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Swarm Of Hatred Interview

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 05:52
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
A: Swarm Of hatred has started initially as a solo project during 2011 as the evolution of my former solo project called Impious Bondage, after recruiting some musicians we worked hard to finally release our debut EP in 2014 named “The Brotherhood Of The Black Blood” and during 2018 we released our debut álbum titled “Shrine Of Negativity”, after some changes in the line up due to time availability and musical differences with the former members, right now we are writing our sophomore album with the actual line-up and summarizing to all of this, i can tell you that each release is quite different from each other without losing our main focus and essence.

2.In 2018 you had also released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording and musically how does it differ from your previous single and ep?
A: Our single was released independent as a promo advance of Shrine Of Negativity, so it opened the doors to sign with Australis Records, one of the biggest recording labels of Chile, and about the musical style and direction that i took is the natural evolve of our sound compared with the primitive structure of our debut EP that took songs that were there since 2009 until 2012, and the Shrine Of Negativity album was written entirely during 2015 and recorded during Winter of 2016 so its the natural follow-up of the direction that was taking our debut EP.

3.Your lyrics also deal with a lot of Luciferian, Gnosis and Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
A: Well, this interest was born since the starting's of Swarm Of Hatred and with the time was getting pretty deeper and inspiring to write more music as an exaltation of this cult of death and chaos.

4.Originally the band was called  'Impious Bondage' what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Swarm Of Hatred'?
A: When I started Impious Bondage, I was on my late teenager ages (I was 17 when i started Impious Bondage and 20 y/o when I started Swarm Of Hatred), lyrically I was pretty inspired by bands like Belphegor, Marduk and Carpathian Forest, the objective was at that time, doing some BDSM inspired Black Metal, but as the time has passed and i had matured, I realized that the current lyrics were pretty pointless, as I never released any massive material, just a 4 songs homemade demo shared with my closest friends and my classmates in the Institute with a Flash Drive. I decided to change the direction of the Project and thus, the name of it. Oriented initially in a pretty misanthrope mood that perjures until now and is growing up each day doing my daily life, riding the subway, looking at the people with that fluoride gazing who are picking their Smartphone without care of anything but their smartphones and to get into the subway to arrive early to their homes, the actual society inspires me a lot besides the occult arts to write songs about the decay of the society and how the people is living their happy and empty lives without wondering if they are something wrong with their lives and without caring about their quality of life.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
A: This represents a transmutation of energies when we are living and when we are dead our body is the same and our spirit elevates unchained to the great dissolution.

6.The bands has been around for 10 years but has very little music released so far, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
A: Tons of changes during the lineup, really, tons of changes that broke the project to release more material. After the Release of our debut EP, we were writing some songs with that line up that was about  to be our debut album and it would be released about 2015-2016, that line up was splitted up during mid 2014 and I’ve started to work on the debut album from scratch with new musicians during 2015, the results of it was Shrine Of Negativity, that was meant to be released on 2016 but we had tons of struggles with the artwork, there was some artists who were dumped their Works and other artists were delayed a lot with a prototype 3D artwork, finally, we have this final artwork. Summarizing, the moral of my early experience is work in parallel the artwork and the recording process of the next album, before it, make a brainstorm with the band about it to work with the artist with a concrete idea of it.

7.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: The release gig in July of 2018 in Santiago, was pretty intense,precise and accurate. We played at 3:00 AM but the energy was there. The show visually talking is pretty minimal but dark, without the new trend of using that robes and hoodies and the stage full of candles and incense as many bands are doing right now, IMHO we’re right to the bone, get up to the stage and play giving focus on the music.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A:Not yet, but we are open to do it, right now we are planning to do some self-produced gigs in Santiago, just we need a good booking agency to do the tour.

9.The album was released on 'Australis Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
A: Australis Records is one of the biggest metal labels in Chile, it’s good to work with them, they are very committed to work with Chilean bands and expose it to the world.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
A: It was pretty overwhelming for me the reaction of the people who heard the album, the most weird of it that here in our country was pretty unnoticed compared with the reactions of people abroad.

