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Empheris Interview

mercredi 27 janvier 2016 à 22:03
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?



Hail! Actualy we are trying to get fit together with news quad. We played first gigs, recorded Gehennah cover for „Tribute to Gehennah” and slowly new album hatches in pain.



2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?



- ¾ of Empheris are old motherfuckers, so don’t expect modern music! We still walk on the way Venom/Bathory started. Whatever there is XXI century, and we can’t use analog studios, cause they don’t even exist. That’s pity. I am wondering how many bands would stay on stage if there wouldn’t be digital recording.



3.While there has been plenty of releases over the years most of them have been splits, what was the decision behind going into this direction?



There were no decisions to record splits with other bands. It was done, that’s all. Behind all of this releases were unique story. Most of bands we recorded splits, are our friends and all was agreed personaly and often under the influence of alcohol. And for example after „Rock na bagnie open air fest” around 4 AM by the table (partialy under the table) we were talking with buddies from Wishmaster and agreed to record a split. Plan was that Empheris will play in Wishmaster style (Evil Heavy Metal with influences of Mercyful Fate), and Wishmaster will play like Empheris. After few months split was ready and released. I would like to mention that during this fest (it was it's first edition) one man died, and after the fest took place, there were some explosives found, fortunatelly they didn’t explode. As you can see we recorded plenty of splits, so we can tell a lot of stories.



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



Until recently most of lyrics wrote guitarist Wit, but he left the band. His lyrics were mostly about death, necroism, and similiar subjects. My lyrics for Empheris oscillate around Lovecraft, old myths and cults. Our poetry always made some coherent whole.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Empheris'?

- Blood, Fire, Death!!!!



6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?



You know, every show is some kind of celebration for us, and we are always honored to play. We always give 100% of us – but every band says the same thing, so lets skip this. We realy enjoyed to play in Gdańsk, where came a lot of maniacs. Every show was fucking awsome. Doesn't matter  if it's a small club or an open air or show in Berlin beside Inquisition, with whom we had great afterparty or beside Rotting Christ and Varathron (Hail Brothers!!!), Aura Noir, or one of my fulfill dreams: show beside Possessed and long chit-chat with Jeff Beccera!!!



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



Yes, we have touring plans, but it’s to early to say something closer. You know, Empheris isn’t a touring group – we can play 5-7 shows in row, but this isn’t serious tour in compare where you play whole month day by day. Personally I experienced that kind of tour with one of my past bands – it was fucking awesome. But actualy we have our own families, kids, jobs… so it’s really hard to leave all behind and start serious tour. But single shows – yes! Until June we are planning to visit whole Poland, maybe some shows in Germany, Slovakia, but this is still in plans (now is only January).



8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the many bands that you have shared splits with over the years?



Nooooo!!!! Morbid Execution, Warfist, Embrional, Wrath, Nocturnal Vomit, Grotesk, Revelation Of Doom, Thanathron, Wishmaster, Beast Petrify, Cryptic Rites. Most of them are still my friends, and I still have contact with them. Value of these unofficial manager releases is priceless. I can tell, that few splits was abandoned because of lack of involvement of publishers. The split that didn't happen and I regret it the moost was split with Kommandant. Both bands recorded materials, cover was ready with all graphics, but label (fuck off and die!!!) was delaying the release forever. We decided to abandon the project.



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



Huh, dude, I don’t know how to refer here and how to put up an answer to your question. At the beginning of Empheris I stood against any web activity for promotion. I sent first releases only for classical paper zines (hmm…today still 90% of my promotional mail goes there, haha!) and I attached promo with my own „R’Lyeh’ zine” and post it worldwide. You are asking me about feedback – I' ll answer like a politician: always was fucking awesome. But still I am saying the truth…but there were reviews, where some people said „oh man, those guys are so ugly!” haha



10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the bands members are a part of?



Tomek split up Hazael and he is playing only in Empheris. Steyr is playing in Hell Patrol and soon he will play few shows around south Poland – they are also preparing to record some new stuff. Burner of the Cross is playing also in Chanid, and Bonif ocassionaly records bass parts for many diferrent projects of ex-guitarist Wit, like Necroist, Omnemogram, Eris. I am slowly preparing to start new „R’Lyeh’ zine” #13, Hellish is suspended (Beldaroh is touring with Besatt whole the time, Morbid from Throneum moved to Norway – lean years). Waroath I am playing with Wened (Venedae + 100 other projects) is composing some new material…at last I have to go to Bytom again and scream a bit like guest vocal in Det Gamble Besatt or Besatt. Fuck – I wrote most about me, but about me I know most!



11.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



- Fuck off! New full length should have been in 2009. From this year we experience fucking problems with squad, with material, with all other shit. Every year another problem comes up. In 2012 we had material for 2 discs album, but even this collapse… Worst of all were personal changes in guitarist and drummer position. I hope 2016 will be the year we stay a bit longer in studio.



