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Kuoleman Galleria Interview

jeudi 21 décembre 2017 à 06:19
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Kuoleman Galleria was founded 2012. The first steps were slow because for the first two years the concept was almost only in my head. I made couple of demo songs during 2012-2014 and recorded them in my home studio. In 2014 I told about this project to my musician friends and we decided to form a band. We made couple of songs more and in 2015 we decided to go to an actual studio to record the debut album.

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?

Basically the first album is a compilation of demo songs. This second album we just released has been composed in shorter time and the songs are more connected to each other. And also there are more layers in it. The sound is “bigger” although we wanted to maintain the certain roughness in the music. And we used more time to pre-production phase which affected mainly on arrangements. If we talk about lyrics, this second album is much darker than the first one.

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

There is kind of a background story on the new album. The journey starts from the point when autumn leaves fall to the ground and darkness descends over north (Pimeys Saapuu Pohjoiseen). Then there are songs telling stories of fucked up people (Hännystelijät Helvettiin, Nuorallatanssija, Vahtikoira), material obsession (Materian Omistama), mortality and longing for death (Ajan Hammas, Jalopuinen Makuupaikka), inner demons (Sadattaja, Piru on Irti, Mieleen Haudattu), greed (Antava Osapuoli), oblivion (Vainajan Virsi) and really bad hangover and alcohol madness (Täsmäisku, Kurjuuden Kierteessä).

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kuoleman Galleria'?

In English it means Gallery of Death. Basically the name reflects the shadow of death that’s hanging upon us all. Human beings are the gallery of death. We live for a brief moment. Then we die. End of story.

5. Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?

My previous band Ruinside was still very active during 2012-2015 and I had simply no time to push Kuoleman Galleria forward back then. But couple of my old friends were excited about this project and we decided to make the debut album as a band. The first album was more like solo album though. This second one was made with the band and Matinlompolo who plays guitar contributed in composing.


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

For me four best shows have been Bar Bäkkäri in Helsinki (November 2016), 3Ushi in Sofia (April 2017), Rockstar’s in Tallinn (November 2017) and Bar Rock Bear in Vantaa (November 2017). All these shows have been turning points somehow and after these shows I have understood where we are going and what we are capable to do. Of course if you ask some other band member they could answer differently. I think Kuoleman Galleria’s stage performance could be described with words dirty, angry and mad but with a pinch of very very dark humor. But that side is hidden in lyrics so I think it will not show outside so much.

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

We just made couple of shows to promote our new album in Baltic countries and in Finland. And of course we are looking for more gigs constantly. Nothing confirmed yet though. If you want to see Kuoleman Galleria, we are open for suggestions. Just ask and also tell your local clubs that you want to see our show.





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

We have been saying all the time that we are not black metal, because we don’t share the lyrical themes and the outfit that people usually think black metal bands should have. But we thought that black’n’roll is the nearest term that we could use to describe our music. But in songs we have influences from thrash metal, pagan metal, death metal and even rock music. Only the vocals sounds like black metal but we also use clean vocals in some songs, so it’s not that simple. I have said this to people who try to put us in a box: listen our albums and if you like them, good, if you don’t like them, you don’t have to listen them. We are not trying to be any specific genre… we just do music that we enjoy to play.

9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Our drummer plays currently in a thrash metal band called Neferion. And my former band Ruinside was never really buried. It’s just in a deep ice. I don’t see problem with these as long as everyone has the same goals.

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

Too early to say. I have written lyrics already for the third album but the musical side is still in process. Normally the musical direction will be found after couple of first songs have been composed.

11. 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?

Those artists are numerous. It varies time to time. Back in the days I have listened lot of melodic death metal (old In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Edge of Sanity, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Hypocrisy, My Dying Bride, Amon Amarth), symphonic black metal (Covenant, Samael, Agathodaimon, Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Satyricon, Old Man’s Child, Rotting Christ, Behemoth, Shining, Watain), some thrash metal bands (Sodom, Anthrax, Megadeth, old Metallica, old Sepultura, Kreator, Machine Head, Testament, Rage), and then Finnish bands like Ajattara, Amorphis, Barathrum, Diablo, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Finntroll, Insomnium, Kalmah, Korpiklaani, Kuolemanlaakso, Moonsorrow, Mokoma, Sentenced, Swallow The Sun, Turisas and of course hundreds of smaller bands.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?