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?
A: Windir (Guitars) is working on a folk metal project with some close Friends of him, Alasthor (Bass) and i are looking forward to do an Old School Death Metal project in parallel to Swarm Of Hatred, and Deathscythe (Drums) is working in parallel with Hades Inc. drummer in a new project influenced by Machinehead and other Groove-Nu metal bands, this is pretty disperse, and i, personally, i’m studying and playing jazz and Bossa Nova by myself in my spare time when i’m not playing Metal and write songs.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A: Sincerely i don’t know, maybe splitted up after doing some swansong album with the excuse of written all the music that we wanted to write and close the project, but that will not be right now in the near future.

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?
A: You know, the usual, Scandinavian, French and South American Black Metal, during some songs of the album we use some chords that are pretty used in Bossa Nova, but this are used in our black metal, i want to clarify that we are not mixing black metal with Bossa in no way. As influential bands of Shrine Of Negativity are this: Ondskapt, Dissection, Merrimack, Ved Buens Ende (The fastest parts of the songs), Fleurety (The EP’s Era), Gates Of Ishtar, early At The Gates too, we took some influences of early 2 albums of this almighty band.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
A: Stay true, keep supporting the underground, follow and support your local bands, there is blood sweat and tears on this hard work.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/swarm-of-hatred-interview.html


Bergatagen Interview

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 05:37
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



Svartgrimme: Just 3 massive Trolls that drank a whole bunch of mead, killed some christians and
listened to Troll- Drep De Kristne and decided to start a band with less humpa like the most
mumintrolls in the scene have and with more vile trollishness in the music.



2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?



Svartgrimme: Mainly 90s Black Metal and of course a pinch of "Drep De Kristne", an album that have way too much  synthesizers for the purist, but we don´t care, we´re Trolls not raccoons!



Huggsint: I wrote all the songs and as for inspiration it was to make very fierce black metal that never loose the energy. There are no filler tracks. All tracks serves their purpose. I am very pleased with how it took shape. It is a good balance between troll brutality and melodies.



3.According the the metal archives page, the band was formed this year and has already released a full length, was the music already written before the band formed?



Svartgrimme: No, everything was made in one week I think including the bandname. artwork, logo, lyrics and so on.



Huggsint: The music was written and recorded in 2 days. We captured a moment of pure inspiration and went with it.



4.A lot of your lyrics deal with a troll concept, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?



Svartgrimme: Well it´s about Trolls, the elderly kind that inflicted fear and terror upon mankind in the old times of Scandinavia, and when the humans for some reasons became christened they still feared the Trolls to the point that they were classified as a demonic entity.



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



Svartgrimme: Bergatagen is another way to spell Bergtagen and it´s a spellbinding that trolls and other supernatural nature entities use to entice humans for their charmingly evil schemes.



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



Svartgrimme: The artwork is made by Tim Nordstedt, and it was brilliant for the cause, kind of a reversed marketing, present the scene with something that looks cheesy and weirdly made and have a whole bunch of colours in it, still the outline works is made as the classics "Dark Medieval Times, "Det Som Engang Var" and so on and then splash a whole bunch of colors on it, it worked! alot of people checked out our album because of it, loads of them where curious and wondered what the fuck that was, some really like it and some Black Metal People got offended but most of them stayed because of the music.



Huggsint: I love the artwork. It fits the music perfectly. I don't find is cheesy. People who think so have not grown up with classic metal albums. Our audience is obviously not the trendy black metal crowed.



7.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows and also are there are plans for shows in the future?



Svartgrimme: Bergatagen will Never play live!



8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?



Svartgrimme: If we feel that there is a label that seems to have at least a couple of functioning braincells and can work with us then we´ll jump at the opportunity, there have been offers but we´re not desperate!



Huggsint: If we get the right deal of course it is interesting to hook up with a label. We have gotten a tremendous amount of people asking for a CD.



