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Ezov Interview

vendredi 16 mars 2018 à 19:03
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
T: We started in 2015, with minor ambitions which grow over time playing black/death/extreme metal, with other subtle influences from other genres. Currently it’s just the two of us, with me on drums and E on guitar and bass. We share the burden of the vocal performances.

2.So far you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
E: NPU covers some initial ground, representing some early material that we’ve been playing more or less from day one. There’s more material from then, but it doesn’t hold the same enjoyment for us to play anymore so it hasn’t been included. We’re basically a studio band, so in a way the demo’s two different sides represents the two sides of the band; the A-side is the ‘studio’ aspect while the B-side portrays a raw cut from our rehearsals, just us, a few mics and stuck in a small room.

Stylistically, we seek to mix arrangements, moving from fast, chaotic riffing to creating atmospheric soundscapes through longer, more repetitive sections.

T: The NPU tape represents raw production and big soundscapes, where maybe not every single note is distinct, but the emphasis is on the atmospheric wall of sound that the arrangements produces.

3.Your lyrics cover metaphysics, philosophy, theology and biology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
E: The world is a fascinating place and there´s so many minuet, chaotic events that occur. It´s only natural that the lyrics will cover a wide variety of topics. Personally, I find symbolism to be immensely interesting, not so much for what they 'represent', but for the representations which we attribute to them. In a similar fashion, I pay great tribute to the idea expressed by Linnæus - Omnia mirari etiam tritissima - so often the lyrics become a way of conceptualizing these acts, occurrences or calamities.

T: One may also add that historical events offer another source of inspiration. The acts of man, throughout history, can be interesting in how it delves into, or reveal aspects of, human nature and opens for interesting ideas.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ezov'?
T: The name of the band refers to a plant, or herb, used in religious rituals. To a degree the name refers to some recurring themes and inspirational topics of the lyrics. However, as the plant is said to have a variety of properties and used in several ways, such as within healing and cleansing, in a similar manner, so does it represent the band. We try not limit the music to any one topic nor our understanding of what music should sound like and push our abilities as musicians, even though we still operate within a specific genre. Simply put, the name refers to the multiplicity of ambition of the project in the sense that it emphasizes how we try to widen the instrumental and lyrical properties of the band.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
E: We´ve made some attempts at expanding the members, but that´s predominantly been a disappointment in my opinion. Early on when we only rehearsed we had a bassist, but he left after a while; there was nothing personal in this case, just differences in commitments and desires. But in general, there´s so much that needs to align; musical vision and desires obviously, ability to some extent, availability... But then there also needs to be a level of camaraderie, this is vitally important. Find someone else who is right and it can be liberating, opening for a new level of musicality and creativity; bring someone else onboard who shouldn´t be there in the first place, and it´ll just destroy the dynamic – of course, some degree of ‘destruction’ can also be creative, but that´s usually a different type. Basically, there´s always a trade-off. We’ll see if we find someone, but until then the duo suits us well.

6.The demo was also released in physical format by War Productions, are you happy with the support you have received from this label so far?
E: Certainly. We´ve had a good working relationship with War Productions on the release of the demo and look forward to cooperating on more projects in the future. It´s always enjoyable to encounter individuals who do what they do with a passion, and as for WP, this shows in the level of commitment even to untested bands, so we appreciate that.

7.The musical project has been around since 2015 but you waited until 2018 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
E: In the beginning the band started off as a side-project to give some creative release from the normal routines. We both have other commitments in life and so music is always, unfortunately, dependent on time. Releasing material was never the initial ambition, but as we´ve continued rehearsing and writing material we´ve come to realize that we can, and have wanted to, do more with Ezov, so we´re only letting it develop naturally as time goes along.

I think it’s only natural too that in the beginning, there’s more exploration to see what you can do and what you want to do. Then, with time things begin to take form and you start to collect and condense into a more coherent sound; you keep what you want and do away with the material which doesn’t resonate with you. NPU represents some of the material which we’ve been playing from the start which still does that.

