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Krvvla Interview

mardi 2 juillet 2019 à 06:43
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



D: We're just three friends who share a passion for music and enjoy making it. The result of our mutual work is something related to black metal.

A: For me, it’s a long story of trying to gather friends to play some music with blast-beats) I’d been trying to convince mates from my last two bands to start making something like krvvla does now but it wasn’t successful. I remember that we’d even had some jams with D. a few years before krvvla was formed, but nobody had enough time for that. I’m glad it happened and I’m glad that we’re still together.

V: This band is like a family to me. From the very first rehearsal I had a strong feeling that it was the beginning of a long story. Three completely different persons with different music tastes and approaches to things. But we share the same idea of making great music.



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



D: I'd say it's more, hmm, chaotic and dissonant, compared to our early works (like M, N, even Ø). At the same time I feel like it's an upgraded version of our E (haha).

A: When I listen to the new one, it sounds more present, bass is just holding you in its hands and the drums keep beating all the shit out of you. It’s better than everything we’ve done so far. I still like listening to it, do it a couple of times a week)

V: I would say this release is some kind of a logical continuation of our previous release E, sort of evolution of those previous ideas, the continuation of that musical story. I’m totally satisfied with the result, the story is being told so it’s time to start a new story. 



3.With the exception of your first demo all of the releases titles have been one letter while the songs are usually one word, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?



D: Honestly, naming stuff has always been a challenge for me. And this human need to put a label on everything you do is kind of annoying. Man, I just want to make music! :)) But when it actually comes to naming the tracks, it's all about the feelings and associations I get when I'm listening to it. And a bit of nerdiness, hehe.

A: I think we got used to that joke of one-letter releases, so we’ll just force this in our further releases. It just happens naturally when we’re talking about what we’re doing during rehearsals. We’ve come to a name E by the name of Ecco The Dolphin, because of the sound we used at the beginning of the track. We were also discussing the interstellar nature of dolphins that time and it just naturally came together.

V: T stands for T-Rex :)



4.So far all of the music has been instrumental, would you be open to using vocals or lyrics on future releases?



D: This is actually what we're currently working on :)

A: We had some short things, but were too humble to record vocals for our previous tracks)

V: Since our first gigs people were asking if we had plans to add vox. I think it’s not that easy nowadays for some people to listen to instrumental music thoughtfully, especially for those who listen to music in background or who treat the music as a kind of entertainment against boredom. We’re used to telling the story with music not with words, but who knows, maybe we’ll try to add some vocals on our next releases.



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

D: No inspiration, pure accident. Happy little accident, hehe.

V: By the way, the correct pronunciation of the name is like “kree-voo-lah” :)

D: More like [‘krivələ] :))



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



D: Nothing major about it. Just some abstract thing made with acrylic paints and then edited in a graphic editor. Though if you look closely, you can see some claw marks in it, hehe. Fun fact: the original painting was a completely different color.

A: I remember I had an idea of doing an all black acrylic paint texture just for fun, and as a potential style of artworks for M/N. Only texture, no colors. I thought it’d look good together with some minimalistic instrumental music. We did a couple of those together with D, and it just stayed like that. I still do some from time to time)

V: I can only add that we had four different variants to choose from and that was not an easy choice.




7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?



D: The one I'll remember forever is definitely the Neverland Festival we played in 2018. Just imagine: it's around midnight (or even past it), you're in the middle of a forest, and it's raining.The atmosphere was incredible.

As to our stage performance, there’s not a lot of movement. We're not running around, or jumping, or doing something crazy. It might be a bad thing for someone, but we're more focused on playing everything perfectly, rather than making a show.

A: Yup, Neverland was awesome, hope we’ll get to play a few outdoor fests this summer with the same atmosphere. Not much about stage performance behind the drumset, I’m just making sure not to injure anybody with drumsticks flying around.

V: I like it when there’s no border between the crowd and the musicians because it helps to establish some kind of strong connection between us and our listeners. Playing a gig is always a type of spiritual experience in an altered state of mind for me.



8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?



D: No tour plans so far. The only show we'll be playing in the nearest future is a festival near Minsk.



9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?



D: We haven't received any offers yet. And I wouldn't say we're actively looking for a label.

A: Yeah, we’re currently unsigned, but it’d be nice to have some label support.

V: That’s always a tricky point for a band: you either stay independent or sign with a label. Labels do a great job promoting the band but commercial labels often dictate their rules that may result in losing the band’s individuality. We’re open to labels’ offers but would like to stay independent.



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



D: No idea.

A: I don’t think we’re somehow popular on a worldwide level.

V: Black metal scene police never sleeps. I’m pretty sure there will be some negativity from the guys who praise the cult of being “true”, but I don’t care.



