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Ctulu/Sarkomand/Black Blood Records/Human To Dust/2014 Vinyl Re-Issue Review

mercredi 26 novembre 2014 à 06:31

  Ctulu  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of   their  2011  album  "Sarkomand"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  December  on  vinyl  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black  Blood  Records  and  Human  TO  Dust.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  grim  sounding  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  you  can  hear  some  ritualistic  and  nature  sounds being  added into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  old  school  melodies  that  bring  a  NWOBHM  to  the  album  and  after  awhile you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  chants  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  few  tracks  that  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  element s of  that  genre  and  a  good  portion  of  the  bands  musical  style  seems  to  be  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  Swedish  black  metal  bands  while  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  thrash  feeling  to  the  riffs  and  on  the  last  track  keyboards  are  added  into t he  music  while  the  song  also  still  brings  in  heavy  parts.  

  Ctulu  plays  a  Swedish  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  old  school,   raw  and  melodic  and  also  incorporates  some  death metal  influences  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  an  update  blackened  death metal  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Lovecraft  and  Nightmare  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ctulu  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Arckanum  Der  Tiefen"  "Traumturm"  and  "Mondsucht".  8  out  of  10.


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Inchiuvatu/Via Matris/Inch Productions/2014 EP Review

mercredi 26 novembre 2014 à 03:13

  Inchiuvatu  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  acoustic  form  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Via  Matris"  which  was  released  by  Inch  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  start  off  the  ep  giving  the  recording  a  medieval  pagan  feeling   and  after  a  minute  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  evolve into  grim  black  metal  screams  and  they  also  add  fast  drumming  into  the  folk  music  parts  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  acoustic  guitars  also  start  getting  more  aggressive  with  the  black  metal  style  vocals.

  The  keyboards  have  a  very  tragic  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  the  acoustic  guitars  start  utilizing  raw  tremolo  picking  while  they  still  keep  around  the  folk  music  influence  and  some  of  the  alter  songs  also  sees  the  music  using  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  and  a  couple of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  track  the  vocals  start  bringing  in  demonic  growls.

  On  this  ep  Inchiuvati  creates  a  very  grim  style  of  black  metal  that  is  done  with  acoustic  guitars  which  also  have  the  fast  picking  of  regular  black  metal  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  folk  music  to  their  music  sound  more  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Sicilian  and  cover  anti  Christianity,  sex  and  drama  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Inchiuvatu  are  a  very  great  sounding  acoustic  black  metal  band  with  folk  music  influences  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In Utero"  "Trafitta"  and  "Santa  Balata".  8  out  of  10.



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Goatchrist Interview

mercredi 26 novembre 2014 à 00:12
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Goatchrist is a mouthpiece for a range of diverse (yet related) thematic topics. We aim to build upon what is often described as 'the true essence of black metal' with magickal lyrical formulas and influences from other genres of music; thus far, I'm content with our progression towards this goal.
Goatchrist was 'formed' this year (2014) as a solo project by myself. This came after my brief time as an auditioning guitarist for Sathamel, a similar band to my own, which is comprised of some friends of mine. At the time, my skill with the guitar and attitude towards the music did not match their requirements, so I was declined the role; however, I'd already commenced writing material for them. These songs (both parts of Bloodletting, The Four Horsemen and Catacombs) were recorded alongside two other, older tracks (The Scrying Mirror and Inferno, then called 'Crushing Your Essence Under Fire and Brimstone') which were re-recorded and released under the Goatchrist name.
Shortly afterwards, I decided to turn the band into a live project, and recruited Kaahl (ex-Slaughter Throne) and Aamon-Vetis to complete the lineup.

2.So far you have released 2 demos this years, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
The 'Legion' demo is a recording from 2013 created whilst I was under the spell of Xasthur, Leviathan and other excellent USBM bands. It had been sat on an old computer of mine until months after the first demo was released, and upon re-listening to my old recordings, I decided they were a sufficiently polished insight into my musical roots to release.
She Who Holds the Scrying Mirror differs greatly from this. The sound and production, though still raw, is more polished and certainly more fitting for the style of music. Whereas Legion is an attempt to recreate a specific sound, The Scrying Mirror is an exploration into my own sounds and ideas.

