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Wolfhowl Interview

samedi 26 novembre 2016 à 19:28
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?
This period, i compose new tracks for the next release, i don't know if it will be a full album or another EP. It is very important for me, to improve myself, that means i am never in a hurry thinking that i must release something in a short time.

2.In February you had 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?
I can't and i don't want to put a name under my music BUT If i should, i'd say that the sound of the EP is something between old school and heathen/epic sound. It combines lots of things and that's a good thing for me. Of course it differs a lot from the previous releases, when it comes to composition of the tracks, musical skills, production even vocals. I have made a progress, i think. However, i think that i haven't changed my style, if you listen the first release and the last EP, you'll surely understand that it's the same band.

3.The musical project has been around since 2009, but so far you have only released 2 ep's and one split, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?
Yes, three releases in 7 years, it's not enough eh? haha! Well, Wolfhowl as you know is an one-man-band, that means i am responsible for everything and that takes time. You know something? I could have 2 releases each year, if i wanted to...how? Easy.....composing some shitty tracks in a week, recording at my pc, having a bad sound and a shity production and release it via a poor label which releases everything in 30 copies. But that's not me, as i told you before, i take my time to improve myself, and when i feel ready i enter a proper studio and i record my new work, taking care to the composition and production, always! It is better to have 3 quality releases or 10 releases in which you repeat yourself all the time?

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
The lyrics of Wolfhowl have to do with mother nature, winter time and the dark side of the human nature. I am  into these stuff a lot. I was never keen on writing lyrics about anti-religion or evil ones, there are bands which do it in the proper way.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wolfhowl'?
The wolf is my favourite animal and its howl always passionated me. It's something wild and ?obscure. Furthermore, it fits to the music..to black metal.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have past experience playing in a full band, how would you compare the 2?
Well, that was a long time ago...i had the opportunity to play in a full band when i was away from my homeland and it was something i liked back then. Composing together, performing live in other cities of Greece etc...but i think that i prefer the path i walk the last 7 years, the lonely path...doing everything by myself,, compose when i want, record when i want and express 100% myself via my music, having noone tell me what to do with my band.

7.Over the years you have worked with War Productions, Metal Throne Productions and Azermeddoth Productions, are you happy with the support these labels have given you so far?
I can say that i am happy enough with all the three labels i have cooperated through the years, european labels act in a more professional way though, i can say it from my experience.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
In the beginning, it was very strange for me you know...receiving an e-mail from a person who lives in another country, telling you that he/she likes your music. There are people who like Wolfhowl all over the world, but especially in Europe. Apart from Greece, i have a very good feedback from countries like Norway, Poland and Ukraine. But that's a true reward for me....knowing that there are people all around who like your music and support you!

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Of course i want to release a full album but it's something difficult for me. Wolfhowl is an one-man-band so i have no other person to share the cost of the recordings,production etc. Wolfhowl will exist as long as i breathe, so someday a full album will come eventually, but i can't say when.

10.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your music and also what are yous listening to nowadays?
I have many influences, but the main ones are bands like Bathory, Burzum, Darkthrone, Drudkh and old Satyricon. I listen lots of stuff nowadays, i liked the new Darkthrone album,  but i consider myself a big fan, so it's too harsh for me to say that i don't like a single track of this band..hehe! Apart from black metal, the last month, i listen a lot to neofolk and dark ambient music...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Music is my main interest as a person, apart from it, exploring nature - hiking to mountains, weightlifting at the gym, traveling to other places when i can, beer drinking with good company and riding my motorcycle on a sunny day are some other interests. I'm a simple man...

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
As to all the other interviews i had in the past, i want to thank every single person on this planet, which supports me and Wolfhowl...buying my release or sending me an e-mail, telling me that he likes my music..it's an honour always...thank you!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/wolfhowl-interview.html


RavenFrost 2016 Interview

samedi 26 novembre 2016 à 01:41
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Sure. Ravenfrost has been around for ten years by now and this is the second full-length album after "Agonies Of The Past". I'm still trying to improve the sound quality with every release and I think I've done that again. It's getting harder to keep up the work on this project since I'm working full time, have a family and another band but Ravenfrost will always continue.

2.Recently you have released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently this time around that you where not able to do with your previous release?

Most important is: I finally released an album with real drums. That's a huge step forward. Troll from Succorbenoth did a fantastic job and really nailed the drums just the way they needed to be done. I also took lots of time to write the songs. There were like 12 oder 15 of them but I only selected the best ones for the final version of the album.

3.How do the lyrics differ on the new album from previous recordings?

