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Arathgoth/Between Demons And Witches/Katabaz Records/2014 Full Length Review

mercredi 4 juin 2014 à 03:45

  Arathgoth  are  a  1  one  man  from  Michigan  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Between  Demons  And  Witches"  which  was  released  by  Katabaz  Records.

  Dungeon  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  mix  in  with  the  atmospheric  sound  as  well  as  adding  in  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  prog  rock  being  utilized  in  the  synths  and  after  awhile  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  becoming  a  part  of  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  more  dark  ambient  elements  are  mixed  in  with  the  black  metal  sound  of  the  recording  and  the  music  starts  utilizing  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  time s you  can  hear  symphonic  and  gothic  elements  in  the  music  and  the  dungeon  synth  elements  of  earlier  releases  while  they  are  still  there  at  times  take  a  back  seat  this  time  around  with  most  of  the  music  focusing  more  on  a  fast  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound.

  After  awhile  the  guitar  riffs,  solos  and  leads  start  utilizing  more  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  small  amounts  of  industrial  influences  being  mixed  in  with  the  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  sound s of  the  synths  and  a  few  instrumentals  also  finds  its  way  onto  the  recording  while  they  still  have  a  great  amount  of  later  songs  that  still  utilize  vocals  as  well  as  bringing  in  elements  of  Celtic  and  Middle  Eastern folk  music  towards  the  end  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  samples  find  their  way  onto  the  last  track.

  Arathgoth  have  a  more  straight  forward  black  metal  feeling  while  still  having  a  good  amount  of  atmospheric,  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  elements  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount of  progress in  the  guitar  playing,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Witchcraft,  occultism  and  Demonology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arathgoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awakening  Of  The  Demons"  "Waiting  For  Azrael"  "My  Name  Is  Legion"  and  "Prayer  From  The  Seventh  hell".  8/5  out  of  10.    

