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Corr Mhona Interview

mercredi 7 avril 2021 à 03:01

 

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

We are Corr Mhóna from West Cork, Ireland. We have been going since 2009, when two sets of brothers (the Farrows and the Quinns) decided to get together and form a band after years of playing and going to gigs. We like to combine all our skills and influences in the band, so we write riffs and sing in different styles depending on the mood of the song. Our lyrics are entirely in the Irish language (Gaeilge) and we write about natural and environmental themes, reflecting our current reality, heritage, and mythology.


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

The major difference with Abhainn over our last album (Dair) is the quality of the production - this album is far heavier and more substantial in tone and sound. We have gotten the metal sound we wanted for drums and guitar, with a live feel and lots of power. In other ways, the album is a continuation of our earlier recordings. We have a variety of moods and styles on the album, with choral sections, instrumentals, and a mixture of vocals, just like before.


3.This is also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Quite a lot! We began writing the material for Abhainn in the Summer of 2015, and we have been steadily working on the songs ever since. As our band members can often be living abroad, we have to time our trips to the studio to record the different elements of the album when people are back in Ireland. Some of us have lived in Canada in recent years, which obviously makes things more difficult! The album has been fully ready for the last couple of years, but then Covid has also gotten in the way. It made it more difficult to find a label as people were unsure whether to commit or not; but it all worked out in the end, and we are happy to finally release the album with Satanath Records in conjunction with Negra PlanY on April 16th.


4.The lyrics on the new recording are also a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting on the new release?

The album as a whole has one overarching concept and narrative journey, that of the Irish river or “abhainn”. We had some music already written when we came up with the idea and then began combining the songs into one musical flow. As the album represents the river’s life from source to sea, we placed each song where it would be relevant within that journey (e.g., heavier and faster music to represent rapids and falls). Each track has its own character from its place in the flow, as well as representing a particular Irish river and referencing the story and mythology of that river in the lyrics. We recorded natural sounds from locations in Ireland to embellish the soundscape. These can be heard on both instrumentals and heavier tracks, which include water noises and birdcall. As always, there is a broad spread of moods and styles within the music.


5.I know that the band’s name is the Irish word for 'heron', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Yes it does, Corr is the Irish word for heron-like birds and Corr Mhóna means the heron/crane of the bog. The ‘cor’ in the English bird name ‘Cormorant’ is a cognate. But a corr is also a twist or turn or twisted thing, so we liked the idea of the ‘twisted thing of the bog’. Herons are a common site on the rivers of West Cork and something of a symbol for the region. We also wanted a powerful Irish name as the band would be singing in Irish. As for the style, our music takes a lot of turns and changes and can seem a bit odd in contrast to more conventional stuff, just like the heron can seem strange or otherworldly in the wild.


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

We would love to! The main piece at the centre of the cover was drawn by Mairéad Mc Guinness of ‘Mairéad Mc Guinness Art’. She is a fantastically gifted artist from Drogheda in Ireland, and we asked her to help with the new album as we thought her art would be a great match for our music; it has that combination of light and dark within it. We are old friends with Mairéad and were delighted when she said yet. She created several pieces for us, each one inspired by one of the rivers on the album. We finally chose Suláin for the cover and then Martin (guitarist and vocalist) created a variety of amazing backdrops for the album cover and booklet. There is plenty more art to show you yet!


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

Playing live is very important to Corr Mhóna’s identity as a band. We pride ourselves on putting everything into our live shows, and try to recreate as much as possible the changes in vocal and musical styles on stage. We try to bring a lot of power and precision to our shows, which we have built up through years of playing together. We also try to bring that sound to our albums, where we record without click tracks in a ‘live’ feel. Memorable gigs over the years would include the Dair album launch gig in Mister Bradley’s Cork (2014), playing the Siege of Limerick festival several times or a memorable mini-tour with Mael Mordha supporting them on their ‘Damned when Dead’ tour (2013).


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

The reaction worldwide has been very good, and we really appreciate all the fans who have supported us over the years. We haven’t been very active in the last few years, so it was really heartening to see the reaction from fans to the news of the new album release. We have had fans across Europe, in the US and in South America in the past, but we are now seeing more fans from Eastern Europe and Russian due to our connection with Satanath Records. Though there is a mixture of all those genres in our music (among others) we tend to get a bigger reaction from fans of pagan, black metal due to our lyrical content, themes and imagery. We have a lot of doom fans too though, and we all love the stuff (check out An tSuláin on the new album)! The death influence isn’t as obvious so we would have less death metal fans, but it has always been there in our music, and is more evident in this album. 



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?

