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Sartegos Interview

samedi 13 juin 2015 à 21:04
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Hello, these days I'm working on new tracks for a future split with Balmog and any future releases that may come next. Besides that, I'm waiting for the Sartegos/Ysengrin split 12” vinyl to be released through I, Voidhanger in Europe and Nuclear War Now! In America.
The past year has been a little bit inactive for the band, as I moved to London and stayed there for more than one year, but now I'm back on track again.

2.So far you have released 2 demos and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on all of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
The music is a mixture of Black and Death Metal inspired in the beginning by bands like Demoncy, early Tiamat, Mortuary Drape, Mayhem, Profanatica, early Rotting Christ and Varathron, Mystifier, Acheron, etc.
“A Serpe do Escarnio”, our first demo tape, is probably the one which is more different from the other two releases. Some of the riffs included there are not really into the same style of the second demo and the EP.  Also, drums are not real in this release. I used a drum machine. Sound achieved here is good for what it is, but a bit artificial due to the drum machine.
“Mortualha”, the second demo tape, is more organic and drums are played by a human, which makes all more real and compact. This demo is also darker and more obscure than the previous one.
“As Fontes do Negrume” is the band's first MLP and so far it is the best Sartegos release. Production is better and fits more our purposes and the selection of tracks was carefully chosen. To sum it up: it is better than the demos in all aspects, I would say.

3.Your lyrics cover some Satanic, Luciferian and Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?
I am interested in occultism and satanism, but to some extent. I mean, I'm not a practitioner and I don't follow the guidances of any particular sect, path or group. From time to time I like to read about these subjects but they don't take all of my time. I'm interested in other things and I have to say also that Sartegos lyrics deal with more things than only the Occult and Satanic topics.

4.Also you write a lot of your lyrics in Galician, what was the decision behind using this language instead of English or Spanish'?
Well, the reason behind using Galician instead of English or Spanish is just that Galician is my native language; the language I speak everyday. This makes easier for me to write the lyrics the way I want. Why should I use then English or Spanish? You might think that only a few people can understand the lyrics and that with English I would reach way more people but the truth is that if people is really interested in the lyrics, they can ask me for translations and I will be happy to provide them. Moreover, Galician is very similar to Portuguese (actually, they should be the same language) so a lot of people can understand the lyrics actually.
By the way, ALL Sartegos lyrics are in Galician.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sartegos'?
Sartegos is a galician word which means sarcophagus. A “sartego” is a medieval coffin made of stone and you can see a lot of them still at some churches here in Galicia. I chose the name because of the connection with death and the beyond, and also because of how it sounds.

6.Originally the band was a solo project but now is a duo, what was the decision behind adding another member and also are there any plans to expand into a full line up in the future?
The reason why I decided to recruit a drummer after the first demo was basically because I wanted real drums in Sartegos recordings, and I cannot play drums. Also, I wanted to start regular rehearsals, cause I was bored with playing the tracks alone on my guitar.
I don't have any plans to recruit any more members for the moment. Some people keep on asking me if I would be up to recruit some session members to play some live shows but to be honest, I never liked the idea of session members on itself. Right now, if someone is going to join the band, this has to come naturally and I would need the right feeling with the person in question, not a mere session member.

7.According to one interview you also have worked with a music zine, are you still involved with this zine these days?
Yeah, I worked with Apokatastasis zine for a while and as far as I know, the zine is dead since some years ago. Basically I wrote a couple of reviews for the first issue (the best one, in my opinion), and did some interviews and reviews for the second one. But the mastermind behind Apokatastasis was my comrade Karles.
For me, writing for a zine was ok for a while, but after I did it, I found out it was not really my thing, you know.

8.The last recording was released by both Bloody Productions and Caverna Abissmal Records, do you feel these 2 labels have given your band a great amount of support?
You are forgetting here I, Voidhanger records, who released the vinyl version (Bloody Productions released the CD and Caverna Abismal/Egg of Nihilism released the tape).
All three labels did the hell of a job and I'm really happy with their efficient and good work. Besides, the communication with all of them has been always clear, so no complain about them at all. I'm very grateful for the support given.

