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Witch King Interview

vendredi 7 septembre 2018 à 01:52
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Ethan: We are a Rhode Island extreme metal band formed in 2008 while the members were still in high school. Over the years we've spent our time writing music and performing on the local live circuit; as well as a few demo recordings here and there.

2.In September your first full length will be released, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this album that you where not able to do with your previous demo's, ep and split?

Ethan: The production quality is much higher, and the musicianship has improved over the years.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

Ethan: The lyrics to the first album were mostly written in my younger years, and deal with my personal path in life, a rejection of Judeo-Christianity influenced by Luciferian Gnosticism, with a dash of Lovecraftian cosmic horror thrown in just for fun.

4.You have a lot of blasphemous topics in the songwriting, do the band members also have any interest in any left hand path philosophies?

Ethan: I cultivate an interest in Gnosticism and Luciferian thought, which comes through in a primitive, formative way on this album.  Future releases will explore this more in depth.

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

Ethan: It is taken from The Lord of the Rings, an early life influence on the members of the band.

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

Ethan: It's a visual representation of the title track, depicting a call to confront and absorb the horrific and morbid aspects of life, that are hidden behind the shallow plastic mask of modern day life.
Sean: The album cover was done by Warhead Art. A totally sick artist out of the Ukraine .

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?

Ethan: We have a pretty bare bones stage show, rejecting costumes, props, or stage banter.  We prefer to let the music speak for itself. Personally my favorite show we've played was opening for DEMONCY on their Providence date, easily the greatest USBM band and a powerful live force.
Sean: The Morbosidad show in Brooklyn this year was insane. Blaspherian and Hellfire Deathcult also played.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is released?

Ethan: We will hopefully debut our album September 22 at Dusk, the local metal bar (which is quite the high quality venue and has been very good to us over the years). Further plans remain to be seen.

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

Ethan: The album has yet to be released to the public, so we shall see.
Sean: Aside from the US, a lot of our sales for the Conjuration ep went to Sough American and Australia.

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

Ethan:We plan to continue to keep it loud and old school.
Sean: Faster, heavier, and a fucking ton more chaotic.

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?

Ethan: The band is heavily influenced by ARCHGOAT, BLASPHEMY, INCANTATION, IMMOLATION, BLACK WITCHERY, SARCOFAGO, and BEHERIT. I personally take vocal inspiration from Craig Pillar of INCANTATION, Dead from MAYHEM, and Fucked-Up Mad Max of WORSHIP.

I've recently enjoyed the music of PERVERTED CEREMONY and MOENEN OF XEZBETH.

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

Ethan: Never blow out the Eastern candle, never cross the dead, and DON'T BREAK THE OATH!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/witch-king-interview.html


Malepeste/Dysylumn/Ce qui fut, ce qui est, ce qui sera/Goathorned Productions/2018 Split CD Review

vendredi 7 septembre 2018 à 01:35

  This  is  a  review  of   a  split  album  between  France's  Malepeste  and  Dysylumn  called  "Ce  qui  fut,  ce  qui  est,  ce  qui  sera"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Goathorned  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Malepeste  a  band  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  water  sounds  while  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  synths  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  ethnic  instruments  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  chanting  and  throat  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  After  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  evolving  into  angry  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  utilizing  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  classical  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  growls  are  also  used  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  occultism  and  ritual  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malepeste  are  a  very  great  original  sounding  ritualistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Clotho"  and  "Atropos".

  Next  up  is  Dysylumn  a  band  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  blackened  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  progressive  at  times  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  are  added  onto  the  outro,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover psychology,  hallucination  and  space  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dysylumn  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Decima".

  In  my  opinion  this  si  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  the  different  styles  of  black  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/malepestedysylumnce-qui-fut-ce-qui-est.html


Nox Desperatio Interview

jeudi 6 septembre 2018 à 06:05
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

= It begins in the middle of the year 2009 with two integrants, D.V and myself Vel. This band is born from the restlessness process of expressing certain ideas and visions in parallel to our other solo projects. D.V comes from M.C.C and me from Velork.