12.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?



We are listening all kinds of metal (of course except nu metal and post-something – it’s misunderstanding). Everything we were listening in our life influence us. Bathory, Venom, Celtic Frost, Possessed…A lot of Thrash, Death, Black Metal, classic Heavy, and so on. In exact moment during answering your question, I am listening Destruction’s Infernal Overkill…Bonif likes most american thrash and death metal. Tomek if my informations are certain, idolatrously honors Judas Priest and Morbid Angel. Steyr and Burner of the Cross are fanatics of war metal.



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



Thanks for interview! Good luck with Occult Black Metal’ zine!!! If anyone has any questions about Empheris or R’Lyeh’ zine, feel free to write me: Adrian, P.O. Box 20, 02- 919 Warsaw 76, POLAND. hellishband@o2.pl. 666!!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/empheris-interview.html


Wampyric Bloodlust Interview

mercredi 27 janvier 2016 à 15:44
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Greetings!  I started Wampyric Bloodlust in the end of year 2009 on the “ruins” of my past project called Spirit of Night, after listening to a lot of the Finnish project known as Satanic Warmaster. Bought myself a guitar (before that I took instruments from my friends) and began writing music. So, this is how it all started. I play Black metal with different varieties such as Doom, a lot of keyboards but I always try to make an accent on the melodies and the combination of cheerfulness and melancholy.



2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

I am still fascinated with the specific Black Metal timbre, tremolos, fast and high pitched string notes – this entire still fascinates me and it can be found on each album of WB. Although they all differ – from the lyrical themes to the sound itself. As I mentioned before I try to make an accent on the melodies and use high, heartrending vocals.



3. Your lyrics deal with Satanism, Occultism and vampires; can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Well, all those lyrical themes aren’t listed by me, but by the person who updates the MB page on metal-archives. I don’t want to say that it’s all not true…Still there aren’t all the themes I use in my work. I can talk a lot about all of this, but will cut a long story short: I am attracted by different things in Satanism and other things despite the variety of forms of each theme. Obviously I deny LaVey’s “Satanism” and other subcultural and personal habits of atheists who use the esthetic of Satanism to cover up their “progressive” views.

I stopped using Occultism a few years ago dues to a few reasons.

Vampires are simply a great folk image and a wide theme. Sadly nowadays to me it looks rather mawkishly and uninteresting.


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

I could come up with a fancy explanation but in reality it’s just a personalized name, which reflects one of the main lyrical themes...


5. Currently the band is a solo project, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future?

I’m always open to work with others and look forward to it. I lived in the big city for two years, but all my attempts to play in band didn’t result in much. The band was either not serious enough, without the required passion to write music, and lots of other reasons… Where I live now – easier to say I’m the only one interested in making music. But collaboration with other musicians is always a plus and the Internet provides such a possibility. OftendifferentpeoplerecordedstuffforWB. For example in my other project named Theoroth (https://www.facebook.com/winterwyvernepicabm/) my close friend from Scharfrichter will perform clean vocals on a song from the upcoming album.

6. The last album was self released but you have also been on a label before, would you be open to working with another label again in the future?

Actually I received a lot of proposals to release my music on physical format since the release of “Reborn” and even before it. But the proposals are always from dubious labels, with low-quality printing and so on. Today it’s easier for me to upload my music on bandcamp and receive money directly. More to it – I upload my music so you can either download it for free or download and pay as much as you like. As simple as it may be, I don’t give a damn about the money for my music. About CD releases – I have plans to make small amounts of self-released but soulful copies with lots of exclusive bonuses. Don’t actually plan to release music on labels. These are different times and I’m not too upset about the death of physical formats. Music – that’s the main thing.



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

All negative comments on all my projects are either from my friends or my compatriots. You know, “our people” have a very rotten mentality, when it’s easier to spit in the musician’s face either than to support him. And after that they wonder why everyone around is so angry and dissatisfied… But I appreciate and listen to the opinion of my friends (sometimes some, sometimes less).



8. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

A lot of things: WB will for sure release something this year. An album or a long planned compilation with a lot of unreleased stuff, old versions of released songs, covers.  Something will be for sure.

Theoroth (ex-ЗимнийДракон) – perhaps this project became my main one. Keyboard music but with a notable influence from Black Metal. Something like Epic/Atmospheric Black – all the lyrics and the whole concept of the project are based on a fictional universe that I work on since childhood. A full-length is almost ready and there are planned a few split releases.

There is also Time Heals Nothing – a depressive project, in which I planned to play canon and plaintive depressive black metal, but in result I released a demo tape in 2013 and it all just stopped. But basically I don’t rule out the possibility of a new release in the near future. A friend of mine, leader of Genesis Mortis (awesome black/death metal from Saint Petersburg) wrote the lyrics for one of my funeral tracks, so be sure to wait for something new.



