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Angmaer Interview

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 13:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about your musical project?\
1. I'm Angmaer, a Black Metal project from the West Midlands of England. My style is  a raw and aggressive type of black metal, with a good amount of emotion and darkness with it too. Inspired greatly by the 90s Scandinavian Black Metal bands as well as bands such as Behemoth, Inquisition and even Wintersun, but yet I add my own personal touch to my music. That's what makes it unique, to me at least.

2.In May you got a full length coming out, how would you describe the musical  sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep you had released?
2. I'd say the sound is quite a bit more raw than my EP and much less fine tuned. The songwriting though is quite similar to those on my EP, to me it seems like a continuation of it. Nothing has changed within the songwriting greatly.

3.Your lyrics deal with some occult and Pagan topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
3. When I started writing lyrics for this album I had been listening to a lot of Enslaved. Mainly their "Frost" album, as well as a lot of Behemoth, Burzum, Graveland and some Týr. The song "The Rebirth of Pagan Lands" was based around the church burnings in the 90s, and what Varg Vikernes described the motive behind his part in that, which was roughly like "Retaking the pagan holy grounds from which the Christians desecrated". It was an interesting topic and I was inspired.

4.I know that the project name comes from Tolkien's Middle Earth, what was it that got your attention to use this as your name for yourself and your musical projects?
4. When I started this project, or at least the idea for the project (Back in July, 2013) I had a fond interest in Tolkien's work, it really had inspired me. Watching The Lord of the Rings and seeing the Witch King Of Angmar got me thinking "Hey, this sounds like an powerful name for a band". But as I saw about 6 other bands had taken the name "Angmar" I decided to just have a little name change. I didn't want to change the name completely so I made it into Angmaer.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to a full time band?
5. I'd say I have complete freedom with no limitations as a solo artist. I like that, especially as my music has quite a personal nature to it. I have the ability to create music that is true to myself freely. Though working with a full time band has it's perks. Playing concerts is one of them, as well as other members having their input into the mix. I do actually want Angmaer to be a full time band in the future, I am still looking for members to join. Though no luck there.

6.On the fb page you had a video where you did a Satanic Warmaster cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?
6. I was clearing out my room and I had found a blank CD with no name on it, I later found out it was of the guitar tracks I recorded to this song a few years ago. When I did record this, I really wanted to finish it but I couldn't. So, I thought I could re-record this tribute, as SW was the first band that got me into black metal.

7.You also have a split coming out with Goatchrist, can you tell us a little bit more about this split and also how would you compare the musical style of the band on the recording to your own musical style?
7. Nothing yet has been recorded for the split as far as I know, but from hearing Goatchrist's previous releases, I'd say that their music has more of a conceptual feel, lyrically and musically. With my music it's more scattered. Song after song with no particular concept. I do have some thrash metal and even classical influences in my riffs and songs.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. I've had quite a good response, Black Metal fans like it, even non-black metal fans like it. My music is appreciated by people from many places; from South America to Asia. It gives me motivation and a sense of satisfaction knowing that people from all over this earth enjoy the music I create.

9.What is going on with your other musical project 'Eternally Enthroned ' these days?
9. Well, we recently split up due to our own personal problems and musical problems. I wanted to focus more on Angmaer and the drummer (Nevarym) wanted to do more with his Blues/Hard Rock band Militia Inc.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
10. Right now, I just see myself as creating album after album until I reach perfection with my music. That is my goal currently. Though I'd love to work with different bands of the extreme metal style in the future and even tour with some.

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?
11. I'd say Dissection, Satyricon, Behemoth, and Bathory influence me the most. I mostly listen to Black Metal and it's various sub-genres. I do rarely explore totally different styles of music as I'm just so taken by the style of black metal. There are always more bands and albums I desire to explore and find inspiration with.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. Besides from music, there isn't much. I've dedicated my life so far to music so I don't spend much time elsewhere. Though, I've got a fond interest of Scandinavia; Norway and Finland especially. Norse and Pagan mythology interests me greatly too. I suppose another thing would be languages. I have great enjoyment with learning new languages and speaking in these languages.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any finalw ords or thoughts?
13. Support the underground, share the music and keep this fire burning.
Cheers!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/angmaer-interview.html


Imsar/Abudzenne/NitroAtmosfericum Records/2013 CD Review

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 11:43

  Imsar  are  a  solo  project  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  chtonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album  "Abudzenne"  which  was  released  by  NitroAtmosfericum  Records.

