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Kalaallit Nunaat Interview

mercredi 4 juillet 2018 à 01:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Kalaallit Nunaat starts as a classic raw black metal project in 2012, during my University studies. I wrote many songs during last years of my career, but for some personal problems i wasn't able to record them as well. In 2016 i finally got some time to complete recordings of the song, but, making some remarkable changes to some of the songs i wrote, i turned them into a funeral doom/ ambient version of the original ones, and i published them with another moniker, Shine of Menelvagor, and i released the first full-lenght called “Walking the Icepath to the Wanderers' Plateau” through This Winter Will Last Forever Records”. In 2017, i decided to also records some of the original raw black metal tracks i composed in 2012, and so in april 2018 the split album “Memories from desolate battlefields” as been released.

2.So far you have released 2 demo's and have been a part of a split, how do all of the recordings differ from each other?
There is no difference among the releases. The 2 demos are just a promotional version of the tracks officially released on the split album.

3.Your lyrics cover Frost, Mythology, Fantasy and Cosmography themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
For me, frost is just a “meteorological” version of solitude, the only human condition that can leave us with our true emotions and feelings. Mythology is a great hobby since years, including from classic Roman and Greek, to Nordic one. Also fantasy is a great source of inspiration, expecially Tolkien's masterpieces, so much widespread in black metal. Cosmography is a personal interest that i will express in my next releases.

4. I know that the band was named after the name of Greenland in the indigenous Greenlandic langauge 'Kalaallisut', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this culture?
I really love the “Grœnlendinga saga”, so i decided to inspire the moniker of my project to this enchanting and desolate land. I have never visited Greenland until now, but i think it could really be the perfect place to isolate ourselves from this modern and overwhelming world we live in nowadays .

5.On the recording you play all of the instruments, are you open to bringing in other musicians on future releases?
I think i could bring some musicians in my projects only to improve some technical musical elements and, eventually, to bring Kalaallit Nunaat on stage. But i will never involve other musicians in this project, or in my other one Shine of Menelvagor, in songwriting, because i need these to keep very personal. However, i'm going to put on some other musical project with other musicians and friends.

6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Au Revoir', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

A. of Au revoir, also involved in the project Talv, is a great pen pal for a long time, and i think he is one of the best italian musicians in atmospheric black metal. He is properly one of the musicians i hope to involve in a future two (or more) men black metal band! I think he has a perfect skill to turn solitude and despair in music.

7.So far you have worked with 'Depressive Illusions and 'This Winter Will last Forever' on getting your material released, do you feel both labels have been very supportive so far?
I think they're both great labels. Depressive Illusions records, including it's sublabels Vibrio Cholerae, Floppy Noise and Spirits of the Air records, is a very great label, always helpful to support a great number of underground musicians, from black metal to shoegaze to ambient to noise and so on. For its part, This Winter Will Last Forever is one of the greatest italian black metal label. Everything they released is always qualitatively high, and the phisical format of them is always well produced and packaged. Every black metal fan should discover their wonderful releases, including some historical projects such as Orcrist and Massemord.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
The split album as been released only 2 months ago and the promotion until now, by my side, has been unfortunately slow, because of my personal and working problems. However, i have already received some good response from black metal fans who bought the phisical form of the split album, and some other good reactions including your great review.

9.Currently you are working on your first full length, what can we expect musically once it is released?
First Kalallit Nunaat full-length will be characterized by a perfect mix of dark ambient, acoustical elements and raw black metal madness. It will consist in some long suites, just like the split album ones, to create a challenging and involving musical journey. As the split, it also will be matched with a wonderful artwork by italian artist (and personal friend) Valerio Paolucci.

