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Krvna Interview

vendredi 15 octobre 2021 à 06:01

 

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




KRVNA is a solo/‘one man’ Black Metal band hailing from Sydney, Australia. After many years of musical inactivity (I have previously been involved with numerous bands here in Sydney), planets aligned, blows were dealt and the end result is the music that now begins to comprise KRVNA’s catalogue. There were numerous motivators & stressors attributed to getting this off the ground, all whilst under the obvious ‘shit show’ setting of CoVID 19. Lyrically & philosophically KRVNA explores the timeless nature of the ‘vampire’ - its mythos, origins & subsequent incorporation & influence in European/Balkan culture, superstition & folklore.




2.So far this year you have released  both a demo and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?




‘Long Forgotten Relic’ was released in early September, comprising two songs; ‘Gethsemane Ablaze’ & ‘Long Forgotten Relic’. ’Sempinfernus’ has five songs including one instrumental that ‘breaks’ the album up into two distinct parts. Fundamentally - ‘Sempinfernus’ is more aggressive, dark & more focused in sound & performance. My main goal is always to ensure a healthy dose & mix of melody/atmosphere & aggression; the two needn’t be mutually exclusive constructs. In summary the ratio between these extremes shifts a little, but the distinct ‘KRVNA’ sound is there in the same, on both releases - 'Long Forgotten Relic' is more atmospheric & 'open' and 'Sempinfernus'; more focussed & aggressive.




3.A lot of your lyrics cover vampirism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also what are some of the different aspects of vampire folklore have you covered with your music so far?




Sure! As a species we are hard wired not only to attempt to understand the tangible, visible universe but also our physical & metaphysical lot, within ‘it’. We can grasp easily at the tangible experiences, at life… but the true questions begin when we consider notions of death, becoming one with nothingness & the void. I think many of humanity’s belief systems, past & present, grasp with absolute futility to fill this void - this ‘nothingness’, by imposing attributes of permanence & sentience to the human ‘soul’ beyond death; a means of compensation, of sorts.




The most fascinating aspect of the vampire mythos to me is that it also posits potential for eternal life - a re-animation of the physical being in a permanent & undead state (& in stark contrast to many other systems…) - sans ‘soul’, or sans ‘essence’. An antidote to animism, if you will… The very notion is anathema to the metaphysical and religious systems implying morality, sentience and permanence beyond the precipice of life & death.




We are left with a soulless, blood hungry, ageless killer, in a very literal, physical and otherwise transient, cold world... a being capable of destroying life in the here and now, and obliterating its need & potential, in the next. 




My interest in vampires stems completely from the stories handed down to me via my mother’s family. They are Istro-Romanians, a small group of people who’d seemingly left Transylvania ~600 years ago and migrated to the modern day Istrian Peninsula. Through the centuries they’d managed to keep their language, culture and (of most interest to me) their superstitions, in tact… up until recently. Their language (a derivative of proto-romanian) is endangered & the fear is their culture and customs will soon disappear into the annals of history. I even have stories of my own mother being visited and set upon by vampires as a child (they called the vampire by name… ‘Morana’/which is also the Slavic deity of Death & winter, but this is for another time) & subsequently being cured of incurred illness from the town’s witches. 




What seems ridiculous to us here in the west in modern times, was considered to be true and factual even just up to a generation or two back in time, in the Balkans. It brings to mind the saying from Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ - ‘…Our ways are not your ways…’ My lyrical focus covers numerous literal examples of vampirism throughout Europe, the genesis of the vampire mthyos, its influence & proliferation amongst predominantly European cultures over the centuries, the timeless & anti-animistic nature of vampirism, and of course, a focus on the great Count, Tepeš. 




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




‘KRVNA’ is the female genitive form of the word for blood in many Slavic languages, ’Krv’/‘Krov’/‘Krew’/‘Krev’. I’d settled with the name when reading up on balkan blood feuds, or ‘Krvna Osveta’. 




