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Vakslen/Crucifucked/Merdumgiriz/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 28 janvier 2016 à 01:38

  Vakslen  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both  Norway  and  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2013  album  "Crucifucked"  which  was  re-issued  in  2016  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Harsh  noise  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  power  electronics  and  after  a  few  seconds  melodic  chants  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  melodic  as  well  as  adding  in  black  metal  screams  that  are  a  little  bit  more  different  than  most  bands  of  the  genre.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  anger  in  the  screams  while  also  being  grim  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  porno  samples  along  with  the  music  adding  more  melody  into  the  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  very  dark  and  melodic  when  they  are  utilized.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  rock  music  and  punk  are  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  diversity  to  be  heard  throughout  the  whole  recording  and  one  of  the  later  song  brings  in  militant  style  beats  and  spoken  word  samples  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  they  also  bring  in  covers  from  Bathory  and  Alice  Cooper  before  closing  the  album  with  a  couple  of  original  tracks.

  Vakslen  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  a  raw  style  of  old  school  black  metal  and  they  change  things  around  by  adding  in  experimental,  rock  music  and  punk  elements  to  create  a  very  original  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  Hateful,  Anti  Religious,  Satanism,  Sluts,  Darkness  and  Politically  Incorrect  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vakslen  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anti  Muslim  Hate  Speech"  "White  Pride-Black  Art"  "Seig  Fucking  Heil"  and  "666  lashes".  8  out  of  10.  


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Nihilo Machina Interview

mercredi 27 janvier 2016 à 22:25
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Well, we're a black metal band based out of New Brunswick, Canada. Everything came together by accident really. Myself (James) started writing this album not knowing it would become a full album. I contacted Matt after I had a couple songs and asked if he'd play some solos on the material. After a few months we had the bones of a whole album. We tracked it all in my home studio over about 10 months just the 2 of us.

2.In September you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Well we obviously take a very melodic approach. A lot of guitar harmonies, some keys here and there. Lots of really fast parts and some really doomy slow parts. We spent a long time getting harmonies and song structures to work. We are both big fans of older melodic black metal like Dissection and Old Man's Child. So that was what came out really.

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

I (James) wrote most of the lyrics but Matt wrote Disillusion. I approached him early on about writing a lot in nihilism. It's something we've both studied and spent a lot of time thinking about. The songs get more specific into that however. For example, Vacuous Lexicon is about the illusion of meaning within language and Pendulum of Apathy describes "time" as an apathetic enemy of human experience. The title track, "The Last Messiah" is based on an essay of the same name by Peter Zapffe. I'd like to get into the meaning of that. But I'd suggested reading the essay then listening to the song. Too much to get into in a short time.

> 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nihilo Machina'?

Well it translates from Latin as the "Nothing Machine." Which obviously reflects the lyrical content of the album and how both Matt and I feel about most things.

> 5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

We are currently in the process of adding 2 more members to our lineup.

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

We have not played any shows yet. We are working with these 2 other guys to get the music to the stage this year sometime. A drummer and a bass player that I've known for a long time.

> 7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for label or have received any interest?

We have been actively looking for some label or distro. Nothing yet.

> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

We seemed to pick up a following in Russia somehow. We've sold a handful of digital copies of the album out there and it's being rampantly pirated there as well. Otherwise we are selling mostly in our native Canada with a few albums being sold in other countries.

> 9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Matt has been involved with his original band Black Frost for years now. They used to be an active touring band. But these days they do mostly studio recordings.

I (James) play in a rock band called The Head Is Dead as well. We are currently in a hiatus and will be starting work on a new album this year.

> 10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We started writing for another EP or album already. It'll be a bit more technical I think. But it will remain melodic. Also we want to tour the material.

> 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?

I can't speak for everything Matt listens to and he's not with me right now but we have pretty similar taste in metal. Which is why our album sounds the way it does. We both like older more melodic black metal. Early Dimmu, Dissection, Emperor, etc.

I tend to listen to a wide variety of music. Anything from folk to death metal.

> 12.What are some of your non musical interests.

We live in a small town. So there isn't much else to be interested in. Movies. Alcohol.

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

Yeah, the album is out digitally right now. But we're going to be selling physical copies starting in March and you can preorder it on our bandcamp page.


Thanks for checking us out!

