Site original : OccultBlackMetalZine
⇐ retour index

Sivyj Yar/From The Dead Villages Darkness/Avantgarde Music/2014 CD Review

mercredi 15 octobre 2014 à 11:01

  Sivyj  Yar  are  a  1  man  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "From  The  Dead  Villages  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  on  October  20th  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  A  very  dark,  medieval  and  epic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  brief  into  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  pagan/black  metal  musical  direction  which  also  starts  incorporating  some  melody  after  a  few  seconds  as  well  as  getting  more  atmospheric  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  very  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  a  very  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times.

  When  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  they  add  in  traces  of  both  folk  and  progressive  music  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  violins  at  times  while  the  lead guitars  and  solos  stick  to  mostly  a  melodic  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  at  times  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  in  the  songs  foe  a  few  seconds  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  you  can  hear  the  more  raw  side  of  black  metal  being  added  onto  the  album  and  they  start  having  more  of  a  powerful  sounding  presence  as  the  album  progresses  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  in  the  music.

  Sivyj  Yar  creates  a  very  epic  style  of  pagan/black  metal  with  his  musical  style  taking  the  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sides  of  the  genre  and  adding  in  elements  of  folk,  progressive  and  pagan  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavonic  Mythology,  Paganism  and  poetry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sivyj  Yar  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  pagan/black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Now  Only  Abyss  hears  us"  and  "Distant  haze  Was  Arising".  8  out  of  10.


Source :

Nostalgie Depression Interview

mercredi 15 octobre 2014 à 09:27
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the release of the new album?

A: Well, since her first demo called "Underneath of the Fullmoon I", there has been a lot of people following this project ... give us their unconditional support and that I really appreciate it. Then the time came the "November Moon" which is a tribute album to Mayhem, Burzum and Morbid ... more people really knew the band and album that caused some impact, and had mostly good reviews. Support continued to increase when freed "Lamentos de la Tierra Lugubre" and it has continued until now that I released my last album called "Grays Days... Sad Happiness", the support has been incredible and I appreciate that very much. From this release, the band has had more popularity, people take the time to listen to our music, and most importantly, we are not so unknown.

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

A: True, few weeks ago, we released the fourth full length album called "Grays ... Sad Days Happiness". This album define it as the darkest of all, also the most friendly I've ever done, besides being original in style, when I made this album, Silencer was my inspiration, my mood was the worst, so this album reflects that ... the darkness, anger, depression, melancholy and nostalgia. This album differs entirely November Moon for example, by way of composition and creation, but everything is set, there are spaces in the song that is totally dedicated to the ambient sound, no elaborate parties, this album is full of nuances and variations in the dark and depressing. For me it's the best album I've done.

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

A: The lyrical content I put into the songs is lost love, depression, misanthropy, conspiracies, nostalgia, sadness, hatred. Sometimes I write stories and put too, but he was not very satisfied because I like to write things that happen to me or things I feel, falsehoods and stories invented for me, not going into a song, do not feel themselves so ... entire lyrical content goes in my songs, are things that have happened in my life and even though things are so, I'm very proud of all.

4. In 2014 alone you have released a great amount of material, do you feel you spend a lot of time and effort with this musical project?

A:It is true that I have released a lot of material for one year, but I remember that this project began in 2012 and since then have been doing music. For when it started in 2014 I already had 3 full albums, just missing where I have a label to release all my stuff, luckily, I found the best label "Depressive Illusions Records". This project is and will be my life and as such, I spend all my time, plus I'm doing what I love, which is music, so my efforts are going to 1000%.

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

A: The inspiration for the name of the project comes from two bands that I like as "Nostalgie" which is a French band or Canadian and of "Depression" was more for my mood, the full name was inspired by "Nocturnal Depression" which is a very good for my band. Not that the name means much, but it is a combination of things we like.

6. On the recordings... you record all of the musical instruments by yourself but you use 3 different vocalists, what was the decision behind having 3 people on vocals instead of just settling on one singer?

A: Actually I have only two vocalists, one left the band for child's play, it was very childish but ... things happen for a reason. It is true that I play all the instruments and also I would be the singer, but the microphone input of my computer is broken, so I can not record anything about voices ... then in my mind the idea of looking for a vocalist and it was ... I'm very happy with the results of the vocalists. The three vocalists in the band were doing their job flawlessly!

