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Ends Embrace Interview

samedi 6 août 2022 à 03:45

 



1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the solo project these days?




Right now I am working on writing for a few upcoming releases to end the year going into next year as well. I’m also in the process of getting a few musicians together to pull off some live shows in the future. I was approached by a touring band to open for them in late September, if that happens then I will make a few announcements online about it.



2.In the last couple of years you have released a decent amount of music, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?




When I first started writing for the first  EP I wanted to go for a more old school black metal sound with the song Gravedigger. Then as the writing process for the other 3 songs went on, I wanted to add some Death Metal influences as well.



3.A lot of your lyrics cover the lore and culture of the Navajo and Indigenous people of North America, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in your culture's lore and history?




When I was growing up I didn’t know much about my own culture because I grew up going to a baptist church then jumped around to different congregations (Jehovah witness, etc.) So as I got older I wanted to learn more about my culture and heritage. When Ends started I gravitated more to my own culture for lyrical inspiration because of my experiences in said congregations. On the first EP the first 3 tracks were more focused on the Skinwalker lore and Track 4 introduced lyrics of the horrors that organized religion had on our culture.

4.Lyrically you also have covered the horrors of Christianity and organized religion, can you tell us a little bit more about the negative experiences you have experienced with these people?




A majority of the negative experiences with people who are followers of that faith are usually the first to try and damn you to hell for not believing in their “loving religion”. They’ll try to ask you to drop your beliefs/ culture to join them with promises of gods love and eternal life in heaven. Then they turn around and are nothing but hypocrites the first chance they get if it goes against what’s in their Bible. Sometimes you can’t reason with them either and have a civil conversation with them about why you have your own individual beliefs.



5.You also have shared splits and been on compilations with anti fascist and rabm bands, would you consider your political leanings as being more towards the left?




-I would say they are, I grew up listening to a lot of punk and most of the bands I listened to had an influence on that. But, with Ends I don’t really write about anything political when I think about it. 




6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ends Embrace’?




Embracing the end of everything, basically wiping out everything and starting over again without the influence if organized religion. The name was inspired by seeing how society was acting when the pandemic hit back in 2020, especially with how religious groups were exploiting the hell out of it.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the full length?




The artwork was by the amazing artists Tyson Tsosie (R.I.P), when I approached him I gave him a brief description of what I wanted. Then when I got it back I was just blown away because the execution was perfect. But, I wanted an album cover that was going to be eye catching and attract the listeners attention. I always loved the imagery of wolves as well and just wanted something that screamed aggression.



7.On the recordings you have put out so far you have worked solo, are you open to working with other musicians on the studio recordings?




I’m open to working with other musicians and have been approached by members in existing  bands about doing guest work on future releases. But I think it’s important to work with other musicians because you could both learn from that experience.



8.According to the  facebook page you are looking for a drummer for live shows, what can we expect from the stage presence once you finally hit the stage?




I want it to go off like an explosion, I want what the band is doing onstage to drive the audience wild and let their aggression out. But I would also want it to inspire other indigenous people to start their own Metal project.



9.Earlier this year 'Heretical Records' released your full length on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?




Heretical Records in an independent label from Portland, Oregon that approached me not to long after the Requiem for Death EP was out and wanted to put out my future release. The label also works with other bands Lamashtus and Unholy Crown which are both great projects as well.



10.A few months back you where also a part of a split, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands or musical projects you shared this recording with?




Yes, the bands who were featured on the the split were Pungent Shroud, Tumultuous Ruin and Darkgem which was released on Folkvangr Records (US) and Born to Lose (UK). All the bands on that split were great to work with, I even did a guest vocal spot on the Pungent Shroud song Death Rattle. Tumultuous Ruin has been one of my favorite RABM bands and continues to release great music. The song by Darkgem was the perfect way to end and tie up that split in my opinion and we were all very happy with the finished project at the end of it.



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




The overall reaction to Ends Embrace has been quite positive so far, I even got a message the other day from a listener who said they were inspired to start their own black metal project because of my music.



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




I would like to continue doing this project for as long as possible until I’m done telling the stories I want to write and tell. But maybe sometime in the future I would like to do a run of live shows and possibly get into producing as well, but we’ll see what happens none of this is written in stone.



13.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?




