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Lilyum Interview

mercredi 4 octobre 2017 à 03:31
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?

Kosmos Reversum: Hi and thanks for having us on your webzine! So, I started writing the first riffs around January 2017, then I handed over the rough tracks to Frozen, the drummer, who recorded his parts. After that Lord J. H. Psycho stepped in to add his bass lines, vocals, additional guitars and a bit of synth. Finally I mixed and mastered everything towards the end of May 2017. And that's how "Altar of Fear" came to be!

2.Recently 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?

Kosmos Reversum: I think the new record is the result of various factors. First of all Lord J. H. Psycho, who is the vocalist but also a multi-instrumentalist like myself, and Frozen on drums rejoined the band. They both played on several older Lilyum albums and there's always been a remarkable chemistry with them. At any rate I'd written the basic tracks before calling them back in, thus the mood of the record was more or less defined, so to speak. But with their talent and flair, they contributed to raise the songs to a remarkably high level. Without them it wouldn't have been the same, they did an amazing job on my guitar riffs! I believe "Altar of Fear" is a truly mature and complete record, you can sense many aspects within it, but the main feeling is primal and destructive. There are some really emotional melodic openings in my opinion, the additional guitars on this album hit the spot and release all their melancholic surge, nihilistic and sick. Lord J. H. Psycho's voice is deranged and overwhelming and Frozen's performance on the skins is imaginative and brutal. This is what black metal must be, for me and for us! The record is quite diffferent from the last releases as first XeS is no longer handling vocals, the drum parts are live once again, and we tried to be less primordial in the preceding records, but I believe we are at our best with this approach, meaning straightforward songs which at the same time are swathed in sinister and evocative atmospheres.

Lord J. H. Psycho: I think my main personal contribution to "Altar of Fear", lyrics aside, was helping shape the album's distinctive sound, which is quite unlike anything we've attempted before. As usual, Kosmos Reversum comes up with the main riffs and basic themes, and then I start working on the fuller arrangements, with bass lines, guitar leads and harmonies, keyboards if we feel like it, and so on. Right away, I knew that this record wouldn't work with excessively intricate arrangements like, say, "Ultimatum" did; on the other hand, I didn't want to have it sound *too* basic and barebones in terms of musical outlines. In short, I wanted it to retain all its primordial aggression but also give it depth and identity without piling heaps on stuff on the songs. That's where I came up with the idea of using subtle but effective details like short guitar or synth bursts, strategically placed filters and effects and weirdly edited sounds (only a handful of those you hear are actually synth-generated, by the way) that drift in and out of the soundscapes, often so quickly or subtly that you will notice only with repeated listens. These are the kind of nuances you'd expect on more complex records, not on a decidedly rawer album such as this one, and I believe this unusual combination helps "Altar of Fear" stand out, and it worked extraordinarily well. It gives the song this uncanny, hallucinatory feeling without blunting the crude fury that propels them.

3.The band started out as groove metal before evolving into black metal, what was the decision behind the musical change?

Kosmos Reversum: In the beginning, and I'm talking late 90s here, I found it hard to find musicians that were truly into black metal, so the only alternative was to quit playing... That's why the band went through so many line-up changes later, and I finally managed to present my black metal tracks to the newcomers, with Lord J. H. Psycho being the first in line. After his arrival the band found new allies like Frozen and XeS, all musicians very much involved in black metal. This finally allowed me to carry on my path in this musical genre.

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

Kosmos Reversum: The lyrics all deal with insanity, darkness and some esoteric and spiritual references. We are strongly attracted to the dark side of things and you can notice that both in our music and our lyrics.

