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Cryfemal/Increibles Tormentos/Mercenary Musik/Symbolic Art productions/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 3 août 2016 à 03:33

  Cryfemal  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2009 album  "Increibles Tormentos"  which  was  re-issued  in  2016  as  a  joint  effort  between Mercenary  Musik  and  Symbolic  Art  Productions.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  black  metal  sound  starts  off the album  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  during the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout t he  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  touch  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's second  wave  influences  while  also  having  a  very  modern  sound  for  2009.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  the  last  couple  of tracks  the  vocals  starts  utilizing  more  of  a  depressive  tone  and  both  of  the  closing  songs  are  bonus  tracks  along  with  one  of  them  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  having  a  different  style  of  production.

  Cryfemal  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  while  also  having  their  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Anti  Christianity,  Blasphemous  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cryfemal  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  satanic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Delirio  Funerario"  "Horrible  &  Violenta  Demolicion"  Negro  Metal"  and  "Barranco  de  Badajoz".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/cryfemalincreibles-tormentosmercenary.html


Bubonic Cult Interview

mercredi 3 août 2016 à 01:40
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Hail 333! Bubonic Cult is a Raw Black Metal act with quite orthodox ideology and musical aspects; it was founded in the 2015 when I left some band/projects I was part from, I start to write the songs and was looking for members, but there are no people in this region I live interest in make part of such a project like Bubonic Cult, so I said to myself, I going to make this shit all by myself, and recently a bubonic host was consecrated, which is Negative Aura of Satanic Energy! 



2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the recording?

Four rustic jewels of raw black metal exhaling stench of death and negativity… Good riffs, harsh atmosphere, disturbing lyrics… if you pay attention to this details and feel this as a whole, Negative Aura of Satanic Energy can be a real good shit!



3.The lyrics deal a lot with Satanism, Chaosophia, and Death, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I’m into this kind of obscure philosophy for I long time now, I was always walking the left hand path and the clerical opposition ways, Bubonic Cult is an exaltation of all this sinister aspects and

A canalization to the darkest energies from cosmos chaos and duality, Death is the great adjudicator and the key and the lock for all human questions, and it reflects on Bubonic Cult as a real Idol worshipped by misanthropic aspects of negativism and hate.



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

The inspiration was the bubonic plague and all death and horror it brought to earth! Bubonic Cult could be interpreted as a cult to the raw and harsh the disgusting and the disturbing, it also fit in the musical direction, a negative and satanic soundscape of terror to the faith of humankind. 



5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer the solo route a lot more?

I tried to form a full band, but here there’s no one interested in be part from a project such as Bubonic Cult, so I ended up doing everything by myself, and  after all of this and all that happened in the past when I was back stabbed by the band I was a member, I choose I’ll from now on keep Bubonic Cult a solo act, I learned how to work all by myself and it is quite satisfactory and the final results have a very good felling of individualism, it is a whole superior artistic level in my point of view and it’s the best way for me now, but I’m open to work with other musician and other bands, but I have to really trust the person in question, for I’ve become a very selective person.



6.I noticed that when I listened to the music it had a very harsh and raw sound, do you feel this style is missing in most modern black metal?

Well, I think there are some quite good raw black metal bands around the globe, such as Black Cilice, Irae, Herxsebet, Cave Ritual, Vlad Tapes… so I think raw and harsh music still lives on, but of course we are not the majority, but this is not a problem in my point of view, there are not a lot of people interested in our music nowadays, but we still have a very loyal public with integrity and firm musical point of view, I just think that most of the time raw black metal bands are underrated or underestimated… But is something that I don’t complain that much about, if most of the people think raw black metal don’t have place in current “modern black metal”



7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Indeed, I’m looking for a label, but I look for some special kind of label that really believe in such a thing like Bubonic cult… support is always welcomed, some underground label have shown interest, and that make me feel honored, nothing concrete, but I’m quite positive the physical stuff will be available anytime soon, I just don’t want to work with some label that don’t fit the ideals of Bubonic Cult, mutinous musical interests is a perfect alliance!



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

The feedback is growing slowly, sometimes is quite disappointing because I don’t want to change my personal believes just to fit in the scene, and in the beginning it seemed to me that my voice was echoing to no one, bandcamp numbers are quite positive today, but the number are not that large, but if I was too worried about it I wouldn’t write this kind of music.  



9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

No, Bubonic Cult is my only project at moment



10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

It is hard to say, I assume it will take some time until Bubonic Cult have some full length released, I’ll focus on now and here, spread Negative Aura of Satanic Energy, and things will work out naturally… my new shit is currently being written now, the songs follow a close approach to the previous one, I don’t look far in the future and I don’t have long term plans, uncompromised raw black metal is my slogan, Bubonic Cult music is consequence of inspiration, do not comes from goals plan



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?

