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Hellehond Interview

samedi 23 novembre 2019 à 22:36
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Bob- Hellehond formed in 2017 with the idea to play dark metal in the style of old Samael during their demo times. Burzum was an influence too.

2.You have an album coming out in December, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
Bob- Stylewise we are influenced by very early Samael, old Burzum and Hellhammer. As for the albumrecording, all was played live in the studio without any overdubs or editing. Just 1 guitar, bass and drums and that was it. The vocals were done later in a different studio. Devo from Marduk did the mix very fast and it was good already the first time so we left it just that way. It sounds exactly like we wanted it to sound.

3. A lot of the band members also have experience playing in death metal band, what was the decision behind going into a more black metal influenced direction with this band?
Bob- as for me, I always was a Black Metal fan when I was a teenager in the early 80's when bands such as Venom, Hellhammer and Bathory started out. Those are my fave bands ever as well so it is good to play that kind of obscure metal ourselves which we also did in the early Asphyx days. The other members in Hellehond were part of Dutch Black Metal Wederganger and the guitarist was in Infidel Reich.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Bob- the lyrics are in Dutch and deal with typical Dutch saga's,Folklore and myths which our surroundings are full of with.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hellehond'?
Bob- Hellehond was a Dog from Hell coming from this area centuries ago who came to eat a farmer's livestock and when that was not enough the farmers were cursed til eternity.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Bob- that is the Hellehond roaming the area leaving only death behind made by artist Rebecca Waek from Germany.
It is a real oilpainting especially made for us. She is a great artist and probably the best in the genre.

7.Some of the band members have a history that goes back as far as the early 90's, what is it that motivates you to continue playing extreme metal after 3 decades?
Bob- even mid 80's like myself when I found Asphyx in 1987...
I don't know but it is what I do and like doing most. It just pops into my mind to do something extreme and not following any trend or just go right against it.
It is who I am.

8.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?
Bob-not yet but we are open to the idea.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Bob- the album is not out yet but the people who have heard mostly it loved it and some thought it was too simple which was the idea anyway.
The people who liked it loved the songs and the fact the production is extremely raw and unpolished.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Bob- Stijn is also in Usurper(thrash from Holland) and Rectal Smegma(grind). The others only do Hellehond and as for myself I am also doing Infidel Reich, Beast Of Revelation and Siege of Power.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Bob- we will not change so it will be raw music with the 80's vibe to the end.

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?
Bob- Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer/Frost, Necrophagia, Sodom, Necrovore, Incubus(Fl), Carnivore and Messiah.
These are the bands I still listen to nowadays and amongst them are also old Metallica, old Slayer, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Type O Negative, Exciter, Black Sabbath, Trouble, Judas Priest, Infernäl Mäjesty, Mayhem and Winter.

13.Does Satanism or occultism play any role in the music?
Bob- occultism yes but Satanism not anymore since the early Asphyx days.

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

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Arvas Interview

samedi 23 novembre 2019 à 22:20
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

The recording started sometime late 2017 when I did guitars and bass, and as I didn’t have a band at the time I also had to do the drums and vocals. So everything on the album is just me doing my thing. After the recordings I started the lookout for musicians. I already had a bassplayer; Jarl. So I needed a drummer and a second guitarist, after some try outs I landed on Kristoffer on the drums and Roald on rhythm guitar. So the live band was complete. We rehearsed for a couple of months and did our first gig at 12 Bord in Kristiansand with Vanvidd late December 2018 (On this gig I had another guitarist named Kim). We then headed back to the rehearsal studio and rehearsed for the Equanimity Norwegian Tour that took place from September to October 2019. The album was delayed, the release was supposed to be out by September but was delayed but all good though. It was a ok tour and we had a blast together with Flukt, Uburen, Damnation and Istårn. Plans now is to basically just play as much live as possible and we are in the booking zone for 2020 so we will see what happens.

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

This one is a more listener (user) friendly album production vice, and the music itself is a bit away from previous releases. All the albums are pretty different to eachother for some reason. This one here has more intensity, song structures are pretty straight forward and quite simple and is written mainly with the focus of NOT creating another Black Metal album, however, when listening back to it now, I had to admit that there is some black metal elements in this one as well, old habits die hard..

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?