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Goats of Doom Interview

mardi 3 juin 2014 à 08:47
1. Can you give us an update on whats been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
Most of our spare time since the release of "ashes from the past" has been spent working on second full length album. Material has been evolving during the recording sessions and the album is turning out to be very different and more polished than "Lost in time and void". Great deal of work has went to ensuring that the second album won't drown in the mass of modern black metal without ending up straying too far from the roots of this type of music.
2. In March you had released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you had released in the past?
This time the album feels more "whole" than previous releases. First full length album propably had too much, well, everything in it. This time the record will be clearer, simpler and more thematic. The name: "intra ecclesiam nulla salus" hints about what's about to come. Less Lovecraftian horror and more direct assault on traditional christian values.
3. The lyrics cover Thelema, Satanism and Lovecraftian themes, how would you describe your views on these topics and also how do you feel Lovecraft's fictional works correspond with the occult?
Thelema has many elements that appeal to me, although I really count myself among Satanists. It's about personal freedom and judgement. I don't like to be guided by disciplines that teach men to be unimaginative, close-minded and weak.
I also despise the fact that most communities are built on these values that deprive people of their true nature.
My thoughts about Lovecraft? I am a huge fan of horror, both movies and literature. What makes Lovecraft special is the vast amount of unexplainable and mystic elements in his fiction. The whole setting is simply delightful: Gods and entities
that truly make a difference are definitely not the ones to be considered sympathetic to humans, and the values they respect are not compassion for the weak. See something in common to the modern day religions?
Alesteir Alhazred:
My pseudonym maybe hints about my love for Lovecraft's work. Best -fiction- ever.
I don't really fall into any "official" religious group. I hold no respect on tenets of blind obedience
and taking preached values for fact without questioning. Those who are truly wise can tell right from wrong without help from books written by millenia old shepherds, Vatican officials or foreign madmen. This is also considered a virtue both in Thelema and satanism: Personal wisdom and ability to decide for yourself. The absurd ideal of turning the other cheek is also absent in both philosophies, love only those who deserve it. Overall I fit general description of both quite well, but
I don't confess belonging to either. I'ts a principle thing: Only master I need in my life is myself.
Hermeticos Wormius:
I have considered myself a satanist (and an atheist) since my teen years were over. Having heard
"satan and every word involving "satan" are bad" from religious people in my hometown and getting tired to the general stupidness and one-eyed "satanism is as bad as satan worshipping"-ideology, that our outdated society spews,
I have succeeded to build my own kind of satanism - a spiritual thesis, if you will. No one should be haphazardly condemned at birth to any of religious fairytales; that is the greatest sin, if there is any. Everyone should walk a path of their own creation. Each human being is truly an individual and should be treated as such, without any prejudice.
As a literary figure, Satan is an true misunderstood antihero. He has truly seen the void and became the void himself. As an personification of true evil, he has been the thrash bin of christian god for what, two millennia? We should all give the guy a chance! Lovecraft has inspired me musically by making possible the creation of massive, eerie soundscapes, that hint the listener of the metagalactic horrors, the manydimensional unspeakable evil, all shrouded in chilling claws of mystery.
Poetic or what? Thelema is (for most people) condensed as "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Love is the law, love under will." But there's much more. I consider myself a researcher of occult, having studied many different grimoires and works of mystic literature, and Thelema, as it is written in a feverish, some might say even maddened way, is yet the most difficult to understand. My deeper understanding of Crowley's work is only taking its first steps. In words of Tolkien, "Many ways to go yet!"
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "Goats of Doom"?
Well, in the early days we wanted something with obvious contradiction. Thus: God - Goats of Doom.
The name was, and is still, corny. The whole band simply turned from a mere project to something more serious so fast that changing the name never even occurred to anyone. When certain folks started complaining about the name we were too accustomed to it and changing the name felt like killing part of the whole consept.
And really: Changing bands name because someone not included in the band doesn't like it? Now that's selling out.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
No official gigs have been played.
We live in a place where this kind of music is openly frowned upon. There are no venues, clubs or even "rockier" bars.
None of us feels okay with playing black metal show in a place where someone has just been singing karaoke few minutes ago. Every member of the band has lots of experience playing in front of an audience. GoD isn't anyones first project.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
If an opportunity rises, maybe. Currently we are neck deep in making second album though.
7. A few years back you were a part of a split album with Dodkvlt, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the album?
Scaregod: I have lots of respect for Lord Theynian (Frontman of Dodkvlt). We know each other personally and are very like minded. He came to us with an opportunity to make the split when we were still in the demo-phase, this eventually led to the deal with Ewiges Eis, thus we owe him gratitude. His music is great too.
8. So far all of your music has been released on Ewiges Eis records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Ewiges Eis is a small scale label based in Germany. Great thing about them is that they are very supportive of their bands and give the artist full creative freedom on the music. If the band keeps growing bigger we're open for change but currently we are extremely happy that Ewiges Eis is helping us spread the blasphemy.
9. On worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Diverse. Most of our success is based abroad: In Finland we have lots of elitists, I mean real black metal hipsters who feel obliged to hate every aspect of Goats of Doom. Probably funniest feedback domestically has been: "Your name is so shitty that the music isn't even worth listening". We have fans in Finland too, naturally, but most of the fans seem to be based outside our country.
Worldwide reception has been surprisingly good and the feedback mostly positive. Basically all the bashing has been about bands name and pseudonyms. I think someone also dropped a reference to Behemoth as if it was a bad thing.
As the recorder/producer, good reviews are pleasant to read. The amount of heartblood that we as a band have spilled, the occasional differences in opinion, the dubious amounts of hard drive space used, it's truly terrific that all hasn't been in vain and there are people who really like our many headed babies.
10. When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The album is due beginning of winter. The style is faithful to the 90s scandinavian black metal but we're not afraid to take influences from newer stuff. Overall we like to experiment with different styles as long as the bottom vibe still is still black and we personally feel that we haven't wandered too far from our roots.
11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening nowadays?
My vocal style is heavily influenced by Moonsorrow, Burzum has always been a strong influence because of the attitude: Not being afraid to wave your middle finger at anyone. The music is also very atmospheric and hypnotic. Musta Surma. Nowadays I appreciate the whole mysticism around the band, the way they keep the whole world unknowing on what they are up to. Also when I was younger I was encouraged by the fact that black metal band from around here can achieve such status. Overall my influences are way too numerous to include in few lines on text but those are propably the most important ones.
Lyricwise I'm inspired by books and traditional BM acts, unforgiving, relentless attack on traditional values. Ajattara is a band whose lyrical genius can unfortunately be fully appreciated only by those who speak finnish. Trust me, they are just.. Evil. I admire the way you can create such hopelessness and dark atmosphere with just few lines of lyrics with double meanings. Mostly I just listen to older death metal though, I rarely find any new bands that I like. Exeptions occur though, like Ghost B.C.. Simply great.
Musical influences? Well, as a keyboardist, the sincereness, cleverness and honesty of 90's melodic black metal keyboardists have inspired me the most. Huge soundscapes of Dimmu Borgir, Limbonic Art and Cradle of Filth have paved the way for us youngsters. They also got me interested programming new sounds on a crappy 90's Casio, which was my first set of keys, haha! As a listener, occult rock, metal, stoner, classical, weird germanic progressive rock bands from the seventies, reggae... you can't be to picky. Some wise man once said: "All the best songs are good." I try to listen almost everything that has a bit of heart in it, disliking this crap which they call "radio-friendly".
12. What are some of your non musical interests?
Occult and horror literature. I even follow politics to keep up a steady level of misanthropy.
I read. Alot. I find you can never know too much about anything. I quit following politics after becoming too disappointed with the whole Finnish political system. Look into it, it's broken. I just want to be left alone to keep learning shit.
Reading old, heavy, hard-to-find, good smelling books, stressing out, movies, trying to gain the ability to see through this reality in which we live to find a new set of truths without rules to follow. I like to get lost inside my own head.
13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We thought about saying alot of things but decided to end quoting way underrated Finnish philosopher, Pentti Linkola: "Each time a baby is born, the overall value of human life drops a little".

