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Schrat Interview

vendredi 29 juin 2018 à 03:24
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Recordings were finished in December with some additional vocal tracking. Since then we have been pretty busy with mixing/mastering the album. Gerileme, with whom we already worked in the past (Drudensang, Unryht), took care of the technical aspects of this process. In parallel Gråin, who also runs Bavarian Black Arts (Layouts, Recordings, Mixing, Mastering), developed and ultimately finished the layout of “Alptraumgänger”, based on the front cover designed by Misanthropic-Art.
In January we played the last gig with our long-time guitarist Skilnir who left Schrat in February. Alptraumgänger is the last recording he participated in. Pestmeister Tairach of Pestnebel joined Schrat as session bass player, and Azag switched to guitar, so we had our live lineup completed pretty fast. It feels like there is a lot of change going on in recent time, but this also brings in some fresh momentum. So in general positive developments from our perspective.



2.You have a new album coming out during the end of April, 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?
The new songs certainly have a different atmosphere and sounding compared to our previous recording(s). The song “Beschwörung…” from Schattenwahn comes closest to the new stuff, though it is rather slow in comparison. The development, which took actually over 5 years, felt pretty natural to us. The new compositions have a more straight forward and aggressive attitude with strong links to the waves of 80’s and 90’s black metal. From a musicians perspective the level of playing has also increased considerably, which probably comes by the nature of things.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The lyrical concept of Schrat has not changed too much since Schattenwahn. Lead topics are misanthropy, melancholy, annihilation, isolation, spirituality and the all including embrace of nature. Inspiration comes from what we experience in everydays life and what touches us emotionally. It’s hard to narrow it further down, since the lyrics do not follow strict rules, but more a general concept. The topics mentioned before are either directly or metaphorically elaborated.


4.I know that the band was named after a nature spirit from German myths, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
We feel a strong connection to nature in general. To us it’s like the complete opposite concept compared to today’s world: chaotic, yet beautifully rough and most importantly, balanced, from time to time free of human scum. We perceive this as a kind of utopia; it touches us on a very deep and primal level. Everyone who ever was out for a plain walk in the woods, probably experienced the liberating and relaxing effect this simple action has on one’s mind. Imagine the potential that lies in deeper interaction with the ancient spirits…
On a second thought, there is also significant importance when it comes to regional connection. Going back to the forest walk example it feels always different when you walk in new/strange regions compared to your homeland. Though other areas may appeal beautiful and inspiring as well, heart and mind are touched the deepest at home.
Taking this as the start point when thinking of a suitable name for the band, we looked for a term that provides the link to nature as topic as well as the regional aspect. That’s how we ended up with Schrat.


5.The cover artwork on the new album has the look of an ancient pagan ritual, can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork?
Actually, the story behind this is rather short. The artwork basically is an alteration of Schrat performing live, combining visual elements we use live as well as key elements of the lyrical concept.
The artwork shows the summoning of THE Schrat, the Alptraumgänger.


6.In the studio the band works as a duo, are you open to working with a full band in the studio again in the future?
For “Alptraumgänger” the drums were recorded by session drummers (Nefastus and Grond in this case). Same goes for Artefakt and Schattenwahn, for which the drums were recorded by Seraph. All other stuff was recorded by Gråin, Dragg and Skilnir, except some minor things like backing vocals. How we will handle recordings in the future is not entirely clear at this moment, but we are certainly open to work with a full band. It depends on musical perspectives and dedication of each individual. As always, we will do what feels most suitable to us to achieve our ideal musical conception. Working as a duo supported by session musicians as needed, will still be the basic set up if things mentioned before do not apply.



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?
When thinking back the shows in Olten/Switzerland and Barther Metal Open Air/Germany were probably one of the best we had so far.
When playing live the overall atmosphere is most important to us. We don’t limit this to the musical aspect, but also extend to the visual expression as well as other sensorial impressions. Therefore our stage concept comprises usage of candles (fire), rune trunks, skulls, bones, blood and incenses. Stage acting then naturally comes as true expression of the subconscious mind. Establishing the connection to these personal depths is the overall goal when performing live.


8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We are working with our label on some touring plans but nothing bigger fixed, yet. We will play some shows with our label mates Streams of Blood and Halphas in Germany over the next months until beginning/middle of 2019. We have some more shows scheduled for this year, amongst them the Under the Black Sun festival near Berlin. More will definitely come!


 9.The new album is coming out on 'Folter Records', how would you compare working with them to the other labels you have been a part of in the past?
Jörg has a very professional and dedicated way of working. The cooperation feels very energetic and prolific, just the right thing for us. The labels we have worked with in the past cannot be compared to Folter at all. No bad feelings or words to them, but this is just a different level.
In all aspects you can clearly see dedication and belief in what both sides are doing - perfect match for us.


10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Overall, the music of Schrat gets very good feedback, probably not only because people like what they hear but also since band and music project a coherent image. There is nothing artificial about how we do things and that is the key element for this kind of music. Black Metal is and never was only about music, but also about ideology, presentation and integrity! It seems like many of the newer bands tend to not understand this strong link and try to generate bastard like abominations of extreme music and safe space attitude. Fuck them and fuck the people who embrace this as Black Metal!  You obviously did not understand a damn thing..


