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Snakebearer Interview

mardi 24 octobre 2017 à 03:56
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a  little bit about the musical project?
Snakebearer is at the moment one man project/band that draws inspiration and imagery from black metal and mixes it with variety of other metal genres.

 2.In July you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
My first idea was to play "regressive metal" in contrast of all the complex song structures and riffs that some of my previous bands had. Well, this isn't that "regressive", but having more of the
traditional verse-chorus-verse -structures of pop/rock songs is a integral part of the concept. Although I use mainly growled or screamed vocals, I try to have melodies and hooks in the songs, but probably in more subtle form than what any kind of pop music would have.

3.You refer to your music as 'blackened pop metal', can you tell us alittle bit more about this term?
I used the term "blackened pop metal" to emphasize the fact that this band doesn't try to be "true" in any black metal sense, and instead of being watered down black metal, it is lighter metal that has been "blackened".

 4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Lyrical topics range from the Finnish melancholy and depression to ritual perversions. The song that the demo was named after, Throes, has drawn its lyrical inspiration from Finnish folk poetry compilation Kanteletar, even having some lines directly translated from it, but having mostly modern, surreal settings to it. Amorphis used the direct English translations of poems from Kanteletar in their album Elegy, my approach to this is very different, as I reinterpret the poems and their feelings much more freely. Songs that will be recorded later will explore this theme more. And like I mentioned early, third song on the demo is about satanic sex ritual, and the middle one can most easily be
interpreted as a description of a zombie apocalypse.

 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Snakebearer'?
Snakebearer is what some call the thirteenth zodiac sign, Ophiuchus, more commonly translated as serpent-bearer. One can contemplate all the symbolism that is associated with snakes and what could be said about a man that can hold and carry one

 6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
Although I recorded everything myself, I am open to working with other musicians. Playing live is something I aim to do when I find the right people to play with me.

 7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
On a worldwide level Snakebearer hasn't gathered much attention yet, the forementioned concept of "real" band that plays live would probably help immensely, as new music is published with the help of Internet more than anyone can or cares to follow.

 8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
At the moment I am not involved in other active bands, although I have another solo-project named Archeodecadent, that sporadically explores the sub-genres of black metal from minute long semi-improvised songs to over half hour long ambient black metal piece. I may do session vocals
to a certain band, but that will be seen in the future. And for the blasphemy of it, I last week wrote and recorded a rap verse to feature in a Finnish occult themed hip hop record.

 9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
For the future of my musicianship, I try to constantly learn more. Not with just instruments that I already play, but also learning completely new instruments. Learning to play drums skillfully enough would be probably the main objective. As I record everything at my home studio, homing that craft and gathering better equipment is also quite essential part of my musicianship

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had aninfluence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I listen too much of everything to list, as it depends completely on what mood I am. When I have spend week practicing and recording metal I often more rather listen to Finnish schlager than anything with distorted guitars. From black metal bands, at least judging by my record collection, Impaled Nazarene and Xasthur are large influences for me.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
For non musical interests... At the moment I don't think I have time for them as I have two (or four, depending on month) jobs and I am finishing my studies and doing my master's thesis. Which also serves as an explanation for answering to this interview so late. Sorry.

 12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
This was first interview I have made for this project. Thanks for this possibility.


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Eneferens Interview

mardi 24 octobre 2017 à 03:44

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

Eneferens is a project that I started in December of 2015. It showcases everything that I love about heavy music, combining elements of black metal, doom, melodic death metal as well as many other influences including shoegaze and post rock. The idea was to to just make beautiful music and do it from the ground up by myself.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
I feel that (and hope that) the music comes across as very honest - nothing is more than what it needs to be. The songs are very up in down in terms of dynamics as well as levels of heaviness. Contrast is a very important element in the sound. My clean vocals are a drastic change from my harsh vocals just as the clean guitar tones are on the opposite spectrum of the distorted ones. Still though a cohesion brings it all together smoothly and naturally. I toy with dissonance, but overall, the music is very melodic compared to many bands in similar genres because it is the vehicle I know best to really drive the emotive qualities that I set out to present.

