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Heart Of The Serpent Interview

lundi 11 septembre 2017 à 03:06
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are a two-person black metal band. We began writing and rehearsing in 2016, but the recent announcement of our album release has been the first public mention of our existence.


2.You have an album coming out on Halloween, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I think your review described our sound quite the same as I would; it's a very raw modern take on the 90s style of black metal. That said, there isn't really any one "sound" we're trying to emulate. We write what sounds good to us and if it gets categorized in the same area as older black metal that's fine. Many bands today feel a need to "rebel" against the traditional black metal sound and end up making music that sounds disingenuous and weak.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Some of the songs are fictitious narratives, two of which are expanded into full stories and will be included with the album. Without taking up too much space here, the subjects include the origins of human decomposition and a different take on cryptozoology.
Other lyrics deal with my opinions on the human race in general. This album's title "Contempt" can be taken as a one-word summary of those feelings.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heart Of The Serpent'?

I like to leave meanings of lyrics/names/etc. somewhat open to interpretation, but one of the more interesting interpretations that has been presented to me is that the Biblical "Serpent" was the first example of a creature thinking for itself, so "Heart of the Serpent" could be interpreted as the embodiment of individuality -- the opposite of a herd mentality.


5.What part of the mid west is the band located in?

This is not important at this time.


6.Has the band done any live shows or has this been only a studio project so far?

Only a studio project. I would like to play live but I don't believe in playing to a backing tape so with only two members it's currently not feasible. Trying to find enough useful members to flesh out a full band has proven in the past to be an exercise in futility.


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I'd be interested in finding a record label on which to release physical copies of the album; at present it's digital-only. We haven't had any offers yet but then no one knew we existed until about a week ago.


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

It's still early, so we'll see how it turns out. Basically I write the sort of black metal that I would like to listen to, so anyone with similar taste to mine should enjoy this.


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

I have started writing some of the songs that will be on the next album, and while it won't be a major departure from this first album I think the biggest difference will be more extremes in tempo. This album was largely mid-to-fast paced; the newer material tends to either be faster or slower.


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?

My favorites of the genre aren't anything too surprising; I'd say Burzum, Arckanum, and Mayhem are my top three. I also enjoy folk/pagan metal, especially bands like Arkona and Primordial which occasionally blend darker elements into their music. Outside of the metal realm I've been listening to big band jazz and classical music such as Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.


11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

I suppose you could say the lyrics of "To Repay What Has Been Given" have an occult element to them, but that's a story rather than an expression of belief. I find Occultism and other beliefs or religions interesting but do not personally involve myself with any of them.


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

Thank you for your interest in us and thank you to everyone reading this.
Our album is currently available for pre-order at www.heartoftheserpent.com.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/heart-of-serpent-interview.html


Parodos/Catharsis/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review

dimanche 10 septembre 2017 à 06:51

 Parodos  are  a band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  avant  garde  and  progressive  form of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Catharsis"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Inverse  Records.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also used  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  melodic  post  rock  fashion  and  keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  Avant  garde  style  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Most  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  death  metal  growls  can  also be  heard  at  times  along  with a  brief  instrumental  that  introduces  stringed  instruments  onto  the  recording  before  returning back  to  vocal  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals
  Parodos  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  the  avant  garde,  progressive  and  post  rock  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  journey  through  human  tragedy

  In  my  opinion  Parodos  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  and  progressive  post  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Space  Omega"  "Stasima"  and  "Metamorphosis".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/parodoscatharsisinverse-records2017-cd.html


Onirism Interview

dimanche 10 septembre 2017 à 01:30
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new ep?
I'm still working on the new album wich is almost finalised but, it will be released during 2018 maybe. And I started to work on the remastering of my first album "Cosmic Dream" for a futur re-edition.

2.You have a new ep coming out this month, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The new ep is really different from my others works, is a parenthesis in the project. In this ep I use a lot of electronic sounds and less of symphonic stuff. The pieces are more ambient and atmospheric, more spatial.

