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The Last Surrealist/Post Life Music/2014 Full Length Review

lundi 7 juillet 2014 à 00:54

  The  Last  Surrealist  are  a  1  man  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  has  been  feature  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  depressive  and  experimental  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "Post  Life  Music".

   A  very  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  powerful  sounding  synths  which  leads  up  to  some  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  and  on  the following  track  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  goth  and  80's  electronic  musical  style s  being  added  into  the  musical style  of  the  recording.

  You  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  dream  pop  and  post  rock  influences  in  the  songs  as  well  as  the  acoustic  guitars  bringing  in  a  neo-folk  music  feeling  to  all  of  the  tracks  and  on  the  3rd  track  the  music  starts  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  which  they  mix  in  with  the  other  musical  genres  that  are  present  throughout  the  recording.

  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  and  there  is  a  good  amount  of  variety  presented  throughout  the  album  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  both  heavy  and  clean  parts  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  sees  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  music  briefly  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  while  the  black  metal  elements  are  not  present  on  all  of  the  tracks  they  do  make  a  return  at  times  and  also  bring  a  more  raw,  grim  and  darker  when  they  are  utilized  and  they  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  brutality  when  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction.

  The  Last  Surrealist  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  genre s into  their  sound  ranging  from  black  metal,  ambient,  post  rock,  alternative  and  electronic  music  and  creates  a  style  he  calls  'post  life  music'  and  their  is  also  a  great  amount  of  progresses  musically   from t he  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  life,  death  and  the  potential  for  rebirth.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Last  Surrealist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal  or  music  that  cannot  really  be  categorized,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Morning  Our  Bodies  Will  be  Nothing"  "Eyes  Wide  Open  (Suffocate  Until  the  Fire's  Annihilation"  "With  Stretched  Out  Nihilistic  Hands  We  Embrace  Suicide..."  and  "When  A  Ghost  Embraced  The  Dust".  8  out  of  10.

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Visions/Premonition 666/Sentinel 84' Records/2014 EP Review

samedi 5 juillet 2014 à 23:26

  Visions  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  satanic  and  unholy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Premonition  666"  which  was  released  by  Sentineal  84'  Records.

  A  very  fast,  heavy  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  sounding  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  being  utilized  in  their  music  at  times  and  most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  heavier  side  of  the  90's  sound  and  the  bass  guitars  bring  a  great  amount  of  power  into  the  music.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  make  the  songs  sound  a  lot  more  chaotic  and  after  awhile  there  is  a  good  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  remain  true  to  an  old  school  musical  direction  and  there  are  certain  sections  where  the  vocals  also  start  to  get  a  bit  more  darker  and  deeper  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  being  added  into  the  bands  musical  sound..

  As  the  ep  progresses  there  is  a  brief  use  of  battle  samples  at  the  beginning  of  one  of  the  tracks  and  the  band  starts  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  pagan  black  metal  elements  along  with  a  brief  bass  guitar  lead  and  the  following  track  is  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "My  Journey  To  the  Stars"  which  remains  true  to  the  original  version  of  the  track  and  the  rest  of  the  ep  sees  the  band   going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black/death  metal  sound  as  well  as  adding  in  some  Brazilian  style  thrash  metal  elements.

  Visions  play  a  very  old  school  style  of  satanic  black  metal  while  also  having  a  bit  of  diversity  in  their  sound  as  the  ep  progresses  and  they  also  have  a  great  amount  of  rawness  and  heaviness  in  their  music,  the production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Paganism  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Visions  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  unholy  black  metal   band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nocturnal  Obsessions"  "Pagan  Hordes"  and  "Mark  Of  The  Beast".  8  out  of  10.

