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Eschatos/The Grand Noir/2015 CD Review

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 08:47

  Eschatos  are  a  band from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "The  Grand  Noir".

  Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  experimental  and  ambient  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  melodic  guitar  leads  in  the  background  and  some  of  the  drum  beats  have  a  tribal  feeling  to  them  and  on  the  second  track  the  musi9c  starts  going  into  more  of  a  progressive  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams. 

  Elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout the  recording  and  the  fast  parts  also  bring s in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  cd  version  closes  with  a  cover  of  Silencer['s  "Sterile  Nails  And  Thunderbowles"  and  it  sounds  different  from  the  original  and  changed  around  a  bit  to  fit  in  more  with  the  bands  musical  style.

  Eschatos creates  a  black  metal  album  that  is  very  progressive  and  also  displays  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skills  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great sounding  recording  from  Eschatos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Whole  Alone  Is  Good  And  Elsewhere  Nowhere"  and  "Feast  Of  A  Thousand  Beasts".  8  out  of  10.           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/eschatosthe-grand-noir2015-cd-review.html


Archemoron Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 07:53
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

The band was formed back in 1999. The name of the band at that time was Ancestor and the music direction was thrash metal. After changes in bandmates, we reached at this point under the name of Archemoron playing black metal.

2.So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The first album “Spiritual transcendence” follows a more death/black direction than our new album “Sulphur and Fire” which is more black/epic. Nowadays our musical direction is concentrated in black/epic direction. Great guitar riffs, combined with dark melodies and outer-space guitar solos. Esoteric vocals and magical atmosphere.

3.This is the first album to be released since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

The energy wasn’t the appropriate. Now we are strong and hungry for music composition and self-expression. We are already working on new stuff. Beware.

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

Concerning lyrics we are interested in dark esoteric themes and battles with ourselves. We are interested also in historical and philosophical themes.

5.The band was originally known as 'Ancestor' and played a different musical style, what was the decision behind the musical and name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Archemoron'?

We had to change our first name because there was already existing another band with the same name. So we re-baptized the band, “Archemoron”. Archemoron is an ancient Greek/Hellenic word. The meaning behind the name is “the beginning of death”. As concern as the musical style, as we were growing up we wanted to express ourselves via more extreme music.

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

Our stage performance is in killer shape. We practice altogether at least two times per week. Although we have already given a few shows in our country, we decided to not give any more live shows. Black metal is something else than the other metal genres. Black metal is not an entertainment. Black metal is religion. Black metal is an esoteric research. No thanks, no goodnights. No shits.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Nothing at all and we are not planning to have. You see, we have Bathory and Burzum high in our musical and attitude preferences.


8.The new album was released on Cryptia Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Cryptia productions is an underground black metal Greek/Hellenic label. We are proud to cooperate with them. It’s an honor for us to cooperate with such a dedicated and target-full label. The distribution of the album is via www.bowelofnoise.com


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
So far, so good. So what? Nice talks, great grades, magnificent reviews but truly…we don’t smile at all. It is nice to hear good words, obviously, but the most important is the fans to feel the same of what we feel when we are playing this music. To travel at the same time at the same place. Somewhere far beyond. This is the success. 

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
For the next record we are planning to follow the same musical direction. Black/epic metal. We will explore further the dark chords and scales. The fast parts will be faster and the slow parts will be slower.

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?
Great influences are Iron Maiden, Bathory, Burzum, Immortal, Marduk, Inquisition. Every member of Archemoron listens to different stuff. Personally the last few days i listen to the last albums of 1349, Enthroned, Blut Aus Nord.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
To many trends, to many false thoughts and to many false attitudes and false ways of approaches as concern as Occultism. But still there are hidden diamonds to discover. When you will find them, beware! New horizons will open your mind and unleash your fantasy.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We live in difficult times, where magic is lost. Keep high the flag of resistance!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/archemoron-interview.html


Aversion Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 07:48
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?
Vena Kava : It's been a very busy time for us. We have done several regional shows and now working on the material for our next album.

Max Macabre : We've had a lot of fun lately, playing great shows with our friends from BLACKSCORN, PUTAMEN INSULA, SVALBARD and BLACK EMPIRE.

