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Natanas Interview

vendredi 5 février 2016 à 19:15
> 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

My main project is Natanas. This project was birthed in 2013, a product of a need for creative release. I am the sole member, playing drums, guitar, bass, mandolin, violin, keyboards, and vocals.

> 2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings ?

Natanas gives a priority to feeling and atmosphere. Stylistically: black metal with a doom and depressive influence. Tempos are typically slow, vocals are harsh. Experimentation and incongruent moments exist as my mood dictates.

> 3.Since 2014 there has been a great amount of music released, do you put a great amount of time and effort  into  writing and creating music?

For over a decade I have worked in the oil field. Working two weeks straight, sixteen plus hour days. This left me with a pretty intense work ethic. In my spare time, I do not watch TV or films. I read books and make music. So, yes, I spend a large portion of effort and time writing, experimenting with, and recording music. It is a consuming passion for me, and something my family understands.

> 4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

With Natanas the feeling typically comes from the frustrations of life. The powerlessness of the average person. The futility of our existence. I have a pretty elaborate personal philosophy involving quantum entanglement and consciousness. This comes up a lot in my lyrics.

> 5.The musical project is located in  Wyoming, do you feel that living in this state that has a small population and not much going on for metal has given your music more of an isolated feeling?

Wyoming is the least populated state in the USA. I moved here back in 2005, leaving El Paso, Texas, where I grew up. El Paso has more people than the state of Wyoming. I feel much more at home here. That feeling of being surrounded by the open, the empty, the dry absolute cold. It pervades my music.

> 6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain a solo project?

Natanas will always remain a solo project. It wouldn't feel right to let anyone else in. No guest appearances, no one else may touch it.

I have worked with other musicians in projects like Telerumination (with Liam Weir of Necroennui), or performing drums or vocals on other band's releases. I enjoy working with other musicians of a like mind.

> 7.So far you have been a part of many splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands and projects that you have shared splits with?

Unhappy out of Istanbul, Turkey is a dsbm band that I enjoy immensely, a favorite of mine. I feel honored to have shared a release with him.
Necroennui out of Phoenix, is an ambient project of Liam Weir. The soundscapes he produces are like liquid emotion. They invoke a feeling, a place. This split spawned a side project: Telerumination.
Music Distroyer out of Colorado (a state I lived in twenty years ago, and have fond memories of), play an old school brand of extreme metal. I am a fan of their sound and was very pleased to have a split release with another band in the Rocky Mountain area.
Ulfrinn out of West Virginia is a black metal project that makes you feel the woods, and the crumbling infrastructure. This release spawned an ongoing friendship.
Bukavac out of North Dakota (a state I have spent quite a bit of time in) has a technical approach, no matter how much he'll deny it. You cannot help but raise the horns when Bukavac is on the stereo. Great guy.
Vore out of Mexico is a band with intimidating talent, and a friend. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to have a release an album with this act.
Nekroverse out of Finland play a traditional brand of black metal. Filthy and pestilent. When the chance came to do a split, I jumped at it.
Atel out of California play a depressive atmospheric blend of black metal. Slithering vocals and fast riffs. I have enjoyed the sound since my first listen. I am very pleased that a split happened.

> 8.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

Telerumination is on a hiatus for personal reasons. Just prior to this work had started on a second album. When this project returns it will do so stronger. Look for it!

Uls De Tol has had two releases this year, so far. It is depressive, mainly instrumental rock music. Thematically inspired by Aleister Crowley, and meditative in quality. It is another solo venture. An outlet for a side of myself that doesn't quite fit into the scope of Natanas.

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

By and large positive. I have spoken to people all over the planet who enjoy what I am doing. This is nice to hear, yet at the same time Natanas is a personal expression and reflects what I am feeling. The prospect of what other people may think of it doesn't impact the creation of it. This is not meant as a douchebag kvlt statement. It is my escape. It is my time in aural form.

> 10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Continuing to improve and expand the techniques and instruments in my retinue. I think that is all any musician can hope for.

> 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?

Music is religion to me, the only one I have ever fully given myself to. Queen, AC/DC, Rush, Black Sabbath, Kansas, Led Zeppelin - these were my childhood, to this day bands I adore. GG Allin, DRI, King Diamond, Metallica, GBH, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, the early Chilli Peppers albums, the Smiths formed a larger world during my early teen years. Striborg, Burzum, Xasthur, Leviathan taught me of the possibility of creating the output of an entire band by one man. This was revelation.

Lately, I have been listening to a playlist of favorites from Ulfrinn, Vore, Striborg, Idaaliur, Sleep, Darkthrone, Cannibal Corpse, Gorgoroth, Metallica, Merciful Fate, Neurosis, Syphilic, Flachenbrand, the list goes on...

> 12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

I am an atheist who identifies with Laveyan Satanism as a philosophy. It most directly lines up with my personal views. I have read widely sources from many occult traditions. I am a fan of the works of Crowley, yet am not an adherent of his approach. I was formerly a 32 degree regular Freemason, yet decided to leave their organization due to the requirement of belief in a deity - something I feel incapable of doing.

