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Order Of Nosferat/Nachtmusik/Purity Through Fire/2022 CD Review

mercredi 23 février 2022 à 03:33

 


  Germany/Finland's  Order  Of  Nosferat  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  raw,  old  school  and  vampyric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "NachtMusic"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  There  are  also  a  few  dungeon  synth  orientated  instrumentals  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up  on  a  couple  of  tracks  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  most  of  the  album  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  


  On  this  recording  Order  Of  Nosferat  continue  the  mixture  of  raw,  old  school,  vampyric  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  from  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vampirism  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Order  of  Nosferat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school,  raw  and  vampyric  black  metal  with  elements  of  dungeon  synth,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tunes  Of  Nocturnal  Tragedies"  "As  The  Eternal  Night  Fell  Upon  Us"  and  "The  Cruel  Awakening".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/order-of-nosferatnachtmusikpurity.html


Schauer interview

mardi 22 février 2022 à 05:16

 

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

Kilian: Sure, we are a two-piece atmospheric Black Metal Band from Austria formed in the winter of 2020. We met at a party of a friend and after some beers we had the idea of starting a band together. Now 15 months later here we are with our first record and a label contract with Kvlt und Kaos Productions. We both enjoy the music of Drudkh, Summonning and Wolves in the throne room and more other bands that would take too much time to list them all.


2.Earlier this year you put out your first release, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

Kilian: We wanted to create a dark and melancholic atmosphere with it. For the quality we went into a rawer direction then some other Bands that sound too clean and overproduced. We wanted to keep the spirit of traditional Black Metal with an obscure atmosphere which can't be obtained with an overproduced sound.


3.A lot of your lyrics cover metaphysical and nature themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Kilian: We wanted to create a dark and melancholic atmosphere with it. For the quality we went into a rawer direction then some other Bands that sound too clean and overproduced. We wanted to keep the spirit of traditional Black Metal with an obscure atmosphere which can't be obtained with an overproduced sound.


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

Kilian: The band name comes from two German words. Schauer which means like a shiver down your spine and the word Regenschauer which means a heavy type of rainfall. From those words came our inspiration for the band name where we knew it has to be with some kind of a natural aspect to it.


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

Kilian: The band name comes from two German words. Schauer which means like a shiver down your spine and the word Regenschauer which means a heavy type of rainfall. From those words came our inspiration for the band name where we knew it has to be with some kind of a natural aspect to it.


6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Kilian: As the core of the band, we want to continue as a two-piece for writing but we are open for session members to play live someday. But it is easier for us as it is at the moment because we share the same interests and work really great together without any major problems.


7.The release came out on 'Kult und Khaos Productions, are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?

Kilian: Totally, we never expected to score a record label contract within our first year as a band. With Kvlt und Kaos we have everything we wanted and dreamt of, an Austrian label which shares our interests and has our back like a family member. Through Christoph and the label, we could release our music physically and also release awesome merchandise. We are really happy about it and hope we can stay a permanent member of the Artist roster.


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

Kilian: The reaction was way better then we could have imagined. Our music reached 12 countries so far and that’s fucking awesome. It's really awesome to see that our record is well received in very different parts of the world through different communities. It’s a way better feedback then we could have ever dreamed off.


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

Kilian: We are already working on the next record and hope to play some shows in the near future. We will definitely stay true to the spirit of Schauer and keep our interests in nature strong in our upcoming music. Maybe with some kind of historic approach to and a bit off Austrian folklore.

Michael: I would also add, that we had gear changes and gathered a lot of experience since the first record, when it comes to mixing and mastering, but also composing. But don’t worry, we don’t want to make our music “cleaner” or more polished, rather take things to the next level.


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?

ilian: For myself it’s a mix off bands like Taake, Dissection, Harakiri for the sky but also Marduk and a lot off smaller Bands like Avertia, Perchta, Atramentus, Windir and Carpathian Forest. There are way too many to count. Nowadays it hasn’t changed for me. I listen to Black and Doom Metal most of the times maybe some Death Metal or Punk but still more of the obscure stuff that’s out there.

Michael: I really listen to music from all over the place. Besides metal and rock there’s also blues, jazz and classical music. Even some electronic music, which serves as the main inspiration for the synth parts in Schauer. When it comes to metal, the only subgenres I could never quite get into are Core and nu-metal. I’m a huge fan of Tech and Prog death, and also planning on producing stuff like that with my other band Rosc. My contribution to Schauer is probably mainly influenced by artists such as Burzum, Drudkh, Mgla, Bathory, Primordial, Lustre, etc. 


