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Oppress. Interview

mercredi 5 juin 2019 à 02:33
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

There's not much to tell, as there is only one EP so far. I am, or have been involved in certain other projects, including Horla, live duties for Wytchfilth, and most recently Soulphernus.  Oppress. is a project in the vein of Mayhem, Aura Noir, Urarv, DhG ,1349, Corpus Christii, etc. The music for the current demo was recorded in the summer of 2018. There is more material in the works, which I will sit on until there is enough for a full-length album. My intention with the music is to do what the name says: oppress.

2.So far you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The answer to the question above gives you some clues to the overall sound. I like to wrong-foot the listener from time to time in different ways. There's nothing technical here, nothing could be less interesting to me, but I'm also not interested in only giving you the same things you can get elsewhere. I used a very un-metal guitar to get a "nagging" tone because I want the listener to feel unwelcome, unsure, not quite at home in the comfortable world of "black metal". I used a mix of different vocal styles, grunting, croaking, gurgling, hissing, because that run-of-the mill BM shrieking gets boring quickly now that we've all heard it a million times on a million other records.

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

Sex and death. Mass-murder-perversion, nuclear war and orgasm, fetishism of mass-extinction. Paradox. Insane desire for what is not possible. Transcendence - but downwards, not up. The lyrics are available to read on bandcamp, so find out for yourselves.

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

"Oppress." is an instruction to me: oppress the listener. Oppress. is not only about moronic blasting, it is sadistic, it withholds pleasure, it pleases itself with your discomfort. Future releases will go much further in this direction. 

"Oppress." is an affront to the rational autonomy of my audience. I order you to do something "immoral". 

"Oppress." is an order issued to the listener that they cannot help but obey in their daily lives, in small, subtle ways that they would rather not think about. It amuses me to make people sit with the thought of their own guilt, and then laugh at them for it.

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

It's an absurdist dick-pic. The two symbolic meanings of the horn we all know. The meaning of the picture is your reaction to it. 

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

We'll see.

7.Online there is very little information on the internet with no metal archives page or any social media, is this intentional?

Sure, why not.

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

Not actively, no. I can do without the hassle of extra paperwork. Maybe once I have enough material for another release.

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

Who cares what those idiots think! ;)

In all seriousness, it's early days, it's only the first title by Oppress. and the demo has been out for no longer than a week or two, so we'll see.

10.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Yes. I am working on an industrial/noise/black metal project with old co-conspirator K.H. of Wytchfilth, in the vein of Blut Aus Nord, Gnaw Their Tongues, etc. I have various releases with other projects in the pipeline, too, but I won't say anything about those here.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Headlining at Glasto, appearances on chat shows, celebrity friends, a "featuring" track with Jay Z or Kanye, a legal dispute with Taylor Swift, money, glamour, fame... 

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?

I already mentioned the main sources of inspiration above in Q1 and Q10. But also: The Arrival of Satan, Death Worship, Revenge, Axis of Advance, Throne of Katarsis, old Leviathan (USA), the other Leviathan (SWE), Antediluvian, Aosoth, Vhernen, Xasthur, old Deathspell Omega, White Medal, Lucifericon, Sonne Adam and a million others.

Non-metal stuff too like Boards of Canada, Burial, Death's Dynamic Shroud, Merzbow, Mars Volta, Keeril Makan ("the noise between thoughts"), Rued Langgaard ("music of the spheres") Penderecki, Ligeti, Mussorgsky, Berlioz. 

Anything dark, mocking, obnoxious, evil.

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

Nothing especially.


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Mercy's Dirge Interview

mardi 4 juin 2019 à 02:45
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

The band initially started out as a solo project of guitarist Vlad in 1991. During that year, Clepy joined the band as vocalist and Leo as drummer. In this format we released the "Another Hell" demo in 1993. Then Dan Chirap became our bass guitarist and togheter we created the "Unholy Doom Creation" demo in 1995. During these years the band toured all over the country, thus leaving a mark in the Romanian Metal Stage. After playing the last confirmed gig in '95, Mercy's Dirge disbanded. In 2015 the band reunited with founding members Clepy and Vlad, alongside new guitarist Nistor. In 2016 the band found a bassist and a drummer. The band started gigging all over the country and released in 2018, "Mercy's Dirge" EP and "Live, Raw & Relentless" LP. 
What got us together was our passion for music and our rebel spirit, our anti-system attitude, formed during our adolescence governed by the communist system that ruled our country so long and with such disastrous consequences.

2.In 2018 you had released both an ep and a full length, musically how do they both differ from your previous demo's?

The previous demos were played first in a 3-man band rather than a 4-member formula. There is an important issue regarding the quality of sound, we produced those demo’s in a basement with improvised microphones and old equipment , recording it all on an Russian tape recorder, with poor mastering skills.
The music was raw, simple and extremely brutal  and what resulted was something original,  amazing, surprising and sounded unexpectedly good considering the conditions we had. It sounds as the old northern/scandinavian Black Metal albums and demos of bands like Celtic Frost and Darkthrone.
 Now we recorded the album in a professional studio, the EP was recorded on separate tracks, each one of us at a time, but the LP was recorded in a Live Session, a much faster way of recording all songs.
The quality of the sound is professional this time, the music has more Death Metal substance and sororities than the earlier versions, but the complexity is much higher and we are now five members, each of us bringing his own contribution to a more complex and better sound. We can say that our music is now mature and evolved. 

3.The band was broken up for more than 20 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform the band?

