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Istidraj/Muerte Mundi Militia/Iron County Records/2015 Cassette Review

mardi 15 décembre 2015 à 03:41

  Istidraj  are  a  band  from  Singapore  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Muerte Mundi Militia"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Iron  Country  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  evil  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  bringing  in  a  very  epic  atmosphere  and  a  few  seconds  later  drum  beats  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  into t he  songs  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times.

  All  of  the musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  that  also  utilizes a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

   Some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  laying and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  very  dark  and  melodic sound  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts also  make  a  return  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  while  a  couple  of  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  few  seconds  of  ritualistic  sound  effects  an  they  close  the  album  with  a  remix  track  that  brings  elements  of  electronic  music  to  the  bands  musical  style.

  Istidraj  creates  more  of  a  straightforward  approach  to  black  metal  on  this  recording  slowing  down  the  music  a  bit  while  still  being  true  to  the  genre  while  also showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  skills  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christian  themes. 

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Istidraj  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lux  Noir"  "The  Destroyer  Of  Life"  "Illuminating  Darkness"  and  "Earth's  Crematoria".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/istidrajmuerte-mundi-militiairon-county.html


Moonreich Interview

mardi 15 décembre 2015 à 02:16
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?
We've been preparing for the live shows with the new line-up. Everything is going well, last two gigs were awesome.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?
The goals is still the same: making the music we like without concession. I would say that is album is definitely more varied and more personal, as we gain experience !

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
With “Pillars of Detest”, lyrics are very very metaphorical. Every one can make his own mind.
Even for me, the interpretation of it isn't really accurate. I like pushing people to think about it and make their own interpretation. That's what I like when it comes to art. Previous albums and Eps were conceptual's, Pillars of Detest is not.

4.On some of your older material you had covered Rennes le Chateau and its secrets, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also do you also have an interest in any other esoteric subjects?
The big word about Rennes le Chateau would be “Mystery”. There would be a treasure there that could shake the monotheist beliefs. I like this idea. Vatican offered a lot of money to Saunière for hidding this secret. Today, no one knows what it is all about.
I have interest for a lot of other esoteric subjects, but I'll keep it for future releases.

5.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
I believe that Moonreich's music wouldn't make any sens if we couldn't develop it's energy in front of people. It is still the case, I like recording, I like listening to music at home. But the real power of music takes shape when it is played live to me. That's why I decided to form a complete line up. I don't have any regret, specially with the new members. New songs are souding great on stage.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The last one we played in Tours was amazing, big energy there, pure agression ! You can always expect this at a Moonreich's gig !

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Yes, we are looking forward a french headlining tour right now. We will also be playing at Hellfest 2016 !

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
Well, this new album has been very well welcomed by medias and fans. We are really proud of it but don't pay attention too much, we make music for ourselves above all.   

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes, some of us are involved in others projects, our guitarist for exemple plays in a band called “Griffon”. Our drummer also plays in bands, but they never released anything.

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

I don't really know, I will always compose music that pleases me according to my tastes in the instant.

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?
I listen to a lot a varied music. From rock to classical music,  some post-rock; some movie music. When it comes to music, I don't have any fronteer. This is very important to me, when it comes to composition. Every sort of music can inspire me !   

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

Thanks for the support !

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/moonreich-interview.html


Black Cult Interview

mardi 15 décembre 2015 à 02:04
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are working on our new album at the moment and it should be out in the beginning of 2016. I can already reveal to you the new album title. Our second album will be called "Cathedral of the Black Cult".

2.Last year you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented
 on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff the band members have done with their previous or current bands or projects?

The musical sound would be best described as 90's black metal with modern production.
We wanted to present the old school black metal on which we've grown up with a modern sound. We want to keep that old spirit intact. True black metal how we fell it should sound nowadays. Some of our previous and present bands/projects differ more, some less. When it comes to Gorthaur's Wrath we can draw
a lot of parallels concerning the sound. This was the first band Insanus and me formed much earlier then Black Cult but since that time a lot of line up changes followed and with every new member came new and different ideas. So there are notable differences as well as similarities between those two bands.
There is Ashes you leave, our lead guitarist's main band, and we're talking some serious gothic doom here.
Again we can go back to the past with all five of the Black cult members and there you could again find some connections to the sounds or ideas but not completely the same as the Cult. Castrum, Unholy Inquisition, Hibernum, Svitogor,Mysterium, Czaar,Heathen mysticism, Nekrist and Kult Perunov. Here is the complete list for anyone interested in Croatian black metal and metal scene in general. This could be an interesting matter.


3.Your lyrics cover a lot of satanic topics, what is the type of Satanism that you bring out in the song lyrics
 on the album?

