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Death Motif Interview

mercredi 19 août 2015 à 06:01
1.For those that have  never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

1.  Death Motif formed in 2013 (or late in 2012, I can't quite remember and it probably doesn't make a difference), originally as a four piece.  Our original drummer was Josh Dawkins from Lions of Tsavo.  We kept the writing process really loose at the time because we didn't really have a vision for what we wanted to do.  We just kind of decided to kick ideas around until something really struck us.  The song that struck us turned out to be "Hiding in the Tall Grass" from our first EP.  We decided to cultivate the black metal/alt metal/death and roll sound that fell out of that and see where it took us.  Shortly after the release of our first EP, Josh and Death Motif had to part ways, and I found Nikos hanging out in a practice room at our rehearsal complex with his dog.  He joined shortly thereafter in April of 2014.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
2.  The first EP was an exploration of what we could do to make black metal and death metal sound like rock and roll.  That came mostly from necessity, because our original drummer got into a motorcycle crash and broke his leg pretty badly when we had been together for just a few months.  He was laid up for six or eight months, but we kept writing in that time, so we wrote groovy music that he could play with one leg propped up on an old office chair. 

Nikos has an extremely different style and approach to the music; he's an extremely technical drummer.  So once he joined and we started writing music together, we took the elements that we thought really worked from the first batch of songs and just took the next step, which under the circumstances was to write some really groovy, really moody music that is also kind of hyperactive and has a tendency to make abrupt changes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3.  We write narratives about unfortunate events, either real or imagined.  The songs that I wrote tend to deal with more real life stuff, things that have happened around me to people that I know (or knew).  Donner has a slightly different approach to his subject matter, which I can't give very much insight into.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Death Motif'?
4.  Donner came up with the name.  I'm not sure if it referred to anything specific, but it seems to me that our name has evolved from whatever it started out as to being a concise descriptor of our music.  Death Motif's motif is death.  Tragic death.

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've played some really cool shows.  I'm not sure I could say which ones were the best, but I can say that we recently played with Primitive Man in Houston, and that bill had a lot of really excellent bands on it, including our friends Krvshr and Bummer.  We also recently played a really great show with our friends in Manifest Insanity and The Blood Royale which was a mega jam party.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6.  Our next shows we have scheduled are going to be really cool.  We're playing a super stacked bill on September 25 that is going to be bro-down of the highest order, and then we get to play with Today is the Day on October 9.  We're trying to get out of town more in the fall; our goal is to find a way to get a midwest tour moving in the spring.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7.  We haven't been approached by any labels.  We would really like to have some tour support so that we can get out and play new places, but that hasn't been offered to us in any way yet, so we'll realistically try to do some DIY touring and see how far we can get outside of Austin.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8.  Our music has been pretty well received so far.  If anybody really hates it, they've been too polite to mention it to me, at least.  Black metal has the benefit of being (at least to me) a pretty flexible subgenre of music, so people who are in to black metal tend to appreciate the obtuse approach we take.  But we're anything but trve black metal.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9.  Writing has begun for what is tentatively planned on being a full length album right now.  We're four or five songs in, and I'm extremely excited about the music that we have written and ready to go.  It's far and away our best stuff yet, and our boundaries are really being pushed in some really wild directions.  Death Motif makes it a point in the writing process to keep elements that consider to be crucial to "our sound" and to force them into different contexts that we have never explored before.  Our fastest, slowest, ugliest and most daring music is in process right now.  I can't get enough of playing it

10.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?
10.  The collective list for Death Motif's influences is really scattered.  Nothing is off the table for us.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11.  I won't speak for the other guys, but I don't really have any non-musical interests.  I have a one year old daughter that I spend a lot of time chasing around, and beyond that I spend all my time messing with my pedal board or writing.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12.  I recommend the Game of Thrones books.  They're pretty good.

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K.L.L.K/Between The First Heliocentric And The Great Deceiver Of Light/Mithra!Infrasound/2015 Cassette Review

mardi 18 août 2015 à 07:40

  K.L.L.K  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Between The First Heliocentric And  The Great Deceiver Of Light"  which  was  released  by  Mithra!  Infrasound.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  cassette  giving  the  music  an  avant  garde  atmosphere  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  get  more  heavy  and brings  in  an  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  along  with  soem  grim  high  pitched  screams  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  at  times  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  melodies  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  also  starts  mixing  in  experimental  elements  at  times  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  while  some  of  the  slower  riffs  also  adds  a  touch  of  drone  to  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  deeper  vocals.

