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Angra Demana Interview

mardi 9 avril 2019 à 02:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
we are Angra Demana, we are expressing our inner Violence and Darkness



2. Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from your previous full length?


as my mental and skills grow the way I write music also grow , I wrote those songs when I was 18/19 ,now I'm different than those times so I composing differently, one of the fundamental changes is the ambient parts, I don't use those ambient passages or keyboards parts in my songs anymore at least not in the same form which i used to, but actually everything is different in new EP and also the next full length, fast and aggressive riffs more blast beats , i tried to replace guitar instead of piano ,i think the difference is very obvious if you listen to both records . But everything happening naturally, so nothing is planned

3.The band has been around since 2007 but so far has only released one full length and an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

i have been facing so many problems and barriers after releasing ''Dissolve Into Nothingness'', i'm not going to explain details because of some security reason, though in middle east, Iran is not that much extreme in comparison with other countries but still playing Black Metal is not easy in over there, with those fucked up Islamic conservative laws,  so as an Anti-Islamic person i had to move forward carefully to keep myself and my music project alive. So that was the reason.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the music over the years?

violence, misanthropy, darkness and of course Anti-Islamic view is always a part of our lyrics ,but definitely we are not going to stuck with the same topic for a long time.


5.I know that the bands name comes from the Zoroastrian Religion, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

as an Iranian i couldn't find something more interesting than my ancient history, I’m not a Zoroastrian, and i do not directly write lyrics about Zoroastrianism, but you see the trace of ancient Iranian history, symbols, hymns, rituals and spells in my lyrics, but what makes me fascinated is the Dualism in Zoroastrianism both Cosmically and Morally, the ongoing battle between Good (Ahura Mazda) and Evil (Angra Mainyu) within the universe and the fact that Life is a mixture of these two opposing forces and one cannot be understood without the other and the same battle is running in the mind of mankind which can be called as Moral dualism.


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

This is the result of the creative and unique talented mind , Mr Vojtěch Doubek, i told him the EP title and he came up with this result  and i was satisfied



7.Originally the band was from Iran but currently resides in Austria, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?

i can't give you the details but it wasn't planned


8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

no actually i'm looking for new permanent members, especially a drummer, but finding a right person its gonna take a time.


9.The new ep was self released but the band has experience working with a label, are you open to working with another label again in the future or do you prefer to self release your music?

yes we are open to work with new labels but not necessarily, I hate that fucking business.


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

well although we haven't promote the EP good but i gotta say so far so good, some people are surprised because of our new direction but its very positive , especially in Europe



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

well i can't give you the fix date , because i don't know it yet, but I’m working on many new songs, some are already done and some are still in writing process, next full length will be a big surprise for black metal fans, i promise


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?

i'm not listening to metal music when i'm in a writing process or mood, at the moment im more or less into old Progressive Rock bands or Classic musics , but of course once a while there are some old school metal record which i would like to hear.


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

No, thank you

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/angra-demana-interview.html


Armagedda/Ond Spiritism/Nordvis Produktion/2019 CD Review

mardi 9 avril 2019 à 02:22

  Sweden's  Armagedda  have  returned  with  another  re-issue  which  shows  the  music  expanding  their  traditional  black  metal  style  to  a  different  level  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2004  and  called  "Old  Spiritism"  with  the  newer  version  coming  out  in  May  on  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Clean  playing  which  is  also  used  on  later  tracks  starts  off  the  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into a   heavier  direction,  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  The  music  also  shows  a  great  amount  of  progression  from  their  earlier  releases  focusing  less  on  the  old  school  black  metal  style  and  showing  more  of  a  different  approach  that  was  ahead  of  its  time  in  2004.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  while  the  music  does  speeds  up  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  depressive  atmosphere  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  and  epic  as  the  album  progresses,  one  track  is  an  instrumental  and  also  introduces  rain  sounds  onto  the  recording  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  album  from  Armagedda  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  mid  paced  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Helvetestoner"  "Doden  Styr  Livet"  and  "Afgrundsvisioner".  8  out  of  10.        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/armageddaond-spiritismnordvis.html


Absinthropy Interview

lundi 8 avril 2019 à 04:45
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new split?

Since the recording of the split we have began working on material for yet another split, three songs in total. That's all we can say about that for now. Besides that we started the year off with our first show in 2019 with Alkerdeel and Turia in London which was very well received and a night of total Black Magic(k). Other than that, the layout is being worked on for the previously unreleased first album which was written and recorded in 2009/2010 to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the band. All I can say on this is for now is the album will have a different mix, mastering and proper artwork this time as opposed to the primitive version found previously online. There will be linear notes explaining the reason why we chose to do this to the original and a few rare photos from back in those days.

2.Recently you have released a new split, musically how does it differ form the stuff that you have released in the past?

I would say it is a little more layered than the last couple of releases, we made a bit of a return to the 'middle-era' of the band in terms of the instrumentals, by this I mean some the synth and keys used holds a torch up to the same mood from the 'Smitciv-Victims' album but with a totally different atmosphere. The songs are marginally longer than before with less vocals and lyrics. I did this to give the songs more breathing space to enable the monotony of repetition of the music to entrance the listener.   

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

I prefer no to really discuss the lyrics I write for the band personally to any real depth. Cryptically I will say the abstract themes from balancing what sometimes feels like 'two realities' that battle in my regular day normality certainly appear more 'surreal' in my lyric choice when put down on to paper.

