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Sznur Interview

mercredi 14 avril 2021 à 02:26

 

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?


Seth: The album was recorded in october 2020. We received final mix in december. Since that time we’ve managed to sing up with GodzOvWar for release that will take place on 17.04. Negotiation of the details of release, cover artwork etc. also took some time. However we’ve been rehearsing hard and started work on new stuff.


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


S: It’s much better haha… First of all we have a live drummer now. Very creative guy who put a lot of human madness into the drum parts. Second – the studio and producer. Absolutely brilliant work done by Mr. Heinrich. No doubt, one of the best metal producers in Poland with huge sense and dedication. Third – the music. It’s a bit more complete and for sure better arranged than on previous albums. Still dark and furious but melodic. Bass parts are really good and there are some surprises in samples... 


3.A lot of your lyrics also cover misanthropic, death, anti human and suicidal themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what these topics mean to you?


ZERO: I can’t agree that the lyrics are anti-human or misanthropic. There were no special emotions during writing them. They simply express how stupid, primitive, filthy we are. How much ignorant we are. I wish „ Dom Człowieka” to be receive rather a documentary than hatefull manifesto. There is nothing left to hate anyway. I sing those lyrics with a smile on my face. 


4.Your music is heavily  rooted in the old school black metal style, do you feel that the classic bands are superior to the modern bands?


S: Hey, we’re modern band right? Joke of course. I’m into the scene since 90’ so it’s somehow natural for me to create music rooted in old school classics. However I truly appreciate the modern bands especially for the music in itself. Are the pioneers superior? I don’t know. The progression of the whole Black Metal as a genre is fascinating. It is almost 40 years of evolution in blasphemy and exploration of musical extremes. And still there is some magic to step into.


5.I know that the bands name means 'rope' in Polish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?


S: Yes...


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


ZERO: We’ve only played once. We dress like a workers of funeral company and just like them, we try to do our best work.


S: We’ve played only once in January 2020 before the Covid shit. Regarding the fact that we were rehearsing for about 3 months as a band, the show was really good. You may check some fragments on YT anyway. We are trio so I use octaver to cover the lack of bassist.


7.The band started out as a solo project, do you feel you have accomplished a lot more with a full line up?


S: For sure! Now the band is in completely different condition than when I’ve formed it some years ago. We’re now a band consisting on three individual artists. Each one of us is giving his best to create a wholeness of artistic creation called Sznur. It’s not only the music but also lyrics and visual art. 


8.The new album was released on 'Godz Of War Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?


S: We’ve trade some cds before so we were in touch. Concerning the profile of the label it was our first choice and somehow a dream to be released under their banner. I was really excited when Greg decided to cooperate with us and I’m sure this is the best way for all of us. I guess no other label would have enough guts to release this kind of controversial art.


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


S: I don’t know. I don’t care. We’ll see….


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


S: We already have some new tracks. We set no artistic limit to ourselves, so the the music will progress all the time. Maybe it’s more brutal and experimental but still melodic and in the vein of nordic BM. We hope to record new album by the end of this year. But it all depends on too many aspects to mention. Strange times...


11.What are you currently listening to nowadays?


S: Many different things. Besides classic metal stuff I trully enjoy stoner, sludge, psychedelic rock… Sometimes ambient and synthwave stuff… My favourites from last weeks are: Biesy, Odraza, Blut Aus Nord, Weedpecker, Trup, Ihsahn, Urfaust, Dead Can Dance and Richard Wagner...


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


S: Thanks for the interviev. I hope we all finally fucking die…

ZERO: Eat more vegetables


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/sznur-interview.html


Zhmach Interview

mercredi 14 avril 2021 à 02:05

 

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

We are band Zhmach from Minsk, Belarus. We play lo-fi euphoric black metal with a touch of d-beat since the start of 2021.


2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

We imagined that if we bought a cassette on the advice of a seller in the minsk open-market "Zhdanovichi" in the early 00s, who said that it was "kickass black metal", this cassette would turn out to be zhmach. Also there are some bands that we were influenced by, mainly Wulkanaz from Sweden, Bergtatt of Ulver, Stormblast of Dimmu Borgir, Satanic Warmaster, russian punk bands such as "Korol' i Shut", Ksilema and others.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

Our texts are a collage of russian underground artists' lyrics translated into English. Basically, these are the phrases that we found interesting as they would create a sense of mystical experience that accompanies the music. Also we do not touch on the topics of satanism, misanthropy, nihilism, depression and so on. We have nothing against it but it's just not our themes. We are one of those bands that uses the voice more as a musical instrument rather than a specific message.


