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Chephreon Interview

mercredi 17 juillet 2019 à 02:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Chephreon is a mix of Black metal fucked with influences of Speed, Thrash and NWOBHM combined with raw and evil vocals. We are a five piece band, two guitars
bass, drums and vocals. 

2.You have your first album coming out in August, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The style for the album is a bit hard to define as the album came together on it's own basically. The album was written in a month pretty much from start to finish
and we had to cut few songs out. Best definition we could give is that it's raw Black metal mixed with a lot of melodies. We tried to show many sides of our band on
our first album; Synth, piano, clean melodies, ultra fast stuff on some songs and just straight forward Heavy riffs.




3.Your lyrics cover satanic, occult and necromancy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the left hand path?

The fascination towards left hand path mainly comes from our need to try to understand the world better with a view that the right hand path simply doesn't offer.
Right hand path also fits only for the weak, people who are willing to submit to middle eastern based religions that don't fit into the Scandinavian countries.
A specific path on the left hand path that we follow is present in the lyrics of this album quite intensely.


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

Name Chephreon is derived from a fourth pharao of the fourth dynasty who's name in greek is "Chephren". Originally the idea was to go in the direction that the band
Nile has gone but it didn't feel right to copy anyone else so we let that idea go and went for our own direction. The name just stuck.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

The picture shows our vocalist High Priest of Necro Magics is committing a grave robbery and it was a strong and powerful statement towards the
middle eastern madness that we call Christianity. If you go deeper into the picture the meaning kind of changes in a way. As it still is a statement towards the church,
it also symbolizes the attempt to revive the european and scandinavian spirit and strength - Therefore the title "Necromancy"


6.The band started early this year but already has a full length coming out, do you feel you put a great amount of time and effort in getting your name heard out there?

To be honest it hasn't taken that much time. Effort for sure as we are trying to push towards technical style of playing so that of course means that you really have to
think scales on the guitar and so on but in the end, it is totally worth it. It has been very easy to create now that we have a good bunch of guys playing and we see
that we have a lot that we can improve on but we have a lot of potential as well and the results so far haven't been complete shit either.


7.Has the band done any live shows or have any plans for future performances?

We haven't played to a live audience yet, we have focused on creating a good catalog that we can whip out once someone asks us to play somewhere, although we are going to
arrange our own shows illegally if nothing else comes our way. We will shove our music and attitude down live audiences throat forcefully if necessary.


8.The new album is going to be released on 'Forever Dead Records', can you tell us a little bit more about how you came in contact with this label?

It's a label that resides in our home town, Mikkeli. We were able to get our music there until and if someone else wants to release our music. The good thing about
being on FDR is of course that we have the reins in our own hands so we make the albums completely separately and by hand ourselves and we get to market to FDR's audience
which is great at this point of this band's career.


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

We are very slowly just getting there. We have gotten a good feedback what we are doing well and great criticism on points that we still clearly have to work on. First
demo is at least sold out for the most part (might be completely, no one remembers) and we have gotten some pre-orders for the full length already which is a good sign. The
release is limited 88 CDR copies so I don't think we end up heating the stove with the leftovers by winter. Long way to go still but we will pave the path for ourselves.


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

The songs that are ready for the next album are faster, more melodic, technically more difficult and they sound pretty good even now on the demo phase which is a great
sign of course. We are intentionally going to push the boundaries of Black metal because we don't want to be copying anything that anyone else is doing. Might be a complete
swing and a miss or great success. Failure is not an option though so we will make the best second album we can make, through power of the Dark Gods it shall be done.


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?

Dissection, Death, Stone, Megadeth, Mayhem and then soundtracks of movies have influenced us greatly with the synth parts of the songs, classical music and the great
composers of the 17th century. There's only a handful, if we would list everything I think I would need to buy a new keyboard. Me as the composer I cannot listen to almost any
music because I am playing and trying to create new stuff all the time so I get worn out. Rest of the guys are mainly listening to those influences that we listed and of course
on those similar lines, many more.


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

Our full length album called "Necromancy" will be out 8.8.2019 so get that, limited 88 copies, through Forever Dead Records facebook and email: Foreverdeadrecords@hotmail.com
or straight from the band through facebook message or bandcamp. FUCK THE WEAK, YOU HAVE NO PLACE ON EARTH! Thank you for the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/chephreon-interview.html


Temple Of Abraxas/Temples Forlorn/Forbidden Records/2019 Full Length Review

mardi 16 juillet 2019 à 03:31

  Temple of  Abraxas  are  a solo  project  from  Tucson, Arizona  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Temples  Forlorn"  which  will  be  released  by  Forbidden  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  second  wave  influences. 

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music. 

  At  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  demonic  sounding  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  instrumentals  are  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Temple  Of  Abraxas  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Thousand  Swords"  "Below  The  black  Earth"  and  "Twilight  Enthroned".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhXCQbUs99k     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/temple-of-abraxastemples.html


Hellvetron/Trident Of Tartarean Gateways/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review

mardi 16 juillet 2019 à 02:51

  Hellvetron  are  a  band  from  El  Paso,  Texas  that  plays  a  ceremonial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Trident  Of  Tartarean  Gateways"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  horror  movie  style  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  style.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Influences  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  from  both  of  the  more  occult  forms  of  black  and  death  metal  and  at  times  reminds  me  of  a  mixture  of  the  slower  music  of  Beherit  mixed  with  Incantation  and  Disembowelment  but  still  maintaining  a  style  of  their  own.

  Ritualistic  sounds  and  synths  also  are  utilized  on  other  tracks  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  the  vocals  also utilizing  bestial  and  cavernous  style  growls  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  chthonic  Witch-Gods  of  the  Tartarean  Realms,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Infernal  Alkhemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hellvetron  are  a  very  great  sounding  ceremonial  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I.  Opening-Queen  Of  The  Void"  "Iv.  Evocation-King  Of  Thaumiel"  "Vi.  Offering-Dark  Solar  God"  and  "Ix.  Transformation-Altar  Of  Scorpions".  8/5 out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/hellvetron-rite-tartarean-gateways   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/hellvetrontrident-of-tartarean.html


Ezov/Cui Peccare Licet Peccat Minus/War Productions/2019 EP Review

lundi 15 juillet 2019 à 00:28

  Ezov  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  avant  garde  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2018  ep  "Cui  Peccare  Licet  Peccat  Minus"  which  was  released  by  War  Productions.

  Record  player  sounds  along  with  some  early  20th  century  singing  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  done  in  a  very  angry  black  emtal  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  music  also  adds  in  some  dissonant  and  avant  garde  structures  at  times. 

  Whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  amp  orientated  drones.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  without  losing  any  of  its  raw  aggression  and  one  track  also  introduces guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  theology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ezov  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Temptations  Of  Eve".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMHHPpMwtWE

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/ezovcui-peccare-licet-peccat-minuswar.html


Implacable Chaos/The Uncharitable Hate/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 14 juillet 2019 à 20:43

  Implacable  Chaos  are  a  solo  project  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "The  Uncharitable  Hate".

 A very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  vocals  also  get  more  deeper  as  well  as  maintaining  a  great  amount  of  aggression  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  ambient  towards  the  end.

  Implacable  Chaos  plays  a  style of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  and  goes  back  to  the  early  2000's  era  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  hateful  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Implacable  Chaos  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Innovative  Imagination"  and  "A Curse  Among  The  Cosmos".  8  out  of  10.

https://implacablechaos.bandcamp.com/releases

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/implacable-chaosthe-uncharitable.html