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Elysium Interview

lundi 26 mai 2014 à 09:57

1.Can you give us an introduction to your self and your musical projects?

Well, first of all I’m from Argentina. I’ve played metal for almost 8 years now, although I had the chance to start recording all my music and playing live gigs just a few years ago. Most of the music in all my projects and the bands I have been part of are really old and there are also a lot of ideas that haven’t been recorded yet that were composed when I started to play including pure death metal songs and also ambient/intrumental music.

2.You have 2 solo projects and one full time band, what are the musical styles you play with all 3 projects and also how do they differ from each other?

The oldest one, which is Elysium, is Black metal with a melodic approach to it although I don’t consider it to be “Melodic black metal” but some people like to call it that way. The bands I consider to be a main influence for this project are: In aeternum, Naglfar, Satanic warmaster, Horna, Angantyr, Gorgoroth, Taake and Idjarn.
On the other hand Shemhamforash is oriented to a much more brutal and dark kind of Black metal, mainly influenced by: Funeral Mist, Marduk, Katharsis, Mayhem, Watain, Profanatica, Deicide and Teitanblood. There are also a lot of ambient songs which I have composed exclusively for this project that add a lot of darkness to the whole concept.
Finally, Spiritual Desecration, the band I’m part of as guitarist, plays a style we like to call “Black Death Metal Profanation” and it’s influenced by the old Sepultura albums, Sarcófago, Von, Morbid angel, Mayhem, Emperor, Venom and many other bands. It has a lot of different rhythms and tempos so it’s different from my other projects because its sound is a mix between brutal death metal and the most primitive black metal with very little melody. I’ve also made a few ambient tracks for Spiritual Desecration

3.With Elysium your lyrics cover ancient cultures, mythology and lost continents, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Well, I have to say that I try to concentrate my lyrics on mythology, ancient cultures (for me “lost continents” are included within both of those subjects) and also myths and stories that I create, which are always set on the past (mostly middle ages).
The interest on these topics emerges from a deep respect and admiration that I’ve always had for the ancient cultures (all of them, without concentrating in just one), their legends and way of life, as I consider them to be much more advanced than most of the societies in which we live in today, mainly because they cared about certain aspects that are not taken into account nowadays, such as the divine, sacred and hidden potential within the human being.
There was also a very interesting connection they had with nature through the myths of their gods that has always appealed to me, as I think most of them have a lot of philosophical teachings and hidden meanings that are very inspiring. In my opinion all of this knowledge has been almost forgotten, with the exception of a few people who still preach and practice most of the concepts found in that ancient wisdom.

4.With your other projects the lyrics are more in the Satanic and Occult direction, how would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

I have studied Alchemy, the Hermetic qabalah, grimoires and treatises related by myself since I was 13 and I slowly became closer to Satanism and the Left hand path knowledge a few years after I started to read those texts, so I decided to practice many of the rituals described on those books and begin to meditate based on the Qliphotic system. I found out that there was a lot of hidden aspects of myself and the reality that surrounds us that can be discovered through these practices and can lead you to see the essence of who you really are and what you are capable to do in this world and beyond.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the names of all 3 of the projects?

Elyisum’s name was taken from a dictionary of greek and roman mythology that I own and, basically, refers to a place that exists only for brave and heroic warriors chosen by the gods. It has some similarities with the Valhalla of the Vikings where only the warriors who died at battle were admitted.

Shemhamforash is a Hebrew term that denotes the 72 secret names of god and is related to his Tetragrammaton or “four lettered” name which was forbidden to pronounce explicitly. It was used to invoke or evoke the forces of light or, in this case, the forces of darkness by the decryption of their names. The concept of this project, based on its name, is to summon those dark forces from other planes and the hidden aspects of ourselves (Macro and microcosm – as above so below), allowing us to create a portal between this world and the greater powers that are beyond our perception and within us.

Spiritual Desecration’s name is very self-explanatory I think, because it expresses what the band’s all about: Blasphemy, Satanism, war and darkness. And it’s also very interesting because, for me, refers to the profanation of the beliefs that forbid the freedom of the human being with their false morality and absurd codes of conduct.

6.You work with a full time band on one project and do the other 2 solo, which one do you prefer, working by yourself or with a full band?

I think that each one appeals to a different part of me and I find all of them very inspiring, although there’s a difference in how I enjoy each one of them, for example, In Elysium I enjoy more when the time comes to compose the music, with Shemhamforash it’s a mix between the time I record the vocals and I can hear the music already and also when I write the lyrics, while in Spiritual Desecration I have the opportunity to play with other people and include all the ideas that don’t fit in the other projects, so to sum up I would say that I enjoy both in its own way, working by myself and with the band.

