1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Hi! I'm Brais, guitarist for the band. Well, we finished the mixes and the master of the album last February and we have been at a standstill for several months due to the pandemic. Now, little by little we are returning to normality and we hope that at the end of the year we will be able to present this latest work live.
2.You have a new album coming out during the end of July, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
This album is really a return to the past, to the early years of Dantalion. We went through a more doom stage that passed through our 5th and 6th albums, but with this last album we have returned to our roots, which are Black Metal.
3.The band started out playing black metal before evolving into more of doom/death metal direction while the new music sees the band returning back to black metal, what was the decision behind changing musical styles in the past and what was it that made you return back to a black metal style with the new release?
The band is 17 years old, it is many years, and although Black Metal has never left our heads, we went through some stage where we were experimenting with other more "calm" styles, such as Doom or Death. But a few years ago we decided to go back to our origins, to Black Metal, which is what we do best, and adding all the experience we have when composing, I think we have done our best work.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
Our lyrics, in all our albums, are focused towards death, we really are a monothematic group when it comes to lyric. It is true that in each album we develop a different aspect on the theme of death. We are not interested in politics, religion or other issues.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dantalion'?
It was just a name that we liked when we started. Dantalion is a demon who seeks to destroy the good in people. He can manipulate the thoughts of all men and women.
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
In the artwork we try to represent the importance of death in our lives, and that journey that goes from when you are born to when you die, with all the darkness that exists during that process. The cover reflects a person when he reaches his eternal rest, when he finally leaves.
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?
Honestly, we are a band that plays very little live, since we started in 2004 we have always focused on studio work, hence we are editing our 8th album in 17 years... But during these years we did a lot of live shows, and there are some that were unforgettable, such as the 3 times we went to the Basque Country, Barcelona, Madrid… And of course a special mention to the concerts in Portugal, because every time we go to the neighboring country the welcome and the energy they transmit there is brutal.
8.With the pandemic easing up and more bands returning to the live stage, do you have any plans for any live shows later this year?
Of course, our idea is to present the new work at the end of this year, as long as the conditions are normal, if not, we will wait. And then continue presenting it in different festivals that want to have us. We always present our albums in our city, Vigo, it is something we have been doing since our beginning.
9.The new album is going to be released on 'Darkwoods', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The opportunity to work with Darkwoods came on our previous album, "The Seventh Wandering Soul". It is a humble label, like everyone we have worked with, but the highlight of Darkwoods is the close treatment and communication (it helps that it is a Spanish label), and above all it is a label that has always bet very strongly on us. We are very happy with Dani and Darkwoods, he is a great guy, and apart from that he also makes all the artwork!
10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Although we are a small band, I think we have a certain recognition, and there are many people who follow us all over the world, since our beginnings. It is gratifying to see how many followers all of our albums have. We do not pretend to be a rock star, simply transmit emotions with our music, in this case through Black Metal.
11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that a couple of the band members are a part of?
Well, almost all of us are or were immersed in other projects:
I just released my first solo album with my project called Lowmist, entitled "Supreme Nature", Naemoth recorded countless things for other bands (Empty, Lowmist), he is a member of Adonai, and he was the drummer of Witchfire. Sanguinist has another band called Arkham. Natnof also plays bass in a band called Lethal Vice, and Vorgh played in Witchfire.
12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don't think anything will change in the future, our idea is to keep making albums for as long as we can. As the years go by, I think playing live will be more complicated, since now we ask for some minimum conditions to be able to develop our shows. But we will continue to record albums, for sure.
13.What are you listening to nowadays?
I like to review the discographies of my favorite groups, which are especially Black and Doom (Wolves in the Throne Room, Drudkh, Burzum, Bathory, Nehema, October Tide...), music that transmits you and that helps you compose and open the mind. Also from time to time I listen to new bands and new works, and some pleasant surprises. Although in these times we have a problem of saturation of countless bands, and of hundreds of albums every day, but it is the time that we have to endure.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I hope the fans like our new album "Time to Pass Away", and thank you very much for the support and the interview!
