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Forgotten Horror Interview

mardi 23 juin 2015 à 09:23
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?

Well, the album was released in Finland and Scandinavia in May and we had a great album release gig and party during Walpurgisnacht in my home town Kuopio with the legendary cult of Demilich! The worldwide release was just a few days ago, so there hasn’t been tons of stuff happening since… I’m doing a lot of interviews, editing the upcoming music video, designing upcoming merchandise and so forth. Busy busy.


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?

With “Aeon of the Shadow Goddess” I’ve finally made an album that I am 100% satisfied with. I feel that we truly found our identity as a band with this full-length, you know? It’s a conscious step forward on the Left-Hand Path and continuation to Forgotten Horror’s debut album “The Serpent Creation”.

Forgotten Horror walks hand in hand with my own esoteric and spiritual growth and I think you can hear that the songwriting has matured and evolved quite a bit if you compare it to its predecessor.


3.This is the first album to be release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

While making this beast, I’ve also been active with my other bands. We released our sixth full-length with DEATHCAIN and a debut full-length with JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES. I also play the bass in TRUE BLACK DAWN, we’ve recorded a new full-length and it’s gonna be a killer!

But the real reason for this long time between the albums is that after the first album, I encountered a lot of strange obstacles in my personal life. Immediately after the debut album in 2011, I began making the next album and I was also working with my second Qliphothic initiation. A lot of dream and astral workings related to the Gamaliel Qlipha and its ruler, Lilith.

All of the sudden my life turned basically into chaos. There was so much hardships, financial problems, serious sudden illness within people closest to me, problems with my own health, strange fuck-ups from people working with FH related stuff, and just so much “bad luck” (I don’t believe in bad luck or coincidences) that I was totally getting buried alive under all these things. But eventually, some extremely positive things happened and I managed to struggle through those hardships. But it really made me step back and re-evaluate everything in my life.

I always try to see the positive side of things, so I used all this extra time to polish the material which definitely paid off. So all in all, it’s been a huge process for me and the album release was a kind of rite de passage to let go of this phase in my life and move on to the next. I’m very happy about how things eventually turned out.


4.You label your music as 'Lilithian Black Metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Well, our guitarist Kennet came up with the term. He is a PhD., an assistant professor and an expert in Tantricism and Western esotericism, and we talk a lot about FH in this context. I agreed that the term suits the band very well since FH has become almost like a band with an entirely “Lilithian” concept.


5.Your lyrics cover a great amount of Occult and Left Hand Path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Black Arts?

Sure. For years I was a member in a dark magical organization Dragon Rouge, and the main reason why I moved to Sweden was so that I could be more active near the Mother Temple. Then during the making of “Aeon…” something happened that really changed me as a person. You could say that “seek and you shall find”. I found something that made me realize my own destiny and the changes and sacrifices required to stay true to my own path and thus I left Dragon Rouge. DR was a great teacher for me and I learned a lot about the essence of magic, rituals and how to put theory to practise so there was no bad blood or anything like that. In the deepest sense, that’s what I feel an esoteric organization or a guru is supposed to do; to point out the way for the adept so that he/she can walk into the burning darkness alone.

So you could say that these things are not mere symbolicism or imagery for me, but quite the opposite. I don’t dress like a typical BM dude, actually I don’t relate metal music to real occultism at all anymore, but I live and breathe these things in my everyday life instead. Practise what you preach…


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

It can be anything, really. An ancient deity, an evil ex-girl or boyfriend hahah, the listener can give a meaning of their own to it. I used to contemplate on changing the name into something more catchy but I embrace the band’s name now. I prefer for my band to have a name with a real meaning for me that’s charged with energy, than something that might sound more cool but which doesn’t resonate with anything, you know?


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?

Of the FH gigs so far my absolute favorite was the recent “Aeon…” album release gig at Walpurgisnacht in my home town, that show was very important for me. All in all, out of all the gigs I’ve played, the Jess and the Ancient Ones North American tour with KING DIAMOND was absolutely the greatest experience so far. I’m a huge MMA (mixed martial arts) and UFC fan and it was unreal to play at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas where they arrange the biggest UFC events!


8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We have now signed with Incantation Agency, actually both Forgotten Horror and True Black Dawn are in there now. FH is very hungry for more gigs and we’re hoping they’ll book shows for us later this year, in Finland and abroad! Can’t wait to play abroad with my beast child Forgotten Horror, I know we will absolutely DESTROY any festival / venue!


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

I actually don’t know, I live such a busy life that I barely have time to listen to the final album versions of my songs hahah! I’ve read two 10/10 reviews of “Aeon…” which is something that’s never happened before. So I think the response has been good. Of course, I know that there are people who don’t like it but that’s okay. To each his own.


10.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?

