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Evil Nerfal Interview

lundi 19 juin 2017 à 03:45
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 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Evil Nerfal is a band of Black Metal that emerged in the south western Colombian, in the city of Pasto, department of Nariño; forged by Brannagh Bapheker in 2007, where he began rehearsals with musicians of sister bands, setting up a fast, aggressive and intense music, in the vein of the first and second wave of black metal of Europe, similarly under the influence of South American extreme bands of the 80`s. There were several years of inactivity due to changes of city, however the horde, since year 2012, is reconstituted in the city of Pereira, center of Colombia. Brannagh Bapheker composes all music and lyrics, and plays guitars, bass and vocals; Purson Dominus, who joined in 2012, is in charge of percussion. In the year 2010 a demo-rehearsal with 5 songs was recorded and distributed in cd-rom format to metal brothers close associates. After the reconstitution of the band begins to rehearse with discipline to, at the end of 2013, to record 8 songs that would be the components of the first album. Evil Nerfal incorporated session musicians for live performances; Óreidu is in charge of the second guitar and Engram Zulphur of bass. The band, after the first production, was dedicated to work on new compositions, revealing a remarkable evolution in all areas, improving the production and quality of music, which will be reflected in the next album, which will see the light on January 2018.

2.A year ago you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The best epithet to describe the sound characteristics of our first production is INTENSITY; Evil Nerfal executes a INTENSIVE Black Metal, ostensible by the speed and the superposition of contrasts, in the alternation of fast and average times. Obviously this intense sound is a Classic Black Metal, satanic, blasphemous and anti-religious.

3.The band has been around since 2007 but waited until 2016 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 9 years?
In the answer to the first question you can glimpse some considerations that answer this question, despite that there is something more to add. We are not professional musicians, and what leads us to create black metal is our passion, a fervent passion, insane and obsessive. Now, it is not less important that in Colombia support for emerging bands is few, so the underground cult must be self-financing, and not everyone has the socio-economic conditions in their favor, not for nothing someone said out there the social conditions of production determine the area of ​​cultural elaboration, and if someone omits this and does not understand how difficult it is to overcome this fact, he is simply an ignorant man living in a world surrounded by pink elephants, in the placid comfort of his stupidity. Evil Nerfal had to overcome this type of difficulties before having a stability that allows him to unleash the creation. In this sense, and taking into account that our professions are far from being musicians, of making music a modus vivendi, we have had to overcome difficulties of city change, which lead to inactivity, problems with the satisfaction of the expected sound, which implies that the publication of music has been scarce.

4.Your lyrics cover a lot of Satanic, Occult, Left Hand Path and Anti Religion themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
The lyric aspect of the band is eminently Satanic, nourished by symbology disseminated in literature, mythology and history; we are satanic beings, that is, opponents and adversaries of any system of alienation, especially when it comes to Semitic religions, which constitute the greatest plague in human history. Luciferianism as a source of knowledge, elevation of the vital potentialities, and self-affirmation of the subject in its singularity, constitutes a consequential existential praxis, which goes beyond the conceptual sphere.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Evil Nerfal"?
It should be noted that the Hebrew word NERFAL (ליפול) was used in the Old Testament when evoking the “fall” of Lucifer, the expulsion of the kingdom of God into hell; “Fall” (ליפול) is poured into our alphabet as Nerfal, and decided to join the adjective “Evil” to designate the precipitation of evil, the steady decline of evil on the world, an ontology of evil; this concept of evil is understood as a radical opposition to all divine domain, where knowledge and arts are forbidden weapons to fight endlessly to the gods. Evil Nerfal then, while black metal band, represents the symbol of the fall ontological evil to fight all religious discourse, to declare war by sound shocking violence.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
In the performances the band has 4 members, because a second guitar and a bass are essential to define and establish the sound made in the studio. Concerning the recording process, it is not necessary to have more members, because the drummer and me are more than enough to make the sound captures.

