Site original : OccultBlackMetalZine
⇐ retour index

Gorgon Interview

samedi 29 décembre 2018 à 02:33

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new album?
I decided to rebirth the band in early December 2017 and I immediately booked the recording studio. The date of entry was early June 2018, also I had a few months to compose the content of what I thought was a mini-cd in the beginning. The French label Osmose Productions, among others showed interest and by signing with them they asked me for an album rather than a 5 tracks. Also, since Gorgon’s albums have all 11 tracks, I had finally to compose 10 new songs because Hreidmarr (ex-Anorexia Nervosia) composed an intro in parallel. The recording sessions and mixing took place at ArtMusic Studios with Seb Camhi in June. In addition, another guest came on it, the famous Italian singer Cadaveria (from the band of the same name) who came directly to the studio to make her parts. In September we finalized the artwork for the 3 versions (CD, cassette and vinyl) and everything was sent to the press for an imminent release now.

2.You have a new album coming out during the beginning of 2019, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
I think this new album is the most brutal of our career, but this aspect of things came naturally. I did not try to copy what is currently being done or any particular band. The composition was made in a few months with regular work to find all the ideas I needed to achieve a satisfactory result. Moreover, this album enjoys the best sound we have ever had and it strengthens the impact of the songs, highlights some details. The vocal recording sessions were more intense too.

3.This is also your first full length since 2019, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?
Since our 4th album «The Spectral Voices», even if the band had not splitted up, it was no longer in activities. Meanwhile some records are out as a split CD with O.T.A.L. released by three French labels or our first demo in vinyl. At the end of 2017 I felt the need to do black metal because what I had been seeing for years, mainly in concert, was not great, so I decided to bring my vision of the thing

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the newer album?
The subjects are mainly based on Satanism, witchcraft, death and the dark side in general. Classical themes for this style but just too many bands calling themselves black metal use other topics in their texts, which is not compatible for me.

5.I know that the bands name comes form Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
I am not particularly interested in Greek Mythology in general even if on our E.P. there was also a track on one of these deities. The name of the band was found in 1991 on a book of demonology where from «Demogorgon», the name noted, I only kept the second part. I like old stories, but from all parts of the globe, even if those of Greece are rich in matter and relatively well known.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The artwork was made by a French tattoo artist, Stef Dess, who admired the group, offered to do work for us. Having been able to judge his artistic qualities, he made us the cover and all the interior drawings. Each song is illustrated by a specific drawing. Subsequently he also made the two visuals of the new t-shirt. The front of the cover, which he called «The birth of the Antichrist» makes really « middle-age » for me, which corresponds to the atmosphere of the album where witchcraft is very present.

7.You have been playing black metal since 1991 and where one of the first black metal bands in France, do you feel you have been a huge influence on the later bands that have came from the same country?
Yes, we are certainly among the pioneers, but I have the impression that the French scene is more inspired by the Norwegian scene and Dark Throne and Immortal in particular. The emergence of new bands often comes from a fashion and it was these two bands that were particularly highlighted at one time, hence the many French copies. Dark Funeral or Marduk have also been under the lights of the media, but for example not Beherit or Necromantia, hence the fact that there are not especially French groups in their wake.

8.With the exception of a drummer you recorded everything by yourself on the album but have had a full line up in the past, do you feel it is very hard to find musicians that share the same vision that you have for black metal?
I would much prefer to have a complete line-up with drummer, bassist and second guitarist but for this album I felt it was easier for me to make all the instruments I could, for a saving of time and efficiency. I thought for a moment that the drummer of our first three albums, seen at an Absu concert a few months before reviving Gorgon, could do the job but he didn’t answer. In addition, the last bass player of the band to whom I also proposed to do parts of his instrument declined my offer. Except for the drummer of our 4th album, which now makes guitar in a heavy-metal band, no longer any former member of Gorgon makes music. I think I can find musicians, but what I want is guys involved, for whom black metal is not something to be taken in the second degree. It has to run through their veins and not be a cool thing until finally in a few weeks they start to play death metal or something else. That is why I paid for a session drummer. He made his parts but is not an official member.

