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Ashes For The Mute Interview

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 02:12

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?




A: The band started out as a solo project but truly took form once David, Donovan and Spy joined. Our influences are varied across genres from Technical Death Metal to Punk, but we have solidified our sound around our common love for the tones and atmosphere of Black Metal. We try to keep everything as DIY as possible within a small community that has grown around our rehearsal/recording space. Art, production, merch, etc are all done in house. 




2.Recently you have released a full length, musically how does it differ from your previous ep’s?




A: While we are still happy with our initial releases, this is the first release that will truly capture our sound as a band. Before Celestial Revelations all songwriting, playing and production was completed by me alone, whereas this album represents our collaborative efforts as a band. On top of that we believe the higher production value and attention to songwriting/arrangement has resulted in an end product that we are more proud of than any prior release.




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




A: Lyrically this project has always centered around the battles we wage within our own minds and spiritualism as it relates to nature. The primary focus on this record is the connection between our deepest thoughts and the outer reaches of the universe. Lyrically this album encourages the listener to explore a variety of perspectives and states of consciousness, and to examine how their intrinsic beliefs are challenged by alternate life experiences.




4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind 'Ashes For The Mute'?




A: The name can be interpreted ambiguously. For those interested in the mindset that inspired the name I encourage you to read the opening chapter of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and form your own conclusions.




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




A: The artwork is a visual representation of the ideas put forth in the album lyrics. It can be seen as the iris of an eye or the cataclysmic end to the life of a planet. 




6.originally the band was from Georgia but currently resides in Colorado, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?




A: The band was a solo project when I was living in Athens, GA, as there aren’t many outlets for people that love heavy music in that city. I moved to CO to get far away from the South in the US and it wasn’t long after that I met the other members of the band and we began practicing together.




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




A: Our best and worst show was the only show we have played. It was a few weeks before the entire world shut down due to the pandemic. While this should have been disheartening, we took this as an opportunity to hone our writing and playing skills and immediately began writing Celestial Revelations. 




8.With Colorado booking more shows recently do you see yourself returning to the live stage anytime soon?




A: We will begin playing shows again very soon. 




9.With this new release you worked with 'Reaping Scythe Records' and 'Habilis Tapes', do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?




A: Yes. These are independent labels who are just starting out and have worked tirelessly on behalf of the band. Reaping Scythe and Habilis Tapes are out there to put out great music rather than make a quick profit off of fledgling bands and I highly recommend everyone check out the other groups they are promoting. 




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




A: We are very grateful for the reaction we have received so far! It’s always surreal to see people listening to our music from all over the world. Metal has been and should remain an international community and we hope to visit Europe for some shows at some point in the future. 




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




A: We learned a lot writing this album and will continue to build upon the sound you hear on Celestial Revelations for our next record. We will not shy away from abrasive guitar tones and relentless blast beats, but plan to further refine our songwriting to create the music that is heavy, atmospheric and melodic. 




12.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?




A: We all have a lot of different influences, but some big ones you might hear on the album are Dissection, Darkened Nocturne Slaughtercult, Hypocrisy, Portal, Yellow Eyes, Deathspell Omega and Der Weg einer Freiheit. Other bands we have been enjoying recently include Ninkharsag, Spectral Wound, Akhlys, Cathexis and many more. 




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




 A: Thank you for having us on for this interview and for everything you all do for the underground metal scene. Cheers.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/ashes-for-mute-interview.html


Bicephalic Interview

mardi 27 juillet 2021 à 03:43

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

1) Answered by Ariton: We're a bastard child of Craigslist. All jokes aside, that is how we all met. We're all passionate about black metal and what we do. Each of us have widely different influences, which has created our sound that has been described as raw, aggressive, powerful and as you have said, misanthropic


2.So far you have released an ep and you have a new release coming out on Halloween, musically how do they both differ from each other?

2) Ariton: 'Nihilistic Dreams' was written and recorded in the span of three months with one shitty microphone on an old BR-864. Its simplicity has been effective, however the upcoming album has layers to it and some production value. That being said, it's still going to have our raw edge to it.


3.Some of your lyrics cover occultism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

3) Answered by Lord Ibex: A strong question. The interest for myself personally began at a very early age despite being raised religiously. Although the lyrics are brutal they are also meant to be poetic and captivating as being exposed to Satanism, free thinking, folklore, etc, were to me originally. There is a strong resentment towards organized religion and the pure facade that they shroud themselves in, but more so I am hopeful it’s able to transfer those few listeners who take the time to experience the music in whole to the extreme scenarios we depict that artistically appeals to our shared misanthropy.



