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Azazel Interview

vendredi 27 août 2021 à 02:29

 

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


 


 


Idimmu: We decided to collaborate with K-2T4-S (demon vocals), so that he would also sing on that song, “I Worship Him” and Satanachia only does a little bit of chorus part there. We wanted to show that Azazel is not only Satanachia. Azazel is a band, and there are other musicians too, and K-2T4-S who is old friend, joined and Infernal Tormentor Necrocorpse von Demonblood did also one part. He is our label-boss. Great men, both.


Satanachia: We played a great re-recorded version of “In nomine Dei Nostri Satanas” too (from the 1993 demo). It’s ultra-blasphemous and reaks old spirit. This song ends the album… and in the very end you can even hear a little tribute to our passed away original guitarist, Samiaza (RIP, 2015). Raakalainen is nowadays Azazel’ss 2nd guitarist, talking more about the current guys a bit later. Mavrofos has been in Azazel for 10 years now, and suits the band greatly. Idimmu has been the drummer for pretty long time too, and keeps us going and we got a new bass-player, when Wakboth left the band in year 2019. His name is Lucifuge Rofocale.


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


 

Idimmu: Here you will find the filth of Jesus Perversions alongside the more haunting and even stately sensations of Witches Deny Holy Trinity. But, somehow the whole thing is better, more focused now. The song-writing is perfect, there are no boring moments and the songs are very various with speed/hooks. The main thing on Aegrum Satanas Tecum is the spirit! Primitive and raw (but still clear enough) old school black metal, without compromises.. If you compare this to our The Night of Satanachia EP, the stuff sounds a bit more like Archgoat, Blasphemy, Beherit... that direction, but it's still more "Norwegian" sounding compared to those mentioned acts. If you listen the first two albums, this is very logical continuation, but perhaps Azazel will surprise some people with a bit better sound/killer song-writing, etc.


I think Aegrum Satanas Tecum sums up everything that has been great about Azazel, greatly. At least as a full-length album it's the best Azazel recording. Only problem is that there is no competition between the demo Crucify The Jesus Christ Again. That's certainly the best Azazel-release of all time, ever. I am not worthy.



3.This is also your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


Idimmu: Compared to Witches Deny Holy Trinity album, our new lineup has changed with 3 new guys: Raakalainen-2nd guitar, Lucifuge Rofocale-bass and K-2T4-S- demon vocals & growls (guest). Azazel played some gigs between 2015-2020, but other wise things have been progressing quite slowly... also we "lost" pretty much a ready album, when Wakboth decided to use the songs he had for Azazel, on his own project. So in 2019 we had to start the process again. Luckily Mavrofos had great inspiration and only in several months he composed some of the most strongest Azazel-songs in history. Mavrofos also composed "Black Mass" and "Sacrifice Virgins to Satan Again" for previous Witches Deny Holy Trinity album. Otherwise not many things changed. Azazel remained Azazel. We don't care about trends or anything. Satanachia pretty much lives in the PAST...! We hate modern society / internet-"warriors" as well... Wakboth (guitar/bass/song-writing) had to leave the band in 2019. He didn’t suit to Azazel anymore and wanted to concentrate to his own band, Wakboth. It’s musically also different… I think everything went great. Azazel didn’t turn out to be a black/thrash band. Mavrofos wrote new black metal-hymns in TRUE Azazel-style ... and they are really killer!!! We all are proud about Aegrum Satanas Tecum!


 


4.In the 90's you also released a demo and an ep before going on a 15 year hiatus, what was the cause of the break and the decision to come back?


Idimmu: As far as I'm concerned Azazel tried to reform already in 2003-2004... Things were just progressing really, really slowly. Only in 2009 things got to a bit more serious level. There were some gigs, and then finally the split with Goatmoon, that


showed that Azazel has arisen.



