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Sylvan Awe Interview

samedi 27 novembre 2021 à 19:47

 

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


I've been working on the next Sylvan Awe record, the music is mostly written and I like the identity it's taking. My other band Galaxy has just released it's debut album, 'On the Shore of Life', there's been alot of work into the lead up of the release and now, packing orders etc. Galaxy is in a different metallic sphere than S.A with a more traditional approach rooted in heavy metal.


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


On our debut 'Offering', I feel I was finding my feet in the genre. Don't get me wrong, I am still very proud of that release but I can hear it's not really a consistent listen throughout. Although there are highlights in my humble opinion, it waivers at times to me where as 'Transcend' has more direction and a general coherent feel about it. Transcend is more melodic I'd say, probably more aggressive too and definitely more focussed lyrically.


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


After 'Offering', I wrote the music for the Càirdeas Fala - Sons of the North album out on Werewolf Promotions out of Poland. I also wrote the music for the Galaxy EP Lost From the Start and formed a live band. The creation, writing and recording element of music is where my true passion lies rather than the stage so the previously mentioned full length Galaxy album and Transcend followed soon after. My wife and I also had a Daughter and have since moved to the coast. 


4.Both of the band members are also in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Sylvan Awe', that you are not able to do with your other groups?


I feel Cairdeas Fala is colder and more raw with a focus on creating an atmosphere, I tend to listen to that style of black metal more so rather than the cleaner, larger production qualities of Sylvan Awe, but I believe S.A demands that style production. So I'd say the more melodic and modern approach to black metal has my preference in S.A that I wouldn't attack with C.F, and Galaxy is different completely. I also have some other recording projects on the go with a grind/dbeat/melodic hardcore sound, working titles and some collaborations are in process. 


5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


Many topics are addressed, but mainly, confronting and crushing the mundane world. A wolf among sheep, calling to one's higher spirit to demand more of oneself and 'ride the tiger'. Ancestral roots, death, addiction and family to name a few.


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


Sylvan Awe is an attempt to put into words that feeling you get when you are taken away elsewhere, but firmly located deep within a forest.  


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


My wife painted the artwork with minimal direction from me other than a requested colour palette. We have a lot of her artwork hung up around the house and I find myself constantly drawn in by her art so I feel it may attract the same feelings for the listener. My dear friend, R. Allen worked with me on the layout and design, he was across the lyrical direction of the album and an Algiz rune could not have been more fitting and tied the piece together in a striking way I believe. 


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?


Other than maybe the odd guest musician, I don't feel the need to include any extra members. 


9.The new album was released on 'Northern Silence Records', how would you compare working with them to your previous label 'Natural World Records'?


I was probably more hands on and involved with NWR, they were an absolute pleasure to work with and the only label I wanted 'Offering' to be released on. I've been a fan of Northern Silence for years, their past and current roster has always been featured in regular listens so I was happy to have S.A have a new home with some more reach to a larger audience and distro. Torsten has been very professional, personable, easy and clear to communicate with and I'm looking forward to seeing the quality of his and his team's products (once I receive them). 


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


Generally in a positive light. I've had plenty of support and kind words around the release. The Mgla / Uada comparisons have come in strong however, but I believe if you dig a little deeper into the album you'll hear more than a so-called Polish influence and discover our own energy and soundscape. To be honest, the recent Khors album, 'Where the Word Acquires Eternity' relit my flame and truly inspired me to write again for Sylvan Awe. 


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


Our new material is taking its own course and occurring rapidly. I would say it's more melodic, dynamic and even verging on progressive at times. A little more technical structurally, but at the same time very coherent and riff focussed especially. 


12.What are you listening to nowadays?


As I'm writing this interview I have Krvna - Sempinfernus playing. Recently I've been turning back to some old Satyricon classics, Enslaved too. Rotting Christ - Triarchy of the Lost Lovers is always revisited. Early Odraza, early Agalloch, Vaiya, the new Der Weg einer Freiheit, Ihsahn - AngL, Horrendous - Idol, A Forest Of Stars - Beware of the Sword You Cannot See to name a few. Oh and every era of Voivod, always.


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


Thanks for taking the time to develop and ask questions man, cheers for doing your part in spreading the Sylvan Awe sounds. Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to listen to the album start to finish, I'm not a fan of the modern way music is consumed eg playlists and singles, so anyone who can put any of their time into our music I'm greatly appreciative of. Check out Sylvan Awe - Transcend out on Northern Silence Productions, if you like what you hear please share with your metal community. Hails!

Bandcamp - https://sylvanawebm.bandcamp.com/releases
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sylvanawe
Label - https://store.northern-silence.de/de/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/sylvan-awe-interview.html


Somalgia/Inverted World/Repose Records/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 27 novembre 2021 à 01:30

 


  Somalgia  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  which  started  out  playing  more  of  an  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  on  this  recording  plays  more  of  a  mixture  of progressive,  psychedelic  rock,  trip  hop  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Inverted  World"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Repose  Records.

 

 Synths  and  trip  hop  style  beats  start  off  the  album  witch  also  mixes  in with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  The  progressive  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  has  its  progressive  moments.  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard on  a  couple  of  songs  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  A  couple  of  the  songs  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  elements  of  folk  music  as  well  as  the  album  also  being  less  influenced  by  black  metal  than  their  previous  recording,  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.  A  later  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  the  closing  song  also  adds  in  some  female  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  mans  journey  which  takes  him  through  a  dystopian  reality  and  conspiracy  rabbit  holes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  from  Somalgia  and  if  you  are  fan  of  progressive,  psychedelic  rock,  trip  hop  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  Is  Dead"  "Consumer"  and  "Dear  Rulers".  7/5  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/somalgiainverted-worldrepose.html


Asarhaddon/Haginthorn/Geisterasche Organization/2021 EP Review

samedi 27 novembre 2021 à 00:25

 


  Asarhaddon  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Haginthorn"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Geisterasche  Organization.


