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Wormlight Interview

mercredi 7 décembre 2016 à 04:10

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Wormlight is a melodic black metal band from Sweden formed in 2014. By King Antichrist and Deafeathered.Soon Lator Mortis joined them and they recorded and released their first demo/Ep "An Ancient Enemy" that same year. Shortly after the release Arktos joined the band. After some major changes in the band I joined in time for the recording of the "Bloodfields" Ep. After the recording of the Ep Nordlyst left the band and I took up the vocals as well.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

The first Ep ”An Ancient Enemy”  was a “no-budget” recording that served its purpose to give form to shapeless ideas and to give the band an identity.
“The Bloodfields” was recorded in a studio, which gives the Ep a different sound quality and character compared to the first. The re-recording of “The Bloodfields” was a result of big changes within the band, yet it serves as a transition. The tracks “Pitch black hatred” and “Towards Impious Domination” can be seen as the death of Unhallowed , as the “Wormlight” and “The Bloodfields” can be seen as the birth of Wormlight. And with this rebirth the lyrical themes and visions for the band has seen some changes.

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

On “An Ancient Enemy” the lyrical theme was more centered on Anti Christianity and Devil worship. On “Bloodfields” the transition to the themes surrounding death and the anti-cosmic begun. An essence that will permeate the coming albums, even when the lyrical theme itself may take the focus elsewhere. The next album will primarily focus on some of the creatures of the old Norse mythology and folklore.

4.Originally the band was called 'Unhallowed', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wormlight'?

In 2015 when I joined the band after Deafeathered's departure, there were already plans for the recording of the Bloodfields Ep. And we entered the studio shortly after. Some time later Nordlyst chose to depart, and i took the role of vocalist as well as guitar. This left us with a new band structure, influences and sound. A name change came natural to represent this rebirth.
The name itself symbolises the death, eating away the blind eye of man, so that you may once again see far beyond the false light and stare into the void.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The best show we have had so far is the most reason one. The show we played to celebrate the re-release of our EP and its physical release on the third of December together with some other acts at "Klubb:Fördärv" with sold out tickets.
The performance acts as a threshold. It is best experienced at the shows.

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

We have some shows planned for next year. But since we are in the middle of recording our full length album, and just finished the work with the bloodfields, we try to put all our energy into the album.

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

I have gotten positive feedback from those attending the shows, especially on the new  material. And the reviews for the “Bloodfields” Ep that we just released worldwide has been great so far.

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

As I stated earlier, we are recording the album at the moment and it will be released in 2017, that much I know. We have performed some of the material live, so a taste of the album can be heard online.
The upcoming album has been written by me from the start to the end, which gives it a consistent sound all the way throughout the record. The album will contain heavier and faster tracks,  As well as slower, more melodic parts than before. My voice will change the atmosphere of the vocals, which will affect the interpretation of the sound, yet the essence of the sound remains. We are working on new material for the future and are always planning ahead. But for now all our focus are on the completion of the full lenght album set for release in 2017.

9.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?

Dissection and Behemoth have been the biggest influences for me of all the bands out there. I have always been drawn to black metal and bands like Ofermod, Watain, Fides Invesa,Funeral Mist, and so on. Lately I've been listening a lot to Summoning.

10.How would you describe your views on Paganism and Anti Christianity?

Paganism has always been an interesting subject to me. Especially the Norse and Hellenistic religions with its gods,creatures and magic of old. The Chaos-Gnosticism being the foundation of my studies together with the anti-cosmic Satanism, the doorway to the mysteries of the creation of the true Norse gods is open. The occult studies takes you to the most far out corners of all that is known and unknown. So the defiance towards the sole creator that the word "pagan" represents, is indeed important to me.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Most of my spare time evolves around music in some way, either i play,compose or listens to music. Or I am reading a lot of books to find inspiration for lyrics. Since I also write music and lyrics for my other band Sons Ov Omega, music is given most of my time.

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

We will play a show in Umeå on the 18th of February as support for the release of Sons Ov Omega's debut album. Keep a lookout for the next Wormlight album. The title of the album




will be revealed in the beginning of next year.

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Nachtzeit/Sagor I Natten/Nordvis Produktion/2016 EP Review

mardi 6 décembre 2016 à 04:43

  Nachtzeit  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  minimalistic,  monotonous  and  primitive  form  of  Nordic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  ep  "Sagor  I  Natten"  which  will  be  released  on  December  23rd  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of melody.

