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Heruka Interview

lundi 11 mai 2020 à 10:11

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Because of the Covid19 and the difficult moment that followed the gigs that were scheduled have been cancelled so we're spending this time writing new material for future releases.

2.You have a new album coming out in June, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
We think that "No sun dared pass our windows" is an album that shows an improved version of the band, a better way to  write songs compared to the previous two, a more personal sound which comes from our dark and deranged musical background, but always with a great amount of melody.

3.You refer to your music as being 'oniric black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Well, what we mean is that with our music we try to plunge the listener in unreal and ethereal atmospheres, not only with the melodic parts or the mid tempo sections which may seem a better choice to achieve that intention but also with the use of very violent and fast music in order to sweep away reality.

4.Your earlier music had more symphonic elements while your newer music is more aggressive, what was the decision behind going into the musical direction?
It was more of a natural progression than a real decision, we never think in advance about how an album will sound like, generally we write some material and choose the songs or the parts that we like and we try to build a number of songs that have something in common, at least to us, so as to have a coherent album both lyrically and musically and paying attention not to repeat something we have already done without at least improving it, which is a terribly difficult thing to do. 

5.From 2005 to 2018 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
After the release of the EP "Leggenda" in 2005 the project Heruka was abandoned because the only member (Adranor) decided to concentrate on other projects, (Throne of Molok, Legion of Darkness, Ars Macabra, Sirrush). In 2017, when Adranor and Nemuri-Shi met, it was the right moment to start again Heruka and from that moment on we never stopped and we have three releases out now (two albums and another EP).

6.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
The new album is a little journey inside the minds of various mental patients, experienced in first person but with an  open mind so as to change perspective and understand that sometimes ours is not the best point of view or the only one. Every song deals with this subject in a different way, some feature very intricate mind patterns and are a bit cryptic at times, others are more understandable but they all convey a feeling of uneasiness. We tried to look from their side to us,the so called normal people and tried to understand if they could feel as much distance as we do from them, the same pity,
the same feeling of not wanting to be a part of our lives, maybe even appreciation for their condition that may be considered a better way to live. Some songs have a satirical approach and should be taken with a different frame of mind, it's a very complex album lyrically and it took a great deal of work to complete and refine the lyrics of every song. Please keep in mind that another important factor is the respect that we felt towards those who we consider unfortunate, in no way we meant any
kind of disrespect to any mental patient, on the contrary, it has been a way to step down from the pedestal and starting asking ourselves some questions and try to see things shoulder to shoulder.
It is extremely difficult to judge yourself as a songwriter, we all write in a very spontaneous way so our progress has been what has naturally sprung from the period we were living at the moment that a particular song has been written. To us it doesn't matter if a song is technically difficult or very simple, if it's fast or slow or in between, the only thing that matters is if we like it. It's a luxury you can have when your band is in the depths of the underground music scene so we don't have to worry about nothing. I hope we have progressed as songwriters but that's really up to you to say, we see a common thread between all the songs and since we haven't stopped writing it's something which is bound to continue but it goes back and forth and we really don't know how the next album will be, it could be anything, that's what's exciting.

7.Your earlier lyrics cover more fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
In truth in the first releases the lyrics focused a lot on personal and introspective topics but they were “masked” by the fantasy setting that we chose to give to the whole thing.To summarize briefly in the lyrics there's an imaginary and visionary transposition of a section of Adranor's life path which, subsequently, got mixed with the paths of the other members of the band.The fantasy genre is and will continue to be a topic very much appreciated by us but at the moment something else is coming
naturally and we're not trying to push things in the other way.

8.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heruka'?
Erice is the name of a little city in the western part of Sicily where the band was born and began developing.The name “Heruka” comes from a distortion of the ancient name of Erice , "Iruka", used during the Elimi's domination people coming from Troy together with people from the land according to the Athenian historian Tucidide.

9.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The cover has been realized in Palermo by the artist Daniele Paternostro, the layout instead is by our singer Nekrom.
Both the dark room on the cover, in which there's an alienated and suffering figure in various moments, moving frantically all over it and the Rorschach spots under the lyrics in the booklet convey a sick atmosphere and should prepare the listener to what the album is about.

10.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Even if there's a certain limitation about time we, as Heruka, prefer playing in festivals.
We have very fond memories of the "Magma Pure Underground Festival III" where we played in 2017. It was the first played by the new line-up and after the long period of inactivity of the project. A very good location and a great vibe with all the other bands as well as with the staff, not forgetting the appreciation that we received from the people present there.

