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Laang Interview

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 02:56
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?



Laang is a solo black metal project that I describe as “terror black metal”, drawing influence from both atmospheric and melodic black metal combined with dissonant and heavily-effected soundscapes reminiscent of horror soundtracks. The music is inspired a near-death experience that I had in which I felt I had an experience with a form of horrifying otherworld or afterlife. The music and lyrical content is directly based on this experience and explores the experience from induction to emergence from this otherworld.



2.In 2018 you had released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?



When writing the music for this album I wanted to combine sounds that were both aggressive and melancholic. I wanted to find a medium in the sound that would convey these feelings of terror, but also hopelessness. It was a fairly difficult task to accomplish as melancholic music frequently necessitates heavy emphasis on memorable melodies, while the “horror” style relied heavily on atonal and nearly chromatic riffing with several clashing notes played simultaneously or in quick succession. This is nearly a contradiction of the melancholic style. I experimented with layering these elements together to create the sound of Laang.



3.You refer to your musical style as being 'terror black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about the term?



I selected this term because I felt that what separated the music that I was writing from other subgenres of black metal was this heavy use of horror-style elements. I wanted to create a genre of music that sounded like a nightmare. Through the use of ambient sounds and soundtrack-style soundscapes low in the mix I wanted to create a feeling of dread that would make the music darker than simply playing strange chords with tremolo-picked leads. What I wanted to convey with my music was this feeling of terror that I felt. I feel that in order to properly represent the concept of Laang I needed to take the music a step further, creating what I call “terror” black metal.



4.According to the bio you spent almost a year in a coma after a car jacking that went wrong, what kind of inspiration did this have on the musical style that you play?



Perhaps there was a bit of a typo in the bio, I was only in a coma for a couple days. The incident itself took place nearly a year before the bio was written, now nearing 2 years ago. While I was in this coma I experienced a different world of sorts. I sometimes refer to it as an afterlife, and sometimes simply as an “otherworld” experience. In truth I don’t know exactly what it was. But this world that I experienced was so unlike anything else I can imagine. It was a world that was infinite, yet empty. There weren’t based physical constructs, no light, no darkness, it is best described as a plain of existence. This world was infinite and far beyond description or comprehension, and I was completely isolated in it. It’s hard to conceive true isolation, but what I felt was an eternity in which I was the only consciousness. It was an absolutely crushing isolation. Yet as time passed, I felt this growing sense of dread that somehow I was unsafe, or I was being watched. This feeling grew more and more strong as time passed until it was an oppressive and inescapable feeling of terror that was best described as maddening. It’s difficult to describe in English, but it is this feeling of terror that I have tried to convey in the music.



5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?



The lyrical content relies heavily on metaphors of the ocean and water. As this world didn’t abide by essentially any “rules of reality” it’s difficult to properly explore it linguistically. By exploring it through metaphor I’m able to consider both the description and feeling of the world as well as my own emotions. Frequent themes are the sensation of “drowning in nothing”, or being pulled beneath the waves, reflecting both the feeling of creeping dread as well as feeling myself give in to this fear. I use the tides to reflect the sensations of movement within this world, as well as the ebb and flow, and eventual dissipation of my feelings of hope. I also explore the topics of dread, the feelings of being pursued, and the overwhelming sensation of fear in what I could best describe as an abyss.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Laang'?



Laang is a simple word meaning “Cold”. Despite its simplicity, I believe that this word is very descriptive. It can be interpreted to convey the idea of isolation, darkness, and death. A lyric that will be featured on the second album translates to “When I return to the depths cold is all I will feel; cold is all I will be”. This is probably the best representation of what the word means to me. Cold is the absolution of life, maybe even the physical embodiment of entropy. I actually chose the Cantonese spelling “Laang” instead of the Mandarin “Leng” because I thought that it may make it easier for foreigners to pronounce.



7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?



