Acid Sodomy are a band from Finland that plays a very raw form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2021 album "Lpun aikojen julistus".
A very dark sounding intro along with some tribal style beats and acoustic guitars start off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the music is also very heavily rooted in the classic Finnish tradition.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing. All of the musical instruments on the album also have a very powerful sound to them along with one song also adding some atmospheric touches into the music.
Acid Sodomy plays a style of black metal that is very raw and heavily rooted in the classic Finnish tradition. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in their native tongue and cover dark and apocalyptic themes.
In my opinion Acid Sodomy are a very great sounding raw black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Kanna kaaos siivetöntä" "Transsendenssi " "Näen tornien palavan" and "Aamuruskon poika". 8 out of 10.
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project?
"Apocalyptic Leaders" is a solo black metal band from Greece and the city of Thessaloniki that started in the mid 2017s. The only one member and founder is me, Kostas B. and I write all the instruments, the vocals, I do the mix and the production.
2.Since 2020 you have released a great amount of material, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you have went for on the recordings so far?
My musical style is black metal with influences from various styles and black metal eras. I have influences from atmospheric black metal, post metal with punk features and I try to make my music rather raw.
3.The project has been around since 2017 but you waited until 2020 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
From 2017 until 2018 I had written a DEMO "Warriors in the land of doom" that contained 4 songs. In 2019 I had completed the full album "Eternity" together with the single "Rangnar" but all these albums were released in Bandcamp in 2020. That is the reason why there were so many releases in 2020.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the music so far?
In my music I talk about macabre situations that people go through, the obscuratism that the church brought to free people, the horrible tortures and the curses from ancient Gods.
5.You also have some lyrics inspired by the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?
I have written 2 instrumental songs on my EPs, "Shub-Niggurath" which is also known as "The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young" and "Nyarlathotep", who is describes as one of the Outer Gods. I love Lovecraft's stories that talk about ancient demons and creatures of the sea. I have always been influenced by "The Call of Cthulhu".
6.One of your earlier releases was also all instrumental, what was the decision behind adding in more vocals and lyrics on later releases?
The album "Eternity" is instrumental because I realised that I liked the hearing of it. I had thought of putting vocals but I decided not to because I prefered it that way. But I am thinking of creating a new version with vocals in the future. In my later releases I added vocals in most of the songs because I liked the match that my music made with my voice.
7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Apocalyptic Leaders'?
The name "Apocalyptic Leaders" was created from my love for post apocalyptic movies with leader characters that tend to survive in destruction situations.
8.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
Of course it is great to work solo beacuse I can do whatever I want with my music and my emotions and also I can work at my own schedule. Nevertheless I worked with a friend of mine Grito from Vintermorke in the song "Endless ignorence" in which he did the vocals and the lyrics. I am always willing and happy to work with other artists for split albums that is why I worked with the talented mexican musician "Exaversum".
9.Since 2020 you have released a good amount of music, do you spend most of your time writing and creating music?
I do have released a good amount of music since 2020 and I spend a lot of time for my music but most of all I focus in playing guitar which helps me collect ideas for my songs through my feelings.
10.You have a split coming out with 'Exaversum', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
I believe that he is a great artist. I have heard his full-length album "To live and die with", which is amazing. We met through Instagram and decided to make the split album "Harmony in decrepity". It consists of 8 songs and its duration is around 50 minutes. It will be released in tape from the great "Born too late tapes" label from England.
11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
I believe that my music was accepted by black metal fans and I realised that beacause I have many possitive comments and messages from them on social media and because most of my tapes were sold from the labels.
12.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
In the future I would like to continue making black metal music, to continue making releases and a vinyl album when I can and to remain loyal and authentic towards my fans.
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?
The first band that influenced me from a young age was "Bathory". I liked everything that he managed to do by himself as a one man band. I was also influenced by "Enslaved", "Emperor", "Marduk" and "Darkthrone". From the new age I was influenced by "Mgla" and "Uada" and I love hearing "Lamp of Murmuur", "Pan-Amerikan Native Front" and "Kommodus".
14.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Occultism exists in some parts of my lyrics as a reference and my phylosophy is based around it, but it does not depend on it.
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would like to point out that underground black metal music has many remarkable bands that have many things to offer in the future and I know and hear many of them. I would personally like to thank you for this interview and for the opportunities that you give to new black metal artists.
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project?
First or all, thanks a lot for doing this interview, it’s a great honor. Starving For Death was a project that was born ages ago and it started being just an acoustic (using some distortion for the guitar) and a voice that also had distortion and it was made as a Depressive/Suicidal Poetry project. I’m talking about when MySpace was born. But throughout time it was been more like an Experimental project because the sound is different with every album I’ve released.
Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ form the stuff you have released in the past?
This last release was actually a compilation made by Xivu Arath Productions and contains a bit of the most recent albums I’ve released. In this album you will see how much of an experiment this project is. DSBM tracks to more kind of gothic and some of them more simple with just guitars, vocals, bass and drums.
You also have a few other solo projects, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Starving For Death' that you are not able to do with your other groups?
