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DunkelNacht/Anthropocenia/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 EP Review

mercredi 25 octobre 2017 à 20:41

  DunkelNacht  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Anthropocenia"  which  was  released by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic guitars  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals.

  DunkelNacht  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  release  while  also  mixing  in  a  depressive  edge,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  atheism  and  mankind  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  DunkelNacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anthropocenia"  and  "Ikonoklazt".  8  out  of  10.  

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Hyrgal Interview

mardi 24 octobre 2017 à 06:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

.Clement : Hi !  Hyrgal is a Black metal band that i've created in 2007 when i was living in Bordeaux (FR), At first it was meant to be a personal project butvwith the help of Quentin Aberne (Carcolh, Sweven, ex-Sun Preachers, ex-Marble Chariot) on bass and Thibault Meunier (ex-Otargos) behind the drums,we released our first Demo on a split album shared with Kairn (acoustic project of the former Otargos guitarist, Julien Savy).
We were soon to be opening for live performances of bands such as Wolves in the Throne Room, Year of No Light, Otargos...
In 2016, I've decided to relaunch the project with a new drummer with whom i got closer since 2012, Emmanuel Zuccaro (Oorthian, ex-Karne, ex-Sulphureign) and still Quentin on bass.  Emmanuel moved from the north of France to the south in order to work with me and have some other standards in his life.
The full length "Serpentine" was then recorded DIY at the Southern Ritual Studio during December 2016 and January 2017, and the mix and mastering was performed by Déhà at the HH studio during May 2017.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

C : It's my personal vision of the black metal. Something natural, primitive, dedicated to the roots and against the modern world, codes, and new social behaviors.

3.The band was broken up for 6 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
C : I've decided to split the band because i was having some troubles with the drummer at this time. For me, it's really important to have a perfect synergy between bandvmates and I can't work otherwise !! Hyrgal is far too much important for me to let parasites interfere with the band !!!
At the same time, I've joined Svart Crown as full time guitarist. I've moved from Bordeaux and fully dedicated myself to Svart Crown (new releases, gigs, tours...).
It took me a lot of time and focus, so Hyrgal was therefore put on hold.
This is my personal way of expressing myself, it is far too much important and valuable to me, it's not just a simple side-project : it does need time and dedication.
After i've decided to leave Svart Crown, I realized that it was the time for me to get Hyrgal back on tracks, and then i've started working on the composition of the new album !!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

C. As I said earlier, it's a total dedication to the roots, against the modern world, or at the very least what humans do wrong in my point of view !!!
 I'm merging my personal anger of this world with the admiration of my birth place, the French alps and its folklore.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hyrgal'?
C. Hyrgal comes from the merging of two runes : Tyr and Hagal.
At the beginning I was really in touch with the scandinavian folklore and spirituality.
The runes representing something old and true, and with a massive spiritual meaning.
 So it was something appropriate for my project at this time !!

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
C: Hyrgal didn't perform a lot of gigs, so for us, each one was pretty intense and emotionally important !
But I think the show with Year of no light and Wolves in the throne room was the most important and the most intense.
  Our last show in Bordeaux at the Interceptor Fest was important too, as it sealed something strong between us and it was the very first gig with the new line-up.

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

C: Not actually. We have some plans for playing in our country... We will see what we can do in the future and after the album releases.  The most important thing for Hyrgal is composing, recording and be focused on our artistic expression, not necessarily playing live. We just want to play shows with bands, promoters, venues or concepts we are sensible to : we're more into quality than quantity.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
C. It's a little early to have a proper feedback, yet the first comments are really encouraging and positive... We gave the record to some brothers in the scene and people that we're in touch with.
Their reception is pretty good and they give us lots of support.