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




The artwork was completed by a close friend of mine, ‘Scourge’. He also goes by ‘Balam’ & is a very talented tattoo artist & is the singer/songwriter/guitarist in Pestilential Shadows, Rift & Varw. I’d asked if he could draw a picture of ‘The Night Attack Of Targovište’, and he came up with this monumental piece which is completely awe inspiring & breathtaking. Is there no greater show of unconscionable & vampiric force than Tepeš’ ‘forest of impaled’?




6.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience playing in a band with a full line-up, which one do you prefer?




I’m very much a hermit so the appeal & setting of solo/one man band wins, for me… if only just. There are obvious pros and cons to either setting. I miss collective brain-storming and creating music with peers in a band environment, playing shows… amongst other things that come along with playing in bands. Then there’s the fact that going solo allows for complete creative control over every aspect of musical & lyrical concepts. At times I see these things as either blessings or curses, depending on workload.




Both ‘Sempinfernus’ and ‘Long Forgotten Relic’ were recorded under CoVID related lockdowns & restrictions here - I want to state however this was by no means the catalyst for the creation of the music. My father’s death & a few broken bones in 2020 served as motivators for my ‘fuck you’ to the universe, haha.




7.Both the demo and full length have been released on 'Seance Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?




Their total support, guidance and camaraderie is genuine & absolute, and having similar philosophies & goals makes this a perfect relationship. I love what they do, and (hope I am not speaking out of turn,) vice versa.




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




I’m cognisant of the fact that there are hundreds and thousands of people out there creating similar music… trying to achieve similar things. Band Promotion has changed considerably since I’d first entered this sphere, and manoeuvring the modern day minefield that is the internet and the oceans of white noise that comes along with it is challenging, to say the least. It is a one day at a time modus, for me. The demo has served as an appropriate stepping stone for the album, and as the weeks draw nearer to it’s release, reactions will be telling, I’m sure. I’m remaining pragmatic, though, but welcome listeners to the music that is KRVNA, regardless.




9.What is going on with your other band 'Dearthe' these days?




From my understanding, at current, not a great deal. The releases were well received & that is always welcoming. All other members are involved in subsequent bands that involve greater attention & energies at current, but I would most definitely be speaking out of turn as to posit any future moves or releases by the band!




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




As I’d stated previously I’m enjoying focussing on the day to day, at current. All of this activity comes at stark contrast to what I have (or more to the point, haven’t) been doing over the past decade. Having said that though, I am currently working on the follow up to ‘Sempinfernus’, as we speak.




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?




I’d made a conscious effort to reduce the amount of music I was exposing myself to whilst writing both ’Sempinfernus’ & ‘Long Forgotten Relic’. I wanted whatever I’d managed to pluck from the ‘ether’ to be as unadulterated by external influence, as possible. However, I think it’s pretty obvious that my sound is deeply rooted in the realm of 90’s Black Metal, to be sure. 




Despite all of this, bands that currently interest me are (of course) Nazxul, Drowning The Light, Pestilential Shadows, Ichor, Varw, Rift, Ignis Gehenna, Tyrannic, Orbysmal, Auld Ridge, to name a few. As for classics - Beherit, Bathory, Abigor & early Deathspell Omega provide me with more than enough to listen to when I’m feeling nostalgic… I like to keep it simple.




12.Do you also have an interest in Occultism?




It might be obvious that by now the answer should be a ‘yes’. Death is the greatest & last true taboo, and musings over this mysterious biological and prospectively metaphysical phenomena interests me, greatly. With time and age you’d think interest could plateau or wane, but I think the closer we walk toward that precipice between life and death & the more we personally experience it, the more fascinating all attempts to rationalise death & experiences surrounding it, become. Seemingly, attempts to marry forms of thought and any potential pantheistic musings always end with more questions than answers, but this is the nature of ‘the Great Work’.




Anything… to reduce or minimise the daily existential dread that crushes the psyche, I suppose. 




Which leads me to my next point. I am a firm believer that philosophically Black Metal must be a completely negative and destructive force waged against all forms of life and matter. The vampire - soulless, anti-animistic & metaphysically anti-optimistic provides us with the perfect, eternal creature capable of outlasting life, gods… crossing religious boundaries, cultures & superstitions  - & subsequently providing modus for the destruction of potential for good in both the current physical world, and any prospective spiritual world we may or may not encounter… in the next. It is under these guises that KRVNA exists.




