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Calyx Interview

vendredi 26 avril 2019 à 00:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Calyx was born on 2013 by Fantoni and Humungus, two teenagers obsessed by Bathory albums. Our lifes were all about hanging out through ruins and catacombs on Fridays with our friends, with high doses of beer. That was our main inspiration. We wanted to create rusty and putrid music to channel our visions. Some years later Huarte and SD came into the band, and with their twisted minds they helped to define Calyx’s decrepit style.

2.You have your first full length coming out in May, musically how does it differ from your previous demos?

Musically it has been a huge progression since our beginnings, on a technical, songwriting and lyrical levels. We wanted to make faster songs but without loosing those slow and tormenting interludes. The aura of Calyx is still decrepit and haunting.

3.Some of your lyrics deal with the Middle Ages and Native Legends of the Iberian Peninsula, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Is hard to explain in a rational way. We want to express an atavic feeling that is deep within us and this music is the only way to do it. Ruins and legendary places of Iberian Peninsula (specially Aragon) are the essence of Calyx. We always use our imagination, instead of writing history lessons, because we want to create our own universe. Lyrics have a poetic atmosphere inspired by authors like G.A Becquer and Garcilaso de la Vega, among others.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

I always try to dive inside the darkest vortex of my soul. Sometimes i let the passion of the moment drive me and others i take inspiration from dreams or meditations about the true evil of the ineligible world. I dont aim to foment evilness, but to describe it just as i perceive it. Sometimes is a really painful experience which can drive me to a state of existential fear, but is necessary.

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

Calyx means chalice in latin language. The symbolism of the chalice has an esoteric nature which is linked to our inner search. Christians use it for their eucharisty, but the magic properties of this symbol has an older and mysterious origin. Is a paradox between light and darkness, equilibrium, metaphysical knowledge, cosmic order... for me is the symbol for the spiritual warrior’s goal.

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

It was painted by our good friend Gaueko, composer in Aehrebelsethe and guitars for the death metal band Sepulchral. The album cover is full of symbolism of many kinds, such as paganism or the concept of the album’s name. With ‘’Vientos Archaicos’’ we refer to our passion with the ancient world, but also to a nostalgic feeling for the old times of black metal. This said, i prefer everyone have their our conclusions and use their imagination.

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

We have played three gigs so far and all of them were a great experience. I will always remember our first gig in Llodio by the iniciatic atmosphere we felt. In our gigs, old school is our thing: Spikes, leather and chains. You will never see us wearing bed sheets or that kind of shit, we prefer to terrorize the audience with our ugly faces (laughs).

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We have some gigs in our area on June, but we would like to play outside Spain. We are open to any offer to play anywhere in the world.

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

We aren’t a very well-known band so i dont know the reactions of the people beyond our closest contacts.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

SD: Im involved within OMINOUS TORMENT and DESECRATION RITES, both personal Black Metal projects of mine, more in the negative side of the genre. I play guitar in SLAUGHTERCULT too, a Black/Thrash band where we are working in our first demo.

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

These days we are composing new songs for the next album. We wish to keep creating and going further inside our inner being to crystallize our visions through music.

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?

The bands that had most impact on us are Bathory, Celtic Frost, Tormentor, early Satyricon, Darkthrone, Desaster, Burzum, etc. Of course we are huge maniacs of traditional Heavy Metal... Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Exciter, and all that musical bagaje of every young metalhead. We listen to all kinds of music beyond metal too

13.How would you describe your views on Paganism and Occultism?

Personally i conceive paganism as a way of communication with the invisible side of nature. Occultism pretends to achieve this conexión through a transgression which breaks with the parameters established by matter, trying to transcend them in order to get spiritual empowering.

Concerning neopaganism and its diverse ways, i think it is the product of a feeling of inner emptiness of the modern man who tries to fill it with something that official religions cannot give. The problem is that most times is only about the superficial elements of paganism without reaching its deep essence. So is important to distinguish real paganism from modern and consumist spiritual products, because the last ones arent a good channeling for the inner confusion we feel. The way is to actualize and rebuild the transcendentalist cosmovisions of ancient traditions, and not to be conform by mere futile matters painted with aesthetics of the past.

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

Thanks a lot for this interview and greetings to all those apostates of the modern world.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/calyx-interview.html


Chiral/The Twilight Songs(Part One)/Heathen Tribes/2018 EP Review

vendredi 26 avril 2019 à 00:01

  Italy's  solo  project  Chiral  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  him  temporary  moving  away  from  his  atmospheric  black  metal  style  to  focus  more  on an  acoustic  and  experimental  form  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "The  Twilight  Songs(Part  One)"  which  was  released  by  Heathen  Tribes.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  ep  before adding  some  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  which  also  brings  in  elements  of  folk  music  along  with  the  only  track  on  this  ep  being  over  30  minutes.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  some  slide  guitars  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  song.

  Melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  track  while  the  acoustic  guitars  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  full  chords  and  finger  picking.  As  the  song  progresses  the  music  also  starts  incorporating  more  programmed  beats  and  synths  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  harmonica's  can  also  be  heard.  Most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chiral  and  while  the  music  is  not  in  the  black  metal  style  as  previous  releases,  I  can  still  see  fans  of  neo-folk  enjoying  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1W-aFzxgcg

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/chiralthe-twilight-songspart-oneheathen.html


Ewigkeit/Declassified/DTM Productions//2019 EP Review

jeudi 25 avril 2019 à 04:15

  United  Kingdom's  solo  project  Ewigkeit  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  experimental  black  metal  style  of  his  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Declassified"  which  was  released  by  Death  To  Music  Productions  and  consists  of  2  songs  from  his  last  full length,  Hawkwind  and  Saxon  covers  and  a  dub  remix  of one  of  his  own  original  tracks.

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams.  Clean  vocals  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  riffs  showing  an  influence  of  doom  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  dub  remix  track  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  modern  UFOlogy  movement. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ewigkeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disclosure"  and  "Lights  in  The  Sky".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF29M4_9ytI

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/ewigkeitdeclassifieddtm-productions2019.html


Horoma Exordium/A Modern Act Of Heresy/2019 EP Review

mercredi 24 avril 2019 à 04:45

  Horoma  Exordium  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  mixture  of black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019 ep "A  Modern  Act  of  heresy".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  death  metal  growls  and  influences  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  the  riffs  also a dd  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  all  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  heat  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  brutal  sounding  at  times  as  well  as  mixing  in  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music,  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  utilized  at  times. 

  Horoma  Exordium  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  fast  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  some  of  the  brutality  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  metaphysical,  philosophical  and  corruption  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horoma  Exordium  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Celestial  Body"  and  "A  Modern  Act  Of  heresy".  8  out  of  10.

http://bit.ly/2VeQAFs  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/horoma-exordiuma-modern-act-of.html


Volkolun/Path Through The Mist/Crush The Desert Records/Werewolf Promotion/2019 EP Review

mercredi 24 avril 2019 à 03:41


  Volkolun  are  an  international  duo  with  embers  from  Russia  and  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Path  Through  The  Mist"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Crush  The  Desert  Records  and  Werewolf  Promotion.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths and  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  Eastern  European  style.

  Folk  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  riffs  also  use a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  some  mid  90's  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Polish  Folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Volkolun  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wayfarer"  and  "Her  majesty".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/volkolunpath-through-mistcrush-desert.html