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Varechian Interview

mardi 26 octobre 2021 à 06:01

 

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




1 /   first came VARECH)))  back in  1993 / 94 , we did one  studio demo "chosen reekhearsals"  and one live tape "urghlive and well sludge" then the band disbanded after the respective departure of priestess samantha on keys and of myself regis whyte on vocals, will tell more about the new album's artwork, in the next question regarding the same topic ... we briefly reformed back in 2015 to record a full anthology album, featuring 14 tracks but much more polished and pro sounding, it was pressed up to 17300 physical promo cds, that were then inserted in the issue nr 101 of the german magazine, LEGACY in FEBRUARY 2016 ...




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




2 /  VARECHIAN is the continuation of VARECH))) but with only me as common member , MATHRIEN D came as a multi instrumentalist and producer as well as ANTON SUPREMACY on guitars / bass / keys, the main musical difference is that we dropped all the doom))) elements, and then explored more different extreme metal styles like, old school black metal, deathlike grindcore, industrial and experimental overtones, more kind of a crossover vibe !!!


 


3.The band has been around since 1993 but has not released much material, can you tell us a little bit more about the last three decades?




3 /  that's because of the aforementioned factors, in the meantime i joined and recorded with a variety of bands like: ANCESTRAL FUNERAL / EXHUMER / KABBAL KARMA / T.S.T / MAD RIPPER GRIMM / WHYTE /  ((( S°O°S )))


 


4.Some of your lyrics cover arcane spells and dark magic, do you have an interest in the occult?




4 /  well partly, i started that way with "apokaleipsis l' ultimanifeste" on the first album, telling  my own luciferian vision about the human nature and his terrestrial existence, on the new album there's "ordo astrum argentinum" about aleister crowley's former secret societies, but my own symbolic interpretation of it, there's also "neikromanteion of river acheron" regarding the ancient greek mythology about their own vision of the underworld, but reinterpreted, all  by myself  for sure!!!




5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?




5 /  otherwise i have many other subjects on my lyrical content, for example in "mutant humans regression" a dystopian description of what would become human beings, after a thermonuclear warfare, in "still the warmongers"  the ravage and capitalistic profits in warlike efforts , in "l' ancien monde" in french also a realistic but apocalyptic post - modern vision, of  our human life downhere !!!




6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Varechian'?




6 /  it simply means what proceeds of VARECH))) and  that follows up to it !!!




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




7 / that's an oil painting of mine entitled "candle skull's island"  that's a wax skulls island being sink in magmatic lava, in front of a petrified and fossilized forest !!!




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




8 /  I don' t  slice apart  black, death metal or whatever, we are X TREME RADICAL METAL in many different forms, just as we feel like from one album to another!!! on the first album it was 90 percent positive so far, we will see how people react to the new album "tabula rasa ultima /// the morbidoom))) to be released october 26 th 2021.




9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?




9 /  we haven' t with this new line up, and really don' t know when it will happen ...



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




10  /  if there will be a third album, it will be a step further, probably more climatic and spaced out, with a much heavier sound  possibly !!!




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?




11 /  bands that  influenced that second album, in a way or another  i would say old MAYHEM, old SAMAEL old CELTIC FROST, old TERRORIZER and all stuff by PAN.THY.MONIUM ...




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




12 /  take the time to fully discover the new album, it's not 11 times the same style, be open minded you won' t regret the aural journey, that's a promise !!!

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Itnuveth/Anankè/Base Record Production/2021 CD Review

mardi 26 octobre 2021 à 05:55

 


  Spain's  Itnuveth  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  viking  style  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Anankè"  which  was  released  by  Base  Record  Production.


  A  very  heavy,  epic  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  some  growls  as  well  as  having  their  grim  moments  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  some  clear  pagan  vocals.  One  song  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album  along  with  the  clean  playing and  acoustic  guitars  also  adding  in  touches  of  folk  music  when  they  are  utilized.


  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology,  Witchcraft,  Wars  and  Battle  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  form  Itnuveth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  viking  and  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anankè"  "Sometimes  Are  Gods'  "Rising  From  Life"  and  "Sinking  in  The  Ocean".  8  OUT  OF  10.


  

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Blodtår/Self Titled/Nordvis Produktion/2021 EP Review

mardi 26 octobre 2021 à 03:26

 


  Blodtår  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  folk  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2021  ep  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Nordvis  Produktion.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Swedish  style  melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  acoustic  guitars  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  when  they  are  utilized.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era,  nature  sounds  can  also b e  heard  briefly.


  Blodtår  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  Swedish  era  as  well  as  adding  in  touches  of  folk  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  folkloric  mysticism.


  In  my  opinion  Blodtår  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  folk  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Svartsejd"  and  "Aldrig  mer".  8  out  of  10.