For us Satanism is a completely individual philosophy. There is truth in works of Aliester Crowley, A.Lavey and many others but it's up to each individual to stand for himself and find his own truth, seek his own path.
That is the ultimative answer for me in the end. We definitely stand against all forms of organized religion, especially coming from an extremely religious country ourselves. Therefore, there is always some mention of religion in our lyrics. Be it metaphorically or literally. We are the local Villains in the eyes of the masses and we're proud of it. Imagine the typical Hammer horror villain - that's us down here.

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

Well, like with the sound of the band, we wanted to make the same "message" with the name.
We don't want to be the next best thing out there, it's not about that for us. It never was and should never be like that for a real black metal band. Like it was in the early years - I think you know what I mean.
Just keep it underground, magical and for the selected few.There is one thing that we want to achive though, to keep the flame burning.Continue with the work and keep it active constantly, specially in these god forgotten lands where we live at the moment.We are the Standard bearers from the south. It's a pure black metal dedication, nothing more and nothing less.

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

The best shows so far would be those we shared with our brothers from Sweden - "Stormdeath" - in our home town Rijeka. Just a few days after the new year celebration of 2015. You should definitely check them out. Our show on the local metal fest called "Dark-O fest" was also amazing. Then there was our first show as a band on the festival called "Udar Groma" and I think that some parts of it can still be found on Youtube.
That's when the magick happened, so that one was the most important for us.
Our stage performance is a ritual and a gathering. We prefer to do it on a selected location, on a predetermined time and for selected people. That's why we don't prefer touring.


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

I already mentioned touring plans in the question above. As for future shows, there are no plans so far, as we are completely focused with the work on the new album. Although, we had plans concerning coming to Germany and Sweden and we will continue to work on the realization of those as soon as the album comes out.

7. On the album you had done a Burzum cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of his songs?

The first time we talked and planned on doing cover songs we decided that if we are going do it, we are going to do only those
legendary bands that either don't play anymore or never had played live in the first place. The idea was to deliver this energy to the people that can't be experienced it anymore anywhere else or never could. This song is the best Burzum song for me and it contains the essence of the darknessof early scandinavian black metal. So the choice came like an inspiration to me. This is the song, so we did it.

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

It was very well recieved and all of the first 500 copies where sold out short upon it's release. Maybe some re-releases will follow, LP would be a very much appreciated relic among the cultists, of that we are sure.
Just the fact that three labels, two from USA and one from Russia, made co- release for "Neo-Satanism" (Satanath records, Metallic media and Black Plaque) speaks for itself. The underground black metal scene today is bigger than ever and that is a great fact.

9.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?

Most of them are on standstill as all of us focus primarily on Black Cult. Kult Perunov just released their first full length album,but others stay mostly quiet for the time being.



10.When can we expect another album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Like I said already in the beginning of this interview, the work on the new album has already begun. The album will be finished and  unleashed upon the world sometime in early 2016.Everyone interested should follow the updates on all of our official webpages.www.blackcult.info would be the main one.
The new material will be more aggressive, darker and one step ahead of what we've done so far. That's all I can say for now.

11.What are some of the musical influences that your bring into the music of 'Black Cult'?

Mostly it's black metal, but there are other metal subgenre influences and other musical influences as well.
Inside the band we listen to all forms of metal and music in general, so don't be surprised if we bring some other influences along the way, every now and then. As long as they are dark. We keep ourselves within no boundaries when it comes to our sound and our music.

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

Thank you for these interesting questions and your time.
We don't get so many interview offers so we dedicate time for each interview and make it personal.
Hope to stay in touch and Keep the flames burning!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/black-cult-interview.html


Ildverden Interview

lundi 14 décembre 2015 à 19:15
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with you and your musical project these days?

Now I am working on a new album of my side project called “While They Sleep”. Soon in 2016 I hope I will release first album of this project on Satanath. It’s gonna be a pure black metal with some notes of depressive. It sounds very different then “Ildverden”.
About “Ildverden” – I have some new stuff but it is too soon to tell something about new album.

2.In October you had released a new album, 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?

The sound of “Ildverden” is really dark and raw I think. Actually this is the sound I’ll really wanted to make for many years. It’s more aggressive, more evil or primitive in good sense. I always wish to make sound like some kind of cave recordings. But not just copying old Norwegian black metal.

3.Your lyrics cover a great amount of Paganism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Yes. Previous albums were almost classical pagan black metal at lyrics. I think it will be not necessary to tell more about it. But this album (2015 Black Midnight Follows Me) make step to side of misanthropic lyrics and existentialism as philosophy. This is really hard question cause lyrics are very important side of black metal. But paganism is still important part of my life even now. It transformed nowadays to something more difficult and dark form inside of me. So lyrics are too take form of something more deepest then usual pagan black.

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

Let’s just say that it is personal stuff.

5.In both of your musical projects, you refer to yourself as 'Human Unknown', can you tell us a little bit more about this name?

