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Genfaerd Interview

vendredi 23 octobre 2020 à 03:45

 


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


T.:

Danish fucking black metal! We are 3 guys now 4 with a new bass player coming. 

We are completely on the same side when it comes to music and the way we want the music to go.

Genfærd started out as a project which sprung out of Sort Regn. The plan was for it to be a solo or at least a 2 man band. 

But for the better it was decided to make it a full band. We aim for some raw black metal and that's where J, is a expert.

Other than that, catch us live sometimes that is where our music shines.

 


2.In January you also released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


T.:

First of all the mix is better, thanks to our former bassist and mixing guru, S., But it shows evolvement. Evolvement in music and ferocity in every aspect.

Its more raw still has melodies like the first release but its overall more raw and punked. 

This is the first release J., is in on. He is the perfect counterpart to how I write music and that's heard on the album.


3.This is also your first release since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


T:

Personal destruction, depression, the struggle of life as you well know. Also a shift in the lineup, all sort of shit.

But the important thing is now we are back, a full crew with fire and anger in our hearts. 

So I promise there wont be another 5 year before the next release. 


J.: 

It was a couple of hard years before we managed a release. Murphy's law in effect; Broken bones, broken minds, moving rehearsal rooms 2-3 times, our private lives turning to shit in succession... Very chaotic. 


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


J. 

Blodhævn is overall a vehicle for a lot of pent-up anger, disappointment and feeling of betrayal I've felt prior to writing lyrics. It allowed me to channel those feelings, and turn it into something more constructive, if perhaps incoherent; A collection of stories about revenge, betrayal, warnings and upheaval. 


T.:

Songwriting changes with who you are writing with. 

But make up some riffs or a song and bring it to the rehearsal room and then we mix it together with each others riffs and perfect it.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "Genfærd"?


T.:

Its the Danish word for a spirit, or an apparition. 


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


J.:

We got in contact with Maxime Taccardi. We were all really fascinated with his works, and especially him painting with his own blood. We saw it would bring an eye catching element to "Blodhævn", and he got to work. We are very impressed with how his artwork turned out, and how it fits with our own logo on the cover.


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


T.:

Every show is the best at least that is what we strife for.

There is a lot of memorable shows with Genfærd playing live with Genfærd is different from other bands I've played in.

But the first show we played at Beta with Solbrud was the beginning of something extreme. So that of cause stand out for me.

Our show is ever evolving. We always strife for the best show, its extreme, fast and in your face.

We are a live band more than a album band.


J.:

For me my favorite show was the one we did in Pumpehuset in May 2018. That tightpacked audience going crazy and chanting us on was really something else, a rare sight in Denmark where most audiences can be a bit indifferent. Hopefully we'll get a new perspective once Covid dies down, and people discover what they've missed.


8.Recently 'Nebula Aeterna Productions' released your current album on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


J.:

I hooked them up after I saw they liked my other project, Ildskær, and asked if they would be interested in publishing Genfærd. Fortunately they were and we've had a good relationship.


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


T.:

Overwhelming good actually. People seems to like it.


J.: 

I agree. People seems to come for the artwork and stay for the music, which is only good.


10.What is going on with 'Sort Regn' these days?


T.:

At the moment nothing is happening. We still talk once in a while. But musically nothing.

We have talked about making a reunion sometime. But if its going to happen or when or where I do not know.


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


T.:

Faster, more raw, more black. We will stay in the past because that is what we like.

So if you do not like old school black metal the chances are your music is not for you.


J.:

Yeah, we are currently brewing on some really nasty sounding music, more unhinged and experimenting, yet still as hard hitting and cathartic as Blodhævn.


12.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?


T.:

Influences. Every sound can be a inspiration. The flow of the river, the wind... When the creative moment hits you, it can be inspired by anything.

I personally like the 90's wave of black metal so that is usually what I listen to.

But more recently I have listened a lot to Sinmara, Odraza, Funeral Mist and Svartidaudi.