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Nan Elmoth Interview

mercredi 27 janvier 2016 à 22:07
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Deathweaver: I started Carcharoth in around 2008 around the time I returned from living fairly isolated in northern Idaho. Everyone I knew from living here before had moved away or didn't want shit to do with me so I retreated into making music. I had realized by then that I hate human society and its people, and would like to see it and them destroyed. All music I create is inspired by that hate and by the sense of loss of what was. I carry the banner of Satan and am willing to fight, kill and die under that banner.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Deathweaver: Hammer Of The Moon is inspired by my travels through nature and that's how I've structured it. A lot if people go out in the woods who are hippies, and if course they project their sentimental ideas of love and peace on nature. If only they could feel his badly the earth would love for them to die. They would kill themselves on the spot, which of course we would take joy in. A lot of so called black metal bands have taken a love and peace attitude toward their fellow man. We of course stand against vehemently.

3.Your lyrics cover 'Earth Worship' and 'Ancient Wisdom', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Deathwaever: I have already covered it in a lot of ways so far, but I will say that there was a time when human life should exist, but it has long since past because of our quest for comfort and lack of conflict.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Carchorath' what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nan Elmoth'?
Deathweaver: There was a French dsbm band with the same name as us and people kept confusing bands, so I changed it. Nan Elmoth means "valley of starlight" in elvish. It is also the place where the black metal blades were forged in Tolkien's Simarillion, so I think it should be fairly self explanatory.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Deathweaver: We try to make each site better than the one before. Our stage presence is all about the worship of death. We have been known to wear human ashes, and I self lacerate, both to wear my own blood on my face, and as a form of ritual sacrifice.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Deathweaver: I personally would love to do a tour, but for now, we play when asked. I enjoy playing live. It is a good way of communicating my hatred.

7.So far you have been a part of split's with 'Indemus' and 'Maldicion', what are your thoughts on the other bands that have participated on the recordings?
Deathweather: I have nothing to say other than I suggest that those who read this give them a listen and form their own conclusions.

8.You have also done a cover of Burzum's "The Crying Orc', what was the decision behind doing your own cover of this song?
Deathweaver: Burzum is to be worshipped. End of story.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or heave received any interest?
Deathweaver: Most labels are more interested in rebooting careers these days, but any exceptions to this rule can feel free to make an offer.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and pagan metal?
Deathweaver: It is too soon to tell.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Deathweaver: The next Nan Elmoth album will be much darker. I will leave the rest up to imagination.

12.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?
I personally heavily worship the old Norwegian bands, especially Burzum and Darkthrone. Graveland is another huge one for me. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Gorgoroth and Motörhead. Almost too much. Of course we definitely have contemporaries here in California that we are heavily influenced by, including Xenotaph, Ehecatl and Defacrator just to name a few. We are of course saddened by the splitting up of Torture Chamber. They were huge in influencing our stage show. Outside of metal I listen to a bit of prog rock and neofolk, and lots of classical music.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Deathweaver: That is for the most part irrelevant.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Deathweaver: Thanks for giving us this interview, and for those reading this, we hope you all someday kill yourselves in the name of Satan. Burn everything you own. Including your lives.

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Empheris Interview

mercredi 27 janvier 2016 à 22:03
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Hail! Actualy we are trying to get fit together with news quad. We played first gigs, recorded Gehennah cover for „Tribute to Gehennah” and slowly new album hatches in pain.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

- ¾ of Empheris are old motherfuckers, so don’t expect modern music! We still walk on the way Venom/Bathory started. Whatever there is XXI century, and we can’t use analog studios, cause they don’t even exist. That’s pity. I am wondering how many bands would stay on stage if there wouldn’t be digital recording.

3.While there has been plenty of releases over the years most of them have been splits, what was the decision behind going into this direction?

There were no decisions to record splits with other bands. It was done, that’s all. Behind all of this releases were unique story. Most of bands we recorded splits, are our friends and all was agreed personaly and often under the influence of alcohol. And for example after „Rock na bagnie open air fest” around 4 AM by the table (partialy under the table) we were talking with buddies from Wishmaster and agreed to record a split. Plan was that Empheris will play in Wishmaster style (Evil Heavy Metal with influences of Mercyful Fate), and Wishmaster will play like Empheris. After few months split was ready and released. I would like to mention that during this fest (it was it's first edition) one man died, and after the fest took place, there were some explosives found, fortunatelly they didn’t explode. As you can see we recorded plenty of splits, so we can tell a lot of stories.

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

Until recently most of lyrics wrote guitarist Wit, but he left the band. His lyrics were mostly about death, necroism, and similiar subjects. My lyrics for Empheris oscillate around Lovecraft, old myths and cults. Our poetry always made some coherent whole.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Empheris'?

- Blood, Fire, Death!!!!

