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Neveo/Re Un/Avantgarde Music/2016 Full Length Review

lundi 30 mai 2016 à 22:29

  Nevoa  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album "Re  Un"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  that  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  neo  folk  direction  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  and  also  brings  in  elements  of  doom  metal  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  mixes  both  the  clean  and  heavier  parts  together  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  elements  of  post  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  direction  and  all  of  the  songs  stick to  either a slow or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  touch  of  psychedelia.

  Nevoa  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  while  also  adding  in  doom  metal  style  riffing  and  a  touch  of  neo  folk  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  darkness,  solitude  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nevoa  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Contemplation:'  and  "Closure".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/neveore-unavantgarde-music2016-full.html


Evnar/E.V.N.A.R/The Vinyl Division/2016 Vinyl Review

lundi 30 mai 2016 à 20:26

  Evnar  are  a  band  from Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "E.V.N.A.R"  which  was  released  by  The  Vinyl  Division.

  Dark  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  riffs  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while t he  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  Swedish  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars.

  Evnar  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Evnar  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blasphemia  Manifesta"  "Death  is  in  the  Air  (Stench  Of  The  Slain)"  and  "my  Cremation".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/evnarevnarthe-vinyl-division2016-vinyl.html


Panychida Interview

dimanche 29 mai 2016 à 19:42
Answers: Honza V. (guitars)

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

Hi. Well the album is out very shortly. We were working on the release a lot. Doing all the advertising, preparing the limited edition of the album, working a lot with the label on some YT advertising videos and stuff. Shortly before the album went out we had come back from a Mexico tour that we did together with INFERNO and ARMADA. And now we are getting ready for 3 gigs with DORDEDUH in Germany. Now we are also packing and sending out the pre-orders. Still a lot to do ;-)

2.In May you have a new album 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?

This one was a bit of an experiment for us. We didn´t plan an album sounding like this. But all of a sudden some songs sounding more orchestral and simple popped up. So we gave it a try. We completed these with some others and the original idea of releasing a bit different sounding EP evolved into a regular album. The difference is in the sound. But it is still PANYCHIDA, melodic and based on the metal feeling. 

3.A lot of the lyrics on the new album where inspired by the Carlos Ginzburg nover "Night Battles' which was about the Benandati Witch Cult of the Witch burning Times, what inspires you to write some lyrics about this novel and also do you feel Ginzburg's look has been over looked during the years?

I know the story for years. I always found it very interesting. And now when I heard the new songs I tried to study the story a bit more and gave it a try. The story Ginzburg describes in his book is connected with some other legends from all around the Europe. Basically it is about the living, who fight for the good of the society and about the cult of the dead who visits the living at some occasions of the year. I think there were some critics of what Ginzburg wrote, but it is the level of scholars and that´s not important for the story itself nor for our album. It is dreaming, we don´t need any exact science to burn the veil of mystery.

4.You also had some lyrics about the Livonian Werewolf from Estonia, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Mythology of that country?

It is not about interest in the mythology of Estonia… The song is there because it is connected to the legends I mentioned above. The same goes for the song called Perchtenlaufen. The flocks of the dead – like The Wild Hunt were in some forms of the myth lead by Perchta or Holda – an old pagan goddess. And the Werewolf legend shows some evidences of this creature fighting for the good of the society and protecting the society from Evil. The is a red line between all these legends and how they are spread around the continent in different forms.

5.While the band members are atheist the Pagan lyrics have always been very well researched, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

The fact is I’m not very much interested in the “so called” pagan lyrics. That was the domain of our original singer and it somehow stayed with us. I am much more interested in history and different legends and old stories, but I would not call it pagan. I also like reading about the old times, but from a different point of view – I’m searching for the reconstructions of how people lived in the past, but not necessarily in the “pagan” history. Actually the beliefs of last few centuries where we can still find the evidences of heathen thinking is very interesting and it inspires me much more than reconstruction of something that is actually hard to reconstruct due to lack of evidences.

6.Some of your lyrics have also been fantasy orientated, are there any fantasy authors that have had an influence on your song writing?

Yeah, because music is also fun and fantasy is inspiring from that point of view that it makes you dream. I was always a fan of Robert Holdstock, so we did a song called Ryhope. Then I really appreciated works of some sci-fi authors, but there is no place for sci-fi in PANYCHIDA. The band is about different kind of dreaming. I cannot recall any other fantasy author actually who would have a direct influence on our lyrics than R.Holdstock.

