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Aezh Movarc'h Interview

dimanche 10 mai 2015 à 23:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? AEZH MORVARC'H is definitely a project : in the literal sense first, which means that, in the future, some freedom will be used to keep the songs constantly under process ; as liquid is always in motion, AEZH MORVARC'H will work to offer his wide range of emotions in non fixed interpretations. Secondly, in the figurative sense, AEZH MORVARC'H is both music and lyrics meant to adapt and move forward relatively to how we conceive our presence to the world : not as affected persons, posers but as conscious people, conscious on the duty to define and customize it according to our dreams and ideals, conscious of what we have inheritated of (historical lies and hidden truths) and the duty of making something great and more sincere, with honesty, out of it, in a prospective way. Our music serves a cause. All this will be cleared up by detailed explanations in our upcoming website.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording? Actually, it's an E.P. which has been released ; not an album yet. The album will be the addition of the first and the second upcoming E.P.. I personnally didn't work hard on the musical sound. Mornoz did. The main goal wasn't to have the best production, the best tools, the best mixing... That's for commercial standards. I prefer spending time on composing rather than sounding. But I am very grateful of what Mornoz did, considering how much time he dedicated to it. I just gave him a few clues and it was enough for him to reach my wishes, bringing more meaningfull richness to the whole piece : each instrument had to suggest different layers of water : the undertow for the bass guitar, the waves raising as walls for the rhythm guitar, the sharp freezing winds for the lead guitar and the galoping hooves of the horse for the drums. All together, I wanted a sticky and humid sound to carry our message and picture the lanscapes Morvarc'h travels through. All this gives a visual guideline which will be more and more cultivated as our signature in terms of sound.

3.Your lyrics cover some Breton legends and mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics? Events are factual and short-lived, Legends and mythologies last forever ; when you read a legend, you are more than just looking at a fixed picture, you are looking through a kaleidoscopic telescope to different levels of realities mixing objective experience and distorted perceptions. It talks to the very deep of human primordial understanding of the world, using symbols to increase the multiplicity of interpretations through ages and, reversely, to make things converge and strongly take roots in the present time ; So do I through AEZH MORVARC'H, building a bridge between the time of fantasmagoria and the time of pragmatism, the past and the present, something far in time from today's concerns, but so close from me in space (breton Cornwall) and so close to what my imagination is likely to seek and create. So it was obvious that I had to express both my artistic inspirations and cultural commitment in my home country using this magical character of the infernal black breton sea horse which appears in two different but linked legends of Brittany : the legend of the submerged city of YS and the legend of the king MARC'H, uncle of Tristan, the same one as in the very notorious legend of Tristan and Izold. Those two legends will be the subject of future albums. Back to our topic, I really wanted something iconic likely to include a base of litterary heritage and also something which hadn't totally been developed like the horse's birth and the stories seen through its eyes. AEZH MORVARC'H talks about legends but from a different point of view and with different purposes than advertising for christianism, if you know what I mean. Giving the legend a sweep up was needed, in order not to remember what everyone knows but to remember what everyone has forgotten for not having tried to look beyond the disguised surface.

4.What are the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aezh Morvarc'h?
I could have contented myself with picking the animal to call the project MORVARC'H but, in my opinion, I would have commited a shameful robbery : I can't, without any remorse, take over something which is older than me, which existed before me and still exists to everyone. MORVARC'H is the property of humanity ; here is my ethics.
The global project, the band, the music, is not the character but something emanating from the character, something which is not meant to be cleared up but to be suggested. Reality is never crystal clear otherwise it's made up for simple minds, for the masses and it becomes parodic lies. AEZH MORVARC'H is not what we see of it, but what we hear, its blurring breath, the reality wrapped up in its nasal fogs, literally "vapours of the sea horse"; in other words, AEZH MORVARC'H is not MORVARC'H itself but only an image and toxical expression of it : a gargoyle.