4.The lyrics on the new release are going to be horror themes, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting approach the newer music is going for?

4) Ibex: Black metal has existed for a long time. It’s a very traditional, close-minded form of musical cult. Knowing this I ask myself how to keep it “Trve” while still adding something more impactful than that of ordinary second and third wave black metal bands. Horror has always appealed to me and fascinated my senses. Be it the imagery, jump scares, or simply the creepy music. Obviously many bands incorporate this into their projects already however, I believe we’ll be able to summon something truly fearsome sounding that draws adrenaline. 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bicephalic'?

5) Ariton: Bicephalic is a creature with two heads. Having bipolar in this life I thought it was a fitting name. When Ibex and Lord Unferth came up with the band's logo it really solidified the decision.


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

6) Ariton: As previously mentioned Lord Unferth made the logo, a two headed snake strangling Jesus on the inverted cross. While Golgota Calvary made the artwork behind the logo. If you read the lyrics you'll see that the design incorporates a piece from each song.


7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

7) Ariton: We have not, yet we're very much looking forward to it. Unfortunately we've had Spinal Tap luck when it comes to bass players, so we may start out playing as a three piece. It is black metal…


8.You also released a cover of Darkthrone's "Transilvanian Hunger' this year, what was the decision behind covering this song which has already been done before by plenty of bands instead of a lesser known Darkthrone song?

8) Ariton: We attempted to be featured on a USBM tribute to Darkthrone, but somehow missed the deadline. The rationale was that's arguably their most popular track, so go big or go home. Fortunately another band from the Pacific NW, Dioghaltas, chose to perform the same track and was featured. 


9.Currently the band is signed to 'Analog Ragnarok', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

9) Ariton: Yes, it is run by Siara, who is located in the UK. He comes up with amazing tape designs and deals solely in cassettes. The experience of working with him has been amazing and humbling. We've grown to become good friends, partly due to our Polish descents. 


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

10) Ariton: We've garnered positive attention from all over the globe. The first person to purchase our music is from Russia. And quite possibly our biggest fan, John G, is from Scotland.


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?

11) Ariton: Lately I'm really digging into bands from the US that started around the same time as us, such as Stake Driver, Dioghaltas and Alghol. Of course the second wave always gets me going. Outside of BM I enjoy classic rock for nostalgic purposes and some classical for the dark undertones. And you can always find our drummer, Crusher, listening to old school death metal.


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

12) Thank you for providing us this opportunity. Support the underground, support BM and stay twisted as fuck. Or don't.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/bicephalic-interview.html


Disperser Interview

mardi 27 juillet 2021 à 03:27

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? 




JB (vocals/lyrics): A black metal band from the United States that just wants to express the full spectrum of this experience that we are all living. We just want to create honest art and I have found that for all its hidden veils and mysteriousness that black metal really is a way to express raw, ugly and sometimes vulnerable experiences and emotions, specifically ones that are painful and traumatic. That is what we are trying to capture. I mentally take myself back to some disturbing and unpleasant experiences and places when we record, so I can ensure that I am not only honoring the lyrics and what they are about but also to match the energy of the rest of the group.






2.So far you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?




JB: When I started this band I was (and still am) obsessed with Black Cilice’s 2017 opus “Banished From Time”. It stirred something in me that made me need to create, it also helped calm a lot of negativity. So I envisioned doing my own version of that style when I started. As the band formed and began working together I noticed how…We all loved black metal and music in general but we each had our own niche’s of what we loved the most and what had influence on us. So the sound you hear wasn’t anything we went into the writing process trying to do, we just went where it took us. I let go of preconceived notions very early on. I would say we play a rawer style of black metal but we bring in a lot of influences outside of that. Just trying to paint a rawer picture on different canvases so to speak. Wanting to take some influences from black metal that you may hear on some more polished sounding records’ but give it a raw kick in the teeth. Every song here was placed for a reason, the first song sets a tone that the 2nd one tears apart and the final track pieces them both together in some combination. Once you release something though, you give consent for people to place their own opinions on it. 




3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music? 




