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Baldaraz/Die Freiheit der Natur/B.F.R Records/2012 Full Length Review

mardi 26 novembre 2013 à 06:34

  Baldaraz  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  raw  form  of  pagan/black  metal  with  elements  of  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Die  Freiheit  der  Natur"  which  was  released  by  B.F.R  Records.

  "Intro  Baal"  starts  up  the  album  with  spoken  word  parts  and  a  background  festival.

  "Die Freiheit der Natur"  which  is  the  title  track  as  well  as  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  drums,  and  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  grim  sounding  screams  and  towards  the  end  the  music  goes  into  a  slower  direction  for  a  few  seconds.

  "Morgenroden"  begins  with  slow  and  melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  it  speeds  up  and  adds  in  grim  screams  and  the  song  is  very  short  and  under  3  minutes.

  "Die Freiheit  des  Windes"  opens  up  with  nature  sounds  and synths  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental.

  "Die Freiheit  des  Sommers"  kicks  in  with  raw  black  metal  guitar  and  bass  riffs,  grim  screams  and  drums  and  towards  the  end  the  guitar  riffing  starts  getting  more  melodic  and  the  song  is  also very  short  in  length.

  "Krig  Svard  Dod"  comes  in  with  sounds  of  war  before  adding  in  fast,  raw  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  drums  and  grim  vocals  and  after  awhile  the  heaviness  stops  and  acoustic  guitars  make  their  way  in  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  then  getting  heavy  again.

  "Naturens  Skonhet"  brings  its  way  in  with  spoken  word  samples  along  with  nature  sounds  and  melodic  chanting  and  the  song  is  under  2  minutes.

  "The  Ocean"  returns  to  black  metal  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  alter  bass  guitars  and  drums  kick  in  along  with  grim  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  deep  growls  in  the  background.

  "Outro  To  The  end"  closes  the  album  with  nature  sounds  and  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  slow  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  drums  and  the  guitar  riffing  also  utilizes  melody..

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian,  Swedish  and  German  and  cover  Paganism  and  Nature  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album.

  In  my  opinion  Baldaraz  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  pagan/black  metal band  with  elements  of  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die Freiheit der Natur"  and  "The  Ocean".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/baldarazdie-freiheit-der-naturbfr.html


ForestMuse/The Land Of Tall Trees/2012 Demo Review

mardi 26 novembre 2013 à 05:30

  ForestMuse  are  a  band  from  Santa  Cruz,  California  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  forest  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo  "The  Land  Of  tall  Tree".

  "Intro"  starts  off  the  album  with  nature  sounds  and  ritualistic  chanting  and  towards  the  end  you  can  hear  some  tribal  sounding  percussion  being  utilized.

  "The  End  of  The  Ohlone"  which  is  also  the  first  real  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  soft  folk  music  style  acoustic  guitars  and  a  few  seconds  alter  heavy  guitar  riffs  along  with  drums  and  grim  black  metal  vocals  kick  in  and  after  awhile  the  guitar  riffing  starts  utilizing  some  raw  and  melodic  elements  which  takes  the  music  into  an  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  and  towards  the  end  you  can  hear  bass  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  faster  riffing  towards  the  end.

  "Old  Ways"  begins  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  drums  and  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  leads  to  the  music  getting  faster  along  with  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  before  going  into  a  more  mid  paced  direction  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitar  playing  being  used  for  a  few  seconds and  halfway  through  the  song  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.    

  "The  Smell  Of  Night  Air"  opens  up  with  ambient  sounding  synths  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental  with  no  other  instruments  being  utilized.

  "Schlacht  Im  Teutoberger  Weld"  returns  the  demo  back  to  black  metal  with  raw  guitar  riffing  and  blast  beats  from  the  drums  before  going  into  a  more  mid  paced  and  melodic  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  bass  guitars  in  the  background  as  well  as  the  drums  using  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  "Nachmenschen"  kicks  in  with  raw  and  distorted  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffing  and  a  few  seconds  later  drums  kick  in  and  a  minute  later  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  kick  in  as  well  as  the  guitar  riffing  utilizing  more  melody  and  halfway  through  the  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  the  music  speeds  up  and  then  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts.