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?
My musical interests and influences are very wide. They include all metal styles (from symphonic epic power to slam brutal death metal), also grindcore, gorenoise, dungeon synth, some 80s bands like Tears for Fears and Spandau Ballet, and also i really love the american songwriter James Taylor, i listen to him for over twenty years. Limited to metal music, my favourite artists are Blind Guardian, Burzum, Taake, Wolves in the Throne Room, Xasthur, Vomitory, Rhapsody, Kreator, Opeth, Dying Fetus, just to mention a few of them. Nowadays, i'm listening, besides the classic masterpieces of the aforementioned bands, some brutal death metal stuff (for example Human Barbecue, Decapitate Hatred, Gravitational Distorion and many more), last Dragonforce full-lenght and some underground dungeon synth and black metal releases, just like Acheulean Forest and Drapsnatt.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
My non musical interests include reading (from classic Tolkien and Martin fantasy masterpieces, to Tom Clancy's novels, to some sci-fi stuff), sport (football, as player and as supporter of my city's team) and travels.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, I want to thank you for this interview and for the great review you wrote about the split album. Furthermore, I want to thank everyone who have read this words, and i hope they will try to discover my black metal project Kalalllit Nunaat, my other funeral doom project Shine of Menelvagor, and enjoy them. Let me know every comment about them!

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Pestlegion Interview

mardi 3 juillet 2018 à 02:17
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

We have been busy rehearsing and writing new material. There are some shows coming up and PESTLEGION is ready to crush some stages in the near future!

2.Recently you have released a new ep, what are some of the things you feel you have done musically on this recording that you where not able to do with your previous releases?

First of all I have to say that without our DEATH CHOIR Management (DCM) and Bleeding Heart Nihilist Prod. (BHN) the EP would not exist. When we first presented the Song "Entsage Gott" to Dietrich of DCM he was flashed and loved it immediately. It was his idea to release a vinyl EP and so he contacted BHN who felt the same way. It is our first release on vinyl and we wanted the EP to sound a little bit more raw than our previous releases without losing power and dynamics. I think we succeeded and that's what is different to our "March to War" EP or the "Dominus Profundum" Album.

3.Your music is very heavily rooted in the 90's, do you feel black metal was at its best during that time frame?

From our personal point of view the answer to your question is "Yes". I mean there are still some bands out there who produce awesome music in the modern vein but our inspiration is definitely (and will always be) the second wave of Black Metal.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

Our lyrics vary topic-wise. If you read our lyrics you will find themes like Satanism, Occultism, Misanthropy, Demonology, Mythology and of course War. We usually write the lyrics after the song itself and we arrange the topics to whatever mood the song transports. 

5.Some of your lyrics also touch on Satanism and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?

Our lyrics and the topics involved mean a lot to us. We try to keep traditions alive and the second Wave of Black Metal dealt heavily with the above-mentioned themes. Aside from that we hate and despise all religion of the modern world. Religion has always been full of lies, fear, suppression and is always intended to get rich at the expense of others.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pestlegion'?

Nowadays it's kind of hard to find a name which is not already in use. But we thought of a good name to represent our lyrical themes and PESTLEGION came up. A mixture of a Disease and War.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the 7 inch cover?

The artwork is a photograph which shows the grave statue at the grave of Jean Catherineau at the Cimetière de la Chartreuse in Bordeaux, France. It was taken by our friends in Cacophonia Photography. With the Layout done by D. von Junzt it turned out to be pretty old-school. Just the way we like it.

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

One of the highlights has surely been our visit to Agger in Denmark. It was our first show ever in Denmark at the Heavy Agger Festival. We met some awesome people and had a great time. We shared the stage with bands like Soulburn, Evil Invaders or Abbath's Bömbers. Our stage performance is pretty old-school. You won’t find us doing any fancy stuff on stage but you will always see us wearing spikes and corpse paint just like in the good old days. We let the music do the talking.

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

This year we will be doing three more shows: We will play at the mighty Stonehenge Festival in the Netherlands on 28.07.. Then on 22.09. we will head to the South of Germany for the first time to play a show in Mannheim at the Black Cult Doctrine and on 24.11. we will play in our hometown Marl together with Eternal Dirge on their way "Back from the Eons". If anybody wants to book us for shows: feel free to contact DEATH CHOIR Management under

10.The new ep was released on 'Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Bret Hard Records'?