  Most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  fast  musical  direction  and  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  there  is  also  a  brief  epic  synth  instrumental  before  closing  the  ep with  a  heavier  track  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  solo  and  leads  and  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length..

  Nachzeit  plays  a  style  of  Nordic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nature  and  philosopshy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nachzeit  are  a  very  great  sounding   minimalistic,  monotonous  and  primitive Nordic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ett  Fjarran  Minne"  and  "Dar  Allting  Har  Sin  Borjan". 8  out  of  10.     


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Siberian Hell Sounds/Svengali/Art As Catharsis Records/2016 EP Review

mardi 6 décembre 2016 à 04:10

  Siberian  Hell  Sounds  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  blackened  crust/grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  :Svengali"  which  was  released  by  Art As  Catharsis  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  and  amp  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  dark  yet  melodic  direction and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives the  music  more  of a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal screams.

  Crust  and  hardcore  style  shouting  is  also  used  on  a  regular  basis  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  d  beat  elements  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  the  raw  energy  of  grindcore  and  spoken  words  are  also  used  on  other songs  as  well  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  also  adds in  touches  of  noise  and  power  violence.

  Siberian  Hell  Sounds  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal, crust,  grind  and  post  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  sacrifice  of  one's  own  body  to  the  mind  of  the  other.

  In  my  opinion  Siberian  Hell  Sounds  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  crust/grind  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Seed"  and  "Svengali".  8  out  of  10.

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Maldoror/In Saturn Mystique/Rude Awakening Records/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

lundi 5 décembre 2016 à 05:11

  Maldoror  where  a  band  from  Italy  that  played  an  occult form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2000  album  "In  Saturn  Mystique"  which  was  re-issued  in  2016  by  Rude  Awakening  Records.

  Melodic  Gregorian  chants  and  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  melodic  while  also  keeping  the  keys  and  adding  in  high  pitched  black metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody and  most  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem and  death  metal  growls  are also  used  at times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  has  a  style  that  was  very  common  during  the mid  90's  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  industrial  elements  on a  couple  of  songs.

  Maldoror  played  a  keyboard  orientated  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  common  in  the  90's  while  also  being  more  ritualistic,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  the  era  it was  recorded  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Maldoror  where  a  very  great  sounding  keyboard  orientated  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "E.O.N Mysterium"  "Osiris Elettro  Mantrum"  and  "Hod".  8  out  of  10.

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Swine Soul Interview

lundi 5 décembre 2016 à 03:57
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Swine Soul came from an old project of mine, Loud Silence. It was a harsh noise project that projected my literal insanity during my younger years. It began to destroy my life to such an extent that it led me to losing all of my friends, getting bullied and threatened into white nationalism, drug use, excessive self-harm, suicide attempts etc. . . . I had to end it. Despite all of it I still had a desire to make music. This is where Swine Soul came from, as a phoenix rising from the ashes. You could say that this musical style chose me instead of me choosing it. I’m almost stuck with it, chained to it against my will. Despite this, I enjoy doing what I do most of the time.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Audible Terror; Unrelenting attack dogs tearing at your very being; My own chaos, hate, and despair. This recording (and Swine Soul in general) is a mixture of all of the sounds and musical genres that have inspired me since I was around 12 meshed together into the woven fabric of madness that you see and hear now. The vocals on track two were recorded in one take after I learned that my fiancé had (as was my understanding at the time) killed herself with a gun. I just let lose. I had trouble speaking for two days after that. Luckily she didn’t actually kill herself - I love her way too much. If she did I would have killed myself soon after.
Some of the music also happens by accident or is a combination of a lot of rehearsals. Fun fact, track 4 on this release has 25 guitar tracks spanning 3 rehearsals. It’s also music you have to listen closely to. The closer you listen the more things you’ll notice, I guarantee you that.

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

Bouts of insanity and my own practice in occultism. While I am nowhere near as unhinged as I used to be there are still times where I cannot control myself and I use those period of disconnect to write what truly comes to mind. Most things are written on the spot, some are improvised. With occultism, I have yet to explore it much in my lyrics but it takes from the paths and currents I have practiced in from Witchcraft to the Qliphoth. You want something truly intense and scary? Try an actual by-the-grimoire summoning of an entity in a dark room by yourself. Be prepared to become a scared little girl.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Swine Soul'?