7.The last album was released on 'Tribulacion Records', are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?
Definitely the support of this label has been fundamental for the band to have an opening in the underground movement of Colombia. And I want to highlight the great work of the owner of the record label, because it is thanks to him, Mauricio Sanchez, known on the scene as "MORTAS", who for more than 25 years has managed to spread the Colombian black metal scene all over the world, and this was reflected in the support for Evil Nerfal.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
As it is black metal undeground, the diffusion spectrum has not been wide, to this it is added that of our first disc only released 300 copies, and thanks to the work of the label and the trades, the material has wounded to some countries of South America and Eupora, where the reception of our music has been favorable, highlighting the classic and raw character of the first production, which has been received with fervor in European countries.

9.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?
Pereira Colombia, where the band is currently based, is an emerging scene in terms of groups and musical productions, so the number of bands with released physical disks are few. At the moment I (Brannagh Bapheker) am active member of 3 more bands; in the horde Tormentor 666 (Pereira Colombia) I am vocalista, in Darkness Almighty (Armenia Colombia) I execute the rhythm guitar and the voices, and in Siniestra (Pasto Colombia) I am in charge of the lead guitar. On the other hand, the drummer of Evil Nerfal (Purson Dominus) and the guitarist of session (Óreidu), militant in the band War Legion (Pereira Colombia) taking charge of the percussion and guitar and voices respectively.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have just recorded our second album, and with this we intend to expand more, to release the material with some European label, at the same time as to make a release with a national label, in order to disseminate the art in the two Continental fronts. Logically in our projection is the realization of national and international tours, all in order to internalize the message of satanic freedom in all who enjoy Evil Nerfal.

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?
It is worth mentioning that the repertoire of listening of this type of bands to nourish and inspire our music is so broad and vast that it goes from the classic black metal of the 80's and 90's to the new proposals of orthodox black metal, the new wave. We are always listening to the classical bands and we have been following the path of laudable creations that for about 5 years have been forging around the world. There is another aspect that has personally been decisive when it comes to composing, which will be especially evident in the second production of the band; It is about classical music. Indeed, I always nourish my spirit by listening to this type of music, attending recitals where the sublime apotheosis has its place.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all rise the fucking horns for your interview, honors for supporting the Colombian cult of black metal.
For all black headbangers of the world: if you make black metal that is because your existences are covered by the cloak of satanic opposition, counter culture, dark forces and the deepest sense of difference; if you make black metal by entertaining or by being accepted, let me tell you that you are a bastard who, as such, is nothing more than a hologram. If you don’t live what you do, if you don’t but feel the force of dark music,  if that does not allow your life to be a work of art of emancipation,  let me tell you that you are nothing more than a dilettante of the flock insipid. If you make black metal with the passion of a consistent existential praxis never forget that you must walk under D.D.O.: DISCIPLINE, DEDICATION AND OBSESSION; that the Luciferian forces of knowledge accompany your existence. HAIL BLACK METAL MADNESS! HAIL SATHANAS!

1. ¿Para aquellos que nunca han oído hablar de ustedes antes, ¿puede decirnos un poco sobre la banda?
Evil Nerfal es una banda de Metal Negro que surgió en el sur occidente colombiano, en la ciudad de Pasto, departamento de Nariño; forjada por Brannagh Bapheker en el año 2007, donde principió ensayos con músicos de bandas hermanas, configurando una musica veloz, agresiva e intensa, en la vena de la primera y segunda ola de metal negro de europa, de igual modo bajo el influjo de bandas extremas suramericanas de los 80`s. Hubieron varios años de inactividad debido a cambios de ciudad, sin embargo la agrupación, a partir del año 2012, se reconstituye en la ciudad de Pereira, centro de Colombia. Brannagh Bapheker compone toda la música y las letras, y ejecuta guitarras, bajo y voz; Purson Dominus, quien ingresó en el 2012, se encarga de la percusión. En el año 2010 se grabó un demo-rehearsal con 5 canciones, distribuido en formato cd-rom a hermanos de metal allegados. Posteriormente a la reconstitución de la banda se empieza a ensayar con disciplina para, a finales de 2013,  grabar 8 canciones que serían los componentes del primer álbum. Evil Nerfal incorpó musicos de sesión para las presentaciones en vivo; Óreidu se encarga de la segunda guitarra y Engram Zulphur del bajo. La banda, luego de la primera producción, se dedicó a trabajar en nuevas composiciones, revelando una notable evolución en todos los ámbitos, mejorando la producción y la calidad de musica, lo cual se verá reflejado en el próximo álbum, que verá la luz en Enero de 2018.

