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Trespasser Interview

jeudi 28 février 2019 à 03:07

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

The band was started by me (XVI)  after my latest project went to shit. I´ve always played hardcore punk in one form or another but always tried to broaden the horizons for what punk really is. One day I got tired of punk. The scene is pretty small and no one gives a shit about learning how to play their instruments.

I´ve always had love for the metal scene in that aspect. As a multi-instrumentalist with at least a little bit of music theory and ambition to get better at my instruments the metal scene is an example. The backside of the metal scene is its total neglect of the relation between politics and music. That´s why I got stuck in the DIY punk scene for so many years.

I felt I needed to bridge the gap. I missed a band that had a relentless extreme left stance but could make music as interesting and exhilarating as the far right black metal bands I adored. So steeped in the DIY-ethos as I am, I started that band myself.

I don´t consider TRESPASSER a black metal band at all. For me and everyone else that takes black metal serious (an oxymoron perhaps) black metal and satanism is inexorably intertwined. But black metal philosophy can also be seen as an existentialist movement. And I consider anarchism, which is TRESPASSERs main lyrical topic, to be equally existential.

2.Recently you have put out your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo's?

The full length is the first serious recording. The only demo I made is “1361” and it featured programmed drums and all the instruments were tracked at home using only plug-ins. The vocals were recorded in the rehearsal room.

The songwriting is similar. With TRESPASSER I want to conjure a sublime feeling in the listener. A feeling somewhere between ecstasy and despair. A gut-wrenching and tear-jerking feeling that there is no point to anything, a feeling of nihilism if you will, and still inspire hope, faith and the will to fight. In that aspect it touches on traditional black metal song writing and lyricism; it is deeply religious music in a sense.

This might seem contradictory. But I see it as crucial to be able to both stare down in the abyss and claw at the skies. 



3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept involving Ukraine under the anarcho-communist revolutionary Nestor Makhno, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting and your interest in anarcho and communist politics?

Nestor Makhno is an inspiring character to begin with. If you don´t know much about it I think the lyrics of the record might be a good start. I also included all my references in the lyric sheet.

I stumbled across the Makhnovist movement around the same time I started to develop the theme and image for the band. The WWI aesthetics fits very well with the kind of music I wanted to do. I listened a shit load to Marduk at the time as well, but i felt that WWII is done by so many bands.

It just lined up. I found a part of history that was obscure but very interesting. The Makhnovists had such integrity in their revolutionary strife. Their slogans were almost already the perfect black metal hooks. They gave up everything for their dream, they died for their beliefs and their faith. It was just meant to be. And I was astounded that no band had ever done anything about this before.

Plus I saw it as an opportunity to educate myself on the political movement I claim to be a part of - anarchism.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?

The full length isn´t exclusively about Makhno. “To the Barricades” is from the Spanish Civil War in the 30´s. “Black Flags on a Blood-Red Horizon” features phrases from “Les Anarchistes” which I think was recorded in the 60´s.

It´s really a cut´n´paste collage of anarchist history. But it isn´t all just tributes. I´ve tried to nuance it a little bit and provoke self-critique in the anarchist community. But as always, when an artist puts something out there it´s no longer the artists work - it belongs to the listener.

The first demo was about “the Battle of Visby” which was a medieval battle on Gotland between the Danes and the Gutnish peasant population. A total massacre with a clear class perspective. Read about it!


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Trespasser'?

I wanted something with ties to the primary axiom of anarchism - “property is theft”. I also wanted it to have some religious connotations. A trespasser is both someone who does not respect the physical property of the bourgeoisie but also a sinner within the theological world. To forgive the trespasses that has been brought against us is essential to building a better world.
And either way - if you identify with the trespasser of theology or not - the name and the concept awakens a lot of feelings. In me anyway.


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

It´s basically pictures from the Ukrainian/Russian Civil War that I have stolen. Together with the people at Heavenly Vault Records we created the final artwork.

I wanted it to look old and more or less accurate for the epoque I was addressing in the lyrics. Also I didn´t want another black and white black metal cover. I wanted the background to be white, or at least light. And the pictures from that era are so beautiful so I wanted to use as much of them as possible. Plus I love horses.

The full length cover is a spin off of the “Tachanka”-single cover. That design I stole from an old Ukrainian folk-record. I can´t tell you which, cause I don´t know myself anymore. I had the original in front of me when I made the single cover, but then I never found it again.

The poster is modeled after an old Soviet propaganda-poster originally meant to rally the Cossacks for the communist revolution. But the picture is from the Black Army (Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine).

