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The Committee/Power Through Unity/Folter Records/2014 CD Review

samedi 18 janvier 2014 à 02:26

 The  Committee  are  an  international  band  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Power  Through  Unity"  which  was  released  by  Folter  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  protest  sounds  and  a  few  seconds  alter  clean  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  black  metal  vocals  and  then  the  album  starts  mixing  in  fast  and  mid  paced  parts  along  with  some  old  school  elements.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  bring  in  a  very  epic  approach  to  old  school  black  metal  while  also  having  some  doom  metal  influences  which  also really  show  up  in  the  bass  guitars  and  they  can  create  a  dark  atmosphere  without  having  to  resort  to  synths  or  keyboards  and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  when  they  bring  in  acoustic  guitars  it  reminds  me  of  the  early  90's  Polish  black  metal  sound  while  not  being  a  copy  of  them  and  bringing  in  other  elements.

  The  Committee  demonstrate  a  good  amount  of  skill  with  their  ability  to  take  an  old  school  black  metal  sound  and  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  very  epic  sound  and  while  this  is  not  the  most  original  sounding  recording  out  there  this  band  make  up  for  it  by  putting  a  lot  of  thought  and  emotion  in  their  music  to  create  an  epic  album  which  remains  true  to  the  black  metal  tradition.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Occult,  Philosophical  and  Conspiracy  Theory  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  The  Committee  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Man  Of  Steel"  and  "Power  Through  Unity".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-committeepower-through-unityfolter.html


Vinter Interview

samedi 18 janvier 2014 à 00:17
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
   Well, for this new album the band had new plans about the lineup, but we wanted to end soon  the new vinter´s album, so these plans could not be carried on, but wait more news soon about these plans

2.You have a new album coming out this month, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from the demo you released in 2011?
   This new album has taken a new direction unlike the demo "My path to depression" as it is a more elaborate album, and a new style, in terms of the composition, and has a sound less raw than the demo

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the themes and concepts you bring out with your music?
   In my music I always try to express my ideas, how I feel, and things like that, and it's good that people like my work, since I make music because I like, and I like to express me, and if the people liked what I do. That is good

4.I know that the band name means winter in Swedish, what was the decision behind using this is a band name?
   I named the band "Vinter" because I started this project in the winter season, it was a winter full of cold and depressive feelings, and thought it was a good name because it was related to how I felt inside and also what I wanted to express

5.Has the band been able to do any live shows or is this a studio project?
   I've always liked the idea of ​​doing live shows, but, since the band has members from different countries, it is difficult to make the live shows, I even thought about doing live shows alone (J. Abraham) but I'm not a very good singer, haha, but I think in a few years I will, (as I prepare well and think how to make the live shows)

6.What are some of the other plans the band has for 2014 other than releasing a new album?
   As I told in a previous question, in this year there will be plans for a new lineup of the band, and for now, I think those are the new plans for the 2014, haha, and, if we had any other plan for the band, we will announce it in our facebook page

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?
   Well, the project is not very famous, and I'm not complaining,and the few people who know us, have been very good, there is much support from the people, and that's good

8.According to the Metal Archives page the band members are also involve with other musical projects, can you tell us a little bit more about them?
   I do not know much about the projects of my bandmates , except for the band "Meaning of Life", a project in which I worked on the last album with "Danny" and "Marco Ceccarelli". 
"Danny" also participates in the project "Failure" with "Fabian" the band released two demos (Demo I, Through memories) and an EP (Perfect Isolation) and is a highly recommended band.
Another project of "Danny" is "Night" a Post-black metal band, that project released one demo (Souls in the air) and an EP (Lake of Tears) in this band Danny was the only member, this is band also highly recommended

9.On future releases, what direction  do you see the music heading or progressing into?
   I would not know what to say about the future of the band, because, over time, changes your way to compose songs, and the way you see the music, and thus you're going to create different things, things that you even imagine you'll do

