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From The Vastland Interview

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 11:12
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
We just released a new EP then we had two gigs at Midgardsblot and Trondheim Metal fest. So, it was quite busy time during past months. But now we are planning for 2016 for more live gigs also a new release.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, 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?
Well, there was an idea behind recording this new EP. Since I am one of the main characters in the upcoming Norwegian documentary film about black metal "BLACKHEARTS", so, I got this idea to record some music with cooperation of other musicians who are involved in the film. So, I wrote the music (same style of From The Vastland music from the beginning) and for recording, "Vyl" (Drums - Keep of Kalessin/Gorgoroth) and "Nul Blackthorn" (Bass - Luciferian) - the other characters in the film - joined me at Skarp Studio (Trondheim, Norway). So, after a week of working at studio the EP was ready. And since it was recorded specially for the film so, I called it "Blackhearts".
You know, as I said it is the same style of my previous works, The main structure of the songs is not different but I think it sounds even more brutal, old school and aggressive also slightly gives you a taste of melodies that comes from Iran

3.Your lyrics cover a great amount of Persian and Mesopatiam Mythology subjects, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics and while these are a huge part of Iranian, is this stuff almost hard to learn about in your home country due to the influence of Islam?
Yes true, All of the lyrics are about/related the old Persian history, mythology, legends and ancient texts . We have lots of stories in our mythology that are full of battles between gods and devils, lights and darkness etc. Well, I just felt that is really proper for Black metal lyrics. Epic stories, mysterious and unique…So, that was really interesting to me.
And actually Iranian people do really respect their history and ancestors but at the same time, Iran is an Islamic country (However, I think most of people are not true believer) So, if you really want to learn you can find good sources, like books to read but also it is true that because of Islamic regime it is not that easy…well, a bit complicated..!

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'From the Vastland'?
There are some reasons that I named my band “From The Vastland”. You know, I am from Iran (Persia) and all of my lyrics are about ancient Persia and you know it was one of the biggest empire in the old world, a vast land. That is one of the reason but also I see the whole metal scene like a single land, where there is no border in this community, a unity from all around the world. So, that was another reason. 

5.Originally the project was from Iran but now located in Norway, do you fell it is much safer to be a black metal musician in Europe than it is in your home land?
True. Well, we all know about Black Metal and Norway. This country is like a heaven for BM musicians, you know. Actually from many years ago I wanted to get this chance and continue my music works here in Norway. Black Metal scene in Norway is great. And you know, it is a completely different situation in countries like Iran, when it comes to BM actually we don’t have any chance to work on our music freely. There are lots of limitation regarding to metal music, specially black metal. You can’t release your album officially and it is not possible to get permits in order to do a live concert. And on top of all it is risky to be a black metal musician in Iran.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself but use other musicians in the live setting, are you open to working with other musicians on the albums?
Well, before I move to Norway I had to record everything by myself but now actually I write the material also record the demo tape (with vocals, guitars…, everything) but then send it to other musicians that I am working with (My Norwegian band members) and after rehearsal together we go to studio and record the album.
I really like to work with other musicians. It always helps to improve the music, for example when they have new ideas for some parts of the songs like drums or bass. You know, then the final result will be better…

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Recently we played at Trondheim Metal Fest (Trondheim/Norway) and it was great. It was sold out and the venue was packed. There was an extra ordinary energy and we really enjoyed our show. People were just banging their heads and enjoy the music. Everything was really good.
We did our best and gave everything. You know, stage performance is always important, that is where you are in close contact with audience so, we always do our best to make our show as good as possible then we enjoy together with the fans.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are planning more shows in Norway also some in other countries (in Europe) for 2016. So, if everything goes well we will have a couple of shows next year.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It is always important for me to get feedback from fans. I always pay attention to them, also the reviews from magazines, webzines or reviewers. You know, after a short time when you have released your album, it starts to get the feedback and then you realize how people liked your album, which song most or least. It is also interesting when I get feedback from different countries or when I check the statistics of my online pages.
Fortunately I have gotten really good feedback for my albums, positive energies, nice words and good vibes, that is great. And I am really glad about that, to me it means I am in right direction and I do my best to keep it and make my music better.

10.The new ep was released on Symbol Of Domination Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Well, since the release was kind of special so, we wanted to have a really good distribution. The thing is Symbol of domination is a label company from Belarus but it is also part of another company from Russia which is called Satanath Records. Also Hexenreich Records (Estonia) and Sphera Noctis Records (Brazil) are part of the release so, it was a co-release. You know, they are working with so many other companies all around the world and that was important to distribute the album everywhere.

11.When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I have written and recorded all the materials for a new album, guitar lines, lyrics etc. actually the demo tape is ready and soon we are going to start our rehearsal and then head to studio to record it. So, early 2016 probably, it also depends on which label company we will work with.
Well, I always have big dreams…many plans for the future but of course it takes time to achieve them, I want to continue working on my music and be better day by day, I really like to work with other musicians… I always think about the next steps and make a plan for the future, I want to achieve my goals and be somewhere on top…for me this is not just a music, Black Metal is my passion…

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?
Well, I am fan of old school BM from many years ago, early 90’s style and albums, Scandinavian bands specially Norwegians but also lots of other bands from Germany, France and some other countries…I can mention to Gorgoroth, Mayhem, Marduk, Belenos... And you know, nowadays you can find really good bands all around the world. I always like to discover new bands, I also check new releases of my favorite bands.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just want to say please support the art, support the music, this is what we have in common and that makes us strong together like a family. It doesn’t matter if we have a different taste in music (metal), still we are on the same boat. So support each other in every way that is possible for you. You can keep alive your artists by supporting them…
I want to say thanks to all of my friends and fans for their support and help, it is highly appreciated. They always give me energy and motivation to continue my way. Also special thanks to you for your attention to my band and this opportunity.

