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Flora Interview

jeudi 22 octobre 2020 à 04:35


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

Greetings Occult Black Metal! I’m glad for this opportunity to have a few words with you. Flora was started during the seasonal rainstorms of May 2015. We had to wait almost two years to see the rain once more. During those times I left behind a couple of extreme musical projects that now are in the past. Flora was the decisive step between mediocrity and musicianship. For me, this project is the quintessence of my persona. If you listen to Flora you can hear me somewhere near.

2.In September you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from your previous release?

It has a totally different approach, at the same time, it follows the same pattern. The thing that differed from one album to the other was the amount of time and composition done. The process of composition of “II” was monumental in a way. Lots of evenings riffing and writing, I deleted what now I think were good tracks for the album. At the end it was difficult for me to find the suitable body and form of this album.

3.This is also your first release with this project since 2016, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

A lot happened during the process of recording Flora’s second full length. Firstly, during 2015 I started an English pedagogy career which ended in 2019. Then was the whole family issues thing and other complex situations that made me stronger and of course, more introspective. Of course, at university you learn more about social standards, behaviour and human nature more than academic stuff at any time of your life. Practical knowledge is limitless and during those days I learned and practiced every day according to my main goals. That was the background of the times where Flora became real. 

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with this project?

Most of the lyrics are about pollution, environmental terrorism, ecocide, the strength and force of nature and the insignificance of material existence. 

5.You also mentioned writing some esoteric articles for a fanzine, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Yes, of course! Since 2017 I have been recompiling some articles and manuscripts I wrote. Some of them are about Resurrection, Non-dual meditation, Alchemy interpretation, Kundalini & Pranayama and more. The fanzine is called Altar del Bosque (Forest Altar). A promise I made during the hardest semester of my life was that when I finished my course of study I would start studying the occult side of life and it’s veiled secrets, thus, immersing myself in the realms of energies and beyond.

My main goal is to promote US/EU bands to the Hispanicamerican community which is starting to grow a lot, even though, most bands sound pretty copycat and mediocre there are some (not so hidden) jewels around. The Metal scene, even though, is a greater character in this story. I bet all my coins to the noise/punk scene here. These beautiful persons know who they are, the city wouldn’t be this funny without them.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Flora'?

Flora is the conjunction of nature opposites. The fragile unmerciful and its delicate composition, which at the end is just One Energy of One Source. A mathematical enigma, the coexisting balance between beings and it’s environment.  Flora is the essential part of human existence, without it’s collaboration, life couldn’t exist. I’m just a post-silent warning to a dying world.

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

That tree is from a very special place I was allowed to see. His story is obscure, people used to “hang around” sometimes. In order to seek him, you had to step downwards in an eucalyptus forest, perfect for some introspection, with a great friend Matías whose presence did nothing but improve things around. Never enough thankful for his brotherly support. Together we made Solemnis, sessions of musical experiences with music ranging between electroacoustical music, harsh noise, drone, to other forms of musical experimentation like ritual death, dark ambient along with other aural evileness with almost 19 editions. Best experiences of my life, sharing with so many wonderful people in the community which I met thanks for the music. Pretty hard rockers and tough fuckers! UGH! 

8.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

Yes, and the main goal is to start rehearsing stronger and in the near future news will be announced. 

9.You also run the fanzine 'Altar de Bosque', can you tell us a little bit more about it?

The idea I had for this zine was to be affordable in Spanish and English. Both editions are different, at least in interviews and articles, at the end will be interchangeable. We should find ourselves time to acquire a second or even third language. As an English Teacher, my duty is to inspire and help others to learn something, and what better to experience some interesting learning than by reading about artists such as Iasos (Greek Angelic New Age,), Invunche (Chilean/Dutch Shamanic Black Punk), Sidereal Fortress/Il Generale Inverno (Italian Dungeon Synth), Silencio Permanente (Argentinian Dungeon Synth/Black Metal), Wrought Records (Illinois Finest’ DS), Billy Moonworshipper, Whispering Mirrors (US), Arthuros (Greek Dungeon New Era!) and more. Along with some articles on questioning the modern system, some interpretations on alchemy and the Splendor Solis, the journey of Jacques de Mahieu, french-argentinian archaeologist and other things. 80 pages both,  

10.The new album was also released on 'Soleminis Records', can you tell us a littlebit more about this label?

