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Mongrel's Cross Interview

jeudi 26 juillet 2018 à 04:12
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
1. Hails death and black freaks. Goet Euryn and I have actually been working on new material. We have 7 new tracks written which have taken what we did on Psalter to another level. We’re in the process of demo’ing them and expect that they’ll be ready within the next 6 months.


2.You have a new album coming out in August, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently with the newer music that you where not able to do with your previous material?
2. On Psalter we have gone back to what is our core inspiration and influences. 80’s and 90’s black, death and thrash. A new element we’ve introduced on Psalter is synths and we are really happy with how they sound. They are that perfect type of synth, one that adds depth to the guitars but in no way lessen the impact of them.

3.This is going to be your first release since 2018, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
3. Yes The Sins Of Aquarius was released in 2012 and we took a bit of a break. We had some line up changes and quickly realised that Goet and I work best as a studio duo. So we began work on Psalter and when we had the guitars written we enlisted our current drummer Wretch.

4.Your music is mostly rooted in  a blackened thrash metal style, what was it that made you want to go into this musical direction and also what do you feel you add to the genre?
4. It’s definitely what we relate to the most. We are riff orientated and that’s what attracted us to metal when we were kids and it still rings true today. It’s a cliche but it’s substance over style for us. We aren’t really interested in the leather jacket and hood scene.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as a song writer over the years?

5. The new album centres around the primordial Dragon and its role in mans psyche as well as other meditations on the universe. my process is quite simple, I find something I find interesting, explore it and adapt it in to lyrical form.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the cover artwork on the new album?
6. We are very happy with how the cover art turned out. David Thierre was the legend behind that. It’s the mighty Dragon I spoke of earlier tearing the heart out of a lion. As we know, the Christian god has been referred to asa lion so I will leave the interpretation of that up to readers.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
7. We haven’t played in some time as we feel fairly distant from the scene these days. Anyway our best shows were always with fellow bangers like Innsmouth and Gospel of the horns. Nights of big riffs and sore necks. 

8.What are some of the touring or show plans that you have for the remaining of 2018?
8. So I touched on this in the last question but I’ll elaborate. We feel like we get much more out of writing and recording than playing live so for the time being no shows are planned. We don’t really associate with anyone in whatever scene is present here at the moment and have no desire to do so.

9.Most of your material so far has been released on 'Hell's Headbangers', do you feel this label is perfect for the blackened thrash metal style that you play?
9. HHB have been really good to us. Chase took a punt on us back in 2011 and we are now doing our third release with them. I'm not much of a label enthusiast but yes I think there are some bands on the roster that share a similar outlook to us.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of black and thrash metal?
10. We are pretty happy with the response from fans, particularly with the new material. It's always cool when you see that someone has an album, shirt etc of your band and they are on the other side of the world.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically on future releases?
11. As I mentioned early we are well and truly on the way to a third album. It's building on the stuff we started on psalter but pushing it further. Black and thrash parts but also lots of heavy metal. We will always be 80's and 90's warriors. We've demo'd a few tracks and they sound unreal.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that you have been listening to lately and have you also found other musical inspirations over the years?
12. Lately I have cranked the new Angantyr and Darkenhold. I find lots of little new gems here and there but quite often go digging back in the old bands to see what I missed. I've always liked dark ambient/traditional folk stuff like Arcana, Dargaard and Elend etc. A newer one to mention is The moon and the nightspirit from Hungary.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. Psalter of the Royal dragon court is out August 3rd maniacs so get it and blast it! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/mongrels-cross-interview.html


Paths Interview

mercredi 25 juillet 2018 à 05:56
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new album?


Since recording “In Lands Thought Lost” I have just about finished writing and recording demos for what will be the fourth full-length. I'll soon send the demos to Austin once I've finished the last bit of tinkering and then we'll set about the recording in full once he has learned the songs. And at the moment I am actually also writing riffs for what will become album five.


2.You have a new album coming out in September, what are some of the things you have done musically on this recording that you where not able to do on your previous releases?


Having real drums is a big step forward, especially when they're played by someone as good as Austin. He really brought a new sense of dynamics and aggression to the music. Aside from that, Spencer Morris, who mastered the album, gave me a lot of help with the mix which has made this by far the best sounding Paths album. It feels like I'm finally reaching the sound I've always wanted to have but struggled to get.


3.In 2013 and 14 you released a great amount of material and then took a break until this year, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?


