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Molde Interview

jeudi 5 septembre 2019 à 07:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Ollie: Molde have been an off/on band since the early 2000s. An earlier version blended post-metal with black metal. I put it to bed for a few years and then paired up with Lord Darkstorm a few years ago and decided to keep it in a more straightforward BM mode. There’s only 2 of us for now and we are based in Cork in Ireland. I take care of all the music while LD focuses on lyrics.



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

Ollie: Well, it differs a lot from the stuff from 10 years ago, but it’s similar to our material from the split EP with Cursed Coven “Journey Through the Enchanted Forest”



3.The band was broken up for 6 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

Ollie: That version of the band is gone now, all the previous members have moved on or moved away. It was a natural break with no acrimony, it was not an “end” as such but more of a “hiatus”. Also I started a family and that tends to dominate your time!

I had some material lying around that was more traditional BM and LD wanted to adapt it and add lyrics which worked really well and formed our EP from 2 years ago.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer album?

LD: Lyrics refer to the ancestral past on the Isles...when Gods thrived, when man was one with them and nature... they speak of returning to your heritage and roots, while taking you on a journey through the spiritual realm of the Ancients...

Ollie: What he said :)



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

Ollie: “Molde” is a Middle English word meaning “the dust to which human flesh returns after death” - I liked this as it reflected my personal atheism and the notion that life returns to nature. It’s also a really cool meaning!



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

Ollie: Lord Darkstorm represents an older world view and has interests in the ancestral past. I am more rooted in the modern world. LD is interested in keeping a link to the past in this modern world. The artwork represents a figure from the past struggling to fend off futuristic threats (if you look closely, it’s a robotic vulture). The message itself? Is open to interpretation :)



7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band while there was a full line up in the past, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Ollie: Right now I’m keeping it to a receding band only and don’t have immediate plans for touring.



8.The band members are from Ireland and Poland, what kind of impact does this have on your musical style?

LD: Given our two nations are much alike and we share similar history, the fascination for the music falls under the common interest section *laughs*

Ollie: That’s an interesting question, Poland had some strict conventions when it came to BM in the 90s but I feel Ireland has no burdens of the past and is open to different streams of influence. Which also reflects the nature of Irish people. So, this creates a natural creative tension in the band and forces us into new territories, a GOOD creative tension.



9.Has the band done any live shows in the past?

Ollie: In the previous iteration of the band Molde performed live, but it was mainly limited to the local scene.



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

LD: So far- positive feedback, some people would like the early 90's touch for a distinct change from all the 280/mph stuff that seems to be out there nowadays *laughs*

Ollie: Reaction has been quite positive. And we have over 3000 Youtube views combined, which is a good indication.



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

LD: Darkstorm is currently working on a new upcoming LP which will be in the vein of "The Oath of Fire" LP. Whilst this is currently in progress, I have been focusing on a folk project - Ravensdale.

Ollie: I have another local band on the go, which is veering towards filthy death metal - currently recording and still deciding on a name :)



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

Ollie: I think we have hit a good balance between old and new. I am less traditional than LD *laughs* but I see a continuation of exploring the same creative space that brought us to this point.



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?

LD: Bathory, Falkenback, early Emperor, lately listening to the fantastic Lord Wind and Perunwit.

Ollie: Previously mid-period Enslaved had a big influence on me. Along with classic Emperor and Arcturus. Mixing this with Neurosis gave an individual style. Current listening keeps changing, I’m liking the latest MGLA and Father Befouled right now. And I’ve loved Elder for the last few years.



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

LD: Stay true to who you are!

Ollie: There are no rules, keep breaking and making!



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Day Of The Beast Interview

mercredi 4 septembre 2019 à 20:04
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

First of all, thanks for giving us the opportunity to give an interview in a foreign country.

At the moment, we are working on our set for our future gigs coming in September and October.

Next to this, we also started to compose some songs’ ideas for our first full length album.



2.In December you had released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

We took our inspiration mainly in the old school black metal, I mean, the first wave in the 80s / early 90s with bands such as Venom, Bathory, Celtic Frost …

We also try to put some more modern sounds in our songs. It is a team work so that everybody can bring his touch to the music. We all listen old school Black Metal but also other kind of style (True Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal…)



3.Your lyrics cover some satanic, occult and anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

We are inspired by all kind of stuff referring to Occult / Satanism. We don’t want to blame Christianism but in our lyrics we explain our point of view concerning this ideology.
People are free to believe in who / what they want that’s for a fact.
We just play music that we like and sharing this with the more people possible.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Day Of The beast'?