There is a lot going on in the Cork scene, with plenty of new releases during lockdown. It is a close scene (possibly incestual!) and we all help each other out in different acts. Currently Stephen and Paul are in The Grief with John from For Ruin; this is a more traditional 90s doom band (debut album ‘Horizon’s Fall’, 2020). They are also in blackened filth Procession of Spectres with Marc and Liam from Soothsayer and Steve O’Connell from For Ruin (debut EP ‘Procession of Spectres’, 2020). We have all been involved in different acts in the past, and no doubt will be again in future!


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

We have always combined influences from whatever music we enjoy in our songwriting, and we will always write music this way. We feel it is the only way to keep the music vital and real, to avoid boxing ourselves in to a certain style or genre. We realise that this has been a problem for us in the past, as it is more difficult to promote something that’s hard to categorize! But we wouldn’t do it any other way.


11.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?

Almost everything released in the early 90s! :) Obviously, the metal that was popular when we were growing up had an influence on us. We loved death metal (At the Gates, Dismember, Death, Bolt-Thrower, Napalm) black metal (Emperor, Thorns, Enslaved), doom (Anathema, My Dying Bride) … We grew up loving Thrash and traditional metal (Sabbath, Maiden) and were fans of grunge and indie as well as electronic and traditional music. We all love classical, soundtracks and instrumental music of any kind. Progressive music is another big influence, both in rock and in metal (Arcturus, Cynic, Age of Silence). These days we still listen to a big spread of styles, from trad music like The Gloaming to soundtracks from Max Richter and Jeremy Soule; from doom such as Ahab to old school Stockholm-sound death such as LIK.


12.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

We respect everyone’s right to believe what they want, from once it doesn’t harm others. Whatever floats your boat! We have a deep respect and interest in heritage and the preservation of culture and diversity, both in society and the natural world. So we will obviously have an interest in the ancient cultures that believed in their pre-monotheistic pantheons of gods… We reference several heroes from Irish mythology in our lyrics which most definitely were Irish gods before Christianity arrived. It’s a deep question, but I suppose the beliefs of the band would be described more as atheistic than paganistic, though pagans are fecking cool! If we were to become pagans in a sense, we wouldn’t ascribe to one overarching pagan belief, but choose one of the pre-christian faith systems such as Celtic Gaelic Druidism.


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

Thanks a million for having us on for this interview! It is great to finally release Abhainn and to get feedback and contact with people in different countries from it, such as yourselves. We look forward to being able to get back out there on stage and play these songs for people around the world - see you at a gig somewhere in the future. Until then, take care and keep it metal!


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/corr-mhona-interview_6.html


