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Gra/Ramsvarta Tankar/Carnal Records/2017 Single Review

mercredi 22 février 2017 à 04:49

  Gra  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  single  "Ramsvarta  Tankar"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Carnal  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  single  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  also  remains  very  true  to  a  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  style  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  tribal  style  percussion's  and  they  close  the  single  with  a  cover  of  Lord  Belial's  "Osculum  Obscenum".

  Gra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  the  darker  side  of  ancient  Scandinavian  Pagansim.

  In  my  opinion  Gra  are  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ramsvarta  Tankar".  8  out  of  10. 

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Coldborn/Lingering Voidwards/Final Sacrifice Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 21 février 2017 à 05:44

  Codborn  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Lingering  Voidwards"  which  was  released  by  Final  Sacrifice  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  ambient  and  they  also  mix  in  with  both  the  heavier  and  melodic  sides  of  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  while  deep  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with melodic  vocals  and  spoken word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  while  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of t he  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Coldborn  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  while  having  its  epic moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Coldborn  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Call  Of  Death's  Clarion"  and  "Withered".  8  out  of  10. 

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Animo Aeger Interview

mardi 21 février 2017 à 04:20

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?

After the recordings were done in December 2015 we immediately started working on new material or, putting it more precisely, on two rather different EPs, which will hopefully both be released within the next month.

2.In December you have 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?

For the "KotzeAdel"-Album we once again had decided to work together with Jan Oberg / Hidden Planet Studio, which explains the similarity of the "KotzeAdel" sound to the one presented on the "Fieber" EP.
Concerning the music itself, I would claim that it takes a rather different direction than everything we recorded before, especially when you compare it to the previous album "Storchenwahrheit,-wirklichkeit".
As you probably can see for yourself, there is a more furious aspect to the music, it's just not supposed to be as pleasant as before... sure, there still is a lot of sugar to it, melodic junk you know, but in general we've tried to emphasize the contempt and the disgust felt when writing the lyrics even more than on our earlier works.

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

Pus in all its dimensions. Roughly explained, the lyrics are dealing with being human and everything that is attached to this. There are a lot of negative feelings and thoughts which find their way onto these ragged note papers I hold in my shaky hands when writhing at the microphone. As mentioned before it's mostly scorn, disgust and pain... although there's no denying that there's also a bit of amusement about the seriousness of man when tackling the matter of life unthinkingly.

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

Well, when we founded the band the lyrical focus mainly has been put on this lunacy thing, on where to draw the line between illusion and so-called reality, the cosmos that's meant for everybody.
Due to this semi-philosophical approach, the term animo aeger is supposed to mean "mad" or "lunatic", albeit you may have doubts about the grammatical correctness.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, do you prefer working as a duo opposed to working with a full band?

Absolutely. After almost 15 years of playing and writing music together I can't imagine a more effective social combination in terms of creating music than Greis and me. There probably won't be a "full line-up" except maybe for live occasions, inshallah.

6.When the band still did live shows, what where some of the best shows that you played?

At that time, about 13-11 years ago, there hasn't been a single show where I wasn't too drunk to detect if I just shit my pants, so you probably imagine how low we set the bar of professionalism. We just were pretty lousy, yet devoted to this kind of spirit at that time.

7.The new album was released on 'Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions' are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

Without exaggerating, I can say that I've never been so content with any other label/band cooperation, which hasn't been on a more private level as for example with Eternal Rabies Kult.
When I first checked out the BHN homepage and read the header "Record label for unconventional underground art" I was already sure this would work out.
Of course this isn't a major label, which means there are limits to its financial capabilities, but so far we've gotten more support on every level than I would have dreamed of.

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

To be honest, I don't really know nor do I care enough to be whoring around on Facebook or any other platform that hasn't primarily to do with what the music is about. I assume there are a lot of fans of pure Black Metal who resent our music, especially the vocal style it incorporates, and I totally understand that. On the other hand, there may probably be some people who the depressive aspect of our music and this whole self-destructive urban narcotic thing appeals to.
I haven't gotten any more feedback than some reviews which often created the impression of having been written by people rather astounded by our musical variety... mostly positively.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

There a plenty of other bands and projects which are developing just great but I don't find this the fitting context for bragging about stuff which ain't related to Animo Aeger.

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

No idea! As I said before, we are recording two new EPs, so right now I don't really care about what might come next. I'm definitely not expecting that we'll keep up this level of productivity after having finished the recordings. Both of us have a lot of business to attend outside of the AA-cosmos so there'll probably a longer time without new material.

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?

We are always compared to the same bands, such as Bethlehem, Dornenreich, Agrypnie, Goethes Erben and Grabnebelfürsten. In this list there's just one band who seriously have had an influence on what style we were keen to play back in 2003/2004 and if you have read some of the older interviews you know that I'm talking about Grabnebelfürsten.
At this time we have also been listening to lots of other stuff within the Black Metal genre but of course our musical horizon has expanded since then.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?


