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Calques Interview

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 23:51
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Sure. We are a raw punk black metal band from Montgomery, Alabama. We are a two piece. And we make music that sounds like garbage because we don't know what we are doing. But there are enough people that know how to play this kind of stuff correctly and i'm tired of listening to alot of it. We wanted to make something rougher and more amateurish because that is what i've been attracted to more lately. My name is Austin and i'll answer the questions and give the other dude in the band, Adam, a break.

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

 We are trying to play black metal but can't get past our raw punk and industrial roots. No tough guy posturing or any of that crap. Just riffs and urban noisescapes between songs. No atmospheric melodic echo parts or anything to try to make you zone out. No epic note progressions to attempts at making tension swell up. I like some of that stuff in other bands but it's pretty cringe worthy when you fail at it. We probably couldn't trick you with it even if we wanted to. I hope you listen to the album and just hear the everyday grind of waking up and dealing with the bullshit of existing in a city. 

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

A character that is complaining against the set goodness of the rules of nature or the outdoors.Basically, I've not gotten to travel or get into the outdoors much since I've had a kid last year. I live downtown and I work with people that mainly work trying to help the urban poor. I think about the city way too much and I have gotten used to people being around. It makes me feel safe where as I usually wasn't. I live in a kinda small house and I'm just always around people. So I was trying to explore why I am not really bothered by being in groups of people, where as some of my friend may have social anxiety caused by large groups of people.

I thought it would be interesting to explore that in the lyrics and then blow it out of proportion. The turning it against nature thing is because I'm basically tired of so many metal and weird albums trying to condense nature into their albums. It's a cliché now. And so few of those albums actually manage to convey the immense grandeur of the sweeping mountain scape on their covers. I dig the music but very rarely do I visualize nature or outdoors on a lot of that music.

I thought I could somewhat approximate a sense of an urban claustrophobic cityscape or something like that with the lyrics and the artwork and maybe you could hear that in the music. Then I thought I would write it with sorta arrogant lyrics. Not totally transgressive like the characters in early Swans lyrics, but sorta damaged and with a flawed logic and a false certainty.

It was only my second attempt at writing lyrics for anything. They probably aren't any good and come off as amateurish. But I'd like to think that maybe they are at least a bit different than the standard black metal lyrics and I hope that it kinda comes off as a cohesive theme with the music and artwork.


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

There is no deep meaning. The definition is "an expression adopted by one language from another in a more or less literally translated form."   I liked the name. I feel like our music is not a literal translation from another language. It's probably intended to be but we didn't do a good job at it. Failed Calques would probably suit us better.


5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

I'm hoping a few other folks that we are friends with hear the project and want to work with us at some point. But we aren't very charismatic folks and Montgomery doesn't have a ton of musicians that would want to play this kind of stuff. Metal musicians around the deep south tend to love groove and boogie rock riffs. Maybe because of that New Orleans sludge sound and Mastodon being from Atlanta nearby. I have no clue. But we don't really tend to write "fun" music. We also aren't the most outgoing people so I doubt anyone really wants to jam with us. 


6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

There is talk. We are thinking about trying out a few things and seeing who will work with us on some stuff. I would love to be that terrible opening band that everyone walks out on to go smoke outside and talk to their friends.


7.The ep is going to be released by 'Sentient Ruin Laboratories', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Of course. That Mattia dude took a chance on us and seems to be very organized. He does a good job on PR.  But he seems to really have an enthusiasm for music which is more than some labels his size have. Some labels just find shit to package and sell to folks. I think he heard the EP and wanted to release it regardless of us having a fan base. That means alot to us. I think I only sent the unmastered demos to him and maybe one other label. But I really didn't expect him to be interested. I'm a big fan of what he releases. He does a good job curating his label with some dark heavy stuff that seems a bit weird. Buy a tape from the label. Help him recoup the money he spent on pressing this EP. I also love the label because he had a ton of patience with waiting on us to get the album mastered and get the artwork done. But besides us being happy with the label putting out our release, just check out that roster. A ton of solid releases with good packaging and a good constantly updated web presence so you know what is going on with the releases.


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

There have been some articles on some blogs I respect and read everyday. So that's pretty great. But otherwise, this is the first interview. So congrats. You're getting in on the ground level of telling people how uninteresting we are as people.


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

The first full album is totally structured out and most of the guitars and drums and noise parts are recorded. Some of the vocals are done. I'm really hyped about the upcoming album. We have very long harsh noise parts and clanging reverbed junk that i'm smashing together and recording. I'm expanding on some of the techniques I use in a harsh noise project i'm in called Hadals. I have audio cut ups i've run into an old sampler I have. There are some early Einsturzende Neubauten and Swans type parts. Plus there are still gonna be similar riffs to the first album with a few weirder ones thrown in. I plan on it still having a good momentum but it's gonna be covered in harsh live industrial sounds. It's really shaping up. I'm really excited about how it's gonna turn out.



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've been listening to alot of Sentient Ruin releases lately. I really like that american album he put out. I've started a band called Clawing with my buddies, Matt Finney and Jeff Mcleod, so i've been listening to some of their past releases lately. Otherwise, I follow some of the main blogs for the kind of music we play and stream alot of that stuff. I also own a bunch of vinyl, cds, and tapes so i'm usually putting in something different every day.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Probably the same stuff as most other people around. Nothing too interesting.



