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Morphinist/The Arcane Session/2014 Full Length Review

lundi 17 février 2014 à 03:02

  Morphinist  are  a  1  man band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "The  Arcane  Session".

  The  album  starts  out  with  clean  playing  before  going  into  a  heavier  post  metal  direction  along  with  a  good  amount  of  progressive  rock  melodies  along  with  a  good  amount  of  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  bringing  in  melodic  guitar  leads.

  When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  dark  and  melancholic  synths  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  are  instrumental  and  at  time s they  bring  in  fast  guitar  riffing  and  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction  and  on  the  last  song  they  mix  clean  and  heavy  parts  together.

  With  this  album  Morphinist  show  a  good  amount  of  diversity  with  his  approach  to atmospheric  post  black  metal  and  while  the  music  might  lack  a  little  bit  in  originality  is  still  very  well  executed  and  melodic  and  I  can  see  a  lot  of  the  younger  black  metal  generation  enjoying  this  record  and  every  song  has  a  different  sound  to  it.

  Song  lyrics  are  absent  from  the  recording  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental  while  the  song  themes  cover  philosophy,  cosmos  and  drugs,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  dark,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Morphinist  are  a  very  decent  sounding  instrumental,  atmospheric  post  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Physis"  and  "Secret  Formula".  7/5  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/morphinistthe-arcane-session2014-full.html


The Somberlain Interview

lundi 17 février 2014 à 00:26
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Hello, here’s Necrogrim talking. THE SOMBERLAIN is a black metal band with black metal attitude. So don’t expect a bored extreme metal band. We’re from the cold and rainy Galicia, northwest region from Spain. At the moment we’ve released a LP called ANCIENT SATANIC CULT and a split EP with HELDE. This last release will have a CD edition through COLD RAWRECORDS from UK.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
It could be described as old school black metal. We play what we feel, without intentions of sounding similar to other bands. We make old punk music but faster and darker. Anyway,that’s simply what black metal is: dark fast punk!!

3. The lyrical topics cover a lot of Satanism and Occult themes; can you tell us a little bit more about your views on these topics?
Occultism is part of our lives. In our Galician culture we’re surrounded of a thousand myths and legends regarding occultism. Witchery is part of our lives, so it’s very easy to make lyrics about it. We’ve grown up with it. Religions have a bunch of weird ideas, but they fear Satan. Not as demon, but the antithesis to
their ideas. So that’s why we’re into Satanism, we’re that antithesis. Our purest hate goes to religions and this stupid human race that feed them.

4. According to the Metal Archives and Facebook pages the band started in 1997 but waited tell 2010 to release the first recording, what was the cause of the long delay?
I’ve started the band in 1997; I think it was my first extreme metal band. After some months rehearsing the other members left the band and it remained as a personal project. I’ve been into other projects all these years but always waiting for the right members for the band. It was as easy as talking with Arkham and Éride to make reborn the band. We change the band name, I took back my old compositions and we recorded ANCIENT SATANIC CULT.

5. When can we expect another release and what musical direction well it be in?
We’ve already got some songs recorded and waiting to be released. It’s similar to our music in ANCIENT SATANIC CULT or the split with HELDE. But at the same time it sounds more old school than the previous material. From my point of view, the new songs are much better: pure fucking black metal.  So we’re looking for a proposal to release these songs. A split with other band would be great for us.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
All shows are different. I enjoyed the last one we did in Madrid at Black Congregation Fest. It was a black metal show for black metal fans. Our performance is full of mysticism; you can feel it in the atmosphere…

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We’re always thinking about touring, we did it several times in the past. But it’s hard for us because of our jobs and other projects we’re in. Arkham is busy with his other bands NASHGUL and HONGO and I’m busy with WARPIG AGENCY, an agency of booking and promotion. THE SOMBERLAIN will make some shows, festivals, etc... And of course we will make a tour in the future if we can find the time for it!

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We are sharing pure music with the black metal community and the feedback is being great. Curiously it’s not only from the black metal fans but the punk crust people. They enjoy our music because it’s straight and with attitude.

9. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
As everyone knows it’s just the name of a DISSECTION’s album. But also it’s the dark path we want to ride. Our deepest respect to DISSECTION music and legacy.

