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Krigsgrav Interview

samedi 14 juin 2014 à 04:51
 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
-We have been promoting the new album as much as possible, we have booked a few shows for the latter half of 2014 (with hopefully more to come in the Fall), and we have started work on new material. We tend to work at a slow pace, as we never want to force out any music. We want it to flow naturally. 

2.You have a new album coming out in July, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? 
-Each record is different from the previous one. No two recordings from Krigsgrav sound alike, in my opinion. The new record sounds to me like a natural progression from the previous album, Lux Capta Est. The music is more melodic, with a bit more complexity, but also has some of the darkest sounding riffs that Krigsgrav has ever produced. The variety song not only within the whole, but within each song amazes even me. We couldn't be more proud of what we have accomplished with the new album.

3.This is going to be the first album the band has released in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time?
-When the last album, Lux Capta Est, was completed and self-released in 2011, Krigsgrav was still just a one-man band consisting of only myself as the sole member. It was not until January of 2013 that I was persuaded to convert Krigsgrav into a full live band (which of course turned out to be a very wise decision). So not much went on between mid 2011 and early 2013, but over the last year and a half, we have been very active playing shows and constantly writing and rehearsing the music that would eventually become the new album, The Carrion Fields.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album?
-The album itself is a concept album. We have an amazing intro to establish the tone and atmosphere of the album. Then each of the following songs represents a different season, starting with Spring. But the concept goes deeper than that. The lyrics draw attention to the parallels between the changing of the seasons and the changes that man goes through during his life cycle. So, in essence, the brighter seasons of Spring and Summer represent birth and growth/coming into maturity and youthful vitality, and then Fall and Winter represent the gradual decline of one's vitality and the eventual decay one undergoes towards the end of life. The final song essentially represents death and the uncertainty of what comes next. And to close the album we have an incredible outro with a slightly uplifting tone, which is meant to reflect the point that all things come full circle. From death comes new life, and the cycle continues on.

5.The band originally started out as a duo, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
-We were a duo for a number of years, and the music was quite personal to me. I wrote and performed all music on the recordings, and honestly had no desire to share that music with anyone else in a live setting. But it all changed when I recorded "Lux Capta Est". That album was the best thing I had ever done under the name Krigsgrav, and I had no idea that so many others really loved the songs on that album. So, my friends and one-time bandmates J.Coleman and Corey Smith (we were once in a project called Valsgarde together) basically sat me down and told me that they loved the music on Lux Capta Est and really would love to play it live. After thinking it over, I agreed to give it a try as a full band, and it has been fantastic. I have definitely embraced the idea of Krigsgrav being a full band with each member contributing to the music and lyrics. I believe that this new combination of individual ideas and playing styles is what has made the new album so special.

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?
-Well, we decided early on that we would only play shows that we really WANTED to play, and to play shows that will help to bring Krigsgrav's music to the right audience. We didn't want to play shows simply for the sake of staying active. We all live quite far from one another, so and favorite show was playing we really couldn't play live all the time anyways. The shows are not frequent, but that just makes them more special for the fans that come to our shows. But I would say that our best show performing at a beer garden in Austin, TX. It was a show to celebrate the release of a new beer called Blakkr from our friends at Real Ale Brewing Company. It had a great crowd with a great atmosphere, and we have never performed better. I hope to have more performances like that in the future. 

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
-So far we have a few shows planned, and will hopefully have more shows booked in the Fall. We would like to perform in some neighboring states, but thus far no tours are in the works. We are all still normal people with jobs, wives, and children, making it more difficult to go on the road for extended periods of time. We hope to land more festival gigs in other states or countries so we can spread our music to a broader audience, but that will come in time.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? 
-It has been incredible. There have been people from far away countries buying/downloading our music and emailing me to tell me how much they love it and how surprised they are that we are an american band from Texas. So it has been a great response, especially to the music from the new album that we have released so far.

