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Armnatt Interview

jeudi 16 avril 2020 à 08:06
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Since we recorded the second album we have been working on the third.


2.You have a new album coming out in May, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
It is the sequence of Darkness Times.

3.Most of the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's era, do you feel black metal was more true to its roots back in that era and do you also feel modern black metal has abandoned what black metal is really supposed to stand for?
Some things better not change.

4.This is also your first release in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
ARMNATT never stoped beeing active, Dense Fog took the time needed.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
The tracklist says it all.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'ARMNATT'?
There are to much inspirations  to mention.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
It refects the Dense fog themes.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Extreme Metal Attack was excellent.

9.You are also scheduled to play the 'Invicta Requiem Mass' in December, can you tell us a little bit more about this festival?
It is an honour to be invited to Invicta Requiem Mass!

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
For the brothers in arms that support ARMNATT we Hail!

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are going to do the same as we please.

12.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?
There are to much influences to mention.

13.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
The music speaks for itself.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much! Hail!

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Drapsnatt/Skelepht/Nordvis Produktion/2020 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 15 avril 2020 à 21:18

  Drapsnatt  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album "Skelepht"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  May  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  keyboards  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  growls  are  also  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  clean  playing  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.

  A  good  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  are  only  used  briefly  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  a  couple  of    tracks  also  introducing  clean  singing  onto  the  recording  and  one  of  the  later  songs  is  also  an  instrumental  and  the  closing  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  winter  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Drapsnatt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Meningslosheten"   "Skelepht"  and  "Valan".  8  out  of  10.

https://nordvis.com/en/drapsnatt-a-6
http://drapsnatt.bandcamp.com

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YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/Nordvis  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/drapsnattskelephtnordvis-produktion2020.html


Oranssi Pazuzu/Mestarin Kynsi/Nuclear Blast Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 15 avril 2020 à 11:54

  Finland's  Oranssi  Pazuzu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  psychedelic  black  metal  style  of  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Mestarin  Kynsi"  which  will  be  released  on  April  17th  by  Nuclear  Blast  Records.

  Keyboards  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  mixes  the  experimental  and  heavy  parts  together.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  screams  also  adding  in  a  depressive  touch  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  as  the  album  progresses  along  with  some  acid  house,  70's  prog,  krautrock  infleunces,  programmed  beats  and  effects  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  cosmos  and  abstract  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Oranssi  Pazuzu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  " Tyhyyden  sakramenti"  and  "Taivaan  portti".  8  out  of  10.

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/oranssi-pazuzumestarin-kynsinuclear.html


Runespell/Forest Mysticism/Wandering Forlorn/Iron Bomehead Productions/2020 Split CD Review

mercredi 15 avril 2020 à 09:02

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Australia's  Runespell  and  Forest  Mysticism  called  "Wandering  Forlorn"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Runespell  a  solo  project  that  continues  the  epic  pagan  black  emtal  style  of  previous  releases.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  nature  orientated  landscapes  along  with  some  clean  playing  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Most  of  his  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  When  the  music  speeds  up  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  used  briefly.  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  a  classical  guitar  orientated  instrumental  before  closing  his  side  of  the  split  with  a  heavier  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  paganism,  destiny,  medieval  and  virtue  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Runespell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Wolfwoods".

  Next  up  is  Forest  Mysticism  a  solo  project  who  also  returns  with  his  pagan  style  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  his  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  Atmospheric  elements  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  eta.  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  a  very  medieval  sounding  acoustic  instrumental  which  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  song  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  paganism,  nature  and  woodland  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Forest  Mysticism  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ancient  Tides".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  epic  and  pagan  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

https://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/runespell-forest-mysticism-wandering-forlorn-teaser/s-IFEuW   

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/runespellforest-mysticismwandering.html


Hyems Interview

mardi 14 avril 2020 à 10:32
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Well, we recorded the album last autumn. Since then, we've been doing a lot of preparation work like planning shows, finishing the artwork and producing a music video. Due to the disease, we had to cancel every single show, but we’re glad to have some digital opportunities for promoting the record. It’s a massive financial risk to release a record without playing live shows. 

