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Ba'al Interview

mercredi 30 septembre 2020 à 06:02

 


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

1. The past few months have mostly been focussed on completing the album. Naturally, the whole Coronavirus situation has prevented us from getting together

 and forced the cancellation of several gigs (including one with Wormrot that we were very disappointed to miss). But with no gigs we’ve had some time to work on our individual projects (COVID-permitting) as well. We were lucky that we completed the recording

 process just a few weeks before the UK went into lockdown, so the process wasn’t hindered massively. The time away has actually given us a certain eagerness to get back together and start working on the next phase of Ba’al after a needed break so in that respect

 it’s actually had something of a benefit.


2.You have your first full length coming out towards the end of October, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's and singles?

2. It’s more expansive than anything we’ve released so far. It’s rooted in the same ideas and influences but they are all fleshed out a lot more. We’ve

 always blurred the lines between post-metal, sludge, and black metal. Since Joe joined as our vocalist, we have certainly seen a gradual shift towards the black metal side but it’s by no means a black metal album. We all come from different musical backgrounds

 (albeit with a lot of crossovers) so naturally, there is a lot of variation in the ideas that we bring to the table, which is something we encourage within the band. We don’t like to reject any ideas for being ‘too X’ or ‘not Y enough’ so we often find ourselves

 writing songs unlike anything we’ve written before.


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?

3. Lyrically the album deals with grief and the different stages of which we go through in life. Joe writes all the lyrics and they are very much reflections

 of his own experiences. That being said, we hope that people will share in the energy and draw their own conclusions.


We’ve never approached this band with any particular agenda which has always given a lot of room to explore different ideas and concepts. We find that

 the songs we write refine themselves quite naturally and it’s because of this that we are establishing our sound. It’s likely that following releases will expand further on certain elements heard on Ellipsism and perhaps move away from others, but this is

 uncertain and will be something that again occurs naturally.


4.I know that the name 'Ba'al' came from an ancient Canaanite God, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism and Ancient Mythology'?

4. In truth we actually know very little! It’s true that it refers to an ancient iteration of beelzebub, although there are numerous sources which suggest

 the origins of the name are different. We actually chose the name for the far less compelling reason that it simply had an interesting ring to it. Of course it’s an appropriate name for a blackened post-metal band but we were more drawn in by the unusual spelling

 and pronunciation which seemed quite memorable and impactful.


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

5. ‘Ellipsism’ is variably defined as the sense of melancholy associated with the knowledge that one won’t experience the future. We initially went

 over a few ideas around the concept before being alerted to the work of Eeli Helin, an artist and musician from Finland. His work is extraordinarily dark and compelling and after taking in the message of the album he conceptualised and executed several pieces

 for us including the cover art. The image is representative of the harsh weight of knowledge, here presented as the rocks carried across the subjects back. I don’t think we could have found a more appropriate and visually striking image to represent this album

 and we are beyond thrilled with the work Eeli has produced.


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

6. We’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with some incredible names over the past few years. To name a few, Conan, Conjurer, Downfall of Gaia,

 Gnaw Their Tongues, Fen, Bong and many more. Bloodstock Festival was an early benchmark that we achieved which actually led to our recording sessions with Russ Russell. We also played and were involved in the organisation of Rolo Tomassi’s first hometown show

 in years which took place inside an amazing old cinema building in Sheffield.  


7.The new album is coming out on 'Clobber Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

7. We were made aware of Clobber through Argesk, another band on the label who Joe has known for a while. It didn’t take long to realise how much good

 work they’ve done in the underground metal scene in the UK. We saw that they were seeking new bands for their roster and submitted our album. The rest, as they say, is history!


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

8. It seems to go down fairly well! We’re always beyond pleased, and often dumbstruck, whenever we find out that someone has listened to us in another

 country. Even more so when we’re shipping merch or a CD to another country. Of course, in the internet age there is a massively enhanced sense of connectivity, so we are able to connect to people across the globe in ways that seem normal now that simply weren’t

 possible in previous decades but it still feels very strange to us. We hope that our music can be experienced and enjoyed by anyone, no matter their geographical location.




