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Hex Morbidity Interview

vendredi 16 décembre 2016 à 21:33
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?



I’ve just released the ‘Hex Morbidity’ EP which is getting in some good reviews and is being enjoyed by other members of the British black metal scene. I’m currently composing a live line up too and will be making announcements for new members and hopefully gigs in the New Year.



2.Recently you have released a new ep, 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?



It is more emotion fuelled and impassioned. It is faster, more melodic, more varied, and a much more accomplished sounding work than the previously rough and dodgy demos (laughs).



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



My lyrics are kind of like a personal diary based off experiences, emotions and reflections. On this new EP two of the songs have romantic themes and one, ‘The Spirits of Aldwych’ is somewhat a tribute to those people who lost their lives during the Blitz on London in the Second World War.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hex Morbidity'?



The meaning is a reference to death’s ever constant presence and hold over our world. I honestly don’t remember where I got the original spark of inspiration from but the name just stuck and I quickly took to it.



5.Originally you had a fine line up and now are a solo project, what was the decision behind going into this direction and also are you open to working with other musicians again in the future?



The decision was purely based off not finding the right people in the first place- they weren’t technically talented enough and they weren’t fully behind the concept of the band so I played everything myself largely out of necessity. However, since moving to London I have already found a new guitarist, who I’ll be announcing shortly, and I will be looking to complete the line-up in the New Year.



6.When you had a full lineup did you ever do any shows?



No- in fact the line-up was only together long enough for a handful of rehearsals. With the new full line-up that’s coming up though I plan to gig and tour extensively with an elaborate stage show.



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



I am not actively searching for a label as my current aim is to play live and just write more material. If the right offer came along though I’d certainly been open to it.



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



Very good! The reception has been stronger in the UK where I target a lot of promotion but over the years I’ve been lucky to have people enjoy my music from all corners of the globe.



9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?



I think I will continue in the melodic direction but possibly strip things back and get a little more raw again. My focus is on writing songs that people will remember, and a catchy riff or chorus is invaluable to me



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?



On this EP the big influences were Genesis, Eastern Front, Hecate Enthroned, My Dying Bride- all English bands strangely. This year I’ve been disappointed by the black metal scene so I’ve been listening to Marissa Nadler, David Bowie, Thee Oh Sees, lots of classical (mainly romantic composers) but I go to a lot of underground metal gigs and I love watching the British black metal bands live, especially as I feel like they are what I have to compete with.



11.How would you describe your views on 'Occultism'?



Occultism is something I’ve explored and read about a fair bit over the last couple of years but it is not my path. I appreciate the dogma and the aesthetics but I prefer to revel in the power of nature, not demons or devils.



12. What are some of your non musical interests?



I’m a very heavy reader, mainly classic literature and poetry, and a very enthusiastic cook (laughs). I now live in London which is a place I find hard to bare so I love to escape humanity and just be alone in nature so I try to visit woods in the county of Essex a lot and also return to where I used to live to be by the beach and hear those natural sounds again.



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



Thanks very much for the interview. For all readers who think they might enjoy some melancholic black metal from England, I urge you to check out the Hex Morbidity Facebook page and to download the entire EP for FREE at Bandcamp.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/hex-morbidity-interview.html


The Furor/Cavalries Of The Occult/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 16 décembre 2016 à 04:46

  The  Furor  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Cavalries  Of  The  Occult"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  in  the  background  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast and  chaotic  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  dark  and  chaotic  style  and  the  music  also  has  elements  of  death  metal.

  At  times  the  riffs  get  very  melodic  and  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  an d  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  as  the  album  progresses.

  The  Furor creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occult,  war,  and  Armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Furor  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  war, black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cavalries  Of  The  Occult" "Storm  Of  Swords" and  "Fomes  Peccati".  8  out  of  10.      

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-furorcavalries-of.html


Sunlight's Bane/The Blackest Volume: Like All The Earth Was Buried/Innserstrength Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 16 décembre 2016 à 01:07

 Sunlight's  Bane  are  a  band  from  Michigan  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "The  Blackest  Volume:  Like  All  The  Earth  Was  Buried"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Innerstrength  Records.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction t hat  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  crust  style  growls  are  used  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  grindcore  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  elements  of  hardcore  in  the  mid  tempo  parts.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  at  times  the  riffs  can  get  very  melodic.

  You  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  leads  when  they  are  utilized  and  a  later  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  for  a  few  seconds  and  they  also  have  a  touch  of  modern  metal/rock  to  them.

  Sunlight's  Bane  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  grindcore  and  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sunlight's  Bane  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Begrudging  Soul"  "I  Am  The  Cold  Harsh  Whispers  In  Hell"  "No  More  Taste  Better"  and  "To  Whom  I  Await".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/sunlights-banethe-blackest-volume-like.html


Absolvtion/Obscure Catharsis/Atavism Records/2017 Demo Review

jeudi 15 décembre 2016 à 23:39

  Absolvtion  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  bestial  form  of  war/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "Obscure  Catharsis"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Atavism  Records.

  War sound s start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  after  the  intro  grim  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  bestial  growls,  blast  beats  and  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  a  very  dark  atmosphere  to  the  tracks  and  some  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  demo  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.

  Absolvtion  plays  a  bestial  style  of  black/war  metal  that  is  very  heavy and  raw  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  hateful,  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Absolvtion  are  a  very  great  sounding  war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hammer  To  Judgement"  and  "Ruins". 8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/absolvtionobscure-catharsisatavism.html


UR/Hail Death/Arachnophobia Records/2016 EP Review

jeudi 15 décembre 2016 à 20:21

  UR  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Hail  Death"  which  was  released  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  clean  singing  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  and  have  an  avant  garde  touch.

  Black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  thrash  and  doom  metal  are  also  used  at  times.

  UR  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  mixing  the  old  school  and  modern  styles  together  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  and  doom  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own, t he  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  UR  are a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  thrash  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Let  the  Darkness  Come"  and  "Infinity".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/urhail-deatharachnophobia-records2016.html