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Ossaert Interview

mercredi 15 janvier 2020 à 10:03
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
I’ve always had a love for Black Metal, but i never had the opportunity in my previous bands/projects to create such music. I founded Ossaert last year to make the music that i really wanted to make. People ask me where I get my inspiration from, but i find that hard to define. I listen to a lot of different genres of metal, but mostly black, death and some heavy metal. I think all these genres are included in Ossaert but a specific sound compared to other bands is hard for me to say. I’ve heard people say that is kind of similar to Bölzer but it has also elements of the second wave Norwegian black metal.

2.You have your first album coming out in February, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
I didnt go for a specific style. I just created the sound that i always wanted to make. At first, I tried to make really raw black metal but after a while i realized that focusing on one specific music genre didn’t work for me, writing-wise but also personally. I realized that I can’t think in boxes. That was the moment this album was created.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
The music is focused mainly on hopelessness and the decay of human kind as a species. It touches on topics such as life after death or the absence thereof, existential crisis, and that humanity is no more than beasts.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ossaert'?
The Ossaert is a nature spirit/demon from old folktales. Mainly in Zeeland but also in other regions in the Netherlands, like the Veluwe, where I’m from. I chose this name because of my fascination with old folklore and the supernatural.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
First of, “Bedehuis” means a house of prayer. I chose this name because the 4 tracks of this album almost are a desperate prayer to one of the possibly existing gods. Prayer is more than talking to gods, it also seems like a relief to the people who have faith in something and pray. So they can leave their burdens by placing them in the hands of the gods. In that sense my album was my bedehuis, a place for me to let go of all my negative thoughts. On the cover you see some kind of pulpit broken down, with the alchemic symbol for Arsenic above it. I chose it to represent the poison in not just organised religion, but also people in general when they group together. It seems there’s always a tendency to corrupt.

6.With the exception of a session drummer you record most of the music by yourself, are you open to expanding from a solo project to a whole band?

At this point, not yet. This project is very near to my heart and I want to keep it that way for the time being. Maybe in the future, I will explore using a live band but I will always be the writer. Also I enjoy not having to consult with anyone or compromise on what I want to create. I have always had to compromise in previous bands and that’s fine because it’s not just me in the band. But with Ossaert, it is just me. 

7.The new album is going to be released on Argento Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
Through Wessel, the session drummer and producer of my album. After he recorded drums for Bedehuis and mixed and mastered it, he asked me what my plans were for the album. Originally I had no real plans and I wanted to release it by myself for my friends to listen to. Wessel said he knew some labels that might be interested and after some thought I decided to see who would be interested in my music. So I contacted them and here we are.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
I honestly don’t know. So far, the response I have gotten has been positive and it has reached more people than I thought it would. The first single has only just been released, so a lot of people have yet to hear it. But so far the response has been very great.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Yes, I have another band called “Shagor”. We will be playing our first show at the end of February. It’s a black metal band, kind of similar to “Ossaert” but more atmospheric.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
Debt. No, just kidding. I hope to release more albums. As a matter of fact, I have almost completed my second “Ossaert” album.

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?
Like i said before, black metal, death metal and heavy metal are the genres that inspired me to make music. Bands like: Burzum, Mgla, Trelldom, Taake, Cattle Decapitation and Bölzer, but also Dutch Black Metal bands like: Laster, Fluisteraars, Verwoed, Turia and Iskandr. Those are also the bands I listen to alot.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I’m thankful for the opportunity Argento Records gave me to release my noise upon the world. One year ago I could have never guessed I would be releasing my solo debut.

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Artach/Shimmer/2020 Single Review

mercredi 15 janvier 2020 à 09:55

  Newfoundland,  Canada's Artach  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the raw,  epic  and  melodic  style  of  black  emtal  from t heir  previous  tracks  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  single  "Shimmer".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  song  which  is  also  over  6  minutes  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  track  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  done  in  an  angry  black  metal  style  along  with  the  song  also  adding  in a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also being  used  briefly,  the  spoken  word  parts  are  quoted  from  a  poem  written  by  David  Vedder  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Artach  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  epic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  song.  8  out  of  10. 


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Adragard/Through Funeral Shadows/Perkun Records/2019 CD Review

mardi 14 janvier 2020 à 08:56

  Adragard  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Through  Funeral  Shadows" which  was  released  by  Perkun  Records.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  emtal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  The  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times. 

  Clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  onto  the  album.  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Mayhem's  "Freezing  Moon".  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  heathen/pagan  mythology,  dark  forces,  winter  and  Armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Adragard  and  of  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Father  Serpent"  "Unholy  Gospel"  and  "Toxic  Demeneted  Funeral".  8  out  of  10.    

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Chzustch/They Believed Us And Perished For It/Cult Tape Productions/2020 EP Review

mardi 14 janvier 2020 à 07:42

  Chzustch  are  a  band  from  Luxembourg  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "They  Believed  us  And  Perished  For  It"  which  will  be  released  on  January  20th  by  Cult  Tape  Productions.

 Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  at  times.  Depressive  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  ep  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slower direction.

  Chzustch  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  slow,  raw,  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Luxembourgish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chzustch  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Decus  II"  and  "Rhinel  blun".  8  out  of  10.


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Numen Interview

lundi 13 janvier 2020 à 20:55
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
H, It’s a pleasure to be here to talk about Numen. Once we finished the recording, we have been busy working on a videoclip and art/design ideas for the next album. Also composing and maturing some ideas for the future, and some of us have been very busy with our side-projects, recordings, tours, etc.

