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Arkona/Age Of Capricorn/Debemur Morti Productions/2019 CD Review

mercredi 13 novembre 2019 à 09:16

  Poland's  Arkona  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going into  more  of  an  tradtional  style  of  black  emtal    and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Age  Of  Capricorn"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Debemur  Morti  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  and  grim  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.  Synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  they  give  the  songs  a  lot  more  atmosphere  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are utilized  and  the  songs  also  fit  in  between  the  old  school  and  modern  styles  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, death,  paganism  and  metaphysical  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arkona  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  traditional  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stellar  Inferno"  and  "Grand  Manifest  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.   


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Goat Terror/Unholy March/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 EP Review

mercredi 13 novembre 2019 à 07:48

  Goat  Terror  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Unholy  March"  which  will  be  released  on  November  15th  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later.  When t he  music  speeds  up  its  goes  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  a  brief  use  of  open  note  riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences,  all  of  the  songs  avoid  any  use  of  melody  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very raw  an  brutal  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also h ave  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.

  Goat  Terror  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  blasphemy,  death  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goat  Terror  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "World,  Sacrificed  To  Satan:.  8  out  of  10.




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Flukt Interview

mardi 12 novembre 2019 à 20:43
1.Can you give us an update on has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

A.Ø – First let me introduce the band. I do vocals and guitars, O.K.F do guitars, F.H play drums and S.E do bass guitar. Well I have spent hours after hours online promoting this album. But I have to say the response and reviews we have got so far is beyond great.

O.K.F – We have done some live shows in Norway this year. We were main support for Arvas on their “Equanimity” tour. And we did some shows with Svart lotus and Dalit. Currently we are already working on new songs and planning live shows for 2020.

2.Recently you have your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's and singles?

O.K.F – The album does not differ that much from our previous releases. The style is the same. But I feel like we are getting better for each release as musician and as songwriters.

A.Ø – Like O.K.F said, I think this album is much better written and performed. The pace and level of aggression is raised a lot compare to our previous releases. But Flukt is still Flukt, old school Black Metal. Straight to the point, no bullshit.

3.Some of the lyrics on the new album touch on the occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?

A.Ø – My interest in occult and ancient mysticism have led me to read a lot of weird and I guess nerdy stuff. On the album I write about the Nephilim and the old Serpent. Which are ancient myths and stories you can find in old books and tales from old religions.

O.K.F – Death is a topic that interests us. But we are not into satanism or anything like that.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the music so far?

O.K.F – War, especially WW2. As you can tell from our first ep “holocaust”, and also the song “einsatz” on the album.

A.Ø – But we also write about personal matters and thoughts on darker subjects. Like inner demons, evil in mankind, apocalyptic themes and of course death.

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

A.Ø – The main inspiration I had for the album cover was those old devil & demon paintings you can find in medieval churches and religious books. It reflects the overall lyrical theme on the album. As the album title says, Darkness devour. I think Moonring art design nailed it.

O.K.F – For those who have bought the CD, you can find a hand drawn picture of a Nephilim figure in the booklet made by Drawnsword.

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

S.E – The best shows must have been the ones we did on the last Norwegian run we had. We’re the best we’ve ever been, and the energy both on stage an in the crowd has been really powerful.

A.Ø – I agree with S.E, we are better now than ever. For me live concert is a natural high. The adrenaline level in my bloodstream is skyrocketing, and it’s almost like an out of body experience.

O.K.F – We have done some great shows this year, with Dalit in Kristiansand, Svart lotus in Oslo and with Arvas & Istårn in Bergen. To mention a few. We consider ourselves as a great live band. We use makeup, not like the traditional Black Metal bands, we have found our own style. And we try to deliver our music with an aggressive and atmospheric performance.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Flukt – We have some great plans for 2020, can’t say much about it now other than we will perform at Vaterland in Oslo together with Djevelkult and Damnation. But what we can say is that there will be opportunities to see Flukt outside of Norway in 2020!

8.The new album was released on 'Dusktone' how would you compare working with them to your previous labels 'Nordic Mission' and 'Sky Burns Black Records'?

