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Xarkrinur/Cold Forest Single Review

mercredi 25 juin 2014 à 15:43

  Xarkrinur  are  a  1  man  band  from  Bangladesh  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  dark ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  single  "Cold  Forest"  which  will  be  part  of an  upcoming  ep  split  with  Happiness  Through  Suicide  which  will  be  released  by  Acephale  Winter  later  on  this  year.

   A  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  brings  in  a  very  raw  and  distorted  approach  to  black  metal  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  also  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  along  with  some  programmed  blast  beats  while  also  keeping  the  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  around  and  you  can  also  hear  some  ambient  style  noises  in  the  background  which  gives  the  music  a  more  lo-fi  feeling  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  having  a  more  deeper  tone  to  them.

  On  this  song  Xarkrinur  takes  a  very  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  in  small  amounts  of  ambient  while  keeping  the  music  very dark  and  grim  and  I  would  like  to  hear  more  music  from t his  project  in  the  future,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Xarkrinur  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  raw,  depressive  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  

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Karst Interview

mercredi 25 juin 2014 à 14:43
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?

Yes, we’ve recorded our second album, ’Lime Veins Bleed Rust’ in Summer 2013. In that year we had a couple of gigs here in Hungary, for example supporting Lord Vicar or Dordeduh.
Meanwhile we processed the releasing conception, and finally self-released on tape it in this year. We also contributed in a such interesting national art contest: we worked out a new song based on an old Hungarian folk-tale (we have an utterly rich legacy of tales) but this event is unfortunately cancelled by the organizer. So we’ll record this song some time in the future. It will be a next chapter musically also, a more nature-influented composition.

2. Your new album was released in May. How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We had the aim to stretch the borders of our Black Metal-based genre and create an exciting yet solid and mixture of our own. We also used totally non-metal solutions, touching apocalyptic jazz, austere rock or some natural ritualistic stuff. For us, above experimenting there’s a principle – result has to stay dark, rejecting fun.
Basically, our new album definitely shows progression. Now we have a constant line-up for years so this time we had more creative time to set out ideas. We were very young at the time we composed our first full-length, around 18-19 years old, and we’ve became a little bit more experienced. This time we went to a studio which mainly does alternative/rock/pop releases and the enginner is a huge fan of vintage amplifiers, instruments which fit our ideas very well. We tried to sound NOT like the modern fashion - and we succedded.

3. The band labels itself 'extreme garage rock' - can you tell us a little bit more about that label?

As I know, none of the genre names can describe what we do, so our vocalist Kristóf came up with this tag. Sometimes we had to define ourselves but we didn’t want to use ’Black Metal’ term anymore. Look at us – we have nothing to do with traditional satanic atmosphere, we’re different.
I try to unravel it… ‘Rock’ mainly stands for our separation from Metal clichés (And ‘karst’ is also a type of rock…); ‘Extreme’ marks the usage of extremities in musical instruments and vocal tones; and ‘Garage’ refers to our dirty, old, punk-ish sound and the opposition to polished, soulless production.
But it’s important to notice – we are always open to any creative solutions describing our music.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Our main lyricist is Kristóf, our singer. On ’Lime Veins Bleed Rust’ he turned to be more extroverted unlike the 2011 debut ’Cleaning a Cave’ which dealt with rather self-exploring topics. We both got inspiration from mystical creatures, ancient fears, beliefs – and from reality: the bleak perspectives of the coutry side, the dissolving order of civilization and basically our world, near ready to collapse.
Being the primal song-writer I can say my composition techniques developed through the years because my music studies, I learnt music since my childhood - and also because my private interest in this profession. Personally I am highly enthralled by the work of nowadays British/American pop producers. Although I don’t use this knowledge directly in writing the music of Karst, it helps a lot if I know structures of more foreign genres.
We are not a jam band, we couldn’t be – our songs usually follow strict composition, particularly in the relation of guitar and bass. But we don’t want to confuse fans with causelessly complex tunes. I believe that the best result is when listeners couldn’t notice how hard to us sometimes to perform certain parts. It should remain an inner challenge for us.

5. The band was originally known as 'Nebulosus Fatum' - what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Karst'?

We used the name ’Nebulosus Fatum’ from the beginning, 2005 to 2009. At that point we realized that this can’t fit our music anymore so we changed it to a shorter one, Karst, which also has more connection to ourselves. It refers to the geographic structure of our hometown’s surrounding mountains as well as a metaphore to our composition: Although usually I am who comes up with new ideas, the main result always the work of 4 men. Just as water flows though rocks, unbounding minerals…

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

During the Nebulosus Fatum times in 2009 we had the opportunity to play in Rijeka, Croatia – it was the first experience abroad and we had good memories. In 2011 when our present line-up debuted – at the album releasing of ’Cleaning a Cave’ – we did such a memorable gig using surrealistic lamps on stage. Another unique one was a the so-called date of Mayan Doom in 21st December 2012 when we did a cover show of Ater Tenebrae, a Hungarian raw black metal band we honour for a long while.
Besides these events we have played many shows in Budapest, the capital, supporting totally different acts. It was such a pleasure to realize we can play with anyone from extreme genres, mainly because we don’t sound similary to anyone.
On stage we wore torn suits with ties, ’representing the rootless generation of post-socialism’ to cite from our biography. For our new album we made new outfit, now we are in patched vasts with white shirts, hailing to our favourite bands and our own roots.
As our fans say we usually play powerful live shows, not just standing and gazing to our instruments, even if only 3-4 person are in the audience. We don’t care how much reaction we got from the audience, these primal spiritual energies have to be unleashed from time to time.

