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Gyre Of Incandescents Interview

mercredi 28 mars 2018 à 18:56

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

V: Gyre of Incandescents is new black metal project from Finland and Canada. I started it because I wanted to make very raw, monotonous and ritualistic black metal. Mia joined me to sing female vocals and help with lyrics. I couldn't do it and I didn't want to do it with my other projects & bands, so I started Gyre of Incandescents (GoI). With this project I want to experiment with different playing, recording and songwriting techniques in order to create interesting and hypnotic soundscapes.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

V: Steady, repetitive and ritualistic. Before I wrote all these songs, I wanted to combine drone music and black metal by putting them together so it would have been drone with blast beats hah. Later I noticed that the idea was too extreme for me.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

V: Lyrics are about pictures in my head. Pictures and scenes with and without humans. I see music and sound as abstract pictures, shapes in my head and with lyrics I try to find a home for them. Most of the time the home is in nature. Forest, nature, loneliness.. They are all great topics if you think about it. Nature is the best place for rituals.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gyre Of Incandescents'?

V: It's the main shape and picture of the sound I want to achieve.

5.One member lives in Finland while another lives in Canada, what effect does this have on the musical style?

V: I think it doesn't matter. Normally I just show my ideas for clean vocals to Mia and she follows them but she is very talented singer and songwriter and I would be interested to hear her ideas too.


6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

V: I am extremely happy with our current line up.

7.On the album you had done a 'Akitsa' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

V: L'homme De Fer is very important song for me and it's beautiful. I think it fits perfectly with the rest of the songs in that album. Primitive, repetitive..

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

V: The feedback has been very positive. Our musical style is not for everyone. Even some people who are familiar with black metal can't understand it but still most of the feedback has been good.

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

V: Right now I think we are not going to change musically. More ambient, drone tracks will be heard in the future along with black metal. I will concentrate on production and mixing because there are so many ways to do things nowadays. I think the next album will be uglier when it comes to black metal but those smooth ambient tracks will give some contrast to it.

10.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?

V: I'm not going to tell any names. Lo-fi music, lo-fi black metal. Nowadays I'm listening lots of non black metal bands but they are still pretty lo fi and primitive. I just love the sound. You can never find that atmosphere from modern studio sound. 

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

V: It's interesting but I'd rather go to the forest and find the answers from there.

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

V: Some artists think that when they make lo-fi music, it doesn't matter how you record them and they pick the first mics they find and use whatever technique that first comes to mind  because "its lo-fi it doesn't matter". Yes it does. Lo-fi music is not supposed to sound bad. It's supposed to sound good because of the lo-fi sound. Good sound and good quality are different things. And thank you for your interest.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/gyre-of-incandescents-interview.html


Raven Throne/I Miortvym Snicca Zolak/Non Serviam Records/2018 CD Review

mercredi 28 mars 2018 à 05:11

  Raven  Throne  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "I  Miortvym  Snicca  Zolak"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Non  Servaim  Records.

  Wind,  rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  folk  music  feeling  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  into  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic,  modern  and  atmospheric  style.

 Most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  Raven  Throne  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  with  a  great  amount  of  folk  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  Slavic  poems  that  where  written  at  the  beginning  of  the  20th  century.

  In  my  opinion  Raven  Throne  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vietru"  and  "Vosien".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/raven-thronei-miortvym-snicca-zolaknon.html


Vahrzaw/Husk/Blood Harvest/2018 CD Review

mercredi 28 mars 2018 à 03:11

  Vahrzaw  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Husk"  which  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Blood  Harvest.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  being  used  at  times  and  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  an  old  school  death  metal  fashion  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks.

  Vahrzaw  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  the  previous release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vahrzaw  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fiends  In  The  Aether"  "The  King  In  Yellow"  and  "Husk".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/vahrzawhuskblood-harvest2018-cd-review.html


Avenge The Throne/The Burning Chariots In The Skies/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 27 mars 2018 à 05:53

  Avenge  The  Throne  are  a  band  from  Salinas,  California  that  plays  a  very  Scandinavian  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "The  Burning  Chariots  In  The  Skies".

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark,  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  blast  beats a re  also  used  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  sounds  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams.

  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  go  back  to  the  early  90's  symphonic  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  Nordic  influences.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  song  also  introduces  rain  and  thunder  sounds  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  one  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  a  couple  of  instrumentals  which  also  shows  some  elements  of  the  more  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  style.   

  Avenge  The  Throne  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  keyboard  orientated  style  of  Norwegian  black  metal  of t he  early  90's  (Emperor,  Mactatus, Tulus)  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  modern  atmospheric  style  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  scientific,  philosophical  and  religion  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Avenge  The  Throne  are  a  very  great  sounding  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Metamorphosis"  "The  Burning  Chariots  In  The  Sky"  and  "Volcano".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/avenge-thronethe-burning-chariots-in.html


Varmia/W ciele nie/Pagan Records/2018 CD Review

mardi 27 mars 2018 à 04:38

  Varmia  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  with  some  folk  music  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "W  ciele  nie"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Pagan  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  as  well  as  some  clean  pagan  vocals  being  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  folk  instruments  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording    and  when  growls  are  used  briefly  they  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  on  one  track the  drum  beats  bring  in  more  of  a  tribal  and  shamanistic  atmosphere.

  Varmia  creates  another  recording that  remains  true  to  the  folk  influenced  raw  style  of  pagan  black  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Slavic  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Varmia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "TAWE"  "Stygma  Ziemi"  and  "skvarc".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/varmiaw-ciele-niepagan-records2018-cd.html