 Acoustic  guitars  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  Both  of  the  tracks  are  also  connected  to  each  other  along  with  the  music  also  being  done  in  a  very  modern  style  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount of  melody.


  Asarhaddon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  aggressive  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  despair  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Asarhaddon  are  a  very  decent  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I".  7/8  out  of  10.


http://asarhaddon.eu

  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/asarhaddonhaginthorngeisterasche.html


Acid Sodomy Interview

vendredi 26 novembre 2021 à 23:46

 



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


Haure: We are a Finnish band that plays raw black metal that incorporates ideas from other genres of music, especially folk, rock and other types of metal music. Our music is satanic, with incorporated elements from occult practises and folk knowledge and wisdom.


2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's and demo?


Haure: I would say that some of the compositions are more complex than before and also the sound has taken some new directions as a whole. We have played together for some time now and I think our sound has matured with us as we have grown as a band.


TuomioN : To me one big difference is the recording process of the album.After some discussions with our sound engineer,we tried something different.Everything was still recorded live but we did not play in the same room together. The recording process was also divided into 4 days, so quite a change from our past releases,which we recorded mostly like a live performance. I think Haure overdubbed second guitar track for the first time and included even some melodic leads into the album.  


3.From 2015 to 2019 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


Haure: In the beginning the band consisted of only me on guitars/bass and singing and Tuomion noita on drums. After the early demo that was hastily put together in the aftermath of the breakup of our previous larger band, we really wanted to bring more people in and expand on the idea of an old school black metal project. We experimented with different songs and a bassist for some time and had quite long breaks from playing. Only after Rota joined Acid Sodomy, could we realize the songs that we had on the drawing board so to speak. Invokaatio ep soon followed.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


Haure: As the name implies, the coming of the end times is a major topic. Satanism, remembrance of the dead, soul feeding entities, the crowned kings of lies (churches), realising one's potential and spiritual anarchy are among the topics in the lyrics of the new album. I am the songwriter and main composer so I would say there has been a lot of development on both sides during the years. I have experimented with different approaches and styles. Of course the arrangements are done together as a group.


5.Some of your earlier lyrics also touched on the occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Haure: For myself the occult and studying its many aspects is a lifelong passion. I would like to think that an occult undertone can be heard in all our music, even if we don't shove it down your throats.


TuomioN: Nothing really to add here.


Rota: It is more like the way of life and it affects everything I do.


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


Haure: Originally the name came up when we were throwing ideas in the air with Tuomion noita. I see it meaning the way some religious fanatics throw acid in people's faces to shame and humiliate them and in a way sodomise their rights and of course their body.


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


Haure: It is merely the artist's vision that comes from the name of the album. The medium and style (charcoal) was mostly important for the process. 


8.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?


Haure: The band has been working under the idea that we do not play live shows. We have discussed the idea though and maybe at some point we will play live, but for now it's not happening soon. The place will have to be right and the stars in the correct position.


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


Haure: We have had some interest, but nothing that felt right for us. To sign with some label, it would have to be one we can stand with and respect all the way.


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


Haure: Ever since the Invokaatio-ep came out we have received attention all over the world. Feedback has been good and people seem to like our own unique sound.


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


Haure: We are working on a mini ep as we speak and soundwise it will stand on its own. It will be recorded with minimum equipment and pay homage to the old school sound of black metal. In the future I would like to see us experimenting with different soundscapes and maybe expanding our band in some way. 


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?


Haure: All kinds of music tend to leave a mark with me and I carry something to our sound from various different genres. I have been very busy lately, so haven't had a lot of time to listen to anything new... But to mention something, you should check out the finnish black metal band Havukruunu. 

 

TuomioN: Lately I have listened mostly ambient/whitenoise soundscapes. Shout out to soma.fm radio. 


Rota: Finnish bands like Enochian Crescent introduced black metal to me back in the 90’s. Now I have actually been listening mostly old video game music but I tend to go with almost anything that just suits my mood at the moment. Would have to say Tool has been the most profound influencer in my playing style especially in the ways of bass.


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


Haure: We will continue making music with passions for the craft. In the future you can expect more profound soundscapes and crazy ideas that will come to fruition.


TuomioN: Thank you for the interview.


Rota: Thank you. Let’s keep the chaos flowing.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/acid-sodomy-interview.html


Winterstorm/Vinterstormener/Signal Rex/2021 CD Review

vendredi 26 novembre 2021 à 06:10

 


  Winterstorm  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Chile  and  Ecuador  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Vinterstormener"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Signal  Rex.


  A  dungeon  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era.


  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  deep  yet  demonic  sounding  growls  an d the  album  also  closes  with  a  synth  orientated  outro.


  On  this  re cording  Winterstorm  goes  for  more  of  a  raw,  lo-fi  and  occult  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism.  Darkness  and  Winter  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Winterstorm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  The  Astral  Mist"  and  "A  Distant  Wind  Horizon".  8  out  of  10.


http://winterstorm3.bandcamp.com/album/vinterstormener

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/winterstormvinterstormenersignal.html