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Dark Archive Interview

vendredi 16 février 2018 à 06:01
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

-We Formed this band in summer 2016. At the Beginning we had a purpose to bring something fresh in the todays black metal scene. We had found more members and recorder one EP, but it didn’t work and those members had to leave for personal reasons.



At summer 2017 we decided with Niko to start doing what it all was about at start. To create dark, devastating black metal with no apologies. Full speed and fast sawing  guitar riffs. Off course the satanism is involved highly in our band because that influences much in lyrics for example. So now we currently are two members:

Joakim Lindholm (Composing, nstruments, recordings)

Niko Aromaa (vocals, lyrics.

We stand before Dark Archive with our real names and real faces. We believe in what we are doing



2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

-I have been listening black metal since 1994. In the 90’s there were my big favorites what i listened when i was teenager. Albums from those days have a lot of influence in our music. Maybe the most important band active since then have been Dark Funeral and Emperor. Our sounds and riff styles from those band are easily heard in our music





3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Satanism and Occultism topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

-We both share the same love for satanism. We think quite different about it still. I have been in dark arts since -96 i think? And i am the radical man in our band who supports also the violent ways to do things. I still admire those church burnings what created the wow factor back in the days, when those things happened in Norway and some in Finland also at those times. 



I do rituals, prayers, i live for Lucifer, i see light there where others see darkness. All my religious life is based on satanism and occultism. I read a lot dark literature. I will not go too far about this because this is a very personal thing for my elf. But yeah, our difference with Niko is about radicalism. I am the one who thinks Satan will conquer the earth. Niko’s aspects are more individualistic, self-improvement, philosophical stuff.





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



Dark Archive is two things. First it refers to those many kilometers long bookshelf’s hidden under Vatican city. Hidden archives that is not visible for public. The censor Church tells us about the writings and books that fit for their purposes.



Second it is a big respect for those early scene bands, So that is why the name has Dark in the front. No need to list those bands what i mean.

It's also a metaphor for all the mystery and aspects how dark arts are something people don’t understand in our existence.



5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?



Yes, we are going to expand as a full line up piece by piece. At now we have a drummer searching going next release must be done with real drums for labels etc. Also we both want to spread the darkness on stages. We want to see how far this will carry us!







6.The ep was released on 'Inverse Records', how did you get in contact with this label?



-One very very good person (better not to mention names without promise) told Joni at Inverse Records about out plan to do a full EP of the songs and hit the Spotify etc. So Joni Contacted and offered he would be willing to do that. He is great person and has been big help for us in these hard early days.



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

-That is something what has been a bit unexpected for us. We haven’t had not even one negative feedback. Band has spread all over the world and we have had reviews like 10/10, 5/5, we have been compared to Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, Marduk etc, songs are playing in radio channels etc.



For me Black metal is two things. It’s very great music and its about satanic approach to life. Hope the days are over when bands couldn’t sound good, i mean the recordingwise. This is black metal! How do we conquer the world with our message of Lucifer if the music doesn’t fit for todays listeners ears. We are living now inquisition days in Black metal.



8.Are any of the band members currently involved or have been involved with any other bands or musical projects?



-Yes i play also bass and do some composing in William Blackswan (A horror core band), been playing guitar for ex in Murdershock which is now sadly dead. I have been playing over 20 year of guitar so Dark Archive is a many ways a spiritual child for both of us with Niko. What is important for me, i can do stuff that requires a lot from a guitar player and that’s nice. Also Niko has been practicing his BM screams a lot and now i can tell there are only few vocalists in the world who have the same skills and dynamic range from growls to screams that Niko has.

Niko is also vocalist and lyric writer in project Progeny of Sun.



9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



-Dark Archive now bow to anyone, won’t make any compromises. Will will stay fast, brutal, dark and we are just going to create even better material for full length. It will be come out this year. Yesterday i started to record new material. And what seems also sure, is that next release will have real drums. We have been in touch with killer pro players who can play Dark Archive songs as they should be played!



10.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 mostly listen classical music. It’s beautiful music and it inspires me a lot. And gives time to breathe. If you listen 240pbm blast beat 10 hours per day that will kill you. I think as a songwriter i can’t never have too much influences for composing music



On the BM scene i listen very much Naglfar at these days, also Havukruunu, Mgla, Dark Funeral, Marduk, Ragnarok. These i have now been listening a lot. I love and respect hundreds of BM bands, but these are the latest. Just to get the mood and influences to create the new material



Niko have been mostly listening Naglfar and Marduk lately. But he also listens a big variety of BM bands.

His out of the box relaxing happens thru 50's and 60's swing.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

-Family and nature and astral traveling for myself, for Niko it’s the same



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

-Darkness is beautiful, that is Dark Archives message to the world




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/dark-archive-interview.html


Soul Dissolution/Stardust/Black Lion Records/2018 CD Review

vendredi 16 février 2018 à 05:40

  Soul  Dissolution  are  a  duo  from  Belgium  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  play  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Stardust"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements,  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  which  also  introduces  clean  playing  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Soul  Dissolution  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  apathy  and  inner  struggle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soul  Dissolution  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Circle  of  Torment"  and  "Far  Above  The  Boiling  Sea  of  Life".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/soul-dissolutionstardustblack-lion.html


Phantasos/When My Soul Died/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review

vendredi 16 février 2018 à 04:46

  Phantasos  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an  extracorporeal  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "When  My  Soul  Died"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  brief use  of  thunder  and  rain  sounds  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  mix  in  elements  of  post  rock.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  being  mixed  into  the  music  as  well  as  some  shoegaze  touches  also  being  used  at  times  and  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction.

  Phantasos  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  slow,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  metaphysical  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Phantasos  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lunar  Wolf"  and  "Immpbilizationn".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/phantasoswhen-my-soul-diedvacula.html


Herjan/Nightfall Of Humanity/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review

vendredi 16 février 2018 à 03:46

  Herjan  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Nightfall  of  Humanity"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Herjan  plays  a  style  of  anti  human  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  misanthropic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death,  war,  hatred,  darkness,  mythology  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Herjan  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancestral  Pact  Of  Blood"  "Anti-Human"  and  "Disciples  Of  Stars'.  8  out  of  10. 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/herjannightfall-of-humanityvacula.html


Apoclibbon Doshol/Nowhere Near Stars/Vacula Productions/2017 Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review

vendredi 16 février 2018 à 02:25

  Apoclibbon  Doshol  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  sci  fi  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Nowhere  Near  Stars"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blasts  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  crazy  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  clean  vocals  can  be  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  Both  modern  and  old  school  influences  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  aggressive  and  chaotic  sounding.

  Apoclibbon  Doshol  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  fast  and  aggressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apoclibbon  Doshol  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Imdali  Nebula  System" "Genoma  Broxodha"  "Cordia"  and  "Anteus  Arion".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/apoclibbon-dosholnowhere-near.html