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Valravne Interview

dimanche 24 mai 2020 à 21:44
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Valravne is a solo black metal project I started in late 2019, after playing with several ideas since earlier in the year. I describe the music as aggressive, depressive, misanthropic black metal. It is aggressive in style and depressive/misanthropic in content.

2.So far you have released a full length and an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?
The biggest difference between the two is the production. I went for a much cleaner and clearer mix on the first release and on the EP, I strove for a more raw sound. It still is relatively clean sounding as compared to old Darkthrone records, but I think more hard-hitting, to be sure. I strive to make sure the songs do not sound the same, so every song is unique in its own way, I hope.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
Sure. Lyrically the subject matter is really just me playing with my worst impulses. Feelings of depression, suicide, hatred of myself, hatred of religion, hatred of humanity, hatred of existence. Just an overall contempt for this plane of being we have been thrust into. I don't feel each of those ways all the time, but Valravne is a place where I can feel them intensely.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Valravne'?
I was born in Maryland and spent much of my childhood in Baltimore, where Edgar Allen Poe looms large. Given his poem "The Raven" and the NFL team, I wanted something related to ravens. I began researching ravens and myths and folklore that surrounded them and came across the Danish folklore of the Valravn, which in short is a Raven that eats the souls of the dead and turns into either half-man half-raven or half-wolf. The "e" at the end is arbitrary.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The EP cover is simply a picture of American serial killer Ted Bundy. I had always been fascinated with him and the hope was that with the cover being a picture of a person rather than a scenic nature picture or a hand-drawn piece, it would help the EP stand out.

6.So far this year you have put out 2 releases, do you spend a great amount of your time writing and creating music?
I have a compulsion to do it. I would be doing this even if no one were listening. I spend far more time working on music than those around me would prefer, but I never think it is enough. In fact, there is a second installment of the "Some Kind of Vampire" EP coming out in June. I intended on releasing another record by the end of the year but with the pandemic, I thought it might be interesting to release it in serialized installments, episodes.

7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
I have been working with other musicians my entire music life playing in punk rock bands (in my anecdotal experience, about 80% of American black metal artists started out as punk rockers of some sort), this is my first real solo project. I think Valravne is too specific to me for me to work with anyone else on it, but I am happy to at some point perform Valravne live with other musicians if the correct opportunity presented itself.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
There is an inherent bias against USBM, oftentimes for good reason, but overall the response has been very positive, especially internationally. I have more followers outside of the states than I have local to my own area. That is an exciting thing. I haven't quite had the pleasure of internet troll hate just yet.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Profound Lore isn't beating my door down or anything, but I have had some discussions with some labels about small distro runs. I hope to get physical copies out into the world by the end of the year, if not sooner. But you know, any label reading this, my DM's are open.


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
I have absolutely no idea, and I find that enthralling. There will continue to be much more Valravne and that is all I can say with certainty.

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?
For this project, USBM bands like Leviathan, Weakling, I Shalt Become, other bands like Shining, Burzum, and Gorgoroth. Leviathan, in particular, is heavy on me, Wrest's use of dynamics is something I really try to bring into my work. A repetitive droning effect if done intentionally can be impactful, but I never want to record an album where it all sounds like one long boring song. As far as what I've been listening to lately, a good bit of punk rock, I've been trying to get more into death metal so some of the classics there like Entombed and Morbid Angel. In black metal, I have been really into The Projectionist's new album and my buddy Vide's "Collection."

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the opportunity to chat, and to people out there reading, I hope you enjoy the music. Reach out to me on the socials and let me know what you think, I am on my phone 90% of my waking existence anyway.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/valravne-interview.html


A Sea Of Dead Trees/Boaby Coull/Trepanation Recordings/2020 CD Review

dimanche 24 mai 2020 à 09:06

  A  Sea  Of  Dead  Trees  are  a  solo  project  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Boaby  Coull"  which  will  be  released  on  May  29th  by  Trepanation  Recordings.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed  and  after  awhile  the  music  also  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Spoken  word  samples  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  influences.  A  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  some  Americana  style  instruments  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments  as  well  as  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  post  black  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  clean  goth  rock  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.

  A  Sea  Of  Dead  Trees  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  A  Sea  Of  Dead  Trees  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Willbrook"  "Nuclear  Peace  Time  Boys"  "Between  Two  Worlds"  and  "My  Batteries  Are  Low  And  It's  Getting  Dark".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zye9p-mTWhE

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/a-sea-of-dead-treesboaby.html


Kall/Brand/Prophecy Productions/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 24 mai 2020 à 07:17

  Kall  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive  black  metal,  depressive  rock,  alternative,  shoegaze  and  psychedelia  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Brand"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Acoustic  guitars  and  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album.

  Saxophones  are  also  brought  into  certain  sections  of  the  album  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  clean  playing  and  influences  of  alternative,  post  rock,  shoegaze  and  pop  music  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  touches  of  black'n'roll  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  fast  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  self-empowerment  and  rigorous  individualism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kall  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  progressive  black  metal,  depressive  rock,  alternative,  shoegaze  and  psychedelia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rise"  and  "Fukta  Din  Aska".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/Dul-wcerdk0

prophecy.lnk.to/kall-brand  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/kallbrandprophecy-productions2020-full.html


Aeterna Tenebrae/Maledictus aeternum/Ossuaire Records/2019 CD Review

dimanche 24 mai 2020 à 05:19

  Aeterna  Tenebrae  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Maledic  aeternum"  which  was  released  in  2019  by  Ossuaire  Records.

  A  very  epic  keyboard  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  keyboards  also  capture  a  very  medieval  atmosphere  at  times.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  off  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  pagan  vocals  onto  the  album  and  half  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Paganism  and  Dark  Poetry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aeterna  Tenebrae  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Horniest  patronis"  and  :Destruction  salutaire".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/aeterna-tenebraemaledictus.html


Sacrilegious Rite/De Poetica Tenebris/Dominance Of Darkness Records/2019 EP Review

dimanche 24 mai 2020 à 04:03

  Sacrilegious  Rite  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "De  Poetica  Tenebris"  which  was  released  in  2019  by  Dominance  Of  Darkness  Records.

  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into a   very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  old  school  elements  but  also  keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and e pic  in  length,  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  and  the  closing  song  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  On  this  recording  Sacrilegious  Rite  goes  for  more  of  an  old  school  black/death  metal  style  while  still  having  touches  of  war  metal.The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Religion  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sacrilegious  Rite  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Arise  From  thy  Sleep".  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/SacrilgiousRite/ 

   

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/sacrilegious-ritede-poetica.html