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Cave Dweller/Chaos Part I:The Night MareBlackwood Productions/2015 CD Review/

mercredi 6 janvier 2016 à 00:27
Cave  Dweller  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal with  touches  of  ambient  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Chaos Part I:The Night Mare"  which  was  released  by  Blackwood  Productions.

  Water  drop  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and melodic  guitars  a  few  seconds  and  after  a  minute  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  which  also  leads  to  the  music  speeding  up  and  also  introducing  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  onto the  recording.

  Synths  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 

  At  times  the  vocals  can  be  very  depressive  and  high  pitched and  some  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  you  can  also  hear  the  atmosphere  of  ambient  also  being  mixed  in  with  black  metal  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while some  riffs  also  bring  in  the  darkness  of  90's  doom  metal  along  with  growls  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  side  of  black  metal.

  Cave  Dweller  plays  a  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  a  bit  of  the  90's  doom/death  metal  sound  as  well  as  a  touch  of  ambient  and  noise,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Cave  Dweller  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  doom/death  with  a  touch  of  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Interrupt"  "Lost  In  The  Murk"  and  "The  Night  Mare".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/cave-dwellerchaos-part-ithe-night.html


Styggelse Interview

mardi 5 janvier 2016 à 22:39
> 1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?


Larsson: We just released a 3-way split with Wan and Curse which we were really fucking satisfied with. Not only with our own material but with the whole constellation, a good mix of bands. All original in their own way so you actually get 3 different bands. This split will be interesting for a lot of people i think. New blood.
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> 2.In 2015 you had an an ep and a split, how would you describe the musical sound of your newer material?

L: Always hard putting music into words, but lets see.
We have combined many elements, we're aiming for a straight forward music that is pretty necro in its foundation, but still with small melodic inputs.
You may hear that we are highly influenced by these old & great pioneers within extreme metal, we like it raw and live, but hard and tight!
Lets just say we are influenced by both black, trash and with some parts heavy metal, even extreme-punk. All these are of course very similar.
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> 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored over the years?
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L: We have been around for like 11 years so the topics have been very varied.
In the beginning it was just a lot of "new beginners" topics, nothing very well thought thru.
But very soon we started digging around, taking our personal thoughts and feelings to another level and putting them on paper.
We have always tried to keep both our feet on the ground with the lyrics, something that people can relate to and maybe understand, not always accept of course, but we're not aiming for acceptance either.
For example, we can take the track "Stay true to satan for eternity", it might sound like a high-school title, but if you read or listen to the lyrics you might understand that this is a song about brother and sisterhood, about not giving up on your principles , not give in to money and fame.
Don't trade your values in life for these shit-things the society is offering.
Money,  security, "Moral duties" as they call it, a collective thinking or whatever. In general its all BULLSHIT.

> 4.I know that the band name means 'Abomination' in Swedish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

L: The name fits us well. Its just another word for outsider, lawbreaker, destroying traditions and disobeying the masters. Of course, we don't try to do this just because we are a bunch of teenagers, rebelling.
We are grown up guys that just don't give a shit what people think. Its in our nature and we have gladly passed the point of no return a long time ago.
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> 5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

L: Chaotic, but still performing the best we can!
If i think all of our gigs have been crazy at some level, and both carries good and less good memories.
I'll give you some examples;
Cops kicked in the door and razzia the shit out of the club, every paying guest were searched and interviewed, all the bands were put backstage were we got drunk as fuck being filmed by the cops!
Small ones would be, bassplayer making the restroom his stage, guitarist getting his head beaten by falling amplifiers, being on the road in germany and denmark, drunk as fuck of course, playing with another 10 punkbands in one night, our gig being at 7.15 pm with the whole punk audience completely drunk and chaotic.
There are a thousand of memories. But you have to understand that the bonds between the members in STYGGELSE are very tight, we hang out a lot and not only do we have memories about the gigs, but much more in life. Equally or worse chaotic.

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> 6.Do you have any touring plans for 2016?

L: We are right now in contact with several festivals. But a Tour right now, is not on our list. Even though we like to do one.
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> 7.Recently you have been a part of a split with 'Curse" and 'Wan', what are your thoughts on the other bands that had participated on the split?
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L: Great fucking bands and both original in their own way. As i said earlier in the interview.
All three bands all play the same kind of music but all three are very, very different. Which makes this a great split.

> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

L: Some give us great credits while other think its not enough metal in the music. But we have always done things in our own way, disregarding peoples opinions about it.
But in general the response is great, receiving both mails and comments about when the next full-length is coming.
But right now we're looking for a new label, so we actually don't know exactly when its going to be released.
we are currently working on the new material.
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> 9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the other band members are involved with?

