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Morkesagn Interview

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 19:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hail everyone! Farn and Ekvil from Morkesagn are here!
Ekvil: The band was formed in Kyiv (Ukraine) in 2013. I am the founder of the band and author of music/lyrics, but all band members play an important role in our creative process. Our music is closest to Melodic Black Metal with a little influence of Death/Doom Metal.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Farn: It is the amalgamation of classical black metal sound with characteristic fast blastbeats and solid aggressive guitar riffs and melodic solos with smooth, delayed sound, sometimes with synth in background, acoustic breakdowns, and atmospheric sound.
Ekvil:  We have been looking for the "golden ratio" between powerful legible sound and rawness. I hope we got it.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Ekvil: We tried to create a dark mystic atmosphere of Underworld with its rivers of lava, gloomy vaults of caverns and hordes of daemonic creatures inside.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Morkesagn'?
Ekvil: It can be translated from Norwegian as "Dark Legends". The legends which we provide to our listeners by our music.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Farn: We mostly performed in small Kiev clubs. Took part in a couple of Ukrainian open-air festivals. The release of our first album stimulated us to work more on this.
Ekvil: I think our best live shows are in future. We really like to interact with fans on concerts; it is an inseparable part of our creative process. We always try to do our best to see more headbanging, slamming and circlepits under the stage.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Farn: We are planning to visit several European countries as a part of Merdumgiriz label tour during the next summer. Nothing concrete for now, it is still very much a work in progress.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with 'Merdumgiriz'?
Farn: Merdumgiriz is a small ‘guerilla’ label that contacted us after I started the promotion campaign for our first album and had a release plan. We signed a deal and all our stuff will be produced and signed by two separate labels: Merdumgiriz label and my own Farn Black Productions label. Everything made by Merdumgiriz is handmade, they do handpainted discs and cassettes, custom t-shirt art etc. I think this partnership is going to turn into something interesting.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Farn: We get a lot of messages on FB; many people like our music and waiting for the physical release to buy a CD. The most active fans are from India, South America….

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Ekvil: Currently, bassist Heydvald also plays in thrash/black band Stormride, Farn plays in thrash band Sichgart and our drummer plays in sympho-black band Ungoliantha.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Ekvil: We are going to play more Black Metal for you! More grim streams of darkness flowing into your hearts.

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?
Ekvil: I listen to different metal styles from heavy to brutal death metal. In black metal I prefer bands like Emperor, Watain, Satyricon, Dark Fortress, Dissection, Valkyrja and a lot of others. Legion of them!
Farn: Ekvil told that he was inspired by the soundtrack for “Conan the Barbarian” and took one melody from it XD. Actually, metal is not the only music we listen to and are inspired by. As for me, besides black, I like slow and evil music that makes a feeling of cold pure darkness erupting from you. I also like eastern influence in metal music and some styles of eastern music. Like ambient music a lot. Some random bands from my playlist: Nahemoth, Narjahanam, Septic Flesh, Behemoth, Hate, Cryobiosis, Wardruna…

12.Does Satanism and Occultism play any role in your music?
Farn: No -isms in our music. Our lyrics is based on mythology and Ekvil’s own vision of other worlds…
Ekvil: …Our mind is a really great powerful thing, that can create and destroy whole Universes and make you a Godlike Master of them!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Think, create, listen to Black Metal and let your souls forever burn!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/morkesagn-interview.html


Briargh/Eboros/Morbid Shrine Productions/2015 Full Length Review

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 11:15




  Briargh  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Eboros"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Shrine  Productions.

  Tribal  beats  and  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  very  grim  and  high  pitched  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  the  riffs  also  use  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  all  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  pagan  folk  music  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  male  and  female  clean  singing  vocals while  some  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Briargh  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  while  also  having  its  melodic,  epic,  medieval  and  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  cover Paganism,  Cantebria,  Mythology,  History  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Briargh  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Silum  Sego"  "Sun  Of  The  Dead"  and  "El  Nubero  de  Samhain".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/briargheborosmorbid-shrine.html


Serpentine Creation Interview

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 09:00

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?
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At the moment we are  working on our new  video and preparing a new EP.

