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Void Of Apep Interview

mercredi 30 juin 2021 à 02:21

 


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


Void of Apep is a project inspired by early 90's black metal, with themes deriving from bizarre Lovecraftian lore and obscure ancient Mysteries.


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


I went for a raw, underproduced sound, approaching the earlier recordings from Emperor, Satyricon and Immortal, while introducing some Iron Maiden dual guitar harmonies, as well as an eerie sense of melody akin to bands like Dissection or Sacramentum. 


3.A lot of your lyrics cove roccultism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


I have a deep interest in ancient forms of religious belief, and the multiple ways through which the collective uncounscious manifests itself. I often read about paleolithic burial rites, Egyptian, Sumerian and Greek religions and their Mysteries. I also take interest in the initiatic symbolism associated to medieval knighthhood and Luciferian gnosis. The main influence in the lyrics comes from the writings by Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant, H. P. Lovecraft, C G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, Friederich Nietzsche, as well as portuguese writers like J.L. Vasconcelos and Gilberto Lascariz, to name but a few. 


4.I know that the solo project was named after an  ancient Egyptian deity, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Egyptian Gods and Deities?


The project's name came from Gerald Massey's book "Ancient Egypt". My interests aren't exclusively related to Egypt. I share and inclusive view on the subject matter regarding Occultism. I believe that man behaves and thinks in patterns, so you'll end up finding the same manifestations in different cultures. The Void of Apep refers to the primordial and absolute darkness, the abyssal domain of chaos. In other terms, it also refers to the vortex beyond the conscious mind. 


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


The artwork was conceived by local artist Carina Martins. It draws inspiration from the watercolor illuminations present in Aurora Consurgens, an alchemical treatise, which dates back to the 15th century, and depicts the Nigredo (blackness), on which the reunion of man and god (wisdom) happens through decomposition, putrefaction, and the encounter with the void.

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


This project is the equivalent to a katabatic descent to my deep unconscious mind. I can't really tell if it's compatible with having other band members, but I keep the options open. 


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


I have received some contacts, but meanwhile the band remains unsigned.


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


It's been generally good, most feedback has come from Japan and the United States.


9.Are you also involved with or have been involved with any other bands or musical projects?


There were some projects in the past regarding black metal and some dark synth compositions as well, but they remained in the darkness from where they came.


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


Yes, I am already working on some tracks for a future release. I can't really tell you if it's going to be a full length. It's too early to determine.


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?


The main influence comes from most Norwegian and Swedish output from the early 90's black metal scene (Emperor, Burzum, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Satyricon, Marduk, Dissection...). I was also influenced by the more "exotic" sound of the first albums of Rotting Christ, Master's Hammer and Necromantia. Besides that, I listen to a lot of soundtrack and dark ambient stuff like Lustmord, Goblin, Raison D'Etre, Diamanda Galas, etc. Lately, I've been enjoying the work of Cultes des Ghoules, Teitanblood, Necros Christos, Unaunaussprechlichen Kulten, Disma, Katharsis... the list goes on. Too many to mention.


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


Thank you, for the interview and support. It means a lot. If interested, people can contact me by email:  void.of.apep@gmail.com  or check the bandcamp site:   Horror Vacui | Void of Apep (bandcamp.com)  No facebook available. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/void-of-apep-interview.html


Inanimate Interview

mercredi 30 juin 2021 à 02:13

 

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


It's a pretty raw cut black metal/punk project I put together over the fall and winter of 2020.  I had a break from other projects due to covid and wanted to take advantage of the down time.  I live in small city in the southern interior of BC. I tracked it all in my basement over a few months and had Cody Baresich from Circle A studios (Victoria, BC) mix and master it.  



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


Sonically I wanted to make a blown out and harsh sounding album that has periods of delirium and borderline psychedelia.  Straight forward and minimal but engaging throughout.  Flow and pacing was the main focus.  Everything was premeditated.  Stylistically punk roots came naturally and the rest is pretty traditional black metal. 



