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Wrapped In Pale Interview

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 20:24
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Wrapped In Pale is an atmospheric black metal band from Florida. We started in late 2014 and played some shows around Central Florida before stripping down to a one-man project in mid-2017.

2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
2. I think that the demo and the EP both have similar musical themes and ideas, but that the EP is a more fully realized version of the ideas presented in the demo. To me, the demo is simpler and more purely depressive, due to the vocal style. Because of a change of vocalists in between the two releases and some more complicated songwriting, the EP has more going on musically, and to me, is more interesting from a songwriting standpoint.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3. The themes that come up the most in Wrapped in Pale's lyrics are revenge and depression. The two intertwine a fair bit - revenge because of depression.

4.One of your tracks deals with the 'Kabbalah', do you have an interest in Occultism?

4. I definitely have an interest in occultism. That song uses the idea of an eternal, unseen mysticism dashing away the dregs of the human race, especially those have committed the worst kinds of atrocities.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wrapped In Pale'?
. The name Wrapped in Pale has kind of a two-fold meaning, both having to do with death. It refers to the fact that once people die, their blood often leaves their faces and they are left looking pale. It also has to do with the practice of wrapping bodies in funeral shrouds after death. So, one could think of it as being "wrapped in the paleness of death" both literally through the shroud and figuratively through the paleness one's body achieves shortly after death.

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

6. Wrapped in Pale has been a one-man project for a short while; however I have always been the one that has written all of the music. For this EP I did have friends working sort of as "session musicians" for drums and vocals, mostly due to the unexpected way that we were kind of forced into being a one-man project. Being a one-man project certainly has its benefits in that you don't have to wait for anyone else to get anything done, but I would always be open to working with other musicians, especially drummers. For now though, the core of Wrapped in Pale remains only me

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7. Actually, Depressive Illusions Records from Ukraine is doing a small release of the EP on tape and CD-R. We are currently working with them - they have been super cool and great to work with, and the tapes and CD-Rs they've made look great

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

8. I think that we are still a relatively unknown band, but even so I've received great feedback from all over the world. We've been shared and reviewed on sites from Europe to South America, so I am very happy with the reception that the record has gotten. This feedback from far away has been very important considering that we are not in a position to play live right now, so this is the only way that I know that people appreciate the music.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. I'd like to continue along the musical direction that Wrapped in Pale has been heading in. I think that we can keep our atmospheric sound while also adding interesting parts that one might not expect in a black metal band. I have songs written that I believe explore these ideas - I just have to find a drummer to play them with.

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?
10. The bands that have had the most influence on Wrapped in Pale are definitely Ukrainian bands like Hate Forest, Drudkh, and Astrofaes. Those bands changed my entire perspective on black metal when I first heard them years ago. I don't think that anything can top that Ukrainian style of black metal. Besides them, DSBM bands like Totalselfhatred and Make a Change... Kill Yourself have also had a huge influence on Wrapped in Pale. Lately, I have been listening to a lot of Black Twilight Circle bands like Kallathon, Volahn, and Blue Hummingbird on the Left. I think that those bands are doing great things with black metal right now. Outside of black metal, I've also been listening to a lot of Combat Wounded Veteran, and have been on a Godflesh kick as well. Always one of my favorite bands.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

11. Outside of music, I am extremely interested in history, literature, and poetry. I spend most of my time reading books, and was a student of history at university. There are a couple of my published poems floating around out there as well. I'm also very into video games.

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

12. I'd just like to thank you for expressing interest in the record and doing this interview. I'd also like to thank Depressive Illusions Records for working with me and doing tapes and CD-Rs of the EP.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/wrapped-in-pale-interview.html


The Wakedead Gathering/Ecferus/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 Split CD Review

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 20:09

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Ohio's  The  Wakedead  Gathering  and  Indiana's  Ecferus  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  The  Wakedead  Gathering  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  sounding  doom  metal  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  along  with  the  songs  being  11  minutes in  length,  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  grim  black metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is   another  great  sounding  track  from  The  Wakedead  Gathering  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom/death  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Ecferus  a  solo project  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays more  of  a  raw  form of  black  metal  on  this  recording.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with a  very  raw  sound  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  sounds  of  battle  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a   very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  in  the  background,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  evolutionary  anthropology,  mythology  and  science  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ecferus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Author  of  Destruction".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  doom/death  and  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.
   

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-wakedead-gatheringecferusi.html


Dreamshift Interview

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 18:55
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1) Hi there! Dreamshift is a Black Metal Project that arose in my homestudio in Bavaria, Germany. I started it in April/May this year and wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered the first album „Seconds“ within 2 Month. It’s a very experimental project and I’m trying to combine many different influences.

