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Nachash Interview

vendredi 3 août 2018 à 04:36
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

“Since recording the album in February of last year we’ve focused on performing our musick onstage and, very slowly, beginning the composing new material (as well as awaiting the actual release of the album, which takes time it seems). Presently we only have one completely new song written and rehearsed so as you can understand this process takes some time. Inspiration moves in waves, but recently I have quite a few new ideas we shall begin working on shortly. The goal is to have at least two more (new) songs done by the end of the year at least.”

2.You have a new album coming out in August, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently with this recording that you where not able to do with the ep that was released in 2015?

“Phantasmal Triunity is a natural continuation of what was begun on Conjuring The Red Death Eclipse. We spent a little more time recording it and as such it was room for adding more layers of stuff which enhanced the power of the musick, additional melodies and harmonies and a few other things which strengthened the material overall. There wasn’t a huge difference in the songwriting compared to the EP, just an overall improvement in it’s final form. We’re more or less happy with the result, although there is always room for improvement of course. You learn as you go after all.”

3.According to your fb page you refer to your music as 'deathly black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

“I see this as hinting at the role death as a spiritual (as in it’s not preoccupied with death in a literal physical sense) symbolism has in our musick and, more specifically, the lyrics. Although it might also refer to some influence from death metal in our musick. It’s a moniker that just sort of emerged when describing our musick, so I’ve not really analyzed it too closely to be honest. Perhaps it also indicates that we aren’t a typical Norwegian style sounding black metal as well.”

4.Your lyrics cover a lot of death and necromantic themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what both of these mean to you and also do you feel a lot of other black metal bands lyrically rely to much on the same topics that have been overdone over the years?

“It is hard to avoid clichés at this point in time. Ultimately one has to go with what happens in moments of inspiration without giving to much thought to whether or not it is original. But like with our musick I try to create our own thing rather than aping the works of others too much. The lyrics are a little harder to create in that respect, as trying to explain a certain mood or emotional state is harder with words than sounds, at least to me. The lyrics are of course of high importance though, so much time is spent working and re-working the lyrics.”

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

“The artwork is related to the title of the record and the lyrics contained therein. It represents the trinity of death, darkness and knowledge leading to the gateway to that which lies beyond our mundane senses. I am very happu with the artwork which was done by R.K.V of Obliteration. He really brought to life the vague idea I had for the cover, so respect should be given where respect is due. The cover art also represents the aura of the musick quite well too.”

6.I know that the band name comes from Hebrew, do any of the band members also have an interest in the Qlippoth?

“Yes, I’ve personally had/have an ‘interest’ (if such a word can be used) in the Qliphoth. I’ve worked with ritual techniques and meditations related to some of the ‘lower’ qliphas (Lilith and Gamaliel). This has in some cases yielded some peculiar and/or strange (even unpleasant) experiences that has both inspired the musick and lyrics of Nachash. I won’t proclaim an expertise or high level of adeptness in these matters, but if certain practices can bring about a change in ones state of mind and perception that again results in useful inspirations then I consider them valid, to put it that way. ”

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

“We are never totally satisfied with our performances, but our gig in Gothenburg as a part of the Abyss Festival in january was one where we felt most aspects of the show went well. Our last gig at Chaos Descends in Germany we were not that happy with, the sound on stage was quite terrible and some annoying mistakes were made on our part, and our overall performance were somewhat lacking (I felt anyway) unfortunately. But you get through it and learn from your mistakes. The festival itself was killer, though. Our stage performance is pretty stripped down and we focus of letting the musick consume us in a frenzy of headbanging and a simple surge of power. Hopefully inspiring the audience in the same way.”

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

“We aim to play some more gigs later in the year, but presently we have nothing planned/booked. So we shall see what offers come our way. We aren’t the most self-promoting of bands and we don’t really ‘beg’ for gigs after all. We’ve gotten a couple of tour offers thus far but the time has not been right. In the future a tour of sorts may take place but it depends. We shall see.”

