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Croc Noir Interview

lundi 20 février 2017 à 03:48
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

After the release of our cassette tape at Corde Raide Productions in January, we are still in the promotion of our EP "Froid". Nevertheless, the biggest is done, and so we have resumed the process of composing new songs.


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

The atmosphere of this EP is cold, dark and melancholic, without falling into absolute darkness.
It is a kind of clear / dark atmosphere. The main idea was to remain simple and effective, but still sincere, while still managing to feel emotions like loneliness, combativity or anger.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that the band explores with the music?

Translating a certain misanthropy, our texts evoke human nature through themes such as depression, loneliness and the relationship of man to a wild and vengeful nature. More subtly it is also an introspective of our own feelings, evoked by what becomes our world under the evil influence of man.


4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the band name 'Croc Noir'?

Croc Noir means "Black Fang" and represents hostile and wild nature. We wanted to return the opposite image of the wolf "White Fang" which represents a docile nature and friend with man. It must not be forgotten that man has been on Earth for only a short time at the scale of the planet, and that nature will take up these rights one day or another.

Croc Noir is the name we have chosen because it represents at best this sweet anger that animates us in the casual and disrespectful behavior of the majority of human beings faced with a powerful nature that could sweep us in an instant.


5.Has the band done any live shows yet?

No, not for the moment !


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

We think about it seriously but before planning any concerts, we first want to compose additional tracks. So it probably will not be before 1 or 2 years.


7.The ep was released on cassette by 'Corde Raide Productions' are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Yes very ! François from Corde Raide Productions is a genius and passionate guy who has given himself to support us. Everything is done very simply and professionally.

The roaster of the label is currently getting bigger and there are a lot of good releases to come!


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

For the moment, the feedback we received was rather positive and encouraging for the future.
But we remain in a very underground sphere, so it would be presumptuous to talk about global scale!


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

No idea ! For now, we compose as it comes, according to our desires and our inspiration.
But there will surely be other EPs before a possible "full length".


10.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?

In terms of inspirations, we can mention groups such as Darkthrone, Drudkh, Monarque or Nargaroth or some more folk oriented groups such as Stille Volk.

Currently in Black Metal, Morgue listens to bands such as Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Naðra, Misþyrming, Cantique Lépreux, Sanctuaire, Culte des Ghoules, Inquisition, Délétère, Batushka ...

Abyss is currently listening to bands such as Batushka, Mgla, Stille Volk, Orakle, Angantyr, Sorcier des Glaces ...

Geist travels in various musical spheres, he listens to a lot of black metal of course (Drudkh, Sorcier des Glaces, Windir, Sanctuaire,Véhémence, Horna, Nocturnal Depression ...).
It is also inspired by classical, medieval, folk and traditional music.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Many things! In bulk: walks in nature, science fiction and horror movies and books (Lovecraft, Asimov for example), role-playing games, computers or beer !


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

Thank you for this interview and good continuation for your webzine!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/croc-noir-interview.html


Wormwood Interview

samedi 18 février 2017 à 18:05
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

When we finished the recordings of  "Ghostlands: Wounds from a bleeding earth" we got in touch with the record label Non Serviam Records.
Since then we´re been occupied with a few gigs, rehearsals and a lot of promotion.

2.In March you have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2015?

This is a hard question, I dont think there is one true objective answer, since music is an abstract form of art.
But I would describe it as a mix of atmospheric and melancholic soundscapes, raw rock´n roll, traditional scandinavian folk music and black metal.
Or as the sound of the all mighty nature, endless space and nightmares based on our local folklore.

It differ from our EP in many ways, "The Void: Stories from a whispering well"  was much more primitive and straight forward in a sense. It did contain the fundaments for what we are now, but the over all production and song quality is much more solid at Ghostlands...

3.You refer to your musical style as being 'Atmospheric Blackened Folk'n'Roll', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Well, that is a made up genre to describe our music in just a few words, since it contains elements of Atmospheric black metal, hard rock and folk music.
But I think it´s very hard to label music and describe the sound of a specific genre for people that haven't heard it, so i let other people do that if they want to.
Our main focus is to make the music and perform it, whatever it´s called.


