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Aubzagl Interview

dimanche 15 mars 2020 à 00:58
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Aubzagl are: Andy (Vocals), Paul (Bass), Arron (Drums), Jamie (Guitar), Phil (Guitar). We're a black metal band from Yorkshire, UK. Formed in late 2016, with members of many different styles of heavy UK bands spanning the last 20 years, including Errander / PSP, Reth, Canvas, Narayana, Gets Worse, Forneus, The Nothing, Narcosis, Soulfracture, Hundred Year Old Man, Esclavage, Chojin and plenty more. For fans of early Gorgoroth, Wolves in the Throne Room, Celeste, Dissection and other black metal with riffs

2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?
Jamie (guitar) - The demo is very rough and ready, we bashed it out at a very early practice so we were finding out musically where we were headed plus it was the first time I'd ever recorded anything. The EP is still me trying to learn how to record properly but it sounds a hell of a lot better.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Andy (vocals) - Lyrically we explore a lot. The songs written earlier on tackle more traditional black metal themes such as nihilism, anti-religious sentiment towards organisations, daemonology etc. As we progressed I started tackling more personal subjects such as depression and suicide.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aubzagl'?
There's a fair bit of controversy surrounding the actual origins of our name. We each seem to have conflicting accounts of how it came about.

Andy (Vocals) - One night I was driving to Newcastle. On the way I stopped at a service station. They had a phone box there, and as I walked past it started ringing. I answered and the voice at the other end whispered one word: "Aubzagl." then hung up. To this day I don't know what happened but I had to suggest the name when we started the band. It seemed like fate.

Phil (Guitar) - I was watching Countdown and those were the first 7 letters on the board. When the camera panned to Richard Whitley they’d added corpse paint to him briefly in post production and I saw that as a sign that I should join a Black Metal band of the same name.

Paul (Bass) - In my teenage years, I dabbled in time travel, and on one particularly intense trip, which you can read about in my book 'Let's See Dnipropetrovsk', me and a friend who was just getting into Ukrainian history at the time, traveled back to the mid 1600s to see the Zaporozhian Cossacks winning many a brutal fight.

The leader was a monstrous chap named Errbzagaahl, and we got talking to him afterwards, and asked him about his unusual name.. we didn't understand all of it as we didn't speak much Ukrainian, especially not the 17th Century version of it, but from what we could make out, with the help of some very strange dancing on our new friends' part, is that his family named him that because as a child, he used to enjoy the stories told about a mythical and violent, black and red creature of Ukrainian folklore, which was called The Aubzagl. They changed the spelling slightly to rhyme with his sisters name, Berbrabaal.

That was a really fun day... when we returned I found a tenner on the floor, so it has really stuck with me since.

The REALLY funny thing about this is that it all happened on the same day that Andy was driving to Newcastle and Philip was watching Countdown (strangely before I had ever met him, and also the band was called this before I joined them, but, time travel, you know, it's a funny ol' game).

Jamie (Guitar) - Yeah it's an ancient Chinese proverb for ' He who goes to bed with itchy bum wakes up with smelly finger'

Arron (Drums) - It was both my kids' first word.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that was presented on the new ep cover?
Andy (Vocals) - The artwork was actually a photo I took while travelling. I did an initial edit, then Paul made the final changes to what you see now. Most likely this will be our approach for the foreseeable future too.
Paul (Bass) - I really liked the original picture and how this edit came out though. It has a weird calm, creepiness, isolation to it, that made me think of a figure lost on the lunar landscapes of Iceland.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Arron (Drums) - We've only actually played a handful of shows in the time that we've been together, but we've been lucky to play with some quality bands such as Terzij De Horde, Furia, Hexis, Ante-Inferno, Waerteras amongst others.

Andy (Vocals) - Our best gig so far has been our most recent, as every time we play I feel we improve greatly.

Paul (Bass) - Yeah the one supporting Furia was the winning one for me as well. The first gig was ace as well, after it being in the practice room for so long, it was great to finally put it in the live setting.

We're not one of those theatrical black metals. We're just a bunch of moshers who like all sorts of riffs playing the riffs we like that have a black metal feel to them. No fucking about. No frills. Just hard riffs.
As for our style onstage, it's basically just full energy assault of the senses.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Paul (Bass) - We'll only be playing a handful of shows each year, in part due to 'real life' commitments and time constraints, and partly just because it's better for some bands to only play a select few here and there.

8.Recently 'UKEM Records' re-issued your ep on cassette, do you feel this label has been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
Paul (Bass) - Yeah they've been very helpful I think. The limited box and the tape itself both came out excellently well, and the label channels got our name out to a fair amount of places we wouldn't have, so, it has been an excellent and exciting first team up with them.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Phil (Guitar) - Universal acclaim

Paul (Bass) - Three people from Mars downloaded the EP last week.
In all seriousness though, it seems to have been really good. Not something I've particularly kept a check on, but looking on YouTube, the EP has been uploaded quite a few times from people in different countries, receiving good comments, and it's been grabbed on Bandcamp from around the world, so, yeah, I think we've managed to get a nice worldwide appreciation for our first effort.

