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Hagl Interview

mardi 24 février 2015 à 18:41
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
MALPHAS: HAGL started up as just an idea late 2010, when I had a lot of very good riffs and melodies I didn't feel like could fit the other bands I played in. In early 2011 I started up creating songs, and contacted Sorath. The only thing I could interest him with was the name of the band, and the songtitle "Askefast". He was very interested, and from that point we were a three piece band. Me and Gheist have been friends for a long time, and it was only natural that he would play drums on the record, as he completely fits this band in all ways.

2. In March you have your first album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
MALPHAS: The sound on the album is very dark, disharmonic and still yet melancholic. We went for a more clean sound as there is a lot of details that I want the listener to pay attention to. This is songs you really have to listen to many times to really catch what's really going on!

3. All of the band members have experience playing in other bands, what are you able to do with this band that you are not able to do with your other groups or projects?
MALPHAS:  Since this is a new band, its more easy to make something new, since there are no previous records behind us. Especially since we all wanted to do a so-called slow record that keeps the tempo and yourself down at all times. And on this record, all spoken words are in Norwegian, that's something we all have never done before.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores  with the music?
SORATH: The core of the lyrics is nihilistic darkness; a black mass of suicide, deathglorification and hopelessness, with a strong message that each individual is worthless and doomed from birth.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hagl'?
MALPHAS: The word 'Hagl' is norwegian for the weather phenomenon hail. I wanted a Norwegian name for the band, and I am fascinated with hailstorms. Hail can be pretty brutal sometimes, and have killed several people.

6. Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
SORATH: We are not entertainers, but when the time is right, we will appear on stage. As of now, despite several offers, we wait...

7. The new album is going to be released on Folter Records a label that has been a part of the underground since the 90's, how did you get in contact with this label?
MALPHAS: I met with Joerg at the Under The Black Sun festival the last summer, where I played with Endezzma and So Much For Nothing. We all had a blast, and when I came back I stayed in touch with him, and told him about this band I had. He was really interested in doing this, and everything has been handled very professionally.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by the black metal fans that have heard it so far?
MALPHAS: We have stayed very low about this, and recently opened a Facebookpage. The feedback has been very good, it seems like many looks forward to give this record a listen. The music takes you back to the old days, with solid melodies and riffs, and when the groove mattered - not how fast a band could play.

9. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are apart off?
MALPHAS: Endezzma will release a new record(Arcane Abyss) in a few months.
SORATH: We're also working together on the last Beastcraft album (The Infernal Gospels of Primitive DevilWorship) and 10" (Occult Ceremonial Rites),  and I've also started preparing the recording of the next Vulture Lord album with Diabolus.

10. Where do you see this band heading into musically during the future?
MALPHAS: We will continue to keep it down, bringing utter darkness to the listener. Expect solid riffs, disharmoy, death chants and a good groove! We have very good ideas and plans for the future.

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?
SORATH: All our influences comes from the dark past, the beginning, the filthy purity. As we move through time towards the end, we bring those black decades with us,  creating utter darkness. The future lies in the past.

12. How would you describe your views on Occultism?
SORATH: That has been an important part of my life for over 20 years. The search for what lies beyond. The borders I have crossed, the sights I have seen and the borders I have crossed shall remain within my circle and lyrics, but I can say as much, that I am fearless of dying.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
SORATH: Hail the underground and keep the black flame burning!

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Torver/Arcane North/From Moonrise To Moonset/Blackwood Productions/2015 Split CD Review

lundi 23 février 2015 à 18:51

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  the  United  Kingdom's  Torver  and  Arcane  North  called  "From  Moonrise To  Moonset"  which  was  released  by  Blackwood  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Torver  a  band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  starts  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  the  sounds  of  nature  and  after  the  intro  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  along  with some  high  pitched  screams and  the  mix  the  clean  vocals  and  atmospheric  elements  in  with  the  heavier  style.

   After  awhile  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  melodic solos  and  leads are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  second  song  brings  in  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  spoken word  parts  are  added  onto  the  track  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  an  ritualistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Torver  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lunar  Ritual"  8  out  of  10.

  Next  up  is  Arcane  North  a  1  man  band  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  his  split  along  with  some  dark  ambient  elements  and  after  a  minute  more  of  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  is  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

Most  of  the  atmospheric  parts  get  mixed  in  with  both  the  heavy  and  melodic  parts  quite  a  bit  in  the  songs  and  at  time s the  music  does  speed  up  at  times  and  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mostly  stick  to mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical direction  and  the  last  track  is  an  instrumental  ambient  piece,  the production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arcane  North  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cold  Lonely  Moors".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  atmospheric black  metal.  8  out  of  10.    


