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Hermit Hill Interview

mercredi 8 janvier 2014 à 08:47
1.Can you give us an introduction to the band for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?
1. Hermit Hill is Progressive Folk Black metal band. We try to bring together the rustic and primitive ferociousness of black and folk metal with progressive feeling riffs and song structure. We are still developing our style and have a long and hopefully rewarding path ahead of us for our sound.

2.When i listened to the music I heard alot of true black metal elements being mixed in with a lot of original parts, in your own words how would you describe your musical sound?
2. What I feel our sound is really about is being organic and uncanny. I want our music to sound like it was unearthed from a deep pit from a parallel history. I want to put modern or futuristic sounding riffs next to ones that sound ancient and fierce but at the same time make them feel off and unfamiliar as if discovering a both new and old culture. I hope that the more experienced we become the more we are able to live up to these words.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3. Our lyrics often explore many of the injustices in the world. Some of them story like such as "The Executioner" while others like "It Deteriorates" and "The Migration of Stars" do so on an allegorical level; exploring the frustration of an unexplained and forced existence or spiritual enigma. In our newer work we explore political hypocrisy and blindness to the needs of those that are different to ourselves.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hermit Hill'?
4. A hill for a hermit. A person who becomes a hermit has escaped from society and lives with themselves and nature. We like that idea; getting away from what existence has dealt to you and making your own worldview and philosophy.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you planning on expanding your line up or do you chose to remain a duo, and also how does it work out in live shows?
5. We are a two person band right now mostly due to lack of interest. We have had two bass players quit due to lack of time and commitment so far. We would love to have a full band with two guitar players, a bassist, drummer and keyboardist but Illinois is not the best place to find people willing to play in a black metal band. We keep our eyes open though.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played during its 2 years of being in existence and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. The best show we have ever played easily was the show with Ode Vinter, Decay Crawler,Thor Axe and Empyrean. The music slayed, everyone was energetic and there was plenty of moshing all around.
Our stage performance is something that I am trying very hard to work on. I am not a natural performer. I don't like to try to fake an "attitude" and crowd banter is simply not my cup of tea. I do try to have fun when I'm up there though. It's a lot easier than it was when I played my first shows to move around and make things interesting but it still is not a thing that I excel in.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2014?
7. We have no concrete plans for any shows in 2014. We do want to play but we're currently focusing on writing and recording new material.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
8. We are unsigned as of now and happy with it. We don't feel that we've made an adequate impact with our demo and we want to really prove ourselves before attempting to go down that road.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. The internet is an interesting beast. Only a day after we released our demo it was being shared on Russian forums. We had an amusing and understandable accusation that we plagiarized our art from the Pokemon "Parasect".

10.When can we expect the next recording and also what musical direction will it be heading into?
10. We hope to release our next work titled "And they were Taken by the Great Roots" this year. This album will be much more mature in song writing, lyrics and production and have a much more dynamic sound. I am very exited to hear what the songs sound like as a complete piece.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11. Our biggest influences are most likely Agalloch, Woods of Ypres, Burzum and Mayhem. I like to attribute our progressive flavor to the unhealthy amount of Coheed and Cambria I used to listen to. Lyrically I take a lot of influence from Current 93 and Neutral Milk Hotel.
12.Do you have any non musical interests?
12. I enjoy reading fiction and watching thought provoking movies. I also enjoy building computers and dabble in video game design.
13.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. It was fun answering these questions. Thank you for giving us your time and attention. Keep an eye out for our new material and keep up the good work. -Caleb

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Netra ft. We'rewolves/Dreading Consciousnees/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2013 EP Review

mardi 7 janvier 2014 à 06:58

  Netra  is  a  solo  artist  originally  from  France  but  now  living  in  Norway  with  a  musical  style  that  mixes  depressive  black  metal  with  trip  hop  and  on  this  recording  he  teamed  up  with  We'rewolves  a  hip  hip  duo  from  California  and  the  ep  is  called  "Dreading  Consciousness"  and  was  released  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  some  dark  experimental  sounds  and  atmospheric  synths  and  a  few  seconds  later  drum  programming,  elements  of  trip  hop  and  hip  hop  style  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  when  the  music  goes  into  the  second  song  they  copy  some  lyrics  from  Christian  Death's  "Romeo  Distress"  as  well  as  adding  in  sex  and  violence  samples.

  As  the  ep  progresses  dark  wave  style  guitar  riffing  is  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  gothic  and  industrial  influences  and  on  the  final  song  you  can  hear  some  black  metal  style  guitar  riffing  in  the  background  and  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  depressive  elements  and  also  combining  them  with  hip  hop  and  after  awhile  classic  rock  style  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the music  which  then  leads  up  to  some  depressive  black  metal  screams.  

