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Godhead Machinery Interview

mardi 11 juillet 2017 à 06:57
Interview with Kail from Godhead Machinery

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
I created Godhead Machinery as a solo band during 2015 when my previous black metal band Misericordia were put on ice. I have been exploring the concept and behavior of religion and political structures that pollute our societies for several years now and wanted to focus on these kind of topics with Godhead Machinery.

I had written most of the songs until 2016 and then realized that I needed a drummer to be able to take this concept to the next level. I were lucky enough to come in contact with Marcus who's were known for his drum skills so we could realize the Ouroboros album. We then decided to create a full setup for this project after the recording of Ouroboros and I started to pinpoint good musicians that I wanted to work with to fill all empty positions in this band. This is the line-up for future live shows and recordings.

Robert Kail Karlsson - Guitar and Vocals
Fredrik Blomqvist - Guitar
Daniel Forsberg - Bass
Marcus Somliga Andersson - Drums

2.You have an album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It's hard to describe but our main atmosphere and sound can absolutely be traced to both the old and new era of black and death metal. We have included a lot of harmonies, solos, dynamic and more advanced riffing in our music that can be associated with death metal and other metal genres. Some of the tracks has been written for seven string guitars and some only for six string guitars, which also gives a variety in our songs and feeling. The album were recorded in Milk Studio which is one of the finest and largest studios in my region, so the sound is professional but still unpolished, raw and aggressive. Ouroboros will contain seven tracks and four of them are more technical and the rest are more atmospheric if you categorize them very roughly.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Each song has their own topic on Ouroboros. We have our concept that circles around religion and politics. The song The Plague is for example based on how terrorism grow and behaves in our world. Most of the songs has been inspired by different part of the bible (NKJV). Revelation is for example based on the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation and is about economics. The song A House Divided is based on possession and exorcism and are among others inspired by the verse of Mark 3:20-27.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Godhead Machinery'?
Our name can be explained as a machinery of religion and politics and how that has stained all societies with different kind of superstitions, greed and cultures during our history.

The world is and has always been infected by egocentric leaders, mostly chosen in the name of a religion or directly by a invented God. These fools have during centuries formed the uneven economic structure that rule the world economy now. This is a un-empathic blind system who all too often only calculates on economic profit and rewards short-term investments without any thoughts of any social or environmental sustainability.

The stock-market is an uncontrolled growing tumor and greed has invented tons of tools for the elite to create and extract non existing funds from this human-made unreliable financial monster. The gap between the rich and poor are increasing each year which triggers hate within several groups and nations.

People kill and rape each other for power, money or in the name of their God or Gods. Morality has faded in general and states have problems to fulfill the basic need for their citizens. The elite empower themselves with lapdogs of mammon or shackles them as slaves if the nickels doesn’t bite on them. Governments and companies claimed to do good deeds but still support war and miserable living conditions as long as they’re not exposed. Knowledge and science must give in for superstition and religion to not offend uneducated leading character in numerous of societies.

Most of the human race has accepted to stay blind and numb, all to engage their lives to enrich their companies and superiors. The next generation of children are raised and schooled to do the same as soon as possible without any hesitance.

Religion is the first, strongest and the most central instrument to control mankind. Most societies are mainly based on religious laws. Corruption, war and short-term actions have fueled the fear and terror on the globe and all is claimed as a part of Gods grandeur plan if questioned. God has always been the largest cog in this machinery of today's wicked system.

The name Godhead Machinery summarizes this hell that wicked leadership and religions has caused this planet during centuries.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We haven't done any shows yet since Godhead Machinery were started as a solo project. We have and will rehearsal now when we finally are full lineup.

6.Do you have any touring show plans once the new album is released?
Live shows are not prioritized but we might do some performances if we will get the chance to play on the right arena and under the right circumstances for us.

7.The album is coming out on 'Inverse Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Absolutely! They are very quick in their response and easy to work with so far.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We haven't reached out to so many people yet since we only have released one official single song so far. But the direct response to Inverse Records from zines and others who have had the privileges listen to the whole album looks very promising so far.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I have already started to write some new songs and we will still blend our songs with technical riffs and more calm atmospheric parts but probably focus more on the harmonies than on technical riffing on future songs. The next album will definitely have a lot of common elements with Ouroboros but might be heavier and darker.

