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Funerary Bell Interview

vendredi 27 février 2015 à 19:04
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new up?

At the moment we are composing material and rehearsing for our second full length and some upcoming gigs.

2.In April you have a 2 song ep coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The new EP was recorded professionally with a full 5-piece line up while the previous catalog was more or less home produced and usually max three members performing. Our updated sound is rooted very heavily on traditional heavy and death metal, having some hints of black metal here and there and this time we added also way more keyboards than before.

3.Your lyrics cover some Occult topics,can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?

When I was a kid and youngster I experienced some bizarre hauntings which led me to study more about otherwordly topics. I'm lucky that I kept my eyes open and never killed my inner child as the world is so much more than what one who spends his life in a rat race can ever expect.

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

As our themes and imagery deal more or less with death and decay, the name is perfect. Since my childhood I've always been into the calm mood of the churchyards.

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?

If I have to choose one word that describes our show perfectly it would be energetic. In my opinion our best show this far was the band's debut gig in Ilokivi in spring 2013, a club in our home town.

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

We will play at Saturnal Fest in Jyväskylä with some other Finnish bands in 24th of April. Maybe some little European touring will follow in autumn but those plans will be revealed later.

7.The new ep is coming out on Saturnal Records,can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It's a fresh Finnish label with very professional attitude, formed by some of our mates. Perfect for our band.

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

Very good. Most of our dedicated fans come from Southern Europe.

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?

Besides Funerary Bell (and some related bands) I'm currently working with a new punk / new wave project involving also other Finnish metal musicians. I'm not too sure what our other members are doing with their bands so I'm speaking only on my behalf.

10.When can we expect to see another full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

The new full length will be released in 2016 through Saturnal Records. The album will continue the direction we set with Graveyard Séance EP.

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?

I have always been into metal / rock / punk etc. Nowadays I'm mostly spinning stuff like Iggy and The Stooges, Lords Of The New Church, Paul Chain, Fields Of The Nephilim, Acheron, Rotting Christ, Master's Hammer to name a few.

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

Thanks for your support!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/funerary-bell-interview.html


L.A.C.K/Where Everythings Gone/Depressive Illusions Records/2015 Demo Review

vendredi 27 février 2015 à 07:32

  L.A.C.K  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  post black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo  "Where  Everything's  Gone".

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  which  is  also  done  in  more  of  a  post  metal  direction  and  after  the  intro  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  minute  later  the  clean  playing  from  the  intro  also  returns  along  with  some  clean  singing  female  vocals  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  electric  guitars  are  added  into  the  music.

  Once  the  music  gets  heavy  it  goes  for  a  very  slow  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  utilizes  high  pitched  depressive  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  most  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  ep  progresses  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  last  track  is a  cover  of  Nocturnal  Depression's  "Host".

  L.A.C.K  plays  a  very  slow,  dark  and  depressive  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  also  has  a  good  mixture  of  rawness  and  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  L.A.C.K  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive,  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Wanderings  Into  Infinity".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/lackwhere-everythings-gonedepressive.html


Twilight Fauna/Old ThunderBloodlines//Into The Night Records/2015 Split Cassette Review

vendredi 27 février 2015 à 06:24

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Tennessee's  Twilight  Fauna  and  Kentucky's  Old  Thunder  called  "Bloodlines"  which  was  released  by  Into  The  Night  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Twilight  Fauna a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  his  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  singing  vocals  that  give  the  music  an  Americana  feeling  and  after  awhile  flutes  are  added  into  the  song  and  they  also  bring  in  more  elements  of  folk  music  and  on  the  following  track  which  is  also  13  minutes  in  length  the  music  adds  in  electric  guitars  which  also  take  the song  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  that  kick  in  after  awhile,  the  acoustic  guitars  from  the  first  track  are  also  used  briefly  on  the  second  song  while  the  heavier  parts  stick  to  a  slower  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  human  spirits  and  old  gods  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Revelation  (Conceding  The  Scars)".

  Next  up  is  Old  Thunder  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  sludge  metal.

  A  very  distorted  yet melodic  sound  which  also  gives  the  music  a  post  metal  feeling  starts  off  his  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  after  a  minute  heavy  doom  metal  guitars  and  grim  sludge  style  screams  which also  have  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  them  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  melodies  also  stick  around  in  both  the  leads  and riffs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts,  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suffering,  Appalachian  Life,  Faith  and  Literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Old  Thunder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK   "Burnt  Bone  Garland".  

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  the  more  atmospheric  sides  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal.  8  out  of  10.             

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/twilight-faunaold-thunderbloodlinesinto.html


Xharhnah/Crown/Depressive Illusions/2015 EP Review

jeudi 26 février 2015 à 22:09

  Xharhnah  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  depressive  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Crown"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  ep  which  also  uses  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  doom  metal  guitar  leads  and  high  pitched  depressive  screams  make  their  present  on  the  recording  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  being  added  a  few seconds  later.

  You  can hear  a  lot  of  elements  of  dark  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Kharhnah  takes  a  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  dark  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Spirituality,  Feelings  and  Mysticism.

  In  my  opinion  Xharhnah  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Crown".  8  out  of  10.  


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/xharhnahcrowndepressive-illusions2015.html


Pohjast/Matused/Stormspell Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 26 février 2015 à 20:07

  Pojhast  are  an  international  band with  members  from  Canada,  Finland  and Estonia  that  plays  a  Nordic  style  of  viking/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Matused"  which  was  released  by  Stormspell  Records.

  A  very  distorted  guitar  lead  and  tribal  style  drums  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more heavy  and  melodic  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  clean  singing  viking  metal  vocals  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of  Viking  era  Bathory  influences  in  it  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Unlike  with  the  previous  album  which  focused  more  on  a  Norwegian  influenced  style  of  frostbitten  black  metal  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  pure  pagan/viking  metal  direction  along  this  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  doom  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  stick  to  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  while  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length

  Pohjast  move  away  from  the  black  metal  sound  of  the  previous  material  and  creates  a  pure  and  melodic  style  of  viking  metal  on  this  recording  while  also  bringing  in  a  heavier  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  Paganism,  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my opinion  Pohjast  are  a  very  great  sounding  viking  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rune  Of  Dissolution"  and  "In  The  Shadow  of  The  Glass  Cross".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/pohjastmatusedstormspell-records2014-cd.html