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Witchclan Interview

mardi 25 novembre 2014 à 03:52
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?

Just promoting really, and doing interviews like this one. Witchclan is obviously not a touring band so that's what makes it different really. Any normal band would be touring at this point but for me, apart from the promoting, this time is pretty much all reflection time. When an new album is released, you get to hear all the comments from other people and different non-biased reviews all with something different to say. I spent months listening to the new album when it was being mixed and produced so I've heard it hundreds of times already and to be able to have fresh ears listen to it and hear it in a totally new and different light to the one I was hearing is a great thing and long overdue.

2.Recently you have 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?

The music contained on the new album, for all intensive purposes, is Black Metal. However, it does go deeper than that really - from a song writers perspective anyway. I'm influenced by a lot of different stuff - from 80's thrash metal, doom metal, death metal, traditional heavy metal, punk and of course black metal. I think that a lot of those genres and styles can be heard across the whole album, it all blends together to make what I like to call Bestial Hell Metal. As for how it differs from the last album, I suppose you can just say it's a natural progression and improved song writing. The general feel of the new album 'The Dark Binding' is as dark, if not darker than the last one and I feel that it reeks of atmosphere, more so than 'Misanthropist'.

3.Your lyrics over the years have covered Satanism,  Necronomicon,  occultism and Anti Religion topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I've always been very interested in the Occult. It's a fascinating subject, and one that excites and feeds the imagination. The majority of the lyrics on the new album are occult based, although a couple of them are just generally anti-religious. I do strongly dislike religion. It's the root of all evil and is the reason that the world is in such a bad state. I cannot believe that in 2014, the majority of the human race are still worshiping false gods, and limiting themselves physically and mentally. Religion controls you - and religion is controlled by the governments. So your government is controlling you and telling you how to live your life. All my lyrics are saying is to fight back and take control of your own life.

4.The band is considered one of the first second wave black metal groups in the United Kingdom, do you feel that you have been a huge influence on some of the later bands that have came out of the country?

Witchclan IS the first. The band formed in 1990, and the only other bands who came afterwards was Dead Christ in 1991, and then Thus Defiled and Xaztur in 1992. Witchclan was the first, although I didn't actually join the band until 1993. As for being an influence, I really wouldn't know. Back in the early 90's the band was relatively unknown and to be fair, still is. It's all about having an underground following as far as I'm concerned. I have my dedicated fan base, and I'm happy with that. I'm just making the music I want to make, if other people like it and if bands get influenced then that's cool but that's not why I do Witchclan.

5.The band was broken up for a long time, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform the project?

Yes, the band split up half way through 1995. The reasons behind it aren't very exciting I'm afraid. It's the same old story - musical differences and dedication issues. We were all very young at the time, so some of us took it more seriously than others and certain members were more into other genres and so ultimately, Witchclan had to split up and go separate ways. One of the guitarists and I practiced with a couple of different drummers but nothing worked out so in the Summer of '95 we called it quits. Witchclan stayed dead and buried for 17 years until I resurrected it in 2009 as a solo project. At this point, I was ready to do something in the music industry again but I was indecisive over what the band should be and what name it should have so it was my wife who suggested that I reform Witchclan - the rest, as they say - is history.

6.The band in the beginning went through a lot of name changes, what was the cause of that and also what is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Witchclan'?

The name changes all happened between 1990 and 1992. It started out as Crypt, then changed to Curse and then finally to Hellgrind before they settled on Witchclan in 1992. There was a demo recorded under the name Hellgrind but I've never personally heard it.
The name Witchclan stems back to Newcastle, UK in 1992. The founding members Peter Leathley and Sharad Anand were at school at the time and there was a group of skank girls who looked like witches and were known as the clan. They both hated them so they decided to call the band Witchclan as a way to poke fun at them. The name of course also represents a group of witches.

 7.Currently the band is a solo project, are you open to working with a full band again in the future or do you chose to remain solo?

I will never work with a full band again. It was very hard with other people in the band. There were times where someone wouldn't turn up to rehearsal - and if that was the drummer for example, that would obviously prove to be most unsatisfactory when you're trying to practice songs. There was also, as I mentioned before, the matter of other members having different musical inputs and not agreeing with the direction of the band, and so on.
Being a solo project suits me perfectly. I get to do things at my own pace, there's nobody to argue with or have musical disagreements with. I get to have 100% creativity and do exactly as I please, so the end product is entirely my creation. I like it this way. I am a complete control freak and if things aren't going the exact way I want them to go then things can get fucked up.

8.When you had a full line up did Witchclan ever do any shows, if so how would you describe the stage performance and also what where some of the best shows that you have played?

