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Krumkač Interview

samedi 27 octobre 2018 à 01:56

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Krumkac has been based at the beginning of 2018 as studio one-man the project the only participant under the pseudonym Erebor (earlier known for the Tartavara/Wisdom Of Shadows/Rugievit projects). At once Erebor has written down material for a debut album and is sent on data Aleksandra to Digivision Records studio then Alexander has suggested to write down the vocal for an album that actually and I have made. And the result suited all, and at this stage the project has developed into the duet. And in September, 2018 the debut album "Honar i Kroŭ " has been released.

2.In September you had released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on this recording?
The album "Honar i Kroŭ" - cardinally differs from all previous works and Erebor's projects. Classical, monotonous, penetrating Black Metal intertwining with the atmospheric Atmospheric Black Metal elements has been taken as a basis. But the main thing on this album is that all emphasis is put on semantic loading and lyrics, moral substance of an album above all, all these combinations also were reflected in work "Honar i Kroŭ".

3.Your lyrics cover the Kryvian people and their history, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the heathen culture of your ancestors?
First of all the lyrics of a new album narrates about fight eternal for the ideals, Honar i Kroŭ-this a direct appeal to remember the roots and history of the people, to honor the but not others traditions, both to protect at the cost of the life and to increase greatly all that we were left by our nice ancestors! Kryviya is what in heart, is what has laid the foundation in us as in the separate and independent people, with the values, traditions and feats of our heroes of the past and the present!! The paganism-also is present at lyrics, it red thread intertwines throughout all album with our national views and the ideas. "Honar i Kroŭ" is an anthem of my earth, it is my appeal to battle for the ideals and values these are my tears about heroes that have given the life in eternal fight for a right cause!

4.I know that the bands name means 'Raven' in Belarussian', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
Yes it is valid, the name of the project is translated as crows. First of all for me the Raven is pagan roots of views of which I adhere. God's crows Odina Hugin and Munin, eternal eyes and god's ears. On the other hand, the Raven symbolizes death when the battlefield is covered with corpses and only crows turn over bodies of the dead. All these concepts and moods are put in my music therefore this name very much supplements and symbolizes my message!


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
For registration of an album, we used a picture of the Polish artist Jan Mateyko. In a picture fight at Gryunvalda, the greatest victory over knights of the Teutonic Order in our history which echo reaches us and now is represented. Grand Duchy of Lithuania (Belarus) together with the Polish principality in 1410 have given the most bloody battle in our history to knights of the Teutonic Order, the Teutonic Order couldn't recover further from defeat. The Krylami Bielymi song is devoted to this battle and this victory, and all idea of an album also represents greatness of Grand Duchy of Lithuania as primordial and only the correct line of formation of our people. Therefore this picture, has as well as possible added an album!!

6.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?
Now the concert structure for live performances is brought together. On December 2, 2018 Krumkač will for the first time step on the stage with a live presentation of the album in Minsk (Belarus).
Further vigorous concert work of Europe so most likely Krumkač shortly will become a full-fledged formation is planned!

7.The album was released on 'Barbatos Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The label of Barbatos Productions is one of the most successful suppliers of the right music in the CIS, mainly they publish national socialist threw, we cooperated with them within the Wisdom Of Shadows/Rugievit projects earlier. And therefore we foreknew that we will publish a debut album at them as conditions and the relations at us with them at height!

.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
At the international level success of an album just mad, literally the circulation of an album has been sold in 2 weeks of sales worldwide, offers from labels from around the world, concerts and Europe tour arrive. A set positive reviews from world the Internet of magazines. At us in Belarus and Russia the album became not such successful as, in Europe and around the world. Result and that as it have accepted I is very happy, and has been pleasantly surprised!!

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?
Alexander has the Divided project (Technical Death Metal), shortly he has an album. As for me, except Krumkač I am not involved anywhere as all forces and the ideas are aimed at his development. As for concert structure that, Oleg (Vocal) is the leader and the creator of the legendary Kamaedzitca group (Pagan Metal), Roman (Guitar) is a participant of the Vapor Himies group (EBM), Athame (Keyboard) is the only creator and the participant of the DSBM of the project Zdan, Rostislav (Percussions) also plays in the group Synaxaria (Gotic/Doom), Agnet (Bass guitar) is a concert guitarist black threw the Zaklon project.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Now in the closest plans of group it is an exit of a new single and concert activity. We will play the period of 2018-2019 about 10 concerts, both at us in the homeland and in Europe. Then I sit down at record of a new album for which material is almost ready. It will be the same sincere, aggressive, atmospheric threw with national color. And in general, time will tell as well as where will bring us!

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?
Certainly I have exerted huge impact on me Norwegian black metal a scene. Such groups as Darkthrone, Immortal, Burzum, Satyricon, Carpatian Forest. These are those groups which have exerted huge impact on my musical views, and still I listen to them and I derive inspiration from black metal!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Appreciate and honor the history, remember the roots!! Thanks to all for attention!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/krumkac-interview.html


Sjukdom Interview

vendredi 26 octobre 2018 à 02:11
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Sjukdom: So "Stridshymner og Dødssalmer" was recorded between 2015 and 2016, but work with the album didn't really stop until late 2017. In the meantime though we have actually been busy writing material for whatever comes next. We are currently working on about a dozen new tracks.

