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Hagl/Lenket til Livet/Folter Records/2015 CD Review

jeudi 12 février 2015 à 13:26

  Hagl  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  nihilistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Lenket  til  Livet"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Folter  Records.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams    and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  incorporate  atmospheric  elements  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  at  times  has  more  of  a  modern  orthodox  black  metal  feeling  along  with  a  very  dark  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  heavier  riffs  also  get  a  bit  more  catchy  and  up  beat  at  times  and  a  later  song  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  song  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  fast  riffs  and  drumming  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Hagl  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  grim  and  also  sticks  to  a  slower  take  on  the  genre  along  with  a  good  amount  of  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  dark,  nihilistic  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hagl  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  grim,  atmospheric  and  nihilistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Askefast"  "Ulvehyrde"  "Ondskapt"  and  "Endelikt".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/hagllenket-til-livetfolter-records2015.html


Wounds Interview

jeudi 12 février 2015 à 07:21
1. For those who have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about this project?


Firstly, thanks for your invested time and interest. I appreciate it.



I began writing/recording the early tapes in 2006 on an old Fostex 4 track. Those tapes contain several early songs, but it wasn’t until 2008 when my vision truly solidified and things began to sound the way they do now. The last rehearsal tape would eventually become “Unrest”, which I have plans to re-record sooner or later. There is a lot of unreleased material from the early days that may or may not see the light of day.

2. Recently you have released a full length 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 2011?

The sound is “thicker” and more mature than how I sound on “Unrest”. I give my work the attention to detail I feel it deserves. I’m a very obsessive compulsive and disciplined musician, meaning, I am a perfectionist. As a general rule, the darker and weirder, the better. I hold my works to my own standards, and what I hear internally is exactly what should be replicated. I play guitar in a very specific tuning. All drumming for Wounds is my own; I’ll never use any programming. As far as my voice is concerned, I don’t like being human, much less sounding human.


3. The musical project has been around since 2006 but so far there has only been one demo and album, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

The songs featured on II (Decay) were primarily written in 2009 and 2010. Those songs were originally intended to be released as a demo a few years ago, but as my vision for this release grew, it became the full length album instead. The “hibernation” as I like to put it, was intentional. During the silence I was very busy, musically and with other things. I spent a lot of time working on new material, which I have plans to release in the near future. The early tapes weren’t released because they weren’t good enough (as far as my standards are concerned) to merit a release, in my opinion.

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

I’m not very good at putting my mind to words in a manner that exactly states what it is that makes me be, but my art is a manifestation of spiritual energy. Wounds is my outlet of escapism. It is the direct projection of (often) negative spiritual energies, a means to prey on human fears and weaknesses. There is an element of isolation, anger, and hate attributed to my art, a ghostly, death-like adaptation of those energies found in our physical plane of existence, found in you, and also in me. Wounds exemplifies the astral plane, the spiritual realm and its imprint on our physical world; a visual and aural representation of a dark and dismal afterlife/universe. I contemplate and dwell on a lot of esoteric and existential subject matter, but for the sake of being as coherent as possible and not sounding like I belong in a straitjacket: Wounds is a projection of my disdain for humanity. It is my vehicle as an artist to channel this anger. I am a firm believer that man has truly become that of a parasite, leeching and destroying nature for material and capital gain. The problem being that we don’t give back what we take from this earth. We as humans have lost sight of our spiritual existence, and we deserve to die as a result of our arrogance and lack of respect for the natural world. I’m sure any elemental spirit would agree the same.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Wounds’?

I chose the name around 2008 or so, but the meaning behind it can be somewhat divulged from the previous answer.

6. With this musical project you record everything by yourself, how do you feel you stand out among all the other solo black metal projects that have come out over the years?

I have an extraordinarily vivid, creative, and dark imagination. I think the passion for what I do is evident, and is only paralleled by those who also spend time perfecting their craft rather than releasing every single miniscule idea that comes to mind. Musically, I strive to be myself, and only myself, so I don’t really pay attention to other bands for that reason. I prefer to limit external musical stimuli in favor of inspiration found through introspection, images, emotions, and the contrasting beauty of nature and its ability to kill us. I only listen to a select few bands, so I don’t really pursue other music because I’m just swallowed in the work of my own output. I see a lot of aimless musicians in the underground, striving to belong to something, hopping around through countless variations of the same project, without any clear, concise vision. Sheep who flock when the herd moves, the ones more concerned with image and releasing demo upon demo in order to satisfy a subconscious hunger of the ego. That mindset has unfortunately plagued black metal as a genre, resulting in a profound lack of musical integrity. It’s sad, but this is a lot of what I see. Because of this, I prefer to keep to myself. I have very few connections as far as this style of music is concerned, but that is ok with me. Many of my songs are written inside of my head while out or doing something unrelated, so I spend a lot of time piecing these works together in coherent structure to replicate what I want to hear. Ultimately, this endeavor is about me, myself and I, and I slave at my art for personal fulfillment, enjoyment and escapism, primarily. I believe every true artist in any genre can relate to this mindset as well.

