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Arctos Interview

mardi 6 août 2019 à 21:17
“For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?”



1. We are a Canadian black metal band that plays music inspired by the barren and majestic landscapes that surround us.



“In September you got your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2017?”



2. Musically the full-length and the EP are very similar in many regards. One notable difference is that the full-length was recorded entirely using our personal gear. No sampled drums, no digital amp modelling, just our sound as it might be heard in a live environment. We’re really pleased with how that turned out; it’s a sound that is uniquely ours.



“What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?”



3. I think we are quite up front about a lot of our subject matter. Disillusionment, solitude, and misanthropy are themes that we explore often, and the full length deals with these, but there is a definite theme of mortality and it’s many faces. I think that as a society, we find ourselves at a strange juncture where it has become fully acceptable and feasible to simply check the boxes and merely exist. I don’t think enough people push themselves to deal with adversity or negativity head on and instead focus on finding the quick and easy solution to their problems. We see this all too often, and though people take this half-assed approach for a time and get by relatively consequence free, there will come a time when you will face a situation that has no easy solution, and your character will be found lacking. If nothing else, this album will hopefully encourage the listener to take control of their life’s path and to rise to meet the challenges that will be inevitably thrown at them.



“What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Arctos’?”



4. Arctos is a latin word that means, as we understand it, ‘bear’ or ‘Northern people.’ We found this to be quite fitting for us as we are heavily inspired by nature and our Northern habitat



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



5. The artwork is a photograph taken in the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies here in Alberta. I think that the image captures a beautiful face of our world that often people are not willing to see. Winter’s in Canada are harsh and cold, and many people will never push themselves to leave the warmth and security of their homes unless they absolutely have to. The wilderness has so much to offer, and to behold a mountain sunset in the middle of winter is an experience like no other. In the background of the cover you can see some low mountains. These mountains are a very recognizable feature from the town of Canmore, but this is a view of them that many will have never seen. That in itself reinforces the idea behind the album’s title.



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



6. We were fortunate enough to tour Western Canada with Wolfheart in 2018 and those shows were absolutely fantastic. Our approach to stage shows is quite simple; we put on a show that we would want to watch. If we aren’t sweating and sore at the end of a set, we haven’t done our audience justice. Too many bands half-ass it on stage and we aim to never be counted among those ranks.



“Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?”



7. Not many. Were playing a festival in Edmonton called Black Mourning Light in October, but after that, we likely won’t be playing too many local shows for a while. We have designs on playing in Europe, so we will like focus our efforts on getting there. Weve been deep underground for awhile, so things are starting to ramp up quickly.



“On the 2017 ep you had also done an 'Amon Amarth' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their song?”



8. Amon Amarth was a gateway band for many of us from the world of Thrash into Death Metal and other extreme metal genres. It seemed fitting to pay homage to a band that had inspired us as young musicians.



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



9. The response has been excellent. With the EP, we ended up shipping a lot of albums to Japan, Australia, Europe, and every time I did I felt so connected to the world. Black Metal can be found everywhere and it feels fantastic to provide our art for so many people from all corners of the globe.



“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?”



10. Once Arctos started becoming more than just an idle ‘jam-space’ project, I began to quit all the other bands I was involved in. Our other guitarist Jeremy has a Melodic Death Metal band called Valyria that he is quite involved in. Jacob is involved in some secret death metal projects. Nick does his own writing that he doesn’t like sharing with people.



“Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?”



11. We have spent almost 5 years of writing and refining our songs, and I believe that we have developed our sound quite well. Up til now, myself, Nick, and Josh have been the primary contributors to songwriting, but moving forward I have no doubt that our music will be more a more collaborative effort with all the band members. We will continue to improve our craft and will do so by building upon the foundation of music that we have already set.



“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?”



