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Alastor/Wladmark/Winterblast Halls2016 12 Inch Review

lundi 1 février 2016 à 06:34

  Alastor  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  been  around  for  20  years  and  plays  a  very raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Waldmark"  which  was  released  by  Winterblast Halls.

 A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  of  the  genre.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  classical  and  acoustic  guitars  which  also  use  a  great  amount  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords,  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  you  can  also  here  all  of  the  musical  instruments that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Alastor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  traditional  and old  school  without  sounding  out  of  date  and  also  adding  in  a  good  sense  of melody,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Alastor  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Old  Glacial  Lakes"  "The  Battle   Of  Infernal  Hymns"  and  "Fellwood".  8  out  of  10.

http://winterblasthalls.bandcamp.com/album/waldmark

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/alastorwladmarkwinterblast-hails2016-12.html


Snogg Interview

lundi 1 février 2016 à 05:15
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Ulv: Snøgg is based on experimentation in improvisation within the dark genres such as black metal, drone, death metal, post metal… We are a duo and you never know what exactly to expect from us. We freeride through the wast musical fields not knowing the conditions of the weather and the snow, racing from the avalanches and jumping over cliffs. 


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

Ulv: As I have said Snøgg is an experiment. This EP was also created in this manner. Firstly we recorded the drums, without knowing what the exact melodies and arrangement would be. Than I composed and recorded the guitars and most of the synths and Køzhl composed and recorded the bass guitar. At the end I added additional synths and vocals. The melodies and arrangement kinda represented my personal feelings, or should I say I recorded the melodies that felt right at the time. I think the main influences on that EP are early Ulver, late Darkthrone and Myrkur. The production is kept dark and dirty as we believe our music should be.


3.What are some of the themes you bring out with your musical style?

Ulv: Our musical style is very open. On the concerts we mostly improvise, using the themes from our released songs, videos and EP-s but never in the same manner, so practically our every show is different. I also experiment with my onstage equipment. That way we have a lot of room to fill with our personal feelings and reflections on the momentary situations. I don’t have the lyrics for the shows. I only wrote lyrics for the released songs, but on stage I sing what comes into my mind. So I sing about mythology, troubles of the modern world (politics, religion, the direction where we as a society are heading), my private life or sometimes I don’t even bother and just scream in anger or chant like a monk. Practically you and even us don’t know what to expect from next show. But nevertheless we mainly stay in traditional black metal with a lot of jumping into other styles of extreme music particularly drone/noise which in my opinion represents the duality more and more witnessed in today’s world (poor-rich, good-evil, capitalism-socialism, etc).


4.originally the band had a different name, what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Snogg'?

Ulv: The first few songs were released under the name Black Trail, which was written with 11 black boxes  - █████████████ .It was what you could see, a black trail. That was when I was still a one man band. Then I decided to make a multi person band out of it and during that process someone pointed to me that there already exist a black metal band representing itself with black boxes. To avoid being mistaken for that band and due to change in the functioning of Black Trail, we decided to change our name. Right at that time I went on a mountaineering trip in Norway, where I noticed a sign for a soccer club called Snøgg. The name immediately got my attention, because phonetically it sounds like slovenian word ‘sneg’ which means snow. When I googled it, I found out, this is a icelanding (and also, I believe old norsk) word for being swift. All the references seemed just right and when I came home I discussed about that name with Mørke and Køzhl (who was a full time member at the time) and they agreed with the idea, so we became Snøgg.


5.Currently the band is a duo, are open to bringing in other musicians again in the future or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Ulv: After one-man-band period I wanted to have a full line-up band with 5, 6 members. I had problems with finding the right people, but I found Mørke and Køzhl, so we were functioning as a trio for a while. When Køzhl had to leave the band due to lack of available time, Mørke and I decided to remain a duo and that opened the doors to experimentation. For the time being we like it that way, because it is easier to improvise with less people. However new ideas are always coming and we are open for collaboration. We already had Bagot from Cvinger featured as a theatrical performer on some of our mutual concerts. We also had Køzhl rejoining the band to record the bass lines for the ep and in beginning wanted to have some featured vocals there, but in the end decided not to.


