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Meneapneontes Interview

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 11:19

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
- VASSILIS:First of all, thank you for the invitation and the chance to talk
about PROMACHOS and MENEAPNEONTES.Its an honor.
Well, to begin with, I must say that Takis and I, are playing together for almost 20
years, in several bands and several musical styles. Nothing serious, without any important discography. In 2010, we decided to form MENEAPNEONTES and till the end of the year we recorded 11 tracks under the name PROMACHOS.



2.In September you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

- VASSILIS: In September we released PROMACHOS and for that I must say a big thanks and respect to MURDHER RECORDS and SATANATH RECORDS , specifically
to Alessandro Nunziati and Aleksey Korolyov, cause without them we wouldn’t have this conversation.
As far as the musical sound, I say that PROMACHOS is definitely Hellenic black metal,
With a touch of n.w.o.s.d.m. from the 90’s.

3.The band was formed in 2011 but waited until 2015 to release and update, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?

- VASSILIS: At that time, we put aside the band, right after the end of the recordings, due to some personal projects that we both had the need to do. It lasted almost 2 years and after that we decided that the time had come to deal with MENEAPNEONTES in a serious level. So we started to send promo and waited for a label to answer.

4.Your lyrics go very much into depth with Greek Mythology and History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

- VASSILIS: I don’t want to be misunderstood here or sound cocky,
but I’m coming from a land that is full of legends, gods and heroes. In order to
honor all the above, having music as a chariot, the only duty, the only obligation we have is to sing for them. To tell their stories the way we see them.
We never talked about the lyrical themes of MENEAPNEONTES. It came up naturally.
And it seems to be the only thing for us to do. We never had a choice…

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

-VASSILIS: Very nice question , cause you give me the chance to explain the meaning of this name. No one asked us about it till now.
To be precise, MENEA PNEONTES consist of two words: MENEA+PNEONTES.
But since in ancient greek all the words were without space(in order to train the brain to separate the words and find the meanings), we decided to unite the two in one.
We read about MENEAPNEONTES in Homer at his epic universal masterpiece, Iliad.
The Trojans are marching, making a lot of noise by smashing their swords against their shield, yelling and cursing their enemies, Achaious. They on the other hand
are so possessed by fury that remain silent. That condition is called menea pneontes, in free translation, it means he who breathes fury.
How many times in our lives have we felt this way? The moment we read it, we knew that this was the name of the band...

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?

-VASSILIS: We started this project, trying to be a full member band,
but it is very difficult to find people who share the same dream with you.
The good news are, that recently a new member added in the band. Its Thomas(Archaios) who will be responsible for the rhythm guitar section and till now we are very pleased and satisfied to have him with us.

7.Has the band done any live shows or has this been strictly a studio project so far?

- VASSILIS: We have been a studio project since now, for the reasons i mentioned.
Its in our direct plans to play live and we focus on that direction.

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

- VASSILIS: Till now we haven't read negative reviews and the messages that we receive are positive. I think that metalheads are into PROMACHOS and those who are not, don't bother to write something awful about it.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

- VASSILIS: We think that more or less we will move at the same direction, sometimes in darker ways, others more aggressively, maybe the traditional themes might be more obvious, but this is the base of our sound.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on yuor music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

- VASSILIS: I listen to a lot of n.w.o.s.d.m., the old stuff, many bands from the hellenic  scene and some other non metal styles like dark ambient and traditional music. For me, the diamond of 2015 and the album that i'm listening the most at the time, is Primordial "Where greater men have fallen".

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

- VASSILIS:  Much much reading and sports(martial arts,gym).

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
- VASSILIS: I will close the same way as i started: Once again, thank you for this interview and if i may i would like to say this: Don't forget your roots, your past in order to built a better future.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/1.html


Ancient Spheres Interview

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 11:16
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Hi, thank you for this interview, sure, we recently come back to our country (Costa Rica) after some dates in Mexico. After the release of “In Conspiracy with the Night” album in August 20th 2015, we started the tour called “In Conspiracy with the Tour 2015” in October 4th in San Jose Costa Rica and Mexico. Was a long tour through Mexico with the Norwegians Gehenna. For now, we are preparing for next tour dates.

