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Sepulchre By The Sea Interview

jeudi 15 octobre 2020 à 21:34

 

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

Sepulchre by the Sea is a one man atmospheric black metal project inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe that I started in early 2019



2.In November you have your first full length coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The style on "Conqueror Worm" is generally post/atmospheric black metal but includes lots of other elements like shoegaze, folk, hardcore and doom. If you've ever heard of the Japanese film director Hideo Nakata who put all of his ideas into "Ring" because he thought he'd never make another horror film, it's a bit like that.



3.Your lyrics cover the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work and also are there any other writers that you have an interest in?

I've always been a big fan of Poe's work as I really like gothic horror and the short story format and he had such a huge impact on the horror genre and literature in general. I'm also a fan of HP Lovecraft, Bram Stoker and HG Wells and wouldn't rule out making music influenced by other writers in the future


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sepulchre By The Sea'?

"Sepulchre by the Sea" is a direct reference to perhaps Edgar Allen Poe's most well known poem Annabel Lee, a gothic romantic work about a woman who the narrator loved so much he believed the angels killed her out of jealousy. Poe also used the word "Sepulchre" (a fancy word for a tomb) a lot in other stories and its badass!


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

Earlier in the year I was struggling to find artwork for the album and was tired of trawling through classical public domain artwork, at that time I picked up my coffee mug and saw this pattern in the bottom. It started as a joke, like even my coffee is black metal, but the more I played around with it the more I liked it and I eventually came to see it as some kind of ominous planet that was cracking and ready to explode.


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

I've been in a lot of bands, but am really enjoying the satisfaction of creating everything myself at the moment. However, if the right musicians came along, I definitely think it would be cool to play these songs live one day, when live music gets back to normal.


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

I'm not technically signed, however, this album is getting a physical release through Anthrazit records (who've also designed some awesome t shirts). I'm definitely open to working with other labels in the future and would love to release a split with another band.


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

So far it's been fantastic, and has been really encouraging (even when I just had a demo) to hear from people in different parts of the world. My fans are mostly based in Europe and America but i'd really like to expand to places like south east Asia, where I know there are great black metal scenes


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

I'm definitely going to take some time to reflect on my sound once Conqueror Worm has been released. I'm a big believer in listening to feedback, both good and bad, and there's still so much I want to learn about production and maybe even experimenting with other instruments. I definitely have some ideas already brewing for more music though.


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

As far as bands that have influenced my style I really consider the "big four" to be Panopticon, Deafheaven, Mizmor and Saor. I also discovered "Limbo" by the Portugese band Gaerea last week which is fast becoming my favourite post black album this year, and really enjoyed the latest records from Chagrin and Light in the Dark too.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Unsurprisingly, I also enjoy writing short stories (both horror and sci fi) and also run a bad movie podcast with my friend called "Schlock Tactics"


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

Thank you for the interview, I hope everybody enjoys the album when it comes out and please get in touch if you do cause I'm always up for chatting about all things post black metal!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/sepulchre-by-sea-interview.html


Indoctrinate Interview

jeudi 15 octobre 2020 à 21:17

 

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

Hails to Occult Black Metal and their fans! First of all, thanks for getting in touch with us. As INDOCTRINATE we define ourselves as a band of primitive, obscure and rudimentary Death/Black Metal.


 

2.You have your first album coming out in September, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Well, “Antilogos: Arcane Transmutation In The Temple Of Flesh” is our full length debut album in which somehow we show the years of war we had within SADISTIK GOATHAMMER by adding experience and new knowledge we gain during this 10 years of blasphemy. This is our sound with which we would like to represent our conception of the Black Metal. In order to achieve this final result we had several attempts of recording and mixing until we finally had that organic, cavernous and honest sound we were looking for. Without compromises or by abusing effects like reverb or other things that are so well received these days. The influences are very clear since the beginning; we incorporate classic elements of bands from the Black/Death or War Metal genre like BLASPHEMY, SARCOFAGO, ABHORER, ARCHGOAT, etc... But we also have that typical Death Metal sound from the 90ies. All that being executed on the most simple and direct way. 


