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Hegemon Interview

samedi 6 novembre 2021 à 18:27

 


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?


Well, we played live at Hellfest 2016, then we released our “initium belli” mcd in 2017, a split LP with NATURE MORTE by the beginning of 2020 and in between all of this and july 2021, we composed, recorded and mixed the new album, released on the 8th October, after something like 3 years of work. Usually we are not so busy but this time, as you may notice, we’ve done many things. 


2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


We would say that there is nothing deeply different from before. “Sidereus Nuncius” is to “The Hierarch” what “The Hierarch” was to “Contemptus Mundi”. Musical and genuine evolution without trying to re-invent the wheel or whatever. Somber parts are darker and much more violent maybe, altough the most atmospheric ones are clearly more sharpened, more ethereal and dwell in a melancholic dimension we didn’t reach that far until now… We worked harder than never on the guitars parts, drums and bass. The vocals are more diversified, and we increased a lot on the work of sound. But that’s the job of D, and he did more than well we think. But all in all we didn’t plan anything, things happen the way they happen, we don’t think really about how we are sounding like.


3.Some of the lyrics on your new album touch on occult and esoteric themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?


We see what you mean, but actually occultism and esoteric stuffs are just a door to enter the universe of “Sidereus Nuncius”. We have never been as HEGEMON into occultism that much. There are interesting things but more on the philosophical aspect of it. We don’t believe in God, so we do not believe in Satan either, and we don’t believe in anything at all. But to use arcanes of occultism allows us to cast a different view on the topics we deal with. It’s a kind of entrance ticket to our minds, a tool to appreciate what we are talking about. But that’s not the only one.


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


All lyrical topics deal with mankind and its way to self destruction, annihilation and greed. We reject everything that enslaves Man, be it religion, politic, money, greed, power, media, TV, ignorance...And many more. We have always been fascinated by that! We try to seek through the mists of human history, be it shamanism, ancient beliefs, cosmological representations, philosophical and scientific discoveries, how we deal with Chaos. Chaos seems to be the ruler of the way things work out throughout the universe. Chaos reigns and should share the throne with order. Humanity has always fought what we call chaos, instead of trying to tame and accept it. Doing the perfect contrary made us all crazy, frustrated and insane. We try with our modest music to spread this idea that mankind should absolutely refuse any kind of enslavement! We are talking about that idea of total freedom since the day we founded HEGEMON. We reject all dogmas, all forms of oppression. Seeking truth and freedom are the only path to tread. Everything else is useless… That’s at least the core of our philosophy. We don’t pretend knowing the truth, we don’t preach, we have nothing to teach, we just see things evolving around us and we ask questions. We don’t talk for everybody, just for us.


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


There is an idea of a warrior ruling himself and imposing to the others his own path. Domination not to be a leader, but to be totally free. Freedom of act, speech, thought and mind. We deeply cherish our liberty, in our everyday lives or in the metal/ musical scene. We walk alone along our own way... And remember that back in 1996 when we choose the name we were only 20. So you can easily imagine we wanted to have a « conquering » name ! But it still fits us today, and that’s a pride. 


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

David Thierree created it and he made a fantastic job. He is a very sincere artist. This tower represents everything that has been enslaving men since the dawn of times, as we told earlier: religions, politic, money, greed, power, media etc… And all people are gathering around it, running to it as if it was their “salvation”... This tower symbolizes the ultimate temple of the ultimate god to worship, the one that will erase us all definitely : and this god is simply ourselves, Us, the entire humanity. We are worshipping ourselves, this is the end, the real one. We are so pathetic, WE, human beings! And I count ourselves in them...


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


Undoubtely our show at the Hellfest 2016! That being said, you must know that throughout our 25 years of existence, we barely played live more than 15 times. So we play quite a few, don’t we? What to expect from our shows? No make up, no dress code, no fire, no nothing indeed! We just deliver the energy that flows in us, we put all our anger and feelings into the show...And let’s roll! This is pure fucking energy, no theatrical performance. It’s just like we are in life, simple, straight to the point and sincere.


8.The band has been around since 1996. What is it that motivates you to keep going after more than 25 years?


Music and only music, the pleasure to play together for 25 years, A, F and I (N) and the freedom to express ourselves the way we want, when we want and if we want! These are the only golden rules here at HEGEMON. We just want to create black metal the way we feel it, we breathe and live it. This is it.


9.Last year you were a part of a split with 'Nature Morte', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?


First of all NM are the almost only friends we have in the scene. That’s, in the first place, why we wanted to release something together for quite a long time. And the fact that they play a totally different kind of black metal than us is also very important: a fresh young modern band sharing wax with an old bunch of crappy warriors from the underground is a tasteful pleasure. Being where we aren’t expected is always attractive. 


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

We don’t really know yet. It’s too early but the few reactions we could collect seem to be positive. Wait and see...But it has no matter anyway, as usual, it won’t prevent us from making music again. Of course it is satisfying when the reactions are good, but when we face negative comments, it’s normal. Our music can not please every body, and that is a very good point. 


11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?


