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Gnosis Interview

vendredi 19 octobre 2018 à 01:25
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

-Gnosis was formed in 2013 following the split-up of Devastator (Fl), with the main idea of playing old school Hellenic Black/Death Metal while integrating our own ideas and influences into the genre. We have released two albums so far “The Third Eye Gate” by NUCLEAR WAR NOW!  and “The Offering of Seven” by Terror From Hell Records (Italy).

2.In September you had released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording that you were not able to do on your previous release?

-With this release we paid more attention to the melodic side of our work, even though it is quite a straightforward record each instrument plays the main role at some point during the album. At the same time, heavier use of keyboards is incorporated to create a more mystic atmosphere to go along the dense ambient created my the drums, bass, and guitar. You could summarize this by saying the Hellenic influences are heavier in ‘The Offering of Seven’, bands such as Varathron, Thou Art Lord, Rotting Christ, Mortuary Drape, Tiamat, and Mystifier are great influences on us and we didn’t mean to conceal it at all.

3.All of the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's, do you feel that modern black and death metal is missing a lot of the dark atmosphere of the older bands?

- I believe that a lot of times this ‘dark atmosphere’ is tied to the fact that back then there was very limited access to recording equipment, proper gear, studios, and professionals engineers producing these bands and records that later became iconic through the years. To this you can also add the living circumstances in different parts of the world, South America being an example, early 90s were brutal times in many places and definitely this has an impact on the artists/bands in one way or the other. But this wasn’t always the case, early death metal in America is a great example of darkness and evil while carrying a good production value to it. Nowadays there are a lot of great bands that are keeping the essence of the old school bands, but as many of the older bands they are not the most popular or more accessible bands. These are bands that are more underground with a rawer sound whose releases have not yet been massively available. But to answer your question… Yes, I believe that a good portion of modern black and death metal is missing a lot of the dark essence of the older bands, recording is easier and practically accessible to anybody, the music itself, its techniques, and recording/production process have “evolved” for a clearer and more polished sound, and to me, it can potentially affect negatively the sound if the intention is to have darker one.

4.Your lyrics go very deep into the occult, dark magick and mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the esoteric arts?

-Our lyrics in ‘The Offering of Seven” are based mostly on our quest to commune with that which is beyond human reach, I wrote them with a heavy influence on Sumerian rituals and summoning. While listening to Metal, especially occult Metal, the listener gets exposed to different beliefs and mythologies. Some of those resonate with the listener, in my case it has been ancient Sumerian mythology. Which is why I find so shameful the destruction of sites and statues that originate from this era, by extreme religious groups.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gnosis'?

- Gnosis is the Greek word for knowledge. More specifically, in the Hellenistic era, it was associated with hidden, or occult, knowledge and cults, which is a huge inspiration for, and influence on, us. For a deeper meaning, I'll allude to the lyrics of Gnosis, a piece from our debut album.

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

- For the artwork we wanted an illustration that kept with imagery of the first album. The enlightenment of the mind beyond the physical, and beyond good and Evil, to a place of self-discovery. The Third Eye it’s a great representation of this quest and one we strongly believe it ties with the music.

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

-We have been lucky to share the stage with great bands such as Varathron, Masacre (Col), Abigail, Terrorizer, Profanatica, Uada, Imperial Triumphant, Koroidia, Caveman Cult, Kult Ov Azazel, amongst many others. Currently our performance starts with an intro playing in the background, and after a minute of it we go straight into the setlist with no dialogues of any kind in between songs. We discharge our energy through the instruments and we play them hard. There is quite a magic on stage hearing the songs coming out from the monitors and amps. We immerse ourselves in the music and hope for the audience to do the same.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

- We have been doing local shows and promoting the album on the local scene. We would love to play festivals or other cities like we have in the past. Because of life circumstances touring is not something we can do at the moment, but maybe one day.

9.On the new album you had also done a 'Running Wild' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

- Running wild’s first two albums are a great inspiration and Heavy Metal masterpieces. We decided to make this cover to pay our respects to one of our favorite bands and genre as we are big followers of the traditional heavy metal sound.

10.The new album was released on 'Terror From Hell Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

-Terror From Hell is an Italian label, that from the beginning believed in the band and the ideas we had. It has been a great experience working with Stefano and their team, they have exceeded our plans and expectations for the album and we are proud to have released this album with them.

