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Wytchfilth/Spite/2013 EP Review

mercredi 11 décembre 2013 à 00:58

  Wytchfilth  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  united  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  an  occult,  atmospheric  and  a  depressive  form  of  industrial  black metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2013  ep  "Spite".

  "Fester"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the ep  opens  up  with  dark  ambient  style  sound  effects  along  with  elements  of  experimental  and  you  can  also  hear  grim  black  metal  screams  coming  into  the  music  along  with  some  industrial  style  drum  programming  which  also  leads  up  to  some  old  school  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  more  avant  garde  direction.

  "Oak  And  Poisoned  Berries"  begins  with  fast,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  industrial  elements,  drum  programming  and  grim  screams  and  then  the  music  goes  into  a  more  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  fast  guitar riffing  and  after  a  few minutes  the  drum  programming  takes  over  the  song  and  you  can  hear  clean  guitars  in  the  background  before  going  into  a  more  depressive  direction  but  brings  back  the  old  school  elements  during  the  last  minute.      
  "Spite"  which  is  the  last  song  on  the  ep  as  well  as  title  track  starts  up  with  dark  avant  garde,  ambient  and  experimental  sounds  along  with  the  sound s of  human  beings  tortured  as  well  as  some  synths.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  along  with  one  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wytchfilth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  industrial  or  sold  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Oak  And  Poisoned  Berries".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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Woman Is the Earth Interview

mardi 10 décembre 2013 à 07:46
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
JH:  Yeah, we have been working on this music project called "Woman is the Earth" since 2007. There are three of us in the band, Jon Martin, Andy Martin, and Jarrod Hattervig. We started the band, based in the Black Hills of South Dakota while we were attending the same university. We had all been involved in other music projects at the time. We had similar interests and tastes musically and artistically and have kept the project going. We are all very close friends (Jon and Andy are brothers) and Woman is the Earth has started to become more than we ever anticipated, being an outlet for a lot of creative energy. It is exciting to be constantly developing the music and aesthetic of the band.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on both recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
JH:  On our fist demo "Of Dirt", we didn't necessarily have any great vision or high expectation. We simply had songs that we were happy with and wanted to take a crack at recording an album on our own. Haha, it was never our intention that anyone would even hear it besides us and people that bought one at a local show. It is still fun to listen to for us, because there are so many different ideas going on and trying to be conveyed with very novice production skills. I still thing there are some great ideas and sounds on that album, but I feel we have definitely developed a lot since then. As a young band, we were just happy to have a listenable recording showcasing a lot of hard work and songwriting as our first several months as a band. We were definitely still exploring different styles, interests, and really learning how to write songs together at that point.

"This Place That Contains My Spirit" was developed over a couple of years. To us, we feel that the strength of that album is in the songwriting and overall atmosphere. Once again, we recorded the album ourselves, which is evident in listening to it. That album was more of a complete work than the first demo, focusing on more of a central theme and emotion and written in a more cohesive musical style. I am very happy with the songs on that album, although going back and listening to it now it becomes difficult to focus and distinguish between different parts and instruments, specifically the drums. I think writing, recording, and producing that album was a huge step for us as musicians to figure out what our strengths and weaknesses are as a band and in production. It is kind of funny listening to that and talking about it now, since we have spent the last two years writing and producing all new material and art. We tend to move a little slow.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the music?
JH:  Early on, nature was a central theme. "Of Dirt" was basically written as an homage to the four seasons, as an observer would see it in wilderness. It highlights the beauty and ugliness of the cycles of life and death. "This Place That Contains My Spirit" was also strongly tied to nature and wildness, but focused more on the spiritual and human side of it. The main lyrical ideas on that album are based on old rituals, and the human mind and spirit being a part of the natural world. On our upcoming release "Depths", the lyrical themes are based more on internal, psychological aspects of nature and the universe rather than outside perspectives. It deals more with the internal, mental and spiritual feelings toward life, death, and the energies of the reality we live in and realities that we don't. It's basically a story of the struggle of man trying to find his place in a human world, understanding the natural world, and wanting to escape into something less tangible.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Woman Is The Earth? 
JH:  The name was inspired by the idea of many ancient and some modern cultures that the earth has a powerful feminine energy and humans have a masculine energy. The earth provides and nurtures, and man utilizes the provided resources. Masculine and Feminine energies are both essential and powerful. The name isn't implying any kind of social or political movement, it is simply an interesting topic for us. It is also unique, we figured we would be safe in having an original name. We also chose the name because we didn't want to be lumped in with the infinite number of metal bands trying to be the most "brutal", "evil", or "heavy" or to become a novelty. We want to focus on writing whatever we want to write. We want our music to speak for itself.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
AM:  Our most recent show was with Kylesa and Pinkish Black.  It was in a little venue in the middle of no where.  It was unbelievable how good they could make that small place sound.  We've played with Shai Hulud a couple of times, they were super nice guys.  Born of Osiris, North, Adai, were all really good shows- very talented musicians. 

