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Solbrud Interview

dimanche 29 juin 2014 à 17:09
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band was formed in summer 2009, but it was not before Ole joined the band in 2010, that we really found the sound and vibe we were looking for.

From the beginning it has been our intention to play long atmospheric black metal. Trying to recreate the sound of a grand storm. We started off quite well with the band and had some of our songs played on a national metal radio channel. In 2011 we played at the Copenhell Festival in Copenhagen, and last year we played at Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The first album came out in April 2012 and gave us a lot of positive response in our home country and probably lead to some of the bigger local support gigs.

According to the bandcamp page, you have a new album coming out in the middle of 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the newer material and also how will it differ from the previous full length and demo you had release din the past?
Yes, it's true we have a new album coming up. It will be out on September 15th 2014. We have still managed to stick to the original sound from the first album, but it’s not difficult to hear that we have also moved in some way. You will probably hear a change in how we play our instruments and how the songs are written. It’s been two years since the first album so we have moved a bit since then. The new record is faster and more intense, but still have the long and immersive passages, keeping it true to the first album. But we think the new record has a better overall flow in terms of the musical and lyrical themes.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
There is an overall topic in the new lyrics. The lyrics are sort of written in ancient language and metaphors, refering to subjects revolving around the human quest for greed and power and the resulting corruption of the mind and the earth. How for instance the world is tainted with the influence from too much ridiculous TV, and from that the hunger and longing for false fame and mammon.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Solbrud'?
The name Solbrud has many meanings in Danish. We all have different opinions and we also heard a lot of different opinions on why we call ourselves that, so we like to let each one decide what the name should mean. In Danish some of the meaning would be sun blast or burst, a bride of the sun, or simply that light is breaking to shadows or breaking out of somewhere - shining through.

According to the R-A-B-M website the band is a part of the leftist and anarchist movement in Denmark, can you tell us a little bit more about your views on these topics?
It's true that we have a connection with the left wing and anarchist and punk movement in Denmark, but it does not have anything in particular to do with the band as such, besides perhaps our personal attitudes may shine through in the music to some extent, and our rehearsal room being located in the radical left sanctum called Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have had a lot of great gigs during the last couple of years. We played for approximately 2500 people at Roskilde Festival last summer. That was quite an awesome experience and amazing crowd. But we have also played a lot of great gigs at smaller venues. If we play at a small venue and it's packed, its often more fun to play for a smaller crowd, getting more intimate and sensing the energy from the crowd and vice versa. We seldomly address the audience in speak, and that is as much because we have nothing to say as that we want our music to speak for itself.

Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is out?
We are planning two release gigs in Denmark in september 2014. Besides that we will have a couple of shows around in Denmark when the album is out. In spring 2015 we will be touring Germany and eastern Europe.

The band is signed to Euphonious Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The old label that signed us for our first record is a danish label called Euphonius Records. It has switched it's name some times i think, and also been co-working with some swedish and norwegian labels under VME(Voices Music), who released some of the Ulver stuff in the 90's, among other things. On the new record we've moved up to a somewhat bigger danish label though, Mighty Music which is a metal label under Target Distribution.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We received a lot of positive response for the first album which we are were happy for. We have followers from alot of places outside Denmark and Europe, and alot of people asked if we could come play near them. We started the band because we all love this genre, so its really awesome to get this much positive feedback, and hearing that people appreciate what we do from far away.

Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
We all have a couple of different side and solo projects, but nothing really going anywhere or releasing anything for the time being.

Where would you like to see the band heading into during the future?
We'll just take one step at a time and see where that leads us. Sure we'd like to do more records and do more gigs outside Denmark. But we're certainly not in this for the money or the fame, because then I think we'd have chosen the wrong thing. We just want to play black metal 'cause that’s what we love to do. And if other people want to listen to it, that's just great.

What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
It would be a long list if we started namedropping, we all listen to a lot of different music. Of course we all listen to a lot of different black metal bands, and each of us have got our own personal favorites and tendencies to other metal subgenres, but we also like alot of different stuff like old 70's rock, blues, country, medieval folk music and classical music.

What are some of your non musical interests?
Quite a few, but they’re not really so important in relation to our band.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for taking your time with us for this interview, and thanks to all the people who support Solbrud and listens to our music. We look forward to releasing our next album.


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Chiral/Abisso/2014 EP Review

samedi 28 juin 2014 à 20:51

  Chiral  are  a  1  man  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  previously  featured  in  my  other  zine  "ADifferentShadeOfBlackMetalZine"  with  a  musical  sound  that  was  more  in  the   melodic  and  progressive  black/death  metal  direction  but  this  time  around  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  while  still  having  melodic  and  progressive  traits  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  ep  "Abisso".

  Wind,  thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  to  some  heavy  and  slow  guitar  riffing  kicking  in  and  after  awhile  melodic  black  metal  guitar  leads  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  some  deep  and  demonic  vocals.

  After  the  intro  the  music  really  starts  going  for  more  of  a  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  sounding  high  pitched  screams  and  there  are  also  a  decent  amount  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  being  utilized  at  time s and  they  bring  a  more  progressive  feeling  to  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction.

  When  the  ep  goes  into  other  songs  you  can  hear  some  keyboards  being  mixed  in  with  the  acoustic  parts  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  sound  very  powerful  and  and  the  epic  track  alos  utilizes  the  raw  black  metal  styling's  of  the  second  song  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  piano  outro  which  brings  a  dark  ambient  feeling  to  the  recording.  

