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Xeper Interview

jeudi 21 janvier 2021 à 05:38

 

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album? 


Hi, sure. Not that much honestly because as you can see the world is under pandemic... But I’m going to start writing a new album soon.


2. In February you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? 


It differs in the music writing. In the past, I was writing music very quickly because I was looking forward to write new material constantly. Then I’ve changed my mind. This new album is the result of 5 years of work. I wanted be more focused on the details to be sure to write a good album, at least for myself. And after 5 years I am still listening to the songs, so I’ve hit my personal goal.


3. This is also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame? 


I was writing new material, touring around the world with Gorgoroth and living my private life as all of us do.


4. Your lyrics also show a diverse interest in satanic, occult and left hand path topics and the bands name also comes from the Egyptian path, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts and also how has your views in this realm have evolved over the years? 


I think that is a very personal question, and we all have to find our own answers to the questions about humankind and life/death. But yes, as you say, we are interested in these topics. We don’t want to become theologians, we don’t write books. There are already persons who do that. We write music. I can just say that people should read and learn about religion before taking a way in his or her life. And we did our choice.



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


It’s the depiction of the moment when humans took possession of knowledge and received the fire from our God Satan, according to the Bible and the Sumerian tablets. Marcelo Vasco had the artistic sensitivity to graphically enhance this concept.


6. Originally the band was from Italy but has re-located to Norway over the years, can you tell us a little bit more about the move? 


I just moved to Norway to be closer to my friends. It’s a wonderful country and you can fall in love with Norway easily. Plus comparing to Italy, it’s easier to find a job and jobs are well paid. That was the reason back in 2014.


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? 


Well, we did few shows honestly because the line up has changed during the years. I can say I have great memories of our first shows in small venues. I can still remember the venue’s owners faces when we brought blood, pig heads and fire on stage. Nothing new as you can imagine, but it’s not even common doing that. We hand-crafted all the stage scenography by ourselves, from the metallic torches to the Set-shaped main microphone support. In Italy, it is not allowed to sell blood at the supermarket, still we managed to obtain it for the shows.

Performing live is very instinctive to us. We light the torches, pour the blood on our faces and just let the music flow and burn inside our veins. People can perceive this live.



8. The new album is going to be released on 'Soulseller Records', how would you compare working with this label to other labels that you have been a part of in the past? 


This is our first time and the album has not been released yet, so I cannot say anything about at the moment. We can just say that Jorn is a a very enthusiastic and dedicated man, and that we are looking forward to work with him.


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


The only thing we can say is that we received very good feedbacks from allover the world. We worked with labels from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, France and now Soulseller, so our name have been spread a bit here and there.


10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? 


Of course into black metal. We don’t want to release one album per month, but we are going to create music till the end.


11. What are you currently listening to nowadays? 


Honestly? The same music I’ve been listening to since I was a teenager. I can mention some bands like DarkThrone, Mayhem, Bathory, Burzum, Gehenna, early Marduk etc… all black metal bands which influenced my musical taste. Then I can tell you I listen to all kind of music. If it sounds good and gives me emotions, I listen to it.


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


I would like to thank you for your time and interest in us. We hope you’ll like our album. If not, please just give it to someone you know who can like it.




https://www.facebook.com/xeperofficial

https://youtu.be/DiXIxgxA6UA

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/xeper-interview.html


Ild/Knippe/Screaming Skull Records/2020 EP Review

jeudi 21 janvier 2021 à 04:39

 


  Ild  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  melancholic  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  ep  "Knippe"  which  was  released  by  Screaming  Skull  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later. All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also0  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  Most  of  the  music  also  beings  in  more  of  a  modern  sounding  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  Ild  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  atmospheric,  melancholic  and  depressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  nature,  death,  solitude  and  despair  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ild  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  melancholic  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hjemkomst"  and  "Offervals".  8  out  of  10.


https://ildebrann.bandcamp.com/album/knippe  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/ildkruppescreaming-skull-records2020-ep.html


Szary Wilk/Wrath/Putrid Cult/2021 CD Review

jeudi 21 janvier 2021 à 02:14

 


  Szary  Wilk  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  Polish  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2021  album  "Wrath"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Putrid  Cult.