3.Your lyrics cover some Luciferian and Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I don't think there exists a single black metal fanatic that, at some point, has not identified as an adept or follower of some form of Sinister philosophy. My own path began in a very juvenile manner, with the label of 'Satanist' used for shock value alone. However, my interest in chaos magick began after the influence of my friend [Ryan Fleming, from Solitude Forest]. The Order of the Nine Angles, a belief system that mirrors the basic principles of chaos in its core values, soon became a useful tool to develop my beliefs.
The Luciferian imagery in the first demo comes as a result of my disdain towards other bands that promote "chaos" by presenting it in a dogmatic format, which I find absurd [it is for this reason that I despise groups like the Misanthropic Luciferian Order, who preach about Abrahamic rituals and Jewish dragons and expect to be taken seriously].
It should be noted that my own personal beliefs are more akin to Thelema and the ancient religion of Sumer, far more so than any type of 'Satanism'.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Goatchrist'?
The goat is the independent warrior; the sheep is the mindless follower. Thus, the 'Goatchrist' is the warrior-king, a prophet who declines to keep any followers or worshippers and instead teaches the strong to become stronger, and in time, banishes the weak.

 5.Are there any plans to do any live shows with this band or is this strictly a studio project?
We have a gig booked for February 20th at the Fenton in Leeds, supporting Sodomized Cadaver. As of now, the band is a live project.

6.Recently SixSixSix Music re-issued your first demo, are there any plans to also re-issue the second demo?
No. There'd be no reason to; it's available already for free to those who desire to trace our/my musical roots.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Fantastic, actually. We've had several excellent reviews of the Scrying Mirror demo and one good review of Legion. It seems that our music appeals to both the 'kvlt'-type black metaller and the brutal death metaller alike.

8.What is going on with some of your other bands or musical projects these days?
Kierkegaard, my ambient project, is taking a break from recording until the new year. Mors Voluntaria, my personal outlet for a different kind of message, is in the process of recording its first album [I've already recorded all guitars, and B. is in the process of recording drums and his own guitar parts].

9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
A far more melodic and faster sound. Previews of the new songs have already been sent around a few of my close inner circle of friends. I think we'll stay with SixSixSix too, as they've done a truly excellent job of promoting the release and, for now, are the perfect label to work with.

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?
Good black metal is my only direct influence for this project; the rest of the sound is my own ideas and experimentation. I'd say Leviathan is a definite influence, as are Absu, Destroyer 666 and Melechesh. Other than that, I don't really listen to much metal, and some of my preferred artists and bands include the Grateful Dead, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shining (from Norway; Niklas Kvarforth isn't my cup of tea in the slightest), ELO, the Eagles, the Who, etc.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Reading philosophy and mathematics, and also experimenting with psychedelic/hallucinogenic substances in order to delve deeper into the acausal plane of unused universal energy (the 'spirit world' to the lay man). That's pretty much all I have time to do, and juggling those with the music can be a challenge at times, though all three of these activities enhance my musical skill in rather abstract ways.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Respect to all individuals who've supported our cause thus far. Agios O Noctulis!

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Hecate/ The Order Of The Black Light/Winterwolf Records/2014 CD Review

mardi 25 novembre 2014 à 07:08

  Hecate  are  a  duo  from  Egypt  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  which  was  released  by  Winterwolf  Records.

  An  ambient  style  synth  starts  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  music  a  horror  movie  and  epic  feeling  as  well  as  bringing  in  heavy  guitars  and  after t he  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  raw,  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  [itched  screams  before  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  vocals  can  be  very  grim  in  sound  and  they  also  bring  in  death  metal  growls  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  also  bring  in  more  of  a  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  there  are  also  bits  and  pieces  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  being  added  into  some  of  the  songs.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  which  also  gives  their  music  and  atmospheric  90's  black  metal  feeling  when t hey  are  utilized  and  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  also  brings  in  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  feeling  at  times  while  the  main  focus  is  more  on  a  traditional  black  metal  style  and  towards  the  edn  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  one  of  the  tracks.

  Heacate  takes  the  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sides  of  90's  black  metal  and  combines  them  with  a  more  modern  blackened  death  metal  sound  to  create  their  own  style,  the  production  sound s very  dark,  heavy  and  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  occultism,  war  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hecate  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When Eternity  Dwells  In  Frost"  "The  Order  of  the  Black  Light"  and  "Signs  Of  Horns".  8  out  of  10.


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Witchclan Interview

mardi 25 novembre 2014 à 03:52
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?

Just promoting really, and doing interviews like this one. Witchclan is obviously not a touring band so that's what makes it different really. Any normal band would be touring at this point but for me, apart from the promoting, this time is pretty much all reflection time. When an new album is released, you get to hear all the comments from other people and different non-biased reviews all with something different to say. I spent months listening to the new album when it was being mixed and produced so I've heard it hundreds of times already and to be able to have fresh ears listen to it and hear it in a totally new and different light to the one I was hearing is a great thing and long overdue.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The music contained on the new album, for all intensive purposes, is Black Metal. However, it does go deeper than that really - from a song writers perspective anyway. I'm influenced by a lot of different stuff - from 80's thrash metal, doom metal, death metal, traditional heavy metal, punk and of course black metal. I think that a lot of those genres and styles can be heard across the whole album, it all blends together to make what I like to call Bestial Hell Metal. As for how it differs from the last album, I suppose you can just say it's a natural progression and improved song writing. The general feel of the new album 'The Dark Binding' is as dark, if not darker than the last one and I feel that it reeks of atmosphere, more so than 'Misanthropist'.

