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Bustum Interview

vendredi 18 mars 2016 à 05:10
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Bustum is black metal band from Osijek, Croatia. We’re formed in 2001. by Demoniac who is still in the band in the role of guitarist & back vocal. We have three demo materials and one full-length recorded in 2012 and released through cult American label Regimental Records on CD. In the beginning of 2016 you are able to purchase our full-lenght on tape format via Hungarian label Iron County Records.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Straight forward black metal! No bullshits! No making „hot water“ out of this! We play black metal what he needed to be. Fast black metal with guitars like razors in your ears, violent and loud vocals and thundering drums.

3.The band has been around since 2001 but so far has only released 3 demo's and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

I came in the band around 2011 but I know that thay didn’t have good opportunities to record more in the past. We live on Balkan and this area is damaged heavily with wars and economical situation that is absolute badly. So if you want to enter the studio here 99% of studio owners will try to rip you off for money and give you shit out of result and especially that we didn’t have good studios for metal music on Balkan (ex-Yugoslavia). No there’s few studios in Serbia, few (maybe) in Croatia, one in Bosnia... and that is it (that I know). So we can say that Bustum made all that time-gaps between materials due to financial and technical problems.

4.You label your music as 'demoniac black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

We needed something to write in booklet on one page, so I (Nicor) just took Demoniac’s artistic name and add before words „black metal“.

5.Your lyrics cover Inner Demonology and Chaosophia, how important is your dedication to the black arts?

We write our lyrics about biggest demon that ever came to this earth and which we are part of, humanity. Humanity is probably the biggest venom ever made.
It is very important, there’s no point write lyrics all the time. When you find yourself inspired or utterly disgusted, than write what you feel or see or hear. That is the best way to produce some hellishly good texts.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bustum'?

Back in the days, when Demoniac came up with idea to form a band in Croatia, he just wanted some obscure name, to sound mighty and evil, and he find Bustum, which sounds perfectly. After some time when band become more than teenage wish for music, than name Bustum started to collecting it’s power as one of the most trustful names in small croatian black metal scene. People in Croatia still think of Bustum as one of pioneers of black metal in Croatia. (But for me that is city Rijeka and their bands from nineties! haha)

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

Band isn’t active on stage for almost six years, due personal obligations and jobs of Demoniac and me. But in the past they have some pretty good shows. I wasn’t part of band in that time, so I can’t speak of live performances from past.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We had some calls but we weren’t able to honored them in proper way, to do live performances on way that we wanted so we canceled them. Currently, Demoniac is in Ireland, so no plans for near-by future gigs, ’cause there’s something about 1700 miles between him and me.

9.Recently Neverheard Distro have re-issued your 2013 album on cassette, what are your thoughts on the product?

Actually Iron County Records is name of label that put re-release of our album on tape format. I think that label did a great job with them. Tape looks great and very professional. So go on and order your copy, you will not regert if you worship old-school tape value. I think that they made 250 copies or so.

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

From Balkan it was shitty almost none, but that is destiny of almost all bands here. Fans here doesn’t support bands with buying their merch or releases. We have good feedback from Asia and South America. Suoth Americans are fuckin’ crazy, they sent us some of most insane messages. They are really true metal maniacs. And then is a small group of people from Europe who support us and from America also.

11.When can we expect new material and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Due our „distance problem“ and our „day-time obligations“ I really can’t tell you when you can expect our new material/s. We spoke few times about making some EP material or single material with one or two new songs, but we will see what future holds for Bustum.
I really don’t know about music style in future. I hope we’ll stay with this one straight forward black metal attitude, but knowing Demoniac, we probably will.

12.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?

Black metal generally have the biggest influence on Bustum, and logically that band took that genre to play and create audio art.
I can’t speak in Demoniac’s name, but I grow up on punk and black metal so I listen 90% bands that I listened in my teen days. Bands like Marduk (with Legion), Impaled Nazarene, The Exploited, Motörhead , G.B.H., Sex Pistols, Carpathian Forest,... etc. Nowdays most of the time in my player spend: Infernal War – Axiom, Revenge - Behold.Total.Rejection, Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu & Dead Congregation - Promulgation of the Fall.