No. We never played live. To begin with, when I joined the band in 1993 it was already difficult to rehearse because I lived on the south coast of England and they lived right in the middle of the country so even travelling there would have taken hours. They recorded the music in Newcastle and then I added the vocals here in East Sussex. It was a strange set up but it worked nicely for about a year and a half until they left the band.
The replacements I found were local, but we only ever rehearsed. I guess at the time I didn't think we were good enough to play live. We were all very young and really not completely competent with our instruments. The two demos recorded during 1993 are very messy - and then there was an unreleased demo from 1995 which was recorded on a 4-track but the guy we borrowed it off only gave us about 30 mins to record everything so there were so many mistakes and it sounded terrible. Playing live just wasn't really an option at that time, and nowadays of course it could never happen being that I'm the only member and I would never want to use session musicians.

9.The new album was released on Elvester Records, how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Elvester Records have released it on vinyl and CD, I have also stayed with Darkness Shade Records who have released it on tape as well. Elvester have been absolutely fantastic. The label is run by Erik Epperson who plays in the U.S black metal band Locust Fork. He's been extremely supportive from start to finish and also very patient. I'm a father of two, and I also hold down a full time job which I travel two hours per day to get to so all those factors mean that I can be slow at responding to things the label have asked me to do such as sending out promos and so on. So Erik has been very understanding and patient with me which has really helped out. He also co-produced the album so all in all, he's put a massive amount of time into this record, not to mention a massive investment.
Paul from Darkness Shade Records has also been very cool. I've been signed with Paul since he released the last album Misanthropist back in 2011 and he's always been very supportive and always met the needs of the band.

10.Over the years how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

Very favorable. You get crap reviews, you get great reviews - it's all just opinions and on the grand scale of things, opinions are just people's personal thoughts that they choose to share so I don't really take it all that seriously because what one person thinks is amazing, the next person might think it's crap. I'd say about 90% of the reviews I've seen have been very good - the other 10% not so great. But, and I've always said this - I make music that I would like to listen to, the way I want to make it. I try to create albums that I personally would want to own and if other people also like it then that's just an added bonus. I love music, I love creating it - so if I get some praise for doing what I enjoy doing then that's okay with me.

11.This is the first album to be released in 3 years, can you give us an update on what was going on during that time frame?

Just working with my other band Deadman's Blood, and a lot was going on in my personal life too. My daughter was born in 2012 and then earlier this year my son was born. I recorded and released 'Product of a Deranged Mind' by Deadman's Blood between this time so you can see I haven't been slacking, I'm always busy with something. I'm currently on a break from writing though, at the moment I'm just promoting for Witchclan, doing interviews and stuff so I will most likely begin recording the new Deadman's Blood material in Spring of 2015.

12.What is going on with your death metal project 'Deadman's Blood' these days?

I work by bands on a rota - I work on one new release for one band and then get that released, then I have a break of a few months and then get onto recording the next release for the other band. I recorded and released 'Product of a Deranged Mind' back in 2012 which went down with people really well and is completely sold out now. I'll be beginning writing and recording the first full-length for the band next year but I would like to get it released on a label rather than self-funding it, which I find to be a real pain in the ass. I'd much rather get it out through a label and relieve some of the stress and pressure from me. We'll see what happens, I am still yet to record it so I'm jumping the gun a bit at this stage.

13.Where do you see yourself heading in the future, musically?

Well Witchclan and Deadman's Blood are both here to stay, there's no doubt about that. I have no desire to change the framework for either of those two projects, so they will always be extreme metal bands. I would however, like very much to venture into more experimental genres with some kind of new project. It's all just thoughts in my head at the moment but I listen to lots of different styles of music, and in order to keep my current bands pure to what they're meant to be, I need another outlet so that nothing else bleeds into those bands, even on a subconsciously influential level. It's important to me that Deadman's Blood is always 100% rotten old death metal and that Witchclan is always black metal, so another project might have to creep in at some point.

14.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?

