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Ekstasis Interview

mardi 29 décembre 2015 à 05:58

> 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us  little bit about the band?
We are Ekstasis, a german black metal group formed in 2010. It started with Chironex and Elias who had known each other for years and played in bands before. Thenceforth we were focused on creating unique music.

> 2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It's hard for us to describe our own sound, because everyone in the band got another impression of it.
We care about a progressive and various songwriting. It's our intention to differ from other bands. Like our Artwork, we fit pieces together to create an harmonious opus...like a jigsaw.

> 3.The band has been around since 2010 but waited until 2015 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
We finished recording process in early 2012. Some external individuals, who were involved in this process, fiddled away.. But that's nothing new in music-business.


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

> 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ekstasis'?
Ekstasis reffers to the ancient greek word "ἔκστασις".The translated term "ecstasy" describes the state of overwhelming enthusiasm.


> 6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
All shows were unique in their own way. So far we had two different stage concepts. Our first stage-suit was like old and dirty strait jackets. One member wore a handmade and individual mask. The second concept: We all wore black outfits, the stage-rooms were perfectly darkened and we only used blue headlights. Those shows were really nebulous and intense.


> 7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A chinese booker asked for a show. But so far we are not able to say more about that. Other shows aren't planned.


> 8.The new album was released on 'Geisterasche Orgainisation', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
They paid very well and took all of our costs.


> 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Some were good, and some were bad. But we are glad for everyone who can feel our music the same way we do. We like to read every review no matter if its a positive or negative one.


> 10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Since we've recorded our first full length album we had massive changes in our line-up. We will see how it will influence the music. At the moment all we can say is that it will be more sanguine and in parts
faster than our current release. Also we are focused to include more highlights in our music.

> 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?
Our important influence is life and all its facets. Even if we love Black metal it's not a strict impact in our music. Some of our members prefer old-school gaming soundtracks, others are  more into alternative rock.


> 12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Videogames, nature, cooking and... dreaming.


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

Thank you for your time and interest in this interview.Check our Homepage www.gedankenort.com
There you can order our album, get informed about upcoming shows and the next songs.
Give us a like: https://facebook.com/gedankenort

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/ekstasis-interview.html


The Shiva Hypothesis Interview

lundi 28 décembre 2015 à 23:52
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

TSH evolved from our previous musical activities somewhere around 2012; as a group of friends from the east of the Netherlands with an interest in the darker side of music. With the addition of our vocalist in 2014, the band truly came to fruition.
The Shiva Hypothesis strives to mix our love for experimental and obscure black metal with nineties death metal, played with the energy of blackened thrash.


2.How would you describe your musical sound?

The overall feel could be described as dark and energetic, evoking a broad spectrum of different emotions in the listener through varying vocal styles, black metal riffing as well as bigger harmonic structures,melodic basslines and some more technical parts.
As a reference point, imagine Emperor,Behemoth, Death and Ved Buens Ende put into a blender with a bit of early Sentenced, Slayer and Deathspell Omega added for further taste.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The main theme of the band is the concept of destruction and creation, both in philosophical and literal sense. Besides that, we also incorporate elements of mysticism, mythology and folklore from around the world. The tarot and tree of life serve as major inspirations for the lyrical content of the tracks on the promo.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Shiva Hypothesis' and also do any of the band members have any interest in Eastern Mysticism and Philosophy?
There is definitely an interest, but the name does not necessarily imply associations with Hinduism or Eastern philosophy. The Shiva Hypothesis is a theory that identifies patterns in mass extinctions, followed by periods of rapid evolution.This concept of destruction and creation, also embodied in Shiva the God, serves as a general theme of the band.


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

We try to approach our live shows with a lot of energy and an air of mystery, keeping out the metal macho stereotype nonsense (circle pits remain entirely optional!).
For budgetary reasons, we haven’t been able to have comets rain down from the skies, but in the future we’re hoping to integrate video imagery and maybe some toasty pyrotechnics.

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

We’ve got some shows planned, so keep a watchful eye on our Facebook page for more news!