The vinyl circle is the part which I´m most happy with. That is also copied from an old Soviet-era vinyl circle. I just remade it, piece by piece, but with anarchist revolutionary imagery.

7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Yes. For the tour that´s planned for September 2019 I have recruited two additional members.
Леопольд will be handling the drums and Gyða Hrund will play guitar together with me. We are still in the process of finding a bass player.

8.Recently 'Heavenly Vault' released the album on vinyl, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

They contacted me when I had released two songs online and I was looking for a label. They´re based in Leipzig and have released some sludge and black metal stuff before. It´s a really small label which fits perfectly for me. Really nice, warm and hard working DIY-idealists that share my world views. Check em out: https://vaultofheaven.bandcamp.com/

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

The reactions have been great. So far I´ve gotten three good reviews and a bunch of appreciation on the Youtube-upload. Some offers to release the songs on cassette. And booking the tour is going great. But I think its mostly in the more political DIY/punk milieu. 

Black metal fans probably don´t like it that much. At least in Sweden they have a tendency to be quite orthodox. And to mix BM with politics is haram. I´ve posted in one of the bigger groups for black metal in Sweden and didn´t even get a response. I guess that´s all well and good. I´m not looking to be a part of the Black Metal Scene, as it were, I just want to make epic music for epic people.


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

More blast beats! Jokes aside, my vision is to create something that´s more than music. Be a part of a political network that works for the world revolution.

Music-wise I think the next release will be similar. I want to create brutal, relentless extreme metal with a lot of variation that makes you feel shit. I want to make film music, an epic sonic drama that transport you away from the boundaries of this world. Both spiritually and physically.

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?

Marduk, Immortal, Dissection. But that kinda goes without saying if you listen to the album. Apart from that I really love Martyrdöd and Wolfpack/Wolfbrigade when it comes to both production and emotional impact. 
I still hold Nile's “Black Seeds of Vengeance” as the paramount of death metal greatness. An album I return to year after year, and one of the albums I´ve listened to the most times in my life, since my best friend in 8th grade and I discovered it when it came out.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading. Writing. Drinking. Doing drugs. Laughing. Discussing.

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

Stay curious and keep the faith!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/trespasser-interview.html


Beorn's Hall/In His Granite Return/Naturmacht Productions/2019 CD Review

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 05:18

  New  Hampshire's  Beorn's  Hall  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  folk  influenced  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "In  His  Granite  Return"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Epic  pagan  battle  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  folk  music  influenced  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later.  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  A brief  use  of  psychedelic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  One  track  also  introduces  flutes  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  spoken  words  when  they  are  utilized  giving  the  music  more  of  a  fantasy  type  of  atmosphere.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  album  closing  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Nature  and  Sorrow  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Beorn's  Hall  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  pagan  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Old  Man  Of  The  Mountain"  and  "In  His  Granite  Realm".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/beorns-hallin-his-granite.html


Gardu Interview

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 04:02
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Gardù was conceived in winter 2016 as a solo project, after thinking it was impossible to develop the stuff I had in my mind with some other persons. The project is all about telling stories set in the woods and the mountains that are just outside my house. I live in a 70 people village in a valley (Valle Camonica) located in northern Italy within the Alps, a place not so easy to reach from the main cities and that is worldwide known for its mysterious prehistoric art, the stone carvings that covers thousands of rocks all along the valley. I wanted to create a project whose musical direction would have been a very raw black metal, open to experimental stuff which I've been always used to play with several bands and, as soon as this idea was clear, I started writing and recording the songs and the project was born.

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
When I started to write the songs for "Gardeternalismo", it was obvious I wanted to play some real fast and raw black metal, mainly led by the guitar riffing and the blast beats and that was the starting point. Then I started to develop further arrangements in the direction to create different musical environments that would go together with the lyrical concept and would help to create a more diversified sound. I wanted the vocals to sound extreme too.

3.Your lyrics have a concept to them dealing with some stories from the valley where you are from, can you tell us a little bit more about what you covered lyrically with this ep?
I start from history or nature more then from stories, remembering for example the rites that were done in the prehistoric age while the stone carvings were made (it's quite sure people from central Europe too came into this valley for those rites, also because of the shape - masculine and feminine - of two mountains located in the middle of the valley, one on the left side and one on the right side, and what happens during equinoxes with sun light). Other ideas come from historical events like the witch burnings of the Middle Ages; WWII brought death and devastation too: I imagine the spirits of all these dead gather in the woods driven by the wind and hidden by the fog, telling themselves stories and looking for revenge or justice or whatever. I like to play with words too, Gardù would have no sense if the village's name wouldn't have been Garda (and that's also explained the title "Gardeternalismo"), which is under the municipality of Sonico, that means "sonic" in english and so on... Other lyrics are about my nihilistic and pessimistic view of the world or strongly anti-religious.

