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Comando Praetorio Interview

mardi 10 mars 2015 à 21:36
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Few individuals gathered under the rise of autumn equinox 2012 to form Comando Praetorio.
Each of us comes  from other bands, but we don’t consider CP as a side project, but an autonomous and self-conscious entity spawned to bring forth our inner visions, and explain our detachment against the ruins of human kind.


2.In January you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

As said before, Comando Praetorio has to do with the most nihilistic and spiritual side  of ourselves, it is an unmediated expression of our most abysmal feelings: in order to explain this, according with our background, it was natural to compose traditional, inspired black metal hymns evoking apocalyptic and tragic feelings, with an impetuous riffing alternating with a more atmospheric and intimistic vein.

3.The lyrics cover Spiritual Discipline and Philosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

In these three songs we deal, for what concern “Samsara” and “Divinità Terrifiche – In virtù del vuoto” with the path to “moksa”, cutting off ourselves from human limits and borders, through the discipline of the tantric vamamarga, not in a mere childish way as sometimes occur in the black metal milieu, but in a more actual and intimate meaning. “Figli dell’era del lupo” is a more existential vision of our lives in the age of decay and spiritual de activation. The lyrics of “Samsare” are written by our friend Vira Saturnio, poet and spiritual scholar.


4.What is the  meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Comando Praetorio'?

We think that is the correct label for an entity forged to dominate and exterminate the spiritual weakness, the typical cowardice of herd of subhumans populating the earth.
First of all there is no pity, no mercy towards ourselves, towards our weakness and so this entity is the command of an heretical war against mediocrity, to annihilate the so called human vision of life in our deep inner self.




5.Has the band done any live shows or has this been strictly a studio project so far?

CP has never played live yet; at the moment we are overhaul details for our future live apparitions, especially regarding scenography; we claim a particular and personal approach able to emphasize our concept.

6.The ep was released through 'War Command Distro', can you tell us a little bit more about how you came in contact with this label?

I know the manager of Label Francesco since 1999 when I established the first contacts among Italian black metal scene. I think that Francesco is not only a good expert of extreme metal in Italy but also a reliable person and a very committed spiritual and metapolitical soldier so it was absolutely coherent to deal with him for what concern the issue of “Divinità terrifiche”.



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

CP has got some good feedback so far from individuals and zines; despite it was released only some weeks ago, therefore  we are satisfied for  the responses obtained.


8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?

Some of us are involved in the entity known as Movimento d’Avanguardia Ermetico and we are working on the issue of a new album, “Torri del silenzio”. The vocalist of Comando Praetorio is A.M. a singer with a great experience and career with Bastard Saints death metal band. Also our bass player FAK is involved in Amethista from Turin.

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

Actually, we are already thinking for the new material for the future album, but nothing is planned at the moment; for sure we will continue along on the path signed with ‘Divinità Terrifiche’, but for every future step, both for musical and spiritual expression, is basic for us to continue in the way of increasing intolerance looking for higher standards.


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?

I think that eastern black metal scene such as Ukrainian and Russian bands are one of the influences. I have in mind great act such as Hate Forest and Drudkh from Ukraina, or Branikald, Forest and Vargleide from Russia. I think also that band like Clandestine Blaze or Katharsis could be a good  example of our main inspiration, along with Abyssic Hate, Kristallnacht and the first way of Deathspell Omega.


11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

I think that the correct term should be “sadhana”, the warrior like way of the spiritual discipline through extreme activations and shock, so definitely spirituality plays a role in our music.
If we consider that, in such way, spiritual quest and ultimate stand beyond good and evil and that certain “truth” should be understood only by an estatic vision and experience you could reach the deep meaning of our music, that tries to break the limitation of the ego.



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

“The blood of the heroes is closer to God than the ink of the philosophers and the prayers of the faithful.”

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/comando-praetorio-interview.html


Paganland/Fatherland/Svarga Music/2015 CD Review

mardi 10 mars 2015 à 06:03

  Paganland  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Fatherland"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Svarga  Music.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  a  feeling  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  before  going  into  a  heavier  music  while  still  mixing  in  keys  as  well  as  some  melodies  and  growling  vocals  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  pagan  vocals  and  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording

  At  times  you  can  hear  a  slight  melodic  death  metal  and  thrash  feeling  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  During  some  of  the  faster  sections  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  medieval  folk  music  elements  which  are  done  mostly  by  keyboards  and  some  of  the  faster  riffs  add  a  touch  of  rawness  to  the  music.