9.There has been no music released in the last 2 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time period?
Actually, Sartegos last MLP was released on November 2013, so it's a year and a half now since that.
Just after that release, I moved to London and stayed there for more than one year, so things got a bit stagnant for Sartegos and rehearsals had to stop for obvious reasons but anyway, during that period I managed to record two new songs for that split 12” with Ysengrin I mentioned before. During that period I didn't compose any new tracks besides those two but now I'm back again and new riffs and ideas are coming to my mind. Also during that period the first Sartegos t-shirts were printed by the mexican Mors Omnibvs and the tape version of “As Fontes do Negrume” was re-released by Caverna Abismal with an embroided patch as a bonus.
I have to say that I prefer to take my time doing things with the band. No rush or self-imposed schedules. This is about creativity, not a job. I prefer quality over quantity.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
So far, the feedback has been good and positive, I would say. Reviews usually are very good and some people into the Black/Death Metal underground seems to really like Sartegos. I got feedback from different places such as Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, South and Central America, Europe and the United States.
Besides that, Bloody Productions sold out 1000 copies of the cd version of our MLP in one year, and Caverna Abismal sold out 200 copies of the tape in a few months and re-released a few more soon after that. To be honest, I didn't expect such a good response.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The next move will be to record one track for a split 7” with Balmog, and then I guess I will focus on composing tracks for a full lenght, but I know this will take some time, maybe a few years.
Musically I think I will continue exploring the same paths as those on “As Fontes do Negrume” but always taking one step further.

12.What are you currently listening to nowadays?
Well, these days I'm listening to Stargazer “A Great Work of Ages”, Merciless “The Awakening”, Sargeist “Let the Devil In”, some King Crimson, Sadistic Intent “Ancient Black Earth”, etc. Right now the theme song from True Detective tv series is playing here on the computer and soon Grave Miasma's “Odori Sepulcrorum” LP will start spinning on the turntable.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
If you liked Sartegos previous releases, keep your eyes open for the upcoming split with Ysengrin, which should be out during Summer. The two tracks included are two of the band's best efforts so far.
If you are interested in the band, just write me at:

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Poenari/Wrath, War , Lucifer/EEE Recordings/2015 Full Length Review

samedi 13 juin 2015 à 09:45

  Poenari  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2013  album  "Wrath,  War,  Lucifer"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  EEE  Recordings.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  modern  occult  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  alter  grim  high  pitched  screams  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and   the  guitar  riffs  and  vocals  also  add  in  elements  of  death  metal  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Morbid  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  angry  shouts  at  times  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  have an  early  war  metal  feeling  at times  while  the  fast  parts  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  to  create  a  very  raw  and  old  school  90's  influenced  black/death  metal  style  while a  alter  track  brings  in  whispered  style  vocals  that  is  very  rarely  heard  in  the  genre  these  days  and  the  last  2  tracks  bring  in  Beldaroth  of  Bessatt  on  vocals.

  Poenari  plays  a  style  of  black  metal that  goes  back  to  the  fast  and  blasphemous  style  of  the  90's   which  they  also  mix  in  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  death  metal  influences  which  also  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Darkness  and  War  themes.    

  In  my  opinion  Poenari  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lucifer"  "Sons  Of  Life"  "Wolf"  and  "Ritual".   8  out  of  10.   



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Gestalt/Infinite Regress/2015 EP Review

samedi 13 juin 2015 à 07:48

  Gestalt  are  a  band  from  St.  Louis,  Missouri  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  progressive  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Infinite  Regress".

  A  very,  raw,  distorted  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  that  also  take  the  music  into  a  faster  direction  that  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  progressive  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  add  more  of  an  experimental  feeling  to  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  ambient  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  the ep  with  a  song  that  is  more  experimental  soundscapes  and  drones.

   Gestalt  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  progressive  all at  the  same  time  while  also  bringing  in  a  touch  of  experimental  music,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Zen, Philosophy, Theology  and  Existential  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gestalt  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Breach  Of  Eden"  and  "Wade  In  Toil".  8  out  of  10.         