A.Ø – All of them has been the “right” step at the “right” time for the band. SkyBurnsBlack was a great starting point, our good friends at NordicMission Productions was a big door opener for us and they have done a lot to spread the name FLUKT. Dusktone on the other hand is a huge step up for us. The label has good distribution and great contacts around. So, I think we have only seen the beginning of what to come for FLUKT.

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

O.K.F – We have had great feedback so far. Releasing an album on Dusktone has been very good for us, reaching a lot more people and new fans around the world.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

S.E – Searching the architect have a couple of new songs and plans to release a new album sometime in 2020. A new studio and new equipment take some time to get used to, but it’s full on track for a new release within the next year.

A.Ø – I have a new project together with Ø. Neset and O.K.F. The project is called Terror Machine, and we will release our debut ep during 2020. We are going to record the drums next month! Terror Machine delivers violent and restless Extreme metal.

O.K.F – Me and F.H has something brewing, so there is a lot going on. But Flukt is our main band that we use most of our time on.

A.Ø – yeah that’s true, Flukt comes first.

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

A.Ø – I think we are on a good path with “Darkness devour” so I believe we will continue down this path of deliver cold, dynamic old school Black Metal. Nothing fancy, just flesh and bones.

O.K.F – We have already started making new songs for a future release, still aggressive and atmospheric. But I think it is too early to tell what comes out of it.

S.E – Hoping to bring a bit more ambience and haunting melodies into the mix, but still keeping that dark and old school 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?

S.E – Everyone has their own preferences, for me it’s been a lot of Shadow of intent, Sleep token and Cabal, but also a lot of synth wave and electronic music that I’ve listened to lately.

A.Ø – For me it is the same old music that inspired me now to make music as when I started out. The Norwegian Black Metal scene from the 90s. And extreme metal from the 80s. too many to mention! Lately I have listened a lot to the new Mayhem – Daemon album, and the new record from Djevel.

O.K.F – The 90s Black Metal is a great influence to me, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Gorgoroth and so on. Also, newer bands like Koldbrann, Djevel, 1349 etc. Also Thrash and Death metal bands like Sepultura, Metallica, Belphegor and Deicide. There have been some good releases this year, Djevel, Mayhem, Arvas to mention some.

F.H – The new album from Djevel and Gaahls wyrd is great.

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

Flukt – Thanks for this interview and for the great review you gave “Darkness devour”. For the readers out there, support the underground by going to shows and buy music!

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Kaldvard Interview

mardi 12 novembre 2019 à 11:37
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. If we were to explain Kaldvard to potential new fans we would tell them that the we play heavy and old school, but black riffs and that we are in love with melodic lead guitar and shifts through rhythm with the drums to give power to parts of the song etc. We are also a bit more melodious than straight forward plain metal. Take "Fossegrimens Pant"; this was our title track on the first album. Kaldr was struggling with the whole song, making it work etc. When he finally was able to sort the song out, he was thinking "uhm, this song needs a fiddle.". He called an old classmate who he knew played the fiddle, and she, Silje Vevle, added to the song this amazing tunes. Gave the song a whole new level. We still remembers the chills we got while recording.  So we have some soft spots here and there. We like to do our best with what we got, and we think we are at that point now that we can say that we did.
The band is 3 guys. Kaldr and Galge had worked together before as security guards. So when Kaldr recorded a riff in 2017 that he thought could be something, Galge was the one who got to listen to it, mainly to give his opinion on the riff. But ended up recording vocals on the whole shabang, when the song was done. So thats when Kaldvard was born. We made one more song after that to see if we could/should work together. And we could...! Very much so. So, the thoughts of an album was almost immediately put to life. Or, at least EP. But since Kaldr found himself  in this amazing "drive force", an album was the right thing to do. Too much riffs not to go all the way.

2.In November you have a new album coming out musically how does it differ from the recording you had released in 2018?
2. Yes. November it will finally happen! New album! Just a little bit over one year since the first. So, how will it differ from the first. Well, the recordings are "better", in that sense that everybody is learning new stuff. And since the first one we have bought a new DAW (music production), new midi drums, new guitar plugins, new guitar as well, we got awesome work on the lyrics, a new bass player (on the last album Kaldr was also the bass player), better programming, better understanding, new mix and mastering plugins etc etc. W. Studios (Egill Wessel Nyheim) who mixed us are using a whole new setup, and giving us this modern but still old sound. With all this new stuff we feel like we can do anything. So, bottom line probably should be better production over all.

