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Sheidim/Shrines Of The Void/Dark Descent Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 24 mai 2016 à 18:32

  Sheidim  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Shrines  Of  The  Void"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  sounds  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  vocals  are  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  death  metal  elements  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  has  a  more  modern  yet  traditional  approach  to  the  black  metal  genre  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  sound  effects  that  where  also  present  on  the  first  track  make  a  return  later  on  during  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Sheidim  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  modern  while  also  being  very  raw,  melodic,  fast  and  guitar  driven  along  with  a  touch  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sheidim  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "First  Poison"  "Amrita"  and  "Remnants".  8  out  of  10. 

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Deisdaemonia Interview

mardi 24 mai 2016 à 17:06
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

I started the band back in 2009. Actually then it was more like an idea. My previous band (70s hard rock sound) was just disbanded and I was in need of creating something of my own. I was listening heavily to black metal and american death metal, and to be honest that was the music that I wanted to create. The band as a form is a reflection of my inner world and my thoughts and ideas. I have been influenced musically by older bands but the lyrical, philosophical and idealistic part is exclusively my own creation. I don't follow trends.

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

The majority of the songs on "Khthonian Hymns" were written in the period between 2009-2011. Some lyrics were written in that period as well but the sound, the process of perfecting the songs and the lyrics was done some months before I hit the studio to record. As a sound it's more heavily produced than your average black metal sound. And I did this intentionally, because I wanted to have a mix between black and death metal than just black metal. Although I identify Deisidaemonia as a black metal band, I can not deny the fact that Deicide is one of my favourite bands and they influenced me heavily. So yes the first album you can say it's a mix between black metal and death metal, flavoured with some heavy metal leads every now and then.

3.The project has been around since 2009 but you waited until 2016 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 7 years?

As I said before I was writing material. I never thought before to record professionally, mainly because I was recording my ideas at home so maybe it wasn't a need for me until lately I suppose. Also between 2010-2011 , Deisidaemonia were a full band. Because I just left a band that we were doing a lot of live shows and I wanted to play live ( I still want to be honest) so I searched for other people. We had some time in the studio, but I was dissapointed mainly because of ideological and philosophical differences. So I kept the band one-man for the time being and we will see in the future if I go live. I hope so! Also I have complete material for 2 more albums, the only thing I have to do is to record them in a studio. And they are different style from what I did in "Khthonian Hymns". The one more melancholic-tremolo picking black metal and the other let's say in the Mayhem's Ordo Ad Chao vain.

4.Some of your lyrics cover Luciferian and Anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Yes. Lucifer for me is the archetype of wisdom and knowledge.The light in the darkness, the fire that burns ignorance and gives life a value that you can not find in the materialistic modern rotten world. Satan is the force of the cosmos that is inherited to us through milenia of evolution. This force is the quest for knowledge and the primeval force that is to question every god and every power in the world so that we can be individuals and not mass.Also I view Satan as the darkness. My allies are both light and darkness and there is a balance between them. We need darkness because darkness makes you more powerful and makes you to trust your feelings and emotions or better to master them. It's the first stage that we all need in terms of spiritual ascension.And we need light because light is life giving. And life means wisdom and knowledge of the microcosm of ourselves and the macrocosm of the universe, to know what is our purpose. We are here for a reason but the majority of the masses are just clay born empty shells who the only thing that they care is how to have fun and shit.
I am not theistic in terms of that I believe in a horned god and in an underworld that it exists beneath our feet and all these abrahamic bullshit. But I'm spiritual.
Also I don't follow trends and it seems that they are many trendies nowadays that they follow the path of Jon Nödtveidt and I mean the chaos gods and the MLO religion. Maybe they do that because Watain hit the mainstream in a good term, I guess sheeps will always be sheeps no matter what ideology, religion etc. Nevertheless I developed my own beliefs from scratch. I don't need a lodge or a poser black mass to celebrate the abrahamic devil and dress like a goat. My beliefs are my own as it is myself.

