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Patrons Of the Rotting Gate Interview

mardi 3 décembre 2013 à 00:02
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the musical project for those that have never heard you before?

Currently a (mostly) one man band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. It’s a style of music I’ve wanted to write for a while and it was summer 2013 was when I finally stopped being lazy.


2.How would you describe the musical sound on the album that you recently have recorded?

I guess the simplest label it would fall into is Progressive Black Metal, personally I was paying tribute to a lot of bands/influences, trying to balance interesting instrumental parts and keeping a focus on atmosphere throughout.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explored with the album?

Most of the lyrics deal with existentialism and morality,  with a side dish of misanthropy and anti-theism haha. The lyrics were written pretty quickly and then the vocals were recorded straight afterwards, so sometimes I had to go back a re-record vocals because I realised the lyrics don’t make grammatical sense in any way. I’m happy with how they turned out, although I want to take more time over the concept/lyrics for the next album.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Patrons Of The Rotting Gate?

It’s a line from one of my favourite bands favourite songs haha - Orgone - Circulated Treason. I’m hugely inspired by Stephen Jarrett’s lyrics, if you’ve read Orgone’s lyrics and mine you might see some similarities. Although in context of their work it might mean something completely different, I’ve come to see “Patrons of the Eotting gate” as a reference to religious figureheads/leaders. I’m not very religious if you haven’t guessed already.


5.On the album most of the stuff was recorded solo, do you plan on adding a line up in the future?

I would love to and I do plan to, I haven’t really mentioned it to him but I’ll get Adam for 2nd guitar as he’s much better than me. Currently I’m super busy trying to get other projects off the ground (mostly also include him) and also going to University/working. It’ll definitely happen, I’m just not sure when yet.

6.The album came out on The Path Less Travelled Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label? 

I just sort of threw the album up for free on bandcamp and posted around some forums, and got a lot of positive feedback which was amazing. Rennie from starkweather (check em’) and Doug from Pyrrhon/Invisible Oranges were definitely big helpers in getting the word out. I’m a big fan of Pyrrhon and Flourishing (both have ties to TPLTR). Sean seemed to dig the stuff and is in the “business” for the right reasons. It seems like a good fit.


7.The project was originally from Northern Ireland but relocated to England what was the decision behind the move?

It’s sort of related to the project as it’s related to music in general, but POTRG wasn’t really a factor in the move. In September 2013 I started a degree in music production in London, so I’ll be here for at least 3 years. 


8.The album had covers of Gorguts and Orgone  songs, what was it that made you want to do covers of these 2 songs?

Both bands are massive influences on me musically, so it was essentially paying tribute to them. Gorguts’ “Obscura”, Orgone’s “The Goliath” and “The Joyless Parson” (Still not officially released, come on labels get on that shit) are some of my favourite albums. Caress of Vines is such a cool track, especially in context of the album so I’ve wanted to learn/cover it pretty much since I first heard it. It also helps that it is the only track on the album that I could pull off on guitar haha. When I first heard Gorguts’“The Battle Of Chamdo” I though it was a really cool piece that breaks up the flow of the album up well. When I first thought of covering it with more traditional metal instrumentation I couldn’t stop listening to it without that in mind, and I was also really inspired by the band Means End’s cover of Eric Whitacre’s “Nox Aurumque”. I knew Whitacre’s original before I heard their version, but now I I can’t listen to it without hearing Robert Luciani’s lead vocal line. I highly recommend checking out Mean’s End’s “The Didact” by the way. They have some really interesting harmonic stuff going on and Luciani is definitely one of my favourite vocalists/lyricists at the minute. Rasmus’s bass playing is another highlight.


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

Everything has been extremely positive so far which I’m totally grateful for, although i’m not sure what black metal purists would really think of it. It’s funny, The Rose Coil was originally supposed to be a lot more straight up black metal, but I guess my listening background of tech death and progressive metal seeped into it a lot. I’m not sure If I could write a good “pure” black metal album if I really tried.

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Well at the time of The Rose Coil’s recording I had maybe 60% of the 2nd album already written and a vague concept in mind, I didn’t release that material first because I couldn’t play it properly on guitar. At the minute I think there is only one song left to “first draft” for the second album, it is shaping up to be a lot more technical, and a lot weirder/more dissonant in places. I think the challenge with it will be maintaing an atmosphere throughout the album, like I (personally) think I managed with The Rose Coil. 

