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Gespent Interview

samedi 13 août 2016 à 19:58
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Even though our first release just came out, Gespenst is not really a new entity. Genfærd started out Gespenst as a one-man project around 2008. The goal was to write material using somewhat experimental ideas, while still retaining the feeling of old Scandinavian Black Metal. Later on, Galskab joined Gespenst and these ideas were materialised into complete songs as they appear on our debut LP. Most of the material on Forfald is quite old, up to 8 years to be exact. It has been a long a journey on this dark path, since Genfærd wrote the very first Gespenst riff, the opening riff in Revelation of Maggots, more than 8 years ago.

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

The essence of our sound is old Scandinavian Black Metal, with a focus on atmosphere and riffs.

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

The main lyrical themes are the transcendental journey experienced through death. The effect of time devouring the remains of the long-forgotten dead. The final thoughts echoing away into the darkness, never to be known.

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

Gespenst is an old Danish word meaning ‘ghost’ or ‘phantom’. It was chosen a long time ago to set a frame for the otherworldly lyrical and musical themes expressed in our music.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We have played two festival shows last year in Denmark with live session musicians to complete the line-up. These were great experiences and the public seemed to be very much into it. Our goal is to recreate the same eerie feelings on stage as those experienced when listening to the album. Cold, otherworldly and dismal.

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

Not yet, but we’re definitely open to more concerts and tours if the right offers come up.

7.The album was released through both Duplicate Records and Hellthrasher Productions, are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?

Duplicate Records were very fast to give us a deal, and we felt they were passionate about the music and we could trust them. We have been very satisfied with all what they’ve done so far. The CD version will be released in cooperation with Hellthrasher Productions, and they’re also very professional, dedicated and supportive. Great labels both of them, highly recommended!

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

So far, we have had great response from everyone who have heard ‘Forfald’. The first reviews have arrived and they are very positive.

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

We have a vault of unused material that we will be exploring. We are heading deeper into the unknown to forge new songs out of old and new material. We are dedicated to this music, this is what we have been playing for many years, and what we want to play, so the next release will be in the same vein for sure.

10.What are some of the band or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Our biggest musical inspirations are from the major Scandinavian acts such as Darkthrone, Burzum, Emperor, Mayhem, Bathory and the likes. Genfærd has also been inspired by newer bands such as Krohm and Nyktalgia, as well as some Funeral Doom bands like Thergothon and Tyranny. At the moment, Genfærd listens to a lot of Necros Christos, the new Inverloch and Black Dawn. Galskab sticks mostly to Black Metal from the 90’s, even though he spins new releases once in a while like the new Altarage and Outre. 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We don't want to share this here.

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

Thank you for the interview, very much appreciated! To all of you readers, we hope you will give ‘Forfald’ a listen and get into the same trance as we did when we composed and recorded it.

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Urheimat Interview

samedi 13 août 2016 à 05:56

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

Urheimat was born during autumn in 2014 Puerto Montt, south of Chile. Its members are Le Clebs and Ludd (me). We decided to create this band because we had nothing else to do, but to get drunk and to think about the emptiness that surrounds existence within modern times, which hasn't changed much. Anyways, it was a good excuse to begin this band. We did the first thing that came to our minds and the result was quite good, which was the first demo.

2.So far you have released 3 demo's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Urheimat's sound is notoriously homemade. The first demo was entirely recorded with headphones, in the following releases I incorporated a microphone to record the drums, but everything was recorded at home. The former due to the comfortability that it provides and also to get a dirtier sound. The quality of the sound and the clarity of the execution are not so important, because we have only recorded demos. I do the mixing of the songs from my computer with a very basic software.

Furthermore, the musical style is simple; it has slow and heavy rhythms and an intoxicated and putrid voice. It's pretty monotonous, though that is the key for the dark atmosphere.

The main influence of this music is Southern Chile’s atmosphere, the melancholy and nostalgia modify the shape of many Southern men’s “personality”, long walks under the rain, grey sky, fresh wind, this is what I try to put into our music.

The Split with Zerstörung or Demo II, was strange, I think it was because the both of us were going through a shitty time and it is reflected on the despair of the lyrics and chords. But the first and the second demo follow the same musical line, which is the one we want to maintain.


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

First of all I want to clarify that I don't write the lyrics, but most of the songs are about  nature and our landscapes, mixed with personal feelings from personal experiences and worldvision.

