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


Verglas Sanglant/Tempete de Tourments/Metal Scrap Records/2020 EP Review

mercredi 21 octobre 2020 à 05:42

 


  Verglas  Sanglant  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Tempete  de  Tourments"  which  was  released  by  Metal  Scrap Records.


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  era  second  wave  influences  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Verglas  Sanglant  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  old  school  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  oldness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Verglas  Sanglant  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tempete  de  Tourments"  and  "Haine  &  Pestilence".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/verglas-sanglanttempete-de.html


Fortid/World Serpent/Prophecy Productions/2020 CD Review

mercredi 21 octobre 2020 à 04:49

 


  Iceland's  Fortid  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  expanding  on  their  Viking  black  emtal  style  by  adding  in  elements  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "World  Serpent"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Prophecy  Productions.


  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  thrash  metal  style  at  times  which  has  similarities  to  Chuck  Billy  but  with  a  more  grim  black  metal  touch  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  the  Bay  Area  style,  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  screams  are  also  utilized  on  more  of  a  regular  basis.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Fortid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Viking,  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  True  Awakening"  and  "Perfect  Annihilation".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/fortid

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/fortidworld-serpentprophecy.html


Mongrel's Cross/Arcana, Scrying And Revelation/Hell's Headbangers/2020 Full Length Review

mercredi 21 octobre 2020 à 03:30

 


  Mongrel's  Cross  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Arcana,  Scrying  And  Revelation"  which  will  be  released in  November  by  Hell's  Headbangers.


 A  very  heavy  and  old  school sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  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.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  era influences  and  elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing,


  Synths  can  also  be heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  touches  of  death metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  more  of  a  traditional  metal  approach.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mongrel's  Cross  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suffer  the  Witch  To  Live"  "As  A  Being  Undead"  and  "The  Whispering  Void".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/3EZ0mRdHqzc      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/mongrels-crossarcana-scrying-and.html


Temple Of Decay Interview

mercredi 21 octobre 2020 à 00:47

 


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

 

 There is really not much to say about it. One man band project where of course , I am responsible for everything hahaha.

 Besides it's something that I have always wanted to do, but of course fucking life bla bla bla.


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

   

   For sure is not 100% Black Metal .Definitely you can hear some Death, Thrash influences...generally I would say Extreme Pure Fucking Metal.

   

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


   It's difficult for me to talk about my lyrics. For sure they are part of me and my visions of certain things .I will be not be saying here... I leave them for the listeners own interpretation and for sure they don't glorify any Sick Slave Fairy Tales.

   

   

 4.You also write lyrics in both English and Polish, which language do you prefer?


   Both languages allow you to express yourself in a different way. Personally I think polish sounds more aggressive than english for example KURWA in my

   performance sounds more convincingly than FUCK haha. More seriously both are OK. and both are needed.


 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Temple of Decay?

    

   Of Course Mighty Marduk .I don't see any point saying more about it. Absolutely Masterpiece lyrically and musically.

   

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


   The entire cover (artwork, layouts) was made by Mentalporn .Quras's idea perfectly reflects music and lyrics contained

   on the Ep. The total End of everything....


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


   Yes of course. If  I will find more time and right people, why not. Although in my case the family and a lot of activities related to it (work and shit like that) did not allow me to do it. Everything has pros and cons. Once again fucking life.haha

 

 8.The ep was released through both Wolfmond and Black Death Production, do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?



   Yes. They definitely do enough for me. Especially they are small Labels and you can see that they do it with passion and for passion.


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

 

  I am positively surprised.


 

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

 

    Am not sur it's gonna be full length or another ep (prefer less) but 2021 definitely. Time will tell the truth.



 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 ?


    Because I am not young anymore of course Old School 80-90 Death, Black, Thrash inspires me a lot and many bands like Bathory, Venom, Deicide

    Marduk, Kreator... Nowadays I listen to a lot of different music (except techno, reggae and shit like that) I generally respect the music that has a message. Last album Ulcerate. Stare Into Death... and New Model Army. From here... are my favourites in last couple weeks.




 12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

 

 

    I am a free man. I am  the Devil.

 


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


    

     Thank you for your time! Destroy the human stupidity !


 https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Temple_of_Decay/3540473704

 

    



 


   

   

   

 

 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/temple-of-decay-interview.html