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Downfall of Nur Interview

lundi 15 décembre 2014 à 07:26
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Downfall of Nur is an atmospheric black metal/folk musical project formed as a solo project by myself last year.
The project concept of Downfall of Nur is based on the Nuragic civilization and the folklore of Sardinia, Italy, place where i am born and lived my childhood.

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

Like you said Downfall of nur has two works so far, both have a raw and atmospheric sound but different orientations.
The first demo "Jhanas-Nur" has more experimental influences without leaving the black metal sound, this was the first demo and from this, the project started to have a particular focus.
The second work, "Umbras and forests" features four songs, these four demo songs originally will be used in the first upcoming Full-length "Umbras de Barbagia" but remained outside the track list. "Umbras and forests" was recorded between february and march of 2014  in the cabin of a friend in the woods, and the musical sound of this one is more atmospheric and hypnotic than the previous demo, has many ambient intervals with sounds of nature which were recorded on a trip in march realize in a mountain location.
All lyrics on this album were written in Sardinian language (Sardu).

3.Your lyrics cover the Nuragic Civilization and the folklore/paganism of Sardinia, Italy which is very original yet still perfect for pagan or black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I was born in Sardinia, (Italy) in 1996, which is a special kind of land in this world, full of ancient traditions, tales and an immense historical past, which nowadays continues unknown to many people (and that's is good).
Downfall of Nur is an very personal protect, was born with the idea of translating this into music, make music, talking about my ancestors, my land and my roots.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Downfall of Nur'?

Nur is the root of the name Nuraghe, which are the main type of ancient megalithic edifice found in Sardinia developed by the Nuragic civilization, today it has to be the symbol of Sardinia.
The meaning behind "Downfall of Nur" name basically is the fall of the Nuragic civilization, anyway this name meaning goes beyond this, it is a personal perspective, which not only reflects the previously named theme, but also a social reality.

5. According to the Metal Archives page you where born and raised in Italy and now reside in Argentina, where you involved with metal in your home country and also how would you compare to the 2 countries?

At the moment I am not involved with artists or bands from Italy, got involved with music here in Argentina one year after arrival from Italy starting to go at guitar classes at 12 years old.
There is a lot of good and bad things in Italy and in Argentina too, both countries have many things in common, anyway make a comparison would take a long time.

Similar and different from each other but both are great countries.

6. With the exception of a session drummer you record everything solo, are you open to working with a full band in the future or do you prefer to remain solo?

Like I said before, Downfall of Nur is a very personal project and for the moment i just want to work with it by myself and some musician friends as guests or session players.

7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I am looking for a serious record label interested in the Downfall of Nur for release the upcoming first full-length "Umbras de Barbagia", had received some proposals from small labels about re-release some work on very limited editions but still is more convenient to me and Downfall of Nur upload the album on Bandcamp and let it rotate online for free.
By this I do not mean that the small labels are crap, I really have a lot of respect to their work, and the support than they make to the underground bands, the first two works of Downfall of Nur were released by small labels.

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

Worldwide feedback is great, from Argentina and United States specialty… Will be going better in future, I´m sure about it.

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

The first full-length is already on mastering process, it will have a total of five conceptual songs with some special guest by various friends musicians as session players, maybe for end of December / early 2015, will be available.

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?

Maybe the most influential bands are Ulver, Burzum, Arckanum,  Agalloch and Darkthrone , all these somehow influenced me and the sound of Downfall of Nur, but anyway the inspiration comes from everywhere, nowadays i'm often listening some old rock and folk records of bands like Led zeppelin, Deep Purple, King crimson, Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan and as always some metal stuff.

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?

Most of my interests rest into music, but also in everything that is art and literature.

