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Vindland Interview

vendredi 8 avril 2016 à 08:42
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band was formed in 2005 in Paimpol, which is a small coastal city in western France, in a region called Britanny. It has a strong cultural identity which has roots in Celtic heritage. The story of the band’s formation is quite classic: we all met in high school and found common interest in Black Metal. I guess we also all shared a level of frustration that’s suitable for that kind of creativity. We started playing together and after we covered a few of our then-favorite bands (Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, etc…) we quickly moved on with our own compositions.

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 released in the past?
First and foremost I think the sound and the production is a lot better, our previous recording had a very poor production and we never really promoted it because of that. The compositions on the new album are also more structured, less repetitive and more personal, even though I am sure a warned ear is able to point out what are our main influences are. We always cared about the quality of the melodies and the riffing, and more than ever in this new album we strived to never give in to the easy option of having recycled or “filler” riffs. I think the melodies and riffs in this new album almost always succeed to be both deeply emotional, epic and “unheard before”. Rhythmically speaking there are also a bit more of complexity, although we always try to keep complexity as mean to an end.

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?
I think the main fact is that I started living in Finland in 2010. It became obvious that the distance was a big problem to exist as a band. At the time Marc (the drummer) and I were also session members of Belenos. I had to also quit Belenos for the same reasons. However I never really stopped composing. Composition is for me a long process as I am rarely satisfied with what I come up with. I think a long period of composition is needed to come up with something both unique, emotional and catchy. So yeah, I think that the composition process could have been faster, but not a lot faster.

Your lyrics cover Nature and Nordic Folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I guess at the beginning we admired so much the Nordic Bands that we thought that the only topics suitable for a metal song would be Nordic-Related. We still admire the Nordic metal but I think we are more influenced by our own surroundings and our own lifestyle. For example the life in our small town, with lots of alcohol and frustration, deeply marked us when we were young and are still a part of us. We all were very much alike in a sense that, back then, not much made sense except maybe drinking heavily and listening/playing black metal. The lyrics deal with nature in a very abstract way, mainly in the relation between the men and their nature in pre-capitalistic times. In those time men had a close and symbolic relation to their environment.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vindland'?
At first we wanted to call it Vinland because it is both one of the first territories discovered by the Vikings in america and also a famous fishing area where 18th and 19th century fishermen from Paimpol (our birthtown) used to spend months to fish the “morue” (“cod” in English). I think the idea of sailing far away, surrounded by the nature still translate a romantic living that’s adequate to our music. On a side note, the woman that’s photographed on the artwork of the last album is a widow mourning her husband who died during one of these fishing trips.
After that I read somewhere that one alternative spelling for that region was “Vindland”, and we thought it simply sounded better. Although now I think maybe Vinland is maybe closer to the reality because we all drink a lot of wine (Wine is Vin in French)!!

What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think when we played before Turisas in Nantes was a good show, well received by the audience, and our biggest show so far. However, for those who have been following the band for a long time, the gig we played in Braspart for the Metal Breizh Fest is the most memorable because all of the people from Brittany’s metal scene were there and we really bonded as a community.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Not immediately although we have received a few offers. We want to perfect our set before starting promoting the album on stage. We are currently working on it and started rehearsing.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of pagan and black metal?
It’s really hard nowadays to measure the real feedback as everything is more a matter of communication and promotion. However the feedback has been very good so far from the fans we know and the ones who send us comments about the album. I think the album is still pretty confidential but we hope to get more promotion from our deal with Black Lion Productions and thus get more reviews and so on. I think lot of people have compared it to Windir. We don’t suffer from this comparison because we are all big fans of the band and only a few bands practice a style that’s close to sognametal. Anyway, I think with this album we have developed our own brand of Epic/Pagan black metal.

Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Marc has been involved with Belenos for a long time now. He also plays the drums for a local black metal band called Hentgarm. He was also the drummer for the “Chant de Nihil” for a long time. We are all very close to these bands and I personally value them a lot musically, and this not only because they are also friends.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think we’d all like to go back on stage in a couple of months and we’d like to have the proper promotion in order to get the album the attention it deserves. Our new deal with Black Lion Productions is a big step towards this goal. They have been so far very dedicated and nice people to work with. As for the new compositions I think it has the same vibe in it with maybe a tad bit more complexity in the melodies with richer arpeggios. Regarding the structure of the songs and the riffing/drumming I think it will be also a bit more black metal and less melodeath than before.

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 think the 1990’s black metal scene had a big influence on all of us, I personally consider that emperor really opened the way to what black metal is nowadays. Most of their early songs are more innovative than most of the black metal (even the bands praised by the critique) you hear nowadays. Windir was a musical revelation for me and I the first time I listened to it (the year Valfar died, ironically) I knew that my musical objective was to create something that could be as deep and emotional as some of Windir’s songs.
As of nowadays on a personal level I have recently really liked the last Keep of Kalessin, all the Der Weg Einer Freiheit albums but also Deafheaven, which has its own innovative blend of black metal. Insomnium also knows how to make simple songs that have a strong emotional feel.

