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Endzeit Interview

vendredi 29 août 2014 à 00:05
1.For these that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

There is really not that much to tell. Endzeit was incepted in the end of 2012 as a project by me (Polaris) together with Jarkko who was to take over vocals and participate in the whole concept of the band. Unfortunately due to personal reasons Jarkko could not make it, but luckily he is not out completely: he did the whole artwork. And here two people need to be thanked as well: Susa Dosa for the band photos, and Stefan Johnson for the Detroit photos.

But be that as it may, Schwarz joined Endzeit in early 2014 during the recordings of ‘Years of Hunger’ to take over vocals and second guitars. Luckily, Lahti is a pretty music-filled town and Profane Omen’s Samuli joined Endzeit on drums while Pyry of Mörbid Vomit has taken over bass duties.

2.You have an ep coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I guess, that’s a pretty obvious one: black metal. We added 'raw apocalyptic' to the black metal label as it is a raw sound with apocalyptic content.

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

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

I think question 3 and 4 can be answered together. ‘Endzeit’ is the German word for apocalypse or literally translated into end-time. Since I’m German I connect a very mythical and somewhat religious connotation to that word. The name, music and lyrics are inspired by the decay I saw when I visited Detroit in early 2013. It deeply moved me to see how capitalism has failed, how people live in the rubble of burnt down buildings, how anarchic structures – no, that’s not a contradiction – have found their way into the lives of people. And the government does too little to help them. It is a very disturbing sight to drive through the ‘food deserts’, the places where there are no supermarkets anymore within several miles, and to see empty and decaying buildings where once was laughter and joy. And in the middle of that “haggard human shadows, pallid and hollow” – as our song ‘Godless’ describes.
All this is combined with an atheistic worldview –at least for myself. The lyrics I wrote together with Schwarz, so I can’t answer for him if he’d subscribe to that statement. We also included the abandonment of any good god, if you will. Instead, the people that live in this apocalyptic world do not see their god protect or help them anymore and a child which is born is indeed born into the land of Satan. The child, which is described in “Life?”, is motherless. Some kind of Jesus-like figure. It could be the son of god or the son of Satan. Who knows…

5.Has the band done any live shows or has this been a studio project so far?

No, not yet. But we are planning to play our first gig in Detroit at next year’s Foul Winter Festival. A little black metal festival for underground bands. Above mentioned Stefan is one of the organizers and a good friend of mine, so if we manage to get the money arranged, we’ll head over there and give the energy Detroit has given to us back to the city.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, we are unsigned and don’t have any money for physical copies or promotion, so a label that would make tape or vinyl copies would be awesome. Of course, CDs are also more than welcome, to say the least! We have sent the record to two labels only and not heard back yet, but let’s see what happens.

7.On the ep you had a Dark Funeral cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

Yes, Dark Funeral’s “Secrets of the black arts” is one of my favourite black metal albums and “The dawn no more rises” one of the best black metal songs of all time for me. Since it also touches upon the Endzeit narrative of a post-apocalyptic world in its lyrics, playing our own version of the song was an obvious choice.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal that have heard it so far?

That’s too early to say. Your review is the first and for now only one and that has been very positive!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
New songs are written and they are in the same vein as the songs on “Years of Hunger”. So expect more black metal.

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?

For now I’ve been the only songwriter and my musical spectrum is very wide. But for Endzeit I used the black metal influences of the time when I grew up – the 1990s. I would consider myself a black metaller anyways. What do I listen to nowadays… everything that is hard, dark and creative. I, together with some friends, run a little zine called Vendetta Metal Magazine, so we get a lot of different metal from all over the world. I’m not interested in any bigger bands really. The global underground metal scenes are amazingly diverse and extremely interesting, so I personally tend to ignore the mainstream and focus on the tiny bands. And that’s what I listen to in everyday life.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Educating myself. Through books, through life, through people. The world is a complex entity and everybody who comes up with generalizing and simplifying statements about people, regions or contexts should really ask him/herself: is the world really that simple?

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

Thoughts I have plenty but I’m not able to or don’t want to share them with you. ;-) My final words are: thank you very much for your support! Very much appreciated!

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The Furor/Impending Revelation/2014 CD Review

jeudi 28 août 2014 à 21:55

  The  Furor  are  a  1  man  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "Impending  Revelation".

  A  very  dark,  evil  and  atmospheric  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  melodic  and  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  brings  in  leads,  growls  and  screams  setting  up  the  mood  for  more  of  a  black/death  metal  direction  and  when  the  blast  beats  kick  in  they  invoke  the  sounds  of  war.

