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Gaerea Interview

vendredi 28 octobre 2016 à 13:58
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

GAEREA is as unexpected as needed to solve our vision for this sick and mental urban space we are inserted in. We're caged on the same jail as other people, like you and doesn't matter how hard you pray to your idol or fight against the system, you'll never win. We are the half faced human demon that grows inside this oppressed animals we are.


2.You have an ep coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We wanted to create a wall of sound. A wall that could hit the audience in the most strong way we could imagine. Thats how GAEREA sounds.



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

Narcisism, Self Destruction, Misanthropy, Mental Numbness



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

We wanted to create and raise a name that could represent what we do. A name that could only mean us, and that's what we did. We created GAEREA.



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

The band never played live, yet.


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

We have many things to announce when  releasing the EP, including some special live appearances.


7.The ep is coming out on 'Everlasting Spew Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

We couldn't be more proud of the fantastic team they are. Mixing that with  the approach and experience of our manager Tito Vespasiani, you get total security and the job is done properly and creatively. Everlasting Spew Records was the best option on the table after some months getting interested labels on the mail and we took it without thinking twice.



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

So far, not bad. Beyond our expectations, some people really seem to like it and that surprises us in an interesting way. We are not a trendy group or a celebrity act that people love these days just because the next dude followed the taste of the other. If the audience really likes us, we'll make sure they know what they really like on us. It's not about music anymore. It's a lot more than that.



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

Too soon to think about the further step. Though, we know what we want to achieve with this first chapter that will be only concluded with the next release. For now, we'll seed this creation and spread the word about the beast that will born from it.



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?

We are a lot more influenced by visual art rather than music itself. Even the big city and the machine that makes everything work is something that influenced us and will continue to develop in further creations. We create music that would be the perfect soundtrack for the visuals we first imagined for this first step. Only after the sketching of what we want to see and feel about the art, music comes and plays its part on our message.



11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

We couldn't care less about it.



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

We are GAEREA. Expect us.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/gaerea-interview.html


Impure Ziggurat/Serenades Of Astral Malevolance/Magister Dixit/2016 7 Inch Review

vendredi 28 octobre 2016 à 03:39

  Impure  Ziggurat  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Serenades  Of  Astral  Malevolance"  which  was  released  by  Magister  Dixit.

  Melodic  ritualistic  chants  and  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  bestial  growls  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  music  a  very  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  incorpotaes  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences.

  Elements  of  war  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  sticks  to  a  heavy  musical  direction  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  their  is  also  a  small  amount  of  grim  black  metal  vocals.

  Impure  Ziggurat  creates  another  recording  that  remains true  to  the  black  and  death  metal  mixture  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lost  Civilizations  and  Occult  Astrosophy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Impure  Ziggutat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Summoning  Oorts  Semen".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/impure-zigguratserenades-of-astral.html


Crest Of Darkness/Welcome The Dead/My Kingdom Music/2016 CD Review

jeudi 27 octobre 2016 à 02:58

  Norway's  Crest  Of  Darkness  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  band  going  into  more  of  a  horror  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Welcome  the Dead"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

  Ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  synths  can also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  spoken  word parts  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  psychedelic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  there  is  also  a  brief   acoustic  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  tracks  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  bring  in  elements  of thrash  and  heavy  metal  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of t he  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Crest of  Darkness  creates  another  black  metal  recording that  is  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  while  introducing  psychedelic  elements  into  their  style  on  this  album,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Dark  Knowledge,  Spiritualism,  and  Destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crest  Of  Darkness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  horror  influenced  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chosen  By  The  Devil"  "Borrowed  Life"  "Memento  Mori"  and  "Katharsis".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/crest-of-darknesswelcome-deadmy-kingdom.html


Soulemission Interview

jeudi 27 octobre 2016 à 00:19
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Sure! Right now we’re getting everything ready for the release of our album on October 31. That means doing promotion and setting stuff up to make sure the album will also be available through us. After that we will be getting busy with booking shows.