2.In April you had 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 stuff you have released in the past?
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That's the best sound we've had until now, thanks to the sound engineer we've worked with- Bebo from SUBZERO STUDIO

We have always been striving to such a sound.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
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Briefly,it;s a concept album,the lyrics in the whole album describe Lucifer's revenge

4.Originally the band was called 'Dystropy, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Serpentine Creation'?
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Originally the band was called Dystopy, but we found out that there had already been a band with the same name.Also, the first album we released should have been called Serpentine Creation.A name which describes the music we make.Afterwards,we swapped the names, so we named the band Serpentine Creation and our first album was called Dystopy.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
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SC hasn't got lots of gigs, but each one we had was great. We've performed at festivals with Dimmu Borgir,Septic Flesh, Naer Mataron and lots of other bands.As for the stage performance-we try to present visually the emotion of our music.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
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We are not planning any touring or shows for the moment.We are concentrated on our new video and new EP.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
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All the publications and reviews we've read till now are positive.

8.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?
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Embrace By Dark ( Vlad-guitars) and Invidia ( Mephisto-drums )  are also working on their new albums at the moment.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
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As for the style-we have taken one direction and we are going to  keep it ,working for even better realization of our ideas.

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?
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Lots of bands of different genres of metal had influenced our music.From W.A.S.P.,Metallica, Slayer, Kreator to Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Septic FLesh, Necrophobic.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
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I personally think that  satanism is kind of revolt against the common belief about religions.There can always be a look from a different angle at what is written in religious books.There's nothing unequivocal.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
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Never give up looking for different points of view about all the facts and common ideas about the world we live in.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/serpentine-creation-interview.html


Battle Path/Ambedo/Inherent Records/2015 Full length Review

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 08:45
  Battle  Path  are  a  band  from  Tennessee  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Ambedo"  which  was  released  by  Inherent  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  giving the  music  a  progressive  feeling  along  with  some  synths  being utilized  in  the  background  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  goes into  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  is  mostly  in  a  very  raw,  modern  and  atmospheric  black  metal  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats.

  When  the  music  slows  down  a  more  psychedelic  style  of  doom metal  is  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  being  used  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  the  band  uses  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  experimental  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them and  some  of  the  screams  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  while  some  of  the riffing  also  brings  in  melodies  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track and  while  the  music  is  mostly  slow  it  does  have  its  fast  and  raw  black  metal  moments  that  are  more  rooted  in t he  modern  day  style  of  the  genre.

  Battle  Path  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  modern  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  doom  metal  and  a touch  of  progressive  and  experimental  music  to  create  a  style of  their  own, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, misery and death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Path  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric black  metal  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Raging  Host"  and  "Ascension".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/battle-pathambedoinherent-records2015.html


Stone Healer Interview

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 07:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Stone Healer is really my personal extension of the work I was doing with my last band Autolatry. While Autolatry was rooted in black metal, I wanted my next project to expand into new musical and lyrical territory with a more personal tone. It was very liberating for me to shed the association to "black metal" that I felt I had to maintain with Autolatry, and I think it really shows in how diverse-sounding the "He Who Rides Immolated Horses" EP turned out. With Stone Healer being just my personal vessel for musical creativity, I don't have to worry about compromising with other bandmates or making group decisions. Having the reigns fully to myself after years of working in a group dynamic has allowed me to put more attention on the smallest of details, making this music more special to me than anything I've ever been a part of.