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?
C. It's quite complicated, lots of things are happening. We work on many projects actually.
The bassist, Quentin is still in Bordeaux, we work with the distance cause i've never found a better bass player for Hyrgal, this man is insane. He has his own projects, a Heavy/doom band call Carcolh
 and he also works with a Psyché / rock band call Sweven (you should check, these are really good bands).
The drummer, who lives in my town now, works with me on many common projects; he's a fucking genius and talented man, he is a multi-instrumentalist, and, since 4 years, is my right arms in my musical experience.
He's playing guitars in my other band Oorthian, and he's working on a soon-to-be-released project called Verfallen (kind of extreme black metal) where he's playing all the instruments.
For myself, after leaving SC, I've passed an audition for a doom band called Pillars as singer, really challenging... I've recorded the first EP, and after many live performances, I'm entering the studio next week to record our first album...
At the same time, I was working on the Hyrgal album and i've decided to form another Doom band call Oorthian with Emmanuel.
I'm also working on some other projects that i prefer to keep secret for the moment....    

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

C: The same that we are actually, playing and recording something honest, personal and dedicated to our spiritual path.
Always black metal for sure !!!  I listen to a lot of different kind of music, so I think it will have some influence on my way of composing, but it will be the same roots.

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?
C. I'm listening to a lot of different kind of music, from ambient to extreme metal, so it's a wide and eclectic panel of inspirations and it's difficult to list them all...
 I find my influence in everything around me; the music is still the main medium but i find some inspiration into nature, the pathetic observation of our evolution and existence, the folklore of my country, the old legacies. Everything which is a vessel for emotions.
For example, I'm really into Corrupted, Bolzer, Furia, Mizmor, lots of black metal, doom stuff and various things in extreme metal, and at the same time I listen to Bohren & der Club of Gore, Tim Hecker, Sean Price, Marin Marais...

12,How would you describe your views on Paganism?

C. I think all people into it have their own views and explanations of what Paganism truly is.
 And many people do not agree with each other... So it's completely different from a person to another, from my point of view.
For me, paganism is a return to the roots, a respect and transmission of our past and history.
A communion with the natural environment, and a spiritual path through this new era, guided by many forces and radiating from everything around us.
I thinks it's definitely against monotheism. It's also something really personal, as faith itself, the very quest to spiritual elevation...
It's a path toward truth and knowledge.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
C. Thank you for this interview and for permitting us to describe our work and music.


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Domestikwom/A Peace That Destroys/2017 Full Length Review

mardi 24 octobre 2017 à 04:52

  Domestikwom  are  a  solo  project  along  with  a  few  quests  from  Calgary,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "A  Peace  That  Destroys"  which  will  be  released  in  December.

  Percussion's  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  singing  and  back  up  vocals  which  also gives  the music  more  of  a  folk  music  feeling  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  on  the  second  track  post  rock  elements  and  grim  black  metal s creams  are  introduced  on t he  recording.

  When  the  music  gets  heavy  it  brings  in  a  very  modern  post  black  metal style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  briefly   as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  and  ambient  style  keyboards and  female  vocals  on  the  closing  track.

  Domestikwom  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  more  different  and  original  than  a  lot  of  bands  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics are  a  concept  album  based  upon  of  the  artist's  ancestor's  escape  from  Russia  in t he  1920's  and  his  challenges of  resettling  in  their  new  home  of  Canada.

  In  my  opinion  Domestikwom  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Roots  In  A  Soil  Not  My  Own"  "A  Peace  That Destroys"  and  "The  Cost-Of  Self  Sacrifice".  8  out  of  10.



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Snakebearer Interview

mardi 24 octobre 2017 à 03:56
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a  little bit about the musical project?
Snakebearer is at the moment one man project/band that draws inspiration and imagery from black metal and mixes it with variety of other metal genres.

 2.In July you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
My first idea was to play "regressive metal" in contrast of all the complex song structures and riffs that some of my previous bands had. Well, this isn't that "regressive", but having more of the
traditional verse-chorus-verse -structures of pop/rock songs is a integral part of the concept. Although I use mainly growled or screamed vocals, I try to have melodies and hooks in the songs, but probably in more subtle form than what any kind of pop music would have.

