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Gravkvade Interview

vendredi 21 décembre 2018 à 06:35
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Gravkväde started in late 2016. Domedag and I were discussing depressive music in general and we shared the opinion that most of the depressive acts out there had forgotten the true essence of the themes they were trying to communicate. We decided to form a new band, with the sole intent of expressing pure negativity, leaving no room for misconceptions. We combined this vision with the notion of combining raw black metal, funeral doom and dark ambient, since these are the musical styles we felt to be most fitting for this kind of band. Our music is not meant to be taken lightly. It is not something you might happen to shuffle across on spotify once in a while, nor is it meant to be enjoyed in a traditional manner. We have received messages from listeners who say that the best way to consume our music is to turn out all lights, lay down and just focus on nothing else. This creates a more authentic and emotional experience and ensures that the music is received the way it was intended. Gravkväde is not accessible or enjoyable music.

 2.In November you released your first full length. How does it differ musically from your previous demos?

I feel like we have combined different elements of the genres we typically explore. The songs are also a bit more dynamic, and the vocal parts more structured and audible. On our demos there was mainly non-structured screaming. We did a little bit of that on this album too, but there is definitely more structure. Domedags vocal technique is also a bit different, especially compared to the very first demo. We have also used more clean guitars, keyboards and certain ethnic instruments such as a rain stick and a ritual drum. The songs are also longer than most of our older material.

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

The lyrics are mainly abstract reflections of the emotions we are trying to mediate. They mainly center around grief, melancholy and sorrow. The lyrics on GRAV|ASKA are certainly more life and death-oriented than on our demos, so there is an existential and philosophical aspect to it as well.

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

Grav means grave, kväde is an old Swedish word for poem. So roughly translated the name is Grave Poem. Our lyrics are basically poems about grief, melancholy and death, and we draw inspiration from a lot of old Swedish poetry, so the name is a great fit.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

It is a photograph of Domedag and I in the catacombs of an old castle, located close to where we live. It was taken during the filming of our music video for ‘’Köttets Plåga’’, the second track on our new album. This type of environment and aesthetic plays a large part in our creative process. We have multiple band pictures taken in the same catacombs, so it’s a place of inspiration to us.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

The only reason things have been working out so well with Gravkväde is because we share the same visions and thoughts regarding the music. We are very skeptical towards expanding the line-up, because the creative process we have established may be distracted by inferior views and opinions. We will most likely not look for new members for writing and studio purposes, but of course things can always change. We are however looking for live members, since we’re planning on doing live shows soon.

7.The album was released on 'Avantgarde Music’, how did you get in contact with this label?
Yes, we were both very satisfied glad and a bit surprised about this, since it is quite a big label! I just emailed them a link to the album and Roberto, the owner, replied back saying he liked it and wanted to release it. This was a huge milestone for us. We have gained a lot of attention and new listeners since this release.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, funeral doom metal and dark ambient?

Surprisingly good. We’re thrilled by the fact that people seem to understand our intentions with Gravkväde. Like I mentioned earlier, people seem to realize that this type of music demands a different kind of focus and approach. Some listeners describe it as a painful journey and an emotional purge or something that invokes strong feelings of misery. People also seem to appreciate the way we blend these listed genres together. I hear a lot of listeners saying they haven’t really heard anything similar before. This is all very flattering and more than we ever expected.

9.What is going on with 'Nattkaos' and 'Nihilistic Pain’ these days, 2 bands that share one of the members?

Nattkaos is on-hold or maybe even split up. I don’t feel inspired to play that kind of music and I have become rather unhappy with all the releases we did. Nihilistic Pain recently had a re-issue on vinyl. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same situation as Nattkaos. There is currently no inspiration for that sort of music from my end and things are standing pretty still. I’m not really sure what else to say about it. Gravkväde is my only priority.

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

We will continue to blend funeral doom, black metal and dark ambient. There are a lot of possibilities with these genres. We are constantly writing new material and the most recent songs have been a lot longer and slower. We shall also continue to explore all the different elements these genres have to offer while always staying true to our concept. Live shows are one of our main priorities at the moment.

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?

Funeral doom bands like Ahab, Elysian Blaze, Funeral Mourning in combination with some of the more different black metal acts such as Silencer, Darkspace and Trist have certainly had an impact on our music. Domedag has always been a big fan of funeral doom and I have leaned more towards the atmospheric black metal stuff, which is also one of the reasons why we chose to combine these genres. However, our influences are in no way restricted to extreme metal. We both listen to this kind of music, but we enjoy and are inspired by everything that speaks to us. I, for instance, enjoy a lot of post rock and experimental rock music. If I hear something that reflects the type of emotions we try to reflect in our music it may inspire our work in Gravkväde in one way or another regardless of what genre it is. A certain musical influence doesn’t have to be obvious in the final product in my opinion.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I do a lot of reading about subjects that interest me, such as shamanic cultures and philosophy. I also enjoy film and various forms of art. Domedag does a lot of graphic designing, such as logos and artwork for metal bands. He also does all the designs for everything Gravkväde-related.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
A lot of new things are happening. Stay tuned and thank you for having us. Dödens rike kallar!

