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Isfet Interview

samedi 18 mai 2019 à 20:25

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
 Greetings OBMZ,
 We are still very focused on our latest release, having in mind that it is very recent and we are waiting for our tapes to arrive.


2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
 MTWA brings the most distinctive soundscape we have ever reached. All about this release carries our personal “stains”.
 Even though it differs sharply from our other releases it was a natural step to us. 
 The tripartite piece can be distinguished from our other works explicitly through things such as the absence of the “traditional extreme metal drums”, but we encourage the listener to perceive the other distinctions through listening. 
 MTWA was conceived as a manifold piece which brings to light variant elements in each experience.

3.A lot of your lyrics cover Anti Cosmic,  Chaosophy, Occultism and Left Hand Path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
 We believe in the indissociable link between artistic efforts and the sorcerous praxis: Art being a receptacle to the unspeakable.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Isfet'?
 “Isfet” evokes ambiguity: as a concept of amorality or as a deification of formlessness and unrestriction. 
 We never even though about another name after “Isfet” appeared to us. 
 5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?
 The artwork is almost as inexhaustible as the scope of our tripartite piece. Roughly it can represent the ordeal of the aimless through the allegory of the desert wanderer.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
 The few events in which we perform are surely memorable. We would highlight “Untrodden Pathways Festival”.
 Our stage performance can be described as “intense”. 


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


It is not something that we spend time planning. However, we are very interested in presenting our compositions live (as it explores a whole different perspective of the work).
 
 8.In the earlier years the band had done some GG Allin, Mercyful Fate and Dissection covers, what was the decision behind doing your own version of their songs?
 We were 15/16 years old at the time and Isfet had only 4 or 5 songs. Paying tribute to our first influences while filling the gaps in the setlist sounded good.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
 Isfet has a pretty solid and faithful small group of supporters in different parts of the globe.
 10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 Both questions are things we cannot say with certainty.
 As for the musical direction we can only affirm that our efforts are all directed against stagnation. 


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
 At the time of “Mayest Thou Wander Aimlessly” we were mainly listening to 70’s stuff/Occult Rock (Floyd, Fields of The Nephilim, Pagan Altar, Current 93, The Devil’s Blood, Blue Öyster Cult …). 
 Also, we are really into the 90’s scene from the northeast of Brazil. Acts such as “Slavery” will be always remembered as representatives of soulful and unique music. 



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
 Thank you for the space!

L/J/R – Isfet.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/isfet-interview.html


Umbra Interview

samedi 18 mai 2019 à 02:01
.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 1.I guess you could say I started the band in a revolt against modern black metal, everything is commodified, boring, played out or genre bended (black gaze).

2.So far you have released a couple of ep's and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?
2.Crypt of scorn was written and recorded super fast (about 3 hours total) and was an experiment in how lo fo and obtuse it could be. UC was written and rehearsed for a few months and taken into a small studio and is more focused.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
3.might is right, natures struggle and the emptiness of the easy modern world.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Umbra'?
4.It is Latin for shadow, it’s use is taken from abruptums first album

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
5.Its a crucified dog displayed in a parade, it’s a scene from the movie “holy mountain”
To me it’s to hold up what is naked and grotesque, not to hide the nature of death.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6.There are no live shows

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7.Not even one

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
8.I actually started my own label recently “Imperial Crypt” which is what the cd is on, I’m currently looking for bands that make unique and powerful bm.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
9.Sometimes it’s confusion or misunderstanding, but also respect for its uncompromising hatred.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

10.There is only Umbra

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

10.There is only Umbra

12.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?
12.Burzum, Hellhammer, mayhem, hellveto(now neoheresy) Bathory, infester, (early) Cryptopsy are at the front, and many non metal artist.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13.Not much but I’ll keep it to myself

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

 14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14.keep up the work supporting the underground, and any bands that share my vision and need a label contact me at umbra5 on bandcamp.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/umbra-interview.html


Crom Dubh/Firebrands And Ashes/Van Records/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 17 mai 2019 à 05:39

  Crom  Dubh  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Firebrands  And  Ashes"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Van  Records.

   A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  modern  and  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and at  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  sounding, elements  of  post  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Crom  Dubh  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  they  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  horrors  of  a  world  on  the  brink  of  self-immolation,  and  the  bloody  chains  of  events  that h ave  brought  us  to this  point  along  with  some  references  to Sumerian  and  Greek  Mythology.     

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crom  Dubh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Firebrands  And  Ashes"  and  "Endless  Night".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/lzUGz7zD3f4

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/crom-dubhfirebrands-and-ashesvan.html


Pestis Inferos Interview

vendredi 17 mai 2019 à 04:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 
We are a new band that started from a meeting that took place about a year ago this month.  I (Pale Horse) was looking to start another band when I was contacted by Llord Diabolus.  We met soon after and just put some ideas we had together,  which culminated into what is the first track on our ep,  From Throne to Funeral.   After that date I contacted Svartherre whom I play with in other bands to complete the line up.

