PROJET AUTOBLOG


OccultBlackMetalZine

Site original : OccultBlackMetalZine
⇐ retour index

Aitvaras Interview

samedi 22 juin 2019 à 05:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Hello, we are Aitvaras, a Melodic Black Metal Band from Lienz, East-Tyrol. We all grow up in Lienz and share a deep friendship ever since we met and founded the band in our late teenage years. As huge fans of Black Metal Music, we founded the band and tried to write our own music, play concerts, record Demos etc. Unfortunately, after a few succesful years, we had to make a long break with the band (because of jobs and university studies in different parts of Austria), but around two years ago we decided to reanimate the band and to record our songs in form of an first Full-Lengh Album.



2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

We describe our music as „Melodic Black Metal“, which means that we play a very melodic oriented but still very heavy form of Black Metal. I would describe our melodies in the songs as quite distinctive, or recognizable…we try to write exciting and interesting music.

Apart from the steady line up, consisting of E-Guitars, Bass, Drums, we throw in some other instruments here and there, such as Acoustic Guitars, Synths/Samples/Keyboards, a Violin etc.



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

Our Singer writes all the lyrics for the songs, so I don’t want to speak for him on this question, but what i can tell is that a few main topics are personal freedom (from religious constitutions for example), anger and even hatred towards bullshit which happens in society and personal loneliness.



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

I have to say that there is no deeper meaning behind our name, unfortunately xD When we were looking for a proper bandname, one of our guitarists came up with that name. I guess he was searching in all kinds of mythologies from different countries. Well, we all thought that the name sounded really good, and so we decided to name the band that way. I personally think that the name has a certain elegance to it, which works quite well with the whole band, sound etc.



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

The idea of the castle on the front-cover, again was an idea of our guitarist. One day during the recording process, he came up to me and said that a castle would be great as a front-cover. I thought that this would be a cool idea (..i guess castles always work in Black Metal, hehe xD..), so a good friend of mine made this great shot of an old stronghold near our hometown, called „Lienzer Klause“. We really like the referance to our hometown! Yeah, after that me and my friend build the whole atrwork concept around that „castle-topic“, like the lettering, the group-picture in front of a castle wall etc. 



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

I have two great shows in mind: One was a show in a Metal-Bar in Lienz (unfortunately that bar has closed a long time ago), and the other concert was our „farewell concert“ before our long break. Both of them were really amazing! We played really well and the crowd and ourselfs were totally on fire!

We don’t think too much about performance or somethink like that. We put on some proper clothes, throw in some cover songs in the set, try to play as good as we can and to have a great time on stage. That’s pretty much about it.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Unfortunately we won’t be able to play shows in the near future, but i hope that we will be able to talk about shows in autumn, this year.



8.The new album was released on 'Anthrazit Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

First we tried to work with a different label in Austria (i don’t want to name that label here), but that was an absolute disaster. Nothing ever happend with that label, so I wrote to other labels and a few days later Anthrazit Records answerd me. After a few emails back and forth, everything was set up, and we are really satisfied with choosing Anthrazit Records. They make a great job!



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

So far all the reactions to the Album are very very positive and great! That makes us really happy, because we are also very proud of our work.



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

I’m convinced that we will record another Album in the future, because there are a lot of song-materials left. I don’t think that the style of the music will change that much, we like the music we play…maybe a few more progressive elements in future songs..!



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?

Well, as you grow older, your musical horizont expand ofcourse, or hopefully ;-P (I am a music student myself, so i try to get in touch with every kind of music, you see 😊) but we all are still very big fans of metal music, and especially black metal. Everyone of us prefer other bands in that great genre, but i would say that bands which we all prefer the same and are big influences for our music, are bands like Marduk, Satyricon, Behemoth (old and new) and Shining.



