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Whore Of Babylon Interview

mardi 19 mars 2019 à 01:24

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Whore of Babylon is a solo Raw Blackened Death project located in Australia. Deriving sources of musical inspiration from literature, sacred texts, art, dreaming and personal practices of spirituality and worship.

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
I wasn’t necessarily striving for a specific sound or style when in the compositional / recording phase of this demo. Each song is based on a specific experience, concept and moment. From what I was feeling at that specific time relating to its subject matter, I allowed myself to become a vessel and simply let it write itself over time.

3.The lyrics on the ep cover Hecate Goddess of Witchcraft, Hermetic and Goetia themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the occult and dark arts?
That is incorrect, only the first ambient illustration entitled Ἑκάτη relates to that subject matter, which doesn’t have vocals, every song has its own story and relevance to something that is entirely greater. My relationship to such I wish to remain private for the time being as it is deeply personal.

4.What was the decision behind using the name 'Whore of Babylon', for your musical project?
The title ‘Whore of Babylon’ derives from two sources, the most notable being the Bible, stated in Revelations 17:5, “As mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of Earth.” (This can be found written in Greek running down both sides of the track listing on the physical copy). The other from the 1927 German silent film ‘Metropolis.’ In both sources, Christians have depicted a female as the deceiver of mankind, leading the blind and ignorant astray. I decided to use this title as I see this concept everywhere in Americanised western culture, in the media, celebrities and trends pushing forth their agendas, to which I despise immensely. Relating to this I also tie in my own practice and worship.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The artist goes under the vice of Alemsahim, based in Moscow, a profoundly talented artist who also did the Whore of Babylon logo. The design depicts a female face with ‘W’ embedded into it if you look closely enough; around it features spurs of sigils. The representation of the selected sigils is an intentional mockery of the Kabbalah. The Na’amah sigil at the very top symbolizes feminine divinity, something very prominent to my own worship and practice, as well as a prominent source of musical influence.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
For the time being no, I prefer to work by myself, as I am yet to meet another individual who composes in a similar fashion as to how I compose. If I ever meet someone like that then I would be very much open to making this project collaborative. Though In the recent past I have contributed to two split releases, Thuringwethil from USA and Cultor Noctis from Belgium, both of which have allowed this project to explore new territory in a very individualistic and personal manor, for that reason I will continue to involve myself in split collaborations, but other then that, Whore of Babylon will remain a singular entity.

7.The ep was released on 'Akashic Envoy Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
I initially heard of Clayton via his work with Indymetal and social media, when I found out about the conception of Akashic Envoy Records, I was very quick to introduce myself to this highly talented man via Instagram, the only place I can be found: https://www.instagram.com/arkngthunch.nchuleftingth/

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and ritualistic dark ambient?
Its been very interesting receiving feedback, some have enjoyed it quite a lot, whilst others have not. Interestingly enough I have been messaged on multiple occasions of abnormal dreams occurring after listening, most notably the artist Alemsahim who did both the logo and album art, he told me recently he listened to it before going to bed and had a dream of monolithic waves crashing to shore, to then be awoken by his bedroom door opening by itself. Regardless of weather these stories are true its very entertaining and constructive for me to receive as much feedback as possible. So I welcome all to tell me what they experienced when listening to Chapter I.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Currently I am also involved in a Bestial Black / Doom project entitled ‘Dionysian Rites’, everything will be written and performed by me except vocals (most likely), this is currently yet to make its debut, which can be expected towards the end of the year.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
That’s a hard question to answer, for the time being until I am fortunate enough to meet more individuals as devoted as I am, preferably located in my homeland, Whore of Babylon will remain singular. So, I will continue to progress musically and spiritually with my practices, complete the three chapters I have envisioned and go from there. 

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?
My main source for musical inspiration is art, literature and my relationship to private practices, musically however, projects like Impetuous Ritual, Grave Upheaval, Convulsing, Striborg, Portal and Aethyrvorous, all of which are from my homeland. As for what I am currently listening to, anything that comes from my country I will listen to extensively, I would go as far as saying Australia is by far the king of this style of music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you kindly for having me and thank you for your support, I’ve very much enjoyed answering your questions. The physical artefact of Chapter I: Devotion, Adoration, Invocation will be available for purchase early April to my knowledge; both on a standard cassette edition, as well as a special edition (strictly limited to 10 copies) which will include wormwood, witch hazel, brimstone, teeth and a number of other herbs and powders, so stay tuned… Thrall awaits...

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/whore-of-babylon-interview.html


None/Damp Chill Of Life/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2019 CD Review

lundi 18 mars 2019 à 04:24

  Portland,  Oregon's  None  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Damp  Chill  Of  Life"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  which  are  also  used  on  later  tracks  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  evolving  into  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style  while  the  tremolo  picking  riffs  when  they  are  brought  into  the  music  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard briefly  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  depressive  and  angry  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times. Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  while  one  track  is  an  instrumental  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misery  and  grief  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  None  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Damp  Chill  Of  Life"  and  "A  Chance  I'd  Never  have".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.hypnoticdirgerecords.com/hypnotic-dirge-webstore.php#!/~/search/keyword=none%20-%20damp%20chill

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/nonedamp-chill-of-lifehypnotic-dirge.html


Istapp/The Insidious Star/Trollzorn/2019 CD Review

lundi 18 mars 2019 à 02:30

  Istapp  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Insidious  Star"which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Trollzorn.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.

  When  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  A  lot  of  the  music  also  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Swedish  and  cover  Winter,  Science  and  Norse  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Istapp  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternal  Winter"  "Snowball  Earth"  "The  Insidious  Star"  and  "Orrekulle".  8 out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/Istapp-Official-125581444205995

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/istappthe-insidious-startrollzorn2019.html


Malokarpatan/Cesta podzemnymi salami Kovovlada/Sun & Moon/2019 EP Review

dimanche 17 mars 2019 à 05:00

  Malokarpatan  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  black  metal  with  some  ambient  and  psychedelic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Cesta  podzemnymi  salami Kovovlada"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Sun  &  Moon.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ambient,  avant garde  and  psychedelic  style  soundscapes  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  on  the  second    part  of  the  track  but  also  mixing  the  elements  of  the  first  part  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  an  old  school  black  metal  style that  is  equally  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  wave  eras  of  the  genre  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  sticking  to  mostly  a  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  an  old  school  style.

  Malokarpartan  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  era  while  also  adding  in  elements  from  other  musical  genres,  to  create  something  very  original.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Slovakian  and  cover  the  mythological  theme  of  Kovovlad-master  of  the  underworld  and  all  of  it's  treasures,  who  abducts  a  maiden  from  the  world  above  to  become  his  bride.

  In  my  opinion  Malokarpatan  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  ambient  and  psychedelia  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original  sounding,  you  should  check  out  this  ep. 8  out  of  10. 

www.facebook.com/malokarpatan   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/malokarpatancesta-podzemnymi-salami.html


Woe/A Violent Dread/Vendetta Records/2019 EP Review

dimanche 17 mars 2019 à 04:07

  New  York's  Woe  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  dark  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "A  Violent  Dread"  which  was  released  by  Vendetta  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Dawn's  "The  Knell  And  The  World".

  On  this  recording  Woe  remains  true  to  the  dark  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  fear  and  exploration  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Woe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Violent  Dread".  8  out  of  10.

https://woeunholy.bandcamp.com/

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/woea-violent-dreadvendetta-records2019.html