2.In May 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 demo you had released in 2013?
Vena Kava : We wanted the album to have a real feel, we did not want our music to become lost in over production. We were looking for raw and aggressive and we think this is what the album presents. Over the 4 years we have gone through several musical stages, the demo laid down the foundations for us and a journey to embark on.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Vena Kava: Death, Decay, Hate, Rebirth, Martyrdom, Ritualism, exorcism.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aversion'?
Max Macabre : Aversion is what you feel when the hate for something becomes so overwhelming it's insufferable. This is a lot of what I channel through playing 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?
Vena Kava : It was a productive year, a definite highlight was when we played the Messe Des Morts, a black metal festival, along with Shining, Samael, Cult Of Fire, Make A Change... Kill Yourself, Mutilation Rites, Angantyr. We just filled in for a show on the tour with Seth from France and the response in Rouyn was amazing.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Vena Kava : We will be playing our last shows in August 2015 until the release of the next album. These include co-headling the Doom over Toronto Festival this summer and a short tour with Panzerfaust.

Max Macabre : This will mark the end of a great chapter for us, and we feel the best is yet to come.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Max Macabre : Yes we are looking around but not in a rush for anything in terms of securing a contract. Nowadays it's easier to push your music around by yourself, so we are focusing on recording something we are proud of and we'll keep doing it no matter what.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Max Macabre : It's always a big thrill for me to see that somehow someone listened to one of my recordings somewhere far away from where I live. This is definitely the greatest satisfaction I get from playing music. I've been surprised with Aversion how fast the reviews came up and how far copies of our album went geographically. So far the feedback has been good overall, and we're ready to take it to the next level.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Vena Kava : Aversion is the only band that all of the members are involved in except our bassist, know as Leather King, he is also with Random Acts of war, Sacrifycia, Hellrider, and Fearsome.

Max Macabre : I do have some solo projects but Aversion is my main artistic medium.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Vena Kava : More aggression and violence.

Max Macabre : I will take on a lot of the composition duties in the future and I am already working on the new material. There will be an evolution in the sound.

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?
Max Macabre : What I'm listening to right now, and for everyone who are looking for a band that picked up where LIFELOVER left off, listen to PSYCHONAUT 4. Those guys are just amazing. I also dived into some IRON WITCH lately and it felt great, also in the same vein the almighty DOPETHRONE also from Montreal and their last opus.
In terms of influences more directly linked to our music, I think it's clear we have really deep roots in the second wave of Scandinavian black metal, and all sorts of trash/fucked up on drugs-music. It's going to be even more evident in our next recording.

Vena Kava: This last month I have been listening a lot to Nortt, Sleep, Skepticism Furia,and Behemoth.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Max Macabre : Nature... Spirituality... and self-accomplishment through living your dreams and fulfilling your desire every day. All of us in different ways.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Vena : Thank you Occult Black Metal Zine for taking the time and keeping the scene alive!


Max Macabre : Drop your jobs and do drugs. Then go back to work until you have enough money to do drugs again. On second thought, fuel your drug addiction with crime, that way you don't have to work. And don't bother with soft stuff like weed, I mean, go for the hard stuff like heroin and shit. Hum I'm kidding, your body is a temple.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/aversion-interview.html


Gurthang Interview

jeudi 9 juillet 2015 à 09:40
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new split?

The music for this split has been recorded back in autumn 2013 so there's been quite a lot going on since then. We've recorded and released our 4th album entitled "I Will Not Serve" this year. Also another split should be released within months, with Ukrainian band Moloch. It includes a b-side track from aforementioned album. We've also changed the lineup a bit, Turenn became our new drummer and we've started working on some new material together.

2. You have a split album coming out this July, 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?

The musical sound differs from all of our material. Previous works were focused on funeral doom or black metal style. The music I wrote for this album wasn't supposed to be released anywhere until G.H. heard it and persuaded me into releasing it on split as Gurthang. Material on the split is more death or even blackened death oriented. It's more similiar to our latest album, however it has much more industrial touches, and the sound is noisy, harsh and raw.

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

It depends on the time in my life when I wrote those lyrics. Older lyrics were much more depressive and dark. Later they evolved into something more powerful, they're more personal, deeper yet they're still quite dark, but in a different way. I was always inspired by works of H. P. Lovecraft, and that's also type of "doom" that I often include in my lyrics, but I'm giving them more personal view. They're usually not just about one thing. There's much more in every single song than it's possible to hear at one single spin.

4. Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?

When I started the band, it was just a side-project. At that time my main band and main focus was Cosmic Despair, and Gurthang was just something else I did in the meantime. After we recorded debut album and before it's been released, we decided that Cosmic Despair will disband and that we're not going to do anything more with it, so I asked Stormalv and Sam to participate in recording sessions for new Gurthang releases, because this "project", as I wouldn't call it a band at that time, was getting more and more important to me. I started calling it a band when we were recording our third album, "Excruciato Anima Immortali", beacuse that was the time that I let everyone arrange their own parts. Before that I was telling everyone what exactly I wanted them to play. After I let everyone do their own in composing area it turned out this was the best possible decision. Everyone does their best to make their parts as good as possible and I just control if it goes in the direction that I want it to go. And so far I didn't have to ask anyone to rearrange their parts.