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

Ulv: I guess our best performance was at Vratolom festival in our hometown Velenje last june, which was actually our first open air show and it was a blast. The show in Postojna last february was also really good, as I was really satisfied with the keyboard settings I used. Of course I must also mention the tour of Snøgg & Cvinger in december 2014, where the last show in Belgrade where we joined forces with two serbian black metal groups in a packed underground club Blue Moon was really exceptional.
On the stage we are both pretty much on the same spot throughout the gig, Mørke behind the drums and I on my workstation, where I have keyboards, computer, pedals, microphones… But we use other theatrical things, such as corpse paintings, candles, featured theatrical performances etc.


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

Ulv: For now we have booked the ep presentation which will be held in club eMCe place in our hometown Velenje together with another local black metal band Kholn on february 27. and a spot on Noise festival in Trbovlje, Slovenia in beginning of June. We are looking for more shows to represent this ep, there is an option of a balkan tour in the summer. However Mørke is just before releasing an album with his death metal band Carnifliate and they are having and planning quite a lot of concerts and I am currently working on the new album of my industrial band The Stroj, beside that we both play in a punk band Mr. Van Punk, that also has some shows booked in the summer, so we will see how much time will be left for Snøgg.


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

Ulv: Yes we are looking but not really actively. In Slovenia most of the underground bands are unsigned or we have labels that put you on their list with all the work left for you to do it. All our work is available for free on the internet, although we appreciate donations if you like the music.


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

Ulv: I must say that it was better than I expected. I felt like many black metal listeners would find this mixing of genres not ‘trve’ because we are not a typical black metal band. I think in every city we have been to there were some people extremely excited with our music and the way we are performing it. The ep hasn’t had much of a feedback yet, but thus far it has been mainly positive, but I have heard criticism about quality of production, about which I don’t care much about, because dark, dirty production was what I was aiming at while producing this ep.


10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Ulv: Yes, of course. We are both in a punk band Mr. Van Punk which is special because we arrive with the van, we start the generator, guitarist and bassist get out of the van, drummer stays inside and we begin to play. We can pack in less than 5 minutes and move to another location. This is great for performing on various locations in the summer, not so great in the winter. :)
Beside that Mørke plays in a death metal band Carnifliate that are about to release their first full album. They have won Natečaj Botečaj, a competition for young bands last may and are performing heavily since.
I am working on a new album of my industrial band The Stroj. It has been a very good year for this band, we had quite a few shows and a video that stayed on the top of video charts called Točka, held by Slovenian national television. I am also active in a dark electro group of djs called Sikk.ru. As a matter of fact, today Mørke plays with Carnifliate in Postojna, I play with The Stroj in Ljubljana and other members of Sikk.ru perform in Velenje, so yeah, we are pretty active.


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

Ulv: Maybe next year. With Snøgg it is always a mystery. We wanted this to be full album, but we created an ep due to lack of time. When the stars will be right and when we will have enough time, we will release our next thing but I cannot tell if it will be a full album or just another ep. I think the amount of genres we experiment with is quite huge already so I think we will stay in this improvising direction. But it might happen that the next thing will be something completely different.


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?

Ulv: As I mentioned before I guess early Ulver, late Darkthrone and Myrkur influenced the most on the ep. For the life performances, there are of course many other influences. Mørke has huge knowledge about death and black metal and I know a lot about experimental rock, sludge metal, drone, post rock/metal, so I guess our influences are somewhere around these boundaries. I am listening to many different genres not only in rock and metal but also in electronic music, hip-hop, ethno so it really depends on how I am feeling.


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

Ulv: Experimentation is a key to novelty.

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


Vargstuhr Interview

lundi 1 février 2016 à 05:08
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

It is an atmospheric black metal project linked with nature and environmentalism, and in which tracks are full of contrasts.