9.What where some of the best shows that the band played in the past and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We were good in concert, especially between 1995 and 1999, there was a lot of intensities and the songs were going well. In our early days we had less experience and in hindsight there were things we could improve. Toward the end of 2000-2001, I was the sole guitarist and I think it lacked power. I have two concerts in memory that I particularly enjoyed. The first date of the end of 1995 and took place in Clermont-Ferrand in France with Malveilance. It was sold-out and it was very evil. The audience wasn’t moving, and when we asked why after the concert, it was just because the audience didn’t want anything missing from the show. The second most memorable gig is the one in the town of Luynes in autumn 1997. We were never as prepared as I think that night, and everything worked out fine. It was the most powerful. Our performances were different every time, during the shows there was blood, make-up, video screenings, covers (Burzum, Venom, ..), guests like the members of Count Nosferatu and it was also related to the different lines-ups that the band knew and the new songs we had. There is no classical concert to offer invariably, each date was special and unique.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of black metal?
Everybody does not know that the band is back, and from more, a new generation appeared which does not know us specially, except by name maybe. The veterans of the scene, mainly in France, are happy for the greater part but wait rightly for the album to judge. Where in the 90s there were 15-20 bands in France, we have to be more than 300 now. All over the world, the news of our return circulates slowly but the plague will be spread more once the album will be out. Furthermore you should not ignore the number of productions which go out and the public cannot discover everything. When our 3rd album was released in 1998, it had near 1800 metal albums released that year, all styles combined. In 2017 there were more than 7700. These numbers do not take into account E.P., demos or reprint, so in 2019, we will be among the 7000 and some metal albums to be released. However, with the web, which did not exist in the 90s, I also know that we touch black metal fans who would not have known us before. I have faith in the potential of the album and the promotion that will come from your help.

11.What can we expect musically on future releases?
Since the end of the recording of summer 2018, I have started to compose again and the future songs seem faster to me even if I only rely on the 5 songs I have already written. It also seems to be more complex musically, and it’s good that these tracks are still different from what I’ve done. At the moment, I am always alone, but if in the near future a line-up was set up, it is also possible that the guys could bring me ideas that I would not have thought of, thus bringing new blood into the composition.

12.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?
I currently enjoy a lot of Finnish bands like Curse Upon A Prayer, Sacrificium Carmen or Kryptamok, but I also listen new artists that come out, thanks to the web, to make me an opinion and discover interesting things to my ears. I give everyone a chance, regardless of their nationality, label or popularity. I don’t think, however, that I am influenced by a particular band, but may be by a style of composition with two different guitars, where as sometimes black metal bands, even with two guitars, offers only one rhythm instead of a melody and a rhythmic guitar.

13.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
There are so many different and sometimes even opposite visions, that I sorted and pioched in what was right for me to make my opinion. But for my part I do not belong to any organized group even if I can support them occasionally because behind it there is usually a common idea.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I know that this new album is long awaited by some, because since the announcement of the return of the band, only rares information has circulated, and especially no concert has taken place to judge what we are currently worth. Reviews or few interviews have provoked interest. I did my best to make this album the most faithful performance of Gorgon in 2018-19. I have no regrets about its content when sometimes, in the past, I would have liked to change such and such a detail. This is a good sign………..

Source :

Profane War/The Call To Unholy War/2016 Demo Review

vendredi 28 décembre 2018 à 02:35

  Profane  War  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  2016  demo  "The  Call  To  Unholy  War".

  Sounds  of war  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  90's  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  the  music  sticking  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  war  samples  also  return  on  the  closing  track.

  Profane  War  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  raw,  blasphemous  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  evilness,  blasphemy  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Profane  War  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Charring  Christianity"  and  "Sacrifice".  8  out  of  10. 

Source :

Gorgon/The Veil Of Darkness/Osmose Productions/2019 CD Review

jeudi 27 décembre 2018 à 02:07

  Gorgon  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "The  Veil  Of  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Osmose  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing   and  evil  whispers  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  demonic  voices  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  growls  and  when  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  utilizing  some  melody  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Gorgon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old  school  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  War  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gorgon  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stil  Six  Six  Six"  "Border  Of  The  Forest"  "Burned  For  Him"  and  "Our  Crusade".  8  out  of  10.

Source :

Call Of The Red Forest Interview

mercredi 26 décembre 2018 à 01:11
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Call Of The Red Forest is a One Man Black Metal Band from Thessaloniki Greece. I’ve created this Black Metal band because i love this music genre (Black Metal) since I was young.I have always loved the dark music and I always want to take out the darkness I have inside of me.Call Of The Red Forest is my dark side. 

2.So far you have released 2 ep's. musically how do they both differ from each other?

For  my music I want to stay always to the same path (old school black metal)

And always want to add my own details.So I did both of my ep’s with this philosophy.

3.So far all of the music has been instrumental, are you open to using any vocals on future releases/

I like my music as it is and I don’t want to use any vocals in the future.From the first day i created this Band was instrumental and I would like to stay this way.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Call Of The Red Forest'?

