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Blazemth Interview

mardi 22 février 2022 à 05:06

 

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


Yes of course: in the recording the group was formed by Volkhaar (guitar/vocals), Shunh (guitar), Kerberos (bass) and Croma Lan Ro (drums). Two weeks after the recording, the bassist and the drummer decided to leave the band due to lack of motivation (the thing I will never understand). Then I found myself in the same situation again, struggling to find the musicians. Thanks to a friend of mine, he put me in contact with Frank, ex-bassist of Ktulu, and since Frank knew the great Riky Mena, former drummer of Avulsed and Wormed, we met a few times and played the new stuff. They both liked the project and decided to stay in the band.


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


Well, in maturity a lot, although 4 songs that are part of the new album are songs that I already made in 1997 but were never released. That means that we were maybe musically mature enough but the band wasn't ready for the new album.There is much more melody on this album.


3.When I listened to the new album it seemed to be a lot different from the material you have released in the 90's, do you feel it is necessary to move with the times and get more diverse and talented with each recording?


Yes, obviously, but improving musically (at least in my opinion) does not mean losing that beautiful essence of the 90's, and we will always strive to stay in the atmosphere of that time.


4.The band was broken up for 20 years, what was the cause of the split and decision to reform?


Honestly, I don't remember why it was, although there were certain differences in the band, but that's left behind. The cause of the band's return was due to the 20th anniversary reissue proposed by Abstract Emotions, since we were the first Black Metal band to be released on CD in Spain.


5.A lot of the lyrics on the new album cover Luciferian and Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


For me it is the search for the truth, where the perception does not reach, come the dark arts with dragons in the sky, witches and eternal chaos. Space and time are for me like a prison that do npt let you be creative.


6.A lot of your lyrics in the 90's were more battle and war orientated, can you tell us a little bit more about what these topics once meant to you and also do you still have interest in those themes.


Yes, of course, before almost all the lyrics were written by Lord Erlick, but now it is me who writes them. I like more the search for truth through the Chaos, Lucifer - the light bringer and the dark arts that make us strong.


7.The band was originally called 'Daemonum', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blazemth'?


I had a lot of problems right from the start with Decomposed, my first band, because the name was already taken. Then the same happened when we changed to Rotten Flesh even when we changed to Undivine and then when I formed Daemonium - the same, the name already existed. So I made up a name Blazemth: BLAZE as a bonfire and the MTH symbols are the ones that the Sumerians were putting on the graves. Sure, no one had that name and today if you put Blazemth in google search you find only us hehehehe


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


In the times that we live by the norms of a powerful church that hides the truth from us, Lucifer feels the need to come out. On the album cover is shown the breaking of Lucifer's chains where he comes back from the underworld to show us all the truth which was hidden for millennia. The art is inspired by the work of Gustave Doré and was made by  the Serbian illustrator Dejan Mandić.


9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


The best was in Benidorm with Grimuack (greetings to Vincent Beherit) because there was a great empathy with the public, it was really impressive, the band really connected with the people, they didn't want us to finish the concert, they wanted us to play on and on and on .... Good memories :)


10.The band has a history going back to the 90's and was one of the first Spanish black metal bands, do you feel you have been a huge influence on the later black metal bands that later came out of your home country?


Well, I don't know really because I disconnected from the music in 1997 and I was practically out of everything until 2017. I have heard that some bands were inspired by Blazemth, yes, but I don't really feel like we were some kind of influencers.


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


Well it is true that many people write to me from all over the planet saying they like Blazemth but in Brazil and Colombia I heard that we are an iconic band from the 90's.


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


Musically we will try to keep the same recognizable sound of Blaizemth and melodic Black Metal. I hope that one day they will talk about us in a good way musically and as a band that makes good concerts.


13.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?


My musical influences are: Immortal, Dissection, Burzum, Emperor, Celtic Frost etc. Nowadays I listen Kriegsmaschine.


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


Very nice interview :) Thank you so much for dedicating your time


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBTey05dN0Q&feature=youtu.be

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/blazemth-interview.html


Idol Of Fear Interview

mardi 22 février 2022 à 04:50

 

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

1. Since recording the album we have started rehearsing our live performance and reimagining our physical manifestation on stage. 


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

Musically it is undoubtedly darker, more sombre but also more catchy and concise in most respects. We took core elements from previous releases and removed any excess noise or clutter. We wanted to create something that is hard to forget.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

3.  The album is ultimately centred around death but explores themes of mass hysteria, loss, bitterness and venturing into the unknown, among other topics.

