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Sad Interview

vendredi 2 octobre 2020 à 23:29

 


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


SAD: The last few months were quite busy for us as we had to finish the album. Since we finished it, we had a break from recordings and we were dealing with the rest of the works that had to be done, like artwork and credits. As it seems, the following months will be also busy for us, as we have to work for two split releases, one 10” EP with Malaysian band IVVIIV (DEAD) and a split album with the Greek band AKANTHA.


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


SAD: We think that the new album has a more aggressive feeling. Other than that, no big differences from our past works. Generally, from one album to the next, the differences are faint. Of course, if you compare a release from 10 years or more ago, to the new album, you will find some differences, but this is just minor evolution to our sound and songwriting. Our direction is stable.


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


Nadir: The lyrical topics are not something new or groundbreaking. The same old death, anti-religion, inner search, social decay. As an answer to the second part of the question, what I could call progress to my lyrical works, would be the approach to these topics, which is more philosophical and psychological, delivered in a more surrealistic and abstract way that fits better with my ageing.

Ungod: I don’t think that my songwriting has changed much over the years. I am still finding inspiration in the bands I like and in the mood of the moment. You can call progress the better instrumentation and arrangements that I think I’m able to do now.


4.Both of the band members also have experience playing in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of "SAD' that you are not able to do with your other groups?


SAD: When we started SAD, back in 2005, it was the only band that we were participating in for both of us. We set a beginning of commitment in the things that we both liked in black metal music. What we have in common, concerning the black metal music, is encapsuled in the music of SAD. So, it’s the musical chemistry between us, as members of SAD. Therefore, we can say that SAD is a special band as any other band we are participating in.


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


SAD: The cover art was done by Moon Sang-Ho, a Korean artist, who has also done the artwork for our 2015 EP “Alpha Voyage”. It depicts the visual feeling you should get while reading the title. It is done in a 90’s old school black metal way, as it was intended to be.


6.Since the beginning the band has always been 2 members, have you ever thought about expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?


SAD: SAD was, is, and always will be Ungod and Nadir. No need for any additions at all. If anyone of the two of us, for some reason, give up on SAD, automatically SAD will cease to exist. The line up of course is expanding for the live gigs, with the addition of some good friends that help us completing a live band.


7.So far the band has only done 2 live shows, are you open to playing any other gigs in the future?


In fact, we have done 5 live shows so far. The last was on the 1st of February 2020, opening for the Greek black metal band, KAWIR. Of course we are open to play more live shows, something that hopefully will be possible when this pandemic shit is over, and with the help of Purity Through Fire which is a really serious label!




8.Over the years the band has also been a part of a great amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?


SAD: We like split releases. It is something different for the listener. It gives space to comparison, variation, both in mood and production. It’s a collaboration, so it’s a give and take thing, that is always interesting. We have collaborated in split releases with bands from all over the world. In some cases, the other bands have got in contact with us, asking for a split release, and in other cases, we were the ones that proposed for the collaboration. The thing that was present in all split releases, was the respect for the musical work of the other bands.  


9.What is going on with 'Metal Throne Productions' these days?


Ungod: Metal Throne productions is always busy! Apart from the bands that I’m active with, Metal Throne is the other occupation that lets me fulfill my dedication to metal music! I have always a busy schedule of releases, in all formats. In the last few years, Metal Throne Productions is oriented mostly in Greek bands, but not only. Two years ago, Metal Throne started as a physical store as well here in Athens, realising a dream that I had for almost 2 decades.


10.The new album is coming out on 'Purity Through Fire', how would you compare working with this label to other labels you have been a part of in the past?


SAD: We are, more or less, satisfied with our cooperation with all labels since now. But with Purity Through Fire, we are extremely pleased so far. They are very cooperative, they work fast, excellent communication and they are responding immediately. But above all, we feel that they are believing in SAD, and that they really want to support our band!


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


SAD: As we don’t use social networks, we don’t have a big sample of reactions, but what we hear in person, or see in comments and in e-mails that we sometimes get, the response is solidly positive. We may not “advertise” our music, but we are active for 15 years now, and have many releases, so in the internet era, many people around the world are familiar with our works, and as we said, positive reactions have come to our knowledge, especially from members of other black metal bands.