12. Black Metal, Thrash Metal, and Classical music are probably the biggest styles of music that have influenced our sound. Dissection, Moonsorrow, Behemoth, Iced Earth, Winterfylleth, and Windir are all bands whose music has provided inspiration. Composers such as Rachmaninoff, Tchaicovksy, Wagner, and Beethoven are certainly drawn upon for inspiration as well. I find myself listening to a lot of Havukruunu, Bane, W.A.S.P., Bewitcher, and Helrunar these days. Also a bunch of ambient music like Endless Melancholy and Musicformessier, as well as some synthwave like Dynatron and Perturbator.



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



13. I certainly encourage anyone who picks up Beyond The Grasp of Mortal Hands to listen to it front to back in the correct order at least once, and pick a time and place where you can do so without interruption. In my opinion that is the ideal way to be introduced properly to an album. Music can very easily become simply ‘background static’ and I would like our listeners to make a decisive effort to become acquainted with our art in as intimate a way as possible. Also go hiking and get out into nature if able.

https://arctos-northernsilence.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Arctosofficial/ 

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


Mavorim/Aasfresser/Purity Through Fire/2019 Double EP Review

mardi 6 août 2019 à 21:06

  Mavorim  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  stark  and  austere form  of  black  emtal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  double  ep  "Aasfressor"  which  consists  of  6  brand  new  tracks  and  4  unreleased  demo  songs  and  will  be  released  on  August  18th,  2019  by  Purity  through  Fire.

  A  very  epic  and  ambient  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  utilizing  depressive  and  epic  sounding  melodies.

   Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  unreleased  demo  tracks  also  adds  in  more  of  a  90's  influenced  black  metal  style and  also  mixes  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death,  murder,  paranormal  activities,  hate,  paganism  and  Germanic  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mavorim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  raw  and  epic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  double  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aasfressor"  "Ein  hasserfullter  Giest"  "Hort  der  Seligkeit"  and  "Qualen  zerreilben  vernichten".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/0I6bAUzDnmY 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/mavorimaasfresserpurity-through.html


Urne Buriall/Demo#1/2019 Review

lundi 5 août 2019 à 20:36

  Urne  Buriall  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  demo.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  mixes  both  the  heavier  and  atmospheric  parts  together.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  very  melodic  style.

  Urne  Buriall  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  takes  the  raw  old  school  style  and  mixes  it  with  the  more  modern  and  atmospheric  form  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Urne  Buriall  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nokken".  8  out  of  10.

https://urneburiall.bandcamp.com/releases     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/urne-burialldemo12019-review.html


Zloslut/Sahar/Morbid Chapel Records/2019 CD Review

lundi 5 août 2019 à 06:45

  Zloslut  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Sahar"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  towards  the  end  synths  are  also  used. 

  On  this  recording  Zloslut  takes  their  music  into  more  of  a  modern  occult  black  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover Occultism,  Spirituality,  and  Philosophy  themes  along  with  one  song  being  inspired  by  Hindu  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Zloslut  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Quest"  and  "To  Break  The  Cycle  Of  Samsara".  8  out  of  10.

www.zloslut.com

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


Grue/Final Transmission From Tomb-World Earth/Ah Puch Records/2019 CD Review

lundi 5 août 2019 à 04:54

  Grue  are  a  band  from  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  into  more  of  an  apocalyptic  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Final  Transmission  From  Tomb-World  Earth"  which  was  released  by  Ah  Puch  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  apocalyptic  soundscapes  in  the  background  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  done  in  more  of  an  angry  and  shouting  style  of  black  metal  while t he  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  One  song  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  and  some  tacks  also  brings  in  a  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Most  of  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  a  modern  style  of black  metal  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also  making  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  the  album  progresses,  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief use  of  stringed  instruments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  end  of  human  civilization.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Grue  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  apocalyptic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Degenerate  Remains  Of  A  Sorcerous  Race"  and  "The  Voices  Of  Time".  8  out  of  10. 

https://grue.bandcamp.com/ 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/gruefinal-transmission-from-tomb-world.html