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Vae Mortis Interview

samedi 3 avril 2021 à 06:06

 

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


Ok, this musical project was born during winter of 2019 as a solo project of The Dire (Bastardi´s bassist). The project started as a therapy for the depression and anxiety disorders that he suffered during longer periods of insomnia. Almost 12 songs were written (mostly on bass and guitar), however due equipment and budget limitations the record of songs started in December 2020. In addition, The Dire tried unsuccessfully to add drummers or singers. The above, due lack of compromise and bella-donna clown attitudes of the invited musicians. However, Leviathan (owner of Dracon Black LTD and Bastardi´s guitarist) introduced Ornagar Hell, who embraced the idea of participating in Vae Mortis adding his talented voice.


2.Recently you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


Well, we have tried to play true black metal that can produce dark sensations to the listener. The idea behind that, is to introduce the listener to a deep dark void, then shock it and finally accept that he or she is lying in the bottom of the void, surrendering their life essence to preternatural abominations.


3.A lot of your lyrics cover Mayan Mythology and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


Ok, as the Dire suffered of some mental disorders he started to read about that and he discovers that an ancient Mayan deity (Ixtab) had responsibility for some mental disorders that lead suicide. Then, after meditation about the symbols that surround such deity, he concludes that a physical force related to emotions was behind his illness. As the deity symbol represents (a dead hanged woman), it suggests that the left side of the brain (passive) needs to be equilibrated. But, first symbolically die by himself (suicide). After several experiments he decided to create a musical concept to promote his own creativity and symbolically killed himself creating Vae Mortis.


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


As explained before, The Dire needed a symbolic death and close some chapters that had energetic malfunctions on his life. When he created Vae Mortis the developed a symbolic death and grief. Literally, Vae Mortis means in ancient latin “Lamentation for the dead” so he passed away and experimented with a grief period such as the kriah.




5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover and what the sigil represents?


Ok, as mentioned above, The Dire needed a symbolic death and equilibrate energies related to depression. In order to contrast the energies, he symbolically evokes Mars god of war (Bartzabel or BRTZBL) through Aliester Crowleys books of rites (https://es.scribd.com/document/369141096/Aleister-Crowley-La-Evocacion-de-Bartzabel). The sigil represents war, masculinity, and the active side of the brain (Qyin). Then, the black-green colors represent death and the rotting of a corpse. So, he died, then grief, then rotting to finally be reborn in The Dire Abu Malak (reaching equilibrium between Qyin+ and Abhel-).


Then, talking about the two covers (digital and tape demo) they represent death in different ways. First, symbolically winter represents death while summer the resurrection. The above is practically taught in every religion of the world. Since, humans discovered agriculture and the importance of quantifying the travel of the sun among 12 constellations (this is the cornerstone of all religious myths).


The winter trees represent The Dire´s death, the band name symbolizes the grief, the sigil the resurrection and equilibrium. In addition, the tomb and the poor landscape employed in the promo tape version (by black metal spirit) had the same meaning as the winter landscape…death, decomposition and the reborn.


6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?


No, VM will remain as a duo. We don't want to deal with the futile attitudes of other musicians.


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


Well, of course we are open to receive propositions to release our work. Currently, we yielded our first work to Mr. Fran Rocha (Blackmetal spirit) because he believes in us and gives us a very good kick off.


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



We believe that was very awesome. The above, since we were invited by Mr. Rocha (Black Metal Spirit) to release our demo in tape format. Moreover, our demo had a lot of good reactions within black metal facebook pages and bandcamp. After Mr. Rocha signed us for this demo tape, three labels requested our material. However, the rights of this first demo now belong to Mr. Rocha in order to gain more promotion and visibility.


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


Well, Ornagar Hell continues his one man band project “Ornagar” and recently released a split CD with a very cool band named Patient (UK). The new split is named “The dawn of nothing” and was released though Mexican Label Dracon Black LTD. The split includes 12 cold, raw and very original black metal songs. It’s a must!.


On the other hand, The Dire Abu Malak continues playing the bass with Mexican cult Band Bastardi. Bastardi recently released a split with English black metal band Niroth. It is worth mentioning that all material included within the split is unreleased and has a very good quality. In addition, they participate in the tribute to Ereshkigal which is a very prominent black metal band in Mexico. Also the Dire AB MLK is working in a Vae Mortis full length, in a DSMB project named TOC666 (with Ornagar Hell collaboration) and a melodic death metal project named COLDVOID7.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band going musically during the future?