12.Do you have any plans for your other band 'Kvele' in the next few months?


SAD: Yes. We are about to begin recordings for a new EP, that will be named “Konge”. Hopefully, it will be ready by the end of the year.


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


SAD: For sure, nothing will change drastically. We don’t want to experiment any other black metal landscapes with SAD. SAD’s music will remain grim, unholy black metal.


14.What are some of the bands or musical styles you are currently listening to nowadays?


Ungod: I’m solely dedicated to metal music.

Nadir: As for me, I’m not listening exclusively to metal music. While most of my listening time is occupied by black metal and some old speed and thrash metal, occasionally I listen to some selected post-rock and post-metal bands and some shoegaze too.


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


SAD: No gods, no masters!

www.hordeavsad.webs.com



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


Thrudvangar/Vegvisir/Trollzorn/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 2 octobre 2020 à 03:16

 


  Thrudvangar  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  Viking  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Vegvisir"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Trollzorn.


  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  The  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  clean  Viking  vocals  being  heard  on  a  couple  of  track  as  well  as the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  touches  of  death  metal  when  they  adopt  a  more  deeper  approach.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  briefly  it  also gives the music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  most  of  the  music  also sticks   to  a  mid  tempo  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  


  On  this  recording  Thrudvangar  takes  their  Viking  style  of black  metal  into  more  of  a  melodic  and  mid  tempo  musical  direction. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  ancient  myths  and  legends  of  the  Vikings.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Thrudvangar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Viking  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vegvisir"  "Ran" "Siegvaters  Maid"  and  "Alles  was  bleibt".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/thrudvangarvegvisirtrollzorn2020-full.html


Keiser/Our Wretched Demise/Non Seviam Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 2 octobre 2020 à 02:13

 


  Keiser  are  a band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Our  Wretched  Demise"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Non  Serviam  Records.


  A  war  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier musical  direction  while  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal.  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  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  Norwegian  style  along  with  some  elements  of  black'n'roll  being  added  into  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  the  old  school  style  at  times  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a   brief  acoustic  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Keiser  are  a  very great  sounding  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scourge  Of  The  Wicked"  "When  Fire  Rides  The  Nightsky"  and  "Our  Wretched  Demise".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/PFLdH5mRR3A 


https://www.facebook.com/keisernor
https://www.instagram.com/keisernor/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/keiserour-wretched-demisenon-seviam.html


nether Interview

jeudi 1 octobre 2020 à 23:49

 


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


Our album “Between Shades and Shadows” was recorded at the end of 2019. Shortly thereafter we inked a deal with Art Gates records and were preparing everything needed. Artwork for the album, technical details concerning covers for Spotify and so on. We planned the recordings of a video-clip and made some arrangements for lyric-video’s. At a certain moment the Covid-19 crisis had a huge impact on this planning. But hey we managed to keep everything running through the electronical high – way! Due to the lockdown and all te regulations from the Belgian Government we where not able to rehearse or play live. Hence we started rehearsing physically again a week or 2 ago. nether is a band that is at his strongest when all the individuals play and work together in the same (well ventilated) room (with respect for social distance 😉). 


2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of October, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style, you went for on the recording?


nether plays fast melodic black metal with a raw feeling. This is the style of music every individual within the band is most “linked” with from the beginning of their musical career. Every individual has a history in one or two black metal bands. And so you can conclude more strongly that black metal is the music style that has grown inside of us and always will come out in one or either way.


3.Most of the band members also have experience playing in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'nether' that you where not able to do with your other groups?


nether is a band of equal minded individuals that wanted to go back to the essence of creating music, melodic black metal. Creating music, a lyrical theme and visualizing a concept that was based on every individuals input. In the other bands we played in, there’s was a certain moment that one bandmember created everything or took over the songwriting and the input of the other members was cut-off. That’s not a strong fundament to work on. 


