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Muka Interview

mercredi 3 mai 2017 à 06:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Muka is a blackened doom band from Zagreb, Croatia. We've been active since early 2012. The band started as a side-project but gained a lot of momentum when Boro brought
his intense lyrics and performance to the table, which lead us to decide that Muka needs our full attention. Since then Muka has self-released two albums:
'Svi Šute' in 2014 and our new album 'Sveta Stoka' in March of 2017.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
When we started Muka we really didn't have a clear vision of the style or the sound. We just wanted to explore different styles of extreme music and combine them in a way that would sound uncommon to us. During our first rehearsals and writing sessions, the sound was more in the style of 'doom meets dark psychedelia' and what was missing was an element of aggression and danger, a sort of pure force that would carry the music. We found that element in blast beats and more aggressive drumming styles and started to explore how this could be combined with the atmosphere and riffs that are more atmospheric than technical in their nature.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Muka deals with both universal and personal lyrical topics. The main topic is the feeling of anguish that is present in modern day society and how it evolved from a primitive, dark force to an omnipresent state of the mankind. Our motivation is to deal with this state, to tell stories from a personal point of view, to create a sort of media that will be used to purify all things that crush human will. Muka deals with sex, with heresy, with aggression, with opiates, and with lust.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Muka'?
The name Muka can be translated as Anguish or Torture ( the Greek myth of Tantalus is actually a good reference ). It perfectly fits our music and our lyrics. The credit for the name goes out to our singer Boro.

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?
The strange thing is that we're not that keen on playing as many gigs as possible. Never were, never will be. We view our performance as a sort of personal and a group ritual and if it happens to often, in the same clubs or towns it looses its initial purpose. We want the crowd to feel all the specter of emotions that we're feeding them from the stage. This is what a vast majority of people who come to our gigs are seeing and experiencing and we have a reputation for playing really intense, aggressive and atmospheric concerts.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
No touring or gigs for an undefined period of time. We're in search of a full-time drummer for the band. Our first drummer and good friend Debason got caught up in a lot of business and personal obligations and his really busy schedule prevented him from participating in the recording of 'Sveta Stoka'. We live in a small country, the extreme metal scene is also small and our standards are pretty high when talking about performance, commitment and dedication. Very few people even dare to contact us regarding this matter, and none have yet dared to enter our collective.
We'll see what the future brings.

7.Currently, you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We had some offers from labels, but we chose to be independent for now. Most of the labels nowadays don't offer much ( if anything ), some even ask you for money, some have ABC lists of bands and only As get any support - not the way we feel we deserve to be treated. Our music is in our control and that is important for us. We have plans to collaborate with a Croatian label 'No Profit Recordings' for a vinyl release of 'Sveta Stoka' later this year.

8.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
The feedback is beyond our expectations, it really was a surprise. Since our lyrics are sung in the native language, we really didn't feel that a lot of people outside Croatia would be interested. But we have been proved wrong, especially with the release of 'Sveta Stoka' where a lot of people bought the download or send us a message, or did a review or shared something and they don't know any Croatian at all.
We wish to thank all of those people for their support!

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?
Edin is finishing a record with his other band 'Duskburn' ( a post metal/sludge style ), Goran and I are currently finishing the writing process for our doom band '(drama)'. We're
always busy with something, but sometimes life just happens and postpones your plans. Both '(drama)' and 'Duskburn' albums are long overdue.

10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As I said earlier, we're in search of a full-time drummer. We already talked about doing the 3rd album, we believe that it will happen but for now we don't know how, when or with whom. The plan is to keep writing songs and explore our writing and performing styles more intensively, in a way that will guide us forward into even more extreme and more atmospheric style.

