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Sylvaine Interview

samedi 15 juin 2019 à 02:43

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
- After the release of «Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone» on the 2nd of November 2018, we have done a handful of shows with Sylvaine, in addition to working behind the scenes on making further shows and tours happen for late 2019/early 2020. I have also been working on new material for the 4th album, and already have a couple of tracks ready. There’s also been a few other projects I had the pleasure of working on, that will be revealed shortly.

2.In November you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
- As I see it, “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone” has a more focused expression than the previous two albums. At the same time, it holds a stronger variety and pushes the dualities even further, creating a greater balance between the opposing forces found within the music. Where “Wistful” was an incredibly somber and downright sad record, I feel like “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone” carries a bigger darkness to it. In those moments where there’s no hope, you really can’t find a glimmer of light left within the music, yet, there’s still an uplifting vibe to some of the other melodies, letting a bit of light in. It’s more contrasted. I think this record is a natural progression from “Wistful” though.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
- My music functions as a therapeutic catharsis, and lets me deal with issues and struggles that otherwise would have been suppressed. Like many other artist, I use music to express those issues I find difficult to put into words, offering some temporary relief. I suppose I tend to speak about more existential thoughts and struggles and the relationship I have with the human form. On “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone”, I also got inspired by the outside world for once. The record represents the feeling of decline, when something unravels before your eyes. Little by little, something is worn down or broken, until it finally disintegrates completely. I believe the human form tends to temporarily sever us from our origins, at the same time that our society tends to corrupt the innocence we naturally hold, as time goes by. “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone” not only refers to my personal relationship with life, but also how the human world is destroying everything; nature and man alike.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
- I got in touch with my brilliant, illustrator friends in Førtifem in Paris and they worked their magic to come up with the cover we know today. I wanted to have something that was more graphic than my previous cover for “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone”, made by the great Sylfvr. The cover needed to be striking, yet it had to keep the atmospheric touch that the music clearly gives. The idea of a crystal cluster being the perfect embodiment of something that is breathtakingly beautiful and deep, yet still harsh and dangerous was very intriguing to me. I have a distinct memory of having been shown “The Sea of Ice” by Caspar David Friedrich, featuring aggressive icebergs that almost looked to take on the shape of crystals, which became the starting point of the artwork. I’m so happy with Førtifem’s work on this album -  It truly represents the music in a perfect way.

5.With the exception of a few session musicians you record most of the music by yourself, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical style?
- Absolutely. The whole reason I decided to keep Sylvaine a solo project, was to avoid artistic compromise. I wanted to be completely free to express myself however I needed at any given time, to really keep the music and emotions as personal as possible. That’s why I decided to try to record all the instrument in Sylvaine myself, back in 2014, when I was making my debut album “Silent Chamber, Noisy Heart”. This without sacrificing the quality of the takes of course, which is why I brought in session guys for the main drum parts. I know my own limits.

6.On the new album you also had a few session musicians, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording?
- Yes, I have been working with my dad Stephen Shepard and my dearest Stéphane Paut (Alcest) for the drums of all my albums, in addition to a few other session musicians on “Wistful”. As I said, I know my limits, and knew early on I wouldn’t be able to fulfill the drum duties completely on my own. Therefore I wanted to share this experience with people that are not only excellent musicians, but also that are very dear to me. It all seemed to come together perfectly.

7.What are some of the best shows that you have played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
- I absolutely love being on stage myself. The direct connection you have with the audience is just magical. To be able to convey the emotions behind Sylvaine, and communicate with the audience face to face is a gift, really. My favorite show recently was when we played together with Saor in Glasgow. Was our first time playing in the UK and it was just amazing for us! We felt so humbled by the kind reception by the crowd and their enthusiasm…… This was an evening to remember for us for sure! We also did some really cool shows in Belgium last year, starting with a special performance in the Amuz cathedral in Antwerp and ending with a intense show at La Botanique in Brussels. Every show holds a special place in my heart though.