7.Has there been any live shows with your band 'Spiritual Desecration' and if so how would you describe your stage performance?

So far the band has played a lot of live gigs, and I have been on stage with them in two occasions, in both times I enjoyed a lot while I was playing, the sound was very good and the people seemed to enjoy the music as much as we did, so I have to say that the live performances have been great.

8.Currently all 3 of the musical projects are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, they all have been self – released. Right now I’m promoting all these bands and looking for a serious label to all of them if it’s possible so I can concentrate more in the music and leave the promotion and distribution to people with much more experience and contacts than me.
I have to add that Spiritual Desecration will appear on a split with a Mexican band called “Black Torment” through Misantropic spirit records from Argentina and the first album is planned to be re – released by a Brazilian label very soon, but we are is still looking for a label that could offer us a contract to publish all our music.

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

Well, as regards the band, the reception has been very good both here in Argentina and at foreign countries too. About my own solo projects they have also received a lot of good comments and support here and abroad, especially from fanzines, radios and other musicians.

10.Do you have any new releases coming out later this year and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future with your musical projects?

Yes, I’m planning to release new albums and Eps with all my projects this year and also at the beginning of 2015.
I think that my main goal is to do a tour within my country with Shemhamforash, once I gather enough musicians interested on doing live gigs, together with Spiritual Desecration and maybe playing in other countries or do a South American tour if it’s possible, that would be great.

11.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?

About the extreme metal bands, I already answered you by mentioning the influences of each project, but I could name a few that aren’t neither Black metal nor Death metal which are: Candlemass, Danzig, The Misfits, King diamond and Mercyful fate, Iron maiden, Yngwie malsteem, Old Metallica, and Led zeppelin. As regards the musical styles I have to say that punk rock has been important for me, classical music has also been a big influence as well as doom, drone and ambient music too.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like to read a lot, all genres, from Science fiction to Philosophy and historical books too. I also like and find inspiration in paintings and drawings from different artists (old and new) such as Gustav Dore, Brueghel (the elder), Hieronymus Bosch, H.R. Giger, Goyá, William Blake, Santiago Caruso, Paolo Girardi, Caspar David Friederich among others.

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


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Bland Vargar/Perpetual Return/Caligari Records/2014 Cassette Review

lundi 26 mai 2014 à 08:05

  Bland  Vargar  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that plays   a  very  raw  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "Perpetual  Return"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Dark  nature  sounds  and  winds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  into  a  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  adding  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar leads  shortly  after  that.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts  adding  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  back  the  classical  guitars  at  times  to  add  more  variety  to  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  bringing  in  elements  of  folk  and  progressive  rock.

  Whispers  are  utilized  briefly  and  they  bring  another  form  of  grimness  into  the  bands  musical  style  and  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  during  an  acoustic  song  the band  add s in  a  psychedelic  sounding guitar  lead  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  after  being  in  an  acoustic  direction  for  awhile  the  band  does  return  full  force  to  a  melodic  and  raw  black  metal  sound  on  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  adding  in  some  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  towards  the  end  of  the  album  the  music  returns  back  to  a  folk  music  direction.

  Bland  Vargar  create  a  very  diverse  sounding  album  this  time  around  remaining  true  to  their  raw  and  epic  black  metal  sound  while  also  having  more  progressive  rock  and  folk  music  elements  in  their  songs,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  wolves,  nature  and  inner  struggles.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Bland  Vargar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  epic  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bruma (Of  Wolf  And  The  Hunt)"  and  "Requiem".  8/5  out  of  10. 

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Avitas/Northern Ghosts/Bud Metal Records/2014 CD Review

dimanche 25 mai 2014 à 07:11

  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Avitas  which  shows  the  band  going  into  a  raw  black/war  metal  direction  along  with  a  touch  of  psychedelia  with  the  album  being  called  "Northern  Ghosts"  and  released  by  Bud  Metal  Records  in  the  year  of  2014.

  A  very  dark  and  psychedelic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  style  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes into  a  very  slow  and  raw  national  socialist  style  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  as  well  as  speeding  up  a  bit  and  adding  in  blast  beats.

