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Gravatus Interview

mardi 13 août 2019 à 09:09
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

It began at the end of 2007 from a rather obsessive fascination for the unknown or hidden aspects of life, specifically the ones which most people prefer to avoid or suppress. Be it the inner struggles that we may experience at certain points as well as external factors which in turn can have a decisive impact on one's identity. Using music to express this strife seemed most appropriate, as Schopenhauer wrote: "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."

2. Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Strictly musically speaking, besides using a different gear as opposed to all other previous albums, I believe that there is a shift in regards to the compositions and their stylistic approach on the new album, although, as with every new album, I prefer to experiment instead of clinging to a particular formula or sound. Whether it's perceived as progress or not, that remains entirely subjective, though naturally, the goal is to achieve better results each time.

3. While this project is solo you usually only release an album once every few years, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Soon after releasing my previous album "LI_E" released in 2016, the new album came as a necessity to further explore the conflict and the contradictory nature of deception in our lives. Needless to say, each album requires an immense effort and that alone can be very time-consuming, without taking into account the mundane affairs of day-to-day life.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?

The main concept for the new album is set to underline the paradoxical relationship between truth and deceit and how these notions have shaped our civilization. It's somewhat ironic since, without the implications of falsehood, our species would have never evolved to this extent. On the other hand, the truth remains untouched, out of our reach and thankfully so, since I consider that knowing it would lead to our imminent extinction sooner than we might expect. With every release, I always conclude that there is still so much room for improvement and all skills are either linked to each other or interfere with one another, thus, for one to "grow" it's not always enough to target only a specific domain. Art is not restricted to one area of expertise.

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

Gravatus is Latin for sick, burdened or weighed down, which can be extrapolated as a reflection of our frail and fallacious world. Illnesses come in so many forms and they define our very essence. To keep it short, there's something terribly wrong with all of us.

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

The idea behind the artwork is that of an opening towards the Abyss, constantly falling into its never-ending void. The name of the album as well can be translated as "And then foolishness has opened its mouth", referring to the lack of understanding for the world around us and the tragedy that emerges from this concept.

7. With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I have never been interested in collaborating with other musicians and it will remain like this when it comes to this project alone. Inspiration cannot arise at one's whim and working with others, at least in my case, would strip away the significance of my endeavor. This project will remain exclusively personal.

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

So far, all offers from record labels have been rejected as I am not interested in signing up. This project will remain independent without any appeal for the industry.

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

With the risk of falling into a somewhat counter-intuitive grounds, I have little to no interest concerning the reaction of other people, regardless of their musical background, as the main motivation for creating this music stems from a different context, one which is void of any egalitarian leaning. I focus more rather on reaching a larger audience, while opinions will always fall to last-place.

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

The future, like many other things, is just as uncertain, however, the "great plan" is to keep creating music and cross new boundaries.

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?

I consider that any serious musician ought to expand on their musical preferences and seek to appreciate other styles that may appear exotic at a first listen. Generally, I listen to anything that simply sounds good to me, with total disregard to the music genre or the people creating said music. Of course, the impact of the early Norwegian black metal scene is undeniable, though the works of classical composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov, Erik Satie, Antonin Dvorak or Prokofiev have also marked a profound influence as well throughout my compositions. Recently I've found myself drawn to the vibes of dark jazz, for example, Bohren & der Club of Gore or Parov Stelaror. As for metal, some of the newer bands that I strongly recommend would be Psicosfera, The Clearing Path, Lunar Mantra or Dysylumn.

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

Word — that invisible dagger. (E. Cioran)

Thank you for the interview.

Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/gravatus-interview.html


Superterrestrial Interview

mardi 13 août 2019 à 09:01
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

·         Formed in 2017 with a clear goal of writing space-themed black metal and combining it with dark ambient synths. Martin and Warren, having played together in various bands previously, have been writing music until they had an albums worth of material ready. Once that stage is complete we enlist the help of Jon and Tom on bass and drum duties respectively, recording the album over many weeks in a local studio



2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the recording you put out last year?

·         Not a great deal musically, it still sounds like Superterrestrial, however we do feel that the overall songwriting and composition had improved. The biggest change would have to be on the final track “Moreton Wave” which has a great spacious feel and clocks in at just over 10 minutes long



3.Your lyrics cover a lot of space themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

·         It is something that really interests us all, the fact there is still so much to know (and that we will probably never know). The main part we really focus on is the vastness of it all (hence the album titles) and how much there is (or isn’t…) up there



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

·         It means “above the earth” so it was the perfect choice!



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

·         It was painted by our guitarist Martin, it’s his interpretation of a landscape on another world



6.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

·         Nothing at the moment due to commitments with other bands. We will never say never though…



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

·         We have received a bit of interest but we are self-releasing everything at the moment through Green Flaw Productions



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

·         Positive from what we have seen, although we don’t really search anything out or spend much time online



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

·         We have no real desire to change anything for the next one for the sake of change, however we do take inspiration from far and wide so we are very open to the music evolving itself. So watch this space…



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?

·         Mainly we are inspired by Black Metal (and all it’s variations) and also synth driven soundtrack scores (mainly John Carpenter)



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

·         I can’t say we have many as it all revolves around music, but obviously our interest in the vastness of space and the pursuit of the mysteries that it contains. Oh, and decent ales, the darker the better.



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

·         Just thanks for your time and to anyone who takes the time to check us out.

Spotify

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/superterrestrial-interview.html


Orm/Ir/Indisciplinarian/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 11 août 2019 à 10:29

  Orm  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ir"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Indisciplinarain.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later. Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount of  melody.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments,  synths  can  also  be  hear d in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  mythical  tales  about  man  and  nature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding recording  from  Orm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Baer  Solen  Ud".  8  out  of  10.

 http://www.facebook.com/ormband
http://www.ormband.bandcamp.com
http://www.instagram.com/ormmusic

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/ormirindisciplinarian2019-full-length.html


Draagyn/Majesty/2019 Single Review

dimanche 11 août 2019 à 08:40

  Draagyn  is  a  solo  project  from  an  unknown  area  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  self  released  2019  single  "Majesty".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  track  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  second  later  while  the  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  song.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  psychedelic  moments.

  Draagyn  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  black  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  her  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional for  being  a s elf  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Draagyn  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/draagynmajesty2019-single-review.html


Mortem/Ravensvart/Peaceville Records/2019 CD Review

samedi 10 août 2019 à 08:58

  Mortem  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ravensvart"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Peaceville.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  atmospheric  sounding  synths  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  music  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  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  Norwegian  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  at  times  the  music  captures  the  avant  garde  atmosphere  of  Arcturus  but  mixes it  in  with  a  more  traditional  black  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  darkness  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mortem  are  a  very  great  sounding  Norwegian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ravnsvart"  "Demon  Shadow"  and  "The  Core".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/9MkoDnFN67M

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/mortemravensvartpeaceville-records2019.html