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Astral Blood/Self Titled/Tridroid Records/2015 EP Review

lundi 5 janvier 2015 à 03:46

  Astral  Blood  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2015  ep  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Tridroid  Records.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  at  times  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  synths  are  used  in  the  music  they  bring  in  an  early  Emperor  influence  into  the  bands  musical  style  along  with a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  being  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  a  brief  interlude  that  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  leads  and  solos  the  band  uses  are  in  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Astral  Blood  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  atmospheric  and  epic  as  well  as  being  rooted  in  the  90's  Norwegian  second  wave  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Astral  Blood  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Our  Almighty  gaze".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/astral-bloodself-titledtridroid.html


Solitvdo Interview

lundi 5 janvier 2015 à 02:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Solitvdo was born in the early months of 2012 as my solo-project.
In the same year, approximately in June 2012 the project published "Demo MMXII", a demo of 5 songs, self-produced. After one year of inactivity, I wrote new songs in the autumn of 2013 and in September 2014 was released the first full length trough Eremita Produzioni (as cassette limited to 48 copies ) and Naturmacht Prod (as 6-panel-digipak limited to 100 copies).
That's all about Solitvdo's biography.

2.In September you had 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 demo you had released in 2012?
Basically, Solitvdo is a black metal project. On this base, I included various musical proposal that goes from ambient and acoustic elements to neo-folk and orchestral scores. I don't want to put limits to my ispirations, so if I'd to descibe my musical proposal I say black metal, 'cause there's is the basis on wich I develop all the rest.
Between the full length and the demo there are many differents. "Demo MMXII" was inspired by swedish black metal because all the melodies was created by guitars, as usually happens in the "swedish style". The lyrics was in english, even if the "concept" was the same I've wrote for the Full and the sound of the demo is  raw and instinctive..."Immerso in un bosco di querce" instead is an album that bases its melodies and arrangements with orchestral instruments and acoustic elements. I used italian language 'cause it's my language and with it, I can express my feelings and concepts.
For this work, I spent more time to find the right sounds and to mix all the elements.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
In principle, Solitvdo is based on my voluntary inability to live and integrate myself in this social and (un)cultural context. So the subject of my lyrics is me and, so, all this rot and ruins around me. Each theme is treated only and exclusively from my point of view, I don't want and I don't care to generalize or provide solutions for the flock that's living this era and contribute to this situation.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Solitvdo"?
As I said earlier, Solitvdo is based on my voluntary inability to live and integrate myself in this social context. Solitvdo means "Solitude" in Latin, Solitude as the only remedy for this era, Solitude as only defense in this life, Solitude as ascetism, the last valour remain.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you prefer working solos to a full band?
I'm Solitvdo and Solitvdo is me. There will never be space for anyone else in this project, just guest if they are related to the music and/or lyric of Solitvdo.

6.The new album was released by both Eremita Produzioni and Naturmacht productions, do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
Of course. Both Eremita Produzioni than Naturmacht Prod did a great job, prove to be very important for Solitvdo.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
The Full Length has just come out so I can't say how atmospheric black metal fans think about my work. Honeslty, I don't give a damn about the opinion of the flock, I'm interested to the opinion of the few people that I consider close to my being.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
No, I'm focused on Solitvdo, there isn't space for other projects.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I don't know and, sincerely, I don't care.

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?
I don't know, I am inspired by the concepts expressed earlier rather than the music of other bands. Surely the music I listen influence my compositions, so if I could name some bands I would say Drudkh, S.E.W., Ulver, Rome, Death in June, just to say the most important for me, as the most famous Opera composers like Wagner, Bach, Musorgskij, Chopin and so on. But, as i said, the most influences come from extra-musical interest.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Read, Reflect, Meditate.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview and interest, for anyone interested to Solitvdo you can listen some tracks of "Immerso in un bosco di querce" on our bandcamp: http://solitvdo.bandcamp.com/album/immerso-in-un-bosco-di-quercethrough
... and buy this work through Naturmach prod, Ermita prod. or write us here: https://www.facebook.com/solitvdo
Thanks, bye
D.M.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/solitvdo-interview.html


Viranesir Interview

lundi 5 janvier 2015 à 00:19

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Viranesir was in my thoughts to be a side project in which I was to explore relatively more experimental subjects and styles. In a way, a creatively fuelling side project to my main project YAYLA. I finally created it to score my film “Drink From The Fountain Of Uncertainty” and then it morphed into its own thing. There are radical stylistic and topical changes between each album, but so far the uniting factor can be considered their weirdness’s I think.


2. I have read that this musical project was supposed to be a fictional character's project from a movie you where working on, can you tell us a little bit more about this film?

“Drink From The Fountain Of Uncertainty” is my first feature length narrative film. It tells the story of a musician that has deep problems trapped in a hole that he digs deeper trying to climb out of. I have written-shot-cut this film by myself around my hometown, and my to be band mate from Viranesir; Merdumgiriz played the lead role and helped greatly with production. I did not release it yet, but the parties concerned can get in contact with me if they want to see it.


3. 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 done in the past with this project?

