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Glaciation Interview

jeudi 12 mars 2020 à 09:44

 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?
Hreidmarr: Soon after the release of previous album “Sur les falaises de marbre” (2015), the band was nearly dead, nobody seemed to care about doing gigs, start working on something new, or just keeping the band together. I did all my best trying to get it back on track, but in vain. It seemed to me  a total waste, back then, so I decided to recruit a whole new line-up, and go on. I proposed to my friend Arnhwald to join in, and then he introduced me to Katia, Grégoire, and Alexander, who completed the line-up. We quickly started working on new material, and so the story goes...

2.Towards the end of February you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Arnhwald : we’ve tried to keep the spirit of the band alive and to express it in a more aggressive way, getting rid of a couple of things we were not fond of, and developing other ones that had to be deepened. I’d say we laid the stress on expressivity, with intelligible vocals put in front of the mix, and on the musicianship of the band, with a live recording of the instruments, in three days, to capture the energy and the authenticity of the performance.

3.The band has been around since 2011 but so far have only released 3 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?
Hreidmarr: I joined the band right after the release of the first one (which was an EP, not an album), and after the departure of former vocalist and founder Valnoir. The context surrounding the band has always been complicated, to make it simple. Back in those days, drummer and bass player were Winterhalter and Indria from Alcest, so we had to deal with several difficulties, including geographic distance and their very busy schedule. Between “Sur les falaises de marbre” and “Ultime Éclat”, the band kinda started over again, as already said, so it took quite a while, alongside the fact we’re quite perfectionists, and I honestly cannot figure out how to put out an album worthy of that name in less than two years.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that the band explores with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
Arnhwald : I would not say there are “themes”, but it’s more a matter of visions and atmospheres. As a songwriter – as a reader too – my inspiration is linked to post-romanticism and dark surrealism. In this album, I think every song expresses its own landscape, on which a couple of themes are developed. Over the years I think my use of the words improved, I’m better at writing sentences which have true visual impact. I’m also better at working with people – I co-wrote a song for “Ultime Eclat”, as a lyricist, and it is a good thing, because it forces you to be even more demanding with yourself.  It’s also easier today for us to master our references : I kind of came to dislike when literary or artistic blinks are too obvious, we’re not here to play teachers.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Glaciation'?
Hreidmarr: I cannot tell since I wasn’t there when the name was chosen. But to me and nowadays, it means the glaciation of the whole world, of its inner soul, of its past and values. Its entry into an icy-age of post-civilization and post-humanity. It’s a 2000 years battle that ends in grotesque, aseptization, inversion, weakness and void.
Arnhwald: for me it describes a state, when your heart and soul are frozen to the point you NEED to create something mean and terrible to give it an intelligible form, be it sharp and cold as an ice blade.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Arnhwald : it’s a painting by the polish artist Dawid Figielek. When I saw this work, I immediately fell in love with what it expressed. It’s really linked to the atmosphere of the album, this intrication of epicness, desperate solitude in heroism, power of nature and smell of death. It was just perfect.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Hreidmarr: I believe the band played only one gig back in the first EP days. Now that we have a solid line-up, we definitely think about playing live shows in a more or less near future. I cannot tell how it will be precisely, but if it happens, intense and bullshitless, for sure.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Hreidmarr: Not yet. The fact is we do not want to spend our whole life on the road, so in the situation where we play live, we’re gonna choose carefully the shows and whom who play with. We’re not gonna accept everything, as we don’t need to.

9.On the new album you also have a few guests, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording?
Hreidmarr: We have I. Luciferia from the band Ende who contributed to the songwriting of “Le rivage” and “Et puis le soufre”, Ulderic Haus (who’s also responsible for one-half of the lyrics on “Sur les falaises de marbre”) who wrote lyrics for “Et puis le soufre” and co-wrote with Arnhwald the ones for “Ce qu’il y a de chaos”, Cécile from the band Au Champ des Morts, who performed choirs on “Acta est Fabula” and “Ce qu’il y a de chaos”, and The Lady CP6159, who co-wrote lyrics with Arnhwald for “Vers le zéro absolu” and performed additional choirs on “Le rivage”.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Hreidmarr: The reactions to “Sur les falaises de marbre” were quite good in France and worldwide, from both medias and fans, given the fact that it was a debut album from an almost unknown band.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Arnhwald : We are all involved in different projects. For me, they are quite natural, I need to express my creativity through different modes, with different people. And I am 100% dedicated to all my projects. Currently I’m into writing for the next Deathcode Society album. It’s an ambitious piece of work that needs time and focus.
Hreidmarr: Besides Glaciation, I also sing in Baise Ma Hache, together with Thorwald, and in BÂ’A, both black-metal bands from France. We have a new BMH release to be out next month, which is a quite distinct project in the band’s discography, as it’s a collaboration with Paul Waggener (Operation Werewolf - USA). Next “regular” album is on the way. Regarding BÂ’A, the debut album will be available next April on Osmose.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Arnhwald : I don’t know. Music dictates where it wants to go. We just have to stay still and try to listen/understand the direction it wants us to take. Anyway it will still be intense and dark.

