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Lucifer's Dungeon Interview

mercredi 17 mai 2017 à 13:01
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Lucifer's Dungeon is band with a strong ideology. Against occupation by Christianity covered by good things but doing shit
...here they act so aggressively. A few tracks are dedicated to one person (The Forest, Destruction, My Eyes)
For nearly 8 years It was my solo project called Dark Cellar (2008 - 2014). In 2014, I met with Cerberus from First Martyr
and he joined me right after I explained the idea. The he introduced me to Iscariot and we started he practice and did few gigs together.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I think the audience should judge. But first and second (up-coming) albums sound differently.
I like clear sound of guitars so me and listeners can easily hear what I play and maybe figure out how to play it)))

3.Some of your tracks are all black metal while some are all dark ambient, how would you compare the 2 different styles?
Both are dark. Metal track were written in one circumstances, feelings and mood while ambient in others.
I think ambient is darker by its feeling or at least my feelings when I wrote it.

4.The band has been around since 2008 but waited till 2017 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
As I said above, It was my solo project. I couldn't find proper musicians sharing same ideology. Well, there were some people tried to join me
but for them its just a having fun ones or twice a week. They didn't want anything more like touring and of course invest in it.
Finally I met with Cerberus and Iscariot from First Martyr. They have mostly the same view on things. Cerberus is a great man and drummer.

5.A lot of your lyrics leans towards the satanic and anti Christian side of things, can you tell us a little bit more about what this means to you?
Hmm...Difficult to believe but I was in christian school for 1 year lol....Now seriously, Church did inquisition, forced people to accept  its religion by "sword and fire", they completely destroy russian history before 8-9th centuries, so why do I have to like it?
Same things happened in Northern countries...but at lease they still know their original gods and their stories, history and so on.
What about us?? Nothing. There are few folk stories for elementary school and a little bit about gods. Didn't we exist before 8th century?
We did and thanks to archeologists for research.
Talking from christian perspective, what have Satan done bad? He gave people consciousness, so we became homosapiens. Instead of being just another animal.
Well, we actually are but you all get the idea, I think. Anything bad happens its Satans work...WTF? Poor Satan in christianity. He just wanted the equality.
Same thing with politics.

6.Originally the band was called 'Dark Cellar', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lucifer's Dungeon'?
Dark Cellar is my soul. No one knows what's in there, Its dark. But Lucifer's Dungeon suites more to lyrical themes. but still there was cellar, now dungeon.

7.In the beginning the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?
Spread the word by gigs. I love gigs. At the time of Dark Cellar, I played a bit with some cover band...We played Iron Maiden, for example.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The last one I think. In local rock club. Its the only place where you can listen metal bands live.
First few concerts Iscariot was a vocalist and bassist. But from last show I'm vocalist and a guitarist.
I liked that show because everything went great and we did it with DSBM band Akari (I love their material).
Their leader, KoNo, did vocal on Destruction in first
album. Now, he is about to join Lucifer's Dungeon as solo-guitarist.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We plan to set few gigs writhing state but welcome for invitations to other places. Call us and we will make you raise horns up!

10.The album was released on 'Grimm Distribution;, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
They are simply great. Do their job well. Whatever they promised was done and on time. Im happy with this cooperation.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and dark ambient?
We are not something sweet to be liked by everyone. Actually, I don't follow such info.
I just do my job and label does its own. But locally, I have a good feedback after concerts.

12.Where do you see the band heading into music
ally during the future?
Tours, fests, recording new albums (I write a lot).

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?
Influences, When I wrote the first song The Forest I didn't even know about Black Metal. My first inspiration in metal was Iron Maiden when I was 13. But then, a month after I wrote The Forest, a friend of mine showed me Satyricon. Then it was DarkThrone, Gorgoroth, Taake, Dark Funeral and so on. Later I was amazed by Moevot.
Now I listen mostly Arckanum (I have all his LP), Gorgoroth, Taake, Carpathian Forest.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just wish people to stop being fakes and followers. Be yourself. Open up your eyes.
Look for Knowledge and Freedom.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/lucifers-dungeon-interview.html


Varmia Interview

mercredi 17 mai 2017 à 06:34
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Slava! Well we are working to put together a promo tour in the fall. This is not an easy thing for the new name on the scene. However i's looking very promising at the moment. We started cooperation with Raven Music promotion booking agency. In general we're doing our best to play "Z mar twych" live as often as we can.

