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Bekmork Interview

vendredi 4 janvier 2019 à 02:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? 

Although Bekmork are new to the black metal scene it is our goal to deliver a sound reminiscent of second wave black metal, as was produced in Norway and Scandinavia during the early to mid 1990s.

2.You have your first album coming out during the beginning of 2019, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Bekmork is making music in the spirit of Norwegian black metal, which is to say utilizing the style, concepts and inspiration which originated from Bergen and Oslo, back in the formative days of the genre.  During that time period following the the primordial stages of black metal from the continent, such as Venom and Celtic Frost, and into that period which really codified and grew the genre in Scandanavia with bands such as Darkthrone, Mayhem, and Emperor.

3.You refer to your music as being 'true arctic black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term?   

This is meant to invoke in the listener images of frozen landscapes and cold, harsh environments.  I think one of the strengths of those early Norwegian bands, is how their music made the listener feel transported to the arctic circle, a place of vast stillness and death.  This is to direct listeners to our sonic origins much more than being specific to a physical place.  Phrases such as "Norwegian" or "Arctic" Black metal are as much a genre, as they are a point of origin.  Lyrically, sonically, aesthetically and atmospherically, the album was strongly influenced by my time in Norway, although not entirely by any stretch.  We were trying to capture the sound from a frigid place.  But that frozen place can be Norway, or Antarctica, or Canada, or Hoth for that matter.  We are playing in the spirit of Norway, but that spirit need not be specific to Norway.  It can be found anywhere that is icy and dark.

4.Your lyrics deal with Scandinavian lore and Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject? 

"Six Daggers, One Axe" is the story of a Viking king betrayed by jealous Chieftains whose lust for gold overcomes their oath of fealty.  "When Loki Calls" mentions several names from the Norse pantheon and their unique interaction with the author.  "The Bells of Klippe Hule (Summon Forth the Mighty Wakon) is not of Scandinavian origin at all, but rather involves Osage legends regarding cave sprits.  There isn't a single ideological view for Bekmork, as is common in black metal, but rather a cacophony of different ideas all directed into a specific musical style.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bekmork'? 

Bekmork is Norwegian for "pitch dark or pitch black".  We were quite surprised and pleased to discover this name had not already been taken.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover? 

The cover photograph was taken at the entrance to a cave near where the album was recorded.  Although the park where this cave is located is a beautiful area, it also has a dark history of tragedy.  There have been suicides, accidental deaths and even murders committed in the immediate vicinity of the cave.  In ancient times this same cave was believed to be the home of the Wakon spirit.  These factors; the beauty, the tragedy, the darkness and an ancient legend make this place the perfect site for the vibe we were trying to create with the album.  The other photographs in the album were taken during my time in Norway in places such as Bergen and Oslo.  These were chosen to invoke the sonic legacy we were trying to capture and hopefully build upon.

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

"Incantations of the Frigid North" was conceived as a studio album.  The two of us played all the instruments, which would of course be impossible in a live setting.  If we were to present this album as a live show, we would have to recruit additional musicians.  There are currently no immediate plans to expand this to a live project, but it is possible.

8.The album is going to be released on 'Horns High Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?  Horns High Records is a locally based label, with very few bands, designed to help metal bands distribute music.

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

It is very early in the process, so reaction has been limited thus far, but encouraging.  We have had a few very good reviews.  It is nice to hear someone understand what we were trying to accomplish.   Russian black metal band Wintaar, has reached out to us to discuss collaborating on a future split.  We were very happy to know we had the interest of our peers in the scene.

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

We are hoping to get back into the studio in 2019, and are interested in collaborating with Wintaar on a split.  In the meantime, we hope "Incantations of the Frigid North" finds an audience.

11.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? 

There are three albums which I would consider to be the primary influence for Bekmork.  These are Darkthrone "A Blaze in the Northern Sky",  Mayhem "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanus" and Emperor "In the Nightside Eclipse".   These are, of course, the seminal albums in the genre, but this was the idea, to source from the classics.  We also listen to Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Watain, Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Inquisition and Gorgoroth.  I especially like the Abbath solo album released last year.  We love all metal though, not just black metal, so our interests and influences exist beyond the subgenre as well.

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

Bekmork would like to thank OccultBlackMetalZine for taking an interest in the band, and for all you do to promote and grow metal music.  We hope any audience we find understands we approach this music with a deep reverence, and our aim was to contribute to the vast tapestry of black metal.  Hopefully, our listeners will enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/bekmork-interview.html


Se Lusiferin Kannel/Valtakunta/Signal Rex/2019CD Re-Issue Review

vendredi 4 janvier 2019 à 02:01

  Se  Lusiferin  Kannel  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Valtakunta"  which  will  be  re-issued  in February of  2019  by  Signal  Rex.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  more  atmospheric  side  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  riffs  also add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  sundscapes.

  Se  Lusiferin  Kannel  plays a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  misanthropy,  dystopian,  human  extinction,  eschatology,  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Se  Lusiferin  Kannel  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eded  vedet  eivat  saa  rauhaa"  and  "Auringon  valtakunta".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/se-lusiferin-kannelvaltakuntasignal.html


Gruft/Torture Of Rats/Convictus Tapes/2018 Demo Review

jeudi 3 janvier 2019 à 05:50

  Gruft  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  demo  "Torture  Of  Rats"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Convictus  Tapes.

  A  very  distorted  and  noisy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  before  adding  in  some  heavy  riffing  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style  which  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  on  the  second  track  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  small  amount  of  chants  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.

  Gruft  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  chaotic  and  aggressive  in  the  90's  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Gruft  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Blood  Song".  8/5  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/grufttorture-of-ratsconvictus-tapes2018.html


Vessel Of Iniquity/Void Of Infinite Horror/Xenoglossy Productions/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 3 janvier 2019 à 04:37

  Vessel  Of  Iniquity  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  form  of  blackened  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  noise  and  experimental  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Void  Of  Infinite  Horror"  which  will  be  released  on  January  21st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Xenoglossy  Productions  and  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  demonic  voices  in  the  background  while  elements  of  experimental,  ambient  and  noise  can  also  be heard  at  times  as  well  as  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  used  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  black  and  death  metal  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  some  harsh  power  electronics  also  being  added  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Vessel  Of  Iniquity  remains  true  to  his  bestial  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  noise,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Babalon  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Vessel  of  Iniquity  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  metal  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation  Of  The  Heart  Girt  With  A  Serpent"  and  "Mother  Of  Abomination".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/vessel-of-iniquityvoid-of-infinite.html


Ormagna/Self Titled/Signal Rex/2019 CD Review

jeudi 3 janvier 2019 à 02:05

  Ormagna  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  plays  a  very  raw, melodic  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  will  be  released  in  February by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  dissonant  structures  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  angry  black  metal  style  which  uses  both  shouts  and  screams.

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard   on  a  couple  of  tracks.

  Ormanga  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion Ormnga  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  epic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Haskiin  i  Seljunum"  "Ormagna"  and  "Dansar  saurs  og  saurlifis".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/01/ormagnaself-titledsignal-rex2019-cd.html