8.Recently you were nominated for a Norwegian Grammy, did you ever think you would of made it this far when you started out as a musician?
-  When I first started expressing myself thru music as a teenager, I had no belief whatsoever that I would do anything of what I experienced with Sylvaine so far. I’ve always lacked confidence when it comes to this aspect of my life, so I haven’t really had many expectations for it. I did however know it was something I had to do, something I needed to pursuit, as it’s just one of those things that keeps me alive. To have a small audience worldwide for my music is already completely surreal to me, and when I received this nomination for the Spellemannprisen (as the Norwegian Grammy is called), I was really positively surprised! Norway is a small country of course, but this is the highest recognition you can get as a musician over there after all, making me feel so humble and happy to be the first ever female nominated in the metal category! It was a true honor.

9.What are some of your non- musical interests?
- Every single day I practice yoga and meditation, something that has taken over as the number one interest I have outside of music. Spirituality as always been very present in my life, something I also use Sylvaine to explore, but it’s only the past 1,5 years that I have been cultivating a daily practice to get more connected to myself, my spirituality and the present in the shape of yoga and meditation. It has really changed my life quite a lot if I’m honest, which I am forever grateful for. Other than this, I’m also a huge fan spending time in nature, retro gaming, cooking, watching movies/tv-shows, reading, going to museums, traveling….. There are endless amounts of cool stuff to do with our time.

10. Any last thoughts for our readers?
- Thank you ever so much for this opportunity to speak to the readers of OccultBlackMetalZine! I truly hope to see you guys on tour sometime in the future; hopefully sooner than later! Until then; stay creative, be mindful and take care!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/sylvaine-interview.html


Nuitville Interview

vendredi 14 juin 2019 à 06:23
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Hello! 'Nuitville' is my musical one-man project. I guess, it can be liked by metal fans looking for a mystic, dark but not aggressive music.

2. Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
Well, my chosen musical style becomes clear when you see the track list of this EP, I am talking about 'Amesoeurs' cover song. So for today 'Nuitville' is a blackgaze project. Definitely.

3. You started working on the music as far back as 2012 but waited until 2019 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
Yes, it is young metal project, however it’s officially. De facto I have started making some atmospheric and dark music sketches already in my adolescence. Then I was 12-13 year-old schoolboy, who was inspired by just appeared in his life Black Metal. Later in 2012-2013 when the sketches became longer and better I took name 'Nuitville' and decided that “time has come” to make something more serious. But anyway I still didn’t have enough experience and opportunities to breathe life in it. Final steps of this album creation began in 2015, but I used a lot of riffs from the past years. So for me 'Nuitville' isn’t so young like for others.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
I was always inspired by the Night, sometimes I even think I feel it in some special way, so the main goal of 'Nuitville' is trying to share these feelings. I used lyrics like imaginative element which works in pair with my music. So what about the subject, it is a hidden mystic side of the Night.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nuitville'?
It’s some place from which Night comes to us…

6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
This artwork shows you that moment of my life which predetermined 'Nuitville' birth in the future. So it’s a little bit conceptual.

7. With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
Definitely yes. This EP was an experience for me to understand how difficult it is to do all by yourself, especially when we talk about not simple, really multi-track and qualitative music. I’m planning to use services at least of session drummer and bass player. Probably this time I will use services of studio sound engineers for mixing and mastering. Other things I will still do by myself.

8. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of blackgaze and post black metal?
I guess it hasn’t passed enough time for any final conclusions, but for today, definitely, the reaction is positive. Moreover quite many people ask me about full length album. It really inspires, especially at the beginning of my musical way.

9. When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
I really want to believe that already in 1-2 years we will be discussing a new album here. It’s quite hard to predict such things. But anyway, I believe, it is just a matter of time.

