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Isolert Interview

samedi 28 mars 2015 à 21:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a Black Metal band from Volos,Greece.Our band consist of 2 members (Nick Sidiropoulos,Panagiotis Tsiglifis) We were formed on March 2015.


2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The production is more "clear" from many Black Metal bands.We are inspired by the Scandinavian Scene of the 90's but we putt  our own personal touch to the music.We didn't want to copy other bands so we tried hard and put all our effort and make our own sound.We even have Byzantine Vocals on 1 song....We want some variety in our music.


3.The band has been around since the beginning of 2015 and already have released a demo, do the band members put a great  amount of time and effort into this musical project?
We may have been a new band but we have worked for many hours for our demo.In one month we put a great amount of effort and tried our best.Many hours of rehearsing.recording,mixing,mastering.At that point we would like to say thank you to "Fiende" who helped us out with the recordings of the demo.The production is by him and Isolert.





4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
First we would like to say thank you to Jason Kasioptas for his lyrics.The lyrics are inspired by misanthropy and darkness.Just that.




5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Isolert'?
First off all we wrote our songs and the lyrics and then we were searching for a good name.Many names were in the list but we wanted to find something unique.We came accross Isolert which means Isolated in Norwegian.The inspiration comes from all of us as humans.We are people isolated in our own souls and we all hide our secrets..



6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
There are many great things on remaining a duo.When you are only two members in a band you can understand each other. Our cooperation is great with Panos and we just didn't want to add another member cause we didn't find someone willing to join the band and work as hard as we do.So i guess we will be only two members.But only time knows....



7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are in search for a label but the good news is that Labels from Europe and American have shown interest in our demo and we have received some offers to release our demo on Cassette and CD and recently we came in contact with Depressive Illusions  and they agreed to release the demo on cassette.





8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
So far the feedback has been great and we didnt expected it because we just uploaded our first songs and we are a band only for 1 Month.It's a good start i guess..






9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The next step for the band is a split album or even an EP. If everything will go according to the plan we will release our first full length album on Spring 2016.We already are working on songs for it.





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?
The main influence is Gorgoroth i think and you can hear it on our songs .But we also love Dissection, Darkthrone,Carpathian Forest, Burzum,Mayhem and almost everything from the Scandinavian Scene.
Personally i am a big fan of US Power Metal and these days i listen to the new Sacral Rage album which is FUCKIN AWESOME!Also the new Empire of the Moon album is awesome.





11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Just drinking beers and going hiking .. We are boring guys (hahaha).




12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We just wanted to say that the demo we released is dedicated to our brother Christoforos "Oliva" Ntinos
who passed away February 2015.

Thank you very much for your interested .
Support the underground.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/isolert-interview.html


Isolert/Isolated Soul/2015 Demo Review

samedi 28 mars 2015 à 14:08

  Isolert  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  Nordic  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released 2015  demo  "Isolated  Soul".

  A  very  raw  and  dark  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  clean  singing  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  Scandinavian  and  Greek  black  metal  influences  and  also  have  a  sound  that  would  of  went  over  very  well  20  years  ago  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and  the  last  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Isolert  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  grim,  old  school  and  raw  and  also  has  a  very  vintage  second  wave  sound  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Isolert  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  Nordic  influenced  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Empty  Memory  (Hatred  For  Mankind)".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/isolertisolated-soul2015-demo-review.html


Skyforger/Senprusija/Thunderforge Records/2015 CD Review

samedi 28 mars 2015 à 13:07

  Skyforger  are  a  band  from  Latvia  that  has  been  around  since  the  90's  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black/folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Senprusija"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Thunderforge  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  medieval  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  singing  pagan  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  some  folk  instruments  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  heavier  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams.  