Well in the very early days of the band it was a very 80's influenced sound. Imagine Slayer met up with Possessed and got drunk. Then on the way home they ran into Bathory, took some acid and ended up back at Venom's house and all had a jam together. So it was a mixture of those bands, but not played very well.
These days, there are so many bands who have an influence but I suppose the main ones that I owe it to would be Bathory, Burzum, Darkthone and Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult.
As for what I'm listening to at the moment. Well each week is different for me. I have the privilege of being able to listen to music all day long at work so I tend to get about 7 hours of music per day usually. I have ripped about 50% of my music collection to MP3 so this is what I listen to at work - then when I'm at home it's the vinyl and tapes which come out. Over the past couple of weeks, my listening has been pretty varied - Intense Degree, Electro Hippies, Pentagram, Beastcraft, G.G.F.H, Godflesh, Scorn. To be honest, it's been a very mixed bunch as you can see.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love film. I watch several films a week and I try to get out to the pictures with my wife as often as we can. Horror movies are mainly my bag, although I do like Sci-fi and Action Thriller stuff too. So I collect movies, mainly on VHS - and mainly stuff from the 70's and 80's which were my favorite eras. I also collect other stuff like skateboards, stickers and all sorts of weird and wonderful things so I'm always kept busy hunting things down.
As I've mentioned, I'm a husband and I'm a father of two, so most of my spare time is spent with them. My family life is very important to me and if the music all went away tomorrow I would still have my wife and kids so I'd be alright!

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

Firstly, thanks to you for this cool interview and thanks to all the people who have so far bought the new album. If you haven't bought it and would like to know more about me and my bands, please go to the following websites -,uk

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Buy vinyl, tapes and CD's! Support the underground!

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Orthank/Rotting World/Wohrt Records/2014 Cassette Review

lundi 24 novembre 2014 à 02:46

  Orthank  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "Rotting  World"  which  was  released  by  Wohrt  Records.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  pagan  chanting  which  are  also  brought  back  on  the  last  track  before  adding  in  grim  screams  and  synths  in  the  background  and  on  the  other  tracks  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  sound  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  sticks  to  a  90's  style  of  pagan/black  metal  and  after  awhile  the  bass  guitars  get  more  powerful  sounding  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads  on  a  few  tracks  while  some  of  the  other  songs  show  the  vocals  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  deep  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Orthank   plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  also  captures  the  90's  style  perfectly,  the production  sound s very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orthank  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  "II"  "V"  and  "VII".  8  out  of  10.

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My Dying World "Mako" Interview

vendredi 21 novembre 2014 à 22:54
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Our project was formed in october 2013, as solo project of Sergey "Mako" Tereshchenko. It was based on idea to create some music, which will describe his own feelings, experiences and negative view of outer world and people. During 7-9 monthes was written 6 songs (instrumental part - guitars, bass, drums, atmospheric parts), and he desided to change conception of album - it becomes as some interpretation of diary, written by melancholic and depressive person. And for recording was invited Artur "Shadow" Goncharov as guitarist (accoustic and electric guitars), and was decided to take guitarist as part of the band. Because non of members can`t sing, was invited like session vocalist Nikita "IORIA" Eremeev, who also wrote excellent lyrics for us. After this we complete recording of our first album "My dying world... and life!"

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also what do you feel you add to the depressive black metal genre with your musical sound?
2. Our musical sound was chosen to describe our inner feelings, which is raw and negative, but still not so good as we tried to make, because of our low budget. Anyway we think, that our sound still give for raw black metal some way for new experiments.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. With our Lyrics we tried to describe all feelings, that "author of diary" has during writting one. We tried to describe what he feel, when someone lie to him, betray him, give negative experience, try to offence him. We tried to make it like a small story of that "author". Of course it has expliting content, cause it can show you, how "main character" hate the world, and how he is angry on everybody, even thou whom he loved, but was betrayed.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'My Dying World'?
4. "My dying world Mako" means, that inner world of band former is ruined and is on the edge of self-destruction. It was chosen, when Sergey "Mako" was interested in making photos in depressive and melancholic style (there was his own internet page, which has same title) and after interpretated in a name of future music project.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line-up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
5. We are planning to expand, cause we are always looking for a person, who can sing for us (for one album or for whole period of band existence). And if there will be musicians, who are interested in taking part of helping write music or organizing live concerts, we will be glad to invite them to our project.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
6. If any label will offer us their service, we can sigh an agreement. But during unsigned period we are planning to make records at our own home studio.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7. We are not such popular to get plenty feedbacks. We recieve only a small amount of them. Some is good, some is not. Someone like music part, someone vocal... everyone has different tastes and oppinions.

8.Do any of the band members have any experience playing or performing in other bands before forming this project?
8. Former is taking part in other project "DEC`50" (bass-guitar), but that project is "frozen" for now (leader and some other members can`t take part in life of the band). Session vocal has his main black metal project "IORIA". For guitarist Artur this is first experience in band.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. We are planning to move our music in more atmosphere way, but still we will not forget about depressive parts of music - in that way we are working under our second album.