10. 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 of all it is a lot of black metal bands, mainly Norwegian, French and Ukrainian, of course. Some classical doom bands, I think even some old hard rock bands. Undoubtedly I must to mention 'Amesoeurs', the really great project. For quite long time 'Recueillement' was for me like a tunnel to another special world. Today I feel very happy to have the official cover song on my debut EP. It was really important for me, so big thanks to Neige and Emi for the given me opportunity to do it.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
I can’t say that I listen to some modern music a lot during the last time. So currently it is mainly old classical goth rock bands, like “The Cure”, “Bauhaus”, “The Sisters of Mercy”. Besides, some atmospheric rock bands from the 80s and 90s, such ones like 'Fields Of The Nephilim' or 'Type O Negative'.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Look into the Night. You can find there your own way to the stars!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/nuitville-interview.html


Serpents Athirst/Genocide Shrines/Trepanation/Heresiarch/Scorn Coalescence/Cyclopean Eye Productions/2019 4 Way Split EP Review

vendredi 14 juin 2019 à 05:51

  This  is  a  review  of  a  4  way  split  ep  between  Sri  Lanka's  Serpents  Athirst,  Genocide  Shrines  and  New  Zealand's  Trepanation  and  Heresiarch  called  "Scorn  Coalescence"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Cyclopean  Eye  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Serpents  Athirst  a  band  that  plays  a  violent  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  sound  along  with  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Theistic  Satanism  and  Violence.

  In  my  opinion  Serpents  Athirst  are  a  very  great  sounding  violent  and  satanic  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  song.

  Next  up  is  Genocide  Shrines  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of   black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  bring  in mostly  death  emtal along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.   The  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  some  mid  tempo  sections,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Tantra/Spiritual  Warfare, Ravana,  Death  and  Warfare  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Genocide  Shrines  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  song. 

  Next  up  is  Trepanation  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  slow  sound  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Vocals are  mostly  bestial  growls  along  with  some  black  emtal  screams   and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  mixes  the  rawest  and  most  brutal  elements  of  war  metal  and  grindcore  together,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover   apocalypse,  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trepanation  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  Closing  the  split  is  Heresiarch  who  return  with  their  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  bestial  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style, black  metal  screams  can  also be  heard  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Heresiarch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split. 

  in  conclusion  I  think  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  war,  black  and  death  emtal.

  https://www.facebook.com/serpents.athirst
https://www.facebook.com/genocideshrines
https://www.facebook.com/trepanation666
https://www.facebook.com/heresiarchcult                  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/serpents-athirstgenocide.html


Hoofstomper/Chapter 1/Black Mourning Productions/2019 EP Review

vendredi 14 juin 2019 à 04:43

  Hoofstomper  are  a  band  from  Lithuania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  psychobilly,  dark  surf  and  country  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Chapter  1"  which  was  released  by  Black  Mourning  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  rockabilly  and  surf  music.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  acoustic  guitars  bring  in  influences  from  country  music.

  Clean  singing  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  keyboards  are  used  briefly  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  psychedelic  feeling  while  one  track  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  about  a  character  known  as  the  'Hoofstomper'  with  some  themes  about  fear, loss,  disappointment,  metamorphosis  and  acceptance. 

  In  my  opinion  Hoofstomper  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  emtal,  psychobilly,  dark  surf  and  country  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Introducing  HoofStomper  (Threshold)"  and  "Mother  (Realization  And  Acceptance)".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/hoofstomper/
https://www.instagram.com/hoofstomper/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCll25EbxsaXfrBOrHIBBvEg   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/hoofstomperchapter-1black-mourning.html


Somalgia Interview

vendredi 14 juin 2019 à 02:13
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

I started Somalgia as a homage to 90's black metal.  It is a one man project and my influences include the classics such as Obtained Enslavement, Limbonic Art & Falkenbach to newer greats like Sühnopfer, Ungfell & Grift.


2.So far you have been a part of a split, how would you describe the musical style you went for on the recording?

For the split with Peasant both bands released one heavy track and one soft track each.  My heavy track, Veil Of Perceptual Illusion, was a Wolves In The Throne Room-esque song with a Hammond organ and Burzum style screeches throughout.  The lyrics were about being born into the current slave system we are all apart of and escaping from that.  A mix of 'The Matrix' & Plato's 'Allegory Of The Cave'.

The second song 'Wander Stars Moving Across A Celestial Sphere' was a layered synth track which was my homage to Burzum's 'Tomhet'. 