  On  these  3  songs  that  are  displayed  on  this  ep  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  musical  genres  being  mixed  together  that  are  not usually  mixed  and  while  depressive  black  metal  has  been  mixed  with  trip  hop  before  I  have  never  heard  it  mixed  with  rap  or  hip  hop  until  know  and  while  the  black  metal  elements  only  show  up  on  the  last  song  there  is  still  a  lot  of  originality  in  the  music  that  is  present  on  this  ep.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  along  with  the  last  song  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  joint  effort  between  Ne'tra  and  We'rewolves is  very  original  sounding  and  while  it  is  not  a  musical  style  that  i  am  used  to  I  can  see this  appealing a  lot  to  more  open  minded  fans  of  metal  and trip  hop  music.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Enter  the  Void".  7/5  out  of  10.

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Dragon Smile/Self Titled/Kataboz Records/2012 EP Review

mardi 7 janvier 2014 à 05:51

  Dragon  Smile  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  mixed  in with  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2012  ep  which  was  released  by  Kataboz  Records.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  some  dark  and  medieval  synths  along  with  some  drum  programming  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  classical  music  being  added  to  the  recording  and  when  the  band  goes  into  the  second  song  heavy  guitars  and  black  metal  vocals  are  added  in  along  with  some  ambient  elements.

  As  the  ep  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  a  lot  more  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  and  when  they  go  into  the  3rd  song  elements  of  black  metal  are  dropped  and  they  go  into  a  more  dark  dungeon  synth  direction  and  the  black  metal  parts  do  not  make  a  return  until  the  5th  song  and  the  ep  closes  with  the  marches  of  war.

  Dragon  Smile  show  a  lot  of  darkness  with  their  approach  to  dungeon  synth  and  when  they  add  in  black  metal  influences  they  have  a  sound  that  reminds  me  of  Fear  of  Eternity  and  Summoning  while  the  music  is  a  lot  more  ambient  sounding  than  those  bands  that  where  mentioned.

  Song  lyrics  cover  pagan  and  medieval  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  epic  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Dragon  Smile  are  a  very  great  sounding  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band  and  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Draudkar"  and  "Daradbyrht".  9  out  of  10.    

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Ode Vinter/Mortuus Mereticus/2012 EP Review

mardi 7 janvier 2014 à 04:45

  Ode  Vinter  are  a  band  from  Illinois  that  plays  dark  and  grim  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  ep  "Mortuus  Mereticus".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  some  dark  and  haunting  ambient  sounds  before  adding  in  drums  and  fast,  raw  black  metal  guitar  riffs  which  leads  up  to  grim screams  making  their  presence  known  and  the  band  also  mixes  slow  and  fast  parts  together  and  after  awhile  dark  sounding  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music.

  When  the  band  goes  into  the  second  song  sounds  of  rain  and  thunder  are  added  into  the  music  before  going  into  a  more  old  school  black  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  death  metal  growls  and  that  influence  is  also  added  into  the  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  the  band  stick  to  a  true  black  metal  direction  and  when  they  add  in  blast  beats the  ep  starts  sounding  a lot  more  powerful.  

  When  the  band  goes  into  the  fourth  song  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  briefly  and  then  the  band  goes  back  into  another  old  school  black  metal  assault  as  well  as  bringing  in  synths  which  also  gives  the  music  a  very  atmospheric  sounding  edge  and  when  the  music  goes  into  the  last  song  they  start  bringing  in  even  more  dark  elements.

  On  these  5  songs  that  are  displayed  on  this  demo  you  can  tell  this  band  knows  their  old  school  black  metal  very  well  and  these  are  some  of  the  darkest  black  metal  songs i  have  heard  from  a  United  States  black  metal  band.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  blasphemous  and  grim  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sound  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  Ode  Vinter  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  grim  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Buried  Beneath  A  Grim  Sky"  and  "Funerary  offering".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Hermit Hill/Demo One/2013 Review

mardi 7 janvier 2014 à 04:04

  Hermit  Hill  are  a  band  from  Illinois  that  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  and  progressive music  and this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  demo.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  some  drums  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  when  the  grim  screams  start  kicking  in  while  also  keeping  around  the  melodies  and  there  are  also  death  metal  growls  added  to  the  recording.

  As  the  demo  moves  on  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  bring  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  recording  as  well  as  the  black  metal  vocals  utilizing  more  depressive  elements  and  you  can  hear  the  folk  and  progressive  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  melodic  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  some  thrash  influences  being  utilized  on  the  last  song.

  On  these  4  songs  that  are  displayed  on  this  ep,  Hermit  Hill  show  a  lot  of  promise  for  being  a  new  band  and  there  slow  and  grim  approach  to  black  metal  has  a  very  old  school  feeling  to  it  and  when  they  mix  in  folk  and  progressive  elements  it  does  not  weaken  their  music  and  I  would  like  to  see  what  direction  this  band  heads  into  on future  releases.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  metaphysical  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  on  the  4  songs  that  are  presented  with  this  demo.

  In  my  opinion  Hermit  Hill  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  metal,  folk  and  progressive  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Executioner  Sleeps  In  The  Evening"  and  "Destined  to  Die".  8  out  of  10.  

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