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Void Interview

jeudi 3 mai 2018 à 03:35
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are extremely busy! In a couple of weeks we have a show supporting Scourn, a well known epic black metal band from Italy, and two more touring Italian bands, so we are rehearsing as much as time allows, plus, never comfortable to repeat ourselves, we are training a new band member and adding new material to the setlist. All a bit close to the mark, but that's how we roll.

But you cant go far without hearing how making music is the smallest part of making music these days (!?!) So we are also chomping hard on the bit that is online promotion. VOID were never able to hold on to the notoriety we generated after the release of Posthuman, or even the second album, and in the age of social media dominance we all but disappeared from view, so we are working flat out now to raise our profile on the internet. That's what you gotta do. If you cant beat em join em.

2.In year you had 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?

The Unsearchable Riches of Void EP has a very raw organic sound but even though the production is fairly regressive the material still pushes the limits of decent behaviour. Riffwise it is still identifiably void, frantic and attention deficit, but there is a stronger punk influence, grind, crust whatever you want to call it. Not that you would find any actual punk music in there, but our style of playing couldnt help but be influenced by the time Joe Burwood (our drummer) and I were spending playing with London hardcore band Flowers of Flesh and Blood.

3.This was your first release since (correction) 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

The music for The Unsearchable Riches of Void was recorded immediately after the release of our second album 'void' in 2011. We were full of fire and writing material in our sleep and aside from our vocalist Ben Lowe taking time out to travel, the band was perfect. Unfortunately he never came back (rest in peace brother) and though our current vocalist Levi LeBlanc was doing an excellent job filling in on live vocals, we lost our way and were unable to finish the recording. When you deal creatively in subjects of madness and loss sometimes reality comes knocking, it becomes too real. During our hiatus we tried to rekindle our flame several times, but personal tragedy held us back, our bassist took a different turn in life and both Joe and I decided to focus on other bands. I was also co-running an underground music studio and spending all my free time recording and mixing bands. Of course eventually Levi, Joe and I found ourselves partying together at said studio, we put our unfinished recording on and suddenly realised what we had been missing. I quit the studio and quit recording bands altogether, built another studio at home and Levi and I began recording the vocals for what would become The Unsearchable Riches of Void.
The fire was back in our blood. We then enlisted Gerardo Serra, the most out there bassist we could find, and got ready to play live again.

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

Madness, loss, dystopia, altered perception of the world, despair, rapture and ecstasy - these have always been the dominant themes in our lyrics. Levi has a unique way of processing the world around him. Listening to him in conversation itself can be a kind of poetry. Sometimes I identify completely with the feeling without any idea of the subject. The lyrics I contributed to the EP were all in reference to the tragic tale of ‘The Wildebeest’, a man-beast junkie living on the fringes of society, a monster desperate for love who accidentally kills a man whilst raiding a pharmacy. He lives near me, under the bridge over the canal. I think about him a lot. Different is a very difficult thing to be.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Void'?

A black, empty hole, both inside and out. There is a veil between something and nothing and we stand on the one side staring eternally over to the other, knowing that one day we will cross. For thousands of years established thought has been that once on the other side, we will be able to look back to this one. Ha!

With this EP we also started using the title The Unsearchable Riches of Void, and though this does not constitute an official name change, we did incorporate these words into the logo for this release. They aim at capturing the essence of the process of looking for something meaningful, squashed between the impossibility of finding it in ordinary places, and the sense that the only things that really matter might be unattainable in the first place. In other words, the name of the band captures the dialectics of hope and despair that is so central to the human condition.

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

We wear costumes and masks these days to help break out of our normal personalities and to show the audience we are not afraid to dive beyond the realms of decency, sense and convention. That said, the show I enjoyed most recently was a small local gig with Body Harvest, Skullthrone and Sufferer. We had absolutely no expectations for this show. We just wanted to have fun and since it was Hallowe’en we inverted normal procedure and played in our normal street clothes. Clearly 80% of the crowd had no idea what was going on with our music, but they totally went for it, they invaded the stage and we shared a thrill. Sometimes you catch people at just the right moment, unawares, they are in need of a spasm, an unanticipated involuntary shock.

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

We are playing on May 20th supporting Scuorn on the last date of their Parthenope UK tour at Nambucca, in London. We also have some dates in September supporting an established Norwegian act that we will announce soon. We wont be touring to support the cassette EP, but will tour to support the new album we hope to release next year if all goes to plan. We need to get on the radar of the festival promoters, else this dream will never materialise.

8.The last release was released on 'Bad Princess Productions' can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Its not a label. Its my personal production company for all my work in media, film, tv, music... named after my daughter (who appears in the logo) and working out of my home studio. I used to keep all these things separate but that was too confusing, so now its all in one place. We had to self-release the cassette so we did it through that. I even recorded the first batch of tapes in real time, one by one, printing and cutting the inlays. Its a labour of love.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback to your newer music by fans of black or extreme metal?