JH:  We played a great show at a venue called Seventh Circle Music Collective in February of 2013. The bands we played with were phenomenally talented and humbling to watch and everyone involved with the venue were some of the nicest and most professional folks we have ever worked with. 

AM:  Anymore, we book our own shows here once or twice a year. 

JH:  Those shows are usually small, free shows at small local venues, record stores, etc. and they are always a blast to play. We played one at our local record store in July a few years back, and people were packed into the building while it was still over 100 degrees outside. It could have been so miserable for everyone but the energy at that show was so amazing. People sweating, packed into a dark room and loving it! We definitely look forward to doing a little more expansive touring and experiencing what more cities, venues, and people have to offer.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
AM:  Unfortunately, with Jarrod's schedule, he is unavailable for about 6 months a year. We try to pack in as much writing, touring, recording, etc. as we can during the winter months. We will be doing a release show for "Depths" probably in Rapid City, South Dakota early 2014 and plan to do a series of small tours in the late winter/early spring in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, and maybe some others.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
JH:  Our next release "Depths" will be released by US label Init Records early 2014. "This Place That Contains My Spirit" will most likely be re-mastered and re-released by a European label in early 2014 as well. We are writing and will be recording a lot more material in the next several months as well, and will likely work with a label whenever that material is ready for release. Although that will likely be another year or so.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
AM:  It's hard to tell who is listening to our music, really.  Most of the CD's and tapes we've sent out have gone to Europe and Canada.  But what genre those people identify with, or if they do identify with one, I don't know. 

JH:  We have had a lot of positive feedback though from all over the world, which we never expected. It is awesome. We have had some really negative feedback and reviews as well, and we are just amazed that people take the time to buy, listen, and write about our music. We think it is great.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
JH:  We are experimenting a lot more these days. With different styles, sounds, instruments. As we have developed as musicians, we are able to execute sounds and styles that we have always been interested in. The emotion,notes, and progressions of black metal I think will always show up in whatever we write, but the execution and experimentation of different styles and feelings are very important in what we are writing now as well. We want to make something truly musical. I think our focus now is more on crafting truly emotional, interesting, musical pieces rather than focusing too much on one genre or one emotion.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced  your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
JH:  Some of our early influences were predominantly black metal bands. Most obvious influences being bands like Weakling, Wolves in the Throne Room, Gorgoroth and Burzum. We have also been hugely influenced by Nachtmystium, Deathspell Omega, Twilight, and a lot of progressive and experimental black metal projects. Outside of metal, we are hugely influenced by a number of styles… instrumental music, electronic music, folk, classic and psychedelic rock are greatly influential. Favorites being Boards of Canada, Skinny Puppy, SunnO))), Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Police. We all listen to a lot of different stuff. Lately though we have been listening to a lot of Grails, Hell, Torche, Nails, and Jarrod's been on a huge R&B kick.

11.How would you describe the metal scene in your home state of South Dakota?
AM:  There are metal shows here.  When someone is doing something experimental or new, people definitely take notice.  