Arron (Drums) - All the reviews we've had have been really positive

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?
Phil (Guitar) - Jamie and I are in a Hardcore Punk band currently in the process of writing an EP and recruiting members.

Jamie and I are also in a Grindcore covers band that plays TV themes from the 80s and 90s. It’s niche but we like it.
Jamie (Guitar) - I play tv themes you look on disapprovingly
Phil (Guitar) - Not once have I looked on disapprovingly. Unless you’re not playing it fast enough

Paul (Bass) - I mainly focus on my own stuff nowaday under the name of The Owl (which will, in time cover a vast array of weird, dark, fast, slow, metal and electronic styles), plus an improv doomblackgrindnoiseviolencewhatever band called Sloth Hammer that record and play live occasionally.

Andy (Vocals) - For me, Forneus is still going (though now it's mainly me with a few friends helping rather than a full band) and I play guitar or bass in a myriad of other projects.

Jamie (Guitar) -  I also play reverb in a moody indie band called The Mourning Singers.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Paul (Bass) - We're not planning specifically an album or a set amount of songs or time with any release. The next thing could be an album, or a 3 track EP, or a split, or all of the above. We'll know with each release when we have what we need.

Work began on the next 'thing' a while ago and we have plenty of songs, almost done, in pieces, and an infinite amount of riffs in the mind, the main obstacle is time and life... but, I would like to think that we would have another good bundle of songs done and recorded by the end of this year.

There will be riffs! Big ones too... and some twisty ideas... and some weird noises...

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?
Paul (Bass) - Everything I've ever listened to has had an influence on me, be it good or bad. The good has all combined into one big riff driven brain, the bad has shown me how not to write songs.

Big riffs, big songs, interesting progressions, weird noises. This is what I've always been into.

13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Arron (Drums) - No, but hail Satan!

Paul (Bass) - Hail Seitan!

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Andy (Vocals) - Play riffs, love each other and punch Nazis.

Jamie (Guitar) - And wear suncscreen.

Aubzagl - Thanks for taking the time to ask us some questions!


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Argesk/Realm Of Eternal Night/Clobber Records/2020 CD Review

samedi 14 mars 2020 à 08:03

  Argesk  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  majestic,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  keyboard  laden  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Realm  Of  Eternal  Night"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Clobber  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffs  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  heavy  style  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  deep  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitch  pitched  black  metal  screams.

 A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  vocals  also  have  their  grim  moments.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  introducing  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Argesk  are  a  very  great  sounding  majestic,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  keyboard  laden  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Adversary"  and  'Liberari  In  Tenebrae".  8/5  out  of  10.    

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Winter Deluge/Degradation Renewal/Osmose Productions/2020 EP Review

vendredi 13 mars 2020 à 07:38

  Winter  Deluge  are  a  band  from  new  Zealand  that  plays  a  very  vicious  and  triumphant  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2020  ep  "Degradation  Renewal"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Osmose  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  yet  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash  metal  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  good  balance  between  old  school  and  modern  influences,  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  style.

  Winter  Deluge  plays  a  very  aggressive  sounding  form  of  black  metal  with  also  adds  in  some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  disdain  of  modern  society  and  the  destructive  nature  of  the  human  race.

  In  my  opinion  Winter  Deluge  are  a  very  great  sounding  vicious  and  triumphant  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mass  Graves"  and  "Within  The  Remnants  Of  Humanity".  8  out  of  10.

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Lustre/Ashes Of Light/Nordvis Produktion/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 12 mars 2020 à 20:26

  Sweden's   solo  project  Lustre  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  ambient  black  metal  from  his  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Ashes  Of  Light"  which  will  be released  in  April  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.

  The  keyboards  also  add  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals.  The  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  being  programmed  and  the  songs  also  take  a  style  that  is  very  close  to  the early  Summoning  and  Fear  of  Eternity  albums  and  mixes  them  with  a  more  modern  take  on  the  ambient  black  metal  genre,  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  are  ever  utilized  and  all  of  the  songs  also  stick  to  a  slower  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Lustre  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of ambient  black  metal  which  he  has  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  search  for  lost  secrets  in  the  woods,  among  the  stars.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lustre  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  solo  project,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eyes  Like  Stars"  and  "The  Ashes  Of  Light".  8  out  of  10.


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Glaciation Interview

jeudi 12 mars 2020 à 09:44

 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?
Hreidmarr: Soon after the release of previous album “Sur les falaises de marbre” (2015), the band was nearly dead, nobody seemed to care about doing gigs, start working on something new, or just keeping the band together. I did all my best trying to get it back on track, but in vain. It seemed to me  a total waste, back then, so I decided to recruit a whole new line-up, and go on. I proposed to my friend Arnhwald to join in, and then he introduced me to Katia, Grégoire, and Alexander, who completed the line-up. We quickly started working on new material, and so the story goes...

