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Wildernssking Interview

vendredi 1 avril 2016 à 17:51
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

After each major release, we actually take a few weeks to clear our heads and start organizing everything for the next phase. During this time, we managed to put the finishing touches to the LEVITATE EP, which is being released through Permanent Record and Breathe Plastic Records. Currently, we are preparing for the start of intense work on the next full-length album and are very pleased with how everything is sounding so far. Over the next while, we will really get stuck in to the process. A lot of time and energy will be spent.

2. In January you had released a new 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?

With Mystical Future, there was definitely a clear shift from the releases of the past. It seems as if the latest album was easier to conceptualise, or - it was easier to aim all of the musical elements towards a central theme. For example, we were able to use the guitars in a new way, to fulfill a different purpose in the general flow of a song. We wanted to explore a less ‘riff-driven’ arrangement, and write from the perspective of the emotive theme. Perhaps this somewhat melancholic album would not have translated as well if we had to approach it with the same mindset as the older releases. In saying this, most of our observations actually happen after the fact. Looking back, it’s possible for one (or more) of the songs on The Writing of Gods in the Sand to be a precursor to a theme on Mystical Future, but ultimately we always try to leave behind old sounds, and therefore expect our music to constantly deviate from our beaten path.

In terms of production, we strive to work with different people in the making of our albums. We enjoy the new approaches and perspectives, and are always surprised at how well the sound is interpreted by the people we work with.

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

With the latest album (and Levitate), the lyrical themes definitely touch on nostalgia, relationships and loss. Mystical Future tackles the idea of looking ahead while acknowledging one’s past. This is a general approximation however, as all four of us look at the themes in a more personal and intimate way. As a whole, we’ve noticed an uplifting yet melancholic atmosphere both musically and lyrically – but ultimately it is up to the listener to interpret in their own way.

4. Originally the band was called 'Heathens', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wildernessking'?

While writing under the name Heathens, we began to notice a shift in our sound and felt the name to be somewhat limiting. In a way, we decided to re-form the band, and use the concatenation of ‘Wilderness’ and ‘King’ as our new name. The interplay between the two words create a theme that allows for more innovation and exploration, both conceptually and musically. We certainly feel that the name will follow us for as long as we are all making music together.

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

We have had so many wonderful experiences on stage. If we had to answer the question a few years ago, we would have probably said the same thing – and perhaps that illustrates how unique and special we find each live performance to be. A few weekends ago, we had the pleasure of sharing the stage with God Mother (SWE) while they were on tour here in South Africa, and that was a fantastic show. It’s difficult to single out any particular shows as the crowd and the atmosphere on the night really make each experience memorable and unique. We are conscious about this fact, so we try to make our stage performances as relaxed and intimate as possible.

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

Yes, we are actually just about to leave for a tour of South Africa, to play a couple of shows up north. We have been touring the country every year for a short while now, and we really enjoy the sights, the people and just being able to play our music to new audiences. We are definitely working on doing a European tour soon, possibly with the release of our next album.

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

We are blown away by the feedback we’ve received and continue to receive from the international community. Because of the digital age that we find ourselves in, we’re privileged to be in close contact with our supporters, and truly appreciate all forms of correspondence we have with them. This is also one of the main reasons why we are excited to tour, as most of our fans are in Europe and the States. In terms of feedback from fans of a sub-genre, it would be difficult to say. Just like all music, some people enjoy it and some people don’t. We are thrilled to be making new fans with the release of Mystical Future, and that’s all we can really ask for. This is very inspiring and we are highly appreciative of it. The fact that someone else far away notices our passion in a particular part of a song, or a subtlety in a certain theme, that really means the world to us.

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

Yes, Keenan and Jason are currently involved in ‘Sakawa Boys’ and ‘Wargrave’ respectively. We are all very passionate about music in all of its forms, and enjoy making it a large part of our lives, by collaborating with other people etc.

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

This is probably one of the most difficult questions to answer, because when we look back at the path we’ve shared over the years, we really couldn’t have predicted nothing like this. We’ve all experienced a lot during the making of Mystical Future and the years that lead up to it. All we can say with assurance is that the phase we find ourselves in has prepared the groundwork to delve deep into the writing of the new record. Many factors have helped to define the ‘Wildernessking’ sound, for both us and our fans, and we are only eager to discover more.