The band’s name is inspired by the 1955 Spanish horror movie “ El Dia de la Bestia “




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

The artwork of our “ First Invocation “ had been made by our Russian friend ALEX SHADRIN who works for his own design company :  Nether Temple Design.

Alex was really cool with us and understood immediately what we want to show on this cover and he did an awesome work with this design. We, once more, thank him a lot for his great work.

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

For the moment, we only played 1 show in our region in France : LE RED BAR in Boulogne sur Mer.

We share the stage with 3 other great bands from France : Fire Wheel / Crushburn and our brothers IN HELL who invited us to share this stage with them.
This was our first show and it was really great moment. Audience was there and headbanged with us with rage.
We just got the feeling that playing on stage is the best thing for a musician to see that people has a nice moment sharing with us.
Our stage performance is mainly based on a dark / occult atmosphere.
We all 3 wear costumes on stage to increase the feeling that you will live like a black mass.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yes we already have 2 shows planned in the coming weeks :

On 28/09 at TASSILI BAR in Comines (Belgium) sharing stage with 2 other bands
On 12/10 at Chope’N Shop in Hazebrouck (France) sharing stage with 3 other bands



8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We received some interest from 2 labels but for the moment we prefer taking our time to compose our album then we will reflect all together regarding what would be the best for the band. But as we said, now it is time for preparing our coming shows and working on the album.



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

We were so surprised that webzine / radio from foreign countries has so much interest for just our first EP.
We got people from Australia, USA, Italy, Belgium, Germany, UK that sent us really nice comments about out music and support us in their respective countries.
We would like to thank all of these people for their support which provide us the strength to make a goddamn first album.

Special thanks to Kelly Tee from The Metal Radio in Australia who was the first to believe in us and posted review on her Youtube Channel and Facebook page.



10.The music on the ep had a lot of roots in the first wave style, do you feel black metal has lost a lot of the things that made the more appealing in the earlier days?

It is true in certain way. Nowadays with all the progress in Technology (amplifiers / pedals / computers …) people quite lost the Truth of the old school wave. I mean the sound is sometimes too much perfect according to me. Also there are more and more modern subgenre in the metal which are more popular (deathcore, hardcore …) compared to Black Metal.
When we created the band, we wanted to bring back the old school style in Black Metal even if it was risky to make such “old” style of music but in the end we bet and we won 😊



11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

As we said before, we are currently working on the album. We take the time to make things that we like and that people like in our EP.

We also create longer songs, with some atmospheric background without forgotten the old school touch of course and powerful music.



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?

As we said, we all 3 listened different styles which is a strength for our music as we can mix everything together to compose songs.

We all 3 listened to old school black metal of course but for example we also listening to Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, War Metal …



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

We want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of an interview and also huge thanks to all the people that support us all around the world.
Without them we are nothing.

And get ready for a big blast…


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Botanist/Ecosystem/Aural Music/2019 CD Review

mercredi 4 septembre 2019 à 10:15

  Botanist  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  that  they  refer  to  as  'green  metal' and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ecosystem"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Aural  Music.

  Folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sound  bass  guitars.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times. 

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Elements  of  atmospheric  and  post  black  metal  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  shoegaze  influences  and  the  music  also  has  its  melodic  and  melancholic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  also  get  deeper  sounding.

  Botanist  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  while  also  capturing  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  without  the  use  of  an  electric  guitar.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  involving  the  ecosystem  of  the  red  forests  in  the  West  Coast.

  In  my  opinion  Botanist  are  a  very  decent  sounding  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Biomass"  "Disturbance"  and  "Red  Crown".  7/5  out  of  10. 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/botanistecosystemaural-music2019-cd.html


Tenebrae In Perpetuum Interview

mercredi 4 septembre 2019 à 09:22
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?

In 2008/10 I was very bored and tired about black metal. It happened to hear too many bands equal to each other and without personality and I believed that even Tenebrae in Perpetuum had become one of these. I had lost enthusiasm and inspiration to be able to write new music and in 2010 I stopped the band's activities officially.





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

I think this latest album is the mad and insane I've ever written. Musically it is more complex and violent and the voice transmits absolute desolation and insanity. This time I used different cold and raw electronic sounds coming from oscillators with an analogue sound that gave more variety to the music and gave it a slightly more "modern" and original but always extremely dark and mystical character. These electronic parts are one of the new features of the new album compared to the previous ones.



