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Vintermorke Interview

lundi 20 juillet 2020 à 20:54

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Vintermørke, so far, is one man black metal band from Greece. It was created to host my inner thoughts and demons Being a huge fan of black metal , I felt like I had to contribute in my own way and that’s why I started this project.

2.So far you have released a demo and have been a part of a couple of collaborations, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recordings?
Indeed, after my demo I preferred to search for other bands to collaborate. It’s been a long time since I was discussing with The Kingdom of Peace for a common collaboration song. As far as the music style is concerned it really depends on what message I want to pass and what story I want to tell. It varies from raw, pure attack black metal to depressive vocals, while sometimes we experiment with some parts like in ¨Shattered Dreams¨ a song from my upcoming collaboration EP with the Italian Mountain Hermit

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
Most of my lyrics are misanthropic. They refer to self-destruction, misanthropism and depression. A big percent of my lyrics comes from personal experiences, inner thoughts, desires. It really, again, depends on my mood. Out of nowhere, for example, I can get inspiration and write about being alcoholic. Writing lyrics is like a ritual, you never know what you call for, you just grab a pen and a piece of paper and you let it all out.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vintermorke?
Vintermørke means ¨Black Winter¨. This name describes a situation that everybody more or less has been into. A period, where for no actual reason, you lose your mind, your inner peace, your balance. Black Winter Is a place where you want to hide, where you will find yourself fighting for the never-ending war of finding inner peace. To be honest I didn’t come up with the name. Back in Bulgaria, where I was studying and after attending a superb live of Sørgelig and End of Mankind, a friend and fellow student came up with the name. In the beginning it was supposed to be an 8 members band, making the sound more symphonic and more like opera. After doing several rehearsals, we saw there was no chemistry and mood and we just gave up. All those events happened during 2019. During the Christmas period, of the same year, I decided to write something by my own, and the song ¨Paranøid Symbiosis¨ came.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?
To be honest the concept of the artwork of my demo got inspired from the artwork of the split of Psychonaut 4 with Nocturnal Depression. After a few drinks, corpse paint and trying to find the best exposure of light, the demo artwork came. After some editing and playing with black and white effects, the result is the art that you see today. Not a big deal, if you ask me, but at least it’s something.

6.With the exceptions of a couple of collaborations you record everything by yourself, are you open to expanding into a full line up?
Believe me getting a full line up is my primary goal. But its really difficult. All I see is that there’s a huge taboo and prejudgments not only for black metal but also for the extreme music. Don’t forget that I come from a really small town in Greece. From a town that I’m their third black metal band after Oletir and Melan Selas. If it comes, it comes and its really welcome. If not, I will keep doing it on my own. I don’t compromise with my vision, of spreading the antihuman propaganda, to every corner of this world.

7.So far this year you also had a couple of collaborations with 'The Kingdom Of Peace' and 'Mountain Hermit', can you tell us a little bit more about these musical projects?
The collaboration with The Kingdom of Peace started once I got released my demo through depressive illusions records. We were in the same label and I thought that something good would come out of it and indeed I was satisfied with the result. Not after a long time, I searched for another collaboration. I heard Mountain Hermits “Gnostic Isolation¨ on black metal artists YouTube channel and I thought why not? This one turned way better. Except for being just two bands who collaborate we are also good friends. And soon enough you will have news about both bands.

7.On the demo you had done a 'Human Serpent' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?
I’m a huge fan of Human Serpent’s music. You know after a while and when you hear the same songs again and again for a long time, then somehow and out of nowhere you are able to play them. That’s what happened with the ¨Vacuity¨ song from Human Serpent. I used to hear this song from the day that It came out till today. I thought I had to pay some attribute to this band for having such impact on both my life and my music.

8.So far you have worked with 'Nailed Nazarene Industries', 'Depressive Illusions Records' and 'Life End Records',do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
I’m really lucky that I found those labels. They might be small, but they are independent and loyal to the underground. I’m satisfied from all those 3 labels and I wish the best for them.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Believe it or not I don’t really know. From time to time I check in case I have any reviews or any mentions. Don’t forget that I started several months ago. The reaction and the support are proportional to the time that I’m active as a band. So not good or bad.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
I hope and if everything goes as planned. It will be released during the last days of 2020. A way to close this chaotic year with more chaos. From as I saw from the tracks, it will be a 45 min album with both depressive and raw tracks.