Lord J. H. Psycho: The lyrics and vocals for "Altar of Fear" posed a serious challenge to me, I admit. The last time I contributed an album's worth of lyrics and vocal arrangements to Lilyum was "Crawling in the Past", which I still consider a personal peak. I had no idea how I could possibly improve on that, and needless to say I didn't want to "spoil my legacy" with a regression from such a high water mark. Making matters even worse, in Autumn 2016 I'd come down with a severe throat infection which entirely wiped my voice out for months; it was taking me so long to even begin recuperating that I seriously feared my days as a vocalist were over.
I spent weeks listening to the rough tracks (only rhythm guitars and drums) I got sent by Kosmos Reversum, trying to immerse myself in their mood, to "hear" in my mind the instrumental and vocal arrangements I could add to improve the atmosphere, and before too long it dawned on me that since we were making a harsh, confrontational and disturbing record, the only fitting approach was to push myself out of my comfort zone and handle things from a radically different angle, vocally and lyrically. In this respect recording my vocals while still recovering from my sickness turned out to be a bizarre blessing in disguise, as my limited stamina physically forced me to devise new strategies to deliver suitable tones. We also experimented with different production techniques, like the heavy layering on "Alkahest" or the unusual eq settings on "Tomorrows Worth Erasing" and "To Dream beneath Plains of White Ash", although much of what is happening is very subtle in the final mix in order to preserve the basic, aggressive character of the material, like I stated on question number 2.
The lyrics are a considerable detour from my usual style as well, although there are a few like "Voices from the Fire" or "The Watchers' Departure" which show a certain continuity with the way I wrote on previous records. But then there's stuff I never quite attempted before, not just in Lilyum but any other band, like the eerie stream-of-consciousness approach of "Stain of Salvation" or "Tomorrows Worth Erasing", not to mention a piece like "Alkahest" which manages to be abstract and blunt at the same time, almost cut-up writing without actually being such.
Another significant difference is that while "Altar of Fear" cannot be labeled a concept record, I approached the lyrics from a decidedly "album-oriented" angle - that is, I wrote every song with every other in mind, and great attention to the album's general theme and atmospheres was always present. The implications of the album title, as well as the cover artwork, can be seen as a key to "crack the code", and the individual song titles are more important than ever in this respect.

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

Kosmos Reversum: The name "Lilyum" comes from a flower called "lilium", meaning "lily". Flowers can symbolize both happy and extremely dramatic events, like for instance funerals. Many flowers are poisonous as well and can harm with their thorns, for instance, and such ambivalent nature represents my own personality as well as Lilyum's.

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

Kosmos Reversum: We decided not to play live, so I cannot answer. At least when it comes to Lilyum, But we all have or had other projects with which we perform on stage, and I can assure you that our live antics are always unpredictable and rather extreme.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Kosmos Reversum: No, since Lilyum don't tour, as I stated.

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

Kosmos Reversum: We almost always received very good feedback, especially from the press. The albums which have been best received are "Nothing Is Mine", "Ultimatum" and the newest one "Altar of Fear", at least so far. I think the band is a bit underrated, though, despite the excellent critical reception. People are too stuck in their habits and often don't feel like discovering new bands beyond the well known ones.
We have a very good relationship with Infernal Angels's vocalist XeS, who recorded so much good music with us. Anyone who contributed to make this band better will forever be held in highest regard by us!

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?

Lord J. H. Psycho: I am always involved in PHENRIS (symphonic extreme metal;, IN CORPORE MORTIS (black metal; and ORGIASTIC PLEASURES ( I have also contributed vocals and lyrics for the debut album of RUST ( and will be one of the members in TÛL's current line-up. Follow us for news and updates!

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

Lord J. H. Psycho: We don't have any plans at the moment, but to be honest, we never really had. We can be on ice for months and then record a new album in a few weeks. Nothing is planned, everything is permitted.

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?

Kosmos Reversum: Definitely all genres of metal, but also hardcore, darkwave and Nirvana. A detailed list would turn out boring and ultimately useless; the classics from the 80s and 90s are obviously mandatory, since they are the music I grew up with, so it's kind of inevitable for that kind of influence to creep into our music, even in subtle and twisted ways.

Lord J. H. Psycho: What I listen to is basically down to my mood at the moment, as my tastes are very broad - this week, for instance, some of the records I've been spinning are Autopsy - "Mental Funeral", Van Halen - "Van Halen II", Horna - "Sotahuuto", Yngwie J. Malmsteen - "Trilogy" and The Beatles' s/t white album! How much our listening habits influence Lilyum's material is up for debate, but I firmly believe this common eclecticism helped Kosmos Reversum and me establish a strong and fruitful artistic communication, and inspired us to experiment with some rather unorthodox arrangements and production techniques that allowed us to overstep technical limitations and give our records a more distinctive quality.

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

Lord J. H. Psycho: To everyone who followed us: we appreciate your interest and support. It's good to know that there are people out there still willing to give a chance to self-produced bands, not backed by labels, agencies and VIP friends - and I don't mean just ourselves, there are TONS of bands out there made of real passionate people, waiting to be discovered by fellow die-hards. The underground will stay alive as long as we all give it blood; everything else is empty words.

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Hamvak/Self Titled/Neverheard Distro/Fekete Terror Productions/2017 Demo Review

mardi 3 octobre 2017 à 03:46

  Hamvak  are  a  solo  project  originally  from  Hungary  but  now  located  in  Germany  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2017  demo  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Neverheard  Distro  and  Fekete  Terror  Productions.

