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Vetrarnott Interview

samedi 1 septembre 2018 à 20:44

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
G: Hello everyone! We're Vetrarnott, we come from Corato, a small town in Apulia (Italy), we play Progressive Black Metal with Pagan themes and we have just released an EP called "Scion".
This musical venture started just with me (Gar Ulfr) as a one-man band in 2015 but by the fall of 2017 it was reborn as a regular band. Now there's four of us in the band: me on bass, vocals, keys, and programming; Valar on Lead and rhythm guitars, and backing vocals; Osculum on rhythm and acoustic guitars; Ambrogio on live drums.



2.Recently you have released an ep, what was the musical style you were going for with this recording?
G: Progressive Black Metal, as a music genre, is a melting pot of different styles. We can say that in Scion there's a lot of different things.
There are of course the typical riffs of a Black Metal band, but you can also find more progressive, melodic, thrashing, and black 'n' roll areas. I'd say in its variety of influences there's still cohesion.

This is a musical genre that has a lot of room for anything you can do, rather than focusing on what you must or must not do when writing music, and this is what I personally love about Prog Black.



3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
G: What I really like about Norse Mythology (a characteristic shared among various Pagan cultures) is the participation among Deities and nature in the life of Man.
A set of myths where Gods, despite their nature being different from the one of human beings, breath, fight, bleed, and eventually die: there's a relation between Man and God that goes beyond rituals.
Apart from the cultural interest that I hold dear for Norse myths, there's also the will, in my mind, to oppose Christianity and antagonize the slaughter of non-Christian cultures that was carried out by Christianity over two millennia by giving the spotlight to these ancient populations.
V:  What I appreciate the most about Norse Mythology is the particular way men related to gods, that is quite different from the Christian culture. Pagan populations used to rely on deities not to obtain salvation or charity, but for practical reasons, such as strength in battle or a good harvest, because men were capable of their own destiny with their actions in life.



4.I know that the band was named after an Enslaved song, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
G: Enslaved has been my favorite band for almost ten years now and through the years I always wanted to play something that could be related to my favorite songs (and therefore to play tunes that would satisfy me 100% as not only a musician but also a "fan").
When this project started for me I had the intention to play tunes more similar to the "Frost" or "Vikingligr Veldi" album and went for the name "Vetrarnott", but as months went by the things I wrote turned out to be more various then what would have been considered pure Viking Metal.
I put in my songs all the things that I picked up listening to music for all these years and considering that the band I listened to the most is Enslaved it's pretty obvious that I ended up writing Prog Black Metal.
Despite the fact that what I wrote couldn't be considered Viking anymore, the band's name stuck both as a tribute to Enslaved and as, I'd say, a fitting name, considering it means "Winter Night" in Icelandic.



5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
G: The artwork covers a lot of things. Firstly, it represents some of the themes of the EP: the serpent's skin, the chain (representing Gleipnir), and the skull (Death and Hel). Then you can also spot the plants from our landscape, representing us and our culture. The blank, white spot in the middle of the artwork represents light, all the efforts that went in creating this EP, and the milestone from which we'll start our path.
The artwork was created by the talented artist that is our friend Othala, that I want to thank from the deep of my heart for his beautiful contribution to Scion.



6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
G: We have yet to play a live show because we wanted to have a recording as a showcase for this project before, and now we have one... so...



7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
V: We’ll be the opening act for the release party of Hermeticus, the new album from Dewfall, with Shores Of Null on October 4th. Apart from this, we are planning other shows at the moment… We’ll see what the future holds for us.



8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and progressive metal?
G: Having just released officially the EP we haven't received lots of feedbacks, but the ones we got from our fellow musicians have been really positive, both from black and progressive metal artists. I can say that "The Tide", during the 10 days the song has been available, gained a lot of positive reactions in the black metal communities and that makes me very proud. I hope everyone will be as enthusiastic about the whole EP as they were for its first song.



9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
G: At the moment we are wrapping up the writing for our first full-length and we started discussing when we'll be entering the studio again. A good hypothesis for the release would be around late 2019 - early 2020.
The full-length will part from Norse Mythology and will move towards new themes.



