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Mork Interview

jeudi 28 mars 2019 à 02:51
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

A: I have been doing interviews and other pre-release related stuff. I’ve been booking shows and we have been rehearsing the new stuff as a band. I am ecstatic to have been booked for what will be Mork’s first US shows, in August.

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

A: Musically I guess it’s similar, in that it’s my handy-work. The overall feel and sound on this one is a bit colder and darker, though. I’ve had a pretty shitty couple of years, privately, that went on while creating this album. This has effected the outcome of the album.

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

A: Lyrically the new album has both strength and weakness, in a psychological fashion. There’s sadness and hopelessness sprung out of my depressed state and tragic past two years. But, there are strength and will-power in this as well. As a songwriter I did hold back alot whilst making the first two albums, in regard to keeping the feel and atmosphere old school and primitive. By album four I really have found my place within my Mork creativity. I let myself loose more and let what happens, happen.

4.The band is from Norway a country that has had some legendary acts over the years, how would you say your musical style differs from the other bands of your homeland?

A: The difference is that this is me and my way of creating music. I am inspired by my past works, more than other bands in the same genre. However the building blocks of Black Metal is underneath it all.

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

A: I actually got to meet the artist, David Thierree, randomly. I was not aware of his past works or collaborations. But, when I got to see his skills and drawings, I sort of decided right away to work with him. 

The album-title and concept is something that I have had in the back of my head for about ten years. So, it all came together rather nicely. I expressed my concept to David and he delivered a spot on depiction of my  vision. The artwork shows a vast black gorge representing all thats dark and and overwhelming in life, and the naked weakling represents the hopelessness it provokes.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself but use musicians for live performances, would you ever be open to work with a full line up in the studio?

A: Is Mork is a big part of me, I will keep it as is.

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?

A: The highlights keep getting more frequent for us as a live unit. That’s the good thing about being able to play and experience everything together over time. It’s not only the shows that makes the experience, it’s the traveling that comes along with it. Like our trip to Izmir in Turkey, where we got to experience the city and culture as well as the great crowd during our show. We are lucky to have been able to endure several good trips. We are really looking forward to our first journey over to the United States, where we are playing Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles later this year. Other highlights that come to mind is; Our show in Transylvania, our show at Tons Of Rock in Halden, Midgardsblot and Inferno Festival. Most shows are good for us.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

A: As mentioned we will do a short run in the US. We will play the Inferno during album-release. We are to appear at the Hellbotn Festival for the second time. And we have club shows, here and there. Mork has never been a band “on tour”, we mostly play one-offs. So, contact our booking and perhaps we’ll appear near you.

9.The last few albums have been released on Peaceville Records, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

A: As of today all Mork albums are on Peaceville. Mork has been a rapid upwards experience since the first album back in 2013 and Peaceville is yet another milestone on the way.

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

A: Feedback has been astonishing. I have to admit that I did not see this kind of “success” coming along, and this quick. Considering the band and music being quite “young”, being from 2004 and onwards, the reaction has been overwhelming. I am of course honored, even if I primarily make music to please non-other then myself first.

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

A: Nothing is written in stone. But I am pretty sure the the four albums up to now will be the guideline for the future. I don’t see myself taking Mork too far away from what is.

12.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?

A: I am a kind of guy who does not dig around for new music. I stick to my old favs. Classic rock and metal from the 60’s up til mid 90’s. The influence is music I do enjoy, there’s no single band or track that makes me write a song. It’s more the fact that the creativity in itself is so rewarding that my songwriting is free flowing out of creative freedom. Not only Black Metal inspires, music in general, does.

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

A: I tip my hat and thank you for the attention. This last two years has been a living hellhole of tragedy for me, so the privilege of being able to process those feelings through this new album is a important fundament for my well being onwards. Hails to the supporters of Mork out there. Hope this album can captivate you as it did to me. Keep the black flame burning.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/mork-interview.html


Schattenfall Interview

mercredi 27 mars 2019 à 05:28
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We started recording this album almost immediately after the release of Schatten in Schwarz. But during the recording there were some differences of opinions with our previous vocalist.
The search for a new vocalist took quite a lot of time, but fortunately Stefan Traunmüller accepted our invitation. Which resulted in a rather productive cooperation.

2.In March you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the album you had released in 2017?

New album is full of experiments, in contrast to the album of 2017: clean vocals, female vocals, more instrumental tracks, samples, and more.

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

On the “Melancholie des Seins” we used poems of German and Austrian poets. The main topics of album are loneliness, melancholy and autumn..

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

Creativity is always something unknown, the mystery of the manifestation of what was hidden in the shadows

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

All artwork was created by Valeria Metzker. She tried to convey the atmosphere of the album to the maximum - blurry images protruding from the darkness.