Swine Soul came from how I saw myself and in some ways how I still see myself. A disgusting pig, a swine’s soul, waiting to lash out and destroy whatever comes my way by in such a manner that lets me get away with it. Being overt with one’s rage and anger can bring a lot of punishment so I prefer to stay in the shadows in my real life. That and, to be honest, I thought it was a cool name. Bands won’t admit it but come the fuck on we all want a cool band name. Just fucking admit it. It’s not always some deep shit. How many bands have “Forest” or “Hate” or “Black” in it? Just look at Hate Forest and Satanic Warmaster. Don’t tell me you’re not jumping on the bandwagon and not trying to sound cool. Same with using names in different languages and using occult terms. It’s bullshit and we all know what you’re doing.

5. With part of the United States are you located in?

I’m from the south, specifically South Carolina. Not many black metal bands are from here from what i’ve seen. I guess that makes me a novelty? Whatever. It’s still racist as fuck here but it’s usually behind closed doors. Hell, I went to elementary school with this kid named William Weed whose father is a grand wizard in the KKK. His house is about a 5 minute drive from my father’s house and his father flies high a huge confederate flag out in the open. We also had a black guy lynched near my road by some dude who tied him to the back of his truck and drove him across the road. Currently i’m in the super liberal part known as Charleston. Dylan Roof shot up a church here a while back and it made national news. I would walk by it everyday and it was in shambles and nobody gave a shit about it. Now it’s all polished, has elevators, huge turn outs, and tons of pictures and flowers are left around it. Nothing like a good racist tragedy, eh?

6. With the exception of one song you had recorded everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians in the future or do you prefer to remain solo?

I’m open to working with others. I’ve tried to work with others in the past but it never ended well. One person I tried to work with became such an asshole national socialist that he went cut-throat against everyone including myself. Another past member began to do meth and would just leech off of me. None of them also were able to do what I wanted them to do so it held me back. It forced me to learn to make all of the sound creation, recording techniques, and mixings and masterings myself over the 5 years I have been making music. If someone has the same ideas of me and can do what I want them to do then their help is appreciated. In the end, however, it is almost entirely my own ideas and art. Every person’s art is unique and cannot be replicated my someone else in a manner to give it due justice. The best I can do is guide them along and have them put their own unique spin on it and see if it is to my liking.

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

Almost zero; no feedback whatsoever except for maybe a handful of people. I’ve remained very obscure mainly because I don’t like connecting with others are joining groups. I make art because I want to make art. This is the first thing I have ever made that has had attention such as this because the owner of the label I am on, Merdumgiriz, is great with pushing out my art and helping me with promotional stuff. This isn’t to say that other labels I have worked with are bad (far form it), it’s just that Merdumgiriz has been the best with promotion, getting my art out there, and the man behind it, Emir, shares many of the same ideas I have. I mean shit, my “Ultimate Traitor” EP was supposed to be a split with Moloch from the Ukraine on fucking vinyl but I stepped away from it due to absolute despair and my work with the Qliphoth driving me insane. I’m sure Sergiy is still mad about it, but I mean no ill will towards him.
Maybe now it’ll be the case that people will clamor for old releases of my stuff and wonder why they had never heard of it before. Suddenly now they give a shit - whatever. We’ll see what happens. Even if I remained 100% obscure I would still make music and art because it’s what I love and i’m also stuck with it.

8. Are you also involved with any other musical projects?

Two. I have a dark ambient and noise project named Vorxknot (extremely obscure) and Dead Leaf. Good luck trying to find Dead Leaf stuff because you probably won’t. That is something that is in the works. I’ve also collaborated with other artists and labels in the past with music and graphic arts and such, some graphic arts which have been widely used by labels and bands but i’ve been given no credit. I refuse to name them or the artists i’ve worked with, however, simply because they don’t deserve the attention and I hate their fucking guts.

9. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I will keep doing what I am doing. Improving upon every release, evolving my sound, trying to reach the chaotic ascendence that Swine Soul seems to be destined for. I’m an artist and musician at heart and I will do this until the day I die. I usually hate the music I make a while after I make it which pushes me to improve upon what I do. An artist is never satisfied.