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



Svartgrimme: Surprisingly positive actually!



Huggsint: It has been received very well. But to me it is not really a surprise since the album is very good. If you want troll black metal - you will get troll black metal for all your moneys worth.



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



Svartgrimme: No one knows until the time is right, but probably more Trollishness, vileness, homebrewed mead, churchcrushings, humangrilling, forestshitting and cavefuckery.



Huggsint: I have endless inspiration. These trolls will bash down your towns.



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?



Svartgrimme: Well Troll, and a whole bunch of Black Metal bands but usually Huggsint is improvising violently with some guitar swinging and the rest of us just backs it up jacked up on Fly Agaric and christblood sniffing rage.



Huggsint: Good underground classic black metal and the ones who maintain that feel, like we do. That is what I listen to.



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



Svartgrimme: DEATH TO FALSE TROLLS! ALL HAIL THE TRUE SCANDINAVIAN TROLLHORDE!



Huggsint: Thanks for the interview! It was a pleasure.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/bergatagen-interview.html


Aethyrick/Praxis/The Sinister Flame/2018 CD Review

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 04:07

  Aethyrick  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Praxis"  which  was  released  by  The  Sinister  Flame.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  captures  the  classic  Finnish  style  of  the  mid  90's  along  with  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  take  on  the  song  structures.

  As  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental is  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  rain  and  thunder  sounds  while  later  tracks  also  display  a  lot  more  diversity,  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism, Occultism  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aethyrick  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  melodic  and  satanic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Protectress"  "Pilgrimage"  and  "Totems".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/aethyrickpraxisthe-sinister-flame2018.html


Se Lusiferin Kannel Interview

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 03:04
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


- Our art speaks for itself.

2.So far you have released on full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

- I wanted to combine the heavy sound of 70´s prog rock and psychedelia to 90´s (black) metal atmosphere. We wanted to make the whole album as monumental, chaotic and unapproachable wall of noise. It all came out quite naturally we didn´t have to waste a lots of time in searching for the proper setups and soundscapes but the mixing was the hard part since there is more stuff in each of the songs than many bands have in their entire career.

3.The band has been around since 2012 but waited until 2017, to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
- There´s not much to tell. Just perfecting the black art and the great work.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?

- I do always write the lyrics in terms of a song, the bigger picture. The music is written first and then I start to work with the lyrics. I do not choose the subjects forehand although I do have some ideas and subjects of which I would like to write. I write down the things that the music does bring into my mind and what does fit to the overall atmosphere of the song. Then I continue to compose them together, piece by piece. I do work so until the song feels like a whole. In the way the creation process for me is like solving a great buzzle. Or painting a picture. Or carving a statue.

I get the inspiration for the lyrics from various different sources from religious prophecies and the end of the world scenarios to the literature and art of 19th and 20th century. From dystopies to scifi, horror and surrealism.. I like to read, a lot, and the writings of such as Guillaume Apollinaire, T. S. Eliot, Charles Baudelaire, Comte De Lautreamont, Arthur C. Clarke, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Philip K. Dick, Mika Waltari, Edith Södergran, etc. are a huge inspiration for me. I wont go in specifying and analyzing each of the songs because it would take too much time and I want to leave some room to the listener to figure things out themselves.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Se Lusiferin Kannel'?

- It did make a great logo. Hah! No, seriously, in the beginning we did have a different name but it turned out that it was on the use so I decided to change it. I wanted the name that is original and has an interface with Finnish culture. I took the name from the title of the book by poet and writer Aarni Kouta. I added the word “Se” (that) to it as an definite article (the), it is something that was in use in one of the first forms of written Finnish language constructed by Mikael Agricola, but it hasn´t been used since. To be exact we do not have any definite or indefinite articles, but still they can be used in a poetic manner. What comes to the name itself it has three different meanings and one of them is associated with the psalm book by Finnish evangelical revivalist movement. The other two I leave for you to find out.

