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Maahes Interview

lundi 7 septembre 2020 à 22:54

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Hello and thank you for the interview! Since we finished working on our debut album, we've actually been busy working on the second one. The songwriting is already in full swing and the lyrics concept is also in place. We even had a few concerts coming up, but unfortunately they all had to be canceled due to the pandemic.


2.In September you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous ep?
The style of MAAHES has basically remained the same, but “Reincarnation” will feel much more malicious because we experimented a lot with keys and generally gave the album an old-school aura. The colder style of Horus' singing is definitely worth mentioning, too.


3.This is also your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
To be honest, we haven't been able to invest as much time into MAAHES in recent years as we all would have liked, for private and, even more, for professional reasons. But despite everything I feel that we have made some remarkable achievements in retrospect. We played at well-known festivals like “Ragnarök” or “Wolfszeit”, perfected our debut album and last but not least gained a lot of experience in the business.


4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you have covered with the music?
The story of “Reincarnation” is all about the “Master of the Black Arts”. After his death, he was transported to the Egyptian underworld, but now he is trying to return and continue his malice – by all means! The texts tell of the rites enacted to enable his rebirth, but also of his future plans. Furthermore, the sorcerer himself and his characteristics are described in detail in the song "Master of the Black Arts". The story will of course be continued on the next album, where the Egyptian mythology will be featured even more prominently.


5.A lot of your lyrics cover Egyptian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and what are some of the other mythologies that you have an interest in?
I wouldn‘t say that the Egyptian concept appeals to us just because of the mythology. Rather, it‘s the whole of ancient Egypt. It's the mysterious, the puzzling, the incredible knowledge of the Egyptians (just think of the building of the pyramids), the cult of the dead, and a lot more. The Egyptian concept offers an almost endless space for interpretation to our creativity. Other mythologies, for example the Greek one, on which our EP “Ancient Force” is based, are also interesting. However, after we discovered the previously mentioned advantage due to the unbelievable number of possibilities, we decided to pursue the Egyptian concept.


6.I know that the band is derived from the lion-headed god of war in ancient Egyptian mythology, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
Maahes is a sun god, he is the gatekeeper of the holy place. And if someone gets in his way, he becomes a bloodthirsty predator and causes carnage. Re, light, fire and flame. The flashing lightning and rolling thunder. The lord of darkness and wind. This god is the epitome of our “Ancient Metal”.


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The artwork for “Reincarnation” was designed by the Brazilian artist Caio Caldas. At this point I would like to thank Caio once again for his excellent work and his absolute reliability. The art is intended to illustrate the dark atmosphere of the album: shortly after his reincarnation, the “Master of the Black Arts” is standing in front of the pyramid where he was interred and is conjuring up chaos again. It‘s also worth mentioning the hourglass with the skull, which represents the transience of life and the passing of time. On closer inspection, even more details can be discovered that allude to death or reincarnation, respectively.


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?
It's hard to say but I think one of the best shows was in our local city of Passau in September 2019. We hadn't played there for a year and a half, and many people were keen to see us live again after a long time. We did a really great show there, played our songs to perfection and received lots of compliments that we had developed amazingly! For MAAHES, of course, “Ragnarök 2018” was a really big thing when we stood on a big stage for the first time and had a large audience in front of us. But I wouldn't say that it was the best show in terms of our performance, we‘d been much too nervous for that back then. Now more than ever, our stage performance is confident and exciting. We want to play shows and inspire people with our Egyptian concept, and I think the audience does really notice our dedication. The unmistakable stage design and our unusual appearance play a big part in the presentation, too.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Our international expansion is currently underway, and there have been some very positive signals from distant countries already, which got us into sending merchandise to the USA or Mexico, for example.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will of course stay true to ourselves and continue MAAHES in the same fashion we have done so far. In addition to the classic riffs, we like to use elements from other sub-genres in order to produce our very own kind of Black Metal. This fact makes our music so varied and it should stay that way – that's us. So you can definitely look forward to the “Reincarnation” successor!