What are some of your non musical interests?
I think we all like drinking too much, even though the hangovers are becoming hell! However, as Guy Debord (a famous French writer and philosopher from the 1960’s) famously said:  "One might think that  drinking left me very little time to write , but that's just how it works : writing should remain rare, since before finding excellence one must have drunk a long time." Yet, no, we are not alcoholics!!! I also dabble into social critique and political philosophy.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I’d like to thank all the people who were still there to listen to the album even after we were gone for so long. I’d also like to thank the guys from Black Lion Productions who have been very professional and supportive!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/vindland-interview.html


Avast/Self Titled/2016 EP Review

vendredi 8 avril 2016 à 07:08

  Avast  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2016  ep.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  bringing  in  more  of  a  post  metal  feleing  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  tremolo  picking,  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  melodic  leads  have  more  of  an  atmospheric  cascadian  style  to  them.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  melodies  at  times  while  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  shoegaze  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Avast  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  modern  and  melodic  and  sounds  nothing  like  a  band  you  would  expect  from  their  country  and  the  music  has  more  of  an  American  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Avast  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Declare".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/avastself-titled2016-ep-review.html


Endlos/Im Fallen Verlaufen/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Narbentage Produktionen/2016 CD Review

vendredi 8 avril 2016 à 04:27

  Endlos  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Im  Fallen  Verlaufen"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  productions  and  Narbentage  Produktionen.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  range  from  angry  shouts  to  grim  screams  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times.

  When  the  music  slows  down a   great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  adding  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  on  the  later  tracks.

   Classical  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  on  some  songs  the  vocals  also  add  in  deep  growls  and  spoken  words  also  make  a  return  as  the  album  progresses  while  some  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  punk  while  a  couple  of  songs  add  in  female  vocals  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  keyboards  being  added  onto  the  last  track. 

  Endlos  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  depressive  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  and  other  styles  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Endlos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Frontbericht"  "Spiegelbild"  and  "Zeitloses   Schweigen".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/endlosim-fallen-verlaufensymbol-of.html


Antiquus Scriptum/...Outrora, Quando, as Aguas Choravam.../Negra Nit Distro/Pesttanz Klangschmiede/2016 Double CD Review

vendredi 8 avril 2016 à 01:40

  Antiquus  Scriptum  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black.  pagan  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  double  2016  album  "...Outrora,  Quando,  as  Aguas  Choravam...'  which  was  released  a  joint  effort  between  Negra  Nit  Distro  and  Pesttanz  Klangschmiede.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  leads  to  more  of  a  mid  paced  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  angry  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  a  lot  of  the  songs  also  bring  back  the  90's  styles  of  the  raw, atmospheric,  symphonic  and  pagan  styles  of  black  metal  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  brief  instrumental  tracks  and   clean  pagan  vocals  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  compilation  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  are  very  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding.

    The  riffs  can  also  be  very  melodic at  times  and  when  flutes  along  with  a  brief  use  of  bag  pipes  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  medieval  folk  music  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  a    good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while on  some  tracks  the  vocals  have  more  of  an  angry  shouting  approach  as well  as a  brief  use  of  growls  which  also  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  along  with  elements  of  thrash  being  added  into  the  riffing  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,.

   Some  tracks  bring  in  violins  and  more  of  a  symphonic  style  along  and  there  are  also  female  vocals  being  utilized  at  times  and  some songs also  add  in  classical  and  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  back  up  war  chants  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  gets  more  diverse  witch  each  song  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a very  melodic  fashion  and  samples  from  medieval  or  fantasy  films  are  also  added  on  certain  songs  and  on  the  second  cd  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  tribal  and  shamanistic  elements  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  choirs  on  on  song.   

Antiquus  Scriptum  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  heavy  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  symphonic  moments,  the  production  can range  anywhere  from  raw  to  professional since  a  lot  of  the  tracks  where  recorded  over  the  years,  while  the  lyrics  cover  bygone  times,  Ancient  History,  Iniquity  and  Existence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Antiquus  Scriptum  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  compilation. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Procenium  A  Viking  Belief"  "Thy  Visionary"  "Remember  Me  As  King"  and  "In  The  Kingdom  Of  Superstition".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/antiquus-scriptumoutrora-quando-as.html


Auriga/VII - Dimesions Of Asymemetry/Avantgarde Music/2016 CD Review

jeudi 7 avril 2016 à 19:30

  Auriga  are  a  band  from  Lebanon  that  plays  a  cosmic  form  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "VII  -  Dimensions  Of  Asymmetry"  which  was  released  by Avantgarde  Music.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  giving t he  music  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  also  using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  most  of t he  tracks  are very long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  a  lot  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  also  mix  the  ambient  and  atmospheric  elements  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  At  times  the  riffs   utilize  a  great  amount  of  melodies     and  the  solos  and  leads  are  melodic  and  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  style  of  black  metal  and  spoken  word  parts can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of t he  slower  riffing  also  brings  in elements  of  funeral  doom  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  instrumental  tracks  towards  the  end. 

  Auriga  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  modern  and  ambient  sounding  while  also having  its  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  moments  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  celestial  mysteries,  post  apocalypse  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Auriga  are  a  very  great  sounding  cosmic,  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Catenulate  Ornaments  In  Cosmic  Creation"  and  "Our  Lust,  the  Siren".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/aurigavii-dimesions-of.html