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Suffering Interview

mercredi 25 juillet 2018 à 05:39

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are currently looking for more gigs and have a couple of things in the pipeline. Also we are getting ready to release our first album titled 11 soon.

2.Recently you have released a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you where going for with this release?

Like i mentioned in the previous question we haven’t released it yet but we are hoping to have it released next month (august). It has taken some time due to financing everything ourselves and the thing called “life” getting in the way. For Suffering though we are all big fans of black metal and its various subgenres and also doom metal too so play a mixture of black and doom but more on the black metal end of the spectrum. Playing songs with our kind of subject matter the best and most effective way to get the message across and the right atmosphere it has to be played in a black metal format.

3.The band has been around since 2012 but you waited until this year to put out the full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

Yes that is correct. Originally the band was started in 2012 with various members from other black metal bands from around the country but due to distance/travelling etc it was too difficult to make it work so i stopped the band until roughly 2 years ago when i found a whole new lineup which luckily came together very quickly and just over a year later 11 was written and recorded.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with Satanism and The Occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts has evolved during the years?

I don’t really like to go into too much detail about these kind of things because i think a lot of it should be discovered and researched yourself without somebody holding your hand and showing you the way but i have many many years of research into satanism, occultism, ritual, ancient civilisations and their gods/demons etc and our themes and interests run deep to the point where subjects to choose from could never be exhausted. 11 has many themes and subjects running through it but tied together by mainly one thing but what those themes are is something i will let people discover for themselves and make their own minds up.

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

When i originally started the band is was just a straight DSBM band pretty much but when i ressurected the band i felt that subject matter for a DSBM band would be very limiting for me personally. I would have plenty to write and sing about but i realised that those subjects were something i wasn’t ready to whole heartedly face and shine a spotlight on so to speak but those elements are still there in our music and is a underlying thing. Maybe we will return to the full DSBM at some point, who knows? So now in the context of that band we feel it still works and fits nicely because EVERYTHING is suffering, life, the need for money, work, family, children, relationships, being alone, being with people, mental health, illness, religion. It is all suffering and everybody suffers to some extent every day, some more than others but we all do plus we wanted our music to portray that also. We want people to suffer with us through this experience whether it is listening to our music or seeing us perform live.

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

The artwork was my brainchild and direction. It represents various parts of the album in a visual sense and every little thing on the artwork has a specific meaning individually and as a whole. One thing that also helped is that it was pencil drawn and then painted by my talented wife who runs Enchanted Woodland. https://www.facebook.com/enchantedwoodland/

7.I have noticed from what i have seen of pictures from live shows the band members wear cloak's on stage, would you consider your life performance as being ritualistic?

Yes that is a very exactly correct observation. Ritual is a very big part of this band also 11, whoops i gave away one of the albums subjects then but in all seriousness yes ritual plays a big part.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans fir the future?

Well we are on the look out for more gigs of course but currently we are arranging to travel to the Netherlands because we have been asked to play a gig over there but other than that nothing in concrete just yet.

9.In 2017 you where also a part of a compilation, do you feel this release was very helpful on getting your name known in the underground?

Not really haha. It was a good thing to be a part of and appreciate being asked but it didn’t really have any impact on anything at all, negative or positive.

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

We chose to do everything for the first album entirely ourselves to have complete control over everything because as a new band i don’t think you should jump into the “corporations” and business side with labels until you have decided and found where you are going yourselves but once the album is released we will certainly be looking for a record label for the future of the band.

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

It has only been on a very small scale at the moment because we have only officially released 2 or 3 songs so people are yet to hear the whole thing. With this band you can’t listen to one or two songs and understand what we are about or what we do because our songs, inspirations, styles we incorporate are so vast. Once people listen to the whole of 11 then they will know but so far from what we have heard from people it has been very positive, although i think some people are missing the point entirely but like i said i think that would be down to not hearing the whole album so they can’t make a justified and accurate opinion.

12.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?

Currently nothing. I am the only member of the band that has other projects/bands but all of those are currently inactive due to Suffering being the main focus. I do have a full length solo album fully recorded that i have been sitting on since 2014 but that may or may not ever get released. I am also planning a follow up at some point to the E.P They Won’t Stay Dead by my project Perverted Funeral Home but that could be either in the near or distant future.

