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Mist Of Misery Interview

mardi 22 septembre 2015 à 09:06
Interview with Phlegathon, guitar player of Mist of Misery:

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Mist of Misery was formed in 2010 in Jakobsberg, a northern suburb in Stockholm.  The music focuses primarily on creating a dark, depressive and melancholic atmosphere. The listener is supposed to enter a kind of meditative state while listening to Mist of Misery. This is of course equally reflected in the lyrics as well. They are written to fit the musical landscape we are trying to portray. The lyrics deal with a variety of different subjects ranging from descriptions of nature, negative emotions in general and some different perspectives of outlooks upon life. The music tends to be repetitive, quite often slow but not always and we involve a lot of orchestration combined with melody mixed with traditional DSBM influences.

 2.A year ago you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The sound was represented well for that time. It was a closing chapter for the “old” Mist of Misery you could say. We are proud of that EP, but it is nowhere near of what we are capable of. The new full length album we are working on right now (and have been for quite some time) will be….different to say the least. I will speak more of that later in this interview. But all in all, I think the EP represented us quite well. It is moody, melancholic and repetitive, everything a Mist of Misery recording should be.

3.The band has been around since 2010 but waited until 2014 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?
Wrong. I joined the band in 2011, but Mist of Misery had released several independent releases before that. Some of them were old recordings of the songs featured on our latest release “Temple of Stilled Voices” which you referred to. On another note, Temple of Stilled Voices was released in 2013 actually, but only in digital format. It was released in physical format this year of 2015.
Now, regarding the first 4 years… I cannot tell you much about the very first year, since I was not part of the band back then, but I know that several shows were performed, one in Umeå I believe and several in Stockholm and as I mentioned earlier, several releases were made during the first 1-2 years. Among others they featured early versions of Bleak Autumn, Temple of Stilled Voices and Windows Mirror Image. When I joined the band in 2011 everyone basically left except for Mortuz Denatus. We wrote pretty much all the material for the full length album that we are recording now during a considerably short period of time and more songs that will be on the album after that. We have been re-recording our full length album at least 5 times since 2011 (yes, while we were also working on our EP  “Templed of Stilled Voices” simultaneously) and have finally come to the conclusion to keep most of the tracks we have recorded now and finish the entire process by the end of this year. Hopefully we will see a release quite shortly after that. We also performed several shows during those years that you mentioned. All of them where in our hometown of Stockholm.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Well that question was more or less answered in an earlier stage of this interview, but I guess I could elaborate a bit. Natural descriptions such as describing autumn landscapes or mists are a common theme at least among our older songs. The newer lyrics focuses perhaps more on philosophical topics but described in a typical Mist of Misery fashion. We also have one song that is inspired by the Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien originally enough, hehe…
The general themes however in most of Mist of Misery’s lyrics are depression, darkness, melancholy and hopelessness. Although speaking for myself, I cannot help but to throw in a glimpse of optimism in the lyrics I write. If I didn’t, I would go mad with negativity.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mist Of Misery'?
You would have to ask Mortuz about that. He came up with the name. Although I do know for a fact that he conceived it during a rather… inebriated state. That does not make it without meaning however. I have my own interpretation of what the name stands for, but to find out the original idea behind the name, you should ask him.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you willing to work with a full band again or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We would like to have a full band I would say. We have tried, but this is not really the band that people stick with for some reason… I like working with Mortuz, but I would not mind at all working with a full say 6 piece band. That would exciting. The only problem is that you have to work with dedicated people that are willing to stay through the tough and demanding times, which very few people are willing to do unfortunately. We hire session members for every live performance and they are usually replaced when each new gig comes up.
Long story short: We would like to work with a full band, but we just have not found people that are dedicated enough yet. You never know for the future… but no matter what happens, I think me and Mortuz Denatus will remain the main driving forces behind Mist of Misery.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The latest gig we had in June was quite special to me at least. It was by far the tightest we ever played and it was fun to play a lot of newer songs. We had some technical problems and our session bass player was….disappointed to say the least. We were also supposed to film and record that gig, but things did not get handled that well, let’s put it that way. But as for the atmosphere, and the people who appreciated it, it was a fine gig for me.
Our onstage performances are not like your typical extreme metal show. Our music is often quite slow and repetitive and it is not really meant for excessive head banging, moshing etc.  We focus rather on delivering the songs the way they are supposed to be delivered: With feeling, tension and lots of epic vibes in general.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Touring? No, not at the moment. Shows and everything is in the planning process, but we really feel the need to complete our full length album before any extensive amount of live-performance can be made. We something more to promote than just our latest EP. We are not completely closed at the moment with regarding to do a show or 2 before the album is released. That more or less depends on finding the right people that are willing to follow through with it. Time will tell.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I’m glad you asked. We have received 2 very interesting offers from 2 promising record labels. One of them we have pretty much decided that they we will be working with them for promotional purposes when our full length album comes out. Of course I can’t tell you what label, but you will see….