Corr Mhona Interview

mercredi 7 avril 2021 à 02:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? We are Corr Mhóna from West Cork, Ireland. We have been going since 2009, when two sets of brothers (the Farrows and the Quinns) decided to get together and form a band after years of playing and going to gigs. We like to combine all our skills and influences in the band, so we write riffs and sing in different styles depending on the mood of the song. Our lyrics are entirely in the Irish language (Gaeilge) and we write about natural and environmental themes, reflecting our current reality, heritage, and mythology. 2.You have a new album coming out in April, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? The major difference with Abhainn over our last album (Dair) is the quality of the production - this album is far heavier and more substantial in tone and sound. We have gotten the metal sound we wanted for drums and guitar, with a live feel and lots of power. In other ways, the album is a continuation of our earlier recordings. We have a variety of moods and styles on the album, with choral sections, instrumentals, and a mixture of vocals, just like before. 3.This is also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame? Quite a lot! We began writing the material for Abhainn in the Summer of 2015, and we have been steadily working on the songs ever since. As our band members can often be living abroad, we have to time our trips to the studio to record the different elements of the album when people are back in Ireland. Some of us have lived in Canada in recent years, which obviously makes things more difficult! The album has been fully ready for the last couple of years, but then Covid has also gotten in the way. It made it more difficult to find a label as people were unsure whether to commit or not; but it all worked out in the end, and we are happy to finally release the album with Satanath Records in conjunction with Negra PlanY on April 16th. 4.The lyrics on the new recording are also a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting on the new release? The album as a whole has one overarching concept and narrative journey, that of the Irish river or “abhainn”. We had some music already written when we came up with the idea and then began combining the songs into one musical flow. As the album represents the river’s life from source to sea, we placed each song where it would be relevant within that journey (e.g., heavier and faster music to represent rapids and falls). Each track has its own character from its place in the flow, as well as representing a particular Irish river and referencing the story and mythology of that river in the lyrics. We recorded natural sounds from locations in Ireland to embellish the soundscape. These can be heard on both instrumentals and heavier tracks, which include water noises and birdcall. As always, there is a broad spread of moods and styles within the music. 5.I know that the band’s name is the Irish word for 'heron', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play? Yes it does, Corr is the Irish word for heron-like birds and Corr Mhóna means the heron/crane of the bog. The ‘cor’ in the English bird name ‘Cormorant’ is a cognate. But a corr is also a twist or turn or twisted thing, so we liked the idea of the ‘twisted thing of the bog’. Herons are a common site on the rivers of West Cork and something of a symbol for the region. We also wanted a powerful Irish name as the band would be singing in Irish. As for the style, our music takes a lot of turns and changes and can seem a bit odd in contrast to more conventional stuff, just like the heron can seem strange or otherworldly in the wild. 6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover? We would love to! The main piece at the centre of the cover was drawn by Mairéad Mc Guinness of ‘Mairéad Mc Guinness Art’. She is a fantastically gifted artist from Drogheda in Ireland, and we asked her to help with the new album as we thought her art would be a great match for our music; it has that combination of light and dark within it. We are old friends with Mairéad and were delighted when she said yet. She created several pieces for us, each one inspired by one of the rivers on the album. We finally chose Suláin for the cover and then Martin (guitarist and vocalist) created a variety of amazing backdrops for the album cover and booklet. There is plenty more art to show you yet! 7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? Playing live is very important to Corr Mhóna’s identity as a band. We pride ourselves on putting everything into our live shows, and try to recreate as much as possible the changes in vocal and musical styles on stage. We try to bring a lot of power and precision to our shows, which we have built up through years of playing together. We also try to bring that sound to our albums, where we record without click tracks in a ‘live’ feel. Memorable gigs over the years would include the Dair album launch gig in Mister Bradley’s Cork (2014), playing the Siege of Limerick festival several times or a memorable mini-tour with Mael Mordha supporting them on their ‘Damned when Dead’ tour (2013).
8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of pagan, black, doom and death metal? The reaction worldwide has been very good, and we really appreciate all the fans who have supported us over the years. We haven’t been very active in the last few years, so it was really heartening to see the reaction from fans to the news of the new album release. We have had fans across Europe, in the US and in South America in the past, but we are now seeing more fans from Eastern Europe and Russian due to our connection with Satanath Records. Though there is a mixture of all those genres in our music (among others) we tend to get a bigger reaction from fans of pagan, black metal due to our lyrical content, themes and imagery. We have a lot of doom fans too though, and we all love the stuff (check out An tSuláin on the new album)! The death influence isn’t as obvious so we would have less death metal fans, but it has always been there in our music, and is more evident in this album. 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? There is a lot going on in the Cork scene, with plenty of new releases during lockdown. It is a close scene (possibly incestual!) and we all help each other out in different acts. Currently Stephen and Paul are in The Grief with John from For Ruin; this is a more traditional 90s doom band (debut album ‘Horizon’s Fall’, 2020). They are also in blackened filth Procession of Spectres with Marc and Liam from Soothsayer and Steve O’Connell from For Ruin (debut EP ‘Procession of Spectres’, 2020). We have all been involved in different acts in the past, and no doubt will be again in future! 10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? We have always combined influences from whatever music we enjoy in our songwriting, and we will always write music this way. We feel it is the only way to keep the music vital and real, to avoid boxing ourselves in to a certain style or genre. We realise that this has been a problem for us in the past, as it is more difficult to promote something that’s hard to categorize! But we wouldn’t do it any other way. 11.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? Almost everything released in the early 90s! :) Obviously, the metal that was popular when we were growing up had an influence on us. We loved death metal (At the Gates, Dismember, Death, Bolt-Thrower, Napalm) black metal (Emperor, Thorns, Enslaved), doom (Anathema, My Dying Bride) … We grew up loving Thrash and traditional metal (Sabbath, Maiden) and were fans of grunge and indie as well as electronic and traditional music. We all love classical, soundtracks and instrumental music of any kind. Progressive music is another big influence, both in rock and in metal (Arcturus, Cynic, Age of Silence). These days we still listen to a big spread of styles, from trad music like The Gloaming to soundtracks from Max Richter and Jeremy Soule; from doom such as Ahab to old school Stockholm-sound death such as LIK. 12.How would you describe your views on Paganism? We respect everyone’s right to believe what they want, from once it doesn’t harm others. Whatever floats your boat! We have a deep respect and interest in heritage and the preservation of culture and diversity, both in society and the natural world. So we will obviously have an interest in the ancient cultures that believed in their pre-monotheistic pantheons of gods… We reference several heroes from Irish mythology in our lyrics which most definitely were Irish gods before Christianity arrived. It’s a deep question, but I suppose the beliefs of the band would be described more as atheistic than paganistic, though pagans are fecking cool! If we were to become pagans in a sense, we wouldn’t ascribe to one overarching pagan belief, but choose one of the pre-christian faith systems such as Celtic Gaelic Druidism. 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Thanks a million for having us on for this interview! It is great to finally release Abhainn and to get feedback and contact with people in different countries from it, such as yourselves. We look forward to being able to get back out there on stage and play these songs for people around the world - see you at a gig somewhere in the future. Until then, take care and keep it metal! com/-6osJqhzl9fk/YGz4Az0ieWI/AAAAAAAArqw/6KwWxnqgYxsp4t3eJtPoT4nvFT7N2YSBwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crr-band.jpg" style="display: block; padding: 1em 0; text-align: center; ">
https://www.facebook.com/corrmhona/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/corr-mhona-interview.html