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

Some of the topics I write about include secret societies, suppressed knowledge, dystopian / real world parallels, hidden human history, ancient / modern control systems, present day totalitarian / oligarchical regimes (the UK for example) and brainwashing of the collective consciousness...


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Somalgia'?

Somalgia is a nod to Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World'.  The medication they take in that book to cope with life is called 'Soma', it keeps them numb to the world and blind to the truth.  'Algia' is derived from the Greek algos meaning "pain".  So using the prefix 'Soma' and the suffix 'algia' we get Somalgia. 

To me, this is the sickness one would get when awakening from the conditioning we face in our current system.  It is a dystopian illness that one would get realizing most of what we believe to be truth is a lie.  When you realize the whole world is corrupt to its core, rotten and inverted you are left with feelings of emptiness, disconnection and alienation.  That is Somalgia.


5.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

For now this is strictly a studio project while the first album is being finalized.  Possibly one day if I can find a drummer fast enough.


6.Other then the release being on bandcamp there is very little information to be found on the musical project online with no metal archives or facebook page, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

I will be releasing music through the Repose Records website only and will never have any social media.  I believe social media to be a scourge on humanity and a plague that should be eradicated.  I will not subject any followers of mine to visit facebook, twitter etc.  With each copy of future releases I will be including essays of selected authors on subjects close to my lyrical content - the first one being Dean Henderson's essay 'Electronic Feudalism Is Hive Mind Production'.


7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Peasant', what are your thoughts on the other musical project that had participated on the recording?

I co-wrote both of the Peasant songs on this split with my good friend Plague.  Peasant is very high paced and erratic and I would say perfect for fans of Deathspell Omega & Ungfell.  Plague is a self taught guitarist from years of listening to Plebian Grandstand, Deathspell etc so the riffs he comes up with are very demented but always seem to sound so cohesive and harmonic.  Perfect for black metal in my opinion.  He brings the riffs and I lay a lead on top of it, so we're a good team.


8.The split was released on 'Repose Records' can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Repose Records is my own label that currently has 3 releases to it's name.  I wanted to start a label that focused on black metal, dungeon synth and anything avant-garde and tenebrous that caught my ear.  The fourth release, due out later this year, will be the second album from a fantastic project hailing from Switzerland.  I won't say anymore at this point except on my first listen I described it as sounding like 'being sucked into a black hole and ending up in a mental asylum - chasmic black metal'.


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

The reception has been positive so far.  My goal for the rest of the year is continue to release more music so people can start to get a real picture of what Somalgia is about.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

The next Somalgia release will be a full length entitled 'Inverted World'.  I already have the backbone of the album completed so hopefully sometimes next year it will be ready.  The artwork has been done by Gareth Mansfield and it will be mixed & mastered by Dan Abela.

Musically, I can see Somalgia following the current state of the world in it's death spiral and getting darker and darker as time goes on.


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 am a big fan of what the Helvetic Underground Comittee in Switzerland are doing.  Their roster contains some of the most pioneering black metal out there at the moment, Ungfell, Dakhma, DVT, Kvelgeyst etc.  Naas Alcameth is is doing great things with his projects Akhlys, Aoratos, Nightbringer & Bestia Arcana.  A few other notable bands i'm currently spinning on my record player are Peste Noire, Tomhet, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Darkspace, Paysage D'Hiver, ColdWorld, Lifelover, Sühnopfer, Falls Of Rauros & Obsequiae.  I post a weekly Spotify playlist through the Repose Records Instagram if anyone would like to see what else i'm listening to.


12.Does Paganism or Occultism play any role in your music?

No, I purposefully avoid religious references.  My goal with Somalgia isn't to attack Christianity or promote paganism.  My goal is to awaken and enlighten people to the current control system that has been in place for the last 6-8000 years.  This is why the essays I send with each release will be so important.


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

1.Resist 5G & the incoming smart system.
2.Abolish the Federal Reserve banking cartel. 
3.Somalgia - Inverted World coming soon...
Thank you,
Orakul.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/somalgia-interview.html