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Through Chaos & Solitude Interview

samedi 17 juin 2017 à 17:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Actually not too much story behind it... I just really love black metal music, but somehow never got to play in a black metal band (I currently sing in Castigator, which is more of a death/thrash metal band and play guitar and sing in Forward To Eden, which is more of a 90's style metalcore band). So, during the winter months of 2016/2017 I just started recording some Black Metal tunes for myself and eventually got my good friend Sebastian (Guitar of Castigator) to write and record me some drums. So, until now it's only a project, but I already started writing some new tracks which will probably recorded during the next winter months or so ;-)

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Idk, I guess with something like that everyone would hear another genre and different influences in it, depending on what he/she is usually listening to. But as far as I'm concerned, I guess I tried to create some melodic black metal tunes in the likes of Woods Of Ypres, Agalloch or Falls Of Rauros for example.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Actually they differ a lot... but they definitely were an equally important topic to me.
The first one is kinda personal, but still kept somewhat abstract, so that people can relate to it on different aspects and levels.
It is about the complexity of your own mind and how it deals with problems, like loss and grief... it is about forlorn love and the yearning for a healing sleep. It is about the ever ongoing quest for an answer that you'll probably never receive.
The second one is also pretty personal... again about forlorn love and the transformation of a persons heart and mind which can result from that. It is about feeling out of place and having the weight of the world on your shoulders. The person you are now is different from the person it was last year and also from the one it will be next year. We are all striving for something, for some kind of a transformation, to eventually become something else... but to achieve that, sometimes we first have to go through chaos & solitude.
The third one is different. It is about us all, about mankind... About the thawing winds of the morning sun and how we are our own blessing and our own curse. We are the stroke of wing which causes these winds to blow. We try to become god ourselves while declaring him for dead and still we deny our nature. We subdue the earth and it's children and still we strive for more. By now we already realized our purpose and we willingly choose to neglect it. We're flying directly into the sun and still we're accelerating...

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Through Chaos & Solitude'?

I guess I already broached the subject with my last answer, but for those of you who aren't familiar with this phrase (and also didn't yet felt like googling it), it comes from the pen of the magnificent David Gold (Woods Of Ypres) "I am equal parts blood and ice / I am just as much man as tree / through chaos and solitude I came / to become this black metal being" and to me fits just perfectly.

5.So far this project has been mostly solo with one other person helping out, are you open into turning the project into a full line up?

Yeah, of course! If you'll provide a band, I'll happily tour the world with it :D
But seriously, I'd love to have a live line-up for this, I already even thought about doing this live myself (solo)!

6.The ep was released by 'Bound By Modern Age Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Sure, it's my label! So, after no other cool Black Metal label answered my demo submission positively, I just went to release it on my own.
I started with BBMA Records in 2012 as kind of a hobby. Did a 'zine, put on some shows and then started dubbing tapes for bands that I liked and yeah, before I even knew what was happening, I started doing vinyl releases and began shipping distro overseas. I still do everything completely DIY besides working a full time job and 3 bands... so, this probably isn't really the most productive way but I guess it's still just my hobby and I know that I won't get rich with it... hell, I'm still always glad when I have break even with a record!
Also, BBMA isn't really known for its killer Black Metal releases... it's actually more of an oldschool hardcore/metalcore label with a majority of vegan and straight edge releases, but yeah since I am the boss of it, I fucking decide what I put out on it! So, better keep an eye open for the future! ;-)

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

Kind of strangely contrary... I guess the first big problem is that people don't just give it a try. I have 56 facebook likes and the official youtube video has 161 views. I also never really got any bad feedback back to me... which probably is because only so few people even have heard of it. On the other hand, I already got 3 really nice reviews on really cool internet blogs/webzines and also got superb feedback from people who bought the tape/cd! ...but: I only sold like 10-20% of the press (slightly more cd's than tapes though) yet... which also is noticeably little.
Idk, I feel like people really like it, when they give it a try - but most of them don't...

8.What is going on with the other bands these days that you are a part of?

