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Laranca Interview

vendredi 30 mai 2014 à 11:19
1.                For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Laracna is a Black Metal band from the west of Paraná state in south of Brazil. An old school black metal band, similar to first wave acts. Released two demos from its birth in 2009 to present.
2.So far you have released 2 demos, can you tell us a little bit about about the musical direction both recordings have taken and also how do they differ from each other?

The first demo was recorded with a different vocalist, who did the sound engineering and programmed the drum machine. At the time has the first experience in a studio recording, so I tried to find how the things work and see the 
result. The outcome has a very poor, horrible performance from the vocalist and the mixing of the demo. So, I decided to dismiss him, work by myself and re-record the songs from the first demo with a new vocalist. The main conception for the second demo has the most primitive and essential kind of extreme music, straight the point. As a composerI am always very self-critical to my workand I tried to find the right riffs that would bring what I felt at the time; looking for originality and essence of this kind of music.

3.Your lyrics cover Anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for this religion?

When I wrote the lyrics I always thought to a philosophical way to broach religion/theistic themes.  In the demo, I tried to link the monotheistic religions to Platonic conception of Idealism. Well, Platonic thought have a strong perspective of Idealism, especially in Euthydemus, Meno and The Republic (not in all Platonic work, Timaeus is an exemple), and this kind of tradition configures not only the Christian perspective, but the occidental world. The hatred that we can found in the lyrics is not only a critical of Monotheist perspective or other kinds of religions, but an Idealistic thought that is present in many things, to be an inherent part of Western logical thought and history. The main idea has to the listenerthought about this perceptive and interprets by himself. 
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Laranca'?

Laracna means Shelob in Portuguese, the giant spider of The Lord of the Rings by  J.R.R. Tolkien. I choose that because it’s name with a strong meaning and can represent the sound of the band.

5.According to the metal archives page the band is on hold, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
In 2012, after I recorded the demo Laracna, I began to work in new songs for an EP, but I had a lot of work in the University at the time; the vocalist doesn’t show interest for the band and I don’t found a drummer. So, I decided to split-up for a time to clear the head and work in some personal/professional problems. I still don’t have date to work again in music, maybe in future.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?No, the band never did a live show, I never found a drummer in my region for the work. I work strictly in my home studio since 2011.  

7.On the recent demo you did a cover of Sepultura's "Antichrist" what was the decision behind doing your own version of this legendary track?
I always liked to play some covers, so I asked my friend Vizjerei Efreet to sing in a song of the demo and we choose Antichrist. Old Sepultura was a big influence to me and this song was perfect for the demo sonority.

8.Currently you are unsigned, have you received any label interest in the past?
No, the band never received real interest of a label. I never had contact with people that work in the scene or labels. Contacts are much more important than material with quality for labels and live shows, and I'm sure this is the big factor at this point.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Low, I don’t receive opinions from reviews, material or contacts. I have some contact with people in Paraná state, this one have a good feedback.
10. Are you involved with any other musical projects these days?
No, I have an Electronic/Noise project called Katrasis, but is stagnant about two years.

11.Where would you like to see this band heading into musically during the future?
Try to improve the sound quality using a real drum, more complexity in musical structure, use of different tones and perspectives.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
It is a very difficult question to answer. In past I listened more Extreme Metal, Old Thrash, Black and classic Heavy Metal. But I never stayed listening only one genre, I tried to understand the characteristics of each style of music to learn how to appreciate and criticize stuff. So, I listen to Extreme music as to traditional southern Brazilian music and experimental like Stockhausen and Xenakis.
Nowadays is hard to tell, depends on the mood and time. This week, for example, I had listened to Bathory, Thy Light and Renato Borghetti.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have a Bachelor's degree in History, so of course I'm have interest in this area. Philosophy, Philology, Mechanics, Physics, Literature, et cetera. I always try to 
learn different areas of knowledge. 
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I like to thank you for the review and the interview. 

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Humut Tabal/The Dark Emperor Ov The Shadow Realm/2014 CD Review

jeudi 29 mai 2014 à 06:20

  Humut  Tabal  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  album  "The  Dark  Emperor  Ov  The  Shadow  Realm"  which  will  be  released  in  June  of  2014.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  blast  beats  while  also  adding  in  guitar  leads  and  keeping  the  melody  around  which  leads  up  to  the  grim  screams  making  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  band  utilizes  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  band  also  adds  in  thrash  metal  elements  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  they  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  on  their  musical  instruments  and  mix  in  some  technical  and  progressive  playing  into  black  metal  without  losing  any  of  the  heaviness  or  rawness  this  genre  creates.

  On  the  later  songs  death metal  elements  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  their  musical  sound  and  there  are  also  synths  being  utilized  briefly  in  some  of  the  songs  and  they  bring  a  more  atmospheric  and  avant  garde  feeling  to  the  tracks  that  they  are  presented  on  as  well  as  addign  a  psychedelic  feeling  to  one  of  the  later  tunes  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing   finds  its  way  onto  on  of  the  songs  and  enhances  the  experimental  feeling  this  band  creates  with  its  musical  style  as  well  as  adding  in  small  amounts  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  main  focus  vocal  wise  is  on  the  more  black  metal  side  of  things.