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Litanie Interview

samedi 5 juillet 2014 à 02:47
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band ? Gryp : I had the urge to do this project at the end of 2010 in order to express the melancholy face to this decadent humanity, and I wanted to express that through religion, more precisely through the beliefs in the broad sense because my astonishment, my bewilderment in front of humanity has made me ask a lot of questions about the meaning of our existence, of our nature. So I wanted, me and those who would participate in this project, make the effort to question their own beliefs, their preconceived vision of what they are and what surrounds them, so see things with a new regard. That's why we chose, with Désolation, to take this image of priests abandoning their god to find the truth about this world, because, as positive religions as could they be, they are as blinders to man, nothing else ! In the course of 2011, I proposed to Veines Noires to join LITANIE on vocals, Hybris on bass and Svartheim on drums. Thereafter, Hybris, not having the mindset that I was looking, left the band to be replaced by Desolation that I knew only since a very short time, but with who the energies were more than well spent ! It is from there that we decided to make this Split DESOLATION / LITANIE to mark the blow between our two projects. Then, by lack of possibilities, Svartheim had to leave the band shortly after the release of Split, and I decided to separate myself from Veines Noires, because despite all the friendship I have for him, his singing wasn't what I wanted for LITANIE. At present, we are only 2, Désolation on bass, backing vocals, solo guitar, and me on guitar, lyrics, vocals and drums composition. To summarize, LITANIE is the earthly image of all what possess us. We leave the forces that live in other planes to occur here and LITANIE is connected to a place in France where these forces are realy present. 2. So far you have released a split and one full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other ? Gryp : For the Split, it was the launch of the project, the first realization of what I had thought about it so far, but with a full line-up (which I had not really thought at the beginning). So, we spit what we gnawed at this time in these few tracks, with a common melancholy with DESOLATION . "In Nomine Humana, Tenebris" is the real expression of what should be and what is still LITANIE. With this album, we have calculated nothing at all. After writing and recording, and even during the mixage, we don't expect to that you can hear on the album, even today, when we happen to listen few songs, we don't recognize us. We spent a lot of time together with Désolation, we experienced a lot of things, all as intense as each others, among other, experiences in a place that is dear to us and now is the county town of LITANIE, and I think it ended up possess our songs. 3. Your lyrics cover occultism, Medieval Times and Anti Human themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics ? Gryp : Occultism is part of us. We have no religion, we only believe in our own reality that is far from the common reality, material and boring. Désolation : For my part, I have always been attracted by the Medieval Times, which is charged by occult practices. This period is related to our own approach to the occult today and to practice. Religion was in constant war against this occultism perceived like "pagan", then it is the only beliefs that we should have, that linked to the beyond forces that surround us and which are the only leaders of our existence. Gryp : We aren't (or more) aware of these superior forces, that we don't respect (look what we inflict to nature ...). While we believe almighty, ironically, we needed to create religions, precisely because we didn't understand these forces. We had to create God to explain the inexplicable, easy and convenient isn't it ? And at the same time, this allowed to blind the mass, slaughtering pagan beliefs, giving the illusion of a new meaning to our existence, which is contrary to our true nature. Compare the bloody toll of religions to that of so rich and beautiful pagan civilizations who communed with the forces of nature ! I think that answers the question that you address concerning anti-humanism. What is really sad, is that anti-humanism exist, why ? Because if it didn't exist, it would mean that we would live still in contemplation of wind, water, fire, storm, snow, animals, plants, minerals, and by this worship, we would respect this world ! 4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Litanie' ? Gryp : "Litanie" is simply a reference to the religious litanies, which are repetitive prayers, often melancholy. 5. There are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo ? Gryp : We want to find a drummer, subject to that his state of mind corresponds to our vision of the world, to our approach of occultism, to LITANIE. But it is only secondary, if the drum machine really comes to disturb us, and a third member seems us excessive or impossible to integrate, I shall learn drum. Désolation : The most important is to keep our duo, at any price, because we are related and this is the essence of LITANIE. 6. So far all of the recordings have been released on Unlight Order Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label ? Désolation : I created UNLIGHT ORDER PRODUCTIONS in 2011, by will to stand out from other labels, by producing groups, but primarily really people of integrity, not "true black satanists", but those that really could be called "mad" and that we want lock up, non-humans of this society, those who have chosen (or not, by nature) to return to the source, the foundations of existence. UNLIGHT ORDER PRODUCTIONS made "home productions" at the beginning, tape and CD-R, because I was alone and I began in this "job." In 2012, Gryp joined the label and from this moment, we were able to produce pro releases on CD (Digipack and jewel case) and on Pro Tape. At the same time, it was the opportunity to produce our own bands, without having accountable to anyone and having to go through what we don't want for the good running of our projects ! 