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Charming Timur Interview

mardi 3 juin 2014 à 04:06

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

Charming Timur is my solo project, focusing on experimenting with genres that I have a desire to combine. In this case, it is Nu Metal and Post-Black Metal along with a touch of Sludge and Post-Metal/Post-Rock. The project will probably expand into more genres as time goes on, and I don't want to limit this project musically by setting certain boundaries in terms of genre or lyrical theme. Charming Timur is about freedom of inspiration.

2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?

I was really going for a bipolar sound on the first album. I divided the album into two parts. I had some really angry and depressed tracks in the first part and then some tracks that were more focused on the atmosphere and melodies on the second part.

I usually don't like too much contrast on an album, but this time I decided to step out of my comfort zone. A lot of albums, especially in the Nu Metal / Alternative Metal categories, tend to have the ”ultimate angsty sad song” as the last track, which was something I definitely didn't want to do, so it became track number 4 (My Pain). I feel it's a refreshing thing to have the album end with something that leaves you feeling a bit more ”hopeful”.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

So far the lyrics have been about stuff going on in my head, usually about real life, mostly negative stuff on the first album, but there is no guarantee all my albums will be this negative. There's quite a lot of tracks with themes covering (my) mental problems and emerging pesonality disorders. Then on the other hand there's a song about just not giving up on things in life, despite what people think about it, (9. All The Same) to add some variation as well.

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

The name ”Charming Timur” is something I came up with to break the tradition of having really artistic and ”deep” band names that have some spectacular meaning behind them. I also thought about the name ”Charming Bennett”, but then I wanted a non-american name to make it stand out a bit more. It literally comes from absolutely nothing of any real meaning.

5.On this album with the exception of an unknown guy playing some drums and tracks on song # 9, you recorded all of the album solo are you open to working with a full band in the future or do you chose to remain solo?

I have tried all kinds of band-projects and such in my time and they never really functioned as smoothly as when I do things by myself. I like to be in control a lot. Everything tends to work out really naturally when I just do things by myself. This does not mean that I couldn't have guest artists on my future material, and I'm actually curious on how that would turn out. I'm not a 100% against working with a band sometime in the future, but I think it's very unlikely. There could be some kind of a ”band arrangement” backing me up on some Charming Timur music video sometime in the distant future, I haven't thought about it yet.

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

In today's world where almost nobody buys music anymore, a label seems kind of useless, unless they would be really big so I could really get some attention. Also a lot of labels only accept touring artists, and that makes things more difficult as well. If I would receive a really good offer from a label, I wouldn't refuse it. The problem is that it's an extremely rare thing to come by these days.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of underground metal?