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

Many thanks for your time and support

Best Regards

Anthony

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/downfall-of-nur-interview.html


Arthedain/Arias Exalted/2014 EP Review

dimanche 14 décembre 2014 à 06:14

  Arthedain  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  contemporary  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Arias  Exalted".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  deep  and  grim  screams  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  get  high  pitched  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  some  atmospheric  element s in  the  background  at  times  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  melodic  sounding  and  you  can  also  hear  a  bit  of  the  Swedish  black  metal  sound  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times  but  done  with  More  of  an  up  to  date  take  on  the  genre  and  you  can  also  hear  some  leads  at  times  that  add  in  more  melody  into  the  songs  when  they  are  utilized  and  there  as  also  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  before  closing  the  ep  with  a  heavier  track.

  Arthedain  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  heavy  without  falling  into  either  the old  school  or  post  genres  and  they  also  add  more  of  a  modern  approach  with  their  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  fro  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arthedain  are  a  very  great  sounding  contemporary  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Visions  Of  Fire"  and  "Traverse  the  Path  of  thorns".  8  out  of  10.        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/arthedainarias-exalted2014-ep-review.html


Muert/Mysteriorum Prophanations Sepulcralis/Bylec-Tum/2015 Cassette Re-issue Review

dimanche 14 décembre 2014 à 05:14

  Muert  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Mysteriorum Prophanations Sepulcralis"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2015  by  Bylec-Tum.

  A  very distorted  and  demonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  noise  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  screams  a  few  seconds  later.

  You  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  raw  aggression  in  the  music  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  are  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  black  metal  tradition  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  get  more  deeper  and  demonic  at  times  while  the  main  focus  remains  more on  a  black  metal  style  of  vocals  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  bring s in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  atmospheric  sounds  before returning  back  to  a  fast  and  raw  musical  direction.  

  Muert  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition  and  avoids  all  modern  trends  to  create  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  pure  and  true,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  christian,  occultism,  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Muert  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Holocaust  In  The  Christian  Tombs"  "The  Hateful  Ritual"  and  "Storm  in  The  Cathedral  of  God".  8  out  of  10.
    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/muertmysteriorum-prophanations.html


Infamous/Of Solitude And Silence/Bylec-Tum/2014 Cassette Re-Issue Review

samedi 13 décembre 2014 à 06:52

  Infamous  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Of  Solitude  And  Silence"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  by  Bylec-Tum.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  cassette  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  high  pitched  depressive  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  added into  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  some  keyboards  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  faster  sections  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  black  metal  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  keyboards  start  having  more  of  a  powerful  presence  at  times  adding  in  some  epic  qualities  to  the  songs  they  are  utilized  on  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Infamous  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  depressive  and  atmospheric  at  the  same  time  and  they  demonstrate  that  these  3  different  styles  of  the  genre  mix  well  together,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Infamous  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Grey  Euphoria"  and  "Spiritual  Desolation".  8/5  out  of  10.

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/infamousof-solitude-and-silencebylec.html


Sarkom/Doomsday Elite/Bylec-Tum/2014 Cassette Review

samedi 13 décembre 2014 à 05:42

  Sarkom  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  fast and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Doomsday  Elite"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2014  by  Bylec-Tum.

A  very  fast,  raw  and  dark  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  cassette  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  sounding  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  band  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  small  amount  of  folk  music  style  flutes  can  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  at  times  they  vocals  go  into  a  deeper  direction  adding  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  the  recording  and  on  some  of t he  tracks  the  guitars  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  technical  black  metal  style  and  some  of  the  songs  bring  an  atmospheric  edge  to  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  synths  are  brought  in  for  a  few  seconds  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  guitar  driven  style  of  black  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  a  great  amount  of  diversity  present  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  very  different  sound  while  you  can  still  easily  tell  it  is  the  same  band  playing  them  all.

  Sarkom  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  fast  and  aggressive  while  also  incorporating  a  good  amount  of  melody,  some  atmospheric  elements  and  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  while  the  music  is  purely  done  in  a  true  black  metal  tradition,   the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  mostly  in  English  along  with  one  song  in  Norwegian  and  they  cover  Anti  Religion,  Death,  Hatred  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sarkom  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doomsday  Elite"  "Inside  A  Haunted  Chapel"  and  "Cosmic  intellect".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/sarkomdoomsday-elitebylec-tum2014.html