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Handful Of Hate Interview

mardi 16 avril 2019 à 03:32
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



Well we got a long time recording without any stress but during this period each one of us got personal problems, mainly concerning job and all day life. Our previous bass player simple surrounded letting us carrying on the greater part of the recording sessions. Now we replaced him with a new one and we're rehearsing for next gigs.





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



I like to use to words: spontaneous and mature. More mature and various but at the same time more powerful like never before.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?



Well there are topics we use to deepen since the beginning of our activity like carnality and punishment. Year by year we developed a strong attraction toward the iconography of martyrs, tortures and inner fear inside man. This time we went further including many aspect of the medieval italian and european tradition. We mentioned symbols, heraldry, and feudalism.

This epic aspect meets slower parts into music and powerful riffing. We moved from a frontal attack to a complete songwriting in many different shapes and frames. Songs are enriched by more melodies just following a free flow of songwriting melting between blast beats and massive kick drumming.



4. A lot of your early lyrics dealt with Goetia, Qliphoth, Thelema, Tanta and Sex Magick, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the occult?



Occultism has been my personal interest between the middle and the end of 90’s. I just passed this stage shaping more cultural and deeper aspects of carnality, philosophy and history.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Handful Of Hate'?



The name was an idea of our first bass player Ugo Pandolfini now RIP. One day while we was traveling by train he told me “about the name, we need something representing our way to play music like a clenched fist or an handful…” an handful of what?... HATE!



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



For the artwork we got inpired by “The Book of Keels” an irish illuminated manuscript of the 9th century A.D.

We worked on some images re-interpreting the meanings and some figures. I’m a historian of the Middle Ages and Andrea (the other guitar player) is a student of the Middle Age too.


7.The band has been around for more than 20 years, what is it that motivates to keep going after more than 2 decades?



This year are 26. Honesty? Because I still have something to say through the extreme music.



8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?



We played many good shows but I still remember some festival especially in Italy, Spain, Austria and France with great bands and very good public. I do not remember the details but we played many lives where coming back home you were proud of you and you got the possibility to know great friends around. We try to play our setlist as more similar as the cd maybe a bit faster or more powerful and slowing some parts re-arranged for concerts. Mostly depends on the stage, sound and off course the public!



9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



We already fixed some gigs in Italy and maybe in Autumn we’ll come back to Spain. Unfortunately things got worse and we’re all so involved into all day life and respective jobs for this motive we have less time to play around like in the past.



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



Honesty I noticed a lot of people claiming that they were surprised to hear a pretty unknown band to the mainstream black metal to play such impressive music.



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



I don't know… we follow the river of our instincts. We’ll keep going on this extreme and blasting way we didn't manage to change to evolve our sound.



12.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 got many influences in the past by historical bands from AC-DC to Iron Maiden, Bathory, Venom, Morbid Angel, Dark Throne, Marduk and so on… Actually I’m not listening much music so I took inspiration from my inner side.



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



I want to thank you for the interview and all people around the world supporting Handful Of Hate.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/handful-of-hate-interview.html


Sleepwalker/Yus/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 EP Review

lundi 15 avril 2019 à 05:33

  Japan's  Sleepwalker  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  experimental  and  avant  garde  style  of  psychedelic  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Yus"  which  will  be  released  on  April  26th  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Clean  playing  and  psychedelic  elements  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  style  synths  and  ethnic  instruments  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  be  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  ;lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  eastern  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sleepwalker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  and  experimental  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  7  inch.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Last  Utterance".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/sleepwalkeryussentient-ruin.html


Dwell In Solitude/The End(Of Sorrow)/2019 EP Review

lundi 15 avril 2019 à 04:59

  Dwell  In  Solitude  are  a  duo  that  has  recently  been  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "The  End(Of  Sorrow)".

  A very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.  Acoustic  guitars  is  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Synths and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  songs  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  post  black  metal  elements  along  with  some  rain  and  thunder  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard,. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dwell  In  Solitude  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Detached"  and  "Deprived".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/dwell-in-solitudethe-endof-sorrow2019.html


Dratna/An Cath(The Battle)/2019 EP Review

lundi 15 avril 2019 à 03:56

  Dratna  are  a  solo  project  from  Northern  Ireland  that  plays  a  very atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  ep  "An  Cath(The  Battle)"  which  will  be  released  on  April  20th.

  Nature  sounds  and  synths  start  off  the  ep  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  one  track  also  introduces  elements  of  electronic  music  and  industrial  onto  the  recording  which  is  also  an  instrumental.  Most  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  fast  playing  and  blast  beats.

  Dratna  plays  a  style  of  black  metal that  is  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  being  very  different  from  most  bands  of  the  genre,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Irish  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dratna  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  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadow  Of  The  Mountain"  and  "He  Is  Born  Of  Fire".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/dratnaan-caththe-battle2019-ep-review.html


Wishfield/Self Titled/Sound Of The Northwoods/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 14 avril 2019 à 21:59

  Wishfield  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  was  released  by  Sound  Of  The  Northwoods.

  A  very  distorted  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  both  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  clean  playing  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  can  also  be heard  at  times.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  while  the  music  also  captures  an  improv  atmosphere  at  times  along  the  closing  song  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  adds  in  some  college  and  indie  rock  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wishfield  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Something"  "Nothing"  and  "Isolated  People  In  Isolated  Rooms".  8  out  of  10.

https://wishfieldmn.bandcamp.com/
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/wishfieldself-titledsound-of.html