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Hermann Interview

dimanche 28 octobre 2018 à 19:11
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?
disart brut: mausoleum first came out on vinyl in August through Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions, so we have been in talks with other labels to arrange for other formats as well. We can already confirm that we came to an agreement about a CD release and global digital distribution deal with Zanshin Music. An official release date will be announced shortly. Other than that, we're focusing on spreading the new music live right now. We did a bunch of club shows and festival appearances with more to come.

2. Recently you have released a new album, what are some of the things you have done different musically with this recording that you were not able to do on previous releases?
We actually haven't changed the procedure much at all, as we are quite conceptual with what Hermann represents both lyrically and musically. The main difference was maybe that for this album, we could already try out and refine some of the songs live for a while, so it all feels a bit more organic and allowed us to pay more attention to details. For example we experimented a bit in the studio with arrangements, different voices, and even guest musicians, which resulted in the appearance of a broken-down accordion for one song. 

3. This is the first album since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
The first album prinzhorn kolloquium was actually still recorded as a three-piece, so the line-up was first completed with a permanent bass player for that release. Then most of the time in between was naturally spent rehearsing, playing shows and writing the second album. 

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored on both of the releases?
The title disart brut: mausoleum is a play on words employing "art brut" as a continuation of the Naïve art of the Prinzhorn collection from the debut. The "dis" is a reference to the crust core influence. "Mausoleum" relates to the lyrics of the song "zitzenwald". The lyrics of the individual songs describe rather somber images of the past, the present and the visionary. With "die pauke vier mal" we also interpreted outside lyrics for one song; namely, a dirge that used to be celebrated in the East-European Germanic language area.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hermann'?
The real life inspiration behind the band name was the main sidekick of Jennerjahn, a marvelous Great Dane who unfortunately had to leave us by now. The etymological roots lie in old High German’s "Hariman", later "Heermann", which literally means "army man", a warrior, which also seemed fitting for the project.

6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
All pictures from the art work were taken at a graveyard in Berlin, where we were able to explore our ideas almost undisturbedly over the course of two nights. The front cover is the entrance to a
crypt, and another reference in the framework of the title and the lyrics to "zitzenwald". To achieve the light effect we had in mind, somebody had to crawl around inside the whole time to adjust the spotlight. This is the source of the human femur pictured over the gatefold. And since we had exclusive access to the chapel, it could be desecrated in more ways than one …

7. What are some of the best shows that the band has done over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Stage performance is an important part of Hermann. We try to create a very particular atmosphere live, with some trademark elements that make Hermann concerts an intense and memorable experience. As on the album, we incorporate our own industrial/drone/noise ambiance into the show to grab the audience from start to finish, suppressing any verbal interaction detracting from the mood. Once we hit the stage we don't cut you any breaks. This is further enhanced by heavy use of fog. We're just coming off a festival show, which probably came close to our ideal performance so far. At night, removed from modern urbanity, framed by a fire show, good stage, good crowd. Last weekend's show at Berlin Swamp Fest was very good as well, and you always have some club shows that stick out more than others, but I wouldn't know what to single out here. It feels like we're more and more hitting our stride with every performance, so the best is definitely yet to come!

8. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We only have a few individual concerts lined up at the moment, but we are looking at potential touring opportunities right now. Hopefully we can hit the road a bit longer in the new year. We definitely want to play more outside Germany soon as well. 

9. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal, crust and doom?
Very positive across the board, as far as crossing scene lines goes. We draw people from all three styles who can find some common ground with Hermann, which is very satisfying to see. As mentioned before, we haven't been able to present ourselves on a worldwide scale much yet, but we're looking to branch out.

10. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Essenz, Korff's main side gig, just released a new album too and they're about to tour on that. He is also involved with the international black/thrash project Early Death and an ambient/noise outfit called Void Beyond Destruction. Donnermann has a new album coming up with 100000 Tonnen Kruppstahl, as well as his solo noise rock project Brackwasser Knipp. Ithymia is currently in the studio recording the second album of his black/speed metal band Sunshine & Lollipops. So it's always quite a busy schedule within the Hermann camp.

11. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
There's already some songs in the works again, but we're not speculating about style changes and things like that. Hermann will freely roam the realms of extreme music whenever the time is right, while remaining 100% recognizable and true to itself for sure.   

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?
Everybody in the band has a long history with all kinds of metal, so influences come from all the usual classics, for example it would be silly to deny the obvious inspiration from a band like Darkthrone. But also completely different sources of music, electronic, classical, folk, you name it. We are as open-minded as we are stuck on our roots. 

13. What are some of your non musical interests?
Alcohol, nature, literature, drawing, photography, travel... generally there's lots of time individually spent on creative, artsy nonsense between the members of Hermann. 

14. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Trust no one! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/hermann-interview.html


Morgal/Self Titled/Werewolf Records/2018 EP Review

dimanche 28 octobre 2018 à 04:43

  Morgal  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  ep  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Werewolf  Records.

  Dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  along  with  soem  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  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  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  tracks  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  Finnish  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  thrash  influences,  synths  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Morgal  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Witchery,  Rituals,  Chaos  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morgal  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mistress  Of  Blood"  and  "Warcry  of  the  Vampire".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/morgalself-titledwerewolf-records2018.html


Infernal Cult/All The Lights Faded/2018 Full Length Review

dimanche 28 octobre 2018 à 03:42

  Infernal Cult  are  a  solo  project  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "All  The  Lights  Faded'.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  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  and  old  school  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  vocals  also  add  in  some  high  pitched  depressive  screams and  as  the  album  progresses  a  touch  of  the  modern  atmospheric  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  songs.

  Infernal  Cult  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  misery,  depression,  hate,  anger, s elf-destruction  and  suicide  attempts.

  In  my  opinion  Infernal  Cult  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Embrace  Of  Shadows"  "Self  Destructive  Life  Resistance"  and  "All  The  Lights  Faded".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/infernal-cultall-lights-faded2018-full.html


Negativa/03/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 Cassette Review

dimanche 28 octobre 2018 à 01:56

  Negativa  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "03"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Synths  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  distorted  amp  noises  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  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  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Negativa  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Negativa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "XVII"  and  "XXI".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/negativa03sentient-ruin.html


Kryptamok/Profaani/Blood Harvest Productions/Helter Skelter Records/2018 Demo Review

dimanche 28 octobre 2018 à 01:00

  Kryptamok  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  demo  "Profaani"  which  will  be  released  in  November  as  a  joint  effort  between  Blood  Harvest  Productions  and  Helter  Skelter  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Finnish  tradition  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  demonic  growls  also  being  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  as  well  as  a  some  atmospheric  keyboards  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Kryptamok  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  traditional  and  heavily  rooted in  the  Finnish  ways  of  the  genre  while  also  having  its atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Krypamok  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wala"  and  "Kuolemen  Katarsis".  8  out  of  10. 

        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/kryptamokprofaaniblood-harvest.html