10. What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Hypothermia is the biggest, but also many bands that have the same sound such as Líam, Trist, Helvetor (is that how you spell it?), etc. I say Hypothermia mainly because it’s a name people will know. You may not hear it in my music, but everything I write is originally composed on acoustic guitar and can be played with a very sweet sound. This influence is more clear in my EP “Ultimate Traitor.” I was also influenced by harsh noise and black noise such as Black Cilice, Ancestors, Novasak and Total Genocide. Just that total unrelenting chaos, the raw punch to the face. . . it’s amazing. I suppose I can also say Xasthur and Leviathan because I was obsessed with them as a kid. I had a full collection of Xasthur at one point, including the very first Xasthur release (which was a split) that is covered in Malefic’s blood. I’m also very influenced by Akhyls (or however you spell it). Just the true occultism in it, the overwhelming sound and atmosphere, just how “in-you-face” it is. . . god damn, it’s just so amazing.

As to what I listen to? Believe it or not I like listening to the newer rising deathcore bands such as “A Night in Texas” and “As The Vulture Circle.” I usually go to deathcore to work on my vocals. I also listen to noise from bands such as Cremation Lily and harsh black noise from bands such as Ancestors and the first Goatmoon LP. I also really like the band Akhyls, or however it is spelled. That band’s release is absolutely amazing in every way. Sometimes I go back to Leviathan’s “Tentacles of Whorror” and “Massive Conspiracy Against All Life.” I also like vaporware and chill music, which I guess makes me a faggot, but just the use of sounds and mixing in it inspires me to work on newer sounds and mixing in my works. I guess it aids in a unique sound? I don’t know. I can’t listen to Black Metal all day like I used to.

11. How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Just like you and anyone else we are students and practitioners. It’s not just a path one can pick up and do, it has to be a lifestyle. It is also something that one has to be very careful with. Some grimoires put the warning to seek psychological help if things go wrong for a reason.

Occultism, whether ceremonial magick, witchcraft, satanism, qabalah, qliphoth etc., is an awakening of one’s untapped potential. It is a way to step outside the lines of reality and begin to bend the contours of it to your own will. Your thoughts truly become things and that is a sentence none of you should take lightly. If you do not learn to control your mind then magick will manifest despair in your life and you will know that it was your own damn fault. I’ve been burned by it and i’ve learned my lessons. It’s a fire that can guide you or destroy you, something to light your way or destroy the paths once available to you.

In the context of black metal it’s become a gimmick. No longer is it St. Peter’s cross or a pentagram to say “Fuck you, God!” it’s now people putting triangles and other symbols into their work to try and seem edgy and so evil. Some people are serious with what they do, and to an actual occultist it is apparent who are the real deal, but so many others just like to play around with it to be cool.

Overall, my view on occultism is that is a vast and expansive library of knowledge that anyone can use to aid their life, those of others, and bend reality to their will. But learn it well and don’t just be an armchair magician with all of your rare grimoires that you like to admire - do it. Practice it. Work with it. Put in the time, energy and effort and you will be rewarded just like with anything else. Hell, i’ve used occultism with my music and already i’m seeing results. I am doing an interview after being obscure for 5 years, aren’t I? Look close and you may see the magick sown into what myself and others do. It will aid you and us with what we do. We do magick everyday whether we know it or not. Open yourself to eternity and find the order in the chaos. Don’t let this stuff become another gimmick. Sadly, the new age movement seems to be trying to do just that with people throwing around crystals and sage like they are going to see Satan pop up in front of them. And it’s always Satan people think of, no other entity. There are plenty of other well known entities such as Azazel, Lilith, Bune, King Paimon etc. But apparently everyone just sticks with the big red dude.

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

I know it’s typical to end interviews with the old “fuck you” or some other stupid edgy bullshit but i’m not going to do that. If you’re an artist without experience and don’t know where to start - just make something anyway. My first demo was absolute S H I T and made with an acoustic guitar, a headset microphone, and a shitty software from my laptop when I was 16. . . but a label put it out. I have been totally obscure for 5 years, but I kept doing this stuff and now I just did an interview and i’m finally getting noticed. If you wanna make art then just do it. Keep doing it even if nobody gives a shit. Art is one of the truest forms of expression and you should express yourself. Even if its in a chaotic and hate-filled genre such as Black Metal just make something. Do what you want to do and fucking destroy expectations or someone else will destroy you and do the job themselves. Be prepared for trials by fire in this genre, be prepared for hate and despair. This is Black Metal. We aren’t your friends.

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