   Dark  nature  sounds  and  wolfs  howling  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  melodic  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  black  metal  direction.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  grim  sounding  screams  and  some  of  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  still  keeping  around  the  melodies  and  one  of  the  tracks starts  out  semi  clean   and  also  brings  back  spoken  word  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction  while  clean  playing  is  also  used  again  on  the  last  song.

  Imsfar  creates  a  chtonic  and  pagan  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic   while  also  being  very  dark  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  the  composers  Native  Tongue  and  covers  the  paganism  of  his  home  land  and  swamp  spirits.

  In  my  opinion  Imsfar  are  a  very  great  sounding  chtonic  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zdani  pa-nad  Dryhvaj"  "Biezvychodnasc"  and  "Slach  Razburennia".  8  out  of  10.

   

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/imsarabudzennenitroatmosfericum.html


Order Of The White Hand/Korpimaa/Vanguard Productions/2015 Cassette Re-Issue Review

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 08:09

  Order  Of  The  White Hand  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  national  socialist  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Korpimaa"  which  was  originally  released  on  cd  by  Tanhu  Productions  but  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2015  by  Vanguard  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to   them  and  a  high  seconds  alter  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  a  very  raw  and  melodic  feeling  to  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  epic  feeling  while  the  guitars  remain  very  heavy  and  raw  throughout  the  recording  and  the  outro  starts  out  very  silent  before  adding  in  military  marching  music  that  closes  the  album  with  a  war  like  and  nationalistic  feeling

  Order  Of  The  White  hand  creates  a  style  of  national  socialist  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  great  and  epic  sounding  and  relies  more  on  slow  and  dark  riffs  than  fast  riffs  to  get  their  point  across,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Nordic  pride,  Anti  Christianity,  Satanism,  and  National  Socialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Order  Of  The  White  Hand  are  a  very  great  sounding  national  socialist  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pakananrykki"  and  "Korpimaa  pt.  II".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/order-of-white-handkorpimaavanguard.html


Sol Evil/Lux Diaboli/Vanguard Productions/2015 Cassette Compilation Review

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 07:10

  Sol  Evil  are  a  band  from  California  that  is  legendary  for  their  singer  spending  a  decade  in  jail  for  an  anti  christian  crime  that  play  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  cassette  compilation  "Lux  Diaboli"  which  consists  of  their  2012  ep  "Karu  Samsa"  and  2014  ep  "Descent  Into  Hell"  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  their  first  ep.

  "Karu  Samsa"

  Melodic  Gregorian  chants  start  off  the  first  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  sound  along  with  some  blackened  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  once  the  high  pitched  screams  kick  in  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  using  both  growls  and  screams  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  songs  go  for  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  direction  with  both  the  riffs  and  solos  while  also  having  their  raw  moments  and  a  good  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  they  also  bring  in  classical  guitars  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  drone  style  outro.

  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Karu  Samsu"  and  "Twilight  Of  the  Holy".

  "Descent  Into  Hell"

  Melodic  Gregorian  chants  start  off  the  second  ep  and  after  the  2  and  a  half  minute  intro  the music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  incorporates  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  also  being  melodic  at  the  same  time  and  once  high  pitched  screams  are  added  into  the  music.

  The  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  last  2  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  can  also  be  very  deep  and  grim  at  times  and  the  songs  also  add  in  death  metal  influences  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  on  the  last  track  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  melodic  musical  direction.

  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enshroud  Thy  Kingdom  In  Sjadow"  and  "Descent  Into  Hell".

  With  both  of  these  ep's  Sol  Evil  bring  out  2  different  sounds  of  their  musical  style  with  the  first  recording  being  melodic  black  metal  while  the  second  one  is  more  raw  while  both  do  contain  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  on  both  recordings  cover  Satanism  and  Left  hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sol  Evil  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  8  out  of  10.

 

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/sol-evillux-diabolivanguard.html


Mortum/Ascending Calamity/Vanguard Productions/2015 Cassette Review

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 06:02

  Mortum  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Ascending  Calamity"  which  was  released  by  Vanguard  Productions.

  A  very  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  briefly  but  also  make  their  return  throughout  the  recording  and  when  vocals  are  added into  the  music  they  are  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  being  used  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  U.S  and  European  black  metal  influences  from  the  glory  days  of  the  genre.

  Mortum  creates  another  old  school  black  metal  recording  that  takes  the  raw,  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  structures  of  the  genre  and  also  ignores  all  of  the  trends  that  have  come  and  go  in  the  past  20  years,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death,  darkness,  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  raw,  old  school  and  atmospheric  forms  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ascending  Calamity"  and  "An  Elgiac  Hymn  To  Death".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/mortumascending-calamityvanguard.html