Guitar, drums, vocals made raw experimental massacre. In this album, Merdumgiriz and I switched instruments and mainly worked with abstract hate and immediacy. It is different in that the previous two albums did not have guitar in it, and except their weirdness and chaos had a whole different musical style going on. The first album “Fountain Of Uncertainty”; although Metal like this one, had a way more concise, depressive and alien style while having way less riffs and progression.


4. You have some very offensive and politically incorrect lyrics with this project; can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

I not only don’t have a concept of political correctness; I think it is very unhealthy to put limitations on speech. That having said, I accept the fact that this album can prove to be ultra offensive for some and made out of spite of the recent upheaval of the guilt propaganda and censorship agenda of fascists under liberal skins affecting our metal. The main idea behind doing such controversial work is to show that I do not feel guilty for saying what has been said, and even enjoy saying it. Before attacking me for making this statement, which so perfectly mirrors that whoever gets most offended, people ought to realize that they do the same. They not only have a good time while the things I sing about happen, they indirectly if not directly participate in them. They also seem to think manipulating and not talking about these subjects can achieve a merrier world. The only merry one will get out of ignoring their participation in the crimes that I am talking about will be their reoccurrence I think. Me singing about it as I am someone who does these things and enjoy it mirror humanity more honestly than it shows itself in my opinion. Using these words lightly also open the gates to taking away the religious zeal around them which then might lead to their free interpretation which will flourish the world of fine art.


5. How have some people react to the lyrics on the album, have you heard anything from very sensitive people getting angry?

I have heard that a lot of random people mainly thought it was insensitive, stupid or pure evil. I have seen couple feminist scum trying to form some sort of alliance on boycotting it. It makes me sigh that people become hate protesters once they find something to hold onto in this life (religion, ideology, parenting, position, possession). Most things deserve to be destroyed and hated but just because our limited minds cannot find ways to include them in our lives. We do in turn someway or another either destroy them or turn away from them. In my life I am no different than most hypocrites who live like their choices are so noble, but in art I am all for freedom of speech and free thought. However I do my best to limit it to the privacy of my art not on other people. Not that I have a problem with people doing it on other people, just the ones claiming that they don’t. I don’t expect nowadays people to get something as deep as freedom, but I know that freedom of speech is the future, I can see it and I am sick of waiting for people to accept the future.


6. What are some of the things you feel that you bring out with this musical project that you have not been able to with the other ones that you are working on?

Viranesir is like a free fall band in which I puke out all the piss within me. I do not let myself have this much freedom and immediacy in my other projects. I also have a lot of standpoints, criminal intentions and strong feelings for petty things and Viranesir is where I get most of the anger out in a socially acceptable platform. I have made psychedelic synthpunk to experimental doom metal in this band and I will continue towards more fucked up musical territory in the future. YAYLA is a tranceful fiery metal monolith with more spirituality and BLLIIGGHHTTED is a progressive extreme chaos with more philosophical inclinations. They can change too, but not as drastic and schizophrenic like Viranesir I don’t think.


7. Are you open to working with any other musician's on this project?

I have two more members in this band, Merdumgiriz and Ruhanathanas. The last album was all Merdumgiriz’ guitars. The future of this band will include both members as we’ve made numerous to be released material, but it is essentially my project and I can se myself make more one man albums. So much as I can see myself recruit more members.


8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to this project by fans of black metal and experimental music?

It has been really good. The real black metal fans never fail to endorse extreme things let alone shying from them. They have been very open to hearing what I really had to say and quite a lot of them enjoyed the music. I always say that Black Metal is the pinnacle of fine art, and its real fans are the real people with a perpetual critical eye. We’ve had very good conversations about evil through my album. Even some who were not capable of conversing about it thought it was somehow “cool” which is sort of better than turning away from the sight of it. Experimental music people are usually lame ass fucking hipsters who are politically correct, so not that many good reactions yet! But we can always hope for the better.


9. Are there any musical influences that you brought onto the new recording that you have not been able to do with the other recordings you have put out?

Musically speaking it is the most immediate and hardcore punkish hateful album I’ve ever been involved in. I have played drums for the first time on a recording on this album. It is also the album with the least amount of instruments (one guitar, drums, three vox). Lyrically, I have touched what might seem to be my most extreme subjects yet in a socio-political context. The GG Allin, Anal Cunt and that sort of influence very much slipped through to our recording without being as satirical.


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

I’d like to thank you, for always giving us a chance to express ourselves through your site, and salute all the work you are doing for the underground music scene.

All our works can be reached through www.merdumgiriz.org

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/viranesir-interview.html


Feral Interview

samedi 3 janvier 2015 à 07:40
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Feral is a solo black metal project from Tabusintac, New Brunswick started by Desekratewhore bassist J. Feral in 2012.
 Debut full length album "For Those Who Live In Darkness" was recorded in fall 2014 with Jerm's Productions and released Oct 23 2014.

2.Recently you have released your first full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The album definitely has a raw black metal sound that is unique and very eerie and also incorporates a lot of bluesy rock and roll solos and a little bit of acoustics that create a change of pace from the instrumental attack.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with your music?