7. Recently you have been a part of 3 different splits, can you tell us a little bit more about these albums and also the bands that have participated on these recordings?

A: Exactly ... any of the splits proposed by me, such as 'Dias Grises de Soledad & Depresion'. This split is made up Nostalgie Depression and Darlamente Norvadian of El Salvador. Both bands are part of Depressive Illusions Records label, so we got in touch and gave us the idea of doing something together, and well, the result is the split. The second split called "Memories in a Mystical Story" is comprised of Nostalgie Depression and Nicrotek of Indonesia, this was the first split I did with another band, after I contacted Darlament Norvadian. The last split is made with four bands, three of them are from Indonesia ... Nazaroth, Crying September and Hellvete. This split is very good, has the best of each band and represents very well his name "Kill your Memories With the Pain". I invite you to listen to these three works, will not be disappointed.

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

A: Many people support my project, many of the criticisms that have been made to my albums have been good, mostly to people like the music I make and that makes me very happy, because that's what I expect from this, I want this music and my music is made known to the whole world that is valued and that the world can join listening to music. I think Nostalgie Depression is on the right path and that sometimes does not happen. I will continue making music until you can no longer live.

9. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

A: I see myself as a normal person who expresses his feelings clearer now. I see myself as a person who loves music and does what he likes. I do not think much will change the picture if I'm more famous or less famous. There are some who go crazy or imbeciles with fame but I have clear that however famous it is, nothing will change and I know that I will remain the same as now. That if I see myself as a musician with more capacity now in terms of creativity and quality of recording, I hope it is so, I always fight for what I want and if it must be so now, it will.

10. 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?

A:Well, my influences are Burzum, Mayhem, Silencer, Uaral, Moloch, Nocturnal Depression, Nostalgie, Lustre, Drowning the Light, Psychonaut 4 Emperor, Darkthrone, Hellhammer, Bathory, Aaskereia, Summoning, and many more bands. Whenever I listen to everything really. One of my new albums called "Beaucheff Street Sessions" is influenced entirely by classical music. Today I listen to classical music, metal, power metal, pop 90s, 80s music, rock, endless good music for me and my ears, but classical music is the law.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

A: In my new album "Luciferi Rituum" speaks on Satanism, church conspiracies, occultism, necromancy and all those songs I like apart from the depression and all those things. Always wanted to do an album with lyrics like that, I'm not a Satanist, or maybe if we all have light and dark inside of us depends on how we use it, is how it goes in life I think. The art of this album I finished yesterday and is incredible! On my Facebook page are all the news, please visit the website to know more about the project.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?

A: So far I have nothing outside of music, I live for my music, plus it's the only thing I know to do, sometimes I play sports and I write novels and poems, but nothing more! It's like being alone, but I prefer it this way because I like what I do and as I have my life.

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

A:I would like to thank this zine, for making me the interview and review my new album "Grays Days... Sad Happiness" thanks to all the fans who support us, thanks to the labels and everyone for reading this . Support and keep alive the flame of Black Metal Underground!

Source :

Darkspace/Darkspace III I/Avantgarde Music/2014 CD Review

mercredi 15 octobre 2014 à 07:49

  Darkspace  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Darkspace  III  I"  which  will  be  released  on  October  20th  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  elements  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  retaining  the  atmospheric  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  industrial  in  their  musical  style  with  the  programmed  beats  along  with  some  electonica  elements  later  on  during  the  recording  and  at  times  some  of  the  heavier  material also  brings  in  elements  of  thrash  metal.

  All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  also  brings  in  high  pitched  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  heavy  parts  while  also  keeping  everything  in  a  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  orientated  musical  direction  and  at  times  the  vocals  get  very  deep  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

 As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  the  mid  90's  era  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal  sound  in  the  music  with  the  repetitive  parts  that  go  on  for  a  few  minutes  which  also  makes  the  music  sound  more  ritualistic  along  with  some  drones  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  the  atmospheric  parts  also  bring  in  a  science  fiction  and  cosmic  feeling  at  times  and  on  the  instrumental  track  the  band  also  shows  how  talented  and  skilled  they  can  be  as  musicians  and  on  the  last  track  spoken  word  samples  are  added  into  the  music  at  times  while  the  black  metal  riffing  stars  to  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  and  dark  atmosphere  to  the  recording.