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

Thank you very much for the interview, and sorry for my english, I hope it’s not too bad! xD

…and a very big and respectful Thank You to everyone who likes and listens to our music! We really appreciate it!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/aitvaras-interview.html


Poppet/Mastery Ov The Arcane Crafts/2019 EP Review

vendredi 21 juin 2019 à 05:46

  Poppet  are  a  solo  project  from  Vermont  that  mostly  does  material  in  more  of  a  dungeon  synth  style  but  on  this  recording  mixes  that  style  with  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2019 ep  "Mastery  Ov  The  Arcane  Crafts".

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  a  few  seconds  later.  After  the  intro  the  music  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto t he  recording  while  the  electronic  music  sounds  also  replace  the  guitars  while  also  duplicating  the  aggression  of  the  instrument.

  Elements  of  dungeon  synth  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  synths  also  utilizing  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.  At  times  the  programming  also  adds  in  some  programmed  blast  beats  to  enhance  the  black  metal  element  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  briefly.

  Poppet  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  dungeon  synth  and  elements  of  power  electronics  to  create  something  very  original,  The  production  sounds  very  dark while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  from  many  different  cultures  and  the  Left  Hand  Path.

  In  my  opinion  Poppet  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  occult  black  metal,  dungeon  synth  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wisdom  Of  Eosphoros"  and  "Light  Of  Uncreation  And  Divineness".  8  out  of  10.


https://poppetblackmetal.bandcamp.com/           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/poppetmastery-ov-arcane-crafts2019-ep.html


Cult Of Extinction/Ritual In The Absolute Absence Of Light/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review

vendredi 21 juin 2019 à 01:05

  Cult  Of  Extinction  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ritual  In  The  Absolute  Absence  Of  Light"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  War  oriented  drones  start  off  the  album  and  battle  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  old  school  style  and  the  music  also  shows  a  great  amount  of  influences  from t he  90's.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  war  metal  feeling.  Bestial  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  samples  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  start  utilizing  more  melody  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  more  modern  approach  to  the  war  metal  genre  and  one  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  ambient  style  soundscapes  before  returning  back  to  a  more  brutal  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  dark  force  of  nature  and  propagate  a  total  war  against  the  light. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cult  Of  Extinction  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anti-Monad  Black  Hole  Bomb"  "Possesses  By  A  Servant  Of  Iblis"  and  "Ritual  In  The  Absolute  Absence  Of  Light".  8  out  of  10.

https://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/cult-of-extinction-emanated-from-the-cosmic-darkness/s-EgMgX 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/cult-of-extinctionritual-in-absolute.html


Imperator/V/2019 Full length Review

jeudi 20 juin 2019 à 06:07

  Imperator  is  a  solo  project  from  Mexico  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his self  released  2019  album  "V".

  Classical  guitars  and  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Classical  guitars  also  return  on  some  of  the  alter  tracks  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  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  as  well  as  the  interlude  also  introducing  rain  and  thunder  sounds  onto the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  A  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  demonic  growls  can  be  heard.

  At  times  the  musical  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  as  well  as  one  track  also  bringing  elements  of  electronic  music  onto  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with  a  harsh  noise  outro.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  nostalgia,  poetry,  sexuality,  nature  and  negativity  themes  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  written  in  Spanish.

  In  my  opinion  Imperator  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Behind  the  Wheel"  "Temptation"  and  "Clutched  to  The  Illusion  of  Feel".  8  out  of  10.

https://zeox.bandcamp.com/album/v   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/imperatorv2019-full-length-review.html


In Red Moon/Vampiric Necromantic Order/2018 Full Length Review

jeudi 20 juin 2019 à 04:19

  In  Red  Moon  is  a  solo  project  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  avant  garde  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Vampiric  Necromantic  Order".

  A  horror  movie  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  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.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  elements  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  influences  of  gothic  and  doom  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death,  vampirism  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  In  Red  Moon  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  and  melodic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Jester's  macabre  Dance"  "Trinity"  and  "Angelic  Queen".  8  out  of  10.

inredmoon.bandcamp.com   

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/in-red-moonvampiric-necromantic.html