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Geisterfels Interview

jeudi 31 mai 2018 à 00:57

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a French atmospheric black metal band with medieval themed lyrics. Nebel created the project in 2013. Aldébaran (Darkenhöld) joined in 2015 and Aharon (Griffon) in 2016.

2.In November, you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Nebel: Aldébaran and I wanted to sound old school, so we kept the black metal of the 90s in mind. The recording and mixing is homemade, so it’s not perfect, but we hope it adds to the atmosphere.

3.The band has been around since 2013 but waited until 2017 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
Nebel: It started as a personal project. I just composed the songs alone and then looked for musicians to record with me. It was actually a very long and hard process. Many people making promises and finally doing nothing. But it’s great to have Aldébaran and Aharon now.

4.Your lyrics cover Medieval History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Nebel: I am fond of Medieval history and Geisterfels is one of the expressions of this passion. I am also a historical fantasy writer and I practice Historical European Martial Arts. La névrose de la pierre is a concept album exploring the way romanticism saw the medieval ages. It is the tale of a trip, the one of a French poet who visited the Rhine and the Mosel valleys at the end of the nineteenth century. He was amazed by the many castles he found on his path. His poems thus make a parallel between the majestic ruins he’s seen and the sorrows leading one’s mind to collapse.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Geisterfels'?
Nebel: Geisterfels means The Rock of Ghosts in German. Castles built on rocky promontories often have names ending with fels or stein, so it is an imaginary castle, and its story is told in the song Geisterfels.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
Nebel: We are a studio project. I don’t say that we will never perform live shows, but we don’t have a line-up for concerts for the moment. It was extremely difficult to find members for the studio recording as I already mentioned, and I prefer to keep my energy for the composition of the next album.

7.The album was released on 'Six Raw Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Nebel: It is a young label set in Burgundy, France. La névrose de la pierre was its first release. It tries to develop beautiful objects. The Cd is presented in an A5 metal box, and I think it is a great and original format.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
Nebel: We don’t have many feedbacks, but I think people appreciated the old school feeling and inspiration.

9.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?
Aldébaran: As for Darkenhöld we will soon reissue “Castellum” album with a new cover and some bonus. These days we are also rerecording some old songs but in acoustic versions.
We have some gigs booked for this summer (Hellfest, Forest Fest) and I have riffs and ideas for a future effort.
Aharon : I am the leader of Griffon, a French medieval black metal band. Nebel knew my work in this project and contacted me for Geisterfels. I accepted to help her for the recording because we share the same passion for the medieval spirit in black metal.

10.Where do you see the band heading in musically during the future?
Nebel: We would like to use medieval instruments and vocals for the second release, a concept album again, and we hope to add this to our old school black metal basis to create a deeper atmosphere.

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?
Nebel: I am inspired by atmospheric black metal from the 90s and bands like: Abigor, Satyricon, Ulver or Kvist. I also listen to classical and medieval music, I suppose you can hear this in my compositions. I also appreciate gothic music: darkwave, deathrock… though I don’t think it influences Geisterfels.
Aharon: I concentrate almost exclusively on French bands. I have a passion for the French black/pagan scene: Belenos, Himinbjorg, Darkenhöld, Aorlhac, Wyrms, Sühnopher, Aladaaron and many more. I also appreciate great bands from the Parisian scene : Aosoth, Temple of Baal, Pensées Nocturnes, Hell Militia, Glorior Belli, Moonreich, … I could mention so many more names: Neptrecus, Malcuidant, Vortex of End, Pestiferum, Fhoi Myore, Antilife, Regarde les Hommes Tomber. We are a very rich country for black metal.
Nebel: I could not agree more. I have created Diabolus in Musica, a blog exclusively dedicated to French black metal and it contains more than 200 reviews.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nebel: Thanks for this interview. We hope fans of atmospheric black metal would like to listen to our album after reading this little presentation.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/geisterfels-interview.html


Coldbound/The Gale/2018 Full Length Review

mercredi 30 mai 2018 à 03:24

 
  Coldbound  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  their  more  atmospheric  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  goes  into  more  of  a  melodic  death  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "The  Gale".