  Darkspace  creates  a  very  original  style  of  music  on  this  recording  taking  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  great  amount  of  experimental  and  dark  ambient  along  with  a  touch  of  space,  electronica  and  industrial  elements  as  well  as  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  musical  style  they  can  call  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  epic,  raw  and  heavy  sounding  while  the  lyrics  cover  Space,  Darkness,  and  Cosmic  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion Darkspace  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  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dark  4  20".  8  out  of  10.        

Source :

Zaklon/Nikoli/Embassy Row Music/Possession Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 15 octobre 2014 à 06:29

  Zaklon  are  a  1  man  band  from  Belarus  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Nikoli"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Embassy  Row  Music  and  Possession  Productions.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  nature  sounds  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  programmed  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  slow  and  heavy  sound  to  start  kicking  in  and mixing  in  with  the  atmospheric  sounding  synths  which  also  introduce  spoken  word  parts  to  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  After  awhile  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  once  the  music  is  in  a  heavier  direction  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  album  also  starts  to  alternative  between  both  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  both  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  also  incorporate  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  at  times  the  music  starts  bringing  in  elements  of  raw  black  metal  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  fast  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  heavier  sections  of  the  recording  start  using  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  which  also  bring  a  90's  black  metal  influence  onto  the  recording  while  the  album  also  retains  its  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  a  little  bit  of  post  black  metal  elements  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Zaklon  remains  true  to  his  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  with  the  true  recording  he  adds  in  more  ambience  and  acoustic  guitars  to  create  a  very  dark,  melancholic  and  melodic  sounding  album,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  dead  Belorussian  language  and  cover  the  native  of  Belarus  and  its  mystery  of  death.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Zaklon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Atrutu"  and  "Ahni".  8  out  of  10.  

Source :

NekKralai Interview

mardi 14 octobre 2014 à 14:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band 'NekKralai' (yup, it's not 'NekKralia' :) ) consists of 3 people
Simonas (Guitar)
Gytis (Bass/Vocals)
Simonas (Drums)
At the moment we are all living in Kaunas, Lithuania, but all came from smaller towns. And the band itself began its life in Seredzius village, where Simonas (guitar) and Gytis lived at the time. In short - we want to play music that makes you feel like you just woke up with a hangover in a cold winter's night, and just want to take the axe and put it through your neighbour's head, because he owes you money and his dog won't stop barking... Something like that.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We wanted our sound in the recording to be 'straight in your face' and aggressive, and have that depressing undertone which comes from black metal. That's why we recorded in the studio of a well known Lithuanian occult black metal band 'Nahash', with the help of their leader. We wanted that the listeners would feel the angst and anger that we feel while creating and playing our music and I think that the final result carries  this out quite accurately.

3.The band has been around since 2009 but waited until this year to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 5 years?

The first couple of years we basically were learning to play. Because Gytis has only picked up bass 10 days before the band was founded. Also we didn't have a drummer so Simonas (guitar) was on drums and at that time our friend Lukas was on guitar. Then it took us a lot of time to start writing songs, which even then seemed stupid and bad, and to get the idea of what we actually wanted to play. When the idea was clear we didn't have a good drummer. (Lukas left, Simonas went back to guitar). The guy playing drums then wanted to play slower songs and didn't have the same idea, so we parted ways. Finally in late 2013 we found Simonas, who is a good drummer and with him we finally were able to try and create songs the way we imagine them.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

When you live in a small town, especially of a post-soviet country, while growing up you see and hear a lot of messed up stuff. Peoples' lives are hard, so they drink. When they are drunk they are angry, beat their spouses, can't get a job, don't have money, so they drink some more, and some cheaper stuff. Since they drink more, their lives become even harder... and it all ends up in a stupid, degrading circle, which somehow becomes funny in its absurdity.
Basically this is the atmosphere which we want to create with our songs. So lyrically the songs do not carry a strong message, like 'do this' or 'don't do that'. Our lyrics are created in the manner of a babbling alcoholic's way of speaking, because they always have what to say on any topic, they always think that they know what's right and wrong, but in most cases nothing they say makes sense. And we fnd it interesting because when it might look funny from the side, they usually live very depressing lives and their anger and fear about the future's uncertainty can be felt very clearly.
So if someone wants to translate our lyrics - go ahead, we can even help you. But the point is not to get their meaning but feel the atmosphere that they were made to create.

