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Lifestream Interview

mercredi 27 mai 2015 à 09:34

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

We are a french black metal band formed in 2012 by members from the underground scene of Bordeaux. Our first album "Post Ecstatic Experience" have been released in april 2015 on Emanations, a division of Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions, a french black/avant garde label.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We would describe it as dark, occult but also ethereal, melodic and mesmerizing. Those two sides reflect the album theme, and lead the listener in a hypnotic spiral.

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

Lyrics evoke the duality between rapture and collapse. Each song offer its own approach of this concept. For example we broach this idea through themes as loneliness, mourning, naive faith etc...

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lifestream'?

We wanted a powerful name, mystic and mysterious, which stand out from traditional names in the black metal circle. Lifestream can refer to many things, as an invisible force who links everything around us, or as existence itself, whose death is a part of it. Its meaning can be understood in different way. Finally, it's a name who describe us pretty well.

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

We did not play so many show during those three last years but each one is occult, messianic, tragic and bright. Visually, there is a will to think outside the box and not to fall into usual black metal cliché, using for example light clothes.

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

Lifestream will play a gig in Bordeaux at the end of May with The Great Old Ones, and other shows in France on which we're working on, but no tour is planned for this year.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Feedbacks are positive and encouraging . We think people are surprised, but at the moment, this is too soon to have an opinion. Our Label LADLO make a great effort to promote our album.

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

Currently , we are working on new material. Our aim is to push to its limits the two faces of our music. More occult, more mind-blowing.

9.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?

We all listen a lot of different kind of music but all of us are in black metal stuff of course. Some listen death metal, hardcore or rock and other styles which have nothing to do with the metal scene. Our influences are large, if we had to name some bands it would be probably Enslaved, Ascension, Emperor, Mayhem, Darkthrone... But our personal influences allow us to incorporate different elements into our black metal vision.

10.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Art, and particulary music, is a privileged way to access to occultism. From our point of view, our music, visual or lyrical themes have to be occult to bring us to introspection. In this sense, we want people to think about themselves. Our vision of occultism is purely artistic and philosophical.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

( désolé, on ne sait pas trop quoi répondre )

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


Thanks to all the people who support us and thanks to you for your interest ! Keep the grey flame alive !

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/lifestream-interview.html


Ninkharsag/The Blood Of Celestial Kings/Candlelight Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 27 mai 2015 à 06:37

  United  Kingdom's Ninkharsag  have returned  with  a  new  album  that  continues  the  raw  and melodic  occult  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "The  Blood  Of  Celestial  Kings"  which  was  released  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  old  school   90's  influenced  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  bringing  in  melodies  and  once  the  high  pitched  screams  start  to  kick  in the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound to  them  and  the  vocals  also  sound  very  grim  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  an  old  school  Swedish  feeling  at times  but  with  more  of  a  modern  take  on  that  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  melodic  musical direction and  towards  the  end one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Ninkharsag  creates  another  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  old  school  black  metal  sound that  is  still  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  done  with  more modern  technology  being  involved,  the  production sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  History,  Magick,  War  and  Occultism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ninkharsag  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Essential  Salts  Of  Human  Dust"  "Tartarus  Unbound"  and  "Dawn Of  the  Age  Of  Aquarius". 8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/ninkharsagthe-blood-of-celestial.html


Saturnian Mist/Chaos Magick/Candlelight Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 26 mai 2015 à 09:51

  Saturnian  Mist  are  a  band  from Finland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Chaos  Magick"  which  was  released  by  Candlelight  Records.

  Distorted  spoken  word  parts  and  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  and  after the  intro  the  music  starts going  for  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  solos  and  leads  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  use  both  percussion  and  drums   and  the  vocals  are  all  grim  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  leads  also  bring  in Middle  Eastern  style  scales  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  death  metal  growls  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks also  bring  in  ritualistic  and  avant  garde  elements.

  Spoken  word  parts  also  male  a  return  at  times  and  the  percussion  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  tribal  feeling  and  a  later song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of synths and  psychedelic  sounds  while  most  of  the  album  sticks  to  a  heavy  musical  direction  and  towards  the  end  the  band  also  bring  in  a  track  that  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  hav  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them..

  Saturnian  Mist  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  having  more catchy  riffs  than  most  bands  of  this  genre  and  also  hire  a  full  time  percussion  player  and  they  also  add  in  ritualistic  elements  at  times  to  create  some  very  original  sounding  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Chaos  Magick,  Mysticism,  Voodoo,  Vedic,  and Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Saturnian  Mist  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Heart  Of  Shiva"  "Third  Eye  Contemplation"  "Voodoo  Satan"  and  "White  Void  Of  All  Being".  8/5  out  of  10. 

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/saturnian-mistchaos-magickcandlelight.html


Khors/Night Falls Onto The Fronts Of Ours/Candlelight Records/2015CD Review

mardi 26 mai 2015 à 08:46

  Ukraine's  Khors  have  returned with  a  new  album  that  continues   in  the  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  tradition  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  release  "Night  Falls  Onto  The  Front  Of  Ours"  which  was  released by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very hard,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  use  a  great  amount of  melody,  talent  and  skill  and  keyboards are  also  a  huge  part  of  most  of  the songs  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the songs  also  bring  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  you  can  also  hear  a  bit  of  the  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times.

  Clean  playing  can be  heard  in  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  the band  also  brings  in  an  instrumental  track  before  getting  heavy  and  using  vocals  again on the  later  tracks  and  the  vocals  also  get  more  grim and  high  pitched  and  the  keyboards  also  start  bringing  in more  of  an  epic  and  pagan atmosphere  to  the  recording  and  there is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.       

  Khors  remains  true  to  their  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Mysticism  and  Space  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Khors  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dead  Birds  Valley"  "1664"  and  "My  Cossack  Way".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/khorsnight-falls-onto-fronts-of.html


Druzhina/Third Henosis/Gateway Music/Asgaard Hass/2015 CD Review

mardi 26 mai 2015 à 03:25
  Druzhina  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both  Denmark  and  Switzerland  and  plays  a  raw  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Third  Henosis"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Gateway  Music  and  Asgaard  Hass.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  in  the  background  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  very  hateful  and  grim  sounding  screams  and  some of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  A  great portion  of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  synths  also  bring  in the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  at  times  and  the  band  also  adds  in tribal  beats  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  a  very  melodic  direction  and  the  back  up  shouts  also  adds  more  of  a  pagan  feeling  to  the  songs.

  Later  tracks  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  viking/folk  metal  sound but  done  with  guitars  instead  of  folk  instruments  and  they  also  bringing  in  a  brief  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  vocals  on  the  following  tracks  which  also  shows  death metal  growls  being  added  onto  the  recording and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of whispered  vocals..  

  Druzhina  plays  mostly  a  raw,  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  also  brings  in  elements  of  death  and  folk  metal  at  times  to  create  a  sound  of  their own ,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  war,  glory  and  sadness.

  In  my  opinion  Druzhina  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  epic  pagan/black  metal  band  with  some  elements  of  folk  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Breath  Of  Kronborg"  "Eclipse  Of  Mankind"  and  "Psalm  Of  The  Void".  8  out  of  10.

   

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/druzhinathird-henosisgateway.html