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Vanhelga/Fredagsmys/Osmose Productions/2018 CD Review

dimanche 20 mai 2018 à 20:09

  Sweden's Vanhelga  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  atmospheric  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  depressive  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Fredagsmys"  which  will  be  released  in  June   by  Osmose  Productions.

  Melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  rock  elements  as  well  as  some  melodic  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  post  rock  influences,  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instruemntal.

  Vanhelga  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  their  atmospheric  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  depressive  rock,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  personal  issues,  suicide,  melancholy  and  hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vanhelga  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  post  black  metal  and  depressive  rock,  you  should  check  ut  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Somnparalys"  "Ensam  Mot  Alla"  "Keep  The  Window  Closed"  and  "You  are  Temporary".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/vanhelgafredagsmysosmose.html


Tyhja Interview

samedi 19 mai 2018 à 20:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We formed the band in fall of 2016 after 10 or more years of trying to find the time and motivation for it. We played in The Republic Of Desire from 97 to 2010 when I left the band due to personal reasons. We began planning to form a band together somewhere in the early 00's but found out that there wasn't time or need for it due to things with The Republic going so well.



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

Aggresive and raw burst of hate. It's recorded 100% analog and mostly on one take, we had only two days booked at Astia Studios for recording, mixing and mastering it. So there simply wasn't time to do overdubs or retakes. All the drum, bass and guitar tracks were recorded simultaneously, then the second guitar and finally the vocals.

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

Lyrics for this EP were written and sung by Kylliäinen whit whom we've since parted ways. We had discussions about the lyrics and the subject matters, but ultimately he had the freedom to write what he wanted.

The four songs can be viewed as parts of a longer story in wich the main character is betrayed by his friends thus losing faith in mankind and humanity. He then tries to return to the world and to his fellow men wich he left behind but sees that it's become impposible due to reasons not in his control anymore. In isolation he then comes to an conclusion that he no more wants to be a part of this world nor mankind and chooses death by his own hand. But they were written as individual pieces.


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

Tyhjä translates to empty, void, nothing, blank etc. Wich can be viewed as the pure state of consciousness or the true infinite state of cosmos. Inspiration for the name arose from my long studies and experiements of Buddhist teachings and meditation, where silencing your inner voice with wich your ego speaks to you is crucial for one to exceed the limitations of ”normal”  consciousness. It resonated with the other members, wich I believe have their own explanations and views of the word, so we kept it. It was also the first that we thought of and finally decided to keep it, there were a lot of alternatives to choose from in the end.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the logo, it looks like there are a few runes in it?

The logo has double-crosses in first, middle and last letters wich is the symbol for the hermetic maximum ”as above, so below”. The runes are Fehu and Ansuz Murkstave.
I had a vision of the three double-crosses, with the middle one being a double double-cross in my head very early on. It has its own meaning wich, once again, differs from person to person and because of that should be left to the viewer to figure out.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Everyone of them has been great and a bit different. We like to keep as much of control in our own hands as possible, starting from the bands we share the stage with, lighting, props etc. So it depends a lot of the evening. Sometimes it's a whole show with smoke, intros, blood, lights, incense and so on. Sometimes it's just us giving everything we've got, not caring if our fingers bleed or teeth are broken.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We've been asked to do some gigs with Kasvoton and Deadneck after the summer, wich we'll gladly  do because they're great bands and good friends with us. After those it really depends on the gig and the venue, squats, shitholes, whatever. If we want and are able to do it we'll do it and work with whatever we can find to create somekind of atmophere. But it all depends on the overall ”feeling” of the evening, organizer, other bands, venue etc. If it doesn't feel right we wont do it, we have no need to do gigs whenever it's possible, we do them when it's appropriate for us or the other bands and venue.

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

The nameless/. EP  will be officaly released in co-operation with Void Wanderer and Goatlordth at the end of May as an limited edition digipack. We have the rights for the material and they keep whatever the income from the sales is.  We printed some promotional copies of the EP to send to companies and to sell at gigs, however none of the companies we sended them have responded.

White Wolf from Italy was the first to contact us about the release, at that time we were still waiting responses from the companies that we had send the promo records. Goatlordth then asked to release it in Filippines and soon after Void Wanderer proposed to release it as their first release under their own label.

We turned down a lot of other offers because: Most of them wanted more money from us, on top of that wich we had allready spent on the studio and printing of the record. That's just not how it works in these modern days, releasing music by ourselves is so much easier than it was in the early 00s. How much I despise these modern times I can't deny the benefits of its fruits, one doesn't need a record company to release and sell their records anymore, ofcourse it helps a lot to have someone doing the business side for them though.