2.In June you have an ep coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Well the initial contact was to do something geared more towards older styled black metal.  Darkthrone, Celtic Frost, older mayhem, but as we got playing it expanded alittle further.  We still have those influences present in this first ep but Svartherre and I added more influence from bands like Marduk, Mayhem (newer and old), Dark Funeral and so on.  We wanted the recording to be raw, organic, and capture the ugly and abrasive content of the music.  The ep was tracked live,  with only vocals and second guitar tracked over.  No fixing,  or editing just laying it down as we played it.  True to the players and music itself. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?

A lot of our lyrics, which we have all contributed for mainly deal with freedom and the pursuit thereof.  Freedom from any doctrine or constraint that hinders personal growth or expansion to ones mind.  From the hypocrisy of Kings, to the right hand of God, all servitude is enslavement for one’s true being and essence.  We wish to growth without bounds and conquer beyond our reach.

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

The name itself did not come easy.  We spend many months trying to find the right words to head our vision.   Pestis Inferos which means roughly Hells Plague I think does that perfectly.   It uses the antagonisms of Hell and “Satan” to mock the idea of its Christian dogma. This  “plague” is our art and words.  Our message to free oneself from anything that binds you.  That is not a message of hated or weakness,  it’s  one for revolution.  Those in power whether it a church,  government, or even cultural stagnations don’t want the same freedoms for everyone.  They would see our message as a plague.  So he become Hell’s Plague.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

The cover artwork was handed by the artist Nanda Dika.   I came up with the cover concept and sent him a rough sketch that he brought to life.   It depicts the awakening and coming of violent change in many ways for me.  Death represented by the skull with the seven angels blowing the seven trumpets to Sound Armageddon.   Those left now broken to wander endlessly.  It pulls a little influence from The Divine Comedy,  and the several biblical ideas are on display as well. 

6.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows yet, if so how would you describe your stage performance?

We have some shows scheduled now but have yet to play one. 

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

We are not actively seeking one by sending material around or anything.  We would be interested if a label contacted us, and we felt they identified with what we want to accomplish as a band.   We have had a couple messages from some places but none seem like the right platforms for us. 

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

Well we have just started to spread our fire so to say.  Overall any reviews I’ve heard has been positive,  many people around where we are seem to be really taken with it, so I’m very happy so far with the reaction.  Hoping to reach more and more people as the ep is released.

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

We are already writing the follow up to this first ep right now actually.   We have a few songs but it’s too early to tell.  We have goals and a direction but things end up differently as you go along.   We want to keep the same rawness and organic flow for recording.   The material itself we are making more violent I’d say.  More grand,  more chaotic but still have well written structures. 

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 for the black metal spectrum and this band in particular my biggest influences of bigger bands are Marduk, Mayhem, and even thought not black metal as the other two, Behemoth.   I listen to a lot of music and bands though as well.  I buy between 5-12 CDs a week.  I love a lot of newer black metal bands from very small status up to larger scaled bands.  For instance two labels I really like Profound Lore and Debemur Morti have put out some great stuff this last year and present.  New Outre, Aoratos, and cultus Profano are all very good.  And profound just released pissgrave and gardsghastr both which are awesome.  But I could go on and on. 

11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

We explore so ideas,  and use Many biblical ideas and references as metaphors.   Lucifer not as a god or something to be worshiped but as an idea,  freedom.  And lyrically I like to use a lot of biblical accounts to relay my metaphorical ideas through those channels. 

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

I’d like to thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview and reviewing the ep. I’d also mention we have one time pressed CDs and shirts for preorder now via this link. We are almost sold out of shirts now,  and they will not be repressed so check that out if your interested!

https://pestisinferos.bandcamp.com/merch


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/pestis-inferos-interview.html


Isfet/Mayest Thou Wander Aimlessly/Mourning Light Records/2019 EP Review

vendredi 17 mai 2019 à 03:33

  Isfet  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Mayest  Thou  Wander  Aimlessly"  which  was  released  by Mourning  Light  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  only  track  on  this  recording  being  over  10  minutes  long.  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  shows  a  touch  of  the  more  melodic  death  metal  style. The  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  classical  style piano's  are  added  into  the  music.

  Isfet  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  old  school  and  aggressive  in  the  Swedish  style.  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death,  occultism,  chaosophy,  left  hand  path  and  anti  cosmic  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Isfet  are  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWHuFbxkZCw     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/isfetmayest-thou-wander.html