  K.L.L.K  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  while  also  adding  in  different  influences  to  give  their  songs  more  of  an  original  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Indo -  Europeanism,  Celtic  Rituals,  Cosmogonies,  Julius  Evola,  and  Mithraism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  K.L.L.K  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Rahu".  8  out  of  10.


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My Dying World Mako/Tribute To Memories/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 18 août 2015 à 07:08

  My  Dying  Worl "Mako"  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Tribute  To  Memories".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  classical  guitars  and  distorted  yet  melodic  leads  that  bring  a  very  sad  sounding  atmosphere  to  the  music  and  a  few  seconds  later drum  beats  are  added  into  the  music  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  acoustic  and  heavy  parts  while  some  of  the  leads  also  add  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  to  some  of  the  tracks  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  at  times..

  Some  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  nature  sounds  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  riffs  also  start  to  mix in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental  and  all  of  the  songs  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  musical  direction  which  also  gives  the  whole  recording  more  of  a  sad  and  depressive  atmosphere  with  no  fast  parts  or  blast beats ever  being  utilized  and  the  vocals  also get  somewhat  melodic  on  the  last  track.

  My  Dying  World  "Mako"  creates  an  album  that  is  more  in  the  slow  or  mid  paced  style  of  depressive  black  metal  while  still  bringing  in  the  atmosphere  of  previous  recordings  as  well  as  expanding  on  the  melody  to  show  growth  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy,  apathy  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  My  Dying  World  "Mako"  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Life  Apart"  and  "Make  Your  Choice".  8  out  of  10.



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Saturnian Mist Interview

mardi 18 août 2015 à 05:53

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?

- Gigs, if not done already, then confirmed or in planning stage. Also we’ve been spending A LOT of time at the studio, rehearsing and making demos of our next album and recording some split releases of which first of them is now almost done - SATURNIAN MIST / IC REX Split that is which includes 4 songs from both of us. I have tried to keep track what is going on, but after the release of ”The True Law” -single and ”Chaos Magick” so much is happening in such fast phase and in wider range than ever before in our existence, so I probably remember most of the incredible things that are happening when I’m old or something. Also this is fascinating time cos it feels that things are finally starting to happen without pushing, the wall is breaking. And we have killer line-up with who is more than great to work with, as when doing so everything also feels like happening without any forcing. We though had some line-up change, as we we parted ways with fra. Psychonaught in mutual understanding since he is so busy with Horna and Sargeist and we were starting to have real big timetable errors and overlaps which was when we decided this is the best way. At first we were kind of in panic because his contribution with live and Chaos Magick was truly unique as he became our extra percussionist working on the side of our regular drummer fra. Vile. But, Eventually, one became two; and two our band’s long-time friends joined Saturnian Mist as percussionists, fra. Sota & fra. Kult. We grew into six-piece band in 2012 when Psychonaught joined us, and now in 2015 we grew seven-piece orchestra and now after two live shows with this line-up; I can say that legacy of Psychonaught is in very powerful hands and our recordings and live shows are as fierce and full of chaos as ever - literally Chaos Magick.

2.In April you had 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?

- Primitive, sinister and fierce black metal of death, where voodoish and shamanistic elements are combined to the heavy metal music together with everlasting battle of anger and melancholy. Not just painting the mental picture, but to define in more accuracy; for starters we added percussionist to add more groove, power, nuances and chaotic elements to our music which took our material to whole new level comparing to older material. When we were making ”Chaos Magick” it felt that this was the way it should’ve been always because lyrically and thematically it was, and now it’s also musically. We wanted the album sound like soundtrack to actual Chaos Magick - (a postmodern magical tradition developed by Peter J. Carroll and Ray Sherwin but greatly influenced by the works of Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare) - which thesis is the same as all of occult philosophies, yet more extreme and therefore more suitable for us… but anyway which thesis is that all the religions, ideologies, movements and symbolic structures are describing the same formless thing, a truth behind the truths; and that in the end you can find that via walking very different paths. So, since we use this way of thinking in our lyrics and ideas, with Voodoo, Thelema, Gnosticisim, Satanism and even Western Mythologies etc… we shall plant those elements to our music as well! I would’ve said chaotic first, but the chaos is only apparent there and on the surface, because like in life, there is hidden order behind everything (Chaos is the Law!) And yeah, not-so-madman-scientist-explanation; maybe you can spot our influences from death metal, thrash metal, hardcore punk and heavy metal from there too.

