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ProFanatism/My Kingdom Come/2015 Full Length Review

mercredi 10 juin 2015 à 09:04

  ProFanatism  are  a  band  from Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  heavy  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "My  Kingdom  Come"  

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  vocals also  bring  in  a  very  grim  and  hateful atmosphere  and  after  the  intro  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  black  metal direction.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  very melodic  musical  direction  and  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  with  the  faster sections  displaying  more  of  a  raw black  metal  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  some  songs  also  have a  ritualistic atmosphere  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to t hem and  the  songs  also  go  for  more  of  a  modern  European  style  of  black  metal.  

  ProFanatism  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  fast  and  raw  at  times  while  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  atmospheric  and  playing  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  ProFanatism  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark Essence"  "Ether  of  Hades"  and  "And  Legion  My  Soul".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/profanatismmy-kingdom-comedark-omens.html


Eyelessight Interview

mardi 9 juin 2015 à 10:21

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We're finishing to compose our second album, it will be quite different from the previous one.

2.In November you had released anew album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2012?

The 2012 Demo was a live recording in our rehearsal room, so the sound is raw, many errors, a rushed work. Something we're still proud to have done. Tracks were one by Agatunet, one by ky and 2 by Kjiel.
The album is balanced in sound, progression of tracks, composition, lyrics... Songs are all by Agatunet and other members added their parts. Production is better and has been slow to find the best sound we can have with our resources.

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

Mostly they're inner explorations of our fears and negative feelings, seeking the truth, through a rational look at our irrational side, to know and accept the reality.

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

To see without your eyes, to see through... It was an idea by Kjiel and HK. The sound of the name, the many meanings behind...

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

We enjoyed live shows with Lantlos, Vidharr and Dreariness. They were the best ones. But generally we like to play live shows.

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

Actually we don't, but we hope we will again.

7.The new album was self released, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We released the digipack through Self Mutilation Services from Mexico. We're still looking for a label to release a vinyl.

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

We have had positive and negative ones on various levels, but mostly people say they like what we do.

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 have parallel projects. Actually:
Agatunet plays in Vidharr and runs her personal self-named project.
HK plays with Black Faith, Atavicus, Selvans. Also he recorded drums for too many bands, the complete list would become a book...
Same for Kjiel, she plays in Sacrimoon, Black Whispers, Lifeless, L.A.C.K. (with ky and HK), Angor Animi (her personal band) and as guest in many others.
ky had some projects as Tormental, Somnium, null, Deep-pression and is working for Perpetual Melancholy (with members of Dreariness) and for some guest appearances.

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

We will continue following our musical tastes and playing what satisfy us, whatever it musically is.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Our musical tastes are deeply different and unorthodox, so what we do is a middle way of the huge amount of music we listen. List is endless and maybe useless since it contains all musical genres from all times.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

To drink, watching films/telefilms, to eat a lot, to work the wood, to enjoy nature, to build through DIY...

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

Cheers!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/eyelessight-interview.html


Anti-Freeze Interview

mardi 9 juin 2015 à 10:17
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I have been very busy with my bands as of late however some projects are starting to slow down or take a hiatus so it has allowed me to focus more on writing solo music. I plan on releasing a couple splits with some local bands, an EP in the next coming weeks, and possibly begin work on a new album for next year.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the current music?
I write very melodically and all of my music since the beginning has been focused on that. I like to usually define my sound as being contemporary black metal mixed with early second wave Scandinavian, punk, and atmospheric.

3.In the beginning you played folk punk and noise but have over the years have evolved into more of an atmospheric black metal style, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?
I lost interest in folk punk to be honest and for the longest time I thought that punk was my scene. It still is to a degree but I began playing music through metal and I listen to metal way more than anything else so it's only suitable that I would make music based on that. I started the transition when I was supposed to make a collaborative folk black metal album with someone and it didn't work out so I just used those songs for what became my black metal debut 'Aftermath'

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
I write about a lot of topics but most are concerned with violent revolution, suicide, fear, and self-loathing.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Anti-Freeze'?
It's kind of a stupid name but it stuck so I'm not changing it. My real name is "Preston" and over here we have a brand of anti-freeze called "Presto". My music teacher in high school used to call me anti-freeze because of this so I just kept it. In hindsight, I wish I could have picked something more creative but that's how things go sometimes.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to
working with other musicians or do you prefer working solo?
As Anti-Freeze I'm very reluctant to include other musicians. I do enjoy collaborating but it's very difficult to play on my own ideas with other people. I play all of the instruments so I can do it all myself. Someday however I do want to do a live show with my black metal music and I plan on getting the best musicians I know to play for when that happens.

