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Ovnev Interview

jeudi 8 décembre 2016 à 19:48
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Ovnev is a solo black metal project with a focus on atmosphere. I like to focus on creating a mental picture of the wilderness.  The debut album Cycle of Survival is a concept album about a man living off the land, surviving in the desolate mountains.

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

On my demo, I was more in a mindset of creating a raw atmospheric black metal sound with obscure lyrics about landscapes and the human condition. On the full length, I chose to go with a cleaner sound and added melodic solos and acoustic guitars. I wanted to tell a complete story and have all of the songs connected.  I feel like acoustic guitars and solos lend to the beauty of an environment that is untouched by man and scattered them throughout the album. I had 7 years of practice in between the two so I had lots of time to develop better skills which is another reason the two sound so different.

3.The project has been around since 2008 but you waited until 2015 to release any material, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

When I created Ovnev in 2008, I had just gotten back from a lengthy stay living in the wilderness of Colorado. I was there for about 4 months. When I came back I didn't have a steady way to support myself or my own place to live. I wrote those two demo tracks along with a few other things and then had to focus on getting my life together. I didn't have the funds then to release the demo so it just fell on the backburner for years until I got a steady job and was able to get serious about my music.

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

My main focuses at this point are on nature, landscapes and their relation to mankind.

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

To be honest, there is no meaning behind it. It is a word I made up alongside my logo. It is so easy to have the same band name as another band and I wanted mine to be unique. I never thought a band name was very important, the sound is what matters.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

I am definitely open to working with other musicians, it is just extremely hard to find someone with the same mindset, musical taste and schedule as myself. In previous bands I was in, I ended up having to compromise too much and did not enjoy it. There are not many black metal musicians in the area that I live and I would rather work together in person.

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

It has been overwhelmingly positive; everyone I have heard from enjoyed the album.

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

I plan on continuing on the path of black metal and creating more atmospheric music first and foremost. I really enjoy playing deathgrind and neofolk as well and may pursue something along those lines in the future.

9.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 would say my single biggest influence is Dissection. Later on I drew more influence from atmospheric/folk black metal bands like Agalloch, Falls of Rauros, Panopticon, Old Graves and Gallowbraid. I also am influenced by various death metal/deathgrind, doom metal, post-rock and neofolk projects.  Nowadays I am always on the hunt for good black metal and make it a point to listen to at least one album I have never heard a day.  Some of my favorite albums released this year are Wędrujący Wiatr, Waldgeflüster, Uada, Coldworld, Elffor, Void Omnia, Woman is the Earth, Marsh Dweller and Thrawsunblat. 

10.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

If you consider Paganism part of the Occult then yes. I love music focused on Satanism along with the philosophy but thought it was a bit too overused for my band. I would consider myself an Atheistic Pagan. I believe in no gods, I just have a deep, spiritual connection to nature which plays a big part in my music. The inverted pentagrams that are used in my logo represent the 4 elements (earth, air, fire, water) on the top four points and the human spirit on the bottom point to symbolize nature being superior to mankind.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Hiking, backpacking, camping, bushcraft, traveling, kayaking, fishing, reading and PC gaming

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

I am working on the second full length right now and should be finished sometime next year. Thank you for the interest in the band and it was a pleasure to do this interview.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/ovnev-interview.html


Ohtar/Euthanasia Of Existence/Deathrune Recordings/2016 CD Review

jeudi 8 décembre 2016 à 07:33

  Ohtar  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  national  socialist  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Euthanasia  Of  Existence"  which  was  released  by  Deathrune  Recordings.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling and  the  guitar  leads  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  can  also  get  very  atmospheric  in  more  of  a  guitar  driven  style  at  times and  all  of  the songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while also  somewhat  speeding  up  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  adding  in  a  brief  blast  beat  and  depressive  elements  are  also  used  at  times  and  one  track  also  mixes  clean  guitars  into  the  heavier  side  of  the  song.

  Ohtar  plays  a  style  of  national  socialist  black  metal  that  is very  different  from  most  bands  of  the  genre  and  also  mixes  in  some  modern  atmospheric  and  depressive  elements  which  also  makes  their  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  national  socialism,  war,  death,  hatred  and  suicide  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Ohtar  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  national  socialist  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Portrayal  Of  Damage"  and  "Weary  thoughts".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/ohtareuthanasia-of-existencedeathrune.html


Martytvore/Obliteration/Deathrune Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 8 décembre 2016 à 06:40

  Martyrvore  are  a band  from  New  Hampshire  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Obliteration"  which  was  released  by  Deathrune  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a heavier  war  metal  direction  along  with  some high black  metal screams  and  during the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  doom/death  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  a great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  as the  album  progresses  horror movie  samples  can  be  heard  briefly  and  synths  also  return  on  a  couple  of  instrumental  tracks  before  the  music  makes  a return  back  to  a  heavier  direction and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  war  sounds. 

  Martyrvore  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black, war  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  raw  and  bestial  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Anti  Christian,  Death,  Destruction  and  War  themes.

  In  my opinion  Martyrvore  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Whores  Of  Death  -Wenches  Of  Belial"  "Iron  Satan"  :Earth  Cracked  In  Half"  and  "Witch  Of Death".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/martytvoreobliterationdeathrune.html


Thyrane/Black Harmony/Woodcut Records/2017 EP Re-issue Review

jeudi 8 décembre 2016 à 05:14




  Thyrane  are  a band  from  Finland  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  keyboard  orientated  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  1997  demo  "Black  Harmony" which  will  be  re-issued in  2017  by Woodcut  Records.

  A  very  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  keyboards  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  songs  are  done  in  a  very  true  Nordic  tradition.

  Thyrane  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  melodic  and  keyboard  orientated  on  this  recording  while  also  having  a  more raw  edge  than  what  was  presented  on  later  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  demo  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christian  and  Misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Thyrane  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  keyboard  orientated satanic  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sacrifices"  and  "Satanic  Ages  Overture".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/thyraneblack-harmonywoodcut-records2017.html


Arkhaeon/Beyond/BergStolz/2016 CD Review

jeudi 8 décembre 2016 à 03:23

  Arkhaeon  are  a  band  from  Switzerland that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Beyond"  which  was  relased  by  BergStolz.

  Atmospheric synths  and  heavy  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  vocals  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  spoken  word  parts  gives  the  music  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  the  song  which  is  also  over  30  minutes  in  length  also  brings  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and fast  parts  and  keyboards  along  with  melodic  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.and  classical  guitars  are  also  used  in  some  parts  of  the  track  and  the  music  can  also  be  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times  and  whispers  are  also  used  briefly. 

  Arkhaeon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that h as  its  raw  moments  while  also  being  very  ritualistic  and  experimental  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occult  and  Transcendence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arkhaeon  are  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/arkhaeonbeyondbergstolz2016-cd-review.html