J.:

I listen to a broad spectrum of music, from Jazz and funk to classical, ambient and neofolk, and of course, metal. Concerning Black metal, anything Polish, French or Icelandic from the last 5-10 years is sure to be on rotation here, and beyond those, I listen to a lot of Agalloch, Ulver, The Ruins of Beverast, Leviathan, Tchornobog and Slidhr


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


Both:

Stay tuned, we are already working on the next piece of music. 

Thanks for all the support! Thanks for helping us out with buying merch in this tough time.

Hopefully see you on the other side. 


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/genfaerd-interview.html


Dodenkrocht/The Dying All/Auric Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 23 octobre 2020 à 03:21

 


  Dodenkrocht  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Dying  All"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Auric  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes,  synths,  spoken  word  parts  and  programmed  beats  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  depressive  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  misanthropy  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dodenkroacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  depressive  black  and  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  Never  Spoke"  "The  Dying  All"  and  "For  His  Name  Was  Death".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/Spn0WAH6hq4      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/dodenkrochtthe-dying-allauric.html


Sarvekas Interview

vendredi 23 octobre 2020 à 02:03

 


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




We are a two-man Black Metal band from Southern Finland (Salo/Sauvo) formed in 2018. We met via a friend and J.L had some ideas ready, so he asked me if I want to play with him. I said yes really quickly after I heard what kind of black metal he had been composing and now it seems that we have a path to walk together in our lives.




2.In December you have an EP coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?




The style of black metal we play is melodic and epic, yet crushing and unforgiving. The songs are pretty straight-forward, but we wanted it to have an atmosphere that ranges from harsh, dark, and desolate feelings to moments of pure fury. I think we succeeded pretty well in this.




3.A lot of your lyrics cover Heathenry and Scandinavian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?




Overall we draw power and visions from ancient northern beliefs and nature. We are both very interested in these topics and our ancestors lived all around Scandinavia, so we feel that these tales and beliefs belong to us and is our heritage. The way our ancestors handled spirits, gods, and life itself is pure, beautiful, and still dark and thus it is venerable at least for us. 




4.Your lyrics also cover a 'devotion to the dark, can you tell us a little bit more about what this means to you?




Well, we also use satanic themes in our lyrics so on that behalf it’s kind of obvious. We’ve always been fascinated by the presence of darkness. The sinister mysteries that can be felt in the right state of mind and place. It is a universal power that can be used for healing or destroying. So we’ve devoted ourselves to do this art which evolves in the dark corners of our minds.




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




Sarvekas is Finnish and means the one with horns and to us the horned one. We do not see Satan as a personified being, but as a force that dwells in us, the primal beast, the destructive powers of nature, and also as a symbol of pureness and of course rebellion. 




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




The front cover has been painted by a Macedonian artist Kristina Pavleska and the rest of the covers were made by Babalon Graphics from Finland. We sent her the music and gave her basically freedom to paint what she wanted and how she experienced our music. As per her saying, while the painting was still in the making, she opted in for a minimalistic way in order to represent the ideology behind this project instead of doing the usual landscapes and forests seen in most cases. Taking a few key moments in the story as one can notice. A partial human form ending with an exposed ribcage representing punishment. Red representing fire and blood as a form of that never-ending cycle of rebirth and war while the scorched souls cry out in an apocalyptic vision surrounding the human figure. Ending with the sword representing the deity of Surtr, piercing through the spine.




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?




We came to the conclusion that we will remain as a duo since the compromises are easier that way. We both have our own jobs in this project and it has been clear since the beginning. I write the lyrics and play drums and J.L is composing the music. We still have a line-up ready for the gigs. So as soon as this pandemic is over, we will be able to storm the venues.




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




We sent a digital promo package including promo pics, bio, and one song to labels, and Soulseller Records was one of those who contacted us and in the end, it seemed the best label for us. We’re glad and thankful for this opportunity.




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




Well, the first single got a pretty good amount of views on Black Metal Promotion’s Youtube channel and the feedback was good. The next single will be released at the start of November so we’ll see what happens next.




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




All we can say is that we are currently forging new songs. It will be revealed once the time is right. On the future direction of our music, we will stay playing black metal that’s for sure.




