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Tzaak Interview

vendredi 15 juillet 2016 à 10:02
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
My name is Lars Müller-Bohn and I’m playing for Tzaak. The project started a year ago when I recorded a riff which eventually turned in to the song Livet & Døden (Life & Death). The music had a much different style then my previous release called “Out of Hands” (which was a Death Metal album). As soon as the song Livet & Døden was finished, I decided to make more songs which had a similar style. Eventually I made the decision to release it under a different project name which later became Tzaak. However since I was unhappy with the mixing of the songs I dropped the project for a while. A Few months later I had a school task to compose a song. So I just recorded new riffs to a song which later became My Masterpiece. In that time I also made 3 other songs with the same guitar setting. The thought of making it to an album came through and it later became Gjemt Ondskap.

2. Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
There has not been any grand plan of how or what the album should sound like. I wanted the guitars to sound like a mix between the tiny amp distortion and the more clean sounding distortion so you can have the black metal feeling and hear the notes that are being played. I did not spend much time choosing what synth I should use. I wanted one synth pad to play more in the background on key phases and the other two synths to switch between lead and background.
Overall my purpose in the end was to make it sound reverbish but not so much that you can’t hear what is being played by various instruments.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

The lyrics on this album are inspired by political issues. It does not call names or labels directly since it is written in a different context.

My Masterpiece is written by the point of view by a tyrannical government that indoctrinates a population to a collectivist ideology. All the values and opinions that the people think they have are actually designed by what the government wants them to think. The people are thus raised to be slaves of it. The end of the song is about how the indoctrination and propaganda is not working anymore. The people are breaking free from the trance and start thinking for themselves as individuals.

Gjemt Ondskap is about virtue signalers who pretend to care about human suffering and minorities. But in reality what they want is to make them feel good about themselves. They are willing to sacrifice and destroy the lives of others for that cause. Even if it actually harms or hurts the people they supposedly want to represent. It does not matter as long as they can make themselves look humanitarian. They will do anything to receive the drug of good feelings. Thus those people are looking like good people on the surface but beneath it there is evil. Gjemt Onskap means hidden evil in english.

Cultural Heritage is simply about a patriotic man/women who loves his/her country, his/her people, his/her culture and is willing to fight and die to protect it.

Future Descendants is about a political uproar where the people are betrayed by their leaders who are opening the gates to a new population who will eventually replace them one by one. The people are called for to fight for their children to have a future and eventually overthrow their traitorous leaders.

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

My online nickname on various accounts has been Kaazt2004, 2008, 2011 etc.
I just reversed the letters of the name Kaazt to Tzaak. I already had a project named after my real name and since I have been using this nickname for years, 
I name the project inspired by this nickname.     

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

I’m definitely interested to work with engineers who are experienced with the genre and know the subject of sound and mixing very well. On this record I did everything myself except the final mastering bit. On the musical basis I prefer to write the music for myself because I want to express my own musical self in this project. However I would gladly invite a real drummer to play songs on a record and maybe play the songs live with other people one day.

6. The album was released through 'Sepulchral Silence Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

This is the first time I have worked with a record label and
I’m very happy about the support they gave me so far.

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

There hasn't been much feedback so far, the ones who liked my stuff clicked the like button but they did not write to me in person. There have been a few negative voices that offered some constructive criticism. However some self-righteous other people just engaged in personal attacks which aren’t really helpful to me.

8. Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I have been making and releasing music by my real name (Lars Müller-Bohn) since 2013. The releases come from everything from melodic ambient (Magic of a Rational Mind) to death metal (Out of Hands).  These records are especially badly produced since I literally didn’t know a dam thing about mixing, sound, microphones and all that stuff. Honestly I still don’t know much about it just a little bit more.

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

Well my main goal is to make a basic living out of music not getting filthy rich but still getting enough income to have a normal life without poverty. Secondly I hope that I at least have one record that stands out in time so I can look back on it and be proud of it. I cannot look in to the near future but I will definitely continue making music in the future whether it becomes popular or not. I want to do my own thing and make it available for people who want to listen to it.

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?