10. 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?

When starting out, we obviously focused on the metal bands we had in common and tried to write music that we would enjoy listening to... As the years pass, we find that other metal bands actually tend to influence us less and less – or perhaps in a more subconscious way. We are influenced by human relationships, art, movies and anything else which affect our outlook in a particular way. That leaves our individual music taste as members to be a much more personal part of our lives. What we listen to is often a reflection of where we are and what we are feeling – something we hope Wildernessking is to the listener. At the moment, we are enjoying The Besnard Lakes, Jessica Pratt, Mgla, Flatbush Zombies, Mastodon, Perfume Genius etc.

11. Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Not really. There has definitely been no drive to include occultism in the writing and music, or more specifically in the way we approach our music in general - especially when placed in relation to other bands out there. It would be an interesting thing to discuss actually, because if we treat occultism to an exploration of supernatural forces, then much of our work would certainly focus on these forces, amongst others. We have always deeply respected the natural world, and we feel that the ‘supernatural’ is surely included within that particular framework.

12. What are some of your non-musical interests?

We enjoy the outdoors, relaxing, hiking and spending time with friends. We especially enjoy traveling to the countryside for a few days, when taking a break from our personal careers outside of Wildernessking.

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

Thank you for the interview! We really enjoyed your diverse questions and look forward to visiting our Italian fans soon. A big show of appreciation to everyone who listens to our music… We are truly grateful for the support you have shown us.

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Darkestrah Interview

vendredi 1 avril 2016 à 17:47
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Asbath: Greetings! Asbath and Cerritus here! Right now we have the following news: our sixth full-length album “Turan” is coming out on April 29th on Osmose Productions. We’ve also found a new guitarist. Her name is Scythe. Also, we’ve just released a split CD with Saudi Arabian band AlNamrood.

2.You have both a split and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Asbath: I’d say it is Darkestrah in our finest. We never sounded any better. It’s not that original for a band to praise the newest album, I know. But we and Andy Schmidt, our sound engineer since “Epos” have really tried to outmatch ourselves. And I believe that we have succeeded.

Cerritus: It is an album with wintery an mystical mood,  both the fact that the songs were mostly composed during winter and that the lyrics mostly revolve around mysticism and ritualistic practices have influenced the overall atmosphere of the record.

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Central Asian Paganism and Shamanism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Asbath: I come from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. So Central Asia is where I come from and where Darkestrah came to life.  I think it is just normal to be interested in your own culture and beliefs. Also turning to traditional culture was always a thing in Black Metal.

Cerritus: I come from very different background, I’m Russian, and my interest in these topics was actually inspired by my acquaintance with the members of Darkestrah. But I was really fascinated with these topics, there is a lot of beauty in it, both in mythology and in Central Asian music. Enough to inspire me on writing the lyrics and eventually joining the band.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Darkestrah'?

C: It’s a secret. But believe me, there is nothing too important hidden behind this word.

5.Originally the band was from Kyrgyzstan but now located in Germany, what was the cause of the move?

A: Me and Kriegtalith, our then-singer both have some German ancestry. This is not so uncommon in Central Asia since a lot of Russian Germans were relocated to these parts during and after WWII by Soviet government.  So we’ve moved to Germany with our families. At that time the band already existed as Kyrgyzian act, and us moving to Germany could be the end of Darketsrah, but we’ve managed to starts from scratch with local musicians and so it goes on ever since.

C: I was one of those local musicians, I was living in Germany for several years when I was invited to write the lyrics for Darkestrah and then to join the band as a bass-player in November 2012.

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?

C: My personal favorite is Turkish Metal Battle festival in Berlin. The event took place in September 2013. An absolutely unparalleled event with unique atmosphere, great bands and audience. I think Asbath agrees with me.

A: I do.
On stage Darkestrah are a five-piece metal band with occasional use of shaman drum and jew’s harp. We can’t use all the traditional instruments we use on our records, so we rearrange songs slightly and also use samples extensively. Also to create the proper atmosphere we often use a video projection, but it is not always possible due.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

A: Is I told you before, we’ve just found a replacement for our guitarist Ragnar who has left the band in summer 2015. So we are as ready as ever to go on stage. Hope there will be enough possibilities.