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

Urheimat is a German compound word which means something like “ancient homeland”. We chose this name because of our sense of belonging to a determined place, which goes beyond the modern countries limits imposed by politics from older times. My homeland is in the rainy forests, in the country, far from the garbage (cities), far from the Zionism, the democracy, the capitalism…

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We plan to make a live performance someday; obviously I can’t play all the instruments at the same time, so for live performances we should expand. But to record new material we will remain as a duo. However, we will still have guest sessions like we did before when we invited Satran Pagan Blood and Salissure. In our next work we will ask Salissure to make some backings again.

6.On the demo's you had done both 'Burzum' and 'Death In June' covers, what was the decision behind doing your own versions of these songs?

There is no mystery behind the covers we have done. Those are songs and bands we like and they fit the style we want for our band. The Death in June cover was supposed to be something non-traditional in black metal, and I think we succeed.

7.So far you have worked with 'Silent Woods Nebulah Prods' and 'Sepulchral Silence' on the releases, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Yes, the copies of our third demo that Silent Woods Nebulah released were really well finished. Their work is very professional, and they were always willing to make changes or whatever we needed. I have the same opinion on the work of Sepulchral Silence.  We also worked with a friend’s label called Old silver and with Lord Uguluk in our split with Zerstörung.

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


We recently signed with sepulchral silence which opened us the gate to the internet. Before we signed with this label, as far as I know, some physical copies got to USA and Europe, we even received some e- mails with offers to make rehearsals of the first demo in France and Ukraine, which didn’t take place in the end. In the local scene, we have a little group of supporters who like our music and who wanted to have the demos right away. We have had very positive feedback from Chilean blogs. We also participated on a compilation of Chilean pantheist black metal, which also had a lot of support.

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

We are planning to rerecord some songs from our demos for a full length, including 2 new songs. We might release a single before that. I hope Urheimat follows the direction of the I and III demos, maybe with the addition of other instruments.

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?

Maybe the first bands I listened to when I was a teenager, like rock or heavy metal shit. Nowadays I hardly listen to those bands, but it always brings me nostalgia. I think the simplicity of the compositions comes from that kind of bands.

My black metal influences come from the first bands I heard, like Burzum or Darkthrone, and other bands I listen to nowadays like Peste Noire, Drudkh and Urfaust mainly. I also incorporated some local folk elements (from Chiloe island) in some songs.

Lately I’ve been listening to bands like Cosmic Church, Drakonhail, Luror, Lugubrum and some Neo-folk, post-punk and black gaze bands.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to read about history, philosophy and universal classics mostly. Also I like to spend time in the country taking care of the animals and contemplating nature, take long walks and just think. However, music is what really fills me.

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

Thanks for this space and the interest. Check some local bands such as: Exanimatvm, Horns, Hashe, Lapageria Rosea, Eufrates, Temple and Funeral Chant.

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Euhom/Ealdfaeder/Mycellium Networks/2016 EP Review

samedi 13 août 2016 à 05:47

  Eohum  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Ealdfaeder"  which  was  released  by  Mycellium  Networks.

  Folk  music  instruments  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  a  heavier  sound  along  with some  melodic  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  death  metal  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  mix  folk  instruments  in  with  heavier  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  guitar  leads  also  use  a  decent  of  melody  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Eohum  plays  a musical style that  takes  Norwegian  influenced  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  doom  along  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Traditionalism  and  Environmental  Decay. 

  In  my  opinion  Eohum  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Unmasking  A  World  Of  Deceit"  and  "Ode  To  A  Martyr".  8  out  of  10.

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Sea Of Bones/Ramlord/Broken Limbs/2016 EP Review

samedi 13 août 2016 à 04:36

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between Connecticut's  Sea  Of  Bones  and  New  Hampshire's  Ramlord which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Broken  Limbs  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Sea  Of  Bones  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  funeral  doom  metal,  sludge  and  drone.

  Their  side  of the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  doom  metal  side  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  their  track  is  over  10  minutes  in  length  and  also  mixes  in  some  of  sludge  heaviness  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make their  presence  known  on  the  track.

  The  whole  song  also  remains  true  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  while  some  of  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  hardcore  along  with  a  small  amount  of  grim  screams  that  seem  to  be  influenced  by  black  metal  and  towards  the  end  melodic guitar  leads  are  utilized,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover d ark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  track  from  Sea  Of  Bones  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  sludge,  you  should  check  out t heir  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Ramlord  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  melodic  riffing  and  clean  playing  before  adding  in  a  doom  metal  influenced  sound  and  black  metal  screams  as  well  as some  death  metal  growls  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  mid  paced  as  well  as  adding in  elements  of  crust  and d  beat  and  you  can also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present on  their  song  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Ramlord  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out their  song.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  i  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  sludge,  doom,  crust,  and  black  metal. 8  out  of  10.     