We won’t discuss about that as it doesn’t concern HEGEMON, sorry. 


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


No idea. We will continue doing things as we have always done. Following our instinct, composing and creating freely, without pressure, this is exactly how we are considering HEGEMON. A space of total liberty. As long as the flame will burn, we’ll burn with it. So we’ll be where the winds will carry us…


13.What are you listening to nowadays?


I got the chance to work in the “world” of music so I can discover many great bands in many different genres. By now I mainly listen to THE DEAD SOUTH 1st album, but also the new AORLHAC, SERMON OF FIRE, TINARIWEN, ARCHGOAT, LEONARD COHEN live London 2008, THE MURDER CAPITAL, DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT and more… And I always have a classic ready to be spinned, like IMMORTAL, EMPEROR or BOLTTHROWER, MORBID ANGEL, DEICIDE etc… I spend hours a day listening to music.


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


First things first, thank you for your time and ITW. We have nothing special to say, except maybe don’t listen to anybody, do your stuff and the rest is of no important matter…

OCULOS HABENT ET NON VIDEBUNT.





Thanx man for your time, always nice to see someone appreciating our universe.

Cheers

N


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/hegemon-interview.html


Adoperta Tenebris Interview

samedi 6 novembre 2021 à 18:21

 

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

Hails ! Adoperta Tenebris is a long lasting project I put on hold several times since a decade, more or less, and always returning to it while I got time to do so. It’s a project where I can mix different influences — mainly Black metal, of course — and try to express the cold and dark side of mankind.

In November you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

First of all, I recorded in a real studio, which make a huge difference when you want your music to be intelligible to your listenners. “Oblivion: The Forthcoming Ends”, this new album, is probably a bit more “straight to the point” than I used to do in the past. Finding my own way and trying to avoid, as much as possible, to play the same music than the bands I like to listen to and influenced the music I make. This second album is also probably less technical than the first one. 

This is also your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during the time frame?

I write riffs and music on a regular basis but writing lyrics is a real pain in the ass to me. I’m not saying it took me four years to write the lyrics of the album but... I don’t want anobody else to do the job, so it appears to be time-consuming. Quite a bit.

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

There’s no red thread in the lyrics I write. Just a simple reflection on the world we’re living in. Nourished and infused with dystopian and nihilistic readings here and there (“We Were Giants”, “Calvaire”, “The Season of Gallows”). And maybe a glimpse of mystical thoughts hidden somewhere (“A farewell to Hope”, “Utter manifest”). But I’m fascinated by the fact that you just have to put a nice clean paint on a old wreck to make it brand new, even if everyone knows it’s a wreck. Fascinating really.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Adoperta Tenebris'?

Adoperta Tenebris means “cover with darkness” and is out of the first book of Elegies by latin classic poet Tibullus. I found this name in the very beginning of the project. Maybe before even writing the first single note, I don’t remember clearly. And I always thought it is the perfect name for the issues I deal with this project. 

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

This picture is the work of norwegian photographer Dina Christophersen. It appeared randomly while I was recording the album and I thought it was the perfect visual twin to the atmosphere I would reach with the music. It’s a really powerful composition. Cold, unwelcoming, unmovable yet overwhelming and alluring. The similarities with the artwork of the first album make it even more obvious and logical. 

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

I compose everything, yes, but I didn’t record the whole album. It’s Äaerzerath, from the band Natremia, who recorded all drums parts. And I ask some friends to appear on vocals and instruments here and there. In the other hand, the process of composition with other people would make it really easier but I’m not ready to it. Having a band is a real commitment to you and the other musicians, and I don’t want to be some sort of CEO telling others to play “this way” and “not this way” and having to explain the reason why I make this choice or another. I want to remain free with my own music, nevermind mistakes or regrets. 

In 2018 you also done a 'Velvet Underground' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

‘Venus In Furs’ is one of the most powerful and dark pieces ever written. I should have heard a BM melody while listenning to the song one day and it probably started like that. But it was more like an exercise, in the way I made it : how to keep the cold aura of the song and avoiding this overpowering dissonant violin line? Didn’t expect to release it, but a night of insomnia changed my plans.

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

Pretty good so far. The music didn’t reach a massive audience, of course, but the “happy few” who listen to Adoperta Tenebris seem to like it, your review tend to prove it. And I’m lucky to have the support of a reknown label like Les Acteurs de l’Ombre to promote it.

Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

While bringing Adoperta Tenebris to a new level for the next album, I think I will try to create something different. Got tons of ideas on hard drives covering a whole bunch of genres, so I will probably cheat on BM for a while.

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 begin to play music under the influence of the Scandinavian second wave, Emperor and Satyricon first and foremost. Later, I’ve been really impressed by the work of Ophthalamia, Nehëmah, DSO, Funeral Mist, Anorexia Nervosa or Thorns among many. Even if I still listen to some new stuffs, I’m not really into Black Metal anymore, there’s too much bands to listen to and I don’t have time to really dig into a band or an album. Yet, lately, Vortex of End, Sordide, Clandestine Blaze, Decline of the I or Ruyyn rejoice my soft and delicate ears.