2. Hace un año habías lanzado tu primer álbum, ¿cómo describirías el sonido musical que se presenta en la grabación?
El mejor epíteto para describir las caracterísiticas sonoras de nuestra primera producción es INTENSIDAD; Evil Nerfal ejecuta un INTENSO Metal Negro, ostensible por la velocidad y la superposición de contrastes, en la alternancia de tiempos rápidos y medios. Obviamente este sonido intenso se trata de un Clásico Metal Negro, satánico, blasfemo y antirreligioso.

3. La banda ha estado activa desde 2007, pero esperó hasta 2016 para lanzar un álbum, ¿puede decirnos un poco más sobre los primeros 9 años?
En la respuesta a la primera pregunta se pueden entrever algunas consideraciones que respondan a este interrogante, pese a eso cabe agregar algo mas. Nosotros no somos músicos profesionales, y lo que nos conlleva a crear metal negro es nuestra pasión, una pasion ferviente, demente y obsesiva. Ahora bien, no es menos importante que en Colombia el apoyo a las bandas emergentes es poco, por lo tanto el culto suberraneo debe autofinanciarse, y no todos tienen las condiciones socio-económicas a su favor, no por nada alguien dijo por ahí que las condiciciones sociales de producción determinan el ambito de elaboración cultural, y si alguien omite esto y no comprende lo dificil de rebasar este hecho simplemente es un ignorante que vive en un mundo rodeado de elefantes rosa, en la placida comodidad de su estupidez. Evil Nerfal tuvo que superar este tipo de dificultades antes de tener una estabilidad que le permita dar rienda suelta a la creación. En este orden de ideas, y al tener en cuenta que nuestras profesiones distan mucho de ser musicos, de hacer de la música un modus vivendi, hemos tenido que sortear dificultades de cambio de ciudad, que conllevan inactividad, problemas con la satisfacción del sonido esperado, etc., lo que implica que la publicación de música haya sido escasa.

4. Sus letras envuelven muchos temas satánicos, ocultos, de la mano izquierda y de la anti religión. ¿Puede decirnos un poco más acerca de su interés en las artes oscuras?
El aspecto lírico de la banda es eminentemente Satánico, nutrido de la simbologia diseminada en la literatura, la mitologia y la historia; somos seres satánicos, es decir, adversarios y opositores a todo sistema de alienación, máxime cuando se trata de religiones semitas, que constituyen la mayor plaga en la historia humana. El luciferianismo en tanto fuente de conocimiento, elevación de las potencialidades vitales, y auto afirmación del sujeto en su singularidad, constituye una praxis existencial consecuente, que rebasa la esfera conceptual.

5.¿Cuál es el significado y la inspiración detrás del nombre 'Evil Nerfal'?
Cabe señalar que la palabra hebrea NERFAL (ליפול) se usó en el Antiguo Testamento al evocar la "caída" de Lucifer, la expulsión del reino de Dios al infierno; "Fall" (ליפול) se vierte en nuestro alfabeto como Nerfal, y decidió unirse al adjetivo "Mal" para designar la precipitación del mal, el declive constante del mal en el mundo, una ontología del mal; este concepto del mal se entiende como una oposición radical a todo dominio divino, donde el conocimiento y las artes son armas prohibidas para luchar interminablemente contra los dioses. Evil Nerfal entonces, en tanto banda de metal negro, representa el símbolo de la caída ontológica del mal para luchar contra todo discurso religioso, declarar la guerra con la violencia del sonido.

6. ¿Actualmente hay solamente 2 miembros en la banda, es usted abierto a ampliar la alineacìon en el futuro o usted elige permanecer en dúo?
En los performances la banda tiene 4 integrantes, debido a que una segunda guitarra y un bajo son imprescindibles para definir y establecer el sonido elaborado en el estudio. En lo que atañe al proceso de grabación no es necesario contar con mas integrantes, porque el baterista y yo somos más que suficientes para realizar las capturas del sonido.

