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Orcrypt Interview

lundi 12 octobre 2020 à 06:28

 

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


We are ORCRYPT. We are a three-headed beast from the depths of the British underground, driven by a need to spread our Dark Fantasy inspired Black Metal to the hordes. A decade ago, ORCRYPT formed to inflict droning black metal and goblin chants. Two years ago, ORCRYPT reformed, invigorated with fresh blood to assault with cutting riffs and undead shrieks. Now our new record is complete, ready to be birthed into the darkness.


 


2.You have a new album coming out on Halloween, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


​The writing process for ORCRYPT is built within and around limitations. We have rules that we follow both during the writing and recording processes. Mercenaries of Mordor was a very single-minded record, both in sound and concept, inspired by The Lord of the Rings and particularly Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation. This resulted in an unrelentingly bleak, droning, and deliberately lo-fi record as a result of this approach. While ORCRYPT continued to operate within our self-imposed rules, the tastes and preferences of the new line-up have resulted in a more varied record. When we started initial writing on Balrog & Roll there was a deliberate attempt to emulate the style of the original record, but this came felt insincere and false, once the new members started to write using their own styles and influences the songs improved organically. In short: less BURZUM & EMPEROR, and more DARKTHONE & MAYHEM, with some older inspirations as well.


 


3.The new album was based upon 'Dungeons & Dragons', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in role playing games?


Role-playing games, pen and paper games, and table-top games have always had an appeal to us. In different ways they allow the players to indulge in power fantasies and explore worlds similar to the one Tolkien created. For as rich as Tolkien's world is, we are relegated to being mere observers to these heroic actions, games like Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer allow us to be the heroes or the villains, and to command the armies ourselves. Further to this, it is often forgotten that for a time Dungeons & Dragons and Heavy Metal Music were demonised by the press, particularly in America during the "Satanic Panic" as corrupting influences being blamed for human sacrifices, murder and suicide. This was what inspired our song "Dice & Damnation". 


 


4.The earlier material covered the writings of j.R.R Tolkien, do you any other fantasy authors have an influence on your songwriting?


We are pretty transparent about our influences: Mercenaries of Mordor was inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth; Balrog & Roll was inspired by Gary Gygax's Dungeons & Dragons, as well as the Satanic Panic and Games Workshop's Warhammer. However, that is not to say that there aren't other writers, worlds and media that we wish to explore in the future.


 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Orcrypt"?


Simply put, the "ORCRYPT" is a crypt for Orcs, the dark and fantastical place from which our music and inspiration comes forth. 


 


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


​The artwork is simultaneously a representation of the album itself and the game in general. An all-powerful figure with a book that leads to a world of darkness, danger and adventure. Beyond this we wanted the style of the artwork to hail back to the style and atmosphere of the early Dungeons & Dragons books, magazines and cartoons.


 


7.Has the band doing any live shows or open to the idea?


We are yet to venture into the live arena. We were having discussions as to the possibilities and logistics of making ORCRYPT a live entity, and what we thought that should look like, when the worldwide plague came and put a stop to those plans. At the moment we cannot say much with any certainty, but we hope to be able to bring forth our audio assaults to a live setting in the future.


 


8.The new album is going to be released on 'Death To Music Productions, how would you compare working with this label to your older label 'Iron Pegasus Records'?


Working with Death To Music Productions has afforded us a remarkable level of freedom and independence. We have been able to do, what we wanted to do, at our own pace. That being said communication has always been open and honest between us, and they have been instrumental in allowing our vision come to fruition.


 


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


For a band that is yet to tour and has been inactive for large spans of its lifespan, it is encouraging to find we have fans in continental Europe and the Americas, and we hope over time we can lure more into the ORCRYPT.


 


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


We will always be Black Metal. That is the music that burns in our dark hearts. However, as we look to the future, exploring other concepts, our sound may evolve and warp in line with our inspirations. Put another way, there are other stories and worlds we want to explore, and we might have to shape our sound to fit that theme, but only ever within the boundaries of our rules. We do not see our rules as a limitation, but rather as a challenge to help focus our creativity.


 


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?


