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Svipdagr Interview

samedi 16 septembre 2017 à 02:09

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Svipdagr: Hello, thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to appear on your webzine. The band, more specifically, Funedëim and Volundr we were composing all the songs of the new album in the distance. When all the songs were finished, we passed them to Thanatos to compose and play and the batteries. After recording the new album, we were looking for labels and finally we had the opportunity to edit the new album with four labels.

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 thr stuff you have released in the past?

Svipdagr: This new album, "To Torment the Men" is something more raw and at the same time melodic than "Black Verses". The sound remains similar, very raw and dirty, but this time Funedëim after the mix has given a better touch getting the album to continue sounding raw and dirty, but with more power. There is also some evolution in the songs if compared to "Black Verses", the songs are more elaborate and studied.

3.This is your first album in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Svipdagr: During this period of time, each member of the band has been working on his other bands, Thanatos with CAULDRON, CENDRES, OLD BLOOD, Funedëim in BIZARRE, ITNUVETH, FAMISHGOD, MACHU LANU, DIS GOB, etc. and Volundr in ITNUVETH. Each member of the band belongs to other bands, so we are always busy.

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

Svipdagr: The band, although in this case more specifically Funedëim seeks to talk about death, darkness, destruction, and all kinds of issues, which have little to do with being happy and be happy ha ha ha ha

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Svipdagr'?

Svipdagr: Svipdag, meaning Sudden Day; Old English: Svæfdæg [2]) is a legendary Viking hero with berserker fame appearing in the stories of Hrólfr Kraki in the saga Hrólfs saga kraka, and as main character in Grógaldr and Fjölsvinnsmál, both included in Svipdagsmál.

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?

Svipdagr: Sorry the band not play live shows.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Svipdagr: No. The band in the beginning, we decided not to play live. Svipdagr has always been a study project mainly because of the distance between Funedëim, Thanatos and me, we are distancing 900 km.

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

Svipdagr: We have never had a great legacy of followers, which is true, is that there are people who follow us from our beginnings and we thank you very much. In our opinion, we believe that with our new album "To Torment the Men" will get more people to notice our music, at least we hope.

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?

Svipdagr: We each have recent things with our other bands. For example Thanatos with CAULDRON have just released their new album "Regnum Phobos" and are performing shows for this new album. Funedëim, for his part, is working on the next BIZARRE album, he also does the same with DISGOB, and recently finished his collaboration work in MACHU LANÚ. On the other hand, Volundr with ITNUVETH is about to publish his fourth work "Tales and Legends of Wolves". In this band, also participates Funedëim like singer of the band, which has been three years together with Volundr in the band.

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

Svipdagr: In the future, we intend to continue to evolve with our music without putting on any musical barriers. The only thing that we have in mind is to continue with our raw and dirty sound.

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?

Svipdagr: We are influenced by the 90s of Norway, bands like the old SATYRICON, IMMORTAL, CARPHATIAN FOREST, EMPEROR, the earliest ENSLAVED, PRIMORDIAL, MAYHEM, BURZUM, etc, and to all this we impregnate our music with dark melodies.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Svipdagr: Occultism may have a role in our music, it is possible, but no more than darkness, anger, despair or hatred, may have some importance, but in conjunction with the rest.

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

Svipdagr: Well, we wanted to thank you for giving us the opportunity of this interview and reaching out to more people. Tell our foreign fans that if they want to see our page they can go to You can also write us a private message on this page and if you need a copy of our new album "To Torment the Men", and we will be delighted

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Lilyum/Altar Of Fear/Vacula Productions/2017 CD review

jeudi 14 septembre 2017 à 21:30

  Lilyum  are  a  band  from Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Altar  Of  Fear"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very fast  and  raw  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  some  tracks  the music  incorporates  atmospheric  elements, as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  and synths  are added  into  some  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Lilyum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  Nordic  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  misanthropy,  darkness  and  insanity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lilyum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The Watchers  Departure"  and  "Stain  Of  Salvation".  8  out  of  10.   

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Deviator/Might Ov Ancient/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review

jeudi 14 septembre 2017 à 20:19

  Deviator  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that   has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Might  Ov  Ancient"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being done  in  a  very melodic  fashion  and  when  keyboards  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  feeling  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  lot  of  the  slower  riffing  brings  in  elements  of  doom  metal  while  elements  of  ambient  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic guitars  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  which  is  only  used  briefly  on  a couple  of  tracks  with  the  main  focus  being  more  on  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  there  is  also  an  ambient  style  intro.

  On  this  recording  Deviator  focuses  more  on  an  ambient  influenced  style  of  black  metal  while  still  maintaining  a  very  dark,  raw  and  grim  edge,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Heathenism,  Nordic  Mythology,  Dark  Side  Of  Nature  and  Individualism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Deviator  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  influenced  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Of  Eternal  Winter  In  The  Heart"  and  "Thy  Immortal  Majesty".  8  out  of  10.   

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Grimwald/Lux Perit in Tenebris/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review

jeudi 14 septembre 2017 à 06:14

  Grimwald  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Lux  Perit  In  Tenebris"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  singing  along  with  ambient  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  acoustic  guitars and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  track  before  closing  the  album  with  a  vocal  song.

  IOn  this recording Grimwald  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  while  the ambient  elements  and  acoustic  guitars  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording  from  Grimwald  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal   with  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die  Forever"  "Suicide  Is  Not  A  Crime"  and  "Ashes  And  Black  Soil".  8  out  of  10.  

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Molphar/Ice Kingdom/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review

jeudi 14 septembre 2017 à 05:02

  Molphar  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of their  2017 album  "Ice  Kingdom"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  along  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  European  black  metal  influences  throughout the  recording  but  done  with  a  more  modern  fashion.

  Molphar  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic and  epic  sounding  while also  mixing  in  a  good  amount  of  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse/Slavic  Paganism,  Heathen  Wrath  and  Romantism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Molphar  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Destiny  Of  Warrior"  "Wild  Hunt"  and  "Immortality".  8  out  of  10.

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