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Dikasterion Interview

mercredi 13 novembre 2019 à 21:17
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


The band is born in 2017 in Liège. It was an old sleeping project of PzKpfw, Cinis and I originally called "Grimweld". Our vision back then was to play an old school black-thrash inspired by the Australian scene. The first rehearsal took place on 6th january in the cellar of an old bar. After few minutes of improvisation, some strong forces have lead us to a complete different style, more dark but still rock'n'roll-vibed. Few weeks after, Hanghedief joined us. First as session member for the recording but we quickly offered him to join the band.

Each of us have different taste in matter of music but we have the exact same vision about what Metal should be and about the rock'n'roll plague poisoning our veins. Our mission is to bring back the Old Spirit with our devotion and passion for this lifestyle.


2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?


Both have been recorded in our rehearsal room in Brussels. They differ by the style and let's say the technical evolution. The demo is more raw and catchy but the riffs of the EP are a bit more elaborated. We want to keep it simple, no technical bullshit or show-off solos. Straight to the point and in your face.


3.Your music does bring in a great amount of 90's era Finnish influences, what is it that has drawn you to this style?


Even if we love this scene, we didn't decide it. It arrived naturally after few minutes of rehearsal. I think what brought us there is our attachment to the 80's-90's scene music & valors.


4. A lot of your song titles show a historical content on both recordings, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?


First of all, we didn't want to be part of this occultish wave of bands flooding for few years now. We are not a "ritualistic" band. We play for the pleasure of music and the passion we have for it.


Most of us studied history. We're all attached to our culture and folklore in general. Our songs tell stories about different topics like sorcerer legends or historical events from our area.


On the demo, each song (except Warmetal cover) is related to a biblical sentence. Matthew is about the way our behaviour and passion can bring a powerful darkness amongst us.  Exodus is about a old Flemish legend. Revelation is a warning for the fools who would stand against our world.


The EP lyrics are a bit different. Stavelot tells the story of Jean Delvaux, beheaded for witchery and Rome relates the Synodus Horrenda.


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


A lot of people think it's related to ancient Greece. But it doesn't at all. The dikasteries refer to the departments of the Roman Curia. It represents the law courts, councils and congregations that give the Pope his absolute power over catholic Church.


6.On the demo you had also done a cover of Barathrum's "War Metal", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?


This cover is a reflection of our vision about our music : straight to the point, simple, rolling again and again like a war machine.


7.I have noticed there is very little information about the band online except for the metal archives, spirit of metal and bandcamp pages, do you prefer to keep a low profile?


It hurts to say that, but Metal is not underground anymore. We are infiltrated by rats and listening to Metal became something funny and cool. We will never be a real underground band but staying away as much as possible from social media is a way for us to get closer to what underground was.

There is no passion anymore, no devotion, no behaviour,... I keep myself away from social medias and I wanted the same for the band. No facebook, no website, etc. The bandcamp is the only "page" we decided to keep. All other stuffs have been uploaded by labels or fans.


8.Both the ep and demo covers look different but almost identical at the same time, can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork?


Cinis draw them both. The main inspiration is medieval painting and drawing. The demo cover represents the fight inside all of us between light and darkness. The EP one is a mix inspired by the two songs. We wanted something different than a classic black and white bodybuilded goat.


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


We played few shows yet. Mostly in Belgium. The idea behind the band, as said, is to bring back the old spirit and  show our enemies we are still standing. This wouldn't be possible without playing live.


10.So far the band has worked with 'New Era Productions' and 'Armor Fati Productions', do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?


First of all we want to thanks them as much as they deserve it. They did a great job and and they will forever be part of our road. The demo is co-released by Darkness Attack. A long time war brother.

We could have released the demo and EP by our own. Recording and mixing didn't cost much. But these three labels are close friends and as they wanted to release our stuffs, we said yes straight. It was a real pleasure to work with them. We would gladly do it again.


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


Mostly positive. We got really great reviews for the demo and the 7". Of course everybody doesn't like what we do but we don't give a fuck. There is always some cunts writing bad reviews just because they are angry to not be able to create anything themselve. As long as we keep enjoying playing our songs, that's the only thing which matter for us. Haters gonna hate. Fuck them.

