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Vargsheim Interview

mardi 26 mars 2019 à 04:52
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?
We got better at our instruments and play tighter together in rhythm and on special points in several songs. Over the years we´re like three brothers, that keep our egos low when we work pulling in the same direction.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The songs are very unique. The new album sounds like a mix of the two albums before, just better! It was our aim to get on this new level and it took its time, but we didn´t have any pressure in time. If you put more time in an album you can put more passion and selection in it. The result should be better music!

3.This is your first album in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during this time frame?
Children were born, marriages were made, jobs were changed, a lot of alcohol and smoke were done, crazy gigs were played.

4.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?
It always was a valve of expression to us. Very private themes were mixed with an objective look at the world so that no one can watch through the lyrics first but everyone could find himself in some lines. This is the red line that we followed from the beginning. In this new album we took especially the romanitc ferytailpart from our demo cd but that don´t mean that there is no aggression in it.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vargsheim'?
It means "home of wolves". Individual ways are always lonesome. We see ourselves as outsiders from society, even when our families are not. 

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
I painted it in three years on a canvas, many crazy nights. In the beginning there was just the red bloodmoon and the rider that is thrown by one red spark. Then came details of ruins, stars and fires. I wanted to create pain and passion and this is what you here in the songs and the lyrics too. To create art is like a katharsis, you can put negative powers in something positive and throw away depressions or fuckin demons that sit on your mind for days and nights.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
In our hometown Würzburg , darktroll festival, ragnarök festival and wolfszeit festival. Our performance is very rock n roll but also evil and harsh. We don´t use corpsepaint anymore but we prefer dark and atmospheric few lights. We wear no shirts on stage, just hair, sweat and tattoos.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
not yet...

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of black metal?
We do a unique mix of oldschool rock and black metal, i think we were underestimated! Most fans we catch is on live gigs but with this album that may change.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Maybe more experiments will be done but we have learned to select. In our first records we used every idea and so the songs are most like a whole album. A song needs a structure, an album needs a structure. We know that now but we are a very creative band so we´re looking forward to every new idea. Our music was always honestly and will always  be. We prefer to put it in the trash, if it´s not.

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?
Enslaved, Mastodon, Thin Lizzy, of course MOTÖRHEAD, we here  all kinds of music to keep our minds open. From Jimmy Hendrix to Burzum and Mayhem on heavy detours over Hip Hop, Classic, Reggae... If it´s good music, we know no borders.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Motorcycles, Handcraft, Swords, Alcohol, Smoke, Womenfolk, we´re normal guys...

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Watch out for our fuckin new album "Söhne der Sonne"!

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Moulin Banal/Le Rythme Du Marechal Ferrant/Grey Matter Productions/2019 EP Review

mardi 26 mars 2019 à 04:29

  Moulin  Banal  are  a  duo  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  Quebecois  folk  music and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Le  Rythme  Du  Marechal  Ferrant"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Grey  Matter  Productions.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoons  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats,  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.Mandolin's  and  Merlin's  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  folk  music  instrumentals.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  while  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  the  raw  aggression  of  war  metal.  One  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  on  the  recording  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark, raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  the  history  of  the  French  settlers  in  the  New  World.

  In  my  opinion  Moulin  Banal  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  Quebecois  folk  music  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Labourez!"  and  "Pain  Moisl".  8  out  of  10.


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Plague Weaver/Self titled/2019 EP Review

mardi 26 mars 2019 à 02:17

  Plague  Weaver  are  a  band  from  Mississauga,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  dark form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2019  ep.

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  grim  shouting  style  and  the  music  also  has  a  good  mixture  of  old  school  and  modern  influences.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  add  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Plague  Weaver  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  yet  very  different  from  most  bands  of  this  genre,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Plague  Weaver  are  a  very  great  and  original  sounding  dark  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Condemned  to  Worship:.  8  out  of  10.


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Драгшанъ Interview

mardi 26 mars 2019 à 01:48
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Yes. Well the idea of Dragshan(Драгшанъ) appeared in my mind in the very end of 2014. I just felt the need of expressing myself and my musical visions in an extreme manner. I wanted it to be a one-man band. So it happened. The project is based in Bulgaria and its purpose is to compose and record music in Bulgarian.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, musically how do they both differ from each other?
I think the first EP serves as a prealudium for the second. Although the emotions in them both are connected. The first one - Въжделения - consists of three songs, each in a different mood. The second - Философъ - doubles the duration of the first and I assume it is more musically complex and has a more concentrated meaning as a whole unit, although the styles in the songs and instrumentals within are really diverse.

