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Whispering Shadows/The Juniper Diaries/2013 Demo Review

mercredi 4 juin 2014 à 08:40

  Whispering  Shadows  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  funeral  doom  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2013  demo  "The  Juniper  Diaries".

  Dark  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  sounding  synths  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  programmed  beats  start  to  kick  in  along  with  a  more  distorted  sound  which   leads  to  funeral  doom  style  guitar  riffs  and  a  mixture  of  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  being  mixed  in  with  a  more  dark  ambient  sound.

  A  good amount  of  reverb  is  utilized  in  the  music  along  with  a  great  amount  of  experimental  elements  which  also  brings  a  droned  out  feeling  to  the  music  which  also  reminds  me  of  early  Abruptum  material  at  times  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  being  used  on  the  second  track    and  there  are  also  some  melodic  chants  being  utilized  in  the  background  at  times  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Whispering  Shadows  focuses  on  a  more  experimental  dark ambient  sound  with  this  demo  as  well a s  mixing  funeral  doom  and  depressive  black  metal  into  the  musical style  to  create  his  own  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Whispering  Shadows  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  depressive  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sunset  Sees  the  Children  Blister".  8  out  of  10.


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Arathgoth/Dark Like Space/Katabaz Records/2014 Full Length Review

mercredi 4 juin 2014 à 04:45

  Arathgoth  have  returned  with  a  new  album  with  the  musical  style  this  time  around  being  a  sci-fi  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Dark  like  Space"  which  was  released  by  Katabaz  Records.

  Dark  ambient  and  electronica  music  sounds  start  off  the  album  which  start  mixing  in  with  the  fast  and  heavy  parts  which  include  blast  beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  being  into  a  more  heavy  and  atmospheric  direction  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  melody  into  the  sound.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  utilizing  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  they  also  add  in  some  songs  that  use  no  guitars  and  focus  more  on  the  ambient  elements  as  well  as  bringing  in  industrial  influences  and  spoken  word  samples  which  are  taken from  the  movies  "Blade  Runner"  and  "Aliens"  as  well  as  having  a  few  more  heavier  songs  being  used  later  on  during  the  album.

  When  the  album  goes  back  into  its  black  metal  direction  more  raw  and  brutal  elements  of  that  genre  can  be  found  in  the  musical  style  which  blends  in  well  with  the  more  atmospheric  direction  of  the  recording  and  the  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  found  on  the  heavier  tracks  as  well  and  the  album  starts  becoming  a  mixture  of  both  black  metal  and  ambient  tracks  as  well  as  adding  in  a  couple  of  instrumentals  and  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  on  one  of  the  songs.

  Arathgoth  shows  a  different  side  of  his  musical  style  this  time  around  staying  away  from  fantasy  themes  and  focusing  more  on  the  future  and  the  music  combines  dark  ambient  with  black  metal  as  well  as  being  very  diverse  with  each  track,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  writings  of  Frank  Herbert,  Phillip  K.  Dick,  and  science  fiction  role  playing  games  and  movies

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  album  from  Arathgoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Eye  of  A  Cyclon"  "Space  Battleship  Arcadia"  "Voices  of  Arrakis"  and  "Fury  Of  Harkonnen".  8  out  of  10.  

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Arathgoth/Between Demons And Witches/Katabaz Records/2014 Full Length Review

mercredi 4 juin 2014 à 03:45

  Arathgoth  are  a  1  one  man  from  Michigan  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Between  Demons  And  Witches"  which  was  released  by  Katabaz  Records.

  Dungeon  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  mix  in  with  the  atmospheric  sound  as  well  as  adding  in  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  prog  rock  being  utilized  in  the  synths  and  after  awhile  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  becoming  a  part  of  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  more  dark  ambient  elements  are  mixed  in  with  the  black  metal  sound  of  the  recording  and  the  music  starts  utilizing  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  time s you  can  hear  symphonic  and  gothic  elements  in  the  music  and  the  dungeon  synth  elements  of  earlier  releases  while  they  are  still  there  at  times  take  a  back  seat  this  time  around  with  most  of  the  music  focusing  more  on  a  fast  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound.

  After  awhile  the  guitar  riffs,  solos  and  leads  start  utilizing  more  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  small  amounts  of  industrial  influences  being  mixed  in  with  the  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  sound s of  the  synths  and  a  few  instrumentals  also  finds  its  way  onto  the  recording  while  they  still  have  a  great  amount  of  later  songs  that  still  utilize  vocals  as  well  as  bringing  in  elements  of  Celtic  and  Middle  Eastern folk  music  towards  the  end  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  samples  find  their  way  onto  the  last  track.