5.Also on the album you also brought in the mythology of your home country, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Every ancient man was spiritually and mentally more developed from the modern man. Especially modern day Greeks are a shame and a shadow of the ancient Greeks. I blame christianity entirelly. Ancient Greek kosmotheasis (kosmotheasis in Greek means world view) has influenced my own path and quest of wisdom and knowledge. The kosmotheasis of the ancients is so spiritually deep that we can not comprehend it. Every word and thought had a meaning, every god had a meaning. They didn't view the gods like christians view Jesus Christ. They didn't worship, they were honour and adored them. I read a lot about our ancient gods and their older gods: the titans. Titans are primeval. They viewed titans as the primeval forces of the universe. All of these are very fascinating to me and I feel an urge to learn more and study and comprehend them. I am an archaeology student as well so I have a special desire to learn more from and for the ancients. I really advice every man to search his roots and his ancestors gods to learn more about the cosmos. Whatever they are Greeks, Polish, French, Persians etc. Abrahamic religions destroyed the world and commited genocide to our culture. We must get rid of them as soon as possible and starting from an individual scale. And this is my main interest in the ancient world, if you understand your roots you will question the present and you will improve your future. A man without identity is easier to become one with the mass.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deisdaemonia'?

Deisidaemonia is a greek word, in English it means superstition, or ominous tale. I decided to use this word because in my lyrics I talk about old gods, titans and in general things that the christian church and the modern world see as evil and sometimes dangerous superstitions.

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

I'm very busy at the moment with other musical projects, working etc. but maybe in the future I will definately search for a constant drummer ofcourse. And maybe one more guitarist and a bassist for live shows. But in terms of songwriting I wanna write all by myself and have a drummer helping me with rhythms etc. that I don't really know. I have a very basic knowledge of drumming.

8.The album was released on 'Old Temple', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Yeah, everything so far is good. Eryk is passionate with black metal and this is a very good thing, to have people love the thing that their doing, whatever this thing is. Also I would like to thank Ungod from 'metal throne' as well.

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

So far I have good reviews from people that I shared my music with. Actually I have realistic reviews and they tend to be like my review on the album. So I'm happy with them. Every constructive feedback is good for every man to evolve.

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

I write a lot of stuff in general, at the moment I record a dark synthwave album that is inspired by artists like Vangelis, John Carpenter etc. I have also some space ambient thing going. But in terms of black metal as I said before, 2 album material is already ready for recording both lyrically and musically. The only thing I need is to record them. How Deisidaemonia will evolve? Within the realm of black metal ofcourse but different every time both musically and lyrically.The lyrics will always shows my ideology/philosophy. These (my personal beliefs) are my fuel for writing black metal.

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?

First of all I am a black metaler myself and black metal is my highest passion in terms of music. I'm saying that because metalers are always butthurt and ready to call someone untrue and similar shit when they don't listen exclusively metal. That's being said I listen mostly Black Metal, Synthwave, Space Ambient, Classical music, soundtracks, some classic Heavy Metal bands, nordic folk or hellenic folk. If the music is good, honest and have a spirit I listen whatever the style. Except of course of all these plastic modern shit like pop, hip hop etc. To be honest from the metal world I listen exclusiverly black metal. The other styles really bore me to death. Except of the gods of heavy metal like Iron Maiden, Manowar, Metallica etc. Bands that I listen a lot from the black metal world are the classics to be honest Burzum almost everyday, Dissection, Inquisition, Peste Noire. Check also Human Serpent and Himonas for good black metal from Greece. From the not black metal world I listen a lot to Perturbator and Carpenter Brut dark synthwave from France (give them a chance), Carbon Based Lifeforms, Man of No Ego (space ambient) and I'm waiting like crazy the new Inquisition and the new Nargaroth.
The bands and musicians that influenced me heavilly (although I believe, I've developed my own style) are mainly Deicide, Dissection, Inquisition, Burzum.

