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Living Altar Interview

jeudi 29 mars 2018 à 21:50
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
First of all, thank you for the interview. Living Altar is a band from Lithuania that plays Deadly Black Metal. It used to consist of three members in a power trio format, but now remains as a studio project. Living Altar methodically investigates various psychic phenomena, myths and esoterica. Was this little enough?

2.So far you have released a demo, EP and also have been a part of a split, how would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on those  recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
The music (or at least what I want it to be) is harsh Black Metal that constantly pushes forward and manages a healthy sense of dynamics. The most prominent difference between the demo and the EP is that the latter is much better produced, recorded, and mixed/mastered. Also, the music feels more complete and purposeful whereas each song delivers a listener to some destination. Meanwhile the demo, since it was recorded live in a studio (1 song - 1 take), is more raw and somewhat more wild. Split/compilation consisted of one track, which was present on the EP, but had a bit more raw mix.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?
I think that the title of the EP, namely "Scythes Towards Psyche", should evoke a vision of our topics. Central to the lyrics is the connection between the physical and immaterial that is human. From the EP's point of view, this connection is based in the neural system of a person, while "the other side" is crawling with unseen phenomena. Concepts of archetype, egregore, cognition, (sub-)consciousness, time and cosmology (note the three levels of existence loosely described here) are central to the mythology of Living Altar, whereas physics, other natural sciences and scientific method itself are hopeless in explaining this phenomenon. So, in some sense it is Lovecraftian as well.

4.The band has been around since 2011 but waited until 2015 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
Early years were plagued with line-up problems and, until we got together with a proper drummer Jonas (late 2013), little progress was made. Yes, the songs were written prior to that, but it was the appearance of the drummer who gave the real kick to the band's progress. Then we managed to have a rather tight live and recording line-up, which has done the recordings and gigs. The demo was recorded in mid-2014, but the actual release was postponed due to various things.

5.Your music is very heavily rooted in the bestial and war metal style that seems to have been making a huge comeback in the last few months, what do you feel you have to offer to the genre that no band before you has done so far?
Do you really think that this war metal is making a comeback? To me it seems that the spring has been drained and only a small number of bands is actually providing interesting and relevant releases. Of course, there are some bands here-and-there, but I wouldn't call this a 'huge comeback'. Now do we have anything that no band before us has done? I don't think we are in a position to discuss this, since, you know, every band since Black Sabbath has only been doing more of the same. Yet, I can tell that you won't find this usual shallow and ironic gas-mask, goat-fuck, Mary-rape, aesthetics or ideals that plagues raw BM. These are the things that have always put me off this scene.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Living Altar'?
There is no real answer to this. This phrase was just stuck in my head for a few days. Of course, later I wanted to give this name a myth or meaning (and actually did it), but in the end this should remain open for interpretation.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the cover artwork presented on the new ep?
Cover artwork was done by Asteraz (https://www.facebook.com/Deat hisper/) and turned out really well. Firstly, it must be mentioned that it was created to reflect the title of the EP, which is "Scythes Towards Psyche", which explains a lot. Also, the placement of a quasar over a supposed location of the pineal gland hints of the collapse of macrocosmos and microcosmos (or vice versa) in a very limited (yet infinitely big) volume. That's one side of the paradox that is being discussed in the EP as well as one possible interpretation of Living Altar. There are some components that emphasize some particular details of the whole concept, but they should not shadow the main concept.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
The number of live performances was very limited and the last one happened more than three years ago, so it's pointless to talk about this now.

9.In 2017 you where a part of a split, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands that you had shared this recording with?
The split was titled "Nekrokatarsis" and this is a name of a rather small circle of people that are behind "Armageddon Descends" festival hosted Vilnius. Nekrokatarsis has been active since late 2012 and did five editions of "Armageddon Descends" as well as a number of different gigs. But "Nekrokatarsis" could also be interpreted as an artistic concept, egregore or anything else. So this split was a collaboration between the 6 bands (4 metal and 2 electronic projects) that are directly involved or close to the "Nekrokatarsis". The bands gave their interpretation of the concept. It is a very conceptual work and, even the bands are very different in their musical output, a very strong common thread runs through the release.
https://nkrktrss.bandcamp.com/ releases

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of war, black and death metal?
Given that the release is quite new and rather underground, not many opinions were gathered. Of course, there were some default reviews by webzines, but I have to see a good, insightful and contemplative review yet. The most common epithets I've noticed are "harsh, brutal, organic, punishing", which is not far from the truth (or what I perceive the music to be).

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The music is being created, but it's too soon to speculate if this will materialize as a full-length or any other format. Future sound of Living Altar will be even more focused and brutal, yet more thoughtful and elaborated. The essence of the band's music, the 'occultum lapidem', is going to be buried behind layers and layers of paradox, so that it would unfold only to the ones actually listening.

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?
There are too many to mention. I am a fan of music and my influences range from classic and underground metal to electronic (industrial, contemporary EBM) and classical music (romantic period) to a lot of different things.
Nowadays I was listening to a lot of Inquisition! Also, among a lot of other bands, Primitive Man, Revenge, new Demonmancy masterpiece, Boards of Canada and Tangerine Dream and releases of Stroboscopic Artefacts label were prominent in my playlist.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts.
Thank you for your interest and interview. If anything that was written here made sense, you should go ahead and listen to this: https:// infernaprofundusrecords. bandcamp.com/album/scythes- towards-psyche

purchase album here: www.ipr666shop.com

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


Abduction/A I'Heure du Crepuscule/Finisterian Dead End/2018 CD Review

jeudi 29 mars 2018 à 06:09

  Abduction  not  to  be  confused  with  the  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  with  the  same  name  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  intense  and  melancholic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "A  I'Heure  du  Crepuscule"  which  was  released  in  Finesterian  Dead  End.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  used  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  before  going  into a   very  fast  and  raw  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  progressive  while  the  songs  also  mix  in  some  of  the  more  modern  atmospheric  style  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  instrumental  which  also  introduces  post  rock  elements  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  track  also  introduces  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  onto  the  recording.