2.In April of 2015 you had released your first demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

First of all, the music evokes landscapes and, therefore also the sound plays a crucial role in the atmosphere. I opted for a raw, cold and sharp sound, because the scene takes place in an icy landscape where life has to struggle to survive.



3.Each track on the album has a concept involving wolves, can  you tell us a little bit more about your song lyrics?

First of all, it´s a conceptual album that tells a wolves pack story which fights to survive the hard Winter. The first song, “Howling 1: The Wolf Pack, Sköll´s sons”, is the main character´s presentation: the wolf pack and its social spirit. Musically, this song has a folk and pagan touch that realize the connection between nature and wolf.

“Howling 2: Running on the Snow”, it´s the presentation of the scene where the action take place: a frozen landscape covered by the snow.

“Howling 3: Howlings in the Night”, Here the wolves greet to Winternight with their howlings.

Howling 4: Winter Hunger, The wolves are possessed by hunger, and then they cross their huntzone border.

“Howling 5: The Hunt, in Search of the Prey”. Once there, they find prey traces and then the hunt starts: they follow the trace, encircle the prey, but it belongs to a sheperd.

“Howling 6: The Hunter Becomes the Hunted”. Turn the tables, and the hunter becomes the hunted. The sheperd follow the wolfpack with his shotgun.

“Howlings 7: Wolf blood”. The sheperd shoots and the bullet hurt the alpha wolf, which dies over the snow.

“Howling 8: Wolf Cup, a New Era”. A wolf cup born in the wolf pack.

“Howling 9: Wolf Lair” This track is instrumental, but it imagines how the wolf cup grows and plays.

“Howling 10: Running Between the Trees”. The Winter ends and it closes the circle.



If you want, you can read the lyrics in the next link: http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Vargstuhr/Howlings/523176



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

It is a mix between "Varg" (“wolf” in Swedish) and a variation of my real name.



5.With this project you record everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to a full band?

I´ve weighed up the pros and cons. On the one hand, when you're alone only depend on yourself, so you can work at your own pace and do what you like, without give any explanation. But on the other hand, you can´t enjoy the variety of ideas as if you were in a band where several minds are synchronized, nor there is the coexistence of rehearsals, neither the possibility of gigs, so everything is more personal and introspective.



6.On the album you also bring in a good amount of folk instruments but also keep in the aggression, do you feel this makes your music stand out a bit more?

As I said, it is a project related to environmentalism, hence I confront the mechanical and technocrat future/present with a traditional past, whereon the human beings were more rooted in the nature (romantic idealization of the past), then, composing with a touch of folk music is relevant to achieve that goal.



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

I can not answer this question because I have left the distribution to the records companies which have released the album: Depressive illusion (CDr) and black death productions (cassette), but I have facebook and youtube pages and I can tell you that the followers´ nationalities are varied and balanced, in other words, the Spanish audience has lesser weight.



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

Muert are composing their third LP and Schwarzwald are recording their first LP. But also, I 'm writing new stuff for the second album of Vargstuhr



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

I´m going to record the Vargstuhr´s second album, under the title of “Dystopia”. It will be, again, a program music and a conceptual album, but focusing in the impact of the human being over the nature, and in a dystopical and technocratic future society.



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

Bands: Ulver (early), Agalloch, Wolves in the throne room, Enslaved, Taake, Satyricon (early), Shinning… Musical styles: atmospheric black metal, blackgaze, depressive black metal, avantgarde black metal…



11.Does Paganism pay any role in your music?

More precise than paganism, rather it is to speak over an anti-technical, ecological and unscientific view; in other words, a vision on which the nature were not an object that you could handle at will, nor broke up in simplifications which do not allow that it moves us.



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

Thank you very much for your work and effort; and greetings to the readers of your webzine.

