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Kuu Interview

mardi 16 février 2016 à 20:41
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Kuu is a Black Metal project that originally started out in 2009 as Flesh. I had a vision to create some of the most evil, blasphemous and aggressive Black Metal there is. It wasn’t until 2014 I settled on the name Kuu and began recording the full length; Deus Est Mortuus.

2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Raw, evil and full of blasphemy, anger and hatred. Not a single melody to be had here, it is all straight forward brutality. The ambient tracks present on the album convey a minimal yet occult, ritualistic atmosphere. So much more in the style of the Finnish scene as opposed to Norwegian or Swedish bands. There is a lot more Death/Doom influences as well.

3.the lyrics cover some Satanic and Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more abotu your interest in these topics?

I used to be more of a theistic Satanist that literally believed and worshiped the devil in a physical and mental sense, relying on ‘him’ for guidance. I am still very much so a Satanist, but I do not take it as seriously any longer. I am open minded to the idea that Satan exists and rules over all of mankind. But for the most part, I do not follow any sort of deities. I am my own God who makes his own rules. I truly hope that when we die, it is pure blackness and no thought, no longer aware of our surroundings with no concept of the meaning of time. Life is already what you would call dissatisfying, I would hate to think there is another dissatisfying life after this. Unless that ‘life’ consists of demonic winged sluts that serve your every need for all the evil deeds you committed on earth, haha.

4.Originally the musical project was known as 'Flesh', what was the decision behind the name change?

Flesh was a spur of the moment type name decision I made when I recorded the initial (and now long lost) 4 track demo back in 2009. Two of the songs remain and were included on the Kuu - Deus Est Mortuus release, The Void Speaks My Name and Summum Malum (the last two tracks). The other two remaining tracks have since gone missing. There is also another two track demo under Flesh that was limited to just 10 from scratch hard copies handed out to a select few people back in 2012 or so. I am still in possession of these two tracks, but do not intend to ever release them ever. It wasn’t until 2014 I decided to rename the project to Kuu after much thought. I wanted to keep the name as simple and straight forward as possible, still. I am also half Finnish and speak the language quite well, and also since Finnish Black Metal is so influential to me, I wanted to pay homage to Finland by having my band name in Finnish.

5.I know that the projects name means 'Moon Goddess' in Finnish, do you also have an interest in Finnish Paganism or Mythology?

I am interested in the sense that I read about it with fascination, but I do not believe or practice it. I am strictly a Satanist. I think in many ways Satanism and Paganism go hand in hand. The true Satanic way is to not seek any advise or help from any imaginary gods/goddesses for guidance, but to use your own mind and judgment. I have in the past encountered many events and occurrences which may be perceived as seeing and experiencing demons, though. So I am very open minded at the idea of there existing other realms in this universe that we can’t explain. But for the most part, I see myself as my own God who chooses his own path in life without the guidance of anything really spiritual. We are all our own Gods that shape and control our own destiny.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I am and have been open to the idea of collaborating with other musicians. I am very strict though in the sense that I prefer to only collaborate with musicians who are worthy enough and see eye to eye with my ideas. I have often jumped at the idea of hiring/finding session musicians to help put up a few live shows, but usually in the end other people try to change or dictate my visions for themselves or they just outright flake or chicken out. My requirement for a live performance would be every musician has to be theatrical in some way, which means; no shorts, sandals, and nerd glasses unless its just a rehearsal. The LA scene has enough bands that dress as if they just got off their office day job. If I put on a live show, everyone must look the part, but alot of people do not agree with this mindset and think by just playing the music well its rewarding to the audience. Yeah, corpsepaint has become a bit cliche since 1996, but it is still much better than seeing a bunch of guys in flannel shirts and neckbeards on stage. I also want blood, impaled heads, inverted crosses, burned Quran’s and Bibles everywhere, maybe even a Swastika to piss people off. I want to be controversial on stage, but most people are sadly too politically correct to go along with it. It is extremely hard to find people who see eye to eye with the traditional Black Metal mindset in this very liberal Los Angeles SJW/humanist cesspool. I have often thought of performing live on stage just by myself, with backtracking.

7.Recently Merdumgiriz re-issued your 2014 album, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

I am very happy with the releases. To have all of the material released on physical CD and tape is really great. Up until just recently, the material was self released only digitally. It wasn’t gaining nearly enough exposure as I had hoped for seeing as most underground metal fans prefer owning and collecting a hard physical copy, whether its in tape or CD as opposed to just MP3‘s. Then I found out that the MP3‘s were being sold on Spotify for just pennies, that didn’t bother much though. I am confident that I will have great success being on this underground label and I am very satisfied with the overall outcome.