 

3.The band formed out of the ashes of 'Sadistik Goathammer' what was the cause of the split and also the decision behind forming a new band?

Being honest I need to say, that SADISTIK GOATHAMMER was, in the very first step, the primary, exalted and honest impulse. But also an immature and childish one in terms that the sense of that creative energy that created that entity was just the goal of continuing the musical and aesthetic offerings created by other characteristic standards of the genre.


As a response to that origin and intention, necessary in every evolutive process, INDOCTRINATE raises up under a much more elevated slogan. Characterized by the compulsive search in delivering materiality in the here & now of this putrid flat to the archetypes that lay in the most ominous putridity of the collective subconscious. Paradoxically, this search, perennial, infertile and heartbreaking, is the inexhaustible source that explains the death of SADISTIK GOATHAMMER and the creation of INDOCTRINATE from his corpse.  


 

4. A lot of your lyrics cover Occultism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

As most of the people dealing actively with these things, my personal interest for the occultism originates from the disappointment in the modernity and his historical project based on the instrumental reason. When it becomes clear that the occidental reason is no more than a myth embarrassed by it’s own origin (the flesh, the impure), the descent begins, the fall into the inner spheres, where the Eros is one with the death in constant continuity, the paths, the methodology, the tradition or the symbols to follow will depend on the experiences, rules and will of each individual. Finally in the death everything is one!!


 

5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

Personally I feel some attraction for universal themes of the human existence, apart from the cultural conditionings. I consider the humanity as a part of a higher system, that is being created based on normal experiences (many of them being traumatic and violent) that are being sublimated and crystalized in systems of beliefs, archetypes, rituals and taboos. Being this reverse side not recognized of the occidental reason, the field of interest that is being “explored” (and I couldn't agree more on that) in “Antilogos: Arcane Transmutation In The Temple Of Flesh”. 


“ For many it is necessary to bury and forget that sometime they had a memory. Because, even though that their presence is not of this world, it’s more threatening and the emptiness of the absence itself. “


 

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

As I told you before, the pulsation behind INDOCTRINATE is the compulsive search of knowledge and experiences far from the axioms that chain our human “naturality”. 


 

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

The human sacrifice, as the maximum affirmation of the life even in death, the importance of this practice not only implies the ceremonial transgression of one of the fundamental prohibitions of the human coexistence, for us it also represents an ontological ambivalent experience, were the sacred and the horror conjugate into a violent communion. It constitutes the highest expression of the Eros through the revelation of the emptiness in the sacrifice object. Cursed origin, unknown and occult, obscure human nature!!!


The scene itself it’s very explicit and leaves less space for speculation. Daniel Hermosilla (Nox Fragor), Chilean artist, did a masterful job! He captured the concept in the most rustic and primitive possible way. 

 


8.Has the band done any shows or open to the idea?

I personally think that the Black Metal HAS TO BE EXECUTED LIVE, otherwise it’s just an expression without spirit, belonging to this secularized modernity. 


 

9.Currently the band is signed to 'Unholy Prophecies', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Well, I’ve been in touch with Walter (UNHOLY PROPHECIES owner) through eMail were I could share with him my proposal and I got a positive reception from his side. He offered us a deal every band in my country would love to have and also a very professional treatment for a release with this characteristics. I can tell you that UNHOLY PROPHECIES is a label dedicated to Extreme Metal in his different slopes that, even though it has a preference for old school Death Metal, knows to identify good bands outside this spectrum. This is something I really like because many labels tend to keep in their comfort zone or just sign bands that play what is currently a “fast-seller” or just re-release already well known material. Hails UNHOLY PROPHECIES.


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

We don’t have any impressions yet, the CD was just released but I’m pretty sure we will be able to mark our territory with this offering that differs a bit from the rigid and frequently precarious parameters of todays “War Metal” bands. 