  Paganland  creates  another  very  epic,  melodic  and  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  recording  with  this  album  and  continue  to  expand  on  the  sound  of  previous  material,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Heathenism  and  Witchcraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Paganland  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Voice  Of  The  Carpathians"  "Native  World!  Shattered  Eagle!"  and  "Fatherland".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/paganlandfatherlandsvarga-music2015-cd.html


Bureviy/Concealed Beyond The Space/Darker Than Black Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 10 mars 2015 à 04:14

  Bureviy  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Concealed  Beyond  The  Space"  which  will  be  released  on  March  22nd  by  Darker  Than  Black  Records.

  Nature  and  bird  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  chanting  that  gives  the  music  a  pagan  folk  music  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  depressive  screams.

  Atmospheric  sounds,  pagan  chanting,  folk  music  elements  and  harsh  black  metal  get  mixed  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  leads  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  nature  sounds  from  the intro  also  make  their  return  at  times  while  the  main  focus  remains  mostly  on  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw  side  of  90's  to  early  2000's  black  metal  being  mixed  in  with  melodic  pagan  metal.

  Bureviy  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  from  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  more  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  metal  along  with  a  touch  of  folk  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Heathenism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bureviy  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Bonds  Of  Waves"  "The  Lace  Of  The  Norns"  and  "Gravstad".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/bureviyconcealed-beyond-spacedarker.html


Blliigghhtted/Zeroes/Merdumgiriz Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 10 mars 2015 à 00:13

  Blliigghhtted  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Zeroes"  which  will  be  released  later  this  year  by  Merdumgiriz  Records.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  and  heavy  guitar  riffing  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  there  are  also  a  decent  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  depressive  screams  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  slow  riffs  and  deep  vocals  give  the  music  more  of  a  doom/death  metal  feeling.

  Ritualistic  chants  can  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  speeds  up  at  times  and  brings  in  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  more  of  and  epic  atmosphere  to  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  clean  singing  vocals  can  be  heard  at  times  and  the  song  also  brings  in  elements  of  classical  and  dark  ambient  as  well  as  being  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  halfway  through  the  second  track  the  music  gets  more  black  metal.

  Blliigghhtted  creates  a  very  original  and  diverse  recording  with  this  album  that  still  has  its  black  and  death  metal  roots  but  also  gets  more  experimental,  ritualistic  and  avant  garde  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blliigghhtted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Seven  Zeroes".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/blliigghhttedzeroesmerdumgiriz.html


Heaven Abhorred Interview

lundi 9 mars 2015 à 21:20
Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
I'm starting to write some new music and its definitely going to be a new venture from the traditional style Black Metal that I've done in the past.

 Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It's a very raw lo-fi quality recording. I believe its best described simply as Black Metal, it’s very very repetitive, which I'm hoping to get away from soon.

 The band has been around since 2012 but waited until recently to release any music, can you tell us a little bit about the first few years?
The first few years were just us figuring out how to record really, the reason it took so long to release some material was vocalist wasn't always around, but now I'm doing a lot of the vocal duties as well so it should move along a tad quicker now.

 What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We've done a lot of different styles, we did a song about Vikings a few death metal songs but our main focus on the EP was definitely Satanism and Suicide. Not sure if this is something we will come back to or not, who knows, life is happening.

 What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heaven Abhorred'?
My friend Matt Bass was one of my largest inspirations to write and record music. Just seeing and hearing what he created on his own was great, I hadn't heard of one man metal until I talked to Matt. Long story short I got into recording and we needed a band name so I choose a song from the Misanthropist album by Matt's band Witchclan, and I picked my favorite one.

 What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have never played live.

 Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
If the opportunity presented itself I would do what I could to find some musicians to fill the holes and go on with it!

 On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We have a few fans around the world mainly my close friends that have been here since day one which is all I could ever ask for anyways, everyone else is much appreciated I'm glad someone else enjoys it.

 When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think maybe next year, maybe... Nothing is set in stone and I have some big plans for our first full length. We've purchased some new gear and I will likely be on the drums for the first album rather than programmed drums. I recently ran into an old friend whom I haven't talked to in a year or what felt like years, and I think she'll be providing some lyrics for a song on the album. I think we may be heading in a more doomy direction rather than a traditional black metal sound. Who knows, time will tell.

 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?
There are too many to count but the big ones are of course, Watain and Dissection. Though lately I've really been into Leviathan and believe it or not Electric Wizard. Its led to an odd new sound that I may let everyone here with a little teaser in the coming months.

 How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
It isn't something I practice, I'm certainly well versed in it and have a good idea of what I'm talking about but it’s not a huge part of my life.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
  I think that as time has gone on and I've connected with some old friends the idea of writing about my experiences has become a more interesting topic, sort of making the music a window into my life. We'll see what the coming months hold and who knows you may hear something completely new and unexpected. Until then all we can do is wait and take life day by day.
https://sixsixsixmusic.bandcamp.com/album/opening-the-gates

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/heaven-abhorred-interview.html