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Fallen Tyrant Interview

mercredi 5 décembre 2018 à 02:21
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Fallen Tyrant is a black metal trio from Darmstadt, that’s a bit south of Frankfurt in Germany. We’ve been around for quite a while, and we have just released our second album, “Children of a Nuclear Dawn” via Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions from Berlin. This is Mithras answering your questions, I’m the guitarist and vocalist in Fallen Tyrant.


2. Recently you have released a new album, what are some of the things the band has done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do on previous releases?

Nothing that was planned. I think the songs and the production turned out better this time. Overall, it’s a bit faster and more aggressive than “No World To Win, A Life To Lose” I guess. There’s a lyrical concept throughout the album, but we didn’t really sit down and said hey, let’s make a concept album. It just happened. So we didn’t really do anything different, but it ended up with a very different result.
One thing that may have had an impact is that we have a different bass player than on the previous releases, and the guy is quite good… so we could go for more elaborate bass lines in some tracks.


3. This is your first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

The album had been written and recorded by early 2016. Up to that point it was songwriting, rehearsals, arrangement. From that point on, we were delayed by a multitude of different personal and organisational issues I’d rather not elaborate on. Let’s just say, we all had a bit of a rough time.


4. The lyrics on the new album cover a lot of war topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?

That’s actually not even true. The album revolves around dystopia and societal collapse, and the different forces at play there. Of course, once something has seriously gone wrong inside a society, war is the outcome in most cases. I think it may be pointless to explain too much, as the listener’s own interpretation can be more interesting than the artist’s intention in some cases… but generally, the thread running through all things Fallen Tyrant is the question of individuality, creativity and destruction, and the balance of these, in society as well as in oneself.

I think everyone is born with curiosity and creativity, but also malice. They’re different sides of the same coin. In one of the songs I took the – admittedly slightly corny – analogy of the black flame burning inside of us. If let loose completely, destruction reigns. It needs to be harnessed, controlled and used wisely, but not suppressed – because then the outcome is inevitably complete madness as well. I think this main theme is essentially what makes Fallen Tyrant “black metal” instead of just pissed-off rock music with weird facepaint.

Get the connection to the dystopia/war theme yet? If not, pay more attention to what’s going on around you. You’re in for a rude awakening.


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

That guy up on the pedestal? Yeah, fuck him.


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

That was painted by Luciana Nedelea based on the lyrical concept of the album… or better, it is a continuation of the lyrical concept. We point out the issues, what you can see on the cover artwork is the final result. To be fair, it did end up looking more like a Morbid Angel record than a black metal album, but we found it to be a good fit anyway.


7. Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line up?

Couldn’t pull it off alone, it’s that simple. Find my solo demos somewhere on the internet and listen to them, you’ll find out why I needed a band.


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

I tend to remember the shit ones much more lively than the good ones. But one that I remember especially fondly was Leipzig in 2012 – not because it was all that great, but it was the first gig where I had the feeling “hey, this is working, we may be onto something here.” I think recent highlights were Metaldays 2017, which should be on both the best and worst list for a number of reasons, and our release concert here at home a few days back.

Performance wise, well, we try to get that type of dark, somewhat destructive energy over to the people that can be so uplifting at the same time… remember the black flame thing? The only way we can do that is by putting our hearts and souls into it. The facepaint, candles and military gear of course look flashy on stage, but that’s not the main purpose of all that stuff. It’s part of the transformation into a bunch of raging maniacs, which is what we need to be to deliver what we want to deliver. I can’t really describe the stage performance from the outside, although I have of course seen pictures and footage. It’s aggressive, fast, loud, energetic and hopefully well executed, that much I can say.


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

We’ll see. Touring maybe not so much, but a number of good gigs would be nice. But we already see some interest from promoters, even though album promotion has just started. So you’ll see us around, I’m sure.


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

Not sure, the album has only been out for a few days. But the little feedback we received so far has been very favorable.


11. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

So I, Mithras, am part of Wight, a progressive rock band, where I play bass. We’ve released three albums so far, but took a break in 2018 and are just kick-starting the band back to life at the moment. I also play bass in Glanville, an old school heavy metal band. We have released a first EP in 2018 and did a small tour. Great fun.

