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A Sea Of Dead Trees/Garmonbozia/Trepanation Recordings/2021 CD Review

mardi 25 mai 2021 à 03:57


  A  Sea  Of  Dead  Trees  are  a  solo  project  from  Scotland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Garmonbozla"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Trepanation  Recordings.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  also  introduces  elements  of  post  rock  into  the  music  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Touches  of  shoegaze  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  keyboards  also  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  album.  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  instrumentals  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  On  this  recording  A  Sea  of  Dead  Trees  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  that  he  had  established  on  his  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anxiety,  depression  and  Lovecraftian  Horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  A  Sea  Of  Dead  Trees  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carried  Away  By  Owls"  "The  View  From  Halfway  Down"  and  "Vallis  Lacrimarum".  8  out  of  10.

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DÖMD Interview

mardi 25 mai 2021 à 02:40


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

DÖMD is the solo project of Digher which is a sad, lost, manic and forgotten spirit that exists on the edge of sanity. It is a vision that portrays the struggle in finding the roots both within black metal itself, but also within one's own history and culture.

2.So far you have released 3 demo's, musically how do you feel they differ from each other?

”I skuggan av ringmuren” and ”Koleragravar” are both created in the same creative flow so to speak. ”I skuggan av ringmuren” is however more bareboned while ”Koleragravar” was made to have a more suffocating feeling of intense darkness that in the end will swallow you whole. You know that something is coming, something that is pure, something that you, in time, will succumb to.

”Vitastjärnas dröm” however is more like a glimmering illusion within ones own struggle with melancholy while at the same time you envision your heathen ancestors drowning out at sea or are slaughtered in the battlefield.

3.In the last month you have released 3 demo's, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

My life is trying to channel what is inside me. When I have nothing more to channel I will no longer be alive.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with mythology, folklore and the heathen heritage of Gotland, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

I have always been interested and fascinated in these kind of topics. The older I get the more I get drawn into the mythology of man and how our past always shapes our future. It is very personal and very entwined into my own life.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'DÖMD'

It has a lot to do with the philosophocal idea of determinism because DÖMD in english would be DOOMED. But it is also a personal statement that relates to ideas os misantrophy, nihilism, pessimism, mealcnoly, depression and such.

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

The artwork are of old Gotlandic ruins, old Gotlandic graves and old Gotlandic picture stones. The picture stone depicts the dream of VITASTJÄRNA when she dreamt about three snakes entangled inside her womb and thus leading the way to the evolution of human life on Gotland.

7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

I have had both good experiences and very bad experiences when creating with other humans. I find it more fitting for myself, at the time, to create everything by myself, mostly due to my own lack of communicating in a proper way with other people when it comes to my creative visions. And also because I often end up feeling greatly misunderstood when trying to make my creativity become reality.

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

I have not yet looked for a label. Right now I am fully focused on my own creativity and where it in the end can lead DÖMD.

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

I have had many people from all over the world liking what I do. However not so much in scandinavia or in Sweden or in Gotland where I live. I find that natural because the scandinavian extreme metal scene is very boring and artifical these days, it is mostly overly melodic and without soul. It focuses mainly on production and technicality. None of these things I offer.

I have however heard a lot from fans in the likes of Mexico, South America, Russia and so on. I feel that they have a very different take on black metal and extreme metal in general than many in Scandinavia has these days. They are focused on what is authentic, like BATHORY, HELLHAMMER and so on...

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

Within a year a full length will hopefully be released. I have no ambition as a musician as long as I can make my vision of what I find to be the true essence of what I am creating to be a reality everyone that is willing can participate in.

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?

All the old gods of black metal are my influences and they are also what I am listening to nowadays.

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

”No one will understand the reason for this anyway.” - Pelle ”Dead” Ohlin

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Burning Darkness Interview

mardi 25 mai 2021 à 02:33


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

Germán: We have a pandemic at the moment so it has been natural for us to start writing some new material and look at some new ideas. Me and the guitarist Daniel likes to push ourselves. 

Per: Yeah, mostly writing new songs and making plans around the album release. We also recently shot some stuff for a music video which is being edited as I write this.  


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

Germán: This new material is really good and for me as a drummer it has been a thrill to play the drum parts. Which differs a lot from the predemo stage we had before. The music has changed quite a bit. More darker and sinister. 

Per: Our music has changed a lot during the years, while still keeping it in a black metal vein. Compared to our 2017 album I’d agree with Germán that it has more malicious feel to it. Also I’ll add that it’s more varied with fast and heavy parts. The previous album, while still having some variation, mostly was more speed oriented. This could probably be attributed to that our main songwriter, Joel, left the band at the time of releasing  our debut The Angel of Light. This led to bassist Ghiaur picking up the axe (literally) and sharing the composing with Daniel, who had written a couple of songs for the debut.  