T: In the beginning we shared our rehearsal space with a variety of other bands, which were as frustrating as interesting experience. In 2016 we got our own rehearsal space, which mark an important turning point for the band, since it gave us the ability to record our own material and come and go as we desired. This is also when we recorded NPU and the material for the coming full length.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
E: We´re still a relatively ‘young’ band, the demo is quite newly released and we aren´t notorious for having a marketing strategy, so I doubt our reach has spread that far. However, now that we´ve got some material out – and more on the way – that may change. Sometimes however, its more satisfying when you realize, years later, that you have a small ‘following’ in some small god-forgotten place you´ve never heard off. Anyway, so far, the feedback we have gotten has been quite positive. It's usually good for ones ego to see how other people interpret what you do, be it good or bad.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
E: We actually have a full length sitting around and waiting to be released, we´re just looking for the right time to do it. Currently, we´re in the midst of recording a couple of tracks for an EP and are slowly starting to write and compile new music for future releases too. Musically we both like to experiment, push our musical abilities and incorporate ‘oddities’ into our music. Music becomes more interesting when there are small, hidden nuances buried inside, things you only notice even after you think you ‘know’ a song; that's the ambition at least. Develop and create. The coming material continues and furthers certain qualities which are in line with some of the demo material. One of the rehearsal tracks are fleshed out with full orchestration, so to say. I think one can notice that there's a progression, musically, which is only natural.


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?
E: Both of us listen to a wide variety of music and we draw inspiration from various sources. There are many very good bands out there, not just within metal, which inspire in one way or another. Classical music figured heavily in my upbringing, something I´m much more appreciative of now for example. Even if I don’t enjoy certain genres, most music has elements which catch my attention and which I appreciate.

T: This sort of question is just as interesting as they can be hazardous to the music. Since depending on how you answer them, it can either limit the listeners interpretation and experience of the music or enhance it. That stated influence becomes a lens through which the listener views the music. Thus, people tend to sometimes read in more, or less, depending on what influence you state. This can also become true when you tell about your own personal background. I can sometimes be inspired by a minor detail of what other artists are doing, but at the same time neglect a lot of other aspect. Thus, when we create music the influences can come from a variety of places, and not just music, so it can become hard to pinpoint just one source of inspiration.

11.What are some of your non-musical interests?
E/T: Most of them are musical in nature.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
E: Thanks for the time and the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/ezov-interview.html


Draugr Interview

vendredi 16 mars 2018 à 18:58
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


We are a black metal duo from Finland. I had an idea about starting a band for a while and in the Winter of 2016 we finally got together and played our first rehearsals. We had known each other for a while and we shared a common interest in black metal. We play black metal the traditional way, the way it’s supposed to be.


2,So far you have released 2 demo's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?


Our first demo ‘Forgotten Realms’ was crafted very hastily. The final recordings were done on the first few tries and we didn’t have a microphone at the time so we had to use Tony’s phone to record. When writing ‘Dimensions of Hades’ we took a little more time with the songs and had access to a microphone this time. The mixing and mastering was done by the great VK through Iron Bonehead Productions, which of course helped a lot. Musically both demos are very simple and to the point and we like to keep it that way.


3.On both of the recordings, your lyrics covered a lot of Satanic, Occult and Anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts and left hand path philosophies?


I worship the dark energy all around us that some call Satan. I firmly believe that to gain true strength and knowledge a man must become one with this dark energy. I despise all abrahamic religions for the lies they spread. True mental and physical strength is not achievable through organized religion, but through the willpower of an individual. We stand against God and His feeble followers.


4.I know that the band was named after an undead creature in Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Draugr as a band name is a hail to all those who preserve the true northern heritage. We recognize the importance of our true ancestor’s culture and we are prepared to fight against those who try to take it away from us.


5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?


We have been toying with the idea of recruiting a bass player or another guitarist. This is not relevant to us at the moment but we might expand our ranks in the future.


6.The new demo was also released on cassette through 'Iron Bonehead Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?