2. So far you have released one full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on this recording?

= For this production which is the second, we tried to use different lines inside the Raw Black Metal genre also some Depressive and Doom elements.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

= Our lyrics are based on death and its transcendence, the dark and shadowy parts of the mind, the capacity we all have to create and to destroy. Far from empty dogmas and idolatries always parting from the will and power of each one of us with an esoteric focus we proclaim the curse and the decease of humanity itself.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nox Desperatio'?

= It is literally translated as "Nocturnal Despair" the opposite side of calm, the night represented with its mysteries far from light, its name is developed in the field where the tormented consciousness dwells.

5. The album cover had a lot of occult and alchemy symbols', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the esoteric arts?

= We've always felt very intrigued by those since our early ages and it has remain the same. The need to obtain more knowledge, to experiment and do more as well. This design is under the strokes of BMS Illustration after we suggested some ideas, he came up with this and we are very pleased.

6. 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?

= If the situation changes we could be open to include other members to the band but right now we are satisfied with how we've been working together and this is the result.

7. The CD version was released through Centurion Productions', while the cassette version was released through 'Unpleasant Records', do you feel both of these labels have been very supportive when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

=  Of course, we never thought we would have such reception with the people out there. We feel always grateful with Centurion and Unpleasant for giving us the opportunity, it is a great labour what they do in order to broadcast the newproposals of the genre not to mention the exposure the band receives worldwide so... it is of great value to us who develop in this art condemned to exile.

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

= I think it has had a great reception like I mentioned before, the mix has been of interest to the public and we are glad to know that.

9. When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

= We are currently working in a full length production which is named 'Incineratio Arcana Nocte' this will have 8 songs charged with lots of strength, hate and chaos. We will be announcing more novelties about it soon and we will continue working in the future that's how we visualize ourselves, spreading this art without layers, more studies searching always for evolution inside our lines in order to raise even more the projection we could have and with this, offer something true with a heavy content

10.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?

= When it comes to Nox Desperatio it could be said it has influences of genres that go from Raw Black, Depressive, Suicidal to Classic Doom to mention just a few. About other bands well it's a bit difficult to say because it takes a bit of time to pay atenttion with detail, we have stayed in the corrosive and destructive sound of the last decades, it varies a lot in the influence tha we integrate in Nox Desperatio.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
= Martial arts, knives, guns, history, science and esoterism.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
= Last but not least we are very grateful with Occult Black Metal Zine for the opportunity and support, we are hoping to cross paths in another occasion and always reminding to keep in mind; we have to seize the day since our time in this place is brief, so take advantage of every chance to fulfill your objectives but with a strong atittude.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/nox-deseration-interview.html


RDS 220/Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late - Chapters III & IIII/Svart Blod/2018 Double Cassette Compilation Review

jeudi 6 septembre 2018 à 05:41

  This  is  a  review  of  another  double  cassette  compilation  by  RDS  220  which  continues  the  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  and  the  recording  is  called  "Hell  Is  Truth  Seen  Too Late -  Chapters  III  &   IIII"  and  was  released  by  Svart  Blod.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  drones,  tribal  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  throw  in  crust  style  shouts  and  screams  as  well  as  utilizing  some  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  growls  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dissonant  style,  a  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  second  cassette  clean  playing  and  avant  garde  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  RDS  220  add  in  some  newer  elements  to  their  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  as  well  as  not  repeating  themselves  on  this  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  RDS  220  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lost  God"  and  "Onction".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/rds-220hell-is-truth-seen-too-late_5.html


RDS 220/Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late Chapters I & II/Svart Blod/Double Cassette Review

jeudi 6 septembre 2018 à 04:55

  RDS  220  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  double  2018  cassette  compilation  "Hell  Is  Truth  Seen  Too  Late Chapters  I  &  II"  which  was  released  by  Svart  Blod.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  war  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  a  great  amount  of  crust  punk  and  d  beat  elements  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  RDS  220  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  RDS  220  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashoka's  Hell"  and  "Triumphant  On  The Ruins  Of  The  World".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/rds-220hell-is-truth-seen-too-late.html