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Torc Interview

lundi 11 juillet 2016 à 16:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

    We are from the Czech Republic and our band was founded in 2013. Till 2013 three members played in the band called Sezarbil and leaving that band was the first step to start Torc. We are open to all styles from the genre and textual point of view and our music offers a whole range of moods and feelings.


2.In March you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. Right at the beginning of recording we had the idea about the form of the recordings, and how the sound should be added in order not to lose anything in the tracks. We needed a clear, concrete sound of guitars for which we needed to decrease gain to obtain a comprehensible and full guitar sound. And in view of the fact that there are several death/thrash/heavy passages which need a solid base made by the increase of guitar gain, we had to record the basic guitars on four tracks. Only then in their sum the track picked up the strength. The guitars are completed with a bass guitar, on which we didn´t add any effect, to support the readability of the guitars. Drums and vocals are also significant. We lowered the vocals a bit and gave the drums a bit unclean character. The result represents a readable, aggressive and dynamic album.

3.You label your music as 'black core', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
3. Black core represents our designation which partly characterizes our genre frame of mind. Since the album is not of one genre only and we wanted to avoid the labelling like Black/Death/Thrash/HC metal band, we have chosen a universal designation of our work. Black core itself is definitely not a precise term and does not bring the idea about all genres which appear and blend on the album. As the ones of a few, we employed HC genre among Black metal passages so the idea of Black core designating appeared to be suitable for us. And I think that there is no band which would use this designation so we can offer the listeners all mentioned above and this is very important for us. The album Tóny Annwnu is very disunited one from the view of genre labelling.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
4. The present view on the society which is oppressed by the incompetent politicians is reflected in the texts. The track Divize duchů (Ghosts´ division) remembers the war times. In the texts Co neslyšíme (What we don´t hear) and Ztraceni v sobě (Lost in ourselves) personal emotional confessions are reflected, and last but not least, our Celtic roots and its themes are also the part of the texts.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Torc?
5. Torc is a short form of the word Torques. Torques itself is a term that comes from the time of the Celts who called so a circular ornament that they wore around their neck. It was a symbol of power which was worn by rulers, or druids. In our Torc logo this torques is exactly drawn, too.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. A very successful concert was the one with the bands Hecate Enthroned, Valkyrja, Ad Hominem etc. at Hell Fast Attack festival. Open festivals have their own unique atmosphere and we like to play at these events. The next successful event was the concert with Polish Arkona. The club was packed and the fans were great.

 
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. Of course, this year we will play four concerts with our brothers from the band Sekhmet. Then we are taking a break because this year we are visiting the recording studio again. We are in a period of re-composing and creating a new material for a split album which will be released later this year, but I´m not going to reveal more yet.

8.The album was released on 'Murderous Music Production', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8. Murderous Production is a Czech label we´ve had a long experience with from the time of Sezarbil. They have been on the scene for many years and we have a good experience with them and friendly relations. The label itself has made such releases as Žrec – Paměti, or LP reissue debut album Inferno – Duch slovanské síly and they are also co-organizers of Hell Fast Attack festival.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. We´ve met only positive reactions from all sides so far. We´ve gained a lot of new fans and new contacts as well, and we are glad that we have filled the gap genre from a certain perspective, and offered something new. It is perceived in the same way by the people around judging from their reactions on our album.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?
10. It's difficult to lead one band and even more difficult to engage in more bands in which we participate. It's much more difficult for us to plan everything, as you have mentioned right, Torc is not the only band for everyone involved. Everything needs to be planned well and we need to organize our free time in order to dedicate it to both bands. Our drummer Gulage plays in a grindcore band called Syphilitic Vaginal, which is heading into the studio, and I have been working with the band Inferno, which is also finding itself in the period of preparation and recording the new album. Everything works well, it's just about planning long in advance.


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

11. The current development continues at a similar pattern. Genre openness, emphasis on melody and energy. The newly prepared material is still and all different from our debut. It's more black metal and recently there have been added many guitar arrangements, layering of guitars, more technique elements and the scope for creating moods and emotions.

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?
12. Naming bands that are a source of inspiration to me would be a long writing. More important are the genres that I listen to and which affect me a lot. I love medieval choral music and I am a passionate listener of symphonies, flamencos and blues. I follow the development of rock music since its birth and together with this the start of metal music that I love in all its forms. All this represents a great inspiration for me, and I'm sure all of this is reflected in composing of my music.

13.How would you describe your views on Paganism?
13. Link to our pagan past is not only reflected in the very name of the band but partly also in our lyrics. But it is not the central theme of our lyrics and we can´t even say that any of us would be the "real" neo pagan in the true sense of the word. At least not certainly a practising one. Yet it is a part of our past that we carry in the blood. It can often influence our attitudes, thinking, and our relationship to it is therefore understandably entirely positive.


14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Thank you for this interview. I am glad to have this opportunity to introduce the band Torc. Later this year we will release a split album and I believe that the boundaries set by the band's debut album will be moved a step forth. Finally, I would like to mention that the news about the band including the lyrics to each song can be found on our official website www.torc.cz which can be completely switched into English.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/torc-interview_11.html


Pestifere Interview

lundi 11 juillet 2016 à 16:26
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?





