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Volk Interview

dimanche 16 août 2015 à 22:16
.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are busy getting the album out there. Trying to find more support from online radio, and zines. And of course we are playing shows to exhibit these new songs.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, 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?

It's far more dynamic than my past recordings. Previous Volk recording projects were done by me alone. I have the privilege of working with some of the most talented musicians currently. What they bring to my song writing as far as performance is something I could never achieve alone.

These guys are very professional. Know their instruments inside and out. So its more dynamic. There are great guitar solos, just a better sound all around.

3.This is the first release to be released in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Just a lot of obstacles really, member problems, replacing those problematic members. Also, my live band had matters to attend to with their own musical projects. I was waiting for them to complete their other obligations so the focus on VOLK would be absolute.
Which is the case presently. We are very active touring, writing, and have plans for a full length to be recorded in the new year.

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

Yes. Gladly.
Our concepts deal with an Orwellian/totalitarian society that has been designed to systematically crush the individual. His thoughts, his dreams are all destroyed. The antagonist of the story is VOLK. That's all that is known. That this organization named VOLK has complete power, has seemingly had it forever, and will continue to do so.

The full length will deal mainly with this story as its going to be a concept album.

So, Volktalitarianism just reflects the story that we play music to. But its also a title that I hope will draw people in that need to find strength. That want more control over their life. People are so hard on themselves these days. And there is not much comfort to be found in humanity or your fellow citizen.

We would like to hope that people will hear the e.p. and feel it strengthen them, that they can do anything. Accomplish anything.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the Heathenism and Philosophy the band explores with the lyrics?

With this album its very little. It's more to do with war, and death. It's symbolic to our fight to get this recording out, the ridiculous battle that it was. Also back to the VOLK concept, the violent uprising of the new party that will enslave humanity as a whole. The first skirmishes in the streets. The full length will be VOLK establishing its apparatus of Volktalitarianism. The e.p. is the fight to gain this power.

The members of this band however take comfort in pre Christian matters of the spirit. There is Slavic/Germanic practices and observance of these old ways. But for us its personal. You won't find me speaking often about it.

6.I know that the bands name means 'Voice  Of  Lamenting Kin', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Volk is the German word for 'people'... Or 'folk'. In the beginning stages of the band we were calling ourselves Wotansvolk. ' Odin's people ' but as I mentioned before our spirituality is a private matter with us, and we saw this huge influx of 'Pagan metal'. We wanted to be different.

Now it's only VOLK. It's meaning is, to us, the elite members of the ruling party in our conceptual story I highlighted earlier.

The voice of lamenting kin is something that a fan came up with. Some internet forums sadly take the control away from the band. People can say whatever they want about the band and post it. It's an aggravating ordeal that I'm currently dealing with now.

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

Guelph Ontario was amazing. The crowd was receptive and understood what we were trying to do.

Stage performance is at least for me the highlight of being in this band. I get to let go onstage. I don't just headbang and pump my fist. I let myself go completely. My body does what it wants to do and when I sing I'm giving it 100%. Its not your typical metal performance at all. We bring something different to the stage.

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

We are going to take October off to enjoy the fall, and Halloween. Then come back with a massive amount of shows.

9.On the recording you did a cover of  'Veles Scrolls' song, what was the decision behind during your own version of this song?

It's a Nokturnal Mortum song called 'Veles Scrolls' there's something in the works with this song. But I can't comment at this time.

10.The ep was released on Oldenblood Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Great Canadian label. They only handle our Distro at the moment. But they are very supportive.

11.On a worldwide level how have black and pagan metal fans reacted to the new material?

It's been positive. There's always critics. But we've had good feedback so far.

12.Are there any plans for a full length and also where would you like to see the band head into musically during the future?

In the new year we will be in the studio. I want the sound to be darker. Some more industrial sounds as a background to the metal. Like how pink Floyd needed a darker sound dealing with these types of ideas during the Wall.

It'll be a concept, so it will have a cinematic quality.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had a huge influence on the band?