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Malphas Interview

samedi 13 août 2016 à 03:40
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

  Malphas is a black metal project from Canton, MI. I do all the instruments and vocals by myself. Other than that, you should listen to the EP and judge for yourself. Hopefully you’ll like it. 

2.So far this year you have released both a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

  While the demo was released in 2016, all of the songs except one were recorded last year. It has a simpler sound and most of the songs were not recorded the same way was the EP and because of that, they suffer from lower quality. When I started working on the EP I wanted to work with a two guitar sound, before it was only one. Having two guitars allows for a more dynamic and diverse sound as well as the opportunity for
harmonies to help make it sound bigger and more complete. I think overall the EP has better songwriting and better recording quality. I would have been embarrassed to release the demo songs as anything but a demo, but I am incredibly proud of how  the EP turned out. 

3.Some of your lyrics deal with demonology and the occult, how would you describe your views on the dark arts?

  I am a luciferian. I believe in being your own god and controlling your own life. Working towards enlightenment and being one with the morning star. I believe that you should take responsibility for your own actions and work to make yourself the best you can be. Try to educate yourself to the best of your ability and listen to what science tells us. Anyone who rejects science is on the wrong side of history. I reject the idea of a traditional god and I do my best to express my disgust for the evils of religion. There is no good deed that a religious person can do that a non-religious person would not be able to do. But inversely, there are plenty of evil deeds done in the name of religion and sanctioned by holy books that a non-religious person would never ever dream of doing.

4.You also have some lyrics that deal with fantasy and Warhammer 40k, can  you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

  I’ve been an avid Warhammer 40k fan since I was in middle school. I absolutely love the game and the lore. For those who don’t know, it is a tabletop sci-fi game where you build and paint your own army of soldiers to fight against other people’s armies. The lore is so expansive and diverse, it creates a setting where you are able to craft your own narratives within it. That makes it a great lyrical subject. I am also a big fan of fantasy literature and games. I love stories about dragons and wizards and orcs and such. I always
have been.

5.I know that the name 'Malphas' is a Goetic demon, what was it that interest you about this deity that made you name the band after him?

  I first came across the name in an encyclopedia of demon names. I loved the sound of it from the beginning and once I read about him I knew I needed it to be my band name. I love that he is a great prince and he commands legions of demons. I also think its interesting that he builds fortifications. I love the idea of a great demon commanding his legions to construct mighty structures of dark glory. Plus once I started playing around with logo ideas I really liked what I came up with and how I was able to make it legible but still contain an inverted cross and a pentagram.

6.Currently the project is all solo but you have said on your facebook that you are looking for whole band, have you had any luck in finding other musicians?

  I haven’t really been actively looking. I like the freedom I get from doing everything by myself. I’ve had to deal with some awful people in past bands. I’ve met incredible guitar players who would rather party, do drugs, get into drama, and stroke their egos than write good music. People who care more about playing a show with a boring band than put

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

  So far I’ve heard only positive reviews. I had a friend give me some pointers on things I can do to improve in the future, but he still enjoyed it. I’ve had songs on the radio and reviews on metal blogs and everyone seems to like the old school sound of it. I’ve been invited to do interviews and a live performance, so I must have done something right.

8.What is going on with your other musical project these days?

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

  I plan on continuing with Malphas. Currently I’m looking into getting some better gear so I can put out an album with better quality. I’m also practicing guitar and working on writing new songs. I would definitely be open to working with other musicians and even being part of another band. I just want to make music that I enjoy  work on bettering myself as a player.

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?

  Well my favorite band of all time is Inquisition. If you haven’t listened to them you need to. They’re by far the best black metal band of all time. Some other favorites are Dark Fortress, Darkspace, Dantalion, Istapp, Lord Belial, Gorgoroth, Immortal, etc. I recently discovered Imperium Dekadenz from Germany and they’re becoming one of my favorites. As far as non black metal goes, Inferi is one of my all time favorites.Amiensus,
Be’lakor, Ne Obliviscaris, and Oak Pantheon are also some that I’ve been listening to a ton lately. 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

  Well you already know that I’m big into Warhammer 40k. I also play a ton of video games. Assassin’s Creed games are among my favorites. I’m also a huge Transformers fan. Not the awful Michael Bay movies, but the original G1 transformers. I have a large collection that is constantly growing. I usually spend most of my time with my incredibly girlfriend going on fun dates and just hanging out. She’s always supportive
of my music and I wouldn’t have been able to finish the EP without her support. 

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

Not really, I just want to thank you for this opportunity. I can’t believe people want to interview me. I really hope you like my music, and if you haven’t heard it, check it out and let me know what you think. I always respond to people’s messages on my Facebook page.

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