It is very simple. All of us here are just unknown human. I am a part of this abyss.

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

I am open to working with other people but I prefer tp work alone now. I played many years in technical death metal band called “Contemplation” with many good young musicians. But with good experience it was a hard time too. Nobody can understand whole your mind and too many musicians use music as a hobby. For me it is much more, it’s something like sense of my life. Without music emptiness inside if me feels way deeper. Using music I fill this emptiness with feelings and thoughts.  Also I am a very depressive person an I know that it is hard to other musicians to work with me.

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

I don’t really know yet whole answer on this question. My journey is just begins. But it was a good feeling to know that many people like my music. I red some request and reviews and was really surprised about reaction on my songs. Most of them were positive. And it helps me emotionally to work more and hardest now. But I still will be working not to be pleased by someone. I just do what I do. And when I did something I can’t imagine how listeners will accept it. I don’t know even for my own what’s like it will be when it will ends.

8.What is going on with your other musical project these days?

Just told it in first question.

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

Nobody can tell the answer on questions like this I think. I hope the abyss of usual life will not eat me whole alive.

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?

Oh, it is too many bands that influenced me. From old Scandinavian black metal till Ukrainian, Canadian and American. Nowadays I listen very different music styles. Most of them are even not close to metal. I always try to consume something new.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Well, I trying to wrote some prose. Most of it are about life nowadays. About absurd of life in XXI century.
Also I’m shooting amateur horror movies, but I don’t think that it’s can be very interesting to others to know about it.

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/ildverden-interview.html


Mabthera Interview

lundi 14 décembre 2015 à 19:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. I'm Tibor Terebesi from Ózd, founder of MabtherA one-man project, which started at 2009. (Ózd is a little town in Eastern-Hungary.) In the beginning I interested in electronic ambient songs. MabtherA was introduced at 2012 in the Iron and Blood CD which was issued by the Hungaryan Records. It contains a song wich was a 2 folksong-black metal transcription and called Hidegen fújnak a szelek a csitári hegyek alatt. (Cold winds at the hills of Csitar.)
At April of 2013 the first demo was born which was called "On the Infernal Path". It was issued in 2015 in a joint release of DarkEastProduction, Symbol of Domination and Metal Throne Productions.
In this summer the second MabtherA CD "The Demons Among Us" was finished. It is currently issued by me only.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
2. I always made effort for different sounding in every CD but it is not always obtainable in my home studio. I like articulate but not crystal-clear sounding.

3.The band has been around since 2009 but so has only recorded 2 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
3. It took long time to find the sounding which is ideal for me. I like the experimentation and it takes time when I write songs and music because I let my mind and imagination creates music. After the warm response of On the Infernal Path (2013) I tried to form a band (2014) and my effort was successful but it took long time and much of energy. This year MabtherA is one-man band again but I have more time to create a new CD.

4.The lyrics cover a lot of satanic, dark and occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
4. I interested in everything which connected to these things. I simply interested in these themes. The more I read about it the more question I have about it and I think it is the good way.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mabthera'?
5. I had cancer in 2005. At that time I treated with operation and chemotherapy. Mabthera is part of chemotherapy. I had half year of this treating and I meet many times with this word. This half year changed my mind and my soul. I decided that I will write songs and music and I will use this word as my project's name.

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

6. Our best performances was local performances but we enjoyed other performances too. I think we can produce enjoyable performances with my little faults as a beginner band.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
7. Currently we do not assume performances. The other 2 member of the band have family too, and they have to work and we don't have enough time to practice. But I still write songs and I hope we can play music together in a performance one time in the future because we enjoy live performances.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. International feedback is better than domestical. Just look at who issued our demo... We thanks a lot for DarkEastProduction, Symbol of Domination and Metal Throne Productions. I think in Hungary there is no enough audience for this style of music.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
9. I think they don't participate in other bands but I think our drummer Zsolt and bass-guitarist Gyula are good musicians and they could play in other bands too. I enjoyed to play with them very much! I am a member of the Velm band too.

10.Recently you have recorded a new album, what can fans expect musically once it is released?
10. Title of the new CD is "The Demons Among Us". It was produced only by me just as "On the Infernal Path". CD contains 9 tracks: Intro/Waves Of Oblivion/A hegy nem ereszt/The Demons Among Us/Total Earth Offensive/Occult/Outro and two transcriptions: Bathory-Call from the Grave and Bethlehem Schatten Aus der Alexander Welt. Tamás Deák sings the Waves Of Oblivion who is member of the Frost band which originates from Kazincbarcika. I think musically it is better because it is darker than the demo.

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?
11. Every famous black metal bands affected our music but currently I usually don't listen to music much because I write music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Thank for the interview very much! Best wishes for you and the readers! Hail black metal!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/mabthera-interview.html