7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal ? Désolation : It's globally positive because they feel this occult part, our sincerity in music. They often insist that this isn't just music, there is an aura of "cadaver" (to quote a listener). It's what is the most important for us, because music doesn't have to be music, it should be a way, a channel for passing a message, and we are messengers. Gryp : For reviews, we got 2 points of view. Precisely these people who picked up the message, or at least the occult dimension of LITANIE, those who felt something. And then, we had the point of view of the lambda black metal person that wants blast during 50 minutes and a modern sound that destroy his speakers, so, that doesn't necessarily hated but hasn't understood our message and our reality. It doesn't matter if this group of people find our music rotten, because they are certainly players of appearance, lovers of material world, of palpable things and they certainly spend the 3/4 of their time to watch TV or on facebook. Let them continue to listen to the shit coming out today (attention, I'm not saying everything is unlistenable, it would be a lie, but 90% yes). In 20 years, probably they will listen to music made by robots of factory by cerebral intravenous, because "it must live with the times" ... 8. According to the Metal Archives page the band members are involved with a few other bands, can you tell us a little bit more about them ? Désolation : DESOLATION is a personal and therapeutic project on my disgust of humanity, I needed to spit it. So it was a temporary project, maybe it will reborn one day, everything depends on me. Gryp : I'm also part of KVESTE. This band is purely and simply anti-human. We approach this subject without compromise. Art has no limits, so we take this opportunity to express this radicalism in this project. Regarding WINTERMOON, in which we are also, this project is an expression of our vision of the real world, the expression of oppression and fascination that we have in front of the immensity of nature, precisely the cold and frozen environments. Of course, we are greatly influenced by bands like Bathory and Immortal who translate these feelings perfectly ! 9. Where do you see this band heading into musically during the future ? Gryp : We compose for a Split with CARNYX. In the pure expression of the project, we take things as they come. We calculate anything, we are guided by our inside being, so we'll see ! 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 ? Désolation : GORGOROTH, MAYHEM, ABRUPTUM, CULTE DES GHOULES, UMTAKATI, AGHAST... Principally, I listen to Black Metal, Dark Ambient, any form of occult music, and Thrash and Death of 70/80/90 years. Gryp : I really don't know what influences me in LITANIE, I'll just mention a few bands that I like particularly, if some recognize this bands in LITANIE, it's good (or pity, according the point of view !). BATHORY, GORGOROTH, DARKTHRONE, BELPHEGOR, IMMORTAL, DRUDKH, MAYHEM, NACHTMYSTIUM, SHINING, SILENCER, DARKENED NOCTURN SLAUGHTERCULT, DISSECTION, URFAUST, KILL and many others. I also listen to a lot of Thrash, Ambient, Dark Ambient, Krautrock and many old Hard Rock and Heavy. All this influences us, inevitably, but we don't necessarily think to this or that group when we compose, we let come the composition itself. Moreover we don't rework our compositions X times, it's very rare that we throw riffs, usually everything is composed of trafficking, and we polish up details after, then we aren't saying that this or that things should give a particular effect or feeling, for example. 11. What are some of your non musical interests ? Désolation : I lean heavily on the occult books, whether on dreams, on different planes of existence, demonology in the Middle Ages, rituals and practices of ancient civilizations and their links with nature. I try to do as much as possible to do extradimensional experiences (astral, dreams). I read many authors dealing with the fantastic and psychological like H.P. Lovecraft. I watch a lot of horror movies and also psychological, of the first films of kind in black and white, in films of the 90s (and more recent films for some rarities). Gryp : As Desolation, I try to do my "non-terrestrial" experiences, but I must say that I haven't experienced the traumats that he have led him to this level of non-physical consciousness, then it's more difficult for me, even if I have as much as him the fully conscious of these other planes of existence. It's just a question to find the right path ! For the rest, without wanting to copy my friend, but I don't want to repeat exactly the same words, let's say I have a little bit the same interests as him regarding my readings and cinema. To summarize, except our specific activities, we simply research the truth about our presence in this dimension, why this terrestrial life, this so cold material, while the other lives, psychic or spiritual, mark us so much ! Also, it's they who bring new things in this physical world. Otherwise, we walk regularly between friends, and really, we appreciate the terrestrial pleasures, a good drinking night with good sound without thinking about a tomorrow ! 12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts ? Désolation : Free madmen and lock up the "holy spirits" ! Gryp : If you are aware to exist, then you will have a minimum of good sense to reject this world that is not our ... Thank's to you and Occult Black Metal Zine for your interview ! Stay yourself !

