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Utburd Interview

jeudi 7 juin 2018 à 23:07
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 album?

Hi! While I was working on the album, I started looking for a label that would really be interested in the distribution and high-quality promotion of the album. Satanath has become for me the ideal option. Specifically after recording the album, the Utburd project goes into the shadows. Since I am his alliance member, giving concerts does not make sense. It is very rare to find session musicians who are ready to work with material in our region operatively and they are all engaged in their projects. Although, now there are negotiations with the participation of one well-known group in Russia for the concert this fall.

2.In April you had released a new album, 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?

Yes, the release took place on April 15 this year. The sound on this record is qualitatively different from the previous album. First of all, it was spent more time. I did not hurry with the recording of the material and very critically approached to what happened. Some tracks were re-recorded already at the data reduction stage, as I did not like the final sound. Guitars were re-recorded three times. As a result, the sound on the album was more dense. Compositions sound harder, angrier and bolder. Also on this album I kept the tradition of the previous release in the part of deep atmospheric parts. It took a lot of time to create them. I'm very critical about creating the sound of the environment. I strive to immerse the listener in the composition, so that he feels his mood, was inside. It seems to me that I can do this on this record. I also had to work hard on the vocals. There was a more growl; the vocal parts came to the fore. This eventually added to the gloom and stiffness of the album.

3.The lyrics on the new album are based upon the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?

Ironically, interest in Lovecraft arose while listening to the band The Vision Bleak, but to start his work immediately was not possible. After some time I immersed myself in his works and in a gulp read his most famous stories, such as "At The Mountains of Madness", " The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket", "Pikman's Model", " The Shadow over Innsmouth", " The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" and many others. His manner of imitation, as he visualizes his works, captured me and inspired me to create the album concept.

4.Some of your older lyrics have more of an occult theme to them, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I would say, rather theological, rather than occult. Although, both of these concepts go side by side. The fact is that for a long time I was a clergyman in the Orthodox Church. Before that, I was fond of all sorts of mystifications and occult things. Partly because of my past, I became interested in the topic of religious mysticism. Secrets and images, which can be treated in different ways, there is more than enough. Having immersed myself in religion, I was interested not in the very interpretation of theological texts, but in the result, which their incorrect and preconceived notions can lead to. So, we have many religions, sects and mutual enmity. It seems that this will never end. There is freedom in the person and often she plays a cruel joke.

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

Calling the project Utburd, I was inspired by Scandinavian mythology. In Norwegian tales, Utburd called the evil spirit of a unconquered baby. In ancient times, when in difficult times and frosty winters the baby was born, who by his existence threatened the life of the whole family by the fact that everyone simply did not have enough food, he was taken to the forest and left there. By the myths, the spirit of this baby wandered around the district until it gained strength, and then caused troubles to the family that left it.
The meaning of this myth is very deep for me. If the question concerns the life of the native person, one should always take risks and stay together, no matter how hard it is. Carry the burdens together, and not look for easy ways that can lead you to the grave.

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

The art studio PAINT-IT-BLACK was engaged in decorating the cover and the booklet. I was fortunate enough to get acquainted with Vladimir Prokofiev, who under this title has been working on creating covers for metal bands for a long time. Lovecraft's theme was close to both of us. He had long wanted to create something about his works, but there was no suitable occasion. After listening to the demos and what I would like to see on the cover, he set to work. And I did it perfectly. On the cover there is an abandoned Innsmouth and Dagon, caused by a dark ritual, towering majestically above the world. It looks amazing!

7.On the recordings you record everything by yourself, do you have a hard time finding the same musicians that share the same vision as you?

I live in a small provincial town in Russia in the Murmansk region. There are few people here who listen to something harder than hard rock. And the more black metal is playing. Perhaps some still think that playing in this style does not need much intelligence, but it's not. Especially, if you're going to create complex multi-layered works. In general, wishing to play seriously, I did not find. And there is a plus in this - no need to compromise. You create exactly what you want. Although the time it takes more. But I'm not in a hurry.

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

I would not say that I have a lot of fans. Basically, because the project UTBURD studio and does not give concerts. However, after the release of "The Horrors Untold", the number of people interested in my work has increased significantly. Of course, Satanath Records played a big role in this. They are really interested in promoting the groups they like. I can say that most of the fans are probably outside of Russia. UTBURD was conceived as an export project. In our country, native extreme metal still does not have a strong and reliable promotion, and remains in the underground.