All good man! Castigator is up and running. We rehears once a week, what is really cool, and we're also working on some shows again for later this year. Besides that, we also wrote a couple new songs, which we'll hopefully manage to record in the not so distant future (and then release on vinyl). Forward To Eden is also going well, I mean, basically its likewise just a one-man-project of mine, but yeah... there is a new 7" coming up already and a bunch of new songs is currently being recorded.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

If everything goes as I planed (what it rarely does though), end of the year. As I said earlier, I already wrote a couple new riffs and stuff, but I definitely won't get in the mood of recording them before the fall sets in ;-) ...also it needs to be good, because I really love the demo EP myself - I listen to it on a regular base - which is something I wouldn't have expected from me... so it will be hard for me to keep up with my own standards! ...and I'd also really want to have it on vinyl (and if possible on a cool label) then!
Myself, as a musician, in the future? Definitely not professional! I don't expect to able to live from my music or my label and I also don't want to get any more capitalistic with it... So, probably still where I am today? Recording a killer demo during the night, after a hard day of work - not getting recognized at all - crawling to the coffee machine - repeat.

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?

Definitely Woods Of Ypres... I mean, it's not just the name (as I just introduced), also the lettering and everything is inspired by them!
My top 12 band plays from the last couple of weeks (in no particular order): Woods Of Ypres, Agalloch, Panopticon, Falls Of Rauros, Caladan Brood, Thrawsunblat, Ancst, Immortal, Summoning, Winterfylleth, Cattle Decapitation, Amon Amarth.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Besides Friends/Family and the label? Collecting records and band merch (and being a big nerd about it). Reading (and collecting) comics, graphic novels and mangas (and being a big nerd about it as well).
Watching movies (going to the cinema), series and animes. Going to the gym (whenever I have the time). The Vegan Straight Edge. Playing Guitar. Drinking Coffee... and definitely not sleeping at all! :D

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

Thanks a lot! I really enjoyed it - it was the first time I got to talk about TCAS :-)
Please check us out and give us a like: https://www.facebook.com/ThroughChaosAndSolitude/
...and if you also happen to be further interested in my weird and packed life: https://www.instagram.com/xrulex/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/through-chaos-solitude-interview.html


Zurvan/Gorge Of Blood/Satanath Records/The Eastern Front/2017 CD Review

samedi 17 juin 2017 à 04:42

  Zurvan  are  a  band  originally  from  Iran  but  now  re-located  to  Germany  that  plays  an  aggressive mixture of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Gorge Of  Blood"  which  will  be  released  on  June  28th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  The  Eastern  Front.

  A  very  fast  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  before  also  adding  deep  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements.

  Throughout the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  later  song  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  briefly  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  brought into  the  riffing  it  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  edge  and  one  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Zurvan  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  death  metal  influences  along  with  a more  modern  approach  to  create  a  sound  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  paganism,  history,  misanthropy  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Zurvan  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gorge  Of  Blood"  Isolation  Of  Sense"  "Hallucination"  and  "Massacre".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/zurvangorge-of-bloodsatanath-recordsthe.html


Kassad/Faces Turn Away/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 17 juin 2017 à 02:04

  Kassad  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Faces  Turn  Away"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  more  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  along  with  some  post  rock  elements  are  also  used  at  times  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  is  also used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  closing  track  brings  in  elements  of  ambient  and  is  also  all  instrumental.

  Kassad  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  while  also adding  in  a touch  of  post  rock,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  existential  terror  and  claustrophobic  anxiety  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kassad  are  a very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shame"  "Madness"  and  "Pulse".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/kassadfaces-turn-awayhypnotic-dirge.html


Serpentfyre/Illuminating Ruin/Altare Productions/2017 MLP Review

vendredi 16 juin 2017 à 18:37

  Serpentfyre  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  mini  album  "Illuminating  Ruin"  which  will  be  released  in July  by  Altare  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim y et  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  music  along  with  some  blast  beats  when  the  music  speeds  up.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and the  riffs  also  mix  in  melodies  at  times  and  clean  guitars  are  also utilized briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Serpentfyre  plays  a style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  Finnish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  devotion  to  the  Black  Arts  and  the  Will  Of  The  Great  Serpent  along  with  one  track  being  written  in  Finnish.

  In  my  opinion  Serpentfyre  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  mini  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation  Of  Phosphorus"  and  "Supreme  primal  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/serpentfyreilluminating-ruinaltare.html


Torvara/Killing Culture/Satanic Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 16 juin 2017 à 17:29

  Torvara  are  a  band from Italy  that  plays  an  old  school form  of  black  metal  with some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Killing  Culture"  which  was  released  by  Satanic  Records.

  War  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

   When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  fast riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  90's  second  wave  feeling  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  death  and  thrash  metal  elements  and  war  samples  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Torvara  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  war  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion Torvara  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Forest"  "Killing  Culture"  and  "Submit  And  Obey".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/torvarakilling-culturesatanic.html