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Nidhoggr Interview

mardi 17 novembre 2015 à 00:16
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hvedrungr: We are a black metal band. Bot much else to tell.

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Hvedrungr: Primitive.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Hvedrungr: Norse mytholgy, war, end of the world

4.I know that the name 'Nidhoggr' comes from Norse Mythology and Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topics?
Hvedrungr: Not much else to tell except that this is what I am interested in. Especially the parts about Ragnarök which kind of (using metaphors) portrays whats happening to the world right now. Then world will end and we will all die. When? Who knows. How? No one knows. We will probably destroy ourselves though... But since we don't know (yes... no one knows, you kan only believe) there is no point worrying. Just embrace the fact and live your lives until the day comes. You may not even notice it. It might just be like someone... just shuts of the light.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Hvedrungr: We have never played live... Yet.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Hvedrungr: None so far. When our upcoming album is mastered and sent to the label (Craneo Negro records) we are planning to work on a second one.

7.The demo is going to be released on cassette by 'Lake Of Fire productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Hvedrungr: This is my own label. Some past releases has been made. Not much else to tell. Supporting Lake of Fire is to support Nidhöggr.
Buy records here: http://www.discogs.com/seller/lakeoffire

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Hvedrungr: Not much so far. We are a new band. Our upcoming album will be released by mexican label Craneo Negro Records.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Hvedrungr - Guitars: Ex basist of Pagan Rites and Styggelse and the only existing member today of Under Attack.
Nox: Also the singer of Craft and Omnizide
Vanagandr: Ex drummer of El Camino and Under Attack. Current drummer of the bands In Pain, Karnivore and Goat Skull.
Hrungnir: Is also involved in a few bands besides Nidhöggr but does not want to name them or anything else regarding him.

10.According to the fb page you are working on your first full length, what can we expect musically once it is released?
Hvedrungr: Pretty much the same as on the demo. Black metal. The album will consist of 9 tracks.

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?
Hvedrungr: The band is influenced by lots of bands. And all bands we listen to have some impact on my writing when I write new songs. Too many bands to name all.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hvedrungr: Not much really. If you got interest in our band check out our band camp and Facebook page.
http://nidhoggr.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/nidhoggrsweden

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/nidhoggr-interview.html


Grimmdrasil Interview

mardi 17 novembre 2015 à 00:12


1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days? I am working on new material that is less metal and more dark experimental groove oriented type of stuff. I am also in the process of going through all of my old material and remastering it for future release. I am remastering my 3rd album right now.

2.So far I have heard the first album but how would you describe the musical sound of the later material that you have recorded? There is a common core of dark experimental type sound that runs through all of the material. I really do not know how I would categorize the later material. I have so much going through my head that the sound can differ greatly from song to song. I think it is almost like the spin of a wheel which has on it every influence I have, whatever it lands on is what I record. Nice vague answer I know. hahaha

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music? The macrocosm side is the struggle of humankind to find meaning in a meaningless Universe. The microcosm or individual level is various levels of mental malady. The alienation and depression of being a human with brain chemistry that makes being human very uncomfortable. Also fear, sadness, absurdity, and a very subtle layer of humor, which plays on the notion that humor is humanities best and probably only defense against stark emptiness and meaninglessness.

4.I know that the name 'Grimmdrasil' comes form Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic? I chose Grimmdrasil of course as a play on Yggdrasil. In one sense it is like a darkening of the world tree. Also Yggdrasil means Odin's Horse which is another term for gallows which is where the idea and term All life hangs from the Grim tree of life comes from. It also has a Evolutionary Biology slant as it is a kind of play on the phylogenetic tree of life. I added Grimm in front Drasil because life is short and grim, or at least is has been for the vast majority of species that have lived on this planet. You are riding a grim horse in a game that was not of your making and you have other options but to stop and die or continue forward through the fever dream of life.

5.A lot of the albums have been recorded years ago but only started getting released in 2015, why did you wait all of these years? At first I was just recording all this stuff just for myself; as a kind of therapy I guess you could say. As time went on I started to feel that I should maybe do something with all these stupid cdr's that were laying in the closet; none of which were bloody labeled. When I first recorded them I really didn't have the intention of releasing anything because I just felt that it would be pointless amid the glut of music on the internet. Eventually it started nagging at me to do something with all of this work just sitting here. So i did and now I am writing this to some stranger on the internet. haha

6.When I listened to some of the music it sounded very much ahead of its time, how do you think people would of reacted to the albums if they where released shortly after they where recorded? It might have got more attention; Although my personality almost works against such things. haha