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
AM:  We have a collected interest in the outdoors. Where we live offers a lot of opportunity to enjoy wilderness. Jarrod works and lives on the road working and living in forests all over the US, so that takes a lot of his time. We are beer enthusiasts! Art is an interest for all of us… painting, drawing, design, photography. Jon is a professional artist, with that taking up most of his time. He does most all the artwork/design/layouts for Woman is the Earth as well. Check out to check out some of his work. It is incredible! And of course, we enjoy the chances we get to correspond with bands, promoters, labels, and artists.We have made some great connections with some really talented people. And we all have great friends and family around that we enjoy spending time with.

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? 
JH:  Just want to say thanks for the great questions, and for the support. We are really appreciative of all the people that have taken the time to explore our music that we are so passionate about.

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Filii Nigrantium Infernalium Interview

mardi 10 décembre 2013 à 05:59
> 1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
> >
> Nothing, except thinking on our next songs and recordings. We're back into the shades. Dust to dust.
> >
> > 2.You recently put out a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about it, the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ past releases?
> >
> > It's the same multi-directional metal we evolved from 91 to 95, a blend of  heavy, black, thrash... We want it heavy and fierce, now as then. But now we deliver to evil much better. But everything we could say about ourlbum is in   this review by Katie Metcalfe:   It's       impossible to be more comprehensive and empathetic with our album than this.
> >
> > 3.The band has a history that goes back to 89, but so far there are only 2 full lengths, a few ep's and a demo, what has been the cause for delays?
> >
> > Life is life, you know. We don't follow plans or schedules, this ain't work nor hobby, so when time comes time comes. There are no delays when there is no compromise. And we never took compromise from any kind of source.
> >
> > 4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
> >
> > Blasphemy; the world as a labyrinth; hedonism; libertarian necrorocknroll. Rebellion. No flags, no masters. The bizarre and the grotesque. Satan. Nothing for nothing for nothing for nothing: but we must go on, riding our particular Orgy through days of flesh and blood.
> >
> > 5.I have read that the band started out as Bactherion but changed the name, what was the cause of the name change and also what is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Filii Nigrantium Infernalium?
> >
> > Well, we preferred then the Sons of Infenal Darkness, but in latin since it's the language of the Catholic Church, which is our favourite pushing-ball.
> >
> > 6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
> >
> >Hard to answer. Many to list. Mainly in Portugal. Our performance is quite classical black/thrash, you know... corpse paint and spikes and  bullets, but not in the current fake silicon pseudoblack metal franchise, neither in the fascist post-true BM generation (I mean, everything afterBathory/Venom/Hellhammer/Celtic Frost is second-hand BM, anyway... all tha "True" "kvlt" thing, empty headed fascist thing... is dramatically despisable) We're into... a more direct-metalpunks attitude. We like to BANG YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE WALL UNTIL IT BLEEDS. No pose, no plastic lame BM, no supermarket fashion pseudogoths, no folkish prefascist circus. RAW
> NECRO ROCK N ROLL. Voivod rule. Darkthrone rule. Motorhead rule. Venom rule.
> >
> > 7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
> >
> > No future! we'll just go on and creating. Only creation matters. Promotion we don't care about; I  only answer to interviews from people who shows to understand and feel our dark energy (like you do). Other "promotional" or marketing bourgois buy-sell-buy-sell is non of our... BUSSINESS. So we don't make plans like corporations or supportive structures do (like magazines, blogs, etc - but obviosly it's vital for the out coming of newcreations...).