11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that both of the band members are a part of?
We both are part of two more projects. In Drudensang, Gråin is acting as the main composer of their music whereas Dragg supports live with bass play and backing vocals.
Last year we founded a new band with Dark Fortress’ former vocalist Azathoth called Gráb. Gráb goes in a total different musical direction, though we consider black metal still being the fundamental musical base. For this year composing and recording of the first album is planned.


12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will certainly proceed on the path we took on “Alptraumgänger” and develop this style further. Nothing more to say.


13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Gråin: The songwriting and recording sound of albums from the 90s of bands like Gorgoroth (Under the Sign of Hell, Pentagram, Antichrist), Satyricon (Dark Medieval Times, The Shadowthrone, Nemesis Divina) or Tsjuder (Kill for Satan, Demonic Possession, Desert Northern Hell) have had a formative impact on me. Raw sound and a mangy recording which should neither be too bad or good in combination with simply ignored playing errors constitutes Black Metal sounding for me. The music needs to rumble and should not even remotely sound like superficial chart music.

Dragg: In terms of influences I would definitely name Endstilles former vocalist Iblis. Never saw a singer with such aggressiveness and presence on stage again, truly inspiring! Musically, bands like Urgehal, Krypt, Mayhem, Marduk, Horna but also Ascension, Helrunar (to name newer ones), influenced me. Looking up my current playlist, I listen a lot to Evilfeasts current output “Elegies of the Stellar Wind”, Riivaus - Lyöden Taudein ja Kirouksin and Perdition Winds - Transcendent Emptiness to name a few.

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

Death to all!





Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/schrat-interview.html


Iskald/Innhøstinga/Indie Recordings/2018 CD Review

jeudi 28 juin 2018 à 23:04

  Iskald  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Innhøstinga"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Indie  Recordings.

  Tremolo picking  starts  off  the  album  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  their is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  on  a  couple  of  songs.

  Iskald  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  epic  in  the  Nordic  Tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  a  story  about  those  who  have  lost  on  their  way.

  In  my  opinion  Iskald  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Atrocious  Horror"  "Even  Dawn  Drew  Twilight"  "From  Traitor  To  Beast"  and  "Innhøstinga".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/iskaldinnhstingaindie-recordings2018-cd.html


Noestalgya/Terjebak Dalam Ruang Nostalgia/Kamar Lo-Fi Records/2018 Full Length Review

jeudi 28 juin 2018 à 21:25

  Noestalgya  are  a  solo  project  from  Indonesia  that  started  out  in  more  of  an  ambient  direction  and  on  this  recording  goes  into  more  of  a  depressive  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  'Terjebak  Dalam  Ruang  Nostalgia"  which  was  released  by  Kamar  Lo-Fi  Records.


  Horror  movie  style  synths  and  rain and  thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  but  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  depressing  melodies.

  There  are  also  some  Nocturnal  Depression,  Trust  and  Happy  Days  cover  as  the  album  progresses  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  as  elements  of  dark  ambient  also  being  used  at  times  and  synths  are  also  used  quite a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a very  raw  and  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  can  be  heard  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  On  this  recording  Noestalgya  moves  away  from  the  dark  ambient  sound  of  previous  releases  and  goes  into  more  of  a  depressive  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics a re  written  in  Indonesian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Noestalgya  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bunuh  Diri" "Mendung  Kelabu"  "Lost  The  Last  Memories"  and  "When  The  Midnight  Arrives".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/noestalgyaterjebak-dalam-ruang.html


Teloch Vovin/Grave Gnosis/Transmissions/Plate XII Records/2018 Split EP Review

jeudi 28 juin 2018 à 02:35

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  New  York's  Teloch  Vovin  and  Florida's  Grave  Gnosis  called  "Transmissions"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Plate  XII  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Teloch  Vovin  who  return  with  their  style  of  occult  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  sounds  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  split  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  track  is  12 minutes  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  chimes  as  well  as  the  vocals  getting  deep  at  times  and  there  are  also  some  raw  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  used  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Qlithotic  Worlds,  The  Nightside  Emanation  of  the  Khaos  before  Creation  and  the  Tree  of  Death.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Teloch  Vovin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Grave  Gnosis  a  band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  side  of  the  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals a re  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  split  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  track  being  over  12  minutes  in  length,  ritualistic  shouts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Cherokee  Lore, Vampirism,  Heart  Chakra  Autocannibalism,  Therianthropic  Trance  and  Dilitriomancy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grave  Gnosis  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  think  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8/5  out  of  10.

 

   

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/teloch-vovingrave-gnosistransmissionspl.html


With The End In Mind/Unraveling; Arising/Temple Of Torturous/2018 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 27 juin 2018 à 05:55

  With  The  End  In  Mind  are  a  solo  project  from  Olympia,  Washington  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  psychedelic  form  of post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  his  2016  album  "Unravelling;  Arising"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Temple  Of  Torturous.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of    a  post  rock  direction  which  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clear  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  a  raw  feeling  while  atmospheric  synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  psychedelia  and  dark  folk  along  with  the  music bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  aggression  from  the  cascadian  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  instrumental  can  also  be  heard.  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  acoustic  guitars,  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  female vocals  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  With  The  End  In  Mind  expand  on  their  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  by  adding  in  psychedelia  and  dark  folk  music  elements  to  take  his  sound  to  another  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Myths  and  the  eternal  cycles  of  our  world.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  With  The  End  In  Mind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anguish  Symmetry"  and  "From  The  True  Source".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/with-end-in-mindunraveling.html