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Aorlac Interview

samedi 24 mars 2018 à 18:32

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

NKS (guitar) : Hey there ! Because of our recent change of label, we are currently working on several things. With the help of the label, we just finished working on our merchandising which will be directly related to “L’Esprit des Vents”. We are also working on our upcoming gigs by adding three tracks from our last album on the setlist. And as you can imagine, we spend much time answering to interviews.


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

NKS : The fact of having our very own studio directly impact our way to record. We could take our time to test different mics, different positions, instruments or even amps. Let’s say that we really could shape the album as we wanted. Most of the time, you start recording the drums, then the guitars parts, then you realize that something on the snare drum could be added… Here, we could of work without any stress from A to Z. Before that, we had to make do with we had to hand, even if we wanted to have a “home-made” and airy sound, there, for once, we get what we wanted.

3.This is your first release in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

NKS : After the release of « La Cité des Vents”, we continued touring until 2012. We also participated to a split album with Darkenhöld, Ysengrin and Ossuaire back in 2011. Because of a lack of inspiration – not because of weariness – we felt like we needed to take time to direct the last events.
The writing of “L’Esprit des Vents” really started in 2013; if I am not wrong, I think a demo was register in 2015 with a programmed drum. We could have rushed to release the album, but as you can easily guess, after these years of break, every one took care of their own personal project. So we and to wait that everybody was 100% invested on the recording.

4.Your lyrics cover 'Occitan History', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

NKS : We wanted to highlight the values of our roots many times before the creation of the band. We are lucky to live in a region full of histories, the Occitan region spreading through the south of France and passing by the North of Italy and Spain has a rich History, full of legends and fierce battles – that is an endless source of inspiration for the band. We also wanted to arouse interest on our History, and to remind the listener of what happened on our lands.

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

NKS : Aorlhac is the Occitan name of the city of Aurillac from where we all are, most people do not remember our city’s roots – this was the occasion of paying tribute to our way too unknown small city.

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?

NKS : We have many good memories of some dates, but I most certainly say that’s during the NORDIC BLACK MASS, at Luynes, where we were honored to share the scene with TAAKE, HELMEIM and VULTURE INDUSTRIES. You must wondering why this date: because at the beginning we were influenced by TAAKE, we were far from thinking that 3 years later we would play by their side!
That is not easy to describe us, but the direct and efficient style of our music, the alternation of melodic and epic parts next to the aggressive singing of our frontman has touched the public.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

NKS : Even if some gigs are planned, or about to, we do not have a tour planed yet - We can believe in a one-week or two tour in Europe during summer, if everybody in the band is free, let’s see what the future brings us.

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

NKS : Even if our change of label is recent, we are already seeing the repercussion of our collaboration with Les Acteurs de l’Ombre. LADLO has a visibility far from what we have known before. Until now, I think that the band was quite confidential abroad … except for Canada, where the language of Moliere surely helped that. However, be sure that ‘till now, the Historical and musical concept of Aorlhac was always well greeted.

9.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?

NKS : Today, we are a 100% focus on Aorlhac, for the brains of the band at least. Even if our live drummer Ardraos is a member of PESTE NOIRE, I heard he might be leaving the band for its own project : SÜHNOPFER.

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

NKS : I think that Aorlhac will continue to evolve naturally. We started the project 11 years ago, since then our influences and taste in music have changed. In other hand, I think our biggest success was to keep the Aorlhac touch all along the albums. It is possible that some atmospheric parts from “L’esprit des Vents” will be more used in the future. Anyway, we attend to keep our simplicity and efficiency and bring it on stage.

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?

NKS : At the beginning, I was influenced by renowned bands as  EMPEROR, DISSECTION, SACRAMENTUM, then later by ULVER, DRUDKH, PRIMORDIAL, AGALLOCH. Now, I do not have the time, neither the will to listen to new bands: I feel like they all put the sounds quality first (even though they all sound quite artificial…) rather than the quality of writing.
We are in a consumer society where everything must go fast, nothing last, anybody on Youtube can now discover a hundred BM bands whereas, back in 1997, you could hardly get 10 CDs! In addition, I am not sure that only the rarity of a band is enough to arise interest. 

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

NKS : We are lucky to have those beautiful landscapes close to us, when we have the opportunity, we love to enjoy those together. Also, our live bass player has a real gift in terms of drawing; we would love to explore this aspect for the upcoming projects. 

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

NKS : Thank you to you and your webzine for letting us express ourselves. Do not forget “L’Esprit des Vents” release on March, 2nd, with Les Acteurs de l’Ombre.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/aorlac-interview.html


Ortus/Where Shadows Gather/Worship Tapes/2018 EP Review

samedi 24 mars 2018 à 00:57

  Ortus  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Where  Shadows  Gather"  which  was  released  by  Worship  Tapes.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  a  few  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars,  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruemnts  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  Orus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  in  the  90's  European  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ortus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nocturne".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/ortuswhere-shadows-gatherworship.html


Thanatomania/Resignation/Schattenkult Produktionen/Narbentage Produktionen/2018 Full Length Review

vendredi 23 mars 2018 à 00:50

   Thanatomania  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Resignation"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Schattenkult  and  Narbentage  Produktionen.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Thanatomania  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  misanthropic  sounding  along  with  a  depressive  touch,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thanatomania  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  and  "V".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/thanatomaniaresignationschattenkult.html


Gra/Vasen/Carnal Records/2018 CD Review

jeudi 22 mars 2018 à 23:42

  Gra  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Vasen"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Carnal  Records.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  growls  start  off  the  album  while t he  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  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  mixed  into  the  music  on  a  few  tracks.

  A  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  style  melodies  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's.  and  the  a  couple  of  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song.