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

First of all, thank you for the interview. Keep searching for answers and question everything even yourself. Against the modern world. We are Prometheus Disciples.

Hails, Deisidaemon.

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Eterna Rovina/Metamorfosi/Silentium In Foresta Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 24 mai 2016 à 16:52

  Eterna  Rovina  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Metamorfsi"  which  was  released  by  Silentium  In Foresta  Records.

  Ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  field  recordings  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  are  doen  in  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  programmed  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  post  black  metal  elements  while  some  songs  also  mix  in  depressive  elements  and  there  are  also  3  different  ambient  instrumentals  and  that  genre  also  gets  in  in  with  some  of  the  heavier  material  as  the  recording  progresses  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  and  classical  music  touches  present  on  one  of  the  tracks  as  will  as  a  few  seconds  of  whispers  which  also  evolve  into  melodic  male  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  Eterna  Rovina  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  some  raw,  depressive,  ambient  and  post  elements  of  the  genre  to  create  a  recording  that  is  very  diverse  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Latin  and  cover  nature,  cosmos  and  human  decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eterna  Rovina  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Memorie  Del  Caos"  "Ombre  Di  Cenere"  and  "Solitarie  maree".  8  out  of  10.

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Acheronte/Ancient Furies/Satanath Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 24 mai 2016 à 15:50

  Acheronte  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Ancient  Furies"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Satanath  Records.

 A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  grim  screams.

  Deep  growls  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  more  of  a  high  pitched  style  of  screaming  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples.

  While  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  the  way  the  songs  are  produced  makes  it  sound  more  modern  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and   a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard  on  the  last  track which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length

  Acheronite  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,  raw,  fast  and  aggressive,  the  production  sound s very  professional  for  this  style  of  the  genre  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to t hem  about  some  of  the  most  vicious  and  blood  thirsty  dictators  that  have  ever  lived  along  with  a  very  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Acheronite  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Destroyer  For  the  Glory  (Alexander  The  Great)"  "Ancient  Persecutor  Of  Christianity  (Doicletian)'  and  "The  Lord  Impaler  (Vlad  Tepes)".  8  out  of  10.

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A Constant Storm Interview

mardi 24 mai 2016 à 11:35

A Constant Storm – Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

In mid-2013 I started to write some loose songs and by the end of the year I realized that the potential to create a more structured project was there. Soon I chose the name “A Constant Storm” and released an EP in March 2014, which I named “Storm Born”. Then I took some time off the project but returned to it in early 2016, when I started writing for the debut full length album, “Storm Alive”.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

It’s certainly different than the first EP, for a number of reasons. When it comes to production, that album was recorded with nothing but the most basic resources, which included a small soundboard, a guitar, a keyboard and my own room as a recording place. This time around I recorded with a real producer: My Moonshade bandmate Afonso Aguiar ( who made a brilliant job in this new album, I reckon). Lyric-wise “Storm Born” was also a very furious piece of art: I was going through some tough times in my life and ended up venting a lot of anger, whereas this new album was recorded with me going through a much more stable phase. Finally, about the music, I think “Storm Alive” is a more adventurous effort than the EP. I have a very wide taste in music, which makes me listen to a lot of different musical genres and I always wanted my solo work to reflect that. I feel, however, that in “Storm Born” I ended up being too stuck to a sometimes kinda janky fusion of black metal and darkwave that I tried to create, whereas “Storm Alive” brings a lot of new sounds to the table, from oriental folk music to classic rock, melodic death metal and even some structural ideas mostly found in pop or hip hop.

