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Vonulfsreich Interview

mardi 14 juillet 2015 à 06:30
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

A creative break, disbelief, getting rid of our cd's, desperation, spiritual peaks and even some new, spontaneous ideas for some new music. You will see, if those ideas are meant to be in the first place.

2.In February you had released a new ep, 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?

We planned nothing. The only direction we had beforehand was not to make another Sovereign Forest. Things just happened. It was such a strange creating process anyway.

3.On the recordings your lyrics have covered Occultism, Shamanism, Alchemy, Mysticism,  Misanthropy and Nature themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Those are the ideas I live by/for. I write most of our lyrics so it's pretty natural for the lyrics to reflect the writer's mind.

4.In the last 2 years, the band has released 4 ep's, do you put a great amount of time and energy in writing and creating music?

Of course! It's fucking art. It's born of energy and creativity. However, the recording sessions have usually been quite easy for us. We must never have any sense of time when we work. I guess that's why so many professional musicians/producers rape themselves art-wise. ”Time is money”, as they say. Cracks me up every time.

Man should always be able to wait for his art to come to him, completely free from the chains of time and thoughts for MONEY while working. (What's that thing anyway?)

I think it's just fair to give the Work all the time it needs, in order to make things more genuine and less pretentious.

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

It's from a revelation of ”Vonülf” I had in the northern shamanic woods in 2012. That was the final sign saying I should really form a new band.

6.So far the band has never done any live shows, do you feel this gives your music more of a mysterious atmosphere?

Correct! Black metal bands playing live should be illegal.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about No Fun House which also has been distributing your music?

Just a name of my D.I.Y. activities. It's far from a label/distro. Would be a nightmare to own one.

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

Generally good. I think most of our foreign ”fans” are from Slavonic countries like Russia and Ukraine, also Deutschland and Brazil perhaps. Not sure if this tells something about our music... No idea if there are more finnish people than foreigners who listen to Vonülfsrëich. Be that as it may, the number of these people must be quite small. I guess we're not cool enough for many metal-maniacs. I mean, we release cd-r's for hades' sake! (”Why do they do that?”, they would wail)
But those who really care about what we do are the kind of people I never knew existed on this planet. Mostly drunken witches.

9.All of the music has a very vintage 90's sound, do the band members have a lot of experience in playing in black metal bands?

Yes. Some underground stuff in the past, as usual. Is 90's vintage? As for me, I never tried too hard to get that musty and ”outdated” sound. Intentional retrofilia makes me sick. I guess our equipment just sucks hard enough. Always worshipped the metal sound from the 80's and early 90's though. Especially the old records of Bathory, Hellhammer and Venom for instance. Also the early 90's stuff recorded in Tico-Tico, Perkele and Grieghallen mean a lot to me as well. I'm more into reflecting inner personality through music though. Overall sound is merely a ”red drape” covering our ”black lodge”. I hope people get over the external things, aesthetics and associations and pay more attention on what our music feels like.

I'm usually quite happy about our overall sound. Things just happen, as if our music itself is consciously leading US towards IT. I never fully believed in magic, until we recorded Northern Shamanism.

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

It would take a lot of time to build a full-length album. I'm about to head towards the heart of Mother Europe in couple of weeks, and that journey is gonna take a little while. We have some ideas for the full-length album but the time's not right for now. We're planning to record some new songs one of these days though. 4 tracks and lo-fi quality. Kind of regressive stuff but fuck it. We are no fans of linear dramatic timeline anyway. We never had any evolution going on. Not consciously at least. That level-up-individual-little-snowflake competition is for humans. Art is timeless. Things tend to change a lot but we will keep Vonülfsrëich sounding like Vonülfsrëich, a.k.a. the sum of three personalities, their views and musical perversions. And my idea of heavy metal.

11.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?

We are pretty much inspired by us now. Besides that, the most essential influences I get from the pioneers of metal and punk subgenres, rock and some experimental/minimalism/ambient styles as well. Just finished listening to the first PIL album. Now some Goatlord. Later Anti-Cimex...

