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Lauxnos/My Dead Ocean/Satanath Records/Metallic Media/Deleting Soul Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 25 novembre 2015 à 06:22

 Lauxnos  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "My  Dead  ocean"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  Metallic Media,  and  Deleting  Soul  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  giving  the  music  a  progressive  feeling  and  after  a  few  seconds  post  rock  style  melodies  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  going  into  the  same  musical  direction.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  heavy  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style  along  with  some  depressive  screams  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  post  rock  elements  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Lauxnos  plays  a  style  that  mixes  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  with  post  rock  to  create  a  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ocean,  lonely,  philosophy  and  mysticism.

  In  my  opinion  Lauxnos  are  a  very  great  sounding   atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Dead  Ocean  Part  1"  'My  Dead  Ocean  Part  5"  and  "Waves  Of  My  Soul".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/lauxnosmy-dead-oceansatanath.html


GodHater/Blasphemia/Satanath Records/Dark East Productions/Grotesque Sounds Productions/2014 CD Review

mercredi 25 novembre 2015 à 04:58

  GodHater  are a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  "Blasphemia"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records, Dark  East Productions  and  Grotesque  Sounds  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  vocals  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  and  once  the  grim  high  pitched  screams  kick  in  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  thrash  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  melodic  sound  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  utilize  melody  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  as  the  album  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  briefly  and  they  bring  in  a  war  like  feeling  to  the  recording  and  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Unlord's  "Angel  Of  Fire".

  GodHater  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  mid  90's  aggressive  and  raw  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are written  in  Russian  and  cover  Satanism  and  Hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  GodHater  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  satanic  black  metal  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Spirit  Of  The  Crucifixion"  "The  Departed"  "I  Choose  Darkness"  and  "GodHater".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/godhaterblasphemiasatanath-recordsdark.html


ChaosWolf Interview

mercredi 25 novembre 2015 à 02:06
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
1.    Sure. We are filming the first videoclip of Chaoswolf, but it’s a slow process that will lasts -at least- six month. I’m starting the composition of new songs too.


2.In August 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?
1.    The sound is a little bit more violent and heavier than the old stuff. But it also has those –few- remainders from old Chaoswolf, for example, the intro, “La escisión de Ouróboros” (Ouroboros’s Cleavage). As some people know, Chaoswolf started as an ambient BM project, keyboards playing a protagonic role, long length songs, but now the style is oriented to the guitars and to create some kind of dynamic BM experience. In fact, the album was recorded by two different drummers, spilling their own style. You’ll find a versatile sound in this album.


3.Your lyrics go into depth with Lycanthropy and Philosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
1.    Lycanthropy was the first topic on Chaoswolf, the first lyrics used to talk about the transformation into a demonic beast, known as werewolf, as a some kind of satanic thinking extension. The werewolf was a metaphore of the inner demons, the inner dark force provided –of course- by Satan. Now the concept is pretty much different. I’m not considering Satan as a real entity anymore. Here enters philosophy. Part of my philosophical position is to overcome the religious thinking, at any of its forms. I apologize if i sound a little heretic, but i propose the death of Satan as a strategy to create new ways of reflection. But here comes the other hand, after killing Satan as an idol, he becomes a signifier of a pure and radical void. I will develope a little more this idea on question 12.
About lycanthropy I can tell that is the Chaoswolf’s mark. I allude to it all the time. I consider my music, lyrics and voice as howls that only another wolves –of the same pack- can interpret, understand and enjoy. I don’t think lycanthropy as being violent, evil, destroying everything, etc. I think my position is much more modest: the myth of the werewolf express the human fantasy to overcome our condition, i. e. to be pulsional energy at it’s pure form and so on. But that is imposible, the fact is that we are divided, like Harry Haller in the famous Herman Hesse’s novel (inspired –by the way- by his relationship with C. G. Jung). So, i use the lycanthropy as an artistic expression of the subjective division. What people call “the inner beast” is not our animal part (represented by the wolf) but the human divided between his drives and the culture. In this dialectic movement, the inner beast is exactly the outside one, the human itself.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'ChaosWolf'?
1.    Well, i was 17 when i named this project as Chaoswolf. If i’m still using this name, even knowing that i’m very different nowadays, is because there are things that never change. I think this name could symbolize this never-changing element that i call my “own name”. And it will be more sick BM through this name.



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

1.    We haven’t play any live show, but we will. I guess.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
1.    Nothing solid yet, but i’m considerating some cities around my region.


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Caligo Arcanum Productions'?
1.    It’s a very serious and professional label mostly oriented to real underground BM. There are very few labels truly compromised with the spirit of mexican BM, i think CA is one of them.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
1.    Many people, especially from another countries, consider Chaoswolf as a raw, rudimentary and old-school BM. They like that. Personally, i don’t think in any style in particular when i’m creating my songs, but the influences talk by themselves. I have to add the fact that I use the recording tools accessibles to my hands. And i like to work my music without the stress of renting hours in a studio or something like that.
Also there were people who told me that they prefer the first Chaoswolf (the ambient BM one). It’s aceptable, but I sometimes think those opinions like the metaller stereotype: “the best stuff of that band is the first two demos”. I do not deny that sometimes is true, in the case of many bands. But in my case, in think my music has grown up not only without moving away from BM but solidifying it.