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


Thanks for digging the band.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/calques-interview.html


Batrakos Interview

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 23:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1 - Batrakos is a black metal/noise project hailing from Italy and formed at the end of 2015. We are quite active, we have already eight releases under our belt and recently our lineup has been solidified thanks to the addition of Stilgar (we were a duo before). We are constantly experimenting and trying to put ourselves between the traditions of black metal and the avantgarde qualities of noise and industrial music.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2 - We played a lot of styles so far: we have done works that are 100% black metal, others that are full on noise and others that are a balance of the two. Our last work, the split with Aisna, reflects all of our styles since the first is an industrial/noise influenced black metal, while the second is noise/ambient.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3 - We owe a lot to contemporary art, Futurism and the Dada movement for their strong conceptual meaning. We also often focused on the philosophical concept of ugliness and the bizarre. These themes can be found mainly on our first three demos, that have been put together in a compilation issued by the English label Order of Theta last year.

4.I know that the bands name means 'frog' in Greek, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
4 - "Batrakos" means "frog" in Greek indeed, but our monicker is actually a reference to "Oi Batrakoi" ("The frogs", "Batrakos" in singular), a work by the Greek comedy writer Aristophanes. We chose that name because our band is like a Greek comedy: there are many ironic elements in our music, but there's also exploration, experimentation and inspiration for thinking. We owe a lot to Aritophanes, so we decided to pay homage to him this way.

5.In the last couple of years you have released a great amount of music, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?
5 - That's true, we released a lot of music, especially during last year. This year we slowed down a bit, our latest releases have been recorded in 2016, but we have recently finished writing our first full length album, which we'd like to begin recording soon. There will be a couple of releases before that though, like a split with Vashna in 2018.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
6 - We are currently a studio project, but in the future it would be great playing some live gigs!

7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Aisna', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7 - Aisna is a really promising and interesting one man band, it has a great melodic taste for the riffing, reminding some bands from the Greek scene like Uranus and Agatus. We wanted to do a split featuring themes dealing with the past and the present, the Aisna guy is a friend of ours so we thought the split would be a good solution to promote both bands. Follow his project, because it's really interesting.

8.The split was released on 'Xenoglossy Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8 - Of course. Xenoglossy Productions is more of a collective than an actual label, and it's run by the same Batrakos members and a couple of other guys. We focus on experimental black metal and noise, thus far we have released projects all featuring our members, but we want to expand towards other experimental genres and feature international bands in the near future. We have many good surprises in store but I can't say anything more right now, just: follow us!
https://www.facebook.com/XenoglossyProductions/
https://xenoglossyproductions.bandcamp.com/

9.On a worldwide elvel how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and noise?
9 - We are quite satisfied because we have received praise from important underground metal labels and websites. Indeed the split has been premiered by two well known extreme metal websites, and for a very underground project like ours, with music completely recorded at home, is a great accomplishment. We don't want to stop here though, so we hope to get noticed furtherly when our first full length will be out, we are really looking forward to it.

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?
10 - All of us are busy with other projects, we dedicate a lot of our time because it's our main passion. Things are going great and soon there will be news for two projects in particular: Veia and Thecodontion. Soon our label Xenoglossy Productions will release the second demo from Framheim and a new work from Deathvoid, a Swiss project in which Stilgar is also involved.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11 - We don't know! We let ourselves be guided by our inspiration so it's hard to make predictions. As I said before, the full length will be a crucial point for us and perhaps with it we will be able to understand how far we can get with this project. We worked a lot on the songwriting and there are many innovative solutions musically, but we don't want to disclose anything. We hope we will be able to give value to our sound properly.

12.What are some of the bands or musicla styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12 - We have many influences, it's not easy to sum up all of them. A large influence for our music is Australian black/death metal like Portal and Impetuous ritual, also industrial, power electronics and noise rock bands like Sonic Youth.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13 - Thank you for the interview, we invite you and your readers to follow us on our social pages. UGLY MUSIC FOR UGLY PEOPLE!
https://batrakos.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/batrakos.uglymusic/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/batrakos-interview.html


Valdur/Divine Cessation/Bloody Mountain Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 03:21

  Mammoth  Lakes's  Valdur  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Divine  Cessation"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records.

  Battle  horns  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  war  metal  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of keyboards  for a  few  seconds  and  elements  of  doom/death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  riffing  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Valdur  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Valdur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Divine  Cessation"  "Plague  Born  Of  A  Dying  Star"  and  "Potent  Black  Orb".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/valdurdivine-cessationbloody-mountain.html


Harmdaud/Blinda Dodens Barn/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 01:55

 
  Harmdaud  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Blinda  Dodens  Barn".

  Melodic  riffing  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

   All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  synths  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  adding  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Harmdaud  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  dark  and  melodic  death  metal  to  create  a sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Harmdaud  are a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vagens  Slut"  "Andetag"  and  "Memento  Mori".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/harmdaudblinda-dodens-barn2017-full.html


Gort/A Mort Ad Mortem/Lupus Niger Prod. And Distro/2017 EP Review

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 01:01

  Gort  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "A  Morte  Ad  Mortem"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Lupus  Niger  Prod.  And  Distro.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  has a  lot of  90's  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  depressive  melodies  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.

  Gort  creates  another  recording  that  remains  very  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal from  previous releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  war,  destruction  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gort  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Glorification"  and  "The  Last  Flight  Of  The  Crow".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/gorta-mort-ad-mortemlupus-niger-prod.html