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Dratna Interview

samedi 20 avril 2019 à 22:52
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?



Since An Cath (The Battle) has been released I have actually been doing a lot of promotional work and basically replying to emails etc. I have also started into writing the first Full Dratna album. The first 3 Dratna EP’s are all about Dratna finding its feet, I think its taken the EP’s for Dratna to find its musical direction, but all done in a small amount of time, Dratna has only been active for 13 months.



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



This time round my writing has become more atmospheric, I think the song ‘Shadow of the Mountain’ is the best song I have written to date.  The music feels more mature and I have started to develop my own sound.



The first EP ‘Clíodhna’ was very much a trial and error EP. Before the release of ‘Clíodhna’ I hadn’t played the guitar in about 15 years (you can really tell).  So the songs feel a little less developed. The sound is very raw and there are a lot of things I would do differently If I was to record that EP again.



Altar is a much more refined EP with much heavier drums and riffs. The production also went up a notch too, taking away the rawness and adding more Keys.



I wanted the new EP to land somewhere in the middle production wise, but a little more rawness added. Song-wise it follows a much less predictive pattern and has more of a flow. The Keys also seem to integrate with the music in a more melodic way. I like the direction the sound is taking me.





3.During the last couple of years you have put out 3 releases, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?



Actually no, when it comes to writing I write quite quickly, I run my own business so I have to make time to record. When it comes to recording I ‘blast it out’ If something sounds good I record it and build from there. It becomes a bit obsessive a at times and I have to get it finished rather than sit-in on it for months at a time.



With the other EPs ‘Clíodhna & Altar’ I stopped writing after  their release. Since ‘An Cath (The Battle)’  has been released I have continued to play and write so I think there is a change a happening, possibly due to the fact that an album will require much more work than an EP, strike while the iron is hot sorta thing.



4.A lot of your lyrics deal with Irish Paganism and Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?



This was purely down to me wanting to learn more about my Irish history. It’s like the way the Norwegian Black Metal scene was inspired by anti christian views and their old gods, paganism. So I wanted to explore my own religious and historical connections. Ireland is very similar to the Scandinavian regions in that Christianity wiped out those beliefs. So it’s great to learn about your own culture and keep it alive.



5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have also explored so far with your music?



‘Altar’ basically explored the division and hurt that organised religion has caused in Ireland, with its scandals and abuse. It has done real damage in Ireland and is suffering due to its poor reputation. It was just a topic I had to get off my chest.



‘An Cath (The Battle)’ is about Nature & man. Where I live in Ireland I am surrounded by mountains, forests, the sea and lots of green land. It’s really an inspiring place to live. Who doesn’t like walking in a forest and being close to nature? Black Metal and forests just go together. When I’m stuck on a song/riff I walk in the forest and it helps unjam the blockage.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Dratna'?



Dratna is my name in ‘Ogham’ an old medieval Irish language.



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



The main photo is taken from the forest close to where I live. The sheep on the front is a visual representation of the EP theme (man & nature) the Sheep staring down the man. The logo is the Ogham spelling of Dratna.



8.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?



I’m always open to working with other people, however I spend most of my time running my own business, so when I get time to record its easier if I’m not relying on anyone, I record from my home office, its super efficient. Solo just suits me at this point in my life.



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



I had received a bit of interest after I released the first EP ‘Clíodhna’. But nothing concrete. So no I’m not really looking anymore, if there’s a label out there I’m sure our paths will cross, It would be really helpful if someone else was to take care of distribution etc that part takes up a lot of time. It’s like running another business in itself.



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



I get messages and people buying my music from all over the world, the fanbase isn’t huge but its growing and that’s cool. Within the black metal community some people really dig what I do and others don’t. Thats the nature of the beast, you can’t please everyone and I don’t try to either. I do this for me, if other people like it that’s awesome. If it makes someone bang their head even better. I get a lot of messages of respect from other musicians in bands, they seem to understand the difficulty of one man band projects even if the music is not to their taste.





11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?



Within the year I would expect to see a full length and I’m just going to keep writing and recording. This project has already went much further than I ever expected. I think in the future I would like to collaborate with some of the other Irish bands, that would be cool.



12.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?