Satanachia: Werewolf came up with this Azazel/Goatmoon-split idea in Jyväskylä, at a gig where was also Barathrum + Saturnian Mist. At least Wakboth, and some Charnel Winds/Saturnian Mist guys were in the band back then who were also playing in Azazel (at the time 2007-2011). Anyway, it sounded like a good idea and the split turned out good and successul. It showed everybody that Azazel is not dead….


5.The band was also a part of the early era of Finnish black metal, how would you describe the progress of the FInnish black metal bands over the past 30 years?


 


Satanachia: I think I met mr. Mika Luttinen from Impaled Nazarene at some festival. He suggested to me to start playing black metal, and so we did. We used to have a band called Behemoth, who played death metal. I wonder where the tape is… it was also very good.


Azazel was never called Behemoth, it was just another band with 4 guys (like I said death metal) which featured Satanachia and Samiaza as members whom eventually left to form Azazel. Think about Immortal, Burzum, Darkthrone... all those bands started with death metal, when you think about it! There was almost none black metal in the beginning of 90’s. Nobody spoke about such genre of music. Of course there was death metal and other styles, like grind. The demo (1993) was fucking great, but I was not satisfied with Night of Satanachia as a recording and also the recording-sessions themselves sucked. I had to play drums… because the drummer back then passed out to sauna for drunkness…


There were really chaotic times too..back when we decided to reform Azazel, we rehearsed at Virrat. Guys: me (Satanachia), Matias (Shu-Ananda), Osku (Sandh), for some time Samiaza (RIP!), and of course Wakboth, who carried us for a long time and composed most material until “Witches Deny Holy Trinity” album. Those were the guys back then. Azazel line up changed in 2011, when Idimmu and Mavrofos joined. They were more dedicated to Azazel and things started to get to better direction.


Worth to mention bands from Finland: Archgoat, Barathum, Beherit, Black Crucifixion (old), Impaled Nazarene (old), Unholy-demo era, Diaboli, Satanic Warmaster... also: Flame,  Evil Angel, Morgal, Forlor, White Death, Urn, Korgonthurus, because they are a little dirtier / more metal than some of the more polished bands. We don’t like much the new Impaled Nazarene stuff for example. New Beherit sucked. It's not Black Metal!


 


6.A lot of the bands lyrics, band members names and the band's name is heavily rooted in Satanism and Demonology, can you tell us a little bit more about your dedication to the black arts?


 


Satanachia: The message is now much more heavier, uglier and more blasphemous. The night of Satanchia EP showed a bit softer lyrical themes. Now-a-days Azazel is brutal. Blasphemy, angel and nun-raping, satan worship…. do I have to continue?

We are serious with this subject. I have been worshiping Satan since...day 1. These things are open to all, who want to find out. I have met Demons. Idimmu has met a Succubus.


 


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


 

Idimmu: Chris Moyen/Throncross did it. K-2T4-S  got in touch with him. He asked pretty much a "traditional" Moyen-style cover. And we got it! To describe the feeling of Aegrum Satanas Tecum:

the spikes and the corpsepaint, the pentagram, the image of a cloven-hoofed, goat-headed demon defiling a nun (this is a strong/central theme on the album), were also added by arrogant and insulting blasphemy of the song titles.


Moyen is known for his works with Beherit, Archgoat, Blasphemy (Friday the 13th live, etc. First two Blasphemy-album covers are NOT done by Moyen), Purtenance, Black Witchery, Goatlord, Impreaction, Naked Whipper, and many more.


This was like a dream to ask! Thank you so much mr. Moyen! http://www.chrismoyen.com/


 


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


Idimmu: I would only like to talk about the good ones.. as there were a couple of really bad ones too (because of Azazel's alcoholism problems). The best ones so far have been the following: Rites of North-fest, Oulu 2020, Hammer Open Air, Lieto 2013,


Varjobaari, Tampere 2018, Vernissa Rot Fest 2019. We don't want to speak about anything unnecessary. Some (all?) know that one of our gigs didn't go the perfect way... yet it brought us a lot of attention.... so, maybe not even that bad, in the end. haha


 


9.The new album is going to be released on 'Primitive Reaction', how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Werewolf Records'.?


