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Duirvir Interview

vendredi 4 janvier 2019 à 02:35
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
The recording process didn't take a lot of time, but the mix was a bit more difficult; we discussed a lot about what type of sound we want and the final product can talk for us. We enjoyed a lot the response on our EP, but only one month has passed and we're waiting for more feedback's after holidays.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The songs are a big part of our past composition, overhauled and renewed. Despite this, the songs are a lot different from the previous Ep, we spent more time on them with the idea to release a final product that can be more professional and enjoyable.

3.The band originally started out more was a melodic death metal band, what was the decision behind going into more of an atmospheric black/doom metal direction?
As you can know, that was not a truly decision. The starting project had not a clear idea on "what type of music we want to do", me and Marjan were just happy to play music together, we discussed later about a serious future for the band. He love black metal and wants to put something of it into, same for me with "proggy" and Doom influences. And actually that is what Duirvir are!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
This question is challenging. Actually we are writing lyrics for new songs and the only thing that share with the past ones is the theme of the death and the suffering of life. Nothing extraordinary, new or amazing, but the point is HOW you talk about it, what is the moral behind , the right choice of the terms, ectetera. We are trying to explore new "emotional rivers" to talk to you about it.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Duirvir'?
Choose a name for a band (or whatever) is every time a challenge. A lot of suggestions passed through, but Duirvir sounds amazing for us. Is a semi-latin word, literally Duir (Celtic word, means Oak) and Vir, that means Man in latin. This can be translated with the word "Druid".

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
Another challenge for us was exactly that. We made two artworks for the Ep. One is the final EP cover, you can find the other one on the web for the Single "Blooming the Rose". Both of that refer to some lyrics, the single and the last track. They talks about an ancient king, his old love and explain the roses too. You can find the lyrics on our youtube challenge if you want do discover more of this.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Clearly the live at Metalcamp (now MetalDays) in Slovenia was the best and the bigger one. Actually we cannot describe how that was amazing. We were all scared, but the shows went great, without problems and after that we understand one thing: we can dream and hope about this.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Actually not. We're an independent band, without label, and make tours meanwhile we're holding a job is very tricky and expensive for us. But we're on point, so, maybe, for the future...

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
As i told, the Ep came out only one month ago, surely we're waiting for more feedback's. By the way our Bandcamp sold some copies in America, same for physical copies in our country. Some people, that enjoyed the mix, wrote us to congratulate about the result and our mail has received some proposals from different companies, so we think that our project has hit the world with a little more strength than the past. We can only hope for the best now.

10.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?
Marjan will publish the second album of Iskhathron (his solo-project, avant-garde/dissonant black) in January 2019, and is working on first Timor Vitæ's full length, a depressive/melodic black metal band. Also Ivan is working on some new personal project but i cannot talk about it yet.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The full-length is actually on work, some tracks are finished and we're discussing on others. Our idea is to release for the summer of 2019, but the writing of the lyrics is committing us a lot since that is an important part for us, so we cannot say a certain date yet.

12.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?
Enslaved are the bigger influence you can find in the past Ep and in this one, but we enjoyed a lot of Agalloch, Katatonia and Swallow the sun.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We are very interested in fantasy books and anime/manga, also we all love videogames (we are friends more than members of the same band!). Fabiano, our new drummer, is in love with his Huskyes, and we can understand him completely. the end there are some little things we have in common, but we think it's not worth mentioning it and is not the right place here for a long discussion about our lives

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all thanks for this interview and for the words on your review, was really exciting read it. We remind you again the possibility to listen to us on every web platform and you can write us your impressions about our release! We're very happy to see the people enjoying this little piece of our musical career, and if you believe in us, any encouragement will be very appreciated!

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Bekmork Interview

vendredi 4 janvier 2019 à 02:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? 

Although Bekmork are new to the black metal scene it is our goal to deliver a sound reminiscent of second wave black metal, as was produced in Norway and Scandinavia during the early to mid 1990s.

2.You have your first album coming out during the beginning of 2019, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Bekmork is making music in the spirit of Norwegian black metal, which is to say utilizing the style, concepts and inspiration which originated from Bergen and Oslo, back in the formative days of the genre.  During that time period following the the primordial stages of black metal from the continent, such as Venom and Celtic Frost, and into that period which really codified and grew the genre in Scandanavia with bands such as Darkthrone, Mayhem, and Emperor.

3.You refer to your music as being 'true arctic black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term?   

This is meant to invoke in the listener images of frozen landscapes and cold, harsh environments.  I think one of the strengths of those early Norwegian bands, is how their music made the listener feel transported to the arctic circle, a place of vast stillness and death.  This is to direct listeners to our sonic origins much more than being specific to a physical place.  Phrases such as "Norwegian" or "Arctic" Black metal are as much a genre, as they are a point of origin.  Lyrically, sonically, aesthetically and atmospherically, the album was strongly influenced by my time in Norway, although not entirely by any stretch.  We were trying to capture the sound from a frigid place.  But that frozen place can be Norway, or Antarctica, or Canada, or Hoth for that matter.  We are playing in the spirit of Norway, but that spirit need not be specific to Norway.  It can be found anywhere that is icy and dark.