  Abduction  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  atmospheric,  progressive  and  melancholic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  darkness,  history,  death,  misanthropy,  religion  and  wilderness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abduction  are  a  very  great  sounding  intense  and  melancholic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  I'Heure  du  Crepuscule"  and  "La  Grande  Illusion".  8/5  out  of  10.

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/abductiona-iheure-du.html


Profane Order/Tightened Noose Of Sanctimony/Krucyator Productions/2018 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 28 mars 2018 à 20:45

  Profane  Order  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017 ep  "Tightened  Noose  Of  Sanctimony"  which  was  re-issued  in  2018  by  Krucyator  Productions  and  also  consists  of  "their  2016  full  length  album  "Marked  As  Malice"  as  a  bonus.

  A  very  fast,  raw and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  songs  also bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Bestial  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  brings  out  of  of  the  best  elements  of  both  the  Australian  and  Canadian  styles  of  war  metal  with  a  touch  of  Archgoat  and  Black  Witchery  influences  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  chaotic  style  but  also  having  their  melodic  moments  on  a  few  tracks  which  also  updates  the  sound  for  the  modern  era  and  at  times  the  bass  guitar  also  brings  in  a  very  powerful  and  grinding  tone.   

  On  the  2016  album  the  music  starts  out  in  a  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  direction  which  goes  back  to  the  early  era's  of  90's  doom/death  metal  while  the  vocals  also  thrown  in  a  lot  of  angry  shouts  along  with  the  bass  tone  also  bringing  in  the  same  style  of  the  previous  ep  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  the  war  metal  aggression  of  the  previous  recording.

  When  guitars  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  bring  in  even  more  of  the  90's  era  black/death  metal  style  while  also  having t heir  dark  and  melodic  moments  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  keeps  the  same  style  of t he  previous  ep  but  with  a  more  different  vocal  approach.

  Profane  Order  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  and  most  brutal  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own  while  the  ep  tracks  show  a  more  bestial  approach,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence,  hate  and  misanthropic  themes. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/profane-ordertightened-noose-of.html


Gyre Of Incandescents Interview

mercredi 28 mars 2018 à 18:56

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

V: Gyre of Incandescents is new black metal project from Finland and Canada. I started it because I wanted to make very raw, monotonous and ritualistic black metal. Mia joined me to sing female vocals and help with lyrics. I couldn't do it and I didn't want to do it with my other projects & bands, so I started Gyre of Incandescents (GoI). With this project I want to experiment with different playing, recording and songwriting techniques in order to create interesting and hypnotic soundscapes.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

V: Steady, repetitive and ritualistic. Before I wrote all these songs, I wanted to combine drone music and black metal by putting them together so it would have been drone with blast beats hah. Later I noticed that the idea was too extreme for me.


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

V: Lyrics are about pictures in my head. Pictures and scenes with and without humans. I see music and sound as abstract pictures, shapes in my head and with lyrics I try to find a home for them. Most of the time the home is in nature. Forest, nature, loneliness.. They are all great topics if you think about it. Nature is the best place for rituals.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gyre Of Incandescents'?

V: It's the main shape and picture of the sound I want to achieve.

5.One member lives in Finland while another lives in Canada, what effect does this have on the musical style?

V: I think it doesn't matter. Normally I just show my ideas for clean vocals to Mia and she follows them but she is very talented singer and songwriter and I would be interested to hear her ideas too.


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

V: I am extremely happy with our current line up.

7.On the album you had done a 'Akitsa' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

V: L'homme De Fer is very important song for me and it's beautiful. I think it fits perfectly with the rest of the songs in that album. Primitive, repetitive..

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

V: The feedback has been very positive. Our musical style is not for everyone. Even some people who are familiar with black metal can't understand it but still most of the feedback has been good.

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

V: Right now I think we are not going to change musically. More ambient, drone tracks will be heard in the future along with black metal. I will concentrate on production and mixing because there are so many ways to do things nowadays. I think the next album will be uglier when it comes to black metal but those smooth ambient tracks will give some contrast to it.

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?

V: I'm not going to tell any names. Lo-fi music, lo-fi black metal. Nowadays I'm listening lots of non black metal bands but they are still pretty lo fi and primitive. I just love the sound. You can never find that atmosphere from modern studio sound. 

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

V: It's interesting but I'd rather go to the forest and find the answers from there.

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

V: Some artists think that when they make lo-fi music, it doesn't matter how you record them and they pick the first mics they find and use whatever technique that first comes to mind  because "its lo-fi it doesn't matter". Yes it does. Lo-fi music is not supposed to sound bad. It's supposed to sound good because of the lo-fi sound. Good sound and good quality are different things. And thank you for your interest.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/gyre-of-incandescents-interview.html


Raven Throne/I Miortvym Snicca Zolak/Non Serviam Records/2018 CD Review

mercredi 28 mars 2018 à 05:11

  Raven  Throne  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "I  Miortvym  Snicca  Zolak"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Non  Servaim  Records.

  Wind,  rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  folk  music  feeling  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  into  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic,  modern  and  atmospheric  style.

 Most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  Raven  Throne  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  with  a  great  amount  of  folk  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  Slavic  poems  that  where  written  at  the  beginning  of  the  20th  century.

  In  my  opinion  Raven  Throne  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vietru"  and  "Vosien".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/raven-thronei-miortvym-snicca-zolaknon.html