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Vox Lvciferi Interview

jeudi 15 mars 2018 à 21:30

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

Vox Lvciferi is a one-man black metal-project created by Osgilliath. The band explores the darker realms of the human mind by utilizing the tools of both new and old bands in the genre, plus putting in an experimental nerve.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The debut EP ”Ov Lacerated Soil” (released digitally on the 25th of February 2018) has a pretty dark and atmospheric soundscape with few strains of light extinguished as quickly as they arise. To accompany it is a massive sound with a lot of attention to detail in the instrumentation and well-thought out compositions.

You can hear both references to older records, as well as more recent black metal-bands along the way.

3.You label your music as 'ritualistic misanthropic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Well, it comes from the main subjects of the band which eventually ends up forming a straight line.

The ritualistic part is mainly evident in the whole atmosphere of the project while the misanthropic parts are examined in the lyrics. These two form a unity, which plays into the philosophy of the project. Which is rising above all as a human, through the dark forces and using destructive tactics.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explored on the ep?

Mainly the violent thoughts that exists in our minds. Desperation, anger, hatred and hopelessness are all prevalent in the record. The wish to call upon the dark powers to rid the world of mankind would be the the evolution of it. And the final stage is prevailing over both yourself and everything around you.

5.On of the tracks dealt with 'Sumerian Mythology', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?

I’ve always had an interest in history and religion. I remember even as a child, my parents would read Greek mythology to me for instance. I kind of lost it though for a while due to other things taking up my interest, but discovering black metal actually brought back that interest and made me read up on a lot of the deities and spirits mentioned to get a grasp of the power behind these enchanted words mentioned in the lyrics.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vox Lvciferi’?

Vox Lvciferi is translated to ”the Voice of Lucifer” in latin. As Lucifer is known as the Light Bringer (from Lux Ferre) it also spins the idea of him as a knowledge-bringer, due to the gift of fire to man which, in a lot of ancient mythology and scientific theory, is where man started evolving in technology. Therefore it can be understood as a voice of reason.

The writing of the name also symbolizes the new and the old, by using the stone carved V for ”u” in older latin, and the newer V in latin writing.

7.On the ep, you recorded everything by yourself, have you ever worked with any other musicians in past bands or projects?

I used to play in a lot of bands in my younger days, but the last couple of years I’ve mainly been a live musician for different projects. I used to do live-bass for Foghorn Lonesome and Nekrodelirium, and nowadays I provide live guitars for Mist of Misery.

8.Currently you are unsigned, you are looking for a label or have received any interest?

That is for the future to decide since it is unwritten, but always open for listening to offers regarding a record label. So far I will continue on being independent, but the door is wide open for other options.

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

It has mainly been very positive and if not, people are at least interested in hearing more due to them noticing potential in this project.

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

Currently writing on a full length album and almost getting done with a concept and the skeleton to at least half of the songs.

As Vox Lvciferis idea is to always evolve and try new musical horizons, the future releases will always use foreign ideas not used before in the project and always build on the existing fundament.

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?

It is different stuff and I mainly like to listen to records in their entirety to draw inspiration. For the EP ”Ov Lacerated Soil” I drew heavily from Abigor, old school Tiamat (especially the ”Clouds”-record), Head of the Demon, Tsjuder, Craft and Nightbringer.

I listen to a lot of different music from time to time, whatever I feel like for the moment. But lately I’ve managed to crawl out of my little Summoning-period and been listening to black metal-records from the late 90s. Among them Nagelfar - Hünengrab im Herbst, Dawn - Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy) and Diabolical Masquerade - Nightwork. And to wind off from black metal; some older Paradise Lost and Death in June.

12.Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in philosophical Satanism?

I started reading up on it in my later teens, as mentioned earlier, and found more and more truths into becoming the person I really am. The satanic ideas don’t find you, but you find them yourself and delve deeper into it. For me it has not always been about the spiritual part or even the religious part, but also the virtues that it has. Hence it led me to reading a lot of Nietzsche alongside Crowley and grimoires and finding out even more about who I really am. Once there I really found the right path for me and the will to change into my ultimate self.

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

I would firstly like to thank you for this great interview, and would add that the debut EP ”Ov Lacerated Soil” is up on both bandcamp and youtube.



Vox Lvciferi

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L' Homme Absurde/Sleepless/Soundage Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 14 mars 2018 à 20:01

  L' Homme  Absurde  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  album  "Sleepless"  which  will  be  released  on  March  26th  by  Soundage  Productions.

 Heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  also  speeding  up  and  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  black  metal screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  clean  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  bring  in  elements  of  post  rock  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts, a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  touches  of  metalcore  and  hardcore  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the music  and  as  the  album  progresses a   brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.

  L' Homme  Absurde  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  style  of  post  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  more  hardcore  and  metalcore  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  alienation  and  the  search  for  our  own  identity.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  L'  Homme  Absurde  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cleansing  The  Temple"  "Moments  In  Coma"  and  "Carriers".  8  out  of  10. 


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Draugr/Dimensions Of Hades/Iron Bonehead Productions/2017 Cassette Review

mercredi 14 mars 2018 à 05:24

  Draugr  are  a  duo  from Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  occult  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  "Dimensions  Of  Hades"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  very  raw  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  demo  progresses  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Draugr  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  second  wave  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Necromancy,  Anti  Christian,  Norse  and  Greek  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Draugr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  Goat  Mayhem"  and  "Necromantic  Fortress".  8  out  of  10. 