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
From the people that I’ve been in contact with, either through promotional means or personally the reception has been 99 % good. Around 10 reviews have been done for the Temple of Stilled Voices EP and none of them have been negative. That to me is not necessarily only a good sign.  A true sign that you are doing something good is that you have haters, people who dislike what you are doing. I’m not complaining though, I’m glad that people seem to like it which it is healthy for the band.

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 of?
Mortuz Denatus is the founder and owner of Studio Forlorn Halls, the studio that we record in. That takes up a lot of his time and he is doing everything from fixing drums to other bands, mixing in general, mastering other bands and doing his own stuff of course in that studio obviously. He is also in a band called Soliloquim. I believe they are about to release their second EP, or full length album at the moment.
I am also in another band called Hyperion. Our debut album has been recorded and is currently being mixed by a guy called Sverker Widgren who is the owner of Wing Studios. The artwork is completed and everything. We’re basically just waiting for him to finish the album and we are writing some new music as well. I also do some melodic electronic music with a friend of mine, but that is more of a fun project.

12.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Yes, you can expect a full length album for sure. The time it has taken is beyond all criticism, but rest assured: We WILL complete this album. You just wait and see. This album is….different than the previous Mist of Misery releases. It is more mature, complex and way more symphonic. I think some listeners might be surprised by it, but we still maintain the foundation of Mist of Misery. You can definitely hear that we are the same band as before. It sounds like Mist of Misery, but greatly improved and on a whole new level
I see the band basically including more symphonic elements in the future and expanding the bounds of atmosphere and beauty. It is going to be very interesting.

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?
Musical inspiration for Mist of Misery ranges across a variety of different artists. I guess some important names are Thy Light, Coldworld, Gorgoroth, Mayhem, Dissection, Vangelis and Hans Zimmer. But it is not really consciously that these artists influence us. We combine Depressive Black Metal with I guess traditional sounding Black Metal, but we also mix a lot of classical newer symphonic music with it as well.
Me, personally I listen to a lot of 80:s hard rock and metal. At the moment I can’t stop listening to WASP and Magnum, but I am in love with lots of different genres of music.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in any way. Your actions mean the world to us. I would also like everyone to keep an ear out when the full length album is released and listen to it with an open mind. Thank you for the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/mist-of-misery-interview.html


Panzergod/Deathshrouds Bestowed/ExileMusick/2015 Cassette Review

vendredi 18 septembre 2015 à 09:30

  Panzergod  are  a  band  from  Oregon that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  cassette  "Deathshrouds  Bestowed"  which  was  released  by  Exile  Musick.

