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Kolossus Interview

mardi 12 mai 2020 à 07:30
 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
   Hi!First of all,thank you very much for your interest and to give me possibility to talk about Kolossvs.
   The project was born in 2014 with the attempt to put once and for all my innumerable ideas.
   It was a bit long “Journey”,because i needed to find the right balance to create all.

2.So far you have released one split and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?
   Yes!The split was something special with another onemanband, ManoN (Albrecht for me is a brother),i'm very proud of this Ep!For Kolossvs ”The Line of the Border” is a natural music evolution, but with a real   drummer and a professional production.

3.Some of your lyrics cover pagan themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
    The lyrics were written by Albrecht except “Journey” by me and a norwegian part in “Norge” by Vicotnik (Dodheimsgard). I'm really involved into historical Vikings traditions when i was a teenager, especially after  multiple listening's of my favorite bands (Enslaved in primis).

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the music so far?
    The lyrics talk about Viking divinities, Nature, Hate and religious conflicts. This is the perfect team for “The  Line of the Border” (ahahahah)

5.From 1998 to 2005 your where also involved with an industrial black metal solo project but where absent from recording music for a few years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during  that time frame?
     Yes,in that time i played and recorded some songs (5 or 6 i think) of industrial black metal fot T-132 (the name of the project). After that for a few years i've done nothing more, til 2014.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kolossus?
    Many might think to “strange” meaning, but it's very simple! My surname is Colosi, so the next step was   short. A surname black metal transformation!

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
    The album cover represents an iceberg that divides sea and sky, both black. That glacial monolith represents   Kolossvs, The line of the Border.

8.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
    Kolossvs is a personal project which collaborates every album only with a session drummer and might a special guest. The only possibility is for eventually live exhibition, because i can't play all myself (ahahah).

9.In 2018 you where a part of a split with 'Manon' what are your thoughts on the other solo project that had participated on the recording?
    As said before,ManoN is a project of my brother Albrecht. He has just finished his 2nd full album, a personal homage to the traditional Black Metal. I hope he will find very soon a label because it's a killer album!

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of viking and pagan black metal?
    I've received some reviews from various webzine and all have been very good. Hope the name Kolossvs go around on the black viking metal world and after we'll see what happens!

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
    I see myself anywhere! I'll be waiting eventually for other feedback's to this album and I’ll work on the 2nd (a norwegian session drummer is recording his parts on these days).

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?
    I think that Enslaved and Taake had a great influence for Kolossvs, but also the all the Norwegian black metal movement of middle 90ies. Almost of the last album that i really like are from Djevel, Mork, Kampfar, Sinmara, Sunhopfer and Mispyrming.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words  or thoughts? 
    Thank you again  for this interview,see you in the Line of the Border!


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Grave Circles Interview

lundi 11 mai 2020 à 20:36

 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? In the beginning of the year we prepared for scheduled live shows, but all festivals were cancelled due to the quarantine. We are currently working on the 7’’ EP “The Burning Chariots” which consists of two new songs and a cover song of Katharsis (Ger.). After that, our second full length containing 9 rearranged songs from Tome I and pre Tome I era will be released. It is shaping up to be a more simplistic album with raw production much more reminiscent of the classic black metal sound. There will however be acoustic guitar parts and brass instruments. The work wouldn’t be complete without a bit of experimentation. In general, it will be recognizable Grave Circles stuff but at the same time a bit different. 

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from your previous ep? Tome I and Tome II are factually one album. The tracks Thy Light Returneth and Predominance were actually written before Tome I. The plan was to include them and When Birthgivers Recognize the Atrocity with the three tracks that ended up on the Tome I EP and release a full length consisting of 6 tracks. We simply did not have the funding to pay for the studio and the recording of drums. We recorded three songs because that is all we could afford at the time. This came out as our Tome I EP. So nothing changed i think. 

 3.How would you describe your progress as songwriters from the first ep to the newer album? Everything with the exception of “Unspoken Curse” which is by our new guitarist Exile was written by myself and Virus during the same period of time. Even the upcoming EP and second full length will feature some old and unreleased songs. While I have something to say we will continue to create music. On the other hand if I do not, Grave Circles will end. Everything is done intuitively and often small fragments come together and form a cohesive whole in a day. On the other hand there are months where nothing new is created. 

 4.On the ep you also covered some satanic and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those subjects? I am interested in the individual and cultural knowledge of the divine. I am fascinated by the relationship of “God” and followers. I neither accept blind worship nor liberal satanism which begins and ends with self abasement to supposedly put one self in opposition to the world. In modern times many so called cargo-cults have emerged and many black metal bands are at least somewhat involved in these movements. When these fledgling occult groups which are a mish-mash of “men, horses and chariots” so to speak are created bereft of tradition and organic historic development it is simply syncretism. * For example the worship of Pan God, Baphomet or Anti-cosmic movement. An example of anti-syncretism may be something like a solar cult which is found in many ancient cultures, or more traditional heathenism where the forefathers believing in the principles of dualism of light and darkness tried their best to appease both sides. *I am talking about “cherry picking” and mixing of the elements of different philosophies and religions. 

