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Imperium Dekadenz Interview

vendredi 30 août 2019 à 20:41
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?

V: We released “Dis Manibus” in August 2016. After that release we started to promote the album live. We played festivals like Wacken, Gothoom, Wave Gothic Treffen, we toured with Enslaved, played our first two shows in Italy etc. Besides, we started to work on new ideas. We wrote more stuff than ever before. It was a very creative time. In the beginning 2018 we signed to Napalm Records. Then, in October 2018 we started with the album-production for “When We Are Forgotten”, when we entered the Iguana Studios for the drumrecordings. There was no pressure from Napalm Records. As always: The label heard the first notes of the album, when we sent them the final Master.

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

V: In comparison to the other albums we wrote a lot of songs and ideas, much more than for any other production before. Finally, we had to decide between many songs and you may think that is a very good thing, but it is hard to find the right song/ idea if you already fall into love with these tracks. The final guideline was, to have an album that is darker and more intimate than the other album and also having fewer epic parts and historical backgrounds in the lyrics. We simply don’t want to repeat ourselves. We wrote so many long and epic songs over the years, so the time was right to try some different and new things. We wanted to challenge us a bit.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

V: In the last albums we often used an historical background to tell stories with a message. “When We Are Forgotten” is the first album without any historical backgrounds, but much more personal and reflective. We were a bit tired of historical backgrounds in our lyrics, because the words become a bit more distant to the listener. Like a kind of a filter. Our goal was to become more intimate and darker, closer to our souls and I think we reached it.

With the years one matures as a human being. Art is like a reflection of this process. Of course, we were influenced by mid-nineties Black Metal back in the days, but we never emulated others. We were lucky enough to be able to define our very own style at a very early stage of the band.

Our goal was always to create passionate art and that special melancholic but also harsh atmosphere. We always try to get better in every every discipline: Songwriting, Production-Skills, etc. This is a never-ending process.

4.You have mentioned an interest in ancient history in previous interviews, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

V: We are both very into the ancient Roman Empire. We love to read books, watch good documentaries about everything connected to this once so great shining empire. We are interested in the brutal campaigns back then, but also very curious about the normal, daily life of the people. For example: One of my favorite books is about the graffities in Pompeii. You can learn so much about the people who lived there. Their behaviour, their needs, their longings. As we are both very nostalgic persons we also love to visit and read about medieval ruins. To reflect about ancient times… its kind of a drug for us… a chance to flee from the nowadays superficial society.

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

V: The cover is very important for us. It is the face of the whole work and transports the feeling and meaning of the songs. As always it was a long way until we were pleased with the result, but from the beginning we had the plan to show a transformation. You could imagine that the figure is a goddess dissolving with the unknown darkness. The candles will burn down more and more and only total darkness will remain… until she is forgotten.

6.In the studio you work as a duo while you have a live line up shows, are you open to using a full band on future releases or do you prefer to work as a duo?

V: We never thought about becoming a “full band”, and I can tell you why: A wise man once said never change a running system. We have a great workflow; both of us can play several instruments, write and produce songs and there is a blind understanding between us. Sure, there are sometimes discussions going on, but that is normal and important for creative processes. We don’t want to include some more egos. Our egos are surely big enough!

7.Out of all of the live shows that the band has played over the years, which one stands out the most?

V: A show I will always remember was our first festival-show in 2009 at the Wolfszeit Festival, Germany. We expected about 80 people in front of the stage as we had no clue that lots of people already knew our band. As we prepared for the show, we recognized that the area in front of the stage was fully packed with people. We entered the stage, the sun was going down…it was magic.

The best stagecrew of all time we had at Partysan-Festival in 2014. Everything went so smooth, and as a result we were able to play a very proper show. Great festival!

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

V: Yes, we are heading to the United Kingdom in October. Then a show in Belgium is about to follow. In November we will play shows in Germany and Spain. We are working on much more. We will keep you updated.

9.The new album was released on 'Napalm Records', how would you compare working with them to your older labels 'Seasons Of Mist' and 'Perverted Taste?