3.Your lyrics cover philosophical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Yes. The lyrics of Драгшанъ are philosophically orientated. I am really tired and fed up of all the satanic concept in black and death metal. I am more of Chuck Schuldiner type of thinking person. I really need to write about the essence of life, nature, the never ending questions of humanity, the inner world of man, metaphors for the absordism in our lives. I strive for wisdom and I try to develop my train of thought.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dragshan'?
Драгшанъ(in Cyrillic) or Dragshan(in Latin) is the Bulgarian governor and ruler of one of the southern most fortresses, called Voden, in the First Bulgarian Empire during the reign of the Bulgarian Tsar Samuil. He was one of those leaders who fought against the Byzantines to the very end, till Bulgaria was finally conquered in 1018 AD. So the name represents the freedom and the never-give-up formula and it also underlines the Bulgarian origin of the author of the musical project.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The artwork of the the first EP - Въжделения - is a modified photo made in a place near my hometown(Blagoevgrad), called Bachinovo. The artwork of the second EP - Философъ - is another modified photo of the river which runs through my hometown - the river is called Bistritsa. The font of the letters on both are old Bulgarian Cyrillic letters, since the Cyrillic script was made and designed in Bulgaria in the beginning of the X century AD.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience playing in bands, how would you compare the 2?
Well it is kinda different. In a band there are several people who compose and work on the music together. As a solo-recorder of everything myself it is much harder to finish everything on the composition and the recordings. You have to play all of the instruments and also sing and scream the vocals, have a perception and conception about everything in a plan and in the end mix and master everything. You have to write the lyrics alone as well. These two things are seriously different.No doubt about it.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I have thought of finding a label, although I made no effort to do it. Probably I will try in the future. I have only received interest forum a paid promoters where I have no interest.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Well I received some feedback from the fans in my country, in Bulgaria. I also had some feedback from several people from Russia and the USA.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
Now I am not a part of any band, except of my solo project Драгшанъ. Sources of I we quit. I also left HereAndNow after the drummer did it. Occasionally I record the vocals for a Bulgarian Thrash/Death band called Lucretia. I did it already in two albums. The first one has been released and the second one is about to be released. I played one of the guitar parts and also did the vocals for a short rehearsal period of time for the Bulgarian black metal band Historian.  But then I left due to personal lack of time. The band got a new guitarist and continues well. I also played the bass for three concerts in the band Slave Pit and then I left. I guess that's it.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Now I am pretty busy finishing the exams for my master degree of guitar in the Academy of music in Sofia, Bulgaria. As soon as I finish with it I am starting to work on new material for Драгшанъ and start recording. I really hope that in span of a year maximum I would provide a full-length album. I have an idea to release a single each month of the year and then gather all of the songs in an album. See what it happens. I will do my best.

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?
I am basically a fan of the Scandinavian metal scene. Also some American bands. The Greeks have good bands recently too. I am more into melodic styles of black and death metal. I also really love progressive rock, blues, jazz, fusion, flamenco, classical and folk music. Some of my favourite bands are Death, Dissection, Vinterland, Megadeth and many others. Nowadays I listen to really diverse musical styles and genres. I try not to limit myself.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
History, Anthropology, Ethnology, Philosophy, Literature, Movies, Archaeology.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just want to wish all the best to the whole humanity.

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Vananidr Interview

lundi 25 mars 2019 à 04:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Well, Vananidr is continuation of a band i was a member of that was called Hydra. Hydra was active between -99 to -06 and played a pretty melodic type of black metal. When members started to quit i continued writing the same kind of music and took over the vocal duties and eventually changed the name to Synodus Horrenda. In 2010 i released an album i had been working on for 5 years under that name but i never really pushed it and then the years went by.
Then in 2016 i started to write lyrics again and recorded vocals on 6 songs i had written in 2007 and had started to record with Thunder on drums in 2010. This record was finished in 2017 and released on Bandcamp in 2018 under a new name that i think fits me better, Vananidr.

2.So far you have released a full length and single with this musical project, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you have went for on these recordings?

Well, the debut album is a reaction against the very busy, riff-packed and semi-technical album with Synodus Horrenda, with fewer riffs, less tempo changes, less rhythm changes and less death metal inspiration. I wrote all the songs in quite of short period in 2007 and early 2008, a time when i was very much into Transylvanian hunger by Darkthrone, stripped back and mid-paced. I don’t think the album sounds anything like Transylvanian hunger but i think if you compare the debut of Vananidr with Synodus the difference is quite clear.
After i wrote the songs for the debut a new reaction came along, which can be heard on the last song on the debut, Enter Eternity, i grew tired of putting blast beats on every song, so i made a bunch of songs without blast beats. Some slower and some just with other beats. One of these slower songs is Beneath the glimmering surface from the Bleak and desolate single.
Then came a musical break, this is in maybe 2012 or sometime near, i had kids and i didn’t feel motivated to write music. The lack of an audience made me stop writing i guess.
In 2016 i suffered from mental illness which in the end made me start writing lyrics again and i began to at least try to write music again although it took some time before anything worth saving come out of me. I think the first song i wrote was Bleak and desolate, the blast beats were back and it felt almost like a summary of all my music, plus a Bathory tribute guitar solo at the end.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with this musical project so far?