Movies and series. The darker the better. And if there is good music involved, it’s even better.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Buy albums and go to see the gigs. I’m not against streaming but I still buy the albums I like. Streaming is a good  way to discover new bands though.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/kuoleman-galleria-interview.html


Stillborn/Mirrormaze/Die In Torment 666/Godz Of War Productions/2018 Demo Compilation Review

jeudi 21 décembre 2017 à 06:09

  Poland's  Stillborn  have  returned  a  compilation  that  contains  their  1999  and  2001  demo's  which  shows  their  early  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  demo  collection  "Mirrormaze/Die  In  Torment  666"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  2018  by  Godz  of  War  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  as  well as  the  riffs  also  bringing in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

Intros  can  be  heard  in  between  most  of  the  tracks  on  the  first  demo  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  both  the  solos  and  ruffs  also  displaying  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  compilation  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  one  of  the  intros  brings  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  on  the  second  demo  some  of t he  vocals  also  start  mixing  in  a more  bestial  approach  to  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  of  the  fast  parts  capturing  the  aggression  of  war  metal  and  some  tracks  also  bringing  in   movie  samples.

  On  both  of  these  demos  Stillborn  took  black, death,  thrash  and  war  metal  and  mixed  them  together  with  a  more  melodic  approach  to  create some  very  aggressive  music  for  its  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Satanism  and  Apotheosis  Of  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  demo  collection  from  Stillborn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crave  For  Killing"  Stillborn"  "Blasphemous  Perversion"  and  "Iconoclast".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/stillbornmirrormazedie-in-torment.html


Labyrinth Entrance/Monumental Bitterness/Godz Of War Productions/2017 CD Review

mercredi 20 décembre 2017 à 20:44

  Labyrinth   Entrance  are  a  band  from Poland  that  plays  a  passive  role  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Monumental  Bitterness"  which  was  released  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  and  atmospheric  sounds  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  tortured  black  metal  screams  which  also  getting  very  deep  and  angry  at  times,  sci  fi  orientated melodic  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  slower  riffing  brings  in  elements  of  dark  and  doom  metal  along  with  an  instrumental  track  as  well  as  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking being  used  during  the faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. 

  Labyrinth  Entrance  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  in  between  the  depressive,  melodic,  modern and  atmospheric  side  of  the  black  metal  genre  while  also  mixing  in  a  touch  of  dark  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Labyrinth   Entrance  are  a  very  great  sounding  passive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Canto  I'  and  "Canto  V".  8  out  of  10.

   


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/labyrinth-embracemonumental.html


Absque Cor/Wedrowke Haniebnie Zakonczyc/Godz Of War Productions/2017 CD Review

mercredi 20 décembre 2017 à 06:05

  Absque  Cor  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  modern  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of his  2017  album  "Wedrowke  Haniebnie  Zakoncyzc"  which  was  released  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams a re  added  onto the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  having  its  progressive  moments.

  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  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  atmospheric  synths.

  Absque  Cor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  nihilism,  suicide  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Absque  Cor  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Jeden  księżyc  wciąż  wskazuje"  and  "Do niezbawienia".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/absque-corwedrowke-haniebnie.html


Neverending Winter Interview

mercredi 20 décembre 2017 à 05:26
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Ivan: Hi there! Band takes its roots from local DIY community. We started playing together at 2010 after disbanding of local punk/hardcore act each current member were involved in. During the years of being parts of different acts, we collected the best from both metal music and punk ideas and decided to form a band that sounds dark, melancholic, atmospheric and at the same time somehow unique by adding the traditional folk (folkish) elements to the music leaving the lyrics mostly inspired by left ideas.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Ivan: It is a bit hard to sum up and a find a common feature amongst each our record, especially as a member of the band. As the fan of old-styled black metal acts such as Emperor, Darkthrone, Ulver, Enslaved, Dissection and poisoned by the hardcore affected genres and subgenres like Amebix, Tragedy, Ictus, Axegrinder, the structure of the songs as well as the way of composing it were changing from one album to another. At the last record, as for me, we successfully combined the frosty mood of Siberia with its innocent beauty putting all musical experience gained over the years of playing and writing music.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with their music?
Ivan: Talking back about the years spent within DIY scene that taught and raised us in a left way in different spheres of life. Therefore, it has influence on the lyric topics as well. Most of the songs are written in Russian despite the fact that I am able to write English ones I prefer doing in native language, as I like how it sounds in whole mix. From song to song, I tried to put some archaic words to give some extra food for thought of native speakers as not anyone are aware of existence of such old and no longer used words. Lyrics are small stories or narratives where the despair rules the mind, the greed kills and frosts the people’ hearts in here and the desire to live amongst the embraces of long and frigid winters and winds. Some English translations are available via our bandcamp, feel free to check it.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Neverending Winter'?
Ivan: The band is named after the song “Never ending winter” by Axegrinder, UK based crusty thrash metal act. The idea belongs to our former drum player, for what we thank him. At the beginning, we were not putting that much meaning to the band’s name. Later the name somehow defined our further vector and drew the direct connection between our location and music. Nothing could express our senses here as a band more that this name, isn’t it?

