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Aran Interview

jeudi 28 octobre 2021 à 02:10

 

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


Aran is a Finnish one man project band that plays atmospheric black metal. Project started out somewhere in 2018 in Oulu, Finland. Lyrics are in Finnish and music combines ambient synthesizer textures with black metal guitar riffs. Music is melancholic and raw at the same time. Field recordings from nature are also big part of the sound.



2.So far you have released 2 albums and a demo, musically how do they differ from each other?


Since the first demo was more about learning stuff and how to produce an album, i think it sounds musically different than work from that on. Track lengths were short, lyrics were crap and so on. I didn’t know how to do vocals so i got myself drunk and hit record. Definitely not my greatest work but decided to release it anyway. Still it kind of helped me to find the whole concept for the band.


With ”Veden Varjoista” everything really clicked together. To this day it was the most easiest and fastest album to write, it kind of wrote it self. I think it created the real basis for the Aran sound. Musically i think it’s more or less straightforward and raw sounding album.


”Pimeyttä Vasten” on the other hand is a darker and bit more complex album. Most of the writing and recording were done at dark days of autumn which set the tone for work. Analog synthesizer sounds are also more prominent on this album.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?


Most of the lyrical topics combines something like mental issues and struggle with nature themes. Even suicide is one of the topics. But for a different one: On first album, track ”Viimeinen Vaeltaja” tells a story about this old wooden battleship heading to its final battle while knowing to lose it. Still my personal favourite track.



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


”Aran” doesn’t particularly mean anything. I wanted to come up with something short and simple. I played with some different names and words and that was it.


Only thing where it could be related to, would be this old Nintendo game ”Super Metroid” which i loved when i was young. Protagonist’s name was ”Samus Aran”. Very black metal haha.



5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


Photography is taken from the local park Hupisaarten kaupunginpuisto near Oulu city centre, close to where i live. Since album is mostly autumn themed, i wanted artwork to mirror that. So this one day i decided to grab my old ass camera and get a walking trip to that park. I think that artwork suits pretty well for the album themes.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?


I am quite introverted person, so i really prefer to work alone. It’s kind of a relief. I started the band to be a sort of therapy project for me anyway.

That said, i’ve been thinking about working with a drummer to replace the drum machine i use. But that probably won’t happen any time soon.



7.The new album was released on 'Naturmacht Productions'. are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?


Signing to Naturmacht was one of the best things for the band. I very much enjoy working with the label. There’s no pressure and the bands have complete artistic freedom. Also the owner is very nice and cool guy.



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


Surprisingly positive must say. I never really requested any feedback for my music, just wanted focus on writing and releasing stuff. I have gotten some very kind messages and comments which is always heart warming for me. 

Of course there are these people who say Burzum is best and Aran is a boring imitation. But that’s how things go.



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


Keep on writing new music for Aran, try some new ideas and see where it flows. At the moment this project gives me all the creative canvas i need. 

Also i have had some ideas about a side project with acoustic guitars, synthesizers and maybe some other singer. Will see if that ever happens.



10.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?


Biggest influences for the band when i started was early Wolves In The Throne Room and Drudkh’s work. I was really blown away when i discovered the whole ”atmospheric” black metal thing. Also movie soundtracks are big influence for me. John Carpenter’s work for example.


At lately i’ve been trying to find some new bands and albums to listen. Something to mention: ”Urchig” EP from Disparaitre, ”Atropos” from Vouna and the latest find ”The Shadow” from Ieschure. All great stuff. And not to forget the new Wolves In The Throne Room album ”Primordial Arcana” which has also been on repeat.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?


Movies definitely. Photography also, which have been my second hobby for years.

I’m also very into DIY so i’ve built some simple studio stuff for me. And nature of course is very important for me.



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


Thank you for your interest and the interview!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/aran-interview.html


Siren's Bay/Heed The Call/2021 EP Review

mercredi 27 octobre 2021 à 05:25

 


  Siren's  Bay  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "Heed  the  Call"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween.


  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  tracks  at  times.  All  of  the  songs  are  also  instrumentals  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  elements  of  shoegaze  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Siren's  Bay  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  while  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  Siren's  Bay  is  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burial  At  Sea"  and  "Into  the  Blue  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.


Instagram.com/sirensbaymusic

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/sirens-bayheed-call2021-ep-review.html


Cefaris/Ritual Of Vampyric Blood/Humanity's Plague Producitons/2021 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 27 octobre 2021 à 04:12

 


  Cefaris  are  a  solo  project  form  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  vampyric  black  metal,  dungeon  synth  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Ritual  Of  Vampyric  blood"  which  was  re-issued  in  2021  by  Humanity's  Plague  Productions.


  Dungeon  synth  style  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.  Elements  of  dark  ambient  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumental.


  When  percussion  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic,  tribal  and  ritualistic  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  tortured  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  the  music  also  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a  very  dark  underground  horror  movie  or  nightmare,  programmed  beats  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  songs.


  Cefaris  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  vampyric  black  metal,  dungeon  synth  and  dark  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  vampirism,  occultism,  sorcery,  death  and  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Cefaris  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  vampyric  black  metal,  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  To  The  False  King"  "Unholy  Sorcery  Under  The  Sanguine  Moon"  and  "Into  The  Spirit  keeper's  Tomb".  8  out  of  10.


  https://cefaris.bandcamp.com/  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/cefarisritual-of-vampyric.html


Sapientia ov Atlantis/The Lips Of Wisdom On Ears Of Understanding/2021 EP Review

mercredi 27 octobre 2021 à 03:06

 


  Sapientia  ov  Atlantis  are  a  solo  project  from  Sri  Lanka  that  plays  raw  and  symphonic  mixture  of  occult  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "The  Lips  Of  Wisdom  On  Ears  Of  Understanding".


