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Cryostasium/Starbound/Grimm Distribution/Metropolitan State Prodictions/2017 EP Review

mercredi 8 novembre 2017 à 23:05

  Boston,  Massachusetts  solo   project  Cryostasium  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  is  in  more  of  a  a  ambient  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "Starbound"  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Grimm  Distribution  and  Metropolitan  State  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  elements  of  ambient  and  experimental  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  back  screams  screams  are  mostly  kept  in  the  background.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  depressive  black  metal  along  with  melodic  chants  are  being  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  synths  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  but  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  on  the  last  2  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Cryostasium  creates  a  recording t hat  is  mostly  in  an  experimental  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  also  avoids  the  use  of  lyrics  on  this  recording  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cryostasium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Magnetic"  and  "The  Eye".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/cryostasiumstarboundgrimm.html


Hoofmark Interview

mercredi 8 novembre 2017 à 20:15
1,For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Hi! Of course. To put it bluntly, HOOFMARK is old heavy & country music.  That’s it! Now, that sure doesn’t seem to say much about anything, but it’s a wonderful way to symbolize the variety of interests the project has. I’ve come to call the approach Unpolished Black Heavy Art too. It keeps things free, you know? Conceptually, it also clears things up in my mind regarding what I can and can’t do musically (good news is that I can basically do whatever the hell I want! haha)

When I formed HOOFMARK back in 2012 all I wanted was to create metal and the only reason I wanted to do that was because I felt I had something to say musically; stories to tell and whatnot. That’s still true today. (The moment I realize there’s no more music in me is the moment I call it quits anyway.) Along the journey I realized there was something about particular brands of blues and country (the Texas Blues especially) that sparked the same enthusiasm in me metal did.

My wish remains to organically combine a fresh brand of caveman old-school black metal (or first wave black metal) with the earthly characteristics of the blues I adore. I scratched the surface with “Stoic Winds”, got nice and comfortable – and personal – with my two country blues singles and figure it’s about time to get real uncomfortable. Gotta keep on travellin’.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Crude, I suppose. Down to earth, simplistic, all that. A violent clash between a younger me and a not so younger me on the brink of losing his mind? That too haha It’s the danger of having too many references. I think I just got a new way to describe the sound on “Stoic Winds”: Crude maximalism. Now I have an entirely different problem! I don’t think maximalism is stoical at all. Damn it!

Seriously now – and to namedrop some metal for ya – “Stoic Winds” wouldn’t be much of what it is without the numerous fists in the face of god by Bathory, Motörhead, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Amebix, Darkthrone, Poison (Ger), Tormentor (Hun), Törr, Mefisto, NME, Pagan Altar, Manilla Road, Paul Chain, Slaughter Lord, old Sepultura, Sarcófago, Sabbat, Parabellum, Mayhem, Burzum, Tangorodrim, Death Strike/Master…... I’m quite the sucker for demo stuff. Old demo stuff mostly. Nice thing about it is that I’m still discovering new music from back in the day. Like, last month or something I listened to these Hatred guys from New Jersey playing death metal just the way I like it. Proper shit-fi. Demo was from 1985 – what a ride!

As for sound more specifically, for “Stoic Winds” I wanted it to be as warm as it possibly could. I remember explaining the direction I wanted production to take in regards to “sound temperature” to my producer (hi, Hugo!) and he nailed it with one word: Alentejo. It’s a region of south-central Portugal that’s typically both really warm and really dry – and really pretty, you should go there! It was a conscious decision in the sense that I didn’t want to go all grim and Scandinavian with my black metal. Never been there anyway. Also, I got more of a problem with heat, which reminds me of a funny story: I once saw Abbath playing at a festival in Seixal (south-west of the country) in the middle of the afternoon. Must have been like 35-36ºC and it looked like his face was melting. Now THAT’S metal haha

3.Your lyrics cover Philosophy, Fantasy, Anti Religion and Western themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I take lyrics very seriously because I like to tell stories. I like to tell stories as much as I like to write new music and sometimes these intertwine. I’ve had occasions where the lyrics came first. I’ve had times where it took me over a year to wrap up the lyrics on a song. I’ve had times where the lyrics didn’t work on song and so I picked up the words and just wrote a story. I publish some of those at www.porchfires.com.

Having said that, writing lyrics for “Stoic Winds” wasn’t easy. It was country, more than metal, that made me connect the dots in regards to storytelling, songwriting, vocals, even delivery! Can’t completely explain why that is, but especially things out of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Townes Van Zandt and David Allan Coe made the most sense in my time of need.