Hecatomb/Horrid Invocations/Invictus Productions/2021 EP Review

mardi 6 avril 2021 à 05:25

 


  Hecatomb  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Horrid  Invocations"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Invictus  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Bestiral  growls  can  also b e  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  first  wave  black  and  thrash  metal  elements  and  the  vocals  are  mostyl  blackened  metal  screams.


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's  era  while  demonic  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are  finally  utilized  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  fast  and  brutal  musical  direction.


  Hecatomb  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Hecatomb  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Queen  Of  Perversion"  and  "Horrid  Invocations".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/hecatomb666 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/hecatombhorrid-invocationsinvictus.html


Lunar Mantra/Psychosomatika/Invictus Productions/2021 EP Review

mardi 6 avril 2021 à 04:13

 


  Lunar  Mantra  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Psychosomatika"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Invictus  Productions.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  deep  black  metal  style.


  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.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  some  chants  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  ep  also  closes  with  an  ambient  orientated  instrumental  which  also  adds  in  some  touches  of  Tibetan  music.


  Lunar  Mantra  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  touches  of  dark  ambient,  ritual  and  ethnic  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Esoteric  and  Illumination  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Lunar  Mantra  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  ambient  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nexicthon".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/lunarmantraesoteria 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/lunar-mantrapsychosomatikainvictus.html


Aussichtslos Interview

mardi 6 avril 2021 à 03:14

 

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

Aussichtslos was formed in the year 2014 by GARST and NORSK. We are friends since our childhood. One day we decided to create music that we want to listen to. And here we are.


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

We play some harsh but yet melodic style of black metal.


3.The band has been around since 2014 but waited until 2021 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

Some private stuff let the band sleep for 6 years. We also couldn’t find a human drummer at that time. The first recordings have been done with a drum computer. In 2020 we finally found REST. A human drum machine, who had also mixed and mastered our album. A big thanks to REST for his work, passion and time.


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

Well, it’s about inner demons , self-struggle , the war in mind which everybody fights, but it’s not hopeless. Were you can find weakness inside you, you can always find strength too. Sometimes you win against your enemies and sometimes you loose the war. Beside that the lyrics are also about the beauty of the nature and the hate against the stupid masses . Also some criticism about religion in general.


5.I know the bands name is German for 'futile' and 'hopeless', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

I think the music speaks for itself. In combination with the lyrics it fits perfect. The music should give you the power to go on and on. In fact we thought the name sounds good. Your situation is hopeless, nevertheless you keep on fighting.


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

The artwork was created by Marlen Jachek, a very talented designer (contact: marlen.jachek@live.at). The picture should visualize one kind of the inner demons, which is a recurring part of our lyrical topics.


7.Has the band had any opportunities to do live shows or open to the idea?

NO!


8.So far very little is known about the band, do you prefer to keep a low profile?

We want to let the music speak for itself. There is no social media profile of Aussichtslos, and it’s not planned to be. For any musically news people should check the social media profiles of our label purity through fire. The only thing we have is a bandcamp profile, were you can support us.


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

So far it’s very good! Black Metal Promotion supported our full album on youtube, the views and comments are very positive! Also there are many supporters on bandcamp.


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

We have already record our second album and when it’s possible we are willing to record the third one this year. You will always get harsh melodic black metal, the one we prefer, from Aussichtslos.


11.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?

When you create music, i think everything you have ever heard before influences you subconsciously. There was no masterplan to sound like this or that. We simply made what we like to hear musically.

Nowadays there are still some bands i hear since years like Nargaroth, Burzum, Sargeist, Satanic Warmaster, Immortal, Gorgoroth, Belphegor ….

From the newer Bands there are Human Serpent, Sarkrista, Havukruunu, Totenwache, Spectral Wound, Faidra, Malum, Goats of Doom and so on.


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

Thanks to Purity Through Fire for the trust in our music. It was our Label of choice and we are glad to have such an professional support.  Thanks to Micha from No-Kvlt Magazin for introducing us to REST. A special thank goes out to everybody who bought our CD or had supported us on bandcamp!

Thanks for the Interview

https://youtu.be/DcrGJPUCJ0Q

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/aussichtslos-interview.html