2.In May you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
“Anatomie des Scheiterns” is the logical resumption of our path we've been wandering on since our EP “Im Jetzt die Asche” in 2013. Back then, we skipped all death metal elements in our songwriting to follow the initial idea of Hyems: to play Black fucking Metal. You can hear a lot of melodic 90s influence in our records afterwards. Which are more concisely on “Anatomie des Scheiterns” than on every other record before. Compared to our other records the new album is more atmospheric, more melodic, also much faster than the ones before – thanks to our new drummer. C.A. had become a major influence for the album, although he joined the band when the songwriting seemed to be finished. We started all over, because we had so many new opportunities. His drumming concerning his technical ability and speed took the band on another level. C.A. also has a great sense for songwriting – therefore we reranged whole songs due to his input.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
That’s a good question. I love to sound out atrocities of my inner being. But without context and narrative, my lyrics would only mirror the scum version of myself. Who cares? We’re not fucking The Cure. At least these thoughts are nothing special. They’re the dark side of society. They’re the reason for hell on earth. You’ll find patterns concerning these human abysses in our everyday life, but especially in crisis like war, disease, outbreak of violence and political or religious delusion. I exiled myself on an island to find the right vibe to write the lyrics. Sitting on barren rocks of the shore, I had this idea of using “failure“ as the Leitmotiv of the album. It’s failure which leads to the darkest episodes of our social and personal life. Hyems is not about supremacy, it’s about failure. Well, that’s maybe the reason why we’re totally unknown.

4.Some of your earlier lyrics covered the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?
Well, you’re digging deep. When we started the band in 1997, we were total Tolkien heads. His stories seemed to be ours – that was long before the movies were brought to a broader audience. There were so many bands we loved with references to the Tolkien world, like Cirith Ungol, Gorgoroth and Arathorn – just to mention some examples. It was like a cultural property for nerds and outcasts. The dark side of Tolkien’s stories fascinated me, and I used to explore this world in my lyrics back then.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hyems'?
D.M. and I were in the same Latin class at school. It was the first day of winter holidays, when we decided to found a Black Metal band. One thing led to another, and we chose “hiems” (Latin for winter) as the perfect name for our band. In 2007, our label suggested switching the “i” with a “y” to avoid any possibility of confusion with an Italian band. At least my tattoo on my belly will always hold our original name in honor. 

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Sure. D.M. found this extraordinary artist called Ceethava. The painting of our cover matches perfectly with our songs. Instead of showing a minimalistic design, we were looking for something with a more epic approach.

7.The band has been around for more than 20 years, what is it that motivates you to keep going after a couple of decades?
You can grow up, work and die. You can also skip growing up and do something meaningful with your life. Maybe we can skip death too by creating something really important. And unless we haven’t achieved this point we’ll keep on working.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
My band mates would probably mention the Ragnarock Open Air 2013. But for me it’s every concert where I left the stage and felt afraid of what was happening before. I would actually consider myself as a good guy but on stage this guy is raped and dehumanized by my stage alter ego. Talking about abysses that’s Hyems on stage. 

9.The new album is coming out on 'MDD Records', how would you compare working with them to other labels that you were a part of in the past?
Every single label we were working with in the past were crazy, enthusiastic fortune hunters – full of passion for music. Despite all common sense, they gave us the chance to distribute our music. That’s why we’re still grateful and will never talk badly about them. Our actual label MDD is very professional, but not less passionate. Let’s see what the future brings.   

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
The metal heads in Mexico and South America are the best. They truly seem to love our music. In Germany we face a strong NSBM scene. By distancing ourselves from NSBM and Facism, we’re the misfits in a scene full of misfits. So the German scene is used to hate us. Which we’re totally proud of. There’s nothing like supremacy in the human race or music. It’s just a weak concept of pimply white men. Fuck you, Nazi scum! 

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Almshouse of graveyard.

12.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?
From early 90s second wave stuff to contemporary approaches of Black Metal. But also a lot of Punk stuff and classic Heavy Metal. There’s no limitation or rule, only that NSBM and Sabaton are crap and that Iron Maiden is the only relevant band on earth. 

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Stop listening to Sabaton, support the underground and hail Satan.


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