7. El último álbum fue lanzado en 'Tribulacion Records', ¿estás contento con el apoyo que la etiqueta te ha dado hasta ahora?
Definitivamente el apoyo de este sello ha sido fundamental para que la banda tenga apertua en el movimiento underground de Colombia. Y quiero destacar la gran labor del dueño del sello discográfico, porque es gracias él, Mauricio Sanchez, conocido en la escena como “MORTAS, quien durante mas de 25 años ha logrado diseminar por todo el mundo la escena del black metal colombiano, y ello se vió reflejado en el apoyo a Evil Nerfal. Vio

8. A nivel mundial ¿cómo ha sido la retroalimentación a su música por los fans de black metal?
Trantándose de black metal undeground, el espectro de difusión no ha sido amplio, a ello se le suma que de nuestro primer disco solo salieron 300 copias, y gracias a la labor del sello y a los intercambios hechos, el material ha llagado a algunos paises de Sur America y Eupora, donde la recepción de nuestra musica ha sido favorable, destacando el carácter clásico y crudo de la primera producción, lo cual ha sido acogido con fervor en paises europeos.

9. ¿Qué está pasando con algunas otras bandas o proyectos musicales en estos días, algunos de los miembros de la banda son parte de estos?
Pereira Colombia, lugar donde actualmente esta radicada la banda, es una escena emergente en cuanto a agrupaciones y producciones musicales, por tal motivo el número de bandas con discos fisicos liberados son pocas. En estos momentos yo (Brannagh Bapheker),  soy miembro activo de 3 bandas mas; en la horda Tormentor 666 (Pereira Colombia) soy vocalista, en Darkness Almighty (Armenia Colombia) ejecuto la guitarra rítmica y la voces, y en Siniestra (Pasto Colombia) estoy a cargo de la guitarra líder. Por otra parte, el baterista de Evil Nerfal (Purson Dominus) y el guitarrista de sesion (Óreidu), militan en la banda War Legion (Pereira Colombia) encargándose de la percusión,  guitarra y voces respectivamente.

10. ¿Dónde ves que la banda se dirige musicalmente en el futuro?
Nosotros acabamos de grabar nuestro segundo trabajo discográfico, y con este lo que pretendemos es expadirnos más,  liberar el material con algun sello europeo, a la par que realizar una liberacion con un sello nacional, ello con el fin de diseminar el arte en los dos frentes continentales. Logicamente en nuestra proyección esta la realizaciòn de giras nacionales e internacionales, todo con el fin de interiorizar el mensaje de libertad satánica en todos los que disfrutan de Evil Nerfal.

11. ¿Cuáles son algunas de las bandas o estilos musicales que han influido en tu música y también lo que estás escuchando hoy en día?
Las influencias de Evil Nerfal parten del Black Metal de la primera y segunda ola, por lo tanto enumerar bandas aqui sería muy dispendioso; al respecto cabe resaltar que el repertorio de escucha de este ripo de bandas para nutrir e inspirar nuestra música es tan amplio y vasto que va del clásico metal negro de los 80´s y 90´s hasta las nuevas propuestas de black metal ortodoxo, la nueva ola. Siempre estamos escuchando las bandas clasicas y hemos ido siguiendo el camino de las loables creaciones que desde hace unos 5 años se vienen forjando alrededor del mundo. Existe otra vertiente que personalmente ha sido determinante a la hora de componer, la que sobre todo se hará ostensible en la segunda producción de la banda; se trata de la música clásica. En efecto, siempre nutro mi espritu escuchando este tipo de música, asistiendo a recitales donde la apoteosis sublime tiene su lugar.

12. ¿Antes de concluir esta entrevista, ¿tiene alguna palabra o pensamiento final?
Antes que nada arriba los malditos cuernos por tu entrevista, honores por apoyar el culto colombiano del metal negro.
Para todos los Black metaleros del mundo: si haces black metal que sea porque tu existencias este cobijada por el manto de la oposición satánica, de la contra cultura, de las fuerzas oscuras y del más profundo sentido de diferencia; si haces black metal por entretener o por ser aceptado, dejame decirte que eres un bastardo que, como tal, no eres más que un holograma. Sino vives lo que haces, sino sientes la fuerza de la música oscura, sino eso no permite que tu vida sea una obra de arte de emancipación, dejame decirte que que no eres mas que un diletante del rebaño insulso. Si haces black metal con la pasion de una praxis existencial consecuente nunca olvides que debes caminar bajo la D.D.O., DISCIPLINA, DEDICACIÓN Y OBSESIÓN; que las fuerzas del conocimiento luciferino acompañen tu existencia. LARGA VIDA A LA LOCURA BLACK METAL, LARGA VIDA A SATANAS!!!