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?
Well, I guess black and doom is something everyone in the band agrees on. As far as influences on 'Muka' I can't really point in any direction since the music is always written and finished as a group effort.  My personal taste in metal is in the doom, death and black genres. Too many bands to mention, but lately I've been listening mostly to Immolation, Dying Fetus, Ulcerate, Archgoat, Death Worship and Blut Aus Nord.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
This was the hardest question to answer personally because some answers could get me in trouble. I guess that I am a pretty dull person if you take away all of the music related interest. Don't expect to read something like:'I like swimming, organic food, modern art, and literature', more like:'I like outdoors, knives, cannabis, my cats and my woman - now fuck off!'. :) haha

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Check out muka.bandcamp.com, keep your eye on our facebook page for more information and news about Muka. Thank you for your attention!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/muka-interview.html


Totalitarian/De Arte Tragoediae Divanae/Barren Void Records/2017 CD Review

lundi 1 mai 2017 à 05:17


  Totalitarian  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  dissonant  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "De  Arte  Tragoediae  Divanae"  which  was  released  by  barren  Void  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier,  melodic  and  dissonant  direction  and  after  awhile  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  music  also  sounds  very  modern.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  along  with  some  synths  and  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  tracks  a  more  raw  feeling  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  some  growls  that  also  gives  the  album  a  bestial  touch  and  as  the  album progresses  angry  shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.   

  Totalitarian  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dissonant  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  worship,  darkness  and  occultism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Totalitarian  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  f  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Supreme  Death  Worship"  and  "The  Flames  Of  Sempiternal  Regret",  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/totalitariande-arte-tragoediae.html


Endless Voyage X Interview

lundi 1 mai 2017 à 03:48
1.For those that have enver heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Well I started this project because I really was wanting to write something I really liked. Something that sounded very much metal but also used other elements too.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well my last ep I would describe the sound as Atmospheric doom metal with some heavier black metal moments!

3.You have also been involved with other musical projects, what are some of the things you have been able to express yourself with musically that you where not able to do in the other ones?
Well this project is a bit more personal. I got tired of writing about space. I'm way more interested in nature and history.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with this project?
My lyrical themes talk about anything from society, the ocean(of course) to darker topics such as darkness and Insanity.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Endless Voyage X'?
It's. It too deep of a meaning really. Thought it fit well with an ocean theme.

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 wouldn't be opposed to working with others.

7.Fragile Branch Recordings are re-issuing your ep, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Oh yeah! Fragile Branch is incredible! Andy is a great dude! I'm super thankful for all the support from Fragile Branch so far!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
It's been great!

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
I'm going to be working on a full length starting this fall or 2018!

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?
Well anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of Bathory and Celtic Frost amongst a few others haha. Lately I'd say I'm listening to A bit of everything. I can go from listening  to Chuck Berry to Dark Angel with no problem!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I love to hike and spend time with friends and family. I'm also a huge supporter of local breweries. I love finding new ones all the time.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Check out my new ep Those Whom Time Forgot by Fragile Branch! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/endless-voyage-x-interview.html


Nahtoderfahrung/Geisterbanner/Mahnmal Menschheit/Sturmglanz/2017 Split CD Review

dimanche 30 avril 2017 à 05:36

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Nahtoderfahrung  and  Geisterbanner  called  "Mahnmal  Menschheit"  which  was  released  by  Sturmglanz  and  we  will  start  off  the review  with  Nahtoderfahrung  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  second  wave  influences  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  spoken  word  parts a re added  on  the  closing  track,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while t he  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nahtoderfahrung   are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Krieg"  "Menusmench  2017".

  Next  up is  Geisterbanner  a  band  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  use  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  demonic  growls  and  clean  singing  is  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  songs  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  elements  and  throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  words  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also uses  keyboards  on  one  track,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German and  cover  dark and  depressive  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Geisterbanner  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Verwofens  Wesen"  and  "Hier  bin  ich  Mensch".

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/nahtoderfahrunggeisterbannermahnmal.html


Sovereign/Spirit Warfare Demo MMXVII/Folkvangr Records/2017 Cassette Review

dimanche 30 avril 2017 à 03:50

  Sovereign  are  a  band  from  Arizona  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  "Spirit  Warfare"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  cassette  in  May  by  Folkvangr  Records.

  A  very  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  both  the  riffs  and  solos  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount of  second  wave  influences.

  At  times  the  vocals  have  a  depressive  edge  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,   mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  guitar  amp  reverb  and  the  last  track  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  ritualistic  synths  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  ambient  before  returning  back  to a   heavier  direction.

  Sovereign  creates  another  recording that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  satanic  style  of  occult  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Cosmic  Satanism,  Occultism,  Death,  Hate  and  Suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sovereign  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  satanic  black  metal,  you should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hammer  Of  Fevered  light".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/sovereignspirit-warfare-demo.html