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Vipère Interview

vendredi 12 février 2021 à 13:16

 

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


Saros : The band came up literally from nowhere. We were just two guys talking about black metal and trading some bands name all the day. At some time we just decided to rehearse together and see what happened. The line was pretty straight forward. We wanted to do something raw, rooted in bm traditions with a pastoral/medieval touch. Finally it has been a huge rush, an emergency. Nothing was premeditated, the record process has been very brutal and I think that's what we seek. The voices for example have never been rehearsed but recorded directly without any idea of what I was doing. The same thing happened to Sans-Visage for the drum. We wanted it raw, that was the plan, that's all.


2.So far you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


Saros : Our black metal is inspired by punk in one hand and more classic black metal in the other with those melodic tremolo picking for example. We had the whole 90's scene in mind when we wrote the guitars. On "Inegalités de Bell", we also wrote very brutal riffs out of nowhere. The contrast with the clean parts is really startling and I think we like this kind of effect a lot.

We're both attracted by traditional music in one way or another. By adding some flute or classical guitars we clearly open the door for medieval aspect. It will probably be a guideline for Vipère. 

Moreover, this aspect is clearly present in the drawings of Sans-Visage. And we're planning to include more medieval/legend thematics in the lyrics in the future.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Saros : For now the lyrics pre-existed to Vipère and was picked in one of my notebook at the time I was recording the voices. It's mostly about depression and anxiety, the fear of aging, stuff like that. There's also a love story with a witch. The era we're in has been inspiring for me. With the sanitary confinement, the loss of certainty and fear of others ooze in the lyrics. 2 of the 3 songs with voices are in french and we want to keep it that way. "Multiface" lyrics are nearly a mistake because they are in english but it was too late, the song was record and we decided to live with it.


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


Saros : "Vipère" is the french word for viper. It's a snake that we used to find in France when we were young. I haven't seen one since a long time. It reminds us our attachment to nature against the danger of the venom. It reflects the vicious, sneaky side of the band. Once again, it's all about contrast. You can worship an animal despite the fear that it inspires you. You can love the pastoral aspect of the viper despite the potential pain and death behind its fangs. There is also something folkish about this animal, a special meaning in the popular culture that talks to us. 


Sans-visage : The funny thing is that we're both phobic of snakes. It probably means nothing but I like the way it resonates with the band name. 


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


Sans-Visage : The artwork has been a delicate task for me. First I re-drawled my own way an old medieval sketch found in a book. The result was nice but it pissed me off that it was a copy... We liked it anyway and it became the backcover. For the main artwork, I drawled each part separately, logo, forest, smoke and some stuffs not used in the final result. 

The frontcover evokes the deep forest far from the trails. The one where it's easy to get lost, where you find disgusting bugs or vipers. You take this way only if you don't have the choice anymore. This dark and cold forest stinks hazard and death symbolized by the smoke shaped skull.


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


Saros : For now we are a duo there is no doubt. The alchemy we felt while recording the EP was so perfect that we don't want to take the risk to break it now. I played in some bands but never had this perfect sensation to be on the same page. We respect each other's work and just like the same shits so much that we agree almost all the time. And even if that's not perfectly the case, we're ok to make a concession or two to make room to each other. Of course, it would be comfortable to have a drummer or whatever, but we still have a lot to explore as a duo. 

And I don't know why, I always loved to work with constraints. Doing things with simply what I have in hands. I discovered that  I'm far more productive with this method. I think Sans-Visage is like that too. He always arrives with a new fucked up concept that frames us but forces us to be creative with nothing. Being a duo is part of this philosophy.


7.The demo was released on 'Vetus Capra', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Saros : Vetus Capra has been initially created to hosts or own projects. The first release of the label was the first album of Vieille Chèvre which is my side project. I believe Sans-Visage is also preparing something... So naturally we decided to create the "label" to gather the different projects under the same flag. 


Sans-Visage : The mutual aura of each bands creates an emulation and we believe that the label could have his own identity. But we don't want to rush things. It will grow at his own rythm.


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


Saros : All reviews we had by now are pretty good. We are pleasantly surprised ! Despite the raw aspect and the short duration of the ep it seems that we have developed our own universe and black metal fans recognized that and this is what they tell us about. We have contact in Greece, Italy, United States, Australia... We have what we wanted, some feedback from the underground. What is happening now, interview, radio show, etc are just bonus for us...


9.So far there is very little information about the band except for the metal archives page, are you planning on expanding your presence in the future?


Saros : No. It's not part of the plan for now. We don't pretend to be anonymous or whatever but we don't want to expose ourself more than needed. We like to think that everything will come naturally. That's what we're doing from the begining and we would like to keep going this way. 


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


Saros : Ahah you're not the first one asking us what is planned next. We have plans for the year I think. But we don't know so far if it will be another ep or an lp. Some lyrics and visuals are already written and drawns. A concept album is not excluded... We want the artworks, lyrics and musical aspects to work fully together. Musically speaking we will continue digging what we have initiate on Sombre Marche. We're thinking of adding probably more medieval/instrumental parts in the blend. Anyway we don't want to lock ourselves in. Maybe that nothing of all of this will happen, who knows...


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?


