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True Love Interview

mercredi 4 février 2015 à 00:16
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

-  True Love is a black metal "band" from North America. I am the only member. I try to keep True Love's focus musically on a bit of a creepier and darker path,. Im using True Love as a vehicle of exploring and expressing, celebrating and strengthening my love and I guess obsession i've had all my life for things that haunt and scare me.

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

 I guess id say its haunting. I usually recommend listening to True Love alone in complete darkness with headphones at full volume to get the experience that im personally after when making the sounds themselves. The recording itself is raw. Its all recorded by my self and played by myself in a very non-studio environment/condition.

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

So far being  that "25 years of Isolation" is my first set of songs the lyrics are dealing with my hatred and confusion with other humans... mostly those without any personal ambition or independent thought... my spiritual belief that the soul will transcend this mortal plane when death occurs and the realization that the idea we know as "time" is an illusion and that this "Human" life is nothing without that knowledge and gaining that knowledge by treading the left hand path!....all of which organized religion has mastered making seem absurd and idiotic. Also my firm belief that in order to grow, a person must suffer and not only suffer but focus that pain and hate that undoubtedly will develop; into a burning personal drive and power to control your own destiny. Man is capable of supernatural power and is apart of the earth itself and I find that writing lyrics about that strengthens my mind to rehearse and build that privileged power.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'True Love'?

-It goes back to my frustration with the people I am forced to share this earth with, and the hollow, half hearted stares in there eyes. Very few people I have personally met live with passion. This "Society" we dance around is meant to keep it that way. I want to live every part of my life in the extreme. With true devoted love to the black path. Theres a very popular black metal band that war cries about this same frustration; people not being really into the craft they represent... I saw this band live recently and they aren't fucking around. They took what they did that night extremely seriously and it was hypnotic! There was nothing about it that seemed like a gimmick or not thought through and practiced and studied. It was real. And that's what the words True Love mean to me. Be fucking real.

5.While it does say your a United States band, none of the websites mention where you are actually from, what part of the U.S is the band based out of?

True Love is currently writing and recording music in Reno, Nevada.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

-Ive only recorded True Love songs no plans to play them live.

7.On the demo you had done a cover of Darkthrone's "Quintessance", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this track?

-Dark Throne was the band that I locked onto when I was a kid and first heard about black metal, which in turn changed my life. I will forever respect Dark Throne. I identify with the general idea of the lyrics in the song, its a song of confidence inherited and recognized by putting you life on the blackened path. Celebrating the light from the black flame. Not to mention the pure unfiltered groove. That fucking song is all attitude.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

-I will be releasing music independently unless an opportunity presents itself with someone I respect, than things may change.

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

- Too early to tell.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

-Summer 2015. I want to create sounds that communicate with the dead.

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?

- Im a fan of many types of music and sounds and ideas, as far as True Love songs go I want to make my instruments sound like warfare at times and like pure sorrow other times.. with my body I try to sound as non human as I am capable of a lot of the time...bands and artists that influence a lot of what I try to do would be stuff like Gorgoroth's "Under The Sign of Hell" album. Pest's vocals are fucking lethal. Acherontas has been playing in my headphones alot lately Sargeist and Behexen too....I found a demo soaking in piss outside a show I went to in San Francisco this last weekend that im glad I picked's been playing on my way to and from work and its been blowing my mind...bands called negative something??...been getting into Revenge...a friend turned me onto Saturnalia Temple recently...

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

-Horror movies, boxing, art work, any kind of book, movie, podcast that can scare me...

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

- I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to discuss True Love. The "25 Years Of Isolation" demo Is available for free download at and if anyone wants a tape copy or to keep up with True Love contact Thank you.

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Hacavitz/Darkness Beyond/Dark Descent Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 3 février 2015 à 09:51

  Hacavitz  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  played  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  on  previous  releases  but  go  for  more  a  traditional  style  of  black  metal  this  time  around  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Darkness  Beyond"  which  will  be  released  on  February  24th  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A  very  dark  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  death  metal  influence  being  mixed  in  the  riffing  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  good  portion  of  the  music  focuses  more  on  a  traditional  style  of  black  metal  than  previous  releases  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  one  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  ethnic  elements  before  returning  back  to  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  they  also  add  a  depressive  approach  to  the  vocals  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  finally  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction.

  Hacavitz  strip  all  of  the  death  metal  and  bestial  elements  out  of  their  musical  style  and  go  for  more  of  a  straightforward  black  metal  direction  and  while  it  does  the  have  the  brutality  of  previous  releases and  will  might  anger  some  of  their  long  time  fans,  the  music  is  still  very  great  quality  black  metal  and  still  unleashes  a  very  dark,  grim  and  evil  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  mostly  English  with  some  tracks  in  Spanish  and  cover  dark,  occult  and  pre  Hispanic  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  from  Hacavitz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deadream"  "Darkness  beyond"  and  "Time  Is  Now".  8  out  of  10.


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Odota Interview

mardi 3 février 2015 à 06:49
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
Hi there.
Right now I’m working on setting up some dates for live shows this spring and new material is already in works as well, planning to release something this year too.

2.In December, you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It sounds just the way I wanted it to sound. Probably somewhat raw but not too undergroundish. To me it even feels a bit poppish at some moments, yet clearly it’s not too radio-friendly. I’m probably too involved with this album to be able to describe the sound accurately.