V: We had a very good time at Season of Mist, but after 10 years we felt that it is time for a change. Napalm Records an extremely good network and strongly growing social media base. They are very professional and direct, what we really appreciate. We have the feeling that they love what we do and that we do it with passion and that feels good. They do not influence our music in any way (no one ever did!), so we are still free for any decision we do. Last but not least they are speaking German what is really helpful for example in long telephone sessions. hehehe

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

V: Actually, the reactions are really overwhelming! I’ve got the impression that the people understand what we are doing and how we are progression. We never received so many reactions like within these days.

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

V:We will always have one main headline: “passion and atmosphere”, but I can’t give you an insight of future plans, because right now we are fully concentrating on the actual album.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles the band is listening to nowadays?

V: I am into a lot of different styles. Most important thing for me is, that I feel real emotions in the music. I am totally into nearly all kinds of metal, except “modern jump metal” and keyboard-pop metal like…you know what bands I mean. Then I am a big fan of ambient music, especially dark ambient and also classical music. I am also a big Motörhead-fan, one the most important bands in my life. And yeah, I love oldschool-Blues! So, my musical taste is very diverse.

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

V: Thank you all very much for supporting our art. Cheers!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/imperium-dekadenz-interview.html


Numen/Iluntasuna besarkatu nuen betiko/Les Acteurs de L' Ombre Productions/2019 CD Review

vendredi 30 août 2019 à 10:43

  Numen  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  raw  and  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2019 album  "Iluntasuna  besarkatu  nuen  betiko"which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Les  Acteurs  de  L'  Ombre  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  adding  in  some  growls  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing and  on  song  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  into  the  music  and  folk  instruments  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  in  Basque  and cover  the  ancient  beliefs  from  that  part  of  the  world.

  In  my  opinion  Numen  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lautada  izoztuetan" "Nire  arnasean  biziko  da  gaua" and  "Iraganeko  errautsak".  8  out  of  10.

NUMEN Facebook // Bandcamp  // Instagram     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/numeniluntasuna-besarkatu-nuen.html


Belenos/Argoat/Les Acteurs de L' Ombre Productions/Northern Silence Productions/2019 CD Review

vendredi 30 août 2019 à 08:39

  Belenos  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Argoat"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Les  Acteurs  de  L'  Ombre  and  Northern  Silence  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.  Growls  and  clean  pagan  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  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  utilize  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in a  decent  amount  of  depressive  elements  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  one  track  also  introduces  whispered  vocals  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Celtic  Heathenism,  Nature  and  Sorrow  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Belenos  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Karvden"  "Nozweler"  "Duadenn"  and  "Arvestal".   8  out  of  10.

Belenos Facebook Page // Belenos Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/belenosargoatles-acteurs-de-l-ombre.html


Cemetery Lights/The Underworld/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2019 CD Review

jeudi 29 août 2019 à 21:00

  Cemetery  Lights  are  a  solo  project  from  Rhode  Island  that  has  been  featured  before  in t his  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  old  school  and  Mediterranean  influenced  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "The  Underworld"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  which  is  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Greek  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  raw  moments  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  tremolo  picking,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  and spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly

  On  this  recording  Cemetery  Lights  takes  hid  musical  style  into  more  of  Greek  influenced  black  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cemetery  Lights  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  and  Greek  influenced  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Erebos"  "Isles  of  the  Blessed"  and  "Fields  Of  Asphodel".  8  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/the-underworld 



    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/cemetery-lightsthe-underworldnuclear.html


Imperial Cult/Spasm Of Light/Armor Fati Productions/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 CD Review

jeudi 29 août 2019 à 09:31

  Imperial  Cult  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  improvised  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  drone,  ambient  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Spasm  Of  Light"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Armor  Fati  Productions  and  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  the  whole  album  is  a  single  track  35  minute  song.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dissonant  sounding  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while the  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  getting  very  repetitive  and  minimalist  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  ambient  and  noise  elements. 

  Imperial  Cult  plays  a style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  minimalist,  repetitive  and  improvised  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  all  of  the  music  being  recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  cover  physical  violence  and  material  exploitation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Imperial  Cult  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  minimalist,  repetitive  and  improvised  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

http://amorfatiproductions.bandcamp.com/album/imperial-cult-spasm-of-light        

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/imperial-cultspasm-of-lightarmor-fati.html