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Saturnian Mist Interview

mardi 18 août 2015 à 05:53

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?

- Gigs, if not done already, then confirmed or in planning stage. Also we’ve been spending A LOT of time at the studio, rehearsing and making demos of our next album and recording some split releases of which first of them is now almost done - SATURNIAN MIST / IC REX Split that is which includes 4 songs from both of us. I have tried to keep track what is going on, but after the release of ”The True Law” -single and ”Chaos Magick” so much is happening in such fast phase and in wider range than ever before in our existence, so I probably remember most of the incredible things that are happening when I’m old or something. Also this is fascinating time cos it feels that things are finally starting to happen without pushing, the wall is breaking. And we have killer line-up with who is more than great to work with, as when doing so everything also feels like happening without any forcing. We though had some line-up change, as we we parted ways with fra. Psychonaught in mutual understanding since he is so busy with Horna and Sargeist and we were starting to have real big timetable errors and overlaps which was when we decided this is the best way. At first we were kind of in panic because his contribution with live and Chaos Magick was truly unique as he became our extra percussionist working on the side of our regular drummer fra. Vile. But, Eventually, one became two; and two our band’s long-time friends joined Saturnian Mist as percussionists, fra. Sota & fra. Kult. We grew into six-piece band in 2012 when Psychonaught joined us, and now in 2015 we grew seven-piece orchestra and now after two live shows with this line-up; I can say that legacy of Psychonaught is in very powerful hands and our recordings and live shows are as fierce and full of chaos as ever - literally Chaos Magick.

2.In April you had 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?

- Primitive, sinister and fierce black metal of death, where voodoish and shamanistic elements are combined to the heavy metal music together with everlasting battle of anger and melancholy. Not just painting the mental picture, but to define in more accuracy; for starters we added percussionist to add more groove, power, nuances and chaotic elements to our music which took our material to whole new level comparing to older material. When we were making ”Chaos Magick” it felt that this was the way it should’ve been always because lyrically and thematically it was, and now it’s also musically. We wanted the album sound like soundtrack to actual Chaos Magick - (a postmodern magical tradition developed by Peter J. Carroll and Ray Sherwin but greatly influenced by the works of Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare) - which thesis is the same as all of occult philosophies, yet more extreme and therefore more suitable for us… but anyway which thesis is that all the religions, ideologies, movements and symbolic structures are describing the same formless thing, a truth behind the truths; and that in the end you can find that via walking very different paths. So, since we use this way of thinking in our lyrics and ideas, with Voodoo, Thelema, Gnosticisim, Satanism and even Western Mythologies etc… we shall plant those elements to our music as well! I would’ve said chaotic first, but the chaos is only apparent there and on the surface, because like in life, there is hidden order behind everything (Chaos is the Law!) And yeah, not-so-madman-scientist-explanation; maybe you can spot our influences from death metal, thrash metal, hardcore punk and heavy metal from there too.

3.This is the first full length to have been released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

- Oh man, it’s hard to imagine that it’s been so long because 4 years feels like eternity since it feels like only 6 months has passed. Before fra. Vile, fra. Macabrum and fra. Psychonaught joined to Saturnian Mist in 2012-2013 which gave us some certainty and stability first time in our history, we had helluva roller coaster with our line-ups which felt to be in constant change, which was also one reason why it took so long for Chaos Magick to come out because we could’ve done it by using session members, but I want Saturnian Mist to work as a band the way what happens on records can and will happen on stage. So, to have live line-up who also plays on records is very important. At one point though we were thinking me to play bass also besides vocals since the founding suitable members began to look impossible, but I’m glad we found fra. Vile to drums in 2012 at starters as I could not really imagine Saturnian Mist without him anymore (don’t tell him that, I don’t want him to get too cocky) but I would probably kill him if he decides to leave the band. Anyway, during these years, we did play gigs with various line-ups in our native Finland and aboard and developed our material, which is why we have already our third album like 90% composed, since we had a lot of time. I spend some time living in Netherlands where I wrote most of the lyrics for the ”Chaos Magick” and fra. Ptahaz and fra. Chaoswind - with who we have been the core of the band since the release of Repellings EP in 2009 - had some other musical and non-musical projects and so did I.

4. The lyrics on the new album seem to be perfectly balanced between both Eastern and Western Occultism, what do you think  makes the two different and also how do you feel they correspond with each other?