Lyrics are based around the concept of the occult, death, life and love(!)
I absolutely suck at writing lyrics, this is my weakest side, it was much easier to write lyrics for the Dødsfall albums. I somehow more enjoy to write lyrics for others than for myself. With music it is completely the opposite.
Regarding general songwriting I think I have become more aware of how the structures in the songs are supposed to turn out. I avoid these stereotype BM riff structures and try to incorporate thrash and death metal elements instead to make the intensity present.

4. Some of your earlier albums had more satanic, occult and anti Christian themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Yeah well, I was pretty much into all this when I was younger for various reasons, and the whole concept around these matters has somehow stuck with me since I was around 12 or 13 years old, and hasn’t let go.
It is not at all about Satanism vs Christianity (I have a foot in both philosophies) but more about a deeper personal interpretation of these philosophies combined.

All this is extremely personal and individual. Some people are into belonging in a sense, like the LaVeyans and the Crowley followers who may be members of a congregation, sect or simular, but to me it is about NOT belonging to anyone or anything.

No Love and little or no interaction with other people at all..
It is a commitment to the ‘I’. There is no rituals etc.. It is a ‘Me against the world’ kinda thing. It is a pretty lonely way of living but you get used to it and in the end it makes sence somehow.

There is ALOT of people who claim they live like this and practises this lifestyle, but ONLY behind the screen when they babble about on the internet and in social media on various Facebook Black Metal Groups and such…You know, ‘’the more evil and misantroph – the better’’ kind of kids.
 But in real life they submit to the masses and have tons of friends and participates in social activities, and have girlfriends/boyfriends etc on a regular basis..
There is at all nothing wrong with this, but do not pretend to be something you can never be, that’s all. Be true to yourself and your surroundings and the ones you are around, and of course yourself.

5. I have read that you do not really like your music being labeled as black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

It comes from that I don’t actually like black metal or what people define as black metal nowdays. I am more the old shool type so I am more into the South American style from medio 80’ to the beginning of 90’ style. Not the style that Norwegian bands made popular. There is of course some fine bands from Norway uptil 96 but after that I dropped out. I simply just stopped listening and follow the scene in general. Today’s black metal bands has fewer and fewer good acts, but of course there are exeptions. I don’t have time to follow up on what’s new etc.. there are way too many bands and projects and they all sound the same usually. But as I said, there are exeptions. And I do follow up and listen to bands where I know the members personally or bands I have been a part in before. I am more a thrash/death metal kind of guy.

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

Yes, it is done by a guy who calls himself ‘’All Things Rotten’’. He does artwork for alot of different extreme metal bands and artists, he also does paintings and posters etc..He contacted me and offered to do this one as he is a fan of Arvas and we have been in touch before. I explained what I wanted and he did some scetches and we landed on this that ended up as the artwork. There is no symbolic undertones in this, just a natural expression of fine art.

7. In the studio you work more as a solo project but have a different line up for shows, do you feel you are able to achieve what you want musically a lot more by yourself then you would with a full band?

All albums up til this one is done with a band line up more or less. Equanimity is the first one with only me as the performing musician.
When you do things solo you get what you want but there will always be something missing… I do compose all music and when you record this with a full band there will always be a fuller outcome because they have ideas I haven’t thought about which makes things somewhat better in many ways.
However… you never know what is the best solution. You just have to trust your instincts really. Equanimity was written for a full band participation but as I didn’t have musicians able at the time of recording I just did it myself, but the result came out great after all. I recorded everything in my own studio so I had time to mess around and try out alot of things all by myself without interferance from others so in those terms, I felt more confident as to wehter this could be something worth releasing.

The next album however will be recorded with the live band as we are per now.

8.Out of all the live shows you have done which one stands out the most?

Difficult to answer because everyone of them has a certain feel to them, they are all different to each other. I don’t remember them all either, and there are different members appearing here and there as well so I don’t really know. But out of the most recent ones,  I guess the one we did in Sandnes on the Norwegian tour 2019 with Flukt and Uburen really was a killer perfomance, and the reception from the audience was outstanding, the whole vibe was perfect.

And I have to pick one older perfomance as well from the Black Satanic Mysticism Tour in Germany 2016 where we did the Kings Of Black Metal Festival, that one was also one of these crazy cool gigs.

9. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We are in booking mode so there will be some concerts in 2020 for sure, first one is in Kristiansand February 21st, and maybe a small EU run etc.. bookers/promoters get in touch…

10.The new album was released on 'Satanic Art Media', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It is a divison of Allegro Talent Management. The boss is also a very good friend of mine and works as my manager as well. So we agreed on him releasing this one. He also did relase the long awaited Örth album that originally recorded back in 96. Anyways..

11. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black and extreme emtal?

I am not sure, but from what I have heard and read people seem to like it a lot, there is always people who don’t like it and that is absolutely ok. I first and foremost compose music for myself and if others likes it too, that is a great bonus. Honor your listeners!!!

12. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
I wouldn’t know, been doing this since mid eightees so you never know, anything can happen. I have hopes and all but I keep things close to heart.

13.  What are some of the bands or musical styles you are currently listening to nowadays?

I only listen to Hard Trance/Europop/EDM.
This genre is appealing to me and has been since the eightees more or less. Artists here are more newer acts, but some older as well such as Shach, Infinity, E-Type, Rollergirl, Solid Base, E-Rotic, LaCream and Da Buzz.

Newer acts would be; Broiler, Alan Walker, Rimini Project, Adelën, Kygo etc..

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

Thanx for taking time for this interview, and thanks to the readers, the fans for supporting and never giving up on Arvas. Also I would encourage you all to check out our youtube channel, our instagram and facebook. I do weekly entries on the youtube channel, where I talk about different topics, and I will have guests in on a later point, kinda like ‘’Coffee With Ola’’ (Ola Englund) only I will name it ‘’Beer with V-Rex’’ :D

Check it out.

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Ajera/Scorn Of Man/Depressive Illusions Records/Cult Tape Productions/2019 EP Review

samedi 23 novembre 2019 à 09:42

  Ajera  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Scorn  Of  Man"  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Depressive  Illusions  Records  and  Cult  Tape  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Norwegian  second  wave  tradition  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  synths.  Deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track. 

  Ajera  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  Nordic  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  letters  written  in  a  high  security  prison,  psychic  treatment  and  suicide  notes.

  In  my  opinion  Ajera  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evil  And  Decay"  and  "Scar".  8  out  of  10.    

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Benthik Zone/Omni Quantum Univers/2019 Double Album Review

samedi 23 novembre 2019 à 08:47

  Benthik  Zone  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  experimental,  progressive  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  2019  album  "Omni  Quantum  Univers"  which  is  almost  2  hours  and  is  also  has  a  movie  version  online.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  will  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Ambient  style  synths  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  clean  playing  also  adding  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  album  and  they  also  mix  the  experimental  and  heavy  parts.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  and  melodic  style.  The  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  melodic  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  on  a  few  songs.  A  few  tracks  also  introduces  didgeridoo's,  flutes  and  trumpets  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  also  has  it's  atmospheric  moments  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  being  programmed.

  You  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  ritualistic  elements  throughout  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  In  some  parts  of  the  music  the  vocals  also  utilize  more  of  a  depressive  tone  and  on  some  tracks  also  bring  in  an  angry  shouting  approach.

  The  songs  also  start  getting  more  avant  garde  sounding  as  the  recording  progresses,  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording,  acoustic  guitars  are  also  brought  into  the  music  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a song  that  is  starts  out  being  instrumental  for  a  few  minutes  before  adding  in  a  brief  use  of   ritualistic  canting  and  the  album  closes  with  an  ambient  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Quantum  Psychics,  Space,  Science  and  Extraterrestrial  Life  Form  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nethink  Zone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fio  treme  o  Electrao"  "Alga  abraca  a  Serpente"  "Planeta  orvbita  a  Estrella"  and  "Universo  tece  o  Flo".  8  out  of  10.

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Kloct/Years Of Silence/Ultra Mundum Nostri/2020 CD Review

vendredi 22 novembre 2019 à 11:03

  Kloct  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  very melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Years  Of  Silence"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Ultra  Mundum  Nostri.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  growls  also  being  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clear  vocals  also  being  used  briefly.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  Swedish  influences  in  the  beginning  got go  into  a  different  direction  as  the  album  progresses  as  well  as  the  musical  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments. When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  some  touches  of  post  black  metal.

   A later  track  also  adds  in  some  death  metal  style  riffing  and the  closing  songs  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  closing t he  album  with  an ambient  style  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  divided  into  3  different  chapters  rupture,  connection  and  renaissance. 

  In  my  opinion  Kloct  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Time  For  A  Change"  "Embracing  the  Elements"  and  "Watching  At The  Great  Forest".  8  out  of  10.

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