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Infamy Interview

samedi 21 avril 2018 à 19:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Yeah of course! INFAMY was born in 2011 on the ashes of other projects while we were listening to «Apocalyptic Raids» by HELLHAMMER and drinking beers (we are quite sure that most metal bands have been created this way. Cheers diehards!!!). Few days later we played our first song «Unfortunately you’re not dead yet». 

2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your 2 previous demos?

We wished that «A world on its end» sounds spontaneous and live. We didn’t want to use trigg’ or other kinds of artifices. We play old Black Metal and have the desire to perpetuate the tradition, to try to remain the most faithful of the recording methods of bands like BATHORY, DARKTHRONE, CELTIC FROST and so many others at their beginning. That’s why we chose and enjoyed working on this album with Fog at Le Caveau Studio. He immediately convinced us with his vision of music and the means he could provide us especially an analog recording. He has been like the third member of the band!

All differs from our two demos to our album. Six years have passed since our first demo so our relationship to music and our expectations have evolved. We also made a lot of tries before finding the good sound of the guitar and the bass, for the demos there was not this process. 

3.The band members also have a background in death metal but with this band goes for more of a black metal style, how would you compare the 2 different styles?

Great!!! You make your investigation before contacting bands, good job guy! The definition of any musical style is personal because it’s a matter of feeling first and foremost. Both styles are an artistic interpretation of Death, Hate and Frustation of today’s world executed in different ways. Generally heavier and fat for the Death Metal, colder and grim for the Black Metal. We appreciate Death Metal as much as Black Metal, only the result is important : they form a real osmosis between them.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new release?

It will be so pleasant to see the human kind dominated and crushed by the Wild when he thinks he is superior. How can we pretend to be so smart face to the Elements? As we know a shit has no brain. It will be a deserved feedback.

5.One of your tracks is titled 'Black metal is Dead', which some underground purists would agree with, what do you feel is missing in modern black metal?

We don’t pretend to have the infused science but it’s true «Black Metal is dead» seeks the modern scene. People who feel concerned will surely treat us of fucking archaic assholes or fucking pretentious elitists we don’t care! We don’t want to forget where Black Metal comes from!!! The old bands like VENOM and BATHORY get the «Fuck you all spirit» and were more interesting than all of these bands who take themselves too seriously and just play as quickly as possible. The speed doesn’t make necessarily the brutality and the image of these bands is often misleading.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Infamy'?

The definition of this word is very explicit… To tell the truth, Vincent was listening to MLP «Lead us into darkness» by DEMONIC and the word «Infamy», shouted out just before a monumental riff, has explosed in his ears and it was the revelation! It’s as simple as that!!!

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the noose that is presented in the logo?

The logo has evolved over time. The first logo had lightning, the noose and two crossed axes, we removed the axes on the second, removed the lightning to keep only the noose on the third then finally we handed the lightning to get the current logo. The hanged knot… maybe because it’s the only way to die that gives one last pleasure to ejaculate. Or maybe because the crows can feed on the eyeballs of the hangman, symbol of the reflection of the soul. Is it not a good illustration of Death?

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

There is not really a best show on the other hand there are a lot of great memories : the honour to have shared the stage with AURA NOIR (a gig planned by scattered team of Underground Propaganda), a first concert with INFINITE TRANSLATION/DARK MANAGARM/CHILDREN OF DOOM/EVISCERATION, an unforgettable after party with thirty people in a flat of fourty square meters in Rennes. We can’t give the details it will be too long. How describe our gigs? A boiling rage in guts, a larsen to introduce each song, no communication with the audience, smelling sweat and a beer next to us. «Raw, simply, and ugly» like said the swedish band TYRANT… UH!ç

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

Indeed we have a gig in a few months but we can’t talk about it because it will be done under illegal conditions. A height after two years of absence on the stage, no? The situation makes us laugh…

10.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Initially Shaxul (Legion of Death) was interested in producing our album but some difficulties (fuck off downloading that kills the underground labels!!!) prevented him. So he put us in touch with Shota of Hidden Marly Productions. After some email exchanges we agreed on a deal. In summer of this year will release a japanese edition of «A world on its end». We salute you guys!!! 

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

We have not yet had the opportunity to play beyond the French borders. However the album is very well distributed in France, Germany, Italy, USA and soon in Japan. Hope it’s a question of time before meeting and talking with fans of Black Metal from other countries. 

12.What is going on with 'Evisceration' and 'Mass Grave' these days?

R.I.P! It was nice to play in these bands and we have good memories. Nothing more to say.

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

Who knows what the future holds? What is certain is that we will always play with sincerity. We will never turn back, we grew up and forged our way of life around metal. Our spirit is irradiated by this musical kind and it would be unnatural to play something else!!!

14.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?

