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Annata Nera Interview

dimanche 10 novembre 2019 à 22:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Högash: We formed in early 2019, in Italy, exactly in Rieti (VMBILICVS ITALIAE). The first idea was born by me and welcomed with open arms by Asdraeth and Nekroshadow.
The Geography is very important for us because it determines the use of our dialect in our songs, which greatly influences the themes treated, the imagery and the forms used on lyrics.

Nekroshadow: Basically we are talking about 3 friends who have been dating for a long time, we are among the very few people who listen to extreme music in our small city, especially Black Metal. Let's say that we would have liked to create an our own project sooner or later, deciding to focus it partly on some folk elements, as we are also passionate about myths and legends related to our territory.


2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Högash: "Per Aspera ad Mortis" is our first "creature".
Musically, we have very different influences, different inspirations and different interests. This leads to the creation of heterogeneous compositions blended from a viscous “medium” like the passion for music and the sensations it leads to try.
Different musical influences such as death, thrash, black, folk, have given us an incredible possibility. Normally, this leads to many stylistic discrepancies that don’t always work but on the other hand, we have managed to live up to these differences by transforming them into our music.

Nekroshadow: We noticed with pleasure that we all have the same concept about this kind of music despite the different influences. Before we approached this genre, several years ago, we all came from different musical backgrounds: me from Heavy and Thrash Metal, Asdraeth from Death. Högash is the one who has approached Black Metal many years earlier. It was great to see how whole songs came up with no complications, like every riff or idea matching perfectly with each other.

3.The band was formed in 2019 and also released an album in the same year, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

Högash: Actually, with commitment and perseverance, impossible goals can be achieved.
Many have an initial burnout that, taken by the enthusiasm and the wind of creativity, leads them to exhaust their energy almost immediately.
At the other hand we have to say that Per Aspera it is not a particularly voluminous album and that helped a lot with times too.

Nekroshadow: It was a very spontaneous and natural process, it didn't take very long because we was rather taken by the thing and we always wanted to compose. I can tell you that we already have some new tracks ready.


4.A lot of your lyrics cover Sabine folk lore and history, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Högash: This is my favorite part.
There is a proverb that states "Every world is country".
Our territory suffered everything that, of course, the rest of the world undergone too, but being a small reality, even what has been long past, this has been felt and dug into the skin of the inhabitants. A global catastrophe, for example, becomes hopelessly a local catastrophe. Every place lives history in its own way, and I want to tell our point of view and so, to tell the point of view of the rest of the country and therefore, of the world.

Nekroshadow: We are deeply connected to our territory, not only in an affective way but also from an historical point of view. We are fascinated by our legends, and each alley has its own precise and definite history, often dating back to a pre-Roman era. There is really a lot to say and we have implemented it in our music.

5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

Högash: In addition to folk elements, actual themes throughout the album are blasphemy, spirituality and satanism.

6.I know that the band name means 'black year' in Italian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Högash: ”Annata Nera" actually contains a far deeper concept than "Black Year". Annata nera is, in agriculture for example, a lean period, an horrible moment to live. For a country it can represent a period of fifty, a hundred, a thousand years. With this project we want to talk about the violence suffered by our territory too, in the past and in the present. "Tremori Atavici", for example, has the foundations focused on recent seismic events (but also the most dated) and it’s a "complaint" track. Nothing satanic, nothing folkloristic. Only a complaint against human negligence and the lack of respect by the so-called "high plans" towards nature and people of which they had civil and human responsibility.
The band name can be translated more correctly as "A DARK AGE". But literally yes, it means "Black Year".

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

Högash: The main theme about the artwork of "Per Aspera ad Mortis" is death.
On the cover there is an ancient deity: "Rea" (from which "Reate", ancient name of "Rieti"), mother of "Romulus" and "Remus", in a landscape in flames.
A divinity linked to life and prosperity, which is the center of death, with wings like a black angel, holding the offspring of a kingdom made of pain and atrocity (Mortis).