2.In August you had released a new album, 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?
The sound is a classic style, as the previous recordings, there is not  several guitars playing harmonies or a lot of studio “make up”, is a natural and pure sound, this is the same sound expected in a live presentation. This sound differs to previous production in the quality due the evolution of the process of recording made by ourselves. About the length of the songs, across the time we found that 5min is enough time to enjoy playing and for listen in a show, so the new songs are in that range.

3.The song lyrics and the band name come from the ancient tribes of Costa Rica, can you tell us a little bit more about these tribes and while the Aztecs, Incans and Mayans get a lot of coverage, history books usually do not cover much about these other South American tribes, what do you think is the cause of this?
Aztecs, Incans and Mayans were the biggest tribes but there are a lot of small tribes living today, maybe they survived hidden. In case of our country, the most of the old tribes were murdered and conquered by the Spaniards around year 1500 A.C. Their treasures were stolen by killers, their cults were replaced by the corrupt Christendom, but something of those old legends survived.

4.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Ancient sphereS has only 2 years in gigs, but we can say about backline and general equipment some of the best were in Mexico and Central America, but we always remember Honduras and El Salvador as the biggest concerts.

5.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes we do, we are negotiating more dates but we will announce soon. Stay tuned for news.

6.The new album was released on both Satanath Records and More Hate Productions, while I know about the first label mentioned can you tell us a little bit more about the other one?
About More Hate, they were interested in work with Satanath and make a co-release. It is a Russian label too. Both of them, will distribute the new album trough the world.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Said by Norwegians “sounds like old Norwegian bands”, the response in the live shows is really good, people get crazy and want more maybe by the energy displayed, fast songs, some melodic riffs and blast beats. A blackmetal discharge in songs of 5 minutes instead bored songs of 10 minutes.

8.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?
Sometimes these projects get stacked in time, we have normal jobs so we need to prioritize our time. Sometimes doesn't walk at the desired speed.

9.Are there any other metal bands that you would recommend from your home country of Costa Rica?
Yes, We can recommend a lot of bands, Costa Rica has a large variety of metal music but only to mention a few of them is not good for the rest of the bands.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We see a band representing a true costarican blackmetal, recognized by its own and original style, its lyrics under a costarrican context, we live in Costa Rica, there are cold winds but there is not snow, the christianity and all its context is not ours, it was imported from Europe, we want to eradicate them and back to our roots.

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?
Our influence is in the old bands, death, black, doom and some neoclassical, there was a time when the music was not complex but with a lot of feeling and sense.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We want to thank you for your interest, and thank you to all the people that support us around the world, the spheres are rolling far and we don’t know how far. These 2 years of activity has been full of good experiences and the best is coming.
Follow the Ancient sphereS at: www.ancientspheres.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/ancient-spheres-interview.html


From The Vastland Interview

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 11:12
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
We just released a new EP then we had two gigs at Midgardsblot and Trondheim Metal fest. So, it was quite busy time during past months. But now we are planning for 2016 for more live gigs also a new release.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, 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?
Well, there was an idea behind recording this new EP. Since I am one of the main characters in the upcoming Norwegian documentary film about black metal "BLACKHEARTS", so, I got this idea to record some music with cooperation of other musicians who are involved in the film. So, I wrote the music (same style of From The Vastland music from the beginning) and for recording, "Vyl" (Drums - Keep of Kalessin/Gorgoroth) and "Nul Blackthorn" (Bass - Luciferian) - the other characters in the film - joined me at Skarp Studio (Trondheim, Norway). So, after a week of working at studio the EP was ready. And since it was recorded specially for the film so, I called it "Blackhearts".
You know, as I said it is the same style of my previous works, The main structure of the songs is not different but I think it sounds even more brutal, old school and aggressive also slightly gives you a taste of melodies that comes from Iran

