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Gràb Interview

jeudi 23 septembre 2021 à 03:55

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

I had the vision of Gràb already back in 2013, when I wrote the first lyrics of the album for the track „Nachtkrapp“. For sure it was nothing but a vague vison at this point and it wasn't before 2015, when I met guitarist and main songwriter Grain. From that point on we focussed on the songwriting of this lyrical concept album.


2.You have a new album coming out in October, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

We want to keep alive the spirit of the more atmospheric Black Metal of the 90s. The major influence for us is German and Scandinavian Black Metal. We were deeply affected by

that era, so it did not take much time for us to find our very own approach to it.


3.The band has been around since 2015 but you waited until 2021 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

The songwriting process took us several years and we had different approaches to finish

“Zeitlang”. First we started with several jam sessions in the rehearsal room with a drummer and a bass player. But after all we found out, that it didn't work the way we wanted it to. That caused some line up changes. Therefore all other songs for the album were composed by Gråin in his home studio. The additional elements of all guest musicians were added later and finally mixed together.


4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you cover with your songwriting?

”Zeitlang“ is a concept album about an old man, who shortly before his death reflects upon his life. From the first song ”Nachtkrapp“ to the final song ”A Gråbliacht“ his story is told – from childhood to death. There's this interesting change of the character and it's getting obvious, if you compare the lyrics of ”Nachtkrapp” with those of ”A Gråbliacht“. The old man remembers, that he was afraid of the dark as a child and somewhere in time he lost himself in the dark. As time goes by he doesn't only get used to the dark – he is becoming one with the dark. He completely isolates himself from humanity, spending the rest of his life all alone in a cottage somewhere in the Bavarian mountains – waiting for death. 


5.I know that the bands name means 'grey/old' in German, how does this name fir in with the musical style that you play?

Gràb means old or grey and I really liked the idea, that being old also means being closer to death. The older you get the less anything can hurt you. Everything just turns to memories and at some point even those memories fade away and what remains is nothing but emptiness. Therefore the name perfectly fits to our interpretation of Black Metal.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

The outstanding artwork was done by Benjamin König, who most people may know from his time as guitarist in Lunar Aurora. It was pretty clear for us, that he is the number one choice for the artwork plus some illustrations. His art perfectly stands for everything, that influences Gràb. The scenery shown on the artwork is the protagonist of the story on his final steps in life. He is joined by the reaper and together they disappear into the dead of the night. Actually it's a scenery from the song „S' letzte G'leit“, which loosely translated means „The funeral procession“. 


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band but you once had a line up, are you open to working with other musicians again or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We never had a full lineup for live shows for example. Of course we need session members if we decide to go on stage, but there are no plans for this path in the near future.


8.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows?

We didn't do any concerts yet and chances are pretty low, we will ever do some. 


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

The album ain't released yet. Therefore there are hardly reactions thus far.


10.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?

Gråin is still doing his main project „Schrat“, whose fourth full length „Seelenfresser“ will also be released this year. His other side-project „Gråinheim“ will be continued in 2022. I am still involved in several other projects too. „Trinitas“ for example finished their recordings for a first full length album. Also „Eudaimony“ are still active.


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

I do have some vague plans already, but we will see how things will turn out in the future.


12.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?

Definitely the second wave of Black Metal from the glorious 90s. The music we create should be seen as our tribute to this era. We are no copycats though. In our music we combine some of the best moments of 90s Black Metal and mix it with our very own brew of traditional Bavarian influences. That's what makes our music unique.


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

Nothing left to say...

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/grab-interview.html


Nostra Dementia/Spectral Songs From Vehemence/Obscure Abhorrence Productions/2021 CD Review

jeudi 23 septembre 2021 à 03:37

 


  Nostra  Dementia  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  old  school  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Spectral  Songs  From  Vehemence"  which  was  released  by  Obscure  Abhorrence  Productions.


  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  album  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.


  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clear  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  dark  ambient  style  instrumentals  and  one  song  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album  and  the  music  also  has  its  depressive  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  darkness,  depression  and  philosophical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nostra  Dementia  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  old  school  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wild  Awakening  Of  The  Forgotten  Beast"  "Underdead"  and  "There  Where  The  Sun  Does  Not  Shine".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/nostra-dementiaspectral-songs-from.html


Hades Nexus 16 Interview

jeudi 23 septembre 2021 à 02:09

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project?

Hi! Hades Nexus 16 is an industrial black metal project that draws inspiration from bleak futuristic visions and bands like Dødheimsgard, Mysticum, Thorns, Aborym and other bands in that vein. I started it in 2020 and all the music and lyrics came out in a very short period of time. It was really a moment of full inspiration and I'm really grateful for that. All the songwriting and recording process was like a sort of trance.


2.So far you have released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

This genre was explored in splendid ways during the 90s by the bands mentioned above and other pioneers, and before that the whole industrial movement was vital and full of bright minds that expanded the feelings that some of us get from old machinery movements, vast power plants and the ominous aura that surrounds that kind of things. I was aware when I started that the path was already there, but I wanted to give my personal vision anyway, knowing that I was not breaking any new boundaries and thus keeping my head low before the great names. I tried a mechanized approach to black metal, with a fast drum machine, tons of samples and synths sounds created by studying too much any knob I had before my eyes. The key element for me was to recreate automation, like a Big Machine, a brain-like synthetic organism, that moves and runs for his mysterious plan on another planet, with grease dripping from his parts and green CRT monitors that can unveil some cryptic writings to the watcher. Something cold that is infused by the fire of old religions and superstitions. I used explosions of violence, like exhaust vents of a furnace, with blast beats and more traditional black metal moments, and other eerie parts, more ambient oriented. I think the combination of these two very different moods helped to create a coherent sonic landscape.


