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Hladomrak Interview

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 06:44

 

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


Ever since the recording of the album we've been busy doing work surrounding the release, like interviews. We've also recorded a video for ”Fozforos Insignia”, a track from the upcoming album.



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


It expands from the earlier work. It's a new chapter, it's an upgrade in every aspect.



3.This is also your first full length since 2017, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


It's been a time for renewal for the band. Previous collaborations out, new musicians in. New inspirational wells have been explored for this new presentation. Fresh ideas, new concepts. It's all good.


4.On the new album you cover 'Fall-Division Luciferianism;, can you tell us a little bit more about this form of the Luciferian Path?


All thoughts and statements are solely my conclusions within the book, Fall Division. The conclusions have been manifested over several years of religious studies, living alongside people and observing their habits and seeing their general behavior as individuals and actors inside a collective group. The conclusions are also my truths for describing what mankind is and how it works. All thoughts regarding the individual, in all forms, are results of personal contemplation of existentialism.


When discussing the true individual in how to achieve A.R.P.I or reaching

for I, it is not essentially through any spiritual practices leading to a

mystical union in the likings of Eliphas Levi or Aleister Crowley as expressed

by the use of “the Great Work”. If one is to draw parallels to existing “beliefs”,

Luciferianism would be one to be at level. At base discussion, the principles of

Luciferianism grasp the fundamental ideas introduced in Fall Division. The

emphasis of the individual and the mind, relevant perceptions of a person's

conscious environment, as well as the concept of the individual striving to become

its own God, are all part of the core thoughts of Fall Division.


5.Your older lyrics touched on the dark side of the nature, can you tell us a little bit more about what this means to you?


The old lyrics grasp the core idea of Hladomrak. Hladomrak is the unrelenting, untamed, and unforgiving force within nature, the one indifferent and ruthless to mankind. Hladomrak is You, when Your mind is cold and thoughts wander in darkness of consciousness searching for answers to eternal questions. Born from the essence of first water, shaped from the growth of flora, a mind of pure root. In slumber yet never asleep, the overseer in thickest moss, the eye inside the creek mist, ever watching, ever waiting.



6.You also have used a variety of many different languages in your songwriting, can you tell us a little bit more about which languages you have used in your lyrics?


English, Reithariil and Finnish.



7.I know that the bands name means 'cold darkness' in the Slavic languages, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?


The idea was to merge both feelings, to joining everything cold and dark into one expression. It's the merging of a pulse experienced while living, it's simultaneously synonymous for death. It sets the mantra into the creation.



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


It's a symbolic depiction of mankind as a race, posing as the supreme creature on this earth yet always being out of its element, left to the mercy of the wild and killed at will. The setting is in the darkest woods and the person is being killed by nature and swallowed by its roots.









9.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line up?


In the beginning, since there were no plans of playing live, the solo thing worked out fine. Around 2013 though Dipa joined Hladomrak for bass duties. Thoughts about playing live became real at that point. Later drummer Hagall joined to complete the line-up.


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


The best gig was our last before the pandemic, in January of 2020 with Ereb Altor in Gävle, Sweden. It was a loud expression of pure hatred, a celebration for the coming end of mankind.



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


Generally good response. I've only seen good things.



12.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?


For every member of the band, Hladomrak is the only priority.



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


Only Hladomrak knows. The will of I will take us there.



14.What are you listening to nowadays?


Craft.


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


Nothing to add.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/hladomark-interview.html


Grandeur/Aurea Aetas/Personal Records/2021 EP Review

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 06:33

 


      Grandeur  are  a  so9lo  project  from  Austria  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  "Aurea  Aetas"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Personal  Records.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  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.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal screams.


  Elements  of  crust  punk  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  touches  of  modern  era  post  black  metal  can  also be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  the  bonus  track.


  Grandeur  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  melodic  black  emtal  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  elements  of  crust  punk  and  post  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  quest  for  the  Aurea  Aetas.


  In  my  opinion  Grandeur  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  melodic  black  metal  solo  project  with  some  elements  of  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Grandeur"  and  "Aurea  Aetas".  8  out  of  10.


http://www.personal-records.bandcamp.com/album/aurea-aetas-bonus-track-edition  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/grandeuraurea-aetaspersonal-records2021.html


Nöldr/Misanthropic Forest/Humanity's Plague Productions/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 04:40

 


  Nöldr  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  an  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Misanthropic  Forest"  which  was  released  by  Humanity's  Plague  Productions.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  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  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  One  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  on  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.