3.This project started out as being more symphonic black metal but on this new recording you have evolved into more of an ambient black metal style, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?
In fact, this ep was not scheduled at all. It started with a composition for a new project in a synth dungeon style, but during the composition, I added guitars and drums and I said to myself that could be a nice concept for Onirism. So I gave up the idea for a new project and I wrote some lyrics, the theme was found easily due to the musical direction taken.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
The lyrics in this ep, like with the other ep "The Well of Stars", are linked. This is a spatial journey through a cosmic universe, where we derivating slowly to a sun. It's about contemplation, loneliness and madness.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Onirism'?
Onirism is about dreams, especially lucid dreams and all which relates to the dreams, which leaves me plenty of room for my imagination. I have choose "Onirism" because when you see it, you already know what this is about.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience playing in bands with full line up's, how would you compare the two?
These are both good experiences, in a band, you need to work in common with others musician for create something which match with everybody, you be part of something that you build together. And with a solo project, you are totally free, you can make what you want, only your imagination is your limit, nobody can tell you how you need to make your music. That is why I choose the theme of dreams with Onirism, I have lot of place for imagination and that leaves me the choices to explore what I want.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Generaly there are good feedback but some people are maybe deterred by the symphonic side, wich is a big part of my music and maybe it takes too much place for "traditional" black metal fans but, I understand that.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
I had to leave the bands (Belenos, Hentgarm) because I live now in Quebec. But with my other project Catacombes, I would want to make shows, I already found some musicians, it remains for me to find a drummer and we will be ready.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I hope that I could still work on Onirism, this is the more important thing. And make shows with Catacombes or another band, but that is going to become more complicated in the future, I'm going to have less time to spend on music.

10.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?
I think movie and video game music have an important part in my influcences. For the bands I can say, Summoning, Dimmu Borgir, Bal Sagoth, Wintersun, Windir, Emperor. Recently, I listen more of atmospheric black metal, like Midnight Odissey, Mesarthim, and some others, you can also feel the influence of these bands in the new ep.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Music takes an very important part of my free time but when I want to clear my head and that I have nothing to do, well I play video games or I watch some movies, and I take care of my wife and my dog!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for letting me speak of my music, I would also like to say that a split will be revealed soon!

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


Theurgia/Transformation/Throats Production/Worship Tapes/Esfinge De La Calavera/2017 Full Length Review Review

dimanche 10 septembre 2017 à 00:48

  Theurgia  are  a  band  with  members  from  Columbia  and  Venezuela  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dark  and  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Transformation"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort by  Throats  Productions,  Wrship  Tapes  and  Esfinge  De  La  Calavera.

  Water  sounds  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  after  the  intro  and  also  takes  the  music   into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well as  a  great  portion  of t he  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  both  deep  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  pared  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  ritualistic  chants  are  also  used  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  clean  playing  also  returns  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Theurgia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  the  rawness  of  the  second  wave  era,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  and  cover  nihilism  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Theurgia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  modern  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trnsformation (Descend  Into  The  Night  Of   Hiperboros)"  and  "Procesio  VI  -  Mea  Spiritus  In  Opium".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/theurgiatransformationthroats.html


Heart Of The Serpent/Contempt/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 9 septembre 2017 à 23:10

  Heart  Of  The  Serpent  are  a  band  from  the  mid  western  part  of  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Contempt"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween.

  Heavy  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  minutes  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  whispers  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  while  a  lot  of  the  music is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  but  done  with  a  more  modern  take  on  the  genre  and  as  the  album  progresses  ambient  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long and  epic  in  length.

  Heart  Of  The  Serpent  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  as  well  as  showing  influences  from  both  the  European  and  American  forms  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Heart  Of  The  Serpent  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deconstruction"  and  "To  Repay  What  Has  Been  Given".  8  out  of  10.
    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/heart-of-serpentcontempt2017-full.html