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Ashbel Interview

mercredi 16 septembre 2020 à 05:52
 1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Jarvis (vocals): It has been a struggle, as Melbourne has extremely restrictive COVID-19 lockdown laws in place. We were planning to play a few interstate shows in Sydney before all this happened, which has unfortunately been put on-hold until things settle down again.


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

Lulu (drums, various electronics): I wouldn’t say we were consciously “going for” something, rather the musical styles naturally coming out of Khoa (guitar) and I after spending as much time as possible together. Our earliest music was far more energetic and blended influences more obviously than what we ended up creating by the end of year. Halfway through progress slowed to a standstill. Things became incredibly worrisome and spilled out into some disastrous impressions through this time. As a unit we were always chaotic, but not quite like that, you know? We had to slam the brakes out of sheer survival. Went back to the drawing board and thought that it'd be good if someone took a look at our music, which had mutated into its own -thing-, from an external source. Keeping our minds open to where things could go, we had a shortlist of sound artists and producers who keen on working mutually together on actualizing our vision (not naming names, but suffice to say there are plans in the future), and thus ended up constructing Deluge with a most left-field choice: our good friend Christopher Sprake (who has been nothing short of an angel on both a professional and personal level) as if it somewhat were a film - a tragic soundtrack that rewards repeated and attentive listens – and was crucial in helping craft the most accurate representation for why this record ended being the way it is. If I completely had my way? I would have taken everything 10 uncomfortable notches more extreme *laughs*. But luckily it works. And that’s all that matters.


3. The music on the album covers many different musical genres, do you feel that you are creating an original with your music approach so far?

L: As the year progressed, we realized that people have short attention spans. We also find it incredibly difficult to accurately describe our music. Put two and two together and there’s your answer.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

J: I try to draw from my subconscious for my lyrics, especially for this project. A lot of it is me trying to replicate or evoke dissociative experiences, drawing from memories, dreams and fears to conjure a certain atmosphere. You can’t really tell what Lyrics I’m reciting, but I think that the lyrics impact the way I perform vocally.

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

L: There’s no grander meaning outside of a shared love for Miyazaki films with their overall sentiment. Our name was short and thought that it looked appealing on a poster when lined up with the other choices we inevitably cast off.

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

J: I really had fun at our second performance, which was for the album launch of the amazing band Bract (then called Coward Punch). We also played with The World at a Glance and All Cats Go To Heaven. We played pretty well, and all the other acts performing were phenomenal.

L: For me? Our performance opening alongside Muddy Lawrence for Nunsploitation at the end of last year, on the night before our first of two mixing sessions for our record. It was a 43.5°C / 103°F night outside, and bought a special level of intensity and cohesion which helped us soldier on through some sound issues in the first half of our set. Notably it was our first show where we experimented with film projections. Luckily an audience member, a local legend in the bootleg-trading community, stealthily taped said full set; he eventually got in touch with us a while later. This video is up on our Youtube channel: worth watching if you want to see an honest swansong.





7. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music so far by fans of underground genres?

J: I don’t think we’ve really reached any sort of worldwide success, *laughs* but I feel very humbled that people are interested in what we’re doing and have taken the time to interview us or review the album.

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

J: Ska punk with a modal jazz influence.

L: Precisely that. And more of an emphasis on the idea of an aural zoetrope and a heavier focus on silence and dynamics. We’re still finding some semblance of salvation amongst the stasis, so we’re focusing on finding novel ways to bleed it. Upon the cusp of the pandemic, Khoa and I had brought on another guitarist, Tristan, to help flesh out some ideas we’d been brewing for quite some time now. Revisiting that dynamic sounds incredibly exciting. The musicianship of the band now is such that I don't have to over-exhaust so much as I did throughout last year. What I'm looking forward to when COVID restrictions are lifted enough is getting deeper into our unfinished record. A number of the weekly rehearsal songwriting exercises happened to have a lot of arms to them and paths that we turned down to have them sit on our “stripped-down” demos right. That really could open itself up to coming alive once we’re all in a room in the flesh, and I do think we're a good enough band to pull it off.

9. 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?

J: My vocal style for the most part is inspired by (most obviously) Jerome’s Dream, but I also draw from avant-garde vocalists like Diamanda Galas. I switch it up a little bit on the record, I try to include some low growls influenced by death/doom acts like Coffins and occasionally some black metal shrieks.

L: Our Spotify page has band member-specific playlist curations of music we've been influenced by throughout last year, if you were curious to check that out. DEATHMASK by Goth Girl is a record I’ve rediscovered and found myself drifting to lately. I have also been revisiting music from projects during my youth that I've personally had a heavy hand in writing for inspiration. Plugging some more acts relevant to my life as it stands right now that could do with more general attention (in no particular order!) -- Everson Poe, Galatea, Not Quite July, Fvneral Horror, Heather Joan, Prizefight, Well, Cadu Tenório, The Ripening.