13.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?
Arnhwald : Glaciation plays the kind of metal we would like to listen to. So it probably sums up our influences as listeners and musicians. Rock n’ roll, Metal, be it extreme or not, symphonic music, medieval tunes, etc. But I would say that, apart from these obvious influences, it is more about a state of mind, a fascination for the void, the cold, the depths, that really drives me when writing that music.
Hreidmarr: Mood of the moment: Young and In the Way, Mora Prokaza, Boyd Rice, Whiskey Ritual, Townes Van Zandt, Plasmatics, Vortex Of End, Hank William III.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hreidmarr: Many thanx for supporting us!



https://osmoseproductions-label.com/bands/glaciation/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/glaciation-interview.html


Archean/II/2020 EP Review

jeudi 12 mars 2020 à 09:24

  Archaen  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "II".

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  punk  elements  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time,  the  riffs  also  add  in  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  the  whole  ep  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  this  recording  Archaen  remains  true  to  the  punk  influenced  style  of  raw  black  metal from  their  previous  release  as  well  as  showing  a  good  amount  of  progress  as  musicians.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  natural  hazards  and  Human  conscience  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Archean  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  punk  influenced  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waste  Land  "The  Strait".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvr5qJukYX0    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/archeanii2020-ep-review.html


Ba'a/Deus Qui Non Mentitur/Osmose Productions/2020 CD Review

jeudi 12 mars 2020 à 08:29

  Ba'a  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Deus  Qui  Non  Mentitur"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Osmose  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  musical  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  keyboards  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  the  relationship  of  man  to  the  divine,  and  the  damages  caused  to  this  connection  by  man's  selfish  pride  and  ego

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ba'a  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Titan"  and  "Un  Bucher  pour  piedestal".  8 out of  10.

https://youtu.be/8Om3iJ21ID8    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/baadeus-qui-non-mentiturosmose.html


Vathos Interview

jeudi 12 mars 2020 à 07:05
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

1. Our main preoccupation right now is the release of our new album Underwater. We want to give our fans on the 11th of April the best night, the perfect night.

2.You have your first full length coming out in April, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

2. The evolution period of our style with elements from atmospheric post black, melodic death metal with a diverse influence of sub-genres from the extreme side of music resulting in a mixture of melody and aggression as we start to define our own sound in a such a short time span. Music which catches the listeners’ attention and underground scene following by 2 years of concerts.

3.Your music is mostly rooted in post black metal, what separates you from other bands that are put into this category?
3. Vathos is different in sound, structure and melody inspired in different genres of extreme metal.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
4. The lyrical theme reflects struggles, beliefs, depression, love and corruption all wrapped-up in a circle called life.

5.Your name means 'depth' in Greek, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
5. Vathos takes a big dive into the human psychology. Adding music or better say taking human problems to a musical dimension, means depth for us.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6. The idea behind the artwork is a post apocalyptic scenery in which the ruins of a striving civilization stand as proof of a greatness the may never be reinstalled.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
7. The band shared the stage alongside national bands such as, Mercy's Dirge, Machiavellian God, Syn Ze Sase Tri, Psychogod, Sincarnate, Dinumbra, Akral Necrosis, An theos, Ordinul Negru, Rancorum, Bucium, As I fall, Between Colors, Linear disorder, Deathrattle, Feral jack, MBP, Downfall, Nocturn, Era Divina and also international acts like, Batushka, Web, Martyrium, Sudden Death, Sanctorium, April Weeps, Kolac, participating in well known international festivals, Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2018, sharing the main stage with, Amorphis, Belphegor, Brujeria, W.A.S.P, Goathwhore, The Fallen Prophets, following up with Rockstadt Underground in 2019 and Encore Metal Festival 2019 alongside bands like, Theatre des Vampires , Fallcie si Harakiri for the Sky.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
8. For now the main show is on April 11th for further concerts and plans we will keep you noticed.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. We are pleased to see that fans across the world are giving us positive reviews.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. Our music is inspired from different styles and aspects of life. We go with the flow. The kind of flow which stays in the extreme metal zone.

11.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?

11. We listen to different styles of metal.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. Ducu: cycling, fishing, football and lover of quince brandy (in Romanian: gutuiata).

Alex: Martial Arts Kung-fu (Drunken Style), Motorcyclist, learning Java , writing poetry for my muse and also a coffee lover.

Dany: painting, drawing, Martial Arts , Pantomime performer, dancing, hair wraps, travelling.

Radu: Video game player and a cat lover.

Gigi : gardening and drinking beer.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. We highly appreciate everyone's support from our loved ones to the last fan there is. We are excited for everything that happened and will happen. Go follow your dreams.
#weareváthos ��

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/vathos-interview.html


White Nights/Into The Lap Of The Ancient Mother/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 EP Review

mercredi 11 mars 2020 à 07:57

  White  Nights  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  an  abstract  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  death  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Into  The  Lap  Of  The  Ancient  Mother"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by   Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  psychedelic  sounding  organs  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Most of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  an  aggressive  spoken  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  death  rock  elements.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.

  White  Nights  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  abstract  sounding  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  psychedelic,  experimental  and  death  rock  elements  to  create  something  very  original. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover hallucinating  themes.

  In  my  opinion  White  Nights  are  a  very  great  sounding  abstract  black  metal  band  with  some  death  rock  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Litha"  and  "Bolthorn".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/26U-QWPdSTA  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/white-nightsinto-lap-of-ancient.html