Most of the songs paints a picture of pain, despair and thoughts of death and suicide, with a touch of Armageddon too. These lyrics is very much what i had to endure and go through when i was ill back in 2016. Abomination of evil is the one song that has nothing to do with myself, i heard of a new movie the other year that was about a monastery in ww2 Germany that the red army paid a visit. They mass raped all the nuns and several of the nuns gave birth to children gained from the raping's. It’s kind of a philosophical thought of how to be the child of a nun raped by the enemy, an abomination.
On the single there is more death/suicide thoughts in Beneath the glimmering surface and in Bleak and desolate i can’t actually remember exactly what it’s about. I picture a hell at least, whether it’s in my head or a future Armageddon i can’t remember.

4.Originally the musical project was called 'Synodus Horrenda' what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vananidr'?

I never really felt comfortable with Synodus and i didn’t feel that it had anything to do with me. It sounded more like Spanish or Italian, which is fine if you’re Spanish, but i’m not so that’s why i wanted something more nordic sounding and meaning. Vananidr has a connection to me and my ancestors and says something of where i’m from.

It’s a figure in nordic mythology, also called Njord. He was one of three Vanir that came to live in Asgard after the warring gods laid down their arms.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the full length cover?

It’s a photograph i took when hiking in the north of Sweden, at a place called Helags. It’s the most southern glacier in Sweden, though i can’t remember if this is Helags or a mountain next to it. I really enjoy hiking in the mountains of Sweden, it gives me peace of mind and a lot of energy and feelings.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with other musicians how would you compare the two?

Well when your alone you can record whenever you want so that’s nice, but i miss the energy that a group generates. You also have to manage everything by yourself which can be tough but at least you can’t blame someone else for not contributing enough. I think my goal is to hook up with a talented drummer, i can manage the rest by myself and possibly in the future get one or two guitar players to do gigs.

7.You also have a history playing in bands dating back to the 90's, what are some of the changes you have seen in black and extreme metal over the last 2 decades?

That’s hard to answer, i guess the level of musicianship has raised a lot especially in black metal. In death metal there’s always been technical musicians but black metal was very much a reaction against that in the beginning. There was also a bigger gap between death and black metal in the 90s, Dissection were one of few that people had trouble labeling. Nowadays you have dozens of sub-genres and cross-genres, which i think is a bit tedious, but i guess people need to put a label on everything.
Production has also changed, nowadays everyone can get a decent sound with just a computer, and the big bands often sound like machines when the drums are supertriggered and edited and everything is polished to insanity. I’m not a defender of the raw necro sound that Darkthrone and Burzum developed but i like the organic and acoustic side of it. My biggest influence when it comes to production and my favourite sound is the semi-early Mastodon albums like Blood mountain and Crack the Skye.

8.Purity Through Fire is re-issuing the full length on physical format in April, how did you get in contact with this label?

I emailed a bunch of labels and PTF got  back to me and was interested in releasing the debut and the upcoming album as well, and so far they’ve done a god job! Looking forward to see the release of the debut on vinyl, which will have a slightly different mix with a more organic drum sound. What i’ve heard is that the upcoming album will be released i june.

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

It’s been really good! That is also why i could find the energy and persistence it takes to search for a record label and be active on social media promoting Vananidr and just push forward. I was quite surprised after releasing the album on Bandcamp that it got such a good response and people wanting to pay money for my music. That made me even more committed!

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

It’s hard to say, it depends on Vananidrs success, if people like it i would love to do some gigs abroad if i can find some decent musicians. As a musician i don’t think i will change that much, i’m not young anymore so i make the kind of music i’m familiar with, melancholic blackish metal. Hopefully i can release a bunch of albums, it’s such a nice feeling to write, record and finally release the music that’s in me.

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?

Well i guess it’s not hard to hear that i’ve been influenced by the early norwegian black metal scene, with bands like Satyricon, Emperor, Ulver etc. I also think that in some way my early heroes Iron Maiden and Slayer has left some marks in how i want my music to sound like even though i don’t make that kind of music.
Nowadays my favourite band is Mastodon and has been the last 15 years. Kyuss is a band i’ve listened to a lot as well. Other music is often the same records i listened to back in the 80s and 90s, like Slayer, Sabbath, Ozzy, Emperor, Satyricon etc. And if any of those ”old” bands release something new i’m interested, Mayhems Chimera is really good and Satyricons Satyricon as well. I think one of the few new black metal records i’ve discovered and really listened to a lot is Wolf father by Nidingr, a real masterpiece!

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

Just keep your eyes open for the upcoming album Road north!! Super proud of that one! Release is set approx to june.

Cheers /Anders

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