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  melody  and  traditional  metal  influences  in  the  bands  musically  sound  and  the  vocals  also  use  some  rough  of  angry  shouting  type  of singing  and  you  can  also  hear  a  heavy dose  of  thrash  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  folk  instruments  also  mix  in  with  the  heavy  parts  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they are  in  a  more  melodic  metal  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  the  sounds  of  war  from  the  middle  ages  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  pagan  vocals  and  folk  instruments  that  where  present  on  the  intro  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  while  one  of  the  later  songs  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  

  Skyforger  creates  an  album  that  focuses  more  on  a straight  forward  pagan  metal  sound  this  time  around  while  also  keeping  their  black  and  folk  metal  roots,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  Prussian  History  and  their  roots  as  a  Baltic  people  before  the  Germans  conquered.

  In  my  opinion  Skyforger  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  pagan,  black  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Senprusija"  "Herkus  Monte"  "Melnas  Buras"  and  "Zem  Lietuvas  Karogiem".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/skyforgersenprusijathunderforge.html


Nigredo Interview

samedi 28 mars 2015 à 10:52
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Nigredo were created in early 2013 by me (A.- guitars, bass, vocals) and Maelstrom (drums) in order to realize our own personal visions of black metal. In February 2015 our first mini album entitled “Facets Of Death” was released by Odium Records.

2.Recently you have released a mini album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

At the time the tracks of the mini album were being composed my constant aim was to always achieve the perfect balance between the straightforward black metal riffing and the most sinister dissonances I could come up with. The final result is riff driven black metal with many diverse moments, from very thrashy to very atmospheric and everything in between. Maelstrom’s contribution to how the album sounds is huge since he has a very distinct drumming style, extremely hard hitting and a very wide arsenal of drum beats and fills, and he’s also playing an important role in shaping the structures of the tracks. I must also mention the contribution of 210 Studios (Berlin) whose mix and master highlights and brings to the foreground the large amount of information our music contains.

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

I’m the sole lyricist in the band and I take my personal approach to some, not so unusual in black metal, topics. As the title of the album implies, the idea and the aesthetics of death are very prevalent in Nigredo lyrics. The murderer archetype, Cain, the ritual of infants immolation and the concept of death as a return to a state where all potentials arise from are some of the subjects covered.

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

Nigredo refers to a process of the alchemical Magnum Opus that expresses putrefaction and decomposition. Saturn rules over Nigredo and from my point of view he corresponds to negativity, death and the principle of aggressive disintegration-destruction. The above concepts and thus the name complement the band’s musical and lyrical direction.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

Probably one more person will be added to the line up, for live shows at least.

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

So far, most people’s first impressions of our music are positive. It’s too early though to comment on the general feedback.

9.The mini album was released on Odium Records, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?


The release turned out really good looking and Odium Records is doing a good job with the promotion of the album considering it’s our debut release so yes, I’m satisfied with our collaboration so far




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

We are already working on a lot of new material for our first full length album. Expect more aggressive, more dramatic, more dissonant and more straightforward music, we are pushing our style in every direction.

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?

Pretty much everything we listen to can be considered an influence and we both listen to many different stuff. Drummer Maelstrom listens to a lot more hardcore punk and classic heavy metal than me, for example, while we find a lot of common ground in black and death metal. But if I had to name a few bands that really helped shape our style I would say probably Deathspell Omega and Mayhem.
The last few months I have been obsessed with Negative plane and affiliated acts (Funereal Presence, Occultation, Ominous Ressurection) and I have been listening to a lot of classic Greek black metal like early Rotting Christ, Varathron and Necromantia.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Join the coven
https://www.facebook.com/NigredoGr
https://nigredogr.bandcamp.com
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/nigredo-interview.html


Black Flame Interview

jeudi 26 mars 2015 à 11:56
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Actually we just started the live activity in support of the new album, and we are planning more live dates.

2.You have a new album coming out in the end of March, 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 might sound obvious at this point, but we are very proud of how “The Origin of Fire” sounds, I think more complete and in a certain way more mature than the oldreleases. In the two previous releases “Septem” (2011) and “Imperivm” (2008) we noticed that some aspects of our songwriting were leaving a certain incomplete feeling while listening the songs for a while, like not withstanding completely the test of time. So, for this new release we worked more on the “melodic” aspect of each track, adding more guitar layers and creating more variations, which transformed our sounds in something wider and deeper.