3.In less than 2 years you have released 2 full lengths and an ep, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

I spend as much time as possible sitting with a guitar or in front of the drum kit, so yes absolutely. Life can be very busy and I still feel like I don't make enough time for composing and playing, but I make an effort to everyday because it is a beautiful, almost therapeutic thing for me. It's exciting to come up with some great ideas and form songs, so I do it a lot and thrive from it.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Lyrics are always the hardest part of the songwriting process for me because I feel like I can tap into feelings and express emotions through music alone much more easily. Lyrics don't seem to come as naturally to me, so I have to dig a little bit. Most themes and topics are about internal struggle, and I often relate things to the beauty and grandeur of nature and its processes. I'm incredibly inspired by nature and I reflect on that in fitting moments. I take a bit of time with the lyrics and do the best I can to make sure that no matter the topic, they are genuine and and an accurate reflection of my mind.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eneferens'?

The name 'Eneferens' came to me in a dream actually. It didn't have a significant meaning when I awoke, but the name stuck with me. Later I dissected the word into its greek roots and came up with my own definition which is, "to carry within one's self." This resonated profoundly with me because of the introspective nature of the way I make music and so the name stuck. It's one of those strange things where I feel like it chose me.

6.You record all the music by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I am absolutely open to collaborative efforts with people - I was in three bands while living in the city I attended college in. Eneferens was the first project where I took everything into my own hands and made no compromises other than my own physical limitations to make the music I wanted to, which turned out to be a fun form of self expression. I really enjoy playing music with other people and hope to do so much more in the future. Outside perspectives and ideas from other great musicians can be very important and refreshing and I definitely recognize that.

7.Originally the musical project was from Montana but now located in Minnesota, what was the cause of the move and also how would you compare the metal scene in both states?

I have a couple of close friends in the Minneapolis area involved in the scene - Jake (Circadian Ritual, Panopticon), Austin (Panopticon) and Tanner (Obsequiae) which helped me choose Minnesota to try something new out. I'm an audio engineer as well as a musician and so I moved to the twin cities in the pursuit of doing more on both facets. The entertainment industry in Montana is much smaller due to the low populations there, but that's not to say by any means that there aren't good music scenes there. Particularly Bozeman, MT has a very supportive scene filled with great bands and musicians which sometimes gets overlooked because it's a bit removed from more densely populated areas. The scene in Minneapolis is great from what I've experienced in my short time here so far, and I'm excited to be a part of it.

8.On the ep you had done a cover of 40 Watt Sun's "Restless", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

All of the music that Patrick Walker has put out has always had a special place in my heart, especially Warning's "Watching From A Distance" record. The track "Restless" has been a favorite of mine since "The Inside Room" came out, and I've played it many times at open mics around Montana, so it seemed like a logical choice especially with how I was feeling around the time of the EP's creation. I hope my version does it justice, it's a beautiful painful song.

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

Eneferens is by no means a 'purist' approach to the subgenre, and because of that some people have been critical of my use of clean vocals. Clean vocals will definitely always remain a staple in the project's sound without a doubt though. Overall though the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging and I'm blown away by that.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

It's hard to say. There's so much I would like to do musically, even beyond the confines of metal. I will definitely continue to output as much music as I am able to, and I have a good feeling about the direction I'm going. I'm projecting that touring will become a regular thing for me soon because I love playing and traveling. It would be great to be able to support myself with my music and post-production audio work and I'm doing what I can to make that work eventually. Music is too important to me to not fully immerse myself in it.

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?

My musical tastes are constantly expanding and I listen to and take influence from many genres. Alcest and early Opeth records are big ones for me, but also alternative bands like The National and the Spanish band Neuman have had a profound effect on how I think about and write music. Some great metal I've been listening to include the new Sun of the Sleepless record, Night In Gales' 1997 album "Towards the Twilight", and "Departure" by Sunken. Some non-metal acts I've been enjoying recently are Bohren and Der Club of Gore, Agnes Obel and the new Kauan record.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I enjoy painting immensely as well as experiencing nature through hiking, camping, and fishing. Art and nature in most respects are the heart of my interests and everything stems from there.

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

Thanks for the interview and thank you to everyone who has listened to and supported Eneferens. Expect a new full length album fairly soon! Cheers.

