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Verwesung Interview

mercredi 22 février 2017 à 06:00
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Verwesung is a black metal project that I founded in 2015. The only member is me, Paha Henki, although I sometimes get help by guest musicians. Even if this project basically is my second solo-BM-project (I already founded Todesnacht a year before), I had the visions for this project long before and so e.g. the lyrics of the first demo already got written in 2013 and I sadly just wasn't able to record them until late 2015.. But this project for sure is something like the center of my art, meaning that I got much more plans with it than with any other project I'm involved in and so spend the most of my time and energy into Verwesung...

2.In 2016 you had released 4 demos with this project, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well, it really depends. I got some recording problems at every demo and also each one got a different concept. The first demo was a nihilistic tribute to the norwegian necro sound of bands like the almighty Sort Vokter, the second demo more was a chaotic hate-filled massacre of raw black metal and was the most inspired from bands like early Absurd, Goatmoon and Satanic Warmaster..although I also experimented with some Noise elements and got a guest part by a Horrorcore rapper; the third demo is a story of vampyric suffering and also much influenced by Satanic Warmaster/The True Werwolf but even more through mighty LLN bands like Mütiilation; the fourth demo still is depressive vampyric black metal but this time I was more influenced by Saatkrähe/Sale Freux. And of course you can't play vampyric black metal without a obvious Darkthrone (Transilvanian Hunger-era) influence, haha!

3.You refer to this project as being 'raw vampyric black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in vampirism?
Blood is life, so consuming blood is a act of anti-life worship for me. Especially if it is human blood then it can be very misantrophic, I mean just think about how many Vampyres killed humans just to drink their blood. If this isn't a total act of misantrophic death worship then what is? Also, who could suffer more than someone who is condemned to live eternally?

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with this project?
My hatred for mankind and religions & my interest in nature, nihilism, death and dark art. And all the suffering of my soul...

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Verwesung'?
It's German for "putrefaction" and I guess this name just fitted the best to describe the sound of the style of black metal I play. Rotten, melancholic, raw, depressive,... With lyrics about death and similiar topics...

6.With your projects you release a lot of material, do you spend most of your time creating and writing music?
Yes. I think that, beside listening, I spend the most time with creating music and other forms of art.
7.With this project what are some of the things you are able to bring out musically that you have not been able to with your other musical projects?
I guess I have projects for every thing that goes with me in my life, haha..
Depression (Per La Lumon, Todesnacht)
Anger/Misantrophy (Teufelskopfstreitkolben, Per La Lumon, Todesnacht)
Vampirism/occultism (Per La Lumon, Verialttari)
Experiments with other genres (Kindstod, Enbilulugugal)
Verwesung just units it's all as my main-project.

8.PahaHenki Productions recently re-issued one of your demos on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
That is a wrong information. There is no label called "PahaHenkiProductions" (yet), that's just the name of my bandcamp if any you could call it a netlabel. And all my demo tapes of this project got released by different labels yet, I only self-released the third demo as a CDr limited to 16 copies. The following other demos got released by this labels: Narcotic Necro Nihilism - Narbentage Produktionen
Crushing Thy Existence - Barbatos & Wulfrune Worxx
Tiefschwarze Todessucht - Wulfrune Worxx (also as CDr on Deadly Maelstrom Records)

9.How have black metal fans worldwide reacted to the musical style of 'Verwesung'?
Mostly positive if they are familiar with my influences and like them. Of course if you don't like rotten underground black metal and only listen to plastic commercial metal that is made by and for posers then you will hate Verwesung..and I welcome that!
I only produce art for myself and the very few true worshippers of darkness out there...

10.Where would you like to see this music hea1d into musically during the future?
It depends, the 2 upcoming splits will have the sound of my last 2 demos. The next, fifth, demo is finished to 33% and for now the sound is very fucked-up and the most similiar to the second demo..filled with more hatred than vampirim; but who knows how the finished release will look like, haha. Other planned upcoming releases are some EP's that could end up very different but I don't wanna reveal too much information to them now.

11.Are there any musical influences that are able able to bring into this musical project that you are not able to do with the other groups you are a part of?
Yes, I have or play in some other projects, but only with Verwesung I reach the rotten, vampyric, suffering, melancholic sound that I love so much. Last year I released a demo of my side-project Verialttari and that also has a very similiar sound but I did some experiments with the vocals, drums, etc and so even there the sound is different from Verwesung. I mean, even the sound of every of Verwesung's demos is different but I must say that it got better and more like I intended from release to it just can get better in this way I guess and seriously hope with my whole ghoulish heart...

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Visit my dungeon at and await more stuff soon! Some splits are planned and also a fifth demo and a promo tape!
Also thank you for the interview and I hope I reached some rotten souls with it.
Hail DarkneSS! Hail Death! Hail Nihil!
-Paha Henki, MMXVII

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Orm/Self Titled/Indisciplnarian/2017 CD Review

mercredi 22 février 2017 à 05:43

  Orm  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  melancholic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Indisciplnarian.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody. 

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  female  vocals  are  also added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  ritualistic  and  melodic  chants  are  also used  at  times  and  the  last  two  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  towards  the  end.

