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Winter Eternal Interview

mardi 18 mai 2021 à 02:42


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

I'm currently working on new material for 2 upcoming releases, but there is still in early stages.

There are also plans to make W.E. a live entity.

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

As far as production, riffs, lyrics and performances, it's by far my most professional work so far.

Some new elements are the clean vocals, the 7/8 time signature and violin / cello in a non instrumental song.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

I'm fascinated by the concept of Darkness as a primordial force, by Myths and Legendary stories and everything has to do with the influence of winter on nature and human emotions.

As far as composing, I'm giving my self some limitations so I can keep havinig a simular ''sound'' (at least for now):

1) The structure of the songs is intentional basic (so you can focus to the melodies / music).

2) Non copy paste attitute.

3) Leave a few mistakes here and there (because I truly belive that they give charecter to a song).

In addition to the constants I mentioned, I'm continually trying to improve as a guitarist / bassist / vocalist and add some new elements each time.

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

The multitude of emotions that are associated with Winter, are so unique and beautiful that it became the sole reason for me, to try to capture them through my music.

Thus the name Winter Eternal.

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

The absolutely amazing Joan Llopis Doménech did the artwork for the ''Land of Darkness'' and I'm 666% happy with the result.

He managed to put on the canvas the cold, lonely and sorrowful path that someone needs to take to gain redemption, and that is the whole concept of the new album.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with full line ups in other bands, which one do you prefer?

A solo project gives you the freedom to create everything exactly as you want and for the specific project I prefer doing things this way.

All that aside, I truly miss rehearsing and giging with bandmates, and as far as composision goes, some times the contribution of ideas creates something that a solo project cannot accompiced.

7.The project originated in Greece but you now reside in Scotland, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?

The financial situation in Greece was the reason for me to come to Scotland, and I am very happy with that decision.

Besides the fact the Scotland is by far one of the most beautiful countries that I have ever been and the vast majority of the people here are awesome, the name of the band fits perfectly with the weather and the whole atmosphere of Scotland.

8.On the new album you also did a "Gates Of ishtar' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

I still remember the time that I listen to the ''Dawn of Flames'' (that was the first track that I ever listen by Gates of Ishtar, in my teenage years) I was blown away!!!!

They are a major influence in my music and one of the most underatted bands in the genre.

9.The new album is going to be released in 'Hell's Headbangers', how would you compare working with this label to other labels that you have been a part of in the past?

I believe that they act as Fans first and then as a Label, (and that is Fucking awesome) without affecting the professionalism to the slightest.

So it's needless to say that I'm more than happy that our new album will be released by them.

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

So far the feedback we get is really great, and that's fuels my productivity.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

The only thing I'm hoping for the future, is to have the passion, time and resources to continue to compose music and share it with the people that are enjoying it.

12.What are you currently listening to nowadays?

Thrash and Black metal are the genres that I spend most of my time listening to, but besides those, I really enjoy everything from Blues to Death Metal, even prog and technical stuff.

The thing is that they are so many amazing releases every Fucking day, that you cannot properly follow something nowdays!!!!

But to stay on topic, the last releases by Odal, Uada, Havukruunu, Afsky, Lunar Spell make an impression on me.

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

Something that I like to mention every time I get the opportunity to do so... A HUGE thanks to Panagiotis Msd (Clepsydra Studio) and Nikos Papakostas (Entasis Studio) for the vital help throughout W.E. existence.

Also, HAILS to all those that helped in any way for this album come to life, all of those that are going to support it and to you for this interview!!



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Dargor Interview

mardi 18 mai 2021 à 02:34


DARGOR – Interview by Occult Black Metal Zine

Answering: Michał Kustra (lead guitar, vocal and keyboard)

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

Answer: Hello everyone! Since releasing our latest album we have been composing and practising some new stuff. The five new songs are already written and we start to play them on rehearsals. We have also incorporated the new band member, Dawid Warchoł who plays on the keyboard. Before, we had used the keyboard only on recordings.

