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Deviser Interview

mercredi 6 juillet 2016 à 16:27
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?


First of all a big thank you for this interview and all the best for the occult blackmetal zine. These days we are focused in the composition process and pre-production of the new tracks. We try to be 100% ready for the new album. Clearly there is a delay time but this was clear our choice, at least for the standard we have set. We will not accept to make just a simple movement, but an album that will come to stay!!


2. How would you describe the musical sound of the current material?


The new tracks sound like Deviser more than ever...  simply imagine the harshness and brutality of “Transmission To Chaos” and a mix of melodic dark/black and dreamlike  atmosphere  of “Unspeakable Cults” with the personal sound and stamp of Deviser.



3. There has been no new music in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?


During these five years we haven’t any important news. We haven’t any official album release, but only some album re-issues. We prefer to release something only when we are ready to do it and when we have something to give to the people, than just to release something that is not represent us.


4. In the beginning the music was more in a death/thrash direction before evolving into more of a black metal style, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?


There is no music direction and no specific sense of style. We are playing with a simply, truly and clearly way. The style is affected differently by each member influences. Don’t forget that Deviser started as a one man project band in 1989 by Matt Hnaras in island of Crete and 4 years later the band became a full line up band.  So, as you can understand, it’s logic to have different influences and the sound of Deviser changes from time to time!!


5. Some of your lyrics have occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Our lyrics have several elements like occult, Chtulu etc. The guy who is responsible for this is Matt Hnaras, who writes the lyrics. “Unspeakable Cults” specifically, refers to the whole album with the aim to give an unspeakable and dreamy description in order to overwhelm the listener in other situations, not has ever experienced before..

6. You have also talked about how H.P Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Stephen King have influenced some of the lyrics, are there any other authors that you are influenced by?


The artists you mentioned before are the main influences of our lyrics. A good example for how we are influenced by them are the lyrics of “Unspeakable Cults”


7. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deviser'?


The meaning of Deviser:
Deviser is someone who invents, who devises new situations and builds innovative new things. So we are trying to invent and devis3e new situations and emotions through our music... We Are DEVISER!!!!


8. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


We had many live performances through all these years. Some of the best shows we had, were  with bands like:

Venom, Virgin Steel, Emperor, Theatre of Tragedy, Rotting Christ (Metal Invader Festival, Olympic stadium-Athens)

UDO – Anathema (Chania Rock Festival)

And several additional shows with bands like:
Tiamat, Lacuna Coil, Lake of Tears, Ancient Rites, Septic Flesh, Rotting Christ etc.

Now I consider  that our stage performance is simple and essential, like an early Kreator show.  But we prefer that we will be judged by our fans and not to speak about our shows ourselves!


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


When we release the new album we will have more news about Lives, Tours etc. This will clearly be our priority but it’s still too early to say more about....


9. Recently Sleaszy Rider Records re-issued your 1996 album, what are your thoughts on the final product?

We are completely satisfied with the final result from the reissue  of “Unspeakable Cults”.  The album is re-released on 28/06/2016 in Deluxe Digipack CD incl.  Bonus Track. It’s also available in a limited bundle Edition (CD +T-shirt) and a Pictured LP will be released from Sleaszy Rider Records soon. The label proved once again that it is a great company. We are completely satisfied about this cooperation and for sure we will continue our cooperation in the future..

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


The feedback was particularly warm and enthusiastic all these years, especially with the “Unspeakable Cults” and “Transmission to chaos” albums. We got many positive comments from the worldwide’s metal scene..

11. 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?


It’s true that some members of Deviser were involved in other band’s projects. That has it’s positive side, because they acquired some more experience etc. Priority of all of us is clearly our band.
Some bands that we have worked in the past are
Kawir, Chaosbaphomet, Nocternity etc.

12. When can we expect new material and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


I believe that we will be ready for our new Release during 2017. We thing everything else will only come with good music and an album that will stigmatize the metal scene generally. Maybe it will be the sequel of “Unspeakable Cults”...
 
13. 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 had many influences from many styles. From Rock (Pink Floyd, Eloy etc) up to giants of metal scene (Slayer, Bathory, Mayhem, Kreator, Celtic Frost etc)
These days in my sound system plays unstoppable the “Rituals” of Rotting Christ which I find magnificent!!

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


I want to thank you for this interview. I wish the best for occult blackmetal zine and to convey a big “Thank you” to those who are supporting us all these years and keep us alive. I believe we will reward them soon.
In addition I would like to inform our fans about the Anniversary Edition (Re-issue) of “Unspeakable Cults”. It’s available now in deluxe Digipack CD with T-shirt and soon in Pictured LP from Sleaszy Rider Records.
Check it out from Sleaszy Rider Record’s site and e-Store (www.sleaszyrider.com)
Email: info@sleaszyrider.com
Band Contact: deviserband@yahoo.gr
   
 Keep the Black Spirit Alive!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/deviser-interview.html


The UnHuman Thorn/Sacro Kvltus Dementis/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Base Record Productions/2016 CD Review

mercredi 6 juillet 2016 à 16:04

  The  UnHuman  Thorn  are  a  solo  project  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his 2016  album  "Sacro  Kvltus Dementis"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Base  Record  Productions.

