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Darkestrah Interview

vendredi 1 avril 2016 à 17:47
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Asbath: Greetings! Asbath and Cerritus here! Right now we have the following news: our sixth full-length album “Turan” is coming out on April 29th on Osmose Productions. We’ve also found a new guitarist. Her name is Scythe. Also, we’ve just released a split CD with Saudi Arabian band AlNamrood.

2.You have both a split and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Asbath: I’d say it is Darkestrah in our finest. We never sounded any better. It’s not that original for a band to praise the newest album, I know. But we and Andy Schmidt, our sound engineer since “Epos” have really tried to outmatch ourselves. And I believe that we have succeeded.

Cerritus: It is an album with wintery an mystical mood,  both the fact that the songs were mostly composed during winter and that the lyrics mostly revolve around mysticism and ritualistic practices have influenced the overall atmosphere of the record.

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Central Asian Paganism and Shamanism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Asbath: I come from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. So Central Asia is where I come from and where Darkestrah came to life.  I think it is just normal to be interested in your own culture and beliefs. Also turning to traditional culture was always a thing in Black Metal.

Cerritus: I come from very different background, I’m Russian, and my interest in these topics was actually inspired by my acquaintance with the members of Darkestrah. But I was really fascinated with these topics, there is a lot of beauty in it, both in mythology and in Central Asian music. Enough to inspire me on writing the lyrics and eventually joining the band.

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

C: It’s a secret. But believe me, there is nothing too important hidden behind this word.

5.Originally the band was from Kyrgyzstan but now located in Germany, what was the cause of the move?

A: Me and Kriegtalith, our then-singer both have some German ancestry. This is not so uncommon in Central Asia since a lot of Russian Germans were relocated to these parts during and after WWII by Soviet government.  So we’ve moved to Germany with our families. At that time the band already existed as Kyrgyzian act, and us moving to Germany could be the end of Darketsrah, but we’ve managed to starts from scratch with local musicians and so it goes on ever since.

C: I was one of those local musicians, I was living in Germany for several years when I was invited to write the lyrics for Darkestrah and then to join the band as a bass-player in November 2012.

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

C: My personal favorite is Turkish Metal Battle festival in Berlin. The event took place in September 2013. An absolutely unparalleled event with unique atmosphere, great bands and audience. I think Asbath agrees with me.

A: I do.
On stage Darkestrah are a five-piece metal band with occasional use of shaman drum and jew’s harp. We can’t use all the traditional instruments we use on our records, so we rearrange songs slightly and also use samples extensively. Also to create the proper atmosphere we often use a video projection, but it is not always possible due.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

A: Is I told you before, we’ve just found a replacement for our guitarist Ragnar who has left the band in summer 2015. So we are as ready as ever to go on stage. Hope there will be enough possibilities.

8.You have a split coming out with 'AlNamrood', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

C: It is a great band, and I think they are very courageous people too, they keep playing Black Metal even though doing this kind of music could expose you to mortal danger in Saudi Arabia. We are very glad that this release could happen.

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

A: We receive a lot of positive feedback from all around the world. I think that a lot of people in Europe have found our music and the fact that the band hail from an “exotic” country strange at first. But now I think all is settled and still the people are interested.

10.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?

C: After I’m finished with this interview, I’m heading to a first Burnt Offering rehearsal in about a year. We have new material and if all runs well we’ll record it till the end of 2016. My other band, a post-punk/goth-rock project called Nietzsche and the Wagners is releasing a debut album on April 10th through Greek label Werkstatt Recordings. Resurgemus has recorded new material with his band Faustus, and I tell you it sounds great, but I don’t know when or how he is going to release it.

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

A: Only Tengri knows that, haha. At least I do not. Right now we are focused on rehearsing and making the new line-up fit for gigs and not on songwriting. But I don’t think that there will be some extreme changes in our course in the near future.

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?

A: Our main inspirations remain the same over the years, namely 90es Black and Doom Metal and Central Asian folklore music. This is also the music I’m still listening to mostly. I also stick to my olde favorites, for example I’m often listening to Metallica these days, the band that brought me into metal at the first place. My son also likes it.
On other hand all band members listen to very different music, our keyboardist Resurgemus is a Death Meta fan, Ragnar was a lot into Heavy and Power Metal, which had some impact on the riffs he wrote for “Turan”.