3.Your lyrics over the years have covered Satanism,  Necronomicon,  occultism and Anti Religion topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I've always been very interested in the Occult. It's a fascinating subject, and one that excites and feeds the imagination. The majority of the lyrics on the new album are occult based, although a couple of them are just generally anti-religious. I do strongly dislike religion. It's the root of all evil and is the reason that the world is in such a bad state. I cannot believe that in 2014, the majority of the human race are still worshiping false gods, and limiting themselves physically and mentally. Religion controls you - and religion is controlled by the governments. So your government is controlling you and telling you how to live your life. All my lyrics are saying is to fight back and take control of your own life.

4.The band is considered one of the first second wave black metal groups in the United Kingdom, do you feel that you have been a huge influence on some of the later bands that have came out of the country?

Witchclan IS the first. The band formed in 1990, and the only other bands who came afterwards was Dead Christ in 1991, and then Thus Defiled and Xaztur in 1992. Witchclan was the first, although I didn't actually join the band until 1993. As for being an influence, I really wouldn't know. Back in the early 90's the band was relatively unknown and to be fair, still is. It's all about having an underground following as far as I'm concerned. I have my dedicated fan base, and I'm happy with that. I'm just making the music I want to make, if other people like it and if bands get influenced then that's cool but that's not why I do Witchclan.

5.The band was broken up for a long time, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform the project?

Yes, the band split up half way through 1995. The reasons behind it aren't very exciting I'm afraid. It's the same old story - musical differences and dedication issues. We were all very young at the time, so some of us took it more seriously than others and certain members were more into other genres and so ultimately, Witchclan had to split up and go separate ways. One of the guitarists and I practiced with a couple of different drummers but nothing worked out so in the Summer of '95 we called it quits. Witchclan stayed dead and buried for 17 years until I resurrected it in 2009 as a solo project. At this point, I was ready to do something in the music industry again but I was indecisive over what the band should be and what name it should have so it was my wife who suggested that I reform Witchclan - the rest, as they say - is history.

6.The band in the beginning went through a lot of name changes, what was the cause of that and also what is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Witchclan'?

The name changes all happened between 1990 and 1992. It started out as Crypt, then changed to Curse and then finally to Hellgrind before they settled on Witchclan in 1992. There was a demo recorded under the name Hellgrind but I've never personally heard it.
The name Witchclan stems back to Newcastle, UK in 1992. The founding members Peter Leathley and Sharad Anand were at school at the time and there was a group of skank girls who looked like witches and were known as the clan. They both hated them so they decided to call the band Witchclan as a way to poke fun at them. The name of course also represents a group of witches.

 7.Currently the band is a solo project, are you open to working with a full band again in the future or do you chose to remain solo?

I will never work with a full band again. It was very hard with other people in the band. There were times where someone wouldn't turn up to rehearsal - and if that was the drummer for example, that would obviously prove to be most unsatisfactory when you're trying to practice songs. There was also, as I mentioned before, the matter of other members having different musical inputs and not agreeing with the direction of the band, and so on.
Being a solo project suits me perfectly. I get to do things at my own pace, there's nobody to argue with or have musical disagreements with. I get to have 100% creativity and do exactly as I please, so the end product is entirely my creation. I like it this way. I am a complete control freak and if things aren't going the exact way I want them to go then things can get fucked up.

8.When you had a full line up did Witchclan ever do any shows, if so how would you describe the stage performance and also what where some of the best shows that you have played?

No. We never played live. To begin with, when I joined the band in 1993 it was already difficult to rehearse because I lived on the south coast of England and they lived right in the middle of the country so even travelling there would have taken hours. They recorded the music in Newcastle and then I added the vocals here in East Sussex. It was a strange set up but it worked nicely for about a year and a half until they left the band.
The replacements I found were local, but we only ever rehearsed. I guess at the time I didn't think we were good enough to play live. We were all very young and really not completely competent with our instruments. The two demos recorded during 1993 are very messy - and then there was an unreleased demo from 1995 which was recorded on a 4-track but the guy we borrowed it off only gave us about 30 mins to record everything so there were so many mistakes and it sounded terrible. Playing live just wasn't really an option at that time, and nowadays of course it could never happen being that I'm the only member and I would never want to use session musicians.