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
   When I heard for the first time the black metal, never thought I was going to form a band of one of its subgenres, and one of the bands that most influenced me is "Hypothermia" because it was the first band I heard from DBM, other bands that influenced me were "Inverna" and "Gris", are very good bands, the best for me, they are bands that have great songs and understand  the true meaning of DBM 
Now I have strayed a little bit of the pure DBM,Now I hear more bands of post-black metal (like the old "Alcest" "Dernier Martyr"), Post-rock (like "GIAA" "Caspian"), Atmospheric black metal ("Lustre" "Woods of desolation") and similar genres

11.Do you have any non musical interests?
ahh, no, I think I don't have any interest other than musical, haha
I really like the music

12.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts? 
ahh, yeah, hope you like the new album, and thanks for your support
Greetings 

Sorry for delay ! 

J. Abraham.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/vinter-interview.html


Sadistik Impaler Interview

vendredi 17 janvier 2014 à 01:05
1.What has been going on with the band since the recording and the release of the new 7 inch?
ZahWarlock: We are a bit busy with own life and composing new songs for the new album maybe in 2014.

2.Recently you have released a new 7 inch, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction you have taken with the new release?
Shalwend: The song within this 7”EP is by far the best to our taste. Musically it’s unlike what you heard from the previous releases. It’s something we do, not wanting to recreate what we’ve done in the past but at the same time having the essence of what trademarking Sadiztik Impaler is all about. Our musical direction and concept stays on what we’ve always been doing… To my best interested this is by far the best songs compared to the previous release.

3.The has been an 8 year gap between the last 2 releases, can you tell us what has been going on during those years?
ZahWarlock: After the release of the last album, I was having some troubles with the government. I was in and out of the military prison etc. It takes sometimes for me to settle down and continue with the band. It’s not an easy task.

4.The lyrics cover a lot of Satanism, Anti Religion and Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in those topics?
Shalwend: Basically lyric is done by me (Shalwend) and we have by far evolved from the Satanism shit! We are more powerful than Satan. Satan can go fuck himself!!! Anti-religion? Yes totally… Before this I think highly of Satan due to rebelling against the religion. Cos religion fits only those fucks who want to be slaves to a higher power, obedient to the gods and lambs to the fucking slaughterhouse. For me, we who are born free… lives free to judge our own lives… Who give them religious leader of today to tell us what the fuck we should do? They don’t even know themselves… They only read books written by those who previously read books too… and decided they have the rights to preach and tell others what is sin and hell to the sinners… These holy fucks judged persons as if they are the shit… So they decided that they should lead and make obedient asswipes pay them money for so called God’s cause… Now religious leader around the world are freakin’ rich while look at the world… Billions dead due to war, not to mention, babies and children. Have any of these dead prayers answered? Aw fuck no… so what are religions anyway? Fuck ‘em! Occult? Yeah stuffs like that seems like nice to touch up to the black metal image thing… Fuck that… Shouldn’t be saying anything more… Damn!

5.I remember a few years back you had a song called Bestial Syonan to Eastern predator and it covered some topics I was not familiar with, is this a part of your own country's occult or pagan heritage?
Shalwend:  Syonan-to is basically what Singapore is called during the Japanese Occupation. I don’t know which fucks decided to use it, but as far as I’m concern is we are not patriotic and we hate the government. That is why the Japanese invasion was better!

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sadiztik Impaler'?
ZahWarlock: I don’t wish to reply this. Next Please!

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
ZahWarlock: We haven’t play any live yet and we didn’t plan any in the future. What we care most is releasing our stuff and spread the plague.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
ZahWarlock: No!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
ZahWarlock: There’s alot of feedback we received so far but I didn’t even care none of them because there’s always positive and negative, some even review it wrongly. It depend of certain souls to understand what our direction are. Not all are having a black metal heart! Most of them are posers!

