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Uitzichtloos Interview

mercredi 13 août 2014 à 13:54

1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Uitzichtloos was founded somewhere in 2013 by M and R. They released a digital EP called Leeg before I joined. Our aim is to create the music we like and that represents who we are. All of us have been in different bands before Uitzichtloos.

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 your previous demo and ep?

The demo is much rawer. Nevelmasker has a raw approach to it, but contains a lot of melody. I would say apart from the classic Scandinavian sound where obviously are influenced by, we also adapted some tunes from the eastern black metal scene. For me Blood in our Wells from Drudkh is a very important record.

3.The band has only been around for a year but has so far released a demo, ep and one full length, do you feel that you put a lot of time and effort into the band?
Yes, we put a lot of effort and time in the record. But mostly by composing our own. We share ideas by mail and when we get together we start building a song. Nevelmasker was written and mainly recorded in a 3 month period. Which might seem fast, but when the inspiration comes it`s unstoppable. We all compose and get extremely inspired when recording. We also believe in the power of improvisation. In previous bands we played the songs so many times before recording, the urgent feeling got lost. Now you have pure songs, recorded with a certain hunger you need to capture magic.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Mainly our songs deal with local myths and such, like Witte Wieven and Dwaallichten. They`re also about death, misanthropy, darkness and auto mutilation. We get inspired by our surroundings and by poetry we read.

5.I know that the band name means hopeless in Dutch, what was the decision behind using it for the name of the band?

We`re a Dutch band. So it`s obviously we wanted a Dutch name. You can interpret the name in different ways. If you`ve ever been in Groningen you`ll see  there`s nothing. No mountains, no woods only fields of grass and meadows. You can see as far as you like, yet you won`t see anything `cause there`s nothing to see. There is no view (it`s Uitzichtloos).

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I don`t think Uitzichtloos will ever be doing concerts. Don`t get me wrong. I`ve been on stage many times and playing shows are extremely rewarding. But it also takes a lot of effort. Before you know it you`re playing your tunes over and over again and it kills your creativity. At the moment our main goal is to create the music we love. So no shows for the moment.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

No, see previous question.

8.The new album was released on Vacula Productions, are you happy with the help they have given you so far?

Yes, we`re very satisfied. Vacula has kept all promises made and has done a great job so far. We hope to work with them again in the (near) future.

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

It`s been good, which is nice. But it is important to stretch out we`re mainly doing this for ourselves. So if the world hated us, that`s fine. We playing the stuff we like to hear and don`t care about what others might think.
But we do have some positive feedback by people close to us and total strangers, which is nice of course.

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

There`s a EP coming soon, called “De Oogst”. This will be raw and fast. It also contains a track inspired by Ede Staal (local hero who died some years ago) called Credo. Not sure when it`s out, but it should not take long. At the same time we`re already working on a new full-length. We recorded three tracks already and have about 9 other songs to choose from.
I think we will continue and expand the songwriting style used on Nevelmasker, but we will return to a much rawer sound.

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?
The classic BM bands obviously. No need to name them. You know who they are. We`re still very involved in discovering new talent. Some bands you should check out are: Skaur, Vemod, Skogen, Cultes des Ghoules, Kjeld, Stilla, Grifteskymfning, Hadanfard, Svartrit, Fyrnask, Fluisteraars, Spite Extreme Wing etc. etc.
Too many!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We won`t answer to this question. I don`t think this is relevant. I don’t care about nonmusical interest from other bands either.


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

Thank you for the interview.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/uitzichtloos-interview.html


We All Die (Laughing)/Mathieu Drouet/Tentoonsteeling/Kaotoxin Records/2014 Split Album Review

mercredi 13 août 2014 à 05:15

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Bulgaria's  We  All  Die  (Laughing)  and  France's  Mathieu  Drouet  called  "Tentoonsteeling"  which  was  released  by  Kaotoxin  Records  in  2014  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  We  All  Die  (Laughing)  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  played  a  very  progressive  and  depressive  form  of  black/doom  metal  on  their  album  but  go  for  more  of  a  soundtrack  feeling  on  this  recording.

 Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  giving  the  music  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  guitar  leads  start  to  kick  in  along  with  some  bass  guitars  and  psychedelic  elements  and  on  this  track  they  take  out  all  of  the  vocals  and  heavier  parts  that  where  part  of  their  full length  and  create  an  instrumental  piece  that  is  based  on  their  debut  album's  single  track  "Thoughtscan's  main  theme  and  the  song  is  close  to  14  minutes  in  length.

  Next  up  is  Mathieu Drouet  an  experimental  artist.

  Power  electronic  noises  start  off  his  side  of  the  split  giving  the  music  and  avant  garde  and  experimental  feeling  and  the  song  is  10  minutes  in  length  and  is  intended  to  be  a  rendition  of  his  photography  and  you  can  also  hear  a  bit  of   ambient  in  his  music  with  his  side  being  an  all  instrumental  piece

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  id  you  are  a  fan  of  We  All  Die  (Laughing)  and  experimental  music,  you  should  add  this  album  to  your  collection.  8  out  of  10.        

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/we-all-die-laughingmathieu.html


Xothist/Simulacrum/Fallen Empire Records/2014 Full Length Review

mardi 12 août 2014 à 06:53

  Xothist  are  a  1  man  band  from  Grand  Junction,  Colorado  that has  been  featured before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Simulacrum"  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

 
  Dark  ambient  drones  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  using  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  guitar  leads  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  black  metal  guitar  riffing  has  a  harsh  noise  feeling  to  them  at  times  before  going  more into  an  ambient  noise  direction  for  a  few  minutes  until  the  album  returns  back  to  its  black  metal  roots  as  well  as  adding  more  rawness  into  the  music  while  the  recording  also  goes  back  to  ambient  at  times  to  create  a  very  diverse  sound  and  closer  to  the  end  of  the  album  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  is  added  into  the  music  and  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  feeling.

  Xothist  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  originality  and  creativity  to  create  a  very  diverse,  dark  and  evil  record,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  astral  projections  and  negative  energies.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Xothist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  or  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/xothistsimulacrumfallen-empire.html


Serpents Lair/Demo MMXIV/Fallen Empire Records

mardi 12 août 2014 à 05:22

  Serpents  Lair  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  dark,  occult  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  demo  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

  A  very  dark,  slow  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  angry  black  metal  vocals  that  have  a  sound  of  their  own  to  them  and  after  awhile  melodies  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  give  the  recording  a  French  black  metal  feeling.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  being  utilized  in  both  of  the  tracks  and  the  vocals  use  both  deep  and  high  pitched  screams  and  on  the  second  track  the  band  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  ambient  sounds  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  displaying  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  with  their  musical  sound  while  also  having  the  rawness  of  black  metal.

  Serpents  Lair  creates  a  very  interesting  approach  to  black  metal  with  these  2  songs  and  they  also  show  they  know  their  musical  instruments  very  well,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Serpents  Lair  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Epistemology  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.  

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/serpents-lairdemo-mmxivfallen-empire.html


Endlichkeit/III-V/Fallen Empire Records/2014 Demo Review

mardi 12 août 2014 à 04:22

  Endlichkeit  are  a  band  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  demo  "II-V"  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

A  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  minute  later  high  pitched  screams  make  their  way  into  the  music  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  3  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  throughout  the  recording  and  they  are  one  of  the  major  highlights  of  the  demo  with  the  way  they  bring  in  a  dark  atmosphere  that  is  very  raw  and  the  band  sticks  to  a  very  pure  style  of  black  metal  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  recording  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  emotion  into  their  music.

  Endlichkeit  remain  true  to  their  raw  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  as  well  as  bringing  the  atmosphere  out  with  the  guitars  to  create  3  very  interesting  songs,  the  production  has  a  very  dark and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  in  a  very  dark  vein.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Endlichkeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  "V".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/endlichkeitiii-vfallen-empire.html