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Voidthrone Interview

vendredi 3 mars 2017 à 21:53
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We wanted to create a band that makes the listener feel uncomfortable and curious.  We found our best way of writing is to make noise and play whatever we feel until we feel something recognizable and weird comes out.  Eventually the riffs, themes, and rhythms reveal themselves and become parts of songs. 

2.On Halloween you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Raw, dark, and dissonant black death.  The recording also revealed some sort of strange and haunting atmosphere that we were not expecting.  We did everything ourselves – the recording, mixing, mastering, and the art.

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

The album is centered around the themes of exile, spiritual isolation, desolation, and revenge.

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

We wanted a relatively short name that best described our sound. Something we could build our image from. And of course one that wasn't already taken. The name materialized after a night of listening to our music.  It speaks to the greatness of emptiness.

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 probably had the most fun at a house show in Tacoma and a dive bar that we recently played in Seattle. Both had great energy and were up close and personal. Our best performance was at the Highline Bar in Seattle, a great venue for live music in the area. We played our asses off to a virtually empty room. Hah, the perks of being unknown! We're still trying to figure out our band’s live aesthetic and we are still experimenting with our on-stage persona.  If nothing else, we are energetic on stage.

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

No touring plans yet.  We've talked about doing a trip along the west coast eventually but nothing is in the works officially. But for now we're just cutting our teeth on the local scene and improving our live performance.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We would love to be signed with the right label.  Right now though we are just working hard on new material and doing everything DIY.

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

People genuinely seem to like it! It’s so cool to have people from other countries message us saying how much they enjoy Voidthrone’s music. We think the amount of positive feedback caught us off guard a bit to be honest. The internet is such a cool thing. We can reach our musical tendrils out to the rest of the world and share our art with people we would never come in contact with otherwise.  Considering the fact that our musical style will never appeal to the mainstream, it’s good to have the ability to reach beyond our local scene to weirdos and metalheads worldwide.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Our bassist, Austin. He's actually in a local funk band called Topless Pit. Talented little fella he is!

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

We are going to be delving into a darker realm. Our new material is coming out much more dynamic and intense. We're super excited to be writing as a whole band this time around. But beyond this current stretch of new material, we're not sure what will happen musically. We are a very "in the moment" band in terms of writing. As far as our current direction we would say the listener will not feel comfortable taking in the new material, and that's a good thing in our opinion!

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?

 Deathspell Omega and Gorguts are obvious influences, but each member brings something unique.  Austin the bassist just started listening to metal recently and knows a lot about jazz, blues, and funk.  Dan the vocalist is a black metal zealot.  Ron (guitar) and Josh (drummer) have a bit more of a death metal and hardcore background.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Band meetings in the hot tub under the starry Pacific Northwest night sky.  We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to enjoy a cold Rainier beer in hot, hot tub the first practice after playing a show.  All band meetings should be this way.

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

 Death to all but metal.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/voidthrone-interview.html


Funeralbloom/The Romance Of Crime & Your Beautiful Bones/Broken World Media/Close Quarters Coalition/Hybrid Records/2017 EP Review

vendredi 3 mars 2017 à 05:07

  Funeralbloom  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  shoegaze,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "The  Romance  Of  Crime  &  Your  Beautiful  Bones" which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Broken  World  Media,  Close  Quarters  Coalition and  Hybrid  Records.

  A  very  heavy  doom  metal  sound  along  with  melodic  singing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  ambient  style  synths  are  also  used  at  times.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  atmospheric  elements  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  after  awhile  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  in  the  background  which  also  start  getting  more  powerful  as  the  ep  progresses  and  the  fast  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Funeralbloom  creates  a  recording  that  keeps  the  atmospheric  and  post  black  metal  style  from  their  previous  release  and  adds  in  elements  of  sludge,  doom  metal  and  shoegaze  to  take  their  music  to  a  different  level,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeralbloom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  shoegaze,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Your  Beautiful  Bones".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/funeralbloomthe-romance-of-crime-your.html


AlNamrood/Enkar/Shaytan Productions/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 3 mars 2017 à 03:35

  Saudi  Arabia's  AlNamrood  have  returned  with  a  new  recording t he  continues  the  middle  eastern  folk  music  inspired  form  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Enkar"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Shaytan  Productions.

  Middle eastern  style  folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  and  after  awhile  blast  beats  and  rough  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  add  clean  singing  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are done  in  a  very  dark   yet  melodic  fashion  while  you  can  also hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  war  samples  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  two  vocal  songs.

  AlNamrood  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  middle  eastern  folk music  inspired  style  of  black  metal  from  previous releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  history  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  AlNamrood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  middle  eastern  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nabth"  "Estibdad"  "Ensaf"  and  "Entiqam".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/alnamroodenkarshaytan-productions2017.html


Hesperia/Caesar[Roma Vol.I]/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 3 mars 2017 à 02:37

  Hesperia  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an atmospheric  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Caesar[Roma Vol.I]"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Epic sounding  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  along  bringing  in  a  historical  Roman  feeling  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  both  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  get  mixed  together  at  times.

  When  vocals  are  utilized  they  have  a  spoken  feeling  while  also  keeping  around  the  grim  side  of  black  metal  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  sticking  to  a  more  melodic  direction and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  Bronze  Age  era  atmosphere  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments.

  There  is  also  an  instrumental  track before  returning  back  to  vocals  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  speed  and  traditional  metal  can  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  a couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  and the  synths  also  add  in  a  touch  of  70's  progressive  rock  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Iron  Maiden's  "Ides  To  March".

  Hesperia  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  while  also  adding  in  a great  amount  of  originality  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  The Aeneid,  and  Italian  History.

  In  my  opinion  Hesperia  are  a  very  great  original  sounding  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trivmviratvm"  "Roma"  "Romana  Conspiratio  (Tema  di  Bruto)"  and  "Ivlivs  Caesar  (Divvs et  Mythvs)".  8  out  of  10. 


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/hesperiacaesarroma-volisleaszy-rider.html


Code/Lost Signal/Agonia Records/2017 EP Review

jeudi 2 mars 2017 à 22:26

  Code  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive  black  metal  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Lost  Signal"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  guitars  and  elements  of  post  metal  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  start  out  in  a  clean  avant  garde  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  great  amount  of  progressive  structures  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  ep  progresses  grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Code  focuses  more  on  a  progressive  style  of  post  metal  while  still  having  a  black  metal  edge  at  times  but  also  moving  way  from  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  paranoia,  illness,  personal  weakness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  rock/metal  with  black  metal  influences,  you  should  check  out this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Affliction"  and  "The  Lazarus  Chord".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/codelost-signalagonia-records2017-ep.html