3.Some of the lyrics go into the witch trials of Norway and Denmark during the 16th and 17th century, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this historical event?
3. Our lyrics are the result of an "meeting" Kaldr and Galge had, deciding what we should write about. Galge being very interessted in history in general, but local stories in particular, came up with the idea. And Kaldr supported that. Then Galge could go in to the deep, searching for stories that happend etc. In Norway we have some legends or tales that "everybody" knows. Like Fossegrim, Nøkken, Trolls and Draugen who was on the first album. On the second album we have some local stories that acutally happend. This is where the witches comes in. We live in Bergen, were they burned witches. The most "famous" one, Anne Pedersdotter, was burned in late 1500's in Nordnes, Bergen. Where we took our last pictures of the band actually. The title track of the new album is about this happening, with the "trial" in the intro and the actual burning of her in a middle part of the song. To make the whole thing sound as terrible as it was, it was probably worse, the real deal you know. Then there are this story that people in town could "hear" the witches on this mountain thatss called Lyderhorn here in Bergen. They reported that they could hear the witches dance around with Satan himself and putting a spell of sickness etc on the local people. We made a song of that of course. In the end of that song we try to make it like the listener can also "hear" the witches up on that mountain, with one hell of a riff and creepy vocals!

4.Some of your other lyrics cover paganism, Nordic mythology, folklore and legends, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?
4. Our previous lyrics is about these known norwegian myths, and Galge felt like he needed to cover this in a way. Because he is all about remembering stories and tales. It's not just these things he is interested in of course, but these became very natural to write about given the theme we decided to do. So being the writer (Galge) it means a lot to have done this. Being the producer, the one who makes the music (Kaldr) and "potato" it also means a lot that the album is about something unique.

5.I know that the bands name means 'cold/chilly' in Ancient Norwegian, how does this name fit on with the musical style that you play?
5. The name Kaldvard was chosen because of how it looks in writing, but very much what it means and that it is an old word. So old that no one knows it. We didn't know what it meant at the time we were given the suggestion from a friend. We fell in love with the word right away. And we think it fits us in the way we play. At least it fits the cold, dark stories we tell.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6. The artwork was done by Kim Holm. He has extremely many paintings, drawings, covers etc under his belt. Many of those who listen to metal knows his work. He did the Abbath cover this year for example. What happened was that, we knew he existed first of all, and we sent him an email explaining what we wanted. We told him that the cover should be of a witch burning. But "how" should be up to him, being the artist and all. So, some time went by and he eventually asks us for the title track. He wanted to listen to the song to get inspired. We sent him the unfinished, unmixed song and he gave us a sketch. We said yes to the first sketch we got, because that it hit us right away. He had not only drawn the burning witch, he had drawn a whole crowd of people watching the burning, as they did it back then. And some buildings etc. We are very proud of our cover art and it sets the mood not only for one song, but for the whole album we think.

7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?
7. We have not done any live shows. We call ourselves a studio band. But we have talked about what we should do if the question hits us about live performance, and we are open for it but we would need help. Galge is the only one of us who has done live shows, when he was the vocalist for Gravdal. Kaldr and Ve have never played any shows. But with the right help and the right equipment we could do it, after some serious rehearsals!

