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Die Entweihung Interview

mardi 13 novembre 2018 à 06:15
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?

Hi there! Since the release of my new album "The Worst Is Yet To Come" in the beginning of the autumn, I am trying to promote it in different ways. As only two months passed, it's not really many things were happened, so I'd like to say, that it's a lot of work for me to do in the next months. Along with it, from time to time, I am writing some new music, and about 2-3 new compositions are already in the progress. Unfortunately, everything's moving not so actively as I would like it to be, because of not so much time I have for making new music... WIth every new year the free time's turning more and more valuable.

2.In September you had released a new album, what are some of the things you have done different musically with this recording that you have not been able to do with your previous releases?

Every new album of my project is another experiment, so every time I am trying to move on and bring on the table some new things, it can be some new style, sound, instruments, atmosphere, etc. If we're talking about the new album, I see it as kind of follower of the previous album "Neverending Terrorism", both in lyrical and musical directions. In the previous album my musical direction moved far away from Black Metal, to something I'd like to call "Melodic Dark Metal", that in fact is combining such styles like Thrash, Hard'n'Heavy, Doom, Black. The new album is in the same direction, but this time I've brought some Middle-Eastern elements, some melodic parts here and there, mainly because of using such instrument as Bouzouki. I like very much, how israeli Orphaned Land  uses such stuff in their songs, that's how I came to it actually. And it really turned suitable in my music (Yeah, but that doesn't mean that I'm a patriot of Israel, hehe). Beside of it, I used different guitar sound almost in every song for bringing the different atmosphere and mood.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

As I said, the new album is a follower of the previous one in lyrical theme, too. My actual lyrical conception is turning around the modern reality, absolutely stoopid and full of shit. The main topics are the internet/smartphone addiction (people like zombies, that don't see anything except "like", "repost", "messages" etc.), money that I call the only real "god" for the human creatures., islamic terror around the whole world, especially in Europe, something personal is "The Holy Land", the lyrics are about Israel, and all the shit that happens here, with nothing "holy" in it. What else? "Not For Devil Anymore" - about the honest true Rock/Metal movement's end, there were the days when the rockers and metalheads were the cause of nightmares for many parents, when this music was really scary and was called "Devil's music". Now the old musicians are finishing their ways, and the actual scene is just boring, open facebook of some Black Metal band or Thrash, Punk, no matter what - they just ask for people's "like", comment something... It's not the Devil's music anymore.

4.I know that the projects name means 'The Desecration' in Germany, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

That's right, when I started this project in 2007, it was started as True Black Metal music, and I decided that "The Desecration" would be the best title for me, as that's Black Metal for me - this music in its right way brought the truth about all the dirt (mainly religious) of this world... It desecrated all the (so called) holiness. WIth the time, my music's gone from Black Metal, but the spirit's the same, and in my new lyrics I am continuing to "desecrate", haha. So I've been never regret about this name. You could ask, why it's in german - the simple story, I have found some more bands around the world with the same title "Desecration". So I moved to the language I learnt in my childhood - german. I have found fine option - Die Entweihung.

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

It's probably what the time will bring to us - Apocalypse soon or later, there's no any hidden meaning, it just symbolizing the title of the album - "The Worst Is Yet To Come". The cover picture was made by the guy from French BM project Tcherv, which in the beginning was planning to release this album on his own label. All the other design (booklet and cd itself) was made by my friend from Belarus - Konstantin (old Thrash/Death band V.E.L.D. co-founder and ex-guitar player).

6.Originally you are from Belarus but the project is based in Israel, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?

I moved to Israel, in 2004, because of the serious trouble with my left eye, the medicine in Belarus for that time (actually since there almost nohing's changed, hehe) was really bad, and what I've got in the hospital there - wasn't helped me really. There was a chance to get a better treatment in Israel - my family got the decision to move and... well, I started Die Entweihung in 2007, 3 years after my moving to Israel. I remember I read many comments about that "Israeli black metal" is non sense, different jokes about it etc. What can I say to all these guys - f*ck off! I am not religious at all, and my moving to Israel is just what's happened because of some not funny events in my life - not because I wanted to be closer to my god or bullshit like that. I'm sure, if my project was started in any other country, nobody would told anything. 

7.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical style?