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

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Nocrul Interview

mardi 21 février 2017 à 04:12

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Khrul: Noctis and me used to play in Hungary's most brutal and raw black metal band, Ater Tenebare, but we split up. Some years after we continued playing music together in a more melodic black metal band, Csejtey; split up as well. After this Noctis "retired" himself, but I stayed busy as always. Some years later I realized, however I'm still doing a lot of music, I miss to do something with him; something like in the old days, but on our way. After a non-gay romantic night, we created our own weapon in the end of 2012, as Nocrul. We entered into an other realm of darkness – the brutal world of Warhammer 40K, where chaos and dark gods rules. Nocrul's goal is to create simple and well arranged black metal songs, with dark melodies, smart drum fills, filled with atmospheric parts. Beyond this you can hear multiple influences, not only black metal. As a bonus, every of our releases contains a unique cover song, which is a cover indeed, not simply a copy as most bands do.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Khrul: I always do the very best, as my knowledge and financial circumstance let me to do so. My goal is to create a massive, epic and powerful sound, with good balances, with the taste of threatening black metal sound, but avoid being "true" - where the meaning of "true" is a weak, dry, lawnmower-like, non-dynamic, noisy, poor produced sound. I do respect my music, there is a lot of effort in it, so the sound/production must be as good as it is possible.

3. Your lyrics are based upon 'Warhammer 40k', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this role playing game?
Noctis: The brutal, cruel, and hopeless atmosphere of this world catched me back in the days. The neverending battles and wars against the inevitable doom reflects a lot of the real world – it will be doomed, because the upcoming end is fuelld by the human race itself.
Khrul: So it's not just a random fantasy bullshit; we try to arrange the lyrics to have a real message – you can't find anything about lazer fights or spaceship wars. We are using the atmosphere of Warhammer's world rather than just singing about actual stories. Like if you read “Childrend Of Misrule”, you can find it on our second release, it has a dark, depressive, hopeless atmosphere but actually it is the daily life for many people in the real world!
Noctis: So we felt this kind of lyrics would be perfectly fit to the music. We didn't want any typical and predictable (black) metal stuff. The dark, infinitive and mystical space also a bonus we can use in the music.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nocrul'?
Khrul: There is nothing mystical beyond it. We wanted an unique name, and at the end the easiest way was the best: creating something from our own names.

5. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Khrul:  As we live in two different countries, 2000 km far from each other, even if we would become a full line up band, it would be impossible to do it effectively. We are happy being a studio band. And on the other side it would be a shame not doing an epic show and not playing in professional costumes, as we have this Warhammer concept - and this is all about the money; a lot of money.

6. On the album you had also done a 'Summoning' cover, what was the decision behind doing one of your own version of their songs?
Khrul:  99% of the bands are doing a simple "playthrough" version instead of a real cover. This is pathetic; if you have no unique ideas, or you are not talented enough, just don't do it. Cover means, at least to me, building a new song from it's original parts, what represents your own style, but still let the original ones recognizable. And never cover a song what is already perfect on its own! Therefore the best choice to pick up one from the early carrier of a band - you can find there god songs, but with boring riffs as well, and bad structure. Doing a Summoning song was just an other random choice - the song itself is a mixture of the songs "Grey Heavens" and "Beyond Bloodred Horizons" from the album "Lugburz", using the albums titles as lyric.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Khrul:  Worldwide means for us Facebook and Youtube. Feedbacks on this sites was really good indeed, and since Neverheard Distro released "Khorne" on tapes, we had two reviews, were also great.

8. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?
Khrul:  I was and I am extremely busy on music - the number of bands, session works, own projects I did or do is over 25. At the moment I'm the vocalist in the London-based Skullthrone - this is a full line up band and we do gigs as well. Besides this I'm still doing my own projects: Avar, Assur, Funebre, Militia, Nocrul, Shadowthrone.
Noctis:  I'm part of Nocrul only, and I don't have any plan to play in any other band. If Khrul would ask me to help him in his other projects, I would gladly do that.

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Khrul: The first release was focusing on the one guitar based songs. The second was about the twin guitar melodies. The third, which is the current one, is mixing the first two, adding more atmospheric elements. All these releases was written in different tunes. The upcoming fourth one, which is nearly done already, are going to continue Khorne's way, but focusing on being more dynamic, has more groove. After this I may will be get bored creating multiple melodies, and will do some one guitar based thing again. And I did a quite complex song, with lot of orchestra and effects, but it was too weird for Noctis; at least for now. So who knows, maybe later on Nocrul will do something like this as well.
Noctis: We are friends for a long time, we know each other very well. I trust Khrul 100% on musical way as well. I used to ask only slightly modifications but he always outperforms my expectations. The complex song he was mentiond before is really good, it was just a huge and sudden change to me; I need a little bit more time to get used to the new things. It is a “must listen it many times” one, but after I discovered its layers, I realised how great it is, so it can be a next step indeed.