2.This year you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
We were trying to achieve as organic sound as it was possible. I had this idea of recording in a village barn so it will be dirty production also. So basically what we did was that we found a proper barn in a silent and natural neighborhood somewhere in Warmia. It was near the forest and at the beautiful lake. We took some audio gear and set up a studio there. Then we recorded the whole thing playing live. It took about one week. I've mixed and mastered the recordings myself afterwards.

3.You refer to your music as 'Polish Root Metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Well I created it myself. I have a problem with labeling music and really don't see the point of it. But since the market laws require such divisions I came to conclusion that this music is not really a true black metal. It's not a straight folk or pagan music either. But it definitely was born from the fascination and deep love to our cultural heritage and an old school extreme metal. So there you have it. Roots from Poland.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics are in Polish and it will stay that way in the future. I sing a lot about connection (or lack of thereof) between mankind and primal forces of nature. I sing about death, hate, the past. I sing about a deep communion between oneself and the mother soil. Some of the lyrics are also about the clash of cultures that took place on our lands in general.

5.I know that the band name comes from a historical region in northern Poland, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
It does come from Warmia district name. They say it fits perfectly. It's a beautiful name to spread all around the world also.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our stage time is a spiritual experience. I wouldn't call it a ritual but it is something deeper than playing the notes only. I think our best gig so far was in our hometown Olsztyn on Szymon Czech and Doc Festival this year. But it's not really up to me to judge this. As for the performance itself we have a tree that we use as a mic stand, our regional shirts and a couple of "weird" traditional instruments. Piotr plays them and he has his own style of doing it. Raw I would say. Our shows are organic cause we don't use click track. We let the music flow through us and the audience.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
As I mention earlier we're trying to work out a tour in the fall with Raven Music Promotion. If everything turns as we plan then we will bring "Z mar twych" to a couple of European countries.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Very promising I must say. This music seems to speak to people. One thing I noticed that the audience appreciate the mixture with folk elements. They like that those elements are not overused or overwhelming. We tried hard to maintain this good proportions between black metal and traditional parts.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don't want to reveal too much but I think that we will establish our own style even more in the future. Maybe a bit more diverse natural instruments, maybe heavier riffs. Maybe both.

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?
Lots of them. We like to listen to the old school stuff mostly. Extreme metal was really extreme back in the days in my opinion. We like classics like Emperor, Enslaved, Opeth, Vader (from our home town!), Darkthrone, etc. I also like listening to traditional music but it's not easy to find the good one. Kapela Ze Wsi Warszawa is a good example of very good folk. We also enjoy classics like Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin and that kind of stuff. I think our main division of music is on one that's good and one that's bad. Our listening tastes exceed metal genre.
11.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

I view this as a cultural heritage mostly. Very important one though cause this was the foundation of who we are today. However there is something about the relation between man and nature that speaks to me. Some kind of communion but also distance, absence and sense abandonment... I think it's a very individual thing though. I will never tell people how they should live their lives. I'm only an artist.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yest, thank you all for supporting Varmia, we need that! Special thanks to Mark from Folkvangr Records for helping us out with promoting our music! Slava brothers!
On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Fólkvangr Records wrote:
 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/varmia-interview.html


Deliverance Interview

mercredi 17 mai 2017 à 06:23
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Etienne : Pierre and I formed the band 4 or 5 years ago. I first met him when I recorded his previous band and thought he had a great voice, perfect for a bunch of songs I had in mind. I sent him a couple of songs, roughly recorded with my guitar and he loved it. That's how it all began.




2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Etienne : The songs on our first EP (Doomsday, please) are the very first songs we ever wrote and played together. These songs are the basis for our sound and personality. On our first full length (CHRST), we decided to go further : more heaviness, more ambient stuff, more black metal, more everything. We're really extremely happy and proud of how the record turned out.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Etienne : Pierre writes mostly about his views on religion and Christianity, as well as facing his own inner demons. And he has many ! He really digs far into his personal feelings and mind. He reads a lot of philosophy and literature, in which he finds great inspiration.


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

Etienne : There's no special meaning actually. I'm a huge fan of the cult movie Deliverance, that's all ! I always had the feeling that blackmetal and sludge would suite very well this movie...