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?
My influences are mostly bands from the Greek Black Metal Scene. Bands like Dødsferd, Isolert, Sørgelig and Human Serpent have played a major role on the Vintermørke’s musical identity. Nowadays I still listen to my influences and keeping some ideas

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?   
Thank you very much for the interview. I wish you the best for its continuity.
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/vintermorke-interview.html


Cage Of Creation Interview

lundi 20 juillet 2020 à 00:01

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?
Right now we're working on next releases:

1) A split LP album that should be available in autumn 2020. Around 20 minutes on each band's side. Second band to be announced later.
2) A second part of "I am the Void" mLP should be finalized during summer/autumn 2020.
3) "I / II / III" compilation CD should be released later this year.
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2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The new album continues more experimental approach to our music that started with "Into Nowhere" LP in 2016. As you may hear on the record it has many non-metal influences, rock-ish sound and psychedelic effects.
On the contrary, "I am the Void" trilogy is riffs-based, with heavier sound, heavy metal parts and more classic approach in general.
"I", "II" were quite "lo-fi" and deeply rooted in black metal.
"III" stylistically sounds like something in between of "II" and "Into Nowhere".
It's still the same band and while some variety presented on each release, including the new album, we're pretty sure that most of those who liked our previous records will get into out new album as well.
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3.Most of the band members where at one time a part of 'Rotting Heaven' a band that sounds completely different from the stuff you are doing right now, what was the decision behind breaking up your older group?

It was completely different music indeed - more straightforward and aggressive dissonant black metal, influenced mostly by Swedish and French scene of late 90s - early 00s.
Last tracks for Rotting Heaven were composed around 5 years ago, at that time we felt the need to move into different and more twisted sonic directions, so we've recorded selected tracks for our part of split with French madmen WOLOK and putted RH on ice.
Still have lots of unused parts and few complete tracks that could resurface one day in one form or another.
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4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Most lyrics could be described as an artistic expression of mystical visions / dreams, which we experienced through the prism of altered state of consciousness.
Progress as songwriters? Not sure about it, more or less we're exploring the same topics under different corners.

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5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cage Of Creation'?
Existence is a prison (the "cage") for human soul / consciousness.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Ra Bs:
The main idea of this artwork was to combine the dance of death as a starting point in the concept of the "Into Nowhere II" album with simple forms of petrogliphs which, in turn, could also become sort of a starting point for understanding of the musical form of the album; with all of its shamanic atmosphere and the darkness of the hostile, dense forest. One, already a dried corpse, is still summoningly beating the ritual tambourine, while the other is still craving for narcotic visions. There's no life anymore but the supernatural passion has remained and become the mad dance on the other side of existence.

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?
Our best show was when we played with our Polish mates of Licho and Furia in Moscow. We had great sound on both stage and in audience, performed fine and were really impressed by performances of other bands that evening.
Our live performances differ from studio recordings, we noticeably alterate our tracks specially for better live playing condition.
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8.You also bring other musicians onto the stage that have not played on the albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the live line up before different than the album line up's?
Even one person can record an album in the studio if he's able to play all needed instruments, while on stage you need all instruments to be played together; so we asked our local mates some of whom played with us in other bands, to join our live line-up.
Quite simple. And sactually some of them did participated in our studio recordings.
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9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and experimental?
We received mostly positive feedback from different corners of the world. We'd like to thank all fans and labels for support, it's appreciated!
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10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
No huge changes, we'll continue our direction while we have enough musical ideas we pleased with.
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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?

First recordings were inspired by both demos of Niding from Sweden, early material of Urfaust, Lönndom, our neighbors by label - duszę wypuścił, and some others.
Later recordings have more variety and external influences are in general less obvious. Probably the most obvious influence on our new album would be some Grudom vibes on "Into Nowhere XI"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ngP9qrtq18

What we're listening during these days:

P: Ivanov Down, Frankie goes to Hollywood, НОМ, Bathory, Aria, etc.
W: LIK, Tervahäät, Lönndom, Grudom, Furia, Circle of Ouroborus, Ehlder, Múspellzheimr, JoDöden, Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi, Haus Arafna, Burzum, Armagedda, Til Det Bergens Skyggene and many others

12.Does Shamanism and Occultism play any role in your music?
There is no connection to any specific tradition, we're just inspired by the unknown, the hidden. Cryptic dreams, visions, strange thoughts, atmospheric places, other art - lots of things might have right impact.