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Birkenwald Interview

lundi 19 juin 2017 à 03:36
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
*H110413D – Birkenwald were born at the beginning of 2016. My aim was the creation of something which could give shape to the torments I felt and I still feel inside. I was already in touch with all the actual members of the band, but we had never played together before. Their empathy on the topics I wanted to express with my music pushed me to give birth to Birkenwald. We decided to release a promo single, called “Shrinking”, which was the result of several riffs I had composed through the past years. The good feedback from the audience conviced us to take the project to the next step. Some months after, the creation of MDD, our first album, started and, in 2017, our efforts were rewarded thanks to the great job of Federico Ascari of Wavemotion Recordings, who engineered our sound. So, here we are.
*H110311A – Birkenwald were created in order to express our deepest feelings through music. However, our songs mainly with the self-conflict which dwells in certain human minds and, therefore, our themes are also open to everyone who finds himself in the same situation.
*H081213S – The band was born in early 2016 by an idea of the bass player. We started recording our first song in june (the same period in which I definitively chose to join Birkenwald) and, in september, we released it. During january 2017 we started recording our first album, MDD, which can be considered as a concept album divided in four songs (in addition to an intro) representing 4 states of depression. It will be available from 22nd june.

How would you describe your musical sound?
*H110413D – If I should find a word to describe our sound, I would definitely say “schizophrenic”. Indeed, when you will listen to MDD, you will probably notice the constant alternation between those parts which we could define as “atmospheric” and some more aggressive parts, in which we decided also to experiment, introducing elements from other genres (it's not an usual thing to find so much breakdowns or slap bass parts in a black metal group). What is the result of this alternation? Probably in your review you went straight to the point, saying that we play “a musical style that takes atmospheric black metal and mixes it with depressive post rock to create a sound on our own”.
*H110311A – In my opinion, it is a very particular sound. When we create our music, we do it without respecting any criteria. We just follow our pulses, and this leads us to alternate some really obscure and heavy riffs to a lot of clean guitars, which aim to create melancholic atmospheres and, in many parts, seem to sound like voices. Black metal is not the most suitable definition for our music, according to me. Birkenwald are just Birkenwald.
*H170207C – From my point of view, our sound reflects the character of each member. Every song is just the reproduction of feelings and thoughts that we usually live and therefore are able to recall through the instruments we play.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
*H110413D – Our lyrics represent that empathy I was previously talking about. Indeed our convergence is based on themes like melancholy, sorrow, grief and, at the highest level, depression. These are feelings (or, in certain cases, illnesses) which are constantly present in our society. However, they are at the same time ignored, refused and not accepted, in spite of the fact that they exist and change radically people's lives. Our aim is to dissolve this mask of hypocrisy and to tell how our life's experiences cannot be controlled by it.
*H110311A – All the lyrics are really important and strictly closed to our life experiences. Indeed, who is going to read them, is also going to read a brief diary of our lives.

I know that the bands name means 'Birch Forest' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
It was thought because of the bark’s very bright colour of these trees as a recall to the all-white walls of mental asylums; indeed, with the word “Birkenwald” we are supposed to find ourselves in a natural place of madness which, of course, may inspire our music.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? - Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
*H110413D – We still haven't played on a stage. Anyway, we are finally ready to face the world outside and, for this reason, we're going to perform at In Tormentata Quiete's release party in Bologna, our native city, on 24th June. Be there, and join us for a extremely melancholic night!

Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
*H110413D – We received some offers, but they were not interesting enough. Therefore, we have decided to distribute MDD by our own. Our album will be digitally available on many web platforms like Spotify, Itunes, Bandcamp etc. from 22nd June and physical copies will be sold at concerts or sent worldwide, if ordered, at the price of 5 euros (plus shipping costs).
On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
*H110413D – As previously said, our promo single received a good feedback from the audience. Let's see how will be the reaction to MDD.
*H081213S – When we released Shrinking, many people found it interesting, and now, the preview of MDD seems to be appreciated by the first listeners.
*H170207C – We know that our sound cannot be properly defined. However, each of us is influenced by black metal and our listeners will be able to recognize this influence, despite our experimental approach.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
*H110413D – In a mental asylum, probably...