4.Your lyrics deal with Scandinavian lore and Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject? 

"Six Daggers, One Axe" is the story of a Viking king betrayed by jealous Chieftains whose lust for gold overcomes their oath of fealty.  "When Loki Calls" mentions several names from the Norse pantheon and their unique interaction with the author.  "The Bells of Klippe Hule (Summon Forth the Mighty Wakon) is not of Scandinavian origin at all, but rather involves Osage legends regarding cave sprits.  There isn't a single ideological view for Bekmork, as is common in black metal, but rather a cacophony of different ideas all directed into a specific musical style.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bekmork'? 

Bekmork is Norwegian for "pitch dark or pitch black".  We were quite surprised and pleased to discover this name had not already been taken.

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

The cover photograph was taken at the entrance to a cave near where the album was recorded.  Although the park where this cave is located is a beautiful area, it also has a dark history of tragedy.  There have been suicides, accidental deaths and even murders committed in the immediate vicinity of the cave.  In ancient times this same cave was believed to be the home of the Wakon spirit.  These factors; the beauty, the tragedy, the darkness and an ancient legend make this place the perfect site for the vibe we were trying to create with the album.  The other photographs in the album were taken during my time in Norway in places such as Bergen and Oslo.  These were chosen to invoke the sonic legacy we were trying to capture and hopefully build upon.

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

"Incantations of the Frigid North" was conceived as a studio album.  The two of us played all the instruments, which would of course be impossible in a live setting.  If we were to present this album as a live show, we would have to recruit additional musicians.  There are currently no immediate plans to expand this to a live project, but it is possible.

8.The album is going to be released on 'Horns High Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?  Horns High Records is a locally based label, with very few bands, designed to help metal bands distribute music.

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

It is very early in the process, so reaction has been limited thus far, but encouraging.  We have had a few very good reviews.  It is nice to hear someone understand what we were trying to accomplish.   Russian black metal band Wintaar, has reached out to us to discuss collaborating on a future split.  We were very happy to know we had the interest of our peers in the scene.

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

We are hoping to get back into the studio in 2019, and are interested in collaborating with Wintaar on a split.  In the meantime, we hope "Incantations of the Frigid North" finds an audience.

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? 

There are three albums which I would consider to be the primary influence for Bekmork.  These are Darkthrone "A Blaze in the Northern Sky",  Mayhem "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanus" and Emperor "In the Nightside Eclipse".   These are, of course, the seminal albums in the genre, but this was the idea, to source from the classics.  We also listen to Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Watain, Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Inquisition and Gorgoroth.  I especially like the Abbath solo album released last year.  We love all metal though, not just black metal, so our interests and influences exist beyond the subgenre as well.

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

Bekmork would like to thank OccultBlackMetalZine for taking an interest in the band, and for all you do to promote and grow metal music.  We hope any audience we find understands we approach this music with a deep reverence, and our aim was to contribute to the vast tapestry of black metal.  Hopefully, our listeners will enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

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Se Lusiferin Kannel/Valtakunta/Signal Rex/2019CD Re-Issue Review

vendredi 4 janvier 2019 à 02:01

  Se  Lusiferin  Kannel  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Valtakunta"  which  will  be  re-issued  in February of  2019  by  Signal  Rex.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  more  atmospheric  side  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  riffs  also add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  sundscapes.

  Se  Lusiferin  Kannel  plays a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  misanthropy,  dystopian,  human  extinction,  eschatology,  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Se  Lusiferin  Kannel  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eded  vedet  eivat  saa  rauhaa"  and  "Auringon  valtakunta".  8  out  of  10.

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Gruft/Torture Of Rats/Convictus Tapes/2018 Demo Review

jeudi 3 janvier 2019 à 05:50

  Gruft  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  demo  "Torture  Of  Rats"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Convictus  Tapes.

  A  very  distorted  and  noisy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  before  adding  in  some  heavy  riffing  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style  which  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  on  the  second  track  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  small  amount  of  chants  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.

  Gruft  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  chaotic  and  aggressive  in  the  90's  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Gruft  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Blood  Song".  8/5  out  of  10. 


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Vessel Of Iniquity/Void Of Infinite Horror/Xenoglossy Productions/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 3 janvier 2019 à 04:37

  Vessel  Of  Iniquity  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  form  of  blackened  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  noise  and  experimental  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Void  Of  Infinite  Horror"  which  will  be  released  on  January  21st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Xenoglossy  Productions  and  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  demonic  voices  in  the  background  while  elements  of  experimental,  ambient  and  noise  can  also  be heard  at  times  as  well  as  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  used  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  black  and  death  metal  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  some  harsh  power  electronics  also  being  added  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Vessel  Of  Iniquity  remains  true  to  his  bestial  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  noise,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Babalon  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Vessel  of  Iniquity  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  metal  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation  Of  The  Heart  Girt  With  A  Serpent"  and  "Mother  Of  Abomination".  8  out  of  10. 


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