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

Although we have enjoyed doing things on our own and have very strong opinions about just about everything surrounding our music, artwork, etc., we would definitely like to work with a label for future releases so that our music can reach a bigger audience, while we can focus more on creating new songs.

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

Nothing but rave reviews so far! There are bound to be some complaints about the blending of styles and the absence of lyrics about Satan, but we are not here to satisfy everyone. Our first objective is to make music we would like to listen to ourselves and if that would inspire others to do the same, that would be a perk.

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

Hopefully in the first half of 2016. All of the tracks for it have been recorded and most of them have been mixed. Since our low frequency generator does most of this stuff in his home studio in his spare time, it takes quite a bit longer to finish. After the upcoming full length, we’ve already got some new songs down for a follow-up EP, which features some faster and more ferocious songs, with more blast parts and more big harmonic and dissonant guitar parts.


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?

Beside black metal, all of us also listen to a lot of other music, causing us to bring different influences to the table, which often results into arguments, but mostly leads to interesting passages that sprung from concessions.

Some bands and artists that have definitely influenced us in one way or another (apart from those already mentioned earlier) are:

Mayhem, Primordial, Deathspell Omega, Darkthrone, Secrets of the Moon, Nasum and Absu, but also Fields of the Nephilim, Bersarin Quartett, 16 horsepower, Huun-Huur-Tuu and classical music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
All of us read a lot, from mythology and philosophy to classic literature. I suppose our evenings of beer-fueled banter can not be considered to be “ non musical”, since there is always some Behemoth album blaring in the background.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview and thanks to everyone reading this for taking the time to read this through to the end. Check out our music and come see us live, you will definitely hear more from us in the near future!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-shiva-hypothesis-interview.html


Nocturne/Self Titled/Unlight Productions/2016 CD Review

lundi 28 décembre 2015 à 07:02

  Nocturne  are  a  band  from  Austria  that plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  which  will  be  released  by  Unlight  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodies  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and the  songs  also  bring  in  a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and   death  metal  growls  and  clean  singing  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  brought  into  the  music  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  clean  playing  along  with  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track while returning  back  to  vocals  on  later  tracks  as  well  as  adding  in  more  diversity  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  De  Infernali's  "Sign  of  the  Dark".

  Nocturne  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  melodic  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Lef  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nocturne  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Return  To  Chaos"  "Into  The  Great  Below"  "Ama  Lilith"  and  "Sign  Of  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/nocturneself-titledunlight.html


Companions Of Hellfire/Codex Antichristus/2015 EP Review

lundi 28 décembre 2015 à 05:02

  Companions  Of  Hellfire  are  a  solo  project  from  Singapore  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Codex  Antichristus".

  A  very  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  old  school  metal  feeling  and you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of 80's  influences  throughout  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a good  mixture  of  both  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  influences and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  melodic  vocals  on  a   couple  of  the  tracks  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw  style  of  black  metal.

  Companions  Of  Hellfire  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  he  first  and  second  wave  styles  of  black  metal  and  also  mixes  in  some traditional  metal  elements  to  create  a  very  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal,  the production goes  for  a  raw  yet  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemous  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion Companions  Of  Hellfire  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Opus  I"  and  "Opus  5".  8  out  of  10.    
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/companions-of-hellfirecodex.html


Ande/Licht/2015 Demo Review

lundi 28 décembre 2015 à 03:30

  Ande  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015  demo "Licht".

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  an  atmospheric  musical  direction  and  the  music  also  gets  very  melodic  at  time sand  there  are  brief  intros  before  every  track.

  When  synths are  utilized  they  add  in  more  of  an  organic  style  of  ambient  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Ande  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  having  more  of  a  raw  and  misanthropic  take  on  the  genre  and  also  mixes  in  ambient  intro's,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  his  native  tongue  and  cover  hateful  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion Ande  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  misanthropic black metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  demo.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Paniek"  and  "Den".  8  out  of 10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/andelicht2015-demo-review.html