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Minenwerfer/Alpenpasse/Purity Through Fire/2019 CD Review

lundi 7 octobre 2019 à 21:18

  Minenwerfer  are  a  band  from  Sacramento.  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  more  into  a  war  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Alpenpasse"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Atmospheric  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with some  spoken  word  samples  from  World  War  I  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  utilized.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Most  of  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well as  the  second  track  also  showing  the  music  returning  to  the  raw  aggression  that  was  presented  on  previous  recordings  and  also  adds  in  some  chaotic  sounding  guitar  leads,

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  as  the  alum  progresses and  one  song  also  adds  in  samples of WWI  era  German  music  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  also  returns  on  a  later  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  World  War  I  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Minenwerfer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  and  atmospheric  war  themed  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dragging  The  Dead  Through  Mountain  Passes"  and  "Tiroler  Edelweiss".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Vedmin Krug Interview

lundi 7 octobre 2019 à 10:07
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Thanks that you’ve found the time for the interview.
Generally I’ve been taking up music for about 15 years, taken part in many bands of the most various styles.
I got the final conception of the project ‘Vedmin Krug’ in the early 2019. Before that I’d been keen on such a thing as dungeon synth and tried writing music in this style. Then I finally realized that I lacked live back instruments and the musical compositions were sort of incomplete. Also, I stored a sufficient amount of guitar riffs, and I didn’t have anything to apply them to.
When I gradually started recording the material, all the musical sequence began getting its wholeness, which was quite unexpected for me, and all I had to do was develop it.

2. Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The only thing I knew for sure was that it should have been old school black metal. I didn’t want to limit myself with some frame of styles and simply recorded the compositions as they were. I grew up on the black metal of the 90s and wanted to express the best things of that time, which influenced me musically, in my album. I was absolutely sure what kind of guitar sound I wanted and how I wanted the instruments to sound in the final mix.
Recently there have many different branches of black metal appeared. Things, that before were experimental, are becoming normal, there appeared some previously impossible hybrids of black metal and shoegaze, electronic, hip hop music. Perhaps all these have the right to exist, but not for me. I’m a conservative traditionalist.

3.A lot of your lyrics deal with mysticism and the paganism of the Northern European and Slavic people, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

On one hand, I’m interested in occultism and its symbolism. One part of the lyrics is an attempt to allegorically describe some rites, carried on to get sacred knowledge. Invocation is about a try to find a dark foundation inside myself, awake it, explore and unite with it, and to get the inner freedom through it. Blood into the soil describes a bloody sacrifice to Earth in order to make the dead in it talk.
On the other hand, and it’s the main thing, I’m interested in everything about pre-Christian traditional religious cults. The Slavic mythology is a huge part of it, unfortunately, underestimated in the West. In the sense of its variety, brightness, thoroughness of its worldview and meaningful vibrancy, the Slavic legacy is no way inferior to the Teutonic and Scandinavian one. As in other countries, a millennial existence of Christianity in Russia has done its best to eliminate the previous cultural legacy or to leave it for itself. Even though we don’t have such epic literature as Beowulf or The Poetic and Prose Eddas, the folk memory keeps its tradition, the memory of its gods and heroes in the forms of folk tales, clothes patterns, folk festivities, wooden figures, old children’s toys and pieces of everyday life, even in the decorations of the early Christian churches. Every year archeologists find more and more new artifacts, and I’m pleased with it!
Summer Solstice describes the eve before the Slavic festivity called ‘Koupala’ with all the specific symbols and attributes: grass wreaths, bathing, jumping over a fire, round dances, fern blooming, celebration of the Sun and the summer thriving of the Nature. In contrast, Father North brings us to the Russian north. This composition is about a shaman, who performs his ritual dance celebrating his home nature and everything around him – the North, the cold, the night, stars, Aurora Borealis. The North for him and all the northern inhabitants is the Great Father, and the polar night, the Darkness, is their Mother, and their eternal primordial alliance creates the whole world.
Up to the Celestial Halls, widely speaking, is dedicated to all killed with a sword in hands. In it there is described a feast for the greater glory of the killed warriors, who go to Heaven with the smoke of their funeral pyres, to the Celestial Halls of Perun (the same as Valhalla) in order to obtain an eternal life. They’ll also obtain immortality on Earth because their heroic deeds will be sung of in songs and legends for ever.

