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Bloodrain Interview

lundi 25 janvier 2016 à 11:49
«BLOODRAIN» interview for «OCCULT BLACK METAL ZINE», January 2016

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

-Hails! Jan and BLOODRAIN are here!. Thank you for your interest in my band. The news at the moment : we celebrated the twentieth anniversary last year, the rest of the time we worked in the studio on a fifth album, it's called «Adora Satanae” and will be released next month. Also we have a new drummer, whose name has been kept secret.

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

-Well, about the demo(s) won't talk because its demo(s). The first album «De Vermis Mysteriis» has a raw classic black sound because of lack of experience and low budget. Second and third («Ultimatum» and «Nomen Nostrum Legio») were recorded in a professional studio with a competent engineer (R. I. P. , Ivan) and have better sound quality. On the fourth album «Hostis Humani Generis» we went back to the raw sound, partly due to the change of studio, partly because of insufficient competent production. I think the new album will be some kind of mix of these (conditional , of course) characteristics.

3.It has been since 2010 since the last full length was released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

-Good question. We were not inactive, trust me. Fifth album could come sooner but we had four drummers over the years. One retired from music , one was killed, one was just fucking wimp, another one got serious health problems. We played 2-3 concerts a year and perfected the new material. Yes, much time has been lost, but the album is ready and we returned to the scene, full of power and hatred, so what to regret anything? All the will of Satan!

4.Your lyrics cover a great amount of satanic topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Satanism?

-I came to Satanism in 13-14 years and it happened somehow by itself, i.e. was not associated with heavy music, it all happened very naturally. I read a lot, thought and experienced various experiences over the years. The perception of Satanism everyone in the group is different, we sometimes discussed it and debated about many things. For myself I will say this: Satanism is inner freedom.

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

-The name was taken from the SLAYER’s song – «Raining Blood» from the album «Reign In Blood», it is one of my favorite albums. Our band name is aggressive, catchy and well remembered.

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

-We played over 100 shows over the years, some were better, some worse. Good impressions from concerts with BLACKDEATH and URGEHAL in Moscow, with finnish GRAMARY  in St. Petersburg and from many concerts with local colleagues in Tver. We usually play 40-50 minutes. We try not to do the routine and boring show, actively moving and headbanging, dressed in black leather and spikes, like true metalheads in the late 80s - early 90s.... The truth is that much easier to play if not to get drunk in shit before the show , not to mention the quality of performance. Howewer , not always possible…


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

- At the moment we have cancelled all the winter concerts, although there were tempting offers to act in Arkhangelsk and Moscow. Now everything depends on a new drummer. We plan to return to the stage in the spring.

8.At one time the band was a part of 'Tver Legions',  can you tell us a little bit more about this movement?

-It was in the late 90s, we had a small circle of black metal fans, we exchanged information, recordings (at that time we had no internet), held joint concerts. First there were BLOODRAIN , ISCARIOT and NIGHT REICH, then, in the early 2000s, joined IN DEATHS EMBRACE and THALARION LATI. At the moment «Tver Legions»  does not exist. Still active only BLOODRAIN and IN DEATHS EMBRACE, we often perform together.

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

-A larger number of reviews we received from Russia, probably because we live here and sing in Russian. Occasionally receive letters and feedback from other countries, but not many. Mostly the reviews are positive, though negative reviews also come in.

10.When can we expect another album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

-New album due out next month, it's called «Adora Satanae» (Worship Satan). About 35 minutes of Black Metal with some thrash influences (as usual). It includes: intro, 7 new tracks and a cover of SLAYER – «Evil Has No Boundaries». It will be released jointly by Metal Race Records and Possession Productions. Well, I'm working on new ideas, at the moment I have 4-5 songs in progress. Our war with this rotten world continues!

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?

Mostly I listen to old bands from 80s – 90s. Heavy, Thrash, Death and of course Black Metal. In addition to the classics of metal, I prefer high-speed material with a non-commercial sound.
 The best albums of last year for me : IRON MAIDEN –«The Book Of Souls», SLAYER – «Repentless», OSCULUM INFAME -- «Axis Of Blood», BLACKDEATH – «Gift», POGOST –«Messiah»…
This year I expect new albums from DESASTER, CIRITH GORGOR, DESTROYER666, SEAR BLISS, FROSTMOON ECLIPSE...

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

-Thank you for the interview. Wait for our fifth album in the nearest future. Good luck and stay dark!



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


Ghost Horizon Interview

lundi 25 janvier 2016 à 03:02
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We're an atmospheric black metal band based in Phoenix, AZ. I'm from Phoenix, and Uraeus is from the northern part of the country. We draw heavily from European black metal influences, so you may be able to hear that in our music.

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

If I had to describe the sound of the Astral Possessions, I'd say it's very up and down. It explores the extremes of human emotion, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.Very moody, and somewhat cinematic in that regard.

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

Uraeus explained to me his meaning behind the lyrics, and I found it to be quite profound. All of the songs are very personal to him, but also have that aspect to them that resonates with nearly anyone that listens to it and reads the lyrics. In his own words, it's "The loss of love, the loss of self, and the loss of self-worth. In the end we are all just flesh and thought."