The initial spout of releases was definitely a very creative time for me. I was just inspired all the time and had such a craving to find new sounds and to experiment, though with admittedly mixed results. When I listen back to the demos now I can see what I was going for and what I tried to do, but the execution was rather sloppy. Things really started coming together in a clearer and more refined direction when I did the first full-length, “Where the Oakenhearted Dwell.” Shortly after the digital release I did myself of that album, Werewolf Promotions came into the picture. They released the first album on tape, the second album, “Beauty and Nihility,” on CD and finally a 2 tape set compiling all the demos. These releases should all still be available on the Werewolf Promotions site for anyone who hasn't gotten them yet.


“In Lands Thought Lost” was written at the end of this period. I originally recorded the album back in May of 2015, shortly before a temporary move across the country which led to a halt in writing and recording. The album was recorded with programmed drums, like everything before it. It was around this time I got in contact with Austin from Panopticon. I'd been a fan of his work since around 2007, and it was rather humbling to find out that he liked my own music after his has been such an influence on me for so long. At that point I was just sitting on the finished “In Lands Thought Lost” album. I sent it to Austin as I was curious to hear what he thought of the new material. He really liked it, so much so that he offered to record drums for it. Once his participation in the project was decided, it only made sense that we would release the album through Bindrune Recordings. Unfortunately, a number of unforeseen circumstances arose that delayed the release till now.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?


Thematically, there are a lot of similarities to the lyrics on the first album. Nature, overcoming personal struggles, and Odinic themes of sacrifice and growth are prominent. Though the final epic on the album delves into history rather than mythology, being inspired by the doomed expedition to the South Pole led by Robert Falcon Scott (though there is a metaphorical meaning to this song as well). I have been an avid student of history since childhood, even gaining a degree in history at university, but this is the first time I've let that other passion seep into my lyrics.


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


When I started the project I knew I wanted an ambiguous name. Something that didn't tie me down to a specific style or theme. The name itself is taken from the Sol Invictus song of the same name.


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


The artwork is done by Solfjall Design. She has worked on album art for a number of other bands, including Panopticon, Jodöden and Falls of Rauros. I made a VERY rough mock-up in photoshop to give an idea of what I wanted, then she took that rough and sloppy idea and turned it into a wonderful work of art.


7.With this musical project you record mostly everything by yourself, is this more of a personal project to you?


Paths is definitely a very personal project. Having full control of the musical direction and overall sound of the band is very important to me. Paths is just the music that flows naturally out of me and I don't know how well I would be able to work within the constraints of a full band.


8.On the new album you also had some session work from a member from 'Panopticon', can you tell us a little bit more about his contribution to the recording?


I touched on this a bit earlier, but to go into a bit more detail, I sent Austin what I thought was a finished album. I had programmed and mixed all the drums, and thought it was done, but then he came on board to do real drums. He learned the songs based on the beats I had programmed, but I allowed him some leeway. He changed the beats in a few places based on his own ideas, plus threw in his own fills. He sent me recordings of what he'd played and I loved the changes he made. The songs felt so much more dynamic and felt like they had much more forward momentum.


I also then did some additional guitar recording, and completely re-mixed the album from scratch with Austin's drums. The resulting 5 songs are by far the best music I have made to date and I am immensely proud of what we made created. I can't overstate just how important Austin's contributions to this album are and I am eternally grateful to him.


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


Bindrune put up a song (titled “To Brave the Storm”) from the album on youtube last month and the reaction has been nothing but positive so far.


10.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Teeth of The Wolf'?


Teeth of the Wolf is my side project. It was conceived as an acoustic-singer songwriter sort of thing, somewhere between neofolk and Townes Van Zandt, though also incorporating elements of ambient and darkwave. I recorded two demos and played a couple shows, but since then have had little inspiration for writing acoustic songs. My musical focus has been solely on Paths since then, and it looks to continue that way for the foreseeable future. So I guess Teeth of the Wolf is on hiatus.


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


The material I've written for the fourth album, and am currently writing for the fifth is much more direct, and, dare I say it, catchy. My song writing has become much more disciplined and focused, yet at the same time I think the songs are a lot more exciting and lively. I've been experimenting more with writing dual guitar parts and it's really adding an exciting element to this new material. I'm very much looking forward to the future of Paths' ever shifting sound. The fourth album looks to be a bit more of a straight forward black metal album, while the filth is slowly going into some weird directions, though that's still in the very early stages of writing so I can't say for sure...


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?