4. I know that the band’s name means 'witch circle' in Russian, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

And what other name to give to what I wrote and recorded but witches’ Sabbath?)
Actually, I’ve always been attracted by this word combination. It includes many meanings – there are both circles on fields, and stone calendar circles, and mushrooms rings in the forest, and a magical sign, and a bewitching ritual, and a round dance around the fire on Koupala. But I mean “circle” more as an organization, community, a union of people, powers, ideas. In Russian the word ‘witch’ (ved’-ma) is more a prophetess than a sorceress, this means “the woman who knows”, a woman that obtains sacred knowledge, hidden from common people. The name of the project should be written only in Latin transliteration and no other way. By the way, my DS project is called ‘Ordo Maleficarum’, what basically means the same

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

It’s a photo of one place of power in Eastern Siberia.

6. With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience playing with a full band, which one do you prefer?

Yes, the full band I participate in is called Rymr. Rymr is one of Thor’s names and means ‘noise’. We started it with a friend of mine, Darthfinist, in 2017. Our first album was more in the ways of DSBM, but we’re growing and our future sound and lyrics will be more up to the band’s name, I suppose.
I can’t prefer one project to another; they’re all the same important to me.
7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Right now we’re agreeing with the label ‘Der Schwartze Tod’ on releasing the album ‘Totem’ on CD. It’s a real honour for me to have the opportunity to work with these people and find myself among the other great bands that had their releases there.

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

Firstly, the most surprising was to have the reaction, and secondly, it was really worldwide. It was mostly positive. The most of positive feedback I got from Germany, France, Scandinavia and the US. People from South America and Japan also showed their interest. And it was traditionally vice versa in Russia, I don’t know why.

9. What is going on with 'Rymr' these days?

We’re working on our second album, which is supposed to be released in 2020. The vocals are still mine, but Darthfinist will be the main composer and guitarist. Probably we’ll make a couple of videos along with the release.  As for live gigs, at the moment they don’t make any sense for me, to be honest. But anything’s possible, we’ll see.

10. Do you also have an interest in other forms of Occultism?

I’m interested in the Left Hand Path and occultism of different forms and traditions; I study a lot of literature on this topic. Generally all the authors from Cornelius Agrippa to Aleister Crowley talk about the same way of self-discovery and the world around, even though they use different terms and tools.

11. Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

I live in the presence. I’d like to release at least two more albums with Vedmin Krug, I’ve got loads of ideas on developing of this project. If the interest grows, I may invite more musicians to join the project and we may give live performances, it’s not impossible.

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?

I grew up on such bands as Limbonic Art, Summoning, Immortal (early), Nocturnal Mortum, Burzum, Temnozor, Old Wainds, Der Gerwelt, Butterfly Temple. Nowadays I listen to really great amounts of music. If I start listing them, it’ll take some pages. Among local Russian bands I could highlight Grima, Ultar, Ruyan, Todestriebe, Drunemeton, Зарево (Zarevo), Asmund, Forest. And Thromos, Svikt, Mutiilation, Mgla and suchlikes among worldwide known. Also, I like so called Nordic Folk like Wardruna, Danheim, Heilung, Nytt Land and so on.

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

Once again I’d like to thank my family, friends and audience for their support, it would hard to carry on without it. Let’s keep the black flame of primordial fire burning!


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Horrocious/Depleted Light And The Death Of Uniqueness/Osmose Productions/2019 Full Length Review

lundi 7 octobre 2019 à 09:38

  Horrocious  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Depleted  Light  And  The  Death  Of  Uniqueness"  which  will  be  released  on  October  25th  by  Osmose  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats,  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  some  of  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keep  it  very  modern  at  the  same  time,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Horrocious  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  raw,  fast,  aggressive  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  Lucifer and  his  eternal  war  against  the  integrity  of  the  worlds.