Saros : I come from the noise/math rock scene and played in bands evolving in those subgenre before heading to black metal. The Jesus Lizard, Shellac, The Enablers constitute a huge influence concerning me. For the evil side, Paysage d'Hiver, Sale Freux, Vargrav and the 90's scene represent well my black metal affinity's but finally I listen to everything unusual. Drone music as well as french singers like J.L. Murat or G. Manset passing by contemporary classical music. These days I'm more into Striborg, Këkht Aräkh, Bones or Nuit Noire...


Sans-Visage : Personally I listen punk music since I'm a kid. I played in some punk/hardcore bands before. I have been influenced a lot by bands like Black Flag, Minor Threat, Poison Idea. Then I discovered the crust subgenre and finally black metal. I was a teenager at that time and I listened massively Marduk, Mayhem and Dissection. Today I'm still listening BM on a daily basis, old school stuff or more recent bands. For example these days I'm listening to Ifernach, Grafvitnir and Valkyrja. I also listen classical music for a few years now. I don't really know which bands had an influence on me in the composition process. The riffs were coming while playing. For a year Saros and me met from time to time to compose some riffs. And at a certain point, we throwed up all the stuff to start again. In this process, we found our way, our method to compose with two guitars. No headaches to know who is the lead guitarist, who plays the solo or the rythmic part.


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


Saros : First of all thanks to you for the review and the interview. It means a lot to us. As newcomers we're very proud and excited to be welcomed in the black metal circle. Despite the dark period we're in there is a real mutual aid in the scene and it's no legend. 

We hope you'll heard of Vipère soon. Be sure that you'll be informed for next releases as soon as possible ! 


Sans-Visage : Thanks a lot to let us the opportunity to answer your questions, and good continuation.

Vetus Capra @ Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/vipere-interview.html


Non Serviam/Live Improvisations Vol. One/Trepanation Recordings/2021 Live Album Review

vendredi 12 février 2021 à 05:54

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Non  Serviam  which  was  also  recorded  live  and  continues  their  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  crust,  grindcore,  experimental,  industrial,  electro,  trip  hop  and  baroque  music  and  the  album  will  be  released  in  May  by  Trepanation  Recordings  and  called  "Live  Improvisations  Vol.  One".


  Heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  elements  of  industrial,  electro  and  trip  hip.  The  slower  riffs  also  add  in  the heaviness  of  doom  metal  while  the  keyboards  are  done  in  a  baroque  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.


  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  being  improvised  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  The  music  also  mixes  in  influences  of  black  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  introduced  on  the  second  track  as  well  as  avoiding  the  use  of  harsh  vocals  and  samples  that  are  present  on  the  full  lengths.  All  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  while  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  live  album  form  Non  Serviam  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  metal,  crust,  grindcore,  experimental,  industrial,  electro,  trip  hop  and  baroque  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  8  out  of  10.


  Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/NonServ11606883

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Non-Serviam-103846074427132/

YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/cha.../UCQCKxPoJDkE9ScK8woFhsbA/videos

Bandcamp: https://non-serviam.bandcamp.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nonserviamcircle/?hl=fr

Web site: https://nonserviamband.noblogs.org/


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/non-serviamlive-improvisations-vol.html


Non Serviam/Work/Trepanation Recordings/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 12 février 2021 à 05:05

 


  Non  Serviam  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  crust,  grindcore,  experimental,  electro,  industrial,  baroque  and  trip  hop  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Work"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Trepanation  Recordings.


  Baroque  style  keyboards  and  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  female  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  programmed  beats  also  add  in  elements  of  trip  hop.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  some  of  the  programmed  beats  also  adding  in  touches  of  industrial  and  electro  music.  Some  songs  also  add  in  clean  playing  as  well  as  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also  showing  an  influence  of  crust  and  grindcore,  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  and  is  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  question  of  work.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Non  Serviam  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  metal,  crust,  grindcore,  experimental,  electro,  industrial,  baroque  and  trip  hop,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "O  World,  O  Work"  "Se  Rapprocher  de  I' Emploi"  "Desperandum"  and  "Soleil  de  Tempete".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/WKc0ws8UnEY      


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/non-serviamworktrepanation.html


North By The River/Nula/2020 Demo Review

vendredi 12 février 2021 à 03:09

 


  North  By  The  River  are  a  solo  project  from  Winnipeg,  Manitoba,  Canada  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  demo  "Nula".


  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  demo  which  also  adds  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  the  first  track  is  an  instrumental.  On  the  second  song  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  drum  beats  being  programmed  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  along  with  the track  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental,  field  recordings  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  North  By  The  River  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  aggressive  sounding  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.


  In  my  opinion  North  By  The  River  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Noc".  8  out  of  10.

https://northbytheriver.bandcamp.com/album/nula      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/north-by-rivernula2020-demo-review.html


Cara Neir/Phase Out/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 11 février 2021 à 06:51

 


  Dallas,  Texas's  Cara  Neir  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the music  going  for  a  video  game  orientated  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Phase  Out".


  Video  game  samples  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  melodies.


  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  grindcore.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Synths  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  post  hardcore  style  screams  and  influences  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  album  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  clean  vocals  and  programmed  beats  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  video  games  and  science  fiction  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cara  Neir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Trimjrtile  Sanction"  "Valkyrie"  "Maestro  Infernus"  and  "Legacy  of  Gnax".  8  out  of  10.


https://caraneir.bandcamp.com/album/phase-out      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/cara-neirphase-out2021-full-length.html