As for the themes, I’ve often felt that the more otherworldly or simply psychedelic stuff now frequently present on black metal releases have in a way restrained the danger that should be inherent to the genre. Danger and evil are of significant interest to me and I seem to get plenty of both via the rocks beneath my feet, philosophy, archaeology, primitivism and westerns (real good ones! – give Butcher's Crossing a spin).

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hoofmark'?

I basically had one requirement for the project’s name: it had to be one word only. Most of my favorite stuff is one word and I think it usually works a lot better (except for Paul Chain Violet Theater, which is the best name of all bands ever!!). I went through some really shitty options at first, then I got better at it but ended up finding out that some of those names were taken. First time HOOFMARK came to me I actually dismissed it very quickly. Then on the same week I opened up the notebook I was using for lyrics and ideas, saw the word and it clicked. *BAM* I got my name.

Its meaning is self-explanatory on one hand. Also, marks on the ground make my mind run free. That’s for the tracks of beasts and the ones of humans.

5.On the recordings you record mostly everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to work solo?

Depends on the work really. For “Stoic Winds” I was super green on a variety of subjects and felt the need to involve plenty of other people. ‘Twas some experience, let me tell you! For “Come Flames” I knew exactly I wanted to work with a particular brand of bass player and I did and it was all light as a feather (Jiné is such a brilliant soul). With “Chunks” I just did it all myself ‘cause it felt right. For the upcoming album I will try to get some very special artists on board, we’ll see how it goes.

Whatever the case may be, HOOFMARK is not and will never be a band.

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

I can tell you the label is in very capable hands and that I’m extremely grateful for their support. Their hearts are in the right place (which is the most important thing, if you ask me…) and I’m excited to see what other people they sign. Like HOOFMARK, I get a feeling they are just getting started. They got a friend in me.

Great, now I have that song on my head.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of black metal and other underground forms of music?

It did some rounds, I guess. Got tapes out there, did a wee bit of network and the feedback was generally nice but it never took off or anything. It’s hard, you know? There’s SO MUCH FUCKING MUSIC out there. Great music too. I figured I might as well keep releasing stuff I’m happy with and let the material speak for itself. I’m not intending on getting big or anything like that. If it grows let it do so as organically as possible.

For instance, it feels like this thing with Ultraje happening now, about a year after the initial release of “Stoic Winds”, is symbolic of that. Consider me happy.

8.The musical project has been around since 2012 but you waited until 2016 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

I wouldn’t say I waited haha it just took a long time. The earlier years were nuts and for a long time I had no earthly clue if what I was doing was worth a damn to me or anyone else (I knew the music said something – but that was about it and my insecurities kicked in HARD). It’s of little consequence to the rest of the world of course, but it took me a lot of courage to put this out the door at the time. Realize that a lot of the groundwork for “Stoic Winds” was actually laid down even before 2012. There is stuff there from my high school years. It didn’t help that there were setbacks aplenty and that for a long time I just couldn’t make up my mind as to what just should stay and what should go. Again, “Stoic Winds” is, if nothing else, the product of a clash between a younger me and a not so younger me on the brink of losing his mind. That’s metal too… right? 😊

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

After two country blues singles I’m heading back into metal territory – a unique slash of it. All I can say for now is that I’m allowing myself to run wild. Having a time here.

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?

Ramblin Tommy Scott is kind of a new thing for me so I’ve been listening to a lot of that. Just this week I went back to some old favorites too. Strange Boys and the wonderful The Make-Up, plus a bunch of Roy Orbison. Oh, and Terminal Death. HACKSAAAWWWW. That fucking track in on the same level of craziness as “Die by Power”.

11.What are some of your non-musical interests?

You got some of those already: archaeology (especially the Neolithic period), literature, ancient philosophy, primitivism, animal cults, colors, evil, westerns. Wine is good too. Red. I like rocks and toothpicks and felt tip pens and I really like this video games series called Dragon Quest (playing number 7). Wrestling, naïve art and abstract expressionism, Tobe Hooper, tattoos and how can you not like cats! I’m interested in just about everything that’s interesting.

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

For sure. Let me see…

First of all, thank you very much for the kind words directed towards “Stoic Winds”. Really appreciate it.

THANKS, Martin Ain! May you continue to inspire the true through the eternities.

Be a feminist.