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
1.    Well, Senectus plays in Cineris (Black Metal) and Atroxia (Death metal). They’re having some live shows and recording. Both bands have a facebook page, by the way. I invite you all to check them out.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
1.    We want to give some live shows and record a new album.


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?
1.    Well I guess this album is not brutal BM, but an energic one. My favorite BM style is the combination of energy, feeling, darkness spiced with some pieces of melancholy: i think in Noenum, Luror and Lutomysl. Even Nargaroth. I think my album is in that direction. I could agree the energy of bands like Stormnatt or Goatmoon.
I have a great variety of styles and genres in my “playlist”. Rock, pop, metal, hip-hop, nu-metal, even salsa. I have been listening some japanese rock bands lately. I can agree that all the music i listen is connected with some signifiers in “my” simbolic universe. The music is a linguistic phenomenon. It’s about significance. For example, Black metal is special for me because is the music that i choose to be part of. Even if i’m an excluiding part. But i don’t define me through the music  I hear, moreover, i don’t define me in anyway, i’m a fucking unknown entity –submerged in contingency- even to myself.



12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
1.    I was a follower of satanism (from the Left Hand Path), but i set apart from it because I was influenced by another thoughts, for example, Chaos Magick. CM says that our believes are fictional, but funtional, so we need to make them work (for our magical purposes) by training some kind of “mental plasticity”. Besides, the controversial ideas of psychoanalysis made me question everything that I had believed. However, i have my construction about Satan and his role in BM, because is important. I think Satan as a name, not a symbol (like LaVeyans), just a name, wich means “the adversary”. But, adversity to what? To all monotheistic religions? That’s a little simplistic. Satan –for me- is the adversity to the religious field of meaning. Religion comes from the ethimological latin root re-ligare, re-unite. What’s the element wich reunite people? Meaning. People look for meaning, and the gods give it. So, the radical satanism for me would be the one who can escape from the meaning temptation. Some people object me saying that LHP isn’t religious, because the emphasis is to develope the own self. In some cases, to become a god. The individual versus the other. That’s right. But i think that as a form of introjection. Incorporing god(s) in a similar way as the sons eat the corpse of their father in the freudian myth of the primal horde. But the religious essence stills, just take a look to many satanist orders. Also, many people presuppose knowing wich is the border between myself and the Other. They presuppose the answer to the question: Where I end and where the other begin? And that’s a big philosophical problem.
About occultism, i like it, as a field of research. I’m interested in the relationship between mathematics and occultism, because numbers could point to the real, for example, 333 = the abyss. Also, i have affinity with Chaos-magick, because concibe chaos as something more creative than many occult orders.

 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
1.    Well, thanks for having interest on Chaoswolf, howls to you and all those who support Chaoswolf, i really appreciate it!!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/chaoswolf-interview.html


Seventh Genocide Interview

mardi 24 novembre 2015 à 10:50
Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

 “Breeze of Memories” was actually recorded during 2013 and 2014, but it was only released this spring, so a lot of things have changed. Firstly, we modified half of our line-up with two new guitarists, Stefano and Jacopo, then we immediately started working on a different approach on the songwriting and evolved our sound with more influences and experimentation. You’ll hear everything on our next album.


2.Recently you have 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?

Compared to the previous, this album is a completely different thing. The first one is just a report of our early years. With “Breeze of Memories” we have found our own sound, we mixed different influences and tried to create a more emotional approach to the music itself.

3.In the beginning the band played more of a traditional and melodic style of black metal but have evolved more into a post black metal band on the new recording, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

Actually, nothing was decided, it was just a natural evolution. “Seventh Genocide” was raw, immature and naïve, it’s probably a regular release for a novice black metal band with some good ideas, but without the right maturity for realizing them. The biggest error was probably releasing it as a full-length and not as a compilation of demos. ” Breeze of Memories” represents the moment when we started to make music seriously, it’s the first step of an evolution that will continue with the new material.

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

Lyrics are about the immensity and purity of nature as the only guard of men’s spiritual roots. Death is another important topic; it represents the liberation from physical existence. This concept in particular will be examined in a more transcendental and spiritual way on the next album, including out-of-body experiences and astral projections. In the first album, lyrics were mostly inspired by 800’s French and Italian dark poetry, that’s one of the things we still like about that record...

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

In the past we played some great shows here in Rome including a gig with Irish legends Primordial. Unfortunately, with the old line-up live performances weren’t always perfect and it was a big limitation. Now that Stefano and Jacopo joined the band everything is completely different, they are excellent musicians and we have a common goal as a band. Our shows are like a ritual experience: we usually play with lights off, scented candles and various scenic tools.


