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Lloth Interview

vendredi 3 novembre 2017 à 00:54
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?
Right now we are concetrate for the promotion of the Athanati album.
We will release 3-4 videoclips and we will send promo to all major magazines and webzines.Ofcourse we will also  be prepared for live shows.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuf you have released in the past?
The music style is not strictly black/death metal.We have a lot of influences and we don't want to limit our self in one genre.The old stuff back in 1997 it was more raw black metal and  with other line up.

3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
We were focus only with Astarte it was our priority.We have never split we were just inactive.The cause of reacitvate was the need to perform live our material.It is always great to communicate with the fans.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The lyrical topics is is about feelings despair,pain,sorrow and some about myths etc.

5.What is the meaning and inspirtion behind the name 'Lloth'?
The Lloth was created by Tristessa of Astarte back in 1995 after they were renamed as Astarte.The members were all females so they choose Lloth as the name of the band ,the mythic  Spider Queen from Dungeons and Dragons.

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?
We have few lives from 2004 with Rotting Christ,Inveracity.More recent with Septicflesh,Kawir.At Astarte Fest we had honour Maria 'Tristessa'Kolokouri and we share the stage with alot of excellent Hellenic bands.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We want to promote first our Album Athanati and later to organize a lot of lives for the same reason.It is in our plans.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black and death metal?
We have a lot of positive feedback but we need to work hard to take our place in the metal scene.

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 concerns me as Nicolas Maiis i am involved to some projects like Pan Satyros in a folk-pagan style,Lycons which is a gothic/dark wave band and is also member Panthimis the bass player of Lloth.Insected is an old band of mine .We play melodic death/thrash with a lot of heavy elements and Setesh the guitarist with his black metal band Diablery and also guitarist at Insected.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think more into black metal and less to death metal style.I want to use multiple clean voices to give something more epic to our music.

11.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?
Personally i am fan of 90's for the extreme metal but i am trying to have my own style in music.As about my music preferences they depend from my mood from Bolt Thrower till Sisters of Mercy and Exploited.Music has no boundaries.

12.How would you describe your views on Paganism?
I think everybody can believe whatever he wants.I respect our ancient culture and civilization.Arts and spirit is our legacy.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to thank all the fans that supports us from the beggining ,It was a hard proccess to make this record but we feel satisfied for the result.

Nicolas Maiis


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/lloth-interview.html


Funeral Baptism/The Venom Of God/Loud Rage Music/2017 CD Review

lundi 30 octobre 2017 à 04:21

  Funeral  Baptism  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Romania  and  Argentina  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  technical  and  hateful  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Venom  Of  God"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  vocals  are  mostly hateful  black  metal screams. 

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  technical  while  deep  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  the  album  closes  with  an  acoustic  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Funeral  Baptism  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  technical  and  hateful  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Baptism  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  technical  and  hateful  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Seething  Spirit"  and  "Return  To  The  Void".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/funeral-baptismthe-venom-of-godloud.html


Witchcraft Sadomizer/Mouth Fucking Holy Black Holes/Caligari Records/2017 EP Review

lundi 30 octobre 2017 à 03:20

  Witchcraft  Sadomizer  are  a  solo  project  from  Israel  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017 ep  "Fucking  Black  Holes"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  bestial  death  meta  growls  onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs bring  in  blast  beats  and  elements  of  war  metal  along  with  some  raw  black  metal  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  very  heavy  direction  and  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Witchcraft  Sadomizer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  war  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Witchcraft  Sadomizer  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Schizophrenic  Roots"  and  "Tied  Burnt  Devoured".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/witchcraft-sadomizermouth-fucking-holy.html


Domestikwom Interview

dimanche 29 octobre 2017 à 02:44
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

The project started in 2016 as a creative outlet in response to having had my second child and essentially being stuck at home every day.  I hadn't played guitar in some time so I dug it out, started playing again, and taught myself how to program drums. My first EP Pater Vita came out last August, and a couple months later in October 2016 I put out a split EP with Necrolytic Goat Converter.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Musically, the two main reference points on the album are black and doom metal, however to fit with the story I wanted to tell, I incorporated elements of folk, noise and post-black metal in some sections as well.