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

- Which one? The one made by Heresie Graphics or the one I made? The HG version was the idea of Signal Rex and I liked the art he had made earlier and I wanted to see how someone else perceives our music. I think that he did great job and managed to capture the feeling of the album very well. The one I did is taken from the movie Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl. We do not sympathize any totalitarian regimes but the the picture works well with our music and it also has an allegorical relation to the lyrics in the album, especially to the songs “Ilmestys Myrskystä” and “Auringon Valtakunta”.

7. I have noticed a 3rd eye on the album cover, does Occultism play any role in your music?

- Is it a third eye?? Hmm.. SLKe is not an occult band in definition and we are not a followers of any specific philosophy, political movement or religion but I have always been very fascinated by occultism in general and I do possess quite an extensive library on a subject. I have used some metaphors that derive from occultism and religious scriptures but it is more that I do find them intriguing than believing in something. And they do happen to fit well with this kind of music! I would imagine thou that our album could be used as a background music on a mass. It would make a plaque mass..

8.So far there has been very little information online along with the facebook page also not really saying much, do you prefer to remain mysterious?

- Yes. We are the three lost words. And no. The art is what matters not the persons behind it. We do not fancy fame neither need any attention.

9.Has the band done any live shows yet or is this strictly a studio project?

- We´ve been asked if we would be interested in doing live shows but sadly it is not possible at the moment. But it is not totally out of the question. Never say never.

10.Signal Rex is also re-issuing your 2017 digital album on physical format, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?

- SR wanted it to be remastered and I wanted to hear that how it affects to the music. The older version is how I want us to sound like and the newer version is how someone else wants us to sound like.

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

- I have been surprised about the interest that our album has gained considering the lack of interest we´ve had to promote the it. It was, and still is, a willful choice hence we feel neither need nor intention to hit the charts and make it big (As if it would even be possible with this kind of music). The main thing is to create art and if someone gets something out of it then it is a bonus.

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

- A close friend of mine asked the same thing in sauna after we got finished the recordings of the album. I answered then that it will be released within a timeline of next 3-7 years. At the moment the first looks like it is a close shove; 89% of the music is done and most of the lyrics are written but there's still a lots of work to be done. We have a loose schedule but we are not working by the clock so we do not declare any dates yet.

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?

- Huuh.. Our musical influences vary a lot. From the 70´s Berlin School ambient and movie soundtracks to the 90´s norwegian black metal. From the folk music, religious hymns and classical to industrial and avant-garde. There was a list of names in the facebook page but I took it off because it was long and exhausting, but to mention some that have had and will have a huge influence to us: Current 93, Devil Doll (the Slovenian one), Emperor, Ulver, Dead Raven Choir, Laibach, My Dying Pride, Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow and Black Sabbath (the Dio era in both), Dødheimsgard, King Diamond, Pensées Nocturnes, Solefald, Tangerine Dream, Meshuggah, Laibach, Halo Manash, King Crimson, Neurosis, Neptune Towers, Comus, Arcturus, Bathory, Paradise Lost, Ved Buens Ende, Urfaust, Paysage d'Hiver, Tartaros.. And the list goes on.

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

- So long and thanks for all the fish!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/se-lusiferin-kannel-interview.html


Gravrose/The End Street Terror/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 02:43

  Gravrose  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw,  primitive  and  haunting  form  of black  metal  while  also  using  a  session  drummer  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "The  End  Street  Terror".

  A  very  dark  horror  movie  orientated  intro  starts  off  the album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  as  well  as  having  influences  from  other  areas    while  a  great  portion  of t he  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  dealing  with  haunting's  and  ghostly  creatures. 

  In  my  opinion  Gravrose  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  primitive  and  haunting  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  The  Dark  Corners  They  Watch"  "Loud  Footsteps  From  The  Empty  Attic"  and  "Invoking  The  Restless  Spirits".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/gravrosethe-end-street-terror2019-full.html