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Hyems Interview

mardi 14 avril 2020 à 10:32
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Well, we recorded the album last autumn. Since then, we've been doing a lot of preparation work like planning shows, finishing the artwork and producing a music video. Due to the disease, we had to cancel every single show, but we’re glad to have some digital opportunities for promoting the record. It’s a massive financial risk to release a record without playing live shows. 

2.In May you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
“Anatomie des Scheiterns” is the logical resumption of our path we've been wandering on since our EP “Im Jetzt die Asche” in 2013. Back then, we skipped all death metal elements in our songwriting to follow the initial idea of Hyems: to play Black fucking Metal. You can hear a lot of melodic 90s influence in our records afterwards. Which are more concisely on “Anatomie des Scheiterns” than on every other record before. Compared to our other records the new album is more atmospheric, more melodic, also much faster than the ones before – thanks to our new drummer. C.A. had become a major influence for the album, although he joined the band when the songwriting seemed to be finished. We started all over, because we had so many new opportunities. His drumming concerning his technical ability and speed took the band on another level. C.A. also has a great sense for songwriting – therefore we reranged whole songs due to his input.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
That’s a good question. I love to sound out atrocities of my inner being. But without context and narrative, my lyrics would only mirror the scum version of myself. Who cares? We’re not fucking The Cure. At least these thoughts are nothing special. They’re the dark side of society. They’re the reason for hell on earth. You’ll find patterns concerning these human abysses in our everyday life, but especially in crisis like war, disease, outbreak of violence and political or religious delusion. I exiled myself on an island to find the right vibe to write the lyrics. Sitting on barren rocks of the shore, I had this idea of using “failure“ as the Leitmotiv of the album. It’s failure which leads to the darkest episodes of our social and personal life. Hyems is not about supremacy, it’s about failure. Well, that’s maybe the reason why we’re totally unknown.

4.Some of your earlier lyrics covered the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?
Well, you’re digging deep. When we started the band in 1997, we were total Tolkien heads. His stories seemed to be ours – that was long before the movies were brought to a broader audience. There were so many bands we loved with references to the Tolkien world, like Cirith Ungol, Gorgoroth and Arathorn – just to mention some examples. It was like a cultural property for nerds and outcasts. The dark side of Tolkien’s stories fascinated me, and I used to explore this world in my lyrics back then.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hyems'?
D.M. and I were in the same Latin class at school. It was the first day of winter holidays, when we decided to found a Black Metal band. One thing led to another, and we chose “hiems” (Latin for winter) as the perfect name for our band. In 2007, our label suggested switching the “i” with a “y” to avoid any possibility of confusion with an Italian band. At least my tattoo on my belly will always hold our original name in honor. 

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Sure. D.M. found this extraordinary artist called Ceethava. The painting of our cover matches perfectly with our songs. Instead of showing a minimalistic design, we were looking for something with a more epic approach.

7.The band has been around for more than 20 years, what is it that motivates you to keep going after a couple of decades?
You can grow up, work and die. You can also skip growing up and do something meaningful with your life. Maybe we can skip death too by creating something really important. And unless we haven’t achieved this point we’ll keep on working.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
My band mates would probably mention the Ragnarock Open Air 2013. But for me it’s every concert where I left the stage and felt afraid of what was happening before. I would actually consider myself as a good guy but on stage this guy is raped and dehumanized by my stage alter ego. Talking about abysses that’s Hyems on stage. 

9.The new album is coming out on 'MDD Records', how would you compare working with them to other labels that you were a part of in the past?
Every single label we were working with in the past were crazy, enthusiastic fortune hunters – full of passion for music. Despite all common sense, they gave us the chance to distribute our music. That’s why we’re still grateful and will never talk badly about them. Our actual label MDD is very professional, but not less passionate. Let’s see what the future brings.   

