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Astarium Interview

mercredi 11 mars 2015 à 06:50
1.      1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project these days?
Astarium feels most powerfully at moment. Preparation of new material and work with records are going constantly. I do everything alone, unfortunately, this fact affects “tempo” of recording. I understand that time is playing not by my side and many musical ideas are remaining still unrealized. It  lashes me to work on the project with the doubled force.

2. In the last year alone you have released an ep, 2 demo's and a single, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Sound becomes better and better, because my "baggage of recording, mixing and mastering" is growing with each new release, like example of that can be my last EP “Nekrocosmo: Demiurge”. But I leave opportunity to make experiments for myself, so for example the demo of "Reverie" was recorded on a dictophone, with all that it implies. Also, at mixing of tracks from single "Chthonian Miasma" I used receptions new for myself.

3. In the earlier years while you still released a good amount of material it has not been as much as the last few years, do you feel you have gotten a lot more dedicated to creating music a lot more over the years?
Astarium is autobiographical project. Many events became decisive for me during some last years. Some of it already found, and some else will find a musical embodiment in future. I don't represent life without music, think, that it will lose meaning.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
The lyrics remains invariable - mysticism, occultism and mights of the nature. However recently I began to pay more attention to cosmic themes.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Astarium'?
In far 2005 I wanted to call my new project - Astaroth , but, having discovered abundance of groups with such name, I had to include imagination. So there was a name - Astarium. Music always comes to mind suddenly. It is senseless to sit and squeeze out something from mind, inspiration - is an unexpected muse. I think that it is something incomprehensible for human brains.

6. With this project you record everything by yourself, have you ever worked with any musicians on other projects?
In 2009 I have recorded vocal for some songs of dark-wave/ambient projects Ultimaratio and Solaris, also took guest part with clear voice for track of Die Entweihung "Sign of the Wolf". Before creation of Astarium I has played the role of guitarist and vocalist in some local bands (end of 90th - beginning of 2000). Now due to the lack of free time, I don't participate in any side projects and try to spend all forces for Astarium.

7. A couple of years back you had released a cassette  where you did Satanic Warmaster, Burzum, Graveland and Evil covers, what was the decision behind during your own version of these tracks?
The idea about creation of this release became unexpected. Simply, I thought how many bands uses phrase “black metal” in the names of tracks… and idea to make minion with cover-versions was born. Tracks were not difficult for pick out and orchestral arrangements were born very easy (it, coming back, to a question about inspiration). I hope that listeners received as much pleasures from this material as I.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
First of all, I play for myself, and that someone else is listened my music, of course pleases me. I receive many messages from listeners from around the world. And it is cool! It is especially pleasant to know that there are people who collect different editions of Astarium’s stuffs.

9. When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
New album will be out on CD to the end of spring in USA and Russia and will become continuation of the “Nekrocosmo” series, begun by last year's EP. Material will represent symphonic black metal, but with small slope to avant-garde. Tracks were created since 2002 till 2014. My plans are: not to recede from the classical black metal tendencies and to find more time and forces for works in ambient genre.

10. 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?
About influences, I don't know what to say… May be ambient Ildjarn (!!!???). Last year I’ve listened some materials of Rostorchester, Grausamkeit and Hruodolf, I like this hordes. Also bands for ages are Burzum, Darkthrone, Abigor, Kataxu, Nokturnal Mortum, Graveland, Absurd, Eisenwinter.

11. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
I can call myself Satanist because my phylosophy is directly tied with my ego. I very respectfully refer to forces of nature. About occultism I can tell just one, that very high-powered preparation is needed for understanding essence of it. It is true, both from the point of view of knowledge, and from the moral point of view.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for interesting questions! Keep your black flame with honor! Stay metal!

Best regards, SiN

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Massenhinrichtung/Zakon zbroi/Darker Than Black Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 11 mars 2015 à 06:30

  Massenhinrichtung  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Zakon  zbroi"  which  will  be  released  by  Darker  Than  Black  Records.

   A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  epic  synth  starts  off  the  album  bringing  in  a  neo-classical  feeling  and  after  the  intro  melodic  guitar  leads,  atmospheric  sounds  and  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  few  deep  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  death  metal  growls  while  some  of  the  epic  parts  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  the  mid  90's  and  early  200's  era  of  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  angry  shouting  vocals  and  acoustic  guitars.  

  Massenhinrichtung  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  can  be  very  raw  at  times  while  also  melodic,  nationalistic,  atmospheric  and  epic  all  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  adding  a  touch  of  classical,  folk  and  death  metal  into  the  musical  style  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  album,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  their  native  tongue  and  English  and  cover  death, darkness,  irreligious,  patriotism,  history  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Massenhinrichtung  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dawn  Upon  The  Bug  River"  "The  Blizzard"  and  "The  Winter  Of  Belarusian  Lands".  8  out  of  10.    