  A  very  raw  and  fast  old  school  black  metal sounds  start  of  the   recording  along  with  a  great amount  of  blast  beats  and  a few  seconds  deep  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  get  very  high  pitched  screams  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  melodies  can  be  hear d in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  the  solos  and  leads  can  also  be  very  melodic  when  they  are  utilized and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  death  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Panzergod  creates  another  black  metal  album  that  continues  the  true  second  wave  tradition  of  the  style  while  also  bringing  in  more  melodies  this  time  around  and  the  whole  album  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemous  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Panzergod  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deathshrouds  Bestowed"  "Broken  Pile  Of  Flesh"  and  "Rites  Of  Walpurgisnacht".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/panzergoddeathshrouds.html


In League With Satan/Self Titled/Merdumgiriz/2015 Cassette Re-Issue Review

vendredi 18 septembre 2015 à 07:14

  In  League  With  Satan  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  experimental   black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2009  album  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A  very  raw  and  noisy  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the album  along  with  some  grim  screams,  goat  sounds,  programmed  blast  beats  and  chaotic  guitar  leads  and  elements  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  can  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Deep  guttural  growls  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  music  can  be  very  experimental   at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses drones  can  be  heard  in  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  with   the  melodic  riffs  and  most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's.

  In  League  With  Satan  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  but  also  gets  more  experimental  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of grindcore  and  death  metal  to  create  a  style   of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemy,  Anti  Christianity,  Darkness  and  War  themes,

  In  my  opinion  In  League  With  Satan  are a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan   of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goddess  Of  Bestial  Lust"  "Fetid  Heresy"  and  "Daughter  Of  The  Ancient Ones".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/in-league-with-satanself.html


Abandoned By Light/To Walk The World Of Shadows, Surrounded By Dead Trees/Black Lion Productions/2015 Full Length Review

jeudi 17 septembre 2015 à 06:58

  Abandoned  By  Light are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "To Walk The World Of Shadows, Surrounded By Dead Trees"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Dark  sound effects start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tortured  spoken word  parts  and  a  few  seconds  alter  heavy  guitar  riffs  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  programmed  drum  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  grim  depressive  black  metal  screams  making  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing   while  some  of  the  riffs  can  also  be  very  dark  and  melodic  at  times  and  the  music  sticks  mostly  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  also being  very  raw  and  atmospheric  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  programmed  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  when  solos  and  leads  ar e utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  depressive  black   metal.

  With this  recording  Abandoned  By  Light  remain  true  to  the  raw  and  depressive  style of  black  metal t hat  was  established  on  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  in  more  melody  as  well  as  showing  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  growth  as  musician's,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  love,  depression,  loneliness  and  hatred.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abandoned  By  Light  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadow  Clad  memories  Of  Sorrow"  "To  Fade  Through  Twilight  Smoke  Into  Ashes"  and  "Spectres  Of  Dust".  8  out  of  10.  

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/abandoned-by-lightto-walk-world-of.html


Bukavac/All That Is Of The Earth/Black Lion Productions/2015 Full LengthReview

mercredi 16 septembre 2015 à 09:02

 Bukavac  are a  solo  project  from  North Dakota  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "All That Is Of The Earth"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  starts  to  get  heavy  and  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  to  the  recording  and  the  music  can  also  get  very  avant  garde  at  times.

  Some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilize  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced musical  direction  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  track  also  brings  in  an  exotic  sounding  classical  guitar  and  spoken  word  parts which   also  return  briefly  on  a  later  track.

  As  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  clean  playing  can  also be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of t he  heavier  parts  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  dsbm  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  it  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  raw  guitar  riffs  and  the  last  track  brings  in  quest  vocals  from  Kathmul  of  Abandoned  By  Light..

  Bukavac  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  original  and mixes  in  some  avant  garde  and  progressive  elements  as  well  as  a  touch  of  doom  and  death  metal  to  create  his  own  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature, paganism  and  metaphysical  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Bukavac  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Od  Crows  And  Owls"  "Sons  of  Gia"  "Tundra  Wookie"  and  "Into  the  Abyss".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/bukavacall-that-is-of-earthblack-lion.html