L: I cant really say whats going on with the bands because i don't really know for sure. But here are some of the names and you can check it out yourself. Snakeskin Angels, Stormdeath, Swedenborg, Blodlust
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> 10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

L: We’re working on a new full length album as we are currently looking for a label.
I think this full-length is gonna be the best we ever made, its gonna be even more metal, the lyrics are even more worked with as are every single song.
The direction is so much more clear now then it ever has been.
If you like what you heard on the split you will not be disappointed.
Its gonna be fucking hell!
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> 11.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?
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L: I think every member has its own list of bands and musicians being an influence on each and one of us.
But i think there has always been three bands that has been the general influence on this band, Bathory, Venom and Motörhead.
I can only speak for myself, but music that is playing in my home a lot right now is some metal from the states like Midnight, Poison Idea. Also some Nwobhm, Black metal both 1 and 2 wave. Destroyer 666, Primordial, D-beat music in general (old Swedish) and a lot of other bands.
The list is fucking eternal now when i think about it.

> 12.How would you describe your views on Satanism, Luciferian, and Occultism?
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L: We don't.
If you asked every single member of this band you would get a different answer like you would with any other person in the whole world.
These subjects are one of many things in this world that can not be answered as a collective. Neither should it.


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


Thanks to You and to all the great fuckers that like our music, we appreciate it!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/styggelse-interview.html


Fifth To Infinity Interview

lundi 4 janvier 2016 à 23:25
    1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Fifth to Infinity is a process. A voyage of never ending exploration. The musical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of our work have always been equally important. This is where we channel the darkest within us and bleed out the wounds of past and present. A metaphysical temple where we craft only in the sincerest of fires. Through these principals and through absolute devotion, we sound our magick. We heal and we transcend.

    2.How would you describe your musical sound?
2. Dark. Cold. Ethereal.

    3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
3.  We got stuck in a legal situation back in 2001 where our only option at that time was to disband. The reason for our reformation is the ever intensifying calling of the beyond.

    4.The band reformed in 2007, but waited until 2016 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long delay?
4. We did not choose to wait, of course, but yet once more there was another legal situation leading to the delay.

    5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
5. Existentialism. The metaphysical. The psychological and spiritual experience of being.

    6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fifth To infinity'?
6. The name Fifth to Infinity comes from lyrics that I wrote back in 97, originally written in swedish (Femte till Oändlighet). It is based around the path of the pentagram and the evolutionary journey of the soul.

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

7. Fifth to Infinity has never played live for anyone, yet.

    8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is released?
8. Nothing as of now. But who knows what the future has in store.

    9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and darker forms of metal?
9. I'm happy to say that the response has been superb so far.

    10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. Where ever the beyond calls us.

    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?
11. We are all music lovers and we'd never limit ourselves to anything. Aside from Death and Black metal.. I'd say that classic, world music, chants and mantras has had a deep inpact on our sound.

    12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
12. Yes, it is essential to our work. It is a main drive factor.

    13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13. Anything mind and soul expanding.. nature, arts and philosophy.

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


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/fifth-to-infinity-interview.html


Cryostasium/Alternative Funeral/Satanath Records/2013CD Review

lundi 4 janvier 2016 à 10:42

  This  is  a  review  of  another  album  from  Cryostasium  which  is  more  of  a depressive  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  this  time  around  with the  album  being  released  in  2013  by  Satanath  Reords  and  called  "Alternative  Funeral".

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with some  melodic  riffing  and  ambient  style  synths  and  after  a  minute  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  added  into the music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  great  majority  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  distorted  and  melodic  sounding  and  the  synths  also  bring  in  a  very  haunting  atmosphere  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  psychedelic  elements  and  there  are  also  a  great  amount  of  instrumental  tracks  present  throughout  the  recording  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  yet  dark  musical  direction  while  their  is  a  brief  use  of  fast  riffing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  With  this  recording  Cryostasium  played  more  of  an  ambient  style  of  black  metal  that  also  has  its  depressive moments  while  also  getting very  experimental  and  psychedelic  at  times  and  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cryostasium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter"  "Recluse"  and  "5/13".  8  out  of  10.    

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/cryostasiumalternative-funeralsatanath.html


Vrag Interview

lundi 4 janvier 2016 à 08:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Vrag has been always in me, the idea of the project was born more than 15 years ago, but I waited until 2010 that the first songs to embody. Today I think it was a good choice, earlier I would surely released things, whereon - I’m afraid - I no longer would be too proud. My aim was already in the beginning, to write songs all alone, I did not want nobody around me, for several years I played in bands, fed up with it, and still today I do not feel to play music with other people, maximum as assistant. From the music so much, my greatest influence was always Burzum, I think with it everything is said. Vikernes is still one of the exemplar, not only in music, but also in ideology!

