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Ortus Interview

dimanche 15 avril 2018 à 23:53
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

ORTUS was formed as a nameless solo-project while the year of 2013 was passing away and was/is always meant to be underground.
It´s absolutely non-religious and non-political - ORTUS represents all negative emotions that come from our hearts and spirits as it represents the nightside of the madness called “life”.


2. Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The music is oldschool and atmospheric, very influenced by Scandinavian Black Metal. It has a raw and dark but also melancholic spirit – an equilibrium of rawness and epic melancholy. On this release we´ve used lots of tragic melodies to the atmospheric riffs and acoustic guitars. Also in one track we added some clean vocals. One thing is clear – we have our own sound.


3. The musical project has been around since 2013 but you waited until this year to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

There´s not too much to say about what would be important for nowadays. Before the co-operation with Nihil started most time I´ve been creating some stuff alone and for myself, searching for other people who share my passion, thoughts and visions.
The moment when he entered the project in early 2015 was something like the true birth of ORTUS, and the material for this release and also some for later ones had been worked out in around two years. Everything that has been before doesn´t matter anymore.

Nihil by his own started KLINGSOR and the demos “Erwachen” and “Realm of the Shades” were released until now. Check it out!


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

All pieces on “Where Shadows Gather” are about death, just in different ways, except the track “Nocturne” which is about the spirit of night.
Looking to the horizon of storms to come I can say that the lyrics are more personal and (will) contain more of my own memories to those sorrowful times I was and am going through despair and madness.


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

The word comes from the latin language and has more than one meaning. We work with the subjects “origin”, “rise”, and “grow” and feel it in a very natural and archaic way – our roots, the wish and fight to rise and at least to grow all fucking life long. “Ortus” describes the path from the cradle to the grave in a special dark romantic way. Our deep extreme emotions and soul experiences finally brought it into Black Metal, and that´s it. Nothing more and nothing less.


6. Currently there is only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Actually we prefer to remain as a duo. But we want to expand the line up for some live appearances in the future.

It´s hard to find people in the area where we´re living for a Black Metal-band - people with true devotion and passion, and not any stupid motherfuckers that just want to play in a band!
For my own i´d be open for things that might happen if we would find some people we can and would like to work with – but Nihil and me always will be the core behind the band.


7. The ep was released on physical format by 'Worship Tapes', how did you get in contact with this label?

We go in touch with the label through a friend of Nihil as we decided to release a small limited tape version of the release. So we thought “what would be better than WORSHIP TAPES for this?” The name is truly program! We just sent a few mails and that´s it.


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

The vast mojority´s first reaction was very positive so far.


9. What is going on with the guitar players other musical project?

Actually his solo-project KLINGSOR is on hold in cause of being focused on ORTUS completely. But I know he wants to release an album during the next years.


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

There are lots of plans for further releases including another EP, set for the end of this year, followed by the first full-lengh.

I guess, the newer stuff is more traditional and less melodic, but some of the most epic and also melancholic material we created so far.

Time will tell more…


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, personally, was inspired by Scandinavian 90´s Black Metal back when I started to do music. But today´s main influences in our music are emotions. All in all dark and intense emotions to experiences bound to everlasting grief and total madness.

We like every kind of music that touches our deepest abysses. It doesn´t matter if it´s Black Metal or something else – but I´d say, to my own, that Black Metal is the most intense musical expression to mirror most of the heaviest inner feelings.
I think there´s too much great music and artists in this fucking world at all to figure out just a few.


12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview and beware the darkness to come! Support the true underground! All hail!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/ortus-interview.html


Flame Acausal/Contra Mundum In Aeturnum/Blood Harvest Records/Helter Skelter Productions/2018 Demo Re-Issue Review

dimanche 15 avril 2018 à 23:38

  Flame  Acausal  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  "Contra  Mundum  In  Aeturnum"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  my  of  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  Blood  Harvest  Records  and  Helter  Skelter  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  capture  of  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  black  and  white  movie  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  hateful  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  music  which  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  also  chaotic  single  string  riffing  at  times  and  as  the  demo  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Flame  Acausal  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Devil  Worship,  Alchemy  and  World  Hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Flame  Acausal  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  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  "Shunned  Wolves"  and  "Cruel  And  Implacable".  8/5  out  of  10.

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/flame-acausalcontra-mundum-in.html


Death.Void.Terror. Interview

dimanche 15 avril 2018 à 20:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Death. Void. Terror. is not a band in the conventional sense of a group of musicians that meets to rehearse and writes music together. It exists solely as a vessel to radiate the eternal hostility of the Great Monolith.

