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Black Anvil/As Was/Relapse Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 23 décembre 2016 à 01:31

  Black  Anvil  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  ba  very  modern  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "As  Was"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Relapse  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  introduced  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  all  of  the  tracks  and  the  vocals  are  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  vocals  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  singing  along  with  a  few  growls  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  and  you  can  also  hear  touches  of  post  hardcore  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and as  the  album  progresses  prog  rock  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  as well  as  some thrash  influenced  riffing  while  some  of  the  leads  add  in  more  classic  metal  touches  and  on  track  also  brings  in  slide  guitars  and  they  also  bring  in  an  acoustic  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  Black  Anvil  creates  a  recording  that  is  still  very heavily  rooted  in  a  modern  black  metal  style  while  also  getting  a  lot  more  melodic  and  progressive  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  reality,  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Anvil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "May  Her  Wrath  Be  Just"  "As  An  Elder  Learned  Anew"  and  "Ultra".  8  out  of  10.

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Derhead Interview

jeudi 22 décembre 2016 à 21:08
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Derhead is an avantgarde black metal band from Genoa, Italy. The project has born to express something personal, intimate and intense, beyond ties and compromises of a band, and for this reason it is a solo project in which I write, play and produce the whole material. Although Derhead actually started in 2001 I recorded just two demos and one EP “VIA” released this year for Via Nocturna. 

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

The form of my music is mainly black metal, but that you can hear different elements inside. Above all I like to find the balance between contrasting elements: melody and brutality, ambient moments and aggressive blast beats, and so on. I guess that the avantgarde side of the project is revealed in the freedom of the song's structure, in the melody's construction and in some not tipically black metal arrangement.

3.You recorded your first demo in 2003 and then waited 10 years later to record another one, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

The project started in 2001, when I played as bass player in a gothic metal band. In those years I missed some aggressive aspects in music and so I began this project. Then, due to the activity with other bands and several experiences in other kinds of genres, I had to suspend the project for a long period. In 2013 I felt the need to express myself in total freedom and for this reason Derhead has been resurrected... I think this pause and these experiences far away from black metal helped me to grew up as a musician and to find something fresh for this project.

4.Your lyrics are very philosophical, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in philosophy?

I didn't study Philosophy actually but Art and Design. But the obvious connections among these disciplines take me to reading books about philosophy, psychology, sociology and everything that, in different perspectives, tries to understand man and his universe. Maybe it is the desire to go beyond the image and try to reach the life that there's beyond the representation. So I’m just curious and I like to follow the connections among stories, personalities, thoughts, images… Everything is connected, but there are infinite points of views, often contrasting, there are a lot of answers for the same questions. Knowledge of these aspects is a way to know himself and to create your own scale of values for live with others.
In my lyrics I simply try to hold the thought of a moment with a phrase, a word, a symbolic image. My lyrics are a sort of personal diary in which I note ideas and considerations about my path. “VIA”, the title of the new EP, means indeed “path”.

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

It means “the head” with the article in German (just because it has a good sound for me!). Head, in sense of Mind, is our key for the comprehension of rational facts, but is also the element by which in some way you can get close to all irrational things, in every sense you intend this term, metaphysical or psychological. I’m fascinated by this themes, I believe that mind is the “real” world of every man.  

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

I prefer that Derhead remain a solo project, I live it as a sort of alter ego rather than a band. I have other two bands and I can interact and compare myself to other musicians. I bring all those experiences in Derhead. By the other side, this project gives me the freedom to study, experiment and face problems as a producer and musician without accepting compromises. Moreover, perform and recording by himself is a very interesting experience, you must have a wider vision of your music.

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

I released my demos on youtube just in January 2016, it is too few time to have a realistic perception of this. Anyway I generally received good feedbacks from who has found my project. So far it’s enough for me.

8.Have you ever worked with any other bands or musical projects?

Yes, I played in some metal bands in my city, nothing so important, to be honest. The main experience was in "The Void", a gothic metal band active in early years of 2000. Now I play as guitarist in an alternative/wave band named "Katiusha" and in an electro-acustic project named "Dual" produced by EVES Music. Every project is a way to express different sides of me and a stimulating way to share experience and learn from other guys. 

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

It’s difficult to say, this EP contains also the 2 demos as bonus tracks and you can hear that my style has changed in the years. What I have clear is that Derhead is the representation of just some sides of me, and this is what I want to express. Maybe the form can change, but I believe that could be in sense of an evolution rather than a revolution. The new material I wrote so far is quite similar, but a bit bolder, maybe more conceptual in a certain sense.