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

The meaning behind the name isn't extremely "deep" or anything, but I wanted the word "Ghost" in it because I thought it sounded cool, and "Horizon" sounded good alongside that, because I often like to think what's beyond the horizon--for me, and for my music.

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

Well, in the beginning, Ghost Horizon had a full lineup and had demos recorded for 5 songs. We even played one show with this lineup, opening for Abigail Williams. After a lot of thought, I decided to go a slightly different route and got Uraeus for vocals and drums because I thought he would be a perfect fit for what I wanted to do. We don't have any plans to expand the lineup or do live performances, but I suppose anything is possible.

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

I'm indifferent on the matter, but if we were approached with an interesting offer I would definitely consider it. I'm always excited at the prospect of more people hearing our creation.

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

So far, feedback has been very positive all over the place. Most of the feedback so far has been local musicians, and it's been very positive.

8.Are any of the band members also in any other bands or musical projects these days?

Uraeus has his own project called Spekralaeon that should be taking off very soon, but prior to Ghost Horizon I ended any other projects I was involved with.

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

My goal is to get my music into the ears of as many metal fans as possible. Maybe live shows? Uraeus and I will definitely begin working on a full length album very soon. As a matter of fact, we already have some ideas recorded...

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?

I'd have to say that Agalloch was a huge early influence for me, and almost single-handedly got me into this type of black metal. At that time I was in the Chicago-based band, Empyreus, and those guys got me into lots of different bands. After that everything Neige-related caught my eye (Alcest, Lantlos, Amesoeurs, etc) and really got me interested in writing songs similar in style.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Yes and no. I'd say it's a more of a background influence that helps with the creative aspect of the music writing process, but it isn't so apparent in our lyrical themes.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Dark movies, documentaries, hiking, MTG, and beer!

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

We hope that you enjoy Astral Possessions as much as we enjoyed creating it!

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


Vredehammer/Violator/Indie Recordings/2016 CD Review

jeudi 21 janvier 2016 à 11:44

  Vredehammer  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  was  actually  featured  in  this  blog  in  the  very  early  days  and  plays  an  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Violator"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  riffs  before  adding  in  more  of  a  modern  and  technical  black/death  metal  sound  as  well  as  some  growling  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  can  be  heard. 

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  very  melodic  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  thrash  which  also  makes  the  songs  have  more  of  a  catchy  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  sounds  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of spoken  word  parts  while  the  last  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars.

  Vredehammer  creates  a  recording  that  sees  the  band  moving  away  from  it's  Norwegian  black  metal  influence  of  previous  recordings  and  going  for  more  of  a  modern  and  melodic  blackened  death  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  the  writings  of  Stephen  King.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Vredehammer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Light  the  Fucking  Sky"  "Deadfall"  and  "Cyclone".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/vredehammerviolatorindie-recordings2016.html


Nott Interview

jeudi 21 janvier 2016 à 10:12
1.Can you give us an update on what been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?


Greetings to Occult Black Metal 'Zine.

At the moment I'm working to new songs, my idea is to compose 4 songs and to record a mini album or a split album: I want to try and test on the medium length a different approach to the guitar arrangements, stripping down to the basics, using only a guitar and a bass to create the spinal chord of the future Nott sound, back to the roots of primitive black metal.


2.In December you had released a new album,how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


The new album consists in nine songs of pure old school black metal: I think that your review describes it very well. The main differences between the works of the past and the newest album are related to the improvement of my writing, instruments playing and vocal skills: Nott musical direction was really clear at the very beginning and it's the same today, after 14 years.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?


It's quite simple: Nott is at Death's service since the beginning. All the lyrics are related to Death, all the different themes flow into the big river of Death, for example religion...what are religions, if not the human answers to the inevitability of Death?


4.From the years of 2004 till 2013 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?


Sure. After the release of a demo in 2003 “The Fall of the Succumbings” and the year after the “Trilogy of Death” EP, I was ready to record the full album in 2006, with nine new tracks. At that time I was searching a drummer, because I was not able to play drums and I was not satisfied with the drum machine sound: this research failed and time passed. Then in 2008 I founded, with Noctuaria, the band Nebrus, and focused on it with all my energies: in 2010 I started to play drums and later, in 2013 I felt the need to give a continuation to Nott, in two weeks I composed the album “The Grave Age” (with nine new songs, not the same of the “aborted” 2006 album) and soon recorded it, releasing it thorugh my small label Obscurus Records.


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


Basically it means Night, it's a word used in the slang of my city (instead the italian Notte) and at the same time is the name of a Night Goddess in the Norse mithology. Night for me is special because human perception and human mind changes compared to the day. The Night is the perfect time for the music, the human feelings are much more acute and receptive.


6.At one time the project was a duo but is now a solo project, are you open to working with any other musicians again in the future?


Well, Nott was never a duo, it was born as a one man project and will die with only me: in the past I had some friends as guests in my recordings, and maybe so it'll be in the future. In the “Trilogy” EP the bass was played by my friend Necropathologist, in “The Grave Age” Nebrus singer Noctuaria did some backing vocals while in the newest album I have four special guests: three singers that composed the lyrics and sang the whole respective song (namely Noctuaria from Nebrus, Akerbeltz from Korgull the Exterminator or and Necro Krieg from Hexenfaust) and a bass player who played three bass tracks (namely Dave from Entirety).