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

The same direction that features on 11 but the only difference will be that our new music will features all of our elements amplified. The heaviest thing on 11 will be even heavier on the follow up, just like the most melodic/atmospheric thing on 11 will be even more melodic/atmospheric on the follow up etc. Bands must always grow and evolve but that doesn’t mean changing entirely and abandoning what you have done before. That is being dishonest with yourself and the people who follow you.

14.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?

Black metal and doom metal are the obvious ones, with a bit of death metal but not too much haha. And obviously we are inspired by all the standard black metal bands you would expect to be named so i won’t waste time on that but bands that i personally would say that have been big influences and played a big part in our forming would be Shining, Skitliv, Akercocke, Triptykon, Primitive Man and My Dying Bride to name a handful.

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

Thank you for doing this interview with us and also for the very positive review you did for us. It is greatly appreciated. We hope that people will check out 11 when it comes out and give us a chance. Also come see us live and witness the way this band is meant to be presented. AVE! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/suffering-interview.html


Pando/Hiraeth/Aesthetic Death/2018 CD Review

mercredi 25 juillet 2018 à 04:41

  Pando  are  a  duo  from  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  ambient,  experimental  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hiraeth"  which  was  released  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Field  recording  start  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and    epic  in  length  along  with  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  drones  also  being  utilized  as  well  as  some  ambient  style  synths  and  when  vocals  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Drum  beats  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  deep  demonic  vocals  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  when  programmed  beats  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  industrial.

  Female  vocals  and  elements  of  noise  are  added  onto  the  second  track  along  with  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  one  song  also  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  as  well  as  some  bass  guitars,  voice  message  samples  and  folk  instruments  also  being  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  country/blues  influences,  harmonica's  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  On  this  recording  Pando  takes  black  metal,  ambient,  experimental  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Pando  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  experimental,  avant  garde,  noise  and  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "l'appel  du  vide"  and  "Horror  Vacui".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/pandohiraethaesthetic-death2018-cd.html


Nagaarum/Apples/Aesthetic Death/2018 CD Review

mardi 24 juillet 2018 à 06:20

  Nagaarum  are  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  progressive,  ambient  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Apples"  which  was  released  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Avant  garde  sounds  and  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  the  second  track  shows  the  music  getting  a  lot  of  heavier  along  with  some  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them 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  black  metal  feeling.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  progressive  and  experimental while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  grim  black  metal  screams  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  post  rock  are  added  onto  the  recording  and a  couple  of  later  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars,  drones  and  female  vocals  into  the  music.

  On  this  recording  Nagaarum  takes  experimental,  progressive,  black,  doom  metal,  ambient  and  post  rock  and  mixes  them  together to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  that  covers  the  history  of  3  scientists  Isaac  Newton,  Robert  Hooke  and  Edmond  Halley  and  their  contributions  to t he  scientific  world  and  thinking.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nagaarum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  progressive,  black,  doom  metal,  ambient  and  post  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Isaac"  "Robert"  "Edmond"  and  "Modern  History".  8  out  of  10.     

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/nagaarumapplesaesthetic-death2018-cd.html


Cemetery Urn/Barbaric Retribution/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review

mardi 24 juillet 2018 à 03:49

  Cemetery  Urn  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  barbaric  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Barbaric  Retribution"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  blackened  death  metal s creams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  war  metal  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  an  old  school  death  metal  style  as  well  as  some  doom  metal  influences  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Cemetery  Urn  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  old  school  death  metal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  war  and  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  murder,  death  and  torture  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cemetery  Urn  are  a  very  great  sounding  death  metal  group with  elements  of  war  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Victim  Defiled"  "Down  The  Path  Of  The  Dead"  "Semblance  Of  Malignant  Mastery"  and  "Tendrils  Of  Defilement".  8  out  of  10.



    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/cemetery-urnbarbaric-retributionhells.html


Suffering/11/2018 Full Length Review

dimanche 22 juillet 2018 à 20:52

  Suffering  not  to  be  confused  with  the  bands  from  Poland  and  Norway  of  the  same  name  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  album  "11".

  Ritualistic  gongs  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  along  with  the  music  also bringing  in  some  80's  and  90's  influences  without  sounding  outdated  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in length  and  one  song  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  retro  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  depressive  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Suffering  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  a  lot  of  different  types  of  black  metal  together  with  elements  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suffering  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Releasing  The  Eleven"  "Conjuration  Through  Black  Horns"  and  "Rebirth  Through  Cursed  Dirt".  8/5  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/suffering112018-full-length-review.html