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Uthullun Interview

mercredi 14 octobre 2020 à 03:10

 


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

We are Uthullun from the US. The project first took shape in 2019, but had existed in one form or another for a couple years before then. We seek to explore the depths of despair.


2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?

Our full length, Dirges for the Void, does contain the songs that were on the EP, but it represents an evolution of our musical composition. It's a further exploration of the use of contrasting yet complementary dissonance, melody, and harmony to create an atmosphere of misery, despair, and dread. It's not necessarily very musically different, but it displays more depth of Uthullun's sound.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

Lyrically, Uthullun is a contemplation of death, sorrow, isolation, alienation, and self-destruction.


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

"Uthullun" is a word taken from a novel that, taken literally, means "sunless" in a fantasy language, but can also be used to mean "cold." Given the lightless nature of our music and lyrical themes, this word resonated with the band.


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

The album cover for Dirges for the Void calls back to the cover of Sunless, with a black void taking the forefront of the art. It was masterfully manifested by Carlos "Asty" Agraz, who added his surreal, otherworldly aesthetics to our vision. The final product was an image of a dying world, with a sun blackened and bleeding dark fluids into a sea wracked with crystallized manifestations of death and unbeing. We believe art is meant to be interpreted by the viewer, but to us, it depicts the misery of the world coagulating and finally snuffing out the light of the sun, hemorrhaging its black despair to the Earth below.


6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

Sunless and Dirges for the Void were all recorded and mixed in-house. In the future, we would of course be open to collaborations or splits with other musicians, but we wanted the first form of Uthullun to be wholly under our creative influence.


7.The new album was released on 'Wolves Of hades', how did you get in contact with this label?

Like anything else in this day and age, contact was made through social media. Geor from Wolves of Hades saw potential in Sunless and offered to help the band with publicity and physical distribution. We liked the releases under Wolves and Geor's other related label, Argento Records, and were glad to accept the offer.


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

Until relatively recently, Uthullun has had relatively minimal promotion - it was more of a passion project and we preferred to stay anonymous than really push our music. The responses we've had to Sunless have been generally rather positive, with praises of the riffs and production at the forefront. Many of our listeners have been in the US, but Wolves of Hades being a European label, we have clearly made some good impressions overseas. Ultimately, Uthullun will continue to express our vision of black metal as we see fit, but we are grateful our interpretation of the genre has resonated with people.


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

You can expect to see an evolution of our use of dissonance. We are most interested in experimenting with dynamism and atmosphere without getting lost in typical atmospheric black metal monotony. To us, though, atmosphere is a key component of black metal in a musical sense - the emotions the music conveys and its ability to bring the listener to another world or state of mind.


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?

It should surprise no one who hears our music, but our influences include Deathspell Omega, Svartidauði, Aosoth, and Thantifaxath. On rotation for the band are groups like Worthless, Carpe Noctem, Hræ, Mannveira, Cowardice, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, and Kælan Mikla, as well as the bands cited as our influences.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Outside of music, we are interested in martial arts, horror films, nature and science, and artistic pursuits in general.


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

Question tradition. Always push your creative boundaries regardless of critics or the standards of the old guard. Create for yourself first and foremost.


https://www.facebook.com/uthullun/

https://uthullun.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/uthullun-interview.html


Accursed Share/Abyssal Human Jihad/2020 EP Review

mercredi 14 octobre 2020 à 03:06

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Denver,  Colorado's  Accursed  Share  which  continues  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  release  and  the  ep  was  self  released  in  2020  and  called  "Abyssal  Human  Jihad".


  An  apocalyptic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw,  melodic  and  lo-fi  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  along  with  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  sounds  of  human  torture  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track


  On  this  recording  Accursed  Share  expands  on  the  raw  and  lo-fi  style  of  black  metal  he  established  on  his  previous  release. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Accursed  Share  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "No  Redemption".  8  out  of  10.


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/accursed-shareabyssal-human-jihad2020.html


Accursed Share/God-The Bitch Has Hidden/2020 EP Review

mercredi 14 octobre 2020 à 02:34

 


  Accursed  Share  are  a  solo  project  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  "God-The  Bitch  Has  Hidden".


  A  very  dark  and  tortured  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  are  also  mixed down  very  low  in  the  mix  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed,  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  second  track.


  Accursed  Share  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics cover  a hatred  for  humanity  and  anti  religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Accursed  Share  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Aborting  the  Human  Race". 8  out  of  10.



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/accursed-sharegod-bitch-has-hidden2020.html


Apochryphal Revelation Interview

mercredi 14 octobre 2020 à 01:34

 


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

1 . We have all been very busy with our respective projects as well as other mundane non-musical tasks that require attention. However, we have begun some small scale rehearsals for our next release. I will say that after this extended break, we are fired up and hungry to continue our work with AR.


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

2. "Primeval Devilish Wisdom" is the continuation of the sound we have worked toward since day one. Our previous release "Reverence for the Kings of Hell" was perhaps a loving nod to the elder Hellenic Black Metal scene, by far my favorite music, period . It might be unorthodox to have put out a niche release so early in our discography, but I follow my heart on these matters with no regrets.