- Even H.P. Blavatsky (author of the Secret Doctrine, some kind of magnum opus of occult mythologies) is stupid as fuck most of the times as she just makes stuff up on the side of mythological legacies she represents, this one she at least got right; from the core they are the same but I guess centuries of adaptation to different regional and cultural preferences moulds your language and norms to be certain way and therefore affects to way to perceive the life and your surroundings and voila, thus has born different cultural consciousnesses that breeds difference between the eastern and western mysticism and occultism. How they correspond with each other? Surprisingly well! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I noticed the similarities with Hermetic planetary symbolism and Chakra symbolism. Venus is Ajna (Third eye chakra) is Lucifer is Venus and so on, which I don’t bore more explaining here; for that I hid this information to the booklets of Chaos Magick CD and LP for those who still enjoys of buying physical albums instead of digital downloading.

5.Also your lyrics also bring in a lot of Luciferian, Satanic and Left hand Path themes, do you feel a lot of these subjects are misunderstood by some of the newer bands that have been going for either the satanic and occult style of black metal?

- This also concerns older bands as well not just new ones. There are always people who understand these topics with first-hand experience and own efforts and make them true in their life, but there are always those who tries to copycat what others says for selfish, opportunistic or just plain stupid reasons. Some shall lead, some shall follow, nothing new under the sun since this does not concern only the topics mentioned before but every aspect of human life, psyche and culture. But it doesn’t concern me, since I obviously know the absolute truth.

6.Also you have a song called 'Voodoo Satan', do you also have an interest in the more darker forms of voodoo  and  the  other related forms that are from the South America area?

- Yes. Voodoo is very fascinating in both sides, because it is so close to animalistic nature and same goes to all primitive religions.

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Saturnian Mist'?

- There are so many things, and as the time passes, I always find different angles from it. Initial inspiration came from that ”Saturn-Chronos” character from Ancient Greek and Rome is practically same being than Satan/The Devil of Christianity with different name represented and with different culture. This together with certain attributes that were linked to Saturn’s planetary symbolism in Hermetic and Qabbalistic Occultism were also similar attributes that are linked to Satan/Devil. I wanted to do satanic music, but I also wanted represent my view of the archetype of the devil other way, not the personified horned figure who lives below the earth - but more like it has presented in mysticism, philosophy and even psychology. Impersonal archetype. This was why I ended up with ”Saturn” in the first place, but also ”Saturnian” term meant so many things. It was a long-forgotten poetry form in Ancient Rome unknown by modern world, and it meant loosely ”The Reign Of Saturn God” in several contexts. It was also used as adjective, so ”Mist” in turn as an element symbolizes so many things, for which some reasons at the time I thought it to symbolize very well ”Aura” in literature-kind-of-symbolism and ”Pantheism” in occult symbolism. Hence, Saturnian Mist. Mystic, arcane name for mystic and arcane music.

8.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 two of our last shows has been the best, which first one was the release party of Chaos Magick and latter one was actually last weekend and it was our first festival headlining case, both in Finland. Since we have now seven members and me also playing percussions (so four drummers all in all!) together with handing vocal duties, last two times we truly managed to unleash chaos and magick both to the audience and to ourselves the way it should been always done! With this set up, it seems all of our shows goes in some chaotic pattern that you can’t really predict, ”Nothing is true and everything is allowed” - Chaos Magick. I myself don’t plan anything what I do beforehand, I just embrace the impulses and let it go and let the songs flow through me and same philosophy goes to other members as well. We embrace chaos and the primitive nature within us and the feeling is something for which there is not really a word and if I were a Christian I would say it takes me to ”closer to god”, but as I am what I am, you can get the picture what I mean. But, don’t get me wrong, we have had a reputation of good live band before that too yet with this new line-up and songs, our live act feels totally reborn which makes me so excited about the future. But there’s been lots of good gigs in the past for sure, of which best I remember the crazy audience of Russia and our hometown shows (we have three hometowns you know, Tampere, Kuopio and Jyväskylä, hahah)… and our first Swedish gig was very memorable, not to mention the first gig of us that we ever played in Netherlands in 2009.

9.What are some of the touring or show plans for the new album?

- I’m kind of superstitious of revealing stuff before they are 100% sure so I don’t reveal anything yet, but I can say this much, we have a lots of gigs coming. Some are confirmed (some of these to mention, Kings Of Black Metal festival gig next spring, marking our first German show ever, and Howls Of Winter Festival at Estonia) and most are not yet. Stay tuned for updates, because first time in our history we play this much gigs outside of Finland!