We contacted a lot of labels through email in hopes of finding one to release our demo and as you can expect we mostly just got completely ignored. Iron Bonehead was the first label to answer back and ask for promos and they were convinced enough in the material to release it on their label. They were great people to work with and I hope we can continue our partnership in the future.


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


Despite being released on a relatively large label we haven’t yet gotten much attention. The feedback we have gotten has been very positive though.


8.Are any of the band members currently or have been involved with any other bands or musical projects?


Our guitarist Tony has been dabbling in neofolk alongside Draugr but he’s yet to release anything as far as I know. Draugr is our main focus for now.


9.Your music is very heavily rooted in the 90's style. what are your thoughts on the modern style of black metal?


I think a lot of today’s black metal music is still influenced by old bands. We appreciate all the bands who keep it true. There’s nothing wrong in inventing new stuff but you can’t make good black metal without listening to the old greats first.


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


We are constantly writing new material. Right now we are planning on releasing another demo, but if we get access to proper recording equipment who knows what might come out. We are still musically going in the same direction as with the first two demos. We have learned a lot while making these two demos and I like to believe that the third release will be even better.


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?


We are very directly influenced by the classic Norwegian bands, especially Darkthrone and Burzum. We also listen to a lot of the proto-black metal that is bands like Bathory, Hellhammer, Tormentor, etc… Our motherland has been producing a lot of great black metal as well and we can not deny their influence. Eternal hails to the likes of Satanic Warmaster and Goatmoon. There is also a lot of new bands popping up especially in the Finnish black metal scene creating a lot of great, evil music. I follow the Finnish black metal scene very closely and try to give everything I can the support they deserve.


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


Hail Satan and fuck the Christ! Keep spreading Finnish black metal propaganda!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/draugr-interview.html


Haissem Interview

vendredi 16 mars 2018 à 18:54
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Haissem’s birth was  completely  occasional . The project did appear due to dispute consequences .The matter is that in 2012 , I was a member of pop-rock group and we’d been recording the album that time . Some of songs were heard by my close friend , a true metal head , with whom I’ve played in my first death-metal band . I was told by him that I never will be able to play metal as good as I did it before and ‘’ all this pop-rock is total shit !!!’’ . I retorted and he bet 100 $ against me . I had one track composed , then second , then third …my appetite was growing up proportionally to the quantity of composed songs , and  the whole album was finished at last . Then I’d entered the studio and finished  what I’ve begun . This was the story of  Haissem’s beginning . Money still not mine , actually …

2.You have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past ?

I suppose , that I won’t find quite right words to describe . It’s not my prerogative to judge about the sound’s difference comparing it with my previous releases ; I leave it to the judge of fans , of people who’ve heard the albums that were released before . Haissem  as much as possible  tries  to sound like my favorite bands .

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored  on both  the full lengths and ep?

Actually , there’s no lyrical conception here at all . All the lyrics are fictional and imaginary . No Satanism , no devilworship etc… On the first release there were the stories about the destructive power of fire , about God  victimizing  himself  for nothing’s  hair , the story of mysterious mountain Kholat Syakhl from my point of view , and of people who get  into labyrinth where everything was going on vice versa (this theme conditionally unites the last three tracks and I consider  it  as tryptich). The second release was conceptional in a way, from the lyrical point of view . It was describing all the incarnations of human hatred within the mind of man . There’s a long preamble straighly concerning to  lyrical  making  of ‘’Hatavism’’ - my second release . The new release’s lyrical theme is about the mortality of us , about the subjection to all the possible kinds of temptations , about the Dark Power ruling the world now and self-destruction of humanity  . By the way , the first single – “The Dividing One”  -  is out already .

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

 Read “Haissem” vice versa and everything becomes clear about this title .)

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the cover artwork of the new album?

The cover art has been made by Marusja Tikhiro , a photo artist from my native town Donetsk .In my opinion ,it is a hundred percent reflection of the title – Panacea For A Cursed Race . What kind of cure is necessary for such kind of race ? – The answer is obvious : of course , it is Death . But there is an interesting fact : due to Marusja’s vision , a girl with a flag-adored scythe and tied eyes symbolizes the birth of spring …the birth of new life . In a way , it’s right ‘cause death is the beginning of new life .