3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
We played many gigs and we faced our first line-up change since the foundation of the Band in 1998, changing a bass player and including the live session guitarist in the permanent line-up, so this took a few time to be properly settled.

4.Your lyrics cover a great amount of Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Black Arts?
Black Flame have always been a Band with a deep and personal lyrical path. All our releases have been always enriched with lyrics inspired by our experiences and our philosophy, and “The Origin of Fire” is no exception in this. The new album is lyrically inspired by the cosmic creations which have been created by humans in order to search for a sort of divine self-elevation: the controversial relationship with Death celebrated through cursed cults forged in fire and blood. This thing could be seen as a direct metaphor of how we live and we conceive this Band : we summon Death and the destruction of all the demiurgic cosmic creations. We chant about instincts, we chant about lust, about fire, about ashes and destruction and our music in the altar upon which we sacrifice our human barriers so we can ride wild and unchained in the sonic realm we create.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Black Flame'?
The Black Flame is the primordial fire, the origin of the realm of the black shadows.

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?
We would always remember the mini-tour we made in Norway in late 2007, while supporting the “Conquering Purity” album. Norway has been always seen as a crucial land for Black Metal, and the bands coming from there have been widely praised and acclaimed, so for us it was a very important moment to bring our music in that land. The response from the audience was positively unexpected in all the gigs and it was a sort of a eye-opener for us, a sort of boost which gave us a big energy and confidence, which at that time resulted in the recording of “Imperivm”.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes, we already have 6/7 gigs planned between Italy and Switzerland and more will come.

8.On the album you had done a cover of Kenneth Anger's "Lucifer Rising", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
Kenneth Anger has always been a controversial figure, and many aspects behind the creation of the soundtrack for “Lucifer Rising” were and still are a mystery. Originally, Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin was recruited for the soundtrack writing and it looks like that some of the parts were completed by Page at the Boleskine House, during his most intense period of involvement in Black Magic practices. However, it looks like that his tracks were never used, and the soundtrack was credited to Bobby Beausoleil, which was a Charles Manson associate and that is serving a lifetime sentence for homicide in prison. This Luciferian cocktail of Occult practices, controversy, drugs, is perfectly captured in the track “Lucifer Rising”, which features some guitar patterns which, in the original version, are unmistakably the touch of Jimmy Page…. even though Bobby Beausoleil was officially credit. Who knows the truth can’t and won’t speak now, and we decided to tribute all this.

9.Also on the new album you had PK of Abigor and Iscariah of Dead to This world quest on a couple of your songs, can you tell us a little bit more about their contributions to the recording?
They are both long time friends, since PK already wrote some music for Black Flame in 2004/5. His contribution in “My Temple of Flesh” and “On the Trail of the Serpent” is exactly a tribute to the ten years of the first collaboration.
I played drums in the Norwegian band Dead To This World from 2008 to 2015, so it was very easy and natural to invite Iscariah for some vocals in the track “On the Trail of the Serpent”. They both had a clear vision of their ideas and the way to make them working in our style, I’m very pleased about the final outcome.

10.Over the years how has the feedback been to your music by fans of both black and death metal?
To be honest, during the years we’ve been more interested to get people attracted to us and develop our personal style, trying to avoid sonic speculations in order to gain more audience.

11.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are a part off?
I’m currently drumming for the cult band Opera IX and for Janvs, while Tiorad is playing guitars for Adversam and our bass player Gnosis is the mainman of Mystical Fullmoon.
All this bands are active and on fire with new albums out or in the process of being released.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We’re not interested in ambitious dreams of fame, I see this band as a constant and sonic expression of our personal paths, so until we will be clear and focused enough to materialize our visions in music, this Band will exist.

13.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?
We listened to so many music that it is really impossible for me to point out at something, and when we write new music we have no other reference but ourselves.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this space and for the interest. Dare yourselves to discover what is “The Origin of Fire” ! Serpens Vigil Est !

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/black-flame-interview.html