Working with Bleeding Heart Nihilist has been a real pleasure so far. Alex, the guy in charge, is an honest and reliable person who runs everything DIY and does an awesome job in my honest opinion. I can say nothing bad about Bret Hard Records either. Thorsten of BHR is also a cool guy who made our first releases possible.

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

Due to the social media nowadays we reach more people than we did in the past with former bands. It is amazing to get reactions to our dedication for the black arts from all over the world. We really appreciate the support!

12.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?

Tyyn and Caladrius are also playing in a Death Metal Band called Sabiendas and Tenebriz plays in a Folk/Pagan Metal Band called Tiwaz Borealis. Both Bands are planning to release some new material soon.

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

At the moment we do not have enough material for a new full length. We focused on the 7” in the last few months. We will use the concert free time to rehearse and write some new tunes. Musically you can be sure that we write some old-school Black Metal tunes again – because that is what we like and want to do.

14.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?

Actually our main influences nowadays are still the same as in the past. Just to mention a few: old Marduk, old Immortal, old Mayhem, Impaled Nazarene, Bathory or Dark Funeral for example really had a huge impact on our music. Of course we still listen to the Black and Death Metal music of today and there are a lot of really good bands out there but the old-school stuff is where we get our inspiration from.

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

Thank you very much for this interview! Keep supporting the underground and let the black flame burn!

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Wolfbastard/Graveyard Sessions/UKEM Records/2018 CD Review

dimanche 1 juillet 2018 à 21:58

  Wolfbastard  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zien  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  and  this  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Graveyard  Sessions"  which  will  be  released  on  July  13th  by  UKEM  Records.

  A  very  fast  crust  and  d  beat  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  of  the  songs  introducing  guitar  leads  and  melodies  onto the recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  bass  guitars  are  used  more  as  a  lead  instrument  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length.

  Wolfbastard  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Booze,  Violence  and  Nuclear  War  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wolfbastard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drink  Fucking  Beer,  Hail  Fucking  Satan"  "Khold  Death"  "Kill  Yourself"  and  "Whiskey  Militia".  8  out  of  10.

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Siete Lagunas/I + II/La Caverna Records/2018 Demo Compilation Review

dimanche 1 juillet 2018 à 19:49

  Siete  Lagunas  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depresiive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  both  of  their  demo's  which  where  released  onto  a  single  compilation  by  La  Caverna  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  crazy  sounding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  bestial  growls  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  screams  getting  very  depressive  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  acoustic guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks, some  of  the  songs  are  also  very  short  in  length  and  at  times  the  music gets  very  experimental  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  spoken  word  parts.

  Siet  Algunas  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  dark  themes  along  with  one  song  being  based  upon  the  poetry  of  W.B  Yeats.

  In  my  opinion  Siete  Lagunas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  lo-fi  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Llegando  a  la  primera  laguna  /Carco"  "Los  bosques  de  Arcadia"La  reinade  las  moscas"  and  "Oscurece  en  la  segunda  laguna".  8  out  of  10.


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Nidstang Interview

samedi 30 juin 2018 à 06:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Greetings. Nidstang is very raw black metal/punk band I started around the beginning of Winter 2017. I had been wanting to work on a new project while my main band was on hiatus and seeing as I've been a part of the underground punk and metal scenes for a very long time now, i wanted to create a project that could work as a bridge between those two aspects of my musical life. So far i have released 2 full lengths and plan to continue to write and record. To me, Nidstang is a musical manifestation of so many often conflicting feelings and themes: self-hatred, nihilism, freedom, destruction, strength, weakness, witchcraft, nature, ignorance, regression, misanthropy, violence, inner-peace and so much more. There is also a very conflicting vibe of both beauty and hideousness, which i feel the cover of the first album captured perfectly and which comes out musically through the use of the more serene synth focused tracks and interludes and the overwhelmingly harsh metal tracks.