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Kilian: I love everything that has to do with space exploration as I work as an Engineer in a Space propulsion company. I go hiking and climbing a lot and do some strengthening yoga in my free time. Lovecraft inspires me a lot too and I love animals, especially my dogs.

Michael: As an Austrian of course, I’m obliged to love skiing haha. But my biggest non-musical interest lies in reading, I think. I’m basically devouring every single work of world literature I can get my hands on. Some of my favourites are Wilde, Hesse, Dostoyevsky, Hemingway, Camus, and so on. Especially 19th century gothic fiction is a great source of inspiration for metal. I don’t read any modern books though; I prefer the old style of writing. 


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

Thanks a lot for the opportunity for the interview, stay true support the underground and check out our record and merch available through Kvlt und Kaos Productions

Website: https://www. kvltundkaosproductions.com/ schauer
Bandcamp: https:// kvltundkaosproductions. bandcamp.com/album/roaring- thunder-of-days-long-passed
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ Schauer_official- 104708631829313
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ channel/ UCnFSO329HQE19VtMX0DhEsg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ schauer.official/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/schauer-interview.html


Blazemth Interview

mardi 22 février 2022 à 05:06

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


Yes of course: in the recording the group was formed by Volkhaar (guitar/vocals), Shunh (guitar), Kerberos (bass) and Croma Lan Ro (drums). Two weeks after the recording, the bassist and the drummer decided to leave the band due to lack of motivation (the thing I will never understand). Then I found myself in the same situation again, struggling to find the musicians. Thanks to a friend of mine, he put me in contact with Frank, ex-bassist of Ktulu, and since Frank knew the great Riky Mena, former drummer of Avulsed and Wormed, we met a few times and played the new stuff. They both liked the project and decided to stay in the band.


2.You have a new album coming out in March, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


Well, in maturity a lot, although 4 songs that are part of the new album are songs that I already made in 1997 but were never released. That means that we were maybe musically mature enough but the band wasn't ready for the new album.There is much more melody on this album.


3.When I listened to the new album it seemed to be a lot different from the material you have released in the 90's, do you feel it is necessary to move with the times and get more diverse and talented with each recording?


Yes, obviously, but improving musically (at least in my opinion) does not mean losing that beautiful essence of the 90's, and we will always strive to stay in the atmosphere of that time.


4.The band was broken up for 20 years, what was the cause of the split and decision to reform?


Honestly, I don't remember why it was, although there were certain differences in the band, but that's left behind. The cause of the band's return was due to the 20th anniversary reissue proposed by Abstract Emotions, since we were the first Black Metal band to be released on CD in Spain.


5.A lot of the lyrics on the new album cover Luciferian and Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


For me it is the search for the truth, where the perception does not reach, come the dark arts with dragons in the sky, witches and eternal chaos. Space and time are for me like a prison that do npt let you be creative.


6.A lot of your lyrics in the 90's were more battle and war orientated, can you tell us a little bit more about what these topics once meant to you and also do you still have interest in those themes.


Yes, of course, before almost all the lyrics were written by Lord Erlick, but now it is me who writes them. I like more the search for truth through the Chaos, Lucifer - the light bringer and the dark arts that make us strong.


7.The band was originally called 'Daemonum', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blazemth'?


I had a lot of problems right from the start with Decomposed, my first band, because the name was already taken. Then the same happened when we changed to Rotten Flesh even when we changed to Undivine and then when I formed Daemonium - the same, the name already existed. So I made up a name Blazemth: BLAZE as a bonfire and the MTH symbols are the ones that the Sumerians were putting on the graves. Sure, no one had that name and today if you put Blazemth in google search you find only us hehehehe


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


In the times that we live by the norms of a powerful church that hides the truth from us, Lucifer feels the need to come out. On the album cover is shown the breaking of Lucifer's chains where he comes back from the underworld to show us all the truth which was hidden for millennia. The art is inspired by the work of Gustave Doré and was made by  the Serbian illustrator Dejan Mandić.


9.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 best was in Benidorm with Grimuack (greetings to Vincent Beherit) because there was a great empathy with the public, it was really impressive, the band really connected with the people, they didn't want us to finish the concert, they wanted us to play on and on and on .... Good memories :)


10.The band has a history going back to the 90's and was one of the first Spanish black metal bands, do you feel you have been a huge influence on the later black metal bands that later came out of your home country?