  Chiral  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  on  this  ep  combing  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  with  the  more  progressive  leanings  of  the  first  recording  and  it  makes  the  music  sound  more  original  this  time  around,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  introspection,  solitude,  pain,  death  and  love.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chiral  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive,  melodic  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Atto  II:  Abiso".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Eosphorus/Winds Of Apep/WormHoleDeath Records/2014 CD Review

samedi 28 juin 2014 à 18:37

  Eosphorus  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  satanic/occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Winds  Of  Apep"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.
 Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  the  music  starts  getting  heavier  and  darker  along  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  in  both  the  riffing  and  solos  and  after  the instrumental  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  sounding  high  pitched  screams.

  Blast  beats  van  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good   mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  music  is  in  the  vein  of  Swedish  satanic/occult  black  metal  and  there  is  a  dark  and  evil  atmosphere  being  included  in  all  of  the  songs  on  the  recording  and  the  band  also  demonstrates  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  on  their  musical  instruments.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  to  sound  more  deeper  and  hateful  in  sound  and  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  also  starts  to  utilize  elements  and  thrash  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also  make  their  return  on  a  later  track  before  the  music  returns  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  as  well as  adding in  longer  songs  that  utilize  epic  structures  and  a  small  amount  of  keys  and  some  of  the  alter  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  Eosphorus  play  a  very  true  raw  and  melodic  form  of  satanic  black  metal  with  their  music  remaining  true  to  the  Swedish  style  of  occult  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  more  epic  structures  and  the  band  has  a  perfect  balance  between  speed,  heaviness,  aggression  and  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and   heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Death  Worship  and  Devil  Worship.

  In  my  opinion  Eosphorus  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  satanic/occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan  Redeemer"  "Winds  Of  Apep"  "Stand  on  My  Side"  and  "Path  Of  The  Dead".  8  out  of  10.




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Tempers Creature/Lupus Est Homo Homini/Sturmglanz Produktionen 2014 CD Review

jeudi 26 juin 2014 à 17:27

  Tempers  Creature  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  depressive  and  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Lupus  Est  Homo  Homini"  which  was  released  by  Sturmglanz  Produktionen .

  Nature  sounds,  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the intro  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  the  music  before  going  into  a  more  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  direction  along  with  some  depressive  suicidal  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  bring  in  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  After  awhile  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  sound  and  they  also  add  folk  instruments  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  depressing sounding  pianos  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  slow  and  raw  depressive  black  metal  sound  while  the  music  also  has  its  fast  moments  and  blast  beats  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  As  the  album  progresses  there  is  a  short  instrumental  being  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  following  tracks  have  a  more  atmospheric  feeling  to  them  as  well  a s utilizing  more  fast  and  raw  elements  of  black  metal  and  they  also  start  adding  in  a    short  song  that  have  a  more  early  90's  feeling  to  them  as  well  as  being  somewhat  of  a  departure  from  the more  depressive  nature  of  the  earlier  tracks  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals  that  are  tributes  to  Burzum  and  Sturmpercht  which  both  have  a  medieval  atmosphere  to  them.

  The  other  half  of  the  album  shows  the  band  going  for  more  of  an  epic  pagan/black  metal  sound  and  melodic  female  vocals  are  added  onto  one  of  the  tracks  while  still  having  a  depressive  atmosphere  and  the  vocals  also  start  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  on  of  the  later  tracks  is  a  Germanic  folk  music  song  and  there  are  also  some  male  pagan  vocals  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  folk  elements  start  to  mix  in  with  a  more  black  metal  style  of  sound.

  Tempers  Creature  create  a  very  diverse  and  original  sounding  style  of  black  metal  with  their  musical  sound  and  the  album  is  divide d into  2  different  sections  the  beginning  shows  a  more  misanthropic  and  depressive  side  of  their  sound  while  the  other  part  is  more  in  an  epic  pagan/black  metal  direction  which  also  shows  medieval  and  folk  music  elements  which  they  still  mix  in  with  a  depressive  sound,  the  production  sound s very  dark,   raw,  heavy  and  epic  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark,  depressive,  misanthropic,  Germanic  and  Suebian  folklore and  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Tempers  Creature  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive/pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter  im  Herzen"  "Der  Misanthrop"  "Suebia  (Heimatarde)"  and  "Wuotans  Wildes  Heer".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Xarkrinur/Cold Forest Single Review

mercredi 25 juin 2014 à 15:43

  Xarkrinur  are  a  1  man  band  from  Bangladesh  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  dark ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  single  "Cold  Forest"  which  will  be  part  of an  upcoming  ep  split  with  Happiness  Through  Suicide  which  will  be  released  by  Acephale  Winter  later  on  this  year.

   A  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  brings  in  a  very  raw  and  distorted  approach  to  black  metal  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  also  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  along  with  some  programmed  blast  beats  while  also  keeping  the  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  around  and  you  can  also  hear  some  ambient  style  noises  in  the  background  which  gives  the  music  a  more  lo-fi  feeling  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  having  a  more  deeper  tone  to  them.

  On  this  song  Xarkrinur  takes  a  very  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  in  small  amounts  of  ambient  while  keeping  the  music  very dark  and  grim  and  I  would  like  to  hear  more  music  from t his  project  in  the  future,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Xarkrinur  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  raw,  depressive  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  

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