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

Sure, but the opportunities are quite tight here. So far we were only gigging in Hungary, mainly accepting invitations to self-organize concerts in our hometown, Miskolc. For us the best would be touring in other countries too. During the years we have learnt not to manage things ’at all hazards’. Touring is like this: when the time will come we’ll be ready.

8. Currently the band is unsigned - is the band interested in signing with a label or do you feel that they are obsolete in the year of 2014?

We are heavily interested in signing with a label, it could help us so much. Of course many DIY bands can exist without support from the background, we have plans which could be processed only by this next level. It would be a pleasure if our art could reach more ears by wider distribution.
            But I have to say even if I think signing with labels or going on tours are usually important things for bands, their lack can NEVER stop our creative ideas to execute. We have quite vivid visions where to move with our music and what kind of plains we’d like to touch. These aren’t depending on any other circumstances.

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

I don’t know if anyone is a fan of ’extreme rock’ or is it considered to be an existing genre…
Usually we have good reviews from time to time. Fortunately as we experimented a lot of different people are into Karst from punk/noise fans to open minded extreme metal listeners. Or even if the listener don’t like what we are doing we always take effect.

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

Definitely! Our vocalist Kristóf plays villager death/groove metal with his other bandCageDeadDogs, they’re about to record their first demo. Balázs, our guitarist plays bass in another experimental, atmospheric metal act called Perihelion.
I generally deal with music everyday. The other bands I take part in:
Svoid – occult, anti-cosmic metal, here I play drums and do backing vocals. (
Voltak – my suicidal post-punk trio where I am the vocalist/guitarist. We play sombre music like The Cure did around 1981. We’re about to record our first full-length but this project is put on ice, nowadays I don’t have for it… (
La Ment – esoteric necro pop duo, like Ellie Goulding or A-ha meets Burzum. Being here the multi-instrumentalist I work together with a singer. (
Manőkken Proletárz – alternative pop band from Budapest, here I do drums and backing vocals. (
Szekeres András – newly I became the session drummer/backing vocalist of András Szekeres. He is originally the singer of Junkies, a quite known Hungarian rock band. It’s his so-called solo project, mainly alternative rock like Oasis. (
Eclipse – it’s a progressive metal band from our hometown, formed in 1990, I became involved as a drummer this year. Hope it will work, we’re still just rehearsing.
So there’s so much things to do from day to day.

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

As written above we have nearly exact plans what to do in the future. On our next release we’d like to cover some jazz standard classics in the raw Black Metal-ish way. We’ll release it next year.
Besides it we are into acoustic ethno music and we are looking forward to try this organic instrumentation and create more so-called forest-like sound with acoustic guitar, clean vocals and folk instruments, still keeping the dark Black Metal heritage with blast beats and shrieks. Instead of leaving behind what we do now musically we rather make a totally new set for non-metal concerts. It’s the first time I speak of these new paths in public… so we’ll see when they come together.

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?

Well, we are definitely influented by the Scandinavian Black Metal scene of the early 90s like Darkthrone, Burzum, Gorgoroth. When we add other elements to our music I don’t care where it came from, composition for me is based on deeper intuitions. I don’t like to be needlessly exact, go and listen - find our influences yourself! Find out what do our music have to offer to your aesthetic system.
We’re listening to quite different artists, hard to name common favourite. With Kristóf we like to idolize old school Swedish Death Metal such as Unleashed or Dismember, with him and Balázs we’re huge fans of bands from Norway mentioned above. Other band members like dirtier tones from sludge, punk or hip-hop scene. Nowadays I listen mainly to earlier bands of extreme metal, Black/Death stuff, darkened indie rock, post-punk, up-to-date pop singers like Ellie Goulding or ritual dark ambient for sleep like Equimanthorn, a side project of Absu. I rarely stay on one particular band or artists, I keep on know as much as possible and search for new ones.

13. What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m into antique times, faded religions, Sumerians, Egypt, spirituality, occultism, human sacrifices of old ages, death cult and suicide. Mainly against present times. They aren’t necessarily connect to Karst but come through me in in a rather indirect method.
Kristóf studied anthropology, he has more to do with the world surrounding us, also he’s quite into hedonism. Balázs deals with advanced mathematics, his long time favourite writer is Vonnegut. Tomi is hugely interested in football. These things make the line-up so diverse and multi-dimensional.