The biggest influence on Paths is the Norwegian second wave as a whole, but also bands like Moonsorrow, Falkenbach, Drudkh, Walknut, Agalloch, Hate Forest, Bathory, Panopticon, Wodensthrone, Ygg, Angantyr, Mgla, Winterfylleth, and Death Fortress. I may disagree with the politics of some of those bands, but their music is a continuing inspiration.


That said, my musical taste has been slowly changing over the last few years. Or maybe regressing is a better description. I find myself drawn more and more to older bands, the bands I got into as a teenager, particularly first and second wave black metal bands, and classic heavy metal in general. My interest in contemporary black metal, particularly so-called post-black metal, has waned quite a lot, with the exception of a handful of exceptional bands.


I have been exploring heavy and epic metal much more thoroughly in the last few years. Bands like Manilla Road, Omen, Heavy Load, Ashbury, Fates Warning, Sumerlands, Doomsword etc. All this change in listening habits over the last few years is definitely filtering into my riff writing as well...


13.What are some of your non musical interests?


A mentioned earlier, I am a history buff. Particularly military history. Outside of that, I am an avid reader in general. In particular, writers like J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, E. M. Cioran, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ernest Hemingway, Friedrich Nietzsche, H. P. Lovecraft, and many more that I have doubtless forgotten to mention. Beyond that I like to spend time outside, especially in forests. Whether with friends or in solitude, trees provide a much more comforting surrounding than the the grey concrete of everyday life.


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


Thanks to everyone who has supported this project so far. It's been a long wait, but new material is finally dawning. We are currently awaiting the test presses of the vinyl and we're hoping to have “In Lands Thought Lost” released sometime this fall. And believe me, it will be worth the wait. After that, the time in between this new album and the next should be much less than three years! There is lots of new Paths music on the horizon...


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/paths-interview.html


Suffering Interview

mercredi 25 juillet 2018 à 05:39

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are currently looking for more gigs and have a couple of things in the pipeline. Also we are getting ready to release our first album titled 11 soon.

2.Recently you have released a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you where going for with this release?

Like i mentioned in the previous question we haven’t released it yet but we are hoping to have it released next month (august). It has taken some time due to financing everything ourselves and the thing called “life” getting in the way. For Suffering though we are all big fans of black metal and its various subgenres and also doom metal too so play a mixture of black and doom but more on the black metal end of the spectrum. Playing songs with our kind of subject matter the best and most effective way to get the message across and the right atmosphere it has to be played in a black metal format.

3.The band has been around since 2012 but you waited until this year to put out the full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

Yes that is correct. Originally the band was started in 2012 with various members from other black metal bands from around the country but due to distance/travelling etc it was too difficult to make it work so i stopped the band until roughly 2 years ago when i found a whole new lineup which luckily came together very quickly and just over a year later 11 was written and recorded.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with Satanism and The Occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts has evolved during the years?

I don’t really like to go into too much detail about these kind of things because i think a lot of it should be discovered and researched yourself without somebody holding your hand and showing you the way but i have many many years of research into satanism, occultism, ritual, ancient civilisations and their gods/demons etc and our themes and interests run deep to the point where subjects to choose from could never be exhausted. 11 has many themes and subjects running through it but tied together by mainly one thing but what those themes are is something i will let people discover for themselves and make their own minds up.

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

When i originally started the band is was just a straight DSBM band pretty much but when i ressurected the band i felt that subject matter for a DSBM band would be very limiting for me personally. I would have plenty to write and sing about but i realised that those subjects were something i wasn’t ready to whole heartedly face and shine a spotlight on so to speak but those elements are still there in our music and is a underlying thing. Maybe we will return to the full DSBM at some point, who knows? So now in the context of that band we feel it still works and fits nicely because EVERYTHING is suffering, life, the need for money, work, family, children, relationships, being alone, being with people, mental health, illness, religion. It is all suffering and everybody suffers to some extent every day, some more than others but we all do plus we wanted our music to portray that also. We want people to suffer with us through this experience whether it is listening to our music or seeing us perform live.

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

The artwork was my brainchild and direction. It represents various parts of the album in a visual sense and every little thing on the artwork has a specific meaning individually and as a whole. One thing that also helped is that it was pencil drawn and then painted by my talented wife who runs Enchanted Woodland. https://www.facebook.com/enchantedwoodland/

7.I have noticed from what i have seen of pictures from live shows the band members wear cloak's on stage, would you consider your life performance as being ritualistic?

Yes that is a very exactly correct observation. Ritual is a very big part of this band also 11, whoops i gave away one of the albums subjects then but in all seriousness yes ritual plays a big part.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans fir the future?