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

I haven’t received much interest, but that’s fine. I am not opposed to inquiries, but for now I am content with releasing my music on my own terms. I like doing things alone if you haven’t noticed.

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

I really am not sure, aside from the few initial album sales. I suppose time will tell. My only hope is that others might enjoy the escapism that my world offers in order to alleviate the pain and frustration of being human.

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

Many places. The ability to play music, to hear, to dream and to subconsciously write music is a gift I was born with, and it is my life’s passion right now, so I am utilizing this ability to every extent. I am highly productive lately. As far as my sound goes, I guess you’ll have to hear for yourself. I’m not one to stay in the past, though. My efforts will always remain diligent. What I can say is that it will become increasingly oppressive.

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

A lot of the second wave has played a large influence on me, I think that can be heard. Lately I am into more dark ambient than anything else.  Over the years though I have been influenced by more than just metal and ambient. I find influence everywhere, from everything. Due to my productivity lately I only listen to my own stuff, because that’s really all I have time for.

11. How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Playing with demons comes with an obvious risk. I think those who find it impressionable – young people who jump into the practice of it without adequate knowledge of what inhabits the spiritual plane tend to lack the strength required to truly continue the practice. What I’m saying is: If you’re getting into it because your friends are into it, don’t kid yourself.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?

Over the years I have had several encounters with spirits, one including a demonic oppression. Due to those experiences I take avid interest in the paranormal. I study a lot of science and quantum physics. I've been playing Age of Empires for about 16 years so I find inspiration from that. I also spend a lot of time in the GWNF (George Washington National Forest), hiking, or otherwise lurking about. Trees and animals are my friends. I like the woods. It is a place generally devoid of humanity, and that is ultimately where I wish to be.

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

Sure. Be true to yourself. Don’t succumb to societal norms and expectations. Expand your mind. Observe, learn, study, grow. Seek enlightenment. Worship your mother earth, the elements. She already has plans to wipe you from this planet anyway, so you might as well incite revolution, spiritual or otherwise, while you are human.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/wounds-interview.html


Celestial Rite Interview

jeudi 12 février 2015 à 06:57
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
1. Hello and thanks for the interview. Well, it has been almost 3 months since ''Bearer of Dawn'' was released on CD and during this time I focused to promote the EP to the right people. The EP will be also released on cassette by Old Graves Productions next week.

2.In August you had released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2. The EP was released in August only as digital form for free download though Bandcamp. The musical style is of the 90's Hellenic black metal sound mostly, my bandmates helped in making the sound closer to that style too, I'm a big fan of that sound and to be honest this comes out naturally when I play my guitar and doing the vocals. My previous work was in the late 90's and it was more like let's say the Burzum way.

3.Your lyrics go very much in depth with Satanism, Occultism, paganism and the writings of Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
3. About the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, what can I say, I love all his works and everything around the Cthulhu Mythos. Now, about the occult themes in the EP like the track ''Ave Samael, Ave Lilith'', I was very fond of this tale of those two figures and the equality of man and woman in the world, against the Christian way which demonized woman through the centuries. The title of the EP it actually means Eosforos or Lucifer in its latin form but at the same time not exactly, Eos is the personification of Dawn while Lucifer means 'bearer of light'. In my mind through the stuff I read, Eosforos or Lucifer or Satan or the devil, called him whatever you like is the savior of mankind and not its enemy, just like Prometheus, not far from it really. I do read stories of the occult and pick the good stuff that I like and try to make my life the way I want based on this stories, I have nothing to do with witchcraft or anything in practice, just reading. About pagan themes, well, I was born in a country that has rich customs and lore since the ancient times. I'm inspired by these customs and use them in my lyrics.. I like all mystical stories no matter they are satanic, pagan or lovecraftian.

4.The band was split up for 12 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
4. Mainly work, then the army and the I was moving in Norway and back. I didn't had time to play or write music, I was just scratching my guitar. Then I moved in Norway in 2010 this time for good and got myself a new guitar and had more time to play and write music, although now I'm back in Hellas but things are different and hopefully I will have more time for music.

5.I have read that the band was reformed in Norway, is the band still located there or have you moved back to Greece since then?
5. Like I said above, yes, the band reformed in Stavanger, Norway and most of the EP was written there, plus the Promo 2012 was released while I was there. Now I'm back in my home island of Rhodes.

