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Vanad Varjud Interview

mardi 2 février 2016 à 21:23
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Hello, Sorts Apostata here from Vanad Varjud. Well, at the moment we are waiting to get CD-s of our release. We have not yet received those. And I got just news that our very first t-shirt patch is ready. So lots of „sleepless” days and waiting going on. Otherwise we are preparing to one new song, well it is not quite new, it was left out from „Dismal Grandeur....” for different reason and we have plan to put it on one special compilation release but at this moment I rather not reveal much of that. I am also (actually constantly in my head) working on ideas and new material.  Hope to lay some demo material for new material this year, but we shall see...

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?

Second release continues to wander in the same path as in the first release „Apooriad” though maybe in little bit different direction, this time more colder. It is world of eerie atmospheres filled with four journeys to darkness,  despair, solitude, confusion and pain that is bonded and may even considered as a somehow story in a key of cold drone solitary black metal.

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

First I try not to tell anybody nothing. I have no answers. I try to keep my lyrics (or lyrics I use) free of dogmas and let people themselves make their decisions and what ideas they will get from the it, if at all. My lyrical choices are kind a in equal portion: my own expression/exploration/creating aura/psychology of inner darkness/ solitude / drama. And mostly based on my own experiences. What else there is You can relay on, right?
Most of the time we relay all sorts of entities, gods and other people in our dark moments or whatever moments or most of the time we ignore all the darkness (and things what it presents) and do not want to face it and we ignore and fail to learn when we should learn from it. Imho human evolves only in a kind a crisis situation, in a state of eudaemonia human usually is not moving forward.  So I try to explore these areas when man has left out all „crutches” and has only himself and how you cannot escape these things anymore in solitude and there is not anyone left but yourself and all the masks are ripped off... – Left In the dark (btw very good Seal Bliss song, wish I had written it, very great aura, lyrics, etc..that haunting horn!) You can find much more satisfaction, peace and wisdom from Your inner world than from crowded and mostly empty surroundings.
Kind a hard to explain all that content, I myself are on that journey so well see where it takes me...
Of course there is more topics I am interested in and new release probably I will go little bit different direction but too early to talk about that.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vanas Varjud'?

Vanad Varjud – Old Shadows in Estonian. Shadows are getting old, night and darkness is coming. Night time is for me best time to think, enjoy the mystery of my inner world, calm and haunting, solitary, mystery, sexual, gothic.. etc. something different always wakes when night comes, something... Same time Vanad Varjud means some ancient knowledge that has never left this world and we have forgotten and It keeps to remind us of...I never much have enjoyed this modern kind of culture...Vanad Varjud  for me is kind an opposite to that...

5.So far the band has never played any live shows, do you feel this type of setting takes away from the atmosphere of the genre?
Yes, You are in the right track. I have played many years live with totally different projects and in some point in my life it just did not felt right anymore, I did not feel nothing on the stage anymore. And with Vanad Varjud we have not performed live for different reason. First and most important  thing is that I have to be 100%  sure that we can create right atmosphere for us and for audience. And after I decided not to perform on stage anymore I have now different thoughts and I Yes I have now some ideas maybe to do some performances. But these will be very few and only when all seems to fit in place and as I mention when we feel we can bring that aura in that kind of situation we will do it but otherwise at the moment I do not see Vanad Varjud on stage as a live performing project but I do not see what future brings and things have tendency to change in an unexpected way so....who knows.

6.The new album was released on Symbol Of Domination productions' how would you compare working with them to your previous label 'Hexenreich Records'?

I have been lucky. It has been very good with Hexenreich Records and with new partners as well.
Actually new release is split release between three labels – Symbol Of Domination/Hexenreich Records/Arcana Noctis. It all started when we were discussing with Hexenreich about new release and things got moving and thanks to Hexenreich we got connected with Symbol Of Domination (sub-label of Satanath Records) and Arcana Noctis and result is „Dismal Grandeur in Nocturnal Aura” CD. I am most pleased working with them, very professional and creative co-operation. I hope to work with them in the future as well.

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

To consider that we have not done very much promo if at all, we have had very good feedback from most mysterious and unexpected places and persons. I kind a even enjoy it more that way than usual promo attention. I myself are big digger and explorer all kinds of UG stuff and it is most enjoying when You find something Yourself rather somebody tries to get Your attention with big promo campaign. Not against promo but it gets very funny fast.