We gathered the band when we were students, with no obligations, no families, no jobs, so we were free to do whatever we wanted. However, as soon as we finished our studies, we had to find jobs in order to survive, so life and social conditions at that time had a major influence over this decision.
The decision to reform the band was an act of reclaiming our past that was stolen from us, in the beginning we were curious if we still can do this, and soon we got caught by the passion for music that we never lost . The conclusion was that we got better as the time passed over us.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with their music?

The themes that we approached were about the realities of society, about the revolt we felt against a cruel and unjust  social system, about our anarchical attitude over authority, showing to the world that our spirit cannot be broken.
The eternal struggle between good and evil is also a major theme of our lyrics. In this theme we have included tales and legends, from which we have things we can learn from.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mercy's Dirge'?

It is a combination between the empathy that we have for the problems of the present society, for the human race (Mercy) and the sound that struggles to burst out, the sound of our anger and the wrath (the Dirge), both of them caused by the unjust and unequal system that we live in, the pain and the suffering that this life offers us.
 That was the concept that we had in mind 28 years ago, as youngsters. In the present days, the spirit, the wrath, anger and also the empathy remained , but maybe the concept would be different nowadays, as we lived and accumulated experience. Still we are loyal to our name and past.

6.Originally the band started out a solo project what was the decision, what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?

 We felt that we needed more in order to achieve a more complete sound, a more complex formula of expression,  evolution is a necessity for every band , it is also a normal thing in life, you evolve or you perish. Almost twenty six years passed since most of the songs were composed, so we had to enhance them and to bring new sounds and a modern and improved concept in order to be more actual. There are also new songs to complete our playlist. The new members also contributed to the rebirth of our music.

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

It is something that for ordinary people and priesthood means immortality and occasion of subjugation and indoctrination, but in reality it is rotten for a long time and can not do anything miraculous.

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?

We remember nostalgically of our earliest concerts that took place at the national festivals (earned awards at ‘Top t ’93 Buzau’ and ‘Metal Fan ’93 Bucharest’ for the most brutal vocal, best entry and best drummer) than at ‘Top t ’94 Buzau’ ;
We also had great shows during the last years at 31 Motors Pub , the best local scene, LIVE in Bucharest – Rotheads-Release/ Mercy’s Dirge/ Slicer/ FuckYouDracu – 03 Mar 2018.  LIVE in 31 Motors Pub Suceava with Blodiga Skald [IT], Aether [PL] – 17 May 2018, LIVE in Quantic Bucuresti with Akral Necrosis – 18 May 2018, Wacken Metal Battle Romania 2018 Semifinala III (Iasi, Underground Club) – 26 May 2018,  LIVE in Vintage Ploiesti with Saddayah/Blasted – 27 Oct 2018, LIVE in B52 Bucharest with Ulcerate / Rotheads / Walk The Abyss – 11 Apr 2019 and many others.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are still working on the touring part, once we know something we will inform you.
In the close future we have a few shows where we will participate, in June the 15-th at Iasi, The Gate Bar ,  DETLAND PROPHECY Festival, than there is the FLEX FEST, at Club Flex , on 5-7 July in Arad. These are the nearest events in the future. We are taking it step by step, creating our own public and fans, making our name and music heard everywhere.

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

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

We have to go further against all odds, there is no turning back, if we really want to leave a legacy, something worth taking account of, there is a long and hard road we need to follow. That has never scared us in the past, why should it be different now? 

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 was a lot of Black and Death Metal that we were listening in the past, practically Venom, Celtic Frost, Darkthrone, Burzum, Bathory, Emperor , Mayhem, Rotting Christ, Enslaved ,Marduk, and other bands on this style, then Napalm Death, Carcass, Entombed, Obituary, Unleashed, Bolt Thrower, Benediction and many more on the other part. We also listen to the new wave of Metal bands as Mgla, YLVA, Behemot, Gaza, Car Bomb, Ultha, Leeched, Thy Art is Murder and so on.

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


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Obsidian Tongue/Volume III/Bindrune Recordings/2019 CD Review

lundi 3 juin 2019 à 03:53

  Obsidian  Tongue  are  a  band  from  Maine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Volume  III"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Bindrune  Recordings.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  melodic  vocals  are  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  Whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the   songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements.  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  post  metal  and  shoegaze  elements.

  As  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  vocals  also  get  more  deep  and  grim  sounding  while  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with  a  piano  instrumental  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  emotions.  dreams  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Obsidian  Tongue  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal, you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anatkh"  and  "Empath".  8  out  of  10.



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Oppress./Omnigasm/2019 Demo Review

dimanche 2 juin 2019 à 20:01

  Oppress.  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  of  black  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  demo  "Omnigasm".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  death  metal.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffing  also  getting  very  dissonant  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  A  touch  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats. The  songs  also  bring  in  a  more  modern  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal, when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  the  music  always  remains  very  aggressive  sounding  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Oppress.  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  reminding  me  of  some  of  the  2000's  era  of  Mayhem  but  with  more  heaviness.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Oppress.  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Scraping  Of  Bleached  Bones".  8  out  of  10.  

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Denial Of God/The Shapeless Mass/Osmose Productions/Hells Headbangers/2019 EP Review

dimanche 2 juin 2019 à 19:15

  Denial  Of God  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  plays  black  horror  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2019  ep  "The  Shapeless  Mass"  which  will  be  released  in  June  as  a  joint  effort  between  Osmose  Productions  and  Hells  Headbangers.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording. Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  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  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks  while  the  music  has  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  90's  but  still  captures  a  more  modern  aggression,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  they  close  the  ep  with  Bathory  and  Exuma  covers.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Horror,  The  Afterlife  and  Spirit  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Denial  Of  God  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  horror  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Statues  Are  Watching"  and  "Mama  Loi,  Papa  Loi".  8/5 out of  10. 


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