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Vehement/Ashes/Infernum Records/2017 CD Review

mardi 26 septembre 2017 à 05:24

  Vehement  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  extreme  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ashes"  which  will  be  released  in  Octboer  by  Infernum  Records.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  on  some  tracks  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  the  music  and  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times..

  Vehement  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  but  with  a  more  modern  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vehement  are  a  very  great  sounding  extreme  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Far  Below  Us"  "Burden's  Root"  and  "Tidal  Verse".  8  out  of  10.  

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Parodos Interview

mardi 26 septembre 2017 à 03:20
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

The band started three years ago when Giovanni Costabile (keyboards), Gianpiero Sica (bass) and Daniele Ippolito (drums), who had already played together in another band, followed Giovanni's idea to write new material that could express our musical interests. Soon after Francesco Del Vecchio (guitars) joined the band and became an integral part of our soundwriting process. When Marco Alfieri (vocals) who was a long time friend of ours joined the band, the line up was complete and we started writing our debut album "Catharsis". Last year in July we recorded a three-song live session cd at Sonic Temple Studio in Salerno (Italy) that served as a forerunner of our upcoming album. A few months before entering the studio Daniele was forced to leave the band, due to personal problems. So we entered the studio with session drummer Alfonso Mocerino who did a great job recording drum tracks. The whole album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Marco Mastrobuono at  Kick Recording studio in Rome between December 2016 and February 2017. Then Alessandro Martellone joined the family and became our new drummer.

2.You have an album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Well, it's always difficult for an artist or a band to describe its own music. We generally use definitions such as Avantgard-progressive black metal in order to give the listener some suggestions about our music, but there's much more. We are not the black metal band a typical fan would expect. Our music is not just about fast guitar riffs, blast-beat and screaming vocals. There are some songs where these elements are present obviously, but "Catharsis" is a really complex work. Generally our songs are quiet long and a mixture of delicate atmospheres and harder parts are presented in a logical sequence in order to convey a large spectrum of human emotions: from angst, despair and bitterness, to hope and even some kind of resignation.

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

The lyrical themes and the songs in general deal with the concept of rebirth. The album should be experienced as a process of purification, a journey which takes the listener through different aspects of human feelings. From the worst moments of life one should find the inner energy to overcome difficulties and let his soul fly free. To do this a person must transform himself and become someone else, not completely different from the past, but with a deeper level of self awareness. Moreover we have to say this album is dedicated to the memory of Luigi, a band's close friend and Giovanni's cousin who passed away two years ago and whose suffering and struggle to survive deeply moved us and influenced the whole concept of the album.

4.I know that the bands name comes from a term used in the theater of Ancient Greece, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Ancient greek theater refers to Parodos as the first song sung by the chorus after its entrance from the side wings. It generally follows the prologue and precedes the dramatic representation that is about to take place on stage and serves as an introduction to the themes of the play. Likewise our music acts as an intoduction for the listener to the drama that life is, with all its implications and controversial aspects. Moreover we all live in Southern Italy, a place where Ancient Greeks settled their colonies 28 centuries ago. The roots of our culture lie in ancient greek art, architecture and philosophy and, in some ways, it still permeates our deep struciture as human beings.

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

One of the best show we've had so far was the first we played in our hometown. Even if it was a small venue a lot of people came to see us. We really felt their warm support. It was important for us to test the audience reaction to our tunes played live.
Inspired by the greek theater, the beginning of our shows has a sort of dramatic impact. We  usually wear masks when we approach the stage just like the actors of the classical greek tragedy, which we take off right after the prologue ends and eventually our setlist begins.

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

The day after "Catharsis" is released, we will play our relese party, when the record will be performed in its entirety. On the 4th of November we will perform at Cult Of Parthenope black metal fest in Naples at its second edition; then from the 10th to the 19th of November  we will be on our first european tour supporting italian black metal act SCUORN, crossing Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and more. You can find all infos about the venues on our Facebook page.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Inverse Records', can you tell us how you got in contact with this label?

In the most simple way. We sent our promo album to the label and they replied soon after. We found a very special person in Joni and everybody at Inverse Records who immediately let us know they truly appreciated our work and started promoting our album.

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

Up to now, judging from the first international reviews, the feedback appears to be good.  Of course, we expect some people may not like our music, especially because it does not follow the rules of traditional black metal. But we are confident that people can let the music reach their deepest emotions, regardless of genres and tags.

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

It's quiet difficult to answer this question, especially at the point we are now.  As a band we do not plan what kind of mood our next album will have. Soundwriting is a spontaneous flow that's really unpredictable.