10. What are some of your non-musical interests?

J: This question completely fucked me up and made me come to the realization that I barely have any non-musical interests... I have been meditating a lot recently, does that count?

L: If you have to ask, you haven't been paying nearly enough attention. I think I'll be able to say it better on subsequent albums and auxiliary side-projects/collaborations.

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

L: The only constant is change.

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


Brahmastrika Interview

mardi 15 septembre 2020 à 05:46

  Interview  can  also  be  sound  at  https://noisebeneaththesnow.com/2020/04/25/interview-with-brahmastrika-warnoise-death-metal/#more-18991

NOTE:  The interview was done courtesy of Occult Black Metal zine.

By now India is the source of some of the most unworldly combination of sunken magic, ancient knowledge, and blood-soaked rituals imaginable. All this is transferred into indescribable, deadly Death/Black Metal: Orbiting around the likes of TETRAGRAMMACIDE and KAPALA the extremists named BRAHMASTRIKA (hailing from Kolkata) fire their bestial Warnoise of the most inhuman kind into the unsuspecting world.

We are grateful to Brahmastrika for their time in the interview.  Their latest release, Excarnastrial Commencination is available on digital, cassette and CC formats via Dunkelheit Productions.

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

BRAHMASTRIKA is a two man extreme metal project from the toxic wastelands of Kolkata formed in 2018.

So far you have released a demo.  Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Our musical style is dictated by beliefs & ideologies and what comes naturally to us.

Some of your lyrics touch on the eastern side of occultism.  Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Since we belong to the Eastern side of India, the ritualistic and occult practices are very intertwined with our heritage and culture. As we have grown up witnessing these practices firsthand, our inclination towards them and further exploration through this form of extreme music was imminent.

You also have a song attacking the Elohim.  Can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for Abrahamic religions?

Isn’t Black Metal Inherently and fundamentally against the so-called concept of One All Pervading, All Controlling Creator God? If you are against that saying, you are surely against this form of music as well.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Brahmastrika’?

The inspiration for the name comes from ancient puranic texts that have been passed down to us for generations. The literal meaning can be only understood by an adherent of the Sanatana dharma.

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

The artwork is primarily a depiction of both the start and end of the universe and would be more clearly understood after our next release. The title refers to the excavation of the primal and ancient evil that wears a veil of benevolence.

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?

No, we prefer to remain a duo.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks you wear in the promo pictures?

Our masks are inspired by the ancient cult of thuggees and are very symbolic in nature.

Dunkelheit Productions’ recently re–issued your 2019 demo.  Can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?

The newer version will have the same radioactive aural filth.

On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of war metal and noise?

As we are not on any social media platform, we are unaware of any reactions.

When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

You will have to keep an eye on Dunkelheit Produktionen.

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?

Our influences range from Indian Tribal and Traditional music to extreme metal bands such as Teitanblood, Nuclearhammer, Tetragrammacide, Angelcorpse, Conqueror, Sarcofago, Beherit along with a few harsh noise projects such as Xenophobic Ejaculation, A.Z.A.B and Deathkey.

Recently, we really liked Necrobode’s Full Length, Hexekration Rites’s EP, Nyogthaeblisz’s Full Length, Misþyrming’s 2019 Full length, Andavald’s
Full length and a few classics from bands such as Deathspell Omega, Irkallian Oracle, Grave Miasma, Impetuous Ritual, Bolzer.

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

YES, THIRD WORLD DEATHKULT ETERNAL!!!!

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


Mezereum/Self Titled/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 14 septembre 2020 à 04:25

  Mezereum  are  a  duo  from  Lithuania  that  plays  a  very  diverse  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2020  album  which  will  be  released  on  September  25th.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Clean  playing  can  also  be heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep sounding  at  times and  adding  in  some  growls.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mezereum  are  a  very  great  sounding  diverse  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apocryphal"  "Supreme"  and  "Clearance".  8  out  of  10.


   

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/mezereumself-titled2020-full-length.html


Brzask Interview

samedi 12 septembre 2020 à 21:00

1. . For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are five-piece black metal band from Szklarska Poręba in Poland. We play black metal with roots lying deep in 90's.


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

All instruments and vocals were recorded in hut in the woods. We went for natural sounding recordings, so the drums were recorded in wooden room. Guitars were recorded as DI's and reamped in the same room as drums. It was nice lesson of engineering for us.