2.Towards the end of February you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Arnhwald : we’ve tried to keep the spirit of the band alive and to express it in a more aggressive way, getting rid of a couple of things we were not fond of, and developing other ones that had to be deepened. I’d say we laid the stress on expressivity, with intelligible vocals put in front of the mix, and on the musicianship of the band, with a live recording of the instruments, in three days, to capture the energy and the authenticity of the performance.

3.The band has been around since 2011 but so far have only released 3 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?
Hreidmarr: I joined the band right after the release of the first one (which was an EP, not an album), and after the departure of former vocalist and founder Valnoir. The context surrounding the band has always been complicated, to make it simple. Back in those days, drummer and bass player were Winterhalter and Indria from Alcest, so we had to deal with several difficulties, including geographic distance and their very busy schedule. Between “Sur les falaises de marbre” and “Ultime Éclat”, the band kinda started over again, as already said, so it took quite a while, alongside the fact we’re quite perfectionists, and I honestly cannot figure out how to put out an album worthy of that name in less than two years.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that the band explores with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
Arnhwald : I would not say there are “themes”, but it’s more a matter of visions and atmospheres. As a songwriter – as a reader too – my inspiration is linked to post-romanticism and dark surrealism. In this album, I think every song expresses its own landscape, on which a couple of themes are developed. Over the years I think my use of the words improved, I’m better at writing sentences which have true visual impact. I’m also better at working with people – I co-wrote a song for “Ultime Eclat”, as a lyricist, and it is a good thing, because it forces you to be even more demanding with yourself.  It’s also easier today for us to master our references : I kind of came to dislike when literary or artistic blinks are too obvious, we’re not here to play teachers.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Glaciation'?
Hreidmarr: I cannot tell since I wasn’t there when the name was chosen. But to me and nowadays, it means the glaciation of the whole world, of its inner soul, of its past and values. Its entry into an icy-age of post-civilization and post-humanity. It’s a 2000 years battle that ends in grotesque, aseptization, inversion, weakness and void.
Arnhwald: for me it describes a state, when your heart and soul are frozen to the point you NEED to create something mean and terrible to give it an intelligible form, be it sharp and cold as an ice blade.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Arnhwald : it’s a painting by the polish artist Dawid Figielek. When I saw this work, I immediately fell in love with what it expressed. It’s really linked to the atmosphere of the album, this intrication of epicness, desperate solitude in heroism, power of nature and smell of death. It was just perfect.

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?
Hreidmarr: I believe the band played only one gig back in the first EP days. Now that we have a solid line-up, we definitely think about playing live shows in a more or less near future. I cannot tell how it will be precisely, but if it happens, intense and bullshitless, for sure.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Hreidmarr: Not yet. The fact is we do not want to spend our whole life on the road, so in the situation where we play live, we’re gonna choose carefully the shows and whom who play with. We’re not gonna accept everything, as we don’t need to.

9.On the new album you also have a few guests, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording?
Hreidmarr: We have I. Luciferia from the band Ende who contributed to the songwriting of “Le rivage” and “Et puis le soufre”, Ulderic Haus (who’s also responsible for one-half of the lyrics on “Sur les falaises de marbre”) who wrote lyrics for “Et puis le soufre” and co-wrote with Arnhwald the ones for “Ce qu’il y a de chaos”, Cécile from the band Au Champ des Morts, who performed choirs on “Acta est Fabula” and “Ce qu’il y a de chaos”, and The Lady CP6159, who co-wrote lyrics with Arnhwald for “Vers le zéro absolu” and performed additional choirs on “Le rivage”.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Hreidmarr: The reactions to “Sur les falaises de marbre” were quite good in France and worldwide, from both medias and fans, given the fact that it was a debut album from an almost unknown band.

11.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?
Arnhwald : We are all involved in different projects. For me, they are quite natural, I need to express my creativity through different modes, with different people. And I am 100% dedicated to all my projects. Currently I’m into writing for the next Deathcode Society album. It’s an ambitious piece of work that needs time and focus.
Hreidmarr: Besides Glaciation, I also sing in Baise Ma Hache, together with Thorwald, and in BÂ’A, both black-metal bands from France. We have a new BMH release to be out next month, which is a quite distinct project in the band’s discography, as it’s a collaboration with Paul Waggener (Operation Werewolf - USA). Next “regular” album is on the way. Regarding BÂ’A, the debut album will be available next April on Osmose.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Arnhwald : I don’t know. Music dictates where it wants to go. We just have to stay still and try to listen/understand the direction it wants us to take. Anyway it will still be intense and dark.

13.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?
Arnhwald : Glaciation plays the kind of metal we would like to listen to. So it probably sums up our influences as listeners and musicians. Rock n’ roll, Metal, be it extreme or not, symphonic music, medieval tunes, etc. But I would say that, apart from these obvious influences, it is more about a state of mind, a fascination for the void, the cold, the depths, that really drives me when writing that music.
Hreidmarr: Mood of the moment: Young and In the Way, Mora Prokaza, Boyd Rice, Whiskey Ritual, Townes Van Zandt, Plasmatics, Vortex Of End, Hank William III.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hreidmarr: Many thanx for supporting us!

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