  The  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  on  the  album  are  in  an  old  school  and  chaotic  extreme  metal  direction  and  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  brings  back  a  lot  of  the  early  to  mid  90's  Australian  style  war  metal  sound  back  and  at  time s you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  After  awhile  the  solos,  leads  and  riffs  start  utilizing  more  melody  and  after  being  very  heavy  and  brutal  for  a  long  time  on  one  of  the  tracks  the  music  calms  down  for  a  few  seconds  before  adding  even  more  brutality  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  small  amount  of  atmosphere  on  the  next  couple  of  tracks  while  the  rest  of  the  recording  remains  in  a  raw,  brutal  and  chaotic  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Slayer's  "Show  No  Mercy"  towards  the  end  of  the  recording.

  The  Furor  takes  the  rawest,  heaviest  and  most  brutal  elements  of  black,  death,  war  and  thrash  metal  and  combines  them  together  to  create  on  of  the  heaviest  sounding  recordings  to  be  released  so  far  this  year,  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Furor  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hammer  Hierarchy"  "Corpse  Eclipse"  "Black  Sorcerer  Of  Sadism"  and  "The  Pentagram  Prevails".  8  out  of  10.  

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Endzeit/Years Of Hunger/2014 EP Review

jeudi 28 août 2014 à 16:36

  Endzeit  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  rough  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Years  Of  Hunger"  which  will  be  released  on  bandcamp  in  September.

  Dark nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  some  military style  drum  beats  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  more  raw  and  starts  going  for  a  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  as  well  as  keeping  around  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  of  European  black  metal  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  used  there  are  in  more  of  a  melodic  musical   direction  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  there  is  a  great  amount  of  raw  tremolo  riffing  being  utilized  along  with  some  melodic  open  note  playing  and  the  bass  playing  also  gets  more  powerful  as  the  ep  progresses and  on  one  of  the  songs  you  can  also  hear  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  being  utilized  and  on  the  last  track  is  a  cover  of  Dark  Funeral's  "The  Dawn  No  More  Rises"..

  Endzeit  takes  a  very  rough  and  raw  style  of  European  style  black  metal  and  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  to  create  a  very  pure  and  true  form  of  this  musical,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  old  school  sound  to  it  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Endzeit  are  a  very  great  sounding  rough  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hunger"  and  "Life".  8  out  of  10.

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Order Of The Ironfist/Forever War/2014 EP Review

jeudi 28 août 2014 à 14:52

  Order  Of  The  Ironfist  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  brutal  form  of  bestial  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  ep  "Forever  War".

  A  very  dark  and  militant  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  demonic  noises  before  going  into  a  very  raw  and  fast  bestial  black/death  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  along  with  some  war  metal  style  growls  and  screams  and  there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  evil  sounding  melodies  being  added  into  the  music  which  gives  the  ep  and  old  school  90's  feeling.

  On  the  second  track  the  music  starts  out  with  an  early  90's  war  metal  sound  along  with  some  bestial  vocals  and  the  track  is  8  minutes  in  length  and  contains  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  single  note  tremolo  riffing,  while  the  third  song  starts  out  with  a  slower  riff  and  spoken  word  part  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  more  fast  and  chaotic  musical  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  an  early  90's  death  metal  feeling  at  times

  Order  Of  the  Ironfist  contains  his  raw  and  bestial  approach  to  black/death/metal  on  this  recording  and  keeps  the  early  90's  tradition  alive  with  his  musical  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Order  Of  the  Ironfist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forever  War"  and  "infernal".  8  out  of  10.

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The Stone/Nekroza/Folter Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 28 août 2014 à 14:02

  The  Stone  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Nekroza"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  A  very  dark  and  epic  sound  along  with  synths and  tribal  style  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars,  blast  beats  and  deep  yet  grim  screams  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  After  awhile  you  can  hear  elements  of  blackened  death  metal  being  mixed  in  with  the  bands  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  bring  in  a  melodic  Swedish  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  making  the  album  have  more  of  a  dark  atmosphere  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  some  thrash  influences  being  mixed  in  with  the  bands  musical  style.

  All  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  while  they  all  retain  the  old  school  black  metal  feeling  which  is  a  very  dominant  part  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  they  also  bring  in  a  few  long  and  epic  tracks  and  the  solos  after  awhile  start  incorporating  more  traditional  metal elements  into  the  leads  and  some  of  the  riffing  starts  bringing  in  an  early  90's  Morbid  Angel  influence  into  the  bands  musical  sound.

  The  Stone  remain  true  to  their  raw  and  melodic  black   metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  keeping  a  good  amount  of  thrash  and  death  metal  influences  in t heir  musical  sound,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  yet  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Serbian  and  cover  nihilism,  death  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  the  Stone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kosmar"  "Lov  na  Vestice"  "Mrak"  and  "Prefgoblje".  8  out  of  10.

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