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Adore Interview

mercredi 8 avril 2015 à 04:29
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Adore is a one-woman black metal project. The majority of the music is very depressive in nature. Many of the songs lean towards the symphonic side. Adore is a peek into the reclusive, grim side of a brain that won't shut off.


2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The first offering “Infamy of the Black Legions” was a culmination of me dealing with deaths and being in a very dark place. Not very lyrical album, but 100% emotional. At the time the music was an outlet for my suffering, a way to unleash a lot of anger and pain I was holding in. Also, truly becoming a recluse and not wanting to deal with the outside world.

The second offering “Wanderers of Oblivion” is much more lyrical and deals with more external themes, namely how humanity's days are numbered, what will happen to the earth and our galaxy long after we have all died. As humans we tend to think we are the center of the universe. But when you start learning about the cosmos, and how tiny we truly are in the grand scheme of things, then that truly puts life in perspective. The earth will be no more. No matter how grim things are, we are truly lucky to be alive. Some won't have the opportunity to be born and enjoy this earth. Even so, I tend to remain a recluse and spend my time doing what I enjoy most. If I can change anything, it would be the health issues I'm currently dealing with. I'd like to travel the world more, but I think that's the goal of most people. Looking through telescopes and reading as many books possible will suffice for now.


3.The musical project has been around since 2004 but you waited until 2013 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

Well, besides being a musician, I have a professional career, a career that demanded a lot of very long hours both studying and working. A few of the songs actually date all the way back to the late 1990s. I was injured a few years ago and that eventually gave me time to take a breath and release these songs. So, yes, there has been some positive that came from a very negative situation. Otherwise, they may have never been released.


4.Your lyrics cover cosmos, galactic, mythological, paranormal and historical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

My spiritual beliefs are always shifting and my mind is always expanding. At this point, I'm more of an evolutionist, but I have had paranormal experiences. After my mother and close friend both passed away, I truly wanted to know if there was another dimension out there where the dead continues to exist. Of course, scientifically, there isn't proof of that, but I think it's our nature to think there is a forever. So, many of the lyrics deal with that. The cosmic/galactic lyrics came about because recently I've become a little obsessed with space and the universe. I find it very fascinating. I always say, “If you are looking for beauty and mystery, just look up.” So the origins of our existence weighs very heavily on my mind and also our destiny and the destiny of our earth. The historical themes deal with those who have suffered gravely in the past so many of us can have the freedoms and existence that we have nowadays. So, the music is a bundle of what goes on in my head daily. A brain that won't shut off and gets even more active when I'm asleep. Some of the mystical, mythological themes are actually dreams that I've had and remembered vividly.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Adore'?
There are several reasons I chose that name. Most names in black metal are very kvlt. I wanted a name that reflected feminine energy in such a dark genre. And also, Adore is basically a nickname that an ex-lover gave me that stuck. That simple.


6.With this project you record mostly everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to working with a full band?

Working alone is very tedious! My injuries makes the process even more tedious. I'll record a few riffs here and there until it all comes together. Sometimes, I truly miss being in bands where there are so many different ideas to work with. I also miss playing live. But the great thing about being the only person involved in a project is that I am solely responsible for the final product. It's my vision and I didn't have to compromise. I love having that freedom and control.


7.On the album you had Cernunnos of Haeresiarchs Of Dis on a couple of tracks, can you tell us a little bit more about his participation on the recording?

I met Cernunnos through my longtime friend Chad Kelly (of the  bands Catholicon & Excommunicated). Chad had mastered a split album that Cernunnos of Haeresiarchs of Dis was a part of. Like Chad, I found another kindred spirit in Cernunnos. Both he and Chad are very brilliant guys and are both a true wealth of knowledge and experience. I love it when I can learn from friends and I've learned so much from both guys. Haeresiarchs of Dis' music is truly incredible. I refer to Cernunnos as a one-man symphony. One of his opuses “Circle of Sodomy” is definitely one of my favorite black metal tracks ever. I was even more impressed that he also created the video for “Circle of Sodomy”. So, it was natural that I wanted to work with him musically. I had a few songs that were told from a male's perspective. So, I asked Cernunnos and he was more than willing. We worked together through file sharing. Chad Kelly was supposed to be involved as well, but he is extremely busy with his job, moving, and so many other projects. But maybe in the future, the three of us will create a song together. Cernunnos and I are planning an ep together in the very near future.


8.Originally the  music project was based in Louisiana but now is based in Texas, what was the cause of the re-location and also how would you compare the 2 states?

I moved from Louisiana to Texas with my ex-husband because of career opportunities and also because we had visited Texas a lot to attend metal shows out here (that usually completely skipped over Louisiana) and basically fell in love with the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At the time of our move, we were so relieved to get out of Louisiana because hurricane Katrina had just hit and our area was truly in chaos. Louisiana will always be home though. When I think of New Orleans, I automatically hear Acid Bath, Crowbar, and so many others in my head and that instantly brings a smile to my face. I grew up around a lot of those bands and so much music. I have great memories of attending Goatwhore practices when they were first starting up and being on the very front row of many Acid Bath shows singing every word.