Excellent question, as mentioned before we have a lot of material that needs to be recorded and released. Nowadays, we have the cover art made by Alifh (Indonesian artist or necroculto in instagram) and probably the full length will be released again in winter 2021. You know, to maintain the symbols…


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?


Ufffffff, a lot of bands and music. For example, The Dire has a lot of influence by Germanic music such as Wagner, Beethoven, Furtwangler to mention a few. In metal, of course Bathory, Mortuary Drape, King Diamond, Mr. Doctor´s Devil Doll, Defuntos, Jacula, Behemoth, Thromos, Infernal Hate, Burzum, Mayhem, Lidelse, lifelover, Death SS to mention a few. On the other hand, Organar Hell´s influences are Enthroned, Azaghal, Armagedda, kult ov Azazel, Antaeus to mention a few.


 


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


Yes, that the darkness is brighter and more beautiful than the light…just need to find the keys in the meaning of the words. TARTALOS.´.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/vae-mortis-interview.html


Sterbefall/Verlorene Zeit/Satanath Records/Fog Foundation/2021 CD Review

samedi 3 avril 2021 à 06:00

 


  Sterbefall  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Verlorene  Zeit"  which  will  be  released  on  April  23rd  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Fog  Foundation.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  post  metal  style  melodies  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  some  deep  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.


  Sterbefall  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  an  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  elements  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Human  Feelings,  Emotions,  War,  Nature  and  Science  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Sterbefall  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kvlt"  "Negativ"  and  "Augenblick".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/sterbefallverlorene-zeitsatanath.html


Archemoron/Flagellum I/Satanath Records/Pluton's Rising Productions/2021 CD Review

samedi 3 avril 2021 à 05:06

 


  Greece's  Archemoron  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  epic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Flagellum  I'  which  will  be  released  on  April  21st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Pluton's  Rising  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a   very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  growls  are  also  done  in  a  very  demonic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  old  school  style.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  bringing  in  a  more  modern  approach  on  later  songs.  A  brief  use  of  semi  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  music,  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  are  also  introduced  on  a  later  song.


 Some  of  the  album  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  classic  Greek  style  along  with  some  influences  from  other  parts  of  the  world,  synths  and  horn  instruments  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Esotericism  and  Philosophical  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Archemoron  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RFECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  Blades  Shape  Our  Feelings"  "Thronos"  and  "Utter  Tranquility".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/archemoronflagellum-isatanath.html


Gexerott/Hallucinetic Violet Ignition/Satanath Records/Exhumed Records/2021 CD Review

samedi 3 avril 2021 à 04:04

 


  Gexerott  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Hallecinetic  Violet  Ignition"  which  will  be  released  on  April  18th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Exhumed  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  soundscapes  and  police  sirens  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  clear  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  being  brief  interludes.  A  couple  of  the  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly,  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  on  a  few  songs  which  are  also  done  in  a  very  demonic  style  and  melodic  chants  and  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chaos  Gnosticism,  Occultism,  Qabala  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Gexerott  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hallecinetic  Violet  Ignition"  "EgoKinesis"  and  "Inseminated".  8/2  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/gexerotthallucinetic-violet.html


Funebria/Death Of The Last Sun/Satanath Records/Dark Terror Temple/2021 CD Review

samedi 3 avril 2021 à 02:58

 


  Funebria  are  a  band  from  Venezuela  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Death  Of  The  Last  Sun"  which  will  be  released  on  April  17th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Dark  Terror  Temple.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  in to  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  Most  of  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  modern  blackened  death  metal  style  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  brutal  direction.


  On  this  recording  Funebria  focuses  les s on  the  black  metal  side  of  their  previous  releases  and  expands  on  the  the  blackened  death  metal  style  of  their  recent  albums  to  take  their  sound  to  another  level.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Blasphemy,  War  and  Armageddon  themes.  


  In  m  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funebria  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ominous  Armageddon"  and  "Black  Water  Caesar".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/funebriadeath-of-last-sunsatanath.html