C: I’ve lost my interest in new metal albums and mostly listen to older stuff that I know from 90es or early 2000s. I’m also listening to a lot of post-punk, coldwave, industrial and neofolk these days.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

A: Thank you for your questions! Be sure to give a listen to our new album, it is coming out on April 29th. Also check the split with AlNamrood, it is already there!
Also, hope to see our fans live really soon.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/darkestrah-interview.html


Sguaguarahchristis/Ground/2016 EP Review

vendredi 1 avril 2016 à 03:13

  Sguarguarahcristus  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Ground".

 Wind  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  being  added  into  the  songs  which  also  get  high  pitched  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  mixed  into  the  music  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with t he  music  going  for  more  of  a  raw  side  of  the  genre  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. 

  Sguarguarahcristus  creates  another  black  metal  recording  that  is  very  raw,  anti  human  and  misanthropic  in  the  old  school  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sguarguarahcristus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ater  Vii  Spektrum".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/sguaguarahchristisground2016-ep-review.html


Malamorte/Devilish Illusions/Satanath Records/Murdeher Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 31 mars 2016 à 23:35

  Malamorte  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Devilish  Illusions"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Murdher  Records.

  A  very dark  and  ritualistic  synth  starts  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction t hat  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  while  also  having  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  A  lot  of  second  wave  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  throughout  the  recording  you can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  synths  also  make  a return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  songs  bring  in  the  atmosphere  atmosphere  of  either  an  old  King  Diamond  or  Mercyful  Fate  recording  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  catchy  80's  metal  vibe  at  times  and  clean  playing  along  with  whispers  can also  be  heard  briefly  as  well as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  Malmorte  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  while  also  being  ritualistic  at  times  and  adding  in  influences  of  80's  metal  which  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  but  more,  the  production  sounds  very raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malamorte  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devilish  Illusions"  "Possession"  and  "Lucifer's  Rebellion".  8/2  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/malamortedevilish-illusionssatanath.html


Styxian Industries/Zero.Void.Nullified {Of Apathy And Armageddon}/Satanath Records/More Hate Productions/2016 CD Review

jeudi 31 mars 2016 à 21:59

  Styxian  Industries  are  a  band from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  industrial form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016 album  "Zero.Void.Nullified  {Of  Apathy  And  Armageddon}"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  More  Hate  Productions.

  Static  and  radio  noises  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  tremolo  picking  and  angry  spoken  word  parts  while  the  drum  programming  gives  the  music  more  of  an  industrial  feeling  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  grim  at  times  while t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times.and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  on  some  of  the  songs  along  with  some  synths  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  more  of  a  sci  fi  atmosphere.

  Styxian  Industries  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  ad  mixes  it  in  with  a  heavy  industrial  sound  to  create  a  musical  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  abstract  concepts  and  defying reality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Styxian  Industries  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You"  "Whiskey  Vodka  Blood"  "Wasted  World"  and  "Execute  Planet  Earth".  8  out  of  10.        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/styxian-industrieszerovoidnullified-of.html


Narvik/Ascension To Apotheosis/Folter Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 31 mars 2016 à 18:39

  Narvik  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Ascension  To  Apotheosis"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Folter  Records.

  A  very  dark yet  distorted  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  to  get  more  heavy  while  also  adding  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  start  utilizing  more  tremolo  pickign  which  also  adds  in  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  use  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  adding  in  disharmonic  guitar  leads  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  the  more  modern  side  of  the  genre  being  mixed  in  the  music  while  having  more  of  a  darker  and  more  underground approach  and  the  musicians  display a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  on  their  instruments  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  vocal  tracks  and  the  last  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.   

  Narvik  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  takes  the  speed  and  rawness  of  the  second  wave  style  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  dark,  modern  and  technical  side  of t he  genre  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  transcendence  and  transformation  through  death  with  apotheosis  and  the  several  ways  of  the  Left  Hand  Path.

  In  my  opinion  Narvik  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  heavy  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wounds  Of  Aspiration"  "Psychotic  Redeemer"  and  "Barren  Semen".  8  out  of  10.
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/narvikascension-to-apotheosisfolter.html