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

I don´t know how to describe our stage performance. It is a metal performance. Nothing less, nothing more. We don´t do anything like using swords and axes if you are asking about it. We are primarily a METAL band and that´s it. We did some really good shows on our tour with ANGANTYR recently, also some gigs in Mexico are unforgettable. But we did so many shows that it is hard to pick out one exact. Sometimes you do better, sometimes you do worse. Really good is when people are in touch with you and they react on what you are playing. That´s the best, thus the nature of people in Mexico is much better than those of for example Germany. But everywhere you can meet good and bad crowd.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Well, for this year it seems we already did all the touring. We did it a bit opposite way and did it before the release. That´s wrong of course, but sometimes you are limited by the circumstances. So now we will only do the gigs with DORDEDUH and then some single gigs. More touring will come next year ;-)

9.The new album is coming out on Cursed Records, how would you compare working with this label to the other ones that you have worked with in the past?

It is just perfect for a band of our size. CR are doing very well and they are still coming up with new ideas. That´s good to see, that the label is totally in. Our previous labels just released the album and then silence. We had to work ourselves, now it is a cooperation and that´s how it should be. Of course CR is a small label, but we are a small band and we both are working on the same level so we understand each other. That´s very important.

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

As far as we can know based on the comments of facebook, YT and other social media, the feedback´s been good so far with every album. It is good that people are still coming and discovering the band. We have not encountered any negative and aggressive opinions. So it´s been good so far.

11.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?

Well, the priority is PANYCHIDA, so the others must be put aside when we work for the band. But MALLEPHYR will soon release a debut album and it is hell of a music. Very professional and dark for such a young guys. ET MORIEMUR are working on a new album and also will do some gigs in September. And our drummer he is active with many bands, but seems that nowadays PANYCHIDA is the most serious project he is involved in.

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

I think we will do more straightforward album next time. At least based on the songs we have already composed. But it will be still melodic and still PANYCHIDA. No big moves to unknown territories. But definitely it will be more metal and less of everything else.

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?

I grew up on heavy metal and that´s what still has the magic for me. But it must be raw heavy metal. Nothing like speed dragon warriors metal. I really like some of the younger bands like RAM, PORTRAIT, ENFORCER … but I can listen almost all kind of metal music except grind core. These days I’m on the new KATATONIA album, really love that band. Though it is very melancholic it still´s got the metal spirit and that´s what counts for me. I am not into pagan metal very much when it comes into choosing music. I also like some of the dark synth pop like CARPENTER BRUT, DANCE WITH THE DEAD… cool things when you are tired of metal.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Travelling and searching for new nice places. No need to go too far, there is many places worth visiting all around – I like going to Czech mountains, not too high, but quite mysterious and deep. It is also good to know where you are living, so I’m often in the nature here in CZ. Except that I like reading, but sometimes I must force myself. Yeah and trips on bicycle are cool ;-)

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

Of course I want to thank you for the space in your magazine. It is good to know there are people who appreciate what we are doing. I don´t have any special message, people should just watch around. The times we are living in are very nervous and difficult and it can get very bad very quickly. We should keep eyes open and enjoy what we have now, because it is gonna be over soon. So enjoy yourself while there are options to do so.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/panychida-interview.html


Gebrechlichkeit' Interview

vendredi 27 mai 2016 à 17:50
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
We were playing some more concerts and for this, the constellation of the musicians changed. Now grom on drums, Kveldulfur e- guitar and myself on bass guitar and vocals. We have get rid of the bassist, because it doens´t worked with him well.
Now it runs better then before; just three members, but they take the project and the music serious.

2.In March you had released a new album, 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?
A walk trough the darkness, beside the abyss, where you can hear bones breaking and the damned cream. This explain exactly how the sound goes.
The songs are more structured and produced at the point. It´s much better then the previous one.


3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Well, the last years I have focused primarily on the live project.
Ii am a perfectionist, too. You will see this work on layout of the album for example.
 Creating a new musical masterpiece is a fist full of work; everything about this album is, again, all done by myself.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?
Primarily fear, a deep unnormal suspect of oddities.. packed in methaphorical, ambiguity lyrics.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gebrechlichkeit'?
It is about the fragility and transience of human life, the experience for what black metal stands.
It has no context with burzum songs or stuff like this.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians on the recording?
Basically yes, but I think my sound could get (negative) influenced by this.
If it could be interested for me, I dont know yet.

7.What are some of the best shows your live line up has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
One of our best the concerts was in b-hof, wuerzburg. A nice location in an old winecellar. The place has an awesome atmosphere, perfect for our performance. One word for our show: repulsive.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
An own tour is instead of working time not possible.
But it´s also not easy to get gigs for coming years. For some organizer our show is too extreme, so that they dont want to take us again. We play exclusive concerts in special chosen locations, everywhere in germany. But for concerts outside from this country we're open, too.