5. I know that the bands name came from the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Gurthang was the sword of Turin, it was a witness of its master's disaster, madness and failure. It was a blade that took away his life. This story reflects into lyrical themes of our band. It's about insanity, despair, self-destruction and suicide. You can find all those elements in some of our songs.

6. So far the band has yet to do a live show, are there any plans for any shows in the future?

No, there are no plans for that. Maybe someday, but definitely not now. It's impossible to arrange, as all of us live in different places, we all have our jobs and responsibilities. I can't expect everyone in the band to leave their lives and do a tour. I've had an idea to organize one show in my town, with different people, but I just didn't feel like it would be Gurthang anymore so I gave it up.

7. You are on a split with 'Beyond Life' a band that shares 2 of the same members, how would you sat their musical style differs from the one that is presented with 'Gurthang'?

Beyond Life performs completely different style of music that Gurhang. While Gurthang is more doom/black oriented, Beyond Life is much more about improvisation, experimenting and emotions coming from the music than the music itself. Keep in mind, that it evolved from dark ambient genre which has its own rules and reasons. Also I am not in charge of Beyond Life, I joined it long time after the band was formed. G.H. joined Gurthang some time later, first as rhythm guitarist, but now he's in charge of ambient parts we use in our music. Basically saying, in Beyond Life I'm just doing what I'm asked to do. Of course, if you listen carefully you'll find some similarities in my songwriting, but for me it's just two different things.

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

I'd say we get a great feedback and interest from different places in the world. Definitely much bigger that we'd expect. I remember when I was looking for a label to release our third album and I wrote to some Japanese label. I'm still surprised that they've already knew who we were. Although we didn't have much promotion at that time. Sometimes I get messages or emails from people around the world saying that they bought our CD and they really liked it - and that's always great to hear. In the beginning I didn't mean to make Gurthang recognized or famous, and I still don't care that much about it. We did it for ourselves, but it's always great to hear that somebody somewhere likes it and wants to hear some more.

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?

Two years ago Stormalv recorded an album with Syrian gothic band Ecliptic Dawn, who's ran by our first keyboardist. He also had some solo projects I don't know much about it. Vojfrost keeps running his both projects, atmospheric black Voin Grim, which is also the reason I got to know him and folk Voin. Tureen keeps playing with his band Unbowed and has a couple of more projects going on I think. Me and G.H. have a couple of side projects going on. The biggest one is Beyond Life of course, but there's also Czarna Rozpacz, about which you should hear some more in the near future. I also perform vocals in Polish black metal band Man o'Moon Faces.

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

We will go more into maybe a bit simplier but definitely deeper and more complex sound, it's hard to explain. We have a concept and a couple of new songs written, and we will see how it ends up. I really can't say anything more about it right now.

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?

Biggest impact on our music had Finnish doom metal band Dolorian, which I'm a huge fan of. Of course it would be a crime if I didn't mention the masters of Thergothon. But apart from that we listen to and get inspired by some music that's not related to metal, for example Pink Floyd, which I consider as the greatest band of all time, Dead Can Dance or some classical music, like Wagner, Chopin or Beethoven. As for now apart from what I've already mentioned, I'm getting more into some Polish post-black and recently I've returned to some funeral doom bands that I haven't listened to for quite a long time.

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

Support the underground, there are lots of great bands that are still there undiscovered and waiting for their moment. Thanks for the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/gurthang-interview.html


Kaeck/Stormkult/Folter Records/2015 CD Review

jeudi 9 juillet 2015 à 09:29

  Kaeck  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  is  a  super  group  of  some  sorts  consisting of  members  from Sammath,  Kjeld,  and  Noordelingen  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form of  black/war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Stormkult"  which  was  released  in  August  by  Folter  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  old  school  black/war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  also  brings  in  the  atmospheric  elements of  that  era  at  times  along  with  soem  of  the  riffing  adding  in  small  amounts  of  melody.

  All  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  20  years  ago  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a small  amount  of  synths  can  be  hear d  at  times  in  the  background  while  the  vocals,  drums  and  guitars  dominate  most  of  the music  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  almost  sound  melodic  while  still  being  grim  at  the  same  time and  some of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Kaeck  plays  a  style  of  black/war  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  atmospheric  and  has  more  in  common  with  the  90's  era  and  stays  away  from  any  type  of  modern  sounds,  the  production  sounds  very raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  darkness  and  war themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kaeck  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black/war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "De  Kult"  and  "Wormvloed".  8  out  of  10.

    

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/kaeckstormkultfolter-records2015-cd.html