PROJET AUTOBLOG


OccultBlackMetalZine

Site original : OccultBlackMetalZine
⇐ retour index

Flammenkvlt Interview

vendredi 23 avril 2021 à 02:14

 


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


M.M.: Years ago, I had the Idea of a Black Metal Band. I already had some songs in a very abstract and I would say not used Style for that genre. I worked together with another guy, but I wasn´t satisfied, so I stopped that thing I had running. In 2020 the Black Metal thing came up again and I sat down and wrote some songs in a much better songwriting quality and “Flammenkvlt” was born. I sent the songs to my all-time session guitarist D.S. and he recorded them at home including his own guitar style. I was very happy with the product and were searching for a singer in 2021. Thanks to Wolfang Rothbauer who brought me to A.S. He is the one who really fits into the style and meaning of the Band “Flammenkvlt”. And as always: The Underground should help each other! 


2.You have an ep coming out in June, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


A.S.: 'Zeitenwende' is an amalgame of melodic black and death metal with a heavy emphasis on dynamics. For this, vocal samples, pianos and accoustic guitars were added.


M.M.: I wanted to create also a special Athmospheric on every song, where the vocal samples had the most influence on it. 



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


A.S.: When M.M. asked me to sing on 'Zeitenwende', he already had lyrics written for all the songs. Since I don't like to sing other people´s lyrics without at least contributing a little to the art, we agreed, that I take his lyrics as an inspiration and write own lyrics for the songs. Another advantage to this is, that I can adapt the lyrics, the choice of words and the rhythm, to my vocal style. In the end I just took the main theme of each song and wrote more abstract lyrics based on that. The underlying motive in the songs can be described as oppression and how to deal with it, how to carry a specific burden and move forth. Every song has a central spoken word sample, that makes the general direction of the lyrics quite obvious.


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


The Idea of the Name and the goal of the Bands Name was and is very important to me. I had the idea when I was sitting together with my friends at Night around a fire. Flammen = Fire. And I always wanted to create some kind of Cult in a very deep and intense way! So, that was the beginning of “Flammenkvlt”. It sounds a bit hackneyed, but I for that my feelings are very intense. 


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?


The Artwork is called “Dr. Death” from “A Book of Hours” printed in the 16th Century. I was searching for a Cover Art that could represent the Idea of “Zeitenwende”. Mankind leads somehow to illness, crime and death to nature and our world. 


6.After the pandemic ends, are there any plans for live shows?


M.M.: No, no really plans right now. But we hope to play live. 




7.The ep is going to be released on ‘Analog Death Squad’, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


The Tapes are released via Analog Death Squad. The Vinyl will be released via my own company AmazingOne Entertainment. Analog Death Squad is an American Sublabel from Mospharic Recording Limited, that is specialized on special Editions for extreme music in Cassettes and CD´s. Go on their site and buy their shit! 

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


Great! We are nearly sold out! Everyone who listened is convinced by the music and songwriting and love the vocals. People fucking love the Songs! 



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


We conduct negotiations with a bigger label. It depends how those negotiations will end. Besides I already work on new material for a full -length Record. The ones who know me can expect that there will be Differences to the EP. I always search for better, bigger, more interesting riffs. 



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?


A.S.:  I was inspired by 90ies death/black metal like Morbid Angel, Emperor, Enslaved, Death, Deicide, and Marduk for example, but more as a songwriter and in terms of singing technique. Emperor and Deathspell Omega inspired me in the way how to write lyrics. Nowadays, it depends on the situation and the mood I am in to what style of music I listen. There is a lot of stuff like Kristine, Fleetwood Mac, Toto, Havukruunu, old Sacramentum, Primordial, Amesoeurs and occasionally more brutal stuff like Distaste, Hail of Bullets, Deathcode Society or old Deicide and Marduk records.


M.M.: Since I listened to music, good, well done and opulent Songwriting Style make me happy and music listenable. So, it doesn´t matter if this is Metal in any kind, Pop, Rock… Nowadays it hasn´t really changed. It depends on my mood. So, it can happen that I listen to Brutal Death Metal, Old School Black Metal and Queen´s Bohemian Rhapsody nearly at the same time. 


11.What are some of your non musical interests?



A.S.: Besides family, I try to squeeze out as much time as I can for reading, writing, meditation and martial arts.

M.M.: Besides Family and work I nearly always write songs in many directions, I try to play tennis and I am an open-swimmer (The whole year round!) Meeting with my friends, whom I know for more than 30 years now is a must, but in the pandemic not always possible. 