  Sounds  of  winds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  a  medieval  atmosphere  before  going  into  a  heavier musical  direction.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Polish  style.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of the guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw feeling,  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.


  Szary  Wilk  plays  a  style  of pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Polish  Tradition.  The  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Polish  and  English  and  cover Paganism  themes.  

      In  my  opinion  Szary  Wilk  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mortal"  and  "Wrath".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/1Gb8vBnNb64  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/szary-wilkwrathputrid-cult2021-cd-review.html


Apocryphetic Interview

mercredi 20 janvier 2021 à 06:03

 

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


We’re a bestial death metal band heavily influenced by “Altars of Madness” by Morbid Angel, “Hammer of the Gods” by Angelcorpse, and “Black Force Domain” by Krisiun. Our lyrics are mostly about war and conquest and the finer things in life. 


2.Since 2019 you have released 3 demo's and an ep, musically how do they differ from each other?


Actually we’ve released 2 demos, and EP, and a full length but Metal Archives never gets anything right. When we first started we were pretty standard death metal in the vein of Diabolic and similar to another band I was in at the time called Engulfed in Blackness but with the EP we decided to go a lot faster and more brutal and incorporate stuff like Impiety into our influences. 


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


Conquest, war, torture, crushing enemies and taking everything from them... including their souls!


4.What is the menaing and inspiration behind the name 'Apocryphetic'?


Apocalypse + Prophetic, I feel the name sums up the band pretty well. 


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


It was done by Raul Gonzales, we thought it fit the title and some of the things we talk about like communing with destiny and the Cosmos. 


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


We’ve only played 3 shows so far and while they were ok I don’t think we’ve really been able to have the full effect live. Maybe when we can actually play shows again we’ll get everyone together and do something really sick. Everyone in the current lineup lives in different places and it’s hard to get everyone together especially right now. So if we were going to play out we’d want to do it right and make it a big deal and something to really remember!


7.Currently the band is signed to 'Sunshine Ward Recordings', can you tell us a little bit more abotu this label?


I’ve only been on 2 labels that did anything for me. SWR is one of them. They’ve been great and have done everything they’ve said they would. They also, to me, have the best stable of artists of pure total death in the underground extreme music scene right now. 


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


It’s been really good. We’ve gotten some pretty good reviews and the digital is selling really well. We’re waiting on tapes and CDs and I get a lot of people asking for those.


9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


I’m also in Eternal Morbidity (death doom) and Cursed Entity (old school death/black metal). Ghoul is in Father Befouled and is one of the founders of that monster. Father Befouled should be the biggest band in the underground if there were justice in the world. Narzarath is in Vesterian (black metal), Mysteriarch (symphonic black metal), and Shrine (black metal)- all of which are top tier bands that deserve your respect! 


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


We consider this our debut full length but I guess because it’s only 24 minutes nobody else does. Blasphemy’s second album is shorter! But on the question of when you can expect more insanity from us I’m currently working on the next release. Maybe we’ll make it longer so people will consider it a full length next time!


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?


Perdition Temple, Blasphemic Cruelty, Occidens, Diabolical Messiah, Blaspherian, Angelcorpse, Morbid Angel, Deiphago, Abhorrence, Ophiolatry, Impiety, Altar Blood, Father Befouled, Elders of the Apocalypse, Krisiun, and Abominator. 


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


Keep supporting the underground and thanks for talking to us! Buy the album, it’s worth your fuckin’ money! 24 minutes of pure bestial insanity at ridiculous speeds for warlords and tyrants!


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/apocryphetic-interview.html


Wesenwille/II: A Material God/Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 20 janvier 2021 à 05:13

 


  Wesenwille  are  a  band  from t he  Netherlands  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  dissonant  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album "II:  A  Material  God"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  les  Acteurs  de  L'Ombre  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark,  chaotic  yet  melodic  style.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast beats  can  also  be  heard  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments,  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  brief  return  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  devolopment  of  technology  and  societal  structures.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Wesenville  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  dissonant  and  progressive  black  metal,   you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Opulent  Black  Smog"  "Ritual"  and  "The  Introversion  Of  Sacrifice".  8 out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/wesenwilleii-material-godles-acteurs-de.html