The lyrics focus on Celtic occult, clairvoyance, and the negative aspects of modern culture.

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

The entity that exists through my music is an untamed and wild creature that I've always felt isolated inside of me. I let this feral beast exist freely through my music.

5.With this musical project you record everything myself, do you feel you where able to capture what your vision of black metal is by working solos than you would of been able to do with a full line up?

Writing and tracking everything myself is certainly a lot of work however it gives me control over my sound. With other musicians ideas and visions often collide so writing and tracking everything keeps my vision consistent and gives me a lot of freedom.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I am in contact with some labels but I am seeking international distribution.

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

So far the feedback has been good however I'm still trying to put it out for more people to hear.

8.According to the facebook page you are also a part of a few other bands, can you tell us a little bit more about them and the musical styles that they play?

I currently play bass with Desekratewhore from Toronto which plays a bit of a blend of old school thrash and traditional black metal. We released our second full length album "Mind's Deception" in Feb 2014.

I also play bass with Toronto black metal band Volk, which will be playing our cd release show March 13 2015.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

I'm currently writing the next Feral full length album to be recorded in August 2015 again with Jerm's Productions. This album will have a much more melodic sound and will incorporate both occult and human concepts in the lyrics as well as a lot personal allegory. I feel this album will have a unique sound that black metal (or any metal for that matter) has not seen before.

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?

Black Sabbath and Burzum are definitely my biggest influences. I listen to anything that has come from rock and roll and created it's own unique sound.

11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Occultism definitely has a big role in both my music and lyrics. Black magic definitely has a role in my music but not traditional Satanism.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Intense exercise and occult studies are a major interest of mine. Anything that develops the Self. I also love exploring nature. I've been through all the provinces of Canada and I plan to take my journey to the Great Bear Rainforest and the territories next.

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

It's been a pleasure working with OccultBlackMetalZine and I encourage everyone to check out "For Those Who Live In Darkness" as Feral continues to grow, flourish, and succeed.

Many thanks,

J. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/01/feral-interview.html


Violent Hammer Interview

mercredi 31 décembre 2014 à 23:57

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Violent Hammer is primitive death metal from Northern Finland. We were active 05-08, split-up and re-formed the band in '11 with a new vocalist. The original drummer left the band pretty soon after the re-formation and we had another guy filling in for a year or two before we kicked him out. We tried bunch of other guys and it didn't work out so K.S. switched from bass to drums. Pretty soon after that we found a new bass player and a lead guitarist and things have been running smoothly after that. Violent Hammer is Janne guitar / Joonas vomits / Kalle drums / Lasse guitar / Late bass.

2.Recently you have released a new demo, 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?
The new stuff is more primitive. The older stuff wasn't that technical or anything but we have stripped down all the unnecessary influences and overall regressed in every aspect. We recorded the demo ourselves and having more experience on that departmant has really paid off.

3.This is the first demo to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
We split up after the 2nd demo. We had plans about full-lenght and ep etc but those plans never realized. With the original lineup we didn't do any gigs or anything.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with
the newer music?
The lyrics mainly deal with topics such as war, death and agony. We play death metal and lyrics are very death metal.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Violent Hammer'?
Violent Hammer is a musical entity that will violently hammer your face in.

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?
Thus far we've only played 3 gigs (1st with another drummer). The ones we've played with the current lineup have been slightly chaotic on the alcohol department. There's no stage performance per se; only screams, hate, pounding and blood.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
None at the moment.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
The feedback has been positive. We sold out the 1st pressing of the demo in a month or so and most of the pressing was sold outside Finland. Haven't seen any reviews yet but judging by the amount on people begging for free stuff we're at least somewhat known, ha!

9.Are any of the band members involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Kalle plays drums in Ydintuho (raw punk deathstrike from the trenches, ep coming soon), Lasse, Janne & Late have a swe-death metal project, demo coming sooner or later and Joonas "sings" in noise/grind band.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The slower parts are slower and fast parts are faster than on the demo so there's a bit of variation of some kind. No drastic style changes or anything, still primitive death metal hammering. We still have to write at least 3-4 tracks before we start recording. After that it's up to Shadow Kingdom.

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?
Our influences are 80's - early 90's death / black metal (Venom, Hellhammer, Bathory, Possessed, Blasphemy, Beherit, Archgoat, Grotesque, Sarcofago etc), 80's grindcore (Carcass, Blood, Repulsion etc), 80's UK/Swedish hardcore / crust (Discharge, Crude SS, Extreme Noise Terror etc) and early thrash metal (Slayer, Sodom, Destruction etc). Todays playlist includes Onslaught - Power from Hell, Chaos UK - Studio Outtakes 81-83 7", Foreseen 7", Ataque Frontal 7", Necros Christos / Teitanblood split 7", Deathstrike - Fuckin' Death. Mainly raw metal and hardcore punk.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Literature, computer games, satanic power lifting and alcohol.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or
thoughts?
At the moment we're working on tracks for the upcoming 1st full length on Shadow Kingdom Records and that's about it. Thanks for your interest.

http://shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/more-victims-demo-2014

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/violent-hammer-interview.html