Our bass player Nihlathak plays guitar and is one of the songwriters in Angur. That’s basically a (pagan) black metal band as well, but with a much different approach. Slightly more modern, proper heavy stuff with some skill and passion. Check it out.


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

Good question. I see ourselves doing what we do and getting better at it. Riffs and ideas flow out of us without much control, so it comes down to what we make of them. That’s also where the band comes in… I think we’re making progress by becoming a better unit. We have some interesting new songs already written, and they’re all quite different. Maybe the challenge will be making a coherent album this time – but we’ll do it, rest assured.


13. 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?

That’s quite a general question. I myself am also active in other musical genres and also listen to a lot of other things besides metal – jazz, funk, world music, prog, you name it. You will not see any directly traceable influence from that in Fallen Tyrant, we have chosen to play black metal, and that it will remain. No need for “hey, let’s go for a weird funky guitar here and some technical death metal break there.” What happens is that I come across melodic or rhythmic patterns from other types of music and find a way to make a good black metal riff out of that without anyone noticing that that was ripped off blind from let’s say some funk song. Taking all that influence and cramming it into this limited style of black metal, relying on tried and true formulas while still saying something new and different – that’s the challenge, that’s what keeps it interesting to me. And I see that in my bandmates as well, everyone in the band contributes, but of course everyone has their own approach to it.


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

German black metal is pedestrian… in the truest sense of the word.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/fallen-tyrant-interview.html


(The True)Veiled/In Blinding Presence/Into Chaos Records/2019 CD Review

mardi 4 décembre 2018 à 03:14

  (The  True)  Veiled  are  a  band  from Germany  that  plays  a  very  psychotic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "In  Binding  Presence"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Into  Chaos  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  psychotic  edge  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  adds  in a  great  amount  of  monochromatic  structures  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.

  (The  True  Veiled)  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  original  and  psychotic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  psychotic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  (The  True)Veiled  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychotic  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Triunity"  "Saintly  Aisles"  and  "Bringer  Of  Lambency".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-trueveiledin-blinding-presenceinto.html


Wan/Gammal ar aldst/Carnal Records/2018 EP Review

lundi 3 décembre 2018 à 05:40

  Sweden's  Wan  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Gammal  ar  aldst"  which  will  be  released  on  December  21st  by  Carnal  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  musical  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  adding  in  some  first  wave  influences  at  times  as  well as  the  music  being  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  thrash  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  the  ep  progresses.

  On  this  recording  Wan  remain  true  to  the  raw,  satanic  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Metal  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Out  Of  Your  League"  and  "Till  maskarna  slangd".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/wangammal-ar-aldstcarnal-records2018-ep.html


Odious Devotion/Self Titled/Wolfspell Records/2018 CD Review

lundi 3 décembre 2018 à 04:47

  Odious  Devotion  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  album  which  will  be  released  on  December  21st  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  A  very  dark,  militant  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  along  with  some  melodic  tracks  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  slowing  down  for  a  few  seconds  but  keeping  the  focus  mostly  on  a  faster  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  ambient  style  instrumental  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Odious  Devotion  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  fast  in  the  old  school  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Odious  Devotion  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Morphosis"  and  "Vitsaus".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/odious-devotionself-titledwolfspell.html


Croc Noir/Mort/Wolfspell Records/2018 CD Review

dimanche 2 décembre 2018 à 05:37

  Croc  Noir  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Mort"  which  will  be  released  on  December  21st  by  Wolfspell  Records.

 Heavy  riffing  along  with  some  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffing  adds  in  first  wave  influences  and  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  accordion's  being  used  in  the  background  at  times, one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  rain  and  thunder  sounds  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  and  they  close  the  recording  with  an  acoustic  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Croc  Noir  expands  on  their  raw  style  of  black  metal  by  adding  in  more  accordion's  which  also  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Croc  Noir  and  if  you  ate  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Au  seuil  du  trepas"  and  "Transi  d'effroi".  8  out  of  10.
   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/croc-noirmortwolfspell-records2018-cd.html