Well, I don't know really because I disconnected from the music in 1997 and I was practically out of everything until 2017. I have heard that some bands were inspired by Blazemth, yes, but I don't really feel like we were some kind of influencers.


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


Well it is true that many people write to me from all over the planet saying they like Blazemth but in Brazil and Colombia I heard that we are an iconic band from the 90's.


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


Musically we will try to keep the same recognizable sound of Blaizemth and melodic Black Metal. I hope that one day they will talk about us in a good way musically and as a band that makes good concerts.


13.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?


My musical influences are: Immortal, Dissection, Burzum, Emperor, Celtic Frost etc. Nowadays I listen Kriegsmaschine.


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


Very nice interview :) Thank you so much for dedicating your time


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBTey05dN0Q&feature=youtu.be

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/blazemth-interview.html


Idol Of Fear Interview

mardi 22 février 2022 à 04:50

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

1. Since recording the album we have started rehearsing our live performance and reimagining our physical manifestation on stage. 


2.You have a new album coming out in March, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Musically it is undoubtedly darker, more sombre but also more catchy and concise in most respects. We took core elements from previous releases and removed any excess noise or clutter. We wanted to create something that is hard to forget.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

3.  The album is ultimately centred around death but explores themes of mass hysteria, loss, bitterness and venturing into the unknown, among other topics.

We feel we have grown markedly as songwriters since our first releases, as we have always tried to best our previous work with something more challenging. This album was no exception - we were able to utilize the foundations set by the first two albums to build something even more grand in stature. There was extra attention paid in creating something memorable throughout the album’s creation. 


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Idol Of Fear'?

4. Fear has always been one of the most powerfully potent forces in this world. The name was taken from the 1957 movie "The Seventh Seal". 


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

5. To us the artwork represents a multitude of things, but one interpretation we can offer is a schism of the psyche, lending a doorway for certain parts of oneself that could be deemed as trespassers. 


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

6. We are very bare and visceral live compared to our recordings. 


7.The new album is going to be released on 'Sonnolence Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

7. The label is a work in progress. It will mainly contain projects that are centered around members of Idol of Fear


8.Are there any plans for live shows again in the future?


8. Definitely if it's the right kind of show. 


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

9. Generally our reception has been good as far as we know, but there are always elitists who may reject any sort of deviance from tradition. It does not bother us in the slightest. 


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

10. We are keeping the possibilities for the next release open at this point. There are many ideas ranging from very grandiose cinematic death marches to very aggressive and fast rock and roll songs. 


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles these days that some of the band members are currently listening to?


11. There are various bands and styles we are all into. Some universally loved bands between us would be The Devil's Blood, In Solitude, Shining, Leviathan, 


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


12. Thank you for the interview

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/idol-of-fear-interview.html


Varathron/The Lament Of Gods/Vic Records/2022 EP Re-Issue Review

mardi 22 février 2022 à 04:39

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  earlier  release  from  Greece's  Varathron  which  was  also  in  the  Hellenic  style  of  occult  black  metal  and  the  ep  was  originally  release d in  1999  and  called  "The  Lament  Of  Gods"  which  will b e  re-issued  in  March,  2022  by  Vic  Records  and  also  consists  of  their  1997  demo  "Sarmutius  Pegorus".


  A  very  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Keyboards  and  ethnic  style  scales  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also get  deep  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  playing  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  are  also  utilized.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  epic  sounding  along  with  one  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Mercyful  Fate's  "Nuns  have  no  Fun"  which  also  adds  in  some  Gregorian  chants  that  was  not  on  the  original  version  as  well  as  the  ep  sticking  to  mostly  a  mid  tempo  direction.  


The  songs  on  the  demo  bonus  tracks  also  being  in  more  of  a  rawer  and  faster  style  then  the  ep  but  still  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  stringed  instruments  and  acoustic  gutiars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  tracks  also  show  an  influence  of  classical  music  as  well  as  the  closing  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Evil,  Darkness  and  Historical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Varathron  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Greek  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire  Spell  -Forbidden  lust"  "Beyond  The  Grave"  and  "The  Vision  Of  The  Nameless  Soul".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/GUL5Y5VIM2M              

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/varathronthe-lament-of-godsvic.html