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Solipsism Interview

jeudi 9 avril 2020 à 20:44
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a
little bit about the band?
We are a black metal trio from central Slovakia and we created Solipsism in circa October of 2018. Musically, we are trying to create something with its own face, not to repeat the same style of countless bands before us. Kind of to have our own signature sound.

2.You have an ep coming out in March, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
Well, it‘s our debut, so we are still on the look for the things that really suit us, what we like, what we can do, what we want to do and so on. Since it’s an EP,  we sort of went for a demonstration of our direction, so the listener could get a picture of what to expect from us in the future. In this aspect, we tried to make every song on the EP different. You can hear more aggressive, pure one, more melodic and slow one, something in between... But I daresay that every song sends a message that we don’t play orthodox black metal. 

3.You refer to your music as being 'Negative black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Black metal, nowadays, is a very vague term. We could put together dozens of bands, who identify themselves as black metal, but they don’t sound anything alike. One could say that adding so much qualifiers to your genre description is edgy or obnoxious, but it actually says more about the sound and direction in which the band flows. In our music, you can always hear this melancholic touch and the lyrics are dealing with all sorts of negative worldviews, so we thought it would be appropriate to put the moniker „negative“ to it. To say more about ourselves.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
It could be summed up to negative existentialism. We are inspired by our everyday lives, what we are dealing with in specific moments and the lyrics embody our feelings and thoughts of our own existence in those moments. On this EP, every song stands for itself and is a contemplation about a certain aspect of our lives, be it possible futility of existence, heartbreak or a will to negate and deconstruct general values and beliefs.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Solipsism'?
Solipsism is a philosophical idea which states, that you cannot be sure of existence of anything besides your own consciousness. Basically everything around you, even your physical vessel could be just a product of your own mind. Therefore, what’s the point of anything, if nothing is real? We don’t take it to the metaphysical levels, however, we understand it in a more „wordly“ context. You always need to doubt, whether the thing you see, understand or live is real or it’s just your own perception of those matters.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
It was done by Svjatogor from bands like Ceremony of Silence and Porenut, who is actually a quite known graphic designer in Slovakia. Artworkwise, it’s up to everyone to think for themselves, what the cover means to them. There are lots of images which go hand in hand with existential philosophy, contemplating, and in fact, with the idea-tic direction of the album.

7.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows yet?
Opportunities are not the issue. Black metal scene in Slovakia is quite small, the people at least briefly know each other, so it wouldn’t be that hard to find ourselves a gig to play if we could actually do it, but as of now we are lacking a second guitarist and a bass player. Without them, we don’t want to play live, since with just one guitar, drums and vocals our music can’t live up to its full potential.

8.The ep is coming out on 'Sun & Moon Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
Well, we knew this label and did a little research about it, looked into the bands they’ve been releasing and came to a conclusion, that we could musically fit under their banners. So we wrote them an email, introduced ourselves, sent our EP and asked if they would be interested in working with us. And they were.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
It’s a bit too early to talk about a worldwide level, since we disclosed only two songs and the EP still hasn’t been released. We got a bit of feedback mostly from Slovakia and Czech Republic and we gotta say it has been only positive so far. Actually, it’s been better than we initially expected.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hard to say, we do it intuitively and as we think in that exact moment. Also, we don’t like limits and borders and want to mess around with the possibilities offered. What we can say is, that we want to improve our sound quality wise. For now (and probably years coming) we go into the direction of black metal with its own print and some sort of added value. To be memorable.

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/
We all three like a lot of different things and they, naturally, find their way to our music. Considering metal, all three of us are intertwined by black metal, but apart from that, we listen to various genres and things. I also like dark ambient and its atmosphere inspires me in writing keys and lyrics for our music. In general though, we listen to a great number of bands, but considering the recent time the drummer, for example, listens frequently to Zhrine, Misþirming and expects the new release of Anaal Nathrakh, the guitarist is digging Kres and Spawn of Possession and for me maybe Deluge, Bonjour Tristesse and Une Misère.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks a lot for the interview and stay tuned, we already started writing new songs. Check our social media for updates... and remember, it’s all in your head.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/solipsism-interview.html


Fog/The Merciless Transmutation Of Gaia/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 9 avril 2020 à 10:28

  Fog  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "The  Merciless  Transmutation  Of  Gaia".

  Atmospheric  sounding keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  elements  of  ambient  onto  the  recording  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  tremolo picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  distorted  sounding  guitar  leads  are  also  utilized  at  times.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed    along  with  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard.

  Fog  plays  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  epic,  mid  tempo,  primitive  and  lo-fi  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Gaia  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fog  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Sublime  Teachings  Of  The  Forest".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/fogthe-merciless-transmutation-of.html


Psychonaut 4/Dipsomania/Talheim Records/2020 CD Review

jeudi 9 avril 2020 à 09:12

  Psychonaut  4  are  a  band  from  the  former  Soviet  Republic  of  Georgia  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Dipsomania"  which  was  released  by  Talheim  Records.

  Ocean  sounds,  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  also h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  depressive  rock  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  clean  playing  spoken  word  parts  also  returns  on  the  later  tracks.  Clear  vocals  are  also utilized  at  times  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  life,  drugs,  alcohol  and  suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Psychonaut  4  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beware  The  Silence"  "Pain  Dealer"  Suicide  Is  Legal"  and  "How  Much  For  The  Hope".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/psychonaut-4dipsomaniatalheim.html


Varulv/Kerker, Todt und Teyfl/Talheim Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 8 avril 2020 à 10:07

  Varulv  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Kerker,  Todt  und  Teyfl"  which  was  released  by  Talheim  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments,  clean  playing  and  percussion's  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  grim  moments.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing and  stringed  instruments  and  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  brief  return  as  the  album  progresses  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  is  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  impure  professions,  prostitution,  executioner  and  undertaker  of  the  middle  ages.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Varulv  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal, you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Der  Rattenpakt"  "Am  Totentisch"  "Altar  Pfad"  and  "In  Schwarz  gehullt".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/varulvkerker-todt-und-teyfltalheim.html


Blasphemous Degradation/Sulphuric Alchemy/Analog Ragnarok/Born For Burning Productions/2020 Demo Review

mercredi 8 avril 2020 à 08:05

  Blasphemous  Degradation  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war  and  blackened  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  demo  "Sulphuric  Alchemy"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Analog  Ragnarok  and  Born  For  Burning  Productions.

  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  demo  giving  the  music  a  horror  soundtrack  atmosphere  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  and  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements,  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  blackened  death  metal  and  the  demo  closes  with  a  synth  orientated  outro 

  Blasphemous  Degradation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war  and  blackened  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  discipline,  occultism,rituals  and  demonology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blasphemous  Degradation  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war  and  blackened  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Sulphuric  Alchemy"  and  "Deified  in  Hell".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/blasphemous-degradationsulphuric.html