I'm still sort of waiting for more feedback, but so far it has been rather neutral. It has been more positive than negative though. At least it has been something new and refreshing for a lot of people.

8.Recently you have created a blogger, soundcloud and reverbnation for your musical project, do you feel these networks do a lot of help for newer bands and musicians?

I think it depends a lot on the bands and musicians themselves. Sometimes you can just explode in the social media and find yourself having a lot of attention, but then sometimes nothing happens and nobody notices. I think having some kind of social media is good so people can reach you though. Being absolutely out of reach, even though making you KVLT AS FVCK, might make you miss out on a lot. I think blogger has been my favourite social media platform so far.

9.Are you involved with any other musical projects besides this one or is this full time?

Yeah, I'm probably most well known for my solo Harsh Noise/Power Electronics project Whitewater Orgasm. That project has been really well received by a lot of people who are into that kind of stuff. I'm also the vocalist for the super slow Post-Black Doom project Laurasia Awaits Us. Charming Timur is currently the only project I'm actively writing new songs for though.

10.Where do you  see yourself heading into musically during the future?

I will probably go towards a bit brighter and adventurous sounds in the more distant future, and currently I have been writing songs that vary from violent and aggressive ones to kind of softer and more sensitive ones. There will definitely be Nu Metal and Post-Whatever in the future, but more styles might jump into the mix as well.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

There is definitely some influence in the Charming Timur sound from bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Deafheaven, Alcest, Mouth Of The Architect, Eyehategod (the slower parts in a couple of tracks sound very similar to Eyehategod) and so on, but I never really think about it that much, I just listen afterwards and hear the similarities in the sound.

I usually find myself listening to Sludge, Stoner, Nu Metal or anything with echoing guitars such as Post-Rock or Shoegaze. I listen to a lot less Black Metal than people would assume. I also used to listen to a lot of Noise/Power Electronics and Martial Industrial, but I haven't been listening to that kind of stuff recently. It will probably come back at some point again. Listening to music works in cycles for me. One season something, next season something else.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have always been fascinated about figuring out death and what comes after it. Also outerspace, aliens, transhumanism, timetravel and alternate realities have always been extremely interesting to me. When it comes to more ”down to earth” stuff, I'm interested in history, war and weapons in general. As freetime activities I enjoy watching TV and movies a lot.

13.Can you provide some links so people that are hearing of you for the first time can hear your music? Here is the official music video made in DIY spirit. I think it turned out quite nicely. It's a very symbolic track to describe my sound. Also my handsome facial features can be seen there to leave everyone daydreaming about me. Bandcamp page for free download and the option to buy the CD.

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

I hope to see more people just record songs and put them on the internet. Doing things yourself is going to be easier and easier in the future and you can just let your creativity flow. Don't overcomplicate! Also thanks for interviewing me and to everyone who read this interview too!

I have no idea why the font changed for the last question, I can't change it back, sorry about that!


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Avitas Interview

lundi 2 juin 2014 à 06:14
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
1. Well it has been quite busy with mailing out orders and promo copies worldwide, and contacting zines and blogs to get the word out, as I double duty with Bud Metal Records with the business/shipping side of things as well, as most underground black metal musicians do.  The old studio computer and software actually crashed and died two weeks after the final mix on "Northern Ghosts" was finished, so I have been familiarizing myself with the new recording software and getting the studio back up and running.  It was this close to losing all the tracks altogether, which would have been insanely bad, and there will be no remixing as all the original files were lost.  Musically I have just been practicing and putting the word out to potential drummers for some live shows if possible.

2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2. Yeah I just put out the "Northern Ghosts" album in late March 2014 and it was a great relief to finally have it finished.  I made a vow after the 2009 album "Saga of the Nationalist" to never use drum machines again and with my drummer falling on hard times and disappearing on me I was forced to purchase and learn the drums myself, so the addition of live drums for the new album was the major difference on this album.  The other significant change being the addition of psychedelic elements that were hearkening back to the early days of Avitas and the previous band Alien Tab, which was a stoner/doom/black band I was in back in high school in the mid 90's.  I also went less overtly political on this album in favour of true misanthropy and hatred for the abrahamic faiths, as the previous albums were very heavily political on the lyrical side of things, basically I have all but given up on humanity besides the few enlightened elites of the underground and great debaters like Richard Dawkins.  Guitar wise and production wise I continued with the raw lo-fi production, most tracks have only one guitar track per channel and the album (along with all the previous albums) stuck to an 8 track recording, and I am very happy with the results.

