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Apochryphal Revelation Interview

mercredi 14 octobre 2020 à 01:34

 


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

1 . We have all been very busy with our respective projects as well as other mundane non-musical tasks that require attention. However, we have begun some small scale rehearsals for our next release. I will say that after this extended break, we are fired up and hungry to continue our work with AR.


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

2. "Primeval Devilish Wisdom" is the continuation of the sound we have worked toward since day one. Our previous release "Reverence for the Kings of Hell" was perhaps a loving nod to the elder Hellenic Black Metal scene, by far my favorite music, period . It might be unorthodox to have put out a niche release so early in our discography, but I follow my heart on these matters with no regrets.


3.Your lyrics cover a lot of satanic, occult and witchcraft topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts and how your believes have evolved over the years?

3. While I have never considered myself a part of one ideology strictly, I can point to Traditional Satanism, Celtic Shamanism and Chaos Magick as some references. In the earlier years, I walked a more theistic path regarding Satanism, coming from a fundamentalist Pentecostal background, such devotion and faith was already something I was familiar with. As life and time inevitably moved forward, I became obsessed with both the Dee/Crowley/Levi forms of Western Ceremonial Magick and simultaneously also began to seek the darker sides of earth based Magick and shamanism. I now find myself closer to Satan in a well rounded sense than ever before whilst also fascinated with eastern wisdom and sciences, be it mystic works like the "Tibetan Book of the Dead" or the everyday practice and understanding of Tai Chi Chuan. I am a devourer of knowledge and consider myself a student of the universe, proud of my infernal lineage but unbound by feeble human constructs


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

4. AR was given such a title as to be the profaner of Christian lore, altering existing tales and concepts to suit my sometimes twisted imagination. An infernal revelation of slander, blasphemy and disdain towards the hypocritical farce known as Jehovah and his weakling flock.


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

5. Our artwork to date has been exclusively done by our bassist, Czernobog. I cannot speak to his mindset, but I can say that it was meant to reflect the futility of Christ's death, his fear and lack of faith in his father and also the omnipresence and wisdom of Satan.



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 fortunate to have been a part some excellent gigs. Booking Zemial in 2015 and sharing the stage with such a legend was an incredible honor and a real high point of my life. Detroit has been very kind to us as well, having supported our heroes in Profanatica and Mortuary Drape. Another standout was our performance at Cathedral of the Black Goat in 2016. Despite lacking our dual guitar approach which is now essential to our performances, we played with fire and passion and won over a packed venue who had no prior knowledge of us. I would say our stage show varies, from solemn to furious as dictated by the songs. Now that our drummer has joined full time and I can focus on the vocals exclusively, we can elevate the stage performance to the next level. Perhaps a blend of Mortuary Drape - esque ceremonialism with  GG Allin inspired violence, chaos and general bad attitude. 


7.The new album is going to be released on 'Nuclear War Now! Productions, how would you compare working with this label to your older label 'Behold Barbarity'?

7. Our previous label was extremely professional and treated us very well, nothing but kind things to say from our end. NWN has stunned us with his aggressive promotion and deep understanding of the specific style we occupy ourselves with. This label is a perfect fit for us and we hope to continue our working relationship well into the future. 


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


8. I am utterly humbled at the reception we have been given worldwide. We have received admiration and praise from every corner of the world, from dedicated fans to the very people that inspired us to begin playing in the first place. There is indeed a hunger for Black Metal that eschews modern trends in favor of the diabolic older paths. There are many now who I would consider contemporaries with us, but we always strive to have our own identity and approach to making Black Metal. 


9.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?

9. All of us are very busy with projects and most of these involve the same members switching places. Some names we are associated with : Tartarus Gate, Devil's Mass, Catacomba, Pyromancer, Master's Curse, Christrape, Son of Perdition, Cruel Spirit, Shadow Keeper... Expect big things from Tartarus Gate and Devil's Mass in particular in the future!



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

10. I see us more or less continuing on the same path we have always followed, constantly refining and perfecting what we do. Now that I have fulfilled my personal need to honor the elder Hellenic bands, we can exclusively focus on pushing our individual style as far as we can take it from now on.



11.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?


11. Some bands that have had a major impact on our development : Profanatica (above all) , Varathron, Mortuary Drape, Mystifier, Thou Art Lord, Master's Hammer, Necromantia, Tormentor (hun) , Beherit, Samael, Archgoat, Sarcofago, Mercyful Fate, Von, Zemial, Barathrum , Demoncy, Dark Throne , Hellhammer… I must also mention that at the time of forming the band, we were heavily inspired by Alioth - Channeling Unclean Spirits, Hail - Inheritance of Evilness, Cult of Daath - Slit Throats and Ritual Nights, Necros Christos - Triune Impurity Rites and Archgoat - Whore of Bethlehem. Nowadays I listen to a wide array of music, far too much to mention. I can however name Ceremonial Torture, Cemetery Lights and Prosanctus Inferi as current obsessions.