10. Are there any other musical projects going on these days?
Arkham is playing drums in the grindcore band NASHGUL and doom crust band HONGO.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
 I think our music is influenced by a lot of styles, but we make black metal because it’s what we feel. I love a good bunch of styles but when I start composing a riff, it’s fucking black metal. I love from hard rock to electro dark. Right now while I’m replying the interview I’m listening to AGONOIZE, so you can imagine we’re open minded regarding music.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I can speak by myself. I love reading, horror movies, bikes, sex and beer. So the fine art of being a bastard!

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview
Thank you very much for the interview. Occult Black Metal Zine is keeping the black flame alive.  All our support goes to your zine.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-somberlain-interview.html


Forbidden Knowledge Interview

dimanche 16 février 2014 à 23:34
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

This project was created back in 1996 under the name of Tyranny with four other members. I was 16 years old at this time and I was discovering the black metal scene. 
years past and I felt a urge to introduce tons of new ideas and concepts to this project but my musicians feared the way I could transform the band. many left and many were introduced to us during the following years but nothing had changed so I decided to end this project and started a fresh one. That's how Forbidden Knowledge was born. This one man project is my vision of the infinite possibilities and the unlimited.  The concept is based on a dark multi-dimensional world fueled with secret conspiracy theories, manipulations, distorsions and lies. It explores everything that is hidden to the public scene or considered secret or even forbidden. It's the wikileaks of music. A huge reservoir of the most atrocious behaviors of the so called rulers of the world.  The dark dormant secret fantasies of the elite put on lyrics and music. The arcana arcanorum and the secretum secretorum revealed.
     

2.You have so far put out 6 releases, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound and also how has it evolved over the years?

Back in 1996, Forbidden Knowledge had a clear crisp sound along the lines of battles in the north from Immortal but it fastly switched with heavier frequencies
when I decided to buy a seven strings guitar. The best way to describe it today is a perfect match balance of loud/aggressive and clear/tight sounds. I love to create sound effects and mix them with my music. It gives a dark ambience to the record.


3.According to the Reverbnation Page, there has been releases going as far back as 1996 and there seems to be a few years of gaps between each album, can you tell us a little bit more about these gaps?

I have build a home recording studio in 2001 and I have recorded tons of musicians and bands. I had to create a time-balance between my band, my side projects and my studio production. That explain the gaps.


4.The lyrics seem to be well researched in occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the various forms of occultism?

I have spoken with many people in my life that were members of secret organizations, some good, some evil. I remember a day when I set a 45 minutes phone call 
with a 33rd degree freemason. We had a discussion about philosophy, occultism and many other fields but my goal was to extract precious informations from him.
informations that shall be kept secret inside the organization. At the end we were talking about the possibilities of black magic stuff and orgies that were evolved inside freemasonry and he became anxious and hung up. At this point I was conscious that this guy had opened a door on the real goal of his organization and I knew I had to dig further into the occult and the elite circle. I started sharing documents on the web with occult organizations and I have also stolen many documents and this was my inspiration to create years later Forbidden Knowledge. People have the right to know what's going on and sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Forbidden Knowledge?

Forbidden Knowledge is the key informations that is maintained secret from various occult organizations and wealthy people and my goal is to bring it to light. 
The more I learn the more I realize that the human nature can be sick as hell. This project is a filter to all these monstrosities. 


6.Currently there is only 1 member involved with the project, do you feel this is a better way of bringing your vision to the music?

Yes of course. You can't pick a fight with yourself ! No seriously, I would love to recruit musicians and make forbidden knowledge a live band. 
I am a very opened-mind person and this project has tons of styles mixed up together. There are so many talented musicans on this earth. 
Maybe one day I'll find some to join my project.


7.You have a good amount of many different record labels listed on your website, do you feel these labels have done a lot for getting your music out there heard and promoted?

Some of them did a great job but what has gave me a push was the creation of a website 3 years ago called Holographic Universe Productions to help bands and musicians that are maintained in the shadow. I create promotions for these bands and it's totally free. Bands can subscribe anytime ; http://www.reverbnation.com/label/holographicuniverseproductions


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

I have had numerous feedbacks on my website. None of them are negative and it's always a pleasure to share and discover other musicians.


9.Are you currently involved with any other musical projects besides this one?