  "View  Overlooking  The  Ancestral  Forest"  comes  in  with  dark  atmospheric  sounding  ambient  synths  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental.

  "Night  Before  the  Slaughter"  is  introduced  with  heavy  and  atmospheric  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  screams  start  to  kick  in  along  with  some  powerful  bass  guitars  and  melodic  leads  shortly  after  that  which  also  leads  to  the  music  speeding  up  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  and  you  can  hear  synths  in  the  background.

  "The  Crimson  Light"  hits  it  off  with  acoustic  guitar  playing  and  a  few  seconds  later  drums  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  start  making  their  way  into  the  song  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the music  goes  into  a  more  mid  paced  direction  and  you  can  hear  bass  guitars  in  the  background   along  with  synths  and  melodic  chanting  which  also  leads  up  to  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  the  guitar  riffing  getting  more  melodic.

  "Leid  Van  De  Mist"  is  brought  in  with  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  the  song  is  an  over  15  minute  long  instrumental.

  "Outro"  closes  the  demo  with  nature  sounds  and  tribal  style  percussion  as  well  as  some  melodic  shamanistic  chanting.

  Song  lyrics  cover  nature,  ancestry  and  atavism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion ForestMuse  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  forest  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  End  of  The  Ohlone"  "Nachmenschen"  and  "The  Crimson  Light".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/forestmusethe-land-of-tall-trees2012.html


Fir Bolg Interview

mardi 26 novembre 2013 à 01:32
Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

I decided to join officially two members into the band.
Abaddon was the second session drummer of Fir Bolg.
He played there live few years ago, and he recorded the drums on the album “Towards ancestral lands”.
Necrokiller play bass, and was also a live member during one time.
We began rehearsals three months ago, and actually hearing and testing for a live session singer.


2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and also how does it differ from past releases?

Powerful, aggressive, dark and resentful. A catchy path makes you travel thru the lands of ancient stones, where the cold winds bite your face with stormy leads guitars. Some tracks are added with epic and traditional acoustic passages, on which you can close your eyes to smell a taste of freshly moved earth.
The album is a logical result from the EP Paganism, with a better sound quality and technical instrumentation. However I didn’t use keyboards as the EP, which sounds more atmospheric than the album.



3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the song lyrics on the new album?

Every song tells about different things.
On Behind the great oppdidum, i approach the subject of life community inside a Gallic oppidum, where slaves are resold, as well as the sacred rites and sacrifices to the ancient gods.

Blood heritage is a he story of a warrior, walking to the path of his ancestors to purify himself.

One song tell about the mystic death creatures, Banshees. But this song was writing by an old friend and has a powerful hidden message inside; I invite you to read the texts on the booklet to discover it.

King of Wallachia is a song from the story of Vlad Tepes the impaler.

On Strong old megaliths I puts forward the elements, which surround us, and the knowledge of the druids. This song tells about the old necropolises where the Celts were buried.

Final battle on the frozen lake is inspired from the movie “king Arthur” When a group of warriors fight a horde of Saxons and the ice break under their steps.

The two last songs are inspired from the Irish mythological Lebor Gabàla Érenn.

Mag tuired is the name of a battle between the Fir Bolg and the Thuatha Dé Danann tribes.

Dun Aengus is a ringfort on a island of Ireland, built by the Fir Bolg in iron age.






4.I know that the band name came from Celtic Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?

Yes Fir Bolg is the name of an ancient tribe who reigned on Ireland before the age of Christianity.
I like to read some books and watch movies about Celtic and paganism, also Viking and medieval times. Those ancient times fascinate me, and when I have time, I travel to discover archaeological places.