>  > 8.The new album was released by both Chaosspere Recordings and Hell Productions, do you feel these 2 labels have done a lot for getting your  name out?
> >
> > Yes, they're definitely the labels we wanted. Local, widespread as well, sheer underground and completely commited to our sound and aesthetic principles. The fact that they belong to our envoroment, our local underground scene, has many advantages: mainly, that every matter may be
> spoken around a BEER!!!
> >
> > 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?
> >
> >    We don't keep up a classical "fan-group" structure, so we don't really know. But we don't care, anyway. We don't care about numbers or boundaries. Only individual aprreciation matters to us, regardless its geographical origin, or it's contribution for a "massive" support. The massive fan shit is really annoying. The last Maiden show I went to was really ordinary because of that, in my perception. The huge fan-base of sheeping followers of bands is the heritage of the star-system which was  created in the 50's with Elvis, and later on The Beatles, etc, and that has  nothing to do with underground. Fan means fanatical: well, fanatical people are assholes who pride themselves about NOT listening to other different bands or styles or whatever. So fuck all this.
> >
> > 10.What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
> >
> I don't have other musical projects; everything we create is for Filii Nigrantium Infernalium.
> >
> > 10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
> >
> > No dogmas, nothing predefined: we'll keep up this heavy and harsh riffing,
> experimenting at times, and trying to BE HEAVY (Paul Baloff: "Why heavy, why so heavy?" - The answer, brother, is blowing in the storm)
> >
> >
> > 11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays/
> Metal, metal: from Judas Priest or WASP to Venom, Celtic Frost or Slayer. Obviously, Exodus, Bathory, Metallica (obviosly, pre-black album), VOIVOD!, and Carnivore. Ah, nowadays I listen to this bands, and also Pantera (Power Metal and I am the Night). We like also some punk bands, but that's not an influence in our music, and some classical and blues. We listen to many
things, obviously. Some death metal, also.

> >
> >
> > 12.I have read that the band considers themselves as one of the first anarcho black metal bands, what are you opinions and thoughts on all the crusties and punks that have jumped on the bandwagon and created musicthat is more close to being crust than actual black metal?
> >
>      I certainly prefer crusties and punks than nazi BM skinheads who infected the metal scene through the 90's and part of last decade. That kind of idiotic brainless and unmusical "black metal" has nothing to do with the original BM (Venom, Hellhammer, Bathory) which, by the way, was
quite rockish and even crusty at times. I mean, if you define Crust as the sound "created" by bands as Hellbastard or Amebix. This kind of stuff is far more interesting and powerful than all that bunch of "pagan/NS/nationalist/trVe" BM which tends to be as boring as a bad grindcore band rehearsal recorded in a tape from outside the garage. And ideologically we're undoubtfully much more close to libertarian ideas than, certainly NOT, to the military fascist shit that comes from that FALSE BM. (Preview- an example. Rock and roll should be about freedom and experimentation. Not that kind of"necroboyscout" repressive stuff. Now than these fascists jerks are about to take over Europe, through governments and political actions, they don't need to parasite our music with their poor and shameful unriffing. In Portugal, this turmoil has been really productive, with bands like Martelo Negro, Vizir, Goatfukk or Disthrone coming out, playing live and distressing the atmosphere in gigs, which thanks to fascist black metal was
really shitty. SO nothing against crust or unorthodox BM, definitely. BM was supposed to be unorthodox, anyway. Do what thou wilt.

> > 13.How would you describe your views on Satanism, Occultism and AntiChristianity?
> >
> We're antichristian as antireligious. No pastors, no sheep, no ratleadings. So we regard satanism and occultism as aesthetical sources to mock and artistically attack on religions. Every monotheistic religion and also the kind of tribal identity endured by pagan religions. I think that
> the desire to return, as if it was possible, to edenic pagan ancient times, is as moron as the belief in heaven and hell. Every religion works out as a sheep conductor; whether is a monoidiotheistic one or a politheistic one.
> > 14.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
> >
> Pleasure, art and knowledge, which are often mixed. I loath sports and masses events.
> 15.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Yes: thank you very much for the opportunity to express some of my opinions on subjects which have been worrying me for at least the latest 2 decades. I don't really know what's the purpose or the effect, the usefulness or even the pleasure in reading interviews, but... We'll, we all do that,
isn't it? I really tried to make an interesting contribution by answering this. Excuse me for my delay. ROCK HARD-RIDE FREE.

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Smuteční Slavnost/Narky Vecneho Zatreceni/2013 Cassette Review

mardi 10 décembre 2013 à 01:11

  Smetecni  Slavnost  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  i  would  describe  as  being  anti  fascist,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  cassette  "Narky  Vecneho  Zatreceni".