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Grabak Interview

mardi 24 octobre 2017 à 03:41
Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Well, it has been a very turbulent time. We recorded the album in May this year and since that there was no time to rest actually. Firstly, we needed to find a new record company. There were certain - more or less extensive - proceedings and we finally signed with MASSACRE RECORDS. Secondly, we had to find a suitable solution how to present the album live on stage. That’s no problem in general. This time, we were forced to add several backing tracks. If you, as a band, decide to use them you have to practice playing much more precisely. Therefore, we did a lot of rehearsals in the very past. Thirdly, we had to fix the entire artwork and layout for the album which also required several weeks of work. Right now, we are in the planning of 2018th touring and festival season. You see, there were many things to do.

In November 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.
First of all, you can  expect a really broad variety of songs in terms of speed and style. Since the very beginnings of our band, we never limited ourselves. Let me explain. Each of us grew up with different sorts of metal. When I started listening to Metal, I was influenced by bands like W.A.S.P., Judas Priest or Manowar. Later on, I discovered Thrash and Death Metal up to the point Black Metal hit my ear and soul. Vorst and our previous bass guitar player Recke started in a very similar way. Serpent very early used to listen to bands of the second wave of Black Metal like Marduk, Setherial or Dark Funeral. We all were touched by the Black Magic those bands banned on record. On “Bloodline Divine” you can explore all the different influences we came in touch with over the years. Nonetheless, we developed our skills in writing and arranging. In somehow we rediscovered our own roots. I don‘t know, either accidental or unconscious we created an album that’s much more like the older records. There is more atmosphere and mystic in it. Of course, you can find high speed drumming and harsh riffing but there are lots of parts in it that one might find more epic like later Keep of Kalessin records.

This is the first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Well, I bed you wouldn’t have asked for it. However, we faced certain problems over the passing years. On one hand, we had some trouble with our record company.  Unfortunately, our last label became insolvent shortly after the release. That meant, we got almost instantly no more promotion for the album from that point on. It seemed like the record hasn’t been released at all. Even friends and fans were surprised when they noticed that we released an album back in 2011. On the other hand, we lost two brothers in arms and needed to involve an amount of new musicians just to replace them again in order to find a suitable lineup, finally. But hey, here we are.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Let’s go through it song by song. “Via Dolorosa” is no new topic in general. It’s the bloody path the Nazarene had to walk on his way to Golgatha where nails and crows are about to fulfill their duties. The next song is “Sinnocence”. Here we are faced with the fate of a young lady who is very much addicted to love and blood. A sort of vampire if you want…..”Corpsebride” is a little nasty piece of prose…two lovers united in lust and death. At least one of both to be honest. The track “Oblivion” deals with memories and thoughts towards the Great Fallen One whereas “Seelensammler” is about several warriors and soldiers who, just to keep alive during battle, sold their soul literally to the collector of souls. What else? Ok, the story of “Bloodline Divine” is about a female infant whose life long journey is to end the divine regency and to establish a new one. “S.T.U.K.A.” is really about what the title suggests. It’s about how German bombers attacked England during WW II and the horror they spread from British perspective. Last but not least we might talk about “Phoenix” and “Apostate” that are two songs about how to resist and to fight hypocrisy, false friendship and how to rise from the ashes again.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grabak'?
When we started the band back in 1995 we combined the forces of two bands namely FFF and Hecatomb. We decided to take the name of the largest serpent lurking underneath the roots of Yggdrasil. It’s name is Grabak or Grey Back. The best inspiration is the sort of subtle destructive work under the surface.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
There were a few I would say. Party San Open Air and Satan’s Convention were really impressive. You are faced with hundreds of fans and meet like-minded artists from all over Europe. That was overwhelming. But honestly, I really like smaller club shows and single gigs. You are closed to your crowd and you know they are here because of you. This is sort of a very special bond once you have realized that. Our shows are very pure and honest. We very much set on a more physical presence than on visual gimmicks like pyro effects, torches or candles. The blood we use is natural and the sweat you see is ours. Pure dedication to music…

Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We are confirmed for several single shows, some festivals and we are on a mini tour in April. Hopefully, there will be more.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
I don’t really know what period of time you are asking for. When we talk about the last decade, since we developed our more extreme black metal so to speak, most of the feedback has been rather positive. In 2007 we reached a new level of popularity on base of “Agash Daeva”. Of course we have lost several fans due to the fact that they refused to follow our musical and lyrical way to express. Nonetheless, we obviously hit a stylistic nerve that time because a large amount of new followers built a second fundament to our fan base. Today the world is much more connected via social networks and internet at all. On one hand you can reach your fans very much faster. On the other hand, you as a band have become much more transparent or available. That’s sometimes slightly frightening because you don’t have a real privacy when every step you take is obvious. Anyway, that’s the prize you have to pay. If you talk about the latest album I can hardly comment or estimate something because there is no feedback until now. Due to the fact, that “Bloodline Divine” will be released in November there are no reactions up to that point - neither positive nor negative.