Black metal and the atmosphere it bears, I listen to raw, noise, experimental, old school, black metal, also enjoy some doom metal, and classics such as; Black Sabbath, Mercyful Fate… everything that I listen to and I really like is an indirect influence.



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

Thanks for this interview… to your readers; I invite them to check out Bubonic Cult bandcamp: https://buboniccult.bandcamp.com! To experience a total deafening harsh effect of the raw fucking black metal drenched in bloodshed for negative energies! Ω333Ω

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/bubonic-plague-interview.html


DunkelNacht Interview

mardi 2 août 2016 à 14:34
DUNKELNACHT – Ritualz of the occult E.P. era interview


Answers by Alkhemohr, M.C. Abagor & Heimdall.


1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

- Lately we are paying allot of attention to the promotion of our EP called "Ritualz of the occult", The promotion is mostly done by gigging and from those shows we get more shows and thus making allot of promotion, And for this reason we'll also be touring againaround September/October.
And for the tip of the iceberg we are working on the pre-productions of an upcoming full-length album...


2.Recently you have 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?

- New production comes with new ideas and for this EP also even a new vocalist (M. C. Abagor) who has a wider range of vocals in his voice, so some might have noticed that the EP sounds more Black/Death Metal like.
And we have also been paying allot of attention to the recording and everything around the production of this EP, and also gave a personal sound and feeling to it for the final end result.


3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Atheism and Anti-Religion topics, can you tell us a little bit more about these views?

Atheism and Anti-religion topics were particularly present in the first album, but lyrics have had an evolution and so in general the lyrics from "Revelatio" and "Ritualz of the occult" are about criticizing society and different human cultures.
Also we can let you know that our next album will be a concept album but, we don't want to tell you what it will be about yet...

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

- To keep it short "DunkelNacht" means dark night and you can experience it while sleeping but also experience it during your daily life.
For example, you go to work do your thing and come home, but during that time there is always something dark and bitter happening on this planet.
Sound is always of the uttermost importance to us and for that we choose to call our self "DunkelNacht".


5.Originally the band was more ambient but have gone into a more heavy and blackened musical direction over the years. What was the decision behind going into this musical direction?


- Just like the music, the band also experienced an evolution as it started from a one-man project to a full member band. And this Evolution came from a musician and musical influence.


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?

- Many shows have been great. But there are always better and less better gigs between them.
As for when you talk about the BEST shows that we've had, we'd have to say, Mass Deathruction, Gohelle Fest and many gigs in eastern Europe.
To come back to the subject of evolution it also happened to our stage performance. And for that we intend to stimulate as much senses during a live show as possible, may it be due to sound and visual stimulation.


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

We can't really give you a clear answer on this question unfortunately, because we are working on it and nothing is certain yet.

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

- The feedback so far has been really great. We are putting a lot of efforts to put the band on a higher level, to produce always sincere music. We think that is the audience/fans are searching for. We play our music for ourselves too, so it is never possible to satisfy everyone....


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

- Just the usual stuff, writing music and playing live shows and promote projects for sure !


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

- As for we are constantly evolving, we hope to deliver more music for the ears to listen, may it be through the sound system at home or during a live show.
And hopefully we get greater shows from it and festivals.


11.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?

- All members have a different taste in music : from classical to jazz or from blues to classic rock... And for that it is a good thing, for it delivers a wide range of combined genre's and not only Metal.


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

- If you haven't heard about yet, check us out. If you have, buy our merchandise or attend to our shows to support us.
Here are some links to our pages and to find us :

Website:
http://www.dunkelnacht.info/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/DunkelNacht-111329075584449/?fref=ts

DunkelNacht shrine:
http://konzeptovthedark.com/

Mail:
dunkelnacht@live.fr

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/dunkelnacht-interview.html


Feral Light Interview

mardi 2 août 2016 à 14:27
> 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Feral Light started shortly after I moved back to Minnesota from California. I had been wanting to start something back up again for a while to get all this musical energy out. It has been compared stylistically  to where I left off with Wolvhammer on 'The Obsidian Plains'. Personally I think our output has a little bit more layering, but I'l take it. Jeff and Andy (Reesen) contribute their own styles that compliment everything really well. I am a firm believer that a melding of playing styles and approach only adds to the strength and creativity of the material.
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> 2.So far you have released a demo and an ep,how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

When we first started, everything came pretty quickly. Refined or not, we wanted to get it down and recorded. That's what the demo was. Quick and dirty. There was definitely more forethought, plodding, and layering with 'A Sound of Moving Shields'. Much more mature, but still stylistically the same.
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> 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

This is all Jeff. Most, if not all lyrical concepts deal with the crux of war and the societal and literal aftermath and repercussions. He comes at it from different points of view, different points in time, from different cultures and different regions. He's a pretty educated dude when it comes to this stuff, and everything is written very well and cohesively. I dig it. We have been tossing around the idea of kind of a first-person concept idea for the next album.
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> 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Feral Light'?