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


Frostbite Interview

vendredi 29 janvier 2016 à 17:25
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Frostbite is a band active in the Montreal metal scene since 2012. We were initially more of a classical typical Black Metal band but as we progressed and line-up changed, we evolved into a more progressive Black n' roll genre.


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


They are both completely different in my opinion, The EP was made with the initial line-up. The full-length album was initially supposed to come out a year or so after the release of the EP but right after it's release, our drummer was forced out of the country due to a visa problem and the other guitarist quitted the band. So it took quite some time to reform under a different line-up, the project almost died at some point, also had to part our ways with the original singer/bassist. In the end though, we reformed with new musicians who all had different musical backgrounds and influences, which brought us to redo all the songs a bit differently, also approaching composition a different way. Which explains the difference between the 2 releases.


3. You label your music as 'progressive black'n'roll' can you tell us a little bit more about this term?


To be honnest, I'm not a fan of having to label everything. I wouldn't say we're Black Metal, we also don't really fit the melodic death metal genre in my opinion. We put a little bit of all our influences in the writing process and don't really care what people will call it. Progressive Black'n'roll is sort of a made up label that I feel resumes the best what we do but people can call it whatever they want!


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


The lyrics mainly revolve around the brutality of society, inhumanities, inner struggles and the existence that is beyond us. Lyrics are also intentionally a bit abstract and could be interpreted a different number of ways.

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


The band's name was our original singer's idea, I don't really think there is a huge story behind it, except maybe inspired by our harsh Quebec winters...


6. 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 had the opportunity to play with some very amazing bands like Abigail Williams and Negura Bunget, as well as some up and coming like Dreadnought from Denver, The Visit from Ottawa and of course all the local bands. We enjoy every show we get to play. It is great to share the stage with talented musicians no matter if they are a small local band or a bigger touring band.


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


So far we have a few shows planned but nothing major yet as of a tour.


8. Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with 'Tmina Records'?


We are happy to have good European representation joining Tmina and currently have a deal for the release of Etching Obscurity. We have also been joined on with the PR team Black Element out of Ontario for our North American representation.


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


At this point it is too soon to tell really. It really depends on what genre of black metal you refer too. I don’t think we are going to do as well with people that just enjoy raw black metal. We would be more in the melodic, ambient or atmospheric black metal area fan. With those we have had a very positive response so far. It will be more telling once the full album is out.


10. Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


I play live for Bane (black/death metal originally from Serbia) But right now we are looking for a live drummer so the band is a bit on the ice as for live performances but we have a 3rd full-length album coming up. The other members are not currently in any other active projects.


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


Definitely more progressive, probably more clean parts, but only time will tell. We only just started writing stuff for the second album.


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 influenced by many musical styles, everything from metal, punk, rock to classical, jazz and prog and a lot in between and far beyond. Each of the band members have many different influences they bring to the table and each of us bring a different side of the spectrum to it.


13. Does Occultism play any role in your music?


Not really. We did have more of a Satanic imagery in the past but nowadays we don't really focus on that. It is an interest of mine amongts others but I wouldn't say it really influences the writing. I find the human being much more interesting.


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


Thanks for listening, feel free to reach us  on facebook (facebook.com/frostbitemontreal) or our official websitewww.frostbitemetal.com.

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


Akoman Interview

jeudi 28 janvier 2016 à 17:12
 1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
1.            At the moment, our priority is the third full-length album. We have almost finished writing songs. This album will definitely be the most dark and grimly of all that we have ever recorded, and reminds of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and Mysterion Tes Anomias. We spent a lot of time to write songs using only the best reefs, and I am sure that this album will be the best. The lyrics devoted to the Luciferian triad Samael - Lilith - Cain and their reflection of my self-universe. That's what I always say - the study of himself in terms of the Left Hand Path. I am not interested in primitive blasphemy or anti-christianity, I wonder to self-iniciation path. So the lyrics are very personal, it shows own experience.

    2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2.            We have gained more sound recording experience, etc. As for the sound, I was always interested doing something new and never repeated, because I hate when records sound the same. I like what we're doing, more bloodthirsty and predatory.