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

Our plans now are all focused on the making of our next album, which is actually complete for an half. After its release we’ll surely try to promote it with live gigs and tours.

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

“Breeze of Memories” was already released on CD by Naked Lunch Records, an experimental music label from northern Italy. On days also a tape version will be available through US based label Red River Family Records., which is perfectly suitable to our attitude. For the release of the next record we don’t have any information, we’ll see when it will be complete.


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

For an underground band like us we think it’s fine.


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

¾ of the band is also involved in a post-rock project called Angew, which is currently on hold. Rodolfo and Valerio are also part of Dreariness’s live line-up; the band is preparing some shows and releasing a new album soon. Valerio is also a member of progressive/post-rock band Odd.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We don’t know, but we don’t preclude anything.

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?

“Breeze of Memories” was clearly influenced by post-rock, post-black metal and American “Cascadian” black metal scene. On the next record we’ll explore also progressive rock, ambient and atmospheric music in general. We are very open minded listeners and avid record collectors. We listen to a lot of various musical genres such as atmospheric, experimental music, extreme metal, post-rock, 70’s rock, folk, pop and even classical music or jazz.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

For this question, different answers by each singular member are probably better:

Rodolfo:  Beside music I use to watch tons of movies which also influence me during composition of music and lyrics. Some of my favourite directors are Kim Ki-Duk (his Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring is probably my absolute favourite movie), Takeshi Kitano, Lars Von Trier, David Lynch, Sion Sono (Love Exposure is just crazy), Andrey Tarkovskij, Lav Diaz (We used a sequence from his 7 long “Melancholia” as visual during one of our shows). Bela Tarr (Satantango), Hayao Myiazaki, Satoshi Kon, Katsuhiro Otomo. Speaking of books I’d like to mention Richard Adams’ “Watership Down”,  Haruki Murakami’s “In the sign of the sheep” and the esoteric book “Life After Life”, very influent on my lyrics.

Jacopo: I’m a lot into anime, manga and hentai. Some of my favourite artists are Hiromu Arakawa (Full Metal Alchemist, Arsian Senkin), Masashi Kishimoto, Sui Ishida and I’m also influenced by visionary painter Takato Yamamoto. Speaking of movies, I like many works by Quentin Tarantino, Sergio Leone, Takashi Miike (Sukyiaky Western Django, Gozu) and many others. Another thing I really like are videogames, I have some favourite titles from 90’s Nintendo masterpieces (The Legend of Zelda, the Pokémon saga) to modern ones (Darksouls, Bloodborne)

Stefano: I’m a big fan of sci-fi and literature in general, some of my favourite authors are Philip K. Dick (Eye in the Sky, Clans of the Alphane, The Penultimate Truth), Isaac Asimov, Stanislaw Lem (Solaris), but also Haruki Murakami, Franz Kafka, Michael Ende (The Mirror in the Mirror), George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. I also love western cinema (Sam Pekinpah, Edwin Sherin) and contemporary painters like Salvador Dalì, Renato Guttuso, Giorgio De Chirico and Giorgio Morandi.

Valerio: My interests includes Martial Arts, Videogames of every genre, Bauhaus architecture, philosophy (Immanuel Kant, Friederich Nietzsche), European languages, cooking and movies, in particular dystopian and utopian films.

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

Thanks a lot for the opportunity and for the kind words on the review. Occult Black Metal Zine has our full support

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/seventh-genocide-interview.html


Morkulv/Where Hollowness Dwells/Satanath Records/Dark East Productions/Metal Throne Productions/Metal Of Crypt/2014 CD Review

mardi 24 novembre 2015 à 10:40

  Morkulv  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Where  Hollowness  Dwells"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  Dark  East  Productions, Metal  Throne  Productions  and  Metal  Of  Crypt.

  Evil  sounding  synths  and  bells  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  whispers  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  while  also  keeping  around  the  synths  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark,  distorted  and  melodic  sounding.

  A  great  amount  of  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  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording   and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  enhance  the  grim  atmosphere  of  the  songs  along  with  the  keyboards  getting  more  epic.

 As  the  album progresses  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitars  while  a  later  track  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  clean  singing  and  the  music  also  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  of  the  90's  where  they  started  mixing  in  keyboards  with  a  more  raw  black  metal  style  while  the  music  is  still  very  much  guitar  driven.      

  Morkulv  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  rooted  in  the  early  90's which  they  mix  in  with  a  keyboard  sound  that  also  gives  the  music  a  feeling  or  a  horror  movie  soundtrack,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  horror  themes.

In  my  opinion  Morkulv  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Red,  Dark,  Infinite"  'Where  Hollowness  Dwells"  "Conjuration  -  A  Blood  Ritual"  and  "Iron  Throb".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/morkulvwhere-hollowness-dwellssatanath.html