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

You know, every show is some kind of celebration for us, and we are always honored to play. We always give 100% of us – but every band says the same thing, so lets skip this. We realy enjoyed to play in Gdańsk, where came a lot of maniacs. Every show was fucking awsome. Doesn't matter  if it's a small club or an open air or show in Berlin beside Inquisition, with whom we had great afterparty or beside Rotting Christ and Varathron (Hail Brothers!!!), Aura Noir, or one of my fulfill dreams: show beside Possessed and long chit-chat with Jeff Beccera!!!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yes, we have touring plans, but it’s to early to say something closer. You know, Empheris isn’t a touring group – we can play 5-7 shows in row, but this isn’t serious tour in compare where you play whole month day by day. Personally I experienced that kind of tour with one of my past bands – it was fucking awesome. But actualy we have our own families, kids, jobs… so it’s really hard to leave all behind and start serious tour. But single shows – yes! Until June we are planning to visit whole Poland, maybe some shows in Germany, Slovakia, but this is still in plans (now is only January).

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the many bands that you have shared splits with over the years?

Nooooo!!!! Morbid Execution, Warfist, Embrional, Wrath, Nocturnal Vomit, Grotesk, Revelation Of Doom, Thanathron, Wishmaster, Beast Petrify, Cryptic Rites. Most of them are still my friends, and I still have contact with them. Value of these unofficial manager releases is priceless. I can tell, that few splits was abandoned because of lack of involvement of publishers. The split that didn't happen and I regret it the moost was split with Kommandant. Both bands recorded materials, cover was ready with all graphics, but label (fuck off and die!!!) was delaying the release forever. We decided to abandon the project.

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

Huh, dude, I don’t know how to refer here and how to put up an answer to your question. At the beginning of Empheris I stood against any web activity for promotion. I sent first releases only for classical paper zines (hmm…today still 90% of my promotional mail goes there, haha!) and I attached promo with my own „R’Lyeh’ zine” and post it worldwide. You are asking me about feedback – I' ll answer like a politician: always was fucking awesome. But still I am saying the truth…but there were reviews, where some people said „oh man, those guys are so ugly!” haha

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the bands members are a part of?

Tomek split up Hazael and he is playing only in Empheris. Steyr is playing in Hell Patrol and soon he will play few shows around south Poland – they are also preparing to record some new stuff. Burner of the Cross is playing also in Chanid, and Bonif ocassionaly records bass parts for many diferrent projects of ex-guitarist Wit, like Necroist, Omnemogram, Eris. I am slowly preparing to start new „R’Lyeh’ zine” #13, Hellish is suspended (Beldaroh is touring with Besatt whole the time, Morbid from Throneum moved to Norway – lean years). Waroath I am playing with Wened (Venedae + 100 other projects) is composing some new material…at last I have to go to Bytom again and scream a bit like guest vocal in Det Gamble Besatt or Besatt. Fuck – I wrote most about me, but about me I know most!

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

- Fuck off! New full length should have been in 2009. From this year we experience fucking problems with squad, with material, with all other shit. Every year another problem comes up. In 2012 we had material for 2 discs album, but even this collapse… Worst of all were personal changes in guitarist and drummer position. I hope 2016 will be the year we stay a bit longer in studio.

12.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?

We are listening all kinds of metal (of course except nu metal and post-something – it’s misunderstanding). Everything we were listening in our life influence us. Bathory, Venom, Celtic Frost, Possessed…A lot of Thrash, Death, Black Metal, classic Heavy, and so on. In exact moment during answering your question, I am listening Destruction’s Infernal Overkill…Bonif likes most american thrash and death metal. Tomek if my informations are certain, idolatrously honors Judas Priest and Morbid Angel. Steyr and Burner of the Cross are fanatics of war metal.

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

Thanks for interview! Good luck with Occult Black Metal’ zine!!! If anyone has any questions about Empheris or R’Lyeh’ zine, feel free to write me: Adrian, P.O. Box 20, 02- 919 Warsaw 76, POLAND. 666!!!

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Wampyric Bloodlust Interview

mercredi 27 janvier 2016 à 15:44
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Greetings!  I started Wampyric Bloodlust in the end of year 2009 on the “ruins” of my past project called Spirit of Night, after listening to a lot of the Finnish project known as Satanic Warmaster. Bought myself a guitar (before that I took instruments from my friends) and began writing music. So, this is how it all started. I play Black metal with different varieties such as Doom, a lot of keyboards but I always try to make an accent on the melodies and the combination of cheerfulness and melancholy.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

I am still fascinated with the specific Black Metal timbre, tremolos, fast and high pitched string notes – this entire still fascinates me and it can be found on each album of WB. Although they all differ – from the lyrical themes to the sound itself. As I mentioned before I try to make an accent on the melodies and use high, heartrending vocals.