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

Answer: The new songs are more melodic than the previous ones. A bit more catchy but a bit less dark I think. We didn’t plan it, it’s just happened naturally. The new material will be slightly different again. Similar to the newer songs, melodic and easy to remember but more technical and ambitious.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

Answer: Our lyrics are mostly about the inner descent, dark sides of human nature and soaking into negativity and evil. If we let that process happen and do nothing about it we can destroy our lives and the lives of others. 

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

Answer: It’s just my nickname. I was using it in all local metal bands I’ve played. I took that name from the fictional story written by the metal band Rhapsody. It was the first metal group I was listening to when I was a teenager.

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

Answer: On the cover, you can see the fallen angel. The symbol of choosing evil and fully dedicating to darkness. It relates to all of the lyrics more or less. Symbolizes the final state of descent when there is no turning back.

6. Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line ep?

Answer: After recording the three songs as a one-man project I’ve received the proposition of playing the live show. It was a very nice concert with Furia and Warmia at the Rock Iron Klub, in Krosno. I’ve asked my friends if they wanna play and that’s how everything started. After the show, we decided to record new songs together and continue playing as a regular band.

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

Answer: We played only a single show. We had some more gigs planned, but shortly after the first one, the COVID pandemic started. At least, the concert in Rock Iron Klub was great and we will always remember it positively. There was a full club of people, the sound was really good and playing it was pure fun. I can feel the energy and adrenaline up to this moment.

8. On the new album you also had some 'Satyricon' and 'Samael' covers, what was the decision behind doing your own version of their songs?

Answer: There are some songs you like so much that listening to them is just not enough. We wanted to play them ourselves, feel their power and become them in one hundred percent. The recording was another part of this experience.

9. The new album was released on 'Kancho Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

Answer: Kancho Records is my own label so there was no need to get in contact. The cooperation with myself is good, there are no conflicts and we gain the entire income from selling CDs. I think we’ll continue working together in future.

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

Answer: The most of comments and reactions were positive which makes us happy. Quite a lot of people have sent us good opinions and bought the physical albums. Sometimes our newest material is too melodic for the traditional, Norwegian black metal fans. On the other hand, people who don’t listen to black metal at all often find it interesting which is cool.

11. 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?

Answer: We have all played in a couple of local metal bands before. At the moment we actively participate only in Dargor. Me and Damian Muszyński are still members of Scarlet Moon, the other black metal project but for now, not so much happens there. 

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

Answer: I think that our band will continue the direction defined by the latest record. We’ll still compose the melodic, atmospheric and aggressive black metal. For sure the new songs will differ a bit, but the main convention and style should stay similar.  

13. What are you listening to nowadays?

Answer: I listen mostly to metal, almost all of its subgenres. When I am tired of the heavy sound I turn on some ambient, calm electronic or movie soundtracks. The other bandmates are still metalheads too. Metal music is the biggest part of their playlists.

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

Answer: Greetings to all who is reading this interview. Have a nice day and stay true to your passions!


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Néfastes Interview

mardi 18 mai 2021 à 02:27


.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? 

Julien (voclas): Néfastes is born during the pandemic in November 2020. Ex-Benighted guitarist Liem called me because he just finished writing some very brutal and deranging Black Metal tracks and wanted me to write lyrics and sing on it just as a fun project between friends… Lime, being an amazing music writer, it happened that the combination of our work on these 2 or 3 tracks sounded so good that we thought about making it a bit more seriously and involve our brother Olivier as bass player and keep on writing new stuff. When we posted our first track “Progéniture Décadente” on the internet, the reactions were amazing and we immediately received offers for being signed on a label and record an album.

2.You have an album coming out in June, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording? 

We play some kind of brutal Black Metal mixing up melodies and very creepy passages to create a disturbing and creepy atmosphere towards a very fast and intense music. For this project, I paid attention to make the most insane and disgusting black metal vocals I ever made and it was such a great challenge!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music? 