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

Zhmach comes from the russian verb "squeeze". So zhmach is a squeezer. He is a kind of creature that squeezes something with his mighty hand. He can squeeze your balls while you listen to our music or squeeze the whole universe, he's a very interesting person.


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

We just took our old photo taken in a place where we often spent time. It has a quiet sense of magic and early spring that resonates a little with the music on the ep for us.


6.Are any of the band members open to doing any live shows in the future?

There are no such plans yet, but we'll see.


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

It would be interesting to collaborate with labels. I think there are labels that would like to release our music, but we haven't found each other yet.


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

The reaction is minimal, but despite this, there are also some positive reviews. So thank you for your support!


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

We will live, accumulate ideas, impressions, and when there is some reason to make a record, we will do it. But it may not happen, it doesn't matter. Tons of music were released in the past. Tons of music come out every day. And most bands can also provide physical copies, branded clothing, wristbands, grillzas with their logo and other useful stuff.


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?

We love almost all kinds of music, the main thing is to look for what you like. As for me personally, my favorite musician is Aphex Twin.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

The major interest is music, but we like to explore all forms of art. We also like walks, trips, food, like ordinary animals.


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

D-beat!

https://zhmach.bandcamp.com/releases

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/zhmach-interview.html


Unendlich/Paradox Of A Broken World/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 13 avril 2021 à 05:47

 


  Unendlich  are  a  solo  project  from  Maryland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Paradox  Of  A  Broken  World"  which  will  be  released  in  July.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  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  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  both  the  modern  and  old  school  styles  of  the  genre.  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  keyboards  also  being  utilized  on  a  few  tracks  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.


  On  this  album  Unendlich  takes  the  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  styles  of  black  metal  and  mix  them  together  a  create  a  very  aggressive  sounding  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  observation  of  human  hypocrisy  and  absurdity.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Unendlich  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wisdom  Of  Suffering"  "Inner  Kill"  "Culmination  Of  Hate"  and  "Paradox  of  A  Broken  World".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/unendlichband 


  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/unendlichparadox-of-broken-world2021.html


The 8th Window/Wandering The Wasteland Of The Joyless Existence.../Atomic Zombie Records/2021 EP Review

mardi 13 avril 2021 à 04:33

 


  The  8th  Window  are  a  solo  project  from  Lawrence,  Kansas  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  "Wandering  The  Wasteland  Of  the  Joyless  Existence..."  which  was  released  by  Atomic  Zombie  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  guitar  sounds  before  adding  in  some  heavier  riffing.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic style  and  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.


  Vocals are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  melody  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  and  whispered  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.


  The  8th  Window  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  apocalyptic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  The  8th  Window  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Me"  and  "Them".  8  out  of  10.


https://atomiczombierecords.bandcamp.com/album/wandering-the-wasteland-of-this-joyless-existence

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/the-8th-windowwandering-wasteland-of.html


Temple Nightside/Prophecies Of Malevolence/Nuclear Winter Records/2021 EP Re-Issue Review

mardi 13 avril 2021 à 03:00

 


  This  is  a  review  of  an  earlier  ep  from  Australia's  Temple  Nightside  which  also  showed  their  early  ritualistic  and  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  the  ep  was  originally  released  in  2011  and  called  "Prophecies  Of  Malevolence"  with  the  re-issue  coming  out  in  May  on cd  by  Nuclear  Winter  Records.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  bestial  growls.


  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  doom/death  metal.  Black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  ritualistic  sounds  also  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  at  times.


  Melodic  chants  and  throat  singing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  chaotic  style  along  with  most  of  the  songs  having  an  interlude  in  between  them,  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Necromancy,  Death  and  Mysticism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  temple  nightside  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  and  occult  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Incipit  -Relinquished"  "Doctrine  Of  Earthly  Balance"  and  "Somnambulant  Of  The  Void".  8  out  of  10.


https://templenightside.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/templenightsidenecromancy


     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/temple-nightsideprophecies-of.html