We feel we have grown markedly as songwriters since our first releases, as we have always tried to best our previous work with something more challenging. This album was no exception - we were able to utilize the foundations set by the first two albums to build something even more grand in stature. There was extra attention paid in creating something memorable throughout the album’s creation. 


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Idol Of Fear'?

4. Fear has always been one of the most powerfully potent forces in this world. The name was taken from the 1957 movie "The Seventh Seal". 


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

5. To us the artwork represents a multitude of things, but one interpretation we can offer is a schism of the psyche, lending a doorway for certain parts of oneself that could be deemed as trespassers. 


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

6. We are very bare and visceral live compared to our recordings. 


7.The new album is going to be released on 'Sonnolence Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

7. The label is a work in progress. It will mainly contain projects that are centered around members of Idol of Fear


8.Are there any plans for live shows again in the future?


8. Definitely if it's the right kind of show. 


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

9. Generally our reception has been good as far as we know, but there are always elitists who may reject any sort of deviance from tradition. It does not bother us in the slightest. 


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

10. We are keeping the possibilities for the next release open at this point. There are many ideas ranging from very grandiose cinematic death marches to very aggressive and fast rock and roll songs. 


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles these days that some of the band members are currently listening to?


11. There are various bands and styles we are all into. Some universally loved bands between us would be The Devil's Blood, In Solitude, Shining, Leviathan, 


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


12. Thank you for the interview

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/idol-of-fear-interview.html


Varathron/The Lament Of Gods/Vic Records/2022 EP Re-Issue Review

mardi 22 février 2022 à 04:39

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  earlier  release  from  Greece's  Varathron  which  was  also  in  the  Hellenic  style  of  occult  black  metal  and  the  ep  was  originally  release d in  1999  and  called  "The  Lament  Of  Gods"  which  will b e  re-issued  in  March,  2022  by  Vic  Records  and  also  consists  of  their  1997  demo  "Sarmutius  Pegorus".


  A  very  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Keyboards  and  ethnic  style  scales  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also get  deep  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  playing  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  are  also  utilized.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  epic  sounding  along  with  one  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Mercyful  Fate's  "Nuns  have  no  Fun"  which  also  adds  in  some  Gregorian  chants  that  was  not  on  the  original  version  as  well  as  the  ep  sticking  to  mostly  a  mid  tempo  direction.  


The  songs  on  the  demo  bonus  tracks  also  being  in  more  of  a  rawer  and  faster  style  then  the  ep  but  still  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  stringed  instruments  and  acoustic  gutiars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  tracks  also  show  an  influence  of  classical  music  as  well  as  the  closing  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Evil,  Darkness  and  Historical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Varathron  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Greek  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire  Spell  -Forbidden  lust"  "Beyond  The  Grave"  and  "The  Vision  Of  The  Nameless  Soul".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/GUL5Y5VIM2M              

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/varathronthe-lament-of-godsvic.html


Varathron/Walpurgisnacht/Vic Records/2022 CD Re-Issue Review

mardi 22 février 2022 à 03:48

 


  This  is  a  review  of  an  earlier  recording  from  Greece's  Varathron  which  was  also  in  the  Hellenic style  of  occult  black  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  1995  and  called  "Walpurgisnacht"  and  will  be  re-issued  with  bonus  tracks  in  April  2022  by  Vic Records.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  keyboards  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  brief  keyboard  and  acoustic  guitar  interludes  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  bonus  tracks  also  being  recorded  live.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Egyptian   Mythology  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Varathron  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  and  Greek  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cassiopeia's  Ode"  "Birthrise  Of  The  Graven  Image"  and  "Under  The  Sight  Of  Horus".  8  out  of  10.


  https://youtu.be/kxStMwnwdYI


       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/varathronwalpurgisnachtvic-records2022.html


Saqraruna/Under The Light Of Mountains/Super Sargasso/2022 CD Review

lundi 21 février 2022 à 03:28

 


  Saqraruna  are  a  band  from  Peru  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Under  The  Light  of  Mountains"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Super  Sargasso.


  Choirs  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot   of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  synths  and  Pre;  Hispanic  instruments  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Historical  Topics  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Saqraruna  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "An  Impaled  God  Shall  Not  Reign"  "Clench  The  Raiders  Hearts"  and  "Semper  Mendax".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/saqrarunaunder-light-of-mountainssuper.html