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Earthwomb Interview

vendredi 12 novembre 2021 à 02:13

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


Earthwomb is an atmospheric black metal project formed in Lima-Peru by Giancarlo Melgar (vocals), Eduardo Yalán (guitars) and Pedro Zamalloa (guitars & programing). We are relatively new to the scene since we released our first demo-single “The Fractal Phenomenon” back in October 2019 but our full material couldn’t see the surface until 2021 because of the pandemic. That period of time though gave us the opportunity to refine and retrack our songs. Currently we are promoting our EP “Becoming Immanence '' which was self managed (from demo, through mix and master, to Cover Art) and was released independently on October 7th 2021.


 


 


2,Recently you have released an EP, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


The creation of Becoming Immanence sort of started at the end of 2017 with the first few riffs created by Eduardo, those ideas would then bring our project to life and would lay foundations to our musical identity. Actually they end up becoming “The Gathering”, which was the first single taken from our EP released this year. We wanted to mention this because definitely our true north has been in a constant state of adjustment since we started, and that is something that we can perceive when we listen to each song of our EP. In essence our sound has noticeable black metal patterns with influences from both the first and second wave, finding an interlink between that spectrum and our immanent need to experiment and explore not only in our musical approach but also through the sound of modern productions of the genre. And all of this ends up merging with our own personal musical backgrounds rooted to other genres such as death metal, electronic and post rock, allowing our sound to be brutal, atmospheric and cinematic.


 


 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


We perceive the creation of our music as an evolutionary process that mutates, fed by experimentation and the relationship with our immediate context, history, mystique and socio-political upheaval. Nature is important for the conceptual and sound construction of each piece in Becoming Immanence, because it is used as an analyzing device of topics such as energy, war, time, space.


These concepts were also the starting point in the writing process, in the search for harmonies,


melodies and rhythmic patterns that are built upon the same thematic foundation.


 




4.All 3 of the band members where previously a part of 'Craneotomy'. what was the decision behind leaving that band and forming a new group and also the decision behind going into more of a black metal direction?


We actually met each other because of Craneotomy back in 2007 and it led us to forge this great friendship we have, which is for sure the main reason we’re able to keep working and creating together. The band then came to a permanent halt around 2014 with no other particular reason that just personal and professional matters to each member. It was after a few years that we decided to get back to make music together again. This time in a different direction, one that was always part of our influences since the Craneotomy days and even in later projects that never came to fruition. That darker vibe and nuances were always part of our backgrounds as we grew up loving and listening to bands such as Bathory, Mayhem, Hellhammer, Gorgoroth, Emperor or Darkthrone. Their music was a strong influence to us as well as death metal or thrash metal and other subgenres. But in the end Earthwomb became a platform for us to materialize that yearning to focus all our energy and creative strength in the creation of a dark and heavy musical experience.


 


  


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


In the Peruvian cosmovision nature is a fundamental and transversal aspect to all pre-Columbian cultures. This respect and love for natural spaces remains relevant to this day and manifests itself through rituals and celebrations in different regions of our country. The womb of the land is a simile to Quechua word/expression Pachamama (“Pacha” means land, world, universe, time and “Mama” means Mother), and this is a significant part of our vitalist thematic. The land is an entity full of energy capable of providing life to its dwellers, but it can also be relentless and powerful enough to eradicate any human trace as a punishment to those who don’t respect and love this vital space.


 


 


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


We wanted to portray the journey of an entity that crosses a sudden dark threshold in the middle of an imposing natural landscape. The body formed by light, apparently charged with a mass of energy that, indefinitely, flows spilling itself onto the earth. Nature in this piece is not reduced to an object of mere contemplation, in this case the wild scene wants to challenge and violently embrace everything that stands in its way. Our approach materializes in this relationship between natural spaces and the possibilities of existence that expand while entering them: in the fragility or temporality of the body destroyed within immanence, in the fragment of the ancient and infinite essence of the mountains, in the encryption of mystical wisdom living in the simplicity of the elements configuring infinite places and in the eradication of this vital geography by the action of industrialization and socio-political conflicts. We believe that nature invites us to unity, to the indivisible and complementary unity that springs from this immeasurable source of immanent energy.


 


 


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


We haven’t played live yet because of the pandemic but we can’t wait for the opportunity to show up and play our songs in front of an audience, making them part of the experience in a much organic way. We’ll hit the stage as soon as the circumstances allow it, hopefully next year. For the time being we’re prepping some audiovisual content that includes a live performance and will give the fans at least a virtual experience with us.