2.So far you have released 2 full lengths, how do they both differ from each other?
2. I would say that one of the most obvious differences between the two albums would be the production. I recorded the first album by myself at home on a four track i had recently acquired and worked within the limitations of that format to produce "Retribution Will Come".  For "Angstloch" I decided to record with my close friend Joey Seward in his home studio, I had recorded many albums from different projects with him and wanted to try and give the 2nd album a heavier over-all production that i felt was lacking a bit from the 1st. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the low fi and necro sound of the 1st album, but just wanted to see what i could do with more tracking possibilities and a thicker sound.

Musically I would say that the two albums are fairly similer. The newer one uses a bit more different time signatures and beats but the general atmosphere feels very similer to me. I would say that the lyrics for  Angstloch are a bit more focused towards depression then on RWC but most of the same themes are still there. The new album definitly feels more emotionally charged to me but perhaps that just because the feelings going into Angstloch still feel fresh and familiar to me

3.A lot of your lyrics deal with Witchcraft and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in those areas?

4.I know the bands name comes from a cursing pole from Germanic Pagan tradition, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Germanic Paganism?
3/4. Im going to cover these two questions in one answer as I feel the 3 subjects are heavily intertwined. I was raised in Cascadia and spent a lot of time in the forests and mountains around where I grew up. This deep love for nature and natural areas eventually gave birth to an early interest in Wicca, mythology and folklore from around the world. As I grew and became an adult these interests changed and continued to grow, particularly in the directions of chaos magic, celtic and nordic/germanic paganism. Nowadays I am particulalrly interested in runes/sigils and the magical energy that can be put forth through song and incantations and the way that this force can effect different people in different ways.

 I believe that magic is all around us, all the time and that if trained, people can become more aware of it and potentially recognize how to harness it. I believe it is very important for people to learn how to utilize the forces of chaos in their favor and for people to recognize what they are unable to influence and accept what they cannot change. I honestly believe that there is life force in all things, animate or otherwise, and something i always strive for is focusing my energy towards harmonizing with the long forgotten spirits of the natural world.

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself but have used other musicians in a live setting, would you be open to working with a full band in the studio?

5. At this point in time I can not foresee a point where i would be interested in working with someone else in the studio. I have other musical projects as outlets for collaboration with others but am content working alone in this endeavor. I am very much interested in the ways that we can come together as a greater community and benefit each other mutually but I also have a great appreciation for self reliance and would not want to compromise this particular project by adding anyone else to the creative or decision making process.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6. The cover of the new album is a photo that i took at a ghost town near where I live in Olympia. The photo is taken from the outside looking into a basement area of one of the few remaining structures that is left. When writing and recording the album i was going through a particularly bad period of depression and I decided on the name Angstloch for the album.  An Angstloch is an opening into a dungeon cell or similar area and i wanted the album to serve as an opening into myself and my frame of mind at that time. I thought that the photo that i had taken would be a fitting cover for the new album as it shows a facade that is dilapidated and unkempt with a portal entering into utter darkness, representing myself and the darkness that I am so often overwhelmed by from inside

7.So far you have done a couple of live shows, how would you describe your stage performance and also are there any plans for any future live shows?
7. I would describe the live performances as pretty raw and powerful. After RWC came out i got together a live line-up to do a few shows in support of the tape featuring myself on guitar/vocals, and my close friends Danny and Mirce on bass and drums respectively. We did 2 shows that were pretty well received and then split up. In preparation for the release of Angstloch I have gotten together another live line-up, this time featuring myself on drums/vocals, Mirce on guitar and another close friend Jaysen on bass. We have one show planned so far, we will be playing a tape release show on July 5th at Cryptatropa in Olympia supporting Icesword. We will probably play at least one other show here in Olympia this summer and possibly one in Portland as well before splitting up again. After that we may play a few shows here or there but wont have anything specific planned until I put out another album.