All sorts of metal of course. Anything from Burzum, to king diamond.

For me personally, I listen to a lot of classical music at home. Soundtracks. As for bands I'm really into Laibach, and Joy Division. More arty types of acts.

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

Thanks for the opportunity to get the word of the Volk out there!
One Volk.
One Land.
One King.
One Dream!

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Death Motif/The Water/2015 EP Review

mercredi 12 août 2015 à 08:31

  Death  Motif  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  black'n'roll  with  a  touch  of  progressive  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "The  Water"  which  will  be  rleeased in  September.

  A  very  heavy,  raw  and  progressive  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  a  few  seconds  later  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some elements  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  quite  a  but  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  rock'n'roll  while  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  more  of  a  modern  Norwegian  influenced black  metal  sound  and  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Death  Motif  plays  a  music  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  but  also  mixes  in  elements  of  progressive,  doom  metal  and  rock  to  create  a  style  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Death  Motif  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "His  And  Hers".  8  out  of  10.   


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Volk/Volktalarianism/Oldenblood Productions/2015 EP Review

mardi 11 août 2015 à 08:27

  Volk  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  heathen  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Volktalitarianism"  which  was  released  by  Oldenblood  Productions.

  A very  heavy,  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  atmospheric  elements  and  melodic  guitar  leads are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  deeper  screams.  

   Some  of  the  guitar  riffing  brings  in  a  touch  of  thrash  while  some  of  the  open  note  riffs  bring  melodies  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  along  with  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  all  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  ep  progresses  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  is  brought  onto  on  of  the  tracks  and  they  also  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Veles  "Scrolls".

  Volk  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  evokes  more  of  a  pagan  and  heathen  atmosphere  along  with  some  epic  elements  being  used  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Heathenism,  War  and  Philosophy.

  In  my  opinion  Volk  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  epic  heathen  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winds  Of  Sorrow"  and  "Heathen  Dawn".  8  out  of  10.  



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N.V.N/Kollektiv/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 11 août 2015 à 07:06

  N.V.N  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  plays  an  industrial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Kollektiv".

  Industrial  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  cyber  and  atmospheric  elements  and  after a  minute  voices  find  their  way  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the music  gets  more  heavier  and  adds  in  melodic guitar  leads  while  also  keeping  around  the  industrial  and  atmospheric  elements  and  on  the  second  track  the  music goes  for  more  of  a  black  metal  direction.

  When  vocals  are  added  into  the music  they  use  growls  but  done  in  more  of  a  distorted  fashion  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  some  tracks  also  mix  in  even  more  underground  styles  of  electronic  music and spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  tracks  also  brings  in  elements  of  ambient.

  N.V.N  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  industrial  and  underground electronic  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  chaos  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  N.V.N  are  a  very  great  sounding  cyber  mixture  of  black  metal  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Become  the  Vortex"  "Antithesis"  "Megamatrix"  and  "I  AM  Deceived".  8  out  of  10.  

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Gehenna/Deathkamp Ov The Skull + Funeral Embrace/Magic Bullet Records/2015 CD Review

dimanche 9 août 2015 à 04:43

  Gehenna  are  a  band  from  Nevada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  double  ep  release  "Deathkamp Ov The Skull + Funeral Embrace"  which  will  be  released  on  August  14,  2015  by  Magic  Bullet  Records.

  Distorted  open  notes start off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and   after  awhile  more  hardcore  elements  are  added  into  the  music  and  when  the  songs  speed  up the  music  goes into  more  of  a  raw  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  solos  and leads  are utilized  they  are  very  chaotic  in  sound  and the music  also  adds  in  elements  of  thrash  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  second  ep has  shorter  songs   that  bring  in  elements  of  d  beat   and  punk  and there  are  a  lot of  traces  of  war  metal  in  the  songs.

 Gehenna  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  thrash  and  hardcore  and  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  nihilism,  murder,  war,  drugs  and  hate themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gehenna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "First  Blood  II"  "Serve  The  Cult"   and  "Funeral  Embrace".  8  out  of  10.


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