Yes. I have been working on multiple side projects during the past years like Nuclear sentence and Reign of Emptiness, 
I am presently working on a side project called Lust 666. This project will focus on a more classic metal style but fueled with extreme agressivity,


10.What musical direction do you see this project heading into music wise during the future?

I never see what the future can hold and prefer live in the present.  I don't believe in destiny but only in what I can create for the moment. More than once I had concepts in my mind
but they all shaped in a totally different ways when it was time to materialize them on a recording process. 
but if we are talking about the possibilities that Forbidden Knowledge could reach an higher audience, I would say that it is my biggest wish.


11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I'm that kind of old school guy sticked with classic metal records but the biggest influence that had an impact on my musical structure goes back in 1998 when I first listened 
to the genious hungarian composer Bela Bartok. At this time I had discovered unlimited ways of expressing myself musically. The few bands that had the most influence on me are Beherit (the oath of black blood) Immortal (battles in the north) Possessed (seven churches) Kreator(pleasure to kill) and Morbid Angel (covenant)   


12.Do you have any non musical interests?

I'm a hardcore gamer. I've always been a huge fan of the Thief series on pc. I'm still playing Thief Gold today with some mods added and I can't wait on february 25th for the reboot of this franchise. Besides that I love nature, photography and discover new destinations on earth.
 


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

thank you Occult Black Metal Zine for this interview. I wish you the best in the future. Longue vie à toi.
I encourage people to visit my webpage on reverbnation : www.reverbnation.com/forbiddenknowledge

and don't forget to subscribe your band to my label
http://www.reverbnation.com/label/holographicuniverseproductions

mp3 downloads : www.songstall.com/forbiddenknowledge

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/forbidden-knowledge-interview.html


Vorna Interview

dimanche 16 février 2014 à 03:48
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Vesa: Sure! The release of our debut full-length "Ajastaika" went quite well and we got some requests to do live shows before the end of the year. We would have been more than willing to promote the album on gigs but unfortunately we didn't manage to do that. We just couldn't find enough time and resources to do that and Mikael's (our drummer) military service didn't make things any easier. However, that doesn't mean we have been idle. We've actually started to write new songs and done some other preparations for the year 2014.

2.A few months back you released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from your past recordings?

Vesa: The sound of the album can be described as melodic and melancholic yet harsh and aggressive metal. There are distinctive influences of at least melodic black metal and folk, maybe some other genres too. I think that it in many ways sums up the past five years of Vorna's existence. Of course our sound has developed quite remarkably from the early days, for example in terms of arrangements and production, but it still has a very similar overall vibe that was already present in our demos. 

3.I know that the band name and the lyrics are based on Finnish Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also are you interested in the Paganism of other cultures and countries?

Vesa: Paganism and the ancient religions in general are very interesting and inspiring topics. Or I could just say 'folklore', for some reason that word appeals to me a bit more than paganism. Maybe its because the word 'paganism' is little more related to anti-christianity or something and that is not something I'm interested in writing songs about. Even though I can't totally avoid it. In any case, the fond of my interest to the topic does not lie with the actual religious aspect of it. Rather, I'm more interested in tradition, customs, tales, myths etc. And that goes with the folklore of other cultures and countries as well, not just Finnish. In Ajastaika's lyrics, paganism/folklore or nature related vocabulary are often present in a way or another, but usually that's not the main theme: it is more like "background" for some other story.

4.The new album came out on Inverse Records, do you feel this label has done a lot of help for getting the bands name out there heard?

Vesa: We've been satisfied that we chose to release the album via Inverse Records. They have promoted the album well, distribution has gone smoothly and our contract also makes it possible for us to promote and use the song material in any way we want to.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Vesa: We have actually performed live very seldom so far. There is no particular reason for that, we just haven't. Perhaps every show we have played has been a bit better than the previous one. So I'm gonna say that our next show will be the best one!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Vesa: Yes. We have plans to do bunch of shows in Finland this year, we'll be giving more info about that pretty soon. There have also been conversations about doing some shows abroad. But we shall see. Hopefully we'll manage to do that one day.

7.I remember reading in metal magazines around 10 or 15 years that extreme metal bands where making the top 10 in your home country, is metal still very popular out there these days?