9.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?

9.

Hecate Enthroned (Joe's bigger, 'other' band), like most, had their plans for this year scuppered by COVID, but they're looking forward to getting

 back to playing live as soon as possible. Bleating Apocalypse (the 'easy listening metal' band featuring Richard and Luke) have been absent from the public eye for a good while now, working on new music, but they've been using this recent time to start demoing

 their next album from home, whilst also celebrating ten years as a band.


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

10. We’re not a band that wants to remain rooted in one sound and we’re always open to expanding our ideas. We are already informally writing ideas

 and putting together concepts for what comes next, including something that we definitely haven’t explored before.


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

11. We listen to a very broad range of music both within metal and beyond. Hip-hop, techno, jazz, folk, pop, drone, ambient, noise, glitch; it’s all

 fair game in this band, though naturally, it doesn’t all make its way into our writing processes. We actually run a monthly playlist on our blog which details what we’ve all been listening to of late as well as what we like about them. You can view this via

 this link: 

https://cvltofbaal.wordpress.com/. With regards to Ellipsism, the most obvious influences are bands like Deafheaven, Amenra, Deftones, Primitive Man and Cult of Luna.


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


12. We are an inclusive band that believes that prejudice and hatred have no place in society, let alone music. We hope that our music can offer a safe

 place for all to enjoy regardless of their gender, race, culture, sexuality or religion.



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Gergovia Interview

mercredi 30 septembre 2020 à 05:52

 


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

Since the release of the album, I'm in full promotion. I receive a lot of solicitations and obviously the album is very appreciated, it's really nice.


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

It's much more successful, worked and thought out than anything I have done before. I slowed down the tempos a lot in order to reinforce the dark atmospheres, and thanks to this slowing down, the fast parts are in their turn wilder.

There was also a lot of work on the production that I wanted massive and uncompromising, but at the same time I wanted it to stay natural and not overproduced. 

This is the problem with musical data processing, you can easily produce albums, but very quickly sanitized and too cold and soulless.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?

My texts today are more incisive and biting than when I started, they must be read in the second degree. 

GERGOVIA's words have always been identical. 

GERGOVIA defends values, a way of life, I also portray the world today in a dark way as it is.

I got older and my vision of the world grew darker and darker, when I started I needed to express myself brutally and simply, directly, today everything is more complicated and dark.


4.Some of your earlier lyrics also covered Gallic Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Indeed, my first lyrics were inspired by paganism and my Gallics ancestors. They were more raw and uncompromising, they defended a way of life, customs today I widened the horizon so as not to go around in circles.

I does not mean that the words are futile, they are always identity, but in the broad sense of the term.

Identity, culture, values, it's what makes you what you are, what give you a place in this world where reigns the dictatorship of minaurities, the standardization, the americanization of the world.


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

GERGOVIA is a historic landmark at home in Auvergne (a region of France). It's the place where my Gallic ancestors we beat the legions of Cesar.

It's a plateau which dominate the plains in the middle of the magnificent chain of volcanoes. 


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

The cover represents the decay of our world of our values, this cathedral in ruins is the image with the image of the devil in filigree. 


7.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with musicians in other bands, which one do you prefer?

Yes of course, I have been making music for 30 years now, I have participated in many bands and various musical project: Aliénation mentale, Lethean shore, Endless agony, Altaïr ...

It's always fun to play with other musicians but it's also too complicated when everyone is not going in the same direction.

That's why I prefer to be alone, even if it's sometimes complicated to compose alone, if something doesn't work you can only blame yourself.

I like being in my own studio and seeing a song come to life, in a band there will always be someone for whom this riff will not be enough this or not enough that. 

When you are alone you choose it's good or it's not, you keep or you throw. 

This does not prevent you from surrounding yourself with competent musicians who know what they have to do and when they have to do it.