2.You have an album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2) It’s not this common black metal thing because there is much Dur-chords going on guitarwise. So, many friendly melodies are mixed up with hard blast beats and sorrowful screamed vocals. There are some aggressiv parts too of curse, otherwise it wouldn’t be black metal at all. I‘m trying to build up big atmospheric ambiences through much reverb and delay on the lead guitars. And I hope it kind of worked out!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3) Thematically I tried to cover topics like the problems of getting older and not being able to fit this society, social criticism and some pretty personal themes. All in all it was all inspired by everyday life and my thoughts about it. What will be left when I‘m dead is the topic of the song „Remember“, the problem of always moving in a constant circle and not being able to go further is the topic of „Cricles“ and „Just Like Rain“ is about not wanting to be a party of this robotic life we live in sometimes just to show you some examples. I try to give the listener some space for own interpretation.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dreamshift'?
4) I came up with the name right after recording „Seconds“. It covered up the main topic of the album pretty good because many of the lyrics are written in the perspective human being that’s dreaming and some are like normal thoughts. So it’s a combination and sometimes you can’t decide what’s real and what’s not. So here you go. Sounds weird. It is.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
5) I prefer to work solo I guess, so I can just do what ever I want. No one complains, no one wants to change something. And it’s a pretty cool feeling to finish an album you did all the way on your self. The only thing I would like to do is working together with a producer, so I could have some experiences from someone else helping me for the recording and mixing itself. That would be awesome. But it’s pretty expensive...

6.The album is coming out on 'STF Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

6) STF is a label from Thüringen in Germany and it’s pretty close by where I live. We had a meeting and it was great, so I decided to work together with them. They aren’t a label that does provide metal only. And I think I am one of their most „underground genre“ client. But so far it’s pretty cool! They have a great Studio as well! Gary, the owner, is a great guy and a great musician! They all have so much experience in terms of music.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and post metal?
7) So far I only had great feedback and even better reviews for the album. Everything works out way better then I thought! People are messaging me on Facebook just to tell me how great my music is and that’s a huge honor! I‘m really glad people like it.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
8) Yeah for sure! I’ve played drums in many deathcore- and deathmetalbands. I left those because of the lack of time I’m having. At this moment I have my second one man project running called „Nemus“ which sticks to a way more traditional style of atmospheric black metal. And as well I‘m starting a black metal project with some friends of mine in Bamberg in which I play guitar and sing. So always busy!

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
9) Music is my biggest love but always will stay a hobby I guess. I love black metal. And I don’t want to do more commercial music, so I won’t be able to live from it. But that’s ok! I have a normal daytime job and use all the time that is left to make music. For me I think that’s the best way to do it. But for sure there will be many many more albums I will record or be involved in!

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?
10) I listen to every genre. Wait, no Volksmusic. I don’t really like that shit.
I like to listen to every style of metal, but most of the time Black Metal. I like techno, deephouse, EDM, classic music, some jazz and funk, indie, alternative and of curse German Battlerap, that stuff is just hilarious! But at least 70% of the music that comes out of my speakers is Black Metal.
For my own music for Dreamshift especially I’ve even been influenced by Minimal Techno a little bit! There are these long lasting guitarparts and some Synthesizers that really remind of minimal leads. Some classic influences, as you can hear on the piano based speech called „everything“. By the way the piano which I recorded was the one in my wintergarden. It is totally out of tune. I learned playing on this thing 17 years ago. But I think it has a cool vibe going on!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11) I love to cook. Good food and health is important to me. I do some Fitnessstuff and hit the gym at least 4 times a week. I like to travel and to get god damn wasted in clubs, bars and on festivals. Could not live without that!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12) I would like to thank you for the questions of curse! And to those guys spending some time to read this: thanks for your time, I hope it wasn’t wasted, support your underground and your local scene! It depends on you if there will be more great music or not!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/dreamshift-interview.html


Bloodway/A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 06:13

  Romania's  Bloodway  have  returned  with  a new  recording  that  is  more  in  a  progressive  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  "A  Fragile  Riddle  Crypting  Clues"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

   Avant  garde  elements  and  clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  briefly  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are   mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  singing  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount of  melody  and  progressive  elements  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in   length,  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  psychedelic  influences  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto the  closing  track.

  Bloodway creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  progressive  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics are  a  concept  album  and  cover  disenchantment  and  melancholy  with  a  philosophical  touch.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Bloodway  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Startling  Grotesque"  "Prison  Paradise"  and  "A  Fragile  Riddle  Crypting  Clues".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/bloodwaya-fragile-riddle-crypting.html


Inconcessus Lux Lucis/The Crowning Quietus/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 05:15


  United  Kingdom's  Inconcessus  Lux  Lucis  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  occult  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Crowning  Quietus"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams,  tortured  and  drum  beats  starts  off  the  album  as well  as  adding  in  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  both  chaotic  and  melodic  at  the  same  time.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffing  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  melody,  talent  and  skill  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  traditional  metal  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  a  black'n'roll  vibe,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Inconcessus  Lux  Lucis  remains  true  to  the  occult  style  of  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  more  traditional  metal  influences  and  catchy  riffs,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Saturnian  Black  Magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Inconcessus  Lux  Lucis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Armour  Rides  Upon  Midnight"  and  "Fever  Upon  The  Firmament".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/inconcessus-lux-lucisthe-crowning.html