7.What are some of the best shows you have played with this musical project and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I have only performed noise and folk punk live before. Mostly in houses, outside, punk squats, etc. All very laid back and casual stuff. My black metal performance, if it ever happens, will be a special occasion.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Waiting for the opportunity. Possibly if I get offered, I would figure something out but currently I just want to release music.

9.You have been a part of a lot of splits and compilations as of late, can you tell us a little bit more about the contributions you have made to these recordings and also what are some of the other bands that have been a part of these days?
I have been a part of two awesome anti-NSBM compilations that came out last year as well as a compilation for the blog "Death of a Modernist". More splits with the groups Molly Drag and Hunter-Gatherer are done and just waiting to be physically released. I want to do some splits with other locals and hopefully an overseas band in the future. I'm always open if anyone ever showed interest.

10.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I would really like to get on a label like Nuclear War Now, Northern Silence, or Season of Mist but it's unlikely I think. In the meantime, I release stuff under my own label. (whygangrecords.com)

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I find that people from other countries show a lot of appreciation and respect for the music. Underground metal is a weird thing to be a part of. Locally I find it difficult to promote music in the metal scene because too many are focused with prog and groove stuff. Maybe it's just North America but I really just don't care for those genres so I often have to reach out on the internet to find fans of black metal or within the punk scene.

12.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
Anti-Freeze will always be a project that will continue to grow with me so it's never certain that I will be doing exactly the same thing forever. I feel that black metal in some shape or form will always be an integral part because it combines intensity and simple but effective melodies. In the near future though I feel that the music will simply just expand. I'm adding more clean vocals, some low growls, and yells in newer material.

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?
While Darkthrone was probably the first black metal band I listened to, Ulver was one that inspired me to be experimental and ambient. I have been doing ambient stuff for awhile and it's largely because of projects like that. Lately I've been completely amazed by the works of Ghost Bath while continuing to dig up bands like OfDoom or Blasphemy (Real Canadian black metal!).

14.How would you describe your left wing and anarchist views?
If I had to describe myself briefly, I'm more or less an anarchist without adjectives.

To me, anarchism is the most sensible political system. Complete and total freedom from the state and capitalism. In my music however, I don't focus on direct topics because it often comes out corny and a lot of left wing music really bugs me for this reason. There's just way too much elitism  within it's ranks and the worst of it often comes from the biggest hypocrites. Movements can often be discredited entirely because of this and it's poisonous.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?
I'm working on a video game right now that will hopefully be released next year. (thetarioproject.tumblr.com) I'm very excited as it's stories I've held onto since a very young age. It is a retro 16 bit RPG with a science fiction/fantasy twist.

Occasionally I play tabletop RPGs and I do my best to keep up with current events. I'm also into history quite a bit. Other than these things, I can't do much besides music.

16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
No final thoughts. Thanks for doing this. I appreciate it and everyone who has given the time to read it.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/anti-freeze-interview.html


Katachthon Interview

mardi 9 juin 2015 à 10:13
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about th band?
1. We started the band in mid of 2013 by me Promachos handling vocals, guitars and bass and Enkelados on drums.


2.In May you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. We wanted to create something that combines Bestial War metal with mythical / historical topics. After a year of rehearsals we recorded our first s/t demo on our own rehearsal studio. It’s raw, primitive and chaotic as it has to be.


3.Your lyrics cover Hellenic mythology and History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
3. I was always fascinated in our history/mythology, I have read tons of books of this and we never wanted to write lyrics that never express us. We got tired of this over-used thematology of Satanism, goat worship etc. We use our lyrical themes as a fist to the mediocre modern world of decay, material paranoia and nothingness. WE STAND AGAINST THEM.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Katachthon'?
4. Katachthon means ‘under the earth’ and is often referred to the ancient Hellenic god ZEUS. It is also synonymous with the word underground. After some months of research of a band name I found it on Hesiod’s ‘Theogonia’. I think that this name fit us.


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?
5. After the recording of our debut demo, two new members jointed a bass player and a rhythm guitar player for future live acts and recordings.


6.Has the band done any live shows yet or is this strictly a studio project?
6. Right now we are only a studio project, but In the future we are planning some.


7.The demo was released on cassette by Black Sun Cult Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
7. It is actually my own label, my purpose is to release Katachthon’s tapes on it, but also other bands into Black/Death metal.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and war metal?
8. Great!! Until now, two weeks from its release we‘ve made many trades with other bands/labels from Greece and Europe.