I keep constantly finding new music styles and new bands/albums, but as for metal, I am fairly conservative. I know what metal is about, and I still get goosebumps from the classic records, so there's no drastic urge to find any new bands. Plus, I find metalheads and other über-hip scenester nerds rather disgusting and boring, so I have no interest to check out too many bands who mostly pay too much attention on their mirrors and apparently have some sort of 70's/80's live action role-playing game going on. It's 2015! Someone should make a massive, futuristic (still organic) science-fiction influenced heavy metal album. Or better yet, go beyond ”futuristic”. Make it a gateway drug! Or just a gateway. I would very much like that. (”Total Zeitgeist 2015” 4xLP)

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

Not really. Things will happen.

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Jennifer Christensen/Twilight Fauna/Red River Records/2015 Split EP Review

lundi 13 juillet 2015 à 05:42

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between Oregon's  Jennifer  Christensen  and  Tennessee's  Twilight  Fauna  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Red  River  Family  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Jennifer  Christensen  a  solo  artist  best  known  for  her  work  in  the  black  metal  band  Mollehoj  and  goes  for  more  of  a  neo-classical  direction  with  her  solo  project.

  Her  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  dark  sounding  cello's  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  haunting  classical  music  feeling  and  the  track  also  brings  in  other  stringed  instruments  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental  and  is  6  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  track  staying  away  from  any  style  of  black  metal  sounds  and  the production  sound s very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  track  from  Jennifer  Christensen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-classical,  you  should  check  out  her  side  of  the  split.
Next  up  is  Twilight  Fauna  a  solo  project  from  Tennessee  that  has  been  featured  plenty  of  times  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  on  other  releases  while  he  goes  into  more  of  an  experimental  direction  with  this  song.

 His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  avant  garde  sounds  and  drones  and  a  few seconds  later  black8  metal  guitar  riffs  are  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  some  vocals  in  the  background  at  times  and  after  a  few  minutes  clean  playing  in  added  into  the  song  briefly  which  is  also  7  minutes  in  length  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  used  they  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  cover  darkness  and  nature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  music  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  song.

  In  conclusion  I  fell  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  experimental,  neo-classical  and  atmospheric  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.     

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Vonulfsreich/Spell Of Thunder/2015 EP Review

dimanche 12 juillet 2015 à 02:36

  Vonulfsreich  are  a  band  from Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled 2015  ep  "Spell  Of  Thunder".

A  very  dark  and  slow  guitar riff  starts   off  the  ep  before  speeding  up  and  going  into  more  of  an old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some grim  screams  and  the music  go  for  more  of  a  90's   second  wave  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  sections  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  the  songs  seem  to  be  influenced  by  both  the  Nordic  and  Finnish  scenes  of  the  early  90's  along with  a  brief  instrumental  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  thrash  elements  and  death  metal  growls.

  Vonulfsreich  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  during t hat  time  frame,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Mysticism,  Misanthropy  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my opinion  Vonulfsreich  are  a  very  great  sounding old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Barbaric  Bloodlust"  and  "Kaikka  Paha".  8  out  of  10.


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Goat Torment/Sermons To Death/Armor Fati Productions/2015 CD Review

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 23:58

  Goat  Torment  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  bestial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Sermons  To  Death"  which  will  be  released  on  July  24th  by  Armor  Fati  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  war  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  bestial  black  metal  screams  start  to  kick  in  and  they  also  use  a  great  mixture  of  high  pitched  and  deep  screams. 

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  lot  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  90's  style  of  black  metal  and  some  of t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  adding  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction while  they  also  bring in  the  speed  of  war  metal  at  times.

  Some  of  the  riffing  brings  in  melodies  at times  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  another  ritualistic  intro  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  there  are  also  some  parts  present  on  the  recording  that  brings  in  a touch  of  the  more  dark  and  evil  side  of  death  metal  and  the  last  track  also  mixes  in  the ritualistic  sounds  with  the  heavier  parts.