8.Currently the band is only a studio project, are you open to expanding into live shows during the future?

Högash: Ahahah!

Nekroshadow: “Time will tell”.

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

Högash: We have found really encouraging and positive opinions.

Nekroshadow: Although we recently started, the record is not going bad for the moment and I honestly didn't expect that.

10.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?

Högash: I don't have parallel projects at the moment.

Nekroshadow: At the moment I'm busy with some future releases of my other bands, first of all with "Infernal Angels", we have recently announced our next album and organizing different shows.
Furthermore, for almost 3 years now, Asdraeth and I, we are also working on an Atmospheric/Post Black Metal project that responds to the name of "Umbilicus Necis”;
a single has already been released, soon its first album will also be released for this project too.

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

Högash: Working constantly and in an increasingly mature and conscious way. Creating tracks that also cause questions and curiosity. Curiosity moves the world from the dawn of time.
We are very open about experimentation: we are not tied to a narrow and specific style. We are the ones who adapt to the issues to be treated and not vice-versa.
You can talk about a flower in a completely different and atypical way with black metal; it would be foolish to fall on the usual arguments and let that opportunity to escape.
I don't want to talk about death and despair for all my entire life just because we play black metal.

Nekroshadow:
We will keep this aggressive line probably, or better, developing it continuously. Fundamentally, the project is an outburst, therefore, markedly influenced by our recurring sensations.


12.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?

Högash: I am, personally, totally enraptured by the atmosphere.
Atmosphere for me is everything… more than the lyrics themselves. I mean the conceptual atmosphere created by the sound, the riffing, the vocals and so on.
That can immerge you in a reality where it is easier to understand the lyrics.
Without that, the listener is like a foreigner who doesn’t speak the local language at all. Basically we focus on something rather sulphurous and evil.
Bands like "Funeral Mist", "Ragnarok" and "Belphegor" (but also others) are masters about this.

13.Does Satanism play any role in your music?

Högash: Yes, but it is not a prerogative, nor is it a subject on which to beat the nail too much, at least for our music. As can be guessed from the other answers, Satanism is only one of the ingredients for the music we make.


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

Högash: It was a pleasure to talk with you.

Nekroshadow: Thanks for the space given to us.



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/annata-nera-interview.html


Lunacy Interview

dimanche 10 novembre 2019 à 21:53

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Lunacy was formed in 2014. From the beginning, it was me and Morena. I write music, lyrics and play all the instruments. Morena is a singer. To this moment, we have had one split album with Closed Room (we both are members of the band) and two full length albums. More to come.

2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of November, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Every time I try something new. Different approaches to arrangements, different sounds of the instruments. Just different colors.
But, at the same time, it is still my music. The colors are different, but the plot more or less is the same. You can play a single melody, but achieve something completely new.
For sure, I do not play the same melody, but this is still me with my style of playing and my taste.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
The main topic is my life. I write about my views, experience, about what I like and what I do not like. About me (or us) as a part of nature and how I see it.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lunacy'?
Usually, “Lunacy” is something about madness or insanity. You will definitely find these words if you try to look for the meaning.
But I found this title in a book and there was a completely different description.
Lunacy is a night, when all animals are getting together and celebrating their Wild Life.
And it is not about a man.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
It was made by Maksim Hintau. He is a talented guy who understands what I want to get. I tell him my vision and then we just finalize it together.

This is a continuation of the artwork that was on the first album. The main character is on his journey. Like me with music.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
I have so many ideas to release... I just do not want to spend my time showing my music to other musicians, spend time for rehearsals and so forth. I can play guitar, bass, drums, piano. It is enough for me. Maybe, if my skills are not enough in the future, I will hire somebody else, but it is not for now.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Valse Sinistre', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The label is from Romania. They found us before the first Closed Room album. “My Favourite Dreams” is my fourth release with the label.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of metal and post rock?
We have received some positive reviews. From time to time, I receive emails or messages with words of gratitude from people all over the World. But we do not play gigs, so it is hard to measure the reaction.