3.The new album is the first full length album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
3. As mentioned previously I was still waiting to see if Keith (the ex-drummer) would find his way back from a brutal meth addiction, which is still yet to be determined.  My advice to anyone thinking about it is to never touch crystal meth, it will seriously mess you up, I have never tried it but I saw someone decay in front of my eyes and it was not pretty.  I was able to compile and release the "Politics of Nordic Terror" session tapes in 2011 to keep it going until finally getting the album fully written and started on recording in December 2014.  I feel the break allowed me to sit back and get a new outlook on the band and what I wanted to do with it, which was a huge benefit I feel.

4.Your lyrics over the years have covered war, national socialism, terrorism, anti Judeo/Christian/ Abrahmic and political themes, how would you describe your views on these topics?
4. Ever since I was very young I was fascinated by my Grandpa's tales of his time in World War 2 he used to tell us, and it has definitely been a huge inspiration for the music and lyrics of Avitas.  I look at both sides of the war objectively and see the good and bad from both the Allies and the Axis, and try to convey that in the music.  This whole idea that the Nazis were somehow demons from hell and were all inherently evil is a lie, there were a few sadistic people in the party that were definitely not fit for this earth, but there are many people as bad or even worse in the Russian, American and New World Order regimes, we just haven't heard the whole story yet and probably won't for another 50 years.  Just look at the N.S.A. and the totalitarian spy complexes in North America and the U.K. and tell me they didn't learn everything they know from Goebbels, Hitler, Himmler and the National Socialist administration.  I consider myself a moderate Nationalist, I do not condone the mass murder of any peoples, but I don't want to see the fabric and culture of my country decay into nothingness through mass immigration and white genocide either, which is the current course set by my Canadian (N.W.O. shill) leaders.  As for the Abrahamic faiths, especially Islam, they need to be eliminated and banished to history forever like any other failed myth or religion of the past, there is no place in modern times for such despicable, ignorant and false drivel like the Bible or the Koran, or the fanatical scum that preach and kill for their destructive desert faiths.  These belief systems prey on the mentally unbalanced and just plain stupid, and therefore they have an army of lunatics and simpletons at their beckon call.  Any person not from the "holy land" who still follows these beliefs is a traitor to their true selves as Northern Europeans (or Asia for that matter, and it is a shame to see Native Peoples of North and South America giving away their age-old pagan beliefs in favour of the lies from the desert).  I am hopeful to see an era with no religious influence and a firm base in science and reality, where Islamic terrorism, Zionist revolution and Evangelical oppression are all but distant memories eliminated from the face of the earth.

5.You also have some heathen lyrics, do you have an interest in Heathenism or Paganism?
5.  I would consider myself and my family history one of heathens, as we haven't really followed any specific pagan belief system (or any belief system for that matter) since the time of Thor and Odin.  My ancestral family and family name Myrtroen hails from just south of the Trondheim region of Norway, and there has been a Myrtroen family farm in Norway since the 1200's, so I do put the Nordic heathen/pagan tales above the other myths and tales from around the world, as it is my family heritage.   I do not actually believe in Odin, Thor or Loki as I am an Atheist, but I appreciate that they may have been real Viking chiefs with real accomplishments and lessons.  I have read most of the Nordic Sagas and have gained much knowledge and morals from them, as I have with other heathen and pagan literature.  It just feels right in my blood to give strong Hails to Odin rather than getting on my knees and worshipping some second rate Babylonian deity.