5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Etienne : we have done only a few underground shows so far, so I would say that the last show we did with Hangman's Chair at Glazart in Paris was a really cool one. We are still working on the visual aspect of our stage performances, so right now our shows consist of us five playing together and giving it all for our music and the audience, without any special artifact. The idea is to have the listener spend a captivating musical journey with us. But we'll definitely keep on working the visual aspect of our shows in order to bring a special audio and visual experience


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Etienne : Yes we do. We have a bunch of shows here and there in France right now. Hopefully we'll be touring elsewhere in Europe as soon as possible.


7.The new album was released through 'Deadlight Entertainment' are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Etienne : Yes, we're really happy ! Alex is a devoted partner, and he really loves our music. He's a great help in having people discover Deliverance.


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

Etienne : It's been quite good actually. We had great reviews all over the world with our first EP, so we hope people will like CHRST even more.


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

Eteine : With CHRST, I think it's pretty clear what Deliverance is about. We'll continue digging in that direction, the quest for the heaviest, blackest, most melodic and bewitching song possible is a never-ending one...


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?

Etienne : A lot of bands had a tremendous impact on our music. From Darkthrone to Watain, Morbid Angel's heavy riffing, Cult of Luna, Neurosis... Swiss band Unfold is also a personal favourite and has influenced me quite a bit. Just to name a few.


11,What are some of your non musical interests?

Etienne : Food and wine, as every good french men, haha !


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

Etienne : Thanks for this interview, hope you'll like our record. Keep supporting your underground music scene.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/deliverance-interview.html


Moonaadem/Self Titled/2017 Full Length Review

mardi 16 mai 2017 à 05:26

  Moonaadem  are  a  solo  project  from  Lebanon  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while t he  music  also  evokes  a  depressive  edge  at  times  as  well  as  mixing  the  ambient  elements  into  the  heavier  material  and  there  is  also  a  decent  amount  of  atmospheric  synths.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the recording  have  a  very  powerful sound  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and   spoken  words  are also  used  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  while  a  later  track  introduces  clean  singing  onto t he  recording  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  while  the  fast  riffs  also  utilize  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  one  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Moonaadem  plays  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal t hat  is  more  guitar  driven  than  most  bands  of  this  genre  while  also mixing  in  some  more  modern  and  post  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  life,  death,  grief  and  nature  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Moonaadem  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Multivers"  "Desillusion"  and  "Marche  Funebre Pour  La  Morte  De  La  Terre".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/moonaademself-titled2017-full-length.html


Effess Interview

lundi 15 mai 2017 à 06:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We formed in 2016, although we have known each other for a long time and had played together on and off since the 90s. The idea for the band didn't start seriously, we were just fucking around, making up names, titles and album covers. We kept playing with the idea and actually started composing music, and then the thing started getting serious, and kind of snowballed. Music is the only important side of Effess, we realized that we had something to say in music, so we put some work in it, and we like how it's going so far.
We all live in different countries but we come from the same small town in Italy. We also come from different musical backgrounds, but somehow we found a great musical alchemy between us. Mifra' is the one with most experience in the metal underground, having played (under other nicknames) with many bands and released several albums. I (U' ross) am more of an amateur, but they let me take the creative drive. Tubbett is the arcane glue that keeps the project from falling apart.

2.In April you had released your first ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Mifra' and I used to play in metal bands in the 90s, especially black metal, so we were already familiar with this kind of music. We realized that black metal is the perfect score for the place we are from, Potenza, a small, sad, grey, cold town up in the mountains. We play what we know best: simple and aggressive guitar riffs, brutal blast beats, growls from hell, and no extra bullshit like keyboards, female vocals or sound effects. Just like the old times, plug in the amp, pump up the distortion and go to war. Occasionally we slow down a little and get atmospheric, but we try to not overdo in that direction.
As far as the production goes, all the credit goes to Mifra'. I recorded the guitar and bass tracks in France, with whatever equipment I could find (I actually had to borrow the guitar you hear on the EP), and send the recordings to him. Then he recorded the drums and the vocals in his studio and worked like crazy on the guitar sound. His long time experience in the metal scene paid off, I think he did a magnificent job and the sound is very cohesive, like one big instrument.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics of the songs in the EP Chiatro are pretty much all about aspects of our hometown Potenza and the life there. The EP's title itself refers to the cold temperature, a distinguishing feature of Potenza, despite being close to the Mediterranean sea. We sing about the catholic church, the boredom and despair of the local youth that has nothing to do besides drinking and doing drugs, and generic stories of demons coming from the grave and satanism. The local church is involved in the murder of a 16 year old in the 90s. The priest hid the corpse under the roof of the big central town church until id was discovered in 2010. All that time the people went to the mass with the dead body of the girl literally a few meters away, can you believe it? Now, this is lyrics writing themselves! And we don't take ourselves very seriously, as you can see from the lyrics of the first song, an occult hymn about sausage (which you must try, should you go to Basilicata, it's delicious).