The artwork on the album is the work of Den Unge Herr Holm, a fantastic Norwegian artist. He combines oil paints and ink to create some very unique works of art, and I have been a fan of his for quite some time. Quite a lot of his work is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, and this piece is no exception. I find my experience to be similar to some descriptions in Lovecraft’s work which heavily emphasizes the description of things beyond human comprehension and description, and that are not constrained by our conventional perceived laws of physics and logic. The artwork also beautifully conveys the feelings of darkness, horror, destruction, and the concept of something beyond comprehension.





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



Correct, everything on this album was entirely done by myself with the exception of the track “Ji” which featured guest vocals by “Heathen”, an underground metal vocalist. For the second album I am interested in featuring another vocalist on a song, though I am unsure of who. I have actually reached out to two vocalists that I would like to feature, but unfortunately due to time constraints on their part I think that this will not happen. There are a few other artists I am considering asking, so only time will tell. Instrumentally I would like Laang to remain solely me in the studio, simply because I feel that others may not be able to write music properly inspired by the experience simply because they didn’t experience it themselves. While others could likely write similar-styled music, it wouldn’t be as organic to me as it wouldn’t be directly inspired by the experience and would feel cheap in comparison. However, I would love to include a wide range of musicians for live performances to help give more life and character to the music live.



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



I have been incredibly surprised to see that the reaction has been predominantly positive. I have received several positive messages and comments from fans that have been so supportive, and I consider myself honoured to have received such support from them. A year ago I never expected Laang to be where it is now, and I am so grateful to everybody who has made this possible so far. There have of course been some people who don’t like the music because of the use of synthesizers and occasional clean vocals, but if I can’t spend time worrying about people who dislike the band, because they don’t matter. What matters is the people who support the music, and being sure I can deliver the best possible music and experience to them to thank them for their support.



10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?



Hopefully continuing to grow! I have been a musician for most of my life and would like to go as far as I can, releasing more albums and performing in as many countries as possible. We have our first international tour in June, and hopefully will have more to follow after that. Only time will tell, but I hope that our future will be positive. 



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?



I am primarily influenced by shoegaze and post-black metal bands such as Alcest, Harakiri for the Sky, Agrypnie, and Sylvaine. I also listen to lots of other bands like Numenorean, Woods of Ypres, Katatonia, Chthonic, and many more. I admittedly also listen to quite a lot of industrial and classical music. 



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



Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me, I really appreciate the opportunity. I would also like to thank you for reviewing Haiyang, I’m always very humbled when people take an interest in my music. To any people reading this, I hope you will take the opportunity to listen to our music, and hopefully I’ll be able to meet all of you at a performance in the near future. Thank you all very much, it is greatly appreciated. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/laang-interview.html


Humanart Interview

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 02:31
1.Can you hive us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Hi, since the recording it is all about planning tour gigs, interviews, preparing new merchandise, all that at the same time, big effort but it has been worthy.

2.You have a new album coming out in June, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
In my twenties i was into some black metal bands with keyboards, in my thirties I hated the keyboards and got into a more fast and raw (yet well executed, not the most part of the raw dumbness), in my forties I am into the extremes, old school sound with dynamic fast aggressive rhythms combined with slow and mid tempo more introspective parts, who knows what it will be like when I reach the fifties…

3.The band has been around since 1998 but so far has only released 2 demos, an ep and 2 full lengths, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?
Normally we record something every four years, we see no need of running to studio more often as everything in the Portuguese scene runs so slowly and strange. Another reason is the in and out of members every time we are preparing a new release, as it involves significant financial and personal investment there is always someone jumping out of the boat, that with the difficulty of gathering members nearby leads to a bit delay and some gaps, even though the core of the band has been the same for a long, long time.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
We dive into occultism themes and also into our roots and History, as you may know Portugal  has an “infinite” source of material in that subjects.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Humanart"?
We got a name that hails the most pure and honest form of Human intervention in this world, art, other than that we consider Humanity a plague to this planet and sing mostly about the negative aspects.