  Arathgoth  have  a  more  straight  forward  black  metal  feeling  while  still  having  a  good  amount  of  atmospheric,  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  elements  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount of  progress in  the  guitar  playing,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Witchcraft,  occultism  and  Demonology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arathgoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awakening  Of  The  Demons"  "Waiting  For  Azrael"  "My  Name  Is  Legion"  and  "Prayer  From  The  Seventh  hell".  8/5  out  of  10.    

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Goats of Doom Interview

mardi 3 juin 2014 à 08:47
1. Can you give us an update on whats been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
Most of our spare time since the release of "ashes from the past" has been spent working on second full length album. Material has been evolving during the recording sessions and the album is turning out to be very different and more polished than "Lost in time and void". Great deal of work has went to ensuring that the second album won't drown in the mass of modern black metal without ending up straying too far from the roots of this type of music.
2. In March you had released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you had released in the past?
This time the album feels more "whole" than previous releases. First full length album propably had too much, well, everything in it. This time the record will be clearer, simpler and more thematic. The name: "intra ecclesiam nulla salus" hints about what's about to come. Less Lovecraftian horror and more direct assault on traditional christian values.
3. The lyrics cover Thelema, Satanism and Lovecraftian themes, how would you describe your views on these topics and also how do you feel Lovecraft's fictional works correspond with the occult?
Thelema has many elements that appeal to me, although I really count myself among Satanists. It's about personal freedom and judgement. I don't like to be guided by disciplines that teach men to be unimaginative, close-minded and weak.
I also despise the fact that most communities are built on these values that deprive people of their true nature.
My thoughts about Lovecraft? I am a huge fan of horror, both movies and literature. What makes Lovecraft special is the vast amount of unexplainable and mystic elements in his fiction. The whole setting is simply delightful: Gods and entities
that truly make a difference are definitely not the ones to be considered sympathetic to humans, and the values they respect are not compassion for the weak. See something in common to the modern day religions?
Alesteir Alhazred:
My pseudonym maybe hints about my love for Lovecraft's work. Best -fiction- ever.
I don't really fall into any "official" religious group. I hold no respect on tenets of blind obedience
and taking preached values for fact without questioning. Those who are truly wise can tell right from wrong without help from books written by millenia old shepherds, Vatican officials or foreign madmen. This is also considered a virtue both in Thelema and satanism: Personal wisdom and ability to decide for yourself. The absurd ideal of turning the other cheek is also absent in both philosophies, love only those who deserve it. Overall I fit general description of both quite well, but
I don't confess belonging to either. I'ts a principle thing: Only master I need in my life is myself.
Hermeticos Wormius:
I have considered myself a satanist (and an atheist) since my teen years were over. Having heard
"satan and every word involving "satan" are bad" from religious people in my hometown and getting tired to the general stupidness and one-eyed "satanism is as bad as satan worshipping"-ideology, that our outdated society spews,
I have succeeded to build my own kind of satanism - a spiritual thesis, if you will. No one should be haphazardly condemned at birth to any of religious fairytales; that is the greatest sin, if there is any. Everyone should walk a path of their own creation. Each human being is truly an individual and should be treated as such, without any prejudice.
As a literary figure, Satan is an true misunderstood antihero. He has truly seen the void and became the void himself. As an personification of true evil, he has been the thrash bin of christian god for what, two millennia? We should all give the guy a chance! Lovecraft has inspired me musically by making possible the creation of massive, eerie soundscapes, that hint the listener of the metagalactic horrors, the manydimensional unspeakable evil, all shrouded in chilling claws of mystery.
Poetic or what? Thelema is (for most people) condensed as "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Love is the law, love under will." But there's much more. I consider myself a researcher of occult, having studied many different grimoires and works of mystic literature, and Thelema, as it is written in a feverish, some might say even maddened way, is yet the most difficult to understand. My deeper understanding of Crowley's work is only taking its first steps. In words of Tolkien, "Many ways to go yet!"
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "Goats of Doom"?
Well, in the early days we wanted something with obvious contradiction. Thus: God - Goats of Doom.
The name was, and is still, corny. The whole band simply turned from a mere project to something more serious so fast that changing the name never even occurred to anyone. When certain folks started complaining about the name we were too accustomed to it and changing the name felt like killing part of the whole consept.