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Ivan: During the time we were living in Tomsk city, we were not playing that much, one in a month or so. Most shows we have had were outside our region, in neighbor Siberian cities or when we were on tour. It is hard to point out and select the most memorable gig as we toured over Russia, Belarus, Ukraine,China and Europe for the past seven years. However, let it be a last year gig in Trondheim, Norway at February 2017. The country that invented black metal hosted us in such a great way and found our music interesting at the same time. Of course, it was great experience for us and we are looking forward to play there! As for stage performance – it is dark, mesmerizing performance accompanied by both fury of cold riffing and airy acoustic melodies. Hard to describe, easy to witness.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Ivan: For sure. We tried to set up the tour as support for the last record “Хиус” that autumn but things went not that well. Therefore, we decided to make a new three song EP called “Сеногной” and already booked the European-Belarusian-Russian tour for February of 2018. If you are somewhere around Finland,Sweden,Norway,Denmark,Germany,Poland,Belarussia or Russia – catch us there or just spread the word if you’re able to. More info soon be announced on facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/neverendingwinter

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Ivan: In our homeland not that much fans of BM discovered our music and not that much go to the shows. Mostly, the crowd consists of punk kinds or metal-punks, as we prefer to play for such communities/groups. Talking about worldwide feedbacks – we received number of great reviews, comments and just good words about new album “Хиус” from both small and respectable print and web resources. Tell the truth, I was not even expecting to receive a half of feedbacks we did. Currently it is clear for us as a band that our music is interesting for the listeners abroad more than in our country. So let see what will be the reaction of world metal community for the upcoming record then.

8.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?
Ivan: Besides composing songs and playing guitar in Neverending winter I am also taking part as a drummer in death punk/metal act called “Черное Брюхо Тарантула” (The Black Belly of Tarantula) named after Paolo Cavara movie. Musically it is like a combination of old-swedish-styled death metal met by punky trash with some black metal influences. We are currently preparing our first full-length record that is about to be released at 2018. If you are into some of the mentioned genres, you will most likely enjoy the album.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Ivan: Looking back to each year spent on playing in a band I still could not exactly tell where we were going from one record to another. There is always some organic flow inside the music, something that moves it to the higher ranges, that opens new horizons of atmosphere that could be added into the songs, there is always something inside each member involved in the process that transforms the music to a new, previously unknown form. For example, on a new record there’s a track in vein of punk/d-beat that then transforms into furious mid-tempo raging classis black metal and at the same time there’s 10 minute long progressive black metal song full of different riffs that closer to its end takes the shape of an acoustic outro with some ethnic/folk elements. Summing up all these I could hardly define the further direction as it goes organically itself.

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?
Ivan: Nowadays I am opening to myself more and more different artists of different genres. I like to listen to the old jazz and funk, not against of some trip hop, indie or ethnic music at all but of course, heavy stuff still takes place in playlist. As I mentioned I was grown up by Scandinavian metal school and some classical US and UK metal and rock acts, as well as many others in heavy scene. If talking about metal, for now, I could recommend to check Lake of blood (US band that is disbanded now), Drudkh (hails from Ukraine, the best one that ever come out of CIS countries), Elfsgedroch (experimental and very progressive Dutch metal act, highly recommended). If you look for something ethnically inspired and local Siberian Huun-Huur-Tu or Yat-Kha – these both tuvinian bands worth checking. I was born and raised between Tuva and Khakassia republics so I believe I had an influence on me that came from these cultures.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Ivan: In ordinary life, I do some IT, so it takes from time to time when I am free of work, also try to read and find inspiration in classic literature, our nature and landscapes, try to spend more time with my family and friends try not to get depressed if I am not doing or busy by anything.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Ivan: Not that much. We are living in new dark ages, in the digital modern age where the same institutional schemes of social control are used. What left for us is to stay honest and opened for our friends and ourselves, remain open-minded and try to change not the world but at least yourself to a better side. Finally – As a patriot of Siberia, I recommend everyone who is looking for a unique place to visit – do not hesitate and choose Siberian lands, believe me, you will not regret.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/neverending-winter-interview.html