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Kolotun Interview

vendredi 23 octobre 2020 à 22:14

 


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

 The band was formed 17 years ago. At first we played punk rock, but in the end it all grew into black metal and that's where our journey began. Which continues to this day. 


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


Everything became radically different because we treated the new record more professionally. Previously, we didn't have the opportunity to use good instruments, we played on homemade distortion pedals and half-drilled cymbals. In between while the band was split-up for these years band members has gone through various other musical styles from death metal to modern metalcore so this also helped to gain more skills and get focused critical view on material we produce nowadays. In comparison with 2002 release Feast At The Time Of Plague new material is more professional, diverse  and conceptual 


3.The band was broken up for 18 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

We dispersed due to the fact that our band  leader, the Thrasher, became heavily addicted to psychotropic substances and could not continue to create, the drugs completely absorbed him. After 18 years, we just decided to continue our journey but without him.  A lot of material has appeared during this time and it is necessary to implement it into new songs 


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?


 Within our lyrics  the main concept is  trying to touch upon the psychological essence of a person, his fears, madness, attitude to the given world, the process of survival and relationship between man and the nature. In composing music, we try to pay attention to every note, every moment, make it as simple as possible from the heart so that the listener can understand it 

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kolotun'?

 We took this word from the Russian language. Kolotun translated to English  means severe freeze, very cold weather . So it stands as a sign of human helpless state in front of force of nature and universe.


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

The artwork is created by ourselves and it shows roots wrapping up of each other , meaning no one's deeds can be kept in secret and in result of that no one would reign forever , everything an everyone  is going through eternal circle of events. 


7.On both album covers you also had some runes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this alphabet?

We really like using runes in our art because they look cool. But you have to be very careful with the runes, because each rune has its own meaning and when they are combined they give more strength or weakness. Though, for  further release we have switched to handmade logo because almost every black metal band uses runic fonts .


8.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

At the beginning of history we gave a lot of local gigs . At the moment there will be the first concert with the new line-up, which we are looking forward to.When it will be available again , though    


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

Kolotun is currently unsigned and promotes as DIY band. But we slowly look into label to have some physical releases to be pressed.






 


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

We have several profiles on social networks and the most interesting statistic is that many people listen to us in Usa Uk and even in Japan. This is wildly cool. We are working to capture a larger audience. Every fan of our music is important to us 


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

We are currently working on set of conceptual singles to be released. Then some  full-length album on the go






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?

If said on black metal the biggest impression was made on us, of course, by Burzum, Darkthrone and all those old school black metal acts. Though, we are not into political aspects of some of those bands and not supporting hate propaganda or anything similar promoted by some of them . Just listening to music and atmosphere and get the vibe. We have different musical tastes in the band, from pop music to black metal.







 


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

These are difficult times for all of us in this world. Appreciate your life and the lives of your loved ones help each other only in this way we will all overcome this difficult stage together

 

https://kolotun.bandcamp.com/

https://youtu.be/R_agQBOGJgI

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/kolotun-interview.html


Genfaerd Interview

vendredi 23 octobre 2020 à 03:45

 


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


T.:

Danish fucking black metal! We are 3 guys now 4 with a new bass player coming. 

We are completely on the same side when it comes to music and the way we want the music to go.

Genfærd started out as a project which sprung out of Sort Regn. The plan was for it to be a solo or at least a 2 man band. 

But for the better it was decided to make it a full band. We aim for some raw black metal and that's where J, is a expert.

Other than that, catch us live sometimes that is where our music shines.

 


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


T.:

First of all the mix is better, thanks to our former bassist and mixing guru, S., But it shows evolvement. Evolvement in music and ferocity in every aspect.

Its more raw still has melodies like the first release but its overall more raw and punked. 

This is the first release J., is in on. He is the perfect counterpart to how I write music and that's heard on the album.


3.This is also your first release since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


T:

Personal destruction, depression, the struggle of life as you well know. Also a shift in the lineup, all sort of shit.

But the important thing is now we are back, a full crew with fire and anger in our hearts. 

So I promise there wont be another 5 year before the next release. 


J.: 

It was a couple of hard years before we managed a release. Murphy's law in effect; Broken bones, broken minds, moving rehearsal rooms 2-3 times, our private lives turning to shit in succession... Very chaotic. 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


J. 