9.The new album was released on 'Satanath Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Molot Records?

The label Satanath made for me and my work much more than Molot. I can honestly say that after the expiration of the contract, I was not very pleased with the promotion of the first album. It seems to me that Molot invests only in popular and famous bands, and young ones, especially if they are on the periphery for them as another tick. However, I'm still grateful to them for pushing me to the metal stage. Satanath, as I said earlier, is really interested in the success of the release. Otherwise we would not have met!

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I will try to continue to issue high-quality material. Perhaps, all the same, it will be possible to recruit musicians and give several concerts. I hope that after many years, I can stand in line with other famous one-man projects such as Pain or Summoning.

11.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?

The classical music influences me a lot: Vivaldi, Mozart, Telemann. All the same I have a musical education in the class of flute. The new work inspired me The Vision Bleak, Behemoth, Satyricon. Now I often listen to the extreme release of Satyricon - "Deep Calleth Upon Deep", Emperor's first album, Dimmu Borgir - "Spiritual Black Dimentions" early Doors recordings.

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

Listen to good music, read good books, have your personal opinion on everything that is happening around you! Buy albums and support your favorite artists. Do not betray metal. Stay Metal!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/utburd-interview.html


Ascensions Fall/Spirits Of The Lost/2018 Full Length Review

jeudi 7 juin 2018 à 05:07

  Ascensions  Fall  are  a  solo  project  Australia  that  plays  a  very  melancholic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Spirits  of  The  Lost".

  Night  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  later  song  is  an  instrumental  and  also  introduces  wind  sounds  onto  the  recording,  death  metal  growls  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Ascensions  Fall  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  melancholic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  depression  and  Earth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ascensions  Fall  are  a  very  great  sounding  melancholic  and  melodic  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spirits  Of  The  Lost"  and  "Provocations  Dawn".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/ascensions-fallspirits-of-lost2018-full.html


Finnr's Cane Interview

mercredi 6 juin 2018 à 05:07
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



We have anxiously been awaiting the release date of July 20th, 2018!



2.You have a new album coming out in July, 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?



The songs on the new album tend to be more structured and less erratic than the works of our past. There is also greater variability in the dynamic range of the songs. The album itself was recorded in a different studio than the previous two releases and we are quite pleased with the sound of the finished product.



3.This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?



Finnr’s Cane is just one component of our lives. In the time between releases we have been going about the usual things that everyone experiences: work, family, travel, etc.



4.On the albums you use a cello instead of a bass guitar, do you feel this makes your music a lot more different than other bands?



The absence of bass guitar gives the music a somewhat hollow atmosphere, which was the effect we wanted to achieve. In that sense, the overall sound will never be the same as any band that uses the instrument. The lack of bass also frees up space for other instruments, like the cello, which results in further differentiation from other bands.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Finnr's Cane'?



The band name is somewhat abstract and open to interpretation. It always makes me think of an old traveller with a walking staff; the type of person that has experienced many things and will tell you about them if you care to listen.



6.I have read that the band does not do live shows, has this changed over the years?



Finnr’s Cane is strictly a studio project. Maybe we will play live in the future when the time is right, however, we’ve been saying that for almost ten years now.



7.The new album is coming out on 'Prophecy Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



We were thrilled to be contacted by Prophecy Productions after the release of our first album. We certainly respect them and their roster of artists and commend them for producing high-quality, physical releases. I sometimes daydream about having our first live gig at a future Prophecy Fest.



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



Finnr’s Cane has a small fan-base, and certainly garners mixed reviews from fans. I would think that a die-hard black metal fan would probably be better served by a band that features more of the traditional black metal elements than what Finnr’s Cane produces.



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



There isn’t a specific plan for any one musical direction; we will stick with the philosophy we’ve used thus far, which is to simply create music that we enjoy listening to. It would be nice to add in traditional instruments that have not been incorporated yet.



10.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?