I also have a very vague musical/conceptual outline for the 3rd album which consists of 3 long songs to make up the entire album (hopefully around 45-50 minutes). I guess we’ll have to see if I can pull that off haha.


11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

There are some more obvious influences which have been mentioned previously like Orgone, Latitudes, Deathspell Omega, Spawn of Possession, Gorguts and Meshuggah. Since moving to London I’ve been listening to a bit of Katatonia, Lost in the Trees, Tori Amos, Sikth, the new Queens Of The Stone Age, some classical stuff like Wagner, Eric Whitacre, Bach. I’ve also been listening to a lot of electronic stuff like BT, Burial, Nedry, The Glitch Mob and Kashiwa Daisuke.


12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I love reading although I’ve been struggling to find the time since I moved. Fitting it into a schedule of work, uni work and drinking has been tough haha. I also love the outdoors and camping, but I haven’t had the chance to do much of that recently either.


13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? 

Not too much other thanks thanks for the interview! It’s really cool/slightly surreal to get interest for this project. If you are interested, watch the POTRG Facebook page for upcoming Hierophant, Deathspell Omega, and Latitudes covers. They are all fully tracked bar the Latitudes cover, which has very sloppily played guitar parts and no vocals currently. Also hopefully Adam and I’s other projects will be releasing material soon. Cheers!



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Thanks,
Andrew

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/patrons-of-rotting-gate-interview.html


Khaos Aeon Interview

lundi 2 décembre 2013 à 23:55
Interview Occult Black Metal Zine
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

KHAOS AEON // G:
At the moment Khaos Aeon is mostly rehearsing and recording. A couple of rituals are to follow during December and the beginning of the next year as the last months were rather quiet when it came to concerts. We are starving regarding entering the stage again so expect some energies flowing around ...



2. The new album has been out for almost a year now, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction for those that have never heard the album and also how does it differ from previous efforts?

KHAOS AEON // G:
The latest output namely "Koenigreich" is an album that covers and reveals almost every aspect of Khaos Aeon as it was at the time of its creation. Influences are to be found not as easily as on previous releases since we made a big step both musically and lyrically, focusing more on inner aspects and cloistering ourselves more from outer sources. It is more straight forward bearing also a lot of tight atmosphere - without getting to sophisticated. What you here on "Koenigreich" is Khaos Aeon; and nothing else.



The lyrical topics cover a lot of Occult and Luciferian topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Occult and Left Hand Path?

KHAOS AEON // G:
The Occult, as you name it, is something that everybody has to explore by himself; and something that you can find only within yourself. Focus and do not get infiltrated from outer sources. It is as easy as that.
None of our "topics" are to be explained from my side as I am still studying them by myself.



What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Khaos Aeon?

KHAOS AEON // G:
When it comes to chaos; see it as a mighty source from the most inner point of yourself. It is a chaotic trip full of throwbacks delving towards it. But it gets more addictive as faster as you travel ... And every step you make feeds your hunger of becoming one with it.
As an aeon is a rather limited period of time, chaos acts as a constant that was, is and will be from the very beginning to the very end. If you want to take it as "life", for you can take chaos as "death". So to begin from death, dwelling in life and return to death; this is what we endure. And this is what has to be transcended. "Aeon" is the task while "Khaos" is its goal.



I have read one of the band members travelled to Egypt not too long ago, do you feel that the Muslims steal their whole occult and pagan heritage?

KHAOS AEON // G:
Couldn't care less what Muslims do with their heritage. This is none of my concern.








What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

KHAOS AEON // G:
Everyone; for the real performance is in our every self. So join us, open yourself and let some hell break loose ...



Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

KHAOS AEON // G:
As stated before we are going to play one gig in December of this year as a conclusion for a rather quiet year regarding live performances. We are hungry for 2014, so stay tuned.



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

KHAOS AEON // G:
No; and I am personally not interested in any label.
Would be nice of course to have a cooperation but we are hunting perfectly without any. So if there is no interest it is no barrier for Khaos Aeon.



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

KHAOS AEON // G:
How do you define something like that?
We got response from a lot of people we respect - so in our world: a very good response.



10. Are any of the band members involved with other musical projects these days?

KHAOS AEON // G:
Not anymore.



11. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

KHAOS AEON // G:
Musically I really do not know as I am without any limitation when it comes to music. So be curious ...



12. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

KHAOS AEON // G:
For me personally I am listening to almost every style of music (with some exceptions of course). So if there is an influence It would take some time to find every single one.







13. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

KHAOS AEON // G:
Evolving mainly.



14. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/khaos-aeon-interview.html


Perpetua/Unhappy/Bleak And Dark Days/2013 Split Album Review

lundi 2 décembre 2013 à 08:37

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  the  United  Kingdom's  Perpetua  and  Turkey's  Unhappy  called  "Bleak  And  Dark  Days"  which  was  self  released  in  2013  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Perpetua  a  1  man  band  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  "Into  Darkness,  I  Fall"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  his  side  of  the  split  opens  up  with  depressive  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  programmed  beats  which  also  leads  to  grim  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.

  "Isolation  And  Sadness"  begins  with  drum  programming  along  with  some  melodic,  depressive  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  drum  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  the  grim  high  pitched  screams  along  with  a  small  amount  of  deep  demonic  growls  and  as  the  song  moves  on  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  song  for  awhile  before  returning  to  a  more  normal  direction.

  "The  Flood"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  his  side  of  the  split  begins  with  slow  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  programmed  beats  and  grim  screams  and  towards  the  end  the  drum  beats  speed  up  a  bit.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.
   
  In  my  opinion  Perpetua  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this   musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Isolation  And  Sadness".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  another  recording  from  Unhappy  which  is  in  the  depressive  black  metal  direction.

  "Majestic  Black  Sky,  Mercy  On  Us"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  his  side  of  the  split  opens  up  with  distorted  and  slow  black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  programmed  drums  and  grim  screams  and  the  song  sticks  to  a  depressive  black  metal  direction.

  "Night  Of  the  Demons"  begins  with  dark  guitar  riffs,  programmed  drum  beats  and  grim  sounding  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  a  few  seconds  later  it  goes  into  a  faster  direction  for  a  few  seconds  before  slowing  down  again.

  "Olum"  opens  up  with  depressive  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  drum  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  song  uses  the  same  riff  from  the  beginning  to  end  and  sticks  to  a  slow  direction  throughout  the  song.

  "Crawling  In  The  Dark"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  grim  black  metal  screams  before  adding  in  depressive  guitar  riffs  and  distorted  effects  along  with  some  programmed  drum  beats  and   after  awhile  the  music  slows  down  a  bit.

  Song  lyrics  cover  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Unhappy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Majestic  Black  Sky,  Mercy  On  Us"  and  "Crawling  In  The  Dark".  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/perpetuaunhappybleak-and-dark-days2013.html


Kyllian/Unhappy/The End Of The Human Race/2013 SPlit Album Review

lundi 2 décembre 2013 à 05:41

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Belgium's  Kyllian  and  Turkey's  Unhappy  called  "The  End  Of  The  Human  Race"  which  was  self  released  in  2013  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Kyllian  a  1  man  band  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  depressive  black  metal.

  "You  Fucking  Bitch"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  dark  sounding  synths  and  experimental  noises  as  well  as  some  trip  hop  style  drum  programming  which  leads  up  to  spoken  word  samples,  halfway  through  the  song  depressive  black  metal s creams  are  added  in  for  a  few  seconds.

  "Take  Me  From  This  Place"  begins  with  spoken  word  samples  and  synths  which  also  leads  up  to  acoustic  guitars  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  depressive  black  metal  screams  being  utilized.

  "Pain  Is  Leaving  The  Body"  opens  up  with  distorted noise  sounds  and  programmed  drum  beats  which  leads  up  to  spoken  word  samples  and  the  sounds  of  dying  and  towards  the  end  you  can  hear  some  atmospheric sounding  dark  ambient  synths  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  IDM  elements.

  "H.N.A"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  their  side  of  the  split  begins  with  spoken  word  samples  and  a  few  seconds  later  electronic  dance  music  sounds  make  their  way  into  the  song  and  the  song  remains  in  the  same  direction.

  Song  themes,  cover  darkness  and  violence,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  sound  to  it  which  gives  it  an  underground  feeling.

  In  my  opinion  Kylian  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dsbm,  dark  ambient  and  experimental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You  Fucking  Bitch"  and  "Pain  Is  Leaving  The  Body".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up is  another  release  from  Unhappy  which  sticks  to  the  depressive  black  metal  sound.