  Semi  distorted  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard.

 During  the  fast  sections  of  the  songs  the  music  has  a  very  raw  feeling  while  elements  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  also  being  very  extreme  at  the  same  time.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  after  awhile  growls  also  make  their  presence  known  in  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  when  clean  singing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  on  some  of  the  songs  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  UnHuman  Thorn  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  fast  and  aggressive  while  also  being  very  influenced  by  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Spanish  and  English  and  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Hate,  Blasphemy  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  UnHuman  Thorn  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nova  Inquisition"  "My  Own  Damnation"  "Into  the  Abomination  Cult"  and  "As  We  Create,  We  Destroy".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-unhuman-formsacro-kvltus.html


Gjendod Interview

mercredi 6 juillet 2016 à 14:58

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
"Gjendød is a two-piece formed in Trondheim by K on guitar/ bass and me (KK) on drums and vocals. We play black metal  how we think it should sound. We formed late 2015, but we have talked about this and planned it for years while playing others styles of music."

2. In April you had released your first demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
"I think the sound is fairly perfect on that demo, quite satisfied with it. I thought the bassdrum could maybe have been a millimeter louder but I am passed that now."

3. Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
"Yes, strongly anti-christian, hateful towards any religion really... Genetics, let the strong survive, human breeding and ancient funeral traditions."

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gjendod'?
"Redeath. Instead of rebirth. It's also musically what we want."

5. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
"We will probably continue this way forever, but guests might come and visit."

6. The demo was released on 'Hellthrasher Productions' are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
"Absolutely, the best!"

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
"A lot of strange feedback saying that we haven't mixed or mastered, or that we are obviously inspired by bands that we never heard of, and that we play finnish black metal. A lot of people have understood us as well, so there has mostly been good response."

8. Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
"We two have played together and not together in different bands and projects since the 90ies. We have played a lot of different genres, and we live in the studio at periods."

9. When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
"We are still recording our first album. Right now we are recording guitar two, so there is some stuff left. I think it's a continuation of the demo. Same style but different songs. I don't know when it's coming because we have no clue on who, what or when."

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 guess Gjendød are inspired by early 90ies black metal. Safe to say that. But we try not to be specific, just try to capture that feeling. Nowadays I'm listening to old soundtrack LP's."

11. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
"Of course we are a satanic band. But occultism, if you think about this "I know something you don't and I can show you, IF you do this and pay that. I'll show you some cool symbols as well. It will help your understimulated religious mind", the answer is no."

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
"Thanks alot for the interview."

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/gjondod-interview.html


Aegeon/Devouring The Sun/Elegy Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 6 juillet 2016 à 13:07

  Aegeon  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Devouring  The  Sun"  which  was  released  by  Elegy  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  after  a  few  seconds  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  can  easily  be  heard  in  the  songs  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  screams  also  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times  while  guitar  leads when  they  are  utilized  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  while not  being  over  exposed    and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  while  also  having  its  raw  and  fast  moments  on  the  last  song  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Aegeon  creates  a  black  metal  album  that  is  atmospheric  in  the  mid  90's  tradition  while  also  having  a  more  up  to  take  style  on  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  sadness,  suffering  and  sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Aegeon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Portraits  Of  Man"  and  "Treacherous  Gates  Of  Silver".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/aegeondevouring-sunelegy-records2016-cd.html


While They Sleep/La Nause/Symbol Of Domination Productions/2016 CD Review

mercredi 6 juillet 2016 à 05:11

  While  They  Sleep  are  a  solo  project from  Ukraine  that  plays  a very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "La  Nausea"  which  was  released  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions.

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  both  melodic  guitar  leads  and  riffs  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  grim  black metal screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  perfectly  balanced  between  90's  second  wave  influences  and  2004  era  U.S  black  metal  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  sounds  along  with  clean  playing  can  be  heard  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with an  instrumental  track..

  While  They  Sleep  plays  a  style  of  black  meta l that  is  very  raw  in  the  old  school  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  some  of  the  modern  atmospheric  and  depressive  elements  to  create  a  very  dark  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In my opinion  While  They  Sleep  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Harbor  Extinguished  Last  Lantern"  "Of  Village"  "Hermaphodite  Of  Being"  and  "Melencolia".  8 out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/while-they-sleepla-nausesymbol-of.html