  Water  and  thunder  sounds  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  grim  screams  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  whispers  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  one  track  also  brings  in  female  vocals.

  On  this  recording  Coldbound  moves  way  from  an  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  goes  into  more  of  a  melodic  doom/death  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  struggles,  nature  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Coldbound  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  direction,  I  can  see  this  album  winning  over  fans  of  melodic  doom/death  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Invocation"  "The  Gale" and  "Towards  The  Weeping  Skies".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/coldboundthe-gale2018-full-length-review.html


Blasphemy/Live Ritual: Friday The 13th/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 Live Album Re-Issue Review

mardi 29 mai 2018 à 23:00

  This  is  a  review  of  a  live  recording  from  Blasphemy  which  was  originally  recorded  and  released  in  2011  and  was  also  in  their  style  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  the  album  is  called  "Live  Ritual:Friday  The  13th"  and  was  re-issued  in  2018  by  Nuclear  War  Now!   Productions.

  Chaotic  sounding  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  and  angry  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  bestial  growls  also  being  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  tracks  where  recorded  live  while  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  grindcore  elements  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  songs  also  start  bringing  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  very  raw  and  heavy.

  On  this  recording  Blasphemy  got  back  together  after  an  8  year  hiatus  to  play  a  live  set  consisting  mostly  of  tracks  of  their  2  full  lengths  and  also  showing  the  younger  war  metal  bands  of  the  era  where  it  all  came  from,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death,  Satanism,  rituals  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  live  album  from  Blasphemy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blasphemous  Attack"  "Fallen  Angel  of  Doom"  "Desecration"  and  "Ritual".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/blasphemylive-ritual-friday-13thnuclear.html


Blasphemy/Victory(Son of The Damned)/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 Rehearsal Album Review

mardi 29 mai 2018 à 15:00

  Blasphemy  are  a  band  from  Burnaby,  B.C,  Canada  that  are  one  of the  early  pioneers  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  rehearsal  album  called  "Victory(Son  Of  The  Damned)"  which  was  recorded  almost  20  years  ago  but  finally  released  in  2018  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  shouting  style  vocals  while  the  music  brings  in  a  very  early  style  of  war  metal  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard.

  Bestial  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  all  the  music  was  recorded  live  in  a  rehearsal  room  along  with  some  elements  of  grindcore  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  keep  the  music  very  heavy,  raw,  brutal  and  evil  sounding.

  On  this  recording  Blasphemy  where  very  much  ahead  of  their  time  playing  a  musical  style  that  would  later  be  known  as  war  or  bestial  black/death  metal  and  creating  a  genre  that has  grown  a  lot  over  the  years  and  the  music  still  holds  up  today  and  is  also  more  brutal and  evil  than  most  modern  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war, death,  Satanism,  rituals  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blasphemy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "War  Command"  "Goddess  Of  Perversity"  "Blasphemy"  and  "Ritual".  9  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/blasphemyvictoryson-of-damnednuclear.html


Winterblut/Seid furchtbar und zerstoret Euch/Nihilistic KlangKunst/2018 CD Review

mardi 29 mai 2018 à 02:03

  Winterblut  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  dissonant  and  disharmonic  form  of  experimental  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his 2018  album  "Seid  furchtbar und  zerstoret  Euch"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Nihilistic  KlangKunst.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  at  times the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  disharmonic  and  dissonant  structures  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  also  being  brought  onto  the  recording  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  and  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  Winterblut  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aant  garde,  experimental,  dissonant  and  disharmonic  sounding  while  also  capturing  an  improv  atmosphere  at  times  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Winterblut  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant,  disharmonic  and  experimental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stimmen!"  "Nachleben"  "fuer  einen"  and  "Das  Ende  vom  Lied".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/winterblutseid-furchtbar-und-zerstoret.html