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
This is the first Nocturnal Wanderer release, so anyone who happens to be reading this will likely not have heard of me. There's not a lot to say really. Nocturnal Wanderer was an impulsive and unplanned project that was born in early Spring of 2021. It’s a solo project so I am the only member, and I try to do as much of the work on my own as possible. For Gift of the Night, I had label support for pressing vinyl and an illustrator to handle the artwork.
2.You have a new album coming out in September, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?
Well, it's a black metal record. It’s not experimental or an attempt to take the genre into unexplored territory, but I do think there are some subtle bits of 1980s heavy metal throughout. I was attempting to capture a mix of raw beauty and belligerent power. Like if you crossed Nattens Madrigal and Autumn Aurora with Kill ‘Em All and Pleasure to Kill (not that those were direct influences, but it’s a close approximation to the general mood I was aiming for). It's not a new idea, but it’s a sound that I enjoy, and I think it’s a good musical representation of the themes within the album.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
The album has a singular lyrical focus: night and darkness. All the songs deal with elements of that one subject. It’s obviously common in black metal for night and darkness to be used as symbols for metaphysical darkness – for obvious reasons – but Nocturnal Wanderer is about literal darkness. It’s an attempt to capture a specific feeling that I only get when I’m alone outside at night. Metaphysical darkness isn’t completely off the table for Nocturnal Wanderer, and there are certainly some elements of it in the lyrics, but the intention is one of empowerment, triumph, and ecstasy, rather than of negativity and evil. It’s the feeling of exhilaration and power that you get in the woods at night. The sound of owls and crickets and frogs. The moon on a cloudless night. Stars dotting the black sky. It’s that ancient feeling in the primordial part of your brain of undomesticated power that you get when you are outside at night. For a diurnal creature like humans, it’s a defiant act to go around in the dark. The night is dangerous.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nocturnal Wanderer'?
Nocturnal Wanderer is the "I". From my perspective, the “I” is me. From a listener’s perspective, they are the “I”. Nocturnal Wanderer is the first-person having the subjective experience. It’s anyone who connects with the intention of the music and lyrics and has that same feeling.
5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
The illustrations throughout the LP were done by Thaumaturge Artworks, who was recommended to me by a friend, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. The rough ideas that I gave to the artist were interpreted and executed better than I imagined them. The images are primarily nocturnal creatures: woodland bats, the Hawkeye moth, the Barred owl (on the album cover). I was responsible for the lettering and layout.
6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
No, I would not consider working with other musicians. This project is unpredictable and spontaneous. Working with other musicians is a magickal act, and a very important part of writing and playing music, but Nocturnal Wanderer is not a collaborative vision. I need to maintain the ability to improvise nearly everything and work at an obsessive pace when the inspiration strikes, or go on long hiatus when it doesn’t. I also want to have absolute control over the presentation of the music, lyrics, and visuals, to make sure the concept is undiluted, and I’m not interested in bossing around other musicians and telling them what to play.
7.The album is coming out on 'Altare productions', can you tell us a little bit more about how you got in contact with this label?
I sent an email to the label with some words about the album, and an explanation of why I thought Altare Productions and Nocturnal Wanderer would be a good fit. I contacted a small handful of other labels as well, but Altare was my first choice from day 1, and replied very soon after my first contact. Altare is a meticulously curated label and it's an honor to be among the other names on the roster.
8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
This is the first Nocturnal Wanderer release, and your previous review was the first time I’ve heard the opinion of anyone else besides close friends and of course the label, so it’s hard for me to gauge. When you are an artist, you’d rather have people understand your work with less concern about whether they like it.
9.Do you also have experience playing with other bands or musical projects?
Yes, I began playing and recording death metal and black metal seriously with bands and by myself around 2007-2008. I'm also in a full-lineup black metal band and have some various other side projects.
10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
I don’t have ambitions of world tours and screaming fans or anything like that. I would like to continue playing shows and doing occasional small tours and fests with my full band, and letting the muse take me wherever it decides. As for Nocturnal Wanderer, the next time I get that certain spark of inspiration I will try to coax it into a microphone again.
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?
