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Demenzia Mortis Interview

lundi 19 août 2019 à 10:28
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Demenzia Mortis is a black/death metal band from Belgium founded in 2014 by Asmodeus (bass) and AxHell (drums), then joined by Grabak Hellfire (guitar, ex-Nemesis Irae). Naberus (vocals) joined the band 2015 and the band started developing their music actively under the influence of bands such as Marduk, Belphegor, Dark Funeral, Emperor and many more…

2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
We wanted to produce something dark and heavy. Our new songs are more technical but this EP already gives an idea of what the band wants to bring to black metal fans : something raw, sometimes a little bit melodic, but we would say DM is a good compromise between black and death metal.

3.A lot of your lyrics deal with Satanism, Philosophy and Anti Religion themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Religion had and still has an impact on History, culture and, in some parts of the world, economics. We don’t want to debate about how good/bad this influence is or was. Because the real problem is in the roots of religion. Religion was supposed to unite people and in some way it happened, but if you open your eyes you realize religion divided us and was the origin of wars, social conflicts and so on. You can notice that if you read about History, if you read the news (being aware that you don’t have to believe everything it’s said in the news) or if you see what happens around your neighbourhood, your city, your country…
The alternative would have been to let everyone build its own principles, beliefs and values according to each person’s way of life. Freedom instead of enslavement to a so-called superior entity that tracks all of your moves to judge if you can go to heaven or if you’re condemned to go to hell. We see satanism as the best alternative. We don’t see satanism as a religion, but as a philosophy. Of course there are symbols like Baphomet, Belial, Leviathan and so on but YOU are the architect of YOUR own existence. Satan is in us, and you can use it if you’re strong enough to realize that there’s no god telling you what you can do or can’t do. This manipulation lasted too many years and it’s time to change.

4.The band has been around since 2014 but waited until 2018 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier days?
Naberus joined the band in 2015 and it took a few years to develop some kind of team work, to get better and better, create a concept for the EP and for the shows. Then we wanted to build an awareness and we started playing gigs in 2016 and by the beginning of 2018 we recorded the EP.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Demenzia Mortis'?
It means « the dementia of death ». We wanted a name easy to remember but also gloomy.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The artwork was done by Marvin Couget, who also performs guest vocals on Blood Ritual. Then we aded the Baphomet symbol. The result was pretty good but for the album 2 artists are doing an impressive job and we can’t wait to share it on our Facebook Page.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have played between 30 and 40 shows so far… But if we have to name a few we would say that sharing the stage with bands like Opera IX, Black Flame, Voltumna, Necrodeath, Necronautical, Vehement, Ad Patres gives such a great feeling. We have met a lot of talented bands and awesome people who understood Demenzia Mortis. Each show is a new experience and that’s enriching.
Our stage performance is in constant construction. Each year we have new ideas and we are actually working on new stuff regarding our stage performance so I don’t want to spoil. But as we managed to find a compromise between black and death metal, we are trying to do the same between a traditional performance and some kind of « Demenzia Mortis’ live performance style » if i can name it like that… Nothing too fancy, but something that represents us perfectly.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
By the end of this year we have 2 shows remaining. One with to French bands (Conquerors and Day Of The Beast) on Sept 28th, then we will have the honor to share the stage with Moonsorrow, Azarath, Au Champ des Morts and many more at Mass Deathtruction Festival in Belgium. We already started the booking for new year and are very interested in playing in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, France and why not many other countries.

9.The new ep was released on 'Malpermesita Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
The EP was first self-produced, but we wanted to get a little bit more visibility on it, with a real distribution. As we already knew Juliette and the roster of Malpermesita Records, which is composed of black and doom metal bands, we've contacted her to ask if she can help. And it was the case so we are now distributed by her label.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
The reviews we read are all positive ! It’s a huge motivation to go forward making music as we love it and taking the band to another level releasing a full length.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The first full length is scheduled for the beginning of 2020. We are working on new music, new lyrics and the artwork. One of our main purposes is to get on a tour and being booked in different european festivals like Stonehenge or Party San, to name a few.