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


Solus/Self Titled/Satanath Productions/Dark East Productions/Metal Throne Productions/2015 CD Review

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 11:03

  Solus  are  a  solo  project  from Hungary  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2015  album  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath Productions,     Dark East Productions  and  Metal Throne Productions.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  both  the  guitars  and  synths  being  very  dominant  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  screams also  get  depressive  and  grim  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the music  starts  to  speed  up  at  times  and  brings  in  blast  beats  and  a  more  raw  style  of  the  genre  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  more  melodies  onto  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  album closes  with  an  ambient  instrumental.   

  Solus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric and  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements  to  create  a  very  emotional  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Hungarian  and  English  and  cover  nature,  philosophy  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Solus  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Visszateres"  and  "Path  Of  Wisdom".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/solusself-titledsatanath.html


Barzakh/Goresluts/Horrific Disease/Savage Diety/Shadowmirth/Suicidal/6 Ways Of Hell/Satanath Records/2015 Split CD Review

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 10:01

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Indonesia's  Barzakh,  Malaysia's  Goresluts,  Japan's  Horrific  Disease,  Thailand's  Savage  Deity,  Brunei's  Shadowmirth  and  Singapore's  Suicidal  called  "6  Ways  Of  Hell"  which  was  rleeased  by  Satanath  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Barzakh  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  stanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  raw  and  melodic  sound  that  also  brings  in  solos  that  use  melodies  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  deep  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Barzakh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nightmare  Of  the  Cult".

  Next  up  is  Goresluts  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  growls  and  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  an  old  school  grindcore  style  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  or  early  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  melodic  and  bring  more  death  metal  elements  into  the  music,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  prn,  gore,  and  torture  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goresluts  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Bastards".

  Next  up  is  Horrific  Disease a  band  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  thrash.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  old  school  death  metal  that  also  speeds  up  and  adds  in  blast  beats  and  growling  vocals  that  also  have  a  touch  of  thrash  and  crossover  in  them  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  on  the  second  track,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horrific  Disease  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  thrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Pissed  Punisher".

  Next  up  is  Savage  Deity  a  band  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  death  metal  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  growling  fashion  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  while  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  morbid  sounding  melodies and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts    while  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Florida  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  suffering  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Savage  Deity  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "They  Reign".

  Next  up  is  Shadowmirth  a  band  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  depressive  screams  that  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  utilized  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shadowmirth  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Endless'.

  Closing  the  split  is  Suicidal  a  band  that  plays  a raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  heavy  yet  distorted  sound  before  going  into  a  faster  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  and  you  can  also  hear  a  brief  use  of  spoken  words  and  war  sounds,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  massacre  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suicidal  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  fan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Desecration".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  death,  grindcore  and  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/barzakhgoreslutshorrific-diseasesavage.html


Pestkult/Soul Collector/Satanath Records/Narbentage Produktionen/2015 CD Review

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 08:59

  Pestkult  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Soul  Collector"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath Records  and Narbentage Produktionen.

  A  very  distorted  amp  sound  and  reverbs  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  clean  singing  that  brings  a  goth  rock  tinge  into  the  music  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  also  get  high  pitched  and  crazy  sounding  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  rock'n'roll  and  punk  while  whispers  and  elements  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  Pestkult  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  mixes  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  together  along  with  some  rock'n'roll  and  punk  elements  to  create  their  own  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  German  and  cover  The  Elder  Idols,  Plagues,  Damnation,  BDSM,  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Pestkult  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Soul  Collector"  "Pestkult"  and  "Sick  Occult  Shit".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/pestkultsoul-collectorsatanath.html


Ancient Moon/Vvltvre/Satanath Records/Cold Raw Records/Metal Throne Productions/2015 CD Review

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 08:22

  Ancient  Moon  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Belgium,  France  and  Switzerland  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015 album  "Vvlture"  which  was  released as  a  joint  effort  between Satanath Records,  Cold Raw Records  and  Metal  Throne Productions.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  faster  musical  direction  that  also  introduces  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  mournful  clean  singing  being  utilized  at  times.  

  There  is  only  one  track  on  the  recording  and  it  is  close  to  30  minutes  in  length  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  also  get  very  high  pitched  and  suicidal  at  times  and  after  awhile  more  atmospheric  and  ambient  sounds  find  their  way  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  some  parts  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Ancient  Moon  brings  a  style  of  black  metal  onto  this  recording  that  is  very  raw,  grim,  depressive  and  atmospheric  and  mixes  it  with  ambient  music  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ancient  Moon  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/ancient-moonvvltvresatanath-recordscold.html