5.For awhile the project was all solo but recently a drummer was  added, what was the decision behind hiring other members?
Yes, Abaddon is now the official drummer of the band.
Necrokiller was added too as bass player. The project is to make some future concerts for promote the new album.
They were always very involved in the band, even as session members. They so always respected the fact as myself was only at the control and took all decisions, without ever announcing me an annoyance to don’t be a real member, while I felt that they would have wanted it.
 There are also some very good friends of me, and I realized that their involved support and availability would be an advantage for the future of the band.

6.The new album came out on Schwarzdorn Production, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Schwarzdorn Production is a German label of Pagan, black and Death metal.
Patrick, the boss, work with bands from all Europe.
His international network distribution is made by Soulfood music.
Schwarzdorn released 1000 cd Album of Towards ancestral lands, he work in collaboration with graphic illustrators and The klangshmiede studio E.
We have both a good collaboration and the communication is made naturally. He’s a person invested in his work.


7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of pagan and black metal?

Very good, the album was noted very well by the webzines, and I had many positive feedbacks by a lot of people. It’s an enormous reward for all the work, which I made, on this album.

8.What is going on with the other musical project these days?

We are composing some songs for preparing the second album of Assacrentis, in a vein more Black/ Death metal than the past.
We have actually 5 finished songs and works on more.

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

I have in mind, maybe to put epic folk interludes songs between aggressive tracks, and I shall like trying to integrate some ancient’s instruments I never used yet.

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

The Nordic Black metal and pagan Black metal of the 90’s has influenced me a lot.
Some bands like Emperor, Bathory, Sacramentum, Immortal, Vinterland, Enslaved, Satyricon Bran Barr, Kampfar, Dissection and many more… But I listen also Death metal ( Nile, Krisiun, Carcass, Suffocation…, Heavy metal ( Iron maiden, Manowar, Blind guardian…), Trash ( Slayer, Sepultura, Anihilator, Kreator…), and Also Medieval music like Stille volk, Corvus Corax and Dark ambient as Dargaard, Wardruna, Mortiis, or Empyrium.

Nowadays I listen a lot of music too, at this moment I like Belphegor, Negator, Setherial, Opeth, Primordial, between many more



11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?


I’m member of historical pageant association. We reconstitute a Gallic itinerant village on antique and gallo roman fests, few times by years. I also like role-playing and tray games, which I practise occasionally.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Be prepared to see Fir Bolg on stage on 2014. We will rise the Celtic barbaric spirits with our black flame.
If someones want to help Fir Bolg. Help us to book some dates anywhere in Europe.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/fir-bolg-interview.html


Ab Eterno Interview

lundi 25 novembre 2013 à 07:27
For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Zet Sebou
Ab Eterno have a great potential that can make that our more negative feelings arises, and excite our more noble thoughts.
The band searches that each song finds sounds and words liberation, to provoke an implosion in the mind of the person who listen it.
Witchy Hxryn
I can’t tell you what Ab Eterno sounds, you’ve to listen it, and feel it. It’s not only a musical project, it’s a feeling, a life…
One thing is what I think Ab Eterno is, another is what people thinks is, and other very different is what really is. Is simple as Ab Eterno is Ab Eterno.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the demo?
  Zet Sebou

Raw and melody.
Raw: hatred and anger
Melody: mind and senses

Witchy Hxryn
Simple Black Metal, the simplest one…
Made from the deepest feelings, with raw sounds, filled of our life experiences…


What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Witchy Hxryn
We’re actually working in a second full length. We don’t have demos.
The first full length is named “Forever Black Metal, Possessed my Heart”.
The lyrical topics are resumed in forests, philosophy, religion and black metal. Forests are the unique place where we feel in peace and far of the civilization, are the inspiration of all of our lyrics, the place where we meditate and think about our life’s.
Philosophy is something very important to us, because we’re humans; we live in a civilization, so all the things that people do, affect to all of us.  I can’t be indifferent (I talk only for me) to all the situations that happens in my society, in my country, in the world…  So all those topics, that I live and experience I have to write it in a lyric.
The philosophy must be practiced, not only with beautiful words; it must be practiced at all stages, if not left in fantasies and utopias. The songs are just a way to convey what I think.
The fucking religion, is just a way of remorse, I have no remorse of my acts…