10.What are some of the band or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. We are listening different kind of metal and atmosphere music, but mostly it`s an atmospheric/depressive/suicidal black metal, shoegaze, post-black, ambient. Such bands like Apati, Wolves in the Trone Room, Thy light and so on has great influence on our music in first album.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. My (former) non-musical interest are working with photos, reading some books, cooking and so on.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. What can i tell at the end - just keep calm and listen DSBM :) and thanks to all, who support and believe in us.

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Hornwood Fell Interview

vendredi 21 novembre 2014 à 22:35
.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a
little bit about the band?
Hi, we arranged our group in May 2013 and we play black metal 90’s, we’ve tried to play when we were child but now we don’t apply make up! Our biggest influences are The Ulver, the erlier Borknagar, Satyricon Burzum, and obviously the Darkthrone.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the
musical sound that is presented on this recording?
The music follows the Norwegian style of 90’s, dirty guitars, shrill voices. An obsessive Style, far from a sophisticated approach, but we pay close attention to the essential visual/evocative part. With the intention to remember some masterpieces which have lead to success the genre; a tribute to what in the 90’s was.

3.The music on the album has the Norwegian sound of the 90's, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction as opposed to amore modern style?
We are bound to this genre by a teen-love, in the 90’s what that came from Norway embraced perfectly ours places atmospheres, the stories, legends, where we are immersed in.
At the time the black metal scene, born around the “dark and unsurmontable silva cimina” included also the “Hastur Evocation”, earlier  group of “Hornwood Fell”.
Most people could think that we’ re doing nothing special, but we are convinced there is an innovative element in our music, most of all in 2014. that’s the bad taste:  everyone look for the good sound but for us is important the bad sound!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
A storm, an oak tree, a man alone watching without see, others themes and characters with their  own fears. Actions and life’s dark thoughts of a human counciousness: a landscape made of roughs and fast images, where senses ask to be recognize and to shape form thought symbols and disguises.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hornwood Fell'?
We liked the evocative result that comes out with the words “horn-wood-fell”, seemed to be related with the atmospheres and the unreal of our pieces.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We never have done live performance yet; and we don’t know if we will do it. We’re  focusing the attention on new compositions, it’s the most important thing now.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Not yet, this likes to be a studio project!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We received a good feedback, we have not quite a complete point of view because the album is just issued and we’re doing a promotion work.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projectsthese days that some of the band members are a part off?
A lot of bands mentioned on our biography , are actually in pause, we are concentrated on this project.
Wisest farmers used the Crop rotation, they periodically let stand the plots to give them new vitality.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The Hornwood are born just to do dirty thing! We started this adventure playing Black Metal and we’ll finish doing it over again. For us is very important to remain authentic, congruent with the history of this genre. We are so nostalgic.

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?
We actually listen a lot of musical genres, we play black metal remaining to our pasts, but we listen some masterpieces also. We are fascinated by classical music, the black metal seems to be very close to it. You know, this sensation leaved by opened chords, without palm muting, they sometimes like to be a mass of cellos, however they give an orchestral effect.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
.Andrea (bass player) I work as movie editor, the movie in general is my passion.
Andrea (Drum) I love travelling and i do it as soon as possible,  I teach Drum.
Marco (guitar and voice) I teach music and a method called “Ground Discharging Approach”, it helps musicians to work fisical problems out.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or
Thank you very much for this opportunity. If somebody wants to listen rough music , we recommend to have a look at our band!

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Goatchrist/She Who Holds The Scrying Mirror/SixSixSix Music/2014 CD Review

vendredi 21 novembre 2014 à 07:23

  Goatchrist  are  a   band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "She  Who  Holds  the  Scrying  Mirror"  which  was  released  by  SixSixSix  Music.

  Nature  and  ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  minute  later  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  mixing  black  and  death  metal  together  and  then  the  album  starts  bringing  in  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  that  utilizes  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  and  melodic  riffing  and  leads  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  have  a  dark  sound  to  them  while  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  talent  and  skill  and  on  the  later  tracks  the  vocals  get  more  grim  and  diverse  as  well  as  adding  in  dsbm  style  screams  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times you  can  hear  some  atmospheric  synths  and  clean  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  being  used  briefly  and  in  some  of  the  low  yet  heavy  riffing  you  can  hear  elements  of  doom  metal  and  on  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  very  brutal  sounding  blackened  death  metal  style.
  Goatchrist  creates  a  very  diverse  sounding  black  metal  album  that  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  raw,  depressive  and  melodic  songs  along  with  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  the  music  always  keeps  around  a  very  dark  and  evil atmosphere,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Cosmic  Luciferianism  and  Biblical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goatchrist  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  Flames  We  Invoke  Him"  "The  Four  Horsemen"  "She  Who  Holds  the  Scrying  Mirror"  and  "Inferno".  8  out  of  10.    

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