8.You also have had a live line up for this project, what are some of the best shows that you have played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Yes I did a few concert with GERGOVIA, but frankly it's not my thing, we always come back to the same thing: when you're alone everything is simpler and at the same time more complicated.

You have to recruit musicians, rehearse, find lives, take care of management, that's a lot for one man. 

At the same time when you bring your songs to life in front of an audience it's really enjoyable. We can't have it all.


9.The new album was self released but you have worked with labels in the past, are you open to working with another label in the future?

"In Requiem Aeternam" was released on the Wolfmond productions label, a small record company but really dedicated to its bands.

I have already worked with other labels, CCP Records, Occultum productions.


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

You would think that the fans of the first hour would have dropped out but they are not, it's a great honor for me that all these guys have been following me since the first hour and supporting me.

I also think that the fans are evolved at the same time as the black scene, the fans like the cold and primitive brutality of the black metal of the yesteryear and also a more nuanced music which mixes several influences.


11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

I don't belong to any bands anymore today.


12.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Frankly I don't know at all, your question is very complicated, music is lived day by day, today I'm releasing my tenth album, maybe there will be ten more maybe it will be the last, I don't know.


13.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?

80's Thrash and heavy metal, 90's black and death metal. I always listen to these music, I'm an old jerk, I can't find a band that connects me at the moment, or rare exceptions.


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

No nothing special, everything was said in your interview, thank you very much for your support for my humble project. 

Thank you all for your support and black regards!


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The Wake/Born In 84, Dies In The 84th Year/Loud Rage Music/2020 EP Review

mercredi 30 septembre 2020 à 05:09

 


  The  Wake  are  an  international  duo  with  embers  from  Germany  and  Romania  that has had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep "Born  In  84,  Dies  In  The  84th  Year"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.


  Breathing  sounds  start  off  the  ep  fore  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  only  track  that  is  presented  on  the  recording  is  over  15  minutes  in  length.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  before  along  with  all  of  the musical  instruments  also having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Grim black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  song while  spoken  word  parts can  also  be  heard  briefly.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times,  psychedelic  sounds  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  and  the  ep  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  On  this  recording  The  Wake  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that  also  mixes  in  some  elements  of  death  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Wake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.


https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-wake-born-in-84-died-in-the-84th-year




    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-wakeborn-in-84-dies-in-84th.html


Ordinul Negru/Nebuisa/Loud Rage Music/2020 EP Review

mercredi 30 septembre 2020 à 04:24

 


  Romania's  Ordinul  Negru  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Nebuisa"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.


  Melodic  guitar  riffing  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  riffs  also  get  very  technical  sounding  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  one  track  also  introduces  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.


  On  this  recording  Ordinul  Negru  takes  their  atmospheric  style  of  occult  black  metal  into  more  of  a  technical  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Romanian  and  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Solitude  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Prdinul  Negru  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nebuisa"  and  "Maldoror".  8  out  of  10.


https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/ordinul-negru-nebuisa.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/ordinul-negrunebuisaloud-rage-music2020.html


Heteriik Interview

mercredi 30 septembre 2020 à 03:31

 

 For those that have never heard of you before , can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? 1) Personal , visceral inspirations. I let a story come to life that is created over time. The overall picture speaks of the repercussion of mental disorders, of "deviances" on the physical ; disorders induced in particular by societal needs, collective demands unsuitable for the main protagonist of the picture. For A.T.R . we are in the first chapter, in the first table , we are just beginning to explore falls and the unconscious. It is full of false certainties, of real questioning, why not see it as the first steps of an initiatory or therapeutic journey?

 So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording? 2) Everything is both instinctive and thoughtful . To try to be clearer, at no point in the creation or recording process do I ever stick to anything in terms of musical etiquette. Certain rhythmic and melodic lines were often made by instinct, I knew which music had to transcribe such and such an emotion at such and such a moment. Once it was laid down , even spat out, I could take the time to build around it and explore , experiment with the sounds. And that's what was great with S. Robitaille , who have mixed and mastered A.T.R , to be able to exchange and work on certain parts, certain sounds to get to what you can listen to today. No need or desire for a musical label of departure or arrival . 