And really: Changing bands name because someone not included in the band doesn't like it? Now that's selling out.
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?
No official gigs have been played.
We live in a place where this kind of music is openly frowned upon. There are no venues, clubs or even "rockier" bars.
None of us feels okay with playing black metal show in a place where someone has just been singing karaoke few minutes ago. Every member of the band has lots of experience playing in front of an audience. GoD isn't anyones first project.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
If an opportunity rises, maybe. Currently we are neck deep in making second album though.
7. A few years back you were a part of a split album with Dodkvlt, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the album?
Scaregod: I have lots of respect for Lord Theynian (Frontman of Dodkvlt). We know each other personally and are very like minded. He came to us with an opportunity to make the split when we were still in the demo-phase, this eventually led to the deal with Ewiges Eis, thus we owe him gratitude. His music is great too.
8. So far all of your music has been released on Ewiges Eis records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Ewiges Eis is a small scale label based in Germany. Great thing about them is that they are very supportive of their bands and give the artist full creative freedom on the music. If the band keeps growing bigger we're open for change but currently we are extremely happy that Ewiges Eis is helping us spread the blasphemy.
9. On worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Diverse. Most of our success is based abroad: In Finland we have lots of elitists, I mean real black metal hipsters who feel obliged to hate every aspect of Goats of Doom. Probably funniest feedback domestically has been: "Your name is so shitty that the music isn't even worth listening". We have fans in Finland too, naturally, but most of the fans seem to be based outside our country.
Worldwide reception has been surprisingly good and the feedback mostly positive. Basically all the bashing has been about bands name and pseudonyms. I think someone also dropped a reference to Behemoth as if it was a bad thing.
As the recorder/producer, good reviews are pleasant to read. The amount of heartblood that we as a band have spilled, the occasional differences in opinion, the dubious amounts of hard drive space used, it's truly terrific that all hasn't been in vain and there are people who really like our many headed babies.
10. When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The album is due beginning of winter. The style is faithful to the 90s scandinavian black metal but we're not afraid to take influences from newer stuff. Overall we like to experiment with different styles as long as the bottom vibe still is still black and we personally feel that we haven't wandered too far from our roots.
11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening nowadays?
My vocal style is heavily influenced by Moonsorrow, Burzum has always been a strong influence because of the attitude: Not being afraid to wave your middle finger at anyone. The music is also very atmospheric and hypnotic. Musta Surma. Nowadays I appreciate the whole mysticism around the band, the way they keep the whole world unknowing on what they are up to. Also when I was younger I was encouraged by the fact that black metal band from around here can achieve such status. Overall my influences are way too numerous to include in few lines on text but those are propably the most important ones.
Lyricwise I'm inspired by books and traditional BM acts, unforgiving, relentless attack on traditional values. Ajattara is a band whose lyrical genius can unfortunately be fully appreciated only by those who speak finnish. Trust me, they are just.. Evil. I admire the way you can create such hopelessness and dark atmosphere with just few lines of lyrics with double meanings. Mostly I just listen to older death metal though, I rarely find any new bands that I like. Exeptions occur though, like Ghost B.C.. Simply great.
Musical influences? Well, as a keyboardist, the sincereness, cleverness and honesty of 90's melodic black metal keyboardists have inspired me the most. Huge soundscapes of Dimmu Borgir, Limbonic Art and Cradle of Filth have paved the way for us youngsters. They also got me interested programming new sounds on a crappy 90's Casio, which was my first set of keys, haha! As a listener, occult rock, metal, stoner, classical, weird germanic progressive rock bands from the seventies, reggae... you can't be to picky. Some wise man once said: "All the best songs are good." I try to listen almost everything that has a bit of heart in it, disliking this crap which they call "radio-friendly".
12. What are some of your non musical interests?
Occult and horror literature. I even follow politics to keep up a steady level of misanthropy.
I read. Alot. I find you can never know too much about anything. I quit following politics after becoming too disappointed with the whole Finnish political system. Look into it, it's broken. I just want to be left alone to keep learning shit.
Reading old, heavy, hard-to-find, good smelling books, stressing out, movies, trying to gain the ability to see through this reality in which we live to find a new set of truths without rules to follow. I like to get lost inside my own head.
13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We thought about saying alot of things but decided to end quoting way underrated Finnish philosopher, Pentti Linkola: "Each time a baby is born, the overall value of human life drops a little".