 


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

Currently we are not involved in other projects being INDOCTRINATE our only priority. That explains why from 2019 onwards, the lineups finally went separate ways; HENOSIS on the one side, INDOCTRINATE on the other. But we are still keeping an excellent relationship between us. And we collaborate with each other. HENOSIS just released a new single called “Annatta” on which they treat themes linked to Gnosticism from the angle of Buddhism and they are currently recording their second full length.  


On the other hand INTERITVM (Omega’s personal project; he is the lead guitarist of INDOCTRINATE)recorded an EP called “Reign Of Nuclear Apocalypse” in 2017, we build up a lineup for a release that year but there is no more information to share about that project yet. 



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

We want to deepen the path chosen, there is no return into the perpetuous fall of the constant involution. 

Currently we are finishing the process of composition of our second full length and all I can say about it is that compositional and conceptual wise it’s completely different that what was offered on “Antilogos: Arcane Transmutation In The Temple Of Flesh”. We have no compromises nor attachments, we just obey the opinions that are being whispered from the abyss of our no-being. 

 


13.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?

In general classic bands from the Death and Black Metal. You know bands like INCANTATION, IMMOLATION, ANGEL CORPSE, BLASPHEMY, SADISTIC INTENT, MORBID ANGEL, old-IMPALED NAZARENE, PROFANATICA, MAYHEM, MYSTIFIER, CONQUEROR, KATHARSIS, etc... Currently I listen to almost the same bands I did during my adolescence. I would say that my preferences did not change that much. From the current bands I listen quite often to DEAD CONGREGATION, DIOCLETIAN, ARCHGOAT, REVENGE among other similar hordes. 


From my country I currently listen to CENOTAFIO, HENOSIS, MALEDICTUM, VOMIT, ANCIENT CRYPTS, DEATHWARDS just to mention a few. It’s already know that Chile is a powerful nation when it comes to the production of Extreme Metal in the different slopes. 

 


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

Nothing to add, just many thanks for this black propaganda.



http://unholyprophecies.bandcamp.com/album/antilogos-arcane-transmutation-in-the-temple-of-flesh-cd 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/indoctrinate-interview.html


Striges/Verum Veterum/Blut & Eisen Productions/2020 CD Review

jeudi 15 octobre 2020 à 02:10

 


  Striges  are  an  international  duo  with  embers  from  Australia  and  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Verum  Veterum"  which  was  released  by  Blut  &  Eisen  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Finnish  style.


  Spoken  word  parts  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing   as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  some  90's   influences  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Striges  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  in  the  Finnish  tradition. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Striges  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scourge  Of  The  Ages"  "Summoning  The  Sorceress  of  The  Moon"  and  "An  Ancient  Mournful  Soul".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Striges/3540373476#          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/strigesverum-veterumblut-eisen.html


Tolaeth/Self Titled/Humanity's Plague Productions/2020 EP Review

jeudi 15 octobre 2020 à 01:09

 


  Toleath  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  ep  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Humanity's  Plague  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  old  school  influences  but  keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing

  Toleath  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes  with  some  blasphemous  touches.   


  In  my  opinion  Toleath  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heavenless  Gaze"  and  "What  Lurks  Beyond  The  Swordforest".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/tolaethself-titledhumanitys-plague.html


Kolotun/No One Will Reign Forever/2020 EP Review

mercredi 14 octobre 2020 à 20:14

 


  Kolotun  are  a  band  from  Latvia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "No  One  Wil  Reign Forever".


   Dark  yet  heavy riffing  starts  off  the  ep  while  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up.  Vocals  start  out  in  an  angry  shouting  style  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  briefly  it  also  gives the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Kolotun  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  having  a  vocal  approach  that  is  very  different  to  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  life  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Kolotun  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cognition".  8  out  of  10.


https://kolotun.bandcamp.com/album/no-one-will-reign-forever

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/kolotunno-one-will-reign-forever2020-ep.html