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Cien Interview

mercredi 3 janvier 2018 à 22:01
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

C. (vocals): Hi! After the recording session we focused mainly on a few live shows: two gigs in Czech Republic followed by F.O.A.D Fest that took place at the beginning of December in our home town. Besides, the new year will bring a minor personal change in our line-up, we will release some official statement regarding it soon.

P. (bass guitar): It is also worth mentioning that we have some additional tracks that have been recorded and mixed along with “Fate” session – they will be released as either EP or some split in the future. However, currently our main focus is to promote the band’s latest album “Fate”.

2. You have a new album coming out in December, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released on the past?

C.: I am very pleased with the final sound of the new album. It’s more dirty and obscure comparing to “Ecce Homo” so it suits our music better. Additionally, each instrument is properly and clearly exposed on “Fate”.

P.: I was not involved in writing of “Ecce Homo” so it is difficult for me to refer to that album. What I can say is that practically all band members contributed to the creation of “Fate”. Speaking of music quality, the rhythm section on “Fate” is vivid and intense. Personally, I find overall sound of “Fate” more organic, natural and powerful comparing to “Ecce Homo”.

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

C.: I always explore misanthropic areas in my lyrics. I like to depict contempt for the human kind and glorify death in all its forms. Basically, this is the message that has been sent out by the band since the very demo called “Anti-Humanity”.

4. I know that the band’s name means 'Shadow' in Polish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

C.: A man is always afraid of what shadows can hide because this may be dangerous in many ways causing anxiety and uneasy feelings. Does it go hand in hand with our music? Yes, I think so – it tends to be disturbing, its destiny is to ask what happens next and to question the future.

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?

C.: Well, there have been many good concerts that we’ve played, so it is a little bit difficult to point out a specific one…For sure the recent F.O.A.D. Fest was one of our best shows, at least in my opinion. Regarding my stage performance, I always try to focus on sounds that are surrounding me at given moment and ignore the rest as non-existent. I even tried some self-mutilation on stage once. I definitely avoid any verbal contact with the audience, which – taking our music and its message into consideration – seems quite understandable.

P.: It’s true, the recent two-day-long F.O.A.D. Fest in Cracow was probably the biggest venue that we have played so far and we all have very good memories of it. The band’s stage image is rather classical, some of us wear corpsepaint during the shows to mark our black metal attachment. And the concert itself is always a pure emotional energy that we share with the audience.

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

C.: We are currently setting some details regarding shows for the next year. We already have some dates confirmed and that is optimistic.

7. The new album is coming out on 'Old Temple', are you happy with the support that they have given you over the years?

C.: We can’t complain about cooperation with “Old Temple”.

P.: Oh, it’s true, we get along with the label very well. The owner of “Old Temple” is an awesome guy, I can tell you that!

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

C.: We noticed that information about the band was spread worldwide after the release of the latest album. It was e.g. “Black Metal Promotion” that was very helpful with an abroad promotion. So far, the feedback has been positive and we’re very glad for that!

P.: I also came across a few reviews in different languages and the general abroad reception of “Fate” seems to be really favorable so far.

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

C.: No, as of today none of us plays in any other band nor contributes to other side projects.

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

C.: By gaining further experience and continuously developing our musical skills we plan to release the next album even better that the last one. We definitely have not reached our summit yet.

P.: The band is consequently stepping ahead and with each our release we try to present more mature vision of our music. The upcoming albums will refer to their predecessors because we try to create coherent music yet still incorporating some new elements and introducing new concepts. However, it is way too early for any details, the music will speak for itself when the time is right.

11. 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?

C.: I do not partake much in the process of music writing so it is difficult for me to answer that question. When it comes to lyrics, my inspiration is derived rather from surrounding reality and the life itself than from other musical influences.

P.: Our intention was to keep “Fate” in line with our original sound and atmosphere without drastic deviation from a style generally called black metal, that’s why you probably may hear some tunes common with Polish bands like Furia or Mgła. Obviously, our latest album has a few marks of resemblance to the bands that are our inspiration, but I believe that anyone would be able to recognize genuine style of Cień in the first place. We all listen to different music, not only different metal genres, but we even reach beyond extreme music on a daily basis – the list of bands is really long.

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

C.: Do what you think is proper for you and be vigilant as the death never sleeps…

P.: Thanks for the interview. Stay strong and support black metal!

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


Vessel Of Iniquity/Self Titled/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 EP Review

mercredi 3 janvier 2018 à 04:17

  Vessel  Of  Iniquity  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  bestial  form  of  blackened  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  harsh  noise,  drone  and  power  electronics  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  ep  which  will  be  released  on  January  19th  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  along  with  some  elements  of  harsh  noise  along  with  a  lo-fi  atmosphere.

 Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  brings  in  drone  and  atmospheric  elements  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  which  are  mostly  mixed  down  low  in  the  background,  the  last  track  is  also  long  and  epic in  length  and  also  adds  in  some  ritualistic  elements.

  Vessel  Of  Iniquity  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  power  electronics,  harsh  noise  and  drone  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  existentialism, and occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vessel  Of  Iniquity  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  bestial  black/death  metal, drone,  harsh  noise  and  power  electronics  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  original,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  'Where  Even  Nothing  Is  Something".  8  out  of  10.        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/vessel-of-iniquityself-titledsentient.html


The Stone/Teatar Apsurda/Mizantropean Records/2017 CD Review

lundi 1 janvier 2018 à 03:15

  Serbia's  The  Stone  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  dark  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Teatar  Apsurda"  which  was  released  by  Mizantropean  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  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  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  some  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  acoustic  guitars,  melodic  chants  and  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  The  Stone  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  atmospheric,  raw  and  melodic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Serbian  and  cover  nihilism,  death  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Stone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gavranovo"  "Nuklearan"  and  "Teatar Apsurda".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-stoneteatar-apsurdamizantropean.html


Ecos Postumos/Janela Para a Loucura/2017 EP Review

lundi 1 janvier 2018 à 01:54

  Brazil's  Ecos  Postumos  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  depressive  and  suicidal  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Janela  Para  a  Loucara".