 


Satanachia/Idimmu: Otherwise always tasty and good releases at Werewolf, but we were really unsatisfied with how long time it took to produce those vinyl-records. We had to wait like 6-8 years… too long time. I guess lack of money perhaps. We decided to change label. Even Satanic Warmaster has changed label many times, so this shouldn’t be anything that dramatic. Our new record label is Primitive Reaction, and we’ve known Tuomas Karhumäki of that label for a long time… I am sure those first two records are now available in many places (just google?). It’s of course good to have them on vinyl-format. Also our new album will be out on vinyl (September 24th, 2021). Black vax is black metalheads Gold! Please go to Primitive Reaction site if you really want to support Azazel and Azazel's current record label. www.primitivereaction.com


 


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


Idimmu: I've talked to a few young lads at Vernissa Rot Fest, who were even under 18 year-olds. Of course they liked our stuff. I think somehow it's good that Azazel partly reached the "mainstream", as at least some of those kids really check out, what is this all about, and probably hear about the whole thing for the first time. This doesn't change the fact that Black Metal as a musical style Globally is very "out of fashion" and probably way more popular amongst the older people. Just think about it: Kids who were born after 2009 or so, what could they see in this music style? Have no idea. Hard to say what's the future of Black Metal going to be, but we will always stick dedicated to this style, and will NEVER change.


 


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


There are Rienaus (Mavrofos) and Satanic Torment (Idimmu) for example. Raakalainen used to play in Goatmoon and Barathrum, but not anymore. To Satanachia Azazel is EVERYTHING. Lucifuge Rofocale's first serious band he joined..


is Azazel (no previous experience).


 


12.What are you listening to nowadays?


Satanachia: I’d like to especially hail the Greek and USA's Black Metal Scenes. Some other ones too. Well, mostly I listen to old stuff, but also some new stuff of course.

that I hail especially Greek and American Black Metal. Of course also Polish, Scandinavian, South-American bands, etc. Here are some examples: Funeral Storm, Medieval Demon, Goatvomit, Goat Semen, Nifelheim, Armagedda, Blasphemy, Mystifier, Denial of God, Profanatica, Morbus666, Necromantia, Zemial, Kawir, Rotting Christ (old), Veles, Graveland, Cultes Des Ghoules, etc. Sometimes some ritual music or horror-movie soundtracks and of course old heavy metal too (Kiss, W.A.S.P. etc.), why not death metal also? Morbid Angel, Deicide, fuck ass!


Idimmu: I pretty much only listen to Iron Maiden. haha.. Just kidding! :)


 


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



Azazel: Hail Satan! Ave Gloria luciferi exelsi!! Buy Aegrum Satanas Tecum now.


Or die.



www.facebook.com/azazelfinland 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/azazel-interview.html


Elcrost/Vixenta/2021 Split Album Review

jeudi 26 août 2021 à 05:59

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Vietnam's  Elcrosr  and  Australia's  Vixenta  which  will b e  self  released  in  September  an  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Elcrost  a  band  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  angry  sounding  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  post  rock  can  also be  hard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction.


 Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  European  Folklore,  Unrequited  Love,  Loss  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Elcrost  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hunters  of  Dawn  &  Eventide".


  Next  is  is  Vixenta  who  return  with  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  dark  yet  heavy  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  also  adding  in  touches  of  post  rock  then  they  are  utilized.


  Synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  shoegaze.  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing,  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a very  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  loneliness,  isolation,  reality  and  hate  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vixenta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Sorrowful  Screams  of  A  Thousand  Wicked  Souls".


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  atmospheric  and  post  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Elcrost/3540463671

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Vixenta/3540357242  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/elcrostvixenta2021-split-album-review.html


Seltar/Autoscopia/Casus Belli Musica/Beverina/2021 CD Review

jeudi 26 août 2021 à 05:06

 


  Seltar  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Autoscopia"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Casus  Bella  Musica  and  Beverina.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  along  with  the  synths  also  giving  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized,  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  on  later  songs.