2. So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Each record is representative of how we played as a band at a given time.  “Liminal,” being our first record is raw, both in production and performance. Not necessarily in a bad way, but the recording process was very much a learning experience.

We tracked “Hope Misery Death” very quickly, which allowed us to maintain our excitement for the music.  While moments of “Liminal” were captured perfectly, some fell short for us.  “Hope Misery Death” on the other hand was captured as envisioned. 




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

Our lyrics are inspired by our frustration with power structures, which disregard people and the environment.  The more we neglect and disregard our connection to nature, the more damaging we become to both ourselves and the environment we’re a part of. 



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

Pestifere means plague-stricken or plague victim. It fit well with our lyrical themes of the environment and of the human struggle.





5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Some of our best shows have been in basements here in Minneapolis.  Playing in small basements or warehouses seems to allow for more intense energy, for both us and the crowd.



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

Immediately following the “Hope Misery Death” release we’ll be doing a couple weekend runs hitting Minneapolis, Rapid City, Colorado Springs, Denver, Sioux Falls and Milwaukee.  We plan on doing longer runs come fall and winter.



7.The new album was released on 'Eihwaz Recordings' are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Absolutely. Jim and Marty at Eihwaz have been fantastic.  We’re glad they saw something in the first record enough to work with us on a second. 



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

It’s a bit early to tell. Liminal was self-released so only had so much reach and promotion.  In time we’ll see what happens with the release of Hope Misery Death.



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

We all play in bands outside of Pestifere.  As far as releases go, Dylan’s band Suffering Hour will be releasing their new record “In Passing Ascension” through Blood Harvest Records from Sweden. It’s a great piece of cosmic blackened death.  Lucas has two other bands, both on the side of tech-death: Australis, which just self-released a full-length on Bandcamp and Sunless, which recently released a demo to the upcoming full-length.



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

We have quite a bit of material for the third full length but it’s still in early stages to know what it will shape up to be.  We typically write without a specific vision in mind for an album but instead for the mood we want to express through each song. I expect any new release will be different from the previous though I guarantee our love for bands like Dissection and Sacramentum will always show through our music.





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?


Dissection, Sacramentum, Death, Svartidaudi, Dead Congregation, Agalloch, Mgla, Negative Approach, Absu, Katatonia (old), Opeth, Thin Lizzy, Satan, Jim Croce, Brian Dack, Obsequiae, Wovenhand, Dawnbringer, Joanna Newsom, King Crimson. 



12. What are some of your non musical interests?
Things best explored outdoors.





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

Thanks for the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/pestifire-interview.html


Tzaak/Gjernt Ondskap/Sepulchral Silence Records/2016 Full Length Review

lundi 11 juillet 2016 à 14:17

  Tzaak  are  a  solo  project from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Gjernt  Ondskap"  which  was  released  by  Sepulchral  Silence  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  atmospheric  sounding  synths  along  with  the  heavier  riffs  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  riffing  can  be  very  melodic  and  the  songs  stick  to either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring in  a  very  melodic  yet  modern  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  the  synths  also  bring in  elements  of  ambient  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  on  the  last  track  the  music  foes  into  a  faster  direction  briefly  which  also  introduces  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  in  return  gives  the  music  more of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Tzaak  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  for  more  of  a  slow  or  mid  paced  atmospheric  style  which  is  a  lot  more  different  than  most  bands or  project  from  his  home  country,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of Norweigan  and  English  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tzaak  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Masterpiece"  and  "Cultural  Heritage".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/tzaakgjernt-ondskapsepulchral-silence.html


Nostra Dementia/Vestiges/Sepulchral Silence Records/2016 Demo Review

lundi 11 juillet 2016 à 13:33

  Nostra  Dementia  are  a solo  project  from  France  that plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "Vestiges"  which  was  released  by  Sepulchral  Silence  Records.

  Atmospheric sounding  synths  start  of t he  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  mixing  the  two  together  and  the  music  also  starts  going  into  more  of  a  depressive  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  uses  a  lot  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  grim  yet  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present on  the  recording  along with  some  ambient  elements  and  melodic  singing  along  with  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  music  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Nostra  Dementia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding while  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  darkness,  philosophical  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nostra  Dementia  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Personal  Fall"  and  "There  Where  The  Sun  Does  Noth  Shine".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/nostra-dementiavestigessepulchral.html


Koldkrypt/Fullmoon/Seoulchral Silence Records/2016 Full Length Review

lundi 11 juillet 2016 à 12:47

  Koldkrypt  are  a  solo  project  from France  that  plays a  very  raw  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Fullmoon"  which  was  released  by  Sepulchral  Silence  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  grim  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  Dark  sounding  synths  can  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  get  melodic  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  spoken  word  parts  give  the  songs  more  of  a ritualistic  feeling  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  the  synths  also  get  more  dominant,  powerful  and  epic  on  the  later  tracks and  some  songs  also  show  the  vocals  getting  deeper  and  their  is  also  an  acoustic  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  Koldkrypt  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  the  genre  and  they  bring  back  the  raw  style  and  also  mix  it  in  with  the  more  epic  and  atmospheric  side  of  the  second  wave,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  left  Hand  Path,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Koldkrypt  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  style  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fullmoon"  "Summoning  Beleth"  and  "Apocalypse".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/koldkryptfullmoonseoulchral-silence.html