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

Thank you for your time and space in your fanzine. Keep up the work!
Support bands!!! Support labels!!! Support madness!!!


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Exsequor/For The Fallen/UKEM Records/2016 Cassette Re-Issue Review

jeudi 17 mars 2016 à 08:02

  Exseguor  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  ep "For  The  Fallen"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2016  by  UKEM  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  and  epic  keyboards  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  guitar  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  modern  era.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  with  the  last  song  does  show  the  band  speeding  up  briefly  with  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  and  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and also  lets  the  keyboards  dominate  alongside  with  the  guitars  and  vocals  and  they  also  mix  in  the  more  atmospheric  side  of  pagan  metal  into  there  musical  sound  at  times  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing.

  Exsequor  plays  more  of  a  keyboard  orientated  form  of  pagan/black  metal  on  this  recording  while  also  being  very  epic  and  melodic  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  medieval  history,  war  and  death  themes.    

  In  my  opinion  Exsequor  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ante  Mortem"  and  "Outbliette".  8  out  of  10.

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Pyromancer/Demo MMXv/Godz of War Productions/2016 EP Review

jeudi 17 mars 2016 à 07:04

  Pyromancer  are a  duo  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2015  demo  which  was  re-issued  as  a  mini-cd  in  2016  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction t hat  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  days  of  black  and  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  evil  melodies  at  times.

  Throughout t he  recording  you  can hear  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  as  the  ep  progresses  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  even  more  of  a  catchy  second  wave  style  and  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  are  ever  present  while  the  music  does  always  remain  heavy  raw  and  heavy.

  Pyromancer  goes back  to  the  90's  styles  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  some  very  raw,  evil  and  bestial  sounding  metal,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  darkness  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pyromancer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Barbaric  Wrath"  and  "Violent  God".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Dakhma/Astiwhad-Zohr/Godz Ov War Productions/2016 EP Review

jeudi 17 mars 2016 à 06:31

 Dakhma  are  a  solo  project  from  Switzerland that plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  ep  "Astiwihad-Zohr"  which  was  released  by  Gods  Ov  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  raw  bestial  blackened  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats,  grim   screams  and  demonic  growls  and  the  music  also  bring s in  a  raw  90's  influenced  style  of  war  metal  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Morbid  sounding  melodies can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  chaotic  style  of  death  metal  and  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  chanting  and  melodic vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  doom/death  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  Dakhma  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  bestial  form  of  black/war  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  and  ritualistic  sounding  recording  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Zoroastrian  Rituals  and  Afterlife  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dakhma  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Procession(Feed  From  the  Skull)"  and  "Altar(Flesh  Upon  Me)".  8/5  out  of  10. 



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Unru/Als Tier ist der Mensch nichts/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/Monotonstudio Records/Supreme Chaos Records/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 15 mars 2016 à 11:29

  Unru are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Als  Tier  ist  der Mensch  nichts"  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories,  Monotonstudio  Records  and  Supreme  Chaos  Records.

  Ambient  sounding  drones  start off  the  album  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  spoken  word  parts  and  harsh  noises  are  added  onto  the  recording before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  that  also  get  very  depressive  at  times  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  as  well  as  a  touch  of  crust  punk  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  also  adding  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  style  and  Cascadian  influences  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  even  more  melodies  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  while  some  of  the  slower  riffing  brings  in  a  small  does  of  doom  metal.

  Unru  creates  another  recording  that   takes  the  depressive,  Cascadian  and  atmospheric  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  some  crust  elements  while  expanding t heir  style  of  with  drones  and  a  touch  of  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  the  blackest  depths  of  human  failure  and  of  existence's  darkest  torments.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Unru  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  Cascadian  style  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  crust,  you  should  enjoy t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Das  Ann-Karenina-Prinzip"  and  "Totmilker".8  out  of  10.     



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