  On  this  recording  Seltar  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  that  he  had  established  on  his  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient,  cosmic  and  ancestral  realms  with  some  touches  of  Iberian  heritage.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Seltar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Of  Aurora"  and  "Regressive".  8  out  of  10.


https://casusbellimusica.bandcamp.com/album/autoscopia-out-2021-10-01




      


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/seltarautoscopiacasus-belli.html


Svartalv/Maresalmer Fra Helvete/Earth And Sky Promotions/2021 CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 26 août 2021 à 03:44

 


  Svartalv  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  1997  album  "Maresalmer  Fra  Helvete"  which  was  re-issued  in  2021  by  Earth  And  Sky  Promotions.


  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient.  Touches  of  dungeon  synth  can  also be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments  as  well  as  some  distorted  guitar  sounds  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Atmospheric  sounds  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  spoken  word  parts  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  depressive  atmosphere.


  All  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  some  noises  and  power  electronics  also  being  utilized  at  times,  the  slower  riffing  also  enhances  the  black  metal  side  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  darkness  and  blasphemy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Svartalv  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Farsottgang"  "Sorte  Salmers  Natt"  and  "Vranglære  Til Dagers  Ende".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8a2RPSmhQ4&ab_channel=ConceptMachineI%3AA

https://www.facebook.com/svartalv/        


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/svartalvmaresalmer-fra-helveteearth-and.html


Bourn Ultra Interview

mercredi 25 août 2021 à 06:01

 

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


JS: Sure, We are Bourn Ultra, a Los Angeles, CA U.S.A. based Death/ Black Metal band. Bourn Ultra started as a one piece project on my old laptop. I wanted to record a demo but with real drums so I recruited a friend to help with the demo. Shorty after it was decided that we would also be a live band, some time later that the first drummer went onto another project and Morbus Shores came on board and we started writing what later became our full length “Aforetime Msaters”. We recruited Tom Sly on bass and we started playing shows and writing material for our current ep “Skull Throne Inheritor”. Through our music we call on cosmic, insidious, and blackened atmospheres to evoke the crawling chaos. We are influenced by bands such as Bathory, Immortal and others, we are admirers and also influenced by Lovecraftian lore. Our music is how we conjure. 


2: Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from your previous full length and demo?


JS: It was always planned that each release would differ from each other and so we accomplished that I think. The Demo 2014 I believe was a proper introduction to the scene, it’s simple and raw, much like it’s lyrical content, it was bleak and forlorn. We followed up with a full length, 2018’s “Aforetime Masters”. This truly set us on the course that we are on, both musically and lyrically it disregards this viewable universe as understood by Earthen souls and emphasized our goal of conjuring thee supreme cosmic entity and powers forbidden. Also bleak and dark the songs contained we’re more mid-paced and thoroughly desolate and grim with a good ting of cold atmospheric dusting all procured from my Lovecraftian styled short stories.  Though the full length was not a concept album it did have the running theme of forlorn desolation. The new ep how ever is a concept offering, “Skull Throne Inheritor” is a short story I wrote, again, in a Lovecraftian tone that tells of a lowborn who obtains the ultimate statis. First by being mistakenly mummified, made to slumber for countless eons then awakened and set on a cosmic journey to scale the Skull Throne. Transformed first to a shapeless form and then the tentacled one, the beast from beyond who unleashes great harm and torment upon his universe. Musically we incorporated a faster time signature and the compositions are more arduous. All that I mentioned sets “Skull Throne Inheritor” apart from the previous “Aforetime Masters” and the “Demo 2014”. We are currently writing our new album.


3: The band was formed in 2011 but waited until 2018 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?