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

As I said, in the beginning we didn't know anything about what we wanted to do with our music or the band in general. I should probably lie about a deep existentialistic meaning, but I won't. The name is as non-sensical as the lyrics and it was created in a daily beer drinking session even before the band started playing together. It is a mixture of words 'Nekastruoti Kralikai' which would translate to English as 'Not castrated rabbits' or something like that. We liked the idea that it is a word that we made up, and if somebody would search this name on the internet they wouldn't find anything else, so we didn't change our name later. Plus it sounds kind of cool, like it would have something to do with necrophilia.

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

We have not yet had many concerts, so each concert had something interesting and new for us. From what I now remember most was our first concert with our new drummer which was in Kaunas with such great black metal bands like Luctus(LT) and Kult (IT). Also we had a fun concert in Panevezys. There we played second and when the first band was playing there was practically no movement from the people. When we got on stage people started moshing even while we were doing sound check, so that was fun. Also something different was when we played in Lithuanian bikers' gathering in Sweden. Not that it was a great concert, but it still was our first concert abroad.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
In the very near future we have a couple gigs in Lithuania (10.17 Kaunas; 10.26 Vilnius) and one concert in Latvia (10.25 Riga).
We are trying to organize a little tour end of this year or beginning next year, but nothing is yet set in stone.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Nothing yet. We are looking for a label and are open for proposals.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and punk?
On a worldwide level I think you are the first one to write something about our release. Besides that there was one guy from Turkey who said that he really liked our stuff and asked to send him a few copies so he could distribute them in Turkey, so we got that thing going.
Locally we had received some encouragements as well as some good, constructive criticism. But nothing major.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Our guitarist is a local concert promoter, if someone wants to get a gig in Kaunas or in Lithuania in General, they can contact us. But no other bands.
The bassist/vocalist has some side projects, but nothing released and nothing really worth mentioning. He is the main creator of music in NekKralai, so with very little spare time this is quite enough for him.
The drummer is the most active member as he is a member of 4 bands (some rehearse more, some less) in different metal sub-genres (our black/punk, industrial metal, power metal, death metal) and also he sometimes helps other bands which hire him. He has his own facebook page with all the information if anyone is interested

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I guess it would take at least a year or more to get the material for a full length album, so not yet planned. But we are working on new material and people coming to our shows can already hear several new songs which we created after the recording of this 'Kliudžiau'.
The new material is a bit faster and a bit more 'evil', aggressive. We like it and hope to continue in this direction.

12.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?

That's a hard question. In the beginning the big influences were Motorhead, Darkthrone, Burzum, Ramones, The Exploited... and other big names. Now those influences remain but we get more and more new experiences and see new bands which do something that grabs the ear and eye, which we want to incorporate in our sound to make it fuller and more aggressive. Like crust bands Tragedy and Wolfbrigade, or even local Lithuanian bands like Luctus or Argharus, the list could go on and on... We don't think about what influences us, we just try to think something up and if it sounds like us to us we try to use it in a song.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

We all have our daily jobs which doesn't leave too much free time on our hands besides playing.
The drummer has a lot of bands so no time for other activities.
The bassist/vocalist sometimes creates short films and does some editing. So in our upcoming shows we will try to use visualizations which he created.
Also each summer the band members are organizing a small open air festival, called 'Daubos Griaucmas' . you can read about it here

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
'Burn rubber, not your soul' - Biker boyz, 2003, a.k.a. the stupidest quote in any movie ever.
No, but seriously, thank you for the interest and for spreading our music to the world. And a big thank you for all people who are listening to our music. We will ask Satan to bring you a bottle of Lithuanian moonshine.

Source :