Solemnis started as a live session. Solemnis means ritual en latin. People commented to me about the great experience they had in between the sets or days after one. Since 2014, the idea was to create a DIY label and distro of experimental music in the small town of Quintero, Valparaíso. Solemnis was developed among the strong portuary suburbia and beyond of the cold chilean streets. From booking bands for the bill to soundwork and other necessities of doing a live show. Nowadays we released the first three tapes (Attached to this email) which contains the very essence of what we want to promote for music, a wide range of music and emotions. Although, curating as best as possible the participants supporting the musical and conceptual communion and the importance of a good label behind it.  

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

It was decent I must say. It was good to find your review. I had never received a public review. A lot of good feedback from my friends and their relatives. Making a new album requires big responsibilities, no doubt about that, sometimes I failed categorically, but that is the essence of living of what you love. Love is the best teacher. I think that it’s atmospheric.  

12.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

Due to the pandemic, everything went frozen. Nevertheless, there’s a lot going on in the different cultures. Mostly releasing things, cassette is having a major role in this new wave of DIY tapetakes. It’s very interesting how this format provides the best quality, the dirtier one. A lot happening, of course we are just waiting, things are now stable in our country. Lot of injustice happening, a lot of montages and of course, a polarization of society sometimes deserves more attention than music. Thus, music is a network of cooperation, for useful means. Wanted to shoutout Diavol Strain, Sidosis, Pancho Carcinomatoide, Calaka Records, Phantom, Kalkü, 886vg, Thanatoloop, Lux Nigrum, NOLUX Records, Charlie Vásquez/Orquesta Pandroginia, NUEVA BARBARIE, to Afro, Óscar and Bizarro, Ignacio Ihä Fluxa, Capgras and Total Death Propaganda.  A whole lot is missing. But you know that those real special for me reading over there, I salute you.  

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

I’m just going forwards. Projecting in my head the image of success. Never surrender. Solemnis Records is already happening. The zine will be announced with a release date. Musically, I’m preparing a lot of things. Experimenting with melody, trance, and other states of mind. Ambient music that can be used for medicinal purposes. And some collaborations with other labels, awaiting as same as everyone I guess to go back to shows.

14.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?

This is a hard question. Flora is inspired mainly by Tacoma’s based Atmospheric Black Metal band Alda. At least during the first album composition process, Alda was in the framework. Some other bands that inspired this sound were Panopticon, Addaura and the split between Ash Borer and Fell Voices (trascendental experience). For future compositions I want to bring more Neofolk, Dark Ambient into small interludes or something that connects, the melodious icestorm with the breaking sound of the branches in the march into the unknown. Listening a lot of Arcana, Ildfrost, Cold Meat Industry rooster, as well as some swedish Ancient Records rooster from the almighty Swartadauþuz like Bekëth Nexëhmü and Gnipahålan. Subsequently, I was experiencing some new stuff like Këkht Aräkh, Fallen Forest, Lament In Winter’s Night and Wampyric Rites. Finally, I cannot recommend enough to some chilean acts like: Lux Nigrum, Phantom, Kalkü, Ecologist, Eltun, Athanatos, Thanatos and Henosis. 

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

I just want to promote to all readers to trust themselves and never surrender upon anything. We need to keep the zines alive, the DIY aspect of music and art and of course, we need more people to organize shows, gigs and not let those instances to be transformed into dazing and confusing nonsense. We need music to be something important again. If not you, who, If not now, when? Thanks for this opportunity and all my blessings to ye, the contributors and of course to your beloved readers.


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Wyrmwoods/Gamma/Inverse Records/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 22 octobre 2020 à 02:39


  Wyrmwoods  are  a  solo  project from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Gamma"  which  will  be  released  on  October  23rd  by  Inverse  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  yet  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  synths  are  also  utilized  at  times.  The  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal s creams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  avant  garde  style  structures  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  synths  also  adding  in  synths.

  The  music  also  has  its  experimental  moments  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wyrmwoods  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Astralanum"  "Subterrane"  and  "Solanus".  8  out  of  10. 