3.You refer to your music as 'blackened pop metal', can you tell us alittle bit more about this term?
I used the term "blackened pop metal" to emphasize the fact that this band doesn't try to be "true" in any black metal sense, and instead of being watered down black metal, it is lighter metal that has been "blackened".

 4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Lyrical topics range from the Finnish melancholy and depression to ritual perversions. The song that the demo was named after, Throes, has drawn its lyrical inspiration from Finnish folk poetry compilation Kanteletar, even having some lines directly translated from it, but having mostly modern, surreal settings to it. Amorphis used the direct English translations of poems from Kanteletar in their album Elegy, my approach to this is very different, as I reinterpret the poems and their feelings much more freely. Songs that will be recorded later will explore this theme more. And like I mentioned early, third song on the demo is about satanic sex ritual, and the middle one can most easily be
interpreted as a description of a zombie apocalypse.

 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Snakebearer'?
Snakebearer is what some call the thirteenth zodiac sign, Ophiuchus, more commonly translated as serpent-bearer. One can contemplate all the symbolism that is associated with snakes and what could be said about a man that can hold and carry one

 6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
Although I recorded everything myself, I am open to working with other musicians. Playing live is something I aim to do when I find the right people to play with me.

 7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
On a worldwide level Snakebearer hasn't gathered much attention yet, the forementioned concept of "real" band that plays live would probably help immensely, as new music is published with the help of Internet more than anyone can or cares to follow.

 8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
At the moment I am not involved in other active bands, although I have another solo-project named Archeodecadent, that sporadically explores the sub-genres of black metal from minute long semi-improvised songs to over half hour long ambient black metal piece. I may do session vocals
to a certain band, but that will be seen in the future. And for the blasphemy of it, I last week wrote and recorded a rap verse to feature in a Finnish occult themed hip hop record.

 9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
For the future of my musicianship, I try to constantly learn more. Not with just instruments that I already play, but also learning completely new instruments. Learning to play drums skillfully enough would be probably the main objective. As I record everything at my home studio, homing that craft and gathering better equipment is also quite essential part of my musicianship

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had aninfluence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I listen too much of everything to list, as it depends completely on what mood I am. When I have spend week practicing and recording metal I often more rather listen to Finnish schlager than anything with distorted guitars. From black metal bands, at least judging by my record collection, Impaled Nazarene and Xasthur are large influences for me.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
For non musical interests... At the moment I don't think I have time for them as I have two (or four, depending on month) jobs and I am finishing my studies and doing my master's thesis. Which also serves as an explanation for answering to this interview so late. Sorry.

 12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
This was first interview I have made for this project. Thanks for this possibility.


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Eneferens Interview

mardi 24 octobre 2017 à 03:44

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

Eneferens is a project that I started in December of 2015. It showcases everything that I love about heavy music, combining elements of black metal, doom, melodic death metal as well as many other influences including shoegaze and post rock. The idea was to to just make beautiful music and do it from the ground up by myself.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
I feel that (and hope that) the music comes across as very honest - nothing is more than what it needs to be. The songs are very up in down in terms of dynamics as well as levels of heaviness. Contrast is a very important element in the sound. My clean vocals are a drastic change from my harsh vocals just as the clean guitar tones are on the opposite spectrum of the distorted ones. Still though a cohesion brings it all together smoothly and naturally. I toy with dissonance, but overall, the music is very melodic compared to many bands in similar genres because it is the vehicle I know best to really drive the emotive qualities that I set out to present.

