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Bitter Lake Interview

samedi 29 avril 2017 à 20:17
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Bitter Lake is a Atmospheric black metal band, i don't know what else to add really, i think you have to listen to understand.


2.So far you have put out 2 releases, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
Canadian Winter is more of a "finding my sound" piece, all the elements are there but i didn't play guitar for this release, well i did in a way,
the synths were triggered by midi guitar, but i don't feel it lives up to what i had in mind, where as "distortions in sombre"is a lot more what i
was aiming for, i love both pieces but i prefer "distortions in sombre"by a longshot, and will be following up that release with similar style pieces.

3.So far most of the music has been instrumental, are you open to using vocals in the future?
I think a vocalist aims the listener to feel a certain way, lyrics make you feel a certain way and i wanted to avoid that with Bitter Lake, i want
the listener's journey to be there own interpretation of my music, guided only by the music itself, never say never, but for the immediate future, i
have no plans to add vocals, although i'm sure that will change in time.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bitter Lake'?
It's a political documentary, i haven't even seen it, i just liked the name so it went on a shortlist, then when i started recording "canadian winter"
research led me to a lake in Canada with the same name, so i took that as a sign and stuck with the name, not the most exciting story, but a story all
the same.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
I have tried to work with other people and it's hard, it's hard for me to hear an idea i have become something else, so for that reason i work alone, i'm
to selfish about what i create to let someone else in, nothing ever sounds right with someone else on board, but again, never say never. when i gig i will
have live musicians, and that could evolve into something i guess.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I'm not looking for a label actively, but if an opportunity arises and it was right i wouldn't turn it down.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
Better than i imagined, i have not really had any negative feedback at all, except by people who don't understand the lofi recording methods used and think its
just badly produced, which i can deal with. Sales have been good, which makes me hopeful that i could do this somewhat fulltime, which would be nice.

8.Are you involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
yeah, actually. I have another project which is more idm/glitch based (Think Aphex Twin or Squarepusher) but i've put that on hold to work on this fulltime, however
i see a chance for mindless self promotion so will leave this link here. -> http://www.soundcloud.com/grimbit

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
i'm not sure, which is exciting as much as it is terrifying.

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?
at the moment, lots of symphonic black metal and grunge. i have Dinosaur JR, Emperor and Darkthrone on repeat at the moment. which shows on the new recordings.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Cats and weed

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
respect one another and stay in school, or something equally as cliche!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/bitter-lake-interview.html


Chiral/Glazing Light Eternity/Folkvanger Records/2017 Cassette Review

samedi 29 avril 2017 à 04:42

  Italy's  solo  project  Chiral  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  remains  true  to t he  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Glazing  Light  Eternity"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  June  on  cassette  by  Folkvangr  Records.

  Distorted  drones  and  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  at e utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also b ring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  folk  and  progressive  music  edge.

  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  great  portion  of  them  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  one  track  utilizing  melodic  chants  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  which  also  adds  in  ambient  touches  and  grim  spoken  vocals  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Chiral  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  more  folk  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  and  cover  introspection,  solitude,  pain,  death  and  love  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chiral  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Haze"  and  "The  Hourglass'.  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/chiralglazing-light-eternityfolkvanger.html


Wreche/Desert/Fragile Branch/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 29 avril 2017 à 03:31

  Wreche  are  a  duo  form  Los  Angeles.  California  that  plays  a mixture  of  black  metal,  experimental  and  classical  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Desert"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Fragile  Bunch.

  Avant  garde  style  pianos  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  touches  of  classical  while  natural  noises  are  also  used  at  times  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  more  aggressive  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  no  guitars  and  bass.

  Pianos  get  very  aggressive  and  take  over  the  place  of  traditional  metal  instruments  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  a  depressive  tone  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also used  briefly.

  Wreche  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  dark  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  replaces  the  traditional  instruments  with  pianos  while  also  adding  in  experimental,  avant  garde  and  classical  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wreche  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  avant  garde  classical  and  experimental  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Angel  City"  and  "Vessel".  8  out  of  10. 
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/wrechedesertfragile-branch2017-full.html


Muka/Sveta Stoka/2017 EP Review

samedi 29 avril 2017 à 00:32

  Muka  are  a  band f rom  Croatia  that  plays a   mixture  of  dissonant  black  metal,  doom  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Sveta  Stoka".

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  alter  while the  music  also  mixes  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  and  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into certain  sections  of the  recording  along  with  all of  the  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  depressive  touches  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  raw  feeling  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  elements  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  a  few  growls. 

  Muka  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  and  sludge  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics a re  written  in  Croatian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Muka  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dissonant  black  metal,  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  styles,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sutra?!"  and  "One  Koge  Nema".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/mukasveta-stoka2017-ep-review.html


Lucifer's Dungeon/The Dark Army Raises/Grim Distribution/2017 CD Review

vendredi 28 avril 2017 à 04:00

  Lucifer's  Dungeon  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Dark  Army  Raises"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Grimm  Distribution.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and   they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  dungeon  synth  and  after  the  first  track  they  go  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  where  you  can  also hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  more  raw  side  of  the  genre  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences.

   Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  tracks  return  back  to  an  instrumental  dark  ambient  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  a  heavier  instrumental  towards  the  end.

  Lucifer's  Dungeon  brings  out  2  different  styles  with  one  being  a  raw  and  traditional  style  of  black  metal  while  the  other  side  displays  a  more  dark  ambient  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Dogma,  Satanism  and  Nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lucifer's  Dungeon  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unconscious  Faith"  Burn  Your  Dogma"  "War"  and  "The  Forest".  8  out  of  10.

   

 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/lucifers-dungeonthe-dark-army.html