9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?
-Heimar is currently working on new music for an EP that will be released this year. Our debut album, "Atavism" was digitally released in 2013 and has been well received thus far. Of Oak is keeping busy playing numerous live shows this summer. The drums are finished for our debut album, and hopefully guitar and bass tracking will commence later this summer. And Wes, our bass player, has been busy with his solo project, Midnartiis. I just helped him record his second album this past month, which will be released by the end on 2014.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
-We don't really determine the direction beforehand. I have always stressed to the others that we must write what we feel, regardless of what others may think of the finished product. We have demos of many new ideas recorded already, all sounding vastly different from one another. So, we'll take our favorite ideas and build them into new songs. But that is what makes this band great. We don't have any boundaries, and our music flows naturally because of that. When you write what you feel, there's no way you won't love the finished song.

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?
-I personally love Shoegaze. I have been listening to a lot of slower music like Slowdive, True Widow, and Glider. But as far as metal goes, I have been to listening to everything from the newest Alcest album to Thyrfing, and even more traditional Death Metal like the new Autopsy record. I listen to a lot of different stuff, but I try not to let it influence my music that I write. I also have an affinity for traditional folk instruments, so any kind of folk-based acoustic music is also something I really love to listen to.

12.Does Paganism play any role in the music?
-We do embrace the ways of old, and have a firm appreciation for our heritage, though I personally do not practice any sort of Paganism as a religion. I cannot speak for the other members beliefs. So, in essence, Paganism is important to me from a cultural standpoint and an ancestral standpoint, but that is as far as goes for me. I consider my love of nature and Paganism to be different things. 

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
-Traveling. Seeing other parts of the world is something that I love to do and recommend that everyone do if possible. The world can be a beautiful place, but you have to seek it out for yourself. I am also currently writing a novel, which I enjoy quite a bit, though I haven't found the time to work on it much in recent months.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I will close by saying to the fans that we are very proud of the new album, "The Carrion Fields", and we know that you will enjoy it! Check it out on July 30th. Also, we want to show our thanks and gratitude to Naturmacht Productions for their endless support and willingness to release the new album. We are extremely happy to be working together with them and hope to continue this relationship well into the future! And if you haven't checked out the other bands on their roster, you absolutely need to! There are some really fantastic bands releasing some great new music.

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Arcane North/Enter The Arcane North/2014 Demo Review

vendredi 13 juin 2014 à 06:46

  Arcane  North  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  demo  "Enter  The  Arcane  North".

  Nature  sounds  which  also  appear  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  slower,  darker  and  heavier  black  metal  direction  which  also  has  an  atmospheric  background  and  then  the  grim  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  in  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  more  raw  and  mid  paced  direction.

  Most  of  the  music  on  the  demo  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  while  there  are  also  some  fast  moments  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  synths  are  added  into  the  music  the  demo  starts  having  a  more  epic  feeling  as  well  as  having  a  sound  that  would  perfectly  fit  on  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  as  well  as  using  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  an  atmospheric  black  metal  sound.

  As  the  demo  progresses  there  is  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  added  into  the  musical  sound  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  at  time s the  music  also  evokes  a  very  depressive  feeling,  on  the  second  track  melodic  vocals  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  finding  their  way  into  the  music  and  the   last  track  uses  some  melodic  chanting  that  brings  a  pagan  feeling  to  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  go  past  the  5  minute  mark  which  also  enhances  the  epic  feeling  of  the  recording

  Arcane  North  creates  a  truly  raw  and  epic  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  with  his  musical  sound  along  with  the  music  having  the  perfect  balance  between  heaviness,  atmospheric  and  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arcane  North  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Eternal  Forest  Waltz". 8 out of 10.

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Ad Infinitum/Woven Within/Fragile Bunch Recordings/2014 Cassette Review

jeudi 12 juin 2014 à 10:15

  Ad  Infinitum  are  a  band  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "Woven  Within"  which  was  released  by  Fragile  Bunch  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  slow  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements  in  their  musical  sound  and  there  are  also  some  melodies  being  added into  the  music  after  awhile  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  being  utilized  at  times.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  elements  along  with  some  blast  beats  being  use d in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  dark  ambient  elements  and  drones being  brought  into  the  music  by  the  synths  which  also  enhances  the  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  this  band  creates  with  their  musical  sound.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  starts  to  find  a  perfect  balance  between  the  fast,  raw  and  slower  atmospheric  parts  on  the  later  tracks  and  the  ambient  parts  makes  the  music  sound  more  occult  and  dark  as  well  as  the  album  containing  an  all  ambient  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  more  black  metal  direction  on  the  later  tracks  which  also  sound  very  different  from each other  while  you  can  still  tell  that  it  is  the  same  band  the  whole  time  and  the  last  track  is  a  very  long  ambient/drone  piece  which  alos  brings  back  the  spoken  word  samples.