I’m of course influenced by a lot of the same 90s Norwegian bands that everyone else is. Transilvanian Hunger is my perennial favorite of that bunch. I wasn’t intentionally trying to write Rotting Christ riffs, but a couple of them made it onto the record anyway. I mentioned some favorite albums previously as well. I spend a lot of time listening to Swedish bands like Arckanum, Panphage, and Wulkanaz (plus all the various Kvmvlonimbvs side projects). For the past few years, I’ve been listening to a lot of strange, droning, ambient sound-collage type of musicians like Tusen År Under Jord, Dusa, Kristian Olsson, and Forankring (I was no doubt led to this strange path by the first four Wagner Ödegård demos).
I kind of hinted at this earlier but leading up to the recording of Gift of the Night, I was also listening to a lot of 80s speed and thrash metal (mostly German bands and the first two Metallica albums), the first few Ozzy records, and even some LA hair metal stuff like Mötley Crüe (Too Fast for Love) and RATT (Out of the Cellar). I’ve never recorded any music where it seemed appropriate to add a bunch of guitar solos, and I have no doubt that all that stuff influenced my decision.
12Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks and hails to you for the opportunity, and to any readers who made it this far.
Hail to those who go by night!
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Onirica is a project born a long time ago. About fifteen years ago, during my high school years. At the time I was playing in a power metal band, but I wanted a musical and compositional space where I could do something more personal, visceral and violent. So, fascinated by the Italian black metal of that period, I started to create the songs for the Onirica project. Onirica is a musical reality to which I return cyclically: it can stay still for years, but then there always comes that moment when I want to make music alone, in solitude... and the project is reborn every time like that. I have been playing for many years with the classic heavy metal band Serial Vice, but in the musical world of Onirica I can always create something more intimate and personal.
2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
This record is totally different from anything I've done in the past. The first album, "Cosasonora," was very raw, because it was composed by a depressed teenager who wanted to put his sad poems to music. The EP "Baba Yaga" from a few years ago was just experimentation, an attempt to combine post-black metal with dungeon synth. Behind this "Burn The Ashes" instead there is a more mature person, especially from the compositional point of view I had in mind a very precise idea of music, I was aware of every reference and every inspiration. Moreover in this record there is the participation of a singer, Giacomo Albanese, who worked with great intensity to the realization of the vocal lines: he is not a simple guest. So this is an album built with study and effort, but with the desire to do something interesting (and maybe personal) within the Italian black metal scene.
3.With the exception of a split and an ep[ this is also your first full length since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
As I mentioned before, in all these years I have always carried on a musical activity, but in parallel to the Onirica project. For several years I played guitar for the power metal band Sleepy Forest, which broke up in 2010. Since almost ten years, instead, I'm the guitarist of Serial Vice, with which I play classic heavy metal. In addition, since 2018, I have a dungeon synth project: Hekate, with which I released a few albums, including "Haunted Soul Of The Wizard", for the cult label Ancient Meadow. In all of this, Onirica is my private, intimate musical space, the safe place where I occasionally return to when I want to express something extreme and deep, distant from all the other music I play.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
In life I'm a writer, I'm involved in literature, and I work in book publishing. So every track on "Burn The Ashes" is inspired by some book I particularly loved. To give some examples: "The Opponent" is inspired by the book of the same name by Emmanuele Carrére, "The violent bear it away" refers to Flannery O' Connor's masterpiece, "Blazing (The Left Wing)" has to do with Mircea Cartarescu's work. The lyrics on the first album were my own poems written in Italian or Latin. Here I decided to use English instead, because I now feel it is a more expressive language for the concepts I wish to convey.
5.You also had a song covering 'Baba Yaga', do you also have an interest in Slavic Mythology?
My girlfriend is an anthropologist and a poet: she wrote a collection of poems inspired by the story of Baba Yaga, and her experience fascinated me a lot. Therefore, while she was doing the anthropological research to write her book, I tried to put those suggestions into music.
6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Onirica'?
Black metal for me has always had something to do with my dream activity: I often dream about this kind of music, and if I listen to albums of this genre before sleeping it always happens that the next morning I am particularly inspired to write something powerful or compose new music.
7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album?