We don’t really draw a lot of inspiration from other artists when creating these songs. Of course, we love music from many different genres, but the idea is not to write a song that sounds like Band A, Band B, and Band C. Instead of trying to make a sound that is inspired by different bands, we rely on broad themes as the primary source of inspiration and seek to invoke feelings (through music) that resonate with those themes.



As for what I am listening to these days, Devin Townsend’s various projects (Devin Townsend Project, Strapping Young Lad, Causalities of Cool, etc.) are my top choices. As far as I’m concerned, the man is a national treasure and an ambassador for Canadian music. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the new At The Gates album, but I am sure it will receive heavy rotation soon enough.



11.What are some of your non-musical interests?



I became a father a little less than four months ago, so changing diapers and pushing a stroller are my primary interests right now.



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



Thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview!



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/finnrs-cane-interview.html


The Last Seed Interview

mercredi 6 juin 2018 à 04:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
A.: The Last Seed is a studio project with two members and not really a band. "Hellboy" is our first release.


2.You have an album coming out in June, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
A.: I think it is no use describing the sound or dropping fancy genre names at this point. Listen to the CD and decide yourself if you like it or not. Yes surprise, it is Black Metal.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
 N.: Resistance against all the self-proclaimed lightbringers, who’ve put their lantern in the middle of the sheep and told them to stay close to the light. I prefer people to understand themselves as an indivdual, who’s walking his own way, exploring the darkness. 


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Last Seed'?
A: You could replace "seed" by "generation". The generation that has passed a wasted youth in the meaningless 90s or in the even more meaningless charcateristically called 00s. It is the observation of a generation that sleepwalks into extinction by means of decadence, consumerism and by following a false pursuit of happiness that finally turns into isolation.


5.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
A: As already mentioned before, it is a studio project with two members and not a band. So there are or will be no live performances as it would be very difficult for us to handle two instruments or more at the same time. If you want to listen to our songs, buy the CD.


6.I have noticed there is very little information about the band online, is this intentional for the time being?
N.: It’s about the music and the spirit. We’re not in need of this despicable self-expression. Only weaklings need an own website to know that they exist. Only the sheep are craving for a „like“.


7.The album is going to be released on 'Nihilistische KlangKunst', how did you get in contact with this label?
A: Karor contacted us several years ago and, since then, has released a lot of material from our other projects that do not exist anymore and have meanwhile been replaced by The Last Seed.


8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
N.: We did the photos in our studio, playing the instruments while wearing these tinkered wolfmasks, we’ve botched spontaneously together with my sister and my brother in law during a night in December 2016. And we had this fog machine. The original idea was to show the connection between man and beast, reason and instinct. A friend of us saw the photos and wanted to try something, by blending them with pictures from the woods. So it wasn’t a planned progress, which leads to the coverartwork.


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
A: Exuberant joy and high expectations. Our albums sell like hot cakes.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A: There will be no comprehensive genre changes, but a new record means a new sound and new songs with other influences and moods. However, we will not be heading towards entirely new horizons with this project. If you call this release "atmospheric black metal", you will probably do the same for the next.


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?
A: Maybe you can pick out some influences yourself. That makes it much more interesting than getting everything handed on a plate.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?
A: Swimming, reading and cycling.

 N.: Don’t forget walking in the rain.


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

A: Thank you very much for the interview.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-last-seed-interview.html


Nomura/Nulla+/Impronte/Lacrime/The Triad Rec/Italian Extreme Underground/Nothing Left Records/Boned Factory/2018 Split Album Review

mercredi 6 juin 2018 à 03:45

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy's  Nomura  and  Nulla+  called  "Improne/Lacrime"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  The  Triad  Rec,  Italian Extreme  Underground,  Nothing  Left  Records  and  Boned  Factory  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Nomura  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  heavier  riffs  bringing  in  elements  of  hardcore  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  small  amount  of  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nomura  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Salice  (pt.1)".

  Next  up  is  Nulla+  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  lo-fi  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  hardcore  punk  and  stenchcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  distorted  amp  noises  before  adding  in  fast  and  raw  riffs  that  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  drums  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well a s  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  The  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  stenchcore  and  hardcore  punk  and  throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  agnosticism  and  dystopian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nulla+  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  stenchcore  and  hardcore  punk,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Piangersi  Addosso".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  metal  and  hardcore.  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/nomuranullaimprontelacrimethe-triad.html