3.A lot of the lyrics on the new album cover 'Norse Mythology' themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic? 

Per: Well, on some of the songs there are themes from Swedish folklore and some mythology elements. I don’t practice the old religion, but I prefer that viewpoint. Scandinavia (and, well, the whole world) would have been better off if christianity and its later malign incarnation never came. Satanic lyrics can be enjoyable for sure, but heathen themes feel more down to earth and real. Using the mythology in the lyrics is in part to keep it alive, so it is not forgotten.  It’s a rich lore to pick ideas from and I wanted to incorporate some of that into Burning Darkness while not deviating too much from the feel of Joel’s lyrics from the first album. 


4.Some of your other lyrics have also touches on Satanism and Anti Christian themes, do you have an interest in the left hand path and dark arts? 

Germán: I live my life to the fullest. Whether it is a left hand path or not. I live my life the way I want to. Religion sickens me because I am from a country that Catholicism is the biggest thing. I left that religion when I was 13 years old. I will not consider myself as a satanist. Just a simple man with different interest.  

Per: No, not really. Black magic sure is fascinating, but I’m not much of a believer in the supernatural. Joel, who made the lyrics for all but one song on The Angel of Light, wrote about fallen angels, hell and damnation. I never discussed it with him, but to me it felt more like a manifestation of anti christian sentiments rather than religious devotion. 


5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with your music? 

Per: The band has been in existence off and on for over twenty years and I’d be the first to admit that many songs have lyrics of dubious quality. Many past and present members have contributed to the writing of lyrics and thus the topics have varied a lot. In the beginning it was murder, monsters, hell and horror. It was witch trials, grief, loss, anti-christianity and mythology. Pretty much any “metal” subject under the sun. And that’s all before we even made the first album. 


6.The band has also broken up on a couple of occasions, what was the cause of the splits and also the decision to reform? 

Germán: The band was divided in two sections during 2003-2005. It was me and the old guitarist. J.B. We wanted to play heavier music. More dark and sinister. Unfortunately we did not agree on that. So the band split. I did not want to quit so I found other musicians and tried that. But it did not work. So I took a break instead. In 2009 me and J.B. wanted to close down the band for good and we had a goal that it was to record one final demo. We did and we kept playing instead.  

Per: I, together with guitarist Ville Andersson were the ones who left around 2003. I frankly have a hard time remembering the exact reasons now. Feels very long ago. But, yeah. Something about musical differences. Ville went on to form Mortifera (swe), which I soon joined. Musically it was not entirely unlike Burning Darkness. We did lots of gigs and released an EP titled Sorgestadens Nycklar. Other than that I mostly focused on my humoristic black metal project Svartur Dödur until 2014 when I was asked to rejoin Burning Darkness for the recording of The Angel of Light. 


7.Originally the band was called 'Ghazurz Burzum', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Buring Darkness'? 

Germán: If I recall we wanted a more international name. The name came from one of the founders of the band. Who was interested in Lord of The Rings Black Speech.  

Per: Right! Founding member Josephine wanted to call the band that. Me (and maybe a few others in the band) were opposed to having “Burzum” in the name. It is of course too synonymous with a the project of a certain Monsieur Vikernes. I love Burzum, but it would be like calling your band Black Metallica or Infernal Iron Maiden. Ghazurz Burzum supposedly means Burning Darkness in orcish. I think it was Mathias, our first bass player, who said: “why don’t we just call ourselves Burning Darkness then?” And so it was. 


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

Per: Ghiaur came up with the idea of using a bat to put on band merch sometime after releasing the first album. The idea was for the bat to symbolise fire and darkness, thus fitting the band name. He made a rough sketch and asked me to make to make a drawing, since I like to draw. I did and we made some merch with that bat. When I was drafting the lyrics for the Dödens Makt album I thought; why not write about the bat? So I created a little mythology around the character and two songs became about him. Chiropteran Demon and In The Shadow Of Webbed Wings. We wanted to put the character on the cover, but to have a much better artist than me make it. I knew about Łukasz Jaszak who agreed to create the artwork. He made his own version of the bat and we were not disappointed. I think it  looks great! 


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

Per: There’s been so many gigs. In the olden days I remember a short gig at Runan, Täby Kyrkby in 2003 was really good. More recently I’d definitely say all of the gigs we did on our short Romanian tour 2019 went real well and we had great responses from the audience. Also, in (I think) late 2019, at Copperfields, Stockholm. We were set to play with Rimfrost and Thyrgrim, but both bands had to cancel. A lot of people showed up and were much  more enthusiastic than what’s normal in Sweden. We ended up playing an extended set with great response and they just kept asking for more! 

