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Kosmogyr Interview

mardi 23 janvier 2018 à 03:28
Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Ivan: Well, we’ve got our debut album Eviternity dropping soon on March 9th. Until then, we’re doing our best to contain our excitement about finally sending this album out into the world.

So far you have released a single and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Ivan: The roots of our music are firmly planted in second-wave black metal, but we’ve also drawn from a wide range of other more recent interpretations. It’s a punishing record, but we’ve seeded each song with a number of moments in which to stop and breathe. Pacing and dynamics were two factors that played significant roles in our songwriting process. It’s important to have balance.

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

Ivan: This is something we’d prefer to let each listener create and discover for themselves.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kosmogyr'?

Ivan: I’d rather not say.

Originally both members once lived in China but one member moved to the Czech Republic, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?

Ivan: I’m the one who moved. Before leaving, I was in Shanghai for almost nine years — over a quarter of my life — and though Shanghai is an incredible city, I was itching for a change of scenery. Now, my wife and I are living in Prague, where I’m currently engaged as a freelance copywriter and illustrator.

Though Prague is lovely, I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a lot about Shanghai that I miss quite dearly. It’s truly an amazing city.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the recording process since both of the band members live in different countries?

Ivan: After we’d settled on the final arrangement and structure of each song, using GuitarPro, Xander would record the guitars himself, while also engineering the MIDI drum tracks that I’d written in order to create a more authentic sound. While this was going on, I’d be writing lyrics. Once I’d gotten the instrumental track from Xander, I’d record the vocals in my bathroom with a simple USB mic and Garageband.

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

Ivan: Yes, and also yes! But most importantly, yes.

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

Ivan: Worldwide? That’s hard to say. The handful of reviews that have been published so far have been positive, which is very heartening. There’s still plenty of time to go before the album comes out, so hopefully we’ll be able to continue spreading the word about our music.

On a related note, if you give every album you review a score of 8/10, does the score still retain any meaning?

Are any of the band members currently or have been involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Ivan: Absolutely. You can hear more from Xander with Shanghai melodic death band The Arcbane. My most recent band in Shanghai was The Machinery of Other Skeletons, who are still going strong with a new vocalist and new music. Before that, I drummed and sang with Death to Giants.

Where do you see the project heading into musically during the future?

Ivan: I’d be very upset if this record was the last anyone ever heard from Kosmogyr. I’m eager to build on the foundation we’ve established with Eviternity and to see where we can take our music from here.

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: My two favorite albums of 2018 so far would be The Harlot Star by Frost Giant as well as Bind Torture Kill’s Viscères. I also greatly enjoyed Hawkmoth’s recent album Godless Summit. There’s so much that can easily go wrong with instrumental doom, but these guys nailed it.

Outside of metal, I’m looking forward to the upcoming EP from The Oh Hellos, and I’m still getting a lot of play from Turnover’s latest record Good Nature. Shanghai band Foster Parents are also worth checking out — their 2017 release Grim is a solid bit of instrumental math rock.

What are some of your non-musical interests?

Ivan: My wife and I are both big into tabletop RPGs, and we’re currently involved in ongoing campaigns for both D&D and Shadowrun. I read a lot as well — I’m about to begin Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, with The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson on deck. I also recently picked up a copy of Boccaccio’s The Decameron, which I’m looking forward to given how much I enjoyed Throne of Heresy’s recent album of the same name.

I’m also into cycling, and I brought my bike here from Shanghai. It’s a lightweight single-speed road bike, and though I love going out on exploratory rides, I’m not quite used to Prague’s hills and cobblestones and one-way streets. It’s a far cry from the flat streets of Shanghai and the…ahhh…creative techniques of the city’s drivers. I loved it, actually. Once you learn how to read the rhythm and flow of Shanghai traffic, you can immerse yourself within it on an instinctual level. I’m still learning how to read the traffic here.

Lastly, I love drawing, and it’s always a joy whenever I get the chance to work on a new art project. I’m definitely not drawing as much as I should these days…

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

Ivan: Eat plenty of vegetables, and dress appropriately for the weather.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/kosmogyr-interview.html


Transilvania/The Night Of Nights/Into Dungeons Records/2018 Full Length Review

lundi 22 janvier 2018 à 04:47

  Transilvania  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The Night  of  Nights"  which  will  be  released  on  January  31st  by  Into  Dungeons  Records.

  A  horror  movie  orientated  synth  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  influences  from   the  first  wave  era  of  the  genre.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.

 Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  classical  guitars  are also  used  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  both  80's  and  90's  influences  in  with  a  more  modern  touch  and  as  the  album  progresses  another synth  instrumental  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length,  demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Transilvania  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of   their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Transilvania  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Night  Of  Nights"  "One  Night  In  Salem"  "Moonlight  Sorcery" and  "Ghost  Along  The  Candle".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/transilvaniathe-night-of-nightsinto.html


Marozia/Immortal As Hatred/2017 EP Review

dimanche 21 janvier 2018 à 05:41

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Marozia  which  is  also  in  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  the  ep  was  self  released  in  2017  and  called  "Immortal  As  Hatred".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sounding  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Marozia  brings  in  a  style of  black  metal  that  is  raw  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition,  the  production sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Portuguese  and  English  and  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Marozia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Daughters  Of  Heresy".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/maroziaimmortal-as-hatred2017-ep-review.html


Ulvegr/Vargkult/Ashen Dominion/2018 CD Review

dimanche 21 janvier 2018 à 04:19

  Ulvegr  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Vargkult"  which  will  be  released  on  January  30th  by  Ashen  Dominion.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  Eastern  European  style.

  At  times  the  vocals  get  very  deep  while  the  music  only  slows  down  for  a  few  seconds  as  well  as  focusing  on  being  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  throughout  the  recording  along  with  only  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  being  utilizes  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences.

  Ulvegr  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Pagan  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ulvegr  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rune  Ice  Frozen  Hatred"  "Death  Is  Our  Law"  and  "We  Remember  The  Blood".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/ulvegrvargkultashen-dominion2018-cd.html


Scumpulse/Rotten/Gore House Productions/2018 CD Review

dimanche 21 janvier 2018 à 02:32
 Scumpulse  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Rotten"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Gore  House  Productions.

  Black  metal  screams,  heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  elements.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  influences  can  be  heard  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  punk,  back  up  shouts  and  shouting  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  synths.

  Scumpulse  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  punk  and  grindcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  alcoholism,  addiction  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Scumpulse  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  punk  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rotten"  "King  Of  Dogshit"  and  "Sand  And  Dust".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/scumpulserottengore-house.html