We listen to all extreme metal kinds. We don’t search to sound like the bands we like. We think that an influence is unconscious and so inevitable. Some people told us have noted some similarities with CELTIC FROST, DARKTHRONE, BETHLEHEM for example and a touch of dirty punk.

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

First of all thanks to you  for this interview!!! We also want to salute all metalhead activists who support INFAMY : 
- Fog and Le Caveau Studio, - Shaxul and Legion of Death,  - Zorg and Underground Propaganda, - Shota and Hidden Marly Productions, - Fab and Bleed Records, - Vic and Zineaholic, - Mari and Black Pandemie Prod’, - Olivier and Impious Desecration, - Patrick and Iron Bonehead, - Hervé and Osmose Productions, - Mike and Paragon Records, - G. and Bylec Tum, - Manu/Dimitri and Tapage Nocturne, - Corentin/Nico and Metal From The Crypt, - Cyril and Cluricaume Café. 

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Melan Selas/Reon/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 Compilation Album Review

samedi 21 avril 2018 à 18:55

  Melan  Selas  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  Hellenic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018 compilation  album  "Reon"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  brings  back  the  classic  90's  Greek  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of the  songs  also  bring  in a   decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  tracks  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a couple  of  the  songs  while  one  track  also  introduces  female  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  when  synths  are  brought  onto  a  later  song  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  which  also  resembles  the  classic movies about  Ancient  Greece  as  well  as  one  song  showing  the  riffs  bring  in  more  of  a  thrash  influence  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs.

  Melan  Selas  plays  a  style  of  Hellenic  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  90's  Greek  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Melan  Selas  are  a  very  great  sounding  Hellenic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aima"  and  "Selana".  8  out  of 10.

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Goliard/Iconoclastic Hymns/The Ritual Productions/2018 CD Review

samedi 21 avril 2018 à 04:31

  Goliard  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  an  iconoclastic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Iconoclastic  Hymns"  which  was  released  by  The  Ritual  Productions.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  clean  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences,  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  way  the  music  is  composed.

  Goliard  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  melodic  in  the  90's  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Scientific,  poetic  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goliard  are  a  very  great  sounding  iconoclastic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "It  is  Not  Sadness,  it  Is  Melancholy"  "Invoking  The  Inner  master"  and  "Solipsist  Abstraction".  8  out  of  10.        

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Aklash Interview

samedi 21 avril 2018 à 01:37
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Nico - Aklash are an atmospheric black metal band. Whilst we maintain and adhere to the fundamental principles of the genre, we try and push its creative boundaries melodically and thematically. We explore a range of topics lyrically, with increasing sophistication as our music has progressed.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far?

Nico - Atmospheric and melodic with refined approaches to structure and thematic progression. We have been compared to a wide range of contrasting bands but we have never tried to emulate anyone else’s creative expression, however, we all wear our influences on our sleeves, but attempt to retain an original approach to the genre.

3. The band has been around since 2011 but so far has only released 2 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait in between recordings?

Nico - The nature of our locations, Brighton and Reading has meant rehearsal and writing has been challenging. Additionally, we are all professional musicians to some degree trying to hold down jobs and progress our lives, this is not always congruent with the music we are associated with.

In regards to the album, we wanted to not cut any corners and make something we could be truly proud of. It took as long as it took. No apology. We learnt to record ourselves with our initial self-titled album, the quality of which is therefore lacking. We didn’t want to compromise our art with the second album so people could access and appreciate the sonority of what we were creating.

4. Some of your lyrics cover 'Heathenism' and Spirituality' can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

NICO – Spirituality is something that has been ever present in my life, Black metal simply provides me an appropriate canvas for my rhetoric. The initial albums lyrics where conceived and written whilst I was living in a tent in Cornwall. I was very connected to the earth and the sea and the lyrics reflect this.

I never wished to subscribe to the stereotypical dark imagery associated with black metal, but instead provide a new perspective to the idioms and concepts ingrained into the genre.

I have since attempted to emulate this in my libretto. However I have since developed this direction whilst still revering our roots talking more mature topics and philosophies.

5. You also have had a track that dealt with Lucifer and the Left hand Path, do you also have an interest in the dark arts?

Nico - They are one and the same, all your devils where once pagan kings and queens. Simply whitewashed and repurposed by Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Lucifer; “the light bringer”, what an exceptional inspirational figure for enlightenment and self-actualization. Likewise, the left hand path, to follow the road less travelled, to find one’s own road in life and depart from the socially accepted norms, forming one’s own opinion! What can be more empowering? Selfism & Satanism; one and the same.