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 lived the black metal's years among the last ’90 and early 2000, and this is my background. They were years of great contamination: I loved bands like Aborym, Dodheimsgard, Anaal Nathrakh, Thorns and all those similar extreme experiences. I also loved all the bands who have gone beyond genres like Ulver, Manes, Solefald, Thee Maldoror Kollective just to name a few. Nowadays my inspiration comes from bands like Deathspell Omega, Diapsiquir, Peste noire, Nightbringer, Leviathan. Anyway I listen a lot of music, not only in metal scene, and everything can be an influence for me. 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I work as a designer and it is also a great passion which has to be cultivated by reading, visiting exhibitions, museums etc. When it is possible I organize some travel, because I’m always in search of new inputs for my job, my music and my life and I think travelling is the best way.

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

I can just advice to check out my bandcamp: to have an idea of my music and to thank you for this space.

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Arkhaeon Interview

jeudi 22 décembre 2016 à 21:01
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?

Many things have been achieved, as we are individuals that can’t rest in one place for a very long time. We have been researching consciously and unconsciously the abyss in ourselves. Some of us turned mad others faced a more mundane life after Deathprayer Evangelium. Musically there has been no activity for a long time. Initially Arkhaeon was laid to rest for an indefinite amount of time as it was told what had to be said. How can we speak if there are no words left?

Around the end of 2015 the idea caught fire to create something new with Arkhaeon but it took several months of empty thoughts until finally the lightning struck our hearts. Out of nowhere a single word appeared and everything suddenly made sense. The concept was created along with the musical idea in just a single moment after he whispered the term “Beyond”.

Everything following this epiphany was mere manual labour. It is by far not our first recording so we could proceed very fast with setting the groundwork for the second album. Everything fell in place and we didn’t have to waste many thoughts in what is right or wrong. Beyond was born in just a couple of weeks.

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 songwriting for both albums was completely different. The goal of Deathprayer Evangelium was to gain an experience based on the creation of the album itself. With Beyond it was the other way around. The idea of the concept and how it should sound in the end came to us in a second. We were struggling to find a proper lyrical concept for an upcoming recording for a few months and suddenly it was here while Deathprayer Evangelium was written over several years and always modified during this time.

Musically the first record is more „Black Metal“ as all tracks have typical Black Metal instruments. On Beyond about half of the album is based on experimental ambient and ritualistic soundscapes. We already fused both styles on Deathprayer Evangelium but this time we took it to the next level. That is also one of the reasons Beyond only has one track. We wanted to do that on the first album as well but it was naturally separated into different tracks. Beyond is one, from the beginning to the end just like it was supposed to be. Disrupting the natural flow of the music would have torn the whole purpose apart.

3.Your lyrics are in more of an occult and left hand path tradition, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

We can't agree to that statement. We may be influenced by occult and LHP teachings but so are we by Catholicism. Does that make us a Christian band? We consume everything that allows us to gain a clearer sight. Be it art, music, books, events, history, crimes, discussions, and sometimes even concerts. The output in form of an album is the result of all that. We never felt attracted to a predefined doctrine but rather wanted to create an ideology on our own. All in all we could agree to the fact that Deathprayer Evangelium was influenced by occult teachings but Beyond is different. Of course there still are parts of this influence, as well as for example traditional Hindu worship. But the lyrical concept is based on thoughts that are independent from any particular spiritual current. Why should we confine ourselves to one ideology when all paths lead to God?

Anyway back to your question. Beyond deals with the inner struggle of a human that is aware of the rules of life and is trying to break them to achieve spiritual and personal growth. If you read the lyrics you might notice contradictions and many questions. The thought was to create a confrontation between a rational, modern worldview clashing with a spiritual, religious ideology. Both can be very much alike but are also extremely different. Arkhaeon raises questions rather than providing answers. We are not seeing ourselves as priests or occult teachers as our truth is only applicable to us. We know that one can truly find salvation on the inside or in words already spoken: „Who looks outside, dreams: who looks inside, awakes“. We believe that this sums up appropriately what we want to say and it shows some of our influences. 

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

First of all the name is Arkhaeon and it is a combination of different words that together form a bigger meaning. We don’t think talking about names is of any importance. Despite the similarity we were not aware of the first Mitochondrion album back when we created it, so it doesn’t come from there.

5.So far the line up has not been announced publicly,do you feel this adds more of a dark atmosphere to the music?

It may do that but in the end that doesn't matter for us. We don't see egomaniac fame collecting as the goal of our existence. People that want to be rockstars can pursue this dream, but without us. The important things in art are content, intention, vision and devotion. Why should it matter in the bigger context who played what instrument at some random point in time?