8.The new album was released on cassette by 'Einsamkeit Tapes', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8. Einsamkeit is a label that i started in 2009 as a vessel for releasing music by projects that I'm a part of and other bands from the Cascadia area. I mostly focus releases on black metal and dark ambient but also release some neo-folk and punk as well. In general I keep the label fairly low key and try and let the releases speak for themselves. At this point I do not intend to put out any tapes by bands from outside of the Cascadia region but perhaps someday that may change. I feel that even though vinyl sounds good and is appealing to look at, it is becoming more and more expensive and is a rather fragile format for shipping. I want to make my releases available to people from all over the world and from all different economic backgrounds, therefor i fully support free downloads and I release tapes for people who would still like a tangible but comparatively inexpensive release to collect and listen to.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of black metal?
9. It seems like the albums have been received pretty enthusiastically. The  first tape sold rather well and the few live shows we did seemed to get a great response. Since the release of Angstloch, there's been a lot of spreading of the album and the tapes have been selling rather quickly as well. Next week we are doing our first show with the new line-up and we'll see how it goes over. It has been interesting as well reading about people debating whether Nidstang is a punk or black metal band, or a combination of the two. To me the band sits solidly on the line between the two but some people only hear one or the other. I figure that I must be doing something right if people are debating whether it is punk or not.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
10. Ive always played in multiple bands/projects but lately there's been even more then usual. Huldrekall is my main focus, we play a very fast and psychedelic style of black metal. We've been on a bit of a hiatus for the last year but things are beginning to pick up again and we've got a new split tape with Spektral Hatchery coming out soon. I've recently started a new solo dark ambient project called Mourning Cloak which should be recording sometime this summer. For many years now I've been playing in a neo-folk project called River, we've been fairly inactive for the past few years but have been recording a new full length for a while now that should see a release before the end of the summer.  A few months ago i joined a local BM band called With the End in Mind. They've been playing together for a few years but they asked me to join a while back on 2nd drums and its been pretty interesting experimenting with multiple drummers. On top of those I've also been playing drums in 2 different hardcore punk bands, No Reason and Hoarder. No Reason plays 80's American style hardcore in the vein of Minor Threat and Jerry's Kids and Hoarder plays fast hardcore in a similar vein to bands like Gauze and Infest. Both bands have new tapes coming out within the next few months.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
11. As far as Nidstang is concerned, I intend to play a few more shows with the current line-up and then probably disband before the end of summer. Once the fall comes I intend to begin writing again and working on a new album. So far i don't have any particular plans for new recordings. I often will think of new ideas that i really want to try out and then when the time comes decide that it may be best for a different project or the idea just doesn't work how i want it to after all, so i try not to get too far ahead of myself. For me different seasons lend themselves to different styles of creativity and inspiration, typically with the Autumn and Winter being the most productive for me. I also am usually so busy throughout the Spring and Summer that i rarely have a chance to sit down and work on new material. Nidstang songs in particular have a tendency to hit me like an unforeseen blizzard that totally envelopes me and I will sit down and write many songs all at once or over the course of just a few days. The musical future to me remains unseen and unwritten but i feel comfort in that abyss.

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. There is a lot of music that has made huge impacts on me over the years. I got into punk/hardcore at a very young age and then got really into metal when i was around 15. From there things just kind of progressed and i continued to dig deeper. In general I have a tendency to take a lot of influence from melodic black metal, 70's kosmiche rock/ambient and punk/hardcore from the 70's-now.  When it comes to Nidstang, i feel that some of the bands that have had the biggest influence on me would be Ildjarn, Rudimentary Peni and Hellhammer.

Lately I've been listening to a lot of Paysage d'Hiver, Kitaro, Nagelfar, Ildjarn and Andreas Grosser but my tastes often change depending on my mood. Typically I fluctuate between mostly fast and harsh black metal and very soothing ambient but I also listen to quite a bit of hardcore, hip hop and folk music from around the world.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. Many thanks to my friends and collaborators, all the folks who have shown enthusiasm for the band and to you for setting up this interview. This world is a bleak and destructive place but there is still much beauty left in nature that is worth defending. 

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