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Bereft Interview

mercredi 17 septembre 2014 à 02:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Well, we’re a band from Wisconsin, and we began our musical journey in 2011.

2.You have a new album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It’s always hard to give a completely accurate description of our music, but I would call us a Post-Metal band with elements of Doom and Black Metal.  We really like to blend those three genres together to create something that we hope is a little fresh, and different. We really try and make it as atmospheric and emotional as we can. Obviously there are numerous bands out there that fuse these types of music together, but it really isn’t something we intentionally do. Our interests as far as what we listen to all play a role in our music style, to some extent I suppose.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Zach and I write the lyrics, and most of them center around our views on religion/politics/personal subjects.  Our central theme for our first album is about how organized religion as an institution has played a central role in halting the advancement of mankind. Whether it is technical advancement, human progress through the way we treat one another, or anything else.

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

When Zach and I are started this band, we wanted a name that was significant to both the music and our lyrics.  We both had an idea of how we wanted the band to sound, Bereft just fit, and felt right as far as our music goes.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think one of my favorite shows we played, was with Agalloch this past summer. It was one of our first shows playing with a bigger national act, and Agalloch is a band I truly like; it was very cool to play with such an awesome band.
I guess I would describe our stage performance as one that we put ourselves into 100%. Personally for me, I get bored watching bands that seem like they don’t want to be there, or don’t seem to appear to put much emotion behind their live performance.  Playing music live is something that I truly love; the music, lyrics, and live performance are very important to me.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We are planning on getting out there as much as we can once the album is released.

7.Currently the band is signed to Silent Pendulum Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Absolutely. Silent Pendulum Records is a vinyl label based out of New York that releases music in the Black, Experimental, and Post-Metal genres. Michael Kadnar (Black Table, Downfall of Gaia) runs it, and we met him when we played with his bands last year in Madison. We kept in contact with him, then approached him with our album, and he’s going to help us release it on vinyl on November 18th of this year. He’s a fantastic guy, and really puts a lot into his new label.

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

So far it seems to be going well, we have released one song on our Bandcamp page, which has seemed to be well received thus far. We’re super excited to get the rest of the record released this November!

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

Well we really like to experiment with our sound, so I’m not completely sure to be perfectly honest.  With time I’ve noticed our song writing ability has improved, and that’s very important to me.

10.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?

Well I grew up listening to bands like Pantera, Slayer, Black Sabbath, etc.  When I was in high school I really got into a lot of punk/hardcore, which I think dictates a lot of our ethics as a band. Recently though, as far as metal goes and new albums from this year; the new Thou album is incredible, Alraune, Pall Bearer, Forn, and Bastard Sapling, just to name a few. I like to listen to things in every genre, and the rest of the guys in the band all listen to different types of music. I definitely think it adds to our influences to be multidimensional in that respect.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love to read, I’m an HBO Series fanatic, hanging out with my family, being in school, and work take up about all of time.

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

I’d just like to thank you for the interview and thank you for your time. I’d also like to let people know that our new album ‘Lost Ages’ will be available via our Bandcamp page on vinyl, cd, and digitally on November 18th of this year. Thanks again!

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1349/Massive Cauldron Of Chaos/Indie Recordings/2014 CD Review

mardi 16 septembre 2014 à 00:05

  Norway's  1349  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  continuing  their  trademark  Norwegian  black  metal  sound  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Cauldron  Of  Chaos"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  natural  noises  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  guitar  riffing  also  has  some  technical  elements  and  more  of  a  modern  Norwegian  sound  to them  and  at  times  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  the  background.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  a  touch  of  death  and  thrash  metal  being  added  into  their  musical  style  and  after  awhile  melodies  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  which  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  way  that  they  are  structured.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  on  this  recording  is  more  of  a  return  to  their  roots  type  of  sound  and  has  a  lot  more  aggression  than  their  last  2  albums  and  later  on  during  the  album  they  bring  in  a  very  old  school  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  on  a  couple  of  their  tracks  which  goes  back  to  their  very early  material  

  1349  creates  some  of  their  heaviest  material  in  years  on  this  recording  and  they  bring  back  a  lot  of  aggression  that  has  not  been  heard  from  them  in  years,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  1349  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slaves"  "Golem"  and  "Godslayer".  8  out  of  10.           