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Ab Eterno?
Zet Sebou
I don’t know what was the beginning of Ab Eterno, the name already existed when I joined.
I'm not interested in the past, I’m just interested in what I have just lived with Ab Eternal now.
Witchy Hxryn
Ab Eterno means in our language “Para la Eternidad” (For the eternity). In 2007 I meet a nice guy, named emperor belial, and we talk about forming a band. We like black metal, and we have similar ideology, so we formed a “band” named Betrayal with another  3 members, but we never do a song or a cover. Later, we accorded that we have to make music without the support of other guys, so I think that the best name have to be “Ab Eterno” because, for us Black Metal is forever, and our legacy should be for the eternity.
Finally with that guy, we had differences, and Ab Eterno was only a name.
By knowing Zet and when we formed a band, I remembered those beautiful words that have so much meaning for me, so simple and so concrete, so I suggested Zet we should call our band like Ab eterno; he gladly accept.
Ab eterno should be forever…

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain a duo?

Zet Sebou
I feel good with the band like a duo. Always will be a place for someone else.
Witchy Hxryn
I feel very comfortable with Zet, I think that we’re okay now.
Always is a good experience to meet people that have similar ideology, so if we find someone with power, ideology and desires to form part of our band he/she is welcome.










6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Witchy Hxryn
We’re working with the virtual label Weeping of Akbul .
Weeping of Akbul is a virtual record label of our country: Guatemala. The label supports various bands of any  metal  genre in the country.
Currently the owner of Weeping of Akbul, Lord Marbas, is member of my other band called Funeral Art.
We have not received any proposal from another label.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Witchy Hxryn
We only have feedback of guatemalan fans. We don’t care if the music is accepted or not. We do music for us, if someone else listen it, is okay, is for free, if not we don’t have any problem.
You can download: https://www.mediafire.com/download/h2ln08ncj0y8b0e/Forever%20Black%20Metal%2C%20Possessed%20my%20heart.rar
8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band?
Witchy Hxryn
Yes, I actually have another band.
Currently I belong to Funeral Art. Like in Ab Eterno, we are only two members (Lord Marbas). The music is completely different between the two bands. Funeral Art is an black avant-garde project. This band exists since 2007.

In March 2013 I made a project with Raven, named Fogata. Interestingly we were also only two members (raven nevermore). Unfortunately with Fogata we only made a disc titled “Principles” that never was published, nor selled. Fogata was an ambient black metal project.

9.What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
Witchy Hxryn
I don’t care about the future of Ab Eterno. Actually we’re working in a second full length. I only know that if we, someday we’re not longer with Zet, our legacy will continue with our songs.







10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Zet Sebou
I am not influenced by any band. Would lose much of us as a band if we let ourselves be influenced. "I'd rather be wrong with my style, to be good in the style of someone else. "
We are the black metal genre, but we don’t play black metal of another band.
Witchy Hxryn
I’m influenced by the human nature, my daily life, my experiences…

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Zet Sebou
Be free, outside of that I do not think there is anything else that interests me. Music is not an interest, it’s a passion.

Witchy Hxryn
Informatics. This science is the modern philosophy, through abstraction we can materialize ideas, something that doesn’t exist in the underworld, becomes existent for such a complex and impressive device: the computer. Through the programming can visualize ideas, solve problems.
Also the internet is the only place where communism is real. Although even selfishness remains in the network, where parasites who only want to get there, there are many people who share the most valuable thing anyone can give: time and knowledge. That's why this virtual world is worth so much to me, and that's why I'm an engineer in this area.

Another of my passions is human behavior, I love to know why people act as they do.

It goes without saying that music is a big passion and black metal is something that accompanies my every day. It is something that completes me and comforted in times where hatred of existence.