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

Most of the Black Metal elite appreciates it and enjoy it a lot. Upon announcing the release to personal friends, I have already gotten several people interested and praising it. Some of the songs on the album were recorded as far back as 2009 though, so it doesn’t represent my current musicianship or production skills. I know I can do alot better and will do alot better in the next release, but overall Deus Est Mortuus gets tons of praise.

9.When can we expect another album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I am currently working on the next album as I speak. With each new release, you can expect even more changes with the direction of the sound continually becoming more experimental and darker. I may abandon the down tuned straight forward Death Metal style as heard on Deus Est Mortuus, playing more eerie, dissonant guitar riffs in a higher key and faster tempo in weirder scales. I already recorded a track that sounds very reminiscent of say; Endless Dismal Moan. However, my style and direction is always subject to change depending on my current mood. I am still very much interested in producing a sort of Death/Doom style of Black Metal, but with a lot of changes and new experiments. In all honesty, I have always preferred more slower and heavier/brutal metal bands. We will just have to wait and see what the next Kuu album has in store for it’s listeners.

10.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’ve always favored the Finnish style of Black Metal and would say that style is my primary influence. Stuff like Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, Archgoat, etc. I prefer bands that use minimal emphasis on keyboards (nothing too heavily symphonic), but I want them to be present either way and convey atmosphere. One of my favorite projects of all time is the Swedish Abruptum, no band has ever come close to conveying such an occult and Satanic atmosphere. These days, I grow more and more open minded to other genres, but in the end, I always end up coming back to Black/Death/Thrash Metal. There are so many new and old bands to discover in the underground to keep it all fresh.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Apart from music I am really heavily into anything on computers. Programming in C#, 3D modeling, game development. I also enjoy reading and writing, I much prefer to read something than to watch the mindless crap you see on American TV. I’m always willing to gain more knowledge and learn new things.

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

The release of Deus Est Mortuus is a huge middle finger to all the recent trends of these “post-Black Metal shoe-gazing” hipster garbage bands coming out recently. I hope I can inspire other talented young musicians to keep the spirit of true and elite Black/Death alive and well, and this whole hipster trend plaguing the Black Metal scene can just end and die off already once and for all. All the peace loving, tree hugging, SJW, politically correct vegan hipsters in metal should fuck off and leave the genre to the real men. Have to give a shoutout to Mark Danson from the Hipster Black Metal Youtube comedy channel for compiling my music and introducing it to Merdumgiriz. Thanks to all my loyal fans and supporters. Lastly, always live by the Flesh, and hail Satan!

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Sig:Ar:Tyr/Northern/Hammerheart Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 16 février 2016 à 05:36
 Sig:Ar:Tyr  are  a  band  from Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk,  pagan  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  album  "Northern"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hammerheart  Records.

  Synths  and  ocean  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  that  use  full  chords  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  most  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  melodic  and  traditional  metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  classical  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  folk  music  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Sig:  Ar:  Tyr  creates  a  very  epic  and  melodic  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  folk  and  they  also  bring  in  a  very  guitar  driven  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are about  the  Vikings  adventures  and  voyages  to  North  America. 

  In  my  opinion  Sig:  Ar:  Tyr  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk,  pagan,  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crownless"  "Skraeling"  and  "Last  Ship  Sails".  8  out  of  10.

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Murdryck/Antologi MMXV/Black Lion Productions/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 16 février 2016 à 03:52

  Murdryck  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that plays a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Antologi MMXV"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  black  metal  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  before  slowing  down  and  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  bass  guitars  bring  in  a  few  leads  at  times and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  fast  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  and  clean  playing  can be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  other  ones  also bring  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  synths  and  Gregorian  chants  and  the  last  song  is  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Murdryck  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  in  the  true  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  biblical,  war,  philosophical  and  metaphysical  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Murdryck  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  The  Moon  Bleeds"  "Slaves  Under  A  Dying  Sun"  "Blood On  the  King's  Hands"  and  "Throne  Of  Shattered  Divinity".  8  out  of  10.

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Transneptunian/Infinite Expanson/Nebular Carcoma Records/2016 Cassette Re-Issue Review

mardi 16 février 2016 à 01:12

  Transnuptunian  where  a  band  from Spain  that  played  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  ep "Infinite  Expansion"  which  was  re-issued on cassette  in  2016  by  Nebular  Carcoma  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  few  seconds  clean  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  programmed  beats  an  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  once  the  music  gets  heavy  high  pitched  depressive  black metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  ep  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  mix  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  while  the  vocals  also  get  more  grim  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  both  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of   clean  singing  vocals  and  whispers.

