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Earth And Pillars Interview

mercredi 28 janvier 2015 à 11:02
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Me (Z) and the bass player (I) started playing together a long time ago, but we haven't been a real band until we met F, back in 2013. From then on, we really started thinking about arranging ideas in the form of songs, rather than just playing riffs together. I've been composing material for (what was to become) Earth and Pillars since a long time, but until 2013 they were vague shapes of songs, they were more pieces of atmosphere, a soliloquy for myself.

2.In December you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well, I would say it is simply black metal. The focus is on the atmosphere and this is the reason why songs are "long" and somehow repetitive. Repetition and “fluency" are the basic ingredients which can really evoke atmospheres: the evolution of feelings and emotions is slow, and thus music needs to reflect this aspect. It’s a sort of ritualistic and spiritual side of music, capable of strengthening and clarifying the essence of experiences in life.

The sound comes naturally from the atmosphere: the massive wall of guitars you can hear in "Earth I" is connected to the overwhelming power of sensations and emotions to which nature gives rise. Instead of a classic “necro”/low quality-production, the use of huge reverbs on highly distorted (yet distinguishable) guitars creates the effect of resonant melodies in open areas.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
This answer is somehow connected to the previous answer. Earth and Pillars focuses on nature (earth) and our world (pillars), the world we built and in which we live in: the contrast, the apparent incompatibility of these two entities is one of the things that puzzles me most. I always had the feeling that there is something magical between humans and nature, something we are almost forgetting or even worse rejecting: the relationship between us and nature is something capable of unveiling a lot of our experiences, of our true essence.

So it is not a mere description of a landscape, of nature itself, but everything about Earth and Pillars is connected to the relationship between me and nature, it is a reflection of my feelings into music. The sound/atmosphere of "Earth I" itself represents the sense of smallness that I often feel when I'm in wild areas: this sense of smallness does not mean at all something negative, demeaning or depressing, rather a sense of reverence towards nature and existence. “Earth I” can be seen as a long ritual, a spiritual cycle in water, where a lot of topics are metaphorically explored through nature.

4.The album title was 'Earth I', do you have a concept planned out for the recordings?
Yes there is a concept which will be developed in the first three albums. I have already started working on the second, even before "Earth I" was finished, and hopefully it will be ready by the end of this year. If "Earth I" is mainly focused on nature, next album will be centered on my (human) experience: it will be related to a trail I often follow during winter times.

The other thing I'm willing to anticipate is that next album won't be "Earth II"..so, it's an easy guess.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Earth And Pillars'?
It is hard to recall exactly when the name came to my mind for the first time. In that period of my life (around 2012) I was reading a lot of Rilke, Holderlin and Montale’s works, and the words "Earth" and "Pillars" can be found often in their texts. I think these two images started to slowly grow inside me, building the final shape of what was the idea I already had in mind.


6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
We never did live shows, just some "live rehearsing" for friends. For the moment being, there is no opportunity to have a full live line-up, furthermore I'll live abroad for some months. Except this practical reasons, I'm not much interested in live shows, I prefere to focus on writing and composing new music, it is something that I really need to do, something I feel as a part of myself.

Playing live is something that requires a lot of dedication and work: you need to rehearse constantly and to be able to reproduce the same feeling of the album on a stage, something that is often really hard to do. In this moment of my life I prefer to use my energies on other aspects of life I find more "worthy".

But this doesn't mean a live show will never happen...


7.The album was released on Avantgarde Music, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
Yes, we are really happy and honored to be part of Avantgarde Music: Roberto had been really positive from the very beginning. I sent him a rough "demo" of “Earth I", without vocals and synths, before mixing and mastering was done, and yet he was interested in the development of the album. So, when the work was almost done I sent him a better quality "demo" and the deal was done, immediately. We couldn't ask for anything better: he has been really supportive to us and he is still doing a lot to promote our music.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
I would say highly positive and a bit unexpected. We were not really aware of what we were doing, especially for me, it was impossible to judge those songs, they were/are part of me and, even now, I'm not able to say that I'm satisfied or disappointed.

