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Ashaena Interview

mercredi 29 juin 2016 à 23:18
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

The band is steady and we already recorded some ideas for the next album. We do not want to rush with the releasing on the next one so we just want to focus on preparing for the upcoming gigs.

2. Recently you have 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?

“Calea” is an album that represents a bridge between the ‘old” Ashaena sound, which was more into pagan and the “new” Ashaena sound which is more into black, progressive, post rock sound. The first part of “Calea” is more into the old sound while the last 4 songs are into this new kind of sound.

3. Your lyrics cover the Paganism and Culture of Romania, can you tell us a little bit more about in your interest in these traditions?

I have studied the Romanian Mythology and ancient History for a long time now and together with a serious approach on the Romanian Folklore I have managed to catch several subtle conclusions which are more related to an ethical way of life.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind  the name “Ashaena”?

For the possible askers, Ashaena was one of the first names of the Black Sea. In the Scythian language, this word (Ashaena) used to mean dark blue.
"The Greeks, during their first wanderings, called it Axeinos (the inhospitable one), maybe trying in such a way a phonetic equivalence from the Scythian language into the Greek. Or, maybe, due to the storms which terribly shook and jolted them. But it seemed not to have shaken them terribly enough since they founded on its shores real (fortified or not) towns and trading warehouses. Shortly after it, the Sea received the name Pontus Euxinus, the Hospitable Sea." (Vasile Parvan - "Dacica")

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Our stage performance is not as explosive as other bands have. In the same time we are not reserved. We move how we feel, we do what we feel. We’ve played many gigs. Each of them has its own shine. I liked playing at Rock ‘n Iasi or in Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia, if I have to remember some specific ones…

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We didn’t have any touring plans for now. We will see how the album is received by the audience and what opportunities we’ll be presented with,

7. The new album was released on 'Loud Rage Music', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

We are totally happy with our new label. Our communication level is very good and the label is really doing an amazingly well job in promoting and distributing the music of its roster.

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

We’ve received a positive feedback. We’ve got that for our first album and now we’ve started to get positive feedback for this new one. I am glad when our music reach what we seek. The soul, the heart of the listener.

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

As the years go by we are developing and refining our music. We are playing what we feel. It has never been a pattern for us to follow, either we talk about composing or live performances. The music becomes more subtle, the ideas, the concept behind it more spiritual.

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 have started this project 10 years ago by listening some crucial bands as Phoenix, the old Negura Bunget, Bucovina, from the Romanian bands and a lot of other worldwide known bands which would be too many to be mentioned here. First I have started the band based on pagan sounds and ideology and by time, we’ve filtered a lot our ideology. I have tried all the time to stay away of being associated as a band with the NS movement. We have nothing in common with that and if some folks would read our lyrics would understand this aspect.

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

I am into the Occult studying and just for your knowledge I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology. I like to travel and see beautiful landscapes and places. I’ve planed a trip in Peru to visit Machu Picchu in the near future (maybe next year). Besides that, I like to read, do barbecues, drink Cuba Libre, do historical reenactment and play a lot of PC games.

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

I wish people would be more honest towards themselves. Nowadays we are living in a totally empty or lack of self-consciousness times. The common sense is almost gone and to be honest I consider that this one together with helping people (if you are able to) without expecting anything in return, the two most important pillars of any ethical way or system of life. Be well and do not forget to smile every day!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/ashaema-interview.html


Vileness/Proclamation Of Wrath/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 29 juin 2016 à 04:17

  Vileness  are  a  duo  that  was  originally known  as  'Ctanic'  before  changing  their  name  with  members  from  both  the  United  States  and  Singapore  that  also  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2016  album  "Proclamation  Of  Wrath".

  

    A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album a long  with  a  great  amount  of   blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  and  a  few  seconds  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  elements  of  war  metal  and  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  their  is  only  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  all  of t he  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  style  of  black  metal.

  Vileness  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  and  also  avoids  any  of  the  more  modern  trends  of  the  past  20  years,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vileness  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Impure  Salvation"  "Death  Shall  Come  To  You  All"  and  "God  Is  Dead".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/vilenessproclamation-of-wrath2016-full.html


Ekelhaft/The Adversary/2016 Single Review

mercredi 29 juin 2016 à 01:05

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Colorado's  Ekelhaft that  is  also  in  the  raw  and  satanic  direction  of  black  metal  from  the  previous  release  and  the  single  was  self  released  in  2016  and  is  called  "The  Adversary".

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  single  which alos  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  the  music  also  evokes  a  very  dark  atmosphere  along  with  some  ritualistic  synths and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  darker  musical  direction.

  Once  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  very  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  angry  shouts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  the  last  track  the  bass  guitar  brings  in  more  of  a  powerful  sound  along  with  guitar  leads  also  being  added  into  the  music  briefly.

  Ekelhaft  creates  another  recording  that  is  the  raw  and  satanic  tradition  of  the  previous  ep  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progression  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  anti  cosmic  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ekelhaft  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Adversary".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/ekelhaftthe-adversary2016-single-review.html


Ekelhaft/Blood Moon's Curse/2016 EP Review

mercredi 29 juin 2016 à 00:42

  Ekelhaft  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a very  raw  and  satanic  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Blood  Moon's  Curse".

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  done  mostly  in  a high  pitched  style  of  screaming  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Some  of  the  riffs  have  a small  amount  of  death metal  influences  in  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  are  also  more  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  one  the  3rd  track  while  on  the  last  song  a  few  seconds  of  clean  playing  is  brought  into  the  music  7before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,

  Ekelhaft  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  while  also  having  a  very ritual  and hateful  atmosphere to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  anti  cosmic  Satanism  and  anti  Abrahamic  themes.

  In  my opinion  Ekelhaft  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Blood  Moon's  Curse"  and  "To  Salt  The  Earth".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/ekelhaftblood-moons-curse2016-ep-review.html


Vourdalak/Prayers To The Void/Nauseating Whiff Records/2016 Demo Review

mercredi 29 juin 2016 à 00:13

  Vourdalak  are  a  duo from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  very cold,  distant  and  loathsome  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  "Prayers  to  The  Void"  which  was  released by  Nauseating  Whiff  Records.

  A  very  distorted  amp  sound  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  of  the  genre  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  both  of  the  tracks  are very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  all  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  that  is  mostly  power  chord  driven  and  also  avoids  any  melody  or  solos  to  create  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the  vocals  on  the  second  song  have  more  of  an  angry  approach  to  them.

  Vourdalak  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  in  the  true  tradition  of  the  genre  and  also  avoids  any  of  the  more  modern  styles  and  brings  the  genre  back  to  its roots,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vourdalak  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "To  Die  In  The  Shrine  Of  the  Wolf".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/vourdalakprayers-to-voidnauseating.html