 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grave Circles'? The name was inspired by the song Circle of the Graves by Asymmetry so there is no secret there. We wanted to avoid something pathetic, pretentious or overly loud which is what many go for. We came up with a simple name and stuck with it. Kind of like many Death and Thrash metal bands in the late 80s and early 90s. 

6.On the new album cover you can see some Gnostic, Esoteric and Alchemy themes in the artwork can you tell us a little bit more about adding these concepts onto the album artwork? Light and darkness. Man and woman. Good and evil. The piece depicts the ever present principle of dualism. The two opposites form a whole and one flows from the other. The one gives significance/faith to the other (key). See The Delivery of the Keys, or Christ Giving the Keys to St. Peter a fresco by the Italian Renaissance painter Pietro Perugino. There are also undertones of violence, imposing of one's will/belief system on another. The hands that are transferring the key are covered in symbols: the sign of mercury - reference to the gnostics, whip - reference to the Khlysts (an underground sect which splist from the Russian Orthodox Church in the early 17th century), Ouroboros (an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail), the grail and the all seeing eye. 

 7.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 performed live only once simply due to the fact that live shows were not initially our goal. I think our best performances in top form are still in the future.

 8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal? The reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, at least from what I have heard so far. Of course it would be great to hear more constructive feedback and opinions regarding every song as well as our lyrics. Perhaps that will happen when the physical releases come out. Nowadays it is the norm to consume tons of new music on streaming services so people don't pay attention to every release. 

 9.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? Our live bassist KGD and myself are the only members of the band who participate in other projects besides Grave Circles. KGD has a really promising death metal project called Temple of Torment. Their new release will drop soon. He is also a member of a fairly well known Ukrainian project - Kroda. I am preparing for recording the drums for two french projects. Unfortunately I can’t elaborate on that. 

 10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? It is hard to say. As of now all of our efforts are directed towards the upcoming EP and full length. 

 11.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? Mainly my inspiration comes from Sol (Denmark) and Circle of Ouroborus (Finland). As of the black metal in my playlist? Currently it is Black CIlice, Moondblood, Arkha sva, Clandestine Blaze, Ascension. There are also post punk bands I enjoy as well.  

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Modern black metal is going down the drains and straight to hell, and not in a good way. So called “black metal models”, transvestites, black metal boy bands, constant apologizing and disavowals coming from certain artists. Sometimes it seems that the black fire has morphed into some kind of hellish corporation kind of like Netflix where all the participants are suffering from severe mental derangement in a psychotic attempt to please the modern liberal world.


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Heruka Interview

lundi 11 mai 2020 à 10:11

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Because of the Covid19 and the difficult moment that followed the gigs that were scheduled have been cancelled so we're spending this time writing new material for future releases.

2.You have a new album coming out in June, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
We think that "No sun dared pass our windows" is an album that shows an improved version of the band, a better way to  write songs compared to the previous two, a more personal sound which comes from our dark and deranged musical background, but always with a great amount of melody.

3.You refer to your music as being 'oniric black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Well, what we mean is that with our music we try to plunge the listener in unreal and ethereal atmospheres, not only with the melodic parts or the mid tempo sections which may seem a better choice to achieve that intention but also with the use of very violent and fast music in order to sweep away reality.

4.Your earlier music had more symphonic elements while your newer music is more aggressive, what was the decision behind going into the musical direction?
It was more of a natural progression than a real decision, we never think in advance about how an album will sound like, generally we write some material and choose the songs or the parts that we like and we try to build a number of songs that have something in common, at least to us, so as to have a coherent album both lyrically and musically and paying attention not to repeat something we have already done without at least improving it, which is a terribly difficult thing to do. 

5.From 2005 to 2018 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
After the release of the EP "Leggenda" in 2005 the project Heruka was abandoned because the only member (Adranor) decided to concentrate on other projects, (Throne of Molok, Legion of Darkness, Ars Macabra, Sirrush). In 2017, when Adranor and Nemuri-Shi met, it was the right moment to start again Heruka and from that moment on we never stopped and we have three releases out now (two albums and another EP).