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Groteskh Interview

vendredi 12 juin 2015 à 10:01
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?
1. To be honest we did not give us much time to record CODE: END. We had already chosen the songs from a collection of pre-produced songs. Still, the recording sessions were long and intense.
Along the way, our past label dissolved we signed up with CURSED RECORDS. This fact was pretty good for us. To be honest we had already doubted that cooperations with labels would be the right thing for us.
Also, Necrosodomizer moved on and left the band, so Malthus recorded the bass guitar as well. Finally, Mike Hell joined as our new bassist and performed our recent Live Delusions with us.

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?
2. We spend a lot of time with re-amping and mixing to reach the sound that we have imagined. The sound should maintain and transmit the feeling on the album, it should also be some kind of futuristic and individual what seems quiet impossible nowadays.
Still the result is very satisfying for us and different from „Unconsciousness“,  a bit more daring.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
3. In „Code:  End“ I think it’s obvious  to talk about the humanity's end.
Generally the topics refer to the primitive human being and his miserable fail to metaphysical questions. The human race is not as highly developed as we think. Humanity is easily influenced and controlled, that regresses awareness and evolution.
The solution could be for example some extra-terrestrial orbs in apocalyptic colours and being replaced, in reaching a higher lifeform, or just a game of chess…
This kind of topics leave space and there is no question arising if the written words are right or wrong. Especially I always try to leave space for self-interpretations and try to mash the lyrics with music.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Groteskh'?
4. The word Groteskh has always been with us and our musical careers.
It offers wide scope not to be categorized and musically limited.
Groteskh is also a result of different musical influences and individual characters sharing the same feelings to express ourselves.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. We had many shows so far but nearly every show is particular. There were some great gigs during a tour for example in Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Paris as well as shows with and mostly for our friends and fans. For us it is important to row in the same direction.
To describe our performance is also part of the audience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. Currently we are „touring“ with our new release-shows live delusions through Austria.
Beside the already played shows in Klagenfurt, Linz, Vienna and Graz we will also appear in Salzburg this week to call the home crowd attention to the new album and our new age, like Malthus used to say.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7. It is difficult to be apparent in this thick forest of partly good black metal bands today. Unfortunately supply overtakes demand. Personally it’s not easy for me to keep overview and select a new underground band out of many to identify myself with.
Like in business, it seems to be more useful to have money and promotion than musically aspects.  Therefore, we are glad to have received such a good feedback for our MUSIC from people so far.
We also like to absorb feedback of constructive critics who really occupied themselves with us.

8.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?

8. For us it is important not to be associated with other projects some of us were or are involved.
The thing is that people compare and form an opinion, even if there are no musically parallels, like unfortunately media does from time to time.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. That will also be interesting for us. We are pleased that Malthus established his own professional recording studio. There we can spend a lot of time with producing what is a luxury we never had before.
We already have several new songs and we are just looking forward to produce. It’s maybe fair to say that they will sound less conventional.

10.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?
10. All of us mostly listen to different music and also genres. You sure will recognize some styles listening through the album.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. There are many. From driving motorcycle to playing chess. Most all of us trying to spend time outside as much as possible to go fishing or just to enjoy nature.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. It would be a pleasure for us if one or the other reader becomes a listener and open oneself to give us a feedback!   
Thank you for your interest and all the best by keep doing occultblackmetalzine!

(answered by Goreman  - guitar)

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ProFanatism/My Kingdom Come/2015 Full Length Review

mercredi 10 juin 2015 à 09:04

  ProFanatism  are  a  band  from Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  heavy  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "My  Kingdom  Come"  

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  vocals also  bring  in  a  very  grim  and  hateful atmosphere  and  after  the  intro  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  black  metal direction.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  very melodic  musical  direction  and  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  with  the  faster sections  displaying  more  of  a  raw black  metal  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  some  songs  also  have a  ritualistic atmosphere  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to t hem and  the  songs  also  go  for  more  of  a  modern  European  style  of  black  metal.  

  ProFanatism  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  fast  and  raw  at  times  while  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  atmospheric  and  playing  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  ProFanatism  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  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  "Dark Essence"  "Ether  of  Hades"  and  "And  Legion  My  Soul".  8  out  of  10.   


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