Louisiana compared to Texas...that's a tough question. If I were completely honest, I definitely prefer Texas to Louisiana. But each place has their pros and cons. Texas definitely has more career opportunities, a better educational system, less corruption, less "good old boy" mentality (at least from my experiences). The quality of life is so much better here in Texas.

Louisiana is so deep-rooted in music though. It also has incredible food, culture, and alcohol readily available pretty much anywhere.  When I moved to Texas, I lived in a dry county. That was like a culture shock coming from a place like southeastern Louisiana where alcohol is everywhere. The motto in New Orleans is "laissez les bon temps rouler" which roughly translates to "let the good times rolls". Louisianians party like no other.


9.Both the album and demo have been distributed by Red Stream, can you tell us a little bit more about the deal?  

My good friend Tony Costanza (former drummer for Crisis, Crowbar, Machine Head, etc.) is great friends with Patrick at Red Stream. After hearing “Infamy of the Black Legions”, Tony told me he would pass it along to Patrick because Patrick loves weird, obscure, raw black metal similar to that on my demo. And he was right. Patrick heard the demo and was interested in distributing the album and I was happy about that. Patrick is a true joy to work with. Very cool guy.


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

The majority of the feedback from fans of black metal has been excellent. Of course, raw black metal is not everyone's cup of tea. There are some out there who think women shouldn't be involved in the genre at all. Some don't respect or get what I'm doing and that's fine. Some outside the genre think I'm a blasphemer. I never really expect anyone else to like or understand my music, but fortunately for me, many do. And that is definitely an incredible feeling when someone enjoys your passion and your work. I think of myself as a medium through which the music passes through. Sometimes the songs truly seem to write themselves. Also, My buddy Scott Conner of Xasthur posted “Infamy of the Black Legions” on his Facebook wall, and that led to many others discovering the music. So, I'm eternally grateful to Mr. Malefic. He is truly an incredible guy and musician. I will forever be a Xasthur fan.


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

Well, I''m very limited to what I can do physically because of my injuries. So there definitely won't be any live shows or touring. But I always see myself releasing dark music. Of course, there is a part of me that wants to experiment more (maybe with spacey, electronic music). I'll continue to put out very dark music and hopefully it will connect with someone out there.


12.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?

So many. I am definitely influenced by the second wave of black metal bands out of Norway... Emperor, Enslaved, Mayhem, Darkthrone, old Satyricon, old Ulver. I remember hearing Nemesis Divina for the first time and getting chills. It was like nothing I had ever heard. Same goes for Emperor's "In the Nightside Eclipse" and even Opeth's "Orchid". I'm also influenced by some of the local bands from the New Orleans area (past and present) ...Acid Bath, Crowbar, Soilent Green, Goatwhore, Somber, Psychon Vex, Ritual Killer, Luthian, Catholicon, Excommunicated. Nowadays, my favorites are Absu, Xasthur, Summoning, Haeresiarchs of Dis, Hakuja, Arcturus, Akercocke, Master's Hammer, Poccolus, Mutiilation, Gorgoroth/God Seed, Vorkreist, Darkspace, Skyforest, Crisis, Membaris, Sargeist, Horna, Behexen, Celestia, Quinta Essentia, Throne of Ahaz, Nergal, Secrets of the Moon, Antaeus, Hell Militia (all of LSK's old bands, R.I.P.). ColdWorld, Aaskereia, Nex De Omnis. I really love that cold, depressive shit. One album that I'm really enjoying lately is Astarium “Atenvx” album. If you are into that dark, symphonic stuff, I highly recommend it. Voices “London” album has been on repeat lately as well. So many. I can go on and on about all the bands I'm into and love. It's endless.


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

Thank you so much for your interest and/or support of Adore. Hope you all are living the lives you want to live. Please keep purchasing black metal albums and merchandise, attending shows, and supporting the bands. Best wishes always. Hailz! \m/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/adore-interview.html


Nero Barlume/La Vita Fugge/Cvlminis/2014 EP Review

mardi 7 avril 2015 à 15:09

  Nero  Barlume  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  depressive  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "La  Vita  Fugge"  which  was  released  by  Cvlminis.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  before  adding  in  heavy  guitars  along  with  some  synths  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  brings  in  blast  beats  it  has  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  grim  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  the  slow  riffs  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  atmosphere.

  Nero  Barlume  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw,  depressive  ant  atmospheric  while   also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Introspective  themes  and  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  Nero  Barlume  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "La  Vita  Fugge"  amd  "L'Estrema  Fragranza  del  male".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/nero-barlumela-vita-fuggecvlminis2014.html


Plage Interview

mardi 7 avril 2015 à 04:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Plage was founded by Blizzard and Exord in early 2011. We knew each other already a couple of years and were connected by our shared disgust for all this shitty, soulless so-called black metal bands, which are called ‚scene‘ or whatever. So we just created some aggressive and obscure tunes to fuck them up their asses. Fortunately Zorn joined us on bass and Vrede took over the vocals. Both guys are longtime comrades of us and we already did a couple of tours across Europe with them – in other band constellations with BlackShore and Angantyr. Now Plage is stronger than ever and ready to humiliate and burn women and childern all over the world, because it’s in our goddamn responsibility to do so.