8.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?
Well our drummer Thon has been busy with all kinds of projects but at the moment as I know he is actively drumming in Sõjaruun, Urt and his own project Realm Of Carnivora.
And Ott our main vocalist is not actively taking part in any other project. I know he has plans for some other stuff but I do not know much of those...so.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Good question, I do not know, If I knew I probably would not be doing it anymore :). For me it is always more the journey than the result. For me always one journey ends when record is released but I know for others who will discover and listens it starts and that is the beauty of it and for me also journey continues or new one starts with new songs.  But to answer Your question it is more important to get right atmosphere and aura and if it demands some changes in musical direction then we will do it but I do not see that we will change too much, of course I would like to try lots of things but use them only if they work  and not for the sake of trying. I would very much like to make an Vanad Varjud album with kind a more traditional black metal parts involved, more faster and raw parts but without loosing atmosphere. Maybe new record will be like that, who knows!

10.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?

Hard to say what music specifically has influenced my music, probably everything I have listened influences in someway. When I am doing demo songs for release then I try not to listen nothing and keep my head on my own track. But to answer question and to mention few: I have been listening lots of movie soundtracks, Batman, The Omen etc.then there is dark wave and gothic stuff and of course black metal (yes this is cliché but 90-s Norway and Swedish black metal never gets old to me say what You want), the aura that some black metal bands have captured and created gives you just chills. And I have to mention also Dead Can Dance

Lately I have been listening lots (and discovering) IXXI, The Konsortium, Kommandant, re-discovering Dark Funeral (Dark Funeral - Live At Buenos Aires, recommended!) and some weird electronic stuff. And listening all the usual stuff I used to always listen.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I go to work as most of us do so for the spare time I have from everyday chores and routines I try to read as much as possible (interested in pretty wide topics), I have this “stupid” habit I have to have always books near me, even I do not have always time to read them I have to have them by the reach of my hand...And I try to get some balance between my mental and physics to exercise..ehehe well I am not succeeding very good at that at the moment. 

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

I thank You for this interview and wish strength to keep on walking the path You have chosen.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/vanad-varjud-interview.html


Sorrow Plagues/Self Titled/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 2 février 2016 à 21:16

  Sorrow  Plagues  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2016  album.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  epic  synths  before  adding  in  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  faster  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  the  solos  and  leads  have  a  progressive  feeling  to  them.

  Some  of  the  leads  also  bring  in  elements  of  melodic  post  metal  and  shoegaze  while  some  of  the  synths  mix  in  elements  of  ambient  and  the  music  also  brings  in a  lot  of  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  synths  start  getting  more  diverse  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.

  Sorrow  Plagues  creates  another  black  metal  album  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  while  also  having  its  raw  moments  and  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock  without  losing  any  aggression,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  emptiness,  solitude  and  sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Sorrow  Plagues  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aspirations"  and  "Surrender".  8  out  of  10.

  
    

  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/sorrow-plaguesself-titled2016-full.html


Lutece Interview

mardi 2 février 2016 à 18:46

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?



Denosdrakkh : Well, we just released our new third album, “From Glory Towards Void” and we are now back after a 7 months break. Our former guitarist and bassist left the band so we ve been working really hard our setlist with the 2 new members of the Horde !

We’ll be hitting the stage with this line up in a few weeks now..Really looking forward to it as the new album is made to crush some skulls live.



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?

For us, this new record is the flattening of nearly ten years of musical existence. It’s a complex mix of various kind of black metal and death metal. You can also hear some really cool thrashy riffs and heathen vibes too. It’ s without a doubt the most extreme and mature release we have never recorded before.



3.The band has been around since 2006 but has only released 3 full lengths and an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

1 demo, 1 EP and 3 full lengths. I wouldn’t say there is a big gap between each production but you have to be aware that I and Hesgaroth used to live thousands miles from each others. He stayed like 4 years in China and I lived in Ireland for more than 2 years. Therefore, recording stuff together wasn’t really easy at that time.