  Goat  Torment  takes  a  musical  style  that  takes   a  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  bestial  and  war  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  and  evil  sounding recording,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Devil  Worship  Blasphemous  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Goat  Torment  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bones  Aligned"  "Within  The  Realm  Of  Darkness"  and  "Of  Fire  And  Brimstone"  8/5  out  of  10.

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Y Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2015 à 21:53

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

Y: Y is a project aiming at the exploration of the dark side of man through music. However, I'm not merely interested in a reference to the dark aspect but also in the search of ways to overcome it.


ZINE: In June you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Y: Musically, I would place my self within the boundaries of dark ambient and black metal. However, since these two genres have been extensively exploited by musicians with whose aesthetics and ideology I disagree, i would prefer to characterize my music as ''black ritual''.


ZINE: The album is a concept recording based on Aggrippa's De Occulta Philosophia, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works and also what are some of the other occultists that you look up to?

Y: There are certainly references to Aggrippa's significant work,  ''De Occulta Philosophia'' but not only to that. Yet, this particular title proved extremely useful since it so accurately describes the main themes of the current  album as well as those of future albums. In this respect, I am seriously considering giving  all Y albums which will follow the same title. I am aware that this might prove confusing and I am also aware of the fact that other bands have also used the particular tittle in the past. Nevertheless, I believe this is positive. Dealing with something not easily accessible and perhaps difficult to be perceived or comprehended by the majority is not daunting; on the contrary, it is rather fair and anticipated. Regarding others who have influenced my work and whose works I admire, it would be fair to say that they are numerous and I wouldn't wish to overlook any of them so I would rather not start referring to them. What I would like to do though is recommend a book to those who are just starting their quest for truth. The book is entitled “An Adventure Among the Rosicrucians: A student of Occultism” by Franz Hartmann.


ZINE: I know that the project name 'Y' is also known as the number of Pythagoras, can you tell us a little but about your interest in this mystic?

Y: Ι am greatly interested in Philosophy and Pythagoras is one of the most significant , ancient greek philosophers who, in his turn, affected other very important philosophers, such as Plato and Aristotle. Pythagoras used Y as a symbol in order to explain that stage in man's life when he/she is forced to face a crossroads. What lies ahead are two paths. That of virtue which is beset with obstacles but leads to glory and that of passivity which is easy but leads to failure.


ZINE: With this musical project, you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

Y: Up to now, I have only collaborated with the one woman band from Greece APOTOME as Y. We have written a song  together,which will probably appear in one of her future releases. I am open to possible collaborations thus, even though Y is actually a personal journey for the time being.


ZINE: Currently you are unsigned,are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Y: Some underground companies have expressed an interest in Y, yet an actual release is not my priority at the moment.


ZINE: On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and other forms of occult music?

Y: Many people embraced Y as if they had been expecting it for ages. Naturally, it can't be to everyone's liking. It is , after all, a ''difficult'' work, far from what the majority are accustomed to listen to.


ZINE: Are you also involved with any other musical projects these days?

Y: The only project i had been working on  from 1999 to  2012 which is called This Is Past, ended music-wise but I continue working as an artist with the same name. I am currently a member of a music collective named AAZZAAZZORG ( ) and I participate in all its music projects.


ZINE: Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

Y: I intend to record an album exploring melancholy in depth in the near future.


ZINE: 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?

 Y: I listen to various, different kinds of music but I do not allow everything affect my work as far as it concerns Y since what I do is very specific. I've been listening to lo-fi black metal recently and I usually select bands which belonged to “Les Légions Noires” ( Black Legions ) or new bands that evoke a similar atmosphere.


ZINE: What are some of your non musical interests?
Y: I do love art in general and I am particularly keen on painting. I actually occupy myself with drawing a lot.


ZINE: Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Y: I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about Y. I hope you continue to support new bands in the future, giving them the opportunity to present what they do as well.

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