3.Your lyrics cover a lot of satanic, occult and witchcraft topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts and how your believes have evolved over the years?

3. While I have never considered myself a part of one ideology strictly, I can point to Traditional Satanism, Celtic Shamanism and Chaos Magick as some references. In the earlier years, I walked a more theistic path regarding Satanism, coming from a fundamentalist Pentecostal background, such devotion and faith was already something I was familiar with. As life and time inevitably moved forward, I became obsessed with both the Dee/Crowley/Levi forms of Western Ceremonial Magick and simultaneously also began to seek the darker sides of earth based Magick and shamanism. I now find myself closer to Satan in a well rounded sense than ever before whilst also fascinated with eastern wisdom and sciences, be it mystic works like the "Tibetan Book of the Dead" or the everyday practice and understanding of Tai Chi Chuan. I am a devourer of knowledge and consider myself a student of the universe, proud of my infernal lineage but unbound by feeble human constructs


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

4. AR was given such a title as to be the profaner of Christian lore, altering existing tales and concepts to suit my sometimes twisted imagination. An infernal revelation of slander, blasphemy and disdain towards the hypocritical farce known as Jehovah and his weakling flock.


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

5. Our artwork to date has been exclusively done by our bassist, Czernobog. I cannot speak to his mindset, but I can say that it was meant to reflect the futility of Christ's death, his fear and lack of faith in his father and also the omnipresence and wisdom of Satan.



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

6. We are very fortunate to have been a part some excellent gigs. Booking Zemial in 2015 and sharing the stage with such a legend was an incredible honor and a real high point of my life. Detroit has been very kind to us as well, having supported our heroes in Profanatica and Mortuary Drape. Another standout was our performance at Cathedral of the Black Goat in 2016. Despite lacking our dual guitar approach which is now essential to our performances, we played with fire and passion and won over a packed venue who had no prior knowledge of us. I would say our stage show varies, from solemn to furious as dictated by the songs. Now that our drummer has joined full time and I can focus on the vocals exclusively, we can elevate the stage performance to the next level. Perhaps a blend of Mortuary Drape - esque ceremonialism with  GG Allin inspired violence, chaos and general bad attitude. 


7.The new album is going to be released on 'Nuclear War Now! Productions, how would you compare working with this label to your older label 'Behold Barbarity'?

7. Our previous label was extremely professional and treated us very well, nothing but kind things to say from our end. NWN has stunned us with his aggressive promotion and deep understanding of the specific style we occupy ourselves with. This label is a perfect fit for us and we hope to continue our working relationship well into the future. 


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


8. I am utterly humbled at the reception we have been given worldwide. We have received admiration and praise from every corner of the world, from dedicated fans to the very people that inspired us to begin playing in the first place. There is indeed a hunger for Black Metal that eschews modern trends in favor of the diabolic older paths. There are many now who I would consider contemporaries with us, but we always strive to have our own identity and approach to making Black Metal. 


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

9. All of us are very busy with projects and most of these involve the same members switching places. Some names we are associated with : Tartarus Gate, Devil's Mass, Catacomba, Pyromancer, Master's Curse, Christrape, Son of Perdition, Cruel Spirit, Shadow Keeper... Expect big things from Tartarus Gate and Devil's Mass in particular in the future!



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

10. I see us more or less continuing on the same path we have always followed, constantly refining and perfecting what we do. Now that I have fulfilled my personal need to honor the elder Hellenic bands, we can exclusively focus on pushing our individual style as far as we can take it from now on.



11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?


11. Some bands that have had a major impact on our development : Profanatica (above all) , Varathron, Mortuary Drape, Mystifier, Thou Art Lord, Master's Hammer, Necromantia, Tormentor (hun) , Beherit, Samael, Archgoat, Sarcofago, Mercyful Fate, Von, Zemial, Barathrum , Demoncy, Dark Throne , Hellhammer… I must also mention that at the time of forming the band, we were heavily inspired by Alioth - Channeling Unclean Spirits, Hail - Inheritance of Evilness, Cult of Daath - Slit Throats and Ritual Nights, Necros Christos - Triune Impurity Rites and Archgoat - Whore of Bethlehem. Nowadays I listen to a wide array of music, far too much to mention. I can however name Ceremonial Torture, Cemetery Lights and Prosanctus Inferi as current obsessions.


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

12. Thanks for the well thought out interview! I would say follow your heart and be yourself no matter what. Black Metal in it's prime consisted of wildly differing bands united by the desire for darkness and individualism, not rank and file clones existing solely for social purposes. Do not dilute the already oversaturated pool unless you truly have something special to offer.




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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/apochryphal-revelation-interview.html


Ymir/Self Titled/Werewolf Records/2020 CD Review

mardi 13 octobre 2020 à 05:36

  Ymir  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  album  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Werewolf  Records.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  deep  moments.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and Winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ymir  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pagan  Mysticism"  and  "Resurrection  Of  The  Pagan  Fire".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/1jzUk1Z3aTI 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/ymirself-titledwerewolf-records2020-cd.html