3.This is the first full length to have been released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

- Oh man, it’s hard to imagine that it’s been so long because 4 years feels like eternity since it feels like only 6 months has passed. Before fra. Vile, fra. Macabrum and fra. Psychonaught joined to Saturnian Mist in 2012-2013 which gave us some certainty and stability first time in our history, we had helluva roller coaster with our line-ups which felt to be in constant change, which was also one reason why it took so long for Chaos Magick to come out because we could’ve done it by using session members, but I want Saturnian Mist to work as a band the way what happens on records can and will happen on stage. So, to have live line-up who also plays on records is very important. At one point though we were thinking me to play bass also besides vocals since the founding suitable members began to look impossible, but I’m glad we found fra. Vile to drums in 2012 at starters as I could not really imagine Saturnian Mist without him anymore (don’t tell him that, I don’t want him to get too cocky) but I would probably kill him if he decides to leave the band. Anyway, during these years, we did play gigs with various line-ups in our native Finland and aboard and developed our material, which is why we have already our third album like 90% composed, since we had a lot of time. I spend some time living in Netherlands where I wrote most of the lyrics for the ”Chaos Magick” and fra. Ptahaz and fra. Chaoswind - with who we have been the core of the band since the release of Repellings EP in 2009 - had some other musical and non-musical projects and so did I.

4. The lyrics on the new album seem to be perfectly balanced between both Eastern and Western Occultism, what do you think  makes the two different and also how do you feel they correspond with each other?

- Even H.P. Blavatsky (author of the Secret Doctrine, some kind of magnum opus of occult mythologies) is stupid as fuck most of the times as she just makes stuff up on the side of mythological legacies she represents, this one she at least got right; from the core they are the same but I guess centuries of adaptation to different regional and cultural preferences moulds your language and norms to be certain way and therefore affects to way to perceive the life and your surroundings and voila, thus has born different cultural consciousnesses that breeds difference between the eastern and western mysticism and occultism. How they correspond with each other? Surprisingly well! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I noticed the similarities with Hermetic planetary symbolism and Chakra symbolism. Venus is Ajna (Third eye chakra) is Lucifer is Venus and so on, which I don’t bore more explaining here; for that I hid this information to the booklets of Chaos Magick CD and LP for those who still enjoys of buying physical albums instead of digital downloading.

5.Also your lyrics also bring in a lot of Luciferian, Satanic and Left hand Path themes, do you feel a lot of these subjects are misunderstood by some of the newer bands that have been going for either the satanic and occult style of black metal?

- This also concerns older bands as well not just new ones. There are always people who understand these topics with first-hand experience and own efforts and make them true in their life, but there are always those who tries to copycat what others says for selfish, opportunistic or just plain stupid reasons. Some shall lead, some shall follow, nothing new under the sun since this does not concern only the topics mentioned before but every aspect of human life, psyche and culture. But it doesn’t concern me, since I obviously know the absolute truth.

6.Also you have a song called 'Voodoo Satan', do you also have an interest in the more darker forms of voodoo  and  the  other related forms that are from the South America area?

- Yes. Voodoo is very fascinating in both sides, because it is so close to animalistic nature and same goes to all primitive religions.

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Saturnian Mist'?

- There are so many things, and as the time passes, I always find different angles from it. Initial inspiration came from that ”Saturn-Chronos” character from Ancient Greek and Rome is practically same being than Satan/The Devil of Christianity with different name represented and with different culture. This together with certain attributes that were linked to Saturn’s planetary symbolism in Hermetic and Qabbalistic Occultism were also similar attributes that are linked to Satan/Devil. I wanted to do satanic music, but I also wanted represent my view of the archetype of the devil other way, not the personified horned figure who lives below the earth - but more like it has presented in mysticism, philosophy and even psychology. Impersonal archetype. This was why I ended up with ”Saturn” in the first place, but also ”Saturnian” term meant so many things. It was a long-forgotten poetry form in Ancient Rome unknown by modern world, and it meant loosely ”The Reign Of Saturn God” in several contexts. It was also used as adjective, so ”Mist” in turn as an element symbolizes so many things, for which some reasons at the time I thought it to symbolize very well ”Aura” in literature-kind-of-symbolism and ”Pantheism” in occult symbolism. Hence, Saturnian Mist. Mystic, arcane name for mystic and arcane music.

