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Misertus Interview

vendredi 11 septembre 2020 à 23:34

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Currently I've been working on a new album which should be coming out this year.

2.With this project you have released 3 full lengths and an ep, musically how do they all differ from each other?

All of these releases fall within the post-black metal genre with a few differences.

Daydream is probably the most conventional in terms of black metal, with a chaotic yet equally melodic cacophony of blistering catharsis, a heavy reliance on blastbeats and focus on contrasts between abrasive sections and moments of calm.

Coil would take this approach and amplify the post-metal/shoegazing aspects, experimenting with shimmering textures, clean vocals and further traces of melancholy, yet without diluting the aggression of the first release.
Outland is where the ferocity and speed take a step back, with a dark atmospheric shroud taking over instead. Quite possibly the most melodic of the three albums, lots of beautiful slow parts as well as sections making use of synths and jangly guitars.

A Shallow Constant is perhaps the most traditionally "blackgaze" of the releases with minimal guitar layering and less of an otherworldly, more organic sound in comparison to previous releases. Clean vocals return as well as some mild influences from post-punk and indie rock sneaking in to the calmer interludes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music?

Dreams, life, faith, inspiration and the catharsis that comes with it.

4.Since 2019 you have released a good amount of material with all of your musical projects, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

Not a week goes by without me doing something musical, even when not working on a project. Sometimes I'm happy to just experiment.

5.With your projects you also record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I'm certainly open to the idea of working with other musicians on a studio basis (at least in this current climate), but generally I enjoy the flow and freedom that comes with being a solo musician.

6.Recently 'Onism Productions' released your first 3 full lengths as a triple album compilation, what was the decision behind releasing all of your albums together?

With all 3 albums released in the same year in such a short space of time, sharing similarities yet also contrasting in different ways both conceptually and musically, it made sense to release the three together as a package.
I have to thank Onism Productions for getting the release out there. they've personally been great to work with and we can only expect fantastic things from a label that clearly puts their full heart and passion into what they do.

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

Honestly the positive feedback was quite a surprise to me. It's a joy to see music that I've created resonate with people in the same way that music created by others resonates with me.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the other musical projects that you are a part of?

I recently released a side project demo from Divinivm (https://divinivm.bandcamp.com/) - essentially the antithesis of Misertus with it's esoteric & abstract black/death metal sound.
There should be a new song on a compilation coming out soon.

Before Misertus I released two bandcamp projects known as Susceptive (https://susceptive.bandcamp.com/) and Touchlight (http://touchlight.bandcamp.com/) - essentially these were two precursors that dealt with neocrust/post-black and shoegazing metal respectively, that I guess you could say were melded together to create Misertus in the end.

At one point I was briefly part of a Manchester group known as Kvilla (https://www.facebook.com/kvillaband/), who play blackened hardcore with shoegaze elements.
Having heard a few teasers from their upcoming EP I can safely say they're one to watch out for.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Most likely creating more studio releases, and going where the current takes us.

10.What are your currently listening to nowadays?

This month has mostly been a mix of depressive black metal, melodic death metal, post-punk, post-hardcore, shoegaze, screamo & electronic to name a few...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Walking, hiking, climbing, writing.

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

Thanks to the fans, thanks to everyone who has supported Misertus - keep an eye out for the new release coming soon.

www.facebook.com/misertusbm

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/misertus.html


Invincible Force/Decomposed Sacramentum/Dark Descent Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 11 septembre 2020 à 00:50

  Invincible  Force  are  a  band  from  Chile  that has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  an d plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Decomposed  Sacramentum"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  thrash  metal  influenced  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  mid  80's  era  death  metal  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  when  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  chaotic  style  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Invincible  Force  goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  era  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Rituals  and  Sacrifice  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Invincible  Force  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Perpetual  Black  Mass"  "The  Shadow  Over  Canaan"  "Damned  By  Noise  &  Lust"  and  "Hopeless  Mortality".  8  out  of  10.

https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/decomposed-sacramentum

https://www.facebook.com/Invincible666Force
https://invincibleforce.bandcamp.com/

https://youtu.be/hBEpUa1DB5M



      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/invincible-forcedecomposed.html


Dysylum/Cosmogonie/Signal Rex/2020 CD Review

jeudi 10 septembre 2020 à 20:17

  France's  Dysylum  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  progressive  black  metal  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Cosmogonie"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark sounding  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  arr  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  grim  moments  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  at  times  the  music  also gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  and  towards  the  end  touches  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  divided  into  4  different  chapters  and  cover  psychological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dysylum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apparition  I"  "Dispersion  II"  and  "Extinction  III". 8out  of  10.

http://dysylumn.bandcamp.com/album/cosmogonie 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/dysylumcosmogoniesignal-rex2020-cd.html


Enslaved/Utgard/Nuclear Blast Records/2020 CD Review

jeudi 10 septembre 2020 à 06:07

  Norway's Enslaved  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  progressive  style  of  viking  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Utgard"  which  will  be  released  in  October by  Nuclear  Blast  Records.

  Melodic  viking  chants  and  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  touches  of  folk  music  when  they  are  utilized.  The  heavier riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  synths  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  lo  picking  also  showing  a  little  bit  of  the  aggression  that  was  more  present  on  their  earlier  releases.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  couple  of  tracks  also  introduce  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album  which  also gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  electronic  music  elements  can  also  be heard,  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  traditional  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  Norse  Mythology  and  Paganism  from  a  Jungian  Perspective.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Enslaved  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fires  In  the  Dark"  "Homebound"  and  "Distant  Seasons".  8  out  of  10.

http://enslaved.no/
https://www.facebook.com/enslaved
https://www.instagram.com/enslavedofficial/
https://twitter.com/enslavedband
https://www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial

https://youtu.be/xkEXIpym5E0

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/enslavedutgardnuclear-blast-records2020.html


Misertus/Daydream/Coil/Outland/Onism Productions/2020 Triple Album Compilation Review

jeudi 10 septembre 2020 à 03:40

  Misertus  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  triple  album  compilation  "Daydream/Coil/Outland"  which  was  released  by  Onism  Productions  and  consists  of  3  albums  that  he  had  released  in  2019.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  riffs.

   The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Elements  of  post  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  tracks  also  having  their  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  compilation.

  Some of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  this  practice  being  utilized  more  on  the  later  albums. Clean  vocals  are  also  introduced  on  the  second  album  that  is  presented  on  the  compilation  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental,  a  later  song  also  adds  some  prog  elements  onto  the  compilation.

  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly as  well  as  the  synths  on  the  3rd  album  also  introducing  elements  of  ambient  onto  the  compilation.  At  times  the  music  also  has  its  dissonant  and  dreamlike  moments  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  drones.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholic  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Misertus  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Red  Ghosts"  "Ions"  "Conjoined"  and  "Aether  (A  Distant  Ember)".  8  out  of  10.

 www.facebook.com/misertusbm

https://youtu.be/qTBEx9TZ4Bc

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/misertusdaydreamcoiloutlandonism.html