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Mannveira Interview

vendredi 11 juin 2021 à 04:46

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


Unfortunately, we finished the album just before the pandemic so there hasn’t been much in the way of live shows and such, but we have since been practicing with a new line up and working on some new stuff.


 


2.You have a new album coming out in July, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


We definitely took more time to write it than any of the previous material, so it’s a bit more focused and sinister.


 


3.The band has been around since 2010 but so far you have only released an ep, split and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?


Technically, nothing really happened with Mannveira until 2013-2014 when I started working on the ‘Von er Eitur’ EP and then in 2015 we had a full line up to play live and record the split shortly after. After that, we dragged our feet quite a bit to start recording something else, as well as focusing on live shows and members also working on numerous other projects. So it’s safe to say that we haven’t really been rushing into anything for the last 3-4 years.


 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


The lyrics and theme of ‘Vítahringur’ is sort of centered around the idea of digging yourself into a hole with no possible way of returning, i.e. accepting defeat of your own making. As for songwriting, I’d say we’ve slowly but surely learned to collaborate a lot better, rather than just me writing riffs and the other members just learning them note for note.


 


 


5.the band is also from Iceland a country that has put  out a good amount of black metal over the past 10 years, musically how do you feel you stand out among other Icelandic bands?


Hard to say, really. I’d like to say that we’re a bit more unpolished and miserable than a lot of local bands, but I might be a bit too close to it to see the real differences. Ultimately, that’s for listeners to decide.


 


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


Mannveira roughly translates to ‘Human virus’ (definitely fitting for the current times!). It’s been a long time since I thought of it, but the original idea stems from some pretty misanthropic ideas that I felt would fit the music well.


 


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

The album cover was made by our good friend Þ. Indriði (https://www.facebook.com/Indisulta.art).

The idea was just to have something figurative feeding a swirling chaos, which ties into a  lot of the lyrics.


 


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?

We’ve definitely had some good ones, but the one that comes to mind was a show we played in Freiburg in 2019. Just one of those shows where everything goes the way it’s supposed to and there’s almost a tangible atmosphere. We’ve always tried to capture the sort of raw, intense energy of the music at shows and really put some effort into it.


 


9.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?


As it is with any Icelandic band, all the members are involved in various other bands. The ones that have released something recently (in the last couple of years, that is) are Núll, World Narcosis, Andavald and Örmagna.


 


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


I think we’ll definitely try and keep finding our balance between melancholy and aggression but ultimately, we’ll strive to keep making dirty, heavy and uncompromising black metal.


 


11.What are you listening to nowadays?


Devil Master, Slowthai, Nyredolk, Spectral Wound, Maenad Veyl and Tragedy, to name a few.

It’s been all over the place, really, but those come to mind.


 


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


Yes, burn down your local police precinct and build a guillotine outside your local parliament, just to keep those bastards on their toes.


Also, we’re excited to get the ball rolling again as soon as this Covid bullshit starts to fade out a bit so we can get back to playing live and continue working on new music to follow up our album, hopefully sooner than later.

www.facebook.com/mannveira

mannveira.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/mannveira-interview.html


Concilium/Desecration/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 11 juin 2021 à 04:38

 


  Concilium  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Desecration"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album   while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats,  tremolo  picking  and  war  metal  metal  can  also  be  heard  which  also gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  show  a  good  amount  of  depressive  black  metal  influences  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.


  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  ritualistic  moments,  one  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Rituals  and  Necromancy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Concilium  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadow  Gospels"  and  "Blood  Candles".  8  out  of  10.


 BANDCAMP RELEASE         

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/conciliumdesecrationsentient-ruin.html


Naurrakar/Uranfaust/HellStorm Productions/2021 CD Review

vendredi 11 juin 2021 à 03:08

 


  Naurrakar  are  a  band  from  Czechia  that  plays  a  nuclear  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Uranfaust"  which  was  released  by  HellStorm  Productions.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  angry  sounding  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  when  they  are  finally  utilized  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  semi  melodic  tone  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Naurrakar  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  modern  and  misanthropic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Czech  and  cover  Satanism,  Misanthropy  and  a  Post  Nuclear  Apocalyptic  World.


  In  my  opinion  Naurrakar  are  a  very  great  sounding  nuclear  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mota-Natas"  "Mrtvý  Vítěz"  and  "Uranfaust".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/onQlv1Jocn8


  In  my  opinion  Naurrakar    


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/naurrakaruranfausthellstorm.html


Pisswitch/St. Barthelemy's Temple/Pisswitch/The Cold Mouth Of The Earth/Babylon Doom Cult Records/2021 Split EP Review

jeudi 10 juin 2021 à 05:35

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a   ep  between  Pisswitch  and  France's  St.  Barthelemy's  Temple  called  "Pisswitch/The  Cold  Mouth  Of  The  Earth"  which  was  released  in  2021  by  babylon  Doom  Cult  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Pisswitch  a  band  from  an  unknown  area  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  and  psychedelic  doom  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  slow  doom  metal  sound  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a v ery  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  psychedelic  soundscapes  are  also  utilized  at  times,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  and  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  blasphemous  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Pisswitch  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  psychedelic  mixture  of  black  and doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Black  That  Now  Shrouds".  


  Next  up  is  St.  Barthelemy's   Temple  a  band  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and d oom  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  distorted  amp  noises  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction.  Vocals  are  done  in  a  very  deep  style  which  shows  a  touch  of  death  metal  while  high  pitched  yet  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  their  side  of  the  recording.


  Some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffs.  All  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  touches  of  post  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  St.  Barthelemy's   Temple  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "To  The  Baneful  Oblivion".


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


https://pisswitch.bandcamp.com/


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/St_Barthelemy%27s_Temple/        


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/pisswitchst-barthelemys.html


Xanathar/Darkmoon/Spirit Coffin Publishing/2021 EP Review

jeudi 10 juin 2021 à 04:09

 


  Xanathar  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  epic  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Darkmoon"  which  will  be  released  on  June  25th  by  Spirit  Coffin  Publishing.


  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  traditional  metal  style  clean  playing  while  elements  of  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Xanathar  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  a  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  and  heavy  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  Dark  Moon  game. 


  In  my  opinion  Xanathar  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  epic  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Descending  Into  The  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: >HERE<
Pre-order >HERE<


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/xanathardarkmoonspirit-coffin.html