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Svoid Interview

mercredi 20 avril 2016 à 08:38
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
S: First of all, greetings to the readers. The recording session was finished in August 2015, after that we started to prepare the release including all related background work in order to establish the most appropriate conditions for our new album. I think it was a successful and the most creative era where we had the freedom to approach the core again represented by our aims beyond us as persons. We also had a show as a support act for Mgła which was a new experience on stage and still was a mind-opener from many other perspectives to be honest. In parallel we started to book the forthcoming shows to be performed. So in between things took their shape in the meantime.

2. In April you had 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?
D: Indeed, our new album ‘Storming Voices of Inner Devotion’ is released on 18th April. It was a major step for us in every way compared to the previous works of Svoid. On our previous full-length the songwriting process took place in a so to say ‘metal’ way. The inner content was quite equally solid in every part of songs. It means there were not as many highs and lows, peaks and settling in dynamics.
By composing ‘Storming…’, we examined more traditional writing methods what can help us to express our message in a clearer form. Eventually, our music is evolved a bit but we kept the source and the atmosphere unchanged. It doesn’t matter if blackening void takes form in an underground noisy production or on a pop album. A painting, a weather or even an attic can have the same vibe. That is what we use as well.

3. I have seen the band labeled as 'anti cosmic black metal' but you do have a sound that is different than what most bands of this genre play. Do you feel the ideology is what matters in this term?
S: Particularly, the anti-cosmic term was used since the very early days of Svoid in order to clearly differentiate us from the black metal genre, since we did not want to be a black metal band and we did not want to fulfill any requirements on that manner so to say. We felt that we have more to tell on a wider levels of music, and yes, that was essential from the beginning. The anti-cosmic prefix was there of course to express the ideological context that I felt important to declare, but strictly speaking, this is unimportant to declare. We believe in the divine end beyond the universe which can be the stars, the lurking moon, the abyss between worlds or Death.

4. Your lyrics do cover Anti Cosmic Chaos and Occultism. Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts and left hand path?
S: As I mentioned, the anti-cosmic chaos is only one shape of our void. This vortex is thousand-faced, crosses through the seen and unseen spheres of the Universe, which is limited. On top of that there is only the dissolution, the fading into Nothingness.
There is always searching and most people don’t really find anything at the end. This was true for me as well for a certain period of time when I wanted to break up with my aimless everything I put effort into. I had to grow up to see the heights of doom, in order to set myself free in that sense.
When I started my spiritual studies and self-experience I realized that the ritual work can lead to a mental state where I can see and understand more about things that I was part of without intention. Each of us explore on a certain level using various sources, and for me a primary source was my spirit to be understand. I had deep contact with unknown influences outside myself, so I started to learn to be able to perceive the invisible fires. This was (and is still) a long ride on, but so far I was free enough to delve in my own experience, and handle that as an influence by transforming the released energies into something unseen. Personally this makes me involved in the way how do I express myself.
For this purpose you can use tools, magic if you want, but the flames of demise will destroy the surface, which is false.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Svoid'?
S: First of all we wanted to express our distance from void, but in the same way the name titles its dimensionless essence. It means the twofold being of Chaos, and our storming voices of inner devotion, which crawls from the same birthplace.

6. Originally the band started out as a solo project but has evolved into a full line up over the years. Can you tell us a little bit more about going into this direction?
S: When I started Svoid, I was in a state of resumption on many different degrees. The most appropriate way to handle my own ideas at that point was to cut the cord, kill the past and build up everything along the nameless approach I used to follow then. It was a short period of time until the first stage-ready lineup was established, first I wanted to unleash this piece of art on stage, nothing else. When the development of the first full-length album started, I felt that I have many more to tell, and so the others involved do, and this was the first step to formulate a creative core by Svoid which was no longer an individual person from that time point. This approach enlightened a common tongue between us and with that sinister confidence I shared the importance with the others. They are acting now as primary members of the band.

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?
S: We had overwhelming opportunities on stage during the years. We shared stage with Enslaved, Mayhem, Year of the Goat or Inquisition for instance, which all were great experiences, each for a different reason of course. But we see our appearance as the only engagement to deal with.
With regards to our stage performance, this is also like an evolution. We are constantly evolving in that sense. As we feel more and more in our hearts, we put these influences to be reflected when we are on stage as well. We would like to reach the level if above the every seen the ones in the crowd could approach the depths with eyes wide shut as well.

8. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
S: Yes, we are working on these commitments also, since touring is the only option to express those certain energies which links Nothing to All inevitably. We will celebrate the release of the new album on Walpurgis Night, exactly on the eve when five years before we introduced ourselves on stage. So that night should be there.
Upon that we have ongoing discussions for forthcoming events like Summer festival participation and touring in Autumn, so there are more to come.

9. A year back you had done a cover of Watain's "Devil Blood". What was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
D: Our single, covering ‘Devil’s Blood’ was released in 2015 before our new album ‘Storming…’ began to take form. We wished to show what ingredients will we work from in our forthcoming era. Let the light rays turn on our idols. No one can portray such sinister and mystical soundscapes like Watain. The crawling of snakes they sound like.
As to that, all this cover version was first born as an experiment how swedish Black Metal atmosphere can be interpreted in our own form which differs from the original, yet keeping the spirit inside. We do not want to sound like predecessors! It is finished and dead in perfection! We want to use this knowledge to create our own offspring.
I don’t mention other influences on our instrument playing, they are clean-cut. One should hear and recognize it, think far back the darkened ages.