Blodhævn is overall a vehicle for a lot of pent-up anger, disappointment and feeling of betrayal I've felt prior to writing lyrics. It allowed me to channel those feelings, and turn it into something more constructive, if perhaps incoherent; A collection of stories about revenge, betrayal, warnings and upheaval. 


T.:

Songwriting changes with who you are writing with. 

But make up some riffs or a song and bring it to the rehearsal room and then we mix it together with each others riffs and perfect it.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "Genfærd"?


T.:

Its the Danish word for a spirit, or an apparition. 


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


J.:

We got in contact with Maxime Taccardi. We were all really fascinated with his works, and especially him painting with his own blood. We saw it would bring an eye catching element to "Blodhævn", and he got to work. We are very impressed with how his artwork turned out, and how it fits with our own logo on the cover.


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?


T.:

Every show is the best at least that is what we strife for.

There is a lot of memorable shows with Genfærd playing live with Genfærd is different from other bands I've played in.

But the first show we played at Beta with Solbrud was the beginning of something extreme. So that of cause stand out for me.

Our show is ever evolving. We always strife for the best show, its extreme, fast and in your face.

We are a live band more than a album band.


J.:

For me my favorite show was the one we did in Pumpehuset in May 2018. That tightpacked audience going crazy and chanting us on was really something else, a rare sight in Denmark where most audiences can be a bit indifferent. Hopefully we'll get a new perspective once Covid dies down, and people discover what they've missed.


8.Recently 'Nebula Aeterna Productions' released your current album on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


J.:

I hooked them up after I saw they liked my other project, Ildskær, and asked if they would be interested in publishing Genfærd. Fortunately they were and we've had a good relationship.


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


T.:

Overwhelming good actually. People seems to like it.


J.: 

I agree. People seems to come for the artwork and stay for the music, which is only good.


10.What is going on with 'Sort Regn' these days?


T.:

At the moment nothing is happening. We still talk once in a while. But musically nothing.

We have talked about making a reunion sometime. But if its going to happen or when or where I do not know.


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


T.:

Faster, more raw, more black. We will stay in the past because that is what we like.

So if you do not like old school black metal the chances are your music is not for you.


J.:

Yeah, we are currently brewing on some really nasty sounding music, more unhinged and experimenting, yet still as hard hitting and cathartic as Blodhævn.


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?


T.:

Influences. Every sound can be a inspiration. The flow of the river, the wind... When the creative moment hits you, it can be inspired by anything.

I personally like the 90's wave of black metal so that is usually what I listen to.

But more recently I have listened a lot to Sinmara, Odraza, Funeral Mist and Svartidaudi.


J.:

I listen to a broad spectrum of music, from Jazz and funk to classical, ambient and neofolk, and of course, metal. Concerning Black metal, anything Polish, French or Icelandic from the last 5-10 years is sure to be on rotation here, and beyond those, I listen to a lot of Agalloch, Ulver, The Ruins of Beverast, Leviathan, Tchornobog and Slidhr


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


Both:

Stay tuned, we are already working on the next piece of music. 

Thanks for all the support! Thanks for helping us out with buying merch in this tough time.

Hopefully see you on the other side. 


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/genfaerd-interview.html


Dodenkrocht/The Dying All/Auric Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 23 octobre 2020 à 03:21

 


  Dodenkrocht  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Dying  All"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Auric  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes,  synths,  spoken  word  parts  and  programmed  beats  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  depressive  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  misanthropy  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dodenkroacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  depressive  black  and  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  Never  Spoke"  "The  Dying  All"  and  "For  His  Name  Was  Death".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/Spn0WAH6hq4      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/dodenkrochtthe-dying-allauric.html


Sarvekas Interview

vendredi 23 octobre 2020 à 02:03

 


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




We are a two-man Black Metal band from Southern Finland (Salo/Sauvo) formed in 2018. We met via a friend and J.L had some ideas ready, so he asked me if I want to play with him. I said yes really quickly after I heard what kind of black metal he had been composing and now it seems that we have a path to walk together in our lives.




2.In December you have an EP coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?




