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Numen Interview

lundi 13 janvier 2020 à 20:55
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
H, It’s a pleasure to be here to talk about Numen. Once we finished the recording, we have been busy working on a videoclip and art/design ideas for the next album. Also composing and maturing some ideas for the future, and some of us have been very busy with our side-projects, recordings, tours, etc.

2.In September, you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
We are excited to hear from the people about the differences. So much time has passed and musical and composition differences will be there, but I think we still maintain that base of fast paced black metal that characterizes us, carrying on with the legacy of our previous works.
This album has more variety, with more structured songs. We've also added an instrumental folk song, in the same vibe as our first EP. But those who know us, is not going to discover a big jump or evolution in our musical concept.

3.This is also your first album since 2007, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Obviously in 12 years so many things have happened.
If we go over what we have done in all this years, we had some formation changes, some few live gigs, and the re-release of our last work and little more. As you can see, it seems that Numen hasn't been the main thing of our lives. We've been so much years without drummer and a complete line-up, so we have dedicated bigger efforts to other musical projects with which we have been quite active.
Though, we've been working in the shadows waiting for the moment to complete the line-up with a drummer that would enable us to play our work live. And once we completed the line-up we resumed our activity in a constant way to record, and this time, when the album releases, we will be able to play it live without having to wait 4 years like with our last album.
Numen isn't a studio band. Neither a band that's always touring, but we have the necessity of rehearse together and show our works live.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with basque culture and legends, do you also have an interest in the pagan religion of that era?
Of course! But instead of religion, we think that, talking about the way of thinking or beliefs of those times is more appropriate. That is, the way the people understood the world and life, before christianity came in and was imposed upon everyone. The beings from that time developed by understanding and interpreting nature. That is, the way of thinking based on life, death, respect for the unknown and admiration for mother earth.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Numen'?
The word Numen encompasses pagan beings or gods. Those mythological beings who are outside christianity.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Our aim was to design a cover expressing the depths and beauty of our land, also the violence and hatred our music transmits. On this occasion, unlike in other albums, we have wanted to convey this on an illustration instead of on a picture. The illustration represents a rough landscape that leads to the foothills of one of the most emblematic mountains of Euskal Herria, Anboto. Where the Goddess Mari is resting and waiting…
We have had the pleasure to work with Aghy Purakusuma, he committed to the project and depicted the scenery we wanted.

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?
Tricky question, for sure....
I pleasantly remember our show at Barroselas metal fest in 2004. That day things went rolling smoothly, from our sound to peoples response.
One of our first shows, back in 98 at the Jam club in Bergara, with Centinex and Anasarca.
Other good gigs where at the mythic Anoeta club in Vigo. I don't remember the years exactly, but I recall the intensity, the will, the public and the rest of the bands.
Those shows were in a great time for Numen.
From the recent ones (time has passed though), after those years of inactivity, "Cernunnos Pagan Fest" in Paris, the gig in Durango, Madrid and also the "Move your fucking Brain" in Molins de Rei felt great. In those shows public Support was brutal! I also have fond memories from our gig at the "Iberian Warriors Metal Fest" in Zaragoza.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We have confirmed dates in Euskadi with Primordial, Noctem and Orphans of Piety in San Sebastian, Zaragoza (Spain) with Imperium Dekadenz, Salamanca (Spain) with Deranged, Teething, Barbarian Prophecies, Mixomatoxis,… , Catalunya with Golgotha, Atrexial,…and France (Nantes and Paris) with bands like Seth, Belenos, Mur, Penitence Onirique, Moonreich...
Looking forward to next year, some dates are being planed but still are not confirmed.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and pagan metal?
We aren't a band with a big following outside our borders. For various reasons Numen's activity has been intermittent and therefore we have not gathered such following.
We have had a good reception around here and we have followers in the nearby countries, specially in France.

We hope that with LADLO's good work spreading our new album, we will reach even more people.

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?
In Eihar and Jabo's case, we are busy with our other band, Cerebral Effusion. We recently arrived from a little tour in USA and some European festivals. Now we are recording our 5th album, we hope to finish before 2019 finishes.
Eol continues working in Elffor, preparing his next album. I've lost count, it's been a long time since he did his tenth album. Instead of preparing, he is waiting for me to record guitars and Lander to record bass.I am been the chokepoint here... Since I became father, I have less time...
Xabi continues with Storbais (legendary trashcore band in our land) and Issuna (crust grind band), also his new black metal project soon to be witnessed.
And finally Aritz, to my knowledge, he left all other musical projects to focus on other things. Darkness by Oath disbanded around 5 years ago and projects like disflesh are frozen or dead. Now is 100% focused on Numen.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The truth is that we don't think much about that, we always let go in that aspect. The idea is to show this album as much as possible and without delay work in something new, maybe an EP... Anyway, Numen is formed by very eclectic people, so it is difficult to foresee what will be in for us in a few years.