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Servant Interview

mardi 26 octobre 2021 à 02:07

 

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


(Servant is a German Black Metal Band)

The Band was formed at the end of 2016. Before that time I had written some collages for a planned reunion for my former Band 'Ancient Wargod'. This reunion never happened and the songs remained unpublished. Years later I teamed up with Samael and we started to work on the material. I did the musical part and he supported me with lyrics and ideas. Suddenly we realized that this material could be the foundation for a new Band. We teamed up with two other good friends of us und so 'Servant' was born.


2.You have a new album coming out in November, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


There has never been the question if this is going to be a Black Metal Release or not. 

For us, everything this album represents is Black Metal, however we never thought within a specific space. Some of the songs your hear on the album are based on ideas, that were born in 2007. But within the work on the arrangement of those and the lyrics coming to the collages, they transformed into something bigger. Everything within the process was made with instinct, so to speak. But the main-driver about all the work was the idea to sound right and we worked with maximum effort to give the music the space it claimed. Therefore we did not head for a raw production but a very clear sound that can carry all the different lines, melodies and vocals you hear. 


3.A lot of your lyrics cover Satanic and Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


The lyrics of 'Servant' cover a big range of modern Satanism, like the Elevation of the Self for example, but we are also highly interested in teachings of the so called big religions. There has always been a huge interest for the question of if there is something more than the immanent existence for mankind. And to wrap that up, it is the question all cults, teachings or religions have in common. Therefore there is the question who you are, the seeking for sense; so philosophy and art in general.

The members of 'Servant' don't see them self as cultist of a specific teaching but maybe as people who are interested in different religious ideas and philosophy. 

Black Metal always had the freedom to discuss different religious themes like Transcendence and also occult themes, philosophies and give them a new shape. This is also how art works.

And we show the world our perspective. 


4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


The desire for transience, which is a very romantic topic and the search for the meaning of life in general. But this could be also an answer to question three. 


'Negate the I' for example was never intended to be a negative or destructive title.

During the main-time of recording some members of 'Servant' faced personal struggles. 

This song is a example for this time: Although the title could be read as very negative, the opposite was intended. It discusses the option to break free from your personal negative thoughts and feelings. Even if this means to change something fundamental within your personal setting of life. 

This also covers thinking and living in general. The seeking for peace and personal freedom. 





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


Simply as what it means. When we speak about the band we try to leave our social personalities  behind (although this is impossible) and serve the band and the art we create with it. There is nothing more ineffective and destructive to try to involve your ego when it comes to music.


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


The artwork was done by Karmazid and the Logo by Ihasan. We were stunned when they told us they would be willed to draw something for us.


The idea for the album cover was born within the main-time of recording and Karmazid simply took the fundamental idea and made it his own. 

It shows a human silhouette in the night sky. Seven of the shining stars represent the chakras and an Ouroboros embraces the silhouette. It simply represents the universe of 'Servant': Enhancement of the self, transience, but also something greater than the existence of mankind. Overall something very positive, we think.


7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?


Not yet, since the band is a new one and we need to release the album. But we are definitively willed to play live shows. We are now work on our set and prepare our live show. Also we discuss options with different people to get this band on stage.


8.The new album is going to be released on 'MDD Records'. how did you get in contact with this label?


We made a promo package and sent it to several labels. MDD Records answered right away and offered us a deal. They believe in us and made us some special bundles which can be pre-ordered at their shop. This covers t-shirt bundles and a special metal box including exclusive items. We are very happy to have such an experienced label to help as with all the upcoming stuff. 


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


Honestly answered I can't tell you, since the album is not released yet. Time will tell...


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


We try to flow with time and ourselves. 'Servant' will always be a Black Metal Band, but the shape maybe will differ in the future. It depends on the ideas. We try to accept the rules of art. 


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?


Samael and I musically grew up with Scandinavian Black Metal. Therefore it is no surprise you can hear such influences on this release. We will always be  fans of that style of music. 

But personally I would be not the musician who I am if haven't had discovered bands and musicians like Yngwie Malmsteen and 'White Snake'. Samael is very in classical guitar composers like Sor or Tarrega at the moment, I think.




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


Thank you very much to give us the opportunity for this interview. We are really looking forward to the future and what it will bring it for 'Servant'. We are going to work even harder to bring this band to live and of course set the direction for the second album.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/servant-interview.html


Untamed Land/Like Creatures Seeking Their Own Forms/Napalm Records/2021 Full Length Review

dimanche 24 octobre 2021 à 22:53

 


  Untamed  Land  are  a  solo  project  from  Akron,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  epic,  atmospheric,  cosmic  and  pagan  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  western  soundtrack  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Like  Creatures  Seeking  Their  own  Forms"  which  was  released  by  Napalm  Records.


  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  also  capture  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  Spaghetti  Western  film  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  operatic  female  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Darkness  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Untamed  Land  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Nameless  Shape"  and  "The  Heavenly  Coil".  8  out  of  10.


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