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
The metal heads in Mexico and South America are the best. They truly seem to love our music. In Germany we face a strong NSBM scene. By distancing ourselves from NSBM and Facism, we’re the misfits in a scene full of misfits. So the German scene is used to hate us. Which we’re totally proud of. There’s nothing like supremacy in the human race or music. It’s just a weak concept of pimply white men. Fuck you, Nazi scum! 

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Almshouse of graveyard.

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?
From early 90s second wave stuff to contemporary approaches of Black Metal. But also a lot of Punk stuff and classic Heavy Metal. There’s no limitation or rule, only that NSBM and Sabaton are crap and that Iron Maiden is the only relevant band on earth. 

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Stop listening to Sabaton, support the underground and hail Satan.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/hyems-interview.html


Downcross/Current Towards End/Cavum Atrum Rex/2020 EP Review

mardi 14 avril 2020 à 10:09

  Belarus's  Downcross  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  anti  cosmic  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Current  Towards  End"  which  was  released  by  Cavum  Atrum  Rex.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  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  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length,  at  times  the  vocals  also  get  deeper  sounding  and  towards  the  end  of  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be heard.

  On  this  recording  Downcross  remains  true  to  the  anti  cosmic  style  of  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  their  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  riffing  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Cosmic  Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Occultism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Downcross  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  anti  cosmic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "War  Maiden  Of  The  Worlds" and  "Current  Towards  End".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/downcrosscurrent-towards-endcavum-atrum.html


Frust/The Advent Of Adhara/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 14 avril 2020 à 08:35

  Austria'solo  project  Frust  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into a   mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black,  thrash  metal,  experimental  and  folk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "The  Advent  Of  Adhara"  which  will  be  released  in  May.

  Spoken  word  and  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  semi  clean  style  on  one  of  the  tracks.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  female  vocals  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments.

  Folk  music elements  can  also  be  heard  at times  along  with  some  tracks  show  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  experimental  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  couple  of  instrumentals  are  also  added onto  the  recording.  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  also  shows an  influence  of  thrash  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Frust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Frozen  Sun"  "The  Advent  Of  Adhara"  and  "Forever  In  My  Mind".  8  out  of  10. 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/frustthe-advent-of-adhara2020-full.html


Arstidir Lifsins/Saga á tveim tungum II: Eigi fjǫll né firðir/Van Records/2020 CD Review

lundi 13 avril 2020 à 10:24

  Iceland/Germany's  Arstidir Lifsins  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  pagan  black  metal  style  of previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Saga  á  tveim  tungum  II:  Eigi  fjǫll  né  firðir"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Van  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  touches  of  folk  music  while  classical  instruments  are  also  utilized  at  times.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording

  On  the  third  track  the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  retaining  the  folk  elements.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  pagan  vocals  and  choirs.  The  riffs  also  add  in  some  melodies  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Skaldic,  Edda  poetry  and  historical  battles  that  are  described  in  Kings'  sagas.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  album  from  Astdir  Lifsins  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sem  járnklær  nætr  dragask  nærri"  "Er  hin  gullna  stjarna  skýjar  slóðar  rennr  rauð"  and  "Ek  sá  halr  at  Hóars  veðri  hǫsvan  serk  Hrísgrísnis  bar".  8out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/arstidir-lifsinssaga-tveim-tungum-ii.html


An Autumn For Crippled Children/All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet/Prosthetic Records/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 13 avril 2020 à 08:18

  Netherlands's  An  Autumn  For  Crippled  Children  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "All  Fell  Silent,  Everything  Went  Quiet  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Prosthetic  Records.

Clean  post  rock  style  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  elements.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal screams  while  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow or  mid  paced  direction.  Influences  of  doom  and  goth  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  adding  in  some  melodies  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks.

  On  this  recording  An  Autumn  For  Crippled  Children  remain  true  to  the  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression, anguish,  anger,  hate  and  love  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  An  Autumn  For  Crippled  Children  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Became  You"  "Paths"  "The  Failing  Senses"and  "Distance".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/an-autumn-for-crippled-childrenall-fell.html