4.You also write the lyrics in both Italian, Gai and English, what was the decision behind using 3 different languages on the recording?
Well, italian is my language and english has always been first choice for songwriting. The decision of using Gaì is because this language is so forgotten that real few people can speak it nowadays and it's always been so mysterious, a kind of code-language just shepherds knew. The stone carvings too are so mysterious, no one really knows their meaning and so you can see there's a lot of interesting mysteries in this valley, and Gaì is meant to make Gardù's music even  darker.

5.I know the project was named after The Devil in 'Gai', do you have an interest in the occult?
Much more in blasphemy. I believe god is a lie and in history has been used only with the purpose to enslave people.  Satan too does not exist, but he can somehow represents a way to stand against religion and what it means to human life: he is the allegorical guide against all powers that affect people. Living in a catholic area then make it easy to use a name that means the maximum expression of evil... Another reason I choose that name is because I wanted to play with words once again and Gardù was the right name for a black metal project based in Garda!

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The cover artwork is a picture taken by a friend in the woods of Garda. I thought it was good for the artwork because it shows a side of the landscape in which the songs are set, while giving the feeling that something's going to happen...

7.With this project you recorded everything by yourself, are you open to work with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
As I said before, Gardù is a solo-project because I don't think I can find anyone around here who'd have the same musical idea and I think it'll stay like this in the future.

8.The ep was released on 'Tropo Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Tropo records is my personal music label. Born in 1997, it's always been the mark pressed on all the releases I ever played on or produced: it's the symbol of my way of doing things in a D.I.Y. way. I've been playing in lots of bands with lots of different music styles, so Tropo records' productions are really different from each other, mainly punk-hardcore or experimental. You can find more at these soundcloud pages: https://soundcloud.com/tropo-records - https://soundcloud.com/tropo-records-2

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
I guess by now the project is like Gaì language, unknown to most people!

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I'm already working on new songs, too early to say if next release will be a full length. As a musician in general I don't know, 'cause I'm always working on different projects and different music styles, at the moment I'm also working on new songs for my experimental project Ustahiad and for my sci-fi garage-surf-punk band Superinvaders, which is also planning a tour to China... I'll probably be doing some music!

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?
In Gardù you may easily find influences from norwegian bands of the 90's (like Darkthrone or Mayhem) and that way of playing black metal in general, but Gardù is also influenced by bands like Fantômas or musician/composer John Zorn and punk-hardcore music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanx a lot for the interview (and the review)! At the moment I'm just hoping to reach more people with this music. Last but not least, italian blasphemy "Porco dio!".

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/gardu-interview.html


LeMarchand/Labirinto de Leviata (Leviathan's Maze)/2013 Demo Review

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 03:48

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Brazil's  LeMarchand  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  raw  and  mid  tempo  black  metal  direction  and  the  demo  was  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "Labirinto  de  Leviata  (Leviathan's  Maze)".

  Spoken  word, movie  samples  and  epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  melody  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  songs  sticking  to  a  mid  tempo  musical  direction.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  displaying  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression.  Demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  you  can  also  hear  some  influences  of  death  and  thrash  metal  at  times  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  into  this  recording,  on  the  last  track  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  demo  LeMarchand  moved  away  from  the  ambient  elements  of  the  previous  recording  and  focused  more  on  a  raw  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  The  Hellraiser  Series  and  Black  Metal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  LeMarchand  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Art  do  Infiel  (The  Infidal  Art)"  and  "Junte-se  a  Nos  (Join  Us)".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/lemarchandlabirinto-de-leviata.html


LeMarchand/A Batalha Continua (The Battle Continues)/2012 Demo Review

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 02:56

 
  LeMarchand  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo  "A  Batalha  Continua  (The  Battle  Continues)".

  Dark  sounding  synths  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Deep  growling  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  Blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  an  epic  war  like  atmosphere.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  second  side  of  the  demo  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a   dark  ambient  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  War  and  Negativism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  LeMarchand  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A Batalha Continua (The Battle Continues)"  and  "Destrutivo  Sentimento  de  Negativismo (Destructive  Feeling  of  Negativism)".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/lemarchanda-batalha-continua-battle.html