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Onirica Interview

mardi 13 juillet 2021 à 06:29

 

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!

https://onirica.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/onirica-interview.html


Lucifer's Dungeon/Rebirth Of Madness/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 13 juillet 2021 à 04:43

 


  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.


https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kLvNjqlAZPlBSUaMxKoLYzQV4b9W-NIlA        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/lucifers-dungeonrebirth-of-madness2021.html


Lamashtus/Insentient-Ascendancy/Heretical Records/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 13 juillet 2021 à 03:38

 


  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.


https://lamashtus.bandcamp.com/album/insentient-ascendancy    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/lamashtusinsentient-ascendancyheretical.html


Vassago Interview

mardi 13 juillet 2021 à 02:15

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


We started to write new material in December 2019 and recorded the album in five days in May 2020. . Micke picked up the drums again! Then, three days of mixing in August 2020. Early 2021 we made a video to one of the songs (link: https://vimeo.com/user9150628/review/550352289/16c3febf13 ). 


We had some jamming sessions with Lord Belial during this time because we all felt that we were far from finished with our work.



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

I wanted it to be ultra-fast; that is why we hired an external drummer - the songs are written entirely differently, so we had to adjust to the new situation and adapt the material to the drumming that could be made at that time. However, as things turned out, I am quite pleased! We wanted a straightforward and raw feeling, no “BS,” still well produced.



3.Every song on the new album has Satan in the title, how would you describe your views on Satanism?


It was the working material that was accidentally spread, on the final album the songs are not titled like that. (See enclosed pdf:)




I have never aspired to end up in “the hall of fame” or “with a star on a sidewalk with my name, no statue in my home town” - I just want to live my life the way I want, without any interference from world leaders, dictators, politicians, politics, religion, restrictions, laws, religious dogma, etc - all the things that wish to Grind me down or diminish me. EVERYTHING went through “god” and the church here in Sweden (and Europe) in the dark ages. To maintain some sort of constructive thinking, people who had free will were forced into the underground and started “secret cults” to research science and not trust god. These cults were, of course, seen as a threat by the church and were labeled as “evil” and “anti-god”-heresy because they challenged the churches’ power. Before christianity, we had a different culture, a more natural view of things. I have researched a lot in my days, about the Asa-gods, the Celtic tribes, and the roman empire. Historically, political leaders have always tried to subjugate the masses in different ways - and the roman invasion of Britain and the systematic genocide of the Celts, etc, then, in turn, the British Empire and the genocide of the Irish original inhabitants, the colonialization of every part of the world and so on could be compared to the christening of Sweden. When christianity entered our culture and our way of life, our way of thinking was stupendously diminished. My DNA is a little bit different than about 99% of the world’s population (I am very much a minority!) and in my teens, I as well as any other teen was searching for who I am. I guess something in my DNA is calling out to me! And yes, I devote myself to “the dark teachings” that every religion is so very much afraid of - and I indulge myself in free-thinking, and I revel in all different cultures from all time here on earth and beyond. E.g., Sumerian culture interests me very much. I stayed one month in a Shinto temple on the island of Miyajima in Japan, trying to understand why Buddhism banned that religion. I have seen king Salomo’s bronze coffin with the 72 seals, the Gates of Ishtar, Forum Romanum; I have researched the henges of stone along the coast from Spain, France, Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Norway, and so on. Zoroastrianism intrigues me; what was printed in all those burned scriptures? Kabbalah, the Sephiroth. Nibiru, the elliptical orbit and the collision of planets, Marduk, etc. Zecharia Sitchin presents some ideas, but then there is the concept of pareidolia… I guess I am a rationalist á la Descartes with a zetetic rebellious mind, and also a bit of a romantic. I am very driven to find out everything that was destroyed by opposing forces in different cultures throughout the world, but since I am a slave to the society we live in, I am forced to work every day - slave to the “daily grind.” I believe that there are forces beyond human understanding and I am devoted to certain aspects of those powers.

Could we please have a STORM OF SATAN on the world, zero everything out!


4.Your older lyrics had more diversity while still being very satanic, dark and violent, are you planning on getting more diverse lyrically again on future releases?


We tried to regain that feel we had from rehearsing after school back in 1987 when we started out - no finesse, just pure and direct from the core. The next album will be quite the opposite!



5.The band split up in 2003, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?