7.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer the solo route? I have most of the time preferred the solo route.I think mainly because of my undiagnosed social anxiety disorder. I also just like being able to do everything at my own pace. but that does not mean I am not open to collaborations. For example I have started working with Emir doing synth on a project.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the music by fans of black metal? I have not had very much feedback at all. I did have a good review in Terrorizer magazine in 2005. I don't even remember what issue it was. I don't think straight up pure black metal fans would dig it to much because it is not pure black metal and I don't think progressive rock fans would like it to much because it is to raw and to metal. I am stuck in limbo. haha I may be being to cynical here, I am not sure

9.According to the metal archives page there has been no music recorded, can you tell us a little bit more about the last 8 years? There has been music recorded in that time it is just no one knew about it but me. I think it was around 2010 I stopped recording because I thought there was really no point in it because there are millions of fucking bands. I also may have burned myself out a bit. A bit later on I realized that it was either continue doing music or just stop and die. Without a creative outlet there is no point in existing at all beyond the obvious basic subsistence.

10.Are you planning on recording or writing newer material in the future and if so where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future? Yeah like I said, I am working on new stuff right now. As far as the future, I really dont have a plan for the future besides just keep working on new material and keep living until I am dead.

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? As far as influences go I would say, 70s prog rock Italian, but all other counties as well. 70s jazz fusion. Corte Dei Miracoli, Museo Rosembach, Ys, Le Orme, PFM, Cervello, Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, Sensations Fix, Madrugada, Ossana, Quella Vecchia Locanda, Van Der Graaf Generator, Gentle Giant, Genesis, Peter Hamill, Caravan, Camel. The whole 70s Canterbury scene. Frank Zappa Mahavishnu Orchestra,  Miles Davis, George Duke, Billy Cobham, Alphonso Johnson, Papa Creech, P Funk,   The list goes on and on. I am and probably always will be stuck in the 70's. As far as modern stuff goes I like Enslaved, Blut Aus Nord, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Arcturus, Steven Wilson, Borknagar, Portishead. I forgot to mention 70s experimental Electronic music as well. The list goes on and on and on.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Yeah I suppose this interview was kind of depressing. There was no interesting heart warming inspirational story about drugs and hitting rock bottom and finding redemption through music blah blah blah. Just some boring guy. I should have livened it up with some ridiculous humor. It is to late now. I am to tired. I fucking blew it. BYE  Oh and thanks for the interview.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/grinndrasil-interview.html


Azerine/Throne Ov Perdition/Merdumgiriz/2015 EP Review

samedi 14 novembre 2015 à 06:01

  Azerine  are  a  solo  project  from  Arizona  that  plays  a  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  ep  "Throne  Ov  Perdition"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A  very  dark  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  speeds  up  and  also  brings  blast  beats,  grim  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  are  very heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  vocals  get  very  high  pitched  and  the  slower  riffs  have  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  vibe  to  them  along  with  more  of  an  orthodox  style  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and   old  school  black  metal  style  that  also  avoids  any  modern  trends  and  the  ep  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  released  20  years  ago.

  Azerine  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  taking  the  genre  back  to  is  roots,  the  production  sounds  very   dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Satanism,  Chaos/Black  Magick  and  Afterlife  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Azerine  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  occult  black  metal  solo  project and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Darkness  Unparalelled".  8 out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/azerinethrone-ov-perditionmerdumgiriz20.html


Stone Healer/He Who Rides Immolated Horses/Tridroid Records/2015 EP Review

samedi 14 novembre 2015 à 05:31

  Stone  Healer  are  a  solo  project  from  Connecticut  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  ep  "He  Who  Rides  Immolated  Horses"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Tridroid  Records.

  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  to  add  in  more  of  a  heavy  modern  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  angry  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  progressive  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  alternate  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  are  very  dark and  melodic  sounding  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  brings  in  acoustic  guitars  and  female  vocals.

  Stone  Healer  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in the  modern  style  of  black  metal  and  also mixes  in  a  lot  of  progressive  music  elements  and  influences  from  a  variety  of  many  different  genres  to  create  a  musical  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  profesisonal  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  personal  and  spiritual  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Stone  healer  are  a  very  decent  sounding  progressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "He Who  Rides  Immolated  Horses"  and  "Lark's  Head".  7/5  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/stone-healerhe-who-rides-immolated.html


Morkesagn/Where the Darkness Never Ends/2015 Full Length Review

samedi 14 novembre 2015 à 04:49

  Morkesagn  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  self  released  2015  album  "Where  Darkness  Never  Ends".

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  very  fast  and r aw  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  you can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording. 

  A  great  portion  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  and  you  can  also  hear  clean  singing  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also brings  in  a  very  dark  atmosphere  that  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  Swedish  black  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  90's  second  wave  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  as  the  album progresses  grim  whispers  can  be  heard  at  times  and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  the  album closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Morkesagn  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  and  owes  a  great  deal  to  the  Swedish  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  doom,  mysticism  and  winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morkesagn  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  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heart  Of  Darkness"  and  "Frost".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/morkesagnwhere-darkness-never-ends2015.html