2.In August you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Describing the musical sound of the "Horses" EP has been a challenge to this point; which really is a goal of mine as a songwriter - to write music that can't easily be lumped into one genre classification. I usually defer to calling it "progressive metal", but there's also plenty of death metal and rock influence littered through the tunes. I think part of the reason I'm still so pleased with the music is that nobody has come out and said "Well, this is just another black metal or death metal record." Thus far I've received wildly eclectic classifications of the Stone Healer sound, from "Yob meets Gorguts" to "Blackened Post-Johnny Cash Cowpoke Doom", which all make me very happy as a composer! To me though, all of the music I write just feels like heavy rock and roll.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
As I alluded to earlier, the lyrical content of these songs is extremely personal and details a stretch of my life in which I endured a great deal of spiritual pain. Generally speaking, the scope of Stone Healer's lyrics will always be about introspection, self-discovery, and self-healing. All four songs on the EP are specifically about the excruciating spiritual journey I've made over the past four years, but I feel like it's more than just me sharing a difficult experience with the world. The act of writing these songs musically and lyrically helped me to heal myself on the deepest of levels, providing a degree of catharsis I couldn't have achieved otherwise.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stone Healer'?
When choosing a moniker to release this music under, I wanted something that truly represents who I am on both a physical and soul level. My family name "Kaminsky" means something like "stone carver", and a lot of the record is written about my time spent as a spiritual healer and guide of sorts. So, Stone Healer arrived out of those two places and it does feel perfectly representative of who I am and of the music I write.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself but have worked with musicians in your previous bands, how would you compare working solo to a full band?
Anybody I've worked with over the years knows that I am a bit of a control freak, both with writing and recording. I have a very specific workflow that works well for me, and when I get personally invested in any kind of project I generally want to do more of the heavy lifting. With Stone Healer being a solo project it allows me to be unrelenting in my perfectionism, and the only compromises I have to make are with myself. I will say that my brother Matt has provided drums in every band I've ever been a part of, and he'a a huge part of what made the "Horses" EP what it is. My music at it's core has always been about the interplay between my melodies and Matt's drums, and while he doesn't have a part in any more than percussive content, I don't see his role in my music changing in the future.

6.Tridroid are re-issuing your ep, how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
I was thrilled that Tridroid expressed interest in the EP soon after the digital self-release, and I am extremely pleased with our partnership! Every release I have ever been a part of in the past was released completely independently, so it means a lot that Andrew at Tridroid believes in my music enough to support it with a CD reissue.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
From what I can tell, the national and international feedback has been good so far. Most people say that this is "different stuff", and that it's hard to put a true label on; which as I mentioned before, I take as a huge compliment. Interestingly though, I think being somewhat "unclassifiable" can be a disadvantage when trying to appeal to certain elitist sects of extreme metal fans. It has never been my intention to pander to any specific audience, but I'd understand if prog metal purists or black metal kvltists weren't into this music for whatever reason.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Not anything active or established at the moment, but I am working hard on completing and recording a record of heavy rock and roll songs. If you can imagine the more rocking and groovy parts of Stone Healer (think along the lines of the song "Lark's Head") with more of a pop sensibility and coupled with a female lead vocal, that's what I'm going for. Other than that project, most of my creative energy is spent recording and producing other bands at my studio in Connecticut, Studio Wormwood.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I have about half of a full-length record of Stone Healer material written, but I'm really taking my time with it. My hope is that this time next year I'll be recording the full record, but it just depends on how much more heavy music flows out of me between now and then. I'm not a guy that's constantly coming up with riffs and has an overflowing well of material lined up, so I try not to force my inspiration. I still have a lot to say with Stone Healer, so an LP will come to fruition sooner than later.

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?
My biggest musical influence is Alice In Chains, and heavy rock and roll is probably my greatest stylistic influences as well. I don't believe that there will ever be a better record made than AIC's "Facelift", seriously. I think it's an absolutely perfect album all the way through, and I'm pretty sure I'll take that sentiment to the grave! It may or may not be obvious, but AIC's influence on the Stone Healer music is massive, especially in vocal style and delivery. The acoustic track "The Scythe In My Heart" is really my version of a Layne Staley/Jerry Cantrell worship track in terms of vocal melody and harmony. But on the metal side of things, Ulcerate and Gorguts are probably the most notable and relatable groups that have stuck with me in an influential way. Something about the unrelenting percussion mixed with dissonant melodies that those two groups display perfectly is immensely appealing to me. As for current listening pleasures? I am super into "rockier" groups like Royal Thunder and Impure Wilhelmina, as well as old 90's favorites like Weezer, Nirvana, Mudhoney, etc. I've found I'm listening to very little heavy metal these days, especially newer stuff - older choice cuts have grown to be more appealing as I've aged.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Between studio work and personal music, my life truly is centered around music. But, in my down time I am a total beer nerd and I love discovering new beers and breweries from all over the world. If anyone wants to send me bottle of local sour beer from elsewhere around the globe, get in touch! Haha.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the thoughtful questions! I'm so happy that Stone Healer has a chance to reach a few more ears with Tridroid Records' help, and there's lots more music to come in the future. Also, I am currently in the midst of a search for a live lineup, so if anyone reading this would be interested in trying their hand at playing these tunes please contact me through the social media pages or at stonehealermusic@gmail.com.

Cheers!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/stone-healer-interview.html