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




Sure, thank you for the opportunity to discuss KRVNA, ‘Sempinfernus’ & Long Forgotten Relic’ & hope that readers take an opportunity to listen… and finally, keep posted, there is more coming your way!


www.facebook.com/krvnaofficial 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/krvna-interview.html


Varechain/Tabula Rasa Ultima///The Morbiddoom)))/Sliptrick Records/2021 CD Review

vendredi 15 octobre 2021 à 05:54

 


  Varechain  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Tabula  Rasa  Ultima///The  Morbiddoom)))"  which  will  be  released  on  October  26th  by  Sliptrick  Records.


  Water  sounds,  synths  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  briefly  before  going  into a   heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  most  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Elements  of  death  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  style  along  with  the  synths  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  showing  influences  of  both  the  first  and  second  wave  era's.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


 One  of  the  later  songs  is  also  an  instrumental,  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  pars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  experiences,  childhood  trauma,  interpretation, invocation  of  death,  arcane  spells  and  dark  magick.  


  In  my  opinion  Varechain  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  " L’Ancien  Monde"  "Neikromanteion  Of  River  Acheron"  and  "Re-entering Purgatory".  8 out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/varechaintabula-rasa-ultimathe.html


Hate Gods/Noctivago Autocidio Lucifugo/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 15 octobre 2021 à 04:13

 


  Hate  Gods  are  a  solo  project  form  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  ambient,  depressive  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Noctivago  Autocidio  Lucifugo".


  Ambient  style  synths  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of   the  music  at  times.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  over  15  minutes  in  length.  One  of  the  songs  also  adds  in  world  war  II  samples  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  emotions,  feelings,  misanthropy,  occultism  and  wars.


  In  my  opinion  Hate  Gods  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ambient,  depressive  and  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Noctivago  Autocidio  Lucifugo"  "Ritos  Demoniacos"  and  "Terra  Perdida".  8  out  of  10.


YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCCdh7DE0CRpjTrv-RYbIvlQ

Bandcamp: https://hategods.bandcamp.com/releases

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7F1ZJmnsASCwMdAaCBTVQs?si=ZNwrl_IwSX-Tilntj01BKg

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=107963391653067&ref=content_filter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hategodsoficial/  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/hate-godsnoctivago-autocidio.html


Gorguina/Of Shrouds And Daggers/Negra Nit/2021 CD Review

vendredi 15 octobre 2021 à 03:14

 


  Gorguina  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  plays  an old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Of  Shrouds  And  Daggers"  which  will  be released  on  October  15th  by  Negra  Nit.


   Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Whispers  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.


  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  while  some  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  but  keeping  the  focus  more  on  the  slower  or  mid  tempo  aspects.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  in  the  guitar  riffing.


  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also    very  long  and  epic  in  length,  synths  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  briefly  there  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  the closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  demonology,  mythology,  metaphysics,  rebirth,  human  ignorance  and  perpetual  blight  and  demise.


  In  my  opinion  Gorguina  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Humwawa  Of  The  Second  Winds"  "The  Fathomless  Dusk"  and  "The  Veil  of  Condescension".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/gorguinaof-shrouds-and-daggersnegra.html


Unctoris/Shout Demise/Iron Bonehead Productions/2021 CD Review

jeudi 14 octobre 2021 à 05:23

 


  Unctoris  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Shout  Demise"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  The  sounds  of  night  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  growls.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Angry  shouts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album,  one  track  is  also  an  instrumental  which  also  adds  in  some  saxophones  before  returning  back  to  a  more  aggressive  direction  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  doom  metal,  as  the  recording  progresses  a  touch  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  chaos,  death  and  madness  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Unctoris  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Violet  Velvet"  "Rites  Of  Grey  Isolation"  and  "In An  Anechoic  Chamber".  8  out  of  10.


http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/unctoris-come-stabilire-se-ci-sei-ancora

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/unctorisshout-demiseiron-bonehead.html