JS: The early years were slow simply because the goal was to record a demo and lay the project to rest. So I didn’t see a reason to hurry too much. I also deal with other projects that take up my time. I publish Bulldozer Magazine, though now it’s mainly a Metal music news outlet online, back then it was a printed magazine that took up lots of my time. I also booked shows and concerts under the Iron Room Events moniker, we would set up shows, festivals and tours, again it took up my time not to mention my dreaded afliction called procrastination, it has followed me all my life and I think it will till my death. 


When I brought in a drummer to help with live drums for the demo’s recording it was not a priority for either of us, we rehearsed when we could and as long as progress was being made I was ok with the pace. Though the demo was finished in 2014 it wasn’t released till 2018 because by that time, we were very much in band mode with Morbus Shores our current drummer and recording our full length. I thought an introduction to the scene was needed prior to the full length and so we released the 2014 demo the same year, 2018.  before the full length.


4: A lot of your lyrics cover the writings of H.P Lovecraft and Cosmic Horror themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


JS: Metallica’s Ride the lighting was a recording I listened to plenty when I was a kid. I was one of those folks that sat around and memorized the lyrics to the songs of albums and so when The Call of Ktulu came on and there were no lyrics, it made me curios about what that instrumental was about so I searched and found out about H.P. Lovecraft, his writings and other writers who wrote in his style. I was captivated with the stories, they were so vivid and so left field from other fiction/science fiction that I was reading at the time that I decided I would immersed my self in that style of writing and at some point I started writing my own stories borrowing and building on stories from Lovecraft and writers influenced by Lovecraft. 


My stories aren’t published they sit on my selfs on hand written manuscripts, I’ve only shown them to a few people because with the world now being at our finger tips via the internet and news television we have been desensitized. Cosmic horror pales in comparison to true worldly horrors and so most are not into it. There’s a community of folks who still read and write Lovecarftian style lore so there’s that at least. I decided that my short stories were going to be the lyrics to Bourn Ultra’s music and I am glad that they’ve at least seen the light of day in that form.


5: What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bourn Ultra'?


JS: Ah, well… I once read an interview with Chris Reifert from Autopsy where they asked him what he thought of a certain band’s name. I can’t recall what band it was but it was out of the norm for a Death Metal band. He responded that he thought all the good band names were taken so people were giving their bands shit names or something to that affect I don’t recall the exact quote but I think he was right, all the good names are taken so we are left to make up weird band names at this point.


 As for Bourn Ultra,  It’s the title of one of my short stories, in the story a Bourn Ultra is a Great Cosmic Journey… I just went with it and hoped to beat it into peoples minds with our music. Once you get folks to associate a name to a sound you’ve made your band’s point and thus an off putting band name is not off putting anymore. We hope to do that….. I gave us that challenge, and it’s been rough let me tell you, haha….We don’t fit nicely in any genre exactly and the band name reflects that. Whether that turns out to be a good thing is yet to be determined.


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


JS: The cover for “Skull Throne Inheritor” is my graphic design reinterpretation of a bronze statuette rendering of a Greco-Egyptian piece of an octopus headed God with a human body named “The little God of the Coral Divers” according to the statuette’s description it is a God not well known in the Greek or Egyptian pantheon. It may have enjoyed only a short-lived period of veneration by a small minority of fisherfolk….. I loved the piece and thought to make it the cover buy rendering the Skull Throne with the tentacled God sitting upon it. It fits our narrative in that form and so I used it. We are thinking that maybe at some point a new pressing of the “Skull Throne Inheritor’ ep might contain an alternate cover but we will see. 



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


JS: Bourn Ultra is very much a live band since 2018. We have done many shows since our first one back then. Los Angeles does is not lack in shows, prior to all the pandemic shut downs there were up to 5/6 shows per weekend about half that on the week days. We’ve ventured into Mexico with great success, we have opened for what I consider great underground bands such as Sadistic Intent and The Chasm just to name two. Last year would have been our first proper mini-tour with the band Unholy Lust but due to the virus it was canceled. This year we’ve hit the same obstacles, as we were booking out of town gigs the shut down was once again initiated and thus put the breaks on this years outings as well. This year we’ve only been able to play two shows but we hope for the best as the year heads into fall.