5.According to the bandcamp pages you where looking for some musicians, have you had any luck in finding other musicians that want to work on this project? As mentioned in our biography, published by LADLO, Skornus accepted to join the band with great loyalty and he's really committed to it. Isarnos also showed great interest in serving the band for an unlimited length of time, after having recorded the drums on the upcoming second E.P. and despite his commitment in many other bands. We are going through a period of transition, passing from a one man band with session musicians to a stable line-up where one instrument fits to one musician. Since I started to play in 1996, I've never had the chance to gather so many constructive energies so I feel very lucky and confident for the next stages.

6.Are there any plans to make this musical project a live band or do any shows or is this strictly a studio project? I have plans for shows on stage and it's definitely where I will lead the band to, very soon, hopefully. For the first one, I would like to play for the "Samain Festival" amongst those who support the breton primary school for which it's organised.

7.The new album was released on Emanations, can you tell us a little bit more about this label? Ictus from IN CAUDA VENENUM, who is a very good friend of mine, introduced me to the boss of LADLO productions first. A year later, they created EMANATIONS, a division of LADLO in order to help bands, more or less confidential like us, to make their first appearance on the Black Metal scene. To me, it's more a subdivision as the bands whose works will be published under that name won't move to a bigger or better distribution afterwards. EMANATIONS is supposed to be and stay an opportunity to give a leg up and promote new bands from the underground. Time will tell. AEZH MORVARC'H has other priorities for now. To move from a label to another will be an extrinsic necessity, not a purpose in itself.Making music to extend and defend breton culture is our first ambition.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? It's too early to tell. And honestly, I don't really care. I just want to materialize my creations by giving birth to a band. My aim is also to create a strong friendship through music and sharing the pleasure to have the breton call for life resonate.

9.Are you also involved with any other musical projects? I used to be, but AEZH MORVARC'H is enough work now to focus on. I hate flitting from one thing to another as I hate fast-food ; It would be the best way to put a bullet in myself. So we take it easy. The plan is now to be strong enough. At our stage, dividing is weakening.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future? The first and second EPs are a two-part album containing the last songs I have made, dating back to 2010. My only purpose is now to live long enough to edit or rerecord with a stable line-up what I've composed from 1996 : some dark and tortured in an old school way, some others epic with synths depending on the main theme of the lyrics. So,after the next EP, all what you will hear will be older but more mature too ; as a good wine, the older, the better.

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? From an early age, I have been listening to three range of music altogether : great composers, most of them from Northern and Eastern Europe ; modern and traditional celtic music (from Ireland to Scotland, from Wales to Brittany, from the revolutionary Alan STIVELL to the guitar virtuosos Jean-Charles GUICHEN, Soig SIBERIL and Patrice MARZIN) ; and, last but not least, Metal music.
I don't really update my musical listenings these days. In fact I haven't done it since 2007, when the Metal shop 'Ifern an Naoned' definitely closed its doors in the city where I was living at that time. So what I am listening to now and the bands which participated in defining the way my music has to follow are mainly : TAAKE, WINDIR, KVIST who sing in their native language, the first ENSLAVED and BORKNAGAR albums, BURZUM, CARPATHIAN FOREST, ABIGOR, Old SETHERIAL, old EPHEL DUATH, BLUT AUS NORD, etc. : bands which really make me feel that they looked inside and deep into themselves to deliver their very personal music, regardless to the highlights or cloning who they admire.

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

AEZH MORVARC'H is True Breton Black Metal...
Ma revr gant an drevadennourien ! Breizh da viken !!!*

*Colonialists, fuck you ! Brittany forever !

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Ritual Possession/Solitude/2015 EPh Review

dimanche 10 mai 2015 à 06:28

 Ritual  Possession  are  a  duo  from Tennessee  that plays  a very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Solitude".

  A very  dark  and raw  black  metal  sound  starts off the  album  and  a  few  seconds  the  music  the  music  goes  into  a  more  faster  direction  and  adds  high  pitched  screams  and  blast beats  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  whole  album  has  a very old  school  feeling.

