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0-Nun Interview

lundi 21 décembre 2020 à 03:08

 


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

R: Well, I am a Portuguese expat living in Brazil since early 2019. I have been playing experimental Black Metal for about 5 years now, mainly through my main project Salqiu, with which I already have a “significant” discography. Meanwhile this year, a couple of months into the pandemic and in complete lockdown, my mind started wandering more into depressive thoughts and about what would be if nothing was real. I started imagining the “complete absence”, the true idea of void. That theme, with the need to try some new musical approaches led me to create 0-Nun. From that point on, all started becoming clear in my head: the concept and the way to express it musically. I can’t say that the final result is what I imagine at first, because of the specific creative process that I use, but it is close enough 

  

2.In 2020 you had released 3 ep's, musically how do they differ from each other?

R: The idea behind the EP’s was always that they would complement each other, both lyrically and musically. I always intended them to be a conceptual trilogy, and that was always the driver. As I started recording them, some elements were kept throughout the whole thing, but some started to differ a bit. I do believe that the final part is more “second wave of BM” oriented than parts 1 and 2. But the track construction follows a common structure and I used common elements in all 3 parts, namely the symphonic passages, the use of some mellotron and choirs, and some playing techniques, which are present in all parts. 


3.You also had a 3 part trilogy with these recordings, can you tell us a little bit more about the concept?

R: Like said, the idea was always for the 3 EP’s to become a conceptual journey. The lyrics are all about interpretations of the void, the absence, the idea of inexistence. I tried to use the lyrics as if they are provided from a personal perspective as result of deep meditation (a nervous, enraged meditation) but in a way where they could be transported into a collective/shared meaning. To be more direct, I wanted the lyrics to be something that various people in the same psychological conditions would feel as if representing their own feelings, something they could relate to. This always within a state of deep consciousness that the meditation provide. 

My perception is that the various types of shamans around the world, despite their different cultures and experiences, do share the understanding that true consciousness is something that is achieved individually but that is sharable in a collective way. Meaning that despite individuality, there are “higher truths” that are singular. 

Musically, the concept has always been the creation of atmospheric Black Metal with some twists, running away from the clichés of the genre. Even when I try to play more direct BM, I always end up adding some uncanny elements to it. It’s in my musical genes, like a curse.    



4. A lot of your lyrics also cover occult and shamanism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

R: My objective was to address the idea of void and nothingness in a philosophical way, trying to use a narrative that would combine cosmology with personal sentiments and feelings in a “shamanic” way. I try to present personal thoughts that occur while in a state of meditation in a way that people can relate to, allowing those thoughts to be collective.

In a different perspective, the idea is also to try and picture the notion of inexistence in a conscious way, which by itself is a countersense.  


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name '0-Nun'?

R: The name 0-Nun is based in the conceptual lyricism that I wanted to implement, namely in what concerns the feelings of nothingness and the attempt of putting the idea of void and absence of being into words. In ancient Egyptian mythology, Nun means “primeval waters” from which the creation was began, therefore 0-Nun (zero nun) is the absence of it. This totally fit the lyrical theme I wanted to address.

As a bonus, 0-Nun is actually also an anagram of my real name… 


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep and compilation covers?

R: The artwork in the album to be released by Brucia Records has been created by the artist that works in collaboration with the label, even if based in a black and white picture that I provided. It’s a black hole that contrasts with the colorful and blissful surroundings and absorbs it. It’s nothingness feeding on existence.

Each EP presents a type of shaman from around the world. There’s an Indian Ascetic, an Amazon Shaman and a Tibetan Monk – all representing the holders of “higher collective knowledge” achieved through different methods of meditation and life experience. This is in close relation with what I was trying to achieve lyrically, as explained in my answer to question 3.


7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

R: I always prefer to have people collaborating with my music, either as guest musicians like in Salqiu where every album has guests, or as in another project that I am involved in – Thermohaline – which is a full collaborative work with 2 other musicians and therefore not solo.

The circumstances behind this trilogy were very specific and the EP’s were recorded in a way where there was neither time, nor did I felt the need to have other people involved. They also represent the specifics of the time when it was recorded: the solitude of the pandemic lockdown.

I intend to work a lot more on 0-Nun, and I do have plans to have guests on it, so that means that this trilogy was completely solo but does not mean that will always be. 


8.Recently 'Brucia Records', released your trilogy as a compilation, can you tell us a little bit more about this version?

R: Brucia Records release is the complete trilogy. Each one of the 3 EP’s had 3 tracks and had an equal time of 22 minutes and 22 seconds. This compilation is, actually, not a compilation but a complete release of the combined EP’s.

Brucia approached me in late November, showing me their interest in releasing the complete trilogy and presented me some cool ideas for doing it, so it was really a no-brainer for me. Very cool label with a great roster, so it was a privilege for me. 


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

R: That is one hard question. I honestly don’t know. Have had some good feedback from local sites and vlogs in Brazil, but I do not have a clear idea about the real exposure of 0-Nun at a worldwide level. To be honest it is something that is not a driver for me. I just want to make music because it is a cathartic and healing process for me. If people like it, it obviously makes me feel really great, but it’s not what makes me continue.