11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
We have received good to very good reviews and comments but we never forget that we are an underground reality to say the least (even if sometime this is a plus).The only difficulty is to obtain a real good promotion but in the end we're satisfied of the results.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We'd like to explore new musical frontiers and, why not, add experimantations. Also we'd like to continue recording and releasing new records and playing live.

13.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?
Every member of the band has a very wide musical background and more than any other thing, different from the other members. So there's no point in selecting one or two bands in particular as a reference.Everybody in the band tries to put something personal in the songs, mixing everything in the best possible way without limits or particular goals. It's up to the listener, if he/she feels like, to discover the influences.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all we'd like to thank you for the interview, it's always exciting to know that there's someone interested in our music and in going deeper inside it. We never take these things for granted really, we think of ourselves as fans of music more than anything else.To wrap up things we hope to continue with the band, releasing albums and playing shows for as long as possible, when you're lucky enough to still have something in your lives that thrills you and keeps you going, what more do you need?
If anybody is interested in our music these are the official sites:
https://www.facebook.com/Herukaproject/
https://herukaproject.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/herukaproject
https://www.reverbnation.com/herukaproject

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/heruka-interview_11.html


Offret/Зверь/Void Wanderer Productions/MANCHIKHA/Xenomorph Delivery/Grains Of Sand Records/Vox Project/Dead Red Queen Records/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 11 mai 2020 à 09:39

  Offret  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of   their  2020  album "Зверь"  which  will  be  released  in  the  summer  as  a  joint  effort  between  Void  Wanderer  Productions,  MANCHIKHA,  Xenomorph Delivery,  Grains Of  Sand  Records,  Vox  Project  and  Dead  Red  Queen  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  atmospheric  elements  are  also  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  album  which  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs.  At  times  the  black  metal  screams  also  start  getting  more  high  pitched.

  A   couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  feeling,  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  primal  fear,  cannibalism,  animal  desires,  early  religious  beliefs  and  the  interspecific  struggle  for  existence  within  the  human  population.

  In  my  opinion  Offret  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Зверь"  and  "Алтарь".  8  out  of  10.

https://voidwandererproductions.bandcamp.com/album/-                 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/offretvoid-wanderer-productionsmanchikh.html


Dommedag/Marburg/Void Wanderer Productions/War Productions/2020 CD Review

lundi 11 mai 2020 à 08:35

  Dommedag  are  a  duo  with  members  from  Norway  and  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  harsh  and  brutal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Marburg"  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Void  Wanderer  and  War  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and r aw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  melodies  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  riffing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  old  school  influences  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  aggression  along  with  one track  also  introducing  clean  singing  onto  the  album.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style when  they  are  finally  utilized  and   the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  and  on  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  winter,  war  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dommedag  are  a  very  great  sounding  harsh  and  brutal  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Whores  of  Babylon"  "Cult  Maker"  and  "Cold  Wars".  8  out  of  10.

https://voidwandererproductions.bandcamp.com/album/marburg 

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/dommedagmarburgvoid-wanderer.html


Thy Black Blood/The Rise Of The Misanthrope/Void Wanderer Productions/War Productions/2020 CD Review

dimanche 10 mai 2020 à 21:07

  Thy  Black  Blood  are  a  duo  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw,  evil  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Rise  Of  The  Misanthrope"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Void  Wanderer  and  War  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  and  epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  dark  sounding  melodies. 

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  demonic  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  with  a  more  modern  day  aggression  along  with  one  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  the  synths  also  making  a  brief  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Christianity,  Evil,  Misanthropy,  Death  and  Destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thy  Black  Blood  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  evil  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Evil  One"  and  "Sacrifice".  8  out  of  10.

https://voidwandererproductions.bandcamp.com/album/the-rise-of-the-misanthrope-2    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/thy-black-bloodthe-rise-of.html


The Devil's Sermon/Rydwany Ognia/Putrid Cult/2020 EP Review

dimanche 10 mai 2020 à 05:48

  The  Devil's  Sermon  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  unholy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Rydwany  Ognia"  which  was  released  by Putrid  Cult.

  Stringed  instruments  which  also  return  on  the  closing  track  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  on  the  90's  era.

  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  The  Devils's  Sermon  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding  in  the  90's  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Devil's  Sermon  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  unholy  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bądź  nasieniem  zła  które  zatruje  świat"  and  "Ten który  nie  ma  pana".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-devils-sermonrydwany-ogniaputrid.html