3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept story to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

The concept of the album is the historical account of my great grandparents' escape from post-Civil War Russia in the 1920s and the challenges they faced upon moving to Canada. I broke down the story into sections, and then spent time figuring out how I wanted each of those sections to be represented musically. In that sense, the concept drove the songwriting.

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

The name Domestikwom is essentially a pun based off of my last name Petkau, with "kwom" being an old English word for "cow".

5.Currently the project is mostly solo are you open to working with a full band or doing live shows?

While I would relish the opportunity to play with other musicians in a live setting, the fact that I started this because I was stuck in my basement looking after kids essentially prevents me from trying to put together a full band at this time.

6.On the new album you had a great amount of session musicians, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recordings?

Initially I had only planned on having Erik Highter from Monophonic Shooting Spree collaborate on a noise track that would split the album into its two halves. Eventually though, as time went on, I decided to try and get as many of my talented musician friends and family to contribute as it made sense. My best friend Adam Ayer is a talented singer/songwriter and so he sang and played acoustic on the first track. Chris Voss from Necrolytic Goat Converter laid down a sweet black metal guitar solo on the third track. Jeremy Hunt from the noise rock band Qoheleth played some noisy leads on track four. Josh Thieler from Slaves BC did the vocals on the chorus of track seven. And on the last track, there were two additional musicians. My mom Carol Petkau actually sang the vocals for that song, and Andy Helgeton from the instrumental prog band The Wolf and The Epitaph closed out the album with the album's second guitar solo. I have been surrounded by such talented musicians my whole life and am grateful to have their voices shape what this album is.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I suppose that I wouldn't turn away any interest if it came up, but at this time I'll probably continue self-releasing until it doesn't make sense.

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

I'd say that with this project still getting started, the feedback has been appropriately small but enthusiastic so far. I'm hoping I can start building an audience with this album.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I'm still coming down from the highs of finishing A Peace That Destroys but lately I've been thinking more about noise and electronic integration in the extreme metal framework, stuff like Violet Cold or Full of Hell. I think when I start writing again, that's what I'd like to experiment with.

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?

For this album I was inspired by Canadian band Thrawsunblat, whose integration of maritime folk into their black metal and focus on nature allowed me to picture how I could translate the life story of a farmer into music that I would want to make. My narrative inspiration primarily came from the Twilight Fauna album Fire of the Spirit, which attempted to tell the story of a specific group of religious people as honestly and generously as possible, even when the artist disagrees with the subjects' beliefs. There was definitely an opportunity to try and make my families' story more sensational, but it would not have been honest.

As for what I'm listening to recently, it's been mostly bands like Panopticon, Dawn Ray'd, Couch Slut, and a band from here in Calgary called Mind Mold.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I've also done some freelance video production here and there, and am in the middle of a life-long quest to watch as many non-English movies as I can get my hands on. I have only 3 Kurosawa movies left to go before I move on to Tarkovsky.

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

Thanks for reaching out. I appreciate it. I hope people will check out the album when it comes out on December 1 on Bandcamp.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/domestikwom-interview.html


Calques Interview

samedi 28 octobre 2017 à 23:51
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Sure. We are a raw punk black metal band from Montgomery, Alabama. We are a two piece. And we make music that sounds like garbage because we don't know what we are doing. But there are enough people that know how to play this kind of stuff correctly and i'm tired of listening to alot of it. We wanted to make something rougher and more amateurish because that is what i've been attracted to more lately. My name is Austin and i'll answer the questions and give the other dude in the band, Adam, a break.

2.How would you describe the musical sound  that is presented on the ep?

 We are trying to play black metal but can't get past our raw punk and industrial roots. No tough guy posturing or any of that crap. Just riffs and urban noisescapes between songs. No atmospheric melodic echo parts or anything to try to make you zone out. No epic note progressions to attempts at making tension swell up. I like some of that stuff in other bands but it's pretty cringe worthy when you fail at it. We probably couldn't trick you with it even if we wanted to. I hope you listen to the album and just hear the everyday grind of waking up and dealing with the bullshit of existing in a city. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

A character that is complaining against the set goodness of the rules of nature or the outdoors.Basically, I've not gotten to travel or get into the outdoors much since I've had a kid last year. I live downtown and I work with people that mainly work trying to help the urban poor. I think about the city way too much and I have gotten used to people being around. It makes me feel safe where as I usually wasn't. I live in a kinda small house and I'm just always around people. So I was trying to explore why I am not really bothered by being in groups of people, where as some of my friend may have social anxiety caused by large groups of people.

