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Ouija Interview

mercredi 19 mai 2021 à 05:23

 

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and 5release of the new ep?


We have been working all year 2020 on the composition of new songs, first we wanted to launch an EP and then focus on preparing new material so possibly in early 2021 launching a full album.


2. Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


We try to maintain the same spirit in our music as in the past but it is obvious time passes and it makes you mature in many aspects and that is reflected in our current sound but we try not to lose our primary seal of identity and be honest with our convictions.



3. This is your first release in 8 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


During these last years the band was somewhat stopped, so to speak, for different personal reasons unrelated to the band, but Map our guitarist got in contact with our new guitar JM101 and they began to compose new songs that was the impulse that we needed to return from new to the load.


4. Over the years you have also covered a lot of satanic and occult themes with your lyrics and your band name also reflects on dark magickal practices, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?


From a very young age I have always felt a strong attraction for this type of practice, I am always fascinated by the dark and forbidden, I do not consider myself one of their flock, so I always try to fight them with my way of thinking and writing to try to break with their dogmas established...it is better to walk alone on the left path than to be one more on the right one among sheep.





5. What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?


I believe that the human mind is a trunk of depravity, there you can find a great source of endless inspiration, the human being is a destructive being by nature, the worst animal that lives in this world ... you just have to search inside you and you will find many twisted things to write about.





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

There are many good moments lived in our shows, it is difficult to just stay with one, when you go up on stage it is as if I go into a trance I take out all the beast that is inside me I try to enjoy that moment to the fullest, it is something very spiritual difficult to explain with words.


7. One of the band members also goes by the name 'Midgard', do you also have an interest in Norse Mythology?


Under the pseudonym of Midgard is my person, I have always had a great interest in all mythologies and history in general, I chose that name many years ago as a pseudonym at that time it was very attractive and of course I like Nordic mythology It is exciting but nowadays it is a fashion that is already widely adopted by many bands that really bores me.


8. The new ep was released by 'Negra Nit', how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Xtreem Music'?


We are delighted to work with Negra Nit, they are very honest and authentic people with what they do, this time we chose them for the release of the EP because we were looking for a more specialized label in Black Metal that is the main decision.


9. What is going on with 'Spellcraft' these days?


With SPELLCRAFT now everything is stopped, I can say little more about it.

 

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


This is our style and we will die with it, we have our stamp of identity and at this point in our life it is too late to change.


11. What are you currently listening to nowadays?


Lately I try to be selective with what I listen to, but I have really enjoyed the latest Voodus, Deus Mortem or Acherontas releases.




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


Thank you for your time and interest in the band and for interviewing us. 

We live in a world full of vermin that want to eat our brains ... don't let them do it !!!


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/ouija-interview.html


Aklash/Horizon/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 19 mai 2021 à 03:18

 


  Aklash are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  their  atmospheric  black  metal  style  and  going  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  neo-classical  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Horizon"  which  will  be  released  in  June.


  Dark  soundscapes  and  neo-classical  style  synths  start  off  the  album  while  the  throat  singing  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.  Percussion  can  also  be  heard  at t imes  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  male  and  female  choirs  as  well  as  the  violins  also  bringing  in  elements  of  folk  music.


  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  movie  soundtrack  while  the  synths  also  add  in  influences  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  each  song  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  clean  pagan  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.


  On  this  recording  Aklash  moves  away  from  the  atmospheric  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  brings  in  more  of  a  ritualistic  mixture  of  neo-classical,  folk,  dungeon  synth  and  dark  ambient  to  create  something  very  different.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Heathenism  and  Spirituality  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aklash  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  direction,  I  can  see  this  album  appealing  to  fans  of  folk,  neo-classical,  dungeon  synth  and  dark  ambient.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Darkness  Unfolds"  "Soul  Depart"  and  "Transcend".  8  out  of  10.


  https://fb.watch/5wNrrnefY6/  - Horizon Video 

https://fb.watch/5wQf5OBb6C/ - ‘Darkness Unfolds’


Bandcamp: https://aklash.bandcamp.com/music 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aklashmusic/ 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/aklashhorizon2021-full-length-review.html


DÖMD/I skuggan av ringmuren/2021 Demo Review

mardi 18 mai 2021 à 04:57

 


  DÖMD  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  demo  "I  skuggan  av  ringmuren".


  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  drum  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.  


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  balance  between  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.