  Humut  Tabal  create  a  very  original  occult  black  metal  sound  with  this  album  keeping  the  rawness,  heaviness  and  melody  of  the  genre  while  also  experimenting  quite  a  bit  with  their  sound  as  well  as  showing  some  talented  and  skilled  playing  that  is  very  rare  in  this  genre,  the  productions  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  along  with  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  concept  revolving  around  a  misanthrope  in  a  past-apocalyptic  wasteland  who  experiments  with  established  occult  practices  before  looking  solely  inward  and  transcending  the  physical  and  spiritual  bonds  of  the  world  and  human  perception.

  In  my  opinion  Humut  Tabal  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Across  The  Boundless  Land  Ov  Death"  "Alone,  In  Purest  Silence"  and  "In  The  Shade  Ov  Lord  Satan's  Wings".  8  out  of  10.


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Goats Of Doom/Ashes From The Past/Ewiges Eis Records/2014 EP Review

jeudi 29 mai 2014 à 03:33

  Goats  Of  Doom  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Ashes  From  The  Past"  which  was  released  by  Ewiges  Eis  Records.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  bass  lines  and  atmospheric  synths  which  lead  up  to  some  blast  beats  and  melodies  before  adding  in  the  grim  vocals  and  screams  and  then  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  mid  paced  and  slow  parts  while  also  having  its  fast  moments  at  times.

  Deeper  vocals  are  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  death  metal  feeling,  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  enhance  the  dark,  melodic  and  occult  elements  of  the  recording,  the blast  beats  on  the  second  and  thrid  track  bring  a  very  brutal  feeling  to  their  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  and  the  last  track  utilizes  a  small  amount  of  clean  parts  which  also  enhance  the  atmospheric  of  the  music  as  well  as  addign  in  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  ep.

  Goats  Of  Doom  create  some  truly  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  with  their  music  which  also  gets  experimental  at  times  and  I  am  interested  to  hear  where  the  band  will  evolve  into  in  the  future,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lovecraft,  Thelema,  Lovecraft,  Misanthropy  and  Satanism.

  In  my  opinion  Goats  Of  Doom  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  atmospheric  and  experimental  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lord  Of  the  Flies".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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Verbum Verus/Melkiresha/Daemon Worship Productions/2012 CD Review

jeudi 29 mai 2014 à 02:50

  Verbum  Verus  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Melkiresha"  which  was  released  by  Daemon  Worship  Productions.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  with  the  music  having  a  blackened  doom  feeling  to  it  which  also  leads  up  to  some  grim  vocals  and  screams  which  also  have  a  melodic  tone  to  them  at  times  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  really  starts  going  for  a  more  mid  paced  black  metal  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  fast  parts  are  added  into  the  music  the  album  starts  having  a  more  raw  feeling  to  it  while  the  band  is  a  lot  more  than  that  style  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  blast  beats  being  utilized  when  the  time  calls  for  it  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  few  long  and  epic  in  length.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  black  metal  screams  start  having  a  more  depressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  the  songs  have  a  very  dark  and  orthodox  satanic  black  metal  sound  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  recording  and  atmospheric  sounds  are  added  on  one  of  the  songs  and  gives  the  music  a  dark  dark  and  ritualistic  feeling  and  the  last  song  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  sounds and  calls  up  the  infernal  names.

  Verbum  Verus  create  some  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  satanic  occult  black  metal  with  their  music  showing  how  black  metal  should  really  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Verbum  Verus  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Fourth  Kingdom"  and  "Primula  Signis".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Wrong/Pessimistic Outcomes/Xtreem Music/2014 CD Review

mardi 27 mai 2014 à 06:34

  Wrong  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Pessimistic  Outcomes"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Avant  garde  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  you  can  hear  the  voices  of  human  torture  which  leads  to  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  depressive  black  metal direction  along  with  some  suicidal  screams  and  you  can  hear  a  dark  atmospheric  sound  in  the  background  at  times.

  When  fast  parts  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  in  the  album  they  give  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  vocals  also  start  getting  more  grim  as  times goes  on  by  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  utilize  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  in  their  song  structures.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  when  they  are  utilized  gives  the  music  a  more  poetic  feeling  and  every  song  has  a  very  different  sound  to  them  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  and  on  of  the  later  tracks  utilizes  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  band  also  brings  in  small  elements  of  post  rock  while  black  metal  is  always  the  main  dominant  factor  of  the  recording.

  Wrong  create  a  very  negative  and  pessimistic  approach  to  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  with  this  album  and  the  songs  on  the  recording  are  a  perfect  example  of  what  depressive  black  metal  should  sound  like,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  negative,  hateful  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from Wrong  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "His  Hatred  Breathes"  and  "Dragging  My  Soul  Until  the  Sunset".  8/5  out  of  10.

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