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Vredehammer/Viperous/Indie Recordings/2020 CD Review

mercredi 5 février 2020 à 08:11

  Norway's  Vredehmmer  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  modern,  aggressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Viperous"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Indie  Recordings.

  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  elements  of  electronic  music  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  giving  the  songs  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  before  going  into a  heavier  direction.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  technical  style.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Synths  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  other  tracks  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  elements  of  death  metal  can  be  heard  in some  of  the  faster  riffing  and  blast  beats  but  are  not  as  much  utilized  like  they  where  on  the  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Vredehammer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winds  of  Dysphoria"  "Viperous"  "Wounds"  and  "From  A  Spark  To  A  Withering  Flame".  8 out  of  10.

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Miasma/Abomination/Shug Niggurath Productions/2020 CD Review

mercredi 5 février 2020 à 05:26

  Miasma  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  Hellenic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Abomination"  which  was  released  by  Shub  Niggurath  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  The  riffs  also  add  in  some  melodies  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths,  clean  playing,  whispered  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts,  a  couple  of  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  is  added  onto  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Miasma  remains  true  to  the  Hellenic  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  blasphemy  and  satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Miasma  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Hellenic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Neither  Beast  Nor  Man"  "The  Black  Tormentor  Of  Satan"  and  "The  Longest  Night(Mas)".  8  out  of  10.

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Marder Interview

mardi 4 février 2020 à 21:14
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

1. Marder is a one-man black/death metal project from Poland established in early 2019.

2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
2. This recording was essentially a proof of concept. I wanted to prove to myself that I'm capable of creating and releasing music. I chose to mix two of my favourite music genres- black and death metal. The music turned out to lean more on the black metal side, with growled vocals and death metal riffs complementing it.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
3. The lyrics are mostly talking about death and personal struggles, though you can find some blasphemy and anti-religious themes too.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Marder'?
4. It's a wordplay on my last name. I don't want to explain it, as I prefer to remain anonymous.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
5. I created it myself. It's a visual representation of how I imagine chaos.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
6. At the moment it is a studio project only.

7.The ep was released on 'Nailed Nazarene Industries', how did you get in contact with this label?
7. The owner of the netlabel was so kind to contact me himself. I'm very happy with our cooperation so far.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
8. To be honest, I am surprised how many people have heard my music. I anticipated a much smaller response. People seem to have rather positive opinions, too.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. I'm constantly coming up with new ideas, so new material is bound to be released this year, probably as an EP or two. I think the music is going to end up being more complex and experimental. I don't plan on dropping the death metal brutality though. In the nearest future I'd like to refine my sound and find a label that would make it possible for me to release my music physically. I think the earliest a full-length could come is in 2021.

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?
10. An obvious impact was made by the 90s Norwegian black metal scene. I was also influenced by some specific bands like, amongst others, Corpsessed, Incantation, or Deicide. Currently, I'm listening to music all across the metal genre and beyond.

11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
11. It did. I'm not affiliated with any satanic organizations, but I find myself agreeing with most of the philosophy behind non-theistic Satanism.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Thanks to everyone who has supported me and thank you for this interview.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/marder-interview.html


Sons Of A Wanted Man Interview

mardi 4 février 2020 à 21:00
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Our band ‘Sons Of A Wanted Man’ consists of five people with diverse musical backgrounds and preferences with a collective ambition to experiment with different styles and write heartfelt music. We are living in Belgium and have been together since 2014.

2.In February you have your first album coming out,can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The last couple of years we released two demos and an EP titled ‘Black Days Black Dust’, but ‘KENOMA’ is our first full-length album. We are very happy that this album will be released by ‘Les Acteurs De L’Ombre’ on February 7th, 2020.

Our music incorporates elements of different genres which include black metal, post-metal, shoegaze and hardcore. We all previously played in bands that limited themselves to one specific genre and we started ‘Sons Of A Wanted Man’ to do something different and diversify ourselves as musicians. We never explicitly planned to make this kind of music, but our sound spontaneously evolved in this direction by bringing together people with vastly different experiences and preferences. Hopefully people will appreciate our eclectic take on heavy music.

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

We leave our music completely open for interpretation because we strongly believe songs can have different meanings to different people. Even within our own band, we notice that some songs spark varying@ emotions in ourselves. Our album ‘KENOMA’ includes different themes, including how we interact with our planet and its inhabitants, but also some personal struggles.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sons Of A Wanted Man'?

The name is a heritage of our original intention to form a post-rock band. ‘Sons Of A Wanted Man’ was a name our bass player had in mind for many years before and given that long names are commonly found in post-rock, this seemed appropriate for what we were doing at the time. During the original conception ‘Sons Of A Wanted Man’ was nothing more than a name to us, so we can only add meaning to it in hindsight. Today, it can reflect the brotherhood between our five members and the fact that we strongly feel connected in making music together. Our rather unconventional name, especially for the music we are currently making, is also an advantage. ‘Sons Of A Wanted Man’ does not immediately reveal our genre of music and does not set certain expectations. This gives us more freedom to evolve.