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Nyctophobia Interview

mercredi 2 juillet 2014 à 21:50

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Vøid: We come from Barcelona (Catalonia), and we are playing as a band since 2005. Our first intention was to play like the old school of Black Metal, but as we've grown as a band and as musicians we have adopted a somewhat darker and mystical way, incorporating technical details from raw black metal and cosmic soundscapes.

2. Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released 3 years back?
Vøid: For the "Ritual II" we chose the option of recording it entirely in a professional studio. Perhaps this is the biggest difference between the "Ritual I" and "II", as the our first work was recorded and mastered by ourselves at home and our knowledge of recording were not too high. For the "Ritual II" we have focused on improving the sound quality of drums and giving it a leading role that couldn't have in the first demo. About the composition, we have deepened into occultism and mysticism.

3. So far the album titles have started Ritual I and Ritual II, do you have a concept that goes on with your releases?
Vøid: Obviously, if both releases start with the same word is not for random. We have always focused on dark and ominous themes, such as witchcraft or covens, and when we started with the first demo we decided the best word which describes our public appearances (as well as our meetings as a band) is "ritual", summoning the abyss and the darkness.

4. Your lyrics cover satanic, occult and Cthulhu Mythos, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Vøid: As I am the main lyricist, I must talk in the name of the band. Since I can remember, I have manifested myself as an atheist, and against Christian doctrine in particular. We live in a country that is declared secular, but the roots of the Christian religion still clinging to the foundation of our culture. So I've spent my whole life feeding my contempt for this religion. I've always been a lover of the occult and a curious researcher, and because of my fascination I have read a lot on issues of this kind, and I think I am able to write lyrics about it. And talking about the Cthulhu Mythos... I must say I love the work of Lovecraft's circle of writers.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nyctophobia'?
Vøid: 'Nyctophobia' means fear of the dark or night in greek, and it refers also to a mental disease. We decided to adopt this name for our devotion to the darkness, to the mysteries of the occult, to the unnamable, and as a warning to the world that must admire the night. Nyctophobia was also the name of an island of perpetual darkness in one of my early writings. Louen was one of the main participants in the development of this writings, so the decision was really easy to take.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Vøid: Without any doubt, one of our earliest shows in Tarragona with our ever-admired Foscor. We were really young back then, in late 2007, and we could accomplish one of our band goals playing with them. Some years after, we played with Lux Divina and Xerión, other two "behemoths" of the national scene. I can remember that day like one of the best of our career.
About our stage performance, I must say our first goal is to enjoy as much as possible of what we do. We use corpse paint, chains, leather and spikes like the way that is expected from a black metal band, while we try to submerge the public into our personal darkness using light effects and subliminal soundscapes from samples. Our intention is to recreate an occultist ritual instead of playing in a show as a band.

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Vøid: Due to the release of our second work we are focusing on the presentation of it. We have never played out from Catalonia, so it is time to spread the will of darkness as far as we can reach. Some dates will be revealed soon.

8. The new recording was released on Nigra Nit Distro, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Vøid: Negra Nit is known in Catalonia for being an important black metal label, so we had in mind it as first option to label our EP. We are proud to say we share label with bands like Ered, Marthyrium, 13th Moon or Ragnor. The treatment we get from Jordi (main responsible of Negra Nit) is unsurpassable, lot better than we could expected from a label. He helped us so much with the release of "Ritual II", and we owe him a lot. In Catalonia we are lucky to have Negra Nit as one of the principal labels that bets for novel bands like us.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Vøid: Being honest, breaking into the world of black metal being from Catalonia or Spain is quite hard. While it is true that we are not internationally known (not even national!), we want to have the opportunity to show our values before being questioned or rejected. We know that because of our nationality we won't have the same opportunities that other international bands have, but we also know that in our country we have virtually no support for the music we play, so we are in disadvantage. However, in particular cases, we have met with people who support our career and encourage us to keep working to provide a better musical product.

10. Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Vøid: Almost all of us are involved in some kind of musical project. Mergunt also plays for Ragnor and Louen is always working for his personal projects (any of these days he will surprise the world with some one-mand-band). About me, I have some ideas on mind that only time will decide if they are possible or not.

11. When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Vøid: For now we are focusing on promoting our second Ritual while we compose new material for a possible new EP. We still have much work to do before jumping to the quality of a full length, but we don't reject the plan. We can only think of ourselves in the present and in a near future, expecting that Nyctophobia send us as far away as we can to spread our work.

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?
Vøid: All the members of the band usually hear a wide range of musical styles, not only focusing on metal. It is true that most of our influences come from the European Black Metal, as Sargeist, Behexen, Darkthrone or Kaiserreich, but we also found inspiration in classical music, post-rock / shoegaze and ambient. 
Lately I am listening again classics like Dissection, Bathory and Behexen, though I'm always looking for new sounds within depressive-black metal.

13. What are some of your non musical interests?
Vøid: I guess the band has in common the hobby for video games and reading. As I said before, I am particularly enamored of the of H.P. Lovecraft's work. Apart from music, I spend most of my time reading, writing and playing RPGs.

14. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
Vøid: Thank you for giving us the chance to let us talk about Nyctophobia in this zine, and the interest you have shown in our work.
I would make a call to all fans of black metal and invite them to know our project. Leave your prejudices behind and give us the opportunity to be heard and, maybe, liked and spread.
And this is all. See you in the abyss, creatures...

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Nocturnal Witch Interview

mercredi 2 juillet 2014 à 21:43

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the release of the new album?

Hi and thanks for your interest in NOCTURNAL WITCH.
We released the album during a concert on 22nd March together with Venenum and Witching Hour. Since this night we had a couple of gigs and promoting our album. Everything fine so far.

2.You had a new album released in March, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous ep and demos?

We wanted to make a more aggressive album with a sound that crushing your mind. And we made it…
The EP and Demos were good as well, but we didn’t have the opportunity to record them with the sound of the album.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

Death and aggressions!

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nocturnal Witch'?

We are huge Zemial Fans and decided to take a song name of the “For glory of Ur” (fvcking killer album) as our bandname. Simply as that.

5.In the studio the band is a duo but you also have a live line up for the shows, are you ever planning on using any of these musicians on your albums?

No. We write and record our songs as duo. Also in the future…
But a big thank you to Venomessiah for helping us during the live shows as bass(tard)!

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

Our release show in Krölpa (Donnerheim) was a real highlight – we played behind a cemetery-fence, just like King Diamond does. During the entire set the crowd hung at the fence and the atmosphere was just aggressive. Hail to Dangerous Metal Meetings in Krölpa for organizing this evening.
Another cool gig was some weeks ago in Berlin/Blackland, organized by Marcello of Evil Spirit…great guy & best scrambled eggs.
NOCTURNAL WITCH brings pure aggressions on stage. With pure black energy we capture the crowd.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

There are some shows announced so far, e.g. at the Pilsen Open Air in CZ in October and in Hamburg with Attic in December.

8.A year ago you where part of a live dvd split with Division Speed, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the video?

We’re all friends and belonging to the same underground scene. Division Speed released great stuff and we totally supporting them.

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

We just got positive feedback.  It’s great that people still love this kind of music even if the scene is flooded with a lot of shitty bands!

10.What is going on with the singers other band 'Sanctifying Ritual'these days?

Sanctifying Rituals latest release is a 7inch EP called “Storm of Devastation”. If you like raw Death Metal – check it out.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We will see…

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?

By writing this interview we listen to Massacre – From Beyond.
Nocturnal Witch is influenced by a lot of Bands, but mainly bands like Old Sepultura, Deströyer 666, Nifelheim and Zemial.

13.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

Crush the occult scum!

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Drinking and fucking.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or

Thanks for the interview.
“troops of aggressive - soldiers from hell
crushing mankind - for satans evil spell”

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