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UTU Interview

jeudi 28 février 2019 à 04:57

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

Necromaniac: The UTU is a band of Raw Black Metal from Brazil, we played the Black Metal style of the 90's and we are loved by them, the themes of our music is based on Christianity and Misanthropy, we have 4 eps released 2 compilations and now we are launching in May our first FULL with 8 Musicas, UTU is NECROMANIAC: Vocals and UHTRA: Instruments.

Uhtra: I decided to make some sounds after a period when I was listening to quite a few bands that I consider Black Metal classics like Immortal, Impaled Nazarene, Dark Throne, Marduk and other more underground like Horrid Cross, for example. In Brazil we have great bands of the style, but a lot ends up being restricted as well. Utu started as a personal project in 2013 with the release of the play "Imperivm" by the label Depressive Illusions. In 2017, Necromaniac came in and now we are what we are for all your commitment and dedication!

2.So far you have released demo's, compilations and singles, how would yo describe your musical progress from the first to recent recording?

Necromaniac: We have released Eps and compilations so far and since the beginning we have followed the same line of recording and production, all homemade by ourselves, I believe that our sound has never changed, we always maintain the same purposeful and ideal influences. The true Misanthropic Black Metal simple and raw.

Uhtra: The idea is to be as simple as possible. We do not seek virtuosity in our songs. We strive to remain true to style, but always seeking to implement different things that sound right to our ears.

3.From 2013 to 2017 there was no music being released can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?
Necromaniac: We are a band without pretensions and the initial ideal was to produce the first ep and play on the net ... The Depressive Illusions has released our first ep and I believe that as everything happens naturally in 2017 following the basis of doing something for simple motivation and pure and unpretentious we launched the Black Rituals vol 1, but it was to be released again in k7 but it took a slightly bigger and natural course that made us a little better known, and the band started producing more in the latter years.

Uhtra: I had several difficult periods between the years of 2013 and 2015 and during this time I decided to keep what was until then, a project, saved for a better time. It is worth mentioning that there was never any pretension whatsoever to make several releases just to do. We are sincere about what we are looking for and what we are doing with our band today.

4.Your lyrics also cover a lot of misanthropic and anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what these terms mean to you?

Necromaniac: We talk about what we live, I'm basically a misanthrope, I do not know any hope I have in mankind within me, so I deal with UTU issues, and that's very true. About anti-Christianity, I do not believe in religions and I do not like them despite being a student of the subject, I believe it is created by humans to enslave them being a hypocritical excuse to be a loser with others. Religion is the cancer of the earth and the church is the largest representative of that cancer.

Uhtra: Until our second release, I tackled themes against society as a whole. After the entry of Necromaniac, I chose not to write more and leave the letters at their own risk.

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

Necromaniac: UTU is a Sumerian god, is that of the sun god, justice, law enforcement, and the dispensation of the fate of the dead. It symbolizes the pagan, it is all that the Judeo-Christian culture tried to erase with the times, to fear and to be arrogant, UTU symbolizes for us the strength and the proof of the weakness of the Christianity. Proof that the Church has failed in her domain.

Uhtra: I have always enjoyed studying different cultures, especially distant (or not so distant) cultures of Western culture. After some research I found UTU and that's exactly what Necromaniac said. And as I came across the story, I decided that it fit perfectly into what was being created at that time.

 6.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?
Necromaniac: We work very well in a duo and we do not have the idea to increase or change it, inside the UTU the two heads work together with each other, besides we have similar ideas, musical tastes and influences, we would hardly find someone who fit.

Uhtra: True, we perform very well as a duo and we have no pretension to become a band to do tours,
or even a performance.

7.Would the band members be interested in doing live shows if the opportunity ever came?
Necromaniac: We thought, but very difficult to find musicians invited to play with us in the places we want to spend, very difficult today we find also committed people, but who knows in the future?

Uhtra: I agree.

 8.So far you have worked with Depressive Illusions, Pagan Hammer Zine and "Balrogh Records' on the physical versions of your releases, do you feel these labels have been very supportive when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Necromaniac: We had our first work released by Depressive Illusions, Ep Imperivm, then we released the Black rituals vol 1 on 7ep by Demon Productions and in k7 by Ballrogh, there came the 2013-13 by Balrogh and compilation by Pagan Hammer, we released Black Rituals 2 in 7ep by Demon and in k7 by Balrogh, we launched a 7ep split by Balrogh and we came back with the Depressive Illusions with the Omnipotents UTU k7, and now we will launch our FULL by Wolfblasphemer and Balrogh, we only have to thank all those stamps by the support given to us, were all very important in this journey, as we said from the beginning we did not and did not know that we would do so many things ..