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?
*H110413D – Well, I kinda listen to a lot of genres, but, concerning to Birkenwald, I think that our deepest sources of inspiration come from Depressive rock (I am talking about bands like Vanhelga, Apati, Psychonaut 4, Joyless) and Atmospheric/Post Black Metal (Harakiri for the Sky, Woods of Desolation, Lantlŏs).

What are some of your non musical interests
*H110413D – Personally, I would like not to talk about this. Everything that people have to known about us is already told in MDD.
*H170207C - Music surrounds most of our time, but, personally, I have a great passion for cars, since, according to me, driving seems very similar to playing an instrument. Indeed, you have to feel the best part of it, experiencing and doing always better, as time goes by.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
*H110413D – Thanks both for the review and the interview. Enjoy our misery, listen to MDD and spread our madness.
*H110311A – We hope to see you at In Tormentata Quiete's release party on 24th june. It will be a special night. Spread our madness.

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Hate Manifesto/To Those Who Glorified Death/Fistbang Records/Unholy Distro/2017 FUll Length Review

dimanche 18 juin 2017 à 06:00

  Hate  Manifesto  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "To  Those  Who  Glorified  Death"  which  was  released  as a  joint  effort  by  Fistbang  Records  and Unholy  Distro.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  bestial  growls  being  added onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  while  still  sounding  very  contemporary  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Hate  Manifesto  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  war  metal  style  that  was  established  on  the  previous  split,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  hatred,  and  genocide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hate  Manifesto  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Those  Who  Glorified  Death"  "Wrath  Hammer"  and  "Conqueror's  Memorial".  8  out  of  10.


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Ljosazabojstwa/Sychodzanne/Hellthrasher Productions/2017 EP Review

samedi 17 juin 2017 à 19:17

  Ljosazabojstwa  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  a    mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 ep  "Sychodzanne" which  will  be  released  on  June  30th  by  Hellthrasher  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  heavier  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls are  added  into  the  music.

  Touches  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  riffing  along  with  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  war  metal  elements  being  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  of  black/death  metal  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  and  classical  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  instrumental  before  closing  the  ep  with  a  vocal  track.

  Ljosazabojstwa  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  90's  era  genres  of  war,  black,  and  dearth  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belarusian  and  cover  anti  Christianity,  death  and  cruelty  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ljosazabojstwa  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zhuba" and  "Zabojstwa  Ijosa".  8/5  out  of  10.   

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Through Chaos & Solitude Interview

samedi 17 juin 2017 à 17:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Actually not too much story behind it... I just really love black metal music, but somehow never got to play in a black metal band (I currently sing in Castigator, which is more of a death/thrash metal band and play guitar and sing in Forward To Eden, which is more of a 90's style metalcore band). So, during the winter months of 2016/2017 I just started recording some Black Metal tunes for myself and eventually got my good friend Sebastian (Guitar of Castigator) to write and record me some drums. So, until now it's only a project, but I already started writing some new tracks which will probably recorded during the next winter months or so ;-)

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Idk, I guess with something like that everyone would hear another genre and different influences in it, depending on what he/she is usually listening to. But as far as I'm concerned, I guess I tried to create some melodic black metal tunes in the likes of Woods Of Ypres, Agalloch or Falls Of Rauros for example.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Actually they differ a lot... but they definitely were an equally important topic to me.
The first one is kinda personal, but still kept somewhat abstract, so that people can relate to it on different aspects and levels.
It is about the complexity of your own mind and how it deals with problems, like loss and grief... it is about forlorn love and the yearning for a healing sleep. It is about the ever ongoing quest for an answer that you'll probably never receive.
The second one is also pretty personal... again about forlorn love and the transformation of a persons heart and mind which can result from that. It is about feeling out of place and having the weight of the world on your shoulders. The person you are now is different from the person it was last year and also from the one it will be next year. We are all striving for something, for some kind of a transformation, to eventually become something else... but to achieve that, sometimes we first have to go through chaos & solitude.
The third one is different. It is about us all, about mankind... About the thawing winds of the morning sun and how we are our own blessing and our own curse. We are the stroke of wing which causes these winds to blow. We try to become god ourselves while declaring him for dead and still we deny our nature. We subdue the earth and it's children and still we strive for more. By now we already realized our purpose and we willingly choose to neglect it. We're flying directly into the sun and still we're accelerating...