4.I know that the bands name is a mixture of absinthe and misanthropy, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

The pair of us have shared a fair few of what could be described as spiritual and unhinged experiences when consuming Absinthe, amongst other things in the early days of the band. Getting into that mind frame through consumption abuse can sometimes take you to places that you may not want to go to that you never quite recover from just like any other bad lessons learnt in life. Life can drive you that way sometimes, often in my case because of the state of humanity and the modern world.Finding madness a form of gnosis can feel a saner alternative to a reality utterly hostile to myself, I revel in a sense of self-chosenness and self-apostasy.

Music is a tool that can paint these lessons more black and white for me than anything else I choose to do.

Is this weak immaturity? Probably. Is this hatred for real? Very much so.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on your side of the recording?

The artwork is the coat of arms for Warwickshire, England where we are from. I wrote the music and lyrics in solitude in various locations of the Warwickshire area at various different times of the year so my perspective and surroundings would tend to alter the mood. Also as this split is an international project by two bands from two very different and polarizing parts of the world I think that a symbol which shows your origins is a way of getting people to explore heritage and often forgotten messages taken away from modern life.

6.On the recordings the band works as a duo but has a live line up for shows, would you be open to working with a full band in the studio on future releases?

In an ideal world I would be open to the idea greatly to a certain point. But due to the nature of how Absinthropy works, the timing of us working just as a duo is not as simple and accessible as you might imagine.

Never say never.

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

There have been many faces to the live interpretation of Absinthropy over the years. When we first decided to try and translate it live the line up was quite an unstable 'mash up' of members who we were already involved with in other projects past and present at the time. In those days we made quite an impression with our debut show in Birmingham, March 2011 but we only played one more after that with the said line up. Then for nearly 5 years we had a core live line up which did not include a drummer anymore so everything was programmed in the drum department but this meant we could play alot of our songs that had keys as backing track too. I would describe this era of the band as it's most 'chaotic' but also it's most unfocused, we were more theatrical back then and I felt this kind of masked the music a little too much. Nowadays the line up has remained the same with our current drummer since the end of 2015, with additional second guitar duties from other like minded individuals from well respected acts in the UKBM scene. Since then if has translated as far as I'm concerned at it's finest, a window into the mind of our music that makes me feel totally in the moment. That certain plateau I reach when we are writing the music is peaked, it's just me, the music, my Absinthe and Crowley's words 'Do What Thou Wilt, Shall Be The Whole Of The Law'.

Absinthropy has always been a very 'on the fence' band when it comes to playing shows, this is due to our style I guess, some could argue we are not 'heavy' enough to fit certain extreme/black metal bills and on the flip side we are too much for lighter audiences on other shows we have played before. There are no best shows only moments.

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

Several shows are lined up for this year which are beginning to be announced, we never plan to be a touring band in the conventional sense of the meaning. Worthwhile 'one offs' work best for us.

9.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Salix Babylonica', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

I have great respect for Salix and their dedication to their own messages and outlook. I wish them the best for the future and hope to see them spread their message the best way they feel fit. Hails to the Ecuador Hordes!

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

For years I would say it was 25% UK reaction and 75% the rest of the world. Europe and South America seem to 'get' what we do alot more than the home turf, there are waves of interest at home that come and go but similar to alot of trends in metal music, alot of the UK scene fans or whatever are quick to jump onto something else very quick so we never really give much back when we have seen it come and go like revolving doors in regards to positive reactions.

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

When the time is right and who knows.

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?

The main influences to begin with came from fusing 80's post-punk with Black Metal. bands such as Joy Division and The Cure have played a monumental part to the main influences, particularly 'Pornography' by TC. In regards to the Black Metal influences, we were listening to alot of the contemporary French scene at the time as we felt they were doing what we aimed for quite well. Bands such as early-Alcest, Amesoueurs , Peste Noire etc in our earlier material. Nowadays we don't really pay attention to other bands to gain influences, we have sort of found ourselves in our own sound.

13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Occultism is something I completely support. The esoteric message and insight from Thelema and Aleister Crowley (who was born in the same town we are from) plays a massive part on Absinthropy's personal aesthetics. I can recommend The Book Of The Law and The Book Of Lies as a great starting point. I feel many could gain something greater out of performing Mass of The Phoenix!


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

Thank you.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/absinthropy-interview.html


Lux Nigrum/Burning The Eternal Return/Herejia Records/Street Metal Blasphemy/2019 EP Review

lundi 8 avril 2019 à 04:18

  Lux  Nigrum  are  a  duo  with  members  from  Chile  that  have  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  dissonant  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2019  ep  "Burning  The  Eternal  Return"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette as  a  joint  effort  between  Herejia  Records  and  Street  Metal  Blasphemy.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  done  in  more  of  a  modern  style.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dissonant  sounding  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  more  of  an  old  school  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  this  recording  Lux  Nigrum  adds  more  dissonant  structures  to  their  raw  and  chaotic  style  of  satanic  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Cosmic  Doctrines  and  Chaos  Magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lux  Nigrum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  dissonant  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  the  Eternal  Return"  and  "Wrathful  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/lux-nigrumburning-eternal-return2019-ep.html


Kampfar/Ofidians Manifest/Indie Recordings/2019 CD Review

dimanche 7 avril 2019 à 23:45

  Norway's  Kampfar  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  viking  and  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ofidians  Manifest"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Indie  Recordings.

  Sounds  of  torture  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.   Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  captures  the  atmospheric  of  epic  viking  battles  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  on  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  Norse  Paganism,  Folklore,  History,  Anti  Religion  and  Society  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kampfar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ophidian"  "Ermitte"  and  "Det  Sorte".  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABZcb0kbfi8  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/kampfarofidians-manifestindie.html