Uhtra: Certainly, thanks to these people we had the chance to spread our work in an honest and sincere way.

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

Necromaniac: We have the support of the Depressive Illusions that spread to us from the beginning in foreign lands, and I get sometimes contacts from people from other countries and this one being very good, some bands wanting to do split and some releases, we are open to new proposals ... and we thank you for your support.

Uhtra: All contacts are made and cared for by Necromaniac.
 10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during th future?

Necromaniac: As I said earlier we are now launching our FULL in May, and we are quite anxious, and we will work hard to publicize this work and distribute it, this is what my mind has been busy at that moment in what it is about our future.

Uhtra: Some full songs were made at different times, retrieved from old files (from 2014 onwards) and reworked for this release. It was an intense work to give textures and the way I had in mind (I mixed and mastered the album).

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?

Necromaniac: Basically what influenced me is the classic Black Metal, Mayhem, Dark throne, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Marduk ... I have listened a lot this as always, but I also listen to some of the new bands that are coming up. Mgla, listen and I really like old bands like Mortuary Drape, Tribulation, Sarcófago, Amen Corner, Azaghal, Taake, Tjuder among others.

Uhtra: Impaled Nazarene, Dark Throne, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Marduk, MGLA, Carpathian Forest…

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Necromaniac: The Occult yes, Satanism itself, but the satanic yes, everything that opposes the church is satanic, so in a more comprehensive way our music is satanic!

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

Necromaniac: Thank you  for the interview and the support given to us by UTU. Keep yourself true to yourself, trust only yourself and expect only you, no more be in the insight and your mind will be unshakable. See you.

Uhtra: Thank you so much for the space and for your work with zine! Cheers!

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Ultra Silvam/The Spearwound Salvation/Shadow Records/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 28 février 2019 à 04:40

  Ultra  Silvam  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The Spearwound  Salvation  which  will  be released  in  March  by  Shadow  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Elements  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  more  of  a  different  style  than  most  of  the  Swedish  bands.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  while  the  mostly  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  past  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  music  always  sticking  to  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  style  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  drones.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Swedish  and  cover  submission,  worship  and  devilry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ultra  Silvam  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Spearwound  Salvation"  "Wings  Of  Burial"  and  "The  First  Wound".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Trespasser Interview

jeudi 28 février 2019 à 03:07

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

The band was started by me (XVI)  after my latest project went to shit. I´ve always played hardcore punk in one form or another but always tried to broaden the horizons for what punk really is. One day I got tired of punk. The scene is pretty small and no one gives a shit about learning how to play their instruments.

I´ve always had love for the metal scene in that aspect. As a multi-instrumentalist with at least a little bit of music theory and ambition to get better at my instruments the metal scene is an example. The backside of the metal scene is its total neglect of the relation between politics and music. That´s why I got stuck in the DIY punk scene for so many years.

I felt I needed to bridge the gap. I missed a band that had a relentless extreme left stance but could make music as interesting and exhilarating as the far right black metal bands I adored. So steeped in the DIY-ethos as I am, I started that band myself.

I don´t consider TRESPASSER a black metal band at all. For me and everyone else that takes black metal serious (an oxymoron perhaps) black metal and satanism is inexorably intertwined. But black metal philosophy can also be seen as an existentialist movement. And I consider anarchism, which is TRESPASSERs main lyrical topic, to be equally existential.

2.Recently you have put out your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo's?

The full length is the first serious recording. The only demo I made is “1361” and it featured programmed drums and all the instruments were tracked at home using only plug-ins. The vocals were recorded in the rehearsal room.

The songwriting is similar. With TRESPASSER I want to conjure a sublime feeling in the listener. A feeling somewhere between ecstasy and despair. A gut-wrenching and tear-jerking feeling that there is no point to anything, a feeling of nihilism if you will, and still inspire hope, faith and the will to fight. In that aspect it touches on traditional black metal song writing and lyricism; it is deeply religious music in a sense.

This might seem contradictory. But I see it as crucial to be able to both stare down in the abyss and claw at the skies. 

3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept involving Ukraine under the anarcho-communist revolutionary Nestor Makhno, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting and your interest in anarcho and communist politics?

Nestor Makhno is an inspiring character to begin with. If you don´t know much about it I think the lyrics of the record might be a good start. I also included all my references in the lyric sheet.

I stumbled across the Makhnovist movement around the same time I started to develop the theme and image for the band. The WWI aesthetics fits very well with the kind of music I wanted to do. I listened a shit load to Marduk at the time as well, but i felt that WWII is done by so many bands.

