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Ergholae Somptator Interview

jeudi 11 novembre 2021 à 05:30

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?




Ergholae Somptator is a metal duo. Honoratus plays the guitar duties and Jérônymous the drums, we both howl dark poetry in our native langage. We started in south of France circa 2013 and released pretty quickly by our own a demo called 'Raptus du fané', then the mini-album 'Morendo jusqu'à la fin'. Our first album 'Eau ardente' was released last year through Marwolaeth records. We create a difformed black metal full of rawness, energy, avant-gardism, chaos and creativity.






2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of November, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?




It differs in every steps of its creative process. It is based on an intricate dialogue between the guitar and the bass parts whereas its predecessor was built on layered guitars and sheer rawness. We changed our way to compose and also our production. The first album was recorded and mixed by ourselves with our own material while 'Mille vertiges fondent sur les âmes vides' was recorded, mixed and mastered in a studio by a great sound engineer.






3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the releases?




We use to write our lyrics as poetry. We speak mainly about human, time and nature. The new album explore these themes once again, with darker feelings. The theme of fire is also very present. 


We develop on that album a new approach for the singing, we thought about the singing parts and the lyrics before the instrumental were completed, whereas on 'Eau ardente' the singing parts were made after everything was written. Another difference is that this album was created around several rehearsals.






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




These two words were created on purpose to describe our duo. We wanted something rather unusual and strange, with dead language sonorities. By chosing abstract words, we avoid restricting our music with concrete images.






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




As we said, there is a thematic leitmotif on this album around fire, the one that attracts people, that make them flee or consumes them, summarise by the Latin verse In girum imus nocte ecce et consumimur igni highlighted in the album inlay. The cover is quite abstract but it comes from images that relate to fire. We also created a logo especially for this album, which tie the name of the band to the name of the album in a single impulse.






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




Ergholae Somptator is and will stay a duo, but we eventually call some external musicians if we need. For example, there is some trumpet on 'Morendo jusqu'à la fin' that we weren't able to play, so we called for help.


Also, on 'Mille vertiges fondent sur les âmes vides', the bass has been played by another musician for releasing ourselve from that duty during the studio recording. The musician played exactly the bass as it has been wrote.


For playing our new album live, we will need a bass player.






7.The new album is going to be released on 'Code666' how would you compare working with this label to 'Depressive Illusions' and 'Marwolaeth Records' your previous labels?




It's a new experience. What Code666 propose for our music is bigger, wider, and on a totally different level than our previous releases. This is a logical consequence to us because we wanted to push this album on a higher dimension. So we are very satisfied of how the things are evolving.






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




For the few who notice our existence, we got great reactions and very positive feedback from various countries.


Surprisingly, we seem to be more known outside France, when we thought singing in french could have reached the french speaking public better.






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




We have a lot of wishes and ideas. We are aware of what we want and we know what we do. We take each release as a new playground, so our music will always see some evolutions or changes, but this will always be true to our black metal mark.






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?




All the music we listen to have an influence, in a positive or negative way. We haven't exactly built ourselves listening the same metal styles, so this participate in creating the singularity of our music.


Honoratus has a lot of Devin Townsend on his playlist recently, Jérônymous is more into Camille Saint-Saëns. 






11.What are some of your non musical interests?




Drawing, painting and clay sculptures for music video.






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




Thank you for this interview and the review.


https://www.facebook.com/ergholaesomptator
https://ergholaesomptator.blogspot.com/
https://ergholaesomptator.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/ergholae-somptator-interview.html


Vita Odiosa/L'Estasi Del Trapasso/Lupus Niger Prod. And Distro/2021 CD Review

jeudi 11 novembre 2021 à 04:58

 


  Vita  odiosa  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "L'Estasi  Del  Trapasso"  which  will  be  released  on  November  30th  by  Lupus  Niger  Prod.  And  Distro.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  synths  also  bringing  in  elements  of  ambient  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.


  Melodies  are  also  added  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  stringed  instruments  as  well  as  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  sorrow,  desperation  and  death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Vita  Odiosa  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  ambient  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maschera"  and  "L'Estasi  Del  Trapasso".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/vita-odiosalestasi-del-trapassolupus.html


Gort/Humanitas Dolor Mundi/Vacula Productions/2021 CD Review

jeudi 11 novembre 2021 à 03:19

 


  Italy's  Gort  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Humanitas  Dolor  mundi"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals a re  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  The  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  focusing  mostly  on  the  faster  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to a  heavier  direction,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.


  On  this  recording  Gort  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  war,  destruction  and  misanthropy  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gort  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On  Blackened  Soil"  "Negative  Delusion"  and  "Eternal  Denail".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/gorthumanitas-dolor-mundivacula.html


Cân Bardd/Devoured By The Oak/Northern Silence Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 10 novembre 2021 à 04:50

 

   

  Cân  Bardd  are  a  duo  that  plays  an  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  folk  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Devoured  By  the  Oak"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Northern  Silence  Productions.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dungeon  synth  style  soundscapes and  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  melodic  chants  are  also  added  on  one  song.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  clear  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swiss  and  English  and  cover  nature  and  fantasy  themes.


  In  my  opinion   Cân  Bardd  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  with  elements  of  folk  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Une  couronne  de branches"  "Crépuscule"  and  "Autumn  Shore".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/can-bardddevoured-by-oaknorthern.html


Kravt Durch Krebs/Schmerzkörper/2021 Full length Review

mercredi 10 novembre 2021 à 03:41

 


    Kravt  Durch  Krebs  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  lo-fi,  avant  garde  and  dissonant  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  noise  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Schmerzkörper".


  A  very  fast, r aw  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  dissonant  structures  at  times  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  music  also  has  its  avant  garde  moments.


  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks also  introducing  ambient  sounds  and  noises  onto  the  recording  and  each  track  also  sounds  very  different  from  each  other,  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also b e  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  New  Age  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Kravt  Durch  Krebs  are  a  very  great  sounding   raw,  lo-fi,  avant  garde  and  dissonant  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  noise  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Schmerzkörper"  "Erwartungsparasit"  and  "Das  letzte  Aufbamen".  8  out  of  10.


https://open.spotify.com/album/4Sud0N4y5sHlS8x7ch4Ix1
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9QYTEUCsKjgwNgAnUS3bcg

https://metaldevastationradio.com/thebeast/blog/16719/new-promo-kravt-durch-krebs-schmerzkorper-black-metal

https://youtu.be/FoVAPmKgt5A             

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/kravt-durch-krebsschmerzkorper2021-full.html