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


The tree is the centerpiece of our concept. The tree with his roots in the soil is in fact an individual, a reflection of a strong and solid person. A person that’s normally not pushed aside by a negative action, an unexpected event nor an opinion of meaningless others. A person that’s strong in it’s core, in his essence. So the band name nether means that you have to search for this core in every person, this essence. You have to take your time to search to the bottom, to search for the roots. At that point, when found, you can connect with this individual or not...


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


We where searching for this aforementioned concept to be visualized and by surprise we where struck by the photo’s of Artem Gordienko, an artist from Ukrain. His work reflected all of the details we wanted to be caught on the front cover. The trees, the fog, the somehow lost person...or the person in search of... That’s what struck us the most. His professional way of working made it a quick deal.


6.I have read the band has plans to do live shows, what can we expect from a life performance once you have an opportunity to play a stage?


That’s a difficult one. At this moment we are able to rehearse again so that’s an important one for us. Normally we had a try out show in Belgium on the 14th of September and this with label-mates  Noctem, but this had to be postponed to a later date. We are working something out but it’s very difficult ‘cause lot’s of tour’s are cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At this point we better take a step back and make plan’s for 2021 like other bands are doing in the same way. You could say this hampers the growth of the band, but we all have to stay safe and follow the advised regulations. So when at a certain moment everything is under control we can strike hard! And waiting for that moment, check out our lyric video of the song The Hand Of The Unspoken or the video-clip for the song To The Shores.


7.The album is coming out on 'Arts Gate Records', how did you get in contact with this label?


Art Gates records is a great label to work with, fast and clear in their way of working and in communication. They where one off several labels that contacted us after receiving our promo – package. They came with a proposition we had to accept. Also the fact that in the first mails they gave us a lot of confidence is of importance. The way this worked out for now is really great. Check out the pre-order page, check out the upcoming merch!


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


Due to the fact the promo’s for the album are sent out at this moment, as we speak, the reactions are still coming in. I really liked your vision on the album, thanks for that. Hopefully more of that kind of reactions will be sennt in to us, I’m confident it will 😉.


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


I hope that, after the Covid-19 pandemic, the music – industry, and I mean playing live in small venue’s or on big festivals will be possible again. Hopefully this time will come fast due to the fact that nether is eager to play live. Besides that fact, our musical journey will be not that difficult because the path we are walking on now, creating and playing fast melodic black metal with a raw touch, is the path we will continue to walk on. We are working on some new material but it’s to soon to give you more details on that.










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’s is not difficult to say that the Swedish black metal scene has had a massive impact on me and my fellow bandmembers. I can remember the first spins of Dawn’s first full length – Naer Solen ... or Naglfar’s Vittra. I have to mention Dissection’s The Somberlain and of course Storm Of The Light’s Bane. Do not forget Setherial’s Nord... Oh, I can continue for hours 😉


Sometimes I listen to those classics I just mentioned but also some newer bands are getting the attention they deserve. For example Gaerea from Portugal made quiet an impression with their latest work Limbo. But also Selbst with their opus Relatos De Angustia is making lot’s of spints lately. Do not forget the Hadal album by Over The Voids... and of course Mgla’s Age Of Excuse.

Again, I can continue for hours....



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


Thanks for this interview and your honest opinion about our album Between Shades And Shadows. Check out the latest video-clip To The Shores or look back to the lyric-video of The Hand Of The Unspoken. If you’re into merch check the pre – order page at the Art Gates website. Hope to see you on stage...


https://www.facebook.com/netherofficial
https://www.instagram.com/nether.official/







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


Hegeroth/Perfidia/2020 CD Review

jeudi 1 octobre 2020 à 22:51

 


  Hegeroth  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  old  school  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Perfidia"  which  will  be released  in  November.


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  both  the  Swedish  and  second  wave  style  of  the  genre.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  dissonant  elements  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  modern  atmosphere.


  The  vocals  also  getting  more  deep  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introducing  spoken  word  word  parts  onto  the  album  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Hegeroth  are  a  very  great  sounding  old school,  melodic  and  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Distorted  Visions  Of  The  Saints"  "Sacrificed"  and  "An  Angel  Wont  Come".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/hegeroth
www.youtube.com/user/hegeroth1
www.hegeroth.com


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/hegerothperfidia2020-cd-review.html