6.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
The new album is a little journey inside the minds of various mental patients, experienced in first person but with an  open mind so as to change perspective and understand that sometimes ours is not the best point of view or the only one. Every song deals with this subject in a different way, some feature very intricate mind patterns and are a bit cryptic at times, others are more understandable but they all convey a feeling of uneasiness. We tried to look from their side to us,the so called normal people and tried to understand if they could feel as much distance as we do from them, the same pity,
the same feeling of not wanting to be a part of our lives, maybe even appreciation for their condition that may be considered a better way to live. Some songs have a satirical approach and should be taken with a different frame of mind, it's a very complex album lyrically and it took a great deal of work to complete and refine the lyrics of every song. Please keep in mind that another important factor is the respect that we felt towards those who we consider unfortunate, in no way we meant any
kind of disrespect to any mental patient, on the contrary, it has been a way to step down from the pedestal and starting asking ourselves some questions and try to see things shoulder to shoulder.
It is extremely difficult to judge yourself as a songwriter, we all write in a very spontaneous way so our progress has been what has naturally sprung from the period we were living at the moment that a particular song has been written. To us it doesn't matter if a song is technically difficult or very simple, if it's fast or slow or in between, the only thing that matters is if we like it. It's a luxury you can have when your band is in the depths of the underground music scene so we don't have to worry about nothing. I hope we have progressed as songwriters but that's really up to you to say, we see a common thread between all the songs and since we haven't stopped writing it's something which is bound to continue but it goes back and forth and we really don't know how the next album will be, it could be anything, that's what's exciting.

7.Your earlier lyrics cover more fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
In truth in the first releases the lyrics focused a lot on personal and introspective topics but they were “masked” by the fantasy setting that we chose to give to the whole thing.To summarize briefly in the lyrics there's an imaginary and visionary transposition of a section of Adranor's life path which, subsequently, got mixed with the paths of the other members of the band.The fantasy genre is and will continue to be a topic very much appreciated by us but at the moment something else is coming
naturally and we're not trying to push things in the other way.

8.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heruka'?
Erice is the name of a little city in the western part of Sicily where the band was born and began developing.The name “Heruka” comes from a distortion of the ancient name of Erice , "Iruka", used during the Elimi's domination people coming from Troy together with people from the land according to the Athenian historian Tucidide.

9.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The cover has been realized in Palermo by the artist Daniele Paternostro, the layout instead is by our singer Nekrom.
Both the dark room on the cover, in which there's an alienated and suffering figure in various moments, moving frantically all over it and the Rorschach spots under the lyrics in the booklet convey a sick atmosphere and should prepare the listener to what the album is about.

10.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Even if there's a certain limitation about time we, as Heruka, prefer playing in festivals.
We have very fond memories of the "Magma Pure Underground Festival III" where we played in 2017. It was the first played by the new line-up and after the long period of inactivity of the project. A very good location and a great vibe with all the other bands as well as with the staff, not forgetting the appreciation that we received from the people present there.

11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
We have received good to very good reviews and comments but we never forget that we are an underground reality to say the least (even if sometime this is a plus).The only difficulty is to obtain a real good promotion but in the end we're satisfied of the results.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We'd like to explore new musical frontiers and, why not, add experimantations. Also we'd like to continue recording and releasing new records and playing live.

13.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?
Every member of the band has a very wide musical background and more than any other thing, different from the other members. So there's no point in selecting one or two bands in particular as a reference.Everybody in the band tries to put something personal in the songs, mixing everything in the best possible way without limits or particular goals. It's up to the listener, if he/she feels like, to discover the influences.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all we'd like to thank you for the interview, it's always exciting to know that there's someone interested in our music and in going deeper inside it. We never take these things for granted really, we think of ourselves as fans of music more than anything else.To wrap up things we hope to continue with the band, releasing albums and playing shows for as long as possible, when you're lucky enough to still have something in your lives that thrills you and keeps you going, what more do you need?
If anybody is interested in our music these are the official sites:

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Offret/Зверь/Void Wanderer Productions/MANCHIKHA/Xenomorph Delivery/Grains Of Sand Records/Vox Project/Dead Red Queen Records/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 11 mai 2020 à 09:39

  Offret  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of   their  2020  album "Зверь"  which  will  be  released  in  the  summer  as  a  joint  effort  between  Void  Wanderer  Productions,  MANCHIKHA,  Xenomorph Delivery,  Grains Of  Sand  Records,  Vox  Project  and  Dead  Red  Queen  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  atmospheric  elements  are  also  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  album  which  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs.  At  times  the  black  metal  screams  also  start  getting  more  high  pitched.

  A   couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  feeling,  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  primal  fear,  cannibalism,  animal  desires,  early  religious  beliefs  and  the  interspecific  struggle  for  existence  within  the  human  population.

  In  my  opinion  Offret  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Зверь"  and  "Алтарь".  8  out  of  10.                 

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Dommedag/Marburg/Void Wanderer Productions/War Productions/2020 CD Review

lundi 11 mai 2020 à 08:35

  Dommedag  are  a  duo  with  members  from  Norway  and  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  harsh  and  brutal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Marburg"  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Void  Wanderer  and  War  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and r aw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  melodies  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  riffing  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.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  old  school  influences  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  aggression  along  with  one track  also  introducing  clean  singing  onto  the  album.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style when  they  are  finally  utilized  and   the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  and  on  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  winter,  war  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dommedag  are  a  very  great  sounding  harsh  and  brutal  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Whores  of  Babylon"  "Cult  Maker"  and  "Cold  Wars".  8  out  of  10. 


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