This is a good question.
In my Darkest days I have a place in my mind to go and forget my problems and helps me to relax.This place is a big dark and red forest,Also when i listen to Black Metal some times I travel to  this place and i am thinking.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?

The artwork of my new Ep is a real photo and shows the dawn between the mountains.Of course I love the beauty of nature it is an inspiration for me.

When i look the mountains it  helps me to think more clearly.
Also the nature hides a lot of darkness and you must be able to see it sometimes.

6.On the recording you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I love to work alone and I don’t want to have a new member in my band.
In the past I was playing in many bands with many members but for this  band and on this path I want to be alone.

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

I want to make music mostly for me. In my opinion musician should make music for their own need and then for money.If you love to play music and you make money from it there's no problem at all. That's why i don't search for any company at the moment, because i make music for my own self.

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

Black Metal fans tells me that they like my music because is different from other Black Metal bands.these words makes me very happy and helps me to going ahead.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

At the time I only play for call of the red forest but in the past I was playing in may bands  with difference music genres,Thrash Metal,Heavy Metal,Greek Hard Rock,Punk…

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

I can’t  surely say if I will record a full length album but my plant for the future includes a new an Ep. currently I’m working on promoted my second Ep “Tell Your Fears” and it goes so far so hard for me to record a full length album because I lack of time,but when I have I always write music always on the same path,always old school,always Black Metal.

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?

I  listen to lot and different kinds of Rock and Metal music but always I love to listen an old school music.Some of my favorite music genres are Thrash Metal,Death Metal,Heavy Metal,Hard Rock and of course first wave of Black Metal such as Bathory,Celtic Frost,Hell Hammer etc and Of Course Second Wave of Black Metal (Norwegian Black Metal) Mayhem,Burzum,Darkthrone,Emperor etc. also I listen and some soft genres of music such a Blues,Classic Rock etc.
I like listening to new Bands too in all these kinds of music.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I am studying  mechanical engineering  and I like this science as well But my fisrt love is music.Music is all I have.

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

I want to thank you so much for this interview and review and also I want to say that what you do Is very good and important because you are the voices for the new bands and this is so good and important.
Finally I will say these words to the fan of Metal music: Play Metal first for your self and after for your pocket.
Thank you Very Much again

Source :

Mavorim Interview

mardi 25 décembre 2018 à 19:53
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
P.: Mavorim is a one Man Black Metal Band from Germany which was founded in the Year of 2014.

2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous split's, demo and ep?
P.:  I think the first two releases were a bit more orthodox in terms of Black Metal. More mysterious and raw. The last three releases are much more aggressive, thoughtful and more like a punch in the face.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
P.: My lyrics often deal with violence, hate, madness, longing for past times, war, my ancestors, my homeland and the war against the modern world.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mavorim'?
P.: That's a little secret i keep to myself.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
P.: The artwork consists of pictures of a very old castle in my hometown which is a very magical place full of history. The image of the owl on the back of the jewel case version and the Tape version was drawn by a very good friend exclusively for Mavorim.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
P.: Of course, it's easier to work alone, but I´d love working with other musicians. If the chemistry is right, it would be no problem.

7.You have also been a part of a couple of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands or musical projects you have shared these recordings with?
P.: The first Split  "Memento Mori" was made with Meuchelmord. When i moved to Hannover Cernunnos and i became very good friends and so it was natural for us to do a Split in the future. Meuchelmord is a very great Band specially after the release of "Niedersachsen Schwarzmetall" wich became one of my highlights in 2018. Same with Totenwache. I got in contact with Res Bellicae before  Totenwache and Mavorim even existed and we also became very good Friends. The First day we talked about our plans to start a Project it was clear, that we would do a Split some day. All in all, Totenwache and Meuchelmord are two really great projects, which I respect humanely as well as musically! Total support!

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
P.: I got many messages from all over the world. To my surprise the reactions are positive all the way and I am very grateful for that!

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
P.: Well, I continue to write/record music and I will also try to play live with Mavorim in the future.

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?
P.: There where a lot of Bands that had an influence on my music such as Burzum, Leichenzug, Absurd, Hellfucked, Luror, Moonblood and many many more. I still listen to all of them. At the Time i listen to Circle of Dawn, Stahlfront and Temnozor a lot. Besides Black Metal and Metal in general, i like Synthwave and Folk Music a lot.
1.How would you describe your views on Paganism?
P.:I think Paganism is part of Europe and real Europeans. It would be good for us to get rid of those useless desert religions, get back to our roots and become one with our ancestors beliefs again.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
P.: First of all, many thanks for the interest in Mavorim. I would also like to thank all comrades, and Friends for all the support! Hail to you!

Source :