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  death  medal  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  brings  back  the  classic  90's  underground  demo  style  and  symphonic  elements  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.


  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  one  song  also  added  in  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals.


  Sapientia  ov  Atlantis  takes  the  90's  era  of  raw  and  symphonic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Atlantean,  Egyptian,  Sumerian  and  Demonology  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Sapientia  ov  Atlantis  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  symphonic  mixture  of  occult  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awakened  Cosmic  Harmony"  and  "Demonic  Alliance  in  Amenti".  8  out  of  10.


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/sapientia-ov-atlantisthe-lips-of-wisdom.html


Cogas Interview

mercredi 27 octobre 2021 à 02:28

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Hello! Thank you so much for this interview!

 After releasing the album we are finally playing live, which for us is vital and I am happy to tell you that we are already starting to write new music!


2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's?

Yes, "Unconscious Sons Of The Reptile God" is the closure of a circle that started three years ago, the differences between this album and our first Ep "At the Gates of Pazuzu"are obviously many,starting from the quality of the sound,going through the music, however the Ep and the full lenght are linked by the same narrative,we could say that "At the Gates of Pazuzu" is the birth of our Coga and "Unconscious Sons of The Reptile God" represent her short life through black magic which will lead her to an inevitable death .

We tried to create a mixture between classic Black Metal atmospheres and the violent punch in the face of Death Metal, plus a mix of our personal influences, if we succeeded or not it is only up to the listener to say, anyway we are absolutely satisfied with the final result!



3.A lot of your lyrics cover occult, necromancy and mythological themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Those topics have been part of my life since I was a child,I had an imprint from a young age on spirituality and horror movies,for me it is very natural to write about these things.

Most of the people who came across Cogas thinks that we are one of those band who strictly talk about the folklore of their land, part of this is true but the thing that i really love of our band is the freedom that this "Coga" figure gives to me, not much is been written about this character so it allow me to reinvent it in the ways that I prefer.

The whole concept behind the band is to represent the "carnality through death",the back artwork of our album gives a perfect example of this.


4.On a previous ep you also have a track called 'Fuck Your Black Metal Scene', can you tell us a little bit more about your dislike for the trendier aspects of the genre?

FYBMS is a pure provocation towards this  "philosophical" Black Metal wave that we are all living in those years.

For us it is like this genre is losing the wild spirit that made Black Metal  the most violent music on this planet, nowadays the scene is too composed, too polite, too afraid to offend.

We are living a very boring time in the extreme music were everyone wants to be taken seriously everyone feels like if their opinion matters. .guess what?!,none gives a fucking fuck about you or your fake knowledge of dark arts. I always said that if you really wanna meet Satan you have just to walk at 3am in Seven Sisters,Brixton,Stockwell..places like those.

So... fuck your black metal scene...ugh


5.I know that the bands name means "Witches' in Sardinian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

It fits because our witch is a very violent one, and so the music that we play.

It fits because you can tell when you listen to the album that we don't follow any scheme or cliche..is pure Sardinian underground music, always free, always anarchic, always dangerous!


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The artwork was done by the great "Coito Negato ''.

He captured exactly the atmosphere that we were seeking, something connected with Sardinian folklore but not in an orthodox way, the back cover especially expresses at his best the whole concept behind the band.

We came across his art through another artwork that he made years ago for the Italian band Hate&Merda  and we immediately said "that's our man! "His style is really something else and he is an amazing person with a great patience and excellent manners.. which is a very rare thing to find in those days.  


7.Hs the band had any opportunities to do any live shows or open to the idea?

Yes of course! Last September the 24th we finally played on the stage of the Dev (our favorite pub in Camden by our friend Chris..ps if you are a metalhead and you are in London you can't miss a beer there!)

Presenting in full the new album, a really great evening! Then we played again October 22nd at New Cross Together with our friends Tableau Mort.

 Full venue, engaged audience and fresh beer! 

We look forward to playing in January 2022 for the "Sadistic Offering" in Bristol now!


8.Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

well yes, we are still without a label unfortunately, we were hoping to find one able to help us grow our name or at least by promoting the album, but that's okay, luckily we have many friends who helped us to spread our music all over the world!


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?

From what we have seen, quite well, we have received a lot of positive feedback from various parts of the world such as Canada, Australia, US, and of course Europe!We really thank you all, it was unexpected! Knowing that our musical idea is appreciated so much makes us very proud.


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

We will continue to think about it day by day, but we are starting to write what will be the continuation of Unco, and I can assure you that the new album will be even more violent, faster death and black than Unconscious but always keeping our Cogas style!


11.What are you listening to nowadays?

I am a fan of death metal, black, thrash etc ... so I always try to listen to new stuff, even if I never give up on the various Cannibal, Suffocation, Marduk, Dying Fetus, Immortal and so on! But above all I tend to listen to a lot of underground music whether it's Italian or not .. like Deathcrush,Mgla, Atvm, Skullfucked, Blasphemer UK & Ita, Worstenemy, Deicide, Feed Them Death and so on ..lots of good music!


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

First of all thank you guys from all the members of Cogas for this interview! Then a dutiful greeting goes to all those who follow us, listen and support our band, friends, family etc .. thank you very much!


See you around soon! Stay Black, Stay Dead.


AS TOIME FÜ DEATH


COGAS

https://cogas.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Cogas.Black.Death/

https://www.instagram.com/cogas_official/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/cogas-interview.html