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Through Chaos & Solitude'?

I guess I already broached the subject with my last answer, but for those of you who aren't familiar with this phrase (and also didn't yet felt like googling it), it comes from the pen of the magnificent David Gold (Woods Of Ypres) "I am equal parts blood and ice / I am just as much man as tree / through chaos and solitude I came / to become this black metal being" and to me fits just perfectly.

5.So far this project has been mostly solo with one other person helping out, are you open into turning the project into a full line up?

Yeah, of course! If you'll provide a band, I'll happily tour the world with it :D
But seriously, I'd love to have a live line-up for this, I already even thought about doing this live myself (solo)!

6.The ep was released by 'Bound By Modern Age Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Sure, it's my label! So, after no other cool Black Metal label answered my demo submission positively, I just went to release it on my own.
I started with BBMA Records in 2012 as kind of a hobby. Did a 'zine, put on some shows and then started dubbing tapes for bands that I liked and yeah, before I even knew what was happening, I started doing vinyl releases and began shipping distro overseas. I still do everything completely DIY besides working a full time job and 3 bands... so, this probably isn't really the most productive way but I guess it's still just my hobby and I know that I won't get rich with it... hell, I'm still always glad when I have break even with a record!
Also, BBMA isn't really known for its killer Black Metal releases... it's actually more of an oldschool hardcore/metalcore label with a majority of vegan and straight edge releases, but yeah since I am the boss of it, I fucking decide what I put out on it! So, better keep an eye open for the future! ;-)

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

Kind of strangely contrary... I guess the first big problem is that people don't just give it a try. I have 56 facebook likes and the official youtube video has 161 views. I also never really got any bad feedback back to me... which probably is because only so few people even have heard of it. On the other hand, I already got 3 really nice reviews on really cool internet blogs/webzines and also got superb feedback from people who bought the tape/cd! ...but: I only sold like 10-20% of the press (slightly more cd's than tapes though) yet... which also is noticeably little.
Idk, I feel like people really like it, when they give it a try - but most of them don't...

8.What is going on with the other bands these days that you are a part of?

All good man! Castigator is up and running. We rehears once a week, what is really cool, and we're also working on some shows again for later this year. Besides that, we also wrote a couple new songs, which we'll hopefully manage to record in the not so distant future (and then release on vinyl). Forward To Eden is also going well, I mean, basically its likewise just a one-man-project of mine, but yeah... there is a new 7" coming up already and a bunch of new songs is currently being recorded.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

If everything goes as I planed (what it rarely does though), end of the year. As I said earlier, I already wrote a couple new riffs and stuff, but I definitely won't get in the mood of recording them before the fall sets in ;-) ...also it needs to be good, because I really love the demo EP myself - I listen to it on a regular base - which is something I wouldn't have expected from me... so it will be hard for me to keep up with my own standards! ...and I'd also really want to have it on vinyl (and if possible on a cool label) then!
Myself, as a musician, in the future? Definitely not professional! I don't expect to able to live from my music or my label and I also don't want to get any more capitalistic with it... So, probably still where I am today? Recording a killer demo during the night, after a hard day of work - not getting recognized at all - crawling to the coffee machine - repeat.

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?

Definitely Woods Of Ypres... I mean, it's not just the name (as I just introduced), also the lettering and everything is inspired by them!
My top 12 band plays from the last couple of weeks (in no particular order): Woods Of Ypres, Agalloch, Panopticon, Falls Of Rauros, Caladan Brood, Thrawsunblat, Ancst, Immortal, Summoning, Winterfylleth, Cattle Decapitation, Amon Amarth.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Besides Friends/Family and the label? Collecting records and band merch (and being a big nerd about it). Reading (and collecting) comics, graphic novels and mangas (and being a big nerd about it as well).
Watching movies (going to the cinema), series and animes. Going to the gym (whenever I have the time). The Vegan Straight Edge. Playing Guitar. Drinking Coffee... and definitely not sleeping at all! :D

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

Thanks a lot! I really enjoyed it - it was the first time I got to talk about TCAS :-)
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