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?
Numen has always been a band influenced by 90s black metal, specially Norwegian and Swedish scene (Satyricon, Immortal, Enslaved, Aeternus,…). We also love our land's traditional folk. Most of us have been listening to metal for more than 25 years, since we were teens. We started listening to heavy, punk, trash metal…and little by little we entered in the world of extreme music. Black metal, death metal, brutal death, grind, doom, ambient… we've listened from the majority of styles. Outside metal... We listen also jazz, folk, some electronic... we are 6 people in Numen and obviously each of us have our preferences, but there's always bands that are everyone's favourites.
I have a stack of CDs and LPs to listen to, but I recently listened to the new releases of: Disentomb, Mgla, Deathspell omega, Tenebrae in Perpetum, Blut aus Nord, Devourment and some others that I don't remember now. Now is too easy to have access to music, but at the same time is also easy to forget something between that many options.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks so much for your interest in our work, and also thanks for supporting the scene!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/numen-interview.html


Sammas Equinox/Emanating Terror/Temples Of Ice/Signal Rex/2020 Split EP Review

lundi 13 janvier 2020 à 06:33

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Finland's  Sammas  Equinox  and  Emanating  Terror  called  "Temples  Of  Ice"  which  will  be  released  on  January 31st  by  Signal  Rex  and we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Sammas  Equinox  a  band  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  emtal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  The  song  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  track  more of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  song  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  synths  also  giving  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  coldness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Sammas  Equinox  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Emanating  Terror  another  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  melodic  yet  heavy  sound  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  along  with  the  song  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  mid  90's  and  early  2000's  era  influences as  well  as  the  track  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  coldness  and  winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Emanating  Terror  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  atmospheric  Finnish  black  metal.  8  out  of 10.

http://sammasequinox.bandcamp.com/album/temples-of-ice


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/sammas-equinoxemanating-terrortemples.html


Svrm/7/Dawnbreed Records/2020 EP Re-Issue Review

lundi 13 janvier 2020 à 05:25

  Svrm  are  a  solo  project  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw,  experimental  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  ep  "7"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  January  31st  by  Dawnbreed  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  mix  atmospheric  elements  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  at  times  along  with  some  elements  of  noise.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  faster  musical  direction  as w ell  as  adding  in  some  mid  tempo  sections  briefly.

  Svrm  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw,  atmospheric  and  experimental sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Ukrainian  and  cover  death,  despair  and  existence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svrm  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  experimental  sounding  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCL DUE  "Mir"  and  "I".  8out  of  10.

https://svrm.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/svrm  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/svrm7danbreed-records2020-ep-re-issue.html


Totenheer/Die Schwarze Spinne/2020 CD Review

dimanche 12 janvier 2020 à 23:49

  Totenheer  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  powerful  and  energetic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Die  Schwarze  Spinne"  which  will  be  released  on  January  24th.

  Dulcimer's  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  During  the  faster  sections  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  having  some  80's   influences  on  one  of  the  tracks.

 A  couple  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  is  a  concept  album  based  upon  "the  Black  Spider"  a  novella  written  in  1842  by  Jeremias  Gotthelf.

  In  my  opinion  Totenheer  are  a  very  great  sounding  powerful  and  energetic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Der  Komthur"  "Feuerschweif"  "Die  Schwarze  Spinne"  and  "Martyrium".  8  out  of  10.

http://www.totenheer.ch/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxA5X43cw2EGit2SFRPNJXQ
https://www.reverbnation.com/totenheer
https://totenheer.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/totenheerofficial/

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/totenheerdie-schwarze-spinne2020-cd.html


Pantheon Of Blood/Voices Rooted In Blood/Signal Rex/2020 Compilation Album Review

dimanche 12 janvier 2020 à 06:51

  Finland's  Panteheon  Of Blood  have  returned  with  a  collection  which  consists  of  their  ep's ,  split  song  and  unreleased  track  which  are  mostly  in  an  occult  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  compilation  album  "Voices  Rooted  In  Blood"  which  will  be  released  on  January  31st  by  Signal  Rex.

  A very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  compilation.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  the  compilation  progresses  as  well as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  clear  vocals.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  more  modern  sounding  as  the  compilation  progresses  and  later  tracks  also  show  the  black  emtal  vocals  going  for  more  a  grim  direction,  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  alter  tracks. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Finnish  and  English  and  cover  National  Romanticism,  paganism,  Eastern  and  Western  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Pantheon  Of  blood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vanha  Litto"  "The  Pagan  Light"  and  "Incantation  In  Blood".  8  out  of  10.

http://pantheonofblood.bandcamp.com/album/voices-rooted-in-blood

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/pantheon-of-bloodvoices-rooted-in.html