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Charming Timur Interview

mardi 3 juin 2014 à 04:06

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Charming Timur is my solo project, focusing on experimenting with genres that I have a desire to combine. In this case, it is Nu Metal and Post-Black Metal along with a touch of Sludge and Post-Metal/Post-Rock. The project will probably expand into more genres as time goes on, and I don't want to limit this project musically by setting certain boundaries in terms of genre or lyrical theme. Charming Timur is about freedom of inspiration.

2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?

I was really going for a bipolar sound on the first album. I divided the album into two parts. I had some really angry and depressed tracks in the first part and then some tracks that were more focused on the atmosphere and melodies on the second part.

I usually don't like too much contrast on an album, but this time I decided to step out of my comfort zone. A lot of albums, especially in the Nu Metal / Alternative Metal categories, tend to have the ”ultimate angsty sad song” as the last track, which was something I definitely didn't want to do, so it became track number 4 (My Pain). I feel it's a refreshing thing to have the album end with something that leaves you feeling a bit more ”hopeful”.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

So far the lyrics have been about stuff going on in my head, usually about real life, mostly negative stuff on the first album, but there is no guarantee all my albums will be this negative. There's quite a lot of tracks with themes covering (my) mental problems and emerging pesonality disorders. Then on the other hand there's a song about just not giving up on things in life, despite what people think about it, (9. All The Same) to add some variation as well.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Charming Timur'?

The name ”Charming Timur” is something I came up with to break the tradition of having really artistic and ”deep” band names that have some spectacular meaning behind them. I also thought about the name ”Charming Bennett”, but then I wanted a non-american name to make it stand out a bit more. It literally comes from absolutely nothing of any real meaning.

5.On this album with the exception of an unknown guy playing some drums and tracks on song # 9, you recorded all of the album solo are you open to working with a full band in the future or do you chose to remain solo?

I have tried all kinds of band-projects and such in my time and they never really functioned as smoothly as when I do things by myself. I like to be in control a lot. Everything tends to work out really naturally when I just do things by myself. This does not mean that I couldn't have guest artists on my future material, and I'm actually curious on how that would turn out. I'm not a 100% against working with a band sometime in the future, but I think it's very unlikely. There could be some kind of a ”band arrangement” backing me up on some Charming Timur music video sometime in the distant future, I haven't thought about it yet.

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

In today's world where almost nobody buys music anymore, a label seems kind of useless, unless they would be really big so I could really get some attention. Also a lot of labels only accept touring artists, and that makes things more difficult as well. If I would receive a really good offer from a label, I wouldn't refuse it. The problem is that it's an extremely rare thing to come by these days.

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

I'm still sort of waiting for more feedback, but so far it has been rather neutral. It has been more positive than negative though. At least it has been something new and refreshing for a lot of people.

8.Recently you have created a blogger, soundcloud and reverbnation for your musical project, do you feel these networks do a lot of help for newer bands and musicians?

I think it depends a lot on the bands and musicians themselves. Sometimes you can just explode in the social media and find yourself having a lot of attention, but then sometimes nothing happens and nobody notices. I think having some kind of social media is good so people can reach you though. Being absolutely out of reach, even though making you KVLT AS FVCK, might make you miss out on a lot. I think blogger has been my favourite social media platform so far.

9.Are you involved with any other musical projects besides this one or is this full time?

Yeah, I'm probably most well known for my solo Harsh Noise/Power Electronics project Whitewater Orgasm. That project has been really well received by a lot of people who are into that kind of stuff. I'm also the vocalist for the super slow Post-Black Doom project Laurasia Awaits Us. Charming Timur is currently the only project I'm actively writing new songs for though.

10.Where do you  see yourself heading into musically during the future?

I will probably go towards a bit brighter and adventurous sounds in the more distant future, and currently I have been writing songs that vary from violent and aggressive ones to kind of softer and more sensitive ones. There will definitely be Nu Metal and Post-Whatever in the future, but more styles might jump into the mix as well.

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

There is definitely some influence in the Charming Timur sound from bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Deafheaven, Alcest, Mouth Of The Architect, Eyehategod (the slower parts in a couple of tracks sound very similar to Eyehategod) and so on, but I never really think about it that much, I just listen afterwards and hear the similarities in the sound.

I usually find myself listening to Sludge, Stoner, Nu Metal or anything with echoing guitars such as Post-Rock or Shoegaze. I listen to a lot less Black Metal than people would assume. I also used to listen to a lot of Noise/Power Electronics and Martial Industrial, but I haven't been listening to that kind of stuff recently. It will probably come back at some point again. Listening to music works in cycles for me. One season something, next season something else.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have always been fascinated about figuring out death and what comes after it. Also outerspace, aliens, transhumanism, timetravel and alternate realities have always been extremely interesting to me. When it comes to more ”down to earth” stuff, I'm interested in history, war and weapons in general. As freetime activities I enjoy watching TV and movies a lot.

13.Can you provide some links so people that are hearing of you for the first time can hear your music? Here is the official music video made in DIY spirit. I think it turned out quite nicely. It's a very symbolic track to describe my sound. Also my handsome facial features can be seen there to leave everyone daydreaming about me. Bandcamp page for free download and the option to buy the CD.

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

I hope to see more people just record songs and put them on the internet. Doing things yourself is going to be easier and easier in the future and you can just let your creativity flow. Don't overcomplicate! Also thanks for interviewing me and to everyone who read this interview too!

I have no idea why the font changed for the last question, I can't change it back, sorry about that!


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