The "third" person judgement is something I'm not used to: I've always composed music for myself and the "coming out" was something that I both "feared" and I was not searching for. But yes, it happened, somehow, and the response and interest has been far above our expectation.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It is unpredictable, I have two others albums in my mind, one finished and the other one still a work in progress. Everything I composed so far is atmospheric black metal, so the only thing I can say is that the next two albums will be in the same (yet different) direction of "Earth I". Earth and Pillars was born for this and black metal is its natural essence: I'm pretty sure that I will remain on this path until the “doors” on the Earth and Pillars world will close.


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?
My biggest musical influences are Paysage d’Hiver, Darkspace, Lunar Aurora and Blut Aus Nord: of course, I do not forget Burzum as the father of atmospheric black metal but, due to the "time distance” between me and “Hvis Lyset Tar Oss", I’m more bonded to bands who developed their sound when I was already into black metal.
Also doom and funeral (Thergothon, Skepticism, Evoken, Nortt for instance) can be considered an influence: the slow evolution of these music is something that is not so far from what I'm searching with Earth and Pillars.
Besides metal, I listen to atmospheric folk (Tenhi, Valì, Nest) and ambient: these two styles are, in different ways, connected to my passion for atmosphere and they play an important role too, in developing my sound.

In these months, I’m listening mostly to Paysage d'Hiver (of course, it’s winter), Darkspace, The Ruins of Beverast and the new album of Arstidir Lifsins (one of the greatest band of the last 4-5 years).


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
As I have already said, I love reading, especially poetry.
I also hike a lot, almost every weekend if possible, and this is for sure one of the biggest source of inspiration to create music for Earth and Pillars. Actually, the photos you find in the artwork of “Earth I” are all taken from my roamings in nature.
I’m not a “party guy”, I don’t like dancing or going to clubs and discos, so that’s it eheheh...



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for your interest in Earth and Pillars. It has been a pleasure to answer to your questions.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/earth-and-pillars-interview.html


Diapsiquir/LSD/Necrocosm/2015 CD Review

mercredi 28 janvier 2015 à 10:24

  Diapsiquir  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw,  experimental  and  industrial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "LSD"  which  was  released  by  Necrocosm.

  Distorted  noises  and  spoken  word  parts  which  are  also used  quite  a  bit  later  on  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  industrial  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  hateful  sounding  screams  and  the  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  melodies  being  added in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  has  an  atmospheric  background.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  are  also  some  parts  where  you  can  hear  melodic  guitar  leads  and  machine  style  vocals,,  avant  garde  singing  as  well  as  a  brief use  of  operatic  female  vocals  and  the  album  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  experimental  elements  and  synths  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  black  metal  screams  start  to  get  more  high  pitched  while  the  music  art  times  also brings  in  growls  along  with  incorporating  a  slight death  metal  influence  into  their  musical  style.

  Diapsiquir  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw,  chaotic yet  melodic at  the  same  time  and  also  mixes  in  element s of  industrial,  experimental  and  avant  garde  music  to  create  a  very  original  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Lust,  Urban  Degeneracy  and  Deviance.

  In  my  opinion  Diapsiquir  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  experimental,  industrial  black  metal  band and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan  Postmortem"  "Lubie  Satanique  Depraave"  and  "G.A.S".  8  out  of  10.

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/diapsiquirlsdnecrocosm2015-cd-review.html


AegeonNocturnal Glorification/Elegy Records/2014 CD Review

mardi 27 janvier 2015 à 08:32

  Aegeon  are  a  1  man  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric,  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Nocturnal  Glorification"  which  was  released  by  Elegy  Records.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along   with  some  grim  screams  and  an  atmospheric  background  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  at  times the  music  can  also  be  melodic  with  both  the  guitar  riffing  and  leads  along  with  a  few  tracks  that  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length

  Whispers  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  depressive  screams  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  slight  ambient  black  metal  feeling  that  seems  to  have  some  USBM  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  speeds  up  at  times  while  also  introducing  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  onto  the  recording.