Like I mentioned, Starving For Death is more like my experimental project. The other projects have their inspiration and genre very well defined, but with Starving For Death I never really know what I will do until I take my guitar and start recording. I can’t say I’m an experience musician because my music is quite simple in terms of guitar riffs (to mention one), but I guess that’s the beauty of SFD, that you never know what the next album is going to sound like.
What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new release and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?
The new release is a DSBM release and focuses in the beauty of death, and also in betrayal. We live in a world where people focus more on being assholes, rather than focusing on the beautiful things and as for me, I got inspiration on how tired I am of living in this world full of idiots and cheaters and criminals. As Death Approaches, is a song that I really like and it’s about embracing Death as it comes to take us.
From 2014 to 2019 there was no music being released with this project, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
From 2014 to 2017 I just didn’t have any recording equipment. In 2013 I moved to China and during those years I changed workplace so, I couldn’t buy any equipment. Then in 2018 is when I started two of my other projects and focused on them more than I focused on SFD.
What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Starving For Death'/
It’s the constant hunger of wanting death to take me. As if I died but being death such beautiful passage, that I crave for more.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
This artwork was actually made by Xivu Arath Productions and I love it. A crow, often a symbol of death, standing high on a tree, surrounded by a cold and solitary forest.
With your musical projects you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
Yes, I’m always open to work with others. I’m actually working with Star Damage as a vocalist and I’m currently working on a project with a friend from Mexico, also as the vocalist. This last project will be more thrashy-melodic-kind-of project. We will release a single some time this year if everything goes well.
9.In the last couple of years you have released a great amount of material, do you spend a great amount of your time writing and creating music?
I used to spend a lot of time but I recently started a new job and I don’t have so much time for music anymore. On the weekends is when I have time but I honestly don’t have much inspiration lately for music. I’m not sure I will be releasing something any time soon, except for the two projects with friends I mentioned above.
10.The new album was released on 'Xivu Arath Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It’s a new label which stays true to the underground projects and bands. They focus on tapes and digital and as far as I know my album is the first one they released. They will be releasing more stuff for sure. I know the owner and I’m good friends with him and it’s not the first time I work with him.
On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Not bad, I mean, like I said before, I am not a professional musician, or best said, I’m not a skilled musician so, my music is always simple. I’ve got some good comments about my music but in the end, even if it’s just a people who enjoy my music, that’s good enough for me. I’ve had great comments from people here, in China, and from people in other countries.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the other solo projects you are a part of?
Well, two of my most important projects are Winter Dynasty, which is a project inspired by Chinese Nature and Mythology. The latest release was an EP called Poems For Nature, it was released last August. And Star Devourer, is a cosmic black metal project inspired by the Cosmos, Sci-Fi and Space Horror. Last month I released an album called 01101000 01100101 01101100 01110000 which is binary code.
13.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
I don’t aspire for much as a musician because this is just a hobby. I’d like to take one of my projects Live, but I’m not sure it’s possible. At least not any time soon.
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?
For my projects I’ve been inspired a lot by bands like Darkspace, Mesarthim, Midnight Odyssey, Bliss Illusion. And recently I’ve been listening to old stuff from Darkthrone, Burzum, Immortal. I haven’t listened too much of the new stuff released this year, but there are really good bands being born every year.
Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Not really, but it will probably be at some point. I can’t say I am a fan of Satanism but I do like some of this ideology.
Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Well, I just want to thank you and everyone else supporting my music. It’s always a great pleasure and honor to do interviews. All of my discography is in Bandcamp for Name your price so, if you think it’s worth it, you can pay or get it for free. Thanks a lot!
Necromaniac are a band from the United kingdom that h as been featured before in this zine and plays an old school mixture of black, death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2015 demo "Morbid Metal" which will be released on November 26th by Invictus Productions.
A very dark, heavy and old school sound starts off the demo while the music also adds in a great amount of 80's and 90's influences. Elements of thrash metal are also added into some of the guitar riffing along with the riffs also adding in a small amount of melody at times and the vocals are mostly blackened metal screams.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can also be heard while the tremolo picking also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some of the music also showing a heavy influence of the early death metal style, all of t he musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them and horror movie orientated synths can also be heard briefly.
On this recording Necromaniac goes back to the mid 80's and early 90's styles of black, death and thrash metal. The production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover Occultism, Blasphemy and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Necromaniac and if you are a fan of old school black, death and thrash metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cosmic Onslaught" and "Cursed by The Revenant". 8 out of 10.
Misery Spell are a solo project from Russia that plays a very raw and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of his self released 2021 ep "Ведьмин круг".
A very dark, fast and raw sound starts off the ep along with a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking. Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing while the vocals are mostly high pitched depressive black metal screams as well as some clean playing also being added into some parts of the recording.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very dark yet melodic style while a couple of the tracks are also very long and epic in length. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them and the music also has its atmospheric moments, clean playing can also be heard briefly.
Misery Spell plays a style of black metal that is very raw, depressive and atmospheric sounding. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Russian and cover a story from a volkodlak's warrior perspective.
In my opinion Misery Spell are a very great sounding raw, depressive and atmospheric black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ведьмин круг" and "С небес на землю". 8 out of 10.