Sure, when I was a kid and just started to listen to Hard and Heavy music, I was dreaming about my own band, cool shows, long hair, but with the time, specially after my entering the Black Metal world, especially DSBM and True BM (Burzum, Abyssic Hate, Nargaroth and many more), I realized that I want to play that music and I don't need actually any other musicians. To play shows with this music - and it's just my opinion - is meaningless. This music is really intimate, for private listening and not for headbanging in the crowd with 2 liters of beer inside your body, haha! With the years, I have never thought to get some additional musicians, I have enough of knowledge in making the tracks for the instruments, I am satisfied with the production I have and with every new album I am getting better both in music and sound production. In addition, I can say, when the band is not the main job for its members, it will only headache with all these repetitions, preparing the new music etc. I saw many bands here in Israel and some bands in Belarus from the time I lived there - it's almost every year changing in line-up, the repetitions are often turning to another drinking party etc.. I think, you understand what I mean. Many bands split up after 3-5 years and not always they leave the one album although, and as for me, I think, that recorded stuff is the main goal of the musician. You can play as many shows as you can - but as your band's finished - who will remember about you if you even haven't recorded the EP or album?

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of melodic black and dark metal?

I guess, the reaction was more or less positive, I haven't heard someting really negative yet, of course there are different opinions, and not all the reviews are super positive, some critics are useful as well, hehe. However, as I said in the beginning, the album was released just a couple of months ago and it's a lot of work to do to promote it, ask me, please, once again in the next year, hahaha!

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

I only hope to continue to write and record more good music, I'm sure, there will be more experiments in the next albums as well. I have some plans for the next album but won't be telling about them right now, as all this is just the ideas and nothing's confirmed yet.

10.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?

In the beginning I was influenced a lot by Black Metal bands and projects, it was the time when DSBM style was raised, many great projects were playing. Last years I'm listening to Black Metal less than before, mainly some old stuff, as the new things aren't impressive for me. Now you can find absolutely different music in my CD player, I guess, as almost every music fan, I had a lot of periods when I was deeply diving into one style or another, nowadays I am just a musical fan, listening everything, from, let's say, 60's Rock stuff, like Beatles, Doors, Simon & Garfunkel etc, and untill some really heavy music - Black, Doom, Gothic, Folk Metal, 70-80's pop and rock, 90's electronic etc. Music is the ocean, haha! 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

The only one non musical interest I can call - the movies, mainly horror and thrillers, but I like the movies in general as well. Almost all the time I have outside my daily job, I give to the music. Except my own project, I write the reviews and interviews for ukrainian "Atmosfear" magazine, helping to translate the different interviews etc. There's one more fanzine I take part in - russian "Hellz Zine", but it's releasing very irregularly unfortunately. I collect CDs, vinyls, tapes as well.

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

I would like to thank you for this interview, it was pleasure to answer your questions! Usually the normal bands talk something like "We would really like to play in your country, wait for us, we will meet some day!". Well, I will not play in your country, don't wait for me, hahahaha! If you would like to write me something, feel free to do it via: entweihung666@gmail.com, thanks again, have a good winter, regards! - Denis

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/die-entweihung-interview.html


Omgeving/Wijde Wijdte/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2018 CD Review

mardi 13 novembre 2018 à 05:56

  Omgeving  are  a  solo  project  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Wijde  Wijdte"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and w hen  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Influences  of  ambient  and  space  rock  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  the  more  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  one  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Omgeving  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal,  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  space  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  keeping  most  of  the  music  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Omgeving  are  a  very  great sounding  experimental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zwaartekracht  bestaat  hier  niet"  "Wijde  Wijdte"  and  "Stille  vernietiging".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/omgevingwijde-wijdtehypnotic-dirge.html


Moonfrost Interview

mardi 13 novembre 2018 à 02:05
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 have been working on new songs and preparing for concerts. Also looking for distributors and just trying to spread the word.







2.In July you had released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do with your previous releases?

"Starfall" has a very clean and almost sterile production.

With "III" we wanted a more organic sound, we recorded many tracks live, with as little overdubs as possible.

The focus this time was more on the overall result and not the detail, we concentrated on spreading feelings more than getting every little thing perfect.

We also worked from the beginning with a sound technician, which was a great experience.