2.You have released a good amount of material during the first 4 years, do you feel you have put a great amount of time and effort into this musical project?
Recording of the first Vrag songs is prevented by several years of preparations, so I only had to record them. In the teeth of this there was not released too much, although the first 1-2 years was this project all about. Then came more important things into my life, and today my aim is not to release as many issues, rather what I give out of my hands, to have an impact on people, and it has to be some kind of value.
3.While there was a good amount of stuff being released between 10-14, there was nothing released in 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
This is not entirely true, because in 2015 finally appeared in normal form the Vrag / Solus split cassette, that one which Darkness Shade Records has stiffed us. However, in the background, I was in studio in the entire year, continuously conducted recordings of the new album, say-so slowly, but at least it will be, as I wanted. If all goes well, in 2016 it will also appear, I only have to record the bass. The album will be titled ,,Remete”.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
It is difficult to tell the inspiration in a few words, because there are plenty of things appearing in my lyrics, which I could not tell so easy. Feelings, anger, grief, hate, pain, disillusionment, the past, nature, paganism and even could I go on all day long. The first demos had nature-centered concept, but this is no longer true to the next disc.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vrag'?
I live in a small village, which is a very closed community, specifically because of the so-called vends (Slovenians wo live in Hungary), who not really saw before me scary figures in leather jacket with long hair, so in their own language behind my back called me "vrag". This means in the local dialect devil or evil. Therefore I am Vrag.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself but have worked with other musicians before in other bands or projects, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical style?
Yes, I was in bands for many years, but we did not gone anywhere, because always was some idiot, who pulled back the common notion. Only one of these was black metal, the others were different styles. The one-person work obviously gives much more room for creativity, and in most cases no one has a word, what am I doing and how, at most you just fighting with yourself. I can not imagine, that such an intimate and from such depth increased of music could create with someone else. More precisely, I can imagine, but so far I found only one person in this life, and with her I’ve done in another formation, because In Vrag there is no, and will not be place for anyone else!

7.You have been a part of many splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the groups that had participated on the recordings?

The first split came out with the English Orbis formation. Head of the Darkness Shade Records stands behind it, and if I am right, this is still an active project, which is pure ambient music. The following split came out with of the Hungarian Harag (Rage) "band". This is a one-person black metal project of the guitarist of Heldentod, and former guitarist of Gungnir, with much NS overtones. Unfortunately, not very active, but Zoli is an incredibly gifted songwriter. On the following Split next to Vrag appeared my another formation, WitcheR.  It was an interesting issue, because thereon were Hungarian military songs in our style. The realization I like not much today, but because of the stance and idealism may in the future there will be alike. The last split, whereon Vrag appeared, was released with the contribution of Solus "Awakening of the Witch Hungarian Woods” cassette, which has been published in 2013, but in worthy form only in 2015 came out through Neverheard Distro and Fekete Terror Productions. Solus is a very good friend of mine, D’s project, who unfortunately with this publication takes a point to the end of this story. It is worth to follow his work - according to my information he continues under the name of Hamvak (Ashes) - because he's a really talented songwriter.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
If my attention is not attracted to the criticisms, I do not really read them, but a lot of people had look up - mostly by e-mail - and got me positive feedback. Most of the people liked, that so I create evil and melancholic mood in the music, while I use not the clichéd themes to it.
9.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

Only WitcheR is currently active from my other musical projects. With this formation in 2015 appeared on the second album on CD and on cassette, plus merchandise products are made, but there are no further plans for the time. There is moreover an active musical project in the NS scene, the recording session is going on, soon may be ended, but other than currently only Vrag is active, and it seems, that life wants to keep it that way.

10.When can we expect new music and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I'm not a musician, I'll never will be. The guitar and other musical instruments to me is a tool to express the thoughts live in me, but with it I have no goals or ambitious desires. I grown out that stand on stage and play music to people, to become a rock star, I leave to those who think that with this style can earn money and become celebrity, there are no long-term plans, either. If there born songs, I record them, if not, that was all. An LP material is ready anyway, it gave him the title ,,Remete” and in 2016 will be released, but what will happen in the future, it will decide the fate, as always.

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 would be impossible to list everything. Man goes insane when listening to just one style of music, so I love thousands of bands and formations, from heavy to death and through black metal and hardcore whatever may come, in which I find myself. I do not care if I do not pass into a style, I never wanted to belong to a subculture, to one style. Of course, always tagged along here or there, but then I always was left alone, and so it matches to me, I listen what I like what is some kind of metal or hardcore. To the music of Vrag the greatest influence is Burzum. I bow my head at any time before Varg Vikernes, he is impressed on me in every way!

12.Does Paganism or occultism play any role in your music?
Definitely not the occult, paganism is only tangentially. Rather affects me as a man, I live these things as a man, and they manifest indirectly in my songs, some places in my text.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Arguments I leave the true faces, anyway, they always know anything better, so I can only thank you for your support and this interesting interview, and with it, allow me to wish you great success in the future in your work and in your magazine. Support the underground resistance!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/vrag-interview.html