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music? 3) For A.T.R ., I gave you a lot of keys in the first answer. For the next opus, I will take you further in the unconscious exploration , letting the brain or the guts express themselves, whoever needs it on each piece. You will also find themes such as isolation (forced or wanted), internal prison , progressive loss of control . On other projects I have been fortunate enough to work on , I have explored a very wide range of themes, from Saturnalia to the battlefield , with varying degrees of satisfaction . Experiments on the psyche of the individual , climatic alterations, different human disorders are my favorite themes, certainly because the most personally speaking haha.

 What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heteriik'? 4) Heteriik is a free rewriting of the etheric word. I echo the notion of the etheric body, and I let you rummage through the books if this notion is foreign to you :)

 5) Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover? 5) I was impressed by this photo, what it expresses, what it exudes in emotion and appeal to personal reflection . Everything is impeccable on this one , the light, the colors... And it fits perfectly with the music and the emotions I wanted to convey. This picture and the one on the round cd were made by M.S. and Benoît Mota. The insert is made by Satter, inspired by the theme of the EP and the colors of the cover. I take this opportunity to thank them again by the way. 

With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with other musicians, how would you compare the two? 6) Everything, absolutely everything is different. You only confront yourself in the end , and you make yourself evolve , always looking further. I'm a natural to question everything, often . So I think it's an asset to work on solo projects. Group work must be dynamic, you must also know how to make compromises and be flexible , without necessarily crashing either. It's still relational in my opinion , and when you have a dynamic that lasts over time then you already have half of the work done. Both ways of working are very interesting and enriching, on different points. You don't have the same constraints of time , of rendering. Working alone is a challenge too, for the necessary rigor, and it allowed me to learn a lot of new skills and use new materials. But I feel free to create in both ways. 

Currently you are unsigned , are you looking for a label or have received any interest? 7) Yes. At first I didn't even think about it, preferring to focus on the release and some promotion . Then some good , even very good feedback from listeners came to me , and encouraging lyrics that led me to consider looking for a label , to support me in future releases on a different format than the CD. 

On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal? 8) I have some good feedback from France , Europe and Quebec at the moment. It's a good start, especially for a project that was released so recently I think. 

What is going on with your other band 'Verglas Sanglant' these days? 9) For Verglas Sanglant, we are in the promotion phase of our latest EP, "Tempête de Tourments", released last June and on the preparations for the tour in France in February 2021 with our friends from The Negation . Beautiful dates to come , and all the infos will be announced via the Facebook page and the band's website. 

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the music heading into musically during the future? 10) Soon , within a few months at the latest. As I told you my musical approach is rigorous and sincere , so I'm giving myself every opportunity to perfect the next opus. Which is on the right track , many tracks have already been recorded. The evolution will be the one that the project will bring in the end , with the research to take you very far, too far in the musical journey. We'll see what means it will take , I'm not ruling out any possibility for this project. We come back to the disinterest of musical etiquette , certainly I create a form of Black Metal , but codification is one of the victims of the journey with Heteriik. Codifying, putting in the little boxes, doesn't help you think. Here , I invite you to project yourself into the music, to feel it, to live it. In your own way. 

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? 11) Very clearly Black Metal , you will also find electro and experimental music in terms of influences. At the moment, in no particular order and without being exhaustive , I'm listening: Pink Floyd Leviathan Wardruna James Carter Shining DHG Deathspell Omega SUNN 0))))) Austere Igorrr Diapsiquir Quantic Charlie Parker Archgoat Behexen IC3PEAK 

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 12) Thank you for your questions, which I enjoyed answering. Thank you for the support, and see you soon for a new musical step.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/heteriik-interview.html