3.Your lyrics covering Sudetian Folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

The Sudetes are unusual mountains. This mountains span across Germany, Poland and Czechia. There are many legends, old architectural masterpieces and complex ecosystem here, which creates really unique atmosphere. We were growing up here and it influenced us strongly.


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

"Brzask" means "Dawn" in Polish, and dawn seen from the mountainside can be breathtaking. So the name also fits our inspirations.


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

Artwork shows Śnieżka - it's the highest peak of all Sudeten Moutains. The buildings located on the peak are meteorological observatory and St. Lawrence's Chapel. It has its own atmosphere, you should check it out! Especially in the winter.

6.Has the band done any live shows or this strictly a studio project?

No, we had booked shows, but current situation with covid effectively closed all doors. Although we are still working on live production and there's still hope, that we will be able perform soon.


7.So far very little is known about the band, do you prefer to keep a low profile?

We are just underground band so it feels right to keep it that way.


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

It depends on what label can offer to us, and what we can offer to label.
We'll see what future brings.


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

It was much more positive than we could ever expected.


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

We have some tracks ready at this point it's just a draft. Still imperfect but judging by overall vibe of tracks our full length will be more
melodic and much more intense than the demo. Also we may release single or two in near 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?

Definitely Dissection! Also mighty Mayhem, some of us are really in love with Behmoth or more proggy stuff like Opeth.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview, and keep on blasting!

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


Misertus Interview

vendredi 11 septembre 2020 à 23:34

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Currently I've been working on a new album which should be coming out this year.

2.With this project you have released 3 full lengths and an ep, musically how do they all differ from each other?

All of these releases fall within the post-black metal genre with a few differences.

Daydream is probably the most conventional in terms of black metal, with a chaotic yet equally melodic cacophony of blistering catharsis, a heavy reliance on blastbeats and focus on contrasts between abrasive sections and moments of calm.

Coil would take this approach and amplify the post-metal/shoegazing aspects, experimenting with shimmering textures, clean vocals and further traces of melancholy, yet without diluting the aggression of the first release.
Outland is where the ferocity and speed take a step back, with a dark atmospheric shroud taking over instead. Quite possibly the most melodic of the three albums, lots of beautiful slow parts as well as sections making use of synths and jangly guitars.

A Shallow Constant is perhaps the most traditionally "blackgaze" of the releases with minimal guitar layering and less of an otherworldly, more organic sound in comparison to previous releases. Clean vocals return as well as some mild influences from post-punk and indie rock sneaking in to the calmer interludes.

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

Dreams, life, faith, inspiration and the catharsis that comes with it.

4.Since 2019 you have released a good amount of material with all of your musical projects, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

Not a week goes by without me doing something musical, even when not working on a project. Sometimes I'm happy to just experiment.

5.With your projects you also record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I'm certainly open to the idea of working with other musicians on a studio basis (at least in this current climate), but generally I enjoy the flow and freedom that comes with being a solo musician.

6.Recently 'Onism Productions' released your first 3 full lengths as a triple album compilation, what was the decision behind releasing all of your albums together?

With all 3 albums released in the same year in such a short space of time, sharing similarities yet also contrasting in different ways both conceptually and musically, it made sense to release the three together as a package.
I have to thank Onism Productions for getting the release out there. they've personally been great to work with and we can only expect fantastic things from a label that clearly puts their full heart and passion into what they do.

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

Honestly the positive feedback was quite a surprise to me. It's a joy to see music that I've created resonate with people in the same way that music created by others resonates with me.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the other musical projects that you are a part of?

I recently released a side project demo from Divinivm (https://divinivm.bandcamp.com/) - essentially the antithesis of Misertus with it's esoteric & abstract black/death metal sound.
There should be a new song on a compilation coming out soon.

Before Misertus I released two bandcamp projects known as Susceptive (https://susceptive.bandcamp.com/) and Touchlight (http://touchlight.bandcamp.com/) - essentially these were two precursors that dealt with neocrust/post-black and shoegazing metal respectively, that I guess you could say were melded together to create Misertus in the end.

At one point I was briefly part of a Manchester group known as Kvilla (https://www.facebook.com/kvillaband/), who play blackened hardcore with shoegaze elements.
Having heard a few teasers from their upcoming EP I can safely say they're one to watch out for.

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

Most likely creating more studio releases, and going where the current takes us.

10.What are your currently listening to nowadays?

This month has mostly been a mix of depressive black metal, melodic death metal, post-punk, post-hardcore, shoegaze, screamo & electronic to name a few...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Walking, hiking, climbing, writing.

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

Thanks to the fans, thanks to everyone who has supported Misertus - keep an eye out for the new release coming soon.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/misertus.html