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Elurra Interview

jeudi 16 août 2018 à 05:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



Elurra was founded 2013 by some friends in Duisburg/Germany. With our roots in the punk and hardcore scene, we still feel connected to many of these scenes ethics like the ideals of do it yourself and left wing politics in general.

For us it is important to combine music and ritual. Stage performance is always a ritual in which we want to create a audio-visual and olfactory gloomy atmosphere with having candles, fire, burning some woods or self created resin mixes.



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



Basicly new on the actual release "von Feuer und Erde" is that it is recorded, mixed and mastered by ourselves. We decided to do so because we like the diy way of making and sharing music and want to have full control over the sound of the record. We tried do make it sound more like we sound on stage, which differs a little of the more “clear” sound of the previous record.



3.You consider yourself as being 'red and anarchist black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about your involvement with this movement and left wing politics?



It is not easy to explain this in short term but we try.

We feel connected to the ideals of RABM, anarchism, communism, of a solidare and caring society, and for some of our bandmembers also satanism. This stands for individuality, free thinking, letting others live their self-determined life. As band and personally, we are against authorial, fascistic, religious ideology and do not agree with the concepts of borders, nations, masters, gods or anything else to keep us in line.

We also support leftist places and like playing there. And the band also organize the Haglaz antifascist black metal fest every year in AZ Mülheim in Germany.



For us it is important to make a clear statement against NSBM and other fascist cowards who dream of a strong “Führer” because they are afraid of freedom and living their own life. They need someone to tell them what to do and think and where their place in society is. Their dream of a society in uniforms with strict rules and their fear of heterogeneity is against everything our understanding of black metal stands for.

Fascism is on a rise all over the world again and people try to escape the impositions of capitalism by crawling into the deceptive security of the warm and stinking lap of nation and race, for us it is important to organize against that madness, and as a black metal band for us it is obvious to support the idea of RABM.



We decided not to announce political messages on stage or explicit in the lyrics, so it is important for us to discus these themes with other (in interviews e.g.). Also we want to create a show that may enables possibilities for personal reflection and enlightenment.



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



Although we consider ourselves as political persons and support left ideas, our lyrics are only in so far political, as my personal attitude of course influences everything I say, sing or write.

The lyrics deal with a mix of personal feelings/stories, dreams and occult/esoteric topics.

They are written to fit the music, to fit the setting on stage to negotiate the walls of reality and hopefully let us and maybe the people at the show pass it for some time, let us have a look at a different junction of cosmic spheres, and maybe give us the power to change the state of the fucked up world we live in.



5.You also mention some left hand path interests on your facebook page, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?



I will only speak for myself, some band-member do not care about satanism or occultism, but I consider myself as a satanist and use rituals and magic to alter myself and the reality for personal reasons. To do so, I have to silence my inner voice of logic and rationalism, and a good place for me to to so is the stage or the rehearsal room with noise, smoke and fire.

As I told before we also use some kind of ritual on stage to alter reality on a level of society. It is probably not as effective as good old class war, but I think it is worth a try.





6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Elurra'?



Elurra is the Basque word for snow. I like the basque country, I like the soundig of the word, I like snow. Thats it.





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



The picture ist a photo by Richard Peter taken in 1965 and shows the during ww2 destroyed "Frauenkirche" in "Dresden". The “Frauenkirche” is very symbolically. Today’s fascists wants to create a victim myth about the “innocent” city Dresden during war. They also tries in this topic to qualify the horrible crime of nazi regime. This is not to tolerate and amongst other things we use the “Frauenkirche” to remember the brutal consequences of fascist ideologies that has never to be possible again. Additionally we want´s to discuss the “Deutschtum” as a precursor of fascism.



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



best show on a Bauwagenplatz in Badel, where was a very nice show over New Year's Eve with and many punk and crusty people.

Stage performance is always a ritual in which we want to create a audio-visual and olfactory gloomy atmosphere with having candles, fire, burning some woods or self created resin mixes.



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



Right now we have a record release show and we will play at the "Haglaz" Festival in the AZ Mülheim. Due to some personal reasons, we will concentrate on producing new songs for a new release instead of much touring for the next time.



10.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?



If a label would sign us we would discuss it certainly. To be signed on a label also means to have it more comfortable with spreading music or playing shows. You also might get supported in producing upcoming music. But as mentioned we also like the idea of diy and never really tried to find some label or something like that





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

Some people love us because of our attitude, they are happy about the new record.

Some people hate us because of our attitude, they are angry about our “black metal for good people”

To get more reactions for the music, I think we have to send more promos for reviews to some zines and blogs like we did to you. But promotion is not what we really care about or are good at, so I think we will not get to know much about the metal worlds reaction.





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



We are working on new songs and this may improve our musical diversity. At the moment we try to write a more mid tempo song, which avoids blast beats and is inspired by some doom/sludge. On long term it will probably stay black metal.





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?



We got influenced mainly by true Norwegian black metal just like million bands before and after us.

Beside black metal one of the band listens to some wired kind of techno, one listens to the punk his other band plays, one has two death metal records and I found love for some black ambient. (Watch out for Elurra side project!)





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



It is important to intense political discussions in Metal and to get rid off the fascist scum out of the scene. So thank you for your support, the nice review of our new record and letting us share our wired thoughts!

Rotfront and hail satan!



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


Dalkhu/Lamentation And Ardent Fire/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review

mardi 14 août 2018 à 06:10

  Slovenia's  Dalkhu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Lamentation  And  Ardent  Fire"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  bring  in  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  death  metal  growls  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

 Dalkhu  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dalkhu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Am"  "Gaps  of  Existence"  and  "Night".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/dalkhulamentation-and-ardent-firegodz.html


Incorporea/To Exorcize The Sun/Vertabrae/2018 EP Review

mardi 14 août 2018 à 04:00

  Incorporea  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "To  Excorcize  The  Sun"  which  was  released  by  Vertabrae.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  brings  in  some  modern  influences  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto t he  second  track.

  Incorporea  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  black  metal  while  the  doom  metal  elements  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  suffering  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Incorporea  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Carved  In  Paroxysmal  Void".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/incorporeato-exorcize-sunvertabrae2018.html


Burial Shrine/Labyrinth Of Bridges/Saturnal Records/2028 CD Review

mardi 14 août 2018 à 00:21

  Burial  Shrine  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a very  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Labyrinth  of  Bridges"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  sound  very  deep  at  times  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  most  of  the  music  sounds  very  modern  but  also  adding  in  some  old  school  influences  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  violins  onto  the  recording.

  Burial  Shrine  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  in  a  more  modern  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes  along  with  some  songwriting  from  Johannes  Nefastos. 

  In  my  opinion  Burial  Shrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Walk  The  Edge  Of  Infinity"  "To  See  Beyond  The  Mask"  and  "Labyrinth  Of  Bridges".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/burial-shrinelabyrinth-of.html


Theudho/De roep van het woud/Heidens Hart Records/2018 CD Review

lundi 13 août 2018 à 05:39

  Theudho  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "De  roep  van  het  woud"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  atmospheric  synths  also  being  mixed  in  at  times  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  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  as  the  album  progresses  and  there  is  also  an  ambient  instrumental  before  closing  the  recording  with  a  heavier  track.

  Theudho  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that is  very  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belgian  and  cover  Germanic  Mythology,  History,  Philosophy  and  Cultural  Tradition  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Theudho  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waar  kraaien  de  ondergang  bezingen"  "De  eik  van  Hakiloheim"  "Wolfstijd"  and  "In  de  schaduw  van  de  zwarte  banier".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/theudhode-roep-van-het-woudheidens-hart.html