3.In less than 2 years you have released 2 full lengths and an ep, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

I spend as much time as possible sitting with a guitar or in front of the drum kit, so yes absolutely. Life can be very busy and I still feel like I don't make enough time for composing and playing, but I make an effort to everyday because it is a beautiful, almost therapeutic thing for me. It's exciting to come up with some great ideas and form songs, so I do it a lot and thrive from it.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Lyrics are always the hardest part of the songwriting process for me because I feel like I can tap into feelings and express emotions through music alone much more easily. Lyrics don't seem to come as naturally to me, so I have to dig a little bit. Most themes and topics are about internal struggle, and I often relate things to the beauty and grandeur of nature and its processes. I'm incredibly inspired by nature and I reflect on that in fitting moments. I take a bit of time with the lyrics and do the best I can to make sure that no matter the topic, they are genuine and and an accurate reflection of my mind.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eneferens'?

The name 'Eneferens' came to me in a dream actually. It didn't have a significant meaning when I awoke, but the name stuck with me. Later I dissected the word into its greek roots and came up with my own definition which is, "to carry within one's self." This resonated profoundly with me because of the introspective nature of the way I make music and so the name stuck. It's one of those strange things where I feel like it chose me.

6.You record all the music by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I am absolutely open to collaborative efforts with people - I was in three bands while living in the city I attended college in. Eneferens was the first project where I took everything into my own hands and made no compromises other than my own physical limitations to make the music I wanted to, which turned out to be a fun form of self expression. I really enjoy playing music with other people and hope to do so much more in the future. Outside perspectives and ideas from other great musicians can be very important and refreshing and I definitely recognize that.

7.Originally the musical project was from Montana but now located in Minnesota, what was the cause of the move and also how would you compare the metal scene in both states?

I have a couple of close friends in the Minneapolis area involved in the scene - Jake (Circadian Ritual, Panopticon), Austin (Panopticon) and Tanner (Obsequiae) which helped me choose Minnesota to try something new out. I'm an audio engineer as well as a musician and so I moved to the twin cities in the pursuit of doing more on both facets. The entertainment industry in Montana is much smaller due to the low populations there, but that's not to say by any means that there aren't good music scenes there. Particularly Bozeman, MT has a very supportive scene filled with great bands and musicians which sometimes gets overlooked because it's a bit removed from more densely populated areas. The scene in Minneapolis is great from what I've experienced in my short time here so far, and I'm excited to be a part of it.

8.On the ep you had done a cover of 40 Watt Sun's "Restless", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

All of the music that Patrick Walker has put out has always had a special place in my heart, especially Warning's "Watching From A Distance" record. The track "Restless" has been a favorite of mine since "The Inside Room" came out, and I've played it many times at open mics around Montana, so it seemed like a logical choice especially with how I was feeling around the time of the EP's creation. I hope my version does it justice, it's a beautiful painful song.

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

Eneferens is by no means a 'purist' approach to the subgenre, and because of that some people have been critical of my use of clean vocals. Clean vocals will definitely always remain a staple in the project's sound without a doubt though. Overall though the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging and I'm blown away by that.

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

It's hard to say. There's so much I would like to do musically, even beyond the confines of metal. I will definitely continue to output as much music as I am able to, and I have a good feeling about the direction I'm going. I'm projecting that touring will become a regular thing for me soon because I love playing and traveling. It would be great to be able to support myself with my music and post-production audio work and I'm doing what I can to make that work eventually. Music is too important to me to not fully immerse myself in it.

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?

My musical tastes are constantly expanding and I listen to and take influence from many genres. Alcest and early Opeth records are big ones for me, but also alternative bands like The National and the Spanish band Neuman have had a profound effect on how I think about and write music. Some great metal I've been listening to include the new Sun of the Sleepless record, Night In Gales' 1997 album "Towards the Twilight", and "Departure" by Sunken. Some non-metal acts I've been enjoying recently are Bohren and Der Club of Gore, Agnes Obel and the new Kauan record.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I enjoy painting immensely as well as experiencing nature through hiking, camping, and fishing. Art and nature in most respects are the heart of my interests and everything stems from there.

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

Thanks for the interview and thank you to everyone who has listened to and supported Eneferens. Expect a new full length album fairly soon! Cheers.

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