3.You have been a part of a decent amount of bands and musical projects over the years, what are some of the things you bring out with this project that you where not able to bring out with the other ones?
Most likely these would be the black-metal ideas that I haven’t been able to realize in other bands-projects. Been thinking for years about mixing the black metal and electronic stuff in the way it would sound right to myself. And now there’s also a hints of psychedelia and some other ingredients too.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Wild West with all it’s components – marshals, outlaws, gallows, brothels, gunmen, you name it.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Odota'?
This word, “odota”, means “wait” in Finnish. I like the Finnish language a lot and been wanting to use this too for a long time now.  No specific meaning behind it, but it’s more of how it sounds and looks to me
in the context of this project. Maybe it’s a wishful thinking, but to me this name sounds like it could be related to Wild West somehow, although there’s no connection whatsoever.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you feel this gives you a lot more room to be creative with your musical sound?
Oh yes, definitely. I do whatever the hell I want here. I just hope that I’d be able to dig deeper with every new release, to be able to evolve.

7.Currently you are unsigned, have you received any label interest?
Not yet. Not worrying about it too much either, cause if needed I can manage the releasing side on my own, under my small label named Talk Left-Handed. But I’d definitely be happy about some co-operation ideas.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
So far it’s been good, as much as I have heard and read.

9.What is going on with some of the other musical projects you are a part off these days?
At this very moment I’m working on finalizing the EP with my electronic (and more or less poppish) project Hjem. This is a co-work with a singer Leen Toome from Estonian electro-punk band Electrobation. We just recently had yet another recording session and hopefully the EP will be done and out in the late February or early March. Then there’s the Blood Pavilion, an electronic/industrial/down-tempo output. Playing some live shows with it and working on the new material. Last September I released an EP “Horriru”, which is the third release of BP. I already have some new material done and working on more, plan is to have
an album or EP released later this year. Recently haven’t had too much time for my techno project Skull Trading, but I hope to work on it in the fall. And then there’s some more stuff and ideas that are waiting for the right time to come.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?  
Just going with my ideas, wherever they might take me.

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?
Surely all the music I’ve done have been influenced by most of the stuff I like. I have periods of time when I tend to listen to one band (or one genre) a lot. For example, at winter I seem to go with the metal or drone mostly, bands like Lord Mantis, Fyrnask, Portal, Terra Tenebrosa, Black Boned Angel, KTL, Altair Temple, Old Man Gloom, Lumbar etc.  At spring and summer I’m mostly headed towards electronic stuff like The Young Gods (one of my favourite bands), Alva Noto, Ancient Methods, Ben Frost, Burial, Holy Other, Maya Jane Coles, Lulu Rouge, Massive Attack and so on.  And in between there’s also a lot of different stuff like Anatomy of Habit, Wovenhand, Get Your Gun, Tricky, Cubanate etc etc etc. s
Well, this is quite a long list now , haha. Shortly – I’m mostly into metal, industrial, darker country, techno, house, ambient, drone, darker drum’n’bass and noise.

12.How would you describe the metal scene in your home country of Estonia?
It’s alive and kicking. There was some metalcore craze going on some years ago, but that seems to be mostly forgotten now. Most notable metal-bands here are probably the pagan-metal band Tharaphita, folk-metal quartet Metsatöll, death metal group Aghor, industrial-metal band Pedigree and of course my previous band Talbot, the duo of doom.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Cars. Then cars. And then cars.  I’m all out into kustom kulture, hotrods, kustoms, early lowriders, vans, etc. Some original classics too but I enjoy ‘em more with some amount of modifications. Basically more or less anything that’s pre-’90 and can be considered at least a “young classic”.

I like cats too.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
All the best to everyone and hopefully meet you at the show somewhere in the future.

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Malauriu/Eternu Duluri/2015 Split EP Review

lundi 2 février 2015 à 11:07

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Malauriu  and  Eternu  Duluri  which  was  self  released  in  2015  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Malauriu  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  drum  beats  and  ritualistic  sounding  bells  and  winds  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  that  also  have  a  hateful  edge  to  them  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  slight  thrash  influence  at  times  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Latin  and  cover  cover  death,  human  and  misery.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malauriu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Putrefazione".

    Next up  is  Eternu  Duluri  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  before  slowing  down  a  bit  and  adding  in  small  amounts  of  melody  and  it  also  gives  the  music  a  depressive  feeling  at  times  and  the  2  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  bass  guitar  having  a  very  powerful  sound  and  the  last  track  also  adds  in  some  atmospheric  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eternu  Duluri  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Viti  Spizzati".  8  out  of  10.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  the  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  genres.  8  out  of  10.

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True Love/25 Years Of Isolation/2015 Demo Review

lundi 2 février 2015 à 06:47

  True  Love  are  a  band  from  North  America  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  demo  "25  Years  Of  Isolation".

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  spoken  word  and  laughter  samples  which  also  have  a  demonic  atmosphere  to  them  at  times  as  well  as  being  used  later  on  during the  recording  on  some  songs  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction   which  also  shows  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  You  can  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  melodies  that  gives  the  music  more  of  a  modern  and  American  black  metal  feeling  while  the  whispers  when  they  are  utilized  gives  the  music  more  of  an  evil  atmosphere  and  they  also  do  a  cover  of  Darkthrone's  "Quintessence"  before  closing  the  demo  with  one  of  their  original  tracks.

  True  Love  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavy  sounding  and  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  second  and  third  wave  influences  to  create  their  own  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  True  Love  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Final  Drought"  and  "Evasion".  8  out  of  10.



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