7.The new album was released on Razed Soul productions, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?


I'm really satisfied of their support: a professional, reliable, well rooted in the underground and brave label. My advice for the readers is to check out the bands of its rooster, they deserve attention.


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


I apologise but I can't answer to this question: Occult Black Metal 'Zine is at the moment the first and the only review of Nott last album.


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


My main musical project is Nebrus, an obscure black death metal band featuring me on the instruments and Noctuaria on vocals: we are recording our second album and I think it'll be the darker, heavier and more extreme music I have ever recorded and composed. I think that while Nott has a traditional black metal sound, Nebrus is more complex, experimental and of course bearer of personal way to express the extreme music.


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


I think I'll keep going on with my path, basically composing and playing the music that satisfies myself 'till my last breath.


11.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?


Regarding Nott, of course the first wave of norwegian black metal, expecially Darkthrone.

Today I think that the best bands that plays old school black metal with their own personality are Clandestine Blaze, Craft, Avsky.

Actually my fave metal subgenre is the ritual black death metal, with bands like Portal, Irkallian Oracle, Grave Miasma, Mefitic, Aevangelist, Malthusian, Abyssal, Grave Upheaval and Impetuous Ritual.


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


Thanks for the review and interview.

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


Devilgroth Interview

mercredi 20 janvier 2016 à 22:48
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with theband these days?
1. Updates little. We finished work on an album and so far anything else doesn't occur.
2.You have a new album coming out in February, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2. Album (Morena). Different from all the old albums, with its unique sound. It is a blend of classic black metal with orchestral power. While the album is not used on a typical keyboard or symphonic elements. Orchestral power and atmosphere I have achieved an exceptionally wide guitar sound with a large Number of guitar amps. The album ends with a striking composition influence of traditional Russian music.

3.Since 2010 there has been 10 or more releases, do you put in a great amount of time and effort into writing and creating music?
3. Yes, the early we did a lot of records, even now I regret it. The fact is that we hardly give concerts and we had a lot of free time and we recorded a lot of jamming, as it were improvised. We did not have targets to sell the music or make it popular, so we did not care about its quality. During the long winter nights, we just played music to express their emotions. Therefore, those demo albums sound very bad. But in parallel, I worked on the idea of creating a unique sound within the black metal, for 5 years, I have developed this sound and can now be heard on (Morena). We can say that the band found its sound just now.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
4. We have a minimalistic lyrics. We invest forces and energy in music more. In Russia there are great poets. But lyrics not our strength. At first we write music, and then we do the text in the concept of mood of music.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name'Devilgroth'?
5. Creation of the name of group was influenced by one my dream. But it is long history. In general we gave group the Name only nearly 2 years later from the moment of its basis. I wanted a primitive typical black metal name. Devilgroth is a connection of words, English (Devil) and the Russian word ("grotto" - a cave) In other words the name of group can be deciphered as the Devil cave.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the documentary that you have just released?
6. In the film really there isn't a lot of information. Briefly, the Purpose of this movie through audiovisual a component to inform the atmosphere of a place in which we live and we create. You look at Siberia and more deeply you start understanding the atmosphere of our music.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage perfromance?
7. I a little that can tell about it…

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
8. For all existence of group there was only one small tour in Russia. Perhaps in the future we plan some concerts in neighboring countries. Also there are some split, for example Split with Depressive BM group (Desolated Souls) soon, especially wait for Split with our friends from brotherly Croatia. Raw Black Metal group (Necro Forest)

9.On a worldwide levle how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. We have good relations with the black metal fans from around the world.
10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
10. Now the group consists of two people. I have a parallel musical project. This project Aarsland where I create music in the style (Funeral Doom Metal / Drone Doom)

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. I don't know. I thought of it a little.

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?
12. I think on Devilgroth such groups as Trelldom, Windir, Wedard had impact. Also we were affected so-called by "the Siberian Punk". It is an old wave of the Russian underground music of 80 beginnings of the 90th years. Today I often listen to different Polish and Russian music, for example for the last year for me the best album is (ambient) the project from Poland of Docetism with an album "Roots".

13.How would you describe your views on Paganism and Occultism?
13. Oh. This subject very deep, it is difficult for me to speak about this subject in not the native language. I can tell that the Slavic paganism means to me much, also I am interested in pagan culture of indigenous people of Siberia. In the depth of Siberia still there are shamans, and their magic. My colleague on group, goes in for esoterics, psychology and chiromancy.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Now bad times.I want to wish to all readers of the peace and good. Just as the person professing patriotic ideas, and grown on traditional culture and folklore, I want to wish to people not to renounce the roots and to cease to worship to multiculture with which society is now infected. People of the different countries and cultures can be on friendly terms and have to be on friendly terms, but it doesn't mean to erase the traditional borders, differently always there will be someone another who will put on you alien traditions, it is sad. Harmony has to be, but it not in globalization...

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