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Listeriosis Interview

dimanche 18 mars 2018 à 06:30
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

It's just a one man black metal project - it also has a strong sludge element to it. It's an outlet for me to bludgeon instruments and scream.

2.So far you have released one ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Very raw, aggressive, filthy, lo-fi black metal with a sludge influence.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Mainly just human nature. Observations and reflections of the darker qualities of humans.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Listeriosis'?

Listeriosis is a bacterial infection. Recently there was an outbreak of Listeriosis in my home country, South Africa. I believe around 180 people died. The bacteria was found to be in food that was being sold to the public. I found that the whole situation allowed for some introspection on our society - we are completely dependent on an entire industry to provide us with food, a basic need for our survival. We line up in shops to buy this food, and have to eat whatever this industry feeds us, even if it contains life threatening bacteria. We're alarmingly dependent on infrastructure, systems and processes that can so easily go horribly, horribly wrong and kill us all.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with any other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I enjoy working with some other musicians, but honestly I normally can't stand most of the musicians I meet. With so many musicians everything is so calculated musically, they don't like to explore or improvise in fear of making a "mistake", and they are more focused on things like branding and networking than actually making music. They want to pander to the public and make a living out of it, and in my opinion, as soon as you do that your art is compromised and becomes insincere, generic, safe and boring. I like making music with people who are honest and sincere in what they create, regardless of the musical genre. That being said, I do like to work alone - when you work alone there's no compromise.

6.I have noticed that other than the bandcamp page there is no social network or anything available online about the musical project, is this intentional?

I hate social media. I'm not trying to get a million followers or likes. This is fucking black metal. Not a teenage girl's instagram account.

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

Well, the project has only existed since Thursday, and today is Sunday, so it's four days old. No interest from any labels thus far, and I don't expect any. I'm not looking for a label, because I doubt this music would be profitable for them. If a label were to approach me and say that they could promote / distribute the music and get physical albums / merch printed that would be fantastic, but I don't expect it to happen.

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

As above, it's a new project, but what little feedback I've received has been overwhelmingly positive. I've received feedback from places as diverse as China and Brazil, so globally that's not too bad.

9.Are you or have you been involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I've been in a lot of bands playing styles from blues to doom metal, and I have a solo folk / drone / psych project which is mainly acoustic. You can check it out here - https://duncanpark.bandcamp.com

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

Full length should hopefully be done in a couple of months. It will continue the raw, visceral style of the EP, but there'll be some diversity in sound with black ambient passages and things like that.

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?

I listen to all kinds of stuff. Recently I've mainly been listening to the music my friends make, which ranges from folk to far out noise collages to krautrock. But in terms of metal I'm really big into a lot of doom stuff like Primitive Man and Telekinetic Yeti, and I've been immersing myself in Leviathan's discography for the past few weeks - Leviathan is probably my favourite black metal band.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have a full time 9-5 job that takes up most of my time, but I love hiking and being in the mountains. I live right by a cemetery and I take my dogs walking there every day. It's probably my favourite place to be. So peaceful and beautiful by the graves.

I hate going out and partying and that sort of thing. I'm pretty antisocial. I prefer animals to humans.


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

Thanks for the interview, and thanks for listening to the music.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/listeriosis-interview.html


Primordial/Exile Amongst Ruins/Metal Blade Records/2018 Full Length Review

dimanche 18 mars 2018 à 00:56

  Ireland's  Primordial  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  Celtic  folk  inspired  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Exile  Amongst  Ruins"  which  will  be  released  on  March  30th  by  Metal  Blade  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  give  the  music  more  of  a  Celtic  folk  music  feeling  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  more  heavier  and  melodic  side  of  the  music  while  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  rough  yet  clean  at  the  same  time.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses clean  yet  distorted  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs.

  Primordial  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  Celtic  folk  inspired  form  of  pagan  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Celtic  Heritage,  History  and  Struggle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Primordial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nail  Their  Tongues"  "Exile  Amongst  The  Ruins"  "Stolen  Years"  and  "Last  Call".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/primordialexile-amongst-ruinsmetal.html


Living Altar/Scythes Towards Psyche/Inferna Profundus Records/2018 EP Review

samedi 17 mars 2018 à 04:25

  Living  Altar  are  a  band  from  Lithuania  that  plays  a  very  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Scythes  Towards  Psyche"  which  was  released  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Living  Altar  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  psycho-spiritual  world  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Living  Altar  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invert  The  Hearts"  and  "Dawn  Of  The  Shadows".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/living-altarscythes-towards.html


Listeriosis/Sickening/2018 EP Review

samedi 17 mars 2018 à 01:13

  Listeriosis  is  a  solo  project  from  South  Africa  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Sickening".

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  as  well  as  the  music  bringing  in  a  lo-fi  atmosphere.

  A  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  music  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  slow  mid  tempo  sections  at  times  while  the  music  avoids  any  use  of  guitar  solos,  leads  or  melody  and  at  times  the  vocals  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  edge.

  Listeriosis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Listeriosis  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sickening".  8  out  of  10.

 https://listeriosis.bandcamp.com/releases

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/listeriosissickening2018-ep-review.html


Noctu/Augu Sigyn/Temple Of Decadence/BloodCrown Records/2018 Split Album Review

samedi 17 mars 2018 à 00:50

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy's  Noctu  and  Denmark's  Augu  Sigyn  called  "Temple  Of  Decadence"  which  was  released  by  BloodCrown  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Noctu  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  synth  orientated  form  of  funeral  doom  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  dark  ambient  style  synths  along  with  some  depressive  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  before  added  onto t he  recording  after  the  synth  while  the  synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 All  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  also  gets  symphonic  and  brings  in  elements  of  dungeon  synth  at  times  and  most  of  his  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  having  a  grim  black  metal  edge  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in a   very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  sorrow,  negativity,  self  harm,  suicidal  thoughts  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Noctu  are  a  very  great  sounding  synth  orientated  funeral  doom  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lacerazioni  Tra  Le  Ombre".

  Next  up  is  Augu  Sigyn  a  duo  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  doom  metal  sound  along  with  some  angry  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  one  of  their  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Augu  Sigyn  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Doden".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  and  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/noctuaugu-sigyntemple-of.html