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Duirvir/Endless Graves, Endless Memories/2018 EP Review

mercredi 19 décembre 2018 à 03:43

  Duirvoir  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Endless  Graves,  Endless  Memories".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep   and  they  also  mix  into  the  heavier  sections  of t he  music  at  times  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  elements  of  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style,  the  acoustic  guitars  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  as well as  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  post  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Duirvoir  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  nature,  north,  winter  and    ancient  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Duirvoir  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Autumnal  lethargy"  and  "Haggard Sin".  8  out  of  10.     

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Thronum Vrondor/Ichor (The Rebellion)/Pulverized Records/2019 Full Length Review

mardi 18 décembre 2018 à 03:51

  Thronum  Vrondor  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Ichor  (The  Rebellion)"  which  will  be  reelased  in  2019  by  Pulverized  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  along  with  some  synths  also  being  used  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  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  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  that  also  utilize  melodic  singing  at  times  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  along  with the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  brief  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  tracks.

  Thronum  Vrondor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  aggressive  sounding  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes..

  In  my  opinion  Thronum  Vrondor  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A Symbol  Of  Acrimony"  "Diety"  and  "The  Last  Specs  Of  A  Dying  Light".  8  out  of  10.     

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Ewigkeit/DISClose/Death To Music/2019 Full Length Review

mardi 18 décembre 2018 à 01:17

  United  Kingdom's  Ewigkeit  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  band  expanding  on  the  experimental  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "DISClose"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Death  to  Music.

  Am  Radio  sounds  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  atmospheric  sounding keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  riffing  sticking  to  more  of  a  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  and  progressive  on  most  of  the  tracks.

  On  this  recording  Ewigkeit  expands  on  their  experimental  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  growing  movement  of  modern  UFology.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ewigkeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "1947"  "Oppenheimer's  Lament"  and  "Moon  Monolith".  8  out  of  10.


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Shaytan Interview

lundi 17 décembre 2018 à 05:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. I formed the Horde Shaytan in April 2015. The proposal is to make a Black Metal fast and dense. I initially looked for the guitarist Claudius and together we composed "Ishtar" and "Lords of Hell", then invited the bassist Alan N. and the drummer Getúlio.

2.Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
2. We chose this style because it is heavier and we also opted for a sharper recording where you can listen to all the instruments without losing the aggressiveness of Black metal, and live faithfully what you hear on the cd.

3.Your lyrics go into Assyrian, Babylonian and Sumerian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
 3. Yes, I speak in my letters on this subject, for it is a fascinating mythological strand. The way these ancient civilizations lived, their rituals and their history are incredibly influential and creators of magic.

4.With the band name and some of your other lyrics you also go into Satanism, can you tell us how you got interested in the dark arts?
 4. Yes, Shaytan means Satan in Arabic, the opponent. The mythology on board is part of ancient Mesopotamia, region of present-day Iran, the Middle East itself. Sumerian rituals have influenced many satanic sects. I became interested in the black arts for the self-knowledge they give me. Like "Goetia," "Chaos Magik," and other strands of the left-hand path that teaches us that the satanic way is the path of total freedom.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
 5. The cover of the EP Ancient Shadows displays the demon "Ugallu", one of the monsters created by Tiamat. In the epic of "Enuma Elish" tells how he helped rebuild the world from the corpses of opponents. It is also a symbol of protection, in amulets it appears with the demon "Lulal".

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. All shows are very intense and full of energy. We try to convey to the audience all the fury of our music, and the audience responds by shaking all the time.

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

7. We have some shows scheduled in our state. There are no proposals for concerts that interest us at the moment, since many do not favor the band, and we do not accept being used by opportunist producers.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
8. We are an independent band for now. Of course it would be great to sign with a respected and professional seal, but for now we are totally independent.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
 9. Ancient Shadows EP has been released on digital platforms and on the internet. We have received many positive responses from fans and some labels have shown interest in our work. In Mexico the label "Alexia Records" released earlier this year our EP Ancient Shadows.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. We are preparing a Full length, we intend to release until the end of 2019, we have all the songs ready and we are recording. Also in January we will record our first video clip.

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?

11. The old school bands like Dark Throne, Celtic Frost. I'm currently listening to quite a bit of Dead Can Dance, Basil Poledouris, plus underground metal bands.

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

12. First of all I want to thank you for the space and support, the work that Occult Black Metal Zine performs is super important. I also want to thank everyone who attends our shows, everyone who bought the EP and merchandising, that helps us a lot. "THE FLAME DOES NOT BURN ME, I AM THE FIRE".

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