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Obitus Interview

vendredi 6 janvier 2017 à 19:38
 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

JH: well since completing the recording we've been working on the remaining aspects of it, artwork, layout, and finding a label to work with.

> 2.You have a new album coming out in February, 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?

AA: Obitus has always sounded cold, chaotic and mechanical. The new release is no different. Though, compared to earlier releases, we have managed to incorporate both faster and more disharmonious passages at the same time as our strongest melodies yet (in my opinion, obviously...). In general, I think "Salves of the Vast Machine" sounds more dark and monumental. In any case, that was our goal. You be the judge.

> 3.Both of the band members came from a death/thrash metal band, what was the decision behind going into more of a black metal direction?

JH: At the time we needed an outlet for musical ideas which did not fit in our current band, so we started Obitus to channel that.

> 4.On the new album the only song was a 45 minute track, what was the decision behind creating a long song other than writing an album with 8-12 songs?

JH: Well this goes back to our previous album "The March of the Drones", it's also meant to be listened to as a single track, ultimately we decided to split it into tracks to make it easier on the listener and because it had three distinct parts it didn't feel forced. With the new album we went into it knowing we were producing an album length song, so splitting it into tracks really never entered our minds.

AA: From a composer perspective, we thought it to be an interesting challenge. Writing one set of music is on the one hand more free form but on the other requires more planning. It is easier to break free of the much overdone "verse, chorus, verse, chorus"-structure, but more challenging in building themes that can be reused in slightly changed ways and having a good idea of how the whole set should progress.

> 5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?

JH: The lyrics can be seen as a continuation of the themes we've been exploring over the past few releases: human fallibility, weakness and inclination to group-think. Luckily for us the world is the gift that keeps on giving.

> 6.This is your first full length since 2009 and other than a split in 2014 there has been no new material, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

JH: So there are several reasons why it's been fairly quiet since the last full length, first and foremost we're both busy people, we have families and day jobs, Obitus is a project we work on when we have time and inspiration. Working on compositions as long and complex as both "The March of the Drones" and "Slaves of the Vast Machine" were can be draining, so generally we need some downtime after each release to recharge and be able to produce quality work. The fact that I took a job on a different continent and we only meet up in person a few times a year obviously doesn't help the situation.

AA: Inspiration is indeed the key. Not feeling inspired? Don't write music, go play ping-pong instead.

> 7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Obitus'?

JH: It means death in Latin.

> 8.Since the beginning there has only been 2 members in the band, have you ever thought about expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

JH: We started Obitus deliberately as a two person band, we are two people with a clear vision of what we want to and can accomplish as such.

AA: On occasion we have had a couple of guys lending us their talents when it comes to background vocals and bass, something we will probably do in the future as well. But the core and brain of Obitus will always be the two of us.

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

JH: Generally we've had very positive feedback from everything we've recorded. I tried to keep a list of all reviews but as sites come and go many of them are now lost. Judging by those who purchase items from our own webshop we have fans everywhere in the world, think I've shipped items to most continents.

> 10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

AA: Black metal is what Obitus is about and that will not change. We will, however, continue to carve out and further refine our own niche. And where that will take us, no one knows.

> 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?

JH: So as the previous year just ended, one ends up reading lots of best of lists, and every year I realize how little I manage to listen to. I try to browse a few choice blogs a day to stay abreast of new music but between the day job and other obligations it's just hard. That said currently listening a lot to the latest Black Funeral.

AA: There is no specific band that influences Obitus. We have been doing this long enough to have our own idea and vision of how we should sound. When it comes to my own appetite for new music, it varies, but I try to keep up. There was a period in the late 1990s and early 2000s where I constantly tried to find new and innovative black metal. Even though I'm far pickier these days, I still settle for anything 'good enough'. The main reason is that a period such as the 1990s with a steady stream of new interpretations of extreme metal will probably not be seen again. So, would I to continue search after those 'new' and 'unique' bands I would end up with a pretty slim playlist. With that said, I do enjoy seeing several interesting Icelandic black metal bands surface.


> 12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?


JH: Nothing really, thanks for the support and check out "Slaves of the Vast Machine" out on February 16th!

AA: What Johan said.

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.jh

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/obitus-interview.html


Obitus/Slaves Of The Vast Machine/Hypnotic Dirge Records/Black Plague Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 6 janvier 2017 à 02:43





  Obitus  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Slaves  Of  The  Vast  Machine"  which  will  be  released  in  February  as  a  joint  effort  between  Hypnotic  Dirge  and  Black  Plague  Records.

  A  very  distorted  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  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  Deeper  vocals  can  be  heard  briefly  and  the  only  track  on  this  album  is  over  45  minutes  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  song  also  sticks to  a very  heavy  sound  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Obitus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  misanthropic  but  done  in  a  more  modern  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropic  and  anti  human  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Obitus  are  a  very  great  sounding  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording. 8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/obitusslaves-of-vast-machinehypnotic.html


Saron/The Baltic Fog/Wheelwright Productions/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 6 janvier 2017 à 01:27

  Sauron  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Baltic  Fog"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Wheelwright  Productions.

  A very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  this  recording  sound  very  powerful  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  era  of  Polish  black  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  during  the  90's.

  Sauron  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  pagan/black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  Paganism  and  Dark  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sauron  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  pagan/black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Glare  Of  The  Black  Candles"  "The  Baltic  Fog"  and  "The  Deepest  Night  Of  Arkona".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/saronthe-baltic-fogwheelwright.html


Wrath From Above/Beyond Ruthless Cold/Apathia Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 6 janvier 2017 à 00:13

  Wrath  From  Above  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  brutal  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Beyond  Ruthless  Cold"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Apathia  Recorrds.

  War  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  that  is  almost  bordering  on  war  metal  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  remain  true  to  a  chaotic  style  of  black/death  metal  while  also  utilizing  a  melodic  tone  and  war  samples  also  return  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  style.

  Wrath  From  Above  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  fast  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  brutal  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wrath  From  Above  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Prevail"  "Storm  The  Sky"  "Besieged"  and  "Everlast".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/wrath-from-abovebeyond-ruthless.html


Viranesir/Supports Flag Burning And Female Raping/Merdumgiriz/2017 CD Review

jeudi 5 janvier 2017 à 04:35

  Turkey's  Viranesir  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  politically  incorrect  and  offensive  style  of  experimental  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Supports  Flag  Burning  And  Female  Raping"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Ambient  style  synths  and  grim  whispers  start  off  the  album  before  evolving  more  into  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  riffing  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Deep  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  tracks  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  humor  that  is  rarely  heard  in  the  genre  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  psychedelic  and  sludge  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording and  spoken  word  parts  are  also used  at  times.

  Viranesir  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  experimental  and  depresive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  death  metal,  sludge,  ambient  and  psychedelia,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while t he  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Anti  Islam  and  the  most  politically  incorrect  stuff  ever  done  in  a  humorous  matter  along  with  a  few  tracks  being  written  in  Turkish.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  depressive  black  metal  and  can  easily  handle  a  joke,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Metal Is  Full  Of  Fggots"  "Christians  Oppose  Abortion  Because  They  Like  To  Fuck  Kids"  "Instagram  Oruspusi/Fat  Bitch"  and  "666-Gerzuk  Oruspu".  8  out of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/viranesirsupports-flag-burning-and.html