Well we are on the look out for more gigs of course but currently we are arranging to travel to the Netherlands because we have been asked to play a gig over there but other than that nothing in concrete just yet.

9.In 2017 you where also a part of a compilation, do you feel this release was very helpful on getting your name known in the underground?

Not really haha. It was a good thing to be a part of and appreciate being asked but it didn’t really have any impact on anything at all, negative or positive.

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

We chose to do everything for the first album entirely ourselves to have complete control over everything because as a new band i don’t think you should jump into the “corporations” and business side with labels until you have decided and found where you are going yourselves but once the album is released we will certainly be looking for a record label for the future of the band.

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

It has only been on a very small scale at the moment because we have only officially released 2 or 3 songs so people are yet to hear the whole thing. With this band you can’t listen to one or two songs and understand what we are about or what we do because our songs, inspirations, styles we incorporate are so vast. Once people listen to the whole of 11 then they will know but so far from what we have heard from people it has been very positive, although i think some people are missing the point entirely but like i said i think that would be down to not hearing the whole album so they can’t make a justified and accurate opinion.

12.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?

Currently nothing. I am the only member of the band that has other projects/bands but all of those are currently inactive due to Suffering being the main focus. I do have a full length solo album fully recorded that i have been sitting on since 2014 but that may or may not ever get released. I am also planning a follow up at some point to the E.P They Won’t Stay Dead by my project Perverted Funeral Home but that could be either in the near or distant future.

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

The same direction that features on 11 but the only difference will be that our new music will features all of our elements amplified. The heaviest thing on 11 will be even heavier on the follow up, just like the most melodic/atmospheric thing on 11 will be even more melodic/atmospheric on the follow up etc. Bands must always grow and evolve but that doesn’t mean changing entirely and abandoning what you have done before. That is being dishonest with yourself and the people who follow you.

14.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?

Black metal and doom metal are the obvious ones, with a bit of death metal but not too much haha. And obviously we are inspired by all the standard black metal bands you would expect to be named so i won’t waste time on that but bands that i personally would say that have been big influences and played a big part in our forming would be Shining, Skitliv, Akercocke, Triptykon, Primitive Man and My Dying Bride to name a handful.

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

Thank you for doing this interview with us and also for the very positive review you did for us. It is greatly appreciated. We hope that people will check out 11 when it comes out and give us a chance. Also come see us live and witness the way this band is meant to be presented. AVE! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/suffering-interview.html


Pando/Hiraeth/Aesthetic Death/2018 CD Review

mercredi 25 juillet 2018 à 04:41

  Pando  are  a  duo  from  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  ambient,  experimental  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hiraeth"  which  was  released  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Field  recording  start  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and    epic  in  length  along  with  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  drones  also  being  utilized  as  well  as  some  ambient  style  synths  and  when  vocals  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Drum  beats  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  deep  demonic  vocals  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  when  programmed  beats  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  industrial.

  Female  vocals  and  elements  of  noise  are  added  onto  the  second  track  along  with  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  one  song  also  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  as  well  as  some  bass  guitars,  voice  message  samples  and  folk  instruments  also  being  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  country/blues  influences,  harmonica's  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  On  this  recording  Pando  takes  black  metal,  ambient,  experimental  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Pando  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  experimental,  avant  garde,  noise  and  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "l'appel  du  vide"  and  "Horror  Vacui".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/pandohiraethaesthetic-death2018-cd.html


Nagaarum/Apples/Aesthetic Death/2018 CD Review

mardi 24 juillet 2018 à 06:20

  Nagaarum  are  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  progressive,  ambient  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Apples"  which  was  released  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Avant  garde  sounds  and  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  the  second  track  shows  the  music  getting  a  lot  of  heavier  along  with  some  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  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  black  metal  feeling.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  progressive  and  experimental while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  grim  black  metal  screams  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  post  rock  are  added  onto  the  recording  and a  couple  of  later  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars,  drones  and  female  vocals  into  the  music.

  On  this  recording  Nagaarum  takes  experimental,  progressive,  black,  doom  metal,  ambient  and  post  rock  and  mixes  them  together to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  that  covers  the  history  of  3  scientists  Isaac  Newton,  Robert  Hooke  and  Edmond  Halley  and  their  contributions  to t he  scientific  world  and  thinking.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nagaarum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  progressive,  black,  doom  metal,  ambient  and  post  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Isaac"  "Robert"  "Edmond"  and  "Modern  History".  8  out  of  10.     

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/nagaarumapplesaesthetic-death2018-cd.html