9.The new album was released on 'Human To Dust', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The label HDT just working with black metal projects.
So far a good corporation. The owner lives not far away, so if there are any problems we can meet  and talk.


10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans of black metal?
Consistently positive. You know you can´t satisfy every different tastes of music, but fans who are interested in this music and lifestyle are fascinated.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Still making fuckin Plague'n'Roll


12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
In past Gorgoroth, for example, is a band which open a gate into a new world for me.
Today I´ve got no idols, I do my own stuff, go my own way. I dont want to step in footsteps, I will leave my own..

13.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
I am the god of my own world, I determine my way. Loving the negatives in life.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Like i did it every time:
Someone walking with blind eyes through life. Others are determined to accomplish bigger things. So I go my way for accomplishing great doings, that I'm going to immortal.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/gebrechkeit-interview.html


Noire Interview

vendredi 27 mai 2016 à 16:55
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

A)   Noire is a 'Progressive Black Metal' band coming from the bitter heart of Candada, Winnipeg.  We try to explore the more intricate sides of music; having acoustics, piano, and other instrumentation within our music.  This is done in contrast to the more traditional 'black metal' stereotype.  We put an emphasis on song structure, and melody.


2.You have a new ep coming out in July, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

A)   This album is quite different from our debut.  It's 6 tracks of mostly acoustic and ambiance tracks, centred around the main 'metal' song, "The Tracks of The Hunted".  We were able to write more focused and condensed ideas this time.  We always wanted to write more atmospheric and enchanting tracks.  We feel the recording is more specific to the atmosphere we're trying to capture, making it a more immersive and personal experience.

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

A)   Each song is is designed to emote a strong feeling that is inspired and cohesive with each performance piece.  We have a few overarching common themes that we try to emit through our music.  Sadness, isolation, darkness, and Death.  The lyrics are largely introspective and a result from being disenchanted by the world. 

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

 A) Noire as a name is simply something we thought implied a certain sophistication, all while implying an overall sense of darkness.  All of this while remaining vague enough not to musically put us in a box.

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?

Best show we played so far would have been Farmageddon.  We took to the stage, and instantly the sun started setting and it started raining almost snowing as we were playing.  As we were playing "Where Death Keeps" the rain was falling sideways from off stage, and our banners were blowing in the wind.  It was a very cold show.  Our stage performance is 'shock-and-awe', you can see the excitement in peoples faces as we ring through our first chord.

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

A) Noire will be taking to Western Canada this summer.  We were invited out to play Armstrong Metal Festival, and planned a two and a half week tour around it.  The dates are as follows:
      July 2 – Winnipeg, The Windsor

July 6 – Calgary, Distortion Live Music Venue

July 7 – Edmonton, Brixx Bar & Grill

July 8 – Vancouver, The Astoria

July 9 – Penticton, The Legion

July 10 – Victoria, Logans Pub

July 11 – Nanaimo, The Cambie

July 14 – Prince George, Artspace at Books & Company

July 15 – 17 Armstrong, Armstrong Metal Fest

July 18 – Banff ‘Secret Show’

July 21 – Red Deer, The Vat

July 22 – TBA

July 23 – Regina, The exchange

Past this we're looking into breaking into new markets, either the US or Europe for sometime in 2017.

7.The new ep is self released, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

A) Yes, we have parted ways with DeathBound Records for our upcoming release, on good terms.  We were weighing out some options for release of this record with several labels, but we have decided in the end a self release of our EP would be best, and to work with these labels in the future.  This all being said, we have talks with a few international labels who want to distribute the EP.

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

Going off a few reviews of the first album we seem to have some international fans in Greece, and Russia.  Within a few days of release Dark Reverence was uploaded to several Russian websites, We expect about the same with this new EP.

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?

A) For most of us this is our main project.  Josh our newest member and drummer is part of a local progressive group.


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

A)  We plan on heading in more of the direction of our EP for future releases.  We want to incorporate more atmospheric progressions and tie this in with our strong string leadership, and the dual guitar harmonies.

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?

A)  We're heavily influenced by Opeth, Dissection, Enslaved, Opeth, Emperor, and Ulver.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

A) We have dabbled in many things as a group, we all attain to be healthy humans through exercise.  And of course, Coffee. 

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

A)  We feel this upcoming EP is our strongest effort yet.  We're very pleased with the production, and our overall goal we feel has been met.  The Tracks of The Hunted will be available to pre-order off our bandcamp for $1 (https://noiredarkmetal.bandcamp.com/), this is done in order to spread the darkness further.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/noire-interview.html