This year I have been heavily influenced by bands like: (black metal) Gehenna, Sargeist, Agalloch, Havukruunu, Craft , Sojourner.  Non-Black metal The Eagles, Tom Petty, Ghost (controversial) , ZZ Top, The Cure, Men at Work oh and an Icelandic alternative/pop-band  Retro Stefson.  I listen to everything, there’s a music for every ill. I’m not afraid to say I listen to non Black metal bands, give me an 80’s pop band any day of the week! I’m a sucker for nostalgia.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?



Walking my dog through the forest, and I love classic 80 & 90’s cars.



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



Yes these words form Fenriz have stuck with me since the beginning of Dratna.

Describing Black metal as “Individualism above all”. Dratna is individualism - Its not about being the blackest of black metal bands or the most extreme(its all been done already), its just just about the music and enjoying creating it.



Cheers 



Dratna



Dratna

Bandcamp: https://dratna.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dratnaband/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLuXjbu0XjXFqFkSICExWpA
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EGtaS7RlMSCoY6GdZcaKj

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/dratna-interview.html


Panzerfaust/The Suns Of Perdition I: War, Horrid War/Eisenwald/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 20 avril 2019 à 22:27

  Panzerfaust  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  dissonant  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Suns  Of  Perdition  I:  War,  Horrid  War"  which  will  be released  in  June  by  Eisenwald.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dissonant  sounding  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dissonant  and  technical  style.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  war  samples  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  examines  the  malign  episodes  of  the  last  century,  shining  a  light  on  difficult  subject  matter  using  a  begrimed  philosophical  lens  along  with  some  inspiration  from  George  Orwell.

  In  my  opinion  Panzerfaust  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stalingrad,  Massengrab"  and  "The  Men  Of  No  Men's  Land".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WWYYnnIE5M      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/panzerfaustthe-suns-of-perdition-i-war.html


Eternal Darkness/Blasphemies Of The Ancient Darkness/2010 EP Review

samedi 20 avril 2019 à 21:24

  Eternal  Darkness  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2010  ep  "Blasphemies  Of  The  Ancient  Darkness".

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  with  bells  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  small  amount  of  synths,  rain  and  thunder  sounds  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking   can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks, at  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  sounding  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  Spanish  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eternal  Darkness  are  a  very  great  sounding  blasphemous  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Age  of  Darkness" and  "Day  Of  Purification".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/nDGXzM3eMUs

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/eternal-darknessblasphemies-of-ancient.html


Det Eviga Leendet/Lenience/Armor Fati Productions/2019 CD Re-Issue Review

samedi 20 avril 2019 à 20:30

  Det  Eviga  Leendet  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  harsh  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album "Lenience"  which  will  be  re-issued in  May  of  2019  by  Armor  Fati  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  synths  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  music  more  diversity  and  at  times  you  can  hear  some  of  the  more  North  American  black  metal  style  in  their  sound.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Det  Eviga  Leendet  are  a  very  great  sounding  harsh  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ingest"  and  "Lenience".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/detevigaleendet   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/det-eviga-leendetleniencearmor-fati.html


Itnuveth/Cult Of Self Destruction/Black Viking Alliance/Nihil Verum Nisi Mors/Base Record Production/Double Split CD Review

samedi 20 avril 2019 à 06:40

  This  is  a  review  of  a  double  split  album  between  Spain's  Itnuveth  and  Cult  of  Self  Destruction  called  "Black  Viking  Alliance/Nihil  Verum  Nisi  Mors"  which  was  released  by  Base Record  Production  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Itnuveth  who  return  with  their  viking  and  pagan  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the split  starts out  with  some  epic  sounding  synths which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  vocals  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Viking  battle  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  deep  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length. The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology,  Warriors,  Battles  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Itnuveth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  viking  and  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Exile"  and  "On  The  Edge  of  Morning'.

  Next  up  is  Cult  Of  Self  Destruction  who  return  with  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  sounding  intro  while  spoken  word  samples can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  Deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  at  times  as  well  as  some  clean  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly.

  Blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  briefly  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  but  keeping  the  main  focus  on  more  of  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  throughout  most  of  the  tracks,  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  dealing  with  pestilence,  death  and  plagues. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  From  Cult  Of  Self  Destruction  which  shows  the  music  moving  away  from  a  more  raw  style of  black  metal  and  going  into  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Danse  Macabre  (The  Plague)"  and  "Memento  Mori  (The  Death)".

  In  conclussion  i  feel t his  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  pagan,  viking,  black  and  blackened  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/itnuvethcult-of-self-destructionblack.html