The style of black metal we play is melodic and epic, yet crushing and unforgiving. The songs are pretty straight-forward, but we wanted it to have an atmosphere that ranges from harsh, dark, and desolate feelings to moments of pure fury. I think we succeeded pretty well in this.




3.A lot of your lyrics cover Heathenry and Scandinavian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?




Overall we draw power and visions from ancient northern beliefs and nature. We are both very interested in these topics and our ancestors lived all around Scandinavia, so we feel that these tales and beliefs belong to us and is our heritage. The way our ancestors handled spirits, gods, and life itself is pure, beautiful, and still dark and thus it is venerable at least for us. 




4.Your lyrics also cover a 'devotion to the dark, can you tell us a little bit more about what this means to you?




Well, we also use satanic themes in our lyrics so on that behalf it’s kind of obvious. We’ve always been fascinated by the presence of darkness. The sinister mysteries that can be felt in the right state of mind and place. It is a universal power that can be used for healing or destroying. So we’ve devoted ourselves to do this art which evolves in the dark corners of our minds.




5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sarvekas'?




Sarvekas is Finnish and means the one with horns and to us the horned one. We do not see Satan as a personified being, but as a force that dwells in us, the primal beast, the destructive powers of nature, and also as a symbol of pureness and of course rebellion. 




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




The front cover has been painted by a Macedonian artist Kristina Pavleska and the rest of the covers were made by Babalon Graphics from Finland. We sent her the music and gave her basically freedom to paint what she wanted and how she experienced our music. As per her saying, while the painting was still in the making, she opted in for a minimalistic way in order to represent the ideology behind this project instead of doing the usual landscapes and forests seen in most cases. Taking a few key moments in the story as one can notice. A partial human form ending with an exposed ribcage representing punishment. Red representing fire and blood as a form of that never-ending cycle of rebirth and war while the scorched souls cry out in an apocalyptic vision surrounding the human figure. Ending with the sword representing the deity of Surtr, piercing through the spine.




7.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?




We came to the conclusion that we will remain as a duo since the compromises are easier that way. We both have our own jobs in this project and it has been clear since the beginning. I write the lyrics and play drums and J.L is composing the music. We still have a line-up ready for the gigs. So as soon as this pandemic is over, we will be able to storm the venues.




8.The EP is coming out on 'Soulseller Records', how did you get in contact with this label?




We sent a digital promo package including promo pics, bio, and one song to labels, and Soulseller Records was one of those who contacted us and in the end, it seemed the best label for us. We’re glad and thankful for this opportunity.




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




Well, the first single got a pretty good amount of views on Black Metal Promotion’s Youtube channel and the feedback was good. The next single will be released at the start of November so we’ll see what happens next.




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




All we can say is that we are currently forging new songs. It will be revealed once the time is right. On the future direction of our music, we will stay playing black metal that’s for sure.




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?




Well, Black Metal in general, since we’ve both been listening to it for 20 years. I listen to a lot of other styles of music than metal, but usually something melancholic or epic gives the inspiration to do this kind of music we make. Of course, the old classics of black metal still gives inspiration and the state of mind that I seek, so they are played regularly. To mention few black metal artists I’ve been listening to lately are: Paysage D’hiver,  Ifernach, Beketh Nexehmu, Whoredom Rife, and Devouring Star




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




The next single will be officially released on all digital platforms on the 4th of November, but there will be a premiere before that, so keep your eyes peeled on the apocalyptic crimson horizon. 


facebook.com/sarvekas


instagram.com/sarvekasofficial

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/sarvekas-interview.html


Soul Dissolution/Winter Contemplations/Viridian Flame Records/2020 EP Review

jeudi 22 octobre 2020 à 06:05

 


  Belgium's  Soul  Dissolution  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Winter  Contemplations"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Viridian  Flame  Records.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 


  Elements  of  post  rock  are  also  utilized  throughout  the  recording  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  both  of  the  tracks.  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  some  synths  also  being  introduced  on  the  second  song  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  also  being  used  towards  the  end  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  On  this  recording  Soul  Dissolution  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  snowy  landscapes,  raging  blizzards,  regret  and  purgatory  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soul  Dissolution  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Where  the  Clouds  Stand  Still".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/gzJihXD3kTI       


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/soul-dissolutionwinter.html