   Nöldr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  misanthropic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  vengeance,  myths  and  darkness  and  also  adds  in  some  inspirations  from  books.


  In  my  opinion   Nöldr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Misanthropic  Forest"  and  "Pale  night".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/noldrmisanthropic-foresthumanitys.html


Pa Vesh En/Maniac Manifest/Iron Bonehead Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 03:19

 


  Belarus's  solo  project  Pa  Vesh  En  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  style  of  ambient  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Maniac  Manifest"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  and  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well as  a  lter  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts.


  On  this  recording  Pa  vesh  En  gets  less  experimental  and  adds  more  depressive  elements  into  his  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the  music  is  also  a  lot  more  aggressive  than  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence,  horror  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Pa  Vesh  En  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Homicidal  Sacrifice"  "In  The  Wood  Of  The  Hanged  Man"  "Sister  of  Sin".  8  out  of  10.


  http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/pa-vesh-en-the-eyes-full-of-horror


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/pa-vesh-enmaniac-manifestiron-bonehead.html


Ashes For The Mute Interview

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 02:12

 

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




A: The band started out as a solo project but truly took form once David, Donovan and Spy joined. Our influences are varied across genres from Technical Death Metal to Punk, but we have solidified our sound around our common love for the tones and atmosphere of Black Metal. We try to keep everything as DIY as possible within a small community that has grown around our rehearsal/recording space. Art, production, merch, etc are all done in house. 




2.Recently you have released a full length, musically how does it differ from your previous ep’s?




A: While we are still happy with our initial releases, this is the first release that will truly capture our sound as a band. Before Celestial Revelations all songwriting, playing and production was completed by me alone, whereas this album represents our collaborative efforts as a band. On top of that we believe the higher production value and attention to songwriting/arrangement has resulted in an end product that we are more proud of than any prior release.




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




A: Lyrically this project has always centered around the battles we wage within our own minds and spiritualism as it relates to nature. The primary focus on this record is the connection between our deepest thoughts and the outer reaches of the universe. Lyrically this album encourages the listener to explore a variety of perspectives and states of consciousness, and to examine how their intrinsic beliefs are challenged by alternate life experiences.




4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind 'Ashes For The Mute'?




A: The name can be interpreted ambiguously. For those interested in the mindset that inspired the name I encourage you to read the opening chapter of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and form your own conclusions.




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




A: The artwork is a visual representation of the ideas put forth in the album lyrics. It can be seen as the iris of an eye or the cataclysmic end to the life of a planet. 




6.originally the band was from Georgia but currently resides in Colorado, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?




A: The band was a solo project when I was living in Athens, GA, as there aren’t many outlets for people that love heavy music in that city. I moved to CO to get far away from the South in the US and it wasn’t long after that I met the other members of the band and we began practicing together.




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




A: Our best and worst show was the only show we have played. It was a few weeks before the entire world shut down due to the pandemic. While this should have been disheartening, we took this as an opportunity to hone our writing and playing skills and immediately began writing Celestial Revelations. 




8.With Colorado booking more shows recently do you see yourself returning to the live stage anytime soon?




A: We will begin playing shows again very soon. 




9.With this new release you worked with 'Reaping Scythe Records' and 'Habilis Tapes', do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?




A: Yes. These are independent labels who are just starting out and have worked tirelessly on behalf of the band. Reaping Scythe and Habilis Tapes are out there to put out great music rather than make a quick profit off of fledgling bands and I highly recommend everyone check out the other groups they are promoting. 




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




A: We are very grateful for the reaction we have received so far! It’s always surreal to see people listening to our music from all over the world. Metal has been and should remain an international community and we hope to visit Europe for some shows at some point in the future. 




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




A: We learned a lot writing this album and will continue to build upon the sound you hear on Celestial Revelations for our next record. We will not shy away from abrasive guitar tones and relentless blast beats, but plan to further refine our songwriting to create the music that is heavy, atmospheric and melodic. 




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?




A: We all have a lot of different influences, but some big ones you might hear on the album are Dissection, Darkened Nocturne Slaughtercult, Hypocrisy, Portal, Yellow Eyes, Deathspell Omega and Der Weg einer Freiheit. Other bands we have been enjoying recently include Ninkharsag, Spectral Wound, Akhlys, Cathexis and many more. 




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




 A: Thank you for having us on for this interview and for everything you all do for the underground metal scene. Cheers.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/ashes-for-mute-interview.html