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Atra Mors Interview

lundi 23 septembre 2019 à 20:05

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
1 - Nothing special happened after the album was released. I never thought of playing live, besides, given the current formation of the band, it would be difficult to do it.
However, I don't like playing live. I'm interested in focusing on the composition of new material for my various musical projects.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2 - The first thing that differs between the new album and the previous productions concerns my technical ability in the composition, which has considerably increased.
Second, I used new equipment in my studio, so I got the sound I wanted, raw but well balanced between the various instruments.
And third, but not least, is Michael's contribution to the voice. He experimented with a very special vocal solution.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album and also how would you describe your progress  as a songwriter over the years?
3 - I can say that I have matured as a "narrator" of the world around me, both physical and spiritual.
I often read embarrassing lyrics of musicians who really have no idea what they are writing.
Satan, demons, death. Recurrent arguments but described with a disarming banality. Most of these texts are written only to strike the attention of those who listen to music.
Personally, I prefer to write about real personal experiences, my esoteric path and the misanthropy I feel for 90% of human beings.
But I don't want to describe these aspects in detail. Who does not know what I know I would not understand even with the most detailed explanation. Some experiences are so personal that they cannot be explained.

4.You also have some vocals from 'Michael W. Ford of Black Funeral' who has also written plenty of novels dealing with the Left Hand Path is also very well known in that community, do you also have an interest in any esoteric  or occult paths?
4 - As I said before, I have my esoteric path. I knew Michael from both for his music and for the books he wrote.
From this point of view, asking him to interpret my songs was the most sensible choice. I knew he would understand what I had written in the lyrics. And the result is excellent.

5.The band name 'Atra Mors' is also a name shared by other bands in the black metal genre, are you aware of the other bands that also share the same name?

5 - Honestly no. I discovered only later the existence of other bands with the same monicker. But it is not the first time that happens, and this does not matter to me.
This name is perfect for what I have to express through this band, so the rest doesn't interest me.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6 - I love being in the midst of nature. I hate big cities and, sometimes, even the small town where I live "is tight".
So I always try to stay in places where the number of other human beings is kept to a minimum.
Every time I can, I walk among the pine forests in the Alps of the Italian north side. And while I walk I take photos. What you see on the cover is one of the photos I took on one of my excursions, slightly modified with Photoshop, to make it more obscure and relevant to the contents of the album.

7.You have some experience playing in solo projects and duo's but would you also be open to working with a full band?
7 - I would say no. In the past I have had different experiences within bands in my area, but none have been rewarding. Unfortunately, and I say this with regret, the modern Italian situation is one of the most deplorable, even from a cultural point of view. Many people have such a closed mind that they cannot see beyond their noses.
It is no coincidence that in other European countries they see us as useless idiots.
So even with the other musicians I didn't have much luck.
I had to deal with dull people, limited to the usual stereotypes, without the desire to go further. So, at one point, I said enough. Over time I learned to play other instruments besides the guitar, and I started to compose all by myself, realizing what most meant to me.

8.You also label your music as being 'cold misanthropic black metal,can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
8 - The term "cold" is used to describe the separation between me and 90% of the people around me, people totally ignorant of the esoteric aspects of existence.
The term "misanthropy" is directly related. A true misanthrope does not hate others just because he is a poor loser who cannot fit into society.
A true misanthrope hates the boundless human stupidity and wants to stay away voluntarily, even at the cost of being alone.
Personally, I have values that I keep alive in my existence, values that most people seem to have forgotten.

9.You also run 'Illuminadi Service', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
9 - The label was born with the intention of producing music that I found interesting, both from myself and from other artists.
In the first period I produced CDs, then I focused on tape cassettes, a format that has returned to being a cult.
Unfortunately the label is destined for closure. Recently I have had very serious family problems and I have had to drastically reduce all secondary expenses, including those for the label.
So, at least for the moment, Illuminandi Service will be closed.
The only thing certain is that I will continue to compose music with my projects. This is a vital need.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
10 - I honestly didn't find many reviews of the albums I made. And in general I can't say what Black Metal supporters think. But I don't even care. I don't need supporters. Those who listen to music for the sake of it must receive an emotional response. The purpose of music is mainly to transport the listener into "parallel worlds", outside everyday reality. Because true music is a reaction force, and those who listen to it must let it enter inside themselves. Supporting someone just for a wrong sense of duty is a stupid thing.
If someone finds satisfaction by listening to my music, good for him. But what interests me is to be satisfied with my work.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
 11 - The first demo of Nameless Void, an Atmospheric Black Metal project born from the collaboration with RM (Urna, ex- Aphonic Threnody, ex-Arcana Coelestia), was recently released.
Then, by the end of the year will be released the second album of my project Noctu, Funeral Doom for those who like Nortt, Evoken, etc., through Transcending Obscurity Records.
I also have some other projects I'm working on, including Necromist and Nocturnal Convocation.