3. Your lyrics deal with Satanism, Occultism and vampires; can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Well, all those lyrical themes aren’t listed by me, but by the person who updates the MB page on metal-archives. I don’t want to say that it’s all not true…Still there aren’t all the themes I use in my work. I can talk a lot about all of this, but will cut a long story short: I am attracted by different things in Satanism and other things despite the variety of forms of each theme. Obviously I deny LaVey’s “Satanism” and other subcultural and personal habits of atheists who use the esthetic of Satanism to cover up their “progressive” views.

I stopped using Occultism a few years ago dues to a few reasons.

Vampires are simply a great folk image and a wide theme. Sadly nowadays to me it looks rather mawkishly and uninteresting.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wampyric Bloodlust'?

I could come up with a fancy explanation but in reality it’s just a personalized name, which reflects one of the main lyrical themes...

5. Currently the band is a solo project, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future?

I’m always open to work with others and look forward to it. I lived in the big city for two years, but all my attempts to play in band didn’t result in much. The band was either not serious enough, without the required passion to write music, and lots of other reasons… Where I live now – easier to say I’m the only one interested in making music. But collaboration with other musicians is always a plus and the Internet provides such a possibility. OftendifferentpeoplerecordedstuffforWB. For example in my other project named Theoroth ( my close friend from Scharfrichter will perform clean vocals on a song from the upcoming album.

6. The last album was self released but you have also been on a label before, would you be open to working with another label again in the future?

Actually I received a lot of proposals to release my music on physical format since the release of “Reborn” and even before it. But the proposals are always from dubious labels, with low-quality printing and so on. Today it’s easier for me to upload my music on bandcamp and receive money directly. More to it – I upload my music so you can either download it for free or download and pay as much as you like. As simple as it may be, I don’t give a damn about the money for my music. About CD releases – I have plans to make small amounts of self-released but soulful copies with lots of exclusive bonuses. Don’t actually plan to release music on labels. These are different times and I’m not too upset about the death of physical formats. Music – that’s the main thing.

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

All negative comments on all my projects are either from my friends or my compatriots. You know, “our people” have a very rotten mentality, when it’s easier to spit in the musician’s face either than to support him. And after that they wonder why everyone around is so angry and dissatisfied… But I appreciate and listen to the opinion of my friends (sometimes some, sometimes less).

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

A lot of things: WB will for sure release something this year. An album or a long planned compilation with a lot of unreleased stuff, old versions of released songs, covers.  Something will be for sure.

Theoroth (ex-ЗимнийДракон) – perhaps this project became my main one. Keyboard music but with a notable influence from Black Metal. Something like Epic/Atmospheric Black – all the lyrics and the whole concept of the project are based on a fictional universe that I work on since childhood. A full-length is almost ready and there are planned a few split releases.

There is also Time Heals Nothing – a depressive project, in which I planned to play canon and plaintive depressive black metal, but in result I released a demo tape in 2013 and it all just stopped. But basically I don’t rule out the possibility of a new release in the near future. A friend of mine, leader of Genesis Mortis (awesome black/death metal from Saint Petersburg) wrote the lyrics for one of my funeral tracks, so be sure to wait for something new.

9. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Actually I never thought I would be working on music. And it continues on for seven years straight. And I don’t feel tired at all. It’s just one of those things worth living for.

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?

First of all it is Satanic Warmaster. Without him I wouldn’t have started playing the guitar and wouldn’t have answered all of these questions for you. After that, I’d say Immortal had an influence on my music. But it’s hard to call them pure Black Metal, I wouldn’t say that they ever played it, but the mood of their music had a great impact on me. “Battles in the North” was the first album with raw production that I’ve heard. From the most recent I can mention Caladan Brood. Pure genius! But in general I listen not only to metal music. It’s important that the music has at least some kind of melody and internal content (I don’t like the word “atmosphere” because it covers nothing, but if you like, you can call it atmosphere).

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?

Books. Since childhood I love reading very much. This is one of the few things I pay for. I don’t even pay for the music, never bought anything, but I always buy books up to now. My other interests aren’t too far from music. Basically I only work with music, read books, work and sleep. I’m quite the boring type.

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

I see a lot of sanctimony in the music world nowadays. When people try to be someone they are not. Trying to be “true” – means to kill your real self as a creative unit. Be yourself. Listen to what you like, do what you like. Don’t search for easy ways – follow your own path.

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