2.You have your first album coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The sounds contained on this recording should not be considered music or in any way adhering to a particular sound aesthetic. Rather, these recordings represent unconscious expression in its most pure form. We are not concerned with the whimsical nature of people and their need to categorize everything in easily digestible and comprehensible terms. As such, it would be an error to define these recordings in such a way.

3.I have heard that you do not refer to the 2 tracks on the album as songs, would you consider them to be rituals?

The careful process during which these recordings were made may be considered ritualistic in nature. However, it would be wrong to associate them or anything that is created by Death. Void. Terror. with what is currently seen as being occult from a religious or similarly humanist perspective. We have no interest in such socially acceptable and trivial pursuits.

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

We serve as vessels for the Great Monolith. There is no exploration in the sense of subjectively pursued development. There are no topics.

5.A lot of your music reminds me of 'Abruptum' but very different at the same time, would you day this band was an an influence on your music?

The Great Monolith is the sole inspiration of Death. Void. Terror. There is no other. Since influence would require active thought, any influence outside of what is received from the Great Monolith is not possible. Death. Void. Terror. has nothing to do with conscious creation, rendering the individual, active thoughts of practitioners mute.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Death.Void.Terror'?

See above. There is no meaning, as meaning would imply a subjectively pursued purpose. Any such notion is rendered obsolete through the unconscious expression of practitioners.

7.In what parts of the world are the band members located at?

There is no origin.

8.Other than what 'Iron Bonehead' has posted online there is not much information on the band and there are no social networks or metal archives page, do you prefer to be hidden from the general public?

Death. Void. Terror. is affiliated with the Helvetic Underground Committee. There is no further pursuit of accessibility.

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

This is not something we are aware of.

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

Just as there is no origin, there is no order. There is no preconceived notion of direction in unconscious expression, as this would be contradictory.

10.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?

Subjective preferences of individual practitioners have no influence on Death. Void. Terror. This is drawn solely from the Great Monolith and dissociated from the individual practitioners.

11.Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?

Death. Void. Terror. has no interest in what is considered occult from a humanist-religious perspective, as the word and associated practices are related to something that is hidden or secret. Quite the contrary, in fact, the Great Monolith is neither hidden nor secret. Rather, when it is present it is all consuming. This consumption is what Death. Void. Terror. seeks to lay bare.

12.Can you tell us a little bit more about the image you bring out in your album art work?

It is meant to be seen rather than spoken of.

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

No origin. No order. No thought. Death. Void. Terror.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/deathvoidterror-interview.html


Altar Of Perversion/Intra Naos/The Ajna Offensive/Norma Evangelium Diaboli/2018 Double CD Review

dimanche 15 avril 2018 à 19:55

  Altar  Of  Perversion  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very occult  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  double  album  "Intra  Naos"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  The  Ajna  Offensive  and  Norma  Evangelium  Diaboli.

  A  very  dark  yet  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes  along  with  the  guitars  and  drums  started  out  semi  quiet  before  becoming  extremely  heavy  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde,  atmospheric  and  experimental  sounding.

  Some  of  the  slower  riffing  adds  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  bring  in a  mixture  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  when  they  are  utilized  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  mixing  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  Altar  Of  Perversion  plays  a  style  of  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  modern, ritualistic,  progressive  and  dissonant  sounding  while  also  bringing  in  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  side  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Pan  European  Satanism  as  practiced  by  The  Order  Of  The  Nine  Angles.

  In  my  opinion  Altar  Of  Perversion  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "She  Weaves  Abyssal  Riddles  And  Eorthean  Gates"  and  "Cosmic  Thule,  Inneer  Temple".  8/9  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/altar-of-perversionintra-naosthe-ajna.html


KZOHH/26/Ashen Dominion/2018 CD Review

dimanche 15 avril 2018 à 01:34

  Ukraine's  KZOHH  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  'pestilent  black  metal  ritual'  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "26"  which  will  be  released  on  April  26th  by  Ashen  Dominion.

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  voices  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tragic  sounding  keyboards  and  avant  garde  samples  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  and  am  radio  samples  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  is  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  mixing  it  in  with  heavier  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  ambient  and  industrial  elements.

  Distorted  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  while  the  clean  singing  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  edge  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  also  gives  the  song  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  second  track  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  ethnic  music  elements.

  On  this  recording  KZOHH  gets  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  while  still  having  some  elements  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Chernobyl  Disaster  and  the  Nine  Mansi  hunters  and  their  deaths  in  1959.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  KZOHH  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "61°45'17"N,59°27'46"E".  8  out  of  10.   

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/kzohh26ashen-dominion2018-cd-review.html