The thing is we don't have pretentious ambitions. We don't try to revolutionize Metal or be the band of the year. We play music for the pleasure of playing music. This is it.



12.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


The next release is gonna be another Ep, four songs. We're not in a rush for an album. We'll see when we'll feel it.

The only thing I can promise you is that we'll stay simple and catchy. As much as possible. We're not technical musicians and this is not what Dikasterion is about anyway. Straight to the point, intense, honest, no compromise : this is what we are.



13.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?


My main influence is the Australian black-thrash scene. Especially Deströyer 666. It reflects my vision of metal and my philosophy but it doesn't influence our music that much. 


14.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?


We have different opinions among the band about those topics so it's not what leads us. Our music is based on our vision of the world and our passions.


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


Thanks for your interest and questions. Metal is a live style, not a trend. Keep the flame burning, keep standing and live it with passion and intensity or get the fuck out of our way.


See you in hell !


D.C. For Dikasterion

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/dikasterion-interview.html


Rorcal/Muladona/Hummus Records/2019 CD Review

mercredi 13 novembre 2019 à 20:57

  Switzerland's  Rorcal  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  drone,  post  black,  doom,  sludge  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Muladona"  which  was  released  by  Hummus  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic post  metal  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Spoken  word  parts  and  drones  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  touches  of  post  hardcore,  synths  can  also be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  persons  relationship  with  is  mother  and  how  it  leads  to  murder  mixed  in  with  some  supernatural  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Rorcal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone,  post  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "She  Drained  You  Of  Your  Innocence  And  You  Poisoned  Her  With  It"  "Carnation  Was  Not  The  Smell  Of  Death,  They  Where  the  Smell  Of  Desire"  and  "I  Was    The  Muladona's  Seventh  Tale".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/rorcalmuladonahummus-records2019-cd.html


Arkona/Age Of Capricorn/Debemur Morti Productions/2019 CD Review

mercredi 13 novembre 2019 à 09:16

  Poland's  Arkona  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going into  more  of  an  tradtional  style  of  black  emtal    and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Age  Of  Capricorn"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Debemur  Morti  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  and  grim  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.  Synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  they  give  the  songs  a  lot  more  atmosphere  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are utilized  and  the  songs  also  fit  in  between  the  old  school  and  modern  styles  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, death,  paganism  and  metaphysical  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arkona  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  traditional  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stellar  Inferno"  and  "Grand  Manifest  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/arkonaage-of-capricorndebemur-morti.html


Goat Terror/Unholy March/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 EP Review

mercredi 13 novembre 2019 à 07:48

  Goat  Terror  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Unholy  March"  which  will  be  released  on  November  15th  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later.  When t he  music  speeds  up  its  goes  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  a  brief  use  of  open  note  riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences,  all  of  the  songs  avoid  any  use  of  melody  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very raw  an  brutal  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also h ave  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.

  Goat  Terror  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  blasphemy,  death  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goat  Terror  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "World,  Sacrificed  To  Satan:.  8  out  of  10.

  BANDCAMP RELEASE 

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/goat-terrorunholy-marchsentient-ruin.html


Flukt Interview

mardi 12 novembre 2019 à 20:43
1.Can you give us an update on has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?



A.Ø – First let me introduce the band. I do vocals and guitars, O.K.F do guitars, F.H play drums and S.E do bass guitar. Well I have spent hours after hours online promoting this album. But I have to say the response and reviews we have got so far is beyond great.



O.K.F – We have done some live shows in Norway this year. We were main support for Arvas on their “Equanimity” tour. And we did some shows with Svart lotus and Dalit. Currently we are already working on new songs and planning live shows for 2020.



2.Recently you have your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's and singles?



O.K.F – The album does not differ that much from our previous releases. The style is the same. But I feel like we are getting better for each release as musician and as songwriters.



A.Ø – Like O.K.F said, I think this album is much better written and performed. The pace and level of aggression is raised a lot compare to our previous releases. But Flukt is still Flukt, old school Black Metal. Straight to the point, no bullshit.





3.Some of the lyrics on the new album touch on the occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?



A.Ø – My interest in occult and ancient mysticism have led me to read a lot of weird and I guess nerdy stuff. On the album I write about the Nephilim and the old Serpent. Which are ancient myths and stories you can find in old books and tales from old religions.