6.Are any of the band members open to doing any life shows?

Yes almost all of them are regularly playing live or are active in other bands and some of them even proposed the idea of an Arkhaeon gig. This won't happen.

7.According to the fb page the band refers to itself as a religious organization, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

As mentioned before the idea behind Arkhaeon is not to have fun playing in a band or achieve worldwide success to fuck groupies and eat caviar from golden plates at some huge open air with an idiotic Heavy Metal crowd.

We don't see Arkhaeon as traditional band that meets once a week to rehearse and drink. Some of the contributors don't even know each other, but they all create according to their strength. Doing so they add their input to the greater goal in their very own way. The core of the band sets the course and invites others to participate if they wish. In this sense we think that the category of a religious „organization“ fits much better than that of a band.

8.Both of the albums have been released by 'BergStolz', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It is the only Black Metal label in Switzerland worthy of releasing music. Many here can't seem to appreciate the things BergStolz did during the last 10 years because of differences in opinion regarding mundane political worldviews. This does not concern us and everyone that thinks to attack or ignore us because of that may very well do so. It won't change anything. We were looking for an underground label that doesn't want to involve itself in the creative process and that's what we got.

On a sidenote: The tape versions of both albums have been released on different labels. Deathprayer Evangelium by Sinister Stench and Beyond by Auric Records.

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

It was good and it shows that you only have to have a certain design, symbolism and the tag of „Occult Black Metal“ to get some attention. But as mentioned several times before, this is of no value to us.

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

We don't have any particular plans for now. If we feel the need to create for Arkhaeon we will do so. If not, we will do so with our other projects. Ours lives would be worthless without art.

The only thing certain is that we won't be recording the same album over and over again. Creativity needs to grow constantly and we will always incorporate change in Arkhaeon.

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?

Many, but almost none of them would be classified as Black Metal. A project that we would like to mention is Zero Kama. It was very inspiring to us. Not just because of the vision and the output but also because of the circumstances how this vision was achieved back then. Besides that we can't see the necessity of a list of bands. People will hear that in our music and if not, they'll surely find enough Facebook addicts that tell them what they are supposed to be listening right now.

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

Find our beyond...

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Hespheros/Stygian Mythos/Dawn Of The Black Sun/2015 Split CD Review

jeudi 22 décembre 2016 à 05:58

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Loveland,  Colorado's  Hespheros  and  Stygain  Mythos  called  "Dawn  Of  A  Black  Sun"  which  was  released  in  2015  and consists  of  some  early  demo's  from  both  bands  which  also shared the  same  singer  Joe  Pickett  (1978-2015)  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with Hespheros  a  band  that  played  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out with  dark  sounds  before  going  heavier  and  adding  in  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  screams  while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's second  wave  style.

  Both  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  along  with  a  small  amount  of  deep  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  second  track  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  blasphemous  themes.
  In  my  opinion  Hespheros  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Flames  Upon  The  Crucifix".

  Next  up  is  Stygian  Mythos  a  band  that  played  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts out  with growling  vocals  and  dark yet  melodic  and  raw  guitar  riffing  before  adding  black  metal  screams  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  and  the  music  is  done  in  a  more  old  school  style  of  the  genre and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  when  guitar  leads re  utilized  they  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  depressive  feeling  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  later  of  spoken  word  parts and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Sumerian  themes.

  In  my opinion  Stygian  Mythos  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ensepulchered In  Silence"  and  "The  Orgies  At  Sodom".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  to  the  fans  of  the  more  raw  and  occult  forms  of  black  metal.  8  out of  10.     

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Tierkrieger/Tribulation Requiem/2016 Demo Review

jeudi 22 décembre 2016 à 05:20

  Tierkrieger  are  a  band  from  Fort  Collins,  Colorado  that  plays  a very  dark  form  of  black  metal  that is  also  heavily  influenced  by  death metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  demo  "Tribulation  Requiem".

  Ritualistic  sounds  and  chants  start  off  the  demo  along  with  the  music  also  getting  darker  and  melodic  a  few  seconds  later  along  with a  very  dark  atmosphere and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  deep  vocals  and  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be heard  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  death metal  influences  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  some  of  the  slower  riffing  brings  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal.

  Tierkrieger  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  more  dark  form  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  covr  blasphemous, darkness  and  occultism  themes.   

In  my  opinion  Tierkrieger  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blasphemonger"  and  "The  Ancient  Kult  Of  Melek  Taus".  8  out  of  10.

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