I dont know if we’ve had the honour of gracing the other side of the globe yet but it is early days still. The tape is only now going out to press and yours was the first review to come back, so thanks for that. I have to say the new album material seems to be playing better with extreme metal fans than the tape does. It’s darker, more epic. The material on the tape allowed us to play at a punk festival last year though, to a great reception, and I wouldnt trade that. What black metal band can entertain the punks? Thats good for me because I find boundaries in general limiting and I don’t care if we don’t like other bands on the bill.
Needless to say I hope that when they do hear it they will like it. I want black metal fans to follow the band so that they will hear the new album when it comes out, because that will be something very special, for the band, and maybe even for black metal itself.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Joe plays drums in Antisect, legendary crust punk pioneers. He and Levi are also rekindling the flames for their shared Death Metal project Cythraul, having enlisted a new drummer recently. He also plays sometimes with London Thrash spasm ‘Noise Complaint’ and both of us recently performed with metal influenced hardcore band ‘Flowers of Flesh and Blood’ supporting The Exploited. Gerardo has a jazz hiphop band called instrumental variables who did some awesome recordings last year, but they now need to find a new drummer since the last one’s visa expired. I was messing about with post-punk band Erege and psyche-rock project Las Astas until recently but now I only have time for VOID. I do wanna get back into remixing again though, like I did in the old days for Red Harvest, Zyklon and Aborym. Our new guitarist Elliot Parkin also plays in a grunge act called You.

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

The new album is written. Hopefully it’ll come out next year. Stylistically all the elements from previous releases are there, the blast beats, the electronic grooves, the orchestral score, the disonant harmonies, the d-beat riffs; but none of these elements dominates over the others on this album. We’ve stopped focusing on the pieces and actually built the puzzle.

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?

Void mixes black metal with a wide range of influences that include DHG/Dødheimsgard (Norwegian post black metal), CARCASS (pioneers of grinding hooks), SLEEPY TIME GORILLA MUSEUM (avantegarde rock), MORBID ANGEL (classic death metal), VENETIAN SNARES (breakbeats and electronica). Somewhere between these extremes, lies the heart of Void, with its work spanning almost twenty years.

Since I have started to promote the band again I have become aware of just how many great bands there are now. So many acts have sprung up in the years when I was just listening to my 90s records! Artists like Voices and their sister act Shrines now lead in our field. We are lucky to be working in the same city. I’m really looking forward to the new Voices album. I think they’re gonna turn it on its head, and you know, I’m all about that.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I make audio descriptions for the visually impaired, also through Bad Princess Productions. We make audio descriptions and black metal bands. Basically I tell the visually impaired person what is happening on screen. Its a great opportunity to really get into the fibre of a film, describing style, mood, colour, emotion. Films really distill the human experience. I’ve done some thrillers, some dramas, some action films; I can’t wait to describe my first horror film. It’s one thing to see it but to put it into words? Otherwise I alternate between coffee and vodka.
Dr. Serra is a researcher of African history, Mr.Burwood is an enthusiast of satisfying foods and Mr.LeBlanc is a spiritual guide for ancient and unbound, wandering souls.

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

What does it mean when we talk about the unsearchable riches of void?
That nothing can be sought from nothing? That there is no wealth in death’s dream kingdom? That the destination is unknowable?
Or that only in not seeking shall we find?
You will know the truth on both sides of your head when you encounter the unsearchable riches of Void.

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Odhin Runes/Self Titled/2015 Demo Review

jeudi 3 mai 2018 à 03:20

  Odhin  Runes  are  a  solo  project  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  very  raw form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2015  demo.

  A  very  raw  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  blast  beats  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  fast  riffing  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  in  its approach.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  has  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  more  underground  style  of  the  genre  along  with  some  clean  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  on  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  also  gives  the  demo  a  more  ritualistic  edge.

  Odhin  Runes  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  evoking  a  very  primitive  and  lo-fi  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Wotanism  and  Mythology  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Odhin  Runes  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Edge  Of  Gungnir"  and  "We  Are  One".  8  out  of  10.

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Nazghor/Infernal Aphorism/Non Serviam Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 3 mai 2018 à 02:36

  Nazghor  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Infernal  Aphorism"  which  was  released  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion. 

  Vocals a re  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  on  some  of  the  tracks  atmospheric  elements  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  as  the  album progresses  a  brief  use  of  keyboards,  melodic  chants,  clean  playing  and  whispers  can  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs.  spoken  word  parts,

  On  this  recording  Nazghor  takes  their  melodic  style  of  satanic  black  metal  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Nullification  Of  Religious  Existence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nazghor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Malignant  Possession"  "Deathless  Serpent"  "Spawns  Of  All  Evil"  and  "Infernal  Aphorism".  8  out  of  10.

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Extispicium/Belomancy/Quest For Fire/EEE Recordings/2018 Demo Review

mercredi 2 mai 2018 à 06:03

  Extispicium  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Belomancy"  which  was  released  as  a joint  effort  between  EEE  Recordings  and  Quest  For  Fire.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  couple  of  minutes  later  while  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  utilized  at  times  while a  couple  of  the  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  also  being  used  briefly.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  always  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Extispicium  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Decay  and  Spiritual  Murder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Extispicium  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Old  Religion".  8  out  of  10.  

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Ruach Raah/Under The Insignia Of Baphomet/War Arts Productions/2018 Cassette Review

mercredi 2 mai 2018 à 05:16

  Ruach  Raah  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Under  The  Insignia  Of  Baphomet"  which  was  released  by  War  Arts  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  musical  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  punk  elements  while  the  vocals  are  mostly grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with most  of  the  riffing  being  done  on  power  chords  and  the  music  always  avoids  any  melody  or  solos  as  well  as  always  remaining  very  heavy  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts and  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard.

  Ruach  Raah  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ruach  Raah  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hang  Humanity  Upside  Down"  "A  Ira  do  Lucifer"  and  "Bodysnatchers".  8  out  of  10.



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