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, Black Metal in general, since we’ve both been listening to it for 20 years. I listen to a lot of other styles of music than metal, but usually something melancholic or epic gives the inspiration to do this kind of music we make. Of course, the old classics of black metal still gives inspiration and the state of mind that I seek, so they are played regularly. To mention few black metal artists I’ve been listening to lately are: Paysage D’hiver,  Ifernach, Beketh Nexehmu, Whoredom Rife, and Devouring Star




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




The next single will be officially released on all digital platforms on the 4th of November, but there will be a premiere before that, so keep your eyes peeled on the apocalyptic crimson horizon. 


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/sarvekas-interview.html


Soul Dissolution/Winter Contemplations/Viridian Flame Records/2020 EP Review

jeudi 22 octobre 2020 à 06:05

 


  Belgium's  Soul  Dissolution  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Winter  Contemplations"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Viridian  Flame  Records.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 


  Elements  of  post  rock  are  also  utilized  throughout  the  recording  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  both  of  the  tracks.  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  some  synths  also  being  introduced  on  the  second  song  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  also  being  used  towards  the  end  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  On  this  recording  Soul  Dissolution  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  snowy  landscapes,  raging  blizzards,  regret  and  purgatory  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soul  Dissolution  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Where  the  Clouds  Stand  Still".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/gzJihXD3kTI       


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/soul-dissolutionwinter.html


The Deviant Interview

jeudi 22 octobre 2020 à 05:32

 


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


Like with most other bands and musicians the global pandemic has forced us to cancel any plans of playing shows. Fortunately (if that is the correct way to look at it), we only had one show booked before the outbreak, but we probably won’t be able to have a proper release party either. We recorded “Rotting dreams…” as a trio, but we are looking to get a new second guitarist, so some of the time has been spent trying to sort that. Also, we recorded the album before signing to a label, so we spent time negotiating a deal. And of course, we have started thinking about the next album. At this point there is very little written, but because there will not be any shows to play for some time, I think writing is the obvious thing to do as a band now. 


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


I think the new album is a bit more diverse than the previous two albums, as we have some doomy elements on this one, and a touch of industrial as well. I also think there is more old school Death Metal on this one than on the previous album. But I still think it sounds like a natural follow-up to “Lightning Bolts”, and all the elements from the last two albums are still there, and plentiful. It is relentless. 


3.From 2005 to 2018 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?


After “Ravenous …” was released we did the usual thing, played some shows and started writing new material. Sadly though, it soon became evident that our drummer Blod had to stand down, and the band eventually ended up being just me and Violator. On top of that, our label at the time (Tabu) lost its steam and eventually went out of business, so our contract was obviously not renewed. The band just faded away, as I was also busy with Gehenna for a few years after that. The Deviant was basically on hiatus for most of those years. We restarted the band in 2014 or thereabout, with a new drummer called Bomber (whom had also played with Violator in 122 Stabwounds) and a new guitarist called Ruiner. We set about writing for “Lightning Bolts”, end ended up using most of the material we had worked on prior to the hiatus. 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years/


To sum it up short, the lyrics are about the darker sides of existence, the darker sides of humanity. Some of the lyrics have occult themes, and some have themes of war, and some are just about being who we are.  I think as we progress, we try to expand both the musical and lyrical expression, and I personally feel there are more themes I am comfortable writing about today, than there was when I first started in music.  Looking back at all these years (including pre- The Deviant), it is also fairly evident that we have incorporated more elements in the music and that our writing evolves and gets more complex as we get better and learn more just as instrumentalists and writers. I think today we have reached the point where we are comfortable writing both very simple and more complex material, so long as the feel is right. 


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


The name is inspired by the song “Circle of Beliefs” by Slayer. It just had the right feel to it. We know it is not the most original name in the world, and when we first signed with Tabu for “Ravenous…” we did for a very short time consider changing the name to avoid any confusion. In the end, though, we just said Fuck it, and went with our gut feeling. 