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

The artwork was created by Simon Chognot, an amazing French illustrator and tattoo artist who works under the name ‘Cold Mind’. We really like the amount of detail in his style and the work he did for other bands like Link, Geranium and Lust For Death. We pitched an idea based on the concept of the album that time will eventually devour us all and we can see someone who is desperately trying to get a grip on the sands of time. We are extremely happy with how the artwork turned out on the gatefold packaging of our records.

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

We always perform our songs on stage with as much energy and conviction as possible. Most of the time we feel completely exhausted after a set and that is always a good sign. Throughout the years we have played many shows, both small and big, that have left a lasting impression on ourselves. Unfortunately, we have only been able to play in Poland once, but this was a show we still talk about often. The mosh pit started during our soundcheck and did not stop until the last note of our set was played. Although we are a small underground band, the people treated us as rock stars, wanting to take pictures, helping us with our gear and buying us beers. We still remember the interesting and heartfelt talks we had with people after our show and this personal connection is something we appreciate most about being in a band.

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

Given our daytime jobs and families, our band is unable to be on the road for extensive periods of time. Each year we invest the majority of our holidays in the band and play as many weekenders and shorter tours as possible. This will be the same with our new album, but we always need to monitor that we spread our shows and tours across the whole year. We are currently in the process of planning weekenders and shows. If anyone is interested in booking us, feel free to reach out.

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

We are always immensely humbled when people listen to our music, buy our merch or come to our shows. We never take this for granted and always feel overwhelmed when people from all around the world show interest in what we do. The last couple of months, even before our album ‘KENOMA’ is released, we have noticed that our reach has grown exponentially through the support and promotion of ‘Les Acteurs De L’Ombre’. The reactions to our music have been exceptionally positive and we have received messages from people to tell us how much our music means to them. We never imagined that this would happen, and we are extremely touched by this.

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

With our album ‘KENOMA’ we feel like we have found our own sound and voice. Our future release will continue where we left but will undoubtedly be different in some regards. The last couple of months we have already been writing new material and although it is recognizable as ourselves, we have been trying some new things.

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?

Our influences are vastly different between the people in our band. We all have a broad taste in music that is not limited to metal. Given the focus of this zine on Black Metal, some of our recent favourite bands in this genre are Ultha, Ash Borer, Wildernessking, Underdark, MGLA, Misþyrming, Blaze of Perdition, Afsky, Turia, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber and Rorcal.

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?

Most of our spare time is invested in this band and we see each other at least twice a week to rehearse our set, work on new music and organize all the practical things that come with running a band. Although we all have different interests, there is not much time to maintain other hobbies than our music. Nevertheless, we love to spend our free moments reading, watching movies, sporting or traveling.

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

We are extremely thankful you and the readers of Occult Black Metal Zine for showing interest in our band. Hopefully we will be able to make it to Poland again in the near future.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/sons-of-wanted-man-interview.html


Decem Maleficivm Interview

mardi 4 février 2020 à 20:47

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Hi, Pedro Fontecilla here, guitar player of the band. Nice to greet you and answer the questions.
 After the release of the album we have been focused on 2 points, which we consider important for the band in aspects of dissemination and planning.
 The first point is to spread, we have been channeling the time to play live strongly in Chile with the aim of spreading our work in the local Underground scene, where we have managed to generate participation in the media and in the metal circuit in Chile. The result has been quite positive so far, and we hope to expand our dissemination spectrum further. On the other hand, we have had strong support from our Les acteurs de l'ombre productions, who have spread our work through networks in Europe and the world, which for us is of high importance since it is a market that is difficult to access for a band from the extreme south. from Southamerica.
 The second point is the compositional planning, which basically points to the development and creation of our next album, which we are already working on.

2. Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo, ep and single?

The music of DECEM MALEFICUM conceptually has always gone in search of something new, without losing the essence of the roots of the metal, and in general our lyrics are rather invitations to deep and intimate reflections, where we try that the lyric can be assimilated and interpreted freely by the listener. They could be closer to an "existentialism" in front of the world.
 Under this context, all our works are linked and follow this conductive line. Now, there has been clearly a musical evolution since our first work «Nox Decima» Which has a more DOOM-BLACK inclination, the EP «MOTIVATIO INTRINSECA» is more BLACK-DOOM AVANGARDE and LA FIN DE SATAN we could already define it as Black metal avantgarde with progressive dyes, taking as reference the school of the bands of the late 90s.
3.The band was broken up for 9 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
The reason for the separation was not related to musical aspects or personal problems, it was a complicated date due to the professional studies of each of the members, which generated a temporary break so that each of the members could finish their processes. While the initial idea was a break, this was prolonged involuntarily. The decision to reform the band 9 years later was at the request of a national label, which contacted us to propose a reissue of the previous works, which caused us to all meet looking at each other after years and decided to regroup to get the album "LA FIN DE SATAN."