9.The new album was released on Elvester Records, how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Elvester Records have released it on vinyl and CD, I have also stayed with Darkness Shade Records who have released it on tape as well. Elvester have been absolutely fantastic. The label is run by Erik Epperson who plays in the U.S black metal band Locust Fork. He's been extremely supportive from start to finish and also very patient. I'm a father of two, and I also hold down a full time job which I travel two hours per day to get to so all those factors mean that I can be slow at responding to things the label have asked me to do such as sending out promos and so on. So Erik has been very understanding and patient with me which has really helped out. He also co-produced the album so all in all, he's put a massive amount of time into this record, not to mention a massive investment.
Paul from Darkness Shade Records has also been very cool. I've been signed with Paul since he released the last album Misanthropist back in 2011 and he's always been very supportive and always met the needs of the band.

10.Over the years how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

Very favorable. You get crap reviews, you get great reviews - it's all just opinions and on the grand scale of things, opinions are just people's personal thoughts that they choose to share so I don't really take it all that seriously because what one person thinks is amazing, the next person might think it's crap. I'd say about 90% of the reviews I've seen have been very good - the other 10% not so great. But, and I've always said this - I make music that I would like to listen to, the way I want to make it. I try to create albums that I personally would want to own and if other people also like it then that's just an added bonus. I love music, I love creating it - so if I get some praise for doing what I enjoy doing then that's okay with me.

11.This is the first album to be released in 3 years, can you give us an update on what was going on during that time frame?

Just working with my other band Deadman's Blood, and a lot was going on in my personal life too. My daughter was born in 2012 and then earlier this year my son was born. I recorded and released 'Product of a Deranged Mind' by Deadman's Blood between this time so you can see I haven't been slacking, I'm always busy with something. I'm currently on a break from writing though, at the moment I'm just promoting for Witchclan, doing interviews and stuff so I will most likely begin recording the new Deadman's Blood material in Spring of 2015.

12.What is going on with your death metal project 'Deadman's Blood' these days?

I work by bands on a rota - I work on one new release for one band and then get that released, then I have a break of a few months and then get onto recording the next release for the other band. I recorded and released 'Product of a Deranged Mind' back in 2012 which went down with people really well and is completely sold out now. I'll be beginning writing and recording the first full-length for the band next year but I would like to get it released on a label rather than self-funding it, which I find to be a real pain in the ass. I'd much rather get it out through a label and relieve some of the stress and pressure from me. We'll see what happens, I am still yet to record it so I'm jumping the gun a bit at this stage.

13.Where do you see yourself heading in the future, musically?

Well Witchclan and Deadman's Blood are both here to stay, there's no doubt about that. I have no desire to change the framework for either of those two projects, so they will always be extreme metal bands. I would however, like very much to venture into more experimental genres with some kind of new project. It's all just thoughts in my head at the moment but I listen to lots of different styles of music, and in order to keep my current bands pure to what they're meant to be, I need another outlet so that nothing else bleeds into those bands, even on a subconsciously influential level. It's important to me that Deadman's Blood is always 100% rotten old death metal and that Witchclan is always black metal, so another project might have to creep in at some point.

14.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?

Well in the very early days of the band it was a very 80's influenced sound. Imagine Slayer met up with Possessed and got drunk. Then on the way home they ran into Bathory, took some acid and ended up back at Venom's house and all had a jam together. So it was a mixture of those bands, but not played very well.
These days, there are so many bands who have an influence but I suppose the main ones that I owe it to would be Bathory, Burzum, Darkthone and Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult.
As for what I'm listening to at the moment. Well each week is different for me. I have the privilege of being able to listen to music all day long at work so I tend to get about 7 hours of music per day usually. I have ripped about 50% of my music collection to MP3 so this is what I listen to at work - then when I'm at home it's the vinyl and tapes which come out. Over the past couple of weeks, my listening has been pretty varied - Intense Degree, Electro Hippies, Pentagram, Beastcraft, G.G.F.H, Godflesh, Scorn. To be honest, it's been a very mixed bunch as you can see.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love film. I watch several films a week and I try to get out to the pictures with my wife as often as we can. Horror movies are mainly my bag, although I do like Sci-fi and Action Thriller stuff too. So I collect movies, mainly on VHS - and mainly stuff from the 70's and 80's which were my favorite eras. I also collect other stuff like skateboards, stickers and all sorts of weird and wonderful things so I'm always kept busy hunting things down.
As I've mentioned, I'm a husband and I'm a father of two, so most of my spare time is spent with them. My family life is very important to me and if the music all went away tomorrow I would still have my wife and kids so I'd be alright!

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

Firstly, thanks to you for this cool interview and thanks to all the people who have so far bought the new album. If you haven't bought it and would like to know more about me and my bands, please go to the following websites -,uk

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