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?

Among our main influences and source of inspiration there are Katatonia, Enslaved, Fen and the dreamy and ethereal sound of French bands such as Alcest and Les Discrets, just to name the most known ones. Every member of the band has different musical backgrounds but everyone tries to bring his own taste to our music so that it does not resemble anything in particular. We simply try to blend our influences in order to create something that would sound fresh and new in a certain way.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Our singer Marco is also a professional photographer and he dedicates himself to his art with passion. We all share common interests in theater, mithology and litterature. Every aspect of our personal interests takes part in the creative process. No matter what form of expression is suitable to you as long as it keeps an open door to real feelings.

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

First of all we would like to thank you for the opportunity to talk about us and our project. For those of who may be interested in our music, follow us on our social pages (Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp). Again, thank you and join the Catharsis.

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Dun Interview

mardi 26 septembre 2017 à 03:17
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

DUN is a one-man project that took shape during 2013 in France. Although it's often considered as a Melodic Black Metal project, I don't see myself linked to this particular style. I personally call it Black Art.

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?

This is quite a raw production on both albums, made with what was at hand at the time, without any knowledge of music recording, mixing, etc... It was something that needed to come out quick and raw, emotions that just can't stay within I guess. I think that both albums are really close to each other in terms of sound, maybe the second one is a bit clearer, I don't know, I don't really care.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

The first album is talking about personal visions of the world I'm living in, and the dark feelings related to it. These feelings were expressed though metaphorical poems, maybe because of a shame I felt by exposing myself to others.
The second album is dealing with personal childhood difficulties such as suicide experimentations, hatred, despair, and most importantly how I escaped all of this.
Broadly speaking, DUN is meant to express my personal experience of life.

4.I know that the bands name means 'fortress in ancient Celtic civilizations, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

The fortress is a metaphorical concept for resistance. There's something that recursively comes out of the lyrics : "les murailles du cœur", which means "fortress of the heart". In fact, I have to protect myself against a world I'm afraid of, I set a mental bulwark between me and the others. This is my only way to face life. This is what saved me from death, mostly. This is what DUN is all about.

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

DUN is a truly, deeply personal project. There's no way I can share it with other musicians.

6.On the first album you had done a 'Renaud' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

This song is touching me straight to the heart. In my opinion it totally fits the album's concept, but in its very own way...

7.So far you have worked with 'Wolfspell Records' and 'Heathen Tribes', are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?

 I am thankful to these labels for having physically released my music, but otherwise, I don't care about how it's being sold, nor how it's being received by the Black Metal "scene". This is absolutely not the point of this project.-

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

Some people liked it, some people didn't. Once again that's not the point, I don't care about it.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Writing music is a process I don't plan to do. It comes whenever life decides to. There's something I'm sure of : I don't want to make money with my music. I guess I will continue to do music the same way I do it today, with the heart.

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'm open to a large range of music styles, but Black Metal is obviously the one that is always on top among everything. I'm not even sure where the influences are coming from, I can't tell a specific name. However, some bands have had a strong impact on me these last years, such as SALE FREUX, early NARGAROTH, SADNESS, etc...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to drink alcohol.

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


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Anima Damnata/Nefarious Seed Grows To Bring Forth The Supremacy Of The Beast/Godz Of War Productions/Malignant Voices/2017 CD Rview

lundi 25 septembre 2017 à 04:48

  Anima  Damnata  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  brutal and  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Nefarious  Seed  Grows  To Bring  Forth  The  Supremacy  Of  The  Beast"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Godz  Of  War  Productions  and  Malignant  Voices.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  before going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  and  after  awhile  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  brutal  death  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  bestial  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts .

  Amina  Damnata  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes,  war,  bestial  black  and  brutal  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Anti  Christianity,  Nihilism  and  Coprophilia  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Anima  Damnata  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  bestial  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  "The  Promethean  Blood"  "Uprising  Lucifer"  "I  Hail  His  Name"  and  "Blend  Into  Satan".  8  out  of  10.


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Dreamshift/Seconds/STF Records/2017 CD Review

dimanche 24 septembre 2017 à 03:56

  Dreamshift  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Seconds"  which  is  going  to  be  released  in  October  by  STF  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  shoegaze  elements  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  alternate  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  synths  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  songs  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  an  instrumental.

  Dreamshift  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  post  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  feeling  while  the  lyrics  cover  life  and  social  abuse  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dreamshift  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric black  metal  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flowers"  "Dark  Blue"  and  "Just  Like  Ran".  8  out  of  10.

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