O.K.F – Death is a topic that interests us. But we are not into satanism or anything like that.



4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the music so far?



O.K.F – War, especially WW2. As you can tell from our first ep “holocaust”, and also the song “einsatz” on the album.



A.Ø – But we also write about personal matters and thoughts on darker subjects. Like inner demons, evil in mankind, apocalyptic themes and of course death.





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



A.Ø – The main inspiration I had for the album cover was those old devil & demon paintings you can find in medieval churches and religious books. It reflects the overall lyrical theme on the album. As the album title says, Darkness devour. I think Moonring art design nailed it.



O.K.F – For those who have bought the CD, you can find a hand drawn picture of a Nephilim figure in the booklet made by Drawnsword.



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



S.E – The best shows must have been the ones we did on the last Norwegian run we had. We’re the best we’ve ever been, and the energy both on stage an in the crowd has been really powerful.



A.Ø – I agree with S.E, we are better now than ever. For me live concert is a natural high. The adrenaline level in my bloodstream is skyrocketing, and it’s almost like an out of body experience.



O.K.F – We have done some great shows this year, with Dalit in Kristiansand, Svart lotus in Oslo and with Arvas & Istårn in Bergen. To mention a few. We consider ourselves as a great live band. We use makeup, not like the traditional Black Metal bands, we have found our own style. And we try to deliver our music with an aggressive and atmospheric performance.



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



Flukt – We have some great plans for 2020, can’t say much about it now other than we will perform at Vaterland in Oslo together with Djevelkult and Damnation. But what we can say is that there will be opportunities to see Flukt outside of Norway in 2020!





8.The new album was released on 'Dusktone' how would you compare working with them to your previous labels 'Nordic Mission' and 'Sky Burns Black Records'?



A.Ø – All of them has been the “right” step at the “right” time for the band. SkyBurnsBlack was a great starting point, our good friends at NordicMission Productions was a big door opener for us and they have done a lot to spread the name FLUKT. Dusktone on the other hand is a huge step up for us. The label has good distribution and great contacts around. So, I think we have only seen the beginning of what to come for FLUKT.





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





O.K.F – We have had great feedback so far. Releasing an album on Dusktone has been very good for us, reaching a lot more people and new fans around the world.



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?



S.E – Searching the architect have a couple of new songs and plans to release a new album sometime in 2020. A new studio and new equipment take some time to get used to, but it’s full on track for a new release within the next year.



A.Ø – I have a new project together with Ø. Neset and O.K.F. The project is called Terror Machine, and we will release our debut ep during 2020. We are going to record the drums next month! Terror Machine delivers violent and restless Extreme metal.



O.K.F – Me and F.H has something brewing, so there is a lot going on. But Flukt is our main band that we use most of our time on.



A.Ø – yeah that’s true, Flukt comes first.



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



A.Ø – I think we are on a good path with “Darkness devour” so I believe we will continue down this path of deliver cold, dynamic old school Black Metal. Nothing fancy, just flesh and bones.



O.K.F – We have already started making new songs for a future release, still aggressive and atmospheric. But I think it is too early to tell what comes out of it.



S.E – Hoping to bring a bit more ambience and haunting melodies into the mix, but still keeping that dark and old school sound.





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?



S.E – Everyone has their own preferences, for me it’s been a lot of Shadow of intent, Sleep token and Cabal, but also a lot of synth wave and electronic music that I’ve listened to lately.



A.Ø – For me it is the same old music that inspired me now to make music as when I started out. The Norwegian Black Metal scene from the 90s. And extreme metal from the 80s. too many to mention! Lately I have listened a lot to the new Mayhem – Daemon album, and the new record from Djevel.



O.K.F – The 90s Black Metal is a great influence to me, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Gorgoroth and so on. Also, newer bands like Koldbrann, Djevel, 1349 etc. Also Thrash and Death metal bands like Sepultura, Metallica, Belphegor and Deicide. There have been some good releases this year, Djevel, Mayhem, Arvas to mention some.



F.H – The new album from Djevel and Gaahls wyrd is great.



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



Flukt – Thanks for this interview and for the great review you gave “Darkness devour”. For the readers out there, support the underground by going to shows and buy music!


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/flukt-interview.html