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Serpents Interview

jeudi 22 octobre 2020 à 01:43


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


H: Serpents started as a one man band by O in 2017. 

In the beginning of 2018 I was asked to do vocals on a demo and from there it morphed into what became Serpents.



In November you have your new release coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous ep?


H: The first ep was written by O. All music was done when I got in the picture, so I just laid down the vocals for it. The new material, allthough written by O, was arranged by the whole band. The difference is huge.


O: On our first demo I was not really sure in which direction I wanted to take the music. First I thought of having no blastbeats at all, and ”A world of Stillborns” was the first song to be written. Had I written it today, it would probably have sounded a little different. It's still a cool song though! 


Another difference is the production. Heavier sound, and we tuned the guitars/bass down a whole step this time, compared to the demo.



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


H: We play black metal, so the lyrics are about embracing darkness and the war against christianity. 



What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Serpents'?


H: The serpent is known through history as a deceptive and venemous creature. I think it suits us perfectly. 



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


H: I came up with the title for the ep ”The Brimstone Clergy” first. Then me and O talked alot about what kind of artwork would go with that. At first it was only one dead priest in our drafts, but seeing as there are 3 of us in the band we changed it to 3 priests. O made a really good sketch of it and Mr D did the final artwork. We are very pleased with it. 



Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks you wear in the pictures?


H: Our identities should not matter to anyone. We’ve all played in bands since the early 90’s but feel that Serpents can stand on it’s on legs, so to speak, regardless of who we are.


O: No masks, only faceless darkness!



Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?


H: No.



The new album is coming out on 'War Anthem Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Folkvangr Records'>


O: Folkvangr released the cassette. They did a great job with that. And Mysticism did an awesome job with the vinyl! Moving on to war-anthem felt like a natural next step. 

Jarne is a great guy with solid connections who I’m sure will make a good job on this release.



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


H: I dont keep myself updated on that very much, but generally positive comments.



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


H: We will continue along the same lines where we are now. A brutal assault on the senses.



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?


H: As individuals our taste in music differs alot. I can only speak for myself when I say that both musically and lyrically none compares to Funeral Mist.


O: Arckanum! And the forest. We sound nothing like him, but he was the inspiration for me to start this band. Besides that it differs alot like H says. But no one worth mentioning in this context.


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


O: Embrace the fiery gospel of ”The Brimstone Clergy” and be sure to pick up a copy of the vinyl version with a sick as fuck gatefold. 


”With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgment with him; and I will rain on him [...]

a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone.”

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Toblakai/Puritans Hand/Naturmacht Productions/2020 CD Review

mercredi 21 octobre 2020 à 23:16


  Toblakai  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  an  old  schoolmisanthropy,  suicide,  depression,  rage  and  social    form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Puritans  Hand"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  traditional    metal  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  an  fast  parts  while  one  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.

  All  of t he  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  brings  in  some  influences  from  the  70's,  80's  and  90's  era  of  metal  but  with  a  more  modern  take  on  the  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  suicide,  depression,  rage  and  social  criticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Toblakai  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  with  some  elements  of  thrash  and  heavy metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Each  Beginning  Brings  And  End"  "Hail  To  The  Insane"  "Darkest  Of  Thrones"  and  "Chaos  Legions".  8out  of  10.




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Serpent's Oath Interview

mercredi 21 octobre 2020 à 05:48


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

SERPENTS OATH is a new creature comprised of three adepts of Belgium’s extreme metal scene. As soon as we met up and started creating together, we realized that we were establishing a very different entity. Hence the decision was made to leave the past behind and give birth to this new Beast and start afresh. It felt very liberating creating from scratch and give shape to this form.


The vision behind the band is one of transformation. This shines through first and foremost in the lyrics and is carried through in the cover art and other visuals. The transformation is that of an individual striving to become transhuman with the ultimate goal of beating even Death. This is the ultimate rebellion as even Death is not accepted as a given.

2.You have your first album coming out in December, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

When the 3 of us starting creating this infernal music together, there was no set direction it would have to take, apart from it being Black Metal. The songs we felt that pushed us as individuals and as a unit were allowed to make the cut. Our debut album ‘Nihil’ hence has its own relentless and unforgiving version of nihilistic black metal. Expect no remorse from this opus, only crushing riffs, pounding drums and terrorizing screams pushing the limits of a music genre already marked by chaos and death.