3.Your lyrics cover a great amount of Persian and Mesopatiam Mythology subjects, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics and while these are a huge part of Iranian, is this stuff almost hard to learn about in your home country due to the influence of Islam?
Yes true, All of the lyrics are about/related the old Persian history, mythology, legends and ancient texts . We have lots of stories in our mythology that are full of battles between gods and devils, lights and darkness etc. Well, I just felt that is really proper for Black metal lyrics. Epic stories, mysterious and unique…So, that was really interesting to me.
And actually Iranian people do really respect their history and ancestors but at the same time, Iran is an Islamic country (However, I think most of people are not true believer) So, if you really want to learn you can find good sources, like books to read but also it is true that because of Islamic regime it is not that easy…well, a bit complicated..!

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'From the Vastland'?
There are some reasons that I named my band “From The Vastland”. You know, I am from Iran (Persia) and all of my lyrics are about ancient Persia and you know it was one of the biggest empire in the old world, a vast land. That is one of the reason but also I see the whole metal scene like a single land, where there is no border in this community, a unity from all around the world. So, that was another reason. 

5.Originally the project was from Iran but now located in Norway, do you fell it is much safer to be a black metal musician in Europe than it is in your home land?
True. Well, we all know about Black Metal and Norway. This country is like a heaven for BM musicians, you know. Actually from many years ago I wanted to get this chance and continue my music works here in Norway. Black Metal scene in Norway is great. And you know, it is a completely different situation in countries like Iran, when it comes to BM actually we don’t have any chance to work on our music freely. There are lots of limitation regarding to metal music, specially black metal. You can’t release your album officially and it is not possible to get permits in order to do a live concert. And on top of all it is risky to be a black metal musician in Iran.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself but use other musicians in the live setting, are you open to working with other musicians on the albums?
Well, before I move to Norway I had to record everything by myself but now actually I write the material also record the demo tape (with vocals, guitars…, everything) but then send it to other musicians that I am working with (My Norwegian band members) and after rehearsal together we go to studio and record the album.
I really like to work with other musicians. It always helps to improve the music, for example when they have new ideas for some parts of the songs like drums or bass. You know, then the final result will be better…

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Recently we played at Trondheim Metal Fest (Trondheim/Norway) and it was great. It was sold out and the venue was packed. There was an extra ordinary energy and we really enjoyed our show. People were just banging their heads and enjoy the music. Everything was really good.
We did our best and gave everything. You know, stage performance is always important, that is where you are in close contact with audience so, we always do our best to make our show as good as possible then we enjoy together with the fans.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are planning more shows in Norway also some in other countries (in Europe) for 2016. So, if everything goes well we will have a couple of shows next year.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It is always important for me to get feedback from fans. I always pay attention to them, also the reviews from magazines, webzines or reviewers. You know, after a short time when you have released your album, it starts to get the feedback and then you realize how people liked your album, which song most or least. It is also interesting when I get feedback from different countries or when I check the statistics of my online pages.
Fortunately I have gotten really good feedback for my albums, positive energies, nice words and good vibes, that is great. And I am really glad about that, to me it means I am in right direction and I do my best to keep it and make my music better.

10.The new ep was released on Symbol Of Domination Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Well, since the release was kind of special so, we wanted to have a really good distribution. The thing is Symbol of domination is a label company from Belarus but it is also part of another company from Russia which is called Satanath Records. Also Hexenreich Records (Estonia) and Sphera Noctis Records (Brazil) are part of the release so, it was a co-release. You know, they are working with so many other companies all around the world and that was important to distribute the album everywhere.