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?
G: Of course, Enslaved are pretty important as an inspiration. Apart from them, I'd say that bands like Bathory, Darkthrone, Draugr, and Mithotyn have their fair share of contribution to our music. Lately, I'm listening to a lot of Atavicus, Behemoth, Camel, Celestia, Dissection, Immortal, Mastodon, Seven Impale, and Sturmkaiser.
V: Nowadays I'm listening to some progressive rock/metal artists such as King Crimson, Camel, Opeth, Devin Townsend and other various metal bands, for example Immortal, Dissection, Entombed, Agent Steel.



11.What are some of your nonmusical interests?
G: I love Cinema almost as much as I love music. At the moment I'm re-watching some classics from the German Expressionist movement and the Russian Avant-garde movement.
V: I really like reading Horror and Fantasy literature.



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We would like to thank OccultBlackMetalZine for the interview and whoever is reading our words. We advise everyone to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram for news, music and everything else.
If you’re curious about our music be sure to check out our Bandcamp, Scion is now available both in CD and Digital release.
'Till next time!

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


Pa Vesh En/Church Of Bones/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review

samedi 1 septembre 2018 à 20:24

  Belarus's  solo  project  Pa  Vesh  En  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  his  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Church  Of  Bones"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Distorted  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album before  going  into a   very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  buried  underneath  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  at  times  ambient  elements  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  and  at  times  the  music  also  mixes  in  depressive  elements.

  Pa  Vesh  En  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  raw  style  of  ambient  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  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  "The  Wilderness  Of  Cursed  Souls"  and  "The  Venom  Seed".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/pa-vesh-enchurch-of-bonesiron-bonehead.html


Majestic Mass/Savage Empire Of Death/Caligari Records/2018 Cassette Review

samedi 1 septembre 2018 à 04:03

  Majestic  Mass  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  psychedelic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Savage  Empire  Of  Death"  which  was  released on  cassette  by Caligari  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  also  being  added  into  the  heavy  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  elements  of  black'n'roll  can  also  be heard  at  times  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  song  showing  an  influence  of  doom  metal  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  on  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  King  Diamond  style  vocals  can  also b e  heard.

  Majestic  Mass  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  mid  tempo  along  with  some  black'n'roll  and  psychedelic  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Majestic  Mass  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Clandestine  Supremacy"  "Majestic  Mass"  and  "Savage  Empire  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/majestic-masssavage-empire-of.html


Blasphemy/Blood Upon The Soundscape/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 Rehearsal Demo Re-Issue Review

samedi 1 septembre 2018 à 03:02

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Canada's  Blasphemy  this  time  a  rare  rehearsal  from  1989  which  captures  their  very  raw  take  on  black  and  war  metal  and  the  demo  will  be  released  to  the  masses  in  September  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  and  called  "Blood  Upon  The  Soundscape".

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  evil  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  demonic  growls  start  off  the  recording  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  harsh  noises  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style.

  On  the  second  track  real  guitars  are  brought  into  the  music  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  and  early  war  metal  feeling  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  this  recording  Blasphemy  had  more  of  a  raw  approach  to  their  early  black/war  metal  by  making  the  music  more  distorted  and  harsh,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death,  Satanism,  rituals  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blasphemy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  rehearsal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hording  of  Evil  Vengeance"  and  "Goddess  of  Perversity".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/blasphemyblood-upon-soundscapenuclear.html


Ambrotos/ἄμβροτο/Sleaszy Rider Records/2018 EP Review

vendredi 31 août 2018 à 03:13

  Ambrotos  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both  Greece  and  Mexico  that  plays  a  philosophical  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "ἄμβροτο"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Clean  playing  and  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Both  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  Greek  tradition  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Ambrotos  plays  a  style  of  Greek  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  pre  Socratic  philosophy  and  ideas.

  In  my  opinion  Ambrotos  are  a  very  great  sounding  philosophical  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dimensional  Rivers".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/ambrotossleaszy-rider-records2018-ep.html