  A  very  depressive  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  suicidal  style  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length  while  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well a s  a  brief  use  of  rain  sounds,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clear  vocals,  spoken  word  parts  and  synths.

  Ecos  Postumos  creates  another  recording  that  continues  the  suicidal  and  depressive  approach  to black  metal  from  his  previous  demo,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  suicidal  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ecos  Postumos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  suicidal  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hopocristia"  and  "Borderline".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/ecos-postumosjanela-para-loucura2017.html


Sacrilegious Rite Interview

vendredi 29 décembre 2017 à 20:45

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?

Actually we are restructuring the band. Renewing the line up to make it ready for events to come. After the album we played a lot of gigs and composed new material. Which is ging to be released in 2018.



2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The sound differs a lot regarding earlier releases. I took the time and energy to work myself into recording matters and produced it all by myself. We got it mastered from by the “Eiszeit studio” in Saarbrücken what turned out to be a good decision.


3.Your lyrics cover some satanic and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

The dark arts cover most areas of my human existence. The goal is to discover magic and astral forces in every life situation. All can be mastered by willing to give in and being conscious about your weak and mortal shell.

I’ve been a member in two covens which names I don’t want to mention here. But as it is in mundane life it turned out to be nothing for me. The rogue and solitude way is the most promising. Never let other individuals decide and rule your decision and workings. No book on this earth contains the ultimate knowledge or truth. Only through your mastery and experience and for sure only through lucifer himself one is able to reach it all.....
and.... Memento mori! Consider that your shell is not constant! Spiritual death and the insight of it brings you further.


4.The band was formed after the break up of 'Capitas Damnare', is this band a continuation of the previous band?

It was called “Capitis Damnare”.... the band started with the same line up instead of the drummer but is renewing itself permanently. You know.... people get older and lazier.... hardly anyone is willing to invest time and energy to evolve and grow. That should be a rule number one when your band proclaims a luciferian doctrine of becoming!
Capitis Damnare was active from 1999-2010 and Sacrilegious Rite from that on. The music evolved and we went to our roots by finding Sacrilegious Rite. It went back from that kind of typical black metal to more old school Black Death metal. As youngsters we started out with thrash, death stuff. At that time there was only extreme metal.... there was no “label thinking”like it is today.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sacrilegious Rite'?

Sacrilegious Rite is like the name says a sacrilege towards the mundane world and life most of mankind lives. It inverts morality, mortality and the religion of the false light. For me it’s the crusade which I have to follow... a lot of people can’t understand that music can be more than just music. That man can be more than just man and even that death can be more than death. Kill your ego which makes you weak and follow the crusade..... that should be the only true agenda of a performing artist and musician. No exceptions and no compromise.



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

We played a lot of shows... I’m not sure I remember all.... I think the best shows we played at the beginning and short after the finding of the band. We where younger and we found better more motivated musicians to join in.

Our stage performance is quiet simple and more natural. We don’t perform any rituals on stage. That’s a fucking trend nowadays.... we just use blood sometimes and besides we are just ourselves. We also don’t paint our faces..... we are not faceless!

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

Yes, there are some events and touring planned but it would be too early to talk about it. A lot can change in this fast lived existence.

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

The feedback from South America and Asia was the best! As we have some old school Brazilian influences the South American guys have always been more into our music than the Europeans. Europe is more trend orientated and the market there changes permanently while we have been on our cause without changing much. For sure we never changed the concept.

9.You have also been a part of a few splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?

Oh yes, our first recordings are to find in the first two splits....with German gods Ungod and Bolivian desecrators of Bestial Holocaust. Sonia sepulchre and me are still allies and she performs on our recordings ever since. Even on the following.



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

As it seems now we are freeing ourselves from all elements in whatever way which hinder us giving one hundred percent. It’s important for a band to evolve and to grow and sometimes even members miss it to do the next step.

We got more technical and our songwriting is ore advanced but as always the concept remains the same.

11.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?

That’s a question... I’d say we are pretty much influenced by all black/death/thrash stuff.... say: Sarcofago, old Mayhem, Hellhammer and Grotesque. Just to name a few.

Today is listen to merely the same stuff more or less.... there are some great new discoveries from time to time.

I got sick of all that Blasphemy clones, lately. Bad tongues say we would be another one of them but we’ve never been influenced by Blasphemy. I like that band but as you can listen by yourself that our songwriting is pretty much structured.... only a fucking idiot with no clue at all would draw parallels to Blasphemy. I guess most people draw that lines automatically when they see a band labelled “black/death metal”. For us.... we combine the technical structures with the darkness of black metal. We play both! If you ask me .... I would label us as “old school Death Metal” because we are influenced by times when death metal was still dark and satanic and not dealing with topics like politics and gore! You know? But fuck all that.... we just play our stuff.

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

I thank you a lot in your interest in Sacrilegious Rite! It’s good to deal with fanzines who also concentrate on the the religious and idealistic part of a band instead of the music only. I appreciate that. I think it’s important to see both sides of the coin! All hails and fortune for your future work!

All Hails lucifer for we are his spawn on earth!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/sacrilegious-rite-interview.html