11.When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I have written and recorded all the materials for a new album, guitar lines, lyrics etc. actually the demo tape is ready and soon we are going to start our rehearsal and then head to studio to record it. So, early 2016 probably, it also depends on which label company we will work with.
Well, I always have big dreams…many plans for the future but of course it takes time to achieve them, I want to continue working on my music and be better day by day, I really like to work with other musicians… I always think about the next steps and make a plan for the future, I want to achieve my goals and be somewhere on top…for me this is not just a music, Black Metal is my passion…

12.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?
Well, I am fan of old school BM from many years ago, early 90’s style and albums, Scandinavian bands specially Norwegians but also lots of other bands from Germany, France and some other countries…I can mention to Gorgoroth, Mayhem, Marduk, Belenos... And you know, nowadays you can find really good bands all around the world. I always like to discover new bands, I also check new releases of my favorite bands.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just want to say please support the art, support the music, this is what we have in common and that makes us strong together like a family. It doesn’t matter if we have a different taste in music (metal), still we are on the same boat. So support each other in every way that is possible for you. You can keep alive your artists by supporting them…
I want to say thanks to all of my friends and fans for their support and help, it is highly appreciated. They always give me energy and motivation to continue my way. Also special thanks to you for your attention to my band and this opportunity.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/from-vastland-interview.html


Solus/Self Titled/Satanath Productions/Dark East Productions/Metal Throne Productions/2015 CD Review

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 11:03

  Solus  are  a  solo  project  from Hungary  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2015  album  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath Productions,     Dark East Productions  and  Metal Throne Productions.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  both  the  guitars  and  synths  being  very  dominant  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  screams also  get  depressive  and  grim  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the music  starts  to  speed  up  at  times  and  brings  in  blast  beats  and  a  more  raw  style  of  the  genre  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  more  melodies  onto  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  album closes  with  an  ambient  instrumental.   

  Solus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric and  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements  to  create  a  very  emotional  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Hungarian  and  English  and  cover  nature,  philosophy  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Solus  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Visszateres"  and  "Path  Of  Wisdom".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/solusself-titledsatanath.html


Barzakh/Goresluts/Horrific Disease/Savage Diety/Shadowmirth/Suicidal/6 Ways Of Hell/Satanath Records/2015 Split CD Review

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 10:01

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Indonesia's  Barzakh,  Malaysia's  Goresluts,  Japan's  Horrific  Disease,  Thailand's  Savage  Deity,  Brunei's  Shadowmirth  and  Singapore's  Suicidal  called  "6  Ways  Of  Hell"  which  was  rleeased  by  Satanath  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Barzakh  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  stanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  raw  and  melodic  sound  that  also  brings  in  solos  that  use  melodies  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  deep  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Barzakh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nightmare  Of  the  Cult".

  Next  up  is  Goresluts  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  growls  and  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  an  old  school  grindcore  style  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  or  early  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  melodic  and  bring  more  death  metal  elements  into  the  music,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  prn,  gore,  and  torture  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goresluts  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Bastards".

  Next  up  is  Horrific  Disease a  band  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  thrash.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  old  school  death  metal  that  also  speeds  up  and  adds  in  blast  beats  and  growling  vocals  that  also  have  a  touch  of  thrash  and  crossover  in  them  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  on  the  second  track,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horrific  Disease  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  thrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Pissed  Punisher".

  Next  up  is  Savage  Deity  a  band  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  death  metal  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  growling  fashion  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  while  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  morbid  sounding  melodies and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts    while  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Florida  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  suffering  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Savage  Deity  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "They  Reign".

  Next  up  is  Shadowmirth  a  band  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  depressive  screams  that  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  utilized  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shadowmirth  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Endless'.

  Closing  the  split  is  Suicidal  a  band  that  plays  a raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  heavy  yet  distorted  sound  before  going  into  a  faster  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  and  you  can  also  hear  a  brief  use  of  spoken  words  and  war  sounds,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  massacre  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suicidal  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  fan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Desecration".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  death,  grindcore  and  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/barzakhgoreslutshorrific-diseasesavage.html