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

- Great! Very mixed and contradictory - just the way we like it and like always when we release new stuff- but Chaos Magick has gotten much more attention that any of our stuff before from all the way of huge praises to negative views too with exception that Chaos Magick has been received much more better than our albums before, especially by fans. It seems there are not much neutral opinions when it comes to us, either you love us or hate us - which means that what we do works! We want to shake the things up.

11.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?

- Me, Ptahaz and Macabrum don’t play anymore (officially) in anywhere else. fra. Sota plays also in TELOCH and I am as we speak - recording and producing their second full-length album at my Blackvox Studio. Vile’s death metal band GARCHAROT is rehearsing as far as I know, probably new stuff. I don’t know if the rest are worth of mention at this point because of the project-like nature or anonymity that certain projects require.

12.Where would you like to see the band head into musically during the future?

- Continue the path we are on. I don’t know where it leads, because ”the journey is destination” as they say. We have gone further than I ever imagined anyway, so better to seize the moment and not to live in day-dreaming.

13.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?

- I get inspiration from very different and strange places with no logic at all whether it was a rhythm of car engine running or some ”feeling” I get from watching Alejandro Jodorowsky movies. No particular influence that rises above everything, but lots of things that surely has affected at least to me when composing SATURNIAN MIST could be probably found from the artists like MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE, SLAYER, CELTIC FROST, BARATHUM, KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE, HORNA, CMX, THE DOORS, DEICIDE, NILE, TURBONEGRO, MOTÖRHEAD, VENOM, SLIPKNOT, DISSECTION, GRAND BELIAL'S KEY, TOM WAITS, DESTRÖYER 666, TOOL, BEHEMOTH, SATYRICON, SARCOFARGO etc. etc. Even I admire something or listen it very much, I still try to find my own voice and my own words to describe what I see, instead of copying others. I’ve listened a lot of dark ebm and industrial stuff lately. Just when I got home from studio I listened at car NEO INFERNO 262 from France, very killer album of industrial black metal and earlier the debut album of SLAVE’S MASK. I got these seasons when I happen to listen something until I get bored and I move on to something else and eventually I get back to same stuff, heh. I got really no limits what I listen when it comes to the genres, but it’s ruled by black metal and death metal anyway, even I have to listen bm and dm all the time at ”work” too as I work with Saturnal Records and Blackvox Studio - but it seems that this is the right path cos I don’t get bored, just more critical and demanding.

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

- Thank you for the interview! CHAOS IS THE LAW!

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Unrest/Idolatry/Infection Born Of Ending/Appalachian Noise Records/2015 Split 7 Inch Review

lundi 17 août 2015 à 08:58

  This  is  a  review of  a  split  ep  between  Ohio's  Unrest  and  Alberta,  Canada's  Idolatry  called "/Infection Born Of Ending"  which  was  released  by  Appalachian Noise Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Unrest  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  hateful  form  of  black  metal.   

  His  side  of the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  distorted  guitar  sound  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  and  adding  in  grim  screams  that  also  get  very  deep  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  great  amount  of  blast beats  are  utilized  while  melodies  can  be  heard  in  both  the  slow  and  fast  riffs,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Unrest  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Idolatry  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  and  a  few  seconds  alter  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  song  starts  speeding  up  a  bit  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  style  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  track  more  of  an  old  school  feeling and  after  awhile  elements  of  DSBM  can  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Idolatry  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  

   In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  add  this  7  inch  to  your  collection.  8  out  of 10.

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Dalkhu/Descend... Into Nothingness/Iron Bonehead Productions/2015 Full Length Review

lundi 17 août 2015 à 08:24

  Dalkhu  are  a  band  from  Slovenia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2015  album  "Descend... Into  Nothingness"  which  was  released  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Heartbeat  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black/death  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and growling  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  being  utilized  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  sound  to  the  recording  and  the  music  also  brings  in  ritualistic  sound  effects  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  briefly and  closer  to  the  end  of  the  recording  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard

  Dalkhu  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  Swedish  vein  while  making  their  style  a  little  bit  different  by  using  death  metal  style  growls,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Misanthropy  and  Darkness. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  album  from  Dalkhu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Fireborn"  "Accepting  the  Buried  Signs"  and  "E.N.N.F".  8  out  of  10.

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Kirkebrann/Nar Alt Dor/Blackcrowned Records/2013 CD Review

lundi 17 août 2015 à 02:31

  Kirkebrann  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic,  blasphemous and  satanic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2013  album  "Nar  Alt  Dor"  which  was  release y  Blackcrowned  Records.