Chris – In reference to this and the above question, I personally believe that I am God within my own universe. The human mind is more powerful than many realize, and people have greater control over their circumstances and “destiny” than they might know. People have a habit of building their own cages, sometimes admittedly with assistance from others. Avoiding all this may be easier said than done, but strength is born out of pain and without pain, you don’t have the potential to grow. Our society is a false mechanism, a human construct that exists to shelter us from our true natures. This society is currently terminally ill, and its collapse is no longer a matter of if, but when. But it must die in order to be born again. There are near-infinite possible realities and outcomes in all aspects of our lives. To tread one’s own path, as mentioned above, should be a man’s primary objective. Society’s norms and expectations are irrelevant, outside of being a system to be exploited in my eyes. Self-actualize, whatever that may mean for you! I live my life for me, and those I care about and I try to avoid doing any damage to those individuals as much as possible. In a way it’s like Satanism, without the goofy devil worship. That’s my spirituality.

6.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the music?

Nico - The new album deals predominantly with the duality between acceptance and ambition, the subjectivity of good and evil. This is done mainly through the anthropomorphism of the natural world and poetic dissections of commonly held ideals. The lyrics took literally years to finalize, however the inspiration remained the same throughout the writing process. The horizon on the Sussex coast, which I would walk along daily, I a foreigner to these shores, could look out at the infinite horizon, yearning to strive for its limits, yet no matter how I chased it, it would remain ever illusive…

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aklash'?

Inspired by our forefathers, Burzum, Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, we decided to likewise draw a name from Tolkien. Aklash simply means “music” in the black tongue or orcish.

The name seemed to arrive to us without any strained searching, we did not dwell on it for too long, and it has served us well. Likewise it embellished our true purpose, after all, the music is the most integral part of what we do.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Chris - Performance wise, we don't have a "stage show" or wear corpse paint or anything. That stuff has a time and a place but I think it would be hackneyed and insincere if we did it. We wouldn't suit that kind of theatrical method of doing things, where you put on makeup and become a character. An alternative (non-Western) viewpoint that I much prefer is the use of masks and theatricals to express facets from within, as opposed to taking on external characteristics. That would be more like us, but practically speaking it's still not something we'd ever really do. We like to have lots of atmospheric lighting and when possible, lots of dry ice. I find nothing quite helps you lose yourself (or is that find yourself?) in a performance like a shit load of fog.
I wouldn't really pick a "favourite" performance as I think each performance should be unique to the collective state of the artists and audience at that moment. We're a conduit for a shared energy between ourselves and an audience. Sure ensemble playing is all about being tight, but I get so bored with seeing bands just replicate their records note-for-note live. With Aklash, the live and studio incarnations should be considered the left and right hands of what we do. We've developed certain songs and sections naturally in a live setting that are different to the CD. For me this is a very positive thing, and you can tell that audiences feel it too.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Chris - We're playing at Incineration Festival (London) in May. As of this moment there's not much else set in stone yet. I hope this year we'll get over to the mainland and do some European shows in places like Poland, Holland and the Czech Republic. We have much new ground to break.

10.The album was released on 'Infernum Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
Chris - They manage Vehement, who are friends of ours we've played and toured with before. We knew the label guys peripherally already. The solution of working with them seemed to make itself obvious.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Chris - It's too early to see the wider picture. But we have had some promising responses so far. The North of England seems to like us a lot. They’re rugged.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Chris - I couldn't say for sure. I personally want it to be a lot more raw and spontaneous, and I don't think I'm alone. Something that captures the immediacy of the songs, and has more directness about it without being one-dimensional. It's a fine line between experimenting and going too far and vanishing up your own backside, and successfully treading that line is an entertaining challenge. We've got a split in the works with our friends from Wolvencrown (another UK act you should be listening to), which we intend to have out before Autumn. This material should reflect that mentality. We are also discussing doing something totally ambient, maybe an EP, as a singular distillation of that aspect of our sound. It'll be a very pure thing.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on 'Aklash'?

Chris – Individually as musicians, we’re all informed by a wide variety of influences. Folk, jazz, metal, prog, goth, soundtracks and ambient etc have all come into play in our approaches in one form or another.

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

Chris – We want to thank everyone who waited patiently during the long gestation period of the album. We believe we’ve created a body of work that was worth the wait, and you can expect further in the near future. This will be our time.

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Ezkaton/Plague For The Empires-Time/Wolfspell Records/2018 CD Review

vendredi 20 avril 2018 à 03:20

  Ezkaton  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Plague  For  The  Empires-Time"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  Clean  guitars  start  of  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  cries  and  war  sounds  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  on  a  couple  of  tracks  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Clean  playing  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Drudkh's  "Ukrainian  Insurgent  Army"  along  with  most  of  the  songs  sticking  to  a  slow  direction.

  Ezkaton  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  slow, atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ezkaton  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Method  of  Despair"  and  "Darkest  Crowler".  8  out  of  10. 



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