11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



D: Personally, I don't know :)) I don't think we're a band that sets goals and then pursues them. I feel that all our actions are based on instincts and feelings. If we feel like it's time for a full length, or rather if it happens that we have some material that would make a full length, then we'll do a full length. The same goes for the musical aspect. I never force myself to write songs in this or that subgenre. What comes out, comes out.

A: I don’t think we are trying to fill some format with what we do. We’ve done a 15 minute single track and it seems like a complete idea. There’s nothing to add, nothing to remove, no way to split it. 

V: I think not so many people listen to full length albums in the era of streaming services. Releasing less material but more often is the only way nowadays to keep the audience’s interest I think.



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?



D: Recently I've been spinning a lot of Deathspell Omega, Abyssal, Almyrkvi, Rebirth of Nefast, Altarage. There's always some dark ambient stuff, like Wordclock, Treha Sektori, Desiderii Marginis. And I have a special place in my heart for Paramnesia, Fyrnask, Rorcal, and Walk Through Fire. But when it comes to the influence… It’s really difficult to say. At least, for me.

A: Nowadays it’s less metal, more jazz, idm, prog. Actual bands: Ulcerate, Aluk Todolo, Inter Arma, Deathspell Omega.

V: The same as A: less metal and more jazz-fusion. I’m also trying to get familiar with metal classics like Megadeath, Judas Priest, Pantera.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?



D: Well, I have some interest in photography; usually it's either some nature stuff or taking pictures at gigs. I love languages, all this linguistic stuff. And just learning new things in general.

A: I make computer games, just a bit of demoscene, and painting/drawing/doodling.

V: Software development, alternative ancient history and so-called conspiracy theories, meditation, and cooking.



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

A: Thanks for the interview, hope you’ll enjoy our new record. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/krvvla-interview.html


Grima/Will Of The Primordial/Naturmacht Productions/2019 CD Review

mardi 2 juillet 2019 à 06:15

  Siberia's  Grima  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Will  Of  The  Primordial"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Stringed  instruments  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier,  melodic  and  atmospheric  musical  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  instrumentals  are  also  added  onto  the  recording,  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Siberian  Nature  and  Paganism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grima  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Siberian  Sorrow"  "Enisey"  and  "Howl  At  Night".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/grimawill-of-primordialnaturmacht.html


Ewigkeit/Starscape 2.019/Death To Music Productions/2019 Re-Recorded Album Review

mardi 2 juillet 2019 à 05:02

  United  Kingdom's  solo  project  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  a  re-recorded  version  of  his  1999  album  "Starscape"  with  the  new  version  being  an  updated  take  on  his  older  material  which  where  also  in  an  early  style  of  experimental  black  metal  and  the  album  is  called  "Starscape  2.019"  and  will  be  released  in  September  by  Death  To  music  Productions.

  Sci-fi  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  symphonic  feeling  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  A  couple  of  songs  are  instrumentals  as  well  as    elements  of  electronic  music  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with the  music  also  keeping  most  of  its  90's  influences,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  briefly  it  gives  the  music  more  of   a  raw  feeling  and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  metaphysical  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ewigkeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  90's  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Point  Of  Origin"  "Return  Of  Planet  X"  and  "Birth  Of  Horus".  8  out  of  10.

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/ewigkeitstarscape-2019death-to-music.html


False/Portent/Gilead Media/2019 CD Review

mardi 2 juillet 2019 à 03:38

  False  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Portent"  which  will  be  released  on  July  12th  by  Gilead  Media.

Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the music  at  times.  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  on  a  later  track  and  the  album  also  closes  with  a  brief  instrumental  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  pain  and  loss  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  False  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Victual  to  Our  Dead  Selves" and  "The  Serpent  Sting,  The  smell  of  A  Goat".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/falseportentgilead-media2019-cd-review.html


Feretrum Interview

dimanche 30 juin 2019 à 20:01
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

The band was founded in July 2016, by Somberlain (drums), Cerebrum Mortuus (vocals) and Khamul (guitars). Our hometown is Nagykanizsa, in Hungary. First we started with some covers, from black metal bands. In 2017, Blutaar (bass) joined us. Before our first album, we released a demo (2017) and a split (2018). The band plays black metal with some thrash/death metal influences.

2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo and split?

The split contains some live recordings, songs from the later full-length, and an "old" one from the demo. I think, compared to the demo, the new songs are more elaborate, and grimmer on the album. We tried to be loyal to the old, laid-out funds, which were in the traditional black metal scene. The lyrics are also more serious.

