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Moonfrost Interview

mardi 13 novembre 2018 à 02:05
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?

We have been working on new songs and preparing for concerts. Also looking for distributors and just trying to spread the word.







2.In July you had released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do with your previous releases?

"Starfall" has a very clean and almost sterile production.

With "III" we wanted a more organic sound, we recorded many tracks live, with as little overdubs as possible.

The focus this time was more on the overall result and not the detail, we concentrated on spreading feelings more than getting every little thing perfect.

We also worked from the beginning with a sound technician, which was a great experience.







3.This is your first album since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

We were slowly but steadily working on the album. As one can hear, the songs on “III” are from multiple eras. For example “Too drugged to dream” and “Doors of perception” are newer than the rest. “Thorns for a dying day” received a major overhaul – you may not believe it, but it’s actually one of the oldest songs of the album! Sometimes we think it would have been better to just have released the songs back then in their original forms and written new ones. In the future we will focus on just getting the songs out as they are. At least we now have a good sound engineer and the whole workflow for getting the album done is sorted out, so we are confident that the next album wont take that long!





4.All of the albums sound very different from each other, do you feel it is very important for a band to grow musically with each release?

There is quite a lot of time between the albums and during that time we were developing our taste in music.

While we still are very open to new discoveries, we now have a certain foundation to build upon.

It is important to have a certain identity, but not to be too fixed on it to become boring.







5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

Social criticism, escapism and some esoteric stuff. It depends on who wrote the lyrics for the song.



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

The artwork was made by our drummer, Thorn. It stands for the dualism of freedom in the spiritual sense as opposed to intolerance. But as a work of art of course it is open to individual interpretation.



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?

I guess the main thing is that we don’t cheat on the albums, so we can actually play what we recorded. We have heard often that our live performances are more powerful than the live recordings.





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

We have an upcoming concert on the 19th of January 2019 in Burgdorf in Switzerland. Otherwise we are still looking around for concerts. We would like to play some more concerts and a small tour would be great, but we need the contacts for such endeavors.



9.Currently the band is unsigned but has worked with a label in the past, would the band be open to working with other labels again in the future or do you prefer to diy method?

I guess we were a bit spoiled by always having had a label, so we underestimated the importance of having one. It really sucks when a distributor first wants to work with you because he thinks you are still with your old label, and then declines because they don't work with unsigned bands. So yeah, we really need to get a label. We want to focus on writing music and playing concerts, not on business stuff.





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

The reaction has been mixed, I guess it depends on whether the listener likes the styles we are blending. Thankfully nowadays black metal listeners aren't that narrow-viewed anymore, there are many that also listen to shoe-gaze, doom, alt-rock, post-hardcore and whatnot. This is our target audience and so far we have received great, if not that abundant, feedback.





11.On previous albums there was a keyboard but on the new release it was absent, can you tell us a little bit more about going into this direction?

It is not really a direction, it was more a decision for this album.

We didn’t want a synthetic feel, so we didn’t use a synthesizer and we didn’t use any samples.

Those things also make performing live more difficult, as we don’t want to play with a metronome or trigger samples.



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

Difficult to describe. We already have some new songs, and they are different. There’s rock in there, there’s thrash and post-hardcore in there, and of course also some black metal. We will be playing some of them at our next concert by the way, so come and check them out!





13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

It’s always difficult to know what actually had an influence on the creative process, as much of it just happens.





14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Going outside into nature, having a good time with friends, and other things. We are all quite different types and have all kinds of interests.







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

We wish our fans all the best. Go out and buy our new album if you haven’t got it yet! Drop us a message on Facebook or send us an email to info@moonfrost.ch.We’re looking forward to playing some gigs and sharing the experience. Thank you all for your support.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/moonfrost-interview.html


Discordia Profana/Locomotiva da Desgraca/2018 Full Length Review

lundi 12 novembre 2018 à 04:50

  Discordia  Profana  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  traditional form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Locomotiva  da  Desgraca".

  Thunder  sounds  and  human  cries  start  off  the  album  bringing  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  sacrificial  ritual  before  adding  in  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard. 

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  solos  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  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  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  the  outro  adds  in  some  horror  style  keyboards.

  Discordia  Profana  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Discordia  Profana  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vale  de  Lagrimas"  "Requintes  de  Crueldades"  and  "Matem  em  Nome  do  Inferno".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/discordia-profanalocomotiva-da.html


Human Agony/Goring Christ/Invictus Productions/2018 EP Review

dimanche 11 novembre 2018 à 21:27

  Human  Agony  are  a  band  from  Victoria  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Goring  Christ"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Invictus  Productions.