  On  this  recording  Gra  expands  on  their  Swedish  style  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  by  adding  in  more  synths,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Swedish  and  cover  Satanism  and  the  dark  aspects  of  Scandinavian  culture.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gra  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  Swedish  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Till  Sorjerskorna"  "Krig"  and  "The  Devil's  Tribe".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/gravasencarnal-records2018-cd-review.html


Dwarrowdelf Interview

jeudi 22 mars 2018 à 05:07

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Dwarrowdelf is an epic/atmospheric black metal project, which draws upon symphonic and melodic influences in order to make as grand a sound as possible. Lyrically, the project focuses on the world of J.R.R Tolkien like many other bands!

2.You have your first full length coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous ep?

The EP was very much an exercise in finding the sound I wanted for this project. All the songs were experimental in the fact that there were lots of different styles being combined; for example, there were a couple of riffs that were based on some of Emperor’s more progressive writing, as well as more standard black metal. For the album, I think I refined my pool of influence and created a more cohesive sound, although there’s still a decent variety throughout the album. Regardless of the differences between the songs, the most important thing was to make sure that each song was truly epic in nature.

3.Your lyrics are based upon the writngs of J.R.R Tolkien, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works and also are there any other fantasy authors that you are into?

I first got the idea for Dwarrowdelf when I was rereading Lord of the Rings last summer; I got to Gimli’s recital of the song of Durin in Moria, and thought it would make a fantastic metal song! I’d also been listening to a lot of Summoning in the previous months, so I was in a pretty Tolkien-focused frame of mind… As I explored the idea, I found that there was a lot of elements of his world that I wanted to explore, like the tragic tale of the seven sons of Fëanor. Fantasy-wise, aside from Tolkien, I’m a big fan of the Elder Scrolls series; I’ve played a ridiculous amount of Skyrim in my time! I’m tempted to sneak a couple of Elder Scrolls themed songs onto the next album…

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

Dwarrowdelf is the name of a dwarven city in Moria, and also is derived from the old english word for dwarves. Seeing as the first EP used lyrics from three of Tolkien’s dwarf hymns, it seemed like an appropriate name to choose, and no one else on the Metal Archives had taken it! It doesn’t mean I’ll only ever write about dwarves though, as the elven focus of the album shows.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience being in a full band, how would you compare the two?

The bands I’ve been in have generally focused on playing live, so I think the songwriting is always focused around being playable in a live environment. For Dwarrowdelf, I could be as ridiculous as possible, with loads and loads of layers, which meant that the creative process was so much fun! On the other hand, having bandmates means that you have multiple opinions, which is useful for providing constructive criticism for your ideas. To make up for this I decided to send the early drafts of “The Sons of Fëanor” to a few musically inclined friends to get their feedback, and their comments really helped shape the latter stages of development for the record.

6.The album is coming out on 'Wolfspell Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

I sent out the album to every label I could find that has showed an inclination for epic black metal and had a good reputation! Wolfspell were particularly notable in my mind because of the fantastic Druadan Forest album they released in 2017, and their tribute to Summoning the year before. Luckily, Michał loved the album and offered me a fantastic deal within about 3 hours of receiving the record! He’s been brilliant to work with throughout the process, I can’t thank him enough.

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

The feedback has been going really well so far! The first two singles have had a lot of positive comments and likes on YouTube, and there are some really dedicated fans who share every Facebook post I make and really help spread the word; I can’t thank them enough for supporting the band, I really appreciate every like and share. The reviews are starting to come in now as well, and I couldn’t be happier with the feedback!

8.What is going on with your other band 'Deavhronun', these days?

Deavhronun is a student-based black/death metal band; we wrote a not-so-serious album about Mayhem called “Disciples of Cain” and have played a couple of shows in the UK. We’re also still writing songs, although the newer stuff seems to be turning into blackened slam metal - our bassist is a massive tech death fan, so it was bound to happen sooner or later. It’s a great project to be in because we’re not afraid to have fun with the songs, and don’t take ourselves so seriously that we can’t enjoy ourselves; although we do want to write great songs and build an audience!

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musicain in the future?

Hopefully I can keep writing music in all sorts of styles for the rest of my life. Dwarrowdelf is a really promising project, and hopefully is able to build enough of an audience that it can keep going for a while, but I also like to explore as many genres as I can. I’ve started writing some dungeon synth, which might be released under the Dwarrowdelf moniker, and I’ve also got the beginnings of a melodeath project going with a friend, although that’s in the very early stages at the moment. I also dabble in non-metal things, but nothing worthy of release.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I think Dwarrowdelf takes influence from a large pool of bands from a wide range of genres, which I think is important for creating a unique sound. According to last.fm, my top artists whilst I was writing “The Sons of Fëanor” were Summoning, Wintersun, Sojourner, Twilight Force, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Insomnium, which I think is a pretty decent reflection of the metal sides of my musical taste! So far in 2018, my favourite albums are Sojourner “The Shadowed Road”, Visigoth “Conquerer’s Oath”, Aerith “Aerith” and Heidevolk “Vuur Va Verzet”. I’m really excited for the Obscura and Cân Bardd releases later this year too! I also make a point of exploring bandcamp to find and support really underground acts; recently I’ve been very taken with Runeshard, Ascensions Fall and Nahtram, who I would recommend to you and your readers!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m currently nearing the end of my Master’s degree in History, so it’s safe to say I love history! I mainly focus on the ancient world and Byzantium, which is almost like escaping to a fantasy world in itself. I’m also getting really into the Marvel films at the moment; Thor Ragnarok and Spider-Man Homecoming were amazing!

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

Thanks for the interview; I really appreciate the interest in my music, and thanks to all the people listening, liking and sharing the songs! I hope you all enjoy the album when it releases.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/dwarrowdelf-interview.html