"Lucid Nightmares" has a lyrical concept. As the title says it's about nightmares and how dreams and reality can mix until you can't tell them apart no more. A lucid nightmare would be a state where you would have horrible visions but could not move or do anything about it.

4.On the new album you have also used a regular drummer, do you feel this has made your music more powerful this time around?

Troll definitely made it more powerful. He added something brutal and aggressive to the sound of the whole album. I did not really tell him how I imagined the drums. In many parts he did them totally different from what I had in mind and it turned out great.

5.Also this new album was self released while your previous releases had a label, are you open to working with another label in the future?

I am open to that and would love to work with a good label. Unfortunately I haven't found one at the moment. I only had bad offers so I'm releasing the album myself. Maybe there will be a second release by a label. You never know...

6.Also this year you had also released a full length with your other band 'Grau', can you tell us a little bit more about this band?

Yes. Grau released "Transzendenz" this year via Dominance Of Darkness Records. I play bass and do vocals in this band. It has nothing to do with Ravenfrost's depressive/doom style. I'd say it's fast and melodic black metal.

7.You have also been doing this project for 10 years, what is it that keeps you motivated after a decade?

Well I still have a lot of ideas for new songs and I'm already writing stuff for the next album. This time the songwriting will be different because I know that Troll will do the drums. That's something completely new. Stuff like that keeps me motivated. Also seeing that Ravenfrost at least has some fans in the underground after ten years.

8.The new album is also available on bandcamp, do you feel this site has been very helpful for underground metal bands over the years?

I think it helped a lot. It's easy to use and you can make your music available for the whole world. Personally I believe in sharing music for free. Maybe that's why a label isn't that important for me.

9.Where would you like to see this project evolved into musically during the future?

Honestly: I don't know. That makes it interesting. Troll has done a lot of fast and brutal stuff. Maybe there is a way to mix this style with depressive black metal. Maybe I'll try something more progressive. We will see...

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

Thanks a lot for the review and interview. To everybody out there: You can download the album from my site (ravenfrost.bandcamp.com). Feel free to share it and tell me what you think about it.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/ravenfrost-2016-interview.html


Cowards/Still/Throatruiner Records/Deadlight/Terrian Vague/2016 EP Review

vendredi 25 novembre 2016 à 23:11

  France's  Cowards  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  black  metal,  sludge,  and  hardcore  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Still"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Throatruiner  Records,  Deadlight,  and  Terrian  vague.

  Angry  hardcore  style  screams  and  heavy  guitars  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  fast playing,  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  musical  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t he  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  slower  riffing  is  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and doom  metal  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  post  hardcore  and  the  music  also  gets  melodic  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  fashion  and  as  the  ep  progresses  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  clean  guitars  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  spoken  word  parts  are  used  on  the  last  track.


  Cowards  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  black  metal,  sludge  and  hardcore  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  anger,  misanthropy  and  sarcasm  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cowards  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  sludge,  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Still" and  "You  Belong  To  Me".  8  out  of  10.

    

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/cowardsstillthroatruiner-records2016-ep.html


Root/Kargeras - Return From Oblivion/Agonia Records/2016 CD Review

vendredi 25 novembre 2016 à 05:52

  Root  are  a  band from  the  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  dark  and heavy  metal  and  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Kargeras - Return  From  Oblivion"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Clean  singing  vocals  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a   heavier  and  melodic  direction  and  the  riffs  and  solos  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  the  songs  also  incorporate  elements  of  traditional  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  acoustic  track  along  with  a  couple  of  power  ballads  which  introduces  violins  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Root  creates  another  recording  that  keeps  around  the  black  metal  elements  while  also  focusing  more  on  a  melodic  style  of  metal  to  update  their  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  profound  nation  with  an  occult  touch.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Root  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Life  Of  Demon"  "The  Book  Of  Death"  "The  Key  To  The  Empty  Room"  and  "Do  You  Think  This  Is  The  End".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/rootkargeras-return-from-oblivionagonia.html


Omnizide/NekroRegime/Carnal Records/Daemon Worship Productions/2016 CD Review

vendredi 25 novembre 2016 à 01:10

  Omnizide  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "NekroRegime"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Carnal  Records  and  Daemon  Worship  Productions.

  Bell  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  in  both  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  and  after  awhile  they  go  into a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of  90's  second  wave  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  playing  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  Asian  style  music.

 Omnizide  creates  a  recording  that  is  more  focused  on a  90's  second w ave  black  metal  style  this  time  around  while  the  influence  of  death  metal  is  still  present,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  murder  and  total  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Omnizide  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Return  Of  The  Loving  Dead"  "Deathwomb"  "Nekrmantik"  and  "The  Devil  In  Me".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/omnizidenekroregimecarnal-recordsdaemon.html