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Black Death Cult Interview

jeudi 11 février 2021 à 03:27

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


Devil’s Paradise was recorded in July 2019. In Nov 2019 we played two gigs, alongside REVENGE in Edmonton and Calgary, Canada. Over the course of the next year we composed music and lyrical concepts for two new releases, a full length and an accompanying EP which we will start recording in March 2021.


2.So far you have released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


The style has been described as “riff oriented black metal” which I think is quite accurate. It has a lot of traditional heavy metal and traditional doom metal influence, as well as some more bizarre and avante garde passages. It’s much closer to Mediterranean and South American Black metal than the typical Scandinavian style. Some have compared it to Italian doom metal acts such as Paul Chain, Black Hole, The Black etc, because along with a heavy Black Sabbath influence there are synths and experimental vocals woven into the straightforward and thundering black metal sections.  


3.A lot of your music also brings back to the 90's occult style of black/death metal, do you feel this side of the genre was seriously overlooked in the 90's era with the more basic Satanic bands getting more attention back then and also do you feel the style that you are playing has made a huge comeback over the years?


I personally don’t draw a distinction between occult and satanic bands. Thematically, and ideologically these things usually overlap. Bands with ideological integrity always come across as better, because having sound ideology is what MAKES them objectively better, they succeed with lyrics, music and graphic presentation BECAUSE they are satanic, and because their interest in the occult leads them down the path toward destruction and creation. If they are doing it right, their band will succeed (though maybe not in the way they expect). In the mainstream funderground, at the bigger concerts, at the shopping malls, non-Scandinavian Black Metal was overlooked. The world-wide perspective of Black Metal is a rich spectrum of styles and most of it DOESN”T sound like mainstream norsecore (generic riffs with only trempicking and blast all the way through, maybe some phoned in limp sounding symphonic elements). More people nowadays have access to the hidden stuff online, so it’s easier to hear music that doesn’t have huge marketing $$ behind it. Thus bands are now more likely to be recognized because of sonic integrity. 


4.Your main lyrical themes focus on Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


The idea we presented in Devil’s Paradise is that Artificial Intelligence was something that travelled back in time to influence the course of humanity on a path toward Transhumanism, which is the eventual point where humanity and machinery become indistinguishable. It is a play on the typical interventionist kind of theory (think ancient aliens) but instead the culprits that bestowed influence on human kind in the ancient past were time-travelling agents of AI from the future. The early monolith building cultures of prehistoric times often exhibit technological feats that seemed to degrade in effectiveness as time passed on. The theme we are dealing with posits that that human culture as we know it was kickstarted in order to be placed on a path that would eventually lead to the creation of computers, A.I., etc – the timeline we are currently in. I’ve always been interested in archaeology, anthropology, and world religions and as a person with an extremely active imagination, have these types of ideas swimming constantly within me. For a slightly more in depth discussion on this topic I would direct readers to the recent interview published online by Bardo Methodology magazine. 


http://www.bardomethodology.com/articles/2020/10/21/black-death-cult-interview



5.You have also mentioned an interest in Aleister Crowley, do you feel his teachings where ahead of his time and also do you feel most of modern Western Occultism would not of been the same with all the modern left hand path and right hand path groups admitting his influence on their orders?


I would say yes I agree with these statements. Crowley had an encyclopedic knowledge of religion and the occult, basically everything along these lines that existed before and during his times were digested and regurgitated in his works. His ideas were a precursor to the huge societal changes in traditions and values that precipitated immediately after his death, beginning in the sixties and continuing to this day.

 

6.What are some of the other forms of occultism do you have an interest in?


I’m interested in all forms of occultism. To me that word means “hidden” and everything in existence has an obvious side and a hidden side. The whole can only be perceived once both exoteric and esoteric are acknowledged.  



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


The cover art is an altered copy of Audrey Beardsley’s La Morte D’Arthur. I replaced King Arthur with a feminine form and drew the reptilian body with hemipenes everting and spraying the woman with effulgent sperm. This represents the current of the draconic ego despoiling the anima of the human soul.


8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks that you where in the photos and also do they have a symbolic and ritualistic meaning to you?


The masks and costumes we wear give the entire band the impression of the entire band being covered in black shit. It is to simultaneously cast aside the individual human ego, and assume the abject form of the other, strangeness from the opposing side. 


9.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?


Yes as previously mentioned we have done two live shows in Canada and are open to any invitation.


10.The main members is also a part of 'Amphisbaena' and  'Antediluvian', what is it that you bring into the music of black Death Cult' that you are not able to do with your other bands?