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Christophobia/Antigogma/2018 Single Review

mercredi 14 mars 2018 à 02:53

  Christophobia  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  an  anti  Christian  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  single  "Antidogma".

  A  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  song  along  with  some  black  metal screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  song  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.

  Christophobia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while t he  lyrics  cover  anti  Christianity  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Christophobia  are  a  very  great  sounding  anti  Christian  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single. 

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Vorkuta Interview

mercredi 14 mars 2018 à 02:38
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Blizzard: Hails! We just released an anthology entitled ‘...Where Still Darkness Dwells’ on CD and tape this month, in order to commemorate the 15th anniversary of our existence. At the same time, however, it is also our return from the shadows after a 10-years hiatus.

2.For those that have yet to hear the music, how would you describe your musical sound?

Blizzard: Vorkuta has always been a formation loyal to its own and the genre’s roots. Therefore, tradition is an utterly important cornerstone in our way of thinking but on the other hand, especially on our later materials, I think Vorkuta have always had its own voice and understanding of Black Metal as well. To sum up, Vorkuta plays pure and traditional Black Metal, sometimes atmospheric, sometimes more direct but in general, has a dark and hopeless soundscape.

Inmar:  Our harsh, rasping sound envisions monochromatic scenery. We use very, very simple riffs and themes, with a particular focus on the atmosphere. Sad and sombre melodies are articulated, often in long musical sequences.

3.Since 2008 there has been no music released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Blizzard: Well, we have been really active with Vorkuta in the period between 2003 and 2008, and I personally didn’t stop until a good while because I was also busy doing my other band called Drünken Bastards until around 2010–2011.(M.B. Hellspike was a member there as well but left the band short after our first album was released in 2007.) Since then,even though none of us pursued any musical activity, we followed the scene from a distance. Nonetheless, now we just felt the malicious urge to bring back our creature from the dead.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

Blizzard: Vorkuta’s lyrical realmwas always based on personal topics, primarilystemming from the dark side of the soul: triumphant visions, hidden lores, and nostalgic moods.

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

Blizzard: Vorkuta is a remote town by the Northern Ural Mountains,where one of the most terrific Sovietdeath camps (called Vorkutlag) was located; according to historians, several million people have been killed there. A dark and haunted place in terms of its history, whereas in real life, a really depressing place to live in.

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?

Blizzard: Vorkuta never performed live, and I am not sure it ever will...

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

Blizzard: We have no plans like that.

8.Recently you have released a compilation, can you tell us a little bit more about the album?

Blizzard: As mentioned above, ‘...Where Still Darkness Dwells’ is an anthology, a selection of the most important Vorkuta tracks released in the 2003–2008 period. Some of those releases have been very limited and long sold-out. Thus, in terms of our return,we thought making such a compilation would be the best step – as a result, ‘...Where Still Darkness Dwells’ was born. First and foremost, it contains our very first demo entitled ‘...Where Only Darkness Dwells’ in its entirety,along with several other dark hymns from different split materials, remastered by Winterlord Rabenaas of Witchcraft fame, exclusively for this compilation.
The CD version was released by Metal Ör Die Records with an 8-pages booklet that contains photos, articles and liner notesnever seenbefore. Concerning the subsequent tape version, it was released by Fekete Terror Productions, with a 4-panels J-card and an exclusive outer slipcase.Both versions turned out to be fantastic; the design is just as dark as the music. Real Black Metal.

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

Blizzard: Vorkuta isn’t the most overrated band for sure, however, it is a quite respected one based on the feedbacks that reach us. This makes us proud of course, but at the same time we still don’t think it’s that important what others say, since we do it predominantly for ourselves.

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

Blizzard: We follow our own way, there won’t be significant changes. Vorkuta is, and always will be, a Black Metal band. We plan to release our second album this year.

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?

Blizzard: I listen to my childhood faves, all forms of oldschool Metal. Our most profound influence is probably Darkthrone.

Inmar:  We do listen to a lot of Metal bands, including Black Metal of course, but nowadays – at this distance of time – I have to say my influences weren’t only these bands. For instance Dead Can Dance’s decadent ‘Spleen’that I discovered at that time, or The Cure’s three albums they did with Simon Gallup, especially ‘Pornography’ – along with a lot of non-Metal musical formations including classical composers.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

Blizzard: I never really cared about it. I see life, existence and the whole cosmos in a dual way. There are evil and good forces around us but I cannot link these to Satan or God. I am myself a believer but not in terms of Satan or God. I rather believe in my own God. It is such an ignorant thing not to accept higher forces than men. However, I have always been fascinated with folklore as well(especially the dark side of it), and there you can find the same kind of duality, for example the devil’s character who isn’t always necessary evil. 

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

Blizzard: ‘...Where Still Darkness Dwells’ CDs, tapes and T-shirts can be ordered, either directly from the band or from our labels. Currently we are composing new hymns of darkness for our follow-up second album;even I am curious about what we can come up with after 10 years of silence. In addition, we also plan to re-release our first album entitled ‘Into the Chasms of Lunacy’ from 2007.
Thanks for the interview! Hail Darkness!

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