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

It's been suprisingly positive so far. We received some criticism about the lyrical subjects not including satanic elements and therefore expelling us from being Black Metal at all, wich I fully understand. It's been an eye opening experience to witness the exposure the EP had in such short time, bearing in mind the last time we released anything was the Tower with Republic Of Desire in 2008(?) and it was a lot longer proscess back then to get any feedback.

10.Are any of the other band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Our bass player Peuhkuri is busy with his main band Madred and some other groups he performs with. I'm doing some occasional gigs with noise/ambient group OK as KUOLT wich is my Noise project, TYHJÄ being the main band for me and Jarva.

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

Blacker and harder. We're focusing more on writing the songs as whole pieces, lyrical side being more in contact with the music and so on. The EP was written, recorded and released during the course of one year, during wich the band was formed. So it's an honest piece of work, us letting out all the hatred and disgust we had build up during the years. We're now crafting material for a full length, wich will be a more focused entirety.

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?

Black metal, past and present obviously, older Hardcore, Grincore etc. When 1349 released Liberation it had an huge impact. So did Tragedys Venegance and Mayhems Wolfslair abyss to name a few records.

Lately I've been listening to Grafvitnir, Theurgia, Iskra (wich was used as an reference to describe our music by one of our fans), Portal, Abigors latest, Schammasch, Nightbringer, Alkhlys and early WITTR. 

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Studying the occult and the esoteric teachings, mostly trough writings of Star Of Azazels Nefastos, who've had an huge impact on my views of Lucifer and the left hand path since I and Jarva met him in the early 00s. I strayed away from all of it somewhere in 2007 but in 2011 we were on the beach with my wife and children when some guy rode a jet ski trough the lake and handed me the Vasemman käden tie (left hand path) book by Nefastos and  tried to convince us that in that book there's the love and the truth. And from that moment on I've been entering, or returning, deeper and deeper to the esoteric world, wich I'm convinced is true and the truth. 

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

Know and respect your roots, grow to the full potential of thyself and don't be a fucking dick to others. Support the underground and the local scene. Use your time in this vessel wisly and preserve the land for future generations.
Ave Satan.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/tyhja-interview.html


Imperious Interview

samedi 19 mai 2018 à 20:01
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We are very happy and excited about the signing with Massacre Records. At the moment we are busy with preparing the worldwide release of the “Tales Of Woe” and looking forward to it and the reactions it will get.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music?
Epic, melodic & atmospheric but also harsh, fast & aggressive. It depends on the mood and the emotions we want to create.

3.Your last 2 albums where based on Homer's "The Odyssey", what was the decision behind doing a black metal version of the classic novel?
The Odyssey contains a lot of inspiring substance to work with. Very detailed and versatile discriptions of emotions the characters go through and exhibit. In my opinion black metal suits very good for expressing different types of emotions and so it suits very good for setting music to Homer's Odyssey

4.You have also explored the Roman Empire on a previous album, do you have a huge interest in ancient history?
Yes, I'm very interested in history. There is a famous quote of Cicero, which I always like to use in that context: “Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain a child forever.”

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Imperious'?
“Imperious” is the same like “commanding” or “authoritative”. We thought that it sounds also a bit like “Empire” (maybe there is in fact a common origin, I don't really know) and we were and are also oldschool metal fans and have learnt that the name of a metal band should be a statement. :-)

6.Originally the band was a solo project what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?
I needed musicians to record my album with. After I found them and after a few sessions we all agreed to transform that solo project into a full band line up.

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?
There weren't that much shows because we have always focused more on writing songs than playing songs. But I think the best show of them was at the Ragnarök Festival 2012 with an early slot and a very good crowd.
Our stage performance in doing so is very passionate, epic and we have the ability to dive into our music also on stage.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
No, not at the moment



9.In November, Massacre Records are re-issuing both of your concept albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer versions?
The newer versions will contain a new booklet design and it will be available in shops and stores all over the world while the first press was self produced by us and was only available in our own online shop. 

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
The reactions we got were very positive and came mainly from the underground by people, who have the ability to listen very intense and aware to music. Like us they are also able to dive into music. To get into our music you have to do that in that way, because our songs are mostly very long. I think fans of black metal possess that ability and are also used to songs with lengths over 4:50 min. 

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are a band which keep all doors open. Our fundament is black metal but we also allow our minds to add all kind of ideas and styles to it, as long as it helps the songs going forward and expressing the emotions we want to transport. Our songwriting process is exciting every time because songs may develop in directions we never thought of in the first place.