9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
9. No, we are totally dedicated in Katachthon!!


10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. We are writing new material this time and we will record our second demo soon. For the full length we are planning for a mid-2016 release. Musically we will stay true to the roots of war, but we expect from ourselves every release to be different. We ‘ll  never copy our previews releases.


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. WAR METAL!!!  Some influences are Blasphemy,  Sarcofago, early Sodom , Proclamation , Bestial Warlust ,Unholy Archangel etc. Also a few Greek Black metal touches I must admit that exist. Now-days we hear mostly, almost all kinds of Black metal. From early ‘80s stuff to the blackest black.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. First thanks for the review – interview. The only I can say to the Black metal maniacs out there, is to listen our demo, soon we will release another one, until then …. KEEP THE FLAME OF BESTIALITY ALIVE !!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/katachthon-interview.html


Lebenswinter Interview

mardi 9 juin 2015 à 10:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Lebenswinter was founded in late 2009 by Asterion and our former Guitarist Draugur.We started by recording several covers and initiated writing and recording our first own compositions when Amarok joined as the lead guitarist and songwriter about one year later. A short time after that Draugur left us we continued as a two men project; We shortly after recorded "Ohnmacht", which was published by Sturmglanz Black Metal Manufacture.In 2012 Irrwysch joined us as our drummer. We did some rehearsal and had our first concert at a local event.Agathon, whom we already had known for several years, visited this gig and joined us two weeks later on bass guitar, which led to him performing with us at the second concert shortly after. Last year we separated from Irrwysch after recording "Carved in Wood and Stone" and recently we have been rehearsing with a new member on the drums who has yet to prove himself.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We have worked immensly on our sound since "Ohnmacht". The reason for this is that nowadays we have better equipment and much more experience in recording. Everything sounds more intense and developed; the concept behind Lebenswinter became focused. Yet we still follow our own path.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?Our concept controls nature, death and decay. We try to interpret humanity as a spiritual, yet mortal part of a primordial nature, that has been lost throughout religious and materialistic possession. We also published some songs with satanic and blasphemous content like "Pathways" and "Bile for Satan", but those are rather early creations we do not intend to develop as of now. We find fascination in several heathen mythologies and cultures.

4.According to the fb page the band has an interest in history and folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?
As already mentioned we see ourselves in a naturalistic context. We do not intend to include history as a major thematical content. Until now we haven't dealt with it.Using history as a lyrical theme often opens a door for imbeciles, who have not and never will understand this kind of art.

5.I know that the bands name means 'Winter Of Life' or 'Life's Winter' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
The winter of life is the last chapter before death. It combines impressions of depression, aggression as well as hate.All life is limited by nature and no being can overcome decay, no matter how divine it defines itself.LEBENSWINTER mainly includes this view of existence.

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?
I think the best was the first show including Agathon on stage.We played in front of a rather small, but reliable audience. I think performance differs from show to show relying on personal emotions. We do not want to have a strict concept. We also have little experience in this after only 3 shows.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We had several problems finding fitting band members and after separating from Irrwysch we are not ready to play live again yet. Our main focus lies on writing the next Album. We try to find an established "inner core" to play once again in the future.

8.The new album was released on Northern Fog Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
There isn't much to say. We have a quite personal relation with this label and its members.We are free to do as we want to and are not forced to anything if we don't intend to.We feel comfortable working with them and have felt so for years now.Northern Fog Records concentrates on publishing and supporting underground Black Metal, no more, no less.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We have recognized that a huge part of our listeners comes from Asia or South America which is interesting, although we have not gathered much reliable feedback on that front, except for some reviews from european magazines.Up to now we have received only positive resonance for "Carved in Wood and Stone", not the least of which came from you. Again, thank you for your interest.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As mentioned before, we're working on new songs and getting our new drummer more and more involved into the creative process of songwriting. We are also working towards recording our third album and performing it live on stage.

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?
We never intended to force our music into a certain style of black metal. Of course we probably have been influenced by some bands or albums subconsciously, but we compose our songs by our own intuition.I think we are mostly influenced by the rough finnish style of black metal.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Unfortunately we have no interesting final words this time (I'm sure Agathon would have some - as always - but he is not here right now).Obviously people are interested in our work and our intentions behind it.We can only say with certainty that we shall continue our path and do not see an end to it yet. Thank you for giving us this opportunity and supporting us! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/lebenswinter-interview.html