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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.

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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...

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Sarke/Bogefod/Indie Recordings/2016 CD Review

mercredi 20 janvier 2016 à 22:33

  Sarke  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  punk,  doom,  atmospheric  and  technical  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Bogefod"  which  will  be  rleeased  in  February  by  Indie  Recordings.   

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  Norwegian  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  grim  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  has  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  the  music  speeds  up.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  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  slower  riffs  in  the  tracks  bring  in  a  very  heavy  doom  metal  influence  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

   As  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounds  and  synths  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  first  wave  black  metal,  while  later  tracks  add  in  a  touch  of  punk  and  some  of  the  riff  also  start  getting  more  technical  while  a  different  song  also  brings  in  operatic  female  vocals.   

  Sarke  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  traditional  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  technical  riffing  to  update  the  genre  for  modern  days,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  Norse  classic  "Eyrbyggia  Saga".

  In  my  opinion  Sarke  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  Norwegian  black  metal,  doom  and  thrash  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Of  Men"  "The  Wicked's  Transient  Sleep"  "Dawning" and  "Sunken".  8  out  of  10. 

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Cultus/Gezeteld In Zegeruinen/Heiden Hart Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 20 janvier 2016 à 19:08

  Cultus  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Gezeteld In Zegeruinen"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  epic  synths  in  the  background  which  are  also  only  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slwo,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style and  the  guitar  riffs  also  bring  in  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  while  still  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  fast  and  raw  tremolo  picking  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  traditional  black  metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  having  more  of  a  modern  production  and  one track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Cultus  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  in  the  90's  style,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  legends  and  Sagas  of  The  Netherlands.

  In  my  opinion  Cultus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  "IV"  and  "VII".  8  out  of  10.    


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Lugburz Interview

mercredi 20 janvier 2016 à 17:40
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

B: Greetings! First of all thanks for the interest in Lugburz. We really appriciate this.

We are currently working on new material. In fact we almost had everything ready, but due to the line up problems we just have to start everything again.The line up now is Tanatos-guitars,and Berith-bass,vocals,drumms( at least till we find a devoted drummer).

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

B:It’s pure black metal. I mean we were,are and forever will be a black metal band. Triumph is more raw than Pure Misanthropy of Death. For sure we’ve achieved more brutal and maybe more technical sound with our second album. In our music you can hear some death metal,thrash metal influences. We just use every „tool”  to express ourselfs. Raw Black Metal of Death!

3.The last album was released in 2013 and before that there was no new material for 7 years and there also has not been music released in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

B: Well it’s because we release our music when we think it’s ready in 100%. Of course we had some label problems( it seems that old school black metal isn’t a style which labels are looking for haha) and, as i’ve said before, line up problems also didn’t speed thing up.

4.Your lyrics do cover some anti christian, let hand path and Satanism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?

B: Triumph indeed treat some anti christian themes but Pure is far from it. Left Hand Path is something which always attracted black metal bands in one or another way and us of course also. As it goes for Lugburz we still have this luciferian rebel and darkness. It is inspiring us in many ways, but i am very, very far from calling our music „occult black metal” or any other, nowadays terms. You know christianity is not something what interests me, and with Pure Misanthropy we’ve just realised that all this anti christianity doesn’t make sens in our case.All those band that are „screaming” about killing christians etc., and doing nothing are just fucking bullshit and we are not going to be one of them.If you preach something you should do this. I am an adversary  not only for christian god, but also for any other false demiurgic form.If you think that some pagan gods are better than christian or islamic god, because it was before them you are very wrong in my opinion. Anti Cosmic Satanism is something which define my world view and through music I am expressing this view but as i’ve said I wouldn’t call Lugburz an „ occult black metal” band.For me black metal always deals with Satan in one way or another, and if some bands don’t get this, they are not a chanells for Dark Forces but only a mindless tools.

5.I know that the bands name comes from the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

B:I wasn’t in the band when the name has been chosen, but still I think it’s a great name for the band. It defines us in many ways. Dark Tower is not only tolkien’s invention you know, Lugburz is just one of the names for the Black Tower. But if you are looking for a greater philosophy  in our name you will be disappointed cause the name has been chosen cause of interest in J.R.R. Tolkien and not some occult,satanic rituals etc. It’s powerful, dark and obscure and that’s fine by me because our music is just like this name.If you are listening to our music you should imagine Dark Tower from which cursed souls are howling. I will just say, that not only we have chosen our name from Tolkien, Burzum, Morgoth just to mention haha.

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?

B:Hmmm it’s a hard question cause i’ve only played two times live with Lugburz, and both shows were great for me.But as far as i know shows with Witchmaster and Hell-Born were amazing. You know we are not a band which puts an altar on stage and thousand candles.It’s just not our way of expression. Of course we still use some traditional black metal stuff  like corpse paints, spikes etc.. It is about creating a dark atmosphere and we are using our music to make it, but if we will feel the need of using blood or pig heads for sure we won’t limit ourselfs.

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

B:No, for now there are no live plans cause we are just a duo. Maybe in the future we will find a devoted drummer who will play with us, but for now this case is closed. I am really into playing live, but you know we are tired of playing some shitty shows, cause it only deforms everything what we want to express. If the show is not prepared rightly it’s not good for the band and for the audience.

8.In 2006 you where part of a split with 'Meghorash', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the album?

B:There are no thoughts from my side simply because his music is not interesting for me personally. Don’t get me wrong but some things which Lugburz made in the past weren’t, hmmm just to say, totally contemplated. I don’t consider this split as a mistake or something because our music, on this split, is honest and really in our style, but I think in that time band didn’t thought enough about with whom will they share this split.If there will be any splits in the future i can assure you, that we will be more conscious in this matter.Still I must say that In leauge with Satan is killer track haha.

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

B:Most of the reviews are really great. Especially after releasing Pure Misanthropy I have read only few, but very good reviews. I have sent some cd’s personally and people from Sweden, Norway, Russia and Poland of course, think this album is really strong. It’s really big thing for us that there is a feedback on what we do, since we’ve never had a strong,or any at all, promotion( even if I think Satanath Records did a great job for us!).Of course every band dream about huge events, great promotion and living from music but hey this is black metal, it’s not about money and fame!

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

B:As I’ve mentioned, new stuff is almost ready( I just need to learn how to play drumms haha!). We are working hard to create something different from what we’ve done in the past and, at the same time, to keep our own style. Hmmm we will see what will come, but i can assure you that it still will be solid black metal. We’ve decided to go a little bit more to the roots of black metal, more raw, less technical and simplier than Pure was.For sure I want lyrics to be more darker and possessed with the new album.We are not planing things they are just happening and we just Jump in the Fire!

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?

For sure the whole norwegian black metal scene from the ’90. Immortal, Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone,Gorgoroth just to mention few. For us those bands are the essence of what black metal is, but of course Venom,Celtic Frost, Hellhammer,Bathory or polish Kat are also our great inspiration. Personally, for me Live in Leipzig is the greatest black metal album of all times, Mayhem at it’s best. Nowadawys I am really into Watain, Blaze of Perdition,Vader(new album just killed me!). My greatest band of all time is Dissection, but get me right, we will never be playing like any of these band, because Lugburz is creating and not copying. I’ve always thought that original is better than hundred of copys, and we don’t need 100 Mayhems or Watains.If i want to listen to Iron Maiden i will listen to them not to some shitty band that only tries  to be greatest heavy metal band in the world.

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

B: Once again thanks for the interest in Lugburz. We hope to release new stuff in this year, so keep your eyes and ears open for the damned sounds will attack! Blackest Regards to you for keeping the Black Flame burning!

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