2.You have a new album coming out later this month, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do on your previous releases?

Sjukdom: The debut album "Når alt Mørkner" was kinda rushed in both writing and recording, we were young and eager to release something.
This time however we have taken our time with the process of writing and recording and we think the end result speaks for itself.
Expect a much more furious and agressive sound, but without letting entirely go of the more melodic approach we had on our first album.

3.This is your first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Sjukdom: Honestly we've just been writing tracks, rehearsing like hell and honing our passion for the music that we do. Some members has come and gone since the last album, but that is just how it is playing in a band.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer album?
Sjukdom: Lyrically this album isn't too dissimilar to the debut. Core lyrical topics still revolve around the topic of death, grand scale misantrophic warfare and anti religious themes.
The title of the album "Stridshymner og dødssalmer" (War hymns and death psalms) describe it pretty well.

5.In one interview you also talked about an interest in Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Sjukdom: Oh boy, that must have been an old interview! It was a topic that we were perhaps exploring for a short while, but ultimately nothing specific ever came out of it.
It is of course an interesting subject and every now and then some concept relating to mythology or folklore might show up in our lyrics, especially the more esoteric and occult songs that deal with the concepts of death in the more abstract, like a form of transcendence.

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

Sjukdom: Sjukdom is the Northern Norwegian spelling of the word "Sykdom".
The English translation would be either 'Sickness' or 'Disease'.
There wasn't really any inspiration behind it, it was just a name we happened to land on in the early days.
It's a pretty catchy name though and we feel that our music really reflect the name in some way and vice versa.

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

Sjukdom: What remains of a frozen battlefield. Completely void of compassion.
There is only destruction and death and cold embrace of an early grave.

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?

Sjukdom: Tricky question, we've done quite a few really good shows.
We don't play live all that often so every show we do kind of stands out for us.
The best one would probably be the last one we did back in March 2017, We played for almost an hour and 20 minutes and people were really enjoying themselves!

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Sjukdom: We wish to do something, but nothing is confirmed as of right now.

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

Sjukdom: Funny you should ask, there was this one Web-zine that criticized the album for having a "clean licked and polished sound" and the band members for being "Atheists in corpse paint". I guess we weren't satanic enough for their liking!
Other than that though the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive!

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Sjukdom: We've found our style and we're sticking to it, more or less at least.
The material we are currently working on is perhaps a little less straight forward and a little more eerie and haunting sounding.
It will still be the Sjukdom you all know and love, so no worries.
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?

Sjukdom: Anything from the classics of the 90's to the more modern era of black metal, really. We try to keep our perspective broad and we're not afraid to experiment a little with our formula.
But to mention a couple of common favorite bands that we all share in the band, Marduk, Djevel, Mgła, Burzum.

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

Sjukdom: Sanity is for the weak.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/sjukdom-interview.html


Unreqvited/Mosaic I: I' amour et I' ardeur/Northern Silence/2018 CD Review

vendredi 26 octobre 2018 à 02:00

  Unreqvited  are  a  band  from  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  post  rock,  and  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Mosaic  I:  I'  amour  et I' ardeur"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Northern  Silence.

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  and  nature  orientated  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  while  ambient  style  synths  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  great  amount  of  heavy  riffs  being  used  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  shoegaze,  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  tracks  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals.

  Unreqvited  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal,  post  rock,  shoegaze  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Unreqvited  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  post  rock,  shoegaze  and  experimental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dreamscape"  and  "Balance".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/unreqvitedmosaic-i-i-amour-et-i.html


Eltun Interview

jeudi 25 octobre 2018 à 06:19

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Well, it's a pleasure to talk to you on Eltun's part. To know us a little, we are a band of Pagan Black Metal Chileno, inspired by the greatness and majesty of nature, the Mapuche ancestral culture and the Araucanian wars.
Eltun was formed in the winter of 2013 with 3 members originally, Frostmortum, Trauko, Ngen winkul, until trauko who was dedicated to voice and bass decided to retire. This project started with very clear ideas of what we wanted to do.
Our philosophy as a band is to profess and honor nature and the warriors that defended it from the invader.
The pagan term to which we attribute is more on the one hand anti-Christian, but we would like to deepen this perhaps in another question.
We are currently a duo that we have been playing for about 5 years, on guitar and vocals Ngen Winkul and on drums Frostmortum
2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?

In the demo we wanted a dirtier sound and there was also a bit of black thrash and the EP was more melodic, but at the same time more pagan and old black metal of the 90s, but the feeling and lyrics have not changed. There were also differences in terms of production and recording, for example, the demo was recorded in a single day with fewer resources unlike the EP, which took longer to record and was somewhat more produced. That influences the final result of a job.
3.Your lyrics cover Mapuche Culture, War and Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the pagan culture of your homeland?