  Dark  and  atmospheric sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with some  spoken  word  parts  and  a  few  seconds  later  a  heavy guitar  sound  makes  its  way  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression.

  Throughout the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  remain  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Kirkebrann  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic and  also has  a  Swedish  feeling  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  Satanism  Occultism  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kirkebrann  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Incoming"  "Bombehagl"  "Necrocosmos"  and  "Tal  Satan".  8  out  of 10.



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Leibstandarte Luzifer Interview

dimanche 16 août 2015 à 22:29
Interview Leibstandarte Luzifer

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Thrusba: We are beer serious occult raw Black Metal from Norway and Germany. I (vocals) am from Norway, my band mates Snalgtron (drums) and Lá Trommi (strings) are living in Northern Germany (Lubeck). So, we are all very Nordic, you know. We are raw as f*ck, our music is so raw, it still lives.

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

Thrusba: Raw as f*ck, like good old 90's demos from Bands like Shoggoth or Morke. Raw, brutal and without any regrets.

Snalgtron: Sounds like sh*t, but it's still the best music I've ever heard.

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

Thrusba: We are dealing with occult topics, but this occults topics are wrapped in humorous lyrics, like in "Succubus cleaned my house at night" for example. We are also singing about drinking Waldi, our favourite drink. In English Waldi is called "Woodruff", this Woodruff mixed with Vodka is a refreshing and delicious drink, you should try it.

Snalgtron: I love Waldi! Waldi tastes like heaven!

4.For a raw black metal band you seem to have a very good sense of humor, do you feel this is missing in a lot of bands these days?

Thrusba: Most of the people in Black Metal seem to have simply NO humour, they think they are the "trvest" and "rawest" and "most evil" persons of all time. Leibstandarte Luzifer is dealing with that. We are mucking around with those people, or, as we call them, assholes (laughs). We want to show that Black Metal also can be fun - and, as I said, we want to mock the so called "trve scene".

Snalgtron: Yes, of course it's missing in a lot of bands. Most of them are acting like stuffy little babies.

5.So, you are hating Black Metal?

Thrusba: No. Simply no. I love Black Metal and I'm in Black Metal for around 10 years now, I really appreciate the music and I don't want to do anything else than Black Metal - I mean it! But I hate the "trve" people, the "know-it-all"-people, the "Oh, I'm sooo evil and trve, I conjured a Demon yesterday... Oh, I'm sooo depressive, killing myself right now... Oh, I'm playing my guitars like a god! (and it sounds like shit on purpose)"-people, you know what I mean, I think. All this assholes calling everybody but themselves "posers", but being the greatest posers, dumpshits and fools I've ever seen in my whole life. All this retarded children and mid-20's...
But, as I said, I love the music. Loving the music, hatin' the scene. 

Snalgtron: Well... I like the people in Black Metals scene, but I hate the music...

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

Thrusba: You know the band "Hellfucked"? Hellfucked is a really sick and genious band, they had an song called "Leibstandarte Luzifer", well, this song was our inspiration. And, of course, we are the army of Satan, the army of Luzifer (laughs). "Leibstandarte" means something like "army" in German, you know.

Snalgtron: I joined Leibstandarte Luzifer, because I was bored. For me there's no inspiration.

7.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Thrusba: Strictly studio.

Snalgtron: I don't believe, that you wanna' see us in a live show.

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

Thrusba: Well, at the moment we are not looking for a label, we want to sell the first demo on our own, maybe we are publishing the next record via label.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Thrusba: No, they are not. No time for that, unfortunately.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Thrusba: The future will show, we've not made any thoughts about this...

Snalgtron: Maybe there will be more songs about Waldi! Let's see...

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?

Thrusba: My greatest influence are raw BM bands like Hellfucked, Pure, Shoggoth, Wurzelkraft, Pest, Old Pagan, Forest (RUS)... but also other BM bands like Satanic Warmaster, Sargeist, Inquisition and a lot of humours bands like Dark Kirchensteuer, Trollkotze or The Black Satans. These are also the bands I'm listening to nowadays.

Snalgtron: As I said... I don't like this kind of music. I'm only listening to Krishna Dub from Emu.

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

Thrusba: May Satan be our barkeeper! Against the scene, against these assholes and fools, for BLACK METAL!!!

Snalgtron: Drink Waldi!

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