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

Yes , I am open for collaboration with other musicians but companions still detected not . I’m planning to attract the session musicians for next release . In addition , last year I’ve recorded guest vocals for one track of the debut full-length of my friend’s black metal project  . I’ve also written almost all the lyrics for his release . So I’m totally  open for proposals and collaborations.

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

Certainly , I do look for , I do search for the proper label . I’ve sent approximately 150 submissions and requests to the different kinds of labels – from the top ones to almost unknown ones . It’s a pity , but  the result  leaves  much to be desired at the current moment .

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

Mainly there was pretty good feedback . It was nice to read/hear  it  and realize that my labours were for good reason  . But  the criticism has been occurred also it was concerning  my vocals  . My singings and screams turned out unsutable for the definite groups of fans . But so be it , what’s done is done …  I didn’t have the aim  to satisfy all the tastes that exist . Errare humanum est. There is no band in the world liked by absolutely everyone .

9.Are you or have you been involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I  play in  pop-rock band “Ampula Seven”  (I didn’t give up this rotten business,ha-ha)  ,  writing all the music and lyrics there and playing guitars , bass and keyboards . Also I have doom/death project  “Sunset Forsaken” done by myself  too . The debut album called “ Chameleon Waters”  is on the mixing stage now . I’m an active session musician , I do arrangements , write lyrics for some of our local projects and bands .

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

It ‘s difficult to say ; with the passage of time it will be clear .  Especially considering the fact , that there is very complicated and unstable  political situation in the East of  Ukraine  where I live . For now I only  wish my albums to be published and heard by fans . Either digitally and physically . And , of course , the opportunity and inspiration to create more and more .

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?

Suppose , there is no sense to enumerate them ‘cause it will take a lotta printspace . Old Man’s Child , Rotting Christ , Cradle Of Filth , Satyricon , Behemoth , Katatonia , Moonspell , Paradise Lost , My Dying Bride , Opeth , Dark Tranquility are some them. But it’s just a  little top of this  iceberg . In general , I listen tons of music of absolutely different genres .

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading the books mostly , sometimes cooking . But largely owing to my workload   ( my civil profession is miner , I work 500 meters down the ground )  there is no enough time  left  for hobbies . Music   takes the main part of my free time . The rest does take my family .


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

I wish all the people who read your zine and personally you a lotta health , wealth and endless fortune !!! Be human but stay metal !!! Cheers !!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/haissem-interview.html


Serum Dreg/Lustful Vengeance/Invictus/Vrasubatlat/2018 CD Review

vendredi 16 mars 2018 à 18:49

  Serum  Dreg  are  a  duo  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  very  blasphemous  and  primitive  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Lustful  Vengeance"  which  will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Invictus  and  Vrasubatlat.

  Militant  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  while  evil  laughter  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  fashion.

  Serum  Dreg plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  forms  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hedonism,  self  destruction  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Serum  Dreg  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Edifice  Of  Hatred"  and  "Blasphemic  Black  Death  Noise".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/serum-dreglustful-vengeanceinvictusvras.html


Cult Of Extinction/Black Nuclear Magick Attack/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 EP Review

vendredi 16 mars 2018 à 01:32

Cult  Of  Extinction  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Black  Nuclear  Magick  Attack"  which  will  be  released  on  March  30th  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  very  fast  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  more  modern  dissonant  structures.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  primal aggression  of  grindcore  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  the  guitar  leads  also  start  getting  more  chaotic  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  when  it  is  utilized  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  has  its  brutal  moments  and  as  the  ep  progresses a   small  amount  of  dark  soundign  melodies  can  also  be  heard.

  Cult  Of  Extinction  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  and  brutal  styles  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  and  annihilation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cult  Of  Extinction  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Nuclear  Magic  Attack"  and  "Gazing  Upon  The  Eternal  Throne  Of  Death". 8/5  out  of  10. 

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/cult-of-extinctionblack-nuclear-magick.html