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Deathwinter Interview

lundi 5 juin 2017 à 03:52
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1: Scorn Wraith::: I started the band in 2007 when I was traveling Australia and had settled in a small town in the West of the country for a while...at that point Deathwinter had a full lineup of members, I was the song writer and the one that formed the band and it's concepts!!! Late 2008 Dw recorded a 3 track demo in titled Cold Black Eternity and we were very close to doing our first performance, then because of circumstances two of the members moved interstate and I couldn't find anyone to replace them...So the original Dw did not do a show and the demo was not released at that time!!! After that I moved from the small town to a major city near by and started working on more material with another guitarist and we found a session drummer to do some basic recordings with us that were the foundations for the sound Dw has now!!! The session drummer Mealstrom has recorded the drum tracks on all the current Dw material...At that time I decided to keep traveling and put Dw to rest as it had not worked out the way I had planned!!! Years later I finally returned back to my home area that is a very small country town with virtually no metal let alone Black Metal...A close brother of mine that I had met whilst I was moving around the country and had the honour of jamming with for a while, main man from devilish Aussie BM band Sanguinary Misanthropia/Sinister Essence Records encouraged me to keep going with Dw and bring it back from the dead with hellfires blazing...Even tho I couldn't find members in my area to perform live with or be part of a serious recording act...Now I was ready to immerse myself fully and commit to the Devils will and bring this beast to life!!! So I started jamming with a couple drummers that weren't into BM and did some rehearsal demos with them,this fueled the black flames within...That's when I new I had to ask session drummer Maelstrom if he would be able to help make this a reality!!!

2.So far you have released a full length and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2:Scorn Wraith:::Up to this point in time I have only released two releases in physical form...Before that early 2016 I released Dw's 1st demo Cold Black Eternity in digital format through Aussie label Sinister Essence Records and a bunch of shitty rehearsal demos,then later in 2016 Dw's raw demo ep Manifestations Of Death also in digital form!!!The split with Colombian 1 man BM act Perventor was the 1st CD release Dw had done!!! Then M.O.D was released on CD through Ukraine label Depresive Illusions Records!!! I would describe the sound on the M.O.D recordings and the early demo as raw and unforgiving...Devilish and dark, mainly a traditional BM sound with a hint of Death Metal...

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Satanic and Luciferian topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?
3:Scorn Wraith:::My interest in the Occult,Satanic/Luciferian beliefs and dark Paganism started when I was around 12 and was seriously getting into Metal...As most young people are searching for who they are and what they believe in the bands that I listened to back then were involving these topics and beliefs in there lyrical/musical themes!!! This helped lead me on a path of discovery and Diabolic evolution, I started to search for knowledge and understanding of these mysteries to experience Darkness and Khaos in the physical and spiritual realms, this bought me closer to eternal fires of the Devil and his Infernal will...that's when the black abyss that I had felt around me from a very young age began to open up and make sense couldn't close my eyes now they were open!!! Thus the inspiration behind Dw is the Devil,Death and Chaos as I feel all is the meaning of our existence on this earth!!!

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deathwinter'?
4:Scorn Wraith::: Death and Winter was the original name for the band...Death as a symbol for the end of life and Winter representing the ever present lurking shadow of Death...I wanted the name to embody these elements and to mean something much more apocalyptic, I then made it one word that would be as a universal cataclysmic storm...Deathwinter!!!

5.Currently there is only one member in the band, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
5:Scorn Wraith::: I would say that no matter what happens in the future as regards to other members joining Dw I will always be the main writer of the music and lyrics, it is my vision and creation.. With Deathwinter I give honour to the Devil to Death and to Mother Khaos, so for anyone to be an active participant in the writing of the music and lyrical themes they would have the same convictions as I or else it would turn to one confused un inified pile of meaningless shit!!! Past lessons learned!!! I have collaborated on lyrics for a couple of tracks on the M.O.D ep and a small portion on the upcoming full length Aeonic Worship Of The Anticosmic Diabolos due out later in 2017 with my dark brethren...One of them will be doing the vocals on that album and might continue as Dw's vocalist on future albums!!!  It's looking very likely that I have a permanent drummer for Dw on the next album after Aeonic as I have started another project called Wraith with a drummer from the USA...He is very interested in being a member of Dw!!! So in answer to your question I do prefer to create mostly by myself!!!

6.So far you have worked with 'Depressive Illusions' and 'Iron, Blood & Death Corp'. are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?
6:SW::: Definitely happy with the support all the labels I have worked with have given me...They have all been very helpful!!!

7.Last year you where a part of a split with 'Pervertor', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7:SW::: Yes working on the split with Perventor from Colombia was great, he is a very driven and passionate BM musician!!! We became friends on Facebook and after communicating for a while he asked if I was keen to do a split...I fucking really respect Colombian BM so when he asked me I was very happy bout being part of it!!! Perventor took care of all the artwork and got everything sorted out for the split, i only had to send him the Dw's music and he did the rest...It was an honour to work with him on it...He is also the front man for another band that is not a one man band Ritos De Muerte...We were talking about Ritos De Muerte and Dw doing a split aswell...

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8:SW::: to be be truthful I really don't know...I have had a little bit of feedback about the releases but I don't know how it all has been received, i think it is to early to tell yet!!! I am thinking Dw might have more of a response later this year after the two releases with Iron Blood happen...1st is the special edition re release of the Manifestations Of Death demo ep due out in the very near future and later this year the full length Aeonic Worship Of The Anticosmic Diabolos will be released...The music is all recorded on the full length, I am now only waiting  for the vocals to be done then send it off to be mastered...The full length will be a major step up for Dw in the sense of music and production!!!