  DÖMD  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  myths,  folklore,  nature  and  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  DÖMD  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vi  som  dog  med  svärdet  i  hand"  and  "Den  gråtande  jungfrun".  8  out  of  10.


https://dmdmusic3.bandcamp.com/album/i-skuggan-av-ringmuren 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/domdi-skuggan-av-ringmuren2021-demo.html


Myronath/Djevelkraft/Hellstain Productions/2021 CD Review

mardi 18 mai 2021 à 04:10

 


  Myronath  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Djecelkraft"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Hellstain  Productions.


  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  ritualistic  and  melodic  chants  also  being  added  into  the  music  briefly.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  clean  playing  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  throat  singing  can  also  be  heard.  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occult  Practices  and  Veneration  Of  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Myronath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Swedish  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evil  Unchained"  'Effigy  of  Malediction"  "The  Sword  of  Satan"  and  "Reborn  In  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.


https://metaldevastationradio.com/thebeast/blog/14404/new-promo-myronath-djevelkraft-swedish-black-metal

Check them out on Spotify and add them to your playlists!


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/myronathdjevelkrafthellstain.html


Winter Eternal Interview

mardi 18 mai 2021 à 02:42

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new album?


I'm currently working on new material for 2 upcoming releases, but there is still in early stages.


There are also plans to make W.E. a live entity.



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


As far as production, riffs, lyrics and performances, it's by far my most professional work so far.


Some new elements are the clean vocals, the 7/8 time signature and violin / cello in a non instrumental song.




3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


I'm fascinated by the concept of Darkness as a primordial force, by Myths and Legendary stories and everything has to do with the influence of winter on nature and human emotions.


As far as composing, I'm giving my self some limitations so I can keep havinig a simular ''sound'' (at least for now):


1) The structure of the songs is intentional basic (so you can focus to the melodies / music).


2) Non copy paste attitute.


3) Leave a few mistakes here and there (because I truly belive that they give charecter to a song).



In addition to the constants I mentioned, I'm continually trying to improve as a guitarist / bassist / vocalist and add some new elements each time.





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


The multitude of emotions that are associated with Winter, are so unique and beautiful that it became the sole reason for me, to try to capture them through my music.


Thus the name Winter Eternal.




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


The absolutely amazing Joan Llopis Doménech did the artwork for the ''Land of Darkness'' and I'm 666% happy with the result.


He managed to put on the canvas the cold, lonely and sorrowful path that someone needs to take to gain redemption, and that is the whole concept of the new album.




6.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with full line ups in other bands, which one do you prefer?


A solo project gives you the freedom to create everything exactly as you want and for the specific project I prefer doing things this way.


All that aside, I truly miss rehearsing and giging with bandmates, and as far as composision goes, some times the contribution of ideas creates something that a solo project cannot accompiced.



7.The project originated in Greece but you now reside in Scotland, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?


The financial situation in Greece was the reason for me to come to Scotland, and I am very happy with that decision.


Besides the fact the Scotland is by far one of the most beautiful countries that I have ever been and the vast majority of the people here are awesome, the name of the band fits perfectly with the weather and the whole atmosphere of Scotland.




8.On the new album you also did a "Gates Of ishtar' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?


I still remember the time that I listen to the ''Dawn of Flames'' (that was the first track that I ever listen by Gates of Ishtar, in my teenage years) I was blown away!!!!


They are a major influence in my music and one of the most underatted bands in the genre.





9.The new album is going to be released in 'Hell's Headbangers', how would you compare working with this label to other labels that you have been a part of in the past?


I believe that they act as Fans first and then as a Label, (and that is Fucking awesome) without affecting the professionalism to the slightest.


So it's needless to say that I'm more than happy that our new album will be released by them.




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


So far the feedback we get is really great, and that's fuels my productivity.





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


The only thing I'm hoping for the future, is to have the passion, time and resources to continue to compose music and share it with the people that are enjoying it.




12.What are you currently listening to nowadays?


Thrash and Black metal are the genres that I spend most of my time listening to, but besides those, I really enjoy everything from Blues to Death Metal, even prog and technical stuff.


The thing is that they are so many amazing releases every Fucking day, that you cannot properly follow something nowdays!!!!


But to stay on topic, the last releases by Odal, Uada, Havukruunu, Afsky, Lunar Spell make an impression on me.






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


Something that I like to mention every time I get the opportunity to do so... A HUGE thanks to Panagiotis Msd (Clepsydra Studio) and Nikos Papakostas (Entasis Studio) for the vital help throughout W.E. existence.


Also, HAILS to all those that helped in any way for this album come to life, all of those that are going to support it and to you for this interview!!


EMBRACE THE DARKNESS!!!!


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/winter-eternal-interview.html