The obvious answer would be the Norwegian masters. For Mercenaries of Mordor there was a strong influence from the "demo tape" eras of BURZUM, EMPEROR, and DARKTHRONE. For Balrog & Roll we feel much more of a DARKTHRONE and MAYHEM influence, but also DISSECTION, BLACK SABBATH, MOTORHEAD, VENOM and JUDAS PRIEST, although not always that are obvious or expected. As for what we listen to now, that varies from member to member, day to day, but includes: modern Black Metal such as VOICES, ZEAL & ARDOR and HOTH, worshipers of the "old school" like DARKTHRONE, DEVASTATOR and our brothers in OLD FOREST, classic masters like JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN and MEGADETH, more progressive bands like ANATHEMA and IN THE WOODS, and film sound tracks by ENNIO MORRICONE, GOBLIN, BASIL POLEDOURIS and JOHN CARPENTER.


 


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

We will not be disappearing for years after this album! The next chapter is still being written! Until then: ROLL THE DICE; WORSHIP SATAN; ENTER THE ORCRYPT!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwvv1h24iHA&feature=youtu.be

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/orcrypt-interview.html


Hecate/In Nomine Artem Blackium/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 12 octobre 2020 à 06:16

 


  Hecate  are  a  band  from  Egypt  that  has had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  more  of  a  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "In  Nomine  Artem  Blackium"  which  consists  of  a  black  metal  album  and  a  classical  album  as  the  second  disc.


  Symphonic  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  times  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  grim  black  metal  style.  Choirs  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  death  metal  growls  also  being  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  When  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  some  clean  playing.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Operatic  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  songs  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  tribal  style  drumming. On  the  second  disc  they  take  the  songs  of  the  first  album  and  take  them  into  more  of  an  orchestral  and  classical  direction  but  also  retains  the  symphonic  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Anti  Cosmic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Hecate  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  blackened  death  emtal  and  neo-classical,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "King  Ov  the  Underworld"  "Sons  Ov  hecate"  and  "Oceams  ov  Hell".  8  out  of  10.



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/hecatein-nomine-artem-blackium2020-full.html


All My Sins/Lunar/Solar/Black Death Production/2017 EP Review

dimanche 11 octobre 2020 à 05:45

 


  All  My  Sins  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  as  well  as  being  interviewed  and  on  this  recording  played  more  of  a  raw  form  of  pagan  metal  and  the  ep  was  released  in  2017  by  Black  Death  Production  and  called  "Lunar/Solar".


  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  ads  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  shows  the  return  of  clean  playing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.


  On  this  recording  All My  sins  showed  more  of  a  raw  style  of  pagan  black  metal  than  later  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Serbian  and  cover  Paganism,  Culture  and  Mysticism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  All  My  Sins  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  raw  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Pomen  Usnulom  Suncu".  8 out  of  10.


https://blackdeathprod.bandcamp.com/album/lunar-solar

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/all-my-sinslunarsolarblack-death.html


Sarg/Totentanz/Black Death Production/2017 CD Review

dimanche 11 octobre 2020 à 05:16

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Poland's  solo  project  Sarg  which  is  also  in  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  and  the  album  was  released  in  2017  by  Black  Death  Production  and  called "Totentanz".


  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts   and  samples  being  introduced  onto  the  recording which  also  return  on  later  tracks.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  tracks  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed.


  When  guitar  leads are  utilized  briefly  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with   one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental  and  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  noises  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion,  anti  human  and  anti  life  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sarg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I'  "V'  and  "IX".  8out  of  10.


https://blackdeathprod.bandcamp.com/album/totentanz

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/sargtotentanzblack-death-production2017.html


Hell's Coronation/Antichristian Devotion/Black Death Production/2017 EP Review

dimanche 11 octobre 2020 à 04:30

 


  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Poland's Hell Coronation  which  is  also  in  the  occult  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  the  ep  was  released  in  2017  by  Black  Death  Production  and  called  "Antichristian  Devotion"  which  was  released  by  Black  Death  Production.


  A  very  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  chants  and  female  vocals  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  elements  of  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  slower  direction,  one  track  also  adds  in a   brief  use  of  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  On  this  recording  Hell's  Coronation  showed  their  earlier  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal. The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hell's  Coronation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  and  doom  metal, you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Tormentor  Of  Cross  Worship".  8  out  of  10.


https://blackdeathprod.bandcamp.com/album/antichristian-devotion  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/hells-coronationantichristian.html