  'Stekot  Obrovske  Smecky  Psu  A  Kvileni  Dusevne  Nemocynch"  which is  the  first  song  on  the  cassette  opens  up  with  drum  beats  and  distorted  amp  sounds  before  adding  in  fast,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  blast  beats  from t he  drums  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  as  well as  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  "A  Paty  Jezdec  Je  Strach'  begins  with  spoken  word  samples  which  leads  up  to  deep  death/grind  growls  and  fast  black  metal  guitar  riffs  that  utilize  some  melody  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  after  awhile  the  music  slows  down  a  bit  and  adds  in  elements  of  hardcore  before  speeding  up  again  and  adding  in  black  metal  screams  that h ave  a  very  depressive  tone  to t hem  as  well  as  some  sound  effects  and  a  minute  later  the  music  starts  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  hardcore  style  vocals.  

  "Ansuz"  opens  up  with  fast  guitar  riffs  that  combine  black  metal  and  grindcore  together  along  with  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  before  slowing  down  and  adding  in  elements  of  hardcore.

  "Hozeni  Boha  Do  Propasti"  starts  up  with  spoken  word  samples  and  avant  garde  sound  effects  along  with  elements  of  ambient  and  there  are  no  guitars  or  extreme  vocals  on  the  song  and  the  music  is  under   2  minutes.

  "Narod  Vecneno  Podzimu"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  cassette  begins  with  distorted  guitar  drones  before  adding  in  some  dark  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  after  awhile  drums  and  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  start  to  kick  in  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  and  towards  the  end  there  are  some  spoken  word  parts  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  anti  fascist  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Smutecni  Slavnost  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  anti  fascist  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stekot  Obrovske  Smecky  Psu  A  Kvileni  Dusevne  Nemocynch"  and  "Narod  Vecneno  Podzimu".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.      

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Morktar Interview

lundi 9 décembre 2013 à 05:33
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?
Sinmara: We have had to let go of Gates Bloodfire as our singer, but found E. for the time being doing the vocals for the live gigs. We may also have an album in store, which will be released next year. Thrym: Yes we have been playing some gigs and rehearsing with some new tracks for future releases.
2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have done in the past? T: If you listen to it you can make your own decision about it, but personally it’s not something that I really given a thought to.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the name explores with the music? T: Misanthropy, paranoia, self harm and suicide.
4.I have read that the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up? T: To be able to project my hatred for the human race on a live stage.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Morktar? T: The meaning is the inspiration, Mørktår means dark years, so dark times ahead and in the past for us and everyone who listens.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance? S: I would say the one at the Black Heart – which we released as our demo Dead In London – was so far our best gig. It is raw and angry. We put all our anger at humanity into our performance.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? S: Yes, there are several shows planned for 2014 – only one confirmed, the 19th of January in London at the Purple Turtle.
8.Over the years the band has put out splits with Blackspell, Folkstorm and Dark Debauchary, what are your thoughts on the other bands that participated in these split albums? T: The reason why I chose to put out split albums with these bands is because they are good, they play good music and bring in a different vibe to the E.P.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? S: We had feedback from Norway, the US, Germany, Austria, Greece – not all of them good, but then we don't aim to please everyone.
10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases? T: We are not going to change the way we play, we are Mørktår and that is it.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? S: The influences that go into the drumming I'm doing for Mørktår are Darkthrone, Falkenbach, Bathory and the likes. Nowadays I have a very broad music taste – from Falkenbach, Summoning, Caladan Brood and Lustre to Acherontas, In Solitude, Cultes Des Ghoules, Heimdalls Wacht, but also a lot of neofolk like Spiritual Front, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, shamanic music like Penjaga Insaf and Halo Manash. There is usually always some kind of act of a music style that is good. The only ones that my ears simply refuse to listen to are experimental Jazz, Goa/Psytrance and the likes. T: There are a number of different bands that have helped guide me to play the way I do and I won’t stop listening to them because there are some egos out there who think they are IT.
12.Does Satanism or Occultism, play any role in your music? S: I can only speak for myself, in as that drumming for me has a cathartic effect, the shamanistic trance state I can get from playing. This does influence the drumming for Mørktår. I have nothing to do with Satanism, I am more into shamanism with a strong chaos magic influence.
13.Outside of music what are some of your interests? S: Nature. Forests. Working with natural materials like horn, wood. Hiking. Books. Making mead. Baking. I'm not averse to drinking whiskey, rum, vodka and cider in good company.
14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? S: Fuck the system.

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