  A  very  dark  war  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  to  early  2000's  era  of  war  metal  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Human  Agony  plays  a  style  of  war metal  that  is  very  traditional,  raw  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Blasphemy,  Satanism  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Human  Agony  are  a  very  great  sounding  war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Humiliating  Nazarenic  Corpse"  and  "Satanic  Immersion  In  Goat  Piss'.  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/human-agonygoring-christinvictus.html


Volkolun Interview

dimanche 11 novembre 2018 à 20:12
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Roman: Volkolun was formed in 2010 as a project of one person.  Over the next three years different songs were gradually composed, which for one reason or another were later recorded or forgotten. In 2013, the debut album  Only Trees Remember Centuries was released, on which I did all the work alone. Next was a five-year break. In 2018, a new EP Path Through The Mist was released.  A new member Zyx from EXESA took part in the creation of it.

Zyx: Thats it. Roman messaged me if I would like to put  vocals over his instrumentals. I found his music very interesting, could not miss the chance to make trans-border slavic fusion.


2.In August you had released a new ep, what are some of the things you have done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do your past release?

Roman: A lot of time has passed since the last release and the new ep could no longer be the same as the debut. Musically much remained in its place. The main changes affected the sound and, of course, the vocals, because Zyx took the place at the microphone. He is also the author of all the lyrics.

Zyx: I think that musical core has still it's melodic taste, however switching to english might get Volkolun some more understanding.


3.This is your first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

Roman: During this period, many different events happened in my life, which, together with the lack of free time, did not allow me to play music, but I never left the idea to continue.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

Zyx: My main topic of lyrics is simply human nature – is it a fact of creating artificial god or just human weakness, does not matter. Generally I wander around some chords and later wrap it around with emotions - words. Sometimes I change lyrics of same track multiple times before publishing. This way I can reach maximum coherence with the the music.

5.Originally the band was known as 'Svartalvheim' what was the cause of the name change and also what is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Volkolun'?

Roman:  Svartalvheim is the project with which I started my black metal activities. Musically it was very similar to Burzum, the name was also not particularly original, so I changed it. I recorded one demo tape in 2006. Here's a link, if someone will be interested in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfYVnftFaaM&t ... As for Volkolun, this word consists of two words: volk and luna, This means wolf and moon in Russian. the name does not shine originality, but I decided to save it.

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

Roman:  The illustration used for the EP cover was drawn by my wife according to my concept. Also the old and new logo is her work.

7.  One member is from Poland while another is from Russia, what kind of impact does this have on your musical style?

Zyx: I had no part in creating instrumentals - so far I took part only in laying lyrics, therefore You can say that Roman was main creator of this EP. It might change in future – who knows.

8.So far the band has worked with 'Werewolf Promotion' and 'Crush The Desert' on the releases, do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Roman:  Undoubtedly, these guys have done a very important job for Volkolun and we are very grateful to them.

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

Roman:  In general, the reaction is positive. But, unfortunately, I think that we have not yet been able to bring Volkolun to many who might like it.

Zyx: I think the response was good, we got some nice extra upload on big YT channels or good reviews. As Roman said, the problem is in reaching desired amount of listeners. There is a lot of greats projects, its really hard to emerge. However – be sure those are not last words that Volkolun said!

10. What is going on with 'Exesa' these days?

Zyx: First information is that Exesa became Zdrada which stands for „Treachery” in polish. Another is that new 6 track album will be fully in polish also. Currently I'm finishing the process of composing. The next step is building a stories around every track.  However I can't say when the LP will appear. It could be this winter, but next fall as well. The last 10% of progress takes 90% of time...

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

Roman:  Musically, we do not put any stylistic restrictions, in the future you can hear more black or more folk, or maybe it will be dark ambient. I would like to release songs more often and bring the music to more listeners.

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?

Roman:  I was influenced by the old Norwegian scene, modern Polish and Ukrainian bands, ambient and martial music, folk of course... Recently I am pleased with the French scene in particular such bands as Peste Noire and Baise Ma Hache...

Zyx: I think I took the biggest inspirations from the polish scene which is very strong nowadays – that of course means Plaga, Mgła and Furia - I think in that order. Meanwhile we cant forget about Burzum or Immortal and some other bands, or I should say projects which is too many to list here. Currently im exploring swedish Mörker

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

Zyx: We are grateful to have a chance to tell some words about us. Stick to Your goals despite the wind blowing in the faces.

Roman: And thanks for the interesting interview...

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/volkolun-interview.html


Fornace/Deep Melancholic Wrath/Paragon Records/2018 CD Review

dimanche 11 novembre 2018 à 02:00

  Fornace  are  a  band  from  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  savage  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Deep  Melancholic  Wrath"  which  will  be  released  on  November  16th  by  Paragon  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Fornance  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  traditional  and  melodic  in  the  90's  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  darkness  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fornance  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bare  Emotions"  and  "Her  Beauty  In  These  Days".  8  out  of  10. 

        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/fornacedeep-melancholic-wrathparagon.html