9.The new album is coming out on 'Shadow Kingdom Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Unborn Productions',?

“The guy behind Unborn Productions is a friend of ours and we appreciated his support in the early days. He heard some rehearsal recordings early on and wanted to release it when the time came, on cassette tape only originally. However when it came time to making a full-length we felt it was time to move on to a somewhat ‘bigger’ label, perhaps, and Shadow Kingdom seemed like an interesting deal. Although we weren’t exactly swamped with offers I should add, so that made the choice quite simple of course.”

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

“It has been quite well received thus far and we’ve seen somewhat of a spike in interest as our full-length has been getting closer to release. The few reviews of the album has been very good, so we shall see what happens. We’ve been growing slowly slightly more ‘known’ in the underground I’d say and the people with whom our musick resonates seem very into it.”

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

“ We shall just continue on the path we’ve chosen and improve upon and refine our sound. In the future we may experiment a bit with different rhythms and songs with alternate tunings. It’s not our goal to deviate in an extreme way as we are rather ‘old school’-minded at the end of the day. Ultimately it’s hard to predict until we are done with all the songs for a second full-length.”

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?

“Personally I’m influenced by heavy, thrash, death, doom and black metal, and elements of all of these find their way into our musick. I’m influenced by stuff from old Metallica to Master’s Hammer, although that doesn’t mean we sound like those bands. Old Samael, Slayer, Bathory, Morturary Drape, Grand Belial’s Key, Death SS, etc, etc. has also been important for me. But again, we don’t try to sound like any particular band, rather we use these influences to create as much of our own sound as possible. A cliché perhaps, but true nonetheless (everybody might not agree, but whatever.). As far as more recent bands go I am very into Malokarpatan’s latest album - Nordkarpatenland. It’s brilliant. Although I am still awaiting the vinyl version. I also believe the new Faustcoven album will be great.”

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

“Thanx for the support. Obtain our album and dissolve into the phantasmal triunity.”

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/nachash-interview.html


Sebastian Crugley/Alldrig Interview

vendredi 3 août 2018 à 04:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and your musical projects?



I’m a 25yo male musician from Buenos Aires (Argentina), mostly known for being the force behind “Alldrig” & “A Magnificent Cold”. I’ve been playing in bands since 2008 and releasing music by myself alone since 2015.





2.What are some of the musical styles that you play with your various musical projects?



My music goes from atmospheric/depressive black metal (Alldrig) to piano based music (A Magnificent Cold) and dark ambient / drone / field recordings (OSTs)



3.You have some albums that are in more of a black metal direction while some go for more of an ambient or post rock direction, do you feel you are very diverse as a musician and have a lot to other to many different musical genres?



I don’t have any barriers on styles or genres (music has no rules imo). I basically try to represent in sound whatever image comes to my mind most of the time. I wouldn’t call myself diverse because solo artists then to repeat themselves, but you can say that I try to be it. Also, trying new genres/styles is a great experience for anyone.






4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music?



Chronic depression, past experiencies, anxiety, suicide, narcotics, melancholy & loss…



5.You have played in a full band before but for the most part record all the music by yourself, how would you compare to two?



I’m my experience doing things all by yourself gives it a more personal tone and feeling, than making a project with other people. I mostly stopped playing thinking on making a full band because of this, having in mind that I do music primarily for myself and then of others.



6.Do you have any experience doing any live shows with your musical projects?



I’ve played A Magnificent Cold tracks in a few gigs, but most of my live experience comes from playing in bands and not from my projects. It’s really hard to find people committed here and I don’t have the motivation/time/money to make a live band happening.



7.On one of the albums you also worked with 'Phantasos', how would you compare your style to theirs?



I contacted him to collaborate on the Scars as Sovenirs EP since my voice did not worked out as I wanted: His vocals are waaay better than mines *haha*. I think he deserves a lot more attention than what he had.
He does a more raw, background-ish DSBM than what I do in Alldrig (kinda like Uten-Hap).