10.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that the other band members are involved with?
ZahWarlock: Shalwend Soraths is working with his own band name EIBON. Akhzareth has another band name “PHENOMISTIK” along with true As Sahar mastermind Barchiel. They gonna be in studio in 2014 to record their stuff soon. Better Watch it out!

11.When can we expect the next full length and also what musical direction will it be heading into?
ZahWarlock: Dark! Chaos! Raw! Noisy! Barbaric!

12.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
ZahWarlock: I’m still outdated who listen to old stuff such as Blasphemy, Impaled Nazarene, Thou Art Lord, Sarcofago etc…didn’t follow much band nowadays.

13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Shalwend:  Sex, drinks, sex, sex and having the fuck of our lives!!
ZahWarlock: Sex, Booze & didn’t care much about other Posers!

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
ZahWarlock: Thanks for this interview. Watch out for our next album. Gonna be more chaos!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/sadistik-impaler-interview.html


Dark Managarm Interview

vendredi 17 janvier 2014 à 00:43
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hello. Our new album is out on October 31 and since we have a few projects. At first, we will be present on several concerts in France, in our region, in Paris, but also in Belgium.
Many concert dates are being negotiated by the end of 2014 but nothing is sure yet.
In a second step, we begin to think for making a video clip with a title of our last album.
Otherwise, we are also in the process of composition for a new recording.
 
2.You recently released a new album a couple of months back, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also what are some of the things that you where able to do with the new album that you where not able to do with past releases?
It’s early to talk about what the realization of our new album can give us because it's only been out for two months.
Concerning the musical direction, our only desire was to make a Black Metal album that is compact, fast, brutal and consistent from beginning to end.
In our opinion, our direction remains the same as our previous realizations: just make Brutal Black Metal inspired 90s and without compromise!
 
3.Can you tell us a little bit about the lyrical content of the new album and go more in depth on the topics you have covered with the new release and also how would you describe your progress as song writers over the years?
The lyrical content is not really different than our previous achievements. If we see a difference this is in the overall construction of the album. On our old records, we had a topic per song. On this new album, we have a continuity between songs. Throughout the album, the nine songs tell a story : We describe the human arrogance and lies of religions that will make the Horned King will return to earth with its armies and legions of demons to destroy and dominate the world. Each song describes a passage of this story.
 
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dark Managarm'?
The Managarm is a gigantic wolf, powerful and uncontrollable. We find that this name characterizes well our music that we try to make bestial, violent and chaotic on CD but also on stage.
 
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We had great experiences on stage, for example in Belgium or with ENDSTILLE. But for us every concert is a different experience and we take pleasure every time. So it is difficult for us to tell you that concert was better than another.
About our stage performance, we have war paint but we do not put unnecessary artifices. We want to be judged only on our music and our energy.We try to make a powerful impact as a fist in the face of public. We play the songs without letting the audience breathe. At each concert, people come to us for us they appreciated this impact, this shock.
 
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have plans in negotiation but nothing confirmed. I invite you to follow the news on our facebook page.
 
 
7.The new album came out on Iron, Blood & Death Corporation, do you feel they have done a lot when it comes to getting your music out there and also how would you compare them to Infernal Kommando, the label that has put out your past releases?
To be more precise, we changed label regularly. Infernal Kommando Records (IKR) takes out our first album “Victorious March”, Eisiger Mond Productions (EMP) takes out our EP “Diva” and Iron Blood & Death Corporation (IBDC) takes out our new album “Back From Hell” this year. Indeed, it is difficult to find a label in which to stay. IKR stopped making CD and has focused its efforts on Tapes. EMP stopped its activity. Our role is not to compare labels with each other but to thank all of them because they made ​​sure that our music can exist. They all work differently but all helped Dark Managarm to produce his records. So we are very satisfied with all of them.
 