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

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/cage-of-creation-interview.html


Zmarchrob Interview

dimanche 19 juillet 2020 à 22:14
1. For those that never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Zmarchrob is a one-man project that was created last May. It is a minimalist form of making music, which is created in a small home studio. It's Black Metal as I feel it.

2. In May you had released your first demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
I have been doing this musical style with breaks for almost thirty years, so choosing a style for the project was easy.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
The lyrics contain themes of witchcraft, the medieval countryside, haunting legends and various dark stories.

4.Originally the musical project was known as 'Signum Diabolicum', what was the cause of the name change?
I founded Signum Diabolicum sometime in 1995. Originally a three-member band, it has grown to five members over time. We have officially released three demos, all of which can be listened to on YouTube. Sometime in late 2004, the band fell silent. Some members still play music, but do a different style. After a long pause, I decided to make my own project and used my nickname as the name, with which I present the entire period of my work.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Zmarchrob'?
When I was a vocalist in the band Sacrifice for Nerthus. I was nicknamed Zmarchrob. This is an inexperienced young devil from the book "Advice of the Experienced Devil" by the writer C.S. Lewis. I was a little over twenty at the time, I was the youngest in the band, but my zeal was devilish. Since then, this nickname has lived with me and I have been happy to use it for my project.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?
I have always been fascinated by old woodcuts with a medieval theme. They are very inspiring to me. That's why I created one for the demo cover. I already have other ideas and I would like to use them for my next production.

7.With this project you recorded everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
So far, the independence suits me. I have the opportunity to create when I have the mood and time for it. But that doesn't mean I don't want to work with anyone in the future. I leave this open.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
After placing the recording on Bandcamp, I was approached by several PRs. But I was not very interested in their offers. I would rather work with someone who is exclusively dedicated to the underground form of Black Metal music. I have not yet received such an offer.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
It is true that mostly fans from abroad react and there were not so many domestic ones.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
This demo is a bit like the creation of Signum Diabolicum and in the future I want to blend my music even more with blasphemy and darkness. You will be one of the first to own the next record.

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?
I think I was influenced by the early Bathory, Hellhammer, Venom, Darktrone and others. Even today I like to return to these veterans. Recently I like recordings from Archgoat and for example Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Probably yes, but not radically. In my texts, I focus more on the lives of ordinary people who experience extraordinary stories. They also experience them with devils and witches.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughs? 
Maybe just "Black Metal Forever!"
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/zmarchrob-interview.html


Ov Shadows/I Djavulens Avbild/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2020 CD Review

dimanche 19 juillet 2020 à 04:04

  Sweden's  Ov  Shadows  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  their  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "I  Djavulens  Avbild"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Blast  beats  and  heavy  riffing  start  off  the  album  while  the  tremolo  picking  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Ov  Shadows  remains  true  to  the  modern,  aggressive  ant  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  that  they  had  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  darkness,  death  and  metaphysical  themes  along  with  some  influences  from  the  writings  of  C.G  Jung.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ov  Shadows  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Den  Eld  Som  Tar  och  Forvrider"  "Anakoretens  Gap"  and  "Av  Kunskap  Kront  Till  Gud".  8out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/ov-shadowsi-djavulens-avbildhypnotic.html


Havakruunu/Uinos Syomein Sota/Naturmacht Productions/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 19 juillet 2020 à 02:54

  Finland's  duo  Havakruunu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Uinos  Syomein  Sota"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Clean  pagan  vocals  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  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  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal screams  are  also  a  very  huge  parts of  the  recording.

  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  battle  sounds.

 Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  good  amount  of  tracks  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffing  also  starts  mixing  in  elements  of  traditional  metal,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Paganism,  Inner  Turmoil,  Woe  and  Worry  Of  Life.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Havukruunu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Uinuos  syomen  sota"  "Pohjolan  tytar"  and  "Tahti-yo  ja  hevoiset".  8  out  of  10.

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