  A  very  raw  and  war  like  black  metal  sound  dominates  a  good  portion  of  the  recording  as  well  as  injecting  a  good  dose  of  the  early  ns  black  metal  sound  into  their  musical  arsenal  and  they  also  utilize  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  while  always  remaining  true  to  a  raw  black  metal  sound  and  some  of  the  later  songs  also  add  in  small  amounts  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  having  more  elements  of  psychedelia  mixed  in  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  chanting  and  spoken  word  parts  an d the  black  metal  vocals  are  also  very  understand  on  all  of  the  tracks  that  are  included  on  the  album  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  towards  the  end  of  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  a  classic  rock  flavor.

  Avitas  remain  true  to  their  raw  ns  black  metal  sound  on  this  album  while  also  incorporating  more  psychedelic  elements  this  time  around,  th e production  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  in  the  true  black  metal  tradition  while  the  lyrics  cover  heathenism,  Anti  Judeo/Christian/  Abrahamic  religions,  Thelema,  Occultism,  Atheism  and  National  Socialist  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Avitas  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  national  socialist  black  metal  with  a  psychedelic  black  metal  touch,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Return  Of  the  Heathen"  "Northern  Ghosts"  "Aiwass"  and  "Boreal  Nebulae".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Avitas//Politics of Nordic Terror: Live Rehearsals MMIII/Bud Metal Records/2011 Live Album Review

dimanche 25 mai 2014 à 05:59

  This  is  another  review  of  an  album  from  Avitas  which  shows  them  in  the  earlier  stages  with  a  very  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  has  elements  of  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  live  2011  recording  "Politics  Of  Nordic  Terror:  Live  Rehearsals  MMIII"  which  was  released  by  Bud  Metal  Records.

  A  very  raw  and  live  sound  starts  off  the  album  with  some  dark  and  melodic  guitars  as  well  as  some  audience  reception  and  the  band  also  bring s in  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  fast  parts  which  also  leads  to  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  mixture  of  grim  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls.

  The  music  utilizes  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  production  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  very  dark  sounding  atmosphere  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  show  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  death  metal  influence  being  more  prevalent  on  this  album  than  the  future  recordings  they  later  put  out  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  recorded  in  2003  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  shows  a  more  melodic  side  of  the  bands  material  in  the  early  days  as  well  as  having  a  few  instrumentals  that  shows  despite  the  raw  black  metal  side  of  most  of  the  material  the  band  are  very  talented  musicians  that  have  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill.

  Avitas  shows  a  very  raw  side  of  their  musical  sound  with  this  live  recording   as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  that  are  better  displayed  on  the  later  recordings  they  released,  the  production  is  very  raw  and  under  produced  while  also  having  a  live  feeling  in  its  sound  and  th e lyrics  cover  political,  national  socialist,  war  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  album  from  Avitas  and  if  you  are  looking  for  some  true  war  like  raw  black  metal  with  a  heavy  death  metal  influence,  you  should  check  out  this  live  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aerial"  "Politics  Of  Global  Mind  Control"  "Destructive  Properties  Of  Organized  Religion"  and  "wall-Marde".  8  out  of  10.      

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Avitas/Saga of the Nationalist/Bud Metal Records/2009 CD Review

dimanche 25 mai 2014 à 04:38

  Avitas  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  nationalist  form  of  black/war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2009  album  "Saga  Of  The  Nationalist"  which  was  released  by  Bud  Metal  Records.

 A  very  dark  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  grim  black  metal  screams  find  their  way  into  the  music  which  leads  to  a  faster  and  rawer  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  an  old  school  metal  feeling  present  in  the  bands  musical  attack  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  blast  beats  are  utilized  the  music  starts  to  take  on  a  more  aggressive  war  metal  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  old  school  underground  metal  in  the  solos  and  leads  along  with  some  pagan  style  melodies  and  the  music  also  utilizes  acoustic  guitars  and  melody  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  which  reminds  me  of  the  early  90's  polish  black  metal  bands.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  instrumentals  and  melodic  pagan  chanting  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  is  still  on  a  rawer  form  of  black  metal  and  on  the  last  song  the  vocals  start  utilizing  a  more  melodic  tone  to  them.

   Avitas  shows  a  great  amount  of  diversity  with  their  music  playing  mostly  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  but  with  some  thrash  and  war  metal  elements  and  the  slower  and  melodic  side  of  their  music  brings  a  very  epic  and  nationalist  feeling  to  the  album,  the  production  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  on  a  man  from  Germany  during  the  years  of  1933  to  1946  and  how  the  ideas  relate  to  modern  time  along  with  a  good  dose  of  national  socialist  and  anti  judeo  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Avitas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  nationalist  black/war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apathetic"  "The  Militant"  and  "The  Future  I  See".  8/5  out  of  10.

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