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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


Striborg/Spiritual Catharsis/Satanath Records/Death Portal Studio/2018 CD Re-Issue Review

samedi 19 mai 2018 à 02:35

  Striborg  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2004  album  "Spiritual  Catharsis"  which  was  re-issued  in  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Death  Portal  Studio.

  Dark  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  ambient  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  drum  beats  being  programmed  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  ambient  instrumentals  and  another  instrumental  is  more  in  the  black  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Striborg  took  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  mixed  it  with  dark  ambient  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  night,  misanthropy.  forests,  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Striborg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Within  The  Depths  Of  Darkness  And  Sorrow"  "Spiritual  Catharsis"  "Misanthropic  Necroforest"  and  "Black  Metal  is  The  Forest  Calling".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/striborgspiritual-catharsissatanath.html


Asgrauw Interview

vendredi 18 mai 2018 à 06:32
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Asgrauw is busy rehearsing and writing new material. Since our new album ‘Gronspech’ was finished, we blasted off writing a couple of icy tracks for a new concept split or EP.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?

In 2010, Asgrauw  started as a raw, straightforward no-nonsense old skool black metal band. Since, we went in a more atmospheric direction that you find on ‘Krater’. The new album ‘Gronspech’ builds on this and is more varied. With added spoken words, synths, field recorded samples and distorted bass lines. Asgrauw worships 2th wave of Scandinavian Black metal. We’re heavily influenced by bands from the golden era like Ulver, Arckanum, Dodheimsgard, Emperor and Dimmu Borgir. But we break those nineties boundaries by adding personal touches to the music. Every band membe adds something unique to our sound. Kaos is rooted in pissed-off streetpunk, while Faal likes raw and unpolished black metal. Batr is nostalgic about atmospheric 2th wave black metal, while he’s into fusion jazz and psychedelic music. Throw these influences in a rusty old concrete-mixer and there’s Asgrauw.

3.On the website you have also cited an infleunce from the People's Temple suicides in the 70's, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this cult?

We’ve released the “Utopia” 7 inch split with Meslamtaea. Both sides of this vinyl record deal about our pessimistic view on mankind. The Peoples Temple was guided by the charismatic megalomaniac Jim Jones that became a ‘God’ for his brainwashed, fear-filled community. At the end, their rainforest paradise was crushed and Jim accompanied his people to death with poison. In our views, this is not much different from what’s happening with the world on a global scale.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album?

We always write lyrics about topics that interest us, and those often differ from the average black metal themes. We keep all the lyrics for ourselves. The second album 'Krater' is about the post-apocalyptic world after an exploding supervulcano, which is unfortunately a realistic vision (Yellowstone). The new album 'Gronspech' is something different and it sounds more nature-inspired. Gronspech was the first name of the town Groesbeek: a name that was written on a document from year 1040. Asgrauw is rehearsing in Groesbeek, and two of our  members have their roots in this town. Hence the above-average interest in local history, old stories and legends from Groesbeek.

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

The band name Asgrauw has multiple facets. Asgrauw is a ash-grey color, a state of mind and a moonphase. Every meaning of the word is negative. Just like us.

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

Good performances? Well, most of our gigs are in local dirty shitholes for a handful of drunken people. ‘Sathanas in Gloriam’ in Baroeg was definitely a highlight for the band (as far as one can speak about a highlight), and Diabolical Echoes in Maddogs (in our hometown Groesbeek). Both are quality black metal festivals. We perform our shows with lack of any stage-entertainment. We only play for ourselves. In a number of live reviews we are blamed for that. Good! For us it’s only about the music and the negative atmosphere that it breaths. There’s no fun involved and the band is introvert and apathetic. Don’t like it? Don’t book us. In a live-situation we are a completely different band than on our records. On a stage we are a rancid black-punk trio. We play everything (too) fast, dirty and loud, while on the records we are much in control.

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

No.

8.In 2017 you where a part of a split with 'Meslamtaea', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Meslamtaea is a one-man project and that guy is our drummer and producer. So we can’t say what we really think about his music, haha!  Meslamtaea is a unconventional black metal project that was raised 20 years ago. Everything has been played by Batr himself. On the 7 inch, though, Kaos contributed with spoken poetry. This went out so well, that he did this on our new album Gronspech very frequently.


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

It’s always pretty much quiet and silent around the band and that is because we do not put effort into promotion. We’re in the rehearsing room rather than on Facebook, where the whole black metal thing seem to happen these days. Fuck that shit. Asgrauw was raised only for ourselves and we have no ambition to become Internet pop-stars. Black metal is a bit of a thing from the past for us, we're nostalgic about the times of cassettes and vinyl and copied black/white zines. Asgrauw’s only purpose is to expose our induvidual negative emotions in an expressive way.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the other band members are a part of?