6.On of the tracks is called "Aiwass'' which is mentioned mostly in Crowley's works, do you have an interest in the occult?
6. I have been studying the occult for a few years now seriously, mostly the works of Thelemic nature by Crowley along with some Theosophical works by Blavatsky along with others.  The main focus has been the writings of Crowley however, as I like the way he thinks and his worldview is very similar to mine.  Disregarding what you think about his personal life, Crowley was an undeniable genius and was generations ahead of his time, perhaps being the greatest pure thinker of the modern age.  He already could predict the drug war and the results of said war before it even began, based on the opinions of the time before drugs were even outlawed.  His experiments with various drugs are legendary, and his work with British Intelligence during WW2 is an extremely interesting tale.  I am still delving more into occult subjects, so it is a work in progress, but I have been philosophically left hand path my entire life so it is completely natural for me.  I do not practice rituals or ceremonies, or follow Thelema or any structured system of beliefs, but I use the mind control and thought processes explained in the works of Thelema and other occultists in my everyday life, and in pursuing the "Great Work."  The song "Aiwass" from Northern Ghosts is a tribute to the trip Crowley and his wife Rose took to Egypt, the voyage that resulted in Crowley finding Stele 666, the appearance of the entity Aiwass,  and the writing of the "Book of the Law."

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Avitas'?
7.  The band name has a dual-meaning, one being sativa spelled backwards (sativa being a strain of cannabis) and the other being related to aviation and space, which is my ultimate inspiration.  There is even an aerospace engineering company named Avitas now, so it is very much related to the cosmos and traveling through space, which is my ultimate goal in life.  Cannabis has always been an influence on the music of Avitas, and the sacramental herb is partaken by all members of Avitas.

8.There use to be a full line up but now there is only one member in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future, or do you chose to remain solos?
8.  As of right now, Avitas is a solo black metal project.  I may put together a live line-up again soon for live purposes, but the songwriting and concepts will always be that of myself.  My bass player Graeme is still around and available for shows, but I am in the market for a live vocalist and drummer.  I would like to bring Avitas back to the live scene soon, but it is not crucial as I am content with the current non-touring entity of Avitas.

9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played in the past and also how would you describe your stage performance?
9. Well most of our shows were relatively small warehouse and party gigs, which were very well received. We played every Wednesday from about 2001 to 2004 to various crowds.  Keith was one hell of a drummer and he usually stole the show, I was content to play the rhythms of the guitar in the background with no flamboyant solos or show-off nonsense.  Avitas has always been a song-oriented band and individual flair doesn't usually appear in the live setting, but solid rhythms, songs and riffs are the trademark sound I would say.  Our best show was probably the party with the bikers as it was a little crazy and I was pretty nervous, that's one crowd you don't want to annoy, but it turned out great!  Most of the time we were just as messed up as the audience so it was always a good time until it got a little out of hand in 2004 and the band imploded due to crystal meth being the bastard of a drug it is, therefore now there is a no hard drug rule in the band.

10.The albums over the years have been released on Bud Metal Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
10.  Bud Metal Records is an indie label I started back in the '90s for the sole purpose of releasing Avitas albums, but is perhaps expanding if we can find some more good black/war metal bands in British Columbia to add to the roster.  Bud Metal Records is basically a labour of love as I make no money, but it serves the purpose of getting the albums out there and distributed, but wider distribution would be a plus if I can align Bud Metal with a larger label/distributor in other countries like we just did with the highly regarded Pagan War Rex/Distro out of Brazil for South American distribution.  The last three Avitas releases should be available by late June/early July on Pagan War Distro.  All the available Bud Metal Releases are available at currently by digital download or physical CD's. Blut unddeath!

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
11. The worldwide response has been greater than expected, it gained attention right off the start in the Russian NSBM scene and spread from there.  It was picked up by numerous Black Metal/NSBM sites and blogs in Lithuania, South America, Russia, UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia etc. so it has been very exciting to see the response growing in different countries.  It is very satisfying to know that true black metal underground fans appreciate the release, as that is who it is for and who I hoped would enjoy it.  I don't think I'm making any fans in the Arabic/Moslem countries however with the track "Cursed abraham...and his bastard son mohammed" but then again, there are true black metallers in those countries that hate Islam just as much as I do!  Many hails to those black metal heathens who have supported the band!! Krieg!!!

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
12.  Well I expect to have a new album in about 2 years as I am notoriously slow at writing songs, they have to basically write themselves as I don't set out to write, it just happens as I am riffing, then I form the song over the next few months, it takes a while!  I believe it will continue in the same direction as Northern Ghosts, perhaps with more concise songs and a shorter album running time with more of a war metal incline, but who knows how it will all turn out.  The psychedelia will stay as well, to what extent is yet to be determined.