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?
We are very much focused on GRABAK these days. Only B.S. participates in his own Death Metal project as drummer. That’s keeping him in shape. All of the other projects somehow rest for the moment and I feel really comfortable with it.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
In my opinion, we continue the way we started back in 2007. We play extreme music for an extreme crowd and last but not least for ourselves. That’s what we want…neither limits nor rules. Good luck, with MASSACRE RECORDS we found a very potent partner to promote our songs and I really hope we might continue this partnership. One really good thing is we don’t have to proof our music in terms of such a ridiculous discourse about true and main stream Black Metal or sellout. Fuck yeah, when you are that long part of an idea or scene any query about this is obsolete. We are still poisoned from the serpent’s kiss and we’ll keep the black flame burning within us. This music is not only a part our life, it determines it. Maybe, we are going spread our plagues more often live on stage. We’ll see.

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?
Well, I somehow answered the question before. We as band have a wide spectrum of music the either consciously or unconsciously influence our own songs. There are influences coming from Heavy Metal, Death and Black Metal. Some of us really stick to Metal, only. Others are more, let’s say, open-minded concerning different musical genres. You want to know what bands we currently listen to. That really differs and depends on our mood. We all like Marduk and their development over decades. For me they represent, what BM should sound like today. Apart from some tiny aspects in their discography, they never stagnated. Sad but true, other bands from the older days of 90s BM did. I don’t want to name them. Sometimes I feel really uncomfortable when I see my “old Gods” fading to shadows of their past. Whatsoever, there are some more band I really like for what they do. For example Carach Angren who released some very interesting records. Sure, in the mean time they might call it Horror Metal and no longer Black Metal as it has been rooted so long. But the arrangements and song structures are astonishing and have a really catchy appeal. The latest record I bought has been the new Belphegor album. There are no really surprising songs on it but you will always get the highest possible standard they are able to create. In terms of riffing and drumming..state of the art. Unbelievable enough, that they can present their material almost perfect live on stage. What else? I really like one of Germany’s, in my mind, most sophisticated but underrated bands – namely Lunar Aurora. I rarely found a band whose music caught my attention that much -  in terms of atmosphere and true dedication towards the dark realms surrounding us. Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, they decided to part ways.

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

Well, I’d like to express my gratitude to all the comrades we were allowed to march with over the years – artists and fans likewise. In days, when honor and blood sworn bonds become weakened we might raise our cups and horns and renew the oath to worship the darkest spirits and to embrace the mortal agony we might be faced with in future…until we rise from the ashes.

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Funeral Chant/Self Titled/Duplicate Records/Caverna Abismal Records/2017 CD Review

lundi 23 octobre 2017 à 03:47

  Funeral  Chant  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  November  as  joint  effort  between  Duplicate  and  Caverna  Abismal  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  yet  distorted  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies,  most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion.  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Repugnant's  "Mprbid  Ways".

  Funeral  Chant  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  old  school  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Chant  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  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  "Cacophony  Of  Death"  and  "Funeral  Chant".  8  out  of  10.   

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Nekrokraft/Witches Funeral/The Sign Records/2018 Compilation Album Review

dimanche 22 octobre 2017 à 04:35

  Nekrokraft  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  compilation  album  "Witches  Funeral"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  The  Sign  Records  and  consists  of  earlier  demos,  unreleased  tracks  and  a  couple  of  covers.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  and  melodies  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  covers  of  Bathory's  "Satan  My  Master"  and  Slayer's  "Angel  Of  Death"  as  well  as also  bringing  in  influences  from  the  80's  and  90's  and  taking  it  into  a  more  modern  direction.

  On  this  recordings  Nekrokraft  plays  a  style  of  Swedish  death  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  and  also  mixes  it  with  death  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  of their own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Nekrokraft  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black,  death and  thrash metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  Ov"  "Upon  A  Throne"  "Return  Of  The  Kvlt"  and  "Wrath  Of  The  Heavens".  8  out  of  10.  

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