We are talking about everything that we find disgusting in what human became these last years… narcissist, self-righteous, paranoid and rejecting as soon as someone has a different opinion, and also the way modern parents give up on educating their kids because they are too “busy” with social media…

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

It’s Liem’s idea, he wanted to underline that our music is made to hurt and denounce and also that human race has become “Néfastes”

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

It’s about 2 songs “Fuck With the Bull, You Get The Horn” and what follows it in the song “Supplice”. It’s actually about a guy thinking that he knows the truth in everything and has some “cyber-war” with everyone who has a different opinion, rejects everyone around him if they disagree on a topic or another… until he decides to go live in wild nature and finds himself in total loneliness, ending with hanging himself… And no one will find him, just because no one is searching for him.

6.Are there any plans for any live shows once the pandemic ends? 

No, it’s a studio project so far

7.The new album is coming out on 'Source Atone Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

They got in contact with us immediately after we posted our first single. We received several offers so fast but SAR showed such a motivation signing us and wanting to spread the Néfastes music in such a wide way that we decided to sign with them!

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

Only with our first single, we got more than 1500 followers in a week! We received so many heartwarming reactions, from Europe and USA mostly and we can’t wait for the album to be released so they can enjoy the whole thing! Of course the name of Benighted is no stranger to that, many people were curious about how would a Black metal band would sound with my vocals, I guess.

9.What is going on with 'Benighted' these days, a band that also shares some of the same band members? 

We are still working on the promotion of our new album “Obscene Repressed” and waiting for touring to show the new songs on stage! It’s so frustrating to wait that long to play live again! The cool thing with Néfastes is that is the occasion to start with Liem and Olivier a project together like we started Benighted 23 years ago! We know each other by heart and things went so easily on Néfastes!

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

I think we will just try to push the limit in terms of insanity and darkness in our music! Also we pay attention to have catchy choruses that people easily reminds and stick to the head!

11.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? 

I would say MArduk, Shining, Dark Funeral or Dissection. My big Black Metal music crush of the moment is Der Weg Einer Freiheit that I love so much!! Incredible music ! 

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

Thank you so much for this interview and support! We thank all the people who are now involved in this new project, we invite everyone to discover our “Scumanity” album and help us spread the sickness!

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Red Boiling Springs/Dim Lords/Only Fools Prefer The Past/Trepanation Recordings/Pristine Blight/2021 Split Album Review

dimanche 16 mai 2021 à 23:49


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Red  Boiling  Springs  and  Dim  Lords  called  "Only  Fools  Prefer  The  Past"  which  will  be  released  on  May  21st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Trepanation  Recordings  and  Pristine  Blight  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Red  Boiling  Springs  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  shapeshifting  form  of  harsh  noise.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  drones  while  static  style  harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  his  songs.  All  of  his  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  diversity  as  well  as  one  song  also  bringing  in  high  pitched  screams  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal,  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  the  concepts  are  heavily  influenced  by  Frank  Herbert's  novel  "Dune".     

  In  my  opinion  Red  Boiling  Springs  are  a  very  great  sounding  harsh  noise  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Extract"  and  "Revelry  Of  Regression".

  Next  up  is  Dim  Lords  an  anonymous  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  heavy,  dissonant  and  melodic  sound  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  dissonant  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  touches  of  psychedelia  and  noise  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  clean  vocals  are  also  added  on  their  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  Frank  Herbert's  novel  "Dune".

  In  my  opinion  Dim  Lords  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Golden  Smoke"  and  "The  Wind  That  Eats  Flesh".  

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

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Firienholt/By The Waters Of Awakening/Naturmacht Productions/2021 CD Review

dimanche 16 mai 2021 à 22:29


  Firienholt  are  a  band  from  the  united  Kingdom  that  plays  an  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2021  album  "By  the  Waters  Of  Awakening"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  dungeon  synth  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  and also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  as  well  as  utilizing  a  variety  of many  different  sounding  keys  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling,  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  on  a  couple  of  songs  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard.

  Firienholt  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  dungeon  synth  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Firienholt  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Forgotten  Legacy"  and  "The  Whispering  Shadow".  8/5  out  of  10.

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