 


 


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


We’ve really enjoyed the DIY logic and way which has allowed us to develop some essential skills such as music production, graphic and audio-visual design and of course marketing and promotion strategies. That said, it would be amazing to have a strategic partnership with a label that believes and wants to invest in our musical growth with care and freedom. We haven’t had the chance to talk to any label yet but we are certain that in the near future some opportunities will come up.


 


 


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


Awesome! In fact this great response has taken us by surprise. Of course we thought we would be able to connect with some people but the reception has surpassed our expectations and we’ve received great comments from people not only in our country, but from different parts of South America, the US, Europe, Australia and even folks from the Asian lands. Something that also caught our attention was the connection we’ve had with different types of “blackers”, from classic to modern black fans, and even non black metal listeners at all. That’s freaking awesome and fills us with an ever growing gratitude.


 


 


 


10.What is going on with 'Aliaga' these days, a band that also shares a couple of the same members?


Actually all three of us haha. Aliaga is a side-project of blackened grindcore formed by Eduardo and Giancarlo at the beginning of 2019. Pedro was the producer at the beginning but he then also became part of the writing and creating process. So far we’ve had the chance to release a self titled Demo, be part of a split called The Virus of Lies Manipulating All Lifes with bands from Argentina and Brazil, and a single. Through the first half of this year we were able to write a few songs for our debut album but for the time being that process is sort of on stand-by because we want to focus our efforts in closing hard this year with Earthwomb and Becoming Immanence camping. Hopefully in the near future we’ll be able to go back and work on Aliaga.


 


 


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


We’re already working on that but with a darker and more dissonant twist, of course without loosing the brutal essence. We’re thrilled with the idea of going back to the studio. Hopefully it could see the light in mid 2022 but we’ll see the process go, we don’t want to push something just for the sake of it, we want to make music that we love and feel like is something greater to us and the audience. The creative process is something that we really cherish in each and every step, from creating and setting the theme-concept, the aesthetics of the sound and songs and the recording itself. The idea is to end up with something that has coherence between the narrative and the sound.


 


 


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?


To be honest we love music as a whole and metal is not the only thing we listen to everyday all the time. Our influences within the genre can come from styles and bands like Cadaver, 1349, Leviathan, Wolves in the Throne Room, Akhlys, Los Males del Mundo or Der Weg Einer Freiheit just to name a few. But inspiration for writing, arranging, playing or singing can sometimes come from music quite far from metal like Drab Majesty, Soft Kill, Pescado Rabioso, Kammarheit, Franz Schubert, Akira Yamaoka or Gustavo Santaolalla.


 


 


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


Yes. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and for the support and interest you’ve shown towards our work since we first spoke. Thanks as well to all the people that have been listening to our EP and are constantly writing to us and tagging us on their posts. That just makes us feel all pumped up and inspires us to keep making music. For those who have been asking for physical copies, just bear with us a little more, we’re about to close a deal with a distributor and hopefully we’ll be able to make a formal announcement before the year ends. If anyone reading hasn't listened to our music yet, you can find us on our bandcamp and on every major streaming platform. You can check us there and also follow us on our socials.


 Bandcamp: https://bit.ly/2YRmziH

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2YRKU8r
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2YXES64
Soundcloud: https://bit.ly/3AQAXol

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/earthwomb-interview.html


Ergholae Somptator Interview

jeudi 11 novembre 2021 à 05:30

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?




Ergholae Somptator is a metal duo. Honoratus plays the guitar duties and Jérônymous the drums, we both howl dark poetry in our native langage. We started in south of France circa 2013 and released pretty quickly by our own a demo called 'Raptus du fané', then the mini-album 'Morendo jusqu'à la fin'. Our first album 'Eau ardente' was released last year through Marwolaeth records. We create a difformed black metal full of rawness, energy, avant-gardism, chaos and creativity.






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?




It differs in every steps of its creative process. It is based on an intricate dialogue between the guitar and the bass parts whereas its predecessor was built on layered guitars and sheer rawness. We changed our way to compose and also our production. The first album was recorded and mixed by ourselves with our own material while 'Mille vertiges fondent sur les âmes vides' was recorded, mixed and mastered in a studio by a great sound engineer.






3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the releases?




We use to write our lyrics as poetry. We speak mainly about human, time and nature. The new album explore these themes once again, with darker feelings. The theme of fire is also very present. 