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Effess'?
"Effess" is a general-purpose interjection in the local dialect. Something like "fuck!" in English or "joder!" in Spanish.
Also, "U' ross" means "the red", "Mifra'" means "my brother" and "Tubbett" hints at anal sex.
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 any show as Effess yet. As a matter of fact, we never even rehearsed together! As much as we'd love to, there are thousands of kilometers between us, so playing together take a little more planning than usual. We keep going thanks to instant messaging, shared disk space, videoconference and most importantly, strict organization. However I think often about how we would do on a stage. We'd be very straight to the point: in, 30-60 minutes of blasting black metal, out. It's really just about the music.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
See above, we have quite a few issues that prevents us from planning live sets at the moment. Never say never though, we could be lucky enough to find a couple of supporting musicians and give the live dimension a try.

7.On the ep you had done a Moonspell cover, what was the decision behind doing one of your own versions of their songs?
It started as a joke, I wanted to see if I could fit the semi-serious lyrics I was writing into the metric of Alma Mater, a masterpiece and a song that's not that hard to play. It turned out better than I expected, so we decided to record it and include it in the EP. It's partly a tribute to a great band and partly a way of conveying a new message using a catchy tune.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, as I write we are sending out press kits and material to a number of underground metal labels of all sizes. We got in contact with a couple of labels who are interested and we are discussing details, but really we are just at the beginning of the process. We are in no rush, it's better to work out a good deal, even if it takes longer.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We just started promoting the EP, which is the first thing we put out as Effess. The first comments and reviews had been great, very uplifting! It's nice to see that a genre that has been around for over twenty years is alive and kicking. It's a bit sad that it's almost impossible to understand the lyrics for anybody who is from outside our linguistic and cultural framework, but, on the other hand, international fame was never part of the plan. For some reason we get a lot of love from Russia and Ukraine, which is great but a little puzzling to me. There must be some kind of deep connection between people who grew up in desolate areas, both economically and culturally speaking.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are already writing new music and lyrics, and working on new songs, so hopefully it won't take long. Without making promises, it is likely to expect a full-lengyh sometimes next years. We also learned a lot and refined our process of writing, arranging, recording, producing, communicating, and so on. This time we will try to at least record all the instruments in one country!

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?
I can only speak for myself here, and I'd go with the classics: Mayhem, Burzum, Marduk, Dark Funeral, some older stuff like Venom and Bathory, and even older like Pentagram and Black Sabbath. Panzer Division Marduk is an album I particularly like: 30-something minutes of blastbeat and aggressive riffing front to back. No frills, no added sugar, it's brilliant.
I listen to a lot of different stuff and change often while researching new music. Lately I found this new subgenre called "blackgaze", a kind of fusion between shoegaze (think My Bloody Valentine) and atmospheric black metal. There are french band like Alcest that make incredible music with these elements. Outside of metal, I have a thing for psychedelic heavy rock, 80s post punk and Oi!, classical piano music, noise, and a slew of other stuff. Also, lo-fi hip hop. I don't really like it but it puts my son to sleep so I'm getting used to it.

12.How would you describe your views on Paganism?
It's a lot of fun, and the girls who are into paganism are a lot likely to let you get to third base on the first date, that's proven. Religions are a waste of time at best, and powerful suppression tools at worst, so we don't endorse any of them. Paganism is relatively harmless though, so that's cool.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Heavy metal should not be overcomplicated or overly produced. In the wise words of Lemmy Kilmister: "it's only rock and roll, you know?". It's about expressing a point of view with music, and resonate with the hearer, nothing else matters. That's why you can hear noise and amp sounds in our recording, there is no point in edulcorating a music that was born as a reaction to society's oppression. Music and having fun take the precedence. And last but not least, thank you again for the interview.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/effess-interview.html