Overall occult systems are, in my mind, methods of approaching the unknown. Ways of reconciling the universe around us. I am for anything that works foreach individual. There has never been another point in history where the availability of information has been this great. Nothing is hidden, it is all out there...

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

Until the day I expire, I see myself making music. If it is something you enjoy then I am pleased that my labor has found a favorable ear. Thank you for the opportunity to answer these tailored questions.

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Dead River Runs Dry/Hierophants Of The Storm/Static Tension Recordings/2016 CD Review

vendredi 5 février 2016 à 02:55

  Dead  River  Runs  Dry  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  diverse  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Hierophants  Of  The  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Static  Tension  Recordings.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  reverbs  a  few  seconds  later  setting  up the  mood  for  some heavy  guitars  to  kick  in  and  after  the  intro the  music  goes into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  and  growling  vocals  that  start  evolving  into  high  pitched  screams.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  growls  give  the  music  an  influence  of  death  metal  and  the  faster  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  ;picking  while  also adding  a  lot  of  melodies  into  the  open  note  riffs.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  black  metal  vocals  also  get  more  grim  as  the  album  progresses  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  influences  of  hard  rock  and  heavy  metal  while  others  add  in  psychedelia  and  experimental  music  and  there  is also  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  vocals  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  an  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  and  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Dead  River  Runs  Dry  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  raw  side  of  the  genre  while  also  being  melodic  and  also  adding  in  touches  of  death  metal,  hard  rock  and  experimental  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  angry  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  River  Runs  Dry  are  a  very  great  sounding  and  diverse  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Only Skies  Remain"  "Skull  Of  The  Wind"  "Revenge  Upon  Fate"  and  "For  the  Fallen".  8  out  of  10.  

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Sacrilegium/Anoma Lucifera/Pagan Records/2016 CD Review

vendredi 5 février 2016 à 01:07

  Poland's  Sacrilegium  have  returned  with  their  comeback  album  that  has  been  awaited  for  20  years  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  occult  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Anima  Lucifera"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Pagan  Records.

 Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  giving  the  recording  more  of  an  experimental  feeling  along  with  a  touch  of  ambient  and  after  a  few  seconds  clean  guitars and  melodic  guitar  leads  make  their  presence  known  on  the  songs  along  with  the  guitar  riffs  getting  heavier  which  also leads  up to soem  grim  screams  and  the  music  going  into a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  while  the  guitar  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount of  melody  and  they  also  mix  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together  along  with  the  synths  bringing  in  a  very  epic  like  quality  to  the  tracks  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts.

  Sacrilegium  creates  an  album  that  moves  away  from  their Polish  pagan/black  metal  sound  of   the 90's  and  becomes  more  guitar driven  and  the  music  is  in  more  of  an  aggressive  occult  black  metal  direction  this  time  around  while  also  retaining  the  grimness  of  their  older  material,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Left  Hand  Path,  and  Occultism  themes  along  with  some  references  to  W.B  Yeats,  Leopold  Staff,  and  Ferdnando  Pessoa.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sacrilegium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Angelus  (Anima  Lucifera)"  "The  Serpent  Throne"  and  "Venomous  Spell Of   Fate".  8  out  of  10. 


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Atrabilis/Negativa/MMX/Nebular Carcoma Records/2015 Split 7 Inch Review

vendredi 5 février 2016 à 00:01

  Once  again  Spain's  Atrabilis   and  Negativa  team  up  to  create  another  split  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  7 inch  which  was  released  by  Nebular  Carcoma  Records  and we  will  start  of  the  review  with  Atrbilis  who  also  continues  is  experimental  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings.

  His  side  of the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  distorted  sound  along  with  his  song  being  over  6 minutes  in  length  and  after  a  few  seconds  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  track  and  the  whole  song  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  while  also  retaining  a  very  heavy  and  atmospheric  side  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Isolation  and  Dadaism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Atrabilis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Negativa  who  also  create  another  track  of experimental black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  avant  garde  soundscapes  and  a  few  seconds  later  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  track  along  with  some  distorted  revers  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavy ,  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  depressive  screams  and  the  song  is  6  minutes  in  length  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  starts  slowing  down  a  bit,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and depressive  themes.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Negativa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  depressive  black  metal, you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.

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

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Lubert Das/Deluge/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2015 EP Review

jeudi 4 février 2016 à 22:26

  Lubbert  Das  are  a  band  from the  Netherlands  that  has  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Deluge"  which  was  released  by  Dunkelheit Produktionen.

  Thunder sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  along  with  distorted  reverb  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  leads  to  the  guitars  kicking  in  and  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  to  the  music  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  use  both  deep  growls  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Once  the  music  speeds up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  guitars  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present on  the  recording  and  after  awhile t he  riffs  start  bringing in  more  dark  sounding  melodies and  they  also  manage  to  be  atmospheric  with  guitars,  drums  and vocals  alone and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Lubert  Das  creates  2  epic  tracks  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  atmospheric  while  also  showing  you  can  ignore  modern  trends  and  still  be  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Armageddon  and  the  end  of  the  world.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lubbert  Das  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Forlorn  Ages".  8  out  of  10.   

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