  While  the  band  is  from  the  United  States  their  music  style has  a  very  vintage  early 90's  European  black  metal  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount of  melody coming  out  of  the  guitar  riffing at  times  and  on later tracks a  small  amount  of  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  last  2  tracks  also  bring  in a  small  amount  of  keyboards  and  noises.

  Ritual Possession  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sounding while  also  adding  in  decent amount of  grimness  and  melody,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and  while  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  cold  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ritual  Possession  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark, raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beneath  The Demon  Moon"  and "Black Winds  Of  The  Mountain". 8  out  of  10.    . 

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Groteskh/Code: End/Cursed Productions/2015 CD Review

dimanche 10 mai 2015 à 05:29

  Groteskh  are  a  band from Austria  that  plays  a  very  raw,  epic  and  melodic form of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Code:End"  which  was  released  by  Cursed  Productions.

  A  very  distorted  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  and starts  to  get  heavier  with  each  second  along with  some  spoken  word  parts  before  taking  the  music  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  music direction  which  also  shows  blast  beats  and  grim,  high  pitched  screams  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and the  songs  also  bring  in  a  modern  Nordic  feeling  at  times.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also used  briefly  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having a  very  powerful  sound to  them  and  some  of  the  songs  also  use  a  small amount  of  clean  playing  and  some  of  the riffs  have  a  technical  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the riffs  bring  in  elements  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences and  the  band  also  proves  on  all  of  the  tracks  that they  can  play  there musical  instruments  very  well and  some  songs  also  bring in  a  small  amount  of  depressive  and atmospheric  elements  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  last  track  also  introduces  Spanish  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Groteskh  plays  a  style  of  black metal  that  is very  modern,  dark,  raw,  melodic  and  technical and  also  mixes  in  the  melodies  and  epic  structures of  some  of  the  mid  80's  Norwegian  and  Swedish  black  metal  bands  with  the  more current  style  to  create  a  sound of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Groteskh  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a fan of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Delusions  Of  Immortality"  "Doomdevil"  "Code:End"  and  "Moral  Pessimist".  8  out  of  10. 

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Vulturine/Tentaculos da Aberracao/Caverna Abismal Records/2015 CassetteRe-IssueReview

dimanche 10 mai 2015 à 04:04

  Vulturine  are  a band  from Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Tentaculos da Aberracao"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  by Caverna  Abismal  Records  in  the  year  of  2015.

  Ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  metla  sound  that  alos  utilizes  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  that  can  also  get  very  grim  at  times  and  the  music  seems  to  be  equally  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  waves  of  the  black  metal  genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts    and  the  music  also  brings  in  melody  and  atmospheric  elements  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  bit  of  the  modern Swedish  satanic/occult  black  metal  sound  at  times.  and  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  vocals  get  deep  and  demonic  they  give the  songs  more  of  a  blackened  death metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and the  last  track  also  brings  in  a brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars. 

  Vulturine  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  sounding  as  well  as  having  a  sound  that  would  appeal  to  both  modern  and  old school  fans  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  their  native  tongue  and  cover  Satanism,  Misanthropy  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vulturine  are  a very  great  sounding  raw,  grim  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devotion"  and  "You  are  Cancelled".  8  out  of  10.

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Verlassen/Demo 2015 Review

dimanche 10 mai 2015 à 02:57

  Verlassen  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015 demo.

  Clean  yet somewhat  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  demo along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  and  dark  sounding synths  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music starts  going for  more  of  a  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  which  also  brings  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  a  lo-fi feeling.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  melodic  yet  depressive  feeling to  the  recording  and  the  synths  at times  bring  an  ambient  feeling  to  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well as  a  couple  instrumentals with  the  second  one  being  an  ambient  piece  that  closes  the demo  and  the  songs  on  the  demo  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Verlassen  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  mid paced,  raw  and  depressive  while  also  mixing  in  atmospheric  and  ambient  elements  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  depressive  themes.    

  In  my  opinion  Verlassen  are a  very great  sounding  atmospheric,  depressive  black  metal  project  and  if  you  area  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sicht  Auf  Den  Schmerz"  and  "Weg  In  Die  Freiheit".  8  out  of  10. 

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