    3.In the beginning the lyrics where heavily influenced by Michael W. Ford, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?
3.            Michael W. Ford interested me when I first encountered work dedicated to the Persian Ahriman. It was around 2009. His view of the western esoteric tradition seemed very exotic. One of his works «Luciferian Witchcraft» had a great impression on me, especially at a time when we were writting debut album, now it is one of my favorite authors. I like how it reveals Luciferian aspects from different perspectives, both theistic and atheistic, using psychological and magical approach.

    4.I also know that you have an interest In Thelema, Kabalah, Eastern and African cults as well vampires, witches, and werewolves, can you tell us how you got interest in the Occult and also how has your interest has evolved over the years?
4.            Satanism to interest me in the early 00-ies. Later, interest to occult orders such as the Order of the Golden Dawn, Ordo Templi Orientis, Dragon Rouge, etc. So I got acquainted with works by authors such as Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant, Thomas Karlsson, elements of Kabbalah and plunged into a serious study of the Tarot, meditation for arcana and observe their manifestation in the spiritual and material terms. When I began to study the works by Michael W. Ford, it was around 2009, his research into ancient cults inspired me to explore exotic magical practices such as the African religions Palo, Voodoo and Santeria, Persian, witchcraft Yatuk Dinoih, Egyptian Seth and of course Luciferianism. Austin Osman Spare, he is very charismatic and talented and went against the traditions and developed its own system of Zos Kia Cultus, sigils and fundaments for Chaos Magic, very difficult for an unprepared reader. Now I still interested in tarot and Luciferianism.

    5.Originally the band was known as 'Funeral', what was the cause of the name change?
5.            The main reason for the name change was my desire to reflect self-development. Akoman is very well suited to what I want to convey by music, the key word is "mind". Also was important the original name. Funeral was underground band consisting of adolescents, while Akoman reveals the serious themes, so the name change was inevitable.

    6.What are some of the best shows that the band has the band play so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6.  It is very controversial. At concerts, we tried to create ritualistic atmosphere, but the public is often not ready for such a show. People come to concerts to relax, have a beer, etc. and I do not like it. My favorite performance is show in the beginning of 2013, when we controlled everything and the people were focused on what we were doing. We decorated the concert hall dry branches and roots brought from the forest, were also candles and candlesticks, we wanted to bring the coffins, but we were not able to deliver them. Of course there were corpse paint and other attributes of Black Metal. Now I am not interested to shows, but perhaps in the future we will perform at some private events, without casual visitors.

    7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7.  At the moment, we are focused on studio work.

    8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Сказ', what are your thoughts on the other band that have participated on the recording?
8. They are my friends and one of the band members is now Akoman member also. We communicate and support each other, and this split was friendly. Their music is different from what I do, but with this album we show respect for each other.

    9.You also did a 'Black Funeral' cover, what was the decision behind doing your version of one of their songs?
 9. The main reason is feel a spiritual connection and inspiration from their music. I think this is one of the bands that made the greatest impression on me and I wanted to express my respect and esteem.

    10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
10. I did not get negative reviews. But I think the main reason why our music has not become popular among the many of fans of Black Metal is its dark and predatory spirit in music, but that is our nature.

    11.Are any of the band members involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
11. Our drummer (DLL) is a member of Through, Ancient Funeral Cult and Сказ. I prefer only Akoman.

    12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
12. I'm interested to the ritual elements of industrial and ambient. I think that such experiments would make our music more hypnotic and the atmosphere even darker.

    13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
13. Next album was influenced Mayhem «De Mysteriis Dom Satanas», Ofermod, Ondskapt and Malign, "orthodox" reefs style etc. As for my musical preferences, they are very diverse, but mostly is industrial, electronic and ritual music, rock music of the 70's, black / death metal, etc.

    14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Black Metal is only a form, look deeper and try to find the source from which comes the music. Thanks for the interview!

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