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Malhkebere Interview

mardi 26 août 2014 à 18:37
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?

 Hails, here’s N. Kapalika, speaking on behalf of the Apostles.

There is not much to say about our activity since the release of ‘Revelation’. We all have been busy promoting this new gospel and we’re satisfied to see that the response is excellent. Things are going well, ‘Revelation’ gets positive reviews and feedbacks. Now we’re planning new live ceremonies for the upcoming months to celebrate our evangelium on stage. Be prepared.



2.You had released your new album during the beginning of July, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The sound on ‘Revelation’ is clearly more powerful, with a far better production than in the past. This is due to the great work done at Drudenhaus studio with Neb Xort for the mastering.  It’s Malhkebre’s most professional recording thus far, but it was very important to maintain the traditional rawness in the band’s sound. Of course black metal has to be crude, raw and sinister, and it was some kind of challenge to preserve this audial cruelty despite a better production. Finally all elements fit well together, be it the vocals or the samples, and the overall production respects the original sound of Malhkebre while making it evolve to higher standards. We’re totally satisfied.



3.I have noticed when I listen to the album there was a great amount of originality without having to resort to keyboards or non metal elements do you feel your music stands out in the black metal genre?

 There are a lot of non metal elements on the album! Malhkebre gets its influences from the whole spectrum of the Arts Noirs, and blend it in its compositions. Samples of course, but you can even hear some saxophone on “Hystérie révélatrice”… we have absolutely no limits when it comes to expression. Every musical form can be an efficient tool when used properly and black metal should NOT limits itself to “basic” metal. We respect the bands who do things the traditional way, when they’re done with faith and talent, but we refuse to acknowledge this approach as something cast in stone. The only law is “there is no law”, faith above all other considerations.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album and also are they related to the Apostles Of Ignormity'?