It just lined up. I found a part of history that was obscure but very interesting. The Makhnovists had such integrity in their revolutionary strife. Their slogans were almost already the perfect black metal hooks. They gave up everything for their dream, they died for their beliefs and their faith. It was just meant to be. And I was astounded that no band had ever done anything about this before.

Plus I saw it as an opportunity to educate myself on the political movement I claim to be a part of - anarchism.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?

The full length isn´t exclusively about Makhno. “To the Barricades” is from the Spanish Civil War in the 30´s. “Black Flags on a Blood-Red Horizon” features phrases from “Les Anarchistes” which I think was recorded in the 60´s.

It´s really a cut´n´paste collage of anarchist history. But it isn´t all just tributes. I´ve tried to nuance it a little bit and provoke self-critique in the anarchist community. But as always, when an artist puts something out there it´s no longer the artists work - it belongs to the listener.

The first demo was about “the Battle of Visby” which was a medieval battle on Gotland between the Danes and the Gutnish peasant population. A total massacre with a clear class perspective. Read about it!

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

I wanted something with ties to the primary axiom of anarchism - “property is theft”. I also wanted it to have some religious connotations. A trespasser is both someone who does not respect the physical property of the bourgeoisie but also a sinner within the theological world. To forgive the trespasses that has been brought against us is essential to building a better world.
And either way - if you identify with the trespasser of theology or not - the name and the concept awakens a lot of feelings. In me anyway.

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

It´s basically pictures from the Ukrainian/Russian Civil War that I have stolen. Together with the people at Heavenly Vault Records we created the final artwork.

I wanted it to look old and more or less accurate for the epoque I was addressing in the lyrics. Also I didn´t want another black and white black metal cover. I wanted the background to be white, or at least light. And the pictures from that era are so beautiful so I wanted to use as much of them as possible. Plus I love horses.

The full length cover is a spin off of the “Tachanka”-single cover. That design I stole from an old Ukrainian folk-record. I can´t tell you which, cause I don´t know myself anymore. I had the original in front of me when I made the single cover, but then I never found it again.

The poster is modeled after an old Soviet propaganda-poster originally meant to rally the Cossacks for the communist revolution. But the picture is from the Black Army (Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine).

The vinyl circle is the part which I´m most happy with. That is also copied from an old Soviet-era vinyl circle. I just remade it, piece by piece, but with anarchist revolutionary imagery.

7.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?

Yes. For the tour that´s planned for September 2019 I have recruited two additional members.
Леопольд will be handling the drums and Gyða Hrund will play guitar together with me. We are still in the process of finding a bass player.

8.Recently 'Heavenly Vault' released the album on vinyl, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

They contacted me when I had released two songs online and I was looking for a label. They´re based in Leipzig and have released some sludge and black metal stuff before. It´s a really small label which fits perfectly for me. Really nice, warm and hard working DIY-idealists that share my world views. Check em out:

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

The reactions have been great. So far I´ve gotten three good reviews and a bunch of appreciation on the Youtube-upload. Some offers to release the songs on cassette. And booking the tour is going great. But I think its mostly in the more political DIY/punk milieu. 

Black metal fans probably don´t like it that much. At least in Sweden they have a tendency to be quite orthodox. And to mix BM with politics is haram. I´ve posted in one of the bigger groups for black metal in Sweden and didn´t even get a response. I guess that´s all well and good. I´m not looking to be a part of the Black Metal Scene, as it were, I just want to make epic music for epic people.

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

More blast beats! Jokes aside, my vision is to create something that´s more than music. Be a part of a political network that works for the world revolution.

Music-wise I think the next release will be similar. I want to create brutal, relentless extreme metal with a lot of variation that makes you feel shit. I want to make film music, an epic sonic drama that transport you away from the boundaries of this world. Both spiritually and physically.

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?

Marduk, Immortal, Dissection. But that kinda goes without saying if you listen to the album. Apart from that I really love Martyrdöd and Wolfpack/Wolfbrigade when it comes to both production and emotional impact. 
I still hold Nile's “Black Seeds of Vengeance” as the paramount of death metal greatness. An album I return to year after year, and one of the albums I´ve listened to the most times in my life, since my best friend in 8th grade and I discovered it when it came out.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading. Writing. Drinking. Doing drugs. Laughing. Discussing.

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

Stay curious and keep the faith!