  Ad  Infiniitum  create  a  very  diverse  sound  with  their  music  with  the  main  element  being  atmospheric  black  metal  but  there  are  also  some  melodic,  fast  and  raw  moments  in  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  a  good  doe  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  which  makes  their  music  really  stand  out,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark, astral  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ad  Infinitum  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heliacal  Rising"  "Etherial"  and  "Woven  Within".  8  out  of  10.  


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Wolvhammer/Clawing Into Black Sun/Profound Lore/2014 CD Review

mardi 10 juin 2014 à 13:36

  Wolvhammer  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  death  rock  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Clawing  Into  Black  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Profound  Lore.

  A  very dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off the  album before  adding  into  fast  raw  black  metal  elements  and  grim  screams  which  leads  to  a  more  mid  paced  direction  which  also  gives  the  music  a  punk  rock  feeling  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  to  make  their  musical  style  sound  a  lot  more  interesting.

  You  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  influences  along  with  a  good  balance  between  clean  and  heavy  parts  as  time  goes  on  by  and  there  is  also  a  short  intro  that  utilizes  drones  and  demonic  sounds  with  the  following  track  taking  an  even  more  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  approach  and  when  they  add  in  guitar  leads  there  are  mostly  in  a  melodic  post  black  metal  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  having  a  more  blackened  punk  feeling  at  times  along  with  some  heavy  death  rock  element s becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  sound  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  sludge  and  crust  punk  elements  get  a  lot  more  stronger  as  the  album  progresses  as  well  as  the  vocals  adding  in  some  of  the  harsher  element s of  hardcore  at  times  and  the  last  two  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  which  enhances  the  atmosphere  of  the  recording.

  Wolvhammer  create  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  with  the  main  elements being  black  metal  but  you  can  hear  traces of  post,  sludge,  hardcore,  punk  and  death  rock  all  mixed  in  with  their  musical  sound  which  results  in  the  band  sounding  very  original  and  diverse,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  esoteric  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wolvhammer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  punk  and  death  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Silver  Key"  "Slaves  To  The  Grime"  and  "Clawing  Into  The  Black  Sun".  8  out  of  10.     

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Krigsgrav/The Carrion Fields/Naturmacht Productions/2014 CD Review

mardi 10 juin 2014 à 12:32

  Krigsgrav  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  nature  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2014  album  "The  Carrion  Fields"  which  will  be  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  that  also  utilize  some  deep  growls  at  times  while  also  keeping  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound.

  After  awhile  the  music  starts  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  utilizing  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  progressive  feeling   and  the  fast  parts  never  loses  the  raw  atmosphere  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  the  second  song  the  band  goes  into  a  more  acoustic  and  instrumental  direction  before  returning  back  to  a  heaver  direction  on  the  following  song  while  the  acoustic  guitars  still  remain  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  arsenal  and  they  also  at  times  mix  in  ambient  and  atmospheric  elements  with  their  progressive  and  raw  approach  to  melodic  black  metal  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  clean  singing  being  used  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  another  track  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments.

  Krigsgrav  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  that combines  both  the  raw  and  progressive  elements  of  the  genre  together  while  also having  an  original  sound  of  its  own  and  displaying  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  on  their  musical  instruments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  cycles  of  seasons  in  nature  and  the  parallels  between  this  and  the  life  cycle  experienced  by  all  living  things  on  this  earth.

  In  my  opinion  Krigsgrav  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  nature  orientated  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Words  Of  Aeolus"  "Ghosts  Among  the  Ashes"  and  "Cold  Wounds  Of  Virtue".  8  out  of 10. 

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