Besides Forgotten Horror, I play in Jess and the Ancient Ones, Deathchain, and True Black Dawn. JATAO will enter the studio depths in a few weeks to record the sophomore full-length, DC will activate again after a hiatus and we’ll start making new songs hopefully this year and we’ve already recorded a full-length with BD and it should be out quite soon…

Kassara plays in many other projects, I’m not even sure which ones. The ones I know are Deathchain (naturally ‘cause I play there as well heh) and BAPTISM, who seem to be playing quite a lot all over Europe and overseas.

Kennet plays also in SATURNALIA TEMPLE and he just returned from a show in Austria. I stayed at his place in Stockholm, taking care of his cat while he was gone.


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

We’ll just keep on evolving and listening to our hearts. I think this can be heard as even more dynamic material in the future; the fast parts will be faster, slow parts slower, more tempo changes, bigger sound scheme… it’s a neverending progression and we know now where to go with FH.


12.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I’m a big fan of soundtrack music such as Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar, Gladiator, The Last Samurai scores etc. but the greatest composer ever for me is Ludwig van Beethoven… I just love his piano sonatas and I think his music is the heaviest shit ever made!

I listen to all kinds of music, it doesn’t matter what genre it it. Good music is good music. At the moment I’m having a lot of 80’s hard rock and pop stuff on my playlist.


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

I encourage everyone to question their lives, their lifestyles, their attitudes… free


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/forgotten-horror-interview.html


Hellsteps/Last Moment Of Sanity/Vacula Productions/2015 CD Review

mardi 23 juin 2015 à 08:57

  Hellsteps  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album   "Last  Moment  Of  Sanity"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  has  a  death  metal  feeling  to  it  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  few  seconds  later  black  metal  screams  and  growls   become  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  technical  guitar  leads  are  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  clean  playing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  whispers  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  melodies  also  bring  in  a  classic  metal  feeling  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  at  times  and  they  closed  the  album  with  2  bonus  tracks.

   Hellsteps  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  melodic  and  progressive  style  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Mythology,  History  and  War.

In  my  opinion  Hellsteps  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  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  "Arcana  Malvagita"  and  "Daimonesias  (The  Punishment  Of  The  Gods)".  8  out  of  10. 

  

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/hellstepslast-moment-of-sanityvacula.html


Ruho/Pathways through Flesh/Bestial Burst/2015 CD Review

mardi 23 juin 2015 à 08:07

  Ruho  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Pathways  Through  The  Flesh"  which  was  released  by  Bestial  Burst.

  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim,  high  pitched  screams  and  the  musical  style  goes  for  more  of  the  90's  second  wave  style  as  well  as  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  some  of  the  slow  riffs  have  a  doom  metal  feeling  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  melodic  vibe  and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  brings  in  a  spoken  word  parts  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental  track.

  Ruho  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are written  in  a  mixture  of  Finnish  and  English  and  cover  darkness  and  anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ruho  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Descending  Below"   and  "Blood  Hides  The  Way".  8  out  of  10.   

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/ruhopathways-through-fleshbestial.html


Nyx/Hairesis/Vacula Productions/2014 CD Review

mardi 23 juin 2015 à 07:10

  Nyx  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very fast,  raw  and  melodic  form  of  blakc  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Hairesis"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Melodic  Gregorian  chants  and  choirs  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very   fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim,  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  and  the  music  has  a  Swedish  vibe  to  it  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  add  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  to  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  while  they  only  are  used  briefly  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  Gregorian  chants  do  make  a  return  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  heavier  musical  style  which  also  brings in  a  thrash  influence  at  times  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  adds  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording. 

  Nyx  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  raw  in  the  Swedish  tradition  while  also  having  a  decent  amount  of  melodies  and  Gregorian  chants  that  make the  music  have  more  of  a  dark  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark  and  blasphemous  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Nyx  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hairesis"  "Aliguam  Hortabantar  Mori"  and  "Obnubilator  Incesto  Semen".  8  out  of  10.   

  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/nyxhairesisvacula-productions2014-cd.html


Forsaken Crypt/In Praise Of A Vampyric Lifestyle/2015 Demo Review

lundi 22 juin 2015 à 06:21

  Forsaken  Crypt  are  a  solo  project  from  Canada  that  plays  a  very dark  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  demo  "In  Praise  Of  A  Vampyric  Lifestyle".

  A  very  silent  sound  starts  off  the  demo   before  getting  more  powerful  and  adding  in  a  touch  of  ritualistic  ambient  and  after  a  minute  heavy  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  soem  grim  black  metal screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  dark  ambient  piece  that  also  gives  the  demo  more  of  an  occult  atmosphere  while  the  music  does  go  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  the  90's  black  metal  style  and  the  songs  also  stick  to  more  of  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  with  no  fast  parts  ever  being  utilized.

  Forsaken  Crypt  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  raw  while  also  having  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  atmospheric  mid  tempo  take  on  the genre, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Forsaken  Crypt  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal solo  project  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In/Necromancer"  and  "Satan's  Wolves  Will  Descend".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/forsaken-cryptin-praise-of-vampyric.html