JB: Going back to the first question, I just try to be honest, I spend a lot of time thinking about memories and time. Life is just flowing constantly, regardless of any circumstances going on in our personal lives. The moments we live are here and gone, living on only in our own minds. Most of the time we are at the mercy of memories, thoughts and experiences. I think memory is what allows us to hold onto the idea that we can find meaning in any of this. However, on the flip side of that…how many horrific memories of the past poison the present for people? How much horror do we carry with ourselves everyday? This is a disgusting and vile world, for one reason only. Us. So, the longer we live that burden becomes heavier and heavier. A lot of what I write about falls under that umbrella. On the topic though, A lot of people will blindly speak of black metal just being HATE. I can agree with that, I write a lot about hate. I think, like anything else in life though, SOMETIMES people take a conveyor belt style thinking to that. They’re yelling about hate for hate's sake, cause they’re supposed to and they’re living by some black metal code of conduct. That’s not real, if you’re speaking on something just to do it, you will never reach the level of someone expressing an emotion they’ve been through. When I say hate, I don’t mean hating other people for the sake of what they do, how they were born, where they live or any of that. When I speak of hate, I am speaking from personal experiences that have led me to be the person I am today, things that focus on the self, rather than outside things.. I think a lot of time, hate comes from a place of not accepting something the individual has been through…That  a lot of  anger and resentment is unresolved pain. I am not disrespecting any band, I just feel that sometimes people just use the veil of hate for the sake of using it. It all comes back to honesty.








4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Disperser: 




JB: I have always been obsessed with wolves, far before I became aware of black metal or how often you see that imagery. So when I was looking for a name I wanted to find the same type of metaphor using a wolf that could convey what the idea of the band was, along with some of the darker imagery that I really love in Black Metal. A Disperser is a wolf who leaves the pack and exists on the fringes of wolf society, sometimes traveling far away from where it grew up. I connected with that both as a person and what I would like us to do as a band. 




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




First and foremost, thank you to Maxime Taccardi for our logo that we used on the cover and various sections of the J-card on the cassette. I discovered his work with Psychonaut 4 and some other bands. I was extremely impressed, shortly after that, I saw some work he did on a noise project a friend of mine has, I knew we needed him for Disperser. Being that we have the full album coming out with some extremely detailed artwork (done by Maxime) I wanted to keep it simple. However, the design nuances and ideas go out to our drummer J. He did an amazing job getting it together cohesively and the tape would not look nearly as good without his vision.




6.The band has members that live in New Jersey and Texas 2 separate parts of the country, what impact does this half on the musical style?




P (guitars/keys): The idea of writing music, especially writing music with a member from a separate part of the country, seems daunting, and that was my initial thought when we first began this project as well. As we progressed, being at such a distance from one another, we developed a flow within the writing process because it was necessary to make this work. This has actually become a strength for this band. Everyone has a job to do, and we understand the roles that we have in order to make the best record we can, and we learned this process simply by adapting to that situation. At a backwards glance, it has seemed to help us improve as musicians and songwriters.




K (guitars): I agree with P and I'd add that writing 'virtually' removes some of the pressure of a weekly band practice. I've been in so many bands where once you get everyone in the same room, not only is everyone in different head spaces but may have completely different inspirations and ideas in mind that week. Sending a riff virtually and allowing everyone to collaborate at their own pace has benefited our creativity and flow immensely.




7.If the opportunity ever came around, would you be open to doing live shows?




JB: That is always the question in Black Metal, isn’t it? I don’t know if there’s another genre/sub-genre where people can take such polar opposite opinions on such a simple matter. If you asked me when I started this project I would say no. However, I will be writing or recording with the four other members and there are moments I think, “The energy we could create live with this could be really great.” So I do see us playing live in the future. I would like to tour if opportunities were presented. I think finding four other people who I work well with really opened me up to the idea of playing live. 










8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest? 




JB: Yes. I have no disillusioned ideas of selling ten million records, however, I want people to hear what we are doing and what we have to say. Liking it or hating it doesn’t matter but this is our creation and we want it to be heard, not locked away like a bastard. We’ve had some conversations with various different labels and individuals but nothing is set in stone. We are still in talks and any label interested is more than welcome to reach out.




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




JB: The reaction has been positive and we’re grateful for people taking the time to listen. There’s some ideas here that may not be typical for black metal and I was curious how that would be received. However, we try not to clutch too hard to compliments as art isn’t about creating something people love, it’s about creating something that gives people a strong reaction be it good bad or ugly. The only feedback that would bother me is if they felt nothing at all. 