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

12. Thanks for the well thought out interview! I would say follow your heart and be yourself no matter what. Black Metal in it's prime consisted of wildly differing bands united by the desire for darkness and individualism, not rank and file clones existing solely for social purposes. Do not dilute the already oversaturated pool unless you truly have something special to offer.




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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/apochryphal-revelation-interview.html


Ymir/Self Titled/Werewolf Records/2020 CD Review

mardi 13 octobre 2020 à 05:36

  Ymir  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  album  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Werewolf  Records.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  deep  moments.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and Winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ymir  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pagan  Mysticism"  and  "Resurrection  Of  The  Pagan  Fire".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/1jzUk1Z3aTI 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/ymirself-titledwerewolf-records2020-cd.html


Voluptas/Towards The Great White Nothing/MetalGate/2020 CD Review

mardi 13 octobre 2020 à 04:30

 


  Voluptas are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  plays  an  experimental  and  psychedelic  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Towards  The  Great  White  Nothing"  which  was  released  by  MetalGate.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  which  are  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Nordic  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  avant  garde  structures.


  Elements  of  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  growls  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  some  psychedelic  and  jazz  influences  at  times  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  an  experimental  direction,  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  tribal  beats,  noises  and  saxophones.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  metaphysical,  occult  and  Egyptian  Mythology  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Voluptas  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  psychedelic  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thargelia"  and  "Desert  Twilight".  8  out  of  10.


https://voluptas.bandcamp.com/album/towards-the-great-white-nothing    



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/voluptastowards-great-white.html


Reign/Rulum/The Occvlt/Repose Records/2020 Split Album Review

mardi 13 octobre 2020 à 03:05

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  United  Kingdom's  Reign  and  Rulum  called  "The  Occvlt"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Repose  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Reign  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  sounding  intro  which  also  adds  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  horror  movie  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  his  side  of  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in a   decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  tracks  at  times  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  throughout  his  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Reign  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Subjugating  Darkness".


  Next  up  is  Rulum  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  emtal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  his  side  of  the  recording.  Hammond  organs  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.


  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  melodic  chants  also  being  utilized  briefly.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  his  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style,  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Rul".


In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult  and  progressive  black  metal.  8out  of 10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/reignrulumthe-occvltrepose-records2020.html


Hegeroth Interview

mardi 13 octobre 2020 à 01:00

 


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


Bene: First thank you for a great review of our newest album in occultblackmetalzine!


Bila: We were finishing the ‘Perfidia’ album when pandemia started in Poland. We were closed in our homes for one month. The album was not finished, we couldn’t imagine the future. Generally speaking, things got complicated.


Bene: Basically, we had to finish the vocal recording - one track remained without vocals and we had no way to finish it. As soon as it was possible we recorded the vocals to it, it was:  Raise Your Voice. 


Bila: We have been wondering for a long time how to plan the release of the album. Will something change or will we go back to playing live? Then all events were deleted and the bands moved their activities mainly to the network. 


Bene: It was then that we decided to take matters into our own hands and started to prepare the material for publication by ourselves. 


 


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


Bene: First album ‘Three Emperors’ Triangle’ (2014) was recorded with keyboard lines. 


On the second album ‘Degenerate’ album we have decided to compose it and record it in classical guitar line up. The material recorded in this way turned out to be more dark, dense but not devoid of melody. While composing Perfidia, we decided to continue and expand the approach developed when creating Degenerate. 


Bila: Perfidia is IMHO more rich, more diversified, more dynamic and open. 


We realized that during the creation of the previous album a certain role was played by self-censorship. Composing Perfida we want to get rid of this. We thought this way: if in two tracks inserting the refrains would be a great solution for these particular places, why not try it?  And what's interesting is that you pointed out these two tracks as the recommended ones in the review of ‘Perfidia’.


 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with their music?


Edward: Over the years the lyrical sphere of the lyrics contained on our records has evolved, which is a natural phenomenon in music. 


From thrill stories on Ep ‘Spectral Fear’, through themes related to the cruelty of war on the ‘Three Emperors’ Triangle’. At ‘Degenerate’ I reached a very interesting for me sphere of spirituality and rebellion against religion which we have been suppressing us since childhood. ‘Perfidia’ is again a subject close to us, especially now in the current situation in the country and the ubiquity of the church. Maybe it is nothing special in the music we present and in metal in general, but we felt that we have to shout out, give vent to our emotions, and what if it is not the music that is best suited for this. Generally any form of extremism is bad and unacceptable and we are not rebels throwing stones, we have our years, we have children, so this form of expression seems to us most appropriate.