Hvis Lyset Tar Oss and Dunkelheit by Burzum, early Opeth (especially Orchild), Swedish black metal band Lustre and Coldworld’s  Melancholie². I was fascinated how someone could play chords with heavy distorted guitars and still sound great. So I started to write my own riffs in a similar way. Also ambient/electronic artist like Motionfield and David Helping have had an impact on me.

On my previous Death Metal record I was of course influence by artist like Slayer, Obituary, Napalm Death, Sepultura and Carcass. My favorite guitar player when it comes to Death/Thrash riffing is Bill Steer.  

Today I’m not listening too much though. I often use the weekly discovery list on Spotify.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

Since a year ago I have started to follow certain political issues with great interest.
I also regularly watch and follow soccer matches. I used to watch many movies and such but it has been a long time since I have done it. Other topics that interest me are some philosophical topics; however it has been a while since I really got deep in to this stuff.

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

Not really I will just continue and see how it goes in the future for me.

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Orae/Disbirth/Home Taping Cruelties/2016 Demo Review

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 20:50

  Orae  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  "Disbirth"  which  was  released  by  Home  Taping  Cruelties.

  Clean  guitar playing  starts off  the  demo  along  with  some  drums  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  melodic  riffing  and  after  awhile  angry  black  metal vocals  make  their  presence  known on  the  recording  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads are  very  dark  and  melodic.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

 When  the  riffs  use  tremolo  picking  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  edge  and  deep  growls can  also  be  heard  at times  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  a  drone  instrumental  while  the  remaining  songs  have  vocals  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from each  other  which  also  gives  the  demo more  variety.

  Orae  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  raw  at  times  while  also  getting  very experimental  and  avant  garde  on  most  of  the  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orae  are  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disbirth"  and  "Defection".  8  out  of  10.

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The Infamous Gehenna/Bleach Everything/Heavy Metal Suicide/Magic Bullet Records/2016 Split EP Review

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 19:36

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Nevada's  The  Infamous  Gehenna  and  Virginia's  Bleach  Everything  called  "Heavy  Metal  Suicide"  which will  be  released  in  August  by  Magic  Bullet  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  the  infamous  Gehenna  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  hardcore  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  guitar  sound  along  with  some  elements  of  hardcore  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of t he  genre  along  with  a  great amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  there  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  and  drinking  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Infamous  Gehenna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this band,  you  should  check  out t heir  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Get  Fucked  Up".

  Next  up  is  Bleach  Everything  a  band  that  plays  hardcore  with  some  punk  elements.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  hardcore  sound  along  with  some  aggressive  shouting  vocals  that  also  use  screams  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodies  along  with  the  energy  of  punk  and  there  songs  are  very  short  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bleach  Everything  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore,  you  should c heck  out t heir  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Witch,  Please".

  In  conclusion  i  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  i  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  metal  and  hardcore.  8  out  of  10.


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Impure Ziggurat Interview

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 16:41
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band ?

In a nutshell : Impure Ziggurat is a french bestial Black/Death Metal, founded in 2012 by 4 members. We released a first demo tape in 2015, « Raping the quantum womb of the macrocosm » and we will release in 2016 a 7''EP untitled « Serenades of astral malevolence ».

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

Both of them delivers the same bestial Black/Death with a bit of emphasis.

The main difference is the production : we recorded the demo « Raping the quantum womb of the macrocosm » in a shitty underground parking lot, with derisory gear : broken microphones, tired amps, old track recorder and only one single day to do it. Believe it or not : some homeless people were living in the storage next to ours. No mix, no mastering, it's nearly a rehearsal when you think about it, but it does not sound that bad when I listen to it.

For the 7''EP « Serenades of astral malevolence », we bought our own recording gear, so the sound is far better but still cryptic (our « studio » is still a moisted underground parking lot).

And the infamous Cam Sinclair well known for his involvement in bands such as Diocletian, Witchrist or Heresiarch brought us some help by doing the mixing and mastering job.

3.Your lyrics cover Lost Civilizations and Occult Astrostophy, and are also influenced by the writings of Graham Hancock and Immanuel Velikovsky, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I could add the works of Charles Berlitz, Robert Bauval, David Childress and Charles Hapgood, as their writings had a lot of impact on Impure Ziggurat and on my life.