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Skygge/Antiqua Ignis/Immortal Frost Productions/2015 CD Review

mercredi 11 mars 2015 à 04:53

  Skygge  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Antiqua  Ignis"  which  was  released  by  Immortal  Frost  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats,  high  pitched  screams which  also  bring  a  lot  of  anger  onto  the  recording  and  an  evil  atmosphere  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  also  bring  back  some  of  the  early  to  mid  90's  feeling  of  Norwegian  black  metal.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  coming  out  of  the  fast  tremolo  picking  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  being  utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the songs  sound  a  lot  more  raw,  darker  and  evil  than  most  of  their  fellow  countrymen  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  some  first  wave  black  metal  elements  being  mixed  in  with  the  second  wave  influence  at  times.while  a  alter  track  also b rings  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic,  ritualistic  chants  and  there  is  never  a  soft  or  weak  moment  to  be  heard  in  any  of  the  songs

  Skygge  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  brings  in  an  influence  from  the  early  90's  bands  while  also  being  very  atmospheric  with  traditional  instruments  alone  and  also  having  a  very  dark  and  evil  feeling  from beginning  to  end,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  which  are  mostly  written  in  Norwegian  along  with  a  few  in  English  cover  the  death  of  the  old  and  creating  ones  new  self  through  the  ancient  primordial  fires  of  Hecate  and  Lucifer.

  In  my  opinion  Skygge  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Antiqua Ignis"  "Draconis  Serpentis"  "Necro  Attitude"  and  "Skyggen".  8  out  of  10.             

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Deheubarth/Darkwinter Possession/Ulthar Records/2015 Demo Review

mercredi 11 mars 2015 à 03:34

  Deheubarth  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw,  atmospheric  black  metal  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  demo  "Darkwinter  Possession"  which  will  be  released  on  March  20th  by  Ulthar  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  can  also  be  very  depressive  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  slows  down  and  adds  in  doom  metal  influences  and  deep  growls  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  songs  along  with  some  sludge  style  screams  and  both  the  black  and  doom  metal  elements  go  back  to  the  early  90's  along  with  the  leads  bringing  in  some  of  the  u.k  doom/death  metal  sound  of  that  era  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  do  a  cover  of  Emperor's  "Wrath  Of  the  Tyrant"  before  closing  the  demo  with  one  of  their  own  tracks.

  Deheubarth  go  back  to  the  early  90's  styles  of  raw  black  metal  and  doom/death  metal  and  mix  them  together  with  a  touch  of  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  side  of  black  metal  and  a  touch  of  sludge  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  Cambria  and  the  spirit  of  the  Brythons.

  In  my  opinion  Deheubarth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  mixture  of  black  and  doom/death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Possesses  As  I  Sleep"  and  "Weakling/Malignerer".  8  out  of  10.



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Half Visible Presence Interview

mercredi 11 mars 2015 à 01:04

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
>> Half Visible Presence is my solo project, created because I had a track that didn’t fit in Israthoum musically. I liked the song too much not to use it, so I had no other choice then to create a new project.

2.So far you have been a part of 2 splits, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
>> You are mistaken. There is only one split EP. For this split there was also made a promo version containing also the split EP Israthoum / Chalice of Blood. Two splits on one promo, that’s all.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with this musical project?
>> Death, from the perspective of a devotee of the Left Hand Path.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Half Visible presence'?
>> The name was created by Carl Michael/Czral. It was supposed to be the title of the 2nd Ved Buens Ende album, that unfortunately never came to be. I don’t really know what his idea behind the title was, and I actually don’t want to either. I rather just speculate on it. But he is aware of the fact that I am using this moniker, he gave permission for it.
The meaning I personally gave to it is Death actually, an ubiquitous horrid entity that isn’t always as perceptible if one does not dare to look…

5.With this project you record everything solo but have also been a member of a few bands that have full line ups, how would you compare the 2?
>> Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages. At the end – if I had to choose - I rather play along with other devoted people in a band as it’s usually more dynamic like that. But for HVP it didn’t make sense to involve other people as I had already made all the elements by myself. Besides, it has been quite a positive experience working on my own. I just had to try out that modus operandi as well.

6.In 2014 you where a part of 2 split's, can you tell us a little bit more about the other bands that have participated on these recordings?
>> Again, there is only one split: Half Visible Presence / Monte Penumbra. The latter is a project of one of my best and oldest friends, W.uR, who also is part of Israthoum. It is a very unique band with a very dense dark vibe. To make this split with Monte Penumbra was the best and only thing to do. Besides being awesome and utterly obscure, Monte Penumbra’s song “One is the Alignment of Shrines” has a very laden personal dimension as well. Nothing was left to chance on this split EP.

7.The recent split was released on Duplicate Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
>> We sent out a promo to two labels. Duplicate was the first to respond and immediately signed us for a deal, which was great. It is a humble little label with some great bands actually (Virus, Execration, Ritual Chamber…)

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of both black metal and funeral doom?
>> Only time can tell. But who cares really? Feedback mostly comes from reviews made by people who have never even played a single note and only know how to criticize cowardly behind their rancid desks while eating pizza. I am more interested in the opinions of individuals/bands I respect, and those have been pretty overwhelming.

9.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that you are a part off?
>> Israthoum is as always casting its shadows unto the scene, nowadays with a MCD/MLP to be released very soon. We also just released the aforementioned split with Chalice of Blood by the way.
I’m currently also preparing the drums for the next full-length album of Blutvial.

10.When can we expect a full length album and where do you see this project heading into musically during the future?
>> A full-length is not in the planning. However I am going to release another EP of at least two songs. Working on it as we speak! I believe this release will include some interesting collaborations (which I won’t reveal just yet)!

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?
>> Old Death Metal, old Doom… Also Angst Skvadron is a great trip!

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
>> Satanism, occultism and Death worship are all part of the same equation. That’s what Half Visible Presence is all about. My views on it are reflected in the lyrics so just get the EP and read ‘em!

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
>> Thanks for the interview.
Death is among us...

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