  Battle  sounds  start  off  the  demo before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  music  also  adds  in  elements  of  war  metal  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  always  remains.

  Hamvak  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancestral  legends,  superstitions,  Heathen  cosmology,  sorcery  and  ritual  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hamvak  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Chants  Of  The  Primordial  Pantheon".  8  out  of  10.



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Corpsehammer Interview

mardi 3 octobre 2017 à 03:16
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We'll we're death/black metal band that started as a homage to the early extreme metal scene we all love.
We aim to keep it simple and brutal with violent and short songs.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The sound in pounding evil madness and total death. Posesión is more intense and a bit faster and compared to our first EP "Sacrilegio". Still the same extreme old filthy black death metal though.
We feel that "Posesión" is a bit more representative for what we try to achive with Corpsehammer than "Sacrilegio", but we still like that one.

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

Extreme music with the right amount of death and darkness feels like dynamite to us.
To give an idea of what the lyrical topics are about; for example with Beso Infame the concept is about a covenant with the devil, devil worshipping and the female role in the occult. Beso Infame stands for Osculum infame. Another idea of the lyrics is the song Pulso de Saturno which relates to the conspiracy between the crowned king Saturn and the fire born Jupiter and their death pulse towards us.

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

We wanted a name that suits the music. Hammer is of course a homage to Hellhammer and that era of extreme metal. And since our music and lyrics deals with the visions of darkness and death we chose "Corpse", and also to illustrate that we a have a bit of a death metal approach to our old school worship.

5.Some band members live in Chile while another one lives in Sweden, how does this work when it comes to recording music?

Actually we all live in Sweden. Minight Horror, the vocalist is from Chile but live in Sweden nowdays. So this does not affect the recording or writing process.

6.Are there any plans for any live shows planned for the future?

Our goal is to play live but we don't have any shows planned at the moment.

7.So far the band has worked with 'Morbid Skull Records' and 'Bifrost Records' are you happy with the support these labels have given you so far?

We're really pleased with their support, both labels have been easy to work with and kept everything they promised.
And Morbid Skull has really made a great work promoting the EP. We're grateful for that!

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

It been good. Of course its just a cassette EP realeased in a few hundred copies, but we recieved a bunch of great reviews and many seems to like it so that feels really good.

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

The plan with Corpsehammer is to keep releasing EP's in analog formats (tapes and vinyls). We have no plans to make an album at the moment, though you never know what happens in the future.
However we might release an EP collection on CD or something.

We have written a few new songs that will be released as an EP later on, and this have an even more old-school approach to them but still in the Corspehammer vein though and still short brutal and effective songs...

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?

We're not influenced of any specific bands. We draw our influences from the extreme metal we grew up with and still like.
Both the Australian scene and the extreme metal from South America are big influences as well as old filthy death and black metal i general.

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

Maybe not in the in the music, that comes from our love for metal, but in the lyrics. They deal with darkness, visions of death and occult themes.

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

Thank's for the support!
The Corspehammer horror has just begun!

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Golgota/Tralen/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 30 septembre 2017 à 05:40

  Golgota  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017 album  "Tralen".

  Bell sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with some  epic  sounding  synths  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  nature  sounds  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Golgota  creates  another  recording t hat  is  in  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  new  elements  to  their  music  which  also  shows  progress  from  their  previous  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Golgota  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nar  Livet  TvekerStar  Doden  Stilla"  and  "Tralen".  8  out  of  10.    

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Stahlsarg/Mechanisms Of Misanthropy/Non Serviam Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 29 septembre 2017 à 21:25

  Stahlsarg  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  raw  and  melodic  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Mechanisms  Of  Misanthropy"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy riffing  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  the  vocals are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.

 Some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  also  adds  in  some  goth, death  and  thrash  metal  elements  along  with  a  later  track  being  a  brief  ambient  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  music  also  mixes  the  old  school  style  with  a  more  modern  take  on  the  genre. 

  Stahlsarg  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  oppression,  survival  death  themes  with  some  references  to  Norwegian  resistance  hero  Jan  Baalsrud,  Sophie  Scholl  &  the  White  Rose  Movement.

  In  my  opinion  Stahlsarg  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Raise  The  Dead"  "Far  Beyond  the  Dragons  Teeth"  "Hope  Lies  Frozen"  and  "In  The  Lungs  Of  the  Earth".  8  out  of  10.

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