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Aura Mortis Interview

dimanche 27 août 2017 à 03:28
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Aura Mortis has been formed in late 2013, firstly as a one-man band. In this form, the band has released one demo (''Vast Perdition of Souls'') and a split album with Necro Forest, both in 2014.  After a while, Pakost joined the band as a vocalist and with this updated line up, we released another split album, this time with Tenebrositas in 2016. Our latest work is ''Proclamation of the Sardonic Flame'' EP which has been released on tape by Zly Demiurg Productions from Poland. There is a CD version of it coming in October through Mantratya Productions from Luxembourg too.

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 your previous split's and demo?

The sound on our latest release is quite tenebrous, just as we intended it to be. The music is more intricate than on the previous releases and that is due to the fact that there was a progression in composing. As we improve, our music improves as well. However, in general, the previous releases have all followed the same theme of the band, even though they don't sound alike.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The lyrics worship the final Death of all life through the might of the horned One. He has many forms and names, but there is only one aim.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aura Mortis'?

The feel and stench of total Death.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

For this time being, the line up won't change. There have been plans of adding a drummer for a while now, but we can't find any suitable individuals for that position.

6.You have also shared splits with 'Necro Forest' and 'Tenebrositas', how would you compare your musical style to theirs?

Both bands are great and it was a pleasure doing those splits. They are a bit more raw and minimalistic in sound than Aura Mortis is, however, and that suits them really well. Cold, skinfreezing sound.

7.The ep was released on 'Zly Demiurg', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Zly Demiurg is, although small, one really dedicated and reliable underground label. The communication was great and fast, and everything we intended for the EP has been fulfilled by them. Hails to N. and D. !

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

Not that big, to be honest. I can see that there are some people in the countries abroad that listen to our band, but it's not that widely spread.

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

Right now, I'm working with my other band INFERNALI GLORIA. We're preparing an EP and I'm really satisfied with our new hymns. I also have a new band coming soon. It's a bit in the old school vein and our debut release is almost done, but I won't share any more info about it. Pakost, on the other hand, is much busier than I am on this behalf. His main band, CRNOBOG, is preparing something completely dark and crushing. Keep an eye out for this cult, as it was about time it woke up from its slumber! He also plays with FLESH CULT, a maniacal black thrashing machine. They're preparing some new songs which are completely sadistic. And he also plays guitar in REDENIK. They're releasing their debut album called ''Nekrografija'' soon. Expecting nothing more than bone cracking tunes on that one.

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

There are already some ideas for our debut full length, but we're not in a hurry or whatever, so I can't tell when it will be done. We're only writing when the time is right, when we are touched by Darkness.

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?

There are many, many artists that have influenced us. Now, black metal is our primary genre and we draw inspiration from it, but there is also old heavy metal, thrash, death and everything that isn't overhyped garbage that a lot of people tend to follow these days.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

See the question #3. Yes they do, by a great part. We have a subjective view on these topics and they are showcased in our lyrics.

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

Thank you for the interview. You can order our new EP here: https://zlydemiurg.blogspot. com

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Hell Is Other People/Embrace/CDN Records/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 26 août 2017 à 20:09

  Hell  Is  Other  People  are  a  band  from  Windsor, Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  Embrace"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  CDN  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  while acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  at  times  and  also  add  in  touches  of  shoegaze  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  fashion.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  Hell  Is  Other  People  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  a  lot  more  raw  and  aggressive  than  most  bands  of  the  genre  while  still  having  a  touch  of  shoegaze  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hell  Is  Other  People  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  metal  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Embrace"  and  "The  Colour  Returns".  8  out  of  10.

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Malphas/Incantation/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 25 août 2017 à 22:42

  Malphas  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  2017  album  "Incantation"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  2nd  wave  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks.

  Malphas  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  occult  black  metal  style  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death. Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Malphas  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leviathan"  "Nahash  Corruption"  and  "Awakening  Excelsi  Luciferi".  8  out  of  10.

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Saiva/Markena Bortom/Nordvis Produktion/2017 CD Review

vendredi 25 août 2017 à 21:36

  Saiva  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  folk  inspired  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Markena  Bottom"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  along  with  some  percussion's  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  few  minutes  melodic  pagan  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  clean  yet  distorted  playing  is  added  into  the  music.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  and  there  is  also  some  session  work  from  members  of  Tervahaat,  Panopticon  and  Grift.

  Saiva  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal,  pagan  and  folk  music  and  mixes them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  ancient  times  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Saiva  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  inspired  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for something  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nordmarkens  Alvar"  and  "Nordan".  8  out  of  10.    

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Holokauston/HOST/The Dark Thursday/2017 Demo Review

vendredi 25 août 2017 à 20:23

  Holokauston  are  a  solo  project  from  India  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  demo  "HOST"  which  was  released  by  The  Dark  Thursday.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  touches  of  classical  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  while  also  introducing  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  very  raw  and  old  school  tradition  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  demo  demo  progresses  the  riffs  start  utilizing  more  melody  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Darkthrone's  "Transylvanian  Hunger"  before  closing  the  demo  with  an  outro.

  Holokauston  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  in t he  90's second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Tragedy,  Philosophy,  Nihilism  and  Omnicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Holokauston  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Creation,  An  Omnicide"  and  "Nyctophiliac  Blood  Of  The  Darker  Woods".  8  out  of  10.  

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