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
9:SW::: Writing and recording more Dw albums and throwing myself right into my new project Wraith that has as a band two members from Australia and two members from the U.S!!! It has a totally different sound and feel to Dw...I have written and recorded 5 tracks for the 1st Wraith release so far and am about to start on more!!!

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?
10:SW::: Old Dissection definitely Bathory early Watain,old Morbid Angel, Destroyer 666,Sanguinary Misanthropia,Nightbringer....old school Death Metal and the list goes on ...I have been listening to a lot of Colombian BM...Ignis Haereticum,Horncrowned,Ritos De Muerte ECT..Lv Colombian BM...haha

11.Do you have any online links where people can hear your music?
11:SW::: Yes Sinister Essence Records on Bandcamp!!! You can stream the M.O.D ep the Cold Black Eternity demo and also some rehearsal demos...Deathwinter on Soundcloud...
https://sinisteressencerecords.bandcamp.com/album/manifestations-of-death

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12:SW::: Thanks for your time and support!!! All Glory To The Great Devil!!! Hails

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/deathwinter-interview.html


Diablery/Shadowcraft/Entropy/Black Market Metal Label/2017 Split CD Review

vendredi 2 juin 2017 à 20:43

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Greece's  Diablery  and  Shadowcraft  called  'Entropy"  which  will  be  released  on  June  23  by  Black  Market  Metal  Label  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Diablery  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  keyboard  orientated  form  of black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a very sci-fi  orientated  keyboard  intro  and  after  the  intro   the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and r aw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  90's  era  symphonic  black metal  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of t heir  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  melodic  chants  are  added  onto t he  last  track

  Diablery  creates another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  keyboard  orientated  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  philosophy,  space,  science  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Diablery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  keyboard  orientated  style  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mundus  Vult  Decipi".

  Next  up  is  Shadowcraft  a  band  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  keyboard  intro  which  also  utilizes  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  as  well  as  introducing  grim  black  metal  screams  onto the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  also  bringing  in  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Symphonic  and  heavy  parts  are  mixed  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  side  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Shadowcraft  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  that  is  more  close  to  the  90's  style of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Christianity,  solitude,  torment  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shadowcraft  are  a  very  great sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I  Curse  Thee".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Greek  or  symphonic  black  metal.  8  out  of  190,

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/diableryshadowcraftentropyblack-market.html


Exmordium Interview

vendredi 2 juin 2017 à 04:15
Evan French- Drummer/Lyricist of Exmordium
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
A: Currently we are on a hiatus. Our guitarist Evan Page is in schooling for chemical engineering, and I was paralyzed from the ribcage down in a construction accident a year ago. In therapy and recovering. We are focusing more on our personal lives now- but still writing and practicing on our own.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
A: The earlier stuff was very much Amon Amarth and Immortal influenced black metal, but we have grown into our own recently with a more technical and progressive black metal, maybe in the vein of Dissection.

3.Some of your lyrics deal with Paganism, Vikings and Philosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
A: Very Amon Amarth influenced in the early days lyrically. It seemed as an interesting topic to write about- the Dark ages. And in also using that as a medium to question death and life. Philosophy wise- it's the questions that need asking.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
A:The earlier lyrics were more about Vikings and Paganism out of interest and our roots.
Now they more reflect philosophy, the human condition, and social commentary. I find it necessary to question and try to answer the BIG questions in life- and in how we exist and coexist.

5.I know that the band name is 'Exordium and 'Mord' combiened to mean the Dawn Of Darkness. how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
A: I feel the name if very liberating in which it's not a defined word, it can mean many things to many people- and in that comes the freedom to be able to breathe and write in any way seen fit. Of course a dark undertone in the music and lyrics that come into play as well.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
A: Many shows to name- just mainly the shows with good bands to play with and hang. Our stage presence is barely contained chaos, very balls to the wall.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A: None as of now...but sometime

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
A: Very mixed- our early recordings are shit, but our lives shows show and tell fantastically.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A:More of everything. You'll see...

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?
A:
Influences are scattered but metal wise is Dissection, Autopsy, Tsjuder, Darkthrone, Windir, Monstrosity, Deicide, Inquisition.
Nowadays for me is mainly Jazz- and all those great drummers you know, 60's psychedelic rock, early Death/Black metal, and 60's and 70's folk

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
A: Learning and exploring music and art, collecting music, writing poetry, hiking and traveling. Utilizing life.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Now everything is how it seems

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/exmordium-interview.html


The Nightstalker/A Journey In Hell/Wolfshade Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 1 juin 2017 à 16:16

  Belgium's  solo  project  The  Nightstalker  has returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "A  Journey  In  Hell"  which  was  released  by  Wolfshade  Records.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  which  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  heavy  riffs,  melodic  guitar  leads  and  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  symphonic  elements.

  Classical  guitars  can  be  heard  briefly  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  touches  of  goth  along  with  the riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  fast  riffs  can  be  heard  while  the  main  focus  is  on   more  of  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental  track.

  The  Nightstalker  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  ambient  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  continue  the  concept  story  of  The  Nightstalker.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Nightstalker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Children  Of  The  Devil"  "Cerberus"  "The  Library"  and  "Red  Moon  Rises".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-nightstalkera-journey-in.html


Devourer/Across The Empty Plains/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 1 juin 2017 à 14:52

  Devourer  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Across  The  Empty  Plains".

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  the  music  is  heavily rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  mix in  elements  of  death  and doom  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of growls  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  on  one  of  later  tracks  also  introduces  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  into  the  music.

  Devourer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  Swedish  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  which  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while t he lyrics cover  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Devourer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  group  with  touches  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Insania"  "Nexus  Of  Evil"  "Extirpation"  and  "Omega".  8  out  of  10.
     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/devoureracross-empty-ruins2017-full.html