4.Some of your lyrics cover Nordic mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
Our mythology and folklore has and will always be around.
If you ever visit Scandinavia you will start to notice traces and signs of our old culture in almost everything.
The names of locations and cities, names of buildings and places, the origins of our holidays, and so on.
It´s easy to forget this when you´re in the middle of it, but if you really start to think about it you will realize it´s everywhere.
In many aspects the old norse believes and wisdom is still up-to-date in our modern society, and I think it´s our damn duty to preserve it. Now more than ever.

Personally I´ve been attracted to our mythology and history more or less since i was a child. It just came naturally.


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

The name comes from a star called Wormwood, which is mentioned in the bible. The star fell down and made the river sour and poisonous. The name resonated for us because it's the dance of death between space and nature.

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

Different shows can be amazing in so many ways. As long as you can see the spark in the eyes of the crowd it doesnt matter if it`s a small club or at a bigger festival stage.
The best shows are the shows where we convince at least one single person -that never heard about us before- to go home and listen to our music in the future.
Our performance is energetic, sweaty and hypnotic.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

 Yes, in october we will go for an European tour as support for IMPIETY(Singapore), together with Asagraum(Norway), Bode Preto(Brazil).
We will also play a few gigs here in Sweden this spring/summer and we´re currently discussing some festival gigs and a mini tour outside of Sweden as well.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It´s been surprisingly good this far. Great feedback from all kinds of people, not just the regular black metal audience.

9.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?
Well, the main focus is WORMWOOD for everyone.
I am occasionally playing live guitar for the pagan/folk/viking metal band MÅNEGARM.
 Nox(guitar) is involved in the death metal band RIKET, NINE(vox) and NOX(guitar) is also a part of the black metal band WHITERSHIN that is not active atm.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I would like to say that we have a great thing going on, and we will definitely improve it even more. You will hear from Wormwood over the years, that´s a promise.

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?
Personally I listen to...Hmmm.... I dont listen to much music at all nowdaays to be honest, i dont have the time.
But I am, and always has been a big fan of rock/metal in general. I also like traditional swedish folk music, some blue grass and so on.
Im not so tied to a particular genre of music. As long as the music means something and makes me feel something it´s good.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I am really into art is different forms. I do a lot of graphic stuff, filming and editing, I used to paint a lot as well.

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

Thank you for the interview, I really hope that you will enjoy our album "Ghostlands: Wounds from a bleeding earth" , spread the word!
A big shout out to our record label Non Serviam Records, and all the fans and supporters.

See you on the road!

/ RYDSHEIM (Guitar)

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/wormwood-interview.html


Aversio Humanitatis/Longing For The Untold/BlackSeed Productions/2017 EP Review

vendredi 17 février 2017 à 23:26

  Aversio  Humanitatis  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Longing  For  The  Untold"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  BlackSeed  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  melodies  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one of  the  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  more  modern  style  of  black  metal   and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  distorted  guitar  leads  and  atmospheric  synths.

  Aversio  Humanitatis  plays  a  musical  style  that   takes  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  conscience  and  death  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Aversio  Humanitatis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  modern  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Longing  For  the  Untold"  and  "The  Ever  Shifting  Path".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/aversio-humanitaslonging-for.html


Voidthrone/Spiritual War Tactics/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 17 février 2017 à 22:48

  Voidthrone  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  a  dissonant  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Spiritual  War  Tactics".

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  yet  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  slower  parts  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  into  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  avant  garde  sounds  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Voidthrone  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  and  doom  metal to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  exile,  isolation,  and  vengeance  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Voidthrone  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  mixture  of  black,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mortification  Of  My  Legacy"  and  "Spiritual  War  Tactics".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/voidthronespiritual-war-tactics2016.html


Pagan Megalith/Viharjaras/Neverheard Distro/2017 Cassette Review

vendredi 17 février 2017 à 01:49

  Pagan  Megalith  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Viharjaras"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  on  February  28th  by  Neverheard  Distro.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  raw  feeling.

  At  times  the  screams  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  lter track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Pagan  Megalith  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  90's  Nordic  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover   nihilism  and  death  philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pagan  Megalith  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mennykovek"  "Alakmas"  "Rex Saturnalis"  and  "Magvaszakadtak".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/pagan-megalithviharjarasneverheard.html