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

Thanks for reading through my words. I have nothing more to say. „Every nation marches singing, every nation towards death.”

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Raggradarh/Oris/Vacula Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 25 juin 2014 à 03:22

  Raggradarh  are  a  1  man  band  from  Bulgaria  that  plays  a  heathen  and  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album "Oris"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  with  some  grim  screams  and  a  decent  amount  of  melody  which  leads  to  some  atmospheric  sounds  and  melodic  pagan  chanting  being  added  into  the  music  and  the screams  also  get  more  high  pitched  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  utilizing  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  songs  and  the  album  continues  the  raw  and  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  style  on  the  following  tracks  as  well  as  adding  in  an  old  school  black  metal  sound  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

 On  the  3rd  song  when  the  melodic  pagan  chanting  parts  are  added  into  the  song  the  music  starts  evoking  a  more  dark  atmosphere  as  well  as  having  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  towards  the  end  of  the  track  and  the  last  song  shows  a  more  raw  black  metal  style  in  the  beginning  and  after  a  few  minutes  folk  music  instruments  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  music  starts  evoking  a  more  medieval  atmosphere  while  also  retaining  the  raw  black  metal  parts  as  well  as  addign  in  melodic  vocals  and  a  touch  of  classic  metal.

  Raggradarh  creates  a  very  raw  and  melodic  approach  to  pagan  black  metal  with  his  musical  style  as  well  as  adding  in  a  dark  atmosphere  that  really  makes  you  feel  the  pagan  gods  being  evoked,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  epic  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Raggradarh  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Old  Sword"  and  "The  Doomed  Ones".  8/5  out  of  10.     

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Grimwald/The Beserker/Vacula Productions/2014 EP Re-Issue Review

mercredi 25 juin 2014 à 02:11

  Grimwald  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  ambient  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2009  ep  "The  Beserker"  which  was  re-issued  by  Vacula  Productions  in  the  year  of  2014.

  A  very  old  school  mid  paced  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  pagan  style  melodies  and  grim  vocals  and  a  few  minutes  later  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  guitar  leads  a  couple  of  minutes  later  that  enhances  the  melodic  nature  of  the  music.

   There  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  throughout  the  recording  and  the  synths  bring  in  elements  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  music  and  on  some  of  the  other  tracks  there  are  small  amounts  of  clean  playing  being  added into  the  music  along  with some  fast  and  raw  black  metal  parts  that  also  utilize  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  As  the  ep  progresses  clean  and  soft  playing  or  added  into  the  music  with  a  short  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  grim  black  metal  direction  on  the  following  tracks  which  also  shows  spoken  word  parts  becoming  a  part  of  the  ep's  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  an  8  minute  track  which  gives  the  music  a  more  epic  feeling  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  thrash  metal  style  guitar  riffing  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  track  that  really  displays  a  more  raw  orientated  approach  to  black  metal  from  this  band  as  well  as  adding  in  folk  music  style  acoustic  guitars  and  depressive  screams.  

  Grimwald  creates  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  ambient  influences  and  their  music  always  evokes  a  dark  and  grim  atmosphere,  the production  sounds very  dark  and  raw,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grimwald  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  ambient  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Grimwald"  and  "In  The  Hungry  Fields  Of  Despair".  8  out  of  10.


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Aeonless/Underneath Horizons/Vacula Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 25 juin 2014 à 01:14

  Aeonless  are  a  duo  with  members  from  both  Finland  and  Bulgaria  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Underneath  Horizons"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Classical  music  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  give  the  music  an  epic  feeling  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  heavy  and  atmospheric  direction  and  adds  in  grim  sounding  black  metal  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  After  awhile  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  and  guitar  leads  which  use  a  great  amount  of  melody are  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  clean  melodic  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  recording  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  to  add  in  a  few  preludes  along  with  clean  and  acoustic  playing  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  haunting  atmosphere  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  heavier  musical  style  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  utilizing  more  depressive  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  guitar  riffing  which  is  built  upon  a  more  black/doom  metal  foundation  and  at  the  times  the  vocals  utilize  a  very  deep  and  dark  sound  and  throughout the  album  the  band  also  bring  in  a  few  very  long  tracks  which  enhances  the  epic  feeling  of  the  recording.

  Aeonless  creates  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  taking  a  blackened  doom  metal  style  and  mixing  it  with  the  more  atmospheric  and  depressive  side  of  black  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  which  results  in  a  very  diverse  and  melancholic  sounding  album,  the production  has  a  very  heavy  and  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive,  misanthropic  and  melancholic  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Aeonless  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sword  &  Scythe"  "Standards  Of  Misanthropy"  "Vulture  Of  Decadence"  and  "Mountain  Peak".  8  out  of  10.


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