Of course, well the pagan term is somewhat difficult to explain, at first the Christians called pagan to everyone who was anti-Christian and worshiped more than one God. For the Mapuche culture there is no religion in itself, rather it is a worldview, for which the Mapuche should not be called pagan, because he does not worship gods, there are deities if they are paid homage and respect, or superior beings , therefore, equal enters a pagan terminology, but as explained is something difficult to understand. We as a band consider ourselves pagan, we are anti-Christians and we perform rituals, also in the musical sense we find paganism due to the European musical influence.
Well, the interest is born from that we feel proud of the culture of our country, it is our duty to keep it alive and that the world knows it, badly and badly the Mapuche are comparable to the Vikings, considering that they were warriors. The Mapuches were the only ones to whom the Spaniards had to negotiate to take away the land, because in the war they could not, and descending from those people makes us feel extremely proud.
 To add us as I said we are anti-Christians, but not satanic. Satanism for us is the same as being a Christian. Satanism is an invention of Christianity, by way of justifying with something the guilt of the sins of the people. My advice is not to be satanic, if you believe in satan, you believe in the bastard Jewish god.


 4.I know that the bands name means 'cemetery' in the Mapudungun language, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Eltun more than the name comes from the rituals and celebrations of the deceased who are fired, and that is what we do when creating, doing ritual and celebrating. That is why the name fits with our musical style and our ideas, in this ceremony a major character of the clan was fired and he was fired 4 days, it was a complete party, as it should be a funeral, shit!

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

The cover of the album belongs to a painting created in 1904 by subercaseux and refers to the same name of the album "1553", the year in which the Mapuche killed Valdivia's dog.

6.Currently there is only 2 members in the past while the band was a trio at one time, are you open to working with any other musicians again or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Yes, we really agree to work with other musicians, in fact, we have tried but the little seriousness and commitment of these people have triggered us to be a duo, but in part, we like the fact of being two, we are the ones we do everything in the band, music and lyrics. The idea of ​​having another musician would be to give more weight to live music.

7.Recently 'Crush The Desert' re-issued your 2016 ep, how did you get in contact with this label?

The seal was contacted by mail, we do not know specifically where they know us, but we have the idea that it could have been for a French zine who reviewed us a while ago and I think the label worked with that zine, so which we believe that they knew us through that contact. We are very pleased with the fact that they have contacted us from Europe, we like them to appreciate our art from the old continent and to support us, although there is a lot of racism in this musical genre, it is appreciable that they understand our message. Our fight is against an enemy in common, we must not forget it. Go ahead, pagans!

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

There has been a good reception from the listeners, through a YouTube channel called "Pagan Black Metal" we had the opportunity to upload our latest work, and we have reached several places in the world. Recently they invited us to play in Ecuador, it has not come to anything in particular, but hopefully it can be achieved. They have also supported us a lot from Mexico, a country that we like, its people and culture and what nationalists they are. Most of the support comes to us from outside Chile, which is a bit bad, because we expect more support from our people.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

No, not actually. We have participated in other projects, but not anymore. Yes, we have the idea of ​​creating another project with another musical orientation, but it is still being built, there is nothing specific.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Difficult question, but the idea in the future is to continue doing fucking black metal, until we rot. We do not see ourselves famous or anything like that, we do not think of fame but in knowing that in Chile Black Metal is made.

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?

We follow typical bands of the Nordic black metal movement of the 90s, going through styles also German black metal, Polish and surroundings. As for example the Horn band that make a very good black metal pagan, the Poles Graveland or also in the Czech Republic the band trollech
I did not want to name the Norwegian bands. They are like the common, dark throne or burzum.

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

Ngen Winkul: Of course, today more than ever we must be united against the damned Christians and all the Jewish plague that affects our beautiful world. We live in difficult times so we must be prepared as warriors that we are.
Thank you very much for this interview, we are eternally grateful.
Frostmortum: Thank you for coming to our page, listening to our music and doing the interview. I hope or expect you to keep an eye on our future work.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/eltun-interview.html


Death Vanish/Cold Hammer Of Melancholy/Eternal Death/2018 EP Review

jeudi 25 octobre 2018 à 04:11

  Death  Vanish  are  a  solo  project  from  Connecticut  that  plays  a  very  primitive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Cold  Hammer  Of  melancholy"  which  will  be  released  in  November  on  cassette  by  Eternal  Death.

  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  along  with  some  drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  some  heavy  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  black  metal  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  being  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  music  only  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  along  with  the  bass  guitars  also  being  used  as  a  lead  instrument and  the  songs  always  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  musical  direction.

  Death  Vanish  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  primitive  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  melancholic,  philosophical  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Death  Vanish  are  a  very  great  sounding  primitive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Hammer  Of  Melancholy"  and  "Bloodless  Fog  (Of  My  Mind)".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/death-vanishcold-hammer-of.html