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Rraaumm Interview

mercredi 10 juillet 2019 à 03:32
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Well, first of all, thanks for your interest. I’ve been recording music by myself ever since I came across – more or less- usable recording gear. The very first demo recordings I ever did were actually on one of those horrible 1-track mobile recorders. So, around two year ago, I started getting interested in modular Synthesizers and inevitably bought some and began to record sounds with them. I combined some of those recording with some guitar melodies, which I had lying around for year, and started writing songs. The final result is „The Eternal Dance At The Nucleus Of Time“.   2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The whole style is a bit more melodic and better produced compared to what I normally record. However, I didn’t really have any framework or anything else in mind. The only rule, I set myself, was to leave my own comfort zone. That’s why there are more guitar melodies, guitar solos, ambient parts and an overall better production. 

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

Lyric wise, the record is sort of a concept album. It describes the astral projection of an unknown individual who wants to wander beyond the stars and the known galaxies It ends at the centre of the universe, the ultimate chaos, where Azathoth, the Daemon Sultan, rules all time and space and is eternally encircled by a horde of dancers. The person basically ends up being part of that neverending circle of dancing figures and won’t make it back to his physical existence. Hence the title. A huge H.P. Lovecraft-worship. 

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

Weird name, isn’t it? It basically dates back to a lyric of a former band. The text passage was „Raum ohne Zeit ohne Raum“ and stuck with me ever since. When I had to find a name for this project, I couldn’t think of any better term to describe the indescribable. The infinite space and the relativity of time, the feeling of inner and outer void and basically not belonging anywhere. At least to me, the term „RAUM“ perfectly described all that. So, the name is some sort of a tribute to that band and especially a huge bow to that vocalist. 

 5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?   It’s an older drawing that Kamazid did two or three years ago. It perfectly describes the concept of the record: An astral projection getting dissolved in black spiral vortices of the universe. It’s way more simplistic than a lot of his album covers, but it really fits the album perfectly. Fun fact: The drawing wasn’t even intended for this record in the first place and I always wondered where to use it eventually. So, when I finished this whole record, everything fell into place.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, what is it that you feel makes you stand out a little bit more to the other solo black metal projects?

Probably nothing, haha. It is special for me, since I put a lot of work in it and am quite pleased with the way it turned out. Sure, in hindsight, I’d change some bits and bobs, but overall, I’m really satisfied. If it stands out among other solo black metal projects is a question, someone else has to answer.   7.There is very little information about the band other than the bandcamp, metal archives or 'Van Records' page, can you tell us a little bit more about the lack of media?

Yeah, that’s mainly due to the fact, that I don’t really believe it’s necessary for this project at all. The music should be in the foreground, not the people behind it. Then again, social media accounts are nearly inevitable nowadays, so I might change my opinion on that at one point in the future.   8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

I don’t really know, honestly. I haven’t read any reviews so far and right now, I am just glad, that it’s got released in such a great way. Apparently some people seem to enjoy it and some seem to dislike it, but that’s fine. You can’t please everyone.   9. What is going on with your other musical project 'Haxenzijrkel' these days?

I hope you don’t mind, that I‘d prefer not to speak too much about Häxenzijrkell in this context. We do have some plans for the future, but don’t want to spoil them anytime soon. Time will tell.   10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I’d kinda like to refer to „The Eternal Dance At The Nucleus Of Time“ as a full-length, anyways. But I am working on a few ideas, which might develop into a follow-up and a few people have already heard a more or less finished track and the reception has been pretty well. Musically it’s getting a bit more tightened in terms of songwriting, but everything else is way too early to conclude. The finished track is a bit more rockier, but some ideas will turn out pretty harsh. Let’s see if it takes me another year to finish it.   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?   Lately, I mostly listen to Iron Maiden, King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, some older Black Metal bands such as old Samael or old Mayhem and some Noise/Drone/Ambient acts. The latter definitely sparked my interest in synthesizer, whereas Maiden is the sole reason for ever picking up a guitar in the first place. But I’m not sure, if those influences are actually hearable in the music, I make.

