a lot of Monarch, Thisquietarmy, Nadja, Black Boned Angel, Monument Of Urns, and My Dying Bride figuring into my contributions.

What are some of your non musical interests?
JGW: Music takes up a lot of my time. I’d say it’s my main interest. I try to read but don’t have much time for it. Really only have time to read on the short train ride to and from work these days. And I’m enjoying making videos for the band. I’m really new to it (downloaded the free movie making software less than a year ago), so the first ones I did were pretty terrible – just stills with the music playing, but I’ve done a few ‘real’ videos now and feel like they’re starting to get almost passible.

W: JGW’s video production skills have come a long way in the past year, so I’m looking forward to seeing where he is a year from now in that regard.  My own outside interests: roller derby, travel and beer.  Often all three in conjunction with one another.

 Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
JGW: Thanks for interviewing us. Download our stuff for free on Bandcamp and you can buy CDs from Merdumgiriz (and also soon from our Bandcamp site). Follow us on Facebook. We’re always making new material. Hopefully we’ll have something new out this winter and we’re discussing doing a split album with fellow Merdumgiriz artist Sar Nath. That will probably be in the Spring of 2016.
W: When a band is coming halfway around the world to play a show in your country but they skip over your town, maybe you should shut up and drive a few hours to see them instead of badmouthing them on the internet.

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Volk Interview

dimanche 16 août 2015 à 22:16
.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are busy getting the album out there. Trying to find more support from online radio, and zines. And of course we are playing shows to exhibit these new songs.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, 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?

It's far more dynamic than my past recordings. Previous Volk recording projects were done by me alone. I have the privilege of working with some of the most talented musicians currently. What they bring to my song writing as far as performance is something I could never achieve alone.

These guys are very professional. Know their instruments inside and out. So its more dynamic. There are great guitar solos, just a better sound all around.

3.This is the first release to be released in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Just a lot of obstacles really, member problems, replacing those problematic members. Also, my live band had matters to attend to with their own musical projects. I was waiting for them to complete their other obligations so the focus on VOLK would be absolute.
Which is the case presently. We are very active touring, writing, and have plans for a full length to be recorded in the new year.

4.You label your music as 'Volktalitarian Black Metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Yes. Gladly.
Our concepts deal with an Orwellian/totalitarian society that has been designed to systematically crush the individual. His thoughts, his dreams are all destroyed. The antagonist of the story is VOLK. That's all that is known. That this organization named VOLK has complete power, has seemingly had it forever, and will continue to do so.

The full length will deal mainly with this story as its going to be a concept album.

So, Volktalitarianism just reflects the story that we play music to. But its also a title that I hope will draw people in that need to find strength. That want more control over their life. People are so hard on themselves these days. And there is not much comfort to be found in humanity or your fellow citizen.

We would like to hope that people will hear the e.p. and feel it strengthen them, that they can do anything. Accomplish anything.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the Heathenism and Philosophy the band explores with the lyrics?

With this album its very little. It's more to do with war, and death. It's symbolic to our fight to get this recording out, the ridiculous battle that it was. Also back to the VOLK concept, the violent uprising of the new party that will enslave humanity as a whole. The first skirmishes in the streets. The full length will be VOLK establishing its apparatus of Volktalitarianism. The e.p. is the fight to gain this power.

The members of this band however take comfort in pre Christian matters of the spirit. There is Slavic/Germanic practices and observance of these old ways. But for us its personal. You won't find me speaking often about it.

6.I know that the bands name means 'Voice  Of  Lamenting Kin', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Volk is the German word for 'people'... Or 'folk'. In the beginning stages of the band we were calling ourselves Wotansvolk. ' Odin's people ' but as I mentioned before our spirituality is a private matter with us, and we saw this huge influx of 'Pagan metal'. We wanted to be different.

Now it's only VOLK. It's meaning is, to us, the elite members of the ruling party in our conceptual story I highlighted earlier.

The voice of lamenting kin is something that a fan came up with. Some internet forums sadly take the control away from the band. People can say whatever they want about the band and post it. It's an aggravating ordeal that I'm currently dealing with now.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Guelph Ontario was amazing. The crowd was receptive and understood what we were trying to do.

Stage performance is at least for me the highlight of being in this band. I get to let go onstage. I don't just headbang and pump my fist. I let myself go completely. My body does what it wants to do and when I sing I'm giving it 100%. Its not your typical metal performance at all. We bring something different to the stage.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are going to take October off to enjoy the fall, and Halloween. Then come back with a massive amount of shows.

9.On the recording you did a cover of  'Veles Scrolls' song, what was the decision behind during your own version of this song?

It's a Nokturnal Mortum song called 'Veles Scrolls' there's something in the works with this song. But I can't comment at this time.

10.The ep was released on Oldenblood Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Great Canadian label. They only handle our Distro at the moment. But they are very supportive.

11.On a worldwide level how have black and pagan metal fans reacted to the new material?

It's been positive. There's always critics. But we've had good feedback so far.

12.Are there any plans for a full length and also where would you like to see the band head into musically during the future?

In the new year we will be in the studio. I want the sound to be darker. Some more industrial sounds as a background to the metal. Like how pink Floyd needed a darker sound dealing with these types of ideas during the Wall.

It'll be a concept, so it will have a cinematic quality.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had a huge influence on the band?

All sorts of metal of course. Anything from Burzum, to king diamond.

For me personally, I listen to a lot of classical music at home. Soundtracks. As for bands I'm really into Laibach, and Joy Division. More arty types of acts.

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

Thanks for the opportunity to get the word of the Volk out there!
One Volk.
One Land.
One King.
One Dream!

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Death Motif/The Water/2015 EP Review

mercredi 12 août 2015 à 08:31

  Death  Motif  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  black'n'roll  with  a  touch  of  progressive  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "The  Water"  which  will  be  rleeased in  September.

  A  very  heavy,  raw  and  progressive  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  a  few  seconds  later  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some elements  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  quite  a  but  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  rock'n'roll  while  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  more  of  a  modern  Norwegian  influenced black  metal  sound  and  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Death  Motif  plays  a  music  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  but  also  mixes  in  elements  of  progressive,  doom  metal  and  rock  to  create  a  style  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Death  Motif  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "His  And  Hers".  8  out  of  10.   


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