  Transnuptian  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also mixing in  depressive  style  vocals  and  elements  of  ambient  to  make  the  music  stand  put a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Cosmos  and  Space  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Transnuptian are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  meta  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Infinite  Expansion".  8  out  of  10.    


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Schattenfang interview

dimanche 14 février 2016 à 00:22
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Invidia:In the last time after a lot of other musicans come and go, it was possible to recruit a good working new horde to rise out of the ashes.
The new formed battle formation is consisting of Bladur Pest (known from Heimleiden or as a Guest from Frostagrath), Nebel. (known from Nebel Misanthrop) and
Arhymanoth (known from Eisenkhrarh).
The work for the upcoming concept-album "Was blieb, als du gegangen bist"  is going well an just has been thwarted by bow tendon-injury of mine in the last weeks.
We already released a little teaser with snippets of demo-recordings of that.
The Concept that was already written in 2013 will finally implemented or re-composed.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Invidia: The whole development-process is a lot more professional, the songs are a lot more complex and detailed and more atmospheric,maybe a bit more melancholic and despaired.

3.The last full length was released in 2012 and most of the newer material has either been on compilations or splits, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Invidia: A new full-leigh album actually was planned since 2013 and songs like "An der Eiche" was written for that but then the rumors inside the band started, members were replaced or betrayed the horde and so the studio-recordings never started. So the last newer tracks are just live-recordings from that songs on compilations.

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

Invidia: The lyrical main-theme are still the facets of human abysses.For example the upcoming Album will tell a story about a soldier who fought at Tannenberg in the first world war and returned mental damaged home.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Schattenfang'?

Invidia: The central meanig of this project is the duality of everything, with every light comes the shadows - so it's with this name. In one way it's the name of an castle, cursed with a werewolf-curse and the werewolf represents humanity and the bestial side inside of everyone. In the second way it could be taken literally with catching shadows - noone could reach or defeat his own shadow or his darkest sides.

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?

Invidia: I would definitly name the one at the Torn-Your-Ties-Festival 2012, which was very powerful and honorific to take a place in this atmospheric ritual.
Also i would name the gig i organized at the european tour of Rotten Souls and Ancient Spheres in Halle/Saale in 2013, where the band worked as one and the atmosphere in this little location were hypnotic. the stage performance in the past was ride somewhere between pure hate spitting and desperation, i hope to get this power back on stage with the new fellows.

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

Invidia: As soon as the new album is released  indeed we plan a little tour to catch up the canceled or offered gigs from the last two years.

8.Recently you where a part of some splits with 'Mortigor' and 'Forest Of Filth', what are your thoughts on the other bands that have participated on those recordings?

Invidia: The Split with Mortigor was planned after the toursupport for Ancient Spheres and Rotten Souls, because Mortigor includes members of both. The material had a huge odysse left behind and the label there still got issues so still not a single disc of that release reached us.But beside this fact, the band creates a really raw and atmospheric sound and and amazing show.
The Split with Forest Of Filth is planned since 3 years now and got the same problems i named in question number 3 - But as soon as both projects got the time and members back it will be done.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of raw and depressive black metal?

Invidia: Since the first day the feedback was very mixed. When i look back at these past 6 years of the band i can say that we sure reached maybe more than some other bands in this sector (where it feels like every second guy got his own one-man-project with a crappy drum-computer)  and got fans worldwide.It was suprising, how the mentale Disharmonie was spreaded quickly.
But in the first way the music is created as a diary. There was a lot of shit going on because of ex-members and their actings besides the band, lets see what the future brings with the new one.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Arhymanoth: Eisenkrarh is still active, but at the moment the focus of my songwriting lies on Schattenfang.

Invidia: Baldur is still taking place in different project as a guest and got his neofolk-project Wintersonne and Nebel still working at new material for Nebel Misanthrop. In the last year i played a song togehter with Dark Armgeddon, which will be included on their upcoming 20-years-anniversary-Album and also drummed at a song for Coldnight.

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

Arhymanoth: We hope that we can continue our new work in good cooperation inside the band and being productive, there is nothing more to say at the moment.

Invidia: Hopefully back on stage soon with a few more albums in the back.

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?

Invidia: The roots always are the biggest influence. For me its still  the early Burzum and Nargaroth but also the first self-named Album or the Îsern Himel of Lantlôs (not the later stuff!) and through the new members there are a lot of doom-influences. Also, to get back to the duality, there are more raw stuff like Altar Of Plagues, Vivus Humare or Whiskey Ritual that sure influence the newer stuff.
Also sure the own and past projects from everyone of us are reflected through the upcoming material.

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

Es wird wieder begangen!

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