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Aseneth Blake Interview

jeudi 15 avril 2021 à 03:46

 

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



My name is Asenath Blake, I’m a Welsh multi-instrumentalist who also practices folk magic. With my solo project I'm trying to coagulate these two interests. People classify my music as post-black metal. I always thought I was doing black metal but as I don't mainly listen to this music genre and I like to add electronic treatments to my tracks, they're probably right. In the end, it doesn't matter to me, the most important thing is to manage to give it a performative dimension.




2.On April 30th you have a new ep coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous release?



Musically, the compositions are quite similar to my debut EP because I like tight songs that get to the point. I wanted this new release to be a continuation of the first one, that's why I chose a similar way to title it. The main difference is in the mix. The sound of my Voorish Songs was dull and muffled. I wanted to change that by opting for more clarity, especially for percussion. I also discarded my experimental technique of merging an electric guitar with a hammered dulcimer because it was far too tedious.




3.The lyrics on the new ep are based upon the life, teachings and magickal practices of Austin Osman Spare, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this legendary occultist and what influence do you feel he has on the modern occult scene?



What interests me about Austin Osman Spare is the way he managed to make magic through his art. I was already quite familiar with his work, but the release of my debut EP brought me into contact with a coven affiliated with Yelda Paterson, the Welsh-born witch who taught him a few things. This led me to deepen my knowledge of this unusual man.



Regarding his influence on contemporary magic, and more particularly chaos magic, I think it’s partly based on a misunderstanding. Indeed, the very concept of chaos is not really present in his writings. He didn't practice paradigm shift or anything like that, but founded his own coherent system guided by his visionary imagination. He is often quoted but not read with sufficient thoroughness.




4.The ep is going to be released on Walpurgis Night or Beltane depending on whatever region of the world you live in, do you feel your music is the perfect soundtrack for this ritualistic holiday ?



I hope so! In any case, it has somehow been commissioned for this purpose. As I do every year, I will be celebrating Nos Galon-Mai, the Welsh variant of this holiday, by playing and listening to wild ecstatic music. This is one of those nights that has a liminal aspect, and I think that music is a way of blurring boundaries and creating passages of some sort.




5.The lyrics on the first ep where also inspired by the writings of Arthur Machen, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?



For me, Arthur Machen is simply the greatest Welsh writer! He was also a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. My Voorish Songs refer specifically to one of his short stories called 'The White People'. I discovered this odd tale when I was a teenager and it had a profound effect on me because, as a child, I had experiences quite similar to those described by the heroine. Maybe it's linked to the country's imagination, the 'genius loci', but I wanted to pay tribute to him with my first release for this reason.




6.Are there any other forms of occultism or other occultists that you have an interest in that you are going to explore lyrically on future releases?



There are of course other magicians who are references for me. I think of Robert Cochrane, Leonora Carrington or William Butler Yeats for example. However, I don't yet know whether I will continue to thematise my releases in this way. I do find a manic charm in the serial aspect that this might give to my discography but it will depend on my evolution in the field of drycræft.




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



The photograph that forms the artwork for these Zoëtic Songs comes from an old French erotic postcard probably dating from the beginning of the 20th century. It bore a title, 'La Nymphe au Satyre' (The Nymph with Satyr), and an anonymous quatrain:



Satyre ! ta froideur / Satyr! your coldness


Mérite ma satire / Deserves my satire


Et le geste moqueur / And the mocking gesture


Que ton dédain m’inspire. / That your disdain inspires me.



As satyrs are very present in Austin Spare's graphic work and as this image gave off something rather uncanny, I quickly decided on it. Using one of his drawings would have been too obvious.




8.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you have any experience working with other musicians in past bands or musical projects?



No, I find it very difficult to bear the presence of others, except for my occult Sisterhood. My social phobia has led me to adopt a very solitary lifestyle and I don't feel comfortable in a group setting. I learned music on my own and am currently doing the same for recording and mixing. This suits me very well.




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



My song 'Path to the Hanging Woods' is on the tape compilation Solitarius from the recent label Wilt who have shown an interest in my music. I'm not afraid to work alone and if I ever join a label, it will have to respect my distant and cryptic personality.




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



My debut EP was hailed as "one of the more standout unique albums heard in 2020" by FlightOfIcarus of Metal Trenches. CVLT Nation was also laudatory in the review entitled Witch Metal Reigns Supreme. I also got good feedback from France, Spain and Russia. For the occult part of the reception, I can't tell you too much about it but some interesting things happened.




11.When can we expect a full length, and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?