8: According to the metal archives page you are signed to 'Quadrivium Productions' but the new ep was self released, are you going to work with this label on future releases?


JS: Metal Archives though mostly a good source for band research also has bad information. We’ve had to inquire for changes on our page several times. I wish they’d let the bands run their own pages at some point to provide the proper information to the masses… there, got that out of the way….. In the case of Quadrivium Productions how ever, that info is correct… We decided that the first few releases and merchandise would be under our own Imprint which is Quadrivium Production. Our three releases have been under QuadriviumProductions including our lasted ep “Skull Throne Inheritor”. For the next release we hope to be working with a proper label but if not we will continue to put our music out via our imprint Quadrivium Productions.


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


JS: Unfortunately for us we haven’t gotten that worldwide attention but those who have heard our music appreciate it. Some folks like it from the first listen some have to spin it a couple of times before they get it. It’s a tricky thing doing your band business “DIY” if you want to use the term. It’s not like before, now we’re literally competing with thousands of other underground bands trying to get media, label and promoter’s attention. 


Now a days if you want to move your band forward and are not lucky enough to garner attention right off the bat you’re probably have to deal with PR folk, these folk with the “IN” with the media industry but for you to have their “IN” you have to shell out hundreds if not thousands of dollars to an industry that is there to make money from bands trying to get heard. If on your own you do manage to get a response from a say a magazine, attached to your response is usually a media kit with ad rates, scratch my back and I’ll scratch your’s is the intent. Business is business as they say but did you hear the music before you sent me your ad rates?!. A worldwide level reaction eludes us as of yet, perhaps it just means, try harder. 


10: When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


JS: You can expect a full length in 2022. Hopefully we’ll start tracking this fall. As for the direction of the new material, we are going faster, still ominous and dark but faster. We don’t intend on recording the same album twice so look forward to something different from the 2018 “Aforetime Masters” or the 2021 “Skull Throne Inheritor”. We really liked working with Charles Elliot of Tastemaker Studios/Abysmal Dawn for the ep. I think if he has the time we will again have him track, mix and master the new recording. It’s tentatively title “The Envoidened Peculiar”


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?


JS: That’s a tough question for me so I’ll answer it as if it was directed to the whole band. We are influenced by a variety of metal sub genres but bands we all agree are definite influences for Bourn Ultra are Bathory and immortal. I don’t think being influenced means we have to out right sound like them because we don’t but they are the main musical influences. 


My band members are definitely more open minded than I am when it comes to bands, I think they’d have a pretty diverse endless list of bands for you. I can say that my endless list would consist of Classic Rock, Classical Music, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Hardcore and Cross Over, Death Metal, Black Metal, even some Experimental Industrial would be included.


Now a days I still listen to the same things I’ve listen to for over 30+ years. Sabbath and Maiden, Possessed and Suicidal Tendencies, Unleashed and Entombed, Dissection and Emperor, Destroyer 666 and Aura Noir… newer bands, fuck!..so many, seriously, the list would be endless.  


12: Does Occultism pay any role on your music?


JS: I will answer this question as it pertains to Bourn Ultra. There are theorized practices that come into play within our music and ritualized supernatural conjurings. These supernatural forces are beyond mere Earth born human understandings, they are not for the novice diviner nor haphazard evoker, thus don’t try this at home. These practices are of unnatural beliefs and thus not for everyone or everything. Though Bourn Ultra has no official cause or beliefs it adheres to and though we at times assemble in dark corners of abandoned places, we speak not out right of our convictions nor of what goes on there if anything. If at anytime you were to see out of the corner of your eye a shadow or movement while playing our music immediately stop and  begin the recording again. Not doing so might prove detrimental to your place in this space in this time.


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


JS:  Thank you for the interview. It’s actually our first, much appreciated. 

 

 

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