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

Nothing except to thank you for your review and this interview. Keep supporting the underground scene and never let anybody  tell you what you should (or shouldn’t) listen to. 


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/adoperta-tenebris-interview.html


Ethereal Shroud/Trisgion/2021 FUll Length Review

samedi 6 novembre 2021 à 05:48

 


  Ethereal  Shroud  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Trisgion".


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  side  of  the  songs  at  times.  Stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal.


  All  3  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  death  emtal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the album.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  most  of  the  tracks  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  on  the  closing  song  clear  male  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  fascism,  anti  indoctrination  and  complex  personal  struggles.


  In  my  opinion  Ethereal  Shroud  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Astral  Mariner".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/ethereal-shroudtrisgion2021-full-length.html


Black Cilice/Tomb Emanations/Iron Bonehead Producitons/2021 EP Review

samedi 6 novembre 2021 à 04:05

 


  Black  Cilice  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  "Tomb  Emanations"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  old  school  influences  as  well  as  remaining  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  direction  when  they  are  utilized.


  On  this  recording  Black  Cilice  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  lo-fi  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Misanthropy  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Cilice  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Returning  From  Dimensions  Below".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/black-cilicetomb-emanationsiron.html


Skvm Interview

samedi 6 novembre 2021 à 02:50

 

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

1. My project is Skvm, a raw black metal (RABM if you want to be particular about it) project based out of Maine. I try to write a mix of music that can be fast and aggressive, or slow and haunting that is representative of the things I believe.


2.Since 2020 you have released a good amount of material, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


2. Generally speaking, I think Voidwailer is definitely different stylistically from say the demo. It's a lot faster, but also a bit cleaner production-wise. I still wanted to make something raw, but I switched up how I made it raw this time around. 



3.Previously you where a part of 'Morphine' what was the decision behind leaving that project and forming a new one?

3. Morphine was a very short-lived project. We really only put out one rehearsal demo and that was kind of it. It was just me and Moloch most of the time. I really don't want to get into specifics about why that project ended, because much of it is rather personal. All I'll really say is that I started Skvm because I became the only person I had to make music with at the time. 


4.A lot of your lyrics cover anarchy and anti fascist themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?

4. I was once told to "Write whatcha know". I hate nazis and systems that benefit off of the exploitation of people so I wrote songs about that stuff. It's hard to justify a world where you have people so rich and powerful they can literally get away with murder, while also having people being encouraged to plead guilty to crimes they didn't commit by overworked, underpaid public defenders because they couldn't afford a lawyer. That kind of stuff seriously angers me, so I write songs about it. 


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

5. Truth be told it started off kind of tongue and cheek. The name I used in Morphine was Skvm Fvck, because someone once called me that after mistaking me for someone else on the street. I thought that was funny, so I used it. The name basically started as a joke, but I think it does do a good job of representing the music. It's not uncommon to see folk on the far left called scum by those on the right. It's a pretty common insult we receive, and I think spelling it SKVM definitely lets you know what you're in for musically. 


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

6. Open and hoping to do so in the near future. I think Skvm is going to remain a solo project (with a session drummer or something here and there) but there are a number of really, REALLY fantastic musicians around here that I would love to collaborate with. 


7.In the last year, you have released a good amount of material, do you spend a great portion of your time writing and creating music?

7. I try to keep the releases frequent. If the people who like Skvm are anything like me, they listen to a lot of music, and like a pretty consistent flow of new stuff. I dedicate a pretty significant amount of my time when I'm not working a day job to trying to write new stuff. It keeps me sane and feeling like I'm doing something that I can actually care about. 


8.On the full length you also done a 'Sepultura' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

8. I fucking love Sepultura and decided I needed to pay homage, especially to that era of the band. Max and Iggor Cavalera are probably my biggest inspirations, and it's been really really cool seeing Iggor show some love to the RABM scene. I had originally wanted to do a cover of "Territory" but decided the riffing on "Antichrist/Anticop" was maybe a little more in line with the rest of the album.



9.A month ago you where a part of a split with 'Mortal', what are your thoughts on the other project that had participated on the recording?

9. Working with Mortal was fantastic. I'm incredibly happy with how that split came out. Mortal is a fantastic project that personally, scratches a similar itch to the likes of Old Nick. Mortal has been one of my longest-standing supporters, and to be able to collaborate was a genuine pleasure. Go listen to "Eternal Vengence". 


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

10. Wildly positive for the most part, especially from folks local around here. It's wild to me that the project has even reached an international audience. While most of my audience is in the US, there's also a pretty large following from the UK, Germany and Brazil which is wild.


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

11. I see myself still continuing to make music as Skvm. This project has genuinely been the most fulfilling thing I have ever done and I am not slowing down.


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?


12. It kind of depends on what I'm listening to, but consistent inspirations include every wave of black metal, as well as thrash, and punk. Darkthrone, Immortal, Venom, Sepultura, Discharge, Institute, stuff like that.



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

13. This was my first interview so apologies if it was shit. 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/skvm-interview.html