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

Actually I never thought I would be working on music. And it continues on for seven years straight. And I don’t feel tired at all. It’s just one of those things worth living for.





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?

First of all it is Satanic Warmaster. Without him I wouldn’t have started playing the guitar and wouldn’t have answered all of these questions for you. After that, I’d say Immortal had an influence on my music. But it’s hard to call them pure Black Metal, I wouldn’t say that they ever played it, but the mood of their music had a great impact on me. “Battles in the North” was the first album with raw production that I’ve heard. From the most recent I can mention Caladan Brood. Pure genius! But in general I listen not only to metal music. It’s important that the music has at least some kind of melody and internal content (I don’t like the word “atmosphere” because it covers nothing, but if you like, you can call it atmosphere).



11. What are some of your non-musical interests?

Books. Since childhood I love reading very much. This is one of the few things I pay for. I don’t even pay for the music, never bought anything, but I always buy books up to now. My other interests aren’t too far from music. Basically I only work with music, read books, work and sleep. I’m quite the boring type.



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

I see a lot of sanctimony in the music world nowadays. When people try to be someone they are not. Trying to be “true” – means to kill your real self as a creative unit. Be yourself. Listen to what you like, do what you like. Don’t search for easy ways – follow your own path.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/wampyric-bloodlust-interview.html


Snogg/Self Titled/2016 EP Review

mercredi 27 janvier 2016 à 03:00

  Snogg  are  a  duo  from  Slovenia  that  plays  a  free  ride  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2016  ep.

  Natural  noises  along  with  programmed  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  weird  sounding  spoken  word  parts  which  also  leads  up  to  some  ambient  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  being  added  into  the  recording  as  well  as  the  sounds  of  children  playing  and  the  music  is  very  avant  garde  and  experimental.

  After  awhile  distorted  guitars  make  their  presence  on  the  recording  and  also  mix  in  some  melodic  yet  depressing  guitar  leads  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  when  the  music  speeds  up.

   They  also  add  in  clean  singing  operatic  vocals  into  some  parts  of  the  song  which  is  over  26  minutes  in  length  as  well  a s going  into  many  different  directions  musically  ad  the  track  also  alternates  between  both  the avant  garde  and  metal  parts  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  toward s the  end  melodic  guitar  leads  are  adde d into  the  music.

  Snogg  plays  an  improv  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  raw  black  metal  while  also  bringing  in  more  of  an  original  avant  garde  and  experimental  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Snogg  are  a  very  great  sounding  free  ride  black  metal  band  and if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  different,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.    

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/snoggself-titled2016-ep-review.html


FT-17/Marcellin s' en va-t-en guerre/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 26 janvier 2016 à 23:00

  FT-17  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Marcellin s' en va-t-en guerre".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  recording  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  dark,  heavy,  and  melodic  musical  sound  along  with  some  tragic  sounding  piano's  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  angry  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  the  music  also  brings  in  military  war  music  and  battle  samples  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  use  blast  beats  and  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style of  black  metal  and  throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   As  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  a  later  track  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  and  classical  guitars  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  vocals  and  another  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  the  influence  of  death  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times  and  the  last  song  brings  in  operatic  female  vocals.  

  FT- 17  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  raw  at  times  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  melodic  style  and  the  piano's  also  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  World  War  I  and  Historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  FT-17  are a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "La  fluer  au  fusil"  "L'enfer  de  verden"  and  "La  derniere  tranchee".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/ft-17marcellin-s-en-va-t-en-guerre2016.html


The Nightstalker/All For A Promise/Wolfshade Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 26 janvier 2016 à 22:01

  The  Nightstalker  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  keyboard  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "All  For  A  Promise"  which  was  released  by  Wolfshade  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  keyboard  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  guitar  leads  and  grim  whispers  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  also  introduces  black  metal  vocals  onto  the  recording  while  also  keeping  around  the  keyboard  sound.

  Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  goth  and  dark  metal  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals  present  on  the  album  while  some  of  the  later  tracks  add  in  a  touch  of  dungeon  synth  and  when  of  the  later  guitar  solos  adds  an influence  of  post  black  metal  to  the  recording  and  the  whole  album  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  while  the  music  speeds  up a   bit  on  the  last  track  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  The  Nightstalker  creates  another  slow,  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  album  which  remains  faithful  to  the  musical  style  that  he  has  established  on  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  continue  the  concept  of  the  fallen  angel  "Nightstalker'  and  his  story.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  The  Nightstalker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  keyboard  orientated,  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fight  Under  the  Rain"  "The  Diversion"  "I  Miss  Her"  and  "Army  Of  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-nightstalkerall-for.html