2.In September, you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
We are excited to hear from the people about the differences. So much time has passed and musical and composition differences will be there, but I think we still maintain that base of fast paced black metal that characterizes us, carrying on with the legacy of our previous works.
This album has more variety, with more structured songs. We've also added an instrumental folk song, in the same vibe as our first EP. But those who know us, is not going to discover a big jump or evolution in our musical concept.

3.This is also your first album since 2007, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Obviously in 12 years so many things have happened.
If we go over what we have done in all this years, we had some formation changes, some few live gigs, and the re-release of our last work and little more. As you can see, it seems that Numen hasn't been the main thing of our lives. We've been so much years without drummer and a complete line-up, so we have dedicated bigger efforts to other musical projects with which we have been quite active.
Though, we've been working in the shadows waiting for the moment to complete the line-up with a drummer that would enable us to play our work live. And once we completed the line-up we resumed our activity in a constant way to record, and this time, when the album releases, we will be able to play it live without having to wait 4 years like with our last album.
Numen isn't a studio band. Neither a band that's always touring, but we have the necessity of rehearse together and show our works live.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with basque culture and legends, do you also have an interest in the pagan religion of that era?
Of course! But instead of religion, we think that, talking about the way of thinking or beliefs of those times is more appropriate. That is, the way the people understood the world and life, before christianity came in and was imposed upon everyone. The beings from that time developed by understanding and interpreting nature. That is, the way of thinking based on life, death, respect for the unknown and admiration for mother earth.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Numen'?
The word Numen encompasses pagan beings or gods. Those mythological beings who are outside christianity.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Our aim was to design a cover expressing the depths and beauty of our land, also the violence and hatred our music transmits. On this occasion, unlike in other albums, we have wanted to convey this on an illustration instead of on a picture. The illustration represents a rough landscape that leads to the foothills of one of the most emblematic mountains of Euskal Herria, Anboto. Where the Goddess Mari is resting and waiting…
We have had the pleasure to work with Aghy Purakusuma, he committed to the project and depicted the scenery we wanted.

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?
Tricky question, for sure....
I pleasantly remember our show at Barroselas metal fest in 2004. That day things went rolling smoothly, from our sound to peoples response.
One of our first shows, back in 98 at the Jam club in Bergara, with Centinex and Anasarca.
Other good gigs where at the mythic Anoeta club in Vigo. I don't remember the years exactly, but I recall the intensity, the will, the public and the rest of the bands.
Those shows were in a great time for Numen.
From the recent ones (time has passed though), after those years of inactivity, "Cernunnos Pagan Fest" in Paris, the gig in Durango, Madrid and also the "Move your fucking Brain" in Molins de Rei felt great. In those shows public Support was brutal! I also have fond memories from our gig at the "Iberian Warriors Metal Fest" in Zaragoza.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We have confirmed dates in Euskadi with Primordial, Noctem and Orphans of Piety in San Sebastian, Zaragoza (Spain) with Imperium Dekadenz, Salamanca (Spain) with Deranged, Teething, Barbarian Prophecies, Mixomatoxis,… , Catalunya with Golgotha, Atrexial,…and France (Nantes and Paris) with bands like Seth, Belenos, Mur, Penitence Onirique, Moonreich...
Looking forward to next year, some dates are being planed but still are not confirmed.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and pagan metal?
We aren't a band with a big following outside our borders. For various reasons Numen's activity has been intermittent and therefore we have not gathered such following.
We have had a good reception around here and we have followers in the nearby countries, specially in France.

We hope that with LADLO's good work spreading our new album, we will reach even more people.

10.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?
In Eihar and Jabo's case, we are busy with our other band, Cerebral Effusion. We recently arrived from a little tour in USA and some European festivals. Now we are recording our 5th album, we hope to finish before 2019 finishes.
Eol continues working in Elffor, preparing his next album. I've lost count, it's been a long time since he did his tenth album. Instead of preparing, he is waiting for me to record guitars and Lander to record bass.I am been the chokepoint here... Since I became father, I have less time...
Xabi continues with Storbais (legendary trashcore band in our land) and Issuna (crust grind band), also his new black metal project soon to be witnessed.
And finally Aritz, to my knowledge, he left all other musical projects to focus on other things. Darkness by Oath disbanded around 5 years ago and projects like disflesh are frozen or dead. Now is 100% focused on Numen.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The truth is that we don't think much about that, we always let go in that aspect. The idea is to show this album as much as possible and without delay work in something new, maybe an EP... Anyway, Numen is formed by very eclectic people, so it is difficult to foresee what will be in for us in a few years.

12.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?
Numen has always been a band influenced by 90s black metal, specially Norwegian and Swedish scene (Satyricon, Immortal, Enslaved, Aeternus,…). We also love our land's traditional folk. Most of us have been listening to metal for more than 25 years, since we were teens. We started listening to heavy, punk, trash metal…and little by little we entered in the world of extreme music. Black metal, death metal, brutal death, grind, doom, ambient… we've listened from the majority of styles. Outside metal... We listen also jazz, folk, some electronic... we are 6 people in Numen and obviously each of us have our preferences, but there's always bands that are everyone's favourites.
I have a stack of CDs and LPs to listen to, but I recently listened to the new releases of: Disentomb, Mgla, Deathspell omega, Tenebrae in Perpetum, Blut aus Nord, Devourment and some others that I don't remember now. Now is too easy to have access to music, but at the same time is also easy to forget something between that many options.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks so much for your interest in our work, and also thanks for supporting the scene!


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