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Batrakos Interview

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 23:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1 - Batrakos is a black metal/noise project hailing from Italy and formed at the end of 2015. We are quite active, we have already eight releases under our belt and recently our lineup has been solidified thanks to the addition of Stilgar (we were a duo before). We are constantly experimenting and trying to put ourselves between the traditions of black metal and the avantgarde qualities of noise and industrial music.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2 - We played a lot of styles so far: we have done works that are 100% black metal, others that are full on noise and others that are a balance of the two. Our last work, the split with Aisna, reflects all of our styles since the first is an industrial/noise influenced black metal, while the second is noise/ambient.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3 - We owe a lot to contemporary art, Futurism and the Dada movement for their strong conceptual meaning. We also often focused on the philosophical concept of ugliness and the bizarre. These themes can be found mainly on our first three demos, that have been put together in a compilation issued by the English label Order of Theta last year.

4.I know that the bands name means 'frog' in Greek, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
4 - "Batrakos" means "frog" in Greek indeed, but our monicker is actually a reference to "Oi Batrakoi" ("The frogs", "Batrakos" in singular), a work by the Greek comedy writer Aristophanes. We chose that name because our band is like a Greek comedy: there are many ironic elements in our music, but there's also exploration, experimentation and inspiration for thinking. We owe a lot to Aritophanes, so we decided to pay homage to him this way.

5.In the last couple of years you have released a great amount of music, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?
5 - That's true, we released a lot of music, especially during last year. This year we slowed down a bit, our latest releases have been recorded in 2016, but we have recently finished writing our first full length album, which we'd like to begin recording soon. There will be a couple of releases before that though, like a split with Vashna in 2018.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
6 - We are currently a studio project, but in the future it would be great playing some live gigs!

7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Aisna', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7 - Aisna is a really promising and interesting one man band, it has a great melodic taste for the riffing, reminding some bands from the Greek scene like Uranus and Agatus. We wanted to do a split featuring themes dealing with the past and the present, the Aisna guy is a friend of ours so we thought the split would be a good solution to promote both bands. Follow his project, because it's really interesting.

8.The split was released on 'Xenoglossy Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8 - Of course. Xenoglossy Productions is more of a collective than an actual label, and it's run by the same Batrakos members and a couple of other guys. We focus on experimental black metal and noise, thus far we have released projects all featuring our members, but we want to expand towards other experimental genres and feature international bands in the near future. We have many good surprises in store but I can't say anything more right now, just: follow us!
https://www.facebook.com/XenoglossyProductions/
https://xenoglossyproductions.bandcamp.com/

9.On a worldwide elvel how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and noise?
9 - We are quite satisfied because we have received praise from important underground metal labels and websites. Indeed the split has been premiered by two well known extreme metal websites, and for a very underground project like ours, with music completely recorded at home, is a great accomplishment. We don't want to stop here though, so we hope to get noticed furtherly when our first full length will be out, we are really looking forward to it.

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?
10 - All of us are busy with other projects, we dedicate a lot of our time because it's our main passion. Things are going great and soon there will be news for two projects in particular: Veia and Thecodontion. Soon our label Xenoglossy Productions will release the second demo from Framheim and a new work from Deathvoid, a Swiss project in which Stilgar is also involved.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11 - We don't know! We let ourselves be guided by our inspiration so it's hard to make predictions. As I said before, the full length will be a crucial point for us and perhaps with it we will be able to understand how far we can get with this project. We worked a lot on the songwriting and there are many innovative solutions musically, but we don't want to disclose anything. We hope we will be able to give value to our sound properly.

12.What are some of the bands or musicla styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12 - We have many influences, it's not easy to sum up all of them. A large influence for our music is Australian black/death metal like Portal and Impetuous ritual, also industrial, power electronics and noise rock bands like Sonic Youth.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13 - Thank you for the interview, we invite you and your readers to follow us on our social pages. UGLY MUSIC FOR UGLY PEOPLE!
https://batrakos.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/batrakos.uglymusic/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/batrakos-interview.html


Valdur/Divine Cessation/Bloody Mountain Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 03:21

  Mammoth  Lakes's  Valdur  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Divine  Cessation"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records.

  Battle  horns  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  war  metal  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of keyboards  for a  few  seconds  and  elements  of  doom/death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  riffing  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Valdur  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Valdur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Divine  Cessation"  "Plague  Born  Of  A  Dying  Star"  and  "Potent  Black  Orb".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/valdurdivine-cessationbloody-mountain.html


Harmdaud/Blinda Dodens Barn/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 01:55

 
  Harmdaud  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Blinda  Dodens  Barn".

  Melodic  riffing  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

   All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  synths  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  adding  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Harmdaud  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  dark  and  melodic  death  metal  to  create  a sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Harmdaud  are a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vagens  Slut"  "Andetag"  and  "Memento  Mori".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/harmdaudblinda-dodens-barn2017-full.html


Gort/A Mort Ad Mortem/Lupus Niger Prod. And Distro/2017 EP Review

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 01:01

  Gort  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "A  Morte  Ad  Mortem"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Lupus  Niger  Prod.  And  Distro.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  has a  lot of  90's  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  depressive  melodies  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.

  Gort  creates  another  recording  that  remains  very  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal from  previous releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  war,  destruction  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gort  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Glorification"  and  "The  Last  Flight  Of  The  Crow".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/gorta-mort-ad-mortemlupus-niger-prod.html


Forgotten Tomb/We Owe You Nohing/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 00:24

  Italy's  Forgotten  Tomb  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "We  Owe  You  Nothing"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Heavy  riffing  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black'n'roll  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  slow  riffs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal. 

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  having  their melodic  moments  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  punk  can  also  be  heard  at  times while  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  one  track  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  slide  guitars  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Forgotten  Tomb  moves  very  far  away  from  depressive  black  metal  and  foes  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  solitude  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Forgotten  Tomb  and  while  some  long  time  fans  might  be  disappointed ,  I  can  see  this  album  appealing  more  to  open  minded  fans  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Second  Chances"  and  "Longing  For  Decay".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/forgotten-tombwe-owe-you-nohingagonia.html