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

Thanks very much for the opportunity to do this interview and keep up the good work! .UPON THE NARROW PATH BEYOND THE STARS.

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Poroniec/Demo/2019 Review

mercredi 10 juillet 2019 à 03:04

  Poroniec  are  a  duo  from  Poland  that  plays  a  classic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  avant  garde  structures  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  demo.

  Avant  garde  style  keyboards  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  deep  black  emtal  scene  as  well  as  some  growls.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  keyboards  are  also  used  on  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Poreniec  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional  sounding  while  also  adding  in  some  of  the  more  modern  avant  garde  and  dissonant  style  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  existential  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Porniec  are  a  very  great  sounding  classic  black  metal  duo  with  some  avant  garde  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Codziennosci".  8  out  of  10.       

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Derkaz/23:58/2019 Demo Review

mardi 9 juillet 2019 à 02:37

  Derkaz  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  demo  "23:  58".

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  war  metal  feeling.

 At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  cavernous  sounding  along  with  the  only  track  on  this  demo  being  over  8  minutes  in  length.  The  song  also  brings  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads.

  Derkaz  plays  a  style  of  black/death  metal  that  is  very  cavernous  and  bestial  sounding  along  with  some  touches  of  war  metal. The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Derkaz  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  black/death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  demo.  8  out  of  10.           

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Burguli Interview

samedi 6 juillet 2019 à 20:18
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I recently release the album Ombres which I have to give thanks about the review you done and, well, not much. I’m trying to distribute Ombres and thinking about next. I have to fix ideas but probably next will be a and album made entirely on keyboard. Which was almost all made during my period living in Edinburgh (Scotland). And more in the future keep investigating with common instruments (guitar, bass…) moreover keyboard, and very probably traditional instruments from Iberian Peninsula, Where I am from.

2.Musically how do all of your releases differ from each other?
Actually, I think they don’t differ a lot. I try all of them have a common look. Although, it’s true that, if I made something no so common, is to introduce to the future works, we could say. One example of that could be, next solo keyboard album I told about in previous question.

3.Some of your lyrics deal with Satanism and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
I became curious about black arts during my teenager, reading books like Satanic Bible, Magick of Alesteir Crowley, Sacret Magic of Abramelin… And, even though I haven’t read proper books for a while, I kept interested in it and downloading and buying some.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
Lyrical topics of Burgûli use to be Darkness, entities between realities and other worlds, occultism, and one topic that I like a lot, past. In particular, next work will talk about ancient gods of Iberian Peninsula.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Burguli'?
Reality is, that before I arrived to Burgûli, there was a complex process. I wanted something simple but that summarize the essence of Black Metal. So, first of all I though, obviously, in the word “darkness” but in some language, that can’t be Mordor Speech, as we all know that’s Burzum. So, I though in other tongues that could fit and like. I though in Spanish, German… try to find in some Celtic… But I realize none of them sound enough dark to me. Then I reflect on which was darkness tongue. That was Mordor Speech, of course, and I search through the one ring poem of “The Lord of the Rings” to find in the last verse the word “Burgûli”, that means Shadows. And I think that in some way, the world and humanity nowadays is a shadow of a more epic and greater past.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the recent album cover?
Darkness is a topic that is always in my mind, and that all albums must have in some way. So, for the cover I needed some that represents that, and that was, once again, Mordor, the dark country where there’s no light and all is covered by a perpetual darkness.
I looked for different artists and illustrators and found that illustration by Rod Mendez, that fits perfectly with my idea. A picture of Mordor that was easy to recognize, with Mount Doom and Lugburz.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the name you use 'Lord Gothaur'?
I’m a great fan of Tolkien’s work, and reading “The Silmarillion”, I found “Gorthaur” as a name with elves refer to “Sauron” during the firsts ages of The world. That means something like “The Bloodthirsty”. I like and I took it. But I added the “Lord” to make it more magnificence, importance, powerful.