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?
I listen to everything that I like today no matter what genre it is. I have very hard to appreciate joyful music though and really hate when especially black metal bands use happy melodies. I always tends to go back to the genres of black and death metal when I take the time to listen to music instead of creating music, since that genre is closest connected to my emotions and personality in general. Acts like for example Mayhem, Burzum, Dissection, Emperor, Morbid Angel and My Dying Bride still means a lot for me.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
It is hard to find any more spare time besides music since I have to manage a full day work also.
But I play lead guitar in one doom metal act called Warden Clyffe also that we hopefully will record a second full-length album with during this year. I also play and drink beer with some childhood friends in a band called Fallen Mankind sometimes. I besides that practice an martial art form called Te Shin Do a couple of days each week when I'm not spending my time with my guitars, family or friends.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Always criticism the sources of everything that seems to be too good to be true and feel free to follow us on our platforms we have on Internet.

I has been an honor for me to do this interview if you have read or listened so far.

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Nan Elmoth/Void Serpent/Pacific Threnodies/Cassette Review

mardi 11 juillet 2017 à 04:45

  Nan  Elmoth  are  a  band  from  San  Luis  Obispo,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Void  Serpent"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  on  cassette  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  second  wave  influences.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  start  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  only  used  briefly while  the  songs mix  in  a  perfect  balance  between  being  influenced  by  both  the  European  and  American  styles  of  black  metal  and  they  also  mange  to  capture  a  touch  of  folk  music  into  their  raw  style.

  Nan  Elmoth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  epic style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics cover  Earth Worship  and  Ancient  Wisdom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nan  Elmoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  epic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ravaged  By  War  And  Plague"  and  "To  Walk  The  Path".  8  out of  10.


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The Austrasian Goat/Cober Ord/Et Ils Franchirent Le Seuil/Steelwork Machine/2017 CD Review

lundi 10 juillet 2017 à 04:07

  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  album  between  France's  Cober  Ord  and  The  Austrasian  Goat called  "Et  Ils  Franchirent  Le  Seuil"  which  was  released  by  Steelwork  Machine  and  the  music  is  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  experimental,  industrial, ambient  and  ritual  music.

  Ambient  soundscapes  along  with  some  field  recordings  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  percussion's  along  with  some  unnatural  sounding  instruments  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  a  great  portion  of the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Drones  can  also  be  heard in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  touches  of  industrial  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  vocals  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  also  evolving  into  depressive  screams  as  the  album  progresses  and  some  parts  of  the  tracks  also  mix  in  psychedelic  traces  while  later  songs  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melodic  chants  and  folk  instruments.

  On  this  recording  Cober  Ord  takes  their  blackened  style  of  experimental  and  ritualistic  music  and  mixes  it  in  with  The  Austrasain  Goat's  black/funeral  doom  metal  style  while taking  away  traditional  metal  instruments  to  create  something original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  rituals  and  occultism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Cover  Ord  and  The  Austrasian  Goat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  industrial,  experimental  and  ritualistic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seul"  and  Hades,  Hades,  Hades!".  8  out  of  10.



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Hellgoat/Blasphemy From Serpent Tongues/Boris Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review

vendredi 7 juillet 2017 à 21:49

  Hellgoat  are  a  band  from  Georgia that h as  had  music  reviewed  by  this  zine  and  plays  a  very raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2005  album  "Blasphemy From  Serpent  Tongues"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Boris  Records.

  Ritualistic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  a  small  amount  of  bestial  growls  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  war  samples  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Hellgoat  played  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  was  very  raw  and also  mixed  in  elements  of  bestial  and  war  metal  to  create  a  very  blasphemous  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Hellgoat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blasphemy  From  Serpent  Tongues"  "Reflection  Of  The  Morning  Star"  and  "Apocalyptic  Prophecy".  8/5  out  of  10. 

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Bitter Lake/Plagues/Old Lion Records/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 7 juillet 2017 à 21:02

  Scotland's  Bitter  Lake  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  but  also  mixes  it  with  electronic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Plagues"  which  will  be  released  later  this  year  by  Old  Lion  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  electronic  music  and  programmed  beats  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  at  times  a  decent  amount  of melody  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  synths.

  On  the  second  track  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  elements  of  dub  step  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  on  the  3rd  tracks  the  guitar  riffing  starts  displaying  more  raw  aggression  along  with  the  music  also  speeding  up  briefly  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  mid  paced  direction.

  On  this  recording  Bitter  Lake  takes  his  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  electronic  music  to  create  something  original,  the production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bitter  Lake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  ambient  and  electronic music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Firmly  Rooted  To  The  Ground"  and  "Plagues".  8  out  of  10.

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