We don’t have 10.000 noisy drumcomputer projects going on, desperately hoping for one that becomes the new hype. Asgrauw is no #1 priority for every bandmember. Faal is also guitarist in Walpurgisnacht and Batr is multi-instrumentalist in his projects Sagenland & Meslamtaea, while he's doing session work for bands like Cultus and Heervader.

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

We follow our own individual and egocentric path and we never know what happens next week. We are working on new material that is more difficult and diverse to play than what we’ve done before. But a hateful, cold and atmospheric sound always predominates.

12.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?

We listen a wide variety of music. Of course old skool black metal, mostly 90's stuff. But we also put much inspiration from street punk, fusion jazz and 70’s psychedelic stuff.  Don’t like it? Good!

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

No

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


Katari Interview

vendredi 18 mai 2018 à 06:16
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We came to the surface at the beginning of 2006 with the purpose of making a black metal; singular; crude and poisonous (and we achieve it), with a clearly antagonistic stance towards the repudiable society and its diabolical system.At the moment we have rehearsals, demos, 1 EP and now with our debut album, which is already released.


2.In May you have your first full length album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo's, split and ep?

It is sarcastically titled "Ave, Rex Ivdaeorvm" and was made with a larger budget than the previous works, so in terms of sound and editing is notorious ..This album brings themes from previous works and rehearsals that underwent some slight changes, Both, in music and in lyrics, so the final result is a bestiality multiplied.



3.This is your first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Never rests when creating music is, so all this time were very fruitful for the polishing of these themes and to compose more music, both KATARI and other projects.


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

Katari takes a strange thematic of desires and twisted dreams (in some cases ,very personal),  taking  total destruction and anti-Christianity as a source of inspiration.



5.From looking at the song titles and band logo I can see a lot of hatred for Christianity, do the band members also have an interest in Satanism and Occultism?

We have zero interest in Satanism or occultism.  we only surrender to the wisdom and beliefs of our ancestors, based on total respect for nature (Pachamama)


6.I know that the bands name means 'serpent' in Quechua-Aymara language, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the pre Columbian cultures?

That's right, I'm very passionate about the subject for many years and until now, so much so that I consider myself an Awqa (Warrior) of Tawantinsuyu and far below to consider myself "Peruvian" I am and I will die being a proud son of the sun (INTI)


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?

Not now, later if we are forced to recruit 2 or 3 support musicians to give live shows.


8.What have been some of the best shows that the band has done so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

It's been many years since the last time KATARI poisoned an audience, I think all the shows were very good, the bangers always responded in the most insane and blasphemous way.


9.Would you be open to doing more live shows in the future?

Of course, I do not date yet, but at some time Katari will once again destroy scenarios and liquefy brains


10.The new album is coming out on 'From Deepest Records'. can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
F.D.R. is the label of the band created in 2013. Until now r, 2 works have been released "At Peace" (2013) and now with the debut album.

 In the future , the idea is release works of other brothers hordes.


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

Honestly, it is what I am least interested in reading. I am someone who is not influenced by compliments or criticism.


12.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes,  currently  I have 2 separate projects, one named "HAYLLI" that has nothing to do with Black Metal, it's a project that I named it "Inkasic Metal" style,

 I already have a demo released last year, but I only shared it with close comrades, I hope this year I will release a couple of themes that are pending.

My other project has no name, it is only represented by the symbol "∞" (mathematical symbol of infinity) this is an experimental project of guitars and dark basses,

 I do not have demos yet, but for August of this year I will release a good single twisted.



13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I only wish to see the serpent (KATARI) materialized in a sculpture made of pure cursed material (rehearsals, demos, EP's etc).

 That is the goal, to poison the whole world with our Black Metal.



14.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?
When I composing, I enter a chaotic and nostalgic trance, of music that has always inspired me, bands of different styles such as Los Saicos (Peru),

 Black Sabbath, Mortorhead, Acid, GBH, Mercyful Fate, Possessed, Bathory, Narcosis (Peru), Sodom, Pentagram (Chile), Burial, Blasphemy, etc

And well, lately I'm listening to many rocky oddities of the 60s and 70s, and of course, a lot of world folklore and ambient music.

Long live the damn Internet (hahahaha)



15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just thank you for the interview, and greetings from my cave, very far away ... in the mountains.

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


Utburd/The Horrors Untold/Satanath Records/2018 CD Review

vendredi 18 mai 2018 à 05:56

  Utburd  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "The  Horrors  Untold"  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  guitars  and  nature  sounds  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  couple  of  later  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers,  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Utburd  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is very  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Utburd  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rise  Of  Dagon"  "Pickman's  Truimph"  and  "Waiting  For  Death  Is  Worse".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/utburdthe-horrors-untoldsatanath.html