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?
Khrul: Most of the influences comes in the teenage area. My biggest ones was Metallica, Samael,  Gorgoroth and Cradle Of Filth. But this bands doesn't make any effects on my music anymore; I'm on my own way now. I mean, I don't want do music like this or that one, I don't want to be similar to anyone. Of course, when you are start playing music, you say "Let's do something like this and that!", but if you are really a musician, and music is not just a tool for pick up girls, you will find your own way. However influences always will be heard, and no one can be really unique in metal nowadays, you must follow your own heart instead of following someone else's success. So for the music itself I don't have any influences this days, but creating an atmosphere and arranging a song I do learn a lot of from classical soundtracks, like Hans Zimmer, and progressive bands. Actually I'm listening a lot of stuff I don't enjoy as a listener, but I can learn a lot of as a musician. And for me, this is the key being a slightly different, but I'm doing it not for a reason, I just realized I'm doing this. But it's important to know how far you can go to keep the music musically.
Noctis: My main influences are the early era of black metal, but it does not make any effects on Nocrul. Even if the music comes from Khrul, I didn't ask for being like any of the classical bands. That kind of music is already written by them, why would we do it again? In this days I really enjoy listening dark ambient musics, mostly from the label Cold Meat Industry; and Dark Space!

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
Khrul: Books (I even wrote one, but just for friends), mostly fantasy, and mostly Warhammer ones, riding my motorbike, and gym.
Noctis: I'm really interesting about astronomy and I'm a big fan of books: sci-fi, fantasy's, H. P. Lovecraft, Warhammer, and books about ancient cultures, mythologies.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Khrul: Thank you for your support! Check out some great hungarian bands: Aetherius Obscuritas, Ahriman,  Angerseed, Ater Tenebrae, Gutted, Kill With Hate, Lepra, Mörbid Carnage, Nadir, Nagaarum, Sin Of God, The Konstellation, Svoid, Thy Catafalque, Veér, Witchcraft and many more!
Noctis: Thank you for the interview! No one can hear you scream in the space...

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Croc Noir Interview

lundi 20 février 2017 à 03:48
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

After the release of our cassette tape at Corde Raide Productions in January, we are still in the promotion of our EP "Froid". Nevertheless, the biggest is done, and so we have resumed the process of composing new songs.

2.In November you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The atmosphere of this EP is cold, dark and melancholic, without falling into absolute darkness.
It is a kind of clear / dark atmosphere. The main idea was to remain simple and effective, but still sincere, while still managing to feel emotions like loneliness, combativity or anger.

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

Translating a certain misanthropy, our texts evoke human nature through themes such as depression, loneliness and the relationship of man to a wild and vengeful nature. More subtly it is also an introspective of our own feelings, evoked by what becomes our world under the evil influence of man.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the band name 'Croc Noir'?

Croc Noir means "Black Fang" and represents hostile and wild nature. We wanted to return the opposite image of the wolf "White Fang" which represents a docile nature and friend with man. It must not be forgotten that man has been on Earth for only a short time at the scale of the planet, and that nature will take up these rights one day or another.

Croc Noir is the name we have chosen because it represents at best this sweet anger that animates us in the casual and disrespectful behavior of the majority of human beings faced with a powerful nature that could sweep us in an instant.

5.Has the band done any live shows yet?

No, not for the moment !

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

We think about it seriously but before planning any concerts, we first want to compose additional tracks. So it probably will not be before 1 or 2 years.

7.The ep was released on cassette by 'Corde Raide Productions' are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Yes very ! François from Corde Raide Productions is a genius and passionate guy who has given himself to support us. Everything is done very simply and professionally.

The roaster of the label is currently getting bigger and there are a lot of good releases to come!

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

For the moment, the feedback we received was rather positive and encouraging for the future.
But we remain in a very underground sphere, so it would be presumptuous to talk about global scale!

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

No idea ! For now, we compose as it comes, according to our desires and our inspiration.
But there will surely be other EPs before a possible "full length".

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?

In terms of inspirations, we can mention groups such as Darkthrone, Drudkh, Monarque or Nargaroth or some more folk oriented groups such as Stille Volk.

Currently in Black Metal, Morgue listens to bands such as Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Naðra, Misþyrming, Cantique Lépreux, Sanctuaire, Culte des Ghoules, Inquisition, Délétère, Batushka ...

Abyss is currently listening to bands such as Batushka, Mgla, Stille Volk, Orakle, Angantyr, Sorcier des Glaces ...

Geist travels in various musical spheres, he listens to a lot of black metal of course (Drudkh, Sorcier des Glaces, Windir, Sanctuaire,Véhémence, Horna, Nocturnal Depression ...).
It is also inspired by classical, medieval, folk and traditional music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Many things! In bulk: walks in nature, science fiction and horror movies and books (Lovecraft, Asimov for example), role-playing games, computers or beer !

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

Thank you for this interview and good continuation for your webzine!

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