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Nature Morte Interview

samedi 10 avril 2021 à 05:43

 

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

 Stevan: We are carefully preparing the release of "messe basse" in close collaboration with our label Source Atone Records. The video for our single has just been released so we are in the promotional phase of the album. But all this does not prevent us from already working on new sound, because we would like to release quickly a sequel to "messe basse". As for many, I think that the crisis we are going through has particularly inspired us! 


2. The new album will be released in May. Musically, how does it differ from what you have released in the past? Stevan: I think it's our most accomplished work to date. Both technically and artistically. There is a real risk-taking in that we chose to explore a lot of different paths. We are 3 in the group but we are often sensitive to things sometimes diametrically opposed. The real challenge was to link all our influences without going in all directions. To give coherence thus, but especially to tell something while leaving the beaten tracks... 

3. What are the themes and subjects that the band explores in its new music and how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years? 

Chris: They are often the same, related to my observation of the world and of these individuals, as well as my experiences with them. On this album, I also did a little introspection on my past and these famous feelings that I could have had over the years so that this goes in adequacy with the theme that we tried to develop as well in the music as in the visuals: nostalgia. Practicing the experience of writing for years, this comes much more naturally to me but the fact of playing an instrument at the same time (during about fifteen years I was only a singer), forced me to be much more direct, to concentrate on the words more than on the images and accompanied the music as it should be, not to overdo it.

 4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "Nature Morte"? 

Chris: The name came to us after writing the first song, which was Grief at the time. We already wanted to play on this duality between shadow and light, beauty and ugliness and just like a still life (nature morte in French) we decided, through our music, to try to find beauty in rot, mold and above all in the passing time. Then, even if we sing in english, the French sound of the name was more musical to our ears than the English one and given our nationality we said to ourselves, let´s go

 5. Can you tell us a little more about the cover art for the new album?

 Chris: It’s the continuation of our cycle of nostalgia. The cover is the first step towards a patchwork of photos inside the album retracing the 70s and 80s, which we continued in video with our first clip, White goat, dark hoof. This one retraces the 90s to the present day. This photo also has a second reading (even more following the psychological derivatives of each one) thanks to the title of the album.

6. What are the best gigs the band has played over the years and how would you describe your performance on stage ? 

Stevan: Unfortunately, our last gigs go back to over a year because of the current health situation. We still had the chance to tour Europe in February 2020, just before the first pandemic restrictions. So I would say that our best shows are those. We had a great reception, especially in Hungary and Romania where people are very open-minded. Concerning our live performances, I would say that they are dark and bright at the same time as on our albums!

 7. In 2020, you were part of a split with 'Hegemon', what do you think of the other bands that participated in the recording? 

Chris: Hegemon is a band that we respect and appreciate very much. They are for us one of the pioneer groups of the French black metal scene of the 90s. and it was an honor to share this split with them The singer is a very very good and close friend of mine, I'm not going to hide it, so that tipped the scales ...? 

8. The new album is released on 'Source Atone Records', can you tell us a little more about this label? 

Chris: We have a great bond. They were actively involved in the production of the album and everything that follows. They listen to our requests and leave us complete freedom over the visual approach to the project. They contacted us very quickly to suggest that we be their first release while other labels wrote to us as well, but the contact was so natural, the deal super interesting and the guys so cool that the choice was quickly made. In our entire musical career, we've never been treated so well and their work is phenomenal. The proof: we have just signed again with them for the reissue of our previous album NM1 for the first time on vinyl (released in September). 

 9. On a worldwide level, what was the reaction of the post black metal fans to your music ? 

Stevan: When 'NM1', our debut album, was released at the end of 2018, we had overall good feedback. Both in terms of the music and the image we convey. The fact of having an approach little conform but totally assumed could destabilize some people but nothing very negative... We can’t wait to see and hear the reactions following "messe basse". 

10. Where do you see the band going musically in the future ?

 Stevan: It is likely that we will continue our time travel and that we will draw our inspiration towards other currents. But especially to continue to free ourselves from certain codes 

11. What are you listening to now ?

Stevan: For my part, I always listen to reference artists like Radiohead, The Cure, Yob, Converge and many others. More recently, Emma Ruth Rundle, Russian circle and Holy Fawn. I'm also moving more and more towards orchestrated music like classical or film music 

Chris: like Stevan, Radiohead is a very important band for me ... I am also very influenced by Wolves In the Throne room, Mayhem, This Gift is a curse, mainly for the voice and the moods but also Slowdive, Nothing, Whirr ... and, indeed, a lot of film music composer 

12. Before concluding this interview, do you have a last word or a last thought?

Chris: Looking forward to life back to what it used to be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmsBC9pNDQU

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/nature-morte-interview.html


Cold Cell/The Greater Evil/Les Acteurs de I'Ombre Productions/2021 CD Review

samedi 10 avril 2021 à 05:34

 


  Cold  Cell  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  Greater  Evil"  which  will  be  released  on  April  23rd  by  Les  Acteurs  de  I'Ombre  Productions.


  Clean  vocals  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  are  added  into  the  music  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  atmospheric  elements  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  samples  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  modern  worlds,  human  devolution,  death  of  spirituality  and  loss  of  consciousness.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Cold  Cell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  modern  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scapegoat  Season"  "Greatest  Of  All  Species"  and   "No  Escape".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/cold-cellthe-greater-evilles-acteurs-de.html


Sordide/Les Idees Blanches/Les Acteurs de I'Ombre Productions/2021 CD Review

samedi 10 avril 2021 à 04:16

 


  France's  Sordide  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Les  Idees  Blanches"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Les  Acteurs  de  I'Ombre  Productions.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  dissonant  style  structures  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffs.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  distorted  style  when  they  are  utilized.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  punk  rock  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  more  experimental  than  previous  releases.


  Most  of  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  style  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  Some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard,  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  France,  Violence  and  Anti  Fascism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sordide  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  modern  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Je  n'ai  nul  pays"  "Ne  savior  que  rester"  and  "Vers  jamais".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/sordideles-idees-blanchesles-acteurs-de.html


Crucifixion Ritual/Gouging The Eyes of Angelic Purity/Invictus Productions/2021 Demo Review

samedi 10 avril 2021 à 03:03

 


  Crucifixion  Ritual  are  a  solo  project  from an  unknown  location  that  plays  a  very  old  school  and  bestial  form  of  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  semo  "Gouging  The  Eyes  Of  Angelic  Purity"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Invictus  Productions.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  while  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  to  early  200's  era.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  avoiding  the  use  of  any  guitar  solos  or  leads  and  the  whole  demo  also  always  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction,  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.


  Crucifixion  Ritual  plays  a  style  of  war  metal  that  is  very  raw,  bestial  and  old  school  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  rituals  and  blasphemy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Crucifixion  Ritual  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  and  old  school  war  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ritual  Bludgeoning".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/crucifixion-ritualgouging-eyes-of.html


Nordgeist/Frostwinter/Kunsthall Produktionen/2021 FUll Length Review

vendredi 9 avril 2021 à 05:55

 


  Nordgeist  is  a  solo  project  from  the  Siberian  region  of  Russia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  2021  album  "Frostwinter"  which  will  be  released  on  April  23rd  by  Kunsthall  Produktionen.


  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  the  synths  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  Nordic  influences  mixed  in  with  a  more  modern  style  along  with  the  nature  orientated  soundscapes  also  making  a  return  on  the  later  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  nature  of  the  Siberian  city  of  Bratsk.


  In  my  opinion  Nordgeist  is  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter"  and  "Sorrow".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/nordgeistfrostwinterkunsthall.html