While we recently have been discussing getting some stage props other than a backdrop or the projection display we experimented with in Romania, our stage show has always been pretty spartan. We just focus on delivering a raw and intense performance. Let the music do the talking so to speak. There’s not much of corpse paint, fire and blood everywhere. Sounds like fun though! 


10.The band was formed in 1999 and while there was a few demo's you also waited until 2017 to release your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait? 

Germán: The long wait was because of the line-up changes we had. Until me and J.B. wanted to record an album. We also wanted to have a new guitarist  We did find Daniel Wennersten. I have known the guy from many years ago. I was also stunned about his guitar skills. I wanted him in the band. So I asked if he was interested. He did understand the music we wanted to create and so on.  

Per: I can’t add to this since I rejoined to record vocals when the first album was almost completed. 

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

Germán: Well I don´t know. Someone likes it and some don´t. But for the people who has seen us live do like our music. For us it is a boost when the audience like it.  

Per: Yes,  the response to our gigs is very positive. The first album got positive response as well, but sadly didn’t get all the attention we think it deserved. Dödens Makt is, in my opinion, even better. Better by a lot. We hope that our collaboration with Non Serviam Records will help get the new album into the ears of lots and lots of metal heads out there as we think people are sure to like it. 


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? 

Germán:  I play in two bands. One is called Vokodlok and the other one is Nazghor. In Vokodlok I am joined by Burning Darkness guitarist Ghiaur. We are going to release a full length album.  

Per: I am the vocalist of death metal band Circle of Chaos. We have recently finished a new full length album and looking at alternatives as to how we are going to release it. My other projects are in a dormant state for the time being. It is unclear if they’re going to be revived someday. 


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

Germán: We are hoping for bigger gigs with the band.  

Per: If you listen to The Angel Of Light and Dödens Makt you can hear our sound has progressed. I can’t prophesize too far into the future, but the new material that’s taking form now is continuing in the vein of Dödens Makt. Black metal with a ominous, almost doomy feel. Still without forgetting to be fast. Meaning we have more to come in the near future. 


14.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? 

German: I listen to all kind of music. From Blackmetal to VGM (Videogame music) I am really into piano stuff also. I love music for what it is. I have never closed my doors for inspiration. 

Per: I’m a metalhead, but of course I don’t limit myself to only metal. I grew up on mainly thrash and black. Though these years I mostly listen to metal from the 70s and 80s. What inspired me concerning Burning Darkness might be bands like Dissection, Marduk, Mörk Gryning, Månegarm, Unanimated, Necrophobic and early Siebenbürgen. That sort of music. 


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

Germán : Buy our album and support  us and Non Serviam Records, If you see us on the street. Say hi. We are just a couple of guys that enjoys good music and people.  

Per: Kampen mot gud og hvitekrist er igang!

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Black Ceremonial Kult/Crowned In Chaos/Godz Of War Productions/2021 EP Review

lundi 24 mai 2021 à 05:49


  Chile's  Black  Ceremonial  Kult  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Crowned  In  Chaos"  which  will  be  released  on  June  14th  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  ritualistic  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  keyboards  and  ethnic  style  instruments  while  also  adding  in  some  grim  chants  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats,  war  metal  elements  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  while  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  having an  intro  in  between  them.

  On  this  recording  Black  Ceremonial  Kult  takes  their  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  magick  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Ceremonial  Kult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black, war  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chariot  Of  The  Sphinxes"  "Masters  Temple  K.V.M"  and  "M.K.K".  8  out  of  10.




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DÖMD/Vitastjärnas dröm/2021 Demo Review

lundi 24 mai 2021 à 04:28


  This  is  another  review  of  a  demo  from  Sweden'ss  DÖMD  which  continues  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  releases  and  the  ep  was  self  released  in  2021  and  called  "Vitastjärnas  dröm".

  A  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed.

  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  one  of  the  tracks  also  adds  un  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.  A  brief  use  of  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  movie  samples  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  DÖMD    remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  he  has  established  on  previous releases  as  well  as  adding  in  some  newer  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  the  Heathen  Heritage  of  Gotland,  The  Gotlandic  People  and  the  resistance  against  the  Christening  of  the  nation  and  some  of  their  mythology.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  DÖMD   and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Allt  är  i  ringar  bundet"  and  "Ett  svart  hål  i  verkligheten".  8  out  of  10.     


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