9.What is going on with 'Closed Room' these days?
It is on pause. We live in different cities. It is hard to write something together. I definitely want to create something new with the project, but cannot guarantee it will happen.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I have no ideas and I really like it. It is an endless journey. I do not remember the beginning and, I hope, it is not the end. Just more music, more experiments and more great moments.

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?
I am a huge fan of music. I have hundreds of my favorite bands/artists and albums.
Ulver and The Necks, The Beatles and The Beach Boys (“Pet Sounds” and “Smile”), Pink Floyd and  Bill Evans, Anathema and Alcest,  Burzum and Darkthrone, The Cure and Oasis, Kraftwerk and My Bloody Valentine, Metallica and Bathory… Rock, metal, jazz, classical, experimental…   It is an endless list.
But it is not an influence like a desire to copy something. It does not work like I listen to the band and then just copy them.
The latest album contains many elements from 50’s and 60’s. But you will never think about 60’s, because it is something completely different. I just know about these options and I use them, when it is required.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Nature. For sure, it is the main inspiration in my life. I like to spend my time just walking around, visiting forests and lakes. Occasionally I travel abroad just to visit some beautiful places.
Nature, different seasons, weather – these all have a huge influence on me and my music.
Less is better. Do you know what I mean?

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Check the album and, maybe, your 40 minutes will be good and you will enjoy it.
Thank you for your interest and support.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/lunacy-interview.html


Porta Nigra/Schopfungswut/Soulseller Records/2019 CD Review

dimanche 10 novembre 2019 à 00:03

  Porta  Nigra  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Schopfungswut"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Soulseller  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.  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  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  clean  vocals  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  avant  garde  vibe  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  one  some  of  the  tracks.

  At  times  the  black metal  screams  also  utilize  a  very  depressive  sounding  tone  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  growls,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  gets  more  experimental  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  World  War  1,  Fin  de  Siecle  era,  sex  and  mental  illness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Porta  Nigra  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Das  Rad  des  Ixion"  and  "Unser  Weg  nach  Elysium".  8 out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/maGJY4jApeA

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/porta-nigraschopfungswutsoulseller.html


Svarttjern/Shame Is Just A Word/Soulseller Records/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 9 novembre 2019 à 10:08

  Svarttjern  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  misanthropic  from  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  album  "Shame  Is  Just  A  Word"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Soulseller  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Norwegian  style  and  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  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  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  of  the  riffing  showing  a  thrash metal  influence.

   When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  style  as  well  as  having  their  dark  and  melodic  moments  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  elements  and  they  also  add  in  a  cover  of  Exodus's  "Bonded  By  Blood".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  satanism,  misanthropy,  anti  religion  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svarttjern  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Prince  Of  Disgust"  "Melodies  Of  Lust"  and  "Shame  Is  Just  A  Word".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/KpyKsyPcZiM

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/svarttjernshame-is-just-wordsoulseller.html


Imprecation/Black Blood Invocation/Diabolical Flames Of The Ascended Plague/Helter Skelter Productions/Regain Records/2019 Split Album Review

samedi 9 novembre 2019 à 09:01

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  U.S.A's  Imprecation   and  Greece's  Black  Blood  Invocation  and  the  album  is  called  "Diabolical  Flames  Of  the  Ascended  Plague"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Helter  Skelter Productions  and  Regain  Records  and  we  are  going  to  start  off  the  review  with  Imprecation  a  band  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sounding  very  powerful.  Grim  black  metal  screams  and  evil  sounding  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats can  be  heard.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  a  touch  of  doom/death  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Imprecation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Emperor  Of  Infernal  Spirits".

  Next  up  is  Black  Blood  Invocation  a  band  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  ritualistic  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  grindcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  some  bestial  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover occultism  and  Necronomicon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Blood  Invocation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evocation  Of  The  Alla  Xul"  and  "Atazoth  Nexion".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

https://helterskelterproductions.bandcamp.com/album/diabolical-flames-of-the-ascended-plague  

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/imprecationblack-blood.html