6.The band members live in Germany, Austria and Ukraine, how does this work out in the recording process/

It is not very difficult for us. Each works with his own part, making changes at different etaps. When we are satisfied with the result (never), we finish one track and going to the next one.

7.If the opportunity ever came would the band members be open to doing a live show or tour?

No idea, will see.

8.So far the band has worked with 'Wolfspell Records'and 'Redefining Darkness Records', do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Yes. I sincerely thank full them for it.

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

To my surprise, the first album responded quite warmly. What of course pleases me.

10.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?

Now I am working on a dark electric / industrial metal project. In this band will be also vocal by Stefan Traunmüller. I have some ideas for the another projects, but now there are only a few home demo tracks.

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

I am going to make my music more aggressive and fast, closer to the classic atmospheric black metal.

12.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?

I don’t think that it would be correct to say that something specific inspired me to this album. I listen to quite a lot of different music, and there is not so much black metal among it.

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

Thank you for the questions and for that you help to carry our shadows to the world!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/schattenfall-interview.html


Temple Koludra/Seven! Sirens! To A Lost Archetype/Transcending Obscurity Records/2019 CD Review

mercredi 27 mars 2019 à 04:38

  Temple  Koludra  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Seven!  Sirens!  To  A  Lost  Archetype"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.

  Elements  of  death  metal  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Indian  style  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  ethnic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  technical  style  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.  Melodic  chants,  death  metal  growls  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  only  small  touches  of  ambient  remain  from  their  previous  releases  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Indian  Spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Temple  Koludra  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trimurti"  "Namurupa"  and  "White  I  Trance".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/temple-koludraseven-sirens-to-lost.html


Pale Misery/Black Candles And Gutter Sum/2019 EP Review

mercredi 27 mars 2019 à 02:04

  Pale  Misery  are  a  band  from  Louisiana  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  vrust  with  a  touch  of  drone  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "Black  Candles  And  Gutter  Scum"  which  will  be  released  in  may.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  ep  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal/crust  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  second  wave  black  metal  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  ep  progresses  drones  and  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics cover  angry  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Pale  Misery  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  with  some  touches  of  drone  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devoured"  and  "The  Only  Cure".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/pale-miseryblack-candles-and-gutter_26.html


Vargsheim Interview

mardi 26 mars 2019 à 04:52
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We got better at our instruments and play tighter together in rhythm and on special points in several songs. Over the years we´re like three brothers, that keep our egos low when we work pulling in the same direction.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The songs are very unique. The new album sounds like a mix of the two albums before, just better! It was our aim to get on this new level and it took its time, but we didn´t have any pressure in time. If you put more time in an album you can put more passion and selection in it. The result should be better music!

3.This is your first album in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during this time frame?
Children were born, marriages were made, jobs were changed, a lot of alcohol and smoke were done, crazy gigs were played.

4.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?
It always was a valve of expression to us. Very private themes were mixed with an objective look at the world so that no one can watch through the lyrics first but everyone could find himself in some lines. This is the red line that we followed from the beginning. In this new album we took especially the romanitc ferytailpart from our demo cd but that don´t mean that there is no aggression in it.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vargsheim'?
It means "home of wolves". Individual ways are always lonesome. We see ourselves as outsiders from society, even when our families are not. 

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
I painted it in three years on a canvas, many crazy nights. In the beginning there was just the red bloodmoon and the rider that is thrown by one red spark. Then came details of ruins, stars and fires. I wanted to create pain and passion and this is what you here in the songs and the lyrics too. To create art is like a katharsis, you can put negative powers in something positive and throw away depressions or fuckin demons that sit on your mind for days and nights.

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?
In our hometown Würzburg , darktroll festival, ragnarök festival and wolfszeit festival. Our performance is very rock n roll but also evil and harsh. We don´t use corpsepaint anymore but we prefer dark and atmospheric few lights. We wear no shirts on stage, just hair, sweat and tattoos.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
not yet...

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of black metal?
We do a unique mix of oldschool rock and black metal, i think we were underestimated! Most fans we catch is on live gigs but with this album that may change.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Maybe more experiments will be done but we have learned to select. In our first records we used every idea and so the songs are most like a whole album. A song needs a structure, an album needs a structure. We know that now but we are a very creative band so we´re looking forward to every new idea. Our music was always honestly and will always  be. We prefer to put it in the trash, if it´s not.

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?
Enslaved, Mastodon, Thin Lizzy, of course MOTÖRHEAD, we here  all kinds of music to keep our minds open. From Jimmy Hendrix to Burzum and Mayhem on heavy detours over Hip Hop, Classic, Reggae... If it´s good music, we know no borders.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Motorcycles, Handcraft, Swords, Alcohol, Smoke, Womenfolk, we´re normal guys...

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Watch out for our fuckin new album "Söhne der Sonne"!



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/vargsheim-interview.html