8.You also have a couple of guests on the new album, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording?
8. The first song we got guest artist on was on our title track, and that was a bit funny and very awesome and interesting! On this particular song "Dømt Til Bål Og Brann", Kaldr and Galge had talked about who should be the "judge" in the intro. It has to be a man with a deep voice. Maybe an older man with dialect from Bergen or Denmark. We actually landed on an actor from Bergen, Helge Jordal. We were in touch with his management and all, but this never happened. Suddently Galge remembers he knows Ares! Founder, vocals and guitarist in Aeternus. He is not only local, but is known for his deep voice. So we asked him and he said yes. The main idea was that he only would be the judge in the intro, sending the witch to her execution fire place. But the day he joined us in the house we did recordings in the whole weekend, he was given a grim verse by Galge. They had agreed while Kaldr was outside smoking. Kaldr's thought was "oh FUCK yeah!". It was quite an experience to sit there, recording his vocals to were it sits, him being the pro and we being the noobs. But all went well and he thanked us and we drove him home. The woman who plays the witch, Silje, we recorded a month later. She has some experience in theatre and was not embarrassed, to put it like that. She went in screaming and shouting. This went quickly, and she was awesome. We are very grateful she did it so well!
Our second guest is V'Gandr from Helheim. This was a shot in the dark really. Kaldr, who is totally unknown for him sent him an email, asking if he could sing on this song he never had heard of. He answered rather quickly and said that he could do it if the song was good. Kaldr sent him the song, and he said yes. We were very excited! He told us that he wanted to do it freely. He listening to the song and sing along until he felt it was "gotime". And the result? Holy shit, we didn't know how to react actually. It was above all of our imaginations. He did an extremely good job on the clean vocals for "Tilbake"!
And, Kaldr felt like we needed a fiddle... So, he called Silje Vevle once again. Putting fiddle on "Tilbake". This song is so amazing that if you like this kind of things, or maybe you just like one thing but not the other, this is the song you need to listen to! She makes this "on the spot", freestyle tunes as we go. And Kaldr sits there, with goosebumps, recording and enjoying every note

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
9. We were looking for labels to work with last year and early this year. But nothing happened. We got these "we really like you, but..." answers. So we got a little frustrated. As we worked on the second album, and we realized how much work we put in it, and how good we felt it was we came up with the promotion idea. Buying promotion from a company. That we would have got with a label perhaps. We asked a guy named Roger, who had written a review on our first album, if he knew anything about this stuff. He gave us a list with companies who promotes metal music. So we landed on Grand Sounds Promotion. And so far so good. We are not actively looking for an label right now, but if we were asked to be signed we would be very interested to talk to them

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
10. On our first album we didn't buy promotion like this. At the same time we suck at promoting ourselves. Not many people on our facebook page etc etc. But we managed to get some reviews and an small audience. We are completely aware of that we are new to the underground scene, but we still think that the first album deserved more than it got. But we are pleased with the reviews and that we kind of managed to get it "out there" anyways.
 This time we want to do it in a better way. We are not looking to be rock stars and make a bunch of money, but we would like it if our music got in the right channels so people can discover us.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. The future for us is something we have n t talked about that much. The main thing we had a real talk about was this live show thing. In musical perspective we think that we will keep doing what we feel we are good at. Maybe try some new stuff and make the total even better, but for right now we are happy with what we got. We are interested in the sound is as good as possible, and with so many ways to do it, it's easy to achieve something we can stand for.

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?
12. We are a gang who listen to a lot of different things. Kaldr likes "everything". Now days he listens a lot to what he was listening to when he was a teenager. Naglfar, Myrkgrav, Einherjer, Helheim, Watain etc. But a lot of new stuff hits the ear as well.
Galge listens a lot to Einherjer, Dimmu, Shining, Gorgoroth and Metallica.
Ve likes Disturbed, Metallica, Maiden and that kind of stuff.
When Kaldr makes the music he try not to be influenced by anything. But maybe there is something subconscious when he is in the zone. Other people can probably hear something we haven't thought about and compare us to other bands. At the same time we know what we like, and the music we make is probably an outcome of that.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. We are very excited to see how this new album will do. We have worked really hard on it over a long period of time and we are proud as hell! Hope it will make us more proud and that we get inspired to make more music next year!


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Israthoum/Arrows From Below/New Era/2019 CD Review

mardi 12 novembre 2019 à 11:06

  Netherlands's  Israthoum  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  occult  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Arrows  From  Below"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  New  Era.

  A  very  heavy  and  epic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  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  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  music  style  pianos,

  A couple  of  the  tracks  are  also long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  melodic vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  there  is  also  some  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  in  some  parts  of  the  recording,  stringed  instruments,  synths  and  clean  playing  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  left  hand  path,  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Israthoum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bracu  Magistris"  and  "Tuam  Vocavit".  8  out  of  10.


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