3.A lot of your lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Anti Christianity themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

The way humanity has developed its religions has always fascinated me. I have a personal link to Satanism but I don't want to go deep about my personal beliefs and private life. The world behind the curtain is an endless stream of inspiration. Philosophical, motivational, you name it. Even if you don't believe in metaphysical things, it's fascinating to observe the evolution of society around certain myths and rituals. I find it very motivating to try to project those rituals and beliefs in a bleak future full of machines and try to figure out what could happen. The forced evolution of what were once the most revered "creatures" that now have to deal with the power they gave to mortals and to the power mortals gave to artificial devices.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hades Nexus 16'?

The name Hades Nexus 16 is an example of what I was saying before. A sum of different concepts: Hades represent the old rituals, the traditional Inferno, the Hell we all know from the old stories. With the word Nexus it becomes a device. A mechanical hub where souls and people and other beings meet. A link between the spiritual and the material plane. The 16 is like a serial number. It suggests that there's more than one Hell and maybe they are all different, but linked together by something superior. Or something like a net of superior things.



5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The artwork depicts some ancient but at the same time futuristic cranes in a distant world. To me they give us a feeling of estrangement, like something old that was taken to another, completely different setting. And in it I find a perfect allegory of old Gods, born in the beginning of time, that now need to adapt and become something else or bend the knees to new divinities. Even man made divinities.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I play in other bands with other musicians, but it's a little part of my musical output. I really enjoy the total freedom of playing and recording by myself.


7.The psychical version of the album was released on 'Imperatrix Mundi Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Imperatrix Mundi Records really helped HN16 go out of the dark. I'm really grateful to Rob, the guy behind the label, for giving me this opportunity. They really support the underground and they surely deserve some support back, because everything they get they invest in new projects and releases. Total support to the underground!

I suggest you to go visit the label's Bandcamp page and listen to the other projects: https://imperatrixmundirecords.bandcamp.com/music


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

I have received some really good reviews so far and I'm happy about it. Let's see what the future brings but until now I'm satisfied! HN16 is still a young project, tho.


9.What is going on with your other project 'Feldvehn' these days?

I have recorded the music for five new songs, if I remember correctly, but only guitars and drums. I need to find some inspiration to go ahead and finish what will be a new album. Maybe winter will bring the right mood and inspiration.


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

In the underground ahah. I don't want to pursue a "musical career" or something like that. I just want to play and record what I want and when I want, without pressure, and only when I have material that really means something to me. I think that pressure (from labels, fans or from self expectations) kills the creative process. You must record what you want when you want. That's what works for me. But I think that I will record a new HN16 in the near future because new ideas are flowing and I need to find some time to fix them on a track.


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?

I listen to a wide range of different musical styles like extreme metal (grind, death, black), old jazz, punk, ambient stuff, and I think that most of those influences are present in HN16. I'm open to new music and I'm an avid discoverer and crate digger. Sometimes I fix myself on certain genres for months, but I think it's a common thing. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Neil Young but I can't call him a direct musical inspiration ahah. If we want to stay in the black metal territory, I can definitely tell the name of Falhena, another band from Italy. Killer stuff.


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

Yes, THANKS a lot for your support and your great review. And thanks to all the people that gave a chance to HN16 and to everyone that listens to the album. Cheers!

https://hadesnexus16.bandcamp.com/releases

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/hades-nexus-16-interview.html


Dusk Cult/Embrace The Lunar Age/2021 CD Review

mercredi 22 septembre 2021 à 05:33

 


  Dusk  Cult  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  202  "Embrace  The  Lunar  Age".


  The  sounds  of  night  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  yet  melodic  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  their  high  pitched  moments  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  but  keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with t he  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  acoustic  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  introducing  clean  vocals  onto  the  album,  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  is  also  an  acoustic  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Moon  Worship,  Folklore,  Cultism  and  The  Night  Sky.   


  In  my  opinion  Dusk  Cult  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Luminosity  Ritual"  "Night  March"  and  "Eventide  Persuasion".  8  out  of  10.


https://duskcult.bandcamp.com/         

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/dusk-cultembrace-lunar-age2021-cd-review.html


Livlost/Symphony Of Flies/Dusktone/2021 CD Review

mercredi 22 septembre 2021 à 04:43

 


  Norway's  duo  Livlost  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  bewitched  Norwegian  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Symphony  Of  Flies"  which  was  released  by  Dusktone.


  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  synths  also  being  utilized  on  most  of  the  songs  and  the  vocals are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  Norwegian  style  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  briefly,  a  couple  of  songs  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  cinematic  soundscapes.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Livlost  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  old  school  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Symphony  Of  Flies"  and  "Red".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2nLduULoGU  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/livlostsymphony-of-fliesdusktone2021-cd.html