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?
Some of the artists that influenced our music with MAAHES are Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral and Venom. We heard these bands around the clock back then, just as we still do today.



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
On behalf of all MAAHES members, I would like to thank you again for interviewing me, and I hope we‘ll get the opportunity to take you all on an unforgettable trip to ancient Egypt at one of our live shows! Have a nice evening, ! Metal regards, Anubis


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/maahes-interview.html


Eregore/Thought Form/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2020 Compilation EP Review

lundi 7 septembre 2020 à 22:40

  Eregore  are  a  solo  project  from  Ogden,  Utah  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  meta;  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  compilation  ep  "Thought  Form"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories  and  consists  of  unreleased  and  demo  tracks.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  also  mixing  in  some  elements  of  mid  80's  to  early  90's  era  grindcore  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  mixture  of  black  emtal  screams  and  death  emtal  growls. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  experimental  soundscapes  and  the  main  focus  is  on  a  very  raw,  brutal  and  heavy  style,  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  Eregore  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black, death  metal  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eregore  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Astrotheology"  and  "Thought  Form".  8  out  of  10.

BANDCAMP RELEASE 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/eregorethought-formsentient-ruin.html


Modrig/Ablebend/Madenmahl/Breathe Plastic/2020 Cassette Compilation Review

lundi 7 septembre 2020 à 22:04

  Modrig  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  compilation  album  "Ablebend/Madenmahl"  which  will  be  released  on  September  22nd  on  cassette  by  Breathe  Plastic  and  consists  of  both  of  their  ep's.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere   as  well  as  adding  some  synths  and  clean  playing  at  times.

  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Distorted  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  being an  instrumental  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep  sounding  at  times  as  well  as  having  their  melancholic  moments.

  The  second  ep  also  starts  out  with  an  acoustic  intro  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  music  also  keeping  the  style  of  the  first  ep  but  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  musicians  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  and  solos  onto  the  recording,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  loss  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Modrig  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Erde"  and  "Verganen".  8  out  of  10.

https://modrig.bandcamp.com/releases

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/modrigablebendmadenmahlbreathe.html


Kraken Duumvirate/The Stars Below, The Seas Above/Silent Future Recordings/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 7 septembre 2020 à 06:54

  Kraken  Duumvirate  are  a  duo  from  Finland  that  plays  an  experimental  and  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Stars  Below,  The  Seas  Above"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Silent  Future  Recordings.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be heard  on  a  few tracks  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  experimental elements.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  demonic  voices  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  sounding  along  with a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  instrumentals.

  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  singing  also  being  added  into  the  background  briefly,  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Oceanic  Legends  and  Cosmic  Horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kraken  Duumvirate  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  and  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Star-Spawn"  and  "Queen  Arise".8  out  of  10.

https://nordvis.com/en/cd-c-22/kraken-duumvirate-the-stars-below-the-seas-above-digicdJ7HQaJU22iJ8rpUuVp2i7Q==1079

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/kraken-duumviratethe-stars-below-seas.html


Entropy Created Consciousness/Antica Memoria Dis/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 7 septembre 2020 à 05:20

  Entropy  Created  Consciousness  are  a  solo  project  from  an  unknown  location  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  goth,  stoner,  psychedelia  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Antica  Memoria  Dis"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  Dark  soundscapes  start off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  mechanized  beats  also  add  in  touches  of  industrial  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  one  song  also  introduces  tragic  sounding  keyboards  and  spoken  word  part  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  stoner  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  tempo  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  psychedelic  moments  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  noises  and  power  electrics  onto  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  goth  influences  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  track also  introducing  death  metal  growls onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  divided  into 2  parts  Acheron  and  Lethe  which  is  also  inspired  by  Dante's  "Inferno".

  In  my  Entropy  Entropy  Created  Consciousness  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  goth,  stoner,  psychedelia  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Minos-Cerberus"  "Infamy  Of  Crete"  and  "Judecca".  8  out  of  10.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/entropycreatedconsciousness 
Bandcamp: https://entropycreatedconsciousness.bandcamp.com/releases           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/entropy-created-consciousnessantica.html