Raw, real, and true. When you think of a wild animal, there is carnal instinct, beauty, ugliness, violence, compassion... Nothing is really inherently good or bad- it just is. If nothing else, it is always honest. It really can't be anything else.
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> 5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We haven't played a lot live as of yet. Things sort of started fairly quickly. I will say I am very much enjoying writing and creating again for the sake of writing and creating. It is refreshing.
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> 6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Nothing concrete. At this point, we would like to save live endeavors for solid tours or some good one-off fests.  I don't have a ton of interest in playing locally.
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> 7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and crust?
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So far, so good. We're pretty damn new, so time will tell!

> 8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

At this point, no.
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> 9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We have slowly started putting some material together for a full length. It will probably always have the Feral Light sound, but I feel the art is in adding new sounds and influences without destroying the integrity of what the band is. Finding that balance. There is always room to be creative and to push yourself.
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> 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?

Oh this question. I've been listening to metal for a long time. I take influence from black metal, old school death metal, crust, post-metal, some punk... Sometimes I won't listen to anything heavy for weeks. It depends. I guess that's always a big question for me.
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> 11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I hang out with my dog a lot.
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> 12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
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Thank you for the interest and time!

Cheers.
M.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/feral-light-interview.html


Skognatt Interview

mardi 2 août 2016 à 14:23
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

I started Skognatt in the winter of 2014/15 when i had some riffs for the title song of the EP Landscape of Ice. As I always have been drawn to more atmospheric and mystical music it was quite natural to me to make the songs slower and very atmospheric.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Well, I would describe it as atmospheric Black Metal but i'm not one to think in genres. The sound you will find on the recording is very atmospheric and if you listen closely you will hear lots of acoustic guitars underneath the distorted guitars. I always loved that about some recording of the 90s, so i would say it sounds quite old-school as well.

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

As I'm very much drawn to nature and try to spend lots of time outside it is a big part of what my music is about. I also tried to show the lost connection most people have towards nature and what it can lead to in my opinion. So, basically it's a mixture of nature romanticism and some modern topics.

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

Well, it is put together of the words Skogen and Natt which mean forest and night both in norwegian and swedish. So, it means something like 'forest at night' in the end. When i was a teenager i listened to lots of skandinavian Black and Death Metal, so these are my main influences when it comes to Skognatt and with the name i wanted to show that. To be honest, i was pretty surprised that nobody had used this name before...

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians?

Yes, initially i wanted someone else to do the vocals and i had a few people who were interested but as they all have their own bands and families it never really happened. So, a few months ago i gave it a shot and tried to do the vocals myself and i'm quite satisfied how it turned out. On the next recordings i definitely want to record real drums, so generally i'm open to work with other musicians.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, i sent it to a few labels but the interest was not very big, so this is pretty much a DIY project. But i'm a freelance musician and I have been releasing and producing my music for a long time on my own, so this feels very natural to me. Also, with sites like Bandcamp it's pretty easy these days to sell digital as well as physical stuff.

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

The general feedback has been really good I have to say. Of course, this EP is not everyone's cup of tea but the Black Metal community is pretty supportive. It has been shared on some well known Youtube channels shortly after the release which helped a lot. I didn't expect anything so i'm really pleased with the reactions and all the nice reviews.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Yes, i have a few more solo-projects. Walden is an acoustic folk project i do and it is again rooted in my love for nature (https://waldgefluester.bandcamp.com/). I have put out two EP's and an album with this project as well as a little EP with acoustic covers of mostly Black Metal songs.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I don't know if there will be a full length album with this project as I don't really enjoy making albums. I really enjoyed making these two songs and it would probably take me many years to come up with an album, so I rather stick to the shorter format and will most probably only release an EP when I have some songs I think are worth being released. There's so much music out there and to me the album is pretty much out of date in this digital age we live in now but that's just my opinion.

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?

I clearly hear some Black Metal from the early 90's in my songs as this is the time when I used to listen to tons of Death and Black Metal. Bands i really loved and still like are Emperor, Gehenna, (early) Dimmu Borgir, Empyrium and the EP Strid put out. But I always loved classical music and Soundtracks very much and i listen to lots of music of all styles. At the moment i listen to Enya a lot, the new Gojira and Coldworld. I really love what Wardruna are doing and i could go on and on here for hours... :)

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I live a pretty simple life so i spend lots of my free time out in nature or with friends. I love to ride my bike and read a good book every now and then but music takes up most of my time as i'm a freelance musician and composer. Since two years or so I have been drawn to meditation and I have to say that it really benefits you when it comes to focusing.

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

Thanks very much for your interest and for taking your time and making this interview.










Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/skognatt-interview.html