12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Zet Sebou
Listen to Ab Eterno. There is not bad music, just bad taste. Always and forever, black metal and Ab Eterno.
Witchy Hxryn
Thanks to Occult Black Metal Zine, for this space.
Our official fanpage is: https://www.facebook.com/AbEternogt.  You can contact via inbox. We upload videos at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2U9Ph6mUuM6zmzWzils_UA
Forever black metal, you’ve possessed my heart.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/ab-eterno-interview.html


Govor Interview

lundi 25 novembre 2013 à 05:47
 1. For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

This is the first elaborate interpretation of Satan. In difference to the theological and archetypical this is a materialist interpretation. The demo and essay will not leave you indifferent. 

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the demo?

Fiery and dark, second wave of black metal with a southern flavor. There are symphonic elements, Middle Eastern instruments, Balkan rhythms and choirs instead of screaming vocals. Guitars are mostly raw and fast, but also with echo effect and clean with shimmering cave effect. There is also a lot of clean solo bass and bass effects that sound like completely separate instruments. For more, read the reviews, or just download the music.

3. The music is all instrumental, are there any plans in the future to use vocals?

I’m glad you asked this question because the vocals are actually there. Even my Croatian speaking friends and reviewers had problems hearing the words in the choirs. Now I have to answer why it sounds all instrumental? I used vocoder in mixing my voice with the virtual choir. If you miss the pitch even slightly it will create artifacts. So, the frequencies that give clarity to vocals are the same frequencies that I needed to mute (because of the artifacts). The plan is the real choir or some effective alternative. 

4. Can you tell us a little bit about the concept of the demo?

The main concept is Lucifer as a fire god. Lyrics on the back are retelling of Satan myth. Here are translations of the song names to get a picture: the myth of the night, battle in heavens, master of darkness, the fourth element, burnt offering, selfignition and enlightenment. The essay tells more about the concept.   

5. Before writing out the questions I read the essay that was presented on the website and it was well researched, can you tell us a little bit more about the time you put in studying and researching for the essay?

Well, after eight hour workday, after all obligations fulfilled, any time left I used for studying and researching. This project took me two years, but if I made it faster the quality would suffer. 

6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Govor?

Govor means speech in Croatian. In the beginning there was the word and the word was terror.

7. Currently the musical project is all solo, are you planning on forming a line up in the future or do you choose to remain solo?

There is nothing better than working with artists who share the same vision and passion. Solo projects are the evidence of this rarity. Misanthropy is the evidence of immature dealing with the disappointment.  

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

I have received some offers but I plan to get a line up first. 

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

I’m afraid that people who supported me didn’t understand a thing. If black metal fans don’t find it upsetting then what is the point of black metal? Comfort? 




10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to 
nowadays?

Immortal’s Sons of Northern Darkness and Dimmu Borgir’s Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia are the first two black metal albums I got. Everything influenced me, from folk over punk and classical to jazz.  

Last thing I was researching is the millenarian inspiration in art and Dvorak’s New World Symphony came to my mind.  There is a version on Youtube with an electrifying conduction by Gustavo Dudamel of The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. It was Birthday concert for Pope Benedict XVI. The camera made a move to contrast Dudamel’s dance and Benedict’s sitting; like behind the purifying violence there is the calm Christian soul.

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

I’m working on a symphonic poem that will include rock instruments among the classical instruments.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I’m reading about African mythology and Jewish history to understand our cultural ancestry; watching American documentary movies to understand ideology; and celebrating technical-god-like superiority of our species by playing fetch with my domesticated wolf.  

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? 

In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) movie trailer a Russian tells American CIA agent: “You Americans like to think of yourself as direct, perhaps you are just rude.” Agent replies: “Perhaps you are just touchy.” I would say to you the opposite: “You like to think of yourself as polite, indirect interviewer, perhaps you are just boring.” And then you answer: “Perhaps you are just an idiot who doesn’t understand the form of the interview. It is up to you to make it interesting”. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/govor-interview.html