12.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
All three of us bring in different types of ideas and we don't want to stick to a certain genre or band. More variety brings more ideas. We allow everything from major oldschool heavy metal over swedish death metal to underground black metal and so on.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Sitting together, having a good beer and an interesting discussion about all kinds of stuff. :-)
14.Before we wrap up tihs interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you  OccultBlackMetalZine for the interview and thank YOU who reads this right now for your interest in those questions & answeres and in the music & words of IMPERIOUS. Pro Salute Omnium!
Sertorius on behalf of IMPERIOUS

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/imperious-interview.html


Ancient Moon/Prosternatur/Secretum Secretorum/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 Split CD Review

samedi 19 mai 2018 à 19:44

  This  is  a  review of  a  split  from  2  international  bands  from  Europe  Ancient  Moon  and  Prosternatur  with  the  album  being  called  "Secretum  Secretorum"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ancient  Moon  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  occult  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  melodic  guitar  yet  dissonant  guitar  leads  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  their  track  being  over  18  minutes  in  length.

  Vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  uses  some  melodic  singing  at  times  while  the  spoken  word  parts  gives  the  song  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  along  with  the  song  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Western  Occultism themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Ancient  Moon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Prosternatur  a  band  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  ambient  style  synths  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  while  melodic  leads  is  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sumerian  Occultism  and  Ritualistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Prosternatur  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Zi  Dinger  Isatum  Kanpa!".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult  black  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.       

 





  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/ancient-moonprosternatursecretum.html


Griddam Arghamath Interview

samedi 19 mai 2018 à 02:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Griddam Arghamath is composed by Vladavhel (all pads and ambient sessions) and Arghvarât (all instruments and voices).
It was formed in 2015 with the intention of recording many ideas that we had dispersed for years.
At first I thought that this project would only last a while and we even thought about the idea of releasing each album with a different name.
Then we realized that the project had more strength than expected and we decided to keep it.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far?
We intentionally look for a raw and dirty sound for the most chaotic moments, and a clean sound for the darkest moments.
The chaotic sound is very important because it represents the stage for the concept, everything that can be heard, seen or read in Griddam has a meaning.


3.I see a lot of occultism and esoteric themes in the lyrics that I have read, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
I believe that everything in our reality is questionable, even what has an answer; esotericism raises many interesting concepts of introspection, it is a way of looking at ourselves.
We are not practitioners of any kind of magic but we use occult concepts as a means to get answers and express a message.
Behind all the darkness and occultism of Griddam's letters there is always a philosophical concept.


4.You also have an album concept involving the Tarot Arcana, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
The album "Abysmal Hexagram" is the first part of a conceptual work of four albums.
The conceptual work will have a total of 22 songs, each one representing the darkest part of a major arcana of the tarot.
This work of four albums would be like a guide to understand the Tarot, the letters are inspired by the drawings and their meanings, and at the same time they can be interpreted in many ways, from a literal sense, to a more abstract, philosophical or spiritual one.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Griddam Arghamath'?
The name comes from "Valakalad", a language created by Vladavhel; Griddam Arghamath doesn´t have a literal translation, they are two compound words using names of rituals and invocations.


6.On the recording you work as a duo, would you be open to working with other musicains if the oppurtunity came around?
Definitely not, we tried to incorporate other musicians repeatedly but it didn´t go well for us.
Our way of working is very orderly and we don´t have much patience; we have found the perfect way to make the recordings as we want them to be done.
We have collaborated on other musicians' projects, but in our personal projects we only work for ourselves.


7.You have also been a part of a couple of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you had shared these recordings with?
The two Splits that we have are a mixture of our two projects, we found it interesting to mix the ambient music of Valakornag with the sound of Griddam, "Spectra of the Black Beyond" is a conceptual album in which the two projects are perfectly mixed.
This year (2018) we will have finished a new Split; we're not dropping the possibility of creating a Split with other bands, but the opportunity hasn't appeared yet.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We don´t do much promotion but we have received very good reviews not only from black metal fans, Griddam has influences from Ambient, Death, Thrash, Doom, etc. so it is accessible to a larger audience, the reception has been very good.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
That's something I think a lot, the raw sound is something that will always be maintained, and as for the compositions we can assemble an album with more ambient parts; we plan to create at least one album per year, as long as possible we will, so we are constantly creating new ideas, and really the amount of material we have is very large.
I want each album to have a unique identity and at the same time not lose the essence of the previous ones.
We have ready our second LP (Offerings for Witches) that will appear at any time, and we are starting the recording of the third, Griddam is a project that doesn´t stop.


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?
The influences are many, I knew the music through rock bands of the 70s, 80s like Black Sabbath, The Cure, David Bowie, etc.
Perhaps there is some melodic influence of bands like that, but the sound and the compositional form are mostly influenced by black metal, bands like Bathory, Burzum, Marduk, Emperor, etc.
And some things from other styles like Asphyx, Obituary or even Kreator... Really the amount and diversity of bands we listen to is very broad, there are influences from everyone and at the same time we try to create unique songs that do not look like anything.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I enjoy my time in solitude, I dedicate my free time mostly to music but I also like literature, especially about mythology and esotericism.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the support and your time!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/griddam-arghamath-interview.html