My musical influences are all over the place and a list of the bands are: Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, WASP, Belphagor, Hellripper, Motörhead, Venom, Celtic Frost, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, King Diamond, Necrophibic. What I’m listening to today: Stake Driver, Xenomorph 8472 (the new album was amazing), Fomalhaut, Drugoth, Hulder, Pyromancy, Bring Forth The Exodus, Tumultuous Ruin, Alliance, and Homeland



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




Be on the lookout for new music that I will be putting out in the near future, I have some great bands that I will be doing some splits with and guest work on as well. Keep supporting the Indigenous Black Metal scene because there are a ton of upcoming and well established bands out there. Lastly, check out the latest singles I put out ‘Beneath the Earth’ and ‘New World’.


Spotify- https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ACxtyUPT7k1ZodUPXgVdw?si=0PRYCufCTBunqlmdcmiWxg


Bandcamp- https://endsembrace.bandcamp.com


Linktree- https://linktr.ee/endsembracemusic

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/08/ends-embrace-interview.html


Blodskam/Ave Eva/Suicide Records/2022 Full Length Review

samedi 6 août 2022 à 03:28

 


  Blodskam  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  brutal  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Ave  Eva"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Suicide  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also b e  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clear  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.


  On  this  recording  Blodskam  beings  in  more  of  raw,  traditional  and  brutal  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  destructive  force  of  Eve  and  her  bloody  mission to  destroy  Earth ,  slaughter  its  creatures  and  undo  God's  creation  to  restore  infinite  chaos.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blodskam  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  brutal  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUIDE  "Perverse  Creation"  and  "Chaos  Reigns".  8  out  of  10.


  https://suiciderecordsswe.bandcamp.com/album/ave-eva


https://youtu.be/oPIQ-h6EotA  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/08/blodskamave-evasuicide-records2022-full.html


Joy Shannon/T.O.M.B/Death My Bride/2022 Collaboration EP Review

samedi 6 août 2022 à 02:36

 


  T.O.M>B  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  occult  black  metal, d ark  ambient,  noise  and  death  industrial  on  most  of  their  releases  but  go  into  more  of  an  experimental  style  with  this  recording  and  on  this  recording  they  team  up  with  Joy  Shannon  a  solo  artist  from  Ireland  and  plays  Celtic  folk  music  and  on  this  recording  they  both  team  up  and  mix  their  different  styles  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  collaboration  ep  "Death  My  Bride".


  Cello's  start  off  the  ep  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  avant  garde  vibe  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  add  in  touches  of  Celtic  folk  music.  Ambient  style  soundscapes  and  drones  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and  the  whole  ep  also  sticks  to  a  slower  musical  direction  as  well a s  some  harp's  also  being  utilized  at t imes..


 On  this  recordin  T.O.M.B  move  away  from  the  black  metal  and  death  industrial  style  of  their  regular  releases  and  bring  in  more  of  an  experimental,  drone  and  ambient  style  to  the  Celtic  folk  music  style  of  Joy  Shannon.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Irish  Folklore  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  T.O.M.B  and  Joy  Shannon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  drone  and  neo-folk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Song  To  The  Siren".  8  out  of  10.


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mlmibyb8iM        


        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/08/joy-shannontombdeath-my-bride2022.html


Soul Dissolution/SORA/Viridian Flame Records/2022 Full Length Review

vendredi 5 août 2022 à 05:51

 


  Belgium's  Soul  Dissolution  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "SORA"  which  will b e  released  in  September  by  Viridian  Flame  Records.


  Melodic  guitar  leads  and  solos  start  off  the  album  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  post  metal.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  deeper  moments  as  well  as  going  into  a high  pitched  direction  at  times.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  during t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  lot  of  blast b eats  can b e  heard.


  When  fast  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  words,  piano's  can  also b e  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  sky  and  its  many  facets.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soul  Dissolution  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "SORA  II"  and  "With  Open  Heart".  8  out  of  10.


  http://www.facebook.com/soul.dissolution/

http://www.instagram.com/souldissolution

http://souldissolution.bandcamp.com        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/08/soul-dissolutionsoraviridian-flame.html


Herbstlethargie/Melancholie im Blattfall/Northern Silence Productions/2022 CD Review

vendredi 5 août 2022 à 04:49

 


  Herbstlethargie  are  s  solo  project  form  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Melancholie  im   Blattfall"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  northern  Silence  Productions.


  Nature  sounds  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal s creams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Spoken  word  parts  can also  be  heard  briefly  along  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  added  in  a  small  amount  of  cellos  and  duduk's.  as  well  as  a  alter  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature  and  depression  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Herbstlethargie  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "September"  "Blatter  fallen"  and  "Der  erste  Schnee".  8 out  of  10.


  Bandcamp: https://herbstlethargie-northernsilence.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Herbstlethargie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herbstlethargie/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/08/herbstlethargiemelancholie-im.html