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


A.S.: KONX OM PAX

M.M.: Take care and Rock on! 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/flammenkvlt-interview.html


Angstskrig/Skyggespil/Despotz Records/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 22 avril 2021 à 03:20

 


  Angstskrig  are  a  duo  form  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Skyggespil"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Despotz  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  half  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Elements  of  black'n'roll  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  a  modern  Nordic  style.  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  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  keyboards.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  session  work  from  members  of  Soilwork,  Finntroll,  Kreator,  Hypocrisy,  DragonForce  and  Satyricon  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls  can  also  be  heard,  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  is  also  added  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  Darkness,  Horror  and  Luciferian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Angstskrig  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Uhygge"  and  "Knaefald".  8  out  of  10.


http://www.angstskrig.dk
http://www.facebook.com/angstskrig
http://twitter.com/angstskrig
http://www.instagram.com/angstskrigofficial

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/angstskrigskyggespildespotz-records2021.html


Sombre/A Common Conflict And The Respite We Deserve/2021 EP Review

mercredi 21 avril 2021 à 03:17

 


  Sombre  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "A  Common  Conflict  And  The  Respite  We  Deserve".


  Melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  and  clean  playing  is  also  added  on  the  closing  song. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death,  dreams  and  life  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Sombre  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  Womb  To  An  Unsightly  Shallow  Grave"  and  "Tiresome  be,  The  Plight  of  Life".  8  out  of  10.


Sombre2.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/sombre2

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/sombrea-common-conflict-and-respite-we.html


Unapproachable Light Interview

mercredi 21 avril 2021 à 02:33

 

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


Unapproachable Light is from Chicago, IL and plays Black Metal. While it is a new project, a good portion of the music is quite old, many of the riffs and ideas were from the early 2000's. These ideas did not fit with the Barbaric Black/Death band I was a part of then, I took a long break from the "scene" and now I want to continue what I never finished.


2.So far you have released a single, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the track?


I have always enjoyed simple and atmospheric Black Metal like Ancient's "Svartalvheim" and Arckanum's "Kostogher". Those albums had a huge effect on me when they were released, I love the mystical and mysterious atmosphere of these albums. This era is the main influence on Unapproachable Light.


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


Worshiping the mysteries of nature and the magical powers of light and darkness. I also touch on the afterlife, theology and folklore/mythology.


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


The term comes from the bible, it has always struck a chord with me. The name conjures up images of immense power that mere humans could not comprehend, a godhead of mystical energy.  I didn't want a name that conjures up images of evil or satanism, that wouldn't fit with the lyrical subject matter. 


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the single cover?


It is a logo showing the U and L of the band name, mysterious eyes watch and wait while the ominous light shines. I did not want to use a conventional logo, I like the unorthodox and primitive feel of this one.


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


Yes, I recorded everything myself, including playing on an electronic drum set. Future recordings will have acoustic drums. Right now I plan on recording solo, I want to complete all of the ideas I have that have been lying in wait. I am open to working with some close comrades in the future.


7.So far very little is known about the musical project, are you planning on expanding your presence in the future?


Yes I am, the "Silver Dawn" single is a stepping stone. I have a lot of material to work with, and I will be slowly releasing a few more songs by the summer. I was very busy recording and doing session work in the period of 1999 to 2006, then I took a long break for close to 15 years. It feels good to have the creative juices flowing again.


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


In the future I would like a label to do a small release like a split 7 inch or EP, I am in no hurry to try to write and release a full length album. I have not received any interest from labels, this project is still unknown to the Black Metal underground.


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


To be honest, not many people have heard Unapproachable Light. I am a very solitary person and I don't use social media, so it will be a slow road getting the word out. Tape trading is not a thing anymore, even Metal message boards are pretty much gone, getting the word out is totally different now than is was 20 years ago.


10.When can we expect either an ep or a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


The music direction will always be atmospheric Black Metal, I will not stray from this style. I cannot say when a physical release will be available, but I will releasing 2-3 new songs in the next few months on my Bandcamp.


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?


Early to mid nineties Black Metal from Scandinavia, Greece and Poland are my biggest influences, it was a special time.  These days I really don't listen to much Black Metal, only in the winter time do I return to those early albums. I mainly listen to 80's/90's Death Metal/Heavy Metal, 90's Electronic and Synthwave.


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


Thank you for letting me promote Unapproachable Light, if anybody is interested in hearing us, you can go to:https://unapproachablelight.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/unapproachable-light-interview.html


Obsolete Theory/Dawnfall/My Kingdom Music/2021 CD Review

mardi 20 avril 2021 à 05:50

 


  Obsolete  Theory  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  post  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Dawnfall"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  My  Kingdom  Music.


  Synths,  programmed  beats  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  sounding  at  times  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Melodic  singing  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.


  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  some  modern  post  metal  influences,  one  of  the  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Horror,  Perversion,  Misanthropy  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Obsolete  Theory  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  post  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Vanished"  and  "The  Seal".  8  out  of  10.


http://facebook.com/ObsoleteTheory.Official


https://youtu.be/QiGujC11Tfk


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/obsolete-theorydawnfallmy-kingdom.html