6.The band was originally known as 'Necromayhem', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Celestial Rite'?
6. The band was called Necromayhem but this name didn't apply to the direction I wanted to take, I wanted something more mystical. I came up with the name Celestial Rite when I was only 15 years old but to this day I think it sounds great and feats my state of mind and music. The name applys to those rites that ancient Hellenes did for their gods, the gods of the sky.

7.The band has never played live, do you feel this also gives your music more of a dark atmosphere?
7. Maybe it does, I don't even care really. I do what I want to do and if others thinks that gives an atmosphere that's a plus.

8.On the new ep you had done a cover of  Varathron's 'unholy Funeral', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
8. Varathron is my main influence and one of the best bands worldwide. I remember I was always playing that song when I was young cause it had quite easy riffing and I choose to make a proper cover of it and pay homage to Varathron and my friend Necroabyssious. Allthough, after a while, I realised that there were a lot of covers of ''Unholy Funeral'' circling the Internet but who cares, the song was one my favorites and I had to do it.

9.The new ep was released on Old Graves Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
9. Actually, ''Bearer of Dawn'' first released on CD independently in October 2014 and this month will be re-released by Old Graves Productions on tape format. The label is new and comes from Hellas too, our EP will be the first release of the label. The guy behind it was very fond of my work and choose to re-release it on cassette to reflect a more cult atmosphere to it. The layout of the tape was done by Infernal Lord from another black metal band from Hellas called Hell Poemer.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
10. To be honest the biggest response was from Hellas and they were all satisfied by this traditional Hellenic sound. It was also reviewed and I was interviewed from another U.S. webzine and the guy was impressed. I got a great feedback for the song ''Ave Samael. Ave Lilith'' even though this song is very simple and not complicated. Old Graves Productions said to me that was a lot of pre-orders for the cassette from Latin America, well, we will see what the response will be from them next month.

11.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. I don't think it will be a full-length soon, maybe a split or even another EP. I don't have plans for the near future, we'll see. The musical style I believe will stay on this pattern that the EP marked.

12.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?
12. Mainly Varathron, early Rotting Christ, Thou Art Lord, early Samael, early Tiamat, I do like some of the early stuff from Norway like Burzum, Hades and more. These days I'm very much into the new album of Caedes Cruenta called ''Ερείπια Ψυχών'', it has this early Hellenic black metal style that I'm interested in and I'm amazed by it. Also, I'm waiting for the new demo from a new band called Ithaqua which the one song I heard from them I thought it was great. To be honest, these days I also go through my old demo tapes since I found a playable cassette player again. Keep an eye on the new band called Katavasia featuring Necroabyssious of Varathron.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. Thaks for the interview my friend and good luck with your webzine. RECALL THE FIRST FLAME.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/celestial-rite-interview.html


Odraza/Esperalem Tkane/Arachnophobia Records/Musica Noire Records/2015 Vinyl Re-Issue Review

mercredi 11 février 2015 à 07:30

  Odraza  are  a  duo  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  angry,  raw  and  hateful  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Esperalem  Tkane"  which  was  released  by  Arachnophobia  Records originally  and  will  be  re-issued  on  vinyl  this  year  by  Musica  Noire  Records.

  Wind  and  thunderstorm  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  that  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  groove  and  after  awhile  more  reverb  and  drums  are  added  into  the  music  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  angry  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the   recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  having  more  of  a  modern  approach  to  black  metal  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  tracks  also  showing  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound.

  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  at  times  also  brings  in  some  depressive  elements  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  in  a  very  melodic direction  and  bring  in  some  non  black  metal  influences  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  at  times  the  blast  beats  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  brutal  edge  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  on  a  later  song  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  blues  rock.

  Odraza  plays  a  very  angry  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  diverse  while  also  being  very  heavy,  raw  and  sometime s brutal  but  always  displaying  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Alcohol.,  Depression  and  Vanity.

  In  my  opinion  Odraza  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  aggressive,  angry  and  diverse  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wielki  Mizogin"  "Gorycz"  and  "Tam,  gdzie  nas  nie  spotkamy".  8  out  of  10.  

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/odrazaesperalem-tkanearachnophobia.html


Nefastoreth Interview

mardi 10 février 2015 à 08:30
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?

Void: In advance, thanks for your attention. At the moment, we're working toward two different goals: training the band to play together for live gigs (working in rehearsal room) and write new songs for the next album.

2.In September 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?

Void:  Our aim is to reflect, in our music, the uncompromising attitude of Nefastoreth's project.  For this reason the musical sound, as much as possible, have to be raw, direct, effective and real. We really do not like the nowadays super hi-tec triggered productions that sounds powerful but are too fake. We want to continue a sort of "analog" tradition. For sure this not means that we do not use the technology in our recording: we tend to use it in a right proportion. In ITR album we used very simple tools to gather togheter the recordings, to give to our sound the above traits. In ISE album we did a different work, using more technology, without lose the our ideal raw Black Metal sound's guideline.