  Orm  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melancholic  and  melodic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  Paganism,  Magick,  Ancient  Times,  and  Supernatural  Creatures  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orm  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melancholic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Of  Your  Blood"  and  "Apotheosis".  8  out  of  10.


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Gra/Ramsvarta Tankar/Carnal Records/2017 Single Review

mercredi 22 février 2017 à 04:49

  Gra  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  single  "Ramsvarta  Tankar"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Carnal  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  single  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  also  remains  very  true  to  a  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  style  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  tribal  style  percussion's  and  they  close  the  single  with  a  cover  of  Lord  Belial's  "Osculum  Obscenum".

  Gra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  the  darker  side  of  ancient  Scandinavian  Pagansim.

  In  my  opinion  Gra  are  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ramsvarta  Tankar".  8  out  of  10. 

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Coldborn/Lingering Voidwards/Final Sacrifice Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 21 février 2017 à 05:44

  Codborn  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Lingering  Voidwards"  which  was  released  by  Final  Sacrifice  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  ambient  and  they  also  mix  in  with  both  the  heavier  and  melodic  sides  of  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  while  deep  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with melodic  vocals  and  spoken word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  while  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of t he  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Coldborn  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  while  having  its  epic moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Coldborn  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Call  Of  Death's  Clarion"  and  "Withered".  8  out  of  10. 

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Animo Aeger Interview

mardi 21 février 2017 à 04:20

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?

After the recordings were done in December 2015 we immediately started working on new material or, putting it more precisely, on two rather different EPs, which will hopefully both be released within the next month.

2.In December you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

For the "KotzeAdel"-Album we once again had decided to work together with Jan Oberg / Hidden Planet Studio, which explains the similarity of the "KotzeAdel" sound to the one presented on the "Fieber" EP.
Concerning the music itself, I would claim that it takes a rather different direction than everything we recorded before, especially when you compare it to the previous album "Storchenwahrheit,-wirklichkeit".
As you probably can see for yourself, there is a more furious aspect to the music, it's just not supposed to be as pleasant as before... sure, there still is a lot of sugar to it, melodic junk you know, but in general we've tried to emphasize the contempt and the disgust felt when writing the lyrics even more than on our earlier works.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Pus in all its dimensions. Roughly explained, the lyrics are dealing with being human and everything that is attached to this. There are a lot of negative feelings and thoughts which find their way onto these ragged note papers I hold in my shaky hands when writhing at the microphone. As mentioned before it's mostly scorn, disgust and pain... although there's no denying that there's also a bit of amusement about the seriousness of man when tackling the matter of life unthinkingly.

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

Well, when we founded the band the lyrical focus mainly has been put on this lunacy thing, on where to draw the line between illusion and so-called reality, the cosmos that's meant for everybody.
Due to this semi-philosophical approach, the term animo aeger is supposed to mean "mad" or "lunatic", albeit you may have doubts about the grammatical correctness.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, do you prefer working as a duo opposed to working with a full band?

Absolutely. After almost 15 years of playing and writing music together I can't imagine a more effective social combination in terms of creating music than Greis and me. There probably won't be a "full line-up" except maybe for live occasions, inshallah.

6.When the band still did live shows, what where some of the best shows that you played?

At that time, about 13-11 years ago, there hasn't been a single show where I wasn't too drunk to detect if I just shit my pants, so you probably imagine how low we set the bar of professionalism. We just were pretty lousy, yet devoted to this kind of spirit at that time.

7.The new album was released on 'Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions' are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

Without exaggerating, I can say that I've never been so content with any other label/band cooperation, which hasn't been on a more private level as for example with Eternal Rabies Kult.
When I first checked out the BHN homepage and read the header "Record label for unconventional underground art" I was already sure this would work out.
Of course this isn't a major label, which means there are limits to its financial capabilities, but so far we've gotten more support on every level than I would have dreamed of.

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

To be honest, I don't really know nor do I care enough to be whoring around on Facebook or any other platform that hasn't primarily to do with what the music is about. I assume there are a lot of fans of pure Black Metal who resent our music, especially the vocal style it incorporates, and I totally understand that. On the other hand, there may probably be some people who the depressive aspect of our music and this whole self-destructive urban narcotic thing appeals to.
I haven't gotten any more feedback than some reviews which often created the impression of having been written by people rather astounded by our musical variety... mostly positively.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

There a plenty of other bands and projects which are developing just great but I don't find this the fitting context for bragging about stuff which ain't related to Animo Aeger.

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

No idea! As I said before, we are recording two new EPs, so right now I don't really care about what might come next. I'm definitely not expecting that we'll keep up this level of productivity after having finished the recordings. Both of us have a lot of business to attend outside of the AA-cosmos so there'll probably a longer time without new material.

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?

We are always compared to the same bands, such as Bethlehem, Dornenreich, Agrypnie, Goethes Erben and Grabnebelfürsten. In this list there's just one band who seriously have had an influence on what style we were keen to play back in 2003/2004 and if you have read some of the older interviews you know that I'm talking about Grabnebelfürsten.
At this time we have also been listening to lots of other stuff within the Black Metal genre but of course our musical horizon has expanded since then.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?


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

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