8.You have a split coming out with 'AlNamrood', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

C: It is a great band, and I think they are very courageous people too, they keep playing Black Metal even though doing this kind of music could expose you to mortal danger in Saudi Arabia. We are very glad that this release could happen.

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

A: We receive a lot of positive feedback from all around the world. I think that a lot of people in Europe have found our music and the fact that the band hail from an “exotic” country strange at first. But now I think all is settled and still the people are interested.

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?

C: After I’m finished with this interview, I’m heading to a first Burnt Offering rehearsal in about a year. We have new material and if all runs well we’ll record it till the end of 2016. My other band, a post-punk/goth-rock project called Nietzsche and the Wagners is releasing a debut album on April 10th through Greek label Werkstatt Recordings. Resurgemus has recorded new material with his band Faustus, and I tell you it sounds great, but I don’t know when or how he is going to release it.

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

A: Only Tengri knows that, haha. At least I do not. Right now we are focused on rehearsing and making the new line-up fit for gigs and not on songwriting. But I don’t think that there will be some extreme changes in our course in the near future.

12.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?

A: Our main inspirations remain the same over the years, namely 90es Black and Doom Metal and Central Asian folklore music. This is also the music I’m still listening to mostly. I also stick to my olde favorites, for example I’m often listening to Metallica these days, the band that brought me into metal at the first place. My son also likes it.
On other hand all band members listen to very different music, our keyboardist Resurgemus is a Death Meta fan, Ragnar was a lot into Heavy and Power Metal, which had some impact on the riffs he wrote for “Turan”.

C: I’ve lost my interest in new metal albums and mostly listen to older stuff that I know from 90es or early 2000s. I’m also listening to a lot of post-punk, coldwave, industrial and neofolk these days.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

A: Thank you for your questions! Be sure to give a listen to our new album, it is coming out on April 29th. Also check the split with AlNamrood, it is already there!
Also, hope to see our fans live really soon.

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Sguaguarahchristis/Ground/2016 EP Review

vendredi 1 avril 2016 à 03:13

  Sguarguarahcristus  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Ground".

 Wind  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  being  added  into  the  songs  which  also  get  high  pitched  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  mixed  into  the  music  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with t he  music  going  for  more  of  a  raw  side  of  the  genre  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. 

  Sguarguarahcristus  creates  another  black  metal  recording  that  is  very  raw,  anti  human  and  misanthropic  in  the  old  school  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sguarguarahcristus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ater  Vii  Spektrum".  8  out  of  10.

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Malamorte/Devilish Illusions/Satanath Records/Murdeher Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 31 mars 2016 à 23:35

  Malamorte  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Devilish  Illusions"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Murdher  Records.

  A  very dark  and  ritualistic  synth  starts  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction t hat  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  while  also  having  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  A  lot  of  second  wave  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  throughout  the  recording  you can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  synths  also  make  a return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  songs  bring  in  the  atmosphere  atmosphere  of  either  an  old  King  Diamond  or  Mercyful  Fate  recording  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  catchy  80's  metal  vibe  at  times  and  clean  playing  along  with  whispers  can also  be  heard  briefly  as  well as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  Malmorte  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  while  also  being  ritualistic  at  times  and  adding  in  influences  of  80's  metal  which  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  but  more,  the  production  sounds  very raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malamorte  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devilish  Illusions"  "Possession"  and  "Lucifer's  Rebellion".  8/2  out  of  10. 


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Styxian Industries/Zero.Void.Nullified {Of Apathy And Armageddon}/Satanath Records/More Hate Productions/2016 CD Review

jeudi 31 mars 2016 à 21:59

  Styxian  Industries  are  a  band from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  industrial form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016 album  "Zero.Void.Nullified  {Of  Apathy  And  Armageddon}"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  More  Hate  Productions.

  Static  and  radio  noises  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  tremolo  picking  and  angry  spoken  word  parts  while  the  drum  programming  gives  the  music  more  of  an  industrial  feeling  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  grim  at  times  while t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times.and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  on  some  of  the  songs  along  with  some  synths  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  more  of  a  sci  fi  atmosphere.

  Styxian  Industries  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  ad  mixes  it  in  with  a  heavy  industrial  sound  to  create  a  musical  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  abstract  concepts  and  defying reality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Styxian  Industries  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You"  "Whiskey  Vodka  Blood"  "Wasted  World"  and  "Execute  Planet  Earth".  8  out  of  10.        

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