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


Northern colonial history.  I've always had a fascination with Canadian history and the sheer brutality of life during those times. The hardships were unreal and they echo through contemporary society to this day.  Needless to say it's mostly negative.  It's my favourite reading material and I've always wanted to develop a project paying artistic tribute to it.  




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



It's a homage to Ildjarn.  That was a big inspiration to the music.  The name can be interpreted many ways but for me it's as blunt as it sounds.  The absence of sentience.  Truly unaffected nothing.  Or is it total internalized feeling with no expression? It can go anyway.



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


It's the HBC York Factory.  An early trading post in northern Manitoba.  It's a very ominous looking colonial building and I thought the process of degrading it brought out the darker feelings from the once colourful sunset scene. 



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


Studio project with no desire to ever play live.  It's not off the table though.




7.So far very little is known about the band, are you planning on expanding your presence in the future or do you prefer to keep a low profile?



This is the first interview.  Outside of releasing music seasonally I don't think there will ever be an ulterior presence.  



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


Not actively looking but I'm in no rush.  Keeping an open mind.



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


I'm just stepping into it with this first release but generally positive so far.  I'm appreciative of the people who have picked up the tape.



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


More of the same but further realized.  I'm quite devout to developing this as much as possible.  The foundation has been laid and theres a lot I'm eager to build up from. 



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?


I work at a record store in my town and listen to everything I can.  I spend most of my time exploring new things. 



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


Theres a video version of the album with footage from the Nahanni running in supplement to the tracks.  It's a bit of a trip and worth the watch.  Appreciate your interest and time.  Thanks.


https://youtu.be/kWc9bZt7xL8

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/inanimate-interview.html


Ixtlahuac/Teyacanilitztli Nahuali/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 30 juin 2021 à 02:06

 


  Ixtlahuac  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  the  United  States  and  Columbia  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  pre  hispanic  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Teyacanilitztli  Nahuali"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.


  Clean  playing  and  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  album  while  nature  sounds  can also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  guitar  riffing  along  with  some pre  Hispanic  style  folk  instruments  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  tribal  and  ritualistic  style  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  influences  of  death  metal  also  being  utilized  at  times  which  also  shows  up  more  when  growls  are  utilized,  nature  sounds  also  make  a  brief  return  as  the  recording  progresses.   The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  the  obscure  Mesoamerican  codices  known  as  Amoxtli.


  In  my  opinion  Ixtlahuac  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  old  school  black  metal  and  pre  hispanic  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Huehuecoyotl"  and  "Ritual  de  Fuego  Nuevo".  8/5  out  of  10.


http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/teyacanilitztli-nahualli         

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/ixtlahuacteyacanilitztli-nahualinuclear.html


Denial Of Death/Unholy Trinity/2021 EP Review

mardi 29 juin 2021 à 05:52

 


  Denial  Of  Death  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "Unholy  Trinity"  which  will  be  released  in  July.


  A  keyboard  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  that  instrument  also  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  on  later  tracks.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical,  satanic   and  anti  religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Denial  Of  Death  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tempus  Fugit"  and  "The  Day  Of  Revenge".  8  out  of  10.


Website: https://denialofdeath.de/
Bandcamp: https://denialofdeath. bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ denialofdeathofficial
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ channel/ UCRMfVvx2upIoh6wNkW1MjsQ

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ denialofdeathofficial/    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/denial-of-deathunholy-trinity2021-ep.html


Gergesenes/Exorcism Of The Geresene Demoniac/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 29 juin 2021 à 05:11

 


  Gergesenes  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Exorcism  Of  The  Geresene  Demoniac".


  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.


  The  vocals  are  mostly  either  tortured  or  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  closing  track  being  an  ambient  drone  instrumental


  On  this  recording  Gergesenes  adds  in  some  depressive  touches  and  synths  to  his  raw  and  lo-fi  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gergesenes  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Exorcism  Of  The  Geresene  Demoniac"  and  "Lavurum  Plenus".  8  out  of  10.


https://gergesenes.bandcamp.com/album/exorcism-of-the-gerasene-demoniac      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/gergesenesexorcism-of-geresene.html