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?
13. Let's see here, my love of metal pretty much started with my first Europe tape or Motley Crue "Shout at the Devil" tape when I was about 6 or 7 and I've been a metalhead ever since.  I was heavy into the thrash metal tapes of the '80s and early '90s like everyone else my age, with Sepultura's "Arise" cassette being a huge personal favourite. In about '93 or so I found early Kyuss and Monster Magnet's "Superjudge" album and I was floored by the spacey sounds, and I was definitely influenced by my psilocybin-enhanced doom/stoner/desert metal trips around the forests of Northern BC.  My tastes evolved with a brief death metal period (I got bored of it quick) until I discovered black metal in 1996 and then I knew I had found my true musical love.  The riffs, atmosphere and songs were the same style that I was playing at the time and getting flak from the thrash metal crowd for in northern British Columbia, so it was justifying to hear the same style being played across the ocean.  I bought this Black End Records compilation (basically the only black metal I could find in Northern BC/Alberta at the time) and it had tracks from Mayhem and Enslaved amongst others, and I instantly connected with the atmosphere and pure aural evil contained on that compilation.  I was a couple years late to the black metal scene but I have stayed loyal ever since!  Nowadays I listen to various underground Pagan/NSBM and other bands like Inquisition, Drudkh, Negura Bunget (old stuff), Archgoat, Mystifier, Blasphemy, Persekutor, Graveland, Ildjarn, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, In Solitude, and such classic bands as Blue Oyster Cult and Thin Lizzy when there are hefeweizen beers flowing!

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
14.  Outside of music I am an avid military historian and militaria collector, it is a hobby of mine I have been involved with for over 10 years now.  It is always exciting to find a unique piece of World War 1 or 2 history and research the story behind each war badge, helmet or uniform, I am addicted for sure!  I also read the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and the Conan sagas, Frank Herbert's Dune novels and various other war, non-fiction, sci-fi and biker autobiographies in my spare time.  As a proud Canadian I am of course a fan of hockey as well, as the playoffs are on as we speak.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
15. Once again, thanks for all the support from Occult Black Metal 'Zine and everyone else in the black metal underground, and Avitas will continue to release misanthropic nationalist black metal for the foreseeable future.  I may re-issue the early catalog (Trends in Terrorism, Smoke E.P. and Politics of Global Mind Control...) on Bud Metal Records in the future and look out for a new album hopefully in 2016!
Northern Ghost 'til the end,

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Crown Of Twilight/Cold Late Winter/2014 Full Length Review

lundi 2 juin 2014 à 01:55

  Poland's  1  man  band  Crown  Of  Twilight  returns  with  a  new  album  which  continues  his  instrumental  black  metal  sound  while  also  adding  in  doomy  soundscapes,  as  well  as  going  into  a  more  experimental,  primitive  and  inhuman  direction  this  time  around  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "Cold  Late  Winter".

  A  very  slow  and  dark  sound  bordering  on  drone  starts  off  the  album  as  well  as  having  a  doom  metal  feeling  and  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  repetitive  riff  through  the  beginning  of  the  first  song  and  the  following  track  starts  off  in  the  same  direction  and  the  music  also  starts  getting  a  bit  more  atmospheric.

    There  are  no  fast  parts  being  utilized  on  the  album  with  the  music  going  for  a  more  blackened  doom/drone  sound  on  the  first  3  tracks  while  still  being  in  an  instrumental  direction  and  most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  remain  in  a  slow  direction  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  album  and  once  the  recording  goes  into  the  4th  track  the  music  starts  going   for  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  atmospheric  ambient  soundscapes  as  well  as  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  close  the  recordign  with  a  more  clam  and  atmospheric  sounding  ambient  track.  

  Crown  Of  Twilight  show  off  3  different  musical styles  on  this  album  with  the  first  half  being  more  in the  drone/doom  metal  direction  and  closing  the  album  with  1 raw  black  metal  track  and  an  ambient  song   and  remaining  in  an  instrumental  direction  that  where  presented  on  the  first  2  recordings  and  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Crown  of  Twilight  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone,  ambient  and  atmospheric  instrumental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ial"  and  "Somnium  I:  Cold  Wind  From  The  North".  8  out  of  10.   

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