8.On the albums you record everything by yourself, do you have any experience working with full bands or line ups?
In fact, I don’t. I have lot of friends who have their own band or play in bands, but I’ve never played in one. Is for that reason that it has been a hard work every step I’ve done. Beginning from a thing as simple as record myself, until, recently, master my own themes. Of course, I haven’t learned all by myself, it has been through tutorials on youtube, music forums, asking friends, friends of friends. And there’s a long a way to go down yet.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Nothing in particular. There are people who like a lot, people who don’t like. People who just think is a very personal project. Very different points of view. Can’t never like to everyone, moreover when you are doing a so particular work.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I can’t imagine in any definite way. And, I don’t think much about. I just do what I want and try to spread my darkness as much and as far as I can. I reflected about many times, and is not good to focus on a very definite idea, as its very common things doesn’t happen as you thank about.

11.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?
I focus on the artists and on the way or vision that they give than just on the music. I like Bathory, Burzum, Taake, Darkthrone, Nargaroth, Drudkh Isengard...
Well, recently I’ve been listening Summoning and Moonsorrow, two very good bands in their respective epic sound.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, give thanks to you for your review and for this interview. Give thanks to whoever read this interview and listen Burgûli. And just say to get shroud by darkness and don’t allow the light consume you.

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Tableau Mort Interview

vendredi 5 juillet 2019 à 22:08
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Tableau Mort started in 2017, initially as a solo project. In November 2017 two other members joined and we started to rehearse the songs in the shape you can here on the album.
Tableau Mort current line-up is:
James Andrews – vocals
Cristian Giurgiu – guitars
George Topor – guitars, keys, backing vocals
Radu Vulpe - guitars
Marek Basista – bass
George Bratosin – Drums, backing vocals

Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
It’s difficult to talk about the musical style as we can’t be 100% objective. Most of the times the listeners hear other things and influences in the music than the artists themselves. In our opinion, our style is primarily black metal with touches and flavours from other sub-genres. Most of the riffs are tremolo picking black metal chord, some death and doom metal riffs here and there, deathcore-like bass drops, some progressive odd time signature parts… so, a bit of everything but still black metal.

The lyrics cover 'Romanian Orthodoxy' themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in that topic?
We find orthodoxy and everything related to it in general very sombre, gloomy and spiritual at the same time. Orthodox music is literally darker than most of metal and it is absolutely fascinating.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tableau Mort'?

Long story. In 2002, our guitarist, George, got as a present from his friends, Paul and Ana Maria Balan, one of their paintings. As a child, George’s son was terrified by that painting and he named it “the dead painting” (Tablou Mort, in Romanian). We French’d it a little bit to make it sound more exotic and we ended up with “Tableau Mort”

Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
After we finished recording the album, we started to look around for artists for the album cover, and one day we found this page “Nether Temple Design” belonging to Alex Shadrin and we fell in love with all his work. We picked a few artworks initially and finally we stopped at the original version of this one as we thought it was reflecting our music. We contacted Alex and he volunteered to add a few more touches to the original artwork so it suits our music better.
Our T-shirts are also designed by Alex

The pictures I have seen of the live performances look more like a ritual, can you tell us a little bit more about your stage performance? 
It took us almost two years to go out and play live. We discussed a lot about the live show and we invested a lot of money, time and energy to make sure our stage presence matches the music. To us, the visuals are as important as the music itself, we like to offer people a show, not just another average performance.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album cover?
We are currently discussing with a few promoters and festival organizers but we will only be seen live where we can bring our full production. We won’t compromise just for the sake of playing a lot of shows and tick boxes.

On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
The reaction was 100% positive so far and that is really rewarding as we have put a lot of effort in this project and motivates us to go on.

Most of the band members also have experience playing in other bands, what is it that you are able to being into the music of 'Tableau Mort' that you were not allowed to do with your previous groups?
We all have played in different bands previously but not necessarily in a black metal one. Black metal is more creative, allows you to experiment more musically, lyrically and visually, gives you more freedom to express yourself.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hard to tell, we really don’t know. We write the music the way we feel, not necessarily having genres and templates in mind so we don’t really know how we will feel in 5 years’ time.

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?
Not sure if any bands had a direct influence on us but there are a few bands that everyone in our band likes: Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Batushka, Uada.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Listen to our album as it’s fresh and different. Some said it’s addictive too, haha!

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