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Avenge The Throne Interview

mercredi 11 avril 2018 à 05:41
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We play black metal with a lot of different influences, and try to incorporate all of our influences and ideas into our sound and we are constantly experimenting with our sound to evolve as a band and musicians.

2. So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

"Reborn" is definitely more of an abstract multi-faceted album, I feel it was us trying to find our beginning sound as a project, though it was very sporadic. With "Chariots" we were going with some of the musical ideas we thought of in our first album and took some time expanding on them. I feel the whole album kind of has a similarity to the vibe the whole way through it.

3.The band has been around since 2010 but so far has only put out 2 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?

When we first got together it was all about writing and refining the songs and ideas we had and liked and throwing out the bad ideas. Then we had to find a way to record and then get help mastering. The gap in between the first and the second was for writing, and I spent much of the time on working on the synths and effects I did on that album. We also had to travel for Pathogen to do his parts and for his help mixing and mastering the album. We don’t want each album to sound  too familiar or too similar creatively or even on the production side of it.

4.On one of your tracks you covered 'Sumerian Mythology', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

We have a fond interest in ancient cultures and ancient civilization and the ancient Sumerian culture really intrigues us.

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

We enjoy discussing supernatural subjects, ancient history, philosophy, human emotions, natural and unnatural elements (spirituality and mysticism), outerspace, higher consciousness, human existence and its futility, many different subjects. We do not prefer to be absolute or very direct with our messages, we want it to be open for interpretation.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Avenge The Throne'?

We are here to avenge the throne. We have a message to send, and we want people to listen and open their mind and their eyes, but mostly their fucking ears.

7.When i was looking at the band names I have noticed you brought in the name 'Xaphan' which was a fallen angel and also the name 'Yliaster' which was a term coined by 'Paracelsus', do the band members have an interest in Western Occultism?

Western occultism is a common thread in most black metal, thus the name Yliaster (spelled Illiaster) seemed viable because it means "prime matter consisting of body and soul" which to me is a reference to all human life.

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

Well, its great that we have a drummer now, "Mjölnir" is a fantastic percussionist and musician full of charisma and a beast on drums. Excellent addition to the small clan we are.
Santa Cruz music festival was enjoyable and cool, but we've also had some fun at a couple local house shows, getting hammered and having friends drive is great.
Stage presence I try to head bang as much as I can but between vocals, playing bass, and controlling a series of effects pedals is quite difficult, but with time maybe I'll adjust more and get more used to such things; Illiaster just gets up there and headbangs.

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

Currently no shows or tours. Trying to work on a good solid studio, very costly but we are near the finish line and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Also we are working on upgrading all of our gear, and freshening up our setlists for live performances and tours.


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

How do I shrug virtually?

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

So far I believe positive but I haven't looked too hard or really shared it much around the internet . We have a very small fan base on our social media outlets.


12.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are anticipating releasing some (if not one) single(s) by the end of this year, and hopefully a new release early next year.
This new release is going to be a long one and it is definitely a musical journey. Many different styles (ghostly and progressive even enlightening), it's a tale told through sound. Expect something great.

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?

I've spent years listening to black metal and metal, so clearly that has been an influence. I have always liked obscure music so I really like weird metal. Lately though I've been listening to a lot of world music like DakhaBrakha or Huun-Huur-tu. Also a good bit of 70s rock from Turkey or Peru like Mazhar ve Fuat or Laghonia. Black Metal lately I've been listening to Spektr, Locus Neminis, and Batushka to name a few.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
Philosophy, history, the paranormal, outerspace. But also...
Coffee, hiking, meditation, writing, art, reading, camping, beer, and weed.

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

Thank you for the interview.
There is much more to come, we are just beginning.

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


Nekrokraft/Servants/The Sign Records/2018 CD Review

mercredi 11 avril 2018 à 04:12

  Sweden's  Nekrokraft  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Servants"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  The  Sign  Records.

  Black  metal  screams  along  with  some  dark  and  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  fast  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  while t he  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  melodic  chants  and keyboards  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  and  when  guitar  solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  one  track  also  brings  clean  guitars  onto  the  recording.   

  On  this  recording  Nekrokraft  expand  on  their  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  by  adding  keyboards  on  some  of  the  tracks  to  create  something  different  from t heir  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Babylonian  and  Scandinavian  Folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Nekrokraft  and  if  you  are  a f an  of r aw  and  melodic  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mouth  Ov  Ahriman"  "Servants  ov  The  black"  "Eternal,  I  Am"  and  "Plague".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/nekrokraftservantsthe-sign-records2018.html


Death.Void.Terror./To The Great Monolith/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 11 avril 2018 à 03:04

  Death.Void.Terror.  are  an  international  band  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  and  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "To  The  Great  Monolith"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  distorted  sound  along  with  some  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when t he  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  an  improv  feeling  along  with  both  of  the  songs  invoking  a  very  ritualistic  atmosphere  along  the  the  tremolo  picking  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized  as  well  as  the  music  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  always  remains  very  dark  and  experimental  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  and  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end  of  the  recording.

  Death.Void.Terror.  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  ritualistic  and  experimental  while  taking  the  influence  of  Abruptum  and  giving  it  a  more  up  to  date  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Ritualistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Death.Void.Terror.  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  and  experimental  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are a   fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "(-------)".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/deathvoidterrorto-great-monolithiron.html


Wolvhammer/The Moments Of Ash & Bone/Blood Music/2018 CD Review

mardi 10 avril 2018 à 06:08

  Wolvhammer  are  a  band  with  members  from  Illinois  and  Minnesota  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Moments  Of  Ash  &  Bone"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Blood  Music.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  also bringing  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams. 

  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  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  sludge  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Growls  are  also  used  at  times  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  clear  vocals  as  well  as  some  psychedelic  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  riffing  brings  in  influences  of  Hellhammer  and  Celtic  Frost  but  keeping  everything  more  modern and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Wolvhammer  keeps  the  sludge  elements  while  taking  their  black  metal  side  into  more  of  a  raw  Nordic  influenced  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  first  wave  influences  and  a  touch  of  punk  and  psychedelia  to  make  this  album  different  from  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide  and  misanthropy  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wolvhammer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  sludge  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternal  Rotting  Misery" "Bathed  In  Moonblood  and  Wolflight"  and  "Solace  Eclipsed".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/wolvhammerthe-moments-of-ash-boneblood.html


The Black Sorcery/And The Beast Spake Death From Above/Krucyator Productions/2018 Full length Review

mardi 10 avril 2018 à 04:15

  The  Black  Sorcery  are  a  band  from  Canada  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018 album  "And  The  beast  Spake  Death  From  Above"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Krucyator  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  when  keyboards  are  used  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  chaotic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  having  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  a  touch  of  grindcore  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  at  times  the  growls  get  very  guttural  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  Black  Sorcery  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  bestial  black  and  cavernous  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  brutal  dark recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  The  Black  Sorcery  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  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  "Ancient  Dialects  Of  Wind"  "Frost  Veined"  and  "Helgeist".  8  out  of  10. 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-black-sorceryand-beast-spake-death.html