I think that in an age where people almost only listen to streaming songs in playlist form or algorithmic recommendations, the hegemony of the full-length album is a bit antiquated. Moreover, in literature I’ve always preferred short stories rather than novels, englynion rather than epics. The lengths tend to annoy me. That said, if I find a thematic axis that really inspires me, perhaps I'll try it.



Concerning my musical evolution, I won't be able to say too much either. For the moment, metal allows me to channel my existential anguish but I can imagine myself playing something else when I'm older, ritual folk or dark ambient for example. I like many kinds of music.




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?



That's a big question! I can love the gothic rock of Virgin Prunes as well as the contemporary classical music of Meredith Monk. I also listen to a lot of post-industrial bands and non-dancing electronic music. In terms of black metal, Murmuüre's self-titled album appeals to me a lot! Amongst the new releases, I found the latest Akhlys deliciously nightmarish and I really liked 'Un Monde de Glace et de Sang' by the Quebec band Sorcier des Glaces.




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



Get ready for the release of my Zoëtic Songs on April 30h! If any of your readers like riddles and want to know more about the supernatural experiences that feed my approach, feel free to visit my Wordpress site. But first of all, thank you for this personalised and relevant interview!

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


Nehushtan/Book 1: Medusas Revenge/Trepanation Recordings/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 15 avril 2021 à 03:35

 


  Nehushtan  are  a  band  from t he  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Book  1:  Medusas  Revenge"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Trepanation  Recordings.


  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  metal.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  one  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  harps  onto  the  album.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.


  The  vocals  also  bring  in  a  different  approach  to  the  genre  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  clean  playing  also  making  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  apocalyptic  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  Land  Of  Nod  a  fictional  post-apocalyptic  version  of  America  in  2108  and  the  protagonist  Medusa  and  her  revenge  on  the  Serpent's  Eagles.


  In  my  opinion  Nehushtan  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Symposium"  "Mouth  Of  Hell"  "Nehushtan"  and  "Medusa's  Revenge".  8  out  of  10.


https://trepanationrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/book-1-medusas-revenge  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/nehushtanbook-1-medusas.html


Rohtang/Entering The Gate Of Malevolent Darkness/Corrupted Flesh Records/2021 Demo Review

mercredi 14 avril 2021 à 05:33

 


  Rohtang  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  demo  "Entering  The  Gate  Of  Malevolent  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  on  April  23rd  by  Corrupted  Flesh  Records.


  A  very  dark  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  atmospheric  elements  and  synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  very  slow  direction.


  Rohtang  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  slow,  atmospheric,  raw  and  synth  orientated.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Depression,  Misery  and  Spiritual  Demise  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Rohtang  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  depressive  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entering  The  Gate  Of  Malevolent  Darkness"  and  "Journey  Through  The  Dungeon  Of  Pestilence".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/rohtangentering-gate-of-malevolent.html


Thousand Year War/The Goddamned Lord/Sadist Records/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 14 avril 2021 à 04:43

 


  Thousand  Year  War  are  a  band  from  Steamboat  Springs,  Colorado  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  album  "The  Goddamned  Lord"  which  was  released  by  Sadist  Records.


  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  keyboards  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  symphonic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  lot  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  tracks  also  mix  both  the  old  school  and  modern  styles  together  at  times  along  with  some  clean  pagan  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  moving  away  from  the  death  metal  elements  that  where  a  very  huge  part  of  previous  releases,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Satyricon's  "Du  Som  Hater  gud".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology,  respect  for  the  old  ways  of  the  northern  beliefs  of  the  Asaturu  and  Anti  Christian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Thousand  Year  War  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Valhalla  Rising"  "Northern  Gods"  and  "Moonshadow".  8  out  of  10.


Thousand Year War | Facebook

Thousand Year War - The Goddamned Lord | Sadist Records (bandcamp.com)

Thousand Year War - The Goddamned Lord (Full Album) - YouTube

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/thousand-year-warthe-goddamned.html


Luciferianometh/The Order Of Satan's Rage/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 14 avril 2021 à 03:35

 


  Sri  Lanka's  Luciferianometh  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  style  of  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "The  Order  Of  Satan's  Rage".


  An  Acoustic  guitar  intro  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals.  Grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style.


  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  showing  an  influence  of  90's  era  death  metal  at  times.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard,  the  album  also  closes  with  an  acoustic  guitar  outro.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Left  Hand  Path,  Black  Magick, Egyptian  Magick,  Baphomet,  Knights  templar, Vedic  Mythology,  Astral  Projection  and  Sinhal  Buddhism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Luciferianometh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Elemental  King  Ov  Cosmos  Knight  ov  Amenti"  "My  Ancient  Spirit  Guide  I  Ascended  Through"  and  "Majesty  Ov  Baphomet's  throne".  8/7  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/luciferianomeththe-order-of-satans.html