Black Metal became sort of mainstream, and when we were on tour in 2009-2010, we could see all sorts of bands trying to be more brutal and sound more extreme than everything else - just for the sake of it, not because they wanted to, it was like a competition, and I am not trying to win any competition, I just want to live my life the way I want and not be pigeonholed by a group of people that expect me to live my life the way they want it to be. I guess I “rebelled” away from the scene because of that.


6.Before you broke up you where working on an album called 'Spinecrusher', where any of those songs re-done for the current album?

Oh! I am impressed that you have heard about that! No, I trashed all that material. We made a continuation of the “When Kevin Grew Hair In the Palm of His Right Hand,” but we trashed that as well.



7.I know that the band was named after a Goetic demon, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Goetia, Demonology, Occult and Left hand Path traditions?


Unless I did not clarify in Q#3, I pursue all aspects of everything that all religions nowadays have tried to bury in the past. Coming across the material dealing with what you ask for is explicitly rather expensive and challenging, making it even more worth pursuing. The grimoire occulta: to truly understand all aspects of it as a novice is like trying to comprehend all letters of the Chinese alphabet while only understanding the roman alphabet. Meaning, there is a threshold that you need to climb and why reinvent the wheel when there are people that have tried before - so you read their research, and who inspired them, and so forth. Then, we all need food on the table, and researching is quite time-consuming + I have had to get three different degrees at university level, which means that I have had other topics to study for about 17 years of my life. This fact has made the process slow down, and I am quite far away from (the sun lol) grasping all aspects of the “teachings of the magi.” 



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


A Storm Of Satan is what we need! Rid the world of all ingrained dogma. In the end, the key might be to destroy everything and everyone. We wanted a picture that shows that - dead humans and ruins, total destruction of the mastery of the human psyche (the ruins of a church).


9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance? We have never performed live, much because of the fact that the guidelines for a gig dictate locked doors, showers of blood, mace, and napalm.



10.When the band split up in 2003 the black metal scene was very different than what it is now, how do you feel 'Vassago' fits in 2021?


I think that music-wise, we stand out - we mix raw, simple brutality with extremely advanced leads and harmonies!



11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal? No negative response!



12.What is going on with other main band 'Lord Belial' these days?


I am actually on leave from work to record a new album right now! We will enter Sonic Train Studios with Andy La Roque on Wednesday this week (today is Monday 12/7 2021). We have ten new tracks. (The initialism of the titles to the ten tracks will spell “LORD BELIAL”.)



13.The new album is going to be released on 'Nuclear War Now! Productions', how would you compare working with this label to other labels that you have been a part of in the past?


In the past, there has always been a personal exchange between the bands and the CEOs of the companies (as it is with LB and HH right now as well). It is quite different. I have never met Yosuke in person, and his correspondence is always just business, so I do not know him at all. Even though I like that he respects my privacy, I would like to drink fifteen beers or so with him and find out who he really is.


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


The next album will be more dynamic and nuanced, + the lyrics will not be at all as straightforward.



15.What are some of the bands or musical styles that the band members are listening to nowadays?


It depends on who you ask, me personally? I sing in a choir as well, so I listen to baroque music for that part. For a long drive? Bathory!!! Exodus! (Gary Holt FTW!) Eddie Meduza! Old Black metal + death metal (Cannibal Corpse mostly).  Micke listens to everything that is extreme metal, only. Thomas listens to everything, mostly Black Metal and death metal, and a lot of classical music; he is a highly talented guitar player.



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


Thank you very much for this interview! Your review was very fact-based; I like that unorthodox touch of leaving out euphemisms, metaphors, exclamations, and emotions.


Skål!



http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/storm-of-satan


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/vassago-interview.html


Bicephalic/Nihilistic Dreams Of An Empty Forest/Analog Ragnorok/2020 EP Review

lundi 12 juillet 2021 à 02:22

 


  Bicephalic  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Dreams  Of  An  Empty  Forest"  which  was  released  by  Analog  Ragnarok.


  A  very  dark  yet  distorted  sounding  intro  starts  off  the ep  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  are  also  heavily  rooted  in  the mid  90's  to  early  2000's  era  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffs  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  Bicephalic  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  misanthropic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Horror,  Necromancy,  Anti  Christianity,  Nihilism  and  Misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Bicephalic  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Candlelight  In  The  Cavern"  and  "Shadow  Dimension".  8  out  of  10.


https://open.spotify.com/artist/5EWzBvmhkv0VoSBkDIE98R?si=dBeyckSzTg29NZNoj8d-4g&utm_source=copy-link&dl_branch=1    


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/bicephalicnihilistic-dreams-of-empty.html