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Beorn's Hall/In His Granite Return/Naturmacht Productions/2019 CD Review

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 05:18

  New  Hampshire's  Beorn's  Hall  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  folk  influenced  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "In  His  Granite  Return"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Epic  pagan  battle  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  folk  music  influenced  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later.  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  A brief  use  of  psychedelic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  One  track  also  introduces  flutes  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  spoken  words  when  they  are  utilized  giving  the  music  more  of  a  fantasy  type  of  atmosphere.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  album  closing  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Nature  and  Sorrow  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Beorn's  Hall  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  pagan  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Old  Man  Of  The  Mountain"  and  "In  His  Granite  Realm".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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Gardu Interview

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 04:02
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Gardù was conceived in winter 2016 as a solo project, after thinking it was impossible to develop the stuff I had in my mind with some other persons. The project is all about telling stories set in the woods and the mountains that are just outside my house. I live in a 70 people village in a valley (Valle Camonica) located in northern Italy within the Alps, a place not so easy to reach from the main cities and that is worldwide known for its mysterious prehistoric art, the stone carvings that covers thousands of rocks all along the valley. I wanted to create a project whose musical direction would have been a very raw black metal, open to experimental stuff which I've been always used to play with several bands and, as soon as this idea was clear, I started writing and recording the songs and the project was born.

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
When I started to write the songs for "Gardeternalismo", it was obvious I wanted to play some real fast and raw black metal, mainly led by the guitar riffing and the blast beats and that was the starting point. Then I started to develop further arrangements in the direction to create different musical environments that would go together with the lyrical concept and would help to create a more diversified sound. I wanted the vocals to sound extreme too.

3.Your lyrics have a concept to them dealing with some stories from the valley where you are from, can you tell us a little bit more about what you covered lyrically with this ep?
I start from history or nature more then from stories, remembering for example the rites that were done in the prehistoric age while the stone carvings were made (it's quite sure people from central Europe too came into this valley for those rites, also because of the shape - masculine and feminine - of two mountains located in the middle of the valley, one on the left side and one on the right side, and what happens during equinoxes with sun light). Other ideas come from historical events like the witch burnings of the Middle Ages; WWII brought death and devastation too: I imagine the spirits of all these dead gather in the woods driven by the wind and hidden by the fog, telling themselves stories and looking for revenge or justice or whatever. I like to play with words too, Gardù would have no sense if the village's name wouldn't have been Garda (and that's also explained the title "Gardeternalismo"), which is under the municipality of Sonico, that means "sonic" in english and so on... Other lyrics are about my nihilistic and pessimistic view of the world or strongly anti-religious.

4.You also write the lyrics in both Italian, Gai and English, what was the decision behind using 3 different languages on the recording?
Well, italian is my language and english has always been first choice for songwriting. The decision of using Gaì is because this language is so forgotten that real few people can speak it nowadays and it's always been so mysterious, a kind of code-language just shepherds knew. The stone carvings too are so mysterious, no one really knows their meaning and so you can see there's a lot of interesting mysteries in this valley, and Gaì is meant to make Gardù's music even  darker.

5.I know the project was named after The Devil in 'Gai', do you have an interest in the occult?
Much more in blasphemy. I believe god is a lie and in history has been used only with the purpose to enslave people.  Satan too does not exist, but he can somehow represents a way to stand against religion and what it means to human life: he is the allegorical guide against all powers that affect people. Living in a catholic area then make it easy to use a name that means the maximum expression of evil... Another reason I choose that name is because I wanted to play with words once again and Gardù was the right name for a black metal project based in Garda!

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The cover artwork is a picture taken by a friend in the woods of Garda. I thought it was good for the artwork because it shows a side of the landscape in which the songs are set, while giving the feeling that something's going to happen...

7.With this project you recorded everything by yourself, are you open to work with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
As I said before, Gardù is a solo-project because I don't think I can find anyone around here who'd have the same musical idea and I think it'll stay like this in the future.

8.The ep was released on 'Tropo Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Tropo records is my personal music label. Born in 1997, it's always been the mark pressed on all the releases I ever played on or produced: it's the symbol of my way of doing things in a D.I.Y. way. I've been playing in lots of bands with lots of different music styles, so Tropo records' productions are really different from each other, mainly punk-hardcore or experimental. You can find more at these soundcloud pages: -

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
I guess by now the project is like Gaì language, unknown to most people!

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I'm already working on new songs, too early to say if next release will be a full length. As a musician in general I don't know, 'cause I'm always working on different projects and different music styles, at the moment I'm also working on new songs for my experimental project Ustahiad and for my sci-fi garage-surf-punk band Superinvaders, which is also planning a tour to China... I'll probably be doing some music!

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?
In Gardù you may easily find influences from norwegian bands of the 90's (like Darkthrone or Mayhem) and that way of playing black metal in general, but Gardù is also influenced by bands like Fantômas or musician/composer John Zorn and punk-hardcore music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanx a lot for the interview (and the review)! At the moment I'm just hoping to reach more people with this music. Last but not least, italian blasphemy "Porco dio!".

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