Fuck off trump. Fuck off nazis, homophobes, transphobes, sexist douchebags, racists and bigots.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/hoofmark-interview.html


Tyakrah/Wintergedanken/Satanath Records/Slaughterhouse Records/2017 CD Review

mercredi 8 novembre 2017 à 05:18

  Tyakrah  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Wintergedanken"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Slaughterhouse  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tragic  sounding  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  melodic  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  keyboards  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses a   brief  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Tyakrah  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  winter,  darkness,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tyakrah  are  a  very  great sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gefrome  Tanen"  and  "Erstarrende  Nacht".  8  out  of 10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/tyakrahwintergedankensatanath.html


Solfernus/Neoantichrist/Satanath Records/Murdher Records/2017 CD Review

mercredi 8 novembre 2017 à 04:37

  Solfernus  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Neoantichrist"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Murdher  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  whispers  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  the  riffs  also  add   in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  brief  return  as  the  album  progresses  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them ,  some  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  punk  and  thrash  as  well  as  a  few tracks  introducing  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  samples  onto  the  recording,  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and   the  closing  songs  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Solfernus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  as  well  as  adding  some  old  school  energy  into  a  more  modern  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  perdition,  anger  and  anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Solfernus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ignis  -  Dominion"  "Pray  For  Chaos!"  "Once  Upon  A  Time  In  The  East"  and  "Stone  In  A  River".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/solfernusneoantichristsatanath.html


Harmdaud Interview

mardi 7 novembre 2017 à 06:05

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Sure! I have had the idea of Harmdaud for quite some time but the band itself have only existed since mid 2016. By then I felt an urge to write a music in a different style than I normally do. So, in summer 2016 I decided to record some of the tunes that I had in the back of the head. I published the result on soundcloud under the name Harmdaud and got really good response. The tunes and ideas continued to flow so I decided to continue with the concept of the band.

After some months I had written and recorded the basis for like ten songs, and eight of them ended up on Blinda Dödens Barn.


2.How would you describe your musical sound?
I think you nailed it quite well in the review of Blinda Dödens Barn. It is like a dark, melodic and atmospheric mixture of black / death metal. With Harmdaud, I try not to get stuck in any musical label. If the idea that comes tend to the more metal, black metal style I go with that. If it is more to the doom/death style I go in that direction.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with the music?
It mainly revolves around life and death, loss and sorrow. But, also I try to explore what is happening with the world around us, mainly what seems to be some sort of collective collapse of faith and humanity.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Harmdaud'?
Harmdaud is an old fornnordic word that is found on runestones and scriptures, and such the translation is not exact. Though, it could translate to death in sorrow, or the death is in sorrow. But also sorrows death, and such the meaning could be dual, depending on the context. I liked that concept, and thought it to be fitting for the band and the lyrical concept.

Perhaps some professor in runescript now will tell me that I have got it all wrong and the translation is something totally different, but the name will stay.

5.On the album you record everything by yourself are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
I would put it this way, that to some extent HarmDaud is, and probably will be a one-man band. I write and create the songs by myself. Though, the album Blinda Dödens Barn, and the end result is a two-man effort. I had amazing help by Vintersorg who is the producer of the album. He is some sort of wizard of sounds and audio and we worked with the recording, and songs together during the spring of 2017. So, he helped with finalizing the vision of Blinda Dödens Barn. 

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I have had some contact with a couple of labels early in the process, but the band is still unsigned. The first album, Blinda Dödens Barn is a self release, but I would prefer to find a good label to work with in the future.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, dark and death metal?
I have received a lot of good feedback on the album. Both from metal fans around the globe, and from reviews. And, to all the fans out there I can promise that there will be more releases from HarmDaud!

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
Gravisphere, where Im the vocalist and Vintersorg is the musical composor is currently finalizing the first album. As for TME, we are gathering the forces to start to try out a couple of new thrash metal anthems which we have written lately

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Well, i´m not sure to be honest. But, that is the thing that makes it both a challenge, and an experience to be a musician. As I said earlier, I try not to label myself to any sort of genre or style, and I will continue to do my thing and see where it is headed! Though, one thing is sure! It will be metal in some form!


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?
I have grown up with the Nordic black metal / deathmetal scene in the late 80:s and 90:s, so I have gotten a lot of influence of such band as Bathory, Dissection, Emperor and Edge of Sanity to mention some. Summoning, Katatonia and My Dying Bride are three other bands which I still listen to a lot and get a lot of inspiration from. But, I listen to lots of stuff and it’s really nice to find new great band. A couple of months ago I discovered Panphage and their amazing album Drengskapr for example.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Family and friends!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Keep it metal and continue the support for the underground scene!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/harmdaud-interview.html