I am the guitarist/vocalist/lyricist of Antediluvian and Black Death Cult. I do session vocals in Amphisbaena but am not part of the creative process there. The lyrics and music are written by the other band members. While there is some overlap in the form and content of Black Death Cult and Antediluvian, I feel that the place the riffs are coming from within me is very different. The two projects are consciously compartmentalized within me. Black Death Cult allows for many straightforward and even minimalistic layers to be intertwined and for balance between those elements. It has a sleazy and lurching kind of feel that I don’t associate with Antediluvian. Antediluvian is about pushing the limits of aggression and density, heavy speed in intricate patterns that are hard to predict. It is always a challenge to play the songs I write for that project at first, an intentional learning curve. With Black Death Cult it it’s like a disembowelment where the guts just flop out, glistening and perfect as they are. 



11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, doom and death metal?


We have received a lot of positive feedback from all over the world.


12.Your album is also going to be re-issued through 'Hells Headbangers' in November, how did you get in contact with this label?


I have had a small record label called SERPENTS HEAD REPRISAL running for many years and been trading releases with Hell’s Headbangers since almost the beginning. They contacted me about doing the CD after hearing the vinyl version that was released on SERPENTS HEAD REPRISAL.


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


The next two releases are very doomy. They plod into even more depraved depths of gloomy atmosphere and counterpoint riffing, with experimental vocals and electronic elements. We will cover some very bleak topics as well. The second album will be called Diaspora and deals with the early wars of prehistoric human species on this planet in a magickal context. The accompanying EP is called Vampyric Qabala and is an expose on the dualistic perspectives the human race still retains which was ingrained from those brutal times of survival, when warring species of humanoids battled for domination on planet earth (hint: it’s still going on today).  As both these releases are fully written and ready to be recorded, we plan to start writing the third album immediately. That will be our most brutal and barbaric compositions to date. 


14.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’m interested in many types of music. Primitivism, ethnomusicology, religious music from the world can be very interesting. Dark ambient, ritual ambient, experimental, early industrial, and of course traditional heavy metal, doom metal and black metal is never neglected. 


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


Thank you for the interview.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/black-death-cult-interview.html


Mare Cognitum/Solar Paroxysm/I, Voidhanger Records/Extraconscious Records/2021Full Length Review

mercredi 10 février 2021 à 05:42

 


  Portland,  Oregon's  solo  project  Mare  Cognitum  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric,  depressive  and  cosmic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Solar  Paroxysm"  which  will  be  released in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  I,  Voidhanger  and  Extraconscious  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style. 


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  having  their  depressive  moments.  as  well  as  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  failures  of  mankind,  cosmic  mysticism,  space  and  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mare  Cognitum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  depressive  and  cosmic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Frozen  Star  Divinization"  and  "Ataraxia  Tunnels".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/mare-cognitumsolar-paroxysmi-voidhanger.html


Midnight Odyssey/Biolume Part Part 2 : The Golden Orb/I, Voidhanger Records/2021 Double Album Review

mercredi 10 février 2021 à 04:25

 


  Midnight  Odyssey  are  a  solo  project  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  cosmic  form  of  ambient  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  doom  and  traditional  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  double  album  "Biolume  Part  2:  The  Golden  Orb"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.


  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  also  utilizing  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.  Most  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed.


  Touches  of  medieval  music  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  doom  metal  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  traditional  metal  influences.  Black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  album.


  Military  style  battle  horns  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  showing  an  influence  of  Viking  era  Bathory  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  album,  operatic  choirs  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  and  as  the  album  progresses  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek,  Roman  and  Near  Eastern  Mythology  and  Literature  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Midnight  Odyssey  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  ambient  and  cosmic  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dawn-Bringer"  "Rise  Of  Thunder"  "The  Unconquered  Star"  and  "The  Chains  Become  Mine".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/midnight-odysseybiolume-part-part-2.html


Stone Healer/Conquistador/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 9 février 2021 à 06:23

 


  Stone  Healer  are  a  band  from  Connecticut  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  progressive  and  dissonant  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Conquistador"  which  will  be  released  in  April.


  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  shows  some  influences  of  90's  rock.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  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.  The  tracks  also  have  their  progressive  moments  as  well  as  the  album  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  instrumental  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  conquistador's  during  The  Age  Of  Discovery.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Stone  Healer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  dissonant  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "One  Whisper"  "Torrent  Of  Flame"  and  "Into  the  Spoke  Of  Night".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/stone-healerconquistador2021-full.html


Dødehender/A Cursed Child Made Careless Mistakes In A Place Laden With Memories/Callisto Records/2020 EP Review

mardi 9 février 2021 à 03:44

 


  Dødehender  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  depressive  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "A  Cursed  Child  Made  Careless  Mistakes  In  A  Place  Laden With  Memories"  which  was  released  by  Callisto  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  melodies and the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  early  2000's  style.


   The  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  sounds  of  babies  crying  also  being  utilized  briefly  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of nature  sounds  and  classical  guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.


   Dødehender  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  depressive  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  involving  a  cursed  child  and  dog.


  In  my  opinion  Dødehender  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  depressive black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Cursed  Dog  Has  Stopped  Trying  To  Think  Through  The Winds  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/ddehendera-cursed-child-made-careless.html