3.A lot of your lyrics cover Luciferian, Occultism and Left hand Path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

The involvement in the Dark Arts has been just as long as my involvement in extreme metal music. Over decades I have walked on my own individual path and that obviously has formed me as a person. Hence it feels only natural to use that in my lyrics as it is deeply personal. Most of the lyrics have double layers which will only be recognized fully by certain initiates however if it stimulates someone to dig deeper, all the better. I approach the Dark Arts in a very practical manner and use it in my everyday life. The aim is for my work on the Nightside to leave footprints in the Day. To summarize this in a couple of lines isn’t possible but suffice to say: test everything, believe nothing!

This is also represented in the title as “Nihil” is not a representation of Nihilism and thus that life is meaningless. Rather it represents the rejection of blind belief and strives to eradicate that and base everything on one’s own experience.

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

The central subject is that of rebellion, but a rebellion with a cause: transformation. Hence the rebellion with the aim of transformation is staggered into stages:

to not physically die

To not need a physical form

To go into cryostasis until science has advanced enough to achieve the first point

Symbolically it is made clear in the Band’s logo, where the Serpents form the basis of life (the dragon that is visible even in a DNA strand, the building block of all life). Those Serpents also represent the connection with the source within oneself.

The Skull of Ur represents that transformation as well:

Skull as a symbol of Death (where Death doesn’t have to be the end of life, rather a symbol of change, as it does in Tarot)

The Skull is changed and although it has a solid foundation in Dayside (large basis of the pyramid, it strives for connecting with the Source (the tip of of the Pyramid)

Thus making sure the individual transforms (represented by the rays emitting from the skull).

the 3 points / serpents represent past, present and future and the 3 Members that make up Serpents Oath

The hexagram on the forehead of the Skull symbolizes the band itself, as it represents that a band is more than the sum of its components and becomes its own entity. That entity is created by the members that feed into it, represented here by their Zodiac signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini)

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

It refers to the Oath of Fealty to the Undead Gods that guide us on the path to find our inner Serpent. The Serpent stands for the Inner Most Self that resides behind the eyes. This is also visualized in the band logo as explained above.

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

The vision of rebellion is represented in the cover art as well. It shows the UR rebellion, Lucifer that leads the War in Heaven. Only this time the outcome is different and the rebellion succeeds, visualized by Lucifer casting out the Arch Angel Michael and therefore the ultimate victory of free will. Our idea was beautifully executed by Nestor Avalos who is a master of making these complex ideas come to life.

7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

We definitely intend to do live shows. Obviously the current pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works. For our live shows we plan to add another guitarist and bass player for a live line up so we can bring the songs as they are intended to be. 

8.The new album is coming out on 'Soulseller Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

After recording our album we contacted several labels to see who would be interested. In the end we were honored to team up with Soulseller Records and join the home for bands like Gorgoroth and Svarttjern. Beyond that when we looked at the passion and respect they put into re-releases like Ancient Rites and Rotting Christ, we knew this would be the right label to work with. Since then this impression has only been reaffirmed and it feels really good to work with such a professional team that respects our artistic vision and gives us the freedom to take everything we do to the next level.

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

So far (as we have only just released the first single) the reactions have been extremely positive. The lyric video for the first song has been watched over 13K times in its first week, so that is massive for a new band. It is clear that we are bringing something that fans were looking for. 

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

We will continue to create as we have done so far: making music that appeals to us in the first instance. We feel confident in what the first album brings and will build upon that, perhaps adding a level of rawness for the future.

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?

As the three of us have been metal fans for decades and making music for almost as long, the underlying influence might be vast and not just expressed in a couple of bands. We continue to explore to try and find bands that grab your attention at the first listen but often find ourselves returning back to some of the older releases. For me personally that would be Watain “Sworn to the Dark”, Taake with “Doedskvad” and Archgoat “The Light-Devouring Darkness”. 

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

It has been a long journey getting to this point and we are proud to finally be able to share our album with the world on the 4th December. Thanks for the interview and giving us the chance to share our Vision with others. For the readers, be sure to check out the songs that are already out and prepare to be bound by the Serpents Oath!

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