12.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?
We are influenced by Marduk, Belphegor, Dark Funeral… Nowadays we are still listening a lot of black metal. It’s hard to name bands… There are so many BM bands around the world and internet allows you to discover them so you can spend the whole day getting into new bands.

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

Thanks a lot to Occult BM for giving us the chance to express ourselves. Thanks to Juliette of Malpermesita Records, who’s doing such an awesome job for us. Thanks a lot to the readers and every single person who made all of this possible.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/demenzia-mortis-interview.html


Imperium Dekadenz/When We Are Forgotten/Napalm Records/2019 CD Review

lundi 19 août 2019 à 10:11

  Imperium  Dekadenz  are  a  and  from  Germany  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "When  We  Are  Forgotten"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Napalm  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal screams  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording,  there  are  also  a  few instrumentals  as  well  as  one  of  them  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anger,  loneliness,  melancholy  and  pure  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Imperium  Dekadenz  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  We  Are  Forgotten"  "A  Cave  Called  Wisdon"  and  "Frozen  In  Time".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/imperium-dekadenzwhen-we-are.html


Slaughtbath/Alchemical Warfare/Hells Headbangers/2019 CD Review

dimanche 18 août 2019 à 10:10

  Slaughtbath  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Alchemical  Warfare"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  elements  of  war  metal.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very chaotic  style.

  Death  metal  elements  are  also  used  quite  a  bit throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  without  sounding  outdated.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times.

  On  some  tracks  the  music  also  captures  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  as well  as  the  solos  and  leads  getting  more  melodic  on  the  later  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  alchemy,  occultism,  holocaust.  doom,  death,  darkness  and  hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Slaughtbath  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual  Bloodbath"  "Prophetic  Crucifixion"  "Amulets  Of  Carnage"  and  "Ascension  To  The  Dragon's  Throne".  8  out  of  10.

 http://slaughtbbath-chile.bandcamp.com/album/alchemical-warfare    

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/slaughtbathalchemical-warfarehells.html


Perdizione/Haxen/Eternal Death/2019 Split Cassette Review

samedi 17 août 2019 à 08:50

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album between  Italy's  Perdizione  and  U.S.A's  Haxen  which  will  be  released  in  September  on  cassette  by  Eternal  Death  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Perdizione  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  haunting  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  lo-fi  sound  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  his  side  of  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  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  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  also  being  utilized  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perdizione  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  haunting  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cieli  del  Zolfo".

  Next  up  is  Haxen  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  minimalist  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  few  demonic  growls.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  self  indulgence,  afterlife,  blood,  fire  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Haxen  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  minimalist  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Acor".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

https://eternaldeath.bandcamp.com/album/split-4 
          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/perdizionehaxeneternal-death2019-split.html


Muspellzheimr/Hyldest til Trolddommens Flamme/Demo Compilation/Lunar Apparitions/Armor Fati/2019 Double Album Review

vendredi 16 août 2019 à 09:49

  Muspellzheimr  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  recently  had  music  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  majestic  and  mystical  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  double album  which  consists  of  their  2015  album  "Hyldest  til  Trolddommens  Flamme"  and  their  2019  demo  compilation  which  will  be  re-issued  as  a  double  album  on  August  12th,  2019  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lunar  Apparitions  and  Armor  Fati.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Both  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  are  mixed  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  compilation  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  One  track  also  introduces  melodic  chants  and  acoustic  guitars  into  the  music  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,

Some  of  the  songs  are  also  instrumentals  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  as  the  compilation  progresses  as  well  as  the  demo  tracks  bringing  in  more  of  a  rawer  style  that  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Scandinavian  era  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  mysteries  of  nature  and  the  beyond.

  In my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  Muspellzheimr and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  majestic  and  mystical  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  "VIII"  "Hyldest  til  Trolddommens  Flamme  Demo  4"  and  "Raukn  Demo  2".  8  out  of  10.

https://lunarapparitions.bandcamp.com/album/hyldest-til-trolddommens-flamme-demo-compilation      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/muspellzheimrhyldest-til-trolddommens.html