 


4.From 2014 to 2019 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


Bene: Publishing of first album (2014) coincided with the departure of the Tailheg - keyboard player,  and Kele's (first drummer) move to Germany. We stopped rehearsing and at that time Bila and I decided to do something else. This is how HexHorn (thrash-death metal) was born.


Bila: After releasing the first album of HexHorn we started to miss the black metal riffs. And that is the reason why we started composing Hegeroth’s second album in 2017.


 


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


Bene: Simply, there is no meaning, we wanted to have a name which is fine sounding and unique. 


 


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


Bene: As always we had some problems with the album title and idea for cover art. 


Bila: I have problems with imagining how the cover will look like. I always need probes to see what it will look like. Of course, we had many ideas and discussions on this subject. But it is not easy to find a solution that will satisfy us all.. 


All elements of the cover art are connected with the lyrics and our feelings. 


Characters are symbolic and mean for us, in a nutshell, powerful, bad, unpunished persons in our reality. 


Bene: These people in the reality around us use the symbol of the cross to be above the rules, above the law.  


Edward: All those feelings are expressed in covert art created by Threadbare Artwork. 


Earlier we also considered other covers, a very interesting concept seemed to us to be the motif of the church, which on the basis of a kaleidoscope was drawn into a pentagram, but this cover does not last a test of time. You can see this idea in our latest clip for the song ‘Hand by hand’.


 


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


Bene: Honestly, it's not easy for a band like Hegeroth to find an opportunity to play concerts. Few shows were organized by Mara Production (label publishing our second album). We wrote many emails to clubs and concert organizers and the response was weak. But we can say that the ROCK KLUB IRON replied and we played there with In Twilight Embrace just before the lockdown (22th of February 2020 - photo by L.Kozlowski attached). Great Club and great band!


 


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


Bila: I’m surprised, our music had good reception on social media and the most difficult thing is to encourage people to push the play button of an unknown band. But I see the change on many FB groups that people try to find and choose just good music for themselves. I'm a member of over 150 groups classified as a pure BM, classic BM, extreme metal, melodic BM and in each there is someone who is discovering our music.


Edward: Generally I don't like dividing sub-genres into other sub-genres, black metal is always just black metal for me, if someone added keys, if they put samples, female vocals or other ornaments, it was always just a black metal for me. Whether the bands used it skillfully or not it's a matter of taste of the recipient of the material and especially most of all the artist. 


However, if we are perceived in this way, it is the feelings of fans, listeners, reviewers and we will do little with it. On the other hand, the fact that it is possible to catch a melody in our music and immerse our songs is an asset for us. I love records that are well recorded, the music is clear. I don't understand the last trend in BM where the bands try to get their sound dirty. Suddenly every band wants to sound like a Norwegian scene 20 or more years ago. I don't understand it, but as I mentioned, these are my individual feelings.


 


9.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?


Bene: All of us are members of HexHorn. 


Bila: Now we work on Hegeroth music and currently we have no conception for a new HexHorn’s tracks. But maybe in the future we will try to do something? We’ll see. 


Bene: I am sure that sooner or later we will come back to it.


 


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


Bene: Time shall tell… the most important thing for us is composing new music. 


Bila: Step by step, night after night we are looking for new riffs and that's the most important thing. 


Bene: We are unable to plan our future releases. Riffs that we create and then arrange them into songs start to set the course for next releases. Probably that is why each of our subsequent releases is somehow different.


 


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?


Bene: I have noticed that people who grew up in the 90's (golden era death and black metal) are open to practically all kinds of metal. I listen to thrash, detath and black. I think I was most influenced by bands like Old Man’s Child, which were not strictly limited to one genre. 


Bila: I’m a child of thrash metal and my first love was Metallica, later I began to listen to bands like Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir or Behemoth.These bands as well as classical music are my inspiration for creating music. 


Ed: I've been listening to metal since I was thirteen years old, I'm 41, so I've been sitting in this music for 28 years. I've never closed myself down on one subgenre of metal. It was never a problem for me to listen to the Master of Puppets after listening to the  Burzum album, for example.


Just because I listened to metal didn't mean I couldn't listen to Vivaldi 'Four Seasons' or good rock and roll. I love music and it has been in my life since I was a little kid. 


However,  black metal  has become the wind that blows in the sails of my ship, which I sail with most of my adult life, and bands like Emperor, Arcturus, Naglfar, Mercyful Fate or even Behemoth will always accompany me. There are so many inspirations that I am not able to name them all.


 


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


Bila: Thanks a lot for the opportunity to talk with you and we want to wish all of the metal community back to the old reality with live events and gigs. Stay with your metal fascinations and never surrender:)


Bene: Listen and share our music, support underground!


Edward: Just stay heavy and live with your eyes wide open.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/hegeroth-interview.html