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Phraxathon Interview

mardi 15 juin 2021 à 02:14

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project?

Phraxathon was born as a project for a "compilation" of old songs. I started playing them again, incorporating some riff and finally a handful of songs emerged that I decided to record

 2.A few months you you also released a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

Well, it has always been a very old school style, note that I have grown up with Sepultura, with Maiden, Hypocrisy, Immortal ... in the end it gets stuck in your DNA. Some riffs are more Heavy, others more Thrash, but always with that Death-Black Metal backdrop

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

Like old themes, most already had lyrics assigned to them, or at least the main concept. But with age there are subjects that particularly fascinate me, such as the human capacity to build gods around religions and to chain oneself to their false prophets. Follow The Black Bird talks about it, and how when you follow the black bird (the one that goes outside the pattern), you grow as a person

4.After you old band 'Asepsia' you disappeared from the music scene for more than 20 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

The main problem when you are in a band is focusing in one direction for everyone. During 20 years you mature a lot, you have a greater perspective on things ... and now you have many more tools to develop and publish your ideas! There were some projects that didn't quite get started, so I've basically been playing at home and listening to music.

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

Remembering more than 20 years ago is complicated, because that was when it came up and I saw that it would be perfect (then and now). It's a play on words, a contraction, from Romanized Thai and Ancient Egypt. A rough definition could be "the divine god of everything"; we are this divinity only we need to find it

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

 It is a place with a lot of mysticism, walking in that grove made me connect with myself, feeling that there is something beyond the path of life and death that we all travel (and that it is up to us how to do it) 

7.With this project you recorde everything by yourself but also have experience working with musicians, how would you compare the two?

It is impossible to compare it! Being alone, you will not have anyone who gives you contrary opinions and it is easy to fall into egotism. Although the compositions and ideas are more focused, it is always positive to have other points of view and that is what gives you to play with more people 

 

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

 I have no interest in signing anything, the album is free on Bandcamp and the like ... there has been some approach but I have not really paid attention to it 

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

It has been curious because it has moved a lot on platforms such as Torrent and similar (when the work is free for download on bandcamp). Being a personal project I did not expect anything, but there has been quite a lot of acceptance, especially in Eastern Europe and Central & South America

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

 I am composing, calmly, some new songs, something more conceptual. With the pandemic crisis, I have seen how people have related to their spirituality, many thinking that they have been punished, others that they have been used by their religion and preachers. I hope I don't have to wait another 20 years! 

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?

I keep listening to a lot of the 90-00s, european Black-Death especially, but also metal and rock. As bands I have been surprised by the return of Immortal (Northern ..) and more current for example Spectral Wound or the compatriots Daemonic (from Jaen, very raw black metal with their lastest demo, Demon's Genocide)

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


listen, think, but never lose yourself under anything or anyone. Thank you very much for your time and review.

Bandcamp: https://phraxathon.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Phraxathon/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh4oYddBi7Y0MmFCjjsaSLw
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4PlSpIFacs3sRvgb9Cu934
Other: https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Phraxathon/The_Path_Beyond_the_Cycle_of_Birth_and_Death/835839

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/phraxathon-interview.html


Witchfuck/Black Blood Baptism/Godz Of War Productions/2021 CD Review

dimanche 13 juin 2021 à 03:57


Witchfuck  are  a  band  from  Poland  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Black  Blood  Baptism"  which  was  released  by  Godz  of  War  Productions.




  A  very  dark  and  apocalyptic  sounding  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  demonic  growls  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.




  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.  Elements  of  thrash  metal  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  riffs  also  having  their  angry  moments  as  well  as  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  chaotic  style  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  at  times,  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  touches  of  black'n'roll,  as  the  album  progresses  the  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  and  a  later  song  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  album  also  closes  with  a  cover  of  Behemoth's  "Pure  Evil  And  Hate".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Blasphemy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Witchfuck  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "March  of  Doom"  "Sulfur  Goat"  "Hailing  To  the  Stars"  and  "Sabbath  of  Unholy  Lust".  8  out  of  10.


Godz Ov War @ Bandcamp

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/witchfuckblack-blood-baptismgodz-of-war.html


Mystic Ethan/Misanthropic Symphony Of Chaos/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 12 juin 2021 à 23:28

 


  Mystic  Ethan  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very   raw,  old  school,  misanthropic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Misanthropic  Symphony  Of  Chaos".


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams   and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  The  music  is  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  and  spoken  word  samples  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  


  On  this  recording  Mystic  Ethan  remains  true  to  the  raw,  old  school,  misanthropic  and  satanic  style  of  black  metal  that  they  had  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mystic  Ethan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  old  school,  misanthropic  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Warriors  Of  Chaos"  "Embracing  your  Fall"  "Ave  Satan"  and  "The  Call  of  Your  Kingdom".  8  out  of  10.


Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/4BYhqwMrARN44lJjRSPwF8?si=V_uCXIwoTr6awQoLUNtzcA&dl_branch=1

Bandcamp
https://mysticethan.bandcamp.com/album/misanthropic-symphony-of-chaos

Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/diego-franco-58/sets/misanthropic-symphony-of-chaos

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/mystic-ethanmisanthropic-symphony-of.html


Golod/...To Be Lost And Forgotten, In Solitude/Van Records/2021 EP Review

samedi 12 juin 2021 à 06:11

 


  Golod  are  a  solo  project  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  "...To  Be  Lost  And  Forgotten,  In  Solitude"  which  was  released  by  Van  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  The  recording  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  song also  being  an ambient  style  instrumental, as  the  eo  progresses  a  brief  use  of  demonic  and  deep  voices  can  also  be  heard  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  deep  introspection  and  humanity's  dark  history. 


  In  my  opinion  Golod  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Lone  Spire"  and  "The  Boreal  Winds".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/yDTA1arGI08    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/golodto-be-lost-and-forgotten-in.html


Nigrum Pluviam/Eternal Fall Into The Abyss/Signal Rex/2021 CD Review

samedi 12 juin 2021 à 05:29

 


  Nigrum  Pluviam  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Eternal  Fall  Into  The  Abyss"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Signal  Rex.


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  ar e mostly  tortured  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  French  style  along  with  the  songs  also  capturing  a  very  lo-f  atmosphere  at  times.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  minimalistic  sounding  along  with  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing,  as  the  album  progresses  synths  also  return  as  well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  recording  briefly  and  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song..


  Nigrum  Pluviam  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  French  Black  Legions  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Misanthropy  and  Death  Of  Mankind  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nigrum  Pluviam  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Whisper  Of  The  Black  Rain"  "Devotion  To  Absolute  Evil"  and  "From  The  Earth  to  The  Abyss  From  Suffering".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/NDRBO7iCZic  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/nigrum-pluviameternal-fall-into.html