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Dunnock/The Rainy Season/Sylvan Screams Analog/2014 EP Review

lundi 15 septembre 2014 à 00:02

  Dunnock  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  continuing  their  depressive,  atmospheric  and atonal  approach  to  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "The  Rainy  Season"  which  was  released  by  Sylvan  Screams  Analog.

  A  very  distorted  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some high  pitched  screams  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  spoken  words  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  band  adding  in  more  fast  and  raw  elements  which  also  show  them  incorporating  blast  beats.

  There  are  a  good  amount  of  experimental  traces  being  presented  throughout  the  recording  which  also  bring  in  harsh  noises  and  drones  on  some  of  the  alter  tracks  and  at times  they  guitar  riffing  mix  in  some  melodies  with  their  raw  black  metal  sound  and  the  violins  and  keyboards  makes  the  music  sound  more  atmospheric  and  the  music  on  this  ep  shows  more  of  a  depressive  approach  than  the  previous  recordings  with  most  of  the  music  being  in  a  slow  direction  while  it  also  has  its  fast  moments  at  times.    

  Dunnock  creates  some  of  their  most  raw  and  depressive black  metal  on  this  recording  while  still  being  very  experimental  at  the  same  time  and  they  manage  to  do  something  new  with  each  recording,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  song  lyrics  are  based  on  2  different  days  and  have  a  very  depressive  approach  to  them.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dunnock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  IV"  and  VI".  8  out  of  10. 

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Crown Of Twilight/Self Titled/2014 EP Review

samedi 13 septembre 2014 à 00:02

  Poland's  1  man  band  Crown  of  twilight  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  his  instrumental  approach  to  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  which  he  also  mixes  in  with  doom  metal  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  and  self  released  2014  ep.

  A  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  ambient  drone  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  clean  playing  is  added  into  the  music  for  a  few  minutes  before  going  into  a  more  distorted  and  slow  black  metal  direction  along  with  the  first  2  track  being  divided  into  2  different  segments  which  shows  the  first  in  a  clean  direction  and  the  second  in  more  of  a  heavier  direction.

  On  the  3rd  track  ambient  style  sytnths  start  to  kick  in  and  the  guitars  stick  to  more  of  a  slow  doom/drone  metal  style,  when  the  ep  goes  into  the  4th  track  the  clean  guitars  make  a  return  while  also  having  more  of  a  semi  distorted  feeling  that  is  more  closer  to  post  black  metal  and  the  ep  closes  with  an  ambient  drone  outro.

  Crown  Of  Twilight  sticks  to  more  a  slower  musical  direction  on  this  recording  while  still  having  elements  of  black  and  doom  metal  in  their  sound  and  he  also  keep  around  the  ambient,  atmospheric  and  drone  elements  while  a  post  rock  tinge  is  also  added  into  some  of  the  songs  and  the  production  has  more  of  a  dark  and  raw  sound.    

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crown  of  twilight  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of instrumental  black/doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Heart  of  the  Forest  (Part  1  &  2)"  and  "Twilight".  8  out  of  10.         

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Vuimago/Vurahva/Nebular Carcoma/2014 Demo Review

vendredi 12 septembre 2014 à 22:31

  Vuimago  where  a  duo  from  the  Netherlands  that  played  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  demo  "Vurahva"  which  was  released  by  Nebular  Carcoma.

   A  very  dark  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  along  with  blast  beats  and  screams  and  demonic  growls  which  are  mixed  in  the  background  while  they  do  get  more  powerful  after  awhile  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  true  90's  black  metal  tradition  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  atmosphere  into  their  musical  sound  and  they  use  mostly  power  chords  and  tremolo  picking  to  create  a  very  raw  approach  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  really  start  to  sound  it  being  done  in  a  more  evil  style  than  the  standard  way  of  doing  black  metal  vocals.

  Vuimago  plays  a  very  dark  and  true  form  of  occult  black  metal  that  manages  to  capture  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occult  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Vuimago  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ouroboros  Of  The  Worm"  and  "Sermon  Of  The  Sinner".  8/5  out  of  10.       

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