10. The new album came out on Sun & Moon Records. How did you get in contact with this label?
S: We are in mutual contact with them since the early days. They received even the first material that we released, and we had a slow but forward-pointing communication in the meantime. They are dedicated fans and doing a successful business as well, and this is a great combination to be honest if a band has such a label. We have the necessary freedom to walk our own path, and they are extremely supportive in each and every sense, so we are looking forward what the future will bring actually.

11. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fan of black metal?
S: Well, if we take the Watain-single into consideration when talking about our newer music, then this topic becomes more straightforward. We were truly aware that we should not repeat our former materials with the second full-length, and we wanted to add something in order to understand the heart of our music. We wanted to declare how we see darkness in particular and how do we really respect the pioneers of black metal. Most probably ones couldn’t do it more strictly than we did. It was not something for single-minded black metal fans to be honest. It was not something for a repetitive purpose. And people do like it or not. It is either black or white in that sense but definitely not a grey shaped context that we did from acceptance point of view. And this is which clearly separates us from any other labels and titles.

12. 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?
D: Although most of us are involved in other bands or projects it’s not relevant in the present context. The spirit of Svoid is not about exposing our human selves, more like being channels of unnamable forces. It’s valid for other things I am in as well nowadays. In other words, we are meant to surface the wisdom we find beyond the ordinary visible world.

13. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
S: I don’t really see that as a certain direction, but as a space with countless dimensions. And there is no a corresponding contour but a thousandfold outline which will be there anyways.

14. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
D: It’s difficult to speak of what I am listening to. My tidal waves of hatred ranges against all. I am in a constant search of the atmosphere what I hear inside or dreamed of. I have found fragments of it in hundreds of artists such as Taylor Swift or Moonblood.
Besides it the way I listen to music turned quite automatic. If it has offering for me I store it then go on to the next. This is strictly about reaching the End in every moment.

15. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
S: Thank you for your attention and submit yourselves to Chaos!

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Abisso/WRNSS/Third I Rex/2016 CD Review

mercredi 20 avril 2016 à 07:23

  Abisso  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  post  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  industrial  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "WRNSS"  which  was  released  by  Third  I  Rex.

  Avant  garde  and  industrial  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  darker  direction  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  deep  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  and  when t he  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  style and  elements  of  post  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  synths  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  on  the  last  track  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  words.

  Abisso  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  has  some  modern  post  elements  while  still  having  a  little  bit  more  rawness  and  aggression  than  most  bands  of  that  style  and  they  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  industrial  noise,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  consciousness,  void  and  life.

  In  my  opinion  Abisso  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II'  and  "V".  8 out of  10.   

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Zorormr/The Aftermath/Via Nocturna/2016 EP Review

mercredi 20 avril 2016 à 05:15

  Zoromr  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  his  2016  ep  "The  Aftermath"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Via  Nocturna.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some dark  sounding  synths  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  songs.

  At  times  the  music  has  a  very  haunting  and  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to them  while  the  solos  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  thrash  and  traditional  metal  in  some  of the  riffs  and  leads  while  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  one  track t he  synths  bring  in  an  avant garde  style  that  would  fit  in  a  classic  horror  movie  and  the  black  metal  side  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  still  being  done  in  more  of  a  modern  fashion.

  Zorormr  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  while  also  being  very  ritualistic  at  times  as  well  as  being a  little  bit  more  original  than  other  groups  of  the  same  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Left  hand  Path  and  Lovecraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Zoromr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  ritualistic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Last  Judgement"  and  "Arise  Cthulu  Arise".  8/5  out  of  10.   

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Animus Mortis/Testimonia/Godz Ov War Productions/Third Eye Temple/2016 12 Inch Re-Issue Review

mercredi 20 avril 2016 à 02:53

  Animus  Mortis  have  returned  with  a  recording t hat  continues  the  cold,  desolate  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Testimonia"  which  was  re-issued  in  2016  as  a  joint  effort  between  Godz  Ov  War  Productions  and  third  Eye  Temple.

  Atmospheric  drones  start off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  once  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  kick  in  the  music  starts  bringing in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Vocals  are  start  out  in  more  of  a  melodic  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  melodic  and  add  a  touch  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  post  black  metal  onto  the  recording  while  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  songs  and  when  the  vocals  get  more  aggressive  they  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  screams  that  also  have  a  very  deep  tone  to  them and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  that  are  almost  ritualistic  and  later  tracks  also  bring  in  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Animus  Mortis  creates  another  black  metal  recording t hat  is  very  modern  while  also  being  very  atmospheric  and  adding  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  while  the  music  does  also  retain  the  raw, dark  and  heavy  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  desolation  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Animus  Mortis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  cold  and  desolate  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seven  Decress"  "Testimonia"  and  "Vibrations  From  the  Immaterial".  8  out  of  10.


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Serpent Spells/Mantras Within Ascending Fire/Godz Ov War Productions/2016 EP Review

mercredi 20 avril 2016 à 01:50

  Serpent  Spells  are  a  band  from  Bangladesh  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Mantras  Within  Ascending Fire"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Godz  Ov  War  Productions.

  Fire  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  Gregorian  chanting  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  few  seconds  later  classical  guitar  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  after  the  intro t he  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  blackened  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  melodic  riffs  and  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  that  also  get  very  high  pitched  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  some  of  the  fast  riffs  use  tremolo  picking  that  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  more  influenced  by  90's  death  metal while  also  being  melodic  at  times and  growls a re  also  utilized  briefly.

  Serpent  Spells  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  modern  and  occult  form  of  black  metal and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  musical  style  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while t he  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  blasphemy  from  the  darkest  gnosis  of  the  Qliphoth.

  In  my  opinion  Serpent  Spells  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Piercing  The  Cervix  Of  Nehemeth"  and  "Mantras  Without  Ascending  Fire".  8  out  of  10. 

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