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Y Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 21:53
1)

ZINE: For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Y: Y is a project aiming at the exploration of the dark side of man through music. However, I'm not merely interested in a reference to the dark aspect but also in the search of ways to overcome it.

2)

ZINE: In June you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Y: Musically, I would place my self within the boundaries of dark ambient and black metal. However, since these two genres have been extensively exploited by musicians with whose aesthetics and ideology I disagree, i would prefer to characterize my music as ''black ritual''.

3)

ZINE: The album is a concept recording based on Aggrippa's De Occulta Philosophia, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works and also what are some of the other occultists that you look up to?

Y: There are certainly references to Aggrippa's significant work,  ''De Occulta Philosophia'' but not only to that. Yet, this particular title proved extremely useful since it so accurately describes the main themes of the current  album as well as those of future albums. In this respect, I am seriously considering giving  all Y albums which will follow the same title. I am aware that this might prove confusing and I am also aware of the fact that other bands have also used the particular tittle in the past. Nevertheless, I believe this is positive. Dealing with something not easily accessible and perhaps difficult to be perceived or comprehended by the majority is not daunting; on the contrary, it is rather fair and anticipated. Regarding others who have influenced my work and whose works I admire, it would be fair to say that they are numerous and I wouldn't wish to overlook any of them so I would rather not start referring to them. What I would like to do though is recommend a book to those who are just starting their quest for truth. The book is entitled “An Adventure Among the Rosicrucians: A student of Occultism” by Franz Hartmann.

4)

ZINE: I know that the project name 'Y' is also known as the number of Pythagoras, can you tell us a little but about your interest in this mystic?

Y: Ι am greatly interested in Philosophy and Pythagoras is one of the most significant , ancient greek philosophers who, in his turn, affected other very important philosophers, such as Plato and Aristotle. Pythagoras used Y as a symbol in order to explain that stage in man's life when he/she is forced to face a crossroads. What lies ahead are two paths. That of virtue which is beset with obstacles but leads to glory and that of passivity which is easy but leads to failure.

5)

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

Y: Up to now, I have only collaborated with the one woman band from Greece APOTOME as Y. We have written a song  together,which will probably appear in one of her future releases. I am open to possible collaborations thus, even though Y is actually a personal journey for the time being.

6)

ZINE: Currently you are unsigned,are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Y: Some underground companies have expressed an interest in Y, yet an actual release is not my priority at the moment.

7)

ZINE: On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and other forms of occult music?

Y: Many people embraced Y as if they had been expecting it for ages. Naturally, it can't be to everyone's liking. It is , after all, a ''difficult'' work, far from what the majority are accustomed to listen to.

8)


ZINE: Are you also involved with any other musical projects these days?

Y: The only project i had been working on  from 1999 to  2012 which is called This Is Past, ended music-wise but I continue working as an artist with the same name. I am currently a member of a music collective named AAZZAAZZORG ( aazzaazz.org ) and I participate in all its music projects.

9)

ZINE: Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

Y: I intend to record an album exploring melancholy in depth in the near future.

10)

ZINE: 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?

 Y: I listen to various, different kinds of music but I do not allow everything affect my work as far as it concerns Y since what I do is very specific. I've been listening to lo-fi black metal recently and I usually select bands which belonged to “Les Légions Noires” ( Black Legions ) or new bands that evoke a similar atmosphere.

11)

ZINE: What are some of your non musical interests?
Y: I do love art in general and I am particularly keen on painting. I actually occupy myself with drawing a lot.

12)

ZINE: Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Y: I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about Y. I hope you continue to support new bands in the future, giving them the opportunity to present what they do as well.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/y-interview_11.html


Unearthly Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 21:42

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Eregion: We’re changing the line up, replacing the (now former) lead guitar player. We haven’t announced anything yet but on the right time everything will be revealed. Also we’re preparing for our first US tour, and we’re very excited about that, it will be a blast!


2.Your current album was released in 2014, 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?
Eregion: There is one “cliché” saying about becoming more “mature” on each album released, but it still very precise. I think we’re trying to be more our own without following any specific direction, and have less outside influences and more and more our own kind/way to do Metal, and I can guarantee that we’re getting better at this.


3.In the early years the band played more of a pure style of black metal but know are in more of a blackened death metal direction, what was the decision behind the name change?
Eregion: Natural evolution. For us, as a ‘long road’ band, sometimes you feel tired to do the exact same things and want to explore different ways to perform your art. It’s not that simple but that’s the way it goes.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the current music?
Eregion: Mostly against christianity and other religions, but like I told you sometimes we want to explore different themes. So we have lyrics with a political approach, death by different perspectives, afterlife, history, war and etc… I personally don't like to write about one thing only.