12.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during that future?
12 - I never make predictions for the future. When inspiration possesses me, I take my guitar, bass, or sit in front of the keyboards and compose. Based on the result obtained, the composition will be assigned to one of my projects. For me the important thing is to let the energy I have flow through the notes.
Nothing else matters...

13.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?
13 - The golden age of Black Metal and Death Metal are the main inspiration for the framework of my compositions.
But, more generally, it is almost all music that inspires me. Of course, there are genres of music that I really can't appreciate, like pop, Latin-American music and in general all forms of disco music. Instead I really appreciate Blues, Jazz, especially the more experimental variations, Ambient and Drone music, Country music and many soundtracks.
As you can see, I am very heterogeneous, musically speaking.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14 - A message for all those listening: let go of politics and other stupid things that complicate and ruin your life.
Listen to music that conveys real emotions and open your mind to the spiritual world. Continue to fly past the "Dark Gates".
And to all those who have only to criticize, I say: you will fully receive your negative reward. Fuck you all!!!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/atra-mors-interview.html


Nebula Orionis/Ashes/Casus Belli Musica/2019 EP Review

lundi 23 septembre 2019 à 10:23

  Russia's  solo  project  Nebula  Orionis  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  his  cosmic ,  cinematic  and  instrumental  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal.  ambient  and  space  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Ashes"  which  was  released  by  Casus  Belli  Musica.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  cinematic  elements  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffing  also  shows  some  black  metal  influences  as  well  as  the  music  also  avoiding  the  use  of  any  songwriting  and  vocals.

  Elements  of  space  music  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed.  The  recording  also  adds  in  touches  of  symphonic  music  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  riffing  being  done  on  power  chords and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  as  the  ep  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Nebula  Orionis  remains  true  to  the  cosmic,  cinematic  and  instrumental  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  space  and  ambient  music  that  he  had  established  on  previous  releases  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nebula  Orionis  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  cinematic,  ambient,  instrumental  and  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fallen  Empires"  and  "Dust".  8  out  of  10.

https://casusbellimusica.bandcamp.com/album/ashes-2019 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/nebula-orionisashescasus-belli.html


Daydream Flights/Whisper/Casus Beverina Music/Beverina/2019 CD Review

lundi 23 septembre 2019 à 09:38

  Daydream  Flights  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Whisper"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Casus  Belli  Musicia  and  Beverina.

  Clean  playing  and  post  rock  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  elements.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  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,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding.

  Daydream  Flights  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professorial  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Daydream  Flights  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric,  depressive  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Led  Flowers"  "Done"  "Conviction"  and  "Violet  Mist".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/daydream-flightswhispercasus-beverina.html


Supplices/Alogie Funebre/The Ritual Productions/2019 CD Review

dimanche 22 septembre 2019 à 10:15

  Supplices  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  medieval  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Alogie  Funebre"  which  was released  by  The  Ritual  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  and  clean  vocals  start  off  the album  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  medieval  folk  music  atmosphere  before  going  into  a  heavier direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  tortured  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  medieval  battles  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences,  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  medieval  times,  poems,  plagues,  death  and  anti  religion  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Supplices  are  a  very  great  sounding  medieval  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  shouldcheck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Douce  Amie"  "Ode  a  i'Agone"  and  "Ces  Plaisirs  Violents".  8  out  of  10.   

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/supplicesalogie-funebrethe-ritual.html


Sanctvs/Mors Aeterna/Sepulchral Productions/2019 CD Review

samedi 21 septembre 2019 à 21:07

  Sanctvs  are  a  solo  project  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  an  occult  and  suffocating  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Mors  Aeterna"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Sepulchral  Productions.

  Keyboards  and  ritualistic  spoken  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  are  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  as well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  musical  direction,  grim  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard.

  Sanctvs  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  suffocating  while  also  being  modern  at  the  same  time  but  also  capturing  the  aggression  of  the  old  school  era.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  darkness,  occult,  anti  Christianity  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sanctvs  is  a  very  great  sounding  occult  and  suffocating  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Roi  omnipotent,  Saintete  malefique"  and  "Et  sincde  les  chaines  qui  le  lient  a  Yahweh".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.sepulchralproductions.com/collections/preorders

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/sanctvsmors-aeternasepulchral.html