10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?




JB: Soon. The three songs here will most likely appear on the full-length but we want to ensure we create a worthwhile and long enough process that justifies people listening to an album they’ve heard 3 songs from. We currently have numerous songs in various degrees of being finished. Our style is that we work on 2-3 songs, finish them and record, as opposed to doing everything at once. So our goal is to continue writing in the Summer and Fall for a Winter release, anywhere between December 2021 and February 2022 feels like a safe assumption at this point. I want to leave the 2nd half of this question to a few of our songwriters (everyone writes in this band, there is no designated “songwriting”)




P: Like a lot of things, progression is hard to catch while it's occurring, and might be better looked at after we have that lightbulb moment. But to answer the question, I feel we will continue to not only lean towards a rawer, progressive and more refined sound. Most importantly for me, not to be afraid to push against the limits of what people may think the "right" way black metal should be played.




K: Would say I envision the violent aspects to become even more visceral and punishing, while the quiet moments become even more introspective and dare I say "pretty"? I look forward to combining all the elements of the demo into individual songs or even just passages of new songs.






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? 




JB: Right now I really enjoy the new Aara record, “Triade I: Eos” it captures so many different aspects of things I like about black metal. Plus, the sound and production is just so well put together and tight, it’s so hard to pull off well but they nailed it.. I really enjoy the new Valac album, “Burning Dawn of Vengeance”  as well as what Vide is doing right now. Valac just knows how to write a damn fine riff and Vide just makes you feel the atmosphere that the individual behind that project is trying to set, I respect that ability quite a bit. Overall, I am inspired by black metal I emotionally connect with. It sounds stupid but a lot of time black metal sounds like the pain and trauma I have felt in life. That is what connected me to it as a kid, so my biggest influence is really just giving back to what helped me and continues to help me in times of crisis. I just have a love and passion for this genre.




P: Music has such an impact on my daily life, I could probably elongate this answer and absolutely bore people to death, but I'll try to keep it as short as I can. That being said, I try to keep the genres I listen to as expansive as possible. Not only do I appreciate and love all music, this also helps me as a songwriter, as I believe (as cliche as it may sound) that genre should not pigeonhole a musician, life's too short for that. As of now, I find myself listening to as much Americana style music as I can get my hands on, which influences a lot of the various intros, outros and interludes that you will find on our new record. This style allows me to focus on the atmosphere within our music. I grew up listening to not only folk-style music, but also devoured as much punk and metal as I could. As of today, I have been listening to a lot of Panopticon, Nothing, and Amigo the Devil, all these artists have been inspiring me a lot lately and encapsulates the various things I love about those very different styles of music.




K: Americana is huge for me as well and I actually think it has a theme of dread that is evident in black metal. John Moreland and Will Johnson loom large for me. As far as the endless expansiveness of black metal lately it has been Krieg's early stuff, Horna's 'Perima Vihassa Ja  Verikostossa' and 'Elmet' by White Medal.




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




JB: Thank you for your time, the only thing left to say is that no matter the result or end product, we will put a hundred percent of ourselves into the new record, “Shallow Waters Take Us” . We look forward to sharing it with you.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/disperser-interview.html


Trance Of The Undead/Chalice of Disease/Iron Bonehead Productions/2021 CD Review

mardi 27 juillet 2021 à 03:19

 


  Trance  Of  The  Undead  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Chalice  Of  Disease"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Ritualistic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Bestial  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


 The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  the  keyboards  also  making  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard,  Gregorian  chants  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness,  necromancy  and  horror  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Trance  Of  The  Undead  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Grave  Sacrament"  and  "Chalice  of  Disease".  8  out  of  10.


http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/trance-of-the-undead-grave-sacrament.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/trance-of-undeadchalice-of-diseaseiron.html


Vaciø/Et Destituta Mortis/Morbid Shrine Records/2021 EP Review

dimanche 25 juillet 2021 à 03:13

 


  Vaciø  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  old  school  and  Swedish  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Wt  Destituta  Mortis"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Shrine  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  whole  recording  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Vaciø  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is v ery  fast,  raw,  aggressive  and  melodic  sounding  in  the  90's  Swedish  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Vaciø  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  Swedish  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Into  the  jaws  of  Sobek".  8  out  of  10.


 Full EP: YouTube || Digital (Spotify, Deezer, Apple….)        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/vaciet-destituta-mortismorbid-shrine.html