3.This is your first album since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

We were slowly but steadily working on the album. As one can hear, the songs on “III” are from multiple eras. For example “Too drugged to dream” and “Doors of perception” are newer than the rest. “Thorns for a dying day” received a major overhaul – you may not believe it, but it’s actually one of the oldest songs of the album! Sometimes we think it would have been better to just have released the songs back then in their original forms and written new ones. In the future we will focus on just getting the songs out as they are. At least we now have a good sound engineer and the whole workflow for getting the album done is sorted out, so we are confident that the next album wont take that long!





4.All of the albums sound very different from each other, do you feel it is very important for a band to grow musically with each release?

There is quite a lot of time between the albums and during that time we were developing our taste in music.

While we still are very open to new discoveries, we now have a certain foundation to build upon.

It is important to have a certain identity, but not to be too fixed on it to become boring.







5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

Social criticism, escapism and some esoteric stuff. It depends on who wrote the lyrics for the song.



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

The artwork was made by our drummer, Thorn. It stands for the dualism of freedom in the spiritual sense as opposed to intolerance. But as a work of art of course it is open to individual interpretation.



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?

I guess the main thing is that we don’t cheat on the albums, so we can actually play what we recorded. We have heard often that our live performances are more powerful than the live recordings.





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

We have an upcoming concert on the 19th of January 2019 in Burgdorf in Switzerland. Otherwise we are still looking around for concerts. We would like to play some more concerts and a small tour would be great, but we need the contacts for such endeavors.



9.Currently the band is unsigned but has worked with a label in the past, would the band be open to working with other labels again in the future or do you prefer to diy method?

I guess we were a bit spoiled by always having had a label, so we underestimated the importance of having one. It really sucks when a distributor first wants to work with you because he thinks you are still with your old label, and then declines because they don't work with unsigned bands. So yeah, we really need to get a label. We want to focus on writing music and playing concerts, not on business stuff.





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

The reaction has been mixed, I guess it depends on whether the listener likes the styles we are blending. Thankfully nowadays black metal listeners aren't that narrow-viewed anymore, there are many that also listen to shoe-gaze, doom, alt-rock, post-hardcore and whatnot. This is our target audience and so far we have received great, if not that abundant, feedback.





11.On previous albums there was a keyboard but on the new release it was absent, can you tell us a little bit more about going into this direction?

It is not really a direction, it was more a decision for this album.

We didn’t want a synthetic feel, so we didn’t use a synthesizer and we didn’t use any samples.

Those things also make performing live more difficult, as we don’t want to play with a metronome or trigger samples.



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

Difficult to describe. We already have some new songs, and they are different. There’s rock in there, there’s thrash and post-hardcore in there, and of course also some black metal. We will be playing some of them at our next concert by the way, so come and check them out!





13.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?

It’s always difficult to know what actually had an influence on the creative process, as much of it just happens.





14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Going outside into nature, having a good time with friends, and other things. We are all quite different types and have all kinds of interests.







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

We wish our fans all the best. Go out and buy our new album if you haven’t got it yet! Drop us a message on Facebook or send us an email to info@moonfrost.ch.We’re looking forward to playing some gigs and sharing the experience. Thank you all for your support.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/moonfrost-interview.html


Discordia Profana/Locomotiva da Desgraca/2018 Full Length Review

lundi 12 novembre 2018 à 04:50

  Discordia  Profana  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  traditional form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Locomotiva  da  Desgraca".

  Thunder  sounds  and  human  cries  start  off  the  album  bringing  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  sacrificial  ritual  before  adding  in  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard. 

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  solos  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  the  outro  adds  in  some  horror  style  keyboards.

  Discordia  Profana  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Discordia  Profana  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vale  de  Lagrimas"  "Requintes  de  Crueldades"  and  "Matem  em  Nome  do  Inferno".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/discordia-profanalocomotiva-da.html


Human Agony/Goring Christ/Invictus Productions/2018 EP Review

dimanche 11 novembre 2018 à 21:27

  Human  Agony  are  a  band  from  Victoria  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Goring  Christ"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Invictus  Productions.

  A  very  dark  war  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  to  early  2000's  era  of  war  metal  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Human  Agony  plays  a  style  of  war metal  that  is  very  traditional,  raw  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Blasphemy,  Satanism  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Human  Agony  are  a  very  great  sounding  war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Humiliating  Nazarenic  Corpse"  and  "Satanic  Immersion  In  Goat  Piss'.  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/human-agonygoring-christinvictus.html