  "A  Useless  Suicidal  Note"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  his  side  of  the  split  opens  up  with  distorted  and  slow  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  as  well  as  some  drum  beats  and  the  song  sticks  to  a  slow  depressive  direction.

  "Gilgamesh's  Song  (The  King  Who  Looking  For  Eternal  Life)_Live-"  begins  with  clean  acoustic  guitar  playing  and  drum  beats  along  with  some  clean  singing  melodic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  towards  the  end  dark  sounding  ambient  synths  are  added  into  the  song  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples.

  "Past  Is  Your  Enemy"  opens  up  with  depressive  and  atmospheric  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drum  beats  and  you  can  hear  synths  in  the  background  before  the  drum  beats  speed  up  and  the  music  adds  in  grim  screams  and  then  returning  to  a  slower  direction  before  speeding  up  again  and  then  back  to  slow  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  "Goodbye  Song-Live-"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  split  begins  with  acoustic  guitars,  drum b eats  and  melodic  vocals  and  towards  the  end  ambient  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  in  to  give  the  song  an  experimental  feeling.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  a  small  amount  of  Sumerian/Mesopotamian  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Unhappy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal  with  an  experimental  edge,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Useless  Suicidal  Note"  and  "Past  Is  Your  Enemy".  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  a  fan  of  depressive black  metal  and  experimental  music, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED   BUY.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/kyllianunhappythe-end-of-human-race2013.html


Unhappy/Tank Genocide/Anti/2013 Split Album Review

lundi 2 décembre 2013 à 02:06

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Turkey's  Unhappy  and  France's  Tank  Genocide  called  "Anti"  and  was  self  released  during  2013  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Unhappy  a  1  man  band  that  has  had  plenty  of  his  music  reviewed  by  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  "Anti"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  his  side  of  the  split  opens  up  with  depressive  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  programmed  drum  beats  and  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  synths  in  the  background  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  'Burn  the  Fucking  Mosque"  begins  with  distorted  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  grim  screams  and  programmed  drum  beats  and  the  song  sticks  to  a  raw  and  simplistic  direction  during  its  3  minutes  it  is  on.

  "Die  Muhammad  Die''  opens  up  with  raw  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  grim  screams  and  programmed  drum  beats  and  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  before  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  for  a  few  seconds  before  returning  to  a  slower  direction  which  also  leads  to  elements  of  harsh  noise  making  their  way  into  the  song  and  they  take  over  the  rest  of  the  song.

  "Hatred  Until  The  Last  Breath"  starts  up  with  synths,  depressive  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  programmed  beats  and  grim  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  leads.

  'I  Want  To  Die  (Then  Die)"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  their  side  of  the  split  begins  with  distorted  guitar  riffing  and  a  few  seconds  alter  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  way  into  the  song  along  with  some  programmed  drum beats.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  anti  religion  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Unhappy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anti"  and  "Die  Muhammad  Die".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  Tank  Genocide  a  1  man  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  noisy  form  of  black  metal.

  "Reconquest  For  Our Blood"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  their  side  of  the  split  opens  up  with  distorted  guitar  riffs,  dark  synths  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  programmed  beats  are  added  into  the  song  and  the  guitar  riffing  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  before  slowing  down  again.

  "Nightmare  Inside"  begins  with  fast,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  programmed  beats  and  high  pitched,  grim  sounding  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  more  quiet  yet  distorted  direction  and  the  vocals  take  over.

  "Your  Sacrifice  Was  the  Work  Of  A  Last  Battle"  opens  up  with  distorted,  fast,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  programmed  drum  beats  and  grim  screams  and  towards  the  end  the  drum  beats  and  vocals  take  over.

  'Brutality  Y"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  their  side  of  the  split  begins  with  programmed  beats  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  that  are  still  in  the  raw  direction  as  well  as  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  the  drum  machine  dominates  the  song  before  heavier  guitar  riffing  comes  in  and  then  going  into  a  lo-fi  direction.

  Song  lyrics  cover  war  and  violence  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Tank  Genocide  are  a  very  great  sounding  noisy  and  raw  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reconquest  For  Our Blood"  and  "Your  Sacrifice  Was  the  Work  Of  A  Last  Battle".  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  fans  of  depressive  and  raw  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.              

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/unhappytank-genocideanti2013-split.html