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

- I think two of our last shows has been the best, which first one was the release party of Chaos Magick and latter one was actually last weekend and it was our first festival headlining case, both in Finland. Since we have now seven members and me also playing percussions (so four drummers all in all!) together with handing vocal duties, last two times we truly managed to unleash chaos and magick both to the audience and to ourselves the way it should been always done! With this set up, it seems all of our shows goes in some chaotic pattern that you can’t really predict, ”Nothing is true and everything is allowed” - Chaos Magick. I myself don’t plan anything what I do beforehand, I just embrace the impulses and let it go and let the songs flow through me and same philosophy goes to other members as well. We embrace chaos and the primitive nature within us and the feeling is something for which there is not really a word and if I were a Christian I would say it takes me to ”closer to god”, but as I am what I am, you can get the picture what I mean. But, don’t get me wrong, we have had a reputation of good live band before that too yet with this new line-up and songs, our live act feels totally reborn which makes me so excited about the future. But there’s been lots of good gigs in the past for sure, of which best I remember the crazy audience of Russia and our hometown shows (we have three hometowns you know, Tampere, Kuopio and Jyväskylä, hahah)… and our first Swedish gig was very memorable, not to mention the first gig of us that we ever played in Netherlands in 2009.

9.What are some of the touring or show plans for the new album?

- I’m kind of superstitious of revealing stuff before they are 100% sure so I don’t reveal anything yet, but I can say this much, we have a lots of gigs coming. Some are confirmed (some of these to mention, Kings Of Black Metal festival gig next spring, marking our first German show ever, and Howls Of Winter Festival at Estonia) and most are not yet. Stay tuned for updates, because first time in our history we play this much gigs outside of Finland!

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

- Great! Very mixed and contradictory - just the way we like it and like always when we release new stuff- but Chaos Magick has gotten much more attention that any of our stuff before from all the way of huge praises to negative views too with exception that Chaos Magick has been received much more better than our albums before, especially by fans. It seems there are not much neutral opinions when it comes to us, either you love us or hate us - which means that what we do works! We want to shake the things up.

11.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?

- Me, Ptahaz and Macabrum don’t play anymore (officially) in anywhere else. fra. Sota plays also in TELOCH and I am as we speak - recording and producing their second full-length album at my Blackvox Studio. Vile’s death metal band GARCHAROT is rehearsing as far as I know, probably new stuff. I don’t know if the rest are worth of mention at this point because of the project-like nature or anonymity that certain projects require.

12.Where would you like to see the band head into musically during the future?

- Continue the path we are on. I don’t know where it leads, because ”the journey is destination” as they say. We have gone further than I ever imagined anyway, so better to seize the moment and not to live in day-dreaming.

13.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?

- I get inspiration from very different and strange places with no logic at all whether it was a rhythm of car engine running or some ”feeling” I get from watching Alejandro Jodorowsky movies. No particular influence that rises above everything, but lots of things that surely has affected at least to me when composing SATURNIAN MIST could be probably found from the artists like MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE, SLAYER, CELTIC FROST, BARATHUM, KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE, HORNA, CMX, THE DOORS, DEICIDE, NILE, TURBONEGRO, MOTÖRHEAD, VENOM, SLIPKNOT, DISSECTION, GRAND BELIAL'S KEY, TOM WAITS, DESTRÖYER 666, TOOL, BEHEMOTH, SATYRICON, SARCOFARGO etc. etc. Even I admire something or listen it very much, I still try to find my own voice and my own words to describe what I see, instead of copying others. I’ve listened a lot of dark ebm and industrial stuff lately. Just when I got home from studio I listened at car NEO INFERNO 262 from France, very killer album of industrial black metal and earlier the debut album of SLAVE’S MASK. I got these seasons when I happen to listen something until I get bored and I move on to something else and eventually I get back to same stuff, heh. I got really no limits what I listen when it comes to the genres, but it’s ruled by black metal and death metal anyway, even I have to listen bm and dm all the time at ”work” too as I work with Saturnal Records and Blackvox Studio - but it seems that this is the right path cos I don’t get bored, just more critical and demanding.

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

- Thank you for the interview! CHAOS IS THE LAW!

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Unrest/Idolatry/Infection Born Of Ending/Appalachian Noise Records/2015 Split 7 Inch Review

lundi 17 août 2015 à 08:58

  This  is  a  review of  a  split  ep  between  Ohio's  Unrest  and  Alberta,  Canada's  Idolatry  called "/Infection Born Of Ending"  which  was  released  by  Appalachian Noise Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Unrest  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  hateful  form  of  black  metal.   

  His  side  of the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  distorted  guitar  sound  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  and  adding  in  grim  screams  that  also  get  very  deep  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  great  amount  of  blast beats  are  utilized  while  melodies  can  be  heard  in  both  the  slow  and  fast  riffs,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Unrest  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Idolatry  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  and  a  few  seconds  alter  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  song  starts  speeding  up  a  bit  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  style  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  track  more  of  an  old  school  feeling and  after  awhile  elements  of  DSBM  can  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Idolatry  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  their  side  of  the  split.  

   In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  add  this  7  inch  to  your  collection.  8  out  of 10.

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