  In  my  opinion  Horrocious  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Upon  The  Fallen  Worlds"  "Perceived  Integrity  Of  Lord"  and  "Reborn  From  Energy..Sublime  Demons".  8  out  of  10.      

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Iffernet/Self Titled/WV Sorcerer Productions/2019 CD Review

dimanche 6 octobre 2019 à 21:06

  Iffernet  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  was  released  by  WV  Sorcerer  Productions.

  Fire  burning  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  crazy  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  riffing  also  adding  a  small  amount  of  melody  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  fire  burning  sounds  also  returning  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  all  of  the  music  also sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Iffernet  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  guitar  orientated  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  despondency  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Iffernet  are  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Tales  Of  Things  To  Sink"  and  "Unconquered  Sons".  8  out  of  10.   


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Horse Drawn 2019 Interview

dimanche 6 octobre 2019 à 20:09
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?
Jonny: We’re working on recording the rest of the material for the full release. The two songs are just a demo of what’s coming.

2.You have a new ep coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Jonny: this is a more stripped down straight forward approach. Nothing complicated, no more doom/sludge/genre blending/whatever else we tried before. Just black metal.

3.This is also your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Jonny: Major life events and focusing on our other projects.
Plaguewielder and Coldfells have both released material in that time.

4.On the new ep, you cover your Midwest origins, depression and psychedelic experiences, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting that is presented on the new recording?

Jonny: I can’t speak for the lyrics, but as far as the music goes the Midwest is where we came from in every sense. The area has fallen apart, it’s bleak, it’s underwhelming, it’s sad. It’s got all the makings to influence black metal. Bryce and I both have been surrounded by and influenced by depression in many ways from personally to family members, but also in our physical surroundings. Economic collapse, addiction, deaths, unemployment, etc...
As for psychedelic experiences, a lot of our bonding came from smoking DMT, dropping acid and eating mushrooms. You really get to know someone laying on the floor in filth for an entire night tripping balls and having total breakdowns. That’ll grow a bond like nothing else. Some of those experiences were very early on in this band, and still influence us to this day.

5.On the new ep you also work as a duo, do you feel the music has gotten a lot more personal with only 2 members ?

Jonny: Regardless of the lineup, Horse Drawn has always at its core been a duo. So this isn’t really new, this is just the first time we’re acknowledging it.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?

Jonny: there’s not much to tell honestly. There is a lake not far from my home in NJ at a park called Ramapo Reservation. My wife and I were out for a walk. Almost a year later, it’s a little scary how unintentionally appropriate the photo became.

7.Is the new ep also going to be self released as the previous releases where?

Jonny: we haven’t made any attempts to get it released, so probably, but it’s not out of the question that we will contact someone to try and release it. Sometimes DIY is just easier. We’ve both worked with various labels before and less hands in the pot means we can do things at our own pace.

8.On a worldwide level how have your fans reacted to the newer music that have heard it so far?

Jonny: the reaction to this recording has been more positive than anything else we’ve done, so I think it’s going over well. People always have varying opinions though, so it’s easy to get lost in it. We didn’t make the changes to appeal to anyone specifically, it’s just where we are right now.

9.What can we expect from the band musically during the future?

Jonny: it’s hard to say for sure, but what you can expect is more focused material.

10.Are there any musical influences that you bring onto the new recording that you where not able to do on past releases?

Jonny: We had a drummer previously who wasn’t a big metal guy. We still are very fond of him, but it made us write a certain way. That’s why I really wanted to reuse some of the old material (early graves was previously recorded on No Light, and we’re redoing another from that era) to show that HD has always been a black metal band at its core. The approach was molded to what it needed to be.

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

Jonny: just to say thank you for taking time to do this, and to thank anyone who has checked out our music.


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