8.Early last year you put out a split with Nemesis Irae and Goat Perversor, what are your thoughts on the other bands that where a part of the split?
This split CD was an extraordinary experience with two exceptional bands. There are ten tracks on this CD with three different Black Metal way fromthe fastest to rawest. Goat perversor is a true black metal with a strong voice like Impiety and our Brothers from Nemesis Irae play a powerful and fast black metal. This is a really good record, with a nice production and which also has a real success!
 
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer material by fans of black metal?
As already explained, it’s too early to get feedback on our new album. But some echoes make us to think that "Back From Hell" is well received by the public.
We already have a name that starts to be known thanks to our previous productions and also thanks to the split CD. We hope that the new album will have the same impact.
 
10.What is going on with the other musical projects that the band members are involved with these days?
Today, members of Dark Managarm not have other plans. All are involved only in the development and promotion of our music.
 
11.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We saw a change in composition in particular on the structure of the songs. You can already feel this change on the title track "Back from hell". But overall, we remain inspired by the 90s and want to stay on the same way : Brutal and fast!
 
 
12.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Black, Death and Thrash … Each of us has different influences.
It’s difficult to choose because there are too many groups that we appreciate. If you really want names I can mention: Dissection, Sacramentum, Massacra, Impiety, Dark Funeral, Absu, Angel Corpse, Belphegor, Bewitched, Sodom, Deicide, Destroyer666, Enthroned, Gorgoroth, Horna, Immortal, Cannibal Corpse, Setherial, Marduk, Slayer, Inquisition, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Impaled Nazarene, Panzerchrist, Funeral Mist, Hate Eternal, and many others …
For example, at this moment, I listen a lot the album "Blasphemers Maledictions" of "Azarath" or the album "War Upon Worship" of "The Furor".
 
13.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
We are against all monotheistic religions that require men to be weak and subject to a cult. Generally, these religions appear when the man afraid of death and what it has after death. This is bullshit, we die and we rot is all! We do not really worship Satan, but its guideline where everyone can fulfill his desires and accomplish great things. We seek to denounce and fight against this crap.
 
14.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Sex! Otherwise, some of us are bikers. For my part I ride a Harley Davidson Road King. Our drummer has received awards in powerlifting. It is a strength sport where you have to lift heavy weights ... Our bassist plays "role-games" but on a human scale with real axes and swords in forests of northern France. I think his character is a dwarf!
 
15.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interveiw?
Thank you for this interview and for the interest. Good luck for the future.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/dark-managarm-interview.html


Dark Blasphemer Interview

jeudi 16 janvier 2014 à 03:20
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are in Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. we we play a second season of black metal and repeatedly add parts depressive atmospheres , we currently have a one demo entitled "Drowning in Depression"
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
Very cold and dry , a direct hit of brutality and melody of traditional black metal.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Hatred, misanthropy , depression and all that devour our inner senses
4.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
On stage we try to give the best acting, make you feel the public inside the black metal state pure conservation, we use the classic style makeup "Corpse paint", wristbands with roofing nails, between several extra to decorate the stage, expect the public to observe a band of black metal really
5.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
for now we are doing local gigs , recently finished some recordings, 3 new songs will participate in a split together with 3 other bands. hope that does not delay the edition, We will inform in the official site when the item is ready for you to get your copy which will break your fucking ears
6.Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Got a national label to take care of editing the split mentioned in the previous question. but at the moment we are looking a label
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?
the repercussions were very good, we received many excellent reviews everywhere. However our first item was a labor of learning. luckily found different sound aspects we hope to improve
8.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I do not know, but expect them to be brutal versions
9.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
There are many bands that have influenced us and listen , I can mention a few are ; Burzum , Ulver , Gorgoroth and Nyktalgia
10.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Much alcohol, medieval and conventional weapons , gore , auto racing , extreme sports, MMA and music, music and more music
11.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
thanks for invite participation of Dark Blasphemer on this page and we hope we can do it again!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/1.html