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"
Our stage performance is honest and intense combining smoke, fire, leather, spikes, bullets and furious head-banging, sometimes with mosh, we don`t care how people want to express and enjoy our show, we respect all the forms of being a part of our communion, just be yourself. We had some great shows like the ones with Moonspell, Ramp, Bal-Sagoth, Inquisition, Psychonaut4, Nocturnal Depression, and many more.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes, INTO THE DEPTHS TOUR will be happening during 2019/2020 in some selected periods. We may give 3 or 4 shows in a row, go home for some days and get back on the road again for another pack of gigs, it is the best way for us not to miss our jobs and play mostly during weekends when the public is more present at shows.

8.The band has been around for more than 20 years, what is it that motivates you to keep going after 2 decades?
This all about being a die-hard fan of metal, especially black metal, when you have got the passion and the tools you might want to express yourself in your favorite form of art.

9.The new album is coming out on 'Dark Age Works', can you tell us a little bit more about the label?
It is an extension of some fans off  dark and extreme music, I have been into and seen a lot of good and bad things while being active in the last 25 years in the underground (playing and putting up some small events) and some friends  kept pushing me into this other branch of the music industry. It is a way of spitting on the lobbies and fake greedy individuals that pollute the scene. The structure is being built and we hope to have some good news in the recent future.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
We are finally getting more attention than the usual reviews and interviews, now we are shipping our discography and merchandise to places like USA, Germany, UK, etc… We have been playing only in Portugal and Spain but now we have some booked shows across Europe and hope to extend them to other parts of the world.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Keeping our path and getting better  in all forms. Don`t expect a drastic turn in Humanart as our tastes and roots will forever go on firm and loyal to what we are, what you see is what you get, old school black metal with inspiration from the 90`s with our unique touch.

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?
We listen mostly to black metal and some old school death and thrash, bands like: Dissection, Gorgoroth, Urgehal, Mayhem, Funeral Mist, Marduk, Mgla, Carpathian Forest, Armagedda, Watain, Dark Funeral, Morbid Angel, Lord Belial, Eternity, Deicide, Infernal War, etc…

13.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
It is the hunt for spiritual knowledge apart of the social influence of all religions witch we despise.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We salute Occult Black Metal Zine and all the readers and hope to keep delivering quality black metal into your hearts. Stay strong!









JJ – Founder and Lead Guitar of HUMANART.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/humanart-interview.html


K.F.R/L'enfer a sa source/Purity Through Fire/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 02:05


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  France's  K.F.R  which  continues  his  raw  and lo-fi  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019 album  "L'enfer  a  sa  source"  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  distorted  style.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.  Throughout  the  recording   you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  at  times.

  Elements  of  dark  ambient  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  One  of  the  later  tracks  is  an  instrumental  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  physical  and  metaphysical  sides  of  Hell  along  with  some  inspiration  from  the  writings  of  Schopenhauer,  Bataille  and  Satre. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  K.F.R  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  lo-fi  occult  black  metal  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Le  Sinueus  Chemin"  and  "Anatheme  de  I'Envie".  8/5  out  of  10.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwUULyw9snk

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/kfrlenfer-sa-sourcepurity-through.html


Snogg/Chhinnamasta/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 3 mai 2019 à 06:15

  Slovenia's  duo  Snogg  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  experimental  black  metal  styles  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Chhimmamasta"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  used  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also getting  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  at  times.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  covering  the  Hindu  Goddess  Chhimmamasta  along  with  some  comparisons  from  other  religions  and  mythologies.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Snogg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stream  Of  Blood"  and  "Fear  Beyond  Death".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-nSSIYFtcU   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/snoggchhinnamasta2019-full-length-review.html


K.F.R/Demonologue/Purity Through Fire/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 3 mai 2019 à 04:38

  K.F.R  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  with  some  choirs  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Demonologue"  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  Ritualistic  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispered  incantations  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Synths  can  only  be  heard  briefly  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  captures  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  choirs  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  elements  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi while  the  lyrics  cover  Demonology  along  with  some  inspirations  from  the  writings  of  Jacques  Collin  de  Plancy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  K.F.R  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  lo-fi  occult  black  metal  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation"  "Azazel"  and  "Lucifer".  8/5  out  of  10.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOkrqOB-fso

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/kfrdemonologuepurity-through-fire2019.html