8.With your solo project you have also been a part of a few splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands or artists you had shared these recordings with?



I’ve done dark ambient splits with multiple artists that I love, but thinking about it, Sun Trough Eyelids and Epiglottis are the first ones to pop up on my head. Sun Trough Eyelids does a nature/ritualistic take on the genre while Epiglottis has a more melancholic tone. You can check them and more of their works on Bandcamp.



9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of black metal, post rock and ambient?



It’s hard to please everyone, people that follow me for my black metal projects rarely likes my dark ambient or piano music and that can be said for other genres. However, most of the reaction I had in every project I released was nothing but positive.





10.What are some of the current musical projects you are a part of?



I’ve a few new projects to be announced in the upcoming mounts that I won’t unveil until then. A Magnificent Cold is my main project for now. Maybe we will see Alldrig coming back this year too…



11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?



I would really love to land at least a finger on the world of film/videogame music, I’ve been wanting to do that for so long but, sincerely, I don’t know the how.



12What 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 don’t really know what influenced directly my music, you can say legendary names like Lifelover, Ulver & Nachtreich I guess.
Nowadays, I’ve been blasting A LOT the new Obscura album “Diluvium”, the infamous Cerebral Bore album “Maniacal Miscreation”, Forest of Shadows “Departure”, the entire Carach Angren  discography (can’t get enough of these guys)  and some future bass / synthwave / witch house playlists (in the background to get work done).



13.What are some of your non musical interests?



Philosophy, neuroscience & StarCraft.



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


For those who supported me these past years; it’s been a blast for me.

Expect a lot of new music in the foreseen future! 
Thanks to OccultBlackMetalZine to doing this interview.
Cheers from Argentina.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/sebastian-crugleyalldrig-interview.html


Hermann/Disart Brut: Mausoleum/Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions/2018 Vinyl Review

jeudi 2 août 2018 à 02:24

  Hermann  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Disart  Brut:  Mausoleum"  which  will  be  released  on  vinyl  on  August  6th  by  Bleeding  Heart  Nihilist  Productions.

  Militant  style  beats  and  marches  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  1940's  era  music  samples  while  distorted  sounds  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  as  well  as  some  crust  punk  influences  being  added  into  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  the  closing  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Hermann  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  black,  doom  metal  and  crust  punk  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hermann  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pervitin"  and  "Zitzenwald".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/hermanndisart-brut-mausoleumbleeding.html


Malthusian/Across Death/Invictus Productions/Dark Descent Records/2018 CD Review

mercredi 1 août 2018 à 23:35

  Malthusian  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that  plays  a  very  bestial  and  cavernous  mixture  of  black,  death  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Across  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Invictus  Productions  and  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A  very  fast,  brutal  and  cavernous  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  leads  are done  in  a  very  dark  style  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  guitar  riffing  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  one  track  also  introduces  stringed  instruments  onto  the  recording.

  Malthusian  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  bestial  black,  morbid  death  and  languorous  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  catastrophe  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malthusian  are  a  very  great  sounding  cavernous  and  bestial  mixture  of  black,  death  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Across  The  Expanse  Of  Nothing"  and  "Telluric  Tongues  (Roaring  Into  The  Earth)".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/malthusianacross-deathinvictus.html


Morketida/Panphage Mysticism/Werewolf Records/2018 CD Review

mercredi 1 août 2018 à 04:41

  Morketida  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  occult  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Panphage  Mysticism"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Werewolf  Records.

  A  very  distorted  organ  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  organs  also  being  mixed  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental.

  Morketida  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  going  for  the  less  popular  mid  paced  direction  of  that  era  to create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morketida  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invoking  The  Seventh  Moon"  and  "Temple  Of  Prevailing  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/morketidapanphage-mysticismwerewolf.html