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

The reaction has been good, it is quite interesting reading people’s thoughts and opinions on the album. Fans of the Hellenic Scene have been very receptive to it and have given it great reviews while fans of a more modernized style of Black Metal whether faster or a more refined sound have been more critical of it. Our sound is not for everyone and it seems to appeal to fans of a darker era in Metal.

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

- We hope to keep the same line, while evolving musically. We are currently working on two splits with two bands that will be announced as soon as we close in on the details. We are constantly working on new music and new ideas while keeping true to the idea behind Gnosis to create solid Black/Death Metal.

13.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?

- As I mentioned both the Hellenic and extreme South American scenes are sounds that we draw heavily upon, but also the Italian scene with their darker gloomy sounds.

-Currently I have been listening to the new Varathron “Patriarchs of Evil”, Funeral Storm, the Greek scene is having a lot great bands coming out playing the old style of black metal of Varathron and old Rotting Christ. Other bands I am listening to are Moenen of Xezbeth, Faustcoven, and Evoken… recommended for fans of both Black and Doom genres.

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

-Thanks for the interview we appreciate all opportunities to spread our music to all fans of the old school metal scene. Keep your ears open for some upcoming Gnosis releases.

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Heathen Foray/Armored Bards/2018 Re-Issue Review

jeudi 18 octobre 2018 à 04:55

  Heathen  Foray  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  viking  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  album  "Armored  Bards"  which  was  was  re-issued  in  2018

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  them  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  acoustic  guitars  bringing  in  elements  of  folk  music  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  chants  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Heathen  Foray  remained  very  true  to  their  melodic  style  of  viking  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse/German  Mythology,  Paganism,  Fantasy  and  Battle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Heathen  Foray  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  viking  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Armored  Bards"  "Messenger  Of  God"  "Walls  Of  Vienna"  and  "Carthage's  End".  8  out  of  10.   


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Krumkac/Honar i Krou/Barbatos Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 17 octobre 2018 à 02:49

  Krumkac  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Honar  i  Krou"  which  was  released  by  Barbatos  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  epic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  more  aggressive  pagan  metal  approach  also  being  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  synths  are  also  used  on  the  other  tracks  and  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.

  Krumkac plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belorussian  and  cover  Heathenism,  Nationalism  History  and  Heritage  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Krumkac  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Krylami  Bielymi"  and  "Pad  Cornym  Soncam".  8/5  out  of  10.      

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Vuohi/Witchcraft Warfare/Saturnal Records/2018 CD Review

mercredi 17 octobre 2018 à 01:36

   Vuohi  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Witchcraft  Warfare"which  will  be released  in  November  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound   to them  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  some  angry  sounding  shouts  as  well  as  utilizing  some  death  metal  growls  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard   which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly.

 Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  elements  of  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  at  times along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in a   great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  as well  as  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Vuohi  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Nordic  Mysticism  and  Mythology,  War  and  Chaos themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vuohi  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Witchcraft  Warfare"  "Arsonist  Dreams" and  "Cathedral  Of  Dunes".  8  out  of  10.

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Astarium/Nekrocosmo: Anabiosis/Wolfmond Production/2018 Demo Review

mardi 16 octobre 2018 à 06:20

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Russia's  solo  project  Astarium  which  shows  the  music  moving  away  from  symphonic  black  metal  and  going  into  more  of  a  sci-fi  ambient  direction  and  the  demo  is  called  Nekrocosmo:  Anabiosis"  and  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  elements  of  neo-classical  and  dungeon  synth  while  also  adding  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  science  fiction  film  while  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  drones  along  with  some  programmed  beats  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  album  also  having its  cinematic  moments  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse.

  On  this  recording  Astarium  moves  away  from  the  symphonic  style  of  black  metal  that  he  is  known  for  and  creates  an  album  that  is  more  in  the  sci-fi  vein  of  dark  ambient  while  also  having  some  dungeon  synth  and  neo-classical  elements  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Astarium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sci-fi  orientated  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pulse  Of  Kali  Yuga"  "Eternal  Occultation"  and  "Philosophy  Of  Black  Hole".  8  out  of  10.

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