3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Void: Seven years it has been a long period that has seen so many different line-up changes and sudden and silly defections. Due to these reasons, the Nefastoreth's project has been slowed respect to the "physiological" release timetable that, on average, the other bands follow. For sure, it was a difficult Time. We're forced to deal with so many different logistical and organizational problems. Luckily, new valuable musicians have joined the band in the meanwhile, giving the opportunity to gain new energies, inspiration and trascendental attitude, that are been gathered in new album ISE.

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

Nahash:  Music is a means for us,it allows us to undertake and follow the Left Hand Path,which you may find in many different cultures and religions.That’s the first thing we care.  The nourishment of Imperium Serpentis Evalngelii is the Gnostic Satanism. Refuse the spiritual structures of the bright tradition is the most important value of our lyrics.  "Enlightenment  is not reached by visualizing the light but by exploring the darkness" Our goal in this project,is not the cohesion with God  “unio mystica” but  be able to go beyond metaphysical obstructions,to achieve the self-deification,through chaos,darkness and individual freedom.  If you listen to the title track,you are going to ask yourself a question: “ Does the Serpent give us the knowledge between the  Good and Evil,or is it only representing the essence of the last one? “

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

Void: The name "Nefastoreth" cames from an ancient sumerian myth that it has been borrowed to the arcaic tradition. It tells about a star, called "Nefastoreth", belonging to the Orion's constellation, which, at the moment of her appearance on the celestial Equator, once every 10 years, it brought famine, pestilence and death. At the beginnings, we decided to use this ancient symbol as a band name, to underline the antihuman attitude of the project.

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

Void: We did few live gigs, due to our extreme underground definition: we really do not need to show ourselves playing in a live dimension, we prefere to raise our esoteric culture to lift up our inspiration in music and to tend to the indefinable side of our reality. Nevertheless, we do not reject at first live gigs, it depends from the context: serious Black Metal Orthodox environment only. We did it in our past and probably, due to some new requests received, we'll do it again soon. I remember one particular stage performance in my city, in 2008 after the release of ITR, where all the guys listened with intense participation our live songs, literally "drain" from these, their esoteric and transcendental meaning. It was really satisfactory for me: not only the uncompromising features was released that night, but also the more important Spiritual message.
Our stage performance are very direct and effective: no words between songs, no thanks and regards. Only Black Metal musicians which play at their best their instruments to give our message in a shadowed and foggy stage, lit by candles only. To have an idea, you can see the live gallery on our web site www.nefastoreth.com .

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

Void: We have received some different request about, however we do not fix nothing yet. We're managing again some little logistic problems and, once solved, for sure we'll repeat some live gigs: we're preparing the band set for that.

8.The new album was released by Vanth Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Nahash: Vanth Productions is a young label. It wants to work  inside the purest Black Metal’s dimension, to keep  the primeval issues and the  true spirit alive , far from fashion and waves of these last years .

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

Void: Like a Black Metal Orthodox Band, the true underground is our environment. Therefore our focus is oriented in a different scenario: for sure we have received a very positive feedback from guys which follows this genre, and this is very important for us like band, however, like musicians, we do not pay attention only about the fan's view (that we respect...) or "market judgment"... We really focused ourselves on an esoteric an Left Hand Path to attempt to transfer in our music its values.

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

Nahash: Black Metal, we are born under the sign of that, so that's what we want to do. Surely we’ll travel to trails much more obscure, ritualistic,turned into deep sounds. Anyway, the music will follow our own individual asceticism.

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?

Nahash: The last period  of Nefastoreth is basically influenced by all the bands  born from De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas like Ondskapt - draco sit mihi dux,  Aosoth, Deathspell Omega until  Svartidauði and Sinmara, but Void and I were always interested in the Black Metal  from the beginning so our influences are very broad. Beside the bands  I mentioned before,I’m listening  to Grav, Acerbitas, Bekëth Nexëhmü, Nawaharjan, Ormgård, Sons of Fenris  but these ones  affect more my  side project WON. In closing, we are great listeners of this music most of all,without forgetting other different kinds of sounds as you can find in the Electric Wizard.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Nahash: Occult is not what is hidden but what is not known yet, it is the Sakti,it  is the dark path Vamachara, it is the  Qlifoth shade of Sephiroth. Occult are forces,  knowledge hidden in darkness that  let us  destroy the world of appearances.

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

Void: Be critical and contemplative: our reality not ends in the material world. The diaphragm that divides us from our true divine nature is so thin... With an aware use of our time and minds, we can elevate our knowledge to reach higher level of consciousness...

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