3.Your lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Anti Christianity themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

The lyrics are written by our vocalist, Cerebrum Mortuus. So they represents his thoughts about many things. For my part, the philosophy of The Church of Satan is close to me, and I am also interested in the Aztec/Mayan death cult.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Feretrum'?

It means catafalque, and first we decided to use it in Hungarian, as "Ravatal". We wanted to have a short and dark name, which can represents the music we play. By Hungarian pronunciation, this name sounds great with the deep vowels, and gives a raw impression. At that time, we had no own lyrics yet, so some could have been in our language too. But there was a Ravatal in Hungary, between 1998-2001 so it was better to translate to the latin form. Our lyrics are in English, with some latin parts.

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

The cover artwork is made by a great Hungarian designer, Anvil Kvlt, who is working in the underground. We sent our lyrics to him, and asked him to create an image based on them. In the front cover, that is the Franciscan church, which is in our hometown, Nagykanizsa. You can see the Capricornus Constellation above that. The style of the whole cover is cosmic, according to our themes. I think, the artwork presents our music and concept very well.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Fortunately, many of our shows were with good audiences. For example, we like to play in the Liszó Rockfestival in every August, because many people come to it. I think, one of our best shows was in the end of last year, in Pécs within the IX. Christmas Blackmass. We are grateful to the audience and to the Gylliath horde. We play our songs with intensively staging, of course that fits to this genre. The shows are important, because that is the best way to manifest the audial darkness, with our energies.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Yes, there are already some fixed dates to this year. It would be good to play again in the Christmas Blackmass.

8.In 2018 you where a part of a split  with 'Princeps Daemonum' what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

We know each other with Malevolus since 2005. He leads Princeps Daemonum alone, but worked with a guess musician in the last materials. I think, his split with Hell Icon was very strong. He had another band too, called Urna, and before Feretrum, we played with him for a few months. Thanks to him, and to Dávid Szabó for our band logo artwork. Princeps Daemonum, and some other bands had an idea, to record an Abruptum tribute release. But as I know, this has not been realized. Malevolus has one song to it, in memoriam It from Abruptum, with the title "Convenio Cum Abrupto - My Curse". Last summer, during we were preparing behind the stage, he asked us to do a common material. After the show, we got some live recordings from the sound engingeers, so we used them to the split, and the "Convencio..." song from Princeps Daemonum. The title is "Nefarious Rituals", and it released in August, with a frosty cover.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We have no label yet, but we are trying to find one. I spoke with some foreigners, but hopefully we can agree with a Hungarian underground label. Now our full-length is available from Total Därkness Propaganda label and distro, and from us.

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

Usually we talk with some fans from our country, and from abroad. We try to spread our music, but it's not so easy. Eventually, the band is in the underground scene, so if someone is seriously interested, he can find us. We are glad for any inquiries. The full lenght album was sent to several magazines and webzines, now we are waiting for the reviews. The review is important, if it is constructive. Positive and negative opinions are welcome, they also serve promotional purposes. Many people have already praised the album. I think, our first years, musical ideas, comprehensive lyrical themes, and the personality of each band members can be found in this material with a raw sound. We are proud of it.

11.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

We have no other bands. I have a one-man project, called Sedit, and I released 3 demos with that. The music is a little bit simpler, and leaner than Feretrum, similar to some raw black metal bands. Making music alone is not as energetic as we play alive music... In my opinion, black metal is not a simple genre, but it has a strong spirituality and soul. You can feel it in every real black arts. That's why a live band can be much more better than a project. According to Sedit, ever since we founded Feretrum, the band is more important.

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

I think our music is constantly evolving. We have some new songs after the album, and they are a little bit different from the others. But I don't exactly know, in what direction will the themes go, they aren't discussed in advance. Maybe we will able to record a more technical and rougher material in the future.

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?

Maybe the biggest influences are Mayhem, Gorgoroth and Dissection. I usually say, that the band includes the old-school signs like Burzum, but some other vibrations too, like Mgla, mixed with a little thrash metal influence too. (Because Somberlain and me had a band before Feretrum, and we played metal like Sepultura, and the other members also like that genre.) In my opinion, this means Feretrum nowadays. We have a lot of old and new favourite bands, like Darkthrone, Dark Funeral, Uada, Nordjevel, Gnosis Occultus, Icon of Phobos, Windir, Melechesh. And there are some remarkable hordes and musicians from Hungary, who also affected us: Dusk, Gylliath, Sear Bliss, Komor Romok, Teurgia, Thy Funeral, Fagyhamu and more.

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

Thanks for the interview, and for the album review on your site! We would like to say HAIL to all of you, who visited our shows, or listening to our music, and to those bands who helped us. The true metal underground has to work in this sick World.

Khamul / Feretrum

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/feretrum-interview.html