I thought it would be interesting to explore that in the lyrics and then blow it out of proportion. The turning it against nature thing is because I'm basically tired of so many metal and weird albums trying to condense nature into their albums. It's a cliché now. And so few of those albums actually manage to convey the immense grandeur of the sweeping mountain scape on their covers. I dig the music but very rarely do I visualize nature or outdoors on a lot of that music.

I thought I could somewhat approximate a sense of an urban claustrophobic cityscape or something like that with the lyrics and the artwork and maybe you could hear that in the music. Then I thought I would write it with sorta arrogant lyrics. Not totally transgressive like the characters in early Swans lyrics, but sorta damaged and with a flawed logic and a false certainty.

It was only my second attempt at writing lyrics for anything. They probably aren't any good and come off as amateurish. But I'd like to think that maybe they are at least a bit different than the standard black metal lyrics and I hope that it kinda comes off as a cohesive theme with the music and artwork.


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

There is no deep meaning. The definition is "an expression adopted by one language from another in a more or less literally translated form."   I liked the name. I feel like our music is not a literal translation from another language. It's probably intended to be but we didn't do a good job at it. Failed Calques would probably suit us better.


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?

I'm hoping a few other folks that we are friends with hear the project and want to work with us at some point. But we aren't very charismatic folks and Montgomery doesn't have a ton of musicians that would want to play this kind of stuff. Metal musicians around the deep south tend to love groove and boogie rock riffs. Maybe because of that New Orleans sludge sound and Mastodon being from Atlanta nearby. I have no clue. But we don't really tend to write "fun" music. We also aren't the most outgoing people so I doubt anyone really wants to jam with us. 


6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

There is talk. We are thinking about trying out a few things and seeing who will work with us on some stuff. I would love to be that terrible opening band that everyone walks out on to go smoke outside and talk to their friends.


7.The ep is going to be released by 'Sentient Ruin Laboratories', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Of course. That Mattia dude took a chance on us and seems to be very organized. He does a good job on PR.  But he seems to really have an enthusiasm for music which is more than some labels his size have. Some labels just find shit to package and sell to folks. I think he heard the EP and wanted to release it regardless of us having a fan base. That means alot to us. I think I only sent the unmastered demos to him and maybe one other label. But I really didn't expect him to be interested. I'm a big fan of what he releases. He does a good job curating his label with some dark heavy stuff that seems a bit weird. Buy a tape from the label. Help him recoup the money he spent on pressing this EP. I also love the label because he had a ton of patience with waiting on us to get the album mastered and get the artwork done. But besides us being happy with the label putting out our release, just check out that roster. A ton of solid releases with good packaging and a good constantly updated web presence so you know what is going on with the releases.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by black metal and other forms of underground music?

There have been some articles on some blogs I respect and read everyday. So that's pretty great. But otherwise, this is the first interview. So congrats. You're getting in on the ground level of telling people how uninteresting we are as people.


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

The first full album is totally structured out and most of the guitars and drums and noise parts are recorded. Some of the vocals are done. I'm really hyped about the upcoming album. We have very long harsh noise parts and clanging reverbed junk that i'm smashing together and recording. I'm expanding on some of the techniques I use in a harsh noise project i'm in called Hadals. I have audio cut ups i've run into an old sampler I have. There are some early Einsturzende Neubauten and Swans type parts. Plus there are still gonna be similar riffs to the first album with a few weirder ones thrown in. I plan on it still having a good momentum but it's gonna be covered in harsh live industrial sounds. It's really shaping up. I'm really excited about how it's gonna turn out.



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've been listening to alot of Sentient Ruin releases lately. I really like that american album he put out. I've started a band called Clawing with my buddies, Matt Finney and Jeff Mcleod, so i've been listening to some of their past releases lately. Otherwise, I follow some of the main blogs for the kind of music we play and stream alot of that stuff. I also own a bunch of vinyl, cds, and tapes so i'm usually putting in something different every day.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Probably the same stuff as most other people around. Nothing too interesting.



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


Thanks for digging the band.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/calques-interview.html