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

I tend to write about myself and my own problems, doubts and worries. I try to do so, however, in a metaphorical way, taking my own experiences and turning them into stories and allegories. I believe that’s the best way to proceed because it takes something very personal and translates it into a universal language, giving it the possibility to mean something to more people. On the new album I wrote about existencial questioning and all the different stages one goes through when thinking about why the world exists, when did it start, when will it end and so on. I write most of the lyrics myself but this time around Ricardo wrote a couple of them, and I feel his writing, which is different than mine, helped the final product sound more varied not only sound-wise, but also in the lyrical ground.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'A Constant Storm'?

I came up with “A Constant Storm” when I realized the original name I had for this project wasn’t as good as I first had thought (The name was “Vendaval”, which is a synonym for the word storm in portuguese). It also contains a reference to “Storm”, a black/folk project that existed in the mid 90’s and consisted of Fenriz (Darkthrone), Satyr (Satyricon) and Kari Rueslatten (The Sirens). It is one of my favorite bands of all time, albeit a sort of obscure one and they released their only album in 1995, which was the year I was born, so there’s also some symbology there.

5.While the music is mostly solo you did have some session musicians on the new album, are there any plans to make this project a full time band and start doing live shows?

I write all the music for A Constant Storm but the collaboration I had from my two friends and bandmates was absolutely essential for this record. Afonso, on the one hand, knew how to draw the full potential from my compositions and also make everything sound just the way I hoped it would, plus he made a great job with the drum programming, something he was also in charge of. And as for Ricardo, he’s obviously a very talented singer and one who’s not afraid to try different things, which was also quite interesting. As for live shows, all I can say is that there have been some talks about that. However it’s very hard for a new project/band to play shows without losing a lot of money, which is a pretty big problem, so I guess we will just have to wait and see.

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

Unfortunately, nowadays it seems that there are increasingly fewer labels that are interested in offering fair deals to artists, something that’s fundamental for both parties to succeed. The risk absolutely has to be taken by both sides of the deal so I can’t conceive accepting any deal that involves me paying high ammounts of money for a label to do some editing and promotional work for me. So basically, until a fair deal comes along I will be doing stuff the independent way.

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

The first few reviews and opinions have been pretty positive, which is very gratifying to me. I feel that music these days, and specially the metal scene, is in need of different sounds and artists that try to push boundaries and blur lines between musical genres. That’s what I try to do and it’s always great to receive feedback from people who like this kind of thing. There are bound to be some negative opinions on this way of doing things aswell, but that just comes with the business.

8.What is going on with 'Moonshade' these days, another band that you are a a part of?

We have been writing our new album for about a year, and right now we’re almost ready to start recording, so it’s a pretty exciting time to be a Moonshade fan! We are also playing some dates in our home country, and the band is growing each day in terms of popularity, something that’s reflected in the increasing number of people that keep coming to our live shows.

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

Both Moonshade and A Constant Storm are projects I dedicate all my heart to, and as such they will definitely be around for a long time. As for myself, I hope to keep refining my writing and playing style, whilst trying to create music that’s exciting enough for music fans overall to enjoy it. What I can promise is that I’ll never be satisfied with doing the same thing over and over again. It’s way more fun to create music outside of confort zones!

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?

As I mentioned earlier I am a big music fan and I listen to a lot of different things. Ulver are probably my favorite band, so that alone shows I like things to be varied and unpredictable. In fact, it’s pretty normal for me to be in my room listening to black metal, then switch to a hip hop song and then put on some gothic stuff. So, essentially, everything from Dead Can Dance to Rotting Christ, from Eminem to Nile, King Crimson, Soror Dolorosa, Volbeat, Baroness, Emilie Autumn, Metallica, and the list is endless. Lately I have been listening to A LOT of Queen.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have a degree in audiovisuals so photography is a big interest of mine and it’s an area I may end up working professionally on. I also enjoy sports and card games like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone.

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

Thank you very much for the opportunity to talk to OccultBlackMetalZine and for helping publicize the project, I really appreciate it. A big thanks to every reader as well and you can follow A Constant Storm on Facebook, Youtube and Bancamp, where “Storm Alive” is available for purchase and streaming!

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