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


The theme of the vulture and of carrion is from some of the lyrics on the album. The vulture can be many things, and although I am very in favor of letting people have the pleasure of interpreting art themselves (not just from album covers, but art in general), I think one possible way to interpret the vulture is as a symbol of the opportunist, feeding on the sick and the weak. But there are other possibilities! In the lyrics the vulture is also linked to the warmachine, and inside the album artwork you will also find a link to a more traditional rock/metal use of the vulture. We also wanted it to have a visual link to the previous two albums, in tone and presentation. I do not think we can ever have colors on an album cover, hehe….  We had great help from the designer REH, who also did the artwork on “Lightning Bolts”, in getting our visions and ideas for the artwork to look right. 


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


So far, our shows have been clubs and small festivals, and The Deviant have never played outside of Norway yet. In general, a great show is one where there is a lot of energy both from the band and the crowd. The Inferno festival in 2006, and one of the local shows (Tribute, Sandnes) shortly after the release of “Lightning Bolts” are both fond memories, but most shows have been energetic and good. We do not, at this point at least, have any pyro or effects. It is just us, lights and sound. Stripped to the bone, I guess you could say. Energy and music. 


8.The new album is coming out on 'Soulseller Records', how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Tabu Recordings'?


The business has changed quite a lot in the 15 years between us being signed to Tabu and Soulseller. I think to a certain extent the business was still struggling a bit with the aftermath of the filesharing/nappster-thing in 2005, whereas now labels and the business have at least found some ways of using the new technologies and come to grips with the changes. Back in 2005 it was still mostly about trying to sell cds, whereas now we have several digital solutions, as well as physical (cd and lp).  So, we see that Soulseller have a very different way of working with promotion and digital distribution, stuff that was not necessarily possible or available in 2005. It might be a bit difficult to compare the two because of this, but I will say that I feel Soulseller is A LOT more involved than I think Tabu were. Tabu spent a bit of money making a video and trying to promote the band that way, but it felt a bit like they gave up after that. In the end they gave up the entire label though, so that probably explains quite a bit, hehe…  Tabu gave us a shot, and they tried to make things work for a while, so I will salute them for that. My main thorn in that side now is that Tabu sold their catalog, and today we do not have any control over the “Ravenous…” album or any contact with the label who owns it. 


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


Mostly it has been good. Some will of course compare it to bands and music we have been involved in prior to The Deviant, which is understandable: But I am pleased to say that for the most part people judge it as its own thing. I also get the impression that we appeal to people from both the Black Metal and the Death Metal parts of the audience. There will always be a few who do not like it, for whatever reason, but that is fine. We all have different tastes and preferences in music. We do not have a very mainstream appeal of course, most nobody in this genre does, and we do not aim to be rock stars, haha, so as long as we can reach out to as many as possible within the limitations of the genre, we are very pleased. 


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


I do not think there will be a major leap from this album to the next. Just enough of a development to make it stand on its own, and not be a “part II” of any of our previous releases. As of writing we are very early in the process, so I cant really say anything for sure, but we are very pleased with where we are at musically, and I do not think we want to stray to far off the path. That being said, we are not afraid of experimenting a bit, so long as the core identity of our music is still there. 


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?


Right now I am listening to the new Isengard album, “Vårjevndøgn”. A bit of a mixed bag I think, but mostly enjoyable. Anyway, I tend to listen to the same bands I listened to years ago, and I confess I am not very good at checking out new bands and artists (although it does happen). I think you can hear on “Rotting Dreams….” that we have been listening to a bit of late 8os and early 90s Death Metal lately. As well as Bathory, which have been a major influence always. I am also very into regular/classic (whatever you want to call it) heavy metal, and bands like W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, Kiss and many more have been a part of my musical diet since I was a kid really. And early thrash bands like Slayer, Megadeth, first few Metallica. And Possessed was also a big thing early on. 


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


Yeah, I feel like I am promoting two albums at the same time, both “Rotting Dreams of Carrion” and “Lightning Bolts”. We released “Lightning…” ourselves, and did a very poor job at promoting it, so it mostly went under the radar. “Rotting Dreams… is still a few weeks away from release, so people interested in the band should check out “Lightning Bolts” while waiting for the new album. Thanks for the support and interest, keep it burning!!! Dolgar


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-deviant-interview.html