5.On the last album you had a song about Eshu an Orisha from Quimbanda,  can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Eregion: I grew up on a family which is influenced in a way by Umbanda/Quimbanda, especially an aunt, so for me always it has always been a very interesting topic. For some christians this kind of religion is straight up bonded with the Devil. I like this controversy. Also I spent a lot of time researching and reading to write something at least on the same level as this magnetic Orisha. This song in particular was the very first one which I started to compose, riffs and etc, and the last one to get finished.
Another interest thing is, before I recorded it I took this song to a Quimbanda religious center and they gave me the “approval”.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Unearthly'?
Eregion: There are a lot of different stories behind this. M. Mictian (bassist and founder) played in a band called Anopheles. His name, “Marcelo”, literally means “from Mars”, “out of planet”, so he gathered everything and came up with “Unearthly”

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Eregion: Very difficult to say, I personally love the huge crowds, playing on festivals is amazing, but sometimes it’s fucking awesome to play for a few people that love and enjoy your music. You can look them in the eyes and feel the energy. About our show it’s pure power, high voltage, and we always try to perform our best, of course. But for us it’s even more important to interact with the audience, headbang, share the intensity of a brutal tune. 

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the North American tour that you have coming up?
Eregion: We don’t have a regular set list for all the concerts. We want to try a different approach, play songs from the current album, play some old stuff, and let’s see what happens.

9.As a bonus track you did a Sepultura cover, what was the decision behind doing a your own version of one of their songs?
Eregion: Actually I gathered on this recording session a bunch of different people to record vocals on, guys from a lot of local bands here in Rio de Janeiro, guys from Polish bands, Russian bands, a former member of Sarcófago, guys from other cities here in Brazil too, even my little brother screams on the chorus! We filmed everything, but we weren’t authorized by our Brazilian label to publish it. We have an amazing experience recorded unpublished yet. We tried with Andreas but he just doesn’t give a shit. Also Max/Gloria didn’t reply us. We have common friends who also helped to talk with them to get the authorization, but they just don’t care. That’s why we don’t want to publish it anymore, at least not now. Maybe in the future.


10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Eregion: It’s very interesting, we have fans from places like India, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and every day we meet and know more people that like our music, and we want more. Reaching the US is our main goal now.


11.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?
Eregion: I work with a lot of bands and musicians, producing, recording and sometimes acting as a sound engineer. Our drummer plays on tons of different bands, some covers, some independent bands, but always metal. Mictian plans to make a side project, but not at this moment.


12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Eregion: We want to keep our focus on extreme metal, but without predilection. We want to put more influence from our background, brazilian stuff, and of course reach more and more people around the globe with our art.


13.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?
Eregion: Each one in the band has a lot of different influences, me and Mictan are more metal/rock n roll people. Braulio and the former lead guitar are more “musical free style”, having more influences of jazz, regional music, besides heavy metal. Nowadays I mix on my playlist brutal death metal acts like Krisiun, Sinister, Origin, Misery Index, some old school stuff like Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Wasp, CCR, and the classical thrash like Exodus, Overkill, Kreator, Destruction.

14.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
Eregion: Pursuit of knowledge. Us, as human beings, of course, don’t have an answer for everything on life and after death. I think we always try to learn more, and for sure this is not for anyone. Some people choose to stay ignorant and keep on following the shepherd.


15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Eregion: Just to say thank you, for you who did this interview and for our loyal fans that always support us, and for the people who didn't know our work and now have the opportunity to know more about it. Cheers /,,/

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


Black Empire/Darkness Is My Throne/2015 CD Review

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 09:58

  Black  Empire  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays a  very  raw,  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  2015  album  "Darkness  Is  my  Throne".

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  sound  effects.

  Some  of  the  vocals  bring  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  you  can  hear  quite  a  bit  of  the  90's  Swedish  black  metal  sound  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  modern take  of  that  genre  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy,  raw  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  a  later  track  does  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  tracks.

  Black  Empire  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  fast  and  raw  at  times  while  at  other  times  the  music  can  also  be  very  melodic,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  War,  Satan,  Mankind  and  Darkness  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Black  Empire  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eclipse"  "Darkness  Is  My  Throne"  "Soulstorm"  and  "In  Memoriam".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/black-empiredarkness-is-my-throne2015.html


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