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 demo you had released in 2013?

The style of DEN KRISTNE STANK is without compromises straight in your face. It’s old school black metal, but without being shitty or ridicolous. This is quiet mentionable. It’s just dark and obscure and ready to show stupid bands what kind of energy lives in true black metal. The style of DEN KRISTNE STANK doesn’t really differ from the demo we already released. It’s just as incredible brilliant as we always are. Hail to us!

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

The lyrics are written by Vrede and deal with his disgust and anger against christianity and christian people. Vrede is really pissed off and calls the ancient, heathen spirits to crush these motherfuckers. For example there was this girl - pregnant by a christian man. So of course Vrede had to punish her with his iron glove and then helped her with the abortion. Vrede is really into holding the hood clean.

4.On the demo all of the songs where written in your native language and on the new album while most of the songs are still written in that language you also added into a couple of songs in English, is this something that you plan on expanding more with in the future?

Even on the demo we mixed english, danish and low-german lyrics. There is no plan behind. It’s just caused by Vrede’s clouded brain. But we could imagine having the focus on the danish lyrics in future.


5.I know that the band names means 'plague', how does it fit in with the musical style that you play?

It’s a plague to play it and it’s an even bigger plague to listen to it, I guess.

6.One half of the band is from Denmark and the other half is from Germany, what kind of effect do you feel this has on your musical style?

The biggest effect on our music is, that we don’t rehearse as a full-band beside of live-gigs. But otherwise…no idea. I think we follow the same vision for Plage and it matters a shit where we come from.


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

Plage on stage is sickness on stage. Vrede always beats up some random people just to get the right mood for our show. It’s bloody, obscure and carries the stench of decomposition. We already had some great, violent shows like these...hard to pick one out.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Not yet. Maybe we gonna have a short tour in autumn, but that’s not for sure. We started writing new songs instead.

9.The new album was released on Alusia productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It’s an Underground Extreme Metal Label focused on black and passionate art, located in Cologne. The Plage album is their first release, so we are honored to be part of the beginning of something big.

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

We don’t really talk too much with people, but what we heard it was mostly enthusiastic towards our music.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?

They all kick ass of course. It’s good to be a part of this circle of great bands like BlackShore, Angantyr and Fyrnask.

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

We already did some new tracks and we still continue the same road of old school black metal. Fast and dark with obscure melodies. That’s the way our spirits wants us to do.

13.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?

Black metal bands we like are Leviathan, Baptism, Thorns, Craft…stuff like that and many influences aside the genre.

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

Support the plague! https://the-true-plage.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/plage-interview.html


Hellacaust/What Is Not/PRC Music/2015 CD Review

mardi 7 avril 2015 à 03:16

  Hellacaust  are  a  band  from  Nova  Scotia,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  war  metal,  thrash  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "What  Is  Not"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  PRC  Music.

  A  very  distorted  reverb  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  after  a  minute  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  war  metal  style  growls  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  raw  energy  of  thrash  and  crust  punk  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  are  very  chaotic  sounding.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  which  can  also  be  very  brutal  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody   and  all  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  anger  and  hatred  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Sodom's  "Agent  Orange"..

  Hellacaust  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  and  most  extreme  forms  of  war,  black  metal,  thrash  and  crust  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hellacaust  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  metal,  thrash  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Remove  the  Poison"  "Lament  Configuration"  "Belly  Of  The  Beast"  and  "Agent  orange".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/hellacaustwhat-is-notprc-music2015-cd.html


Adore/Wanderers Of Oblivion/2015 CD Review

lundi 6 avril 2015 à 02:46

  Adore  are a  1 woman  black  metal  from  Texas  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review   of  her  self  released  2015  album  Wanders  Of  Oblivion".

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  drum  beats  and  the  synths  also  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  some  deeper  vocals  being  utilized  at  times  while  the solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  are  very  raw  and  melodic  sounding.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster sections  displaying more  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  and  at  times the  songs  have  a  90's  feeling  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse.

  A  few  of  the  tracks  bring  in  Cernunnos  of  Haeresiarchs  Of  Dis  on  back  up  vocals  and  on  the  later  tracks  the  synths  start  getting  more  dark  and  haunting  sounding  as  well  as  using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  on  some  of  the  songs  and  also  bring  in  a  touch  of ambient  while  the  vocals  and  guitars  still  dominate  most  of  the  tracks  and  there  are  also  some  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  being utilized  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  songs.  

  Adore  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic ,  depressive  and  atmospheric  sounding  and  there  is  a  lot  of  variety  in  the  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmos/galactic,  mythological,  mystical, paranormal  and  historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Adore  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Mystic,  Transcendent  Spirit"  "The  All-Deceiving"  "Cold  World"  and  "The  Hidden  Path".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/adorewanderers-of-oblivion2015-cd-review.html