Their thesis is that it existed a global primordial civilization that flourished until -11 000 BC and which had its own mysticism, astronomical occult rites and it's own evolved technology. It vanished into oblivion when occurred a world disaster when a comet smashed earth's face, causing the end of the Pleistocene ice age, massive tidal waves and a shift of the continents.

The earth population was decimated, the primordial civilization was definitely doomed, but few ones escaped and roamed around the desolate landscapes, trying to bring their knowledge to the dazed survivors (in the ancient Andes they used to call them « The Viracochas »). They also left some evidences of the tragedy that hit the planet, as a warning for our own future. As ancient considers everything, including the time, as a cyclic thing, not a linear thing, they were (and we are) convinced that this disaster will happen again.

The evidences still exists if you know where to look and how to look...

From the devastated lands of Harappa's and Mohenjo-Daro to the submerged temples of Yonaguni. From the mathematical riddles crypted in the Gizeh's pyramids to the megalithics stones of Gobekli Tepe. From Tiahuanaco to Carnac, from Teotihuacan to Stonehenge...

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

We have a big interest into the sumerian civilization and into the writings of Zecharia Sitchin of it's origins, even if I don't agree with all of his thesis. During the genesis of the band we were pleased to imagine the occult and impious astronomical ceremonies that occurred into the ancient ziggurats. Then comes the name of Impure Ziggurat.

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

We never played live yet.

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

No and as the band members are scattered around France and even one of us is living now in USA, making a show or even rehearsing is always something complicated. That's why everything in the band take a lot of time.

We received interesting offers last year to play with Hetroertzen or the brazilian gods Vulcano but we could not make it, because of that.

Can't tell you what will happen in the future but playing on stage is not a priority for us.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'Magister Dixit', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The two guys behind Magister Dixit are long time friends, their label is very small but 100% dedicated to the underground, they don't care about money, business, to be a part of the Internet fame or anything. They made a good work, that's why our next 7''EP will be also released by Magister Dixit.

It will probably be their final release, as they have to concentrate on other activities (one of them is involved into a well-known band from Belgium).

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

Even if there was no promotion made at all around the demo tape at the time of the release in 2015, the feedback was quite good, and we sold most of the 250 copies made in two months only. Another proof that the true underground will never die.

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?

Necroblood will release their first full-length during winter 2016/2017, beleive me, you can expect a lethal dose of Black/Death hatred in the vein of Conqueror, Archgoat, Axis of Advance, Morbosidad,...

Svart Crown are finishing the recording of their fourth album, have only heard few samples of it, so can't tell you much more about it. They're a pretty huge band now, touring around the world with famous headliners... They follow their own path but it's obvious that becoming a big band is definitely not an aim for Impure Ziggurat. We like to dwell in the shadows.

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

I don't think that we will evolve anymore. We have our sound, we have out style : archaic black metal of death. And it will remain so until the end of the band.

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 ?

I would say that old US Black Metal and early Black/Death bands from Finland had an influence on me during the composition process. Listened to a lot of old Krieg, Demoncy, Von and Beherit, Archgoat, Black Crucifixion and Belial, amongst many others.

Nowadays I spin a lot of classic thrash metal on my turntable, such as Sadus « Illusions », Whiplash « Power and pain » and Sepultura « Bestial Devastation ». I listened also to some recent bestial Black/Death acts such as the Caveman Cult demo, the Abysmal Lord LP and the Lihhamon first CD. The new Affliction Gate MCD is also a huge slap of old school death metal !

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

Fukk off « post-black metal » hipster shit.


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Spiritwood/Walpurgis Darkness/Wulfrune Worxx/2016 Demo Review

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 10:33

  Spiritwood  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  recently  had a  demo  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "Walpurgis  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Wolfrune  Worxx.

  Atmospheric  and  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  demo  and  also  mix  in  with t he  heavier  sound  a  few  seconds  later  and you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  demo  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal s creams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  When guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful sound  to  them  and  when t he  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the music  more of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  also  adding  in a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Spiritwood  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  ritualistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Spiritwood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Aorta  black".  8  out  of  10.


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