It is the painting "Judith and Holofernes", painted by the Dutch painter Jan De Bray in 1659. A masterpiece that not everyone knows, because they are much more famous other works on that type of subject (above all that of Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi). But the work of De Bray for me is really powerful, with a rare intensity, and murky colors, bloody, distressing. In that painting I see anger, pain, despair, dynamism, death but at the same time an inexhaustible desire to live: all the elements that I tried to include musically in the album.
8.With the exception of a vocalist you recorded the whole album by yourself, do you prefer working solo?
In the Onirica project yes, I prefer to work alone: I set up this musical reality for this very reason, that is to say to compose and play in total contact with my mind and with my musical reasoning. It is an almost spiritual artistic process, completely different from what happens when you play in a band. It is an activity very similar to writing a book. I really enjoy playing in a band, but with Onirica I want to do something completely different.
9.You also have experience playing other styles of metal in your previous bands, how would you compare your current musical style with this project to your past or current bands?
There are definitely some elements in this album that come from my other musical experiences, especially melodically. Some of the orchestral openings have a vague power/symphonic metal flavor, which I learned to appreciate during my time with Sleepy Forest. The constant use of guitar harmonizations has certainly been well thought out thanks to the many songs composed with Serial Vice. And the experience in the world of dungeon synth was also absolutely important to have particular compositional insights. But, at the end of the day, "Burn the ashes" is a record where I try to create a personal synthesis of many things I love about black metal music.
10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Well, over the years I've never received so much feedback about Onirica's music: it has always been a rather underground project (despite the fact that the 2009 album was released by a small US label). With "Burn the ashes" I hope to get some more feedback and opinions. From the first reactions around the premiere of the album, I have however perceived a certain enthusiasm: I hope it gets better and better!
11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
First and foremost, I would love to get back to playing many live shows with my band Serial Vice. And then I would like to grow the Onirica project. I don't want to let many years go by again for a new release. I would like to create an ongoing musical discourse, reaching more and more people. Onirica represents a musical universe in which I am comfortable, very consistent with my work as a novelist and poet. That's why I want to pursue the music of Onirica with tenacity.
12.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?
This new album was inspired by so much music. To stay in the black metal sphere I can say that I am very interested in trying to make personal the ideas put into circulation by bands like Panoptycon, Wood Of Desolation, Wolfes In The Throne Room, but also more hybrid and innovative projects like Deafheaven, Alcest, Amesoreus and Harakiri For The Sky. However, some Italian bands like Deadly Carnage and Stormlord are still fundamental - and then, far from black metal but very important for me, Novembre and Dark Lunacy. There are also some classics that are always absolutely central to my inspiration, especially from the Swedish melodic black metal scene: Dissection, Lord Belial, Naglfar, Sacramentum.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you so much for this interview. I wish you all the best!
Russia's solo project Lucifer's Dungeon has returned with a new recording which continues the old school style of black metal from his previous releases and this is a review of his self released 2021 album "Rebirth Of Madness".
Air raid sirens start off the album before going into a heavier direction while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with the vocals being mostly high pitched black metal screams.
Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing while the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's era. During the faster sections of the songs a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the recording more of a raw feeling along with the tracks also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, the whole recording also sticks to a heavier direction.
On this recording Lucifer's Dungeon remains true to the old school style of black metal he has established on previous releases. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Satanism, Anti Christianity, Nihilism and Anti Dogma themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Lucifer's Dungeon and if you are a fan of old school black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Old Demons" "Antichrist" "Unconscious Faith" and "The Dark Army". 8 out of 10.
Lamashtus are a solo project from Spain that plays a very avant garde and dissonant form of black metal and this is a review of her 2021 album "Insentient-Ascendancy" which was released by Heretical Records.
Semi distorted riffing starts off the album while clean playing can also be heard briefly on a couple of tracks. Dissonant structures are also added into some of the heavier riffing as well as the faster sections of the songs also adding in a great amount of blast beats and the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams.
All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them while some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length. When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing along with the music also having its avant garde moments as well as a later song also introducing guitar solos and leads onto the album. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness, horror and occultism themes.
In my opinion Lamashtus are a very great sounding dissonant and avant garde black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Multiversal Confluence Of Tenebrous Space" "Transcendental Compulsion Of Spectral Flesh" and "Profane Embodiment Of Sorcerous Beings". 8 out of 10.