3.This is also your first release since 2010. can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

From 2009 to 2016 I didn't write any kind of music but from 2016 I started writing again some very strange NON metal music and little by little I found new inspiration also for Tenebrae in Perpetuum, also thanks to having found a new drummer and other positive circumstances. A bit of that strange NON metal music can be listen in some moments of "Anorexia Obscura" while all the rest of what I wrote maybe one day will see the light under another name. It is a very slow, sad, desperate, unusual and experimental stuff. In 2017 I wrote a new song with some electronic parts, I don't even know why, which I then completed the following year and was included in the compilation for the 15 years of Debemur Morti prod.
This song seemed very interesting to me and I thought it could be a new beginning for Tenebrae in Perpetuum and in autumn 2018 I started writing the new album.





4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Almost all the texts talk about the relationship between mental and nervous diseases and its consequences on the body. This report is often described as self-torture by devices of cold silicon, sharp steel, strange oscillations that induce hypnosis, etc., all in a very obscure, insane and mystical context.

Regarding my progress, I now believe I am more free from the black metal style constraints than 10-15 years ago and I could experiment a little more.



5.Some of your lyrics deal with mysticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I have no particular interest in these subjects, I am simply a rather solitary and contemplative person and therefore probably also in a certain sense "mystical". I feel a sacredness for certain things like nature, music and also for other things. The real Black Metal I think is full of this sacredness and I want it to be present also in Tenebrae in Perpetuum.



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

This time the artwork was edited by a professionist, Cold Poison, and not by myself. It is quite different from the previous ones. The cover is perfectly connected with the topics covered in the texts I mentioned in the previous answers. To Antithesis of Cold Poison I first explained my ideas on how I wanted it and then he proposed me that image of the dead-head in ancient anatomical card style, I liked it immediately and, above all, it perfectly fits the themes of the album.





7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band but there was a full line up in the past, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Only in the 3rd album of 2009 we were 3 members and the line up was never really complete. Tenebrae in Perpetuum has always been composed by me and a drummer who takes care of his instrument. Until 2010 the drummer was Vidharr (Chelmno, Near, Profezia, Beatrik) while in 2018 Chimsicrin (Gorrch, Lorn) arrived. A complete line-up is not necessary because we have no intention of performing live.



8.The band has been working with 'Debembur Morti Productions' for more than 10 years, do you feel they have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Having a label with a good network of contacts and promotions behind it is very important for the spread of a band, especially nowadays when the quantity of bands, labels and information is enormous and it is important to be able to attract attention. Sometimes I even think that the promotion for us is too much and I wonder what an album like Anorexia Obscura is doing on many web-magazines next to power and gothic metal reviews, since the average reader of these sites could hardly appreciate it .





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

Many were surprised and still excited about our return. After so long they didn't expect it and neither did I. When I started writing the new album a year ago I was convinced that few would remember Tenebrae in Perpetuum instead it seems that this is not the case. The reviews and comments I've read seem to me to be very good and this glad me. Tenebrae in Perpetuum however remains an underground band as far as the amount of fans is concerned, also due to the fact that above all this last album is very extreme and disturbing and certainly not suitable for everyone.



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

I haven't written anything yet but I have several ideas about what an upcoming album might be. The experimental and electronic parts, I think, will be even more present, although they must still have the typical characteristics of Tenebrae in Perpetuum, that is, it must be extremely dark, violent, mystical and insane Black Metal.



11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

As for the more Black Metal part, the material that Tenebrae in Perpetuum has published in the past inspires me a lot and in any case the influence of the masters Mayhem and Thorns is always important to me. The most electronic parts present in Anorexia Obscura instead were inspired by the rock / electro rock music that I have been listening to for the last 10 years.



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

No particular final thought, only thank you for the space and support. Greetings.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/tenebrae-in-perpetuum-interview.html


Spiritwood/Cold Moon Blashemies/Humanity Plague's Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 4 septembre 2019 à 08:49

  Finland's  solo  project  Spiritwood  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  ambient  and  atmospheric  style  black  metal  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Cold  Moon  Blasphemies"  which  was  released  by  Humanity's  Plague  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  ambient  style  synths  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Distorted  sounding   melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  drums  also  getting  very  ritualistic  sounding  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Spiritwood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Necrocosm"  "Cold  Moon  Blasphemies"  and  "Archaeosis".  8  out  of  10.

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