Vesa: That's an interesting question. Perhaps metal isn't as popular here in Finland as it used to be some years ago. But it's still very popular. You can see metal bands in the official Finnish album sales charts quite regularly. Maybe not so often in the top 10 but still in the charts. And there are a huge amount of metal bands which in fact makes things sometimes quite problematic livewise because there are relatively few venues compared to the number of bands. And Finnish people hardly ever go to shows on weekdays so weekends are true prime time and competition is rough. 

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

Vesa: In general, the album has been really well received. Worldwide. It has also divided opinions, though. Some listeners and critics have said that Ajastaika is an amazing and very original album which has it's unique sound and atmosphere. And on the other hand, there are people who think it is an average, typical folk/black record. Of course there is everything in between too. There have also been a wide range of bands from different genres that our listeners have compared us to. Even though there are those certain standard names (which will come up almost every time when its possible to put Finland, folk metal and your bands name in the same sentence) many of them have actually been quite surprising. I think that's one sign that tells us we haven't been totally predictable and boring after all!

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Vesa: Most likely that certain melancholic atmosphere will always be present in our music. If I have to describe the sound of our next album, I'd say that it's general musical direction won't be too different compared to our previous releases. There will be fast and black metal-ish moments, acoustic parts and lots of melodies but also some new tricks and ways of expression. We'll do whatever feels natural for us at the time.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Vesa: It's extremely hard to answer this question as all of us are composing/arranging Vorna's music and we all listen to many different bands and music styles. So our songs are also influenced by huge amount of bands and styles. 

11.Do you have any non musical interests?

Vesa: Sometimes I play recorder purely for sadistic purposes. Seriously though; I have three dogs, like to take long walks in the woods, watch movies, play games, read books and enjoy alcoholic beverages with me mateys.

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

Thank you very much for the interview! And for the rest of the world: if you are reading this and haven't heard our debut album 'Ajastaika' yet, check it out. You will love it. And if you don't, you shall cry and love it. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/vorna-interview.html


Forbidden Knowledge/Ancient Gods From The Stars/Holographic Universe Productions/2009 CD Review

dimanche 16 février 2014 à 02:48

  Forbidden  Knowledge  are  a  1  man  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2009  album  "Ancient  Gods  From  The  Stars"  which  was  released  by  Holographic  Universe  Productions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  drums  and  grim  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  blast  beats,  heavy  guitars.  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  also  brings  in  guitar  solos  and  synths  as  well  as  slowing  down  at  times  and  bringing  in  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts.

  After  awhile  a  small  amount  of  nature  sounds  are  brought  into  the  music  along  with  some  ritualistic  passages  and  you  can  also  hear  avant  garde  elements  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  parts  of  the  music  which  also  mix  black  and  death  metal  together  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  more  raw  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  traces  of  industrial,  dark  ambient  and  experimental  music  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  Morbid  Angel  influences  in  the  music  without  being  a  copy  of  them  and  on  one  of  the  songs  a  small amount  of  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  psychedelic  elements   which  are  used  on  the  instrumental  tracks.

  When  the  album  gets  closer  to  the end  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  dark,  ritualistic  and  experimental  direction  as  well  as  having  a  lot  of  dark  ambient  sounds  being  brought  into  the  recording  but  after  awhile  the  recording  returns  back  to  a  heavy  black/death  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  around  the  avant  garde  and  experimental  traces  and  the  bass  guitars  also  start  having  a  more  powerful  premise  on  the  tracks  and  the  last  track  is  all  spoken  words  about  a  forest  incident.

  With  this  album  Forbidden  Knowledge  show  a  great  amount  of  diversity  with  the  way  he  mixes  occult  black  and  death  metal  are  mixed  with  avant  garde,  experimental  and  ambient  which  brings  out  a  very  original  and  diverse  ritualistic  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  guitar  work.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Enochian,  Occultism,  Annukanian,  Reptilian,  Illuminati,  Necronomicon  and  Apocalypse  and  Ritualistic  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  dark  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Forbidden  Knowledge  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  ritualistic  occult  black/death  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Messengers  Of  Cuthu"  "Supreme  ANU.  NA.  KI  Council"  "The  Sacred  Well  Of  A  Thousand  Of  Lives"  and  "The  Realm  Of  The  Tyrant  Sons". 8 out of 10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/forbidden-knowledgeancient-gods-from.html