We develop on that album a new approach for the singing, we thought about the singing parts and the lyrics before the instrumental were completed, whereas on 'Eau ardente' the singing parts were made after everything was written. Another difference is that this album was created around several rehearsals.






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




These two words were created on purpose to describe our duo. We wanted something rather unusual and strange, with dead language sonorities. By chosing abstract words, we avoid restricting our music with concrete images.






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




As we said, there is a thematic leitmotif on this album around fire, the one that attracts people, that make them flee or consumes them, summarise by the Latin verse In girum imus nocte ecce et consumimur igni highlighted in the album inlay. The cover is quite abstract but it comes from images that relate to fire. We also created a logo especially for this album, which tie the name of the band to the name of the album in a single impulse.






6.Currently there are only two members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?




Ergholae Somptator is and will stay a duo, but we eventually call some external musicians if we need. For example, there is some trumpet on 'Morendo jusqu'à la fin' that we weren't able to play, so we called for help.


Also, on 'Mille vertiges fondent sur les âmes vides', the bass has been played by another musician for releasing ourselve from that duty during the studio recording. The musician played exactly the bass as it has been wrote.


For playing our new album live, we will need a bass player.






7.The new album is going to be released on 'Code666' how would you compare working with this label to 'Depressive Illusions' and 'Marwolaeth Records' your previous labels?




It's a new experience. What Code666 propose for our music is bigger, wider, and on a totally different level than our previous releases. This is a logical consequence to us because we wanted to push this album on a higher dimension. So we are very satisfied of how the things are evolving.






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




For the few who notice our existence, we got great reactions and very positive feedback from various countries.


Surprisingly, we seem to be more known outside France, when we thought singing in french could have reached the french speaking public better.






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




We have a lot of wishes and ideas. We are aware of what we want and we know what we do. We take each release as a new playground, so our music will always see some evolutions or changes, but this will always be true to our black metal mark.






10.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?




All the music we listen to have an influence, in a positive or negative way. We haven't exactly built ourselves listening the same metal styles, so this participate in creating the singularity of our music.


Honoratus has a lot of Devin Townsend on his playlist recently, Jérônymous is more into Camille Saint-Saëns. 






11.What are some of your non musical interests?




Drawing, painting and clay sculptures for music video.






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




Thank you for this interview and the review.


https://www.facebook.com/ergholaesomptator
https://ergholaesomptator.blogspot.com/
https://ergholaesomptator.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/ergholae-somptator-interview.html


Vita Odiosa/L'Estasi Del Trapasso/Lupus Niger Prod. And Distro/2021 CD Review

jeudi 11 novembre 2021 à 04:58

 


  Vita  odiosa  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "L'Estasi  Del  Trapasso"  which  will  be  released  on  November  30th  by  Lupus  Niger  Prod.  And  Distro.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  synths  also  bringing  in  elements  of  ambient  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.


  Melodies  are  also  added  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  stringed  instruments  as  well  as  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  sorrow,  desperation  and  death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Vita  Odiosa  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  ambient  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maschera"  and  "L'Estasi  Del  Trapasso".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/vita-odiosalestasi-del-trapassolupus.html


Gort/Humanitas Dolor Mundi/Vacula Productions/2021 CD Review

jeudi 11 novembre 2021 à 03:19

 


  Italy's  Gort  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Humanitas  Dolor  mundi"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals a re  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  The  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  focusing  mostly  on  the  faster  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to a  heavier  direction,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.


  On  this  recording  Gort  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  war,  destruction  and  misanthropy  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gort  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On  Blackened  Soil"  "Negative  Delusion"  and  "Eternal  Denail".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/gorthumanitas-dolor-mundivacula.html


Cân Bardd/Devoured By The Oak/Northern Silence Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 10 novembre 2021 à 04:50

 

   

  Cân  Bardd  are  a  duo  that  plays  an  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  folk  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Devoured  By  the  Oak"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Northern  Silence  Productions.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dungeon  synth  style  soundscapes and  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  melodic  chants  are  also  added  on  one  song.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  clear  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  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  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swiss  and  English  and  cover  nature  and  fantasy  themes.


  In  my  opinion   Cân  Bardd  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  with  elements  of  folk  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Une  couronne  de branches"  "Crépuscule"  and  "Autumn  Shore".  8/5  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: canbardd.bandcamp.com

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/can-bardddevoured-by-oaknorthern.html