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Feign Interview

dimanche 22 février 2015 à 06:28
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Feign is a side project I created in an effort to combine the emotional atmospheric elements of modern black metal with the harsh melodies of oldschool melodeath. I took my two favorite aspects of both styles, and contorted them into something that I thought would be interesting to create. There is other aspects of Feign though, doom influences as well as progressive metal influences. I wanted to create something that wouldn't be afraid to stray from it's core elements, to keep things interesting and fresh for the listener.

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Dark, harsh, but melodic and beautiful as well. Instead of overwhelming hate and anger there is an element of mystery and deep emotion in the sound, something that I don't see as often in more extreme styles of metal, which is why it was something I chose to explore on this demo.

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

The lyrical themes of Lost To Eternity generally revolve around space, time, and one man's personal struggle. It follows him through his own world collapsing, and his journey to become part of stars in which he came from. Death, basically.

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

It was a word that I had heard of, and I thought it sounded very nice. The definition is also very interesting, and resonates well with the lyrical themes and sound of Feign. It means to pretend to be affected by something, a feeling, state or injury.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to be solo?

For now Feign is solo, but I wouldn't mind working with other musicians. It's all about the chemistry, if it works it works. If it doesn't, then it doesn't. I do enjoy working alone for now, though.

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

I think a label could be effective in bringing in more fans and getting the word out there about Feign. I'm not seeking one but I'm also not closed off to one, we'll see what the future brings when I release the debut album.

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

All positive so far! Everyone seems to be on board with my melodic approach to black metal, which is nice. I think it brings something a bit more fresh to the table, which can be good or bad, depending on the listener. So far so good!

8.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?

I have had many ideas over the past few months, possibly a death metal project, or maybe something more progressive. Who knows. At the moment I work on my solo stuff and Feign, that's about it. My solo work is just under my name (Jacob Lizotte). You can find that by searching on google or youtube, it's mostly thrashy metalcore, it sounds nothing like Feign but I do enjoy creating it! I've released 2 solo albums, and 4 EP's, as well as the demo for Feign.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into during the future as a musician?

A full-album will be out pretty soon. Whenever I get a chance to write I start working on Feign, it's definitely my next release, probably in the next month or two. So April at the latest! As far as the future goes? I will always be creating music, whether I'm a touring musician or working and playing local shows. I would love to do it for a living, of course. But I'm happy either way. I'm looking to going to school for music production, so that is the most concrete answer at the moment for my future.

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?

Lately I've been listening to a lot of Allegaeon, Pallbearer, Deafheaven as well as Dark Tranquility. Digging the new Periphery, At The Gates. I'm also a huge fan of Cynic, their latest album was killer! My music can be influenced by many different bands, I typically listen to metal, but sometimes I'll bust out something entirely different. It all depends on the sound I'm going for, and the style I feel like writing in.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love weightlifting, writing, playing video games, I also enjoy hanging out with friends and family! Music has a huge place in my life, but I can't allow it to be my main focus 100% of the time. That's why I have other hobbies and interests, it keeps me from ignoring other aspects of life while also making my music writing fresh and exciting each time I sit down to do it.

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

Stay tuned for the debut album! I will be putting in infinitely more time and thought into it, the lyrical concepts and the song structures, making it more dense and more melodic while keeping it heavy. It will blow this demo out of the water! Thank you for the interview!

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Winter Torment Webzine Interview

samedi 21 février 2015 à 23:36

  Here is an interview I did with Winter Torment about OccultBlackMetalZIne and the other web zines I run

And  it  can  also  be found on Primitive Ways ezine

So if you want a history of my metal background and the zines check out this interview

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Infernal Execrator/Ad Infinitum Satanic Adherent/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2014 CD Review

vendredi 20 février 2015 à 19:15

  Infernal  Exectator  are  a  band  from  Singapore  that  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Ad  Infinitum  Satanic  Adherent"  which  was  released  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  A  very  epic  sounding  symphony  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  sound  effects  and  demonic  voices  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  black/war  metal  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  at  the  same  time  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  thrash  metal  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  old  school  death  metal  elements  are  added  into  the  raw  war/black  metal  style  this  band  creates  with  their  songs  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  stay  away  from  any  clean  or  soft  parts  to  create  a  very  heavy  and  blasphemous  recording.

  Infernal  Execrator  takes  the  rawest  and  heaviest  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  combine  them  to  create  a  very  unholy  and  brutal  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Religion,  Hatred,  Execration,  Satanism, Occultism  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Infernal  Execrator  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Baphometerror  Invocation"  "Iblissupremacy  Devine  Desimare"  "Ad Infinitum Satanic Adherent"  and  "Expirtate  Messiah  Supremus".  8/5  out  of  10.

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