2.You have an album coming out on Halloween, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
We’ll a couple of words that come to mind are dark, mean, aggressive, spontaneous, ferocious, fast and varied. I think it has that cold, wintery atmosphere and it just sounds evil. There’s a lot going on on the album, fast stuff, slow stuff, dark melodies, occasional acoustic guitars and synths for atmosphere without it becoming slick. The production is pretty raw, you can here some beeps and scratches but we left it like that because we didn’t want a super polished sound. Also we didn’t have a lot of means for the recording because we were unsigned and didn’t have a budget. But I think we got the maximum result out of those minimal means. Benny (other guitar player) did a great job with recording and mixing everything.

3.Your lyrics cover some Occult and Luciferian topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
I personally don’t study the dark arts or believe in anything but there are aspects of Satanism and the Occult that I’m drawn to. Things like personal freedom, not being a slave of an institution, enjoying silence and solitude and following my own path to become truly self-reliant and free of too many inhibitions. I’ve always been a proponent of individuality and hated the standard format that society wants to put you in because that’s what’s expected. Further I’ve always been interested in darkness in movies, books, drawings and music. I don’t really have an explanation for that. It’s just a cool atmosphere.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Soulemission'?
Michel (our singer) came up with that name. You can interpret it as the soul leaving the body when you die, what a lot of people believe. For me it also stands for how we write the music and what we put into it. It’s just real dark and strong emotions (the soul) put into music.

5.On the new album you have the drummer of Nightbringer and the singer of Shining does quest appearances, can you tell us a little bit more about their performances on the recording?
Yes, the drums were entirely done by Menthor (Enthroned, Nightbringer). Benny knows him well because he did sound for Enthroned on many shows. So Benny asked if he would be interested in laying down the drums for this album and fortunately he did. He recorded his drums at home and just sent the tracks to us. We were blown away with how fast and aggressive he played. Benny also does sound for Shining and just asked if Niklas was interested in doing vocals for the track Seas of Emptiness. Luckily he said yes and we sent the track to him and he recorded the vocals in a studio in Sweden. He absolutely nailed it with his performance. It sounds really sick and disturbing haha. Check it out people!

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 only did 2 shows so far and especially the first one was killer. It was as a support band for Dutch black metal band Carach Angren and the venue was packed. So it couldn’t have begun better. I think our stage show revolves a lot around our singer Michel. He really gives all and demands the attention he deserves from the crowd. I was blown away by his performance. We don’t have any stage props yet but maybe in the future. We stand on stage with a lot of confidence and the drive to prove ourselves.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Nothing planned yet but we are signed to a management (Doomstar bookings) so there will certainly be more gigs.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
I’ve only seen a few reviews so far because the promo’s have just been sent out recently. But so far the reviews are outstanding. We felt that we made a good debut album but it’s always the question if it comes across well. I’m not really familiar with what people listen to these days or what is popular and I don’t care about that. We just play the music we like ourselves. But if people pick it up that’s amazing.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don’t know yet. I’ve written some stuff for new songs but it’s in real early stages. I don’t think we are going to change a lot but we’ll throw in some new elements.

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?
Bands that had an influence are old Metallica, Mercyful Fate, Marduk, Dissection, Emperor, Death, Bathory to name a few. I just like bands that create a dark atmosphere, use dynamics and crossover a few styles and most importantly write good songs.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Beer tasting, watching 80’s horror movies, reading H.P. Lovecraft, walking in forests where there are no other people.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to thank you for your interest in our band and getting us the exposure! Check out our new album Tales of Inevitable Death, out on 31 october through Black Lion Records.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/soulemission-interview.html


The Downspiral To Hell/Unusual Methods To Dismember The Spiritual Halo/Base Records/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 26 octobre 2016 à 03:51

  The  Downspiral  To  Hell  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Unusual  Methods  To  Dismember  The  Spiritual  Halo"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Base  Records.

 Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  electronic  music  sounds  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also he  heard  at  times  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  and  faster  direction  along  with  some  black  metal  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  blast  beats  while  also  adding  in  melodies.

  Clean  singing  can  be  heard  on  the  recording  at  times  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  they  also  mix  the  synths  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  faster  riffs  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  spoken  word  parts  also  return  on  a  later  song.

  The  Downspiral  To  Hell  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  grim  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  along  with  some  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Downspiral  To  Hell  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Snake  Eyes In  Euphoria"  "The  Canvas  Of  Confusion"  "Thoughts  Through  Ethic"  and  "Outside  Emptiness".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-downspiral-to-hellunusual-methods.html