  Aegeon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic,  grim,  melodic  and  atmospheric  while  also  sticking  to  more  of  a  slow  or  mid  paced  style  and  the  music  also  keeps  around  a  good  portion  of  raw  elements,  the  production  has  a  very  dark, r aw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Inner  Darkness  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aegeon  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Glorification  Of  The  New  Pandemia"  "The  Cult  Of  The  October"  and  "The  Eternal  March  Of  The  Nameless".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/aegeonnocturnal-glorificationelegy.html


Darvulia/Sektarism/Nuclear War Now Productions/2015 Split Album Review

mardi 27 janvier 2015 à 07:11

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  France's  Darvulia  and  Sektarism  which  was  released  by  Nuclear  War  Now  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Darvulia  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  distorted  sounding  bass  guitar  sound  starts  off  their  side  of  the  split  and  stick  to  a  very  slow,  dark  and  repetitive  direction  for  a  few  minutes  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  drum  beats  being  brought  in  at  times  and  as  the  song  progresses  more  occult  style  soundscapes  can  be  heard  while  a  few  minutes later  grim  voices  are  added  onto  the  track  and  they  also  bring  in  more  of  a  black  metal  influence  when  they  are  utilized  while  a  few  minutes  later  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard    and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  the  only  track  being  17  minutes  in  length  which  they  also  close  with  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  riff.

  In  my  opinion  Darvulia  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Sektarism  a  band  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  form  of  funeral  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  melodic  ritualistic  chanting  and  drum  beats  before  adding  in  more  of  a  heavy  and  dark  funeral  doom  metal  sound  while  also  keeping  around  the  chants  while  also  adding  in  more  of  an  understandable  approach  to  growling  and  screaming  vocals  that  also  have  somewhat  of  a  black  metal  feeling  to  them  as  well  as some  spoken  word  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  song  is  over  20  minutes  along  with  occult  style  lyrics.

  In  my  opinion  Sktarism  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ritualistic  music  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fan s of  black  metal,  funeral  doom  and  ritualistic  music.  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/darvuliasektarismnuclear-war-now.html


Keep Of Kalessin/Epistomology/Indie Recordings/2015 CD Review

mardi 27 janvier 2015 à 03:38

  Keep  Of  Kalessin  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  is  very  well  known  and  also  have  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  this  recording  shows  them  going  even  more  towards  a  mainstream  style  of  melodic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Epistomology"  which  will b e  released  in  February  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  dark  science  fiction  style  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  while  still  having  an  atmospheric  background  and  a  few  seconds  alter  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  all  of  th e musicla  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent,  skill  and  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  After  awhile  grim  black  metal  vocals  find  their  way  into  the  music  while  melodic  singing  is  still  used  on  quite  of  a  regular  basis  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  just  like  many  other  Norwegian  black  metal  bands  before  them  the  music  has  gone  in  more  of  a  mainstream  direction  and  lacks  the  power  of  the  earlier  material  while  they  have  progresses  quite  a  bit  as  musicians  and  have  a  modern  style  to  them.

  Keep  Of  Kalessin  creates  an  album  that  still  has  roots  in  black  metal  but  also  mixes  in  more  of  a  melodic  and  modern  thrash  sound  that  continues  the  progression  they  have  been  making  with  previous  recordings  and  while  the  music  is  not  bad  it  would  not  more  accepted  by  some  of  the  fans  of  their  earlier  material,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  decent  sounding  recording  from  Keep  Of  Kalessin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  their  newer  material,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Spiritual  Relief"  "Necropolis"  and  "Epistomology".  7/5  out  of  10.  

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/keep-of-kalessinepistomologyindie.html