4.Your lyrics cover the paganism of your home country, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Hesgaroth has always been fond of History and his passion covers various era. When we started Lutece years ago, we were absolutely fond of celtic mythology and history. As Parisians, Lutece was an obvious name for our pagan black metal project. But years passing by, we just turned away from this scene, which, in our opinion, became more and more cheesy and boring. But we kept the name Lutece because we come from here and it sounds perfectly coherent with our music: a mix of old school and really modern metal. Just listen to the track “What Lies Beyond” to really understand the actual spirit of the band.



5.Originally the band was a studio project, what was the decision behind turning the group into a live band?

This decision came naturally 5 years after the beginning of Lutece. As said before, we used to live abroad when we started the band. Turning into a live band would have been way too difficult at that time. I really glad to be back in France for that reason honestly.



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

The best show we played was the Motocultor Fest in August 2013. We played outdoor, in front of thousand people and I think we did a pretty good job. Our stage performance is something really intense, really brutal. We move a lot, unlike most of the black metal bands.



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

No big plans at the moment as we really need to practice live with our new line-up but I’m pretty confident that 2016 will be a year full of good surprises for Lutece. The main objective is to play more often out of France and spread our music to new metalheads !

So far, we’ll be on stage for several gigs until May 2016 and got some contacts for a few fests by the end of the year.



8.Currently the band is unsigned, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

Well, this is not exactly true as we signed an awesome distribution contract with Dooweet Agency. Today you can find our new album in the whole world, which is absolutely new for us. We could have signed with loads of underground labels but we wanted something really powerful this time. This is not achievable for small labels.



9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black and pagan metal?

Feedbacks have always been really positive so far but we have to admit it : most of our communication is in French, we toured a lot in France and therefore most of the guys who really know us are French too. This is something that will change in 2016.



10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

These days, our drummer plays in a French death metal band called Chabtan and our guitarist and bassist play in their own project too, Krematoria.



11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during  the future?

At that time, I can’t really say. But I think we’ll be back with some even more old school and raw black metal mixed with modern brutality.



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’d say that a few albums from bands such as Negator, Dissection, Kataklysm, Belphegor, Tsjuder or Craft are among the classic bands that influenced us a lot these last few years. But as the songwriter of the band, I m really opened to many different styles. From progressive metal to electropunk, with bands such as Crystal Castles.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Whisky ! I am huge fan and Scotch collector. We also have some bikers in the band.



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

Well, thank you very much for this interview sir!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/lutece-interview.html


Pogavrenjen/Jedka Cekan Da Nikad Ne Umren/Arachnophobia Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 1 février 2016 à 21:11

  Pogavranjen  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Jedka Cekan Da Nikad Ne Umren"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Arachnophobia Records.

  A  very  dark  avant  garde  style  synth  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  heavier  sound  being  mixed  in  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times and   on  the  second  tracks  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  vocals  also  make  their  presence  known  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  the  music  speeds  up  a  little  bit  on  the  last  track  and  also  brings  in  a  brief  use of  blast  beats  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Pogavranjen  plays  a  musical  style  that  while  it  has  its  roots in  black  metal  they  change  things  around  by  being  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  along  with  some  progressive  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Croatian  and  cover  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pogavranjen  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maitreya"  and  "Kalpa".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/pogavrenjenjedka-cekan-da-nikad-ne.html


Vargafrost/Honour, Blood, Spirit, And Love/Naturmacht productions/2016 CD Review

lundi 1 février 2016 à 20:10

  Vargafrost  are  a  band  from  New  Zealand  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Honour,  Blood,  Spirit  And  Love"  which  will  be  released  on  February  20th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavier  guitar  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  are  done  in  more  of  a  black  metal  style  as  well  as  some  drums  also  kicking  in  which  also  sets  up  the  mood  for  grim  screams  to  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  second  wave  90's  style  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  more  of  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  bass  guitar  lead.

  Vargafrost  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  mostly  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  style  of  the  genre  while  also  bringing  back  some  aggression  that  is  rarely heard  in  this  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Germanic  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Vargafrost  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  pagan/black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Great  Cavern  Stones"  "The  Light  Of  baldr"  "Ask  And  Embla"  and  "The  Return".  8  out  of 10.
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/vargafrosthonour-blood-spirit-and.html