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

R: I will go with the flow. I make music because I like it, as a hobby and as a creative expression. It has never been about money or exposure. So I'll just continue doing it that way and see what comes from it. I do have plans to release a 0-Nun follow up in 2021, but again, I’ll do it my way and as a result of what will be my feelings at the moment of recording. And I will try my best to never fall into the trap of making music “up to the expectations”, because that normally ruins the fun of free creativity. 


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?

R: In the specific case of 0-Nun, mostly avant-garde Black Metal and atmospheric BM. In a wider perspective, all metal since the 80’s because that’s when I started listening to it. I’ve been listening to metal since the mid 80’s (yes, I’m that old)

Currently I’ve been listening to tons of Death and Black Metal. I could say that bands like Lychgate, Sjálfsmorð af Gáleysi, Schammasch, Mephorash, Blut Aus Nord, Wills Dissolve, Esoctrilihum, Panzerfaust, Afsky, Anaal Nathrakh, A Forest of Stars, ID:Vision, Almyrkvi, Beltez, Iku-Turso, Bríi, Vukari, Rebirth of Nefast and all projects by Naas Alcameth (Ahklys, Aoratos, Nightbringer, Bestia Arcana) are those that mean more to me as musical muses.


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

R: I want to thank you for this opportunity to allow me to explain some of the ideas and characteristics behind 0-Nun. Would obviously also take this opportunity to ask those that like 0-Nun to check my other projects, namely Salqiu (which is more experimental and every album is completely different from the previous) and Thermohaline, the collaboration with the guys behind IER (from Argentina) and Druon Antigon (from Belgium).

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/0-nun-interview.html


Somnium Oblivionis/Rytual pierwszy: Zmierzch krwawego przeobrazenia/2020

lundi 21 décembre 2020 à 00:05

 


  Somnium  Oblivionis  are  a  duo  from Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  ep  "Rytual  pierwszy:  Zmierzch  krwawego przeobrazenia".


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  deep  sounding  at  times.  


When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  


  Somnium  Oblivionis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  raw,  depressive  and  ritualistic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Paganism  and  Ritual  themes.


 In  my  opinion  SOmnium  Oblivionis  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  ritualistic  and  depressive  pagan  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  this  musical g enre,  yuo  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED TRACK  "Druga  czesc  i  zarazem  ostatnia".  8  out  of  10.


https://somniumoblivionis.bandcamp.com/releases   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/somnium-oblivionisrytual-pierwszy.html


REM/Berek/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 20 décembre 2020 à 23:22

 


  REM  is  a  solo  project  accompanied  by  session  musicians  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  a  mid  tempo  style of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Berek".


  Dark,  melodic  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  All  of  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  being  done  by  different  singers  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Most  of  the music  also  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  some  touches  of  doom  metal  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  tracks.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  a  couple  if  later  tracks  also  adds  in  a brief  use  of  banjo's  and  nature  sounds.   


  On  this  recording  REM  brings  in  more  of  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  of  black  metal  that  still  captures  some  of  the  rawness  of  the  previous  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  traditions  from  Hungary. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  REM  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  mid  tempo  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dereng"  "Avar" "Meder"  and  "Zala".  8  out  of  10.


https://facebook.com/rem.the.horde

https://youtu.be/Q_g1-30nYJU

https://xremx.bandcamp.com/    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/remberek2020-full-length-review.html


Fafnir/Apex Predator/2020 Single Review

dimanche 20 décembre 2020 à 05:53

 


  Fafnir  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  his  self  released  single  "Apex Predator".


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  track  which  is  also  7  minutes  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  The  song  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  and  early  2000's  influences  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  track  also  add  in  a  a  lot  of  programmed  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  track  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  some  of  the  programmed  beats  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  industrial. 


  On  this  track  Fafnir  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  violent  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Murder  and  Satanism  themes. 


 In  my  opinion  Fafnir  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.


https://fafnir1.bandcamp.com/track/apex-predator


https://www.facebook.com/Fafnir-735983606494648 


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/fafnirapex-predator2020-single-review.html


Holdlajtorja/Ab Oriente Ad Occidente/2020 Demo Review

dimanche 20 décembre 2020 à 04:54

 


  Holdlajtorja  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  demo  "Ab  Oriente  Ad  Occidente".


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  progressive  structures.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  doing  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  synths  and  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  dark  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  being  very  ritualistic  sounding.


  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  as  well  as  the  main  focus  being  more  on  a mid  tempo  style,  the  vocals  also  go  in  a  deeper  direction  on  the  closing  track  which  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  Occultism  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.


  I  my  opinion  Holdlajtorja  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Vox  in  Rama". 8out  of  10.


https://soundcloud.com/hold-lajtorja/sets/holdlajtorja-demo-i-2020

https://holdlajtorja.bandcamp.com/releases


    


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/holdlajtorjaab-oriente-ad.html