4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with the music?
In general our lyrics are rather invitations to deep and intimate reflections, where we try that the lyric can be assimilated and interpreted freely by the listener.
 The choice of “LA FIN DE SATAN” is because the work of Victor Hugo, which basically raises the issue of duality associated with freedom, which has always been present in our music.
Decem Maleficivm is characterized by aggressive moments complemented by more atmospheric and emotional passages. "LA FIN DE SATAN”" refers to the fact that the human being, without the existence of evil, cannot become aware of himself, of his freedom and the power to create and destroy, which would be a consequence of freedom. Our record is a statement to the double nature of things, day and night, male and female, ying and yang, etc.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ;Decem Maleficium'?
The band's name is based on the concept of duality and contrasts, this is based on the number ten, which is the first number of our system that is composed of two elements.
   The ten is for many doctrines a sacred number, symbol of the perfection of the manifested universe, of the culmination of a journey. It is the first two-digit number, the one that closes the cycle of the first nine returning to the beginning, to one and zero, now united in the ten, to begin a new cycle. For traditional wisdom everything is cyclic maintaining a balance of things ... even Pitagoras call it the "number of perfection."

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The art is in charge of Melek Rsh Nvth IX, a dark multidisciplinary artist from Southern Chile, who immediately captured what we wanted to convey on the cover.
The underlying concept was the Liberation within a whole, I admire those who manage to channel their ideas, thoughts, sorrows, joys or rages through art, I think it is one of the few beautiful things we have as a species, and Melek Rsh Nvth IX does it perfectly ...

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?

While all of our live performances have a special value for us, I think it would rescue an Underground event held in Maipu (Santiago- Chile) and another in Osorno-Chile, the audience was incredible. And clearly this 2019 the honors are for the show with Rotting christ, and the release of the album the “LA FIN DE SATAN”.

The performance of DECEM MALEFICIVM is aggressive and of high interaction with the public, achieving a good critique in the visual aspects, without neglecting the musical interpretation, which for a band must be the main thing.
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We have several plans for this year 2020 and several events already confirmed in Chile, however we are quite careful about the conditions. DECEM MALEFICIVM is a band of 6 people, therefore we need a space that allows us to sit comfortably on stage. We have invested in top quality equipment to deliver a sound that allows it to be fully appreciated, since the compositions have enough details and arrangements, which leads us to not play in all events. We prefer to play little but with the minimum conditions, to play a lot and risk bad times.
 We are open to invitations from abroad, and we are evaluating possible tour of Europe ... As soon as we have news we will communicate them to you !!!

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, doom and avant garde metal?
In general it has been quite positive, and we have perceived an understanding of the concept and ideas with which “LA FIN DE SATAN” was composed… we understand that Black Metal is clearly structured and with a clear background philosophy, and we as followers of the We always understand that style, and we respect it. But as musicians we believe in our free vision and will continue our path.

10.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?
Daniel (Synthesizers and backing vocal) and David (Guitar) are the only ones that have parallel projects, FAVNA ABISAL and MADKIND respectively.
FAVNA ABISAL is a band focused on a Metal Avant-garde style, and they are currently recording their new EP “Argonautas”. And on the other hand MADKIND, is an experimental Rock-Metal band, who have just released their Debut album "Insomnia". Both bands are planning live presentations for 2020. Where we do not rule out a possible event of these bands together with DECEM MALEFICIVM.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We like the direction that “LA FIN DE SATAN”  took in the compositional and I think we are going to follow that path, obviously there will always be news and changes in music, since our concept has always been to feel free in the composition. But there will always be something that will not change ... and that is to maintain the blasphemous essence of Black Metal.

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?

Although, we all have a common thread that is Black Metal, each member has other musical aspects that have forged their characteristics as musicians, and I think that strongly enriches the musical spectrum of DECEM MALEFICIVM.

In short, the band's musical tastes move among the most classic Black Metal such as Emperor, Satyricon, Mayhem, Marduk, Arcturus, etc. going through rock of king crimson, genesis, camel, jetheo tull and new Wave 80tero. We also have influences lately from soundtracks like Ben Frost, Thom Yorke, Colin Stetson, and so on. Personally these last weeks I am listening to the new work of 1349 "The infernal Pathway" and Ragnarok "Non Debellicata".

13.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

I consider Satanism as a form of freedom of man, where self-rejoicing is sought, free from the chains of the current dogmas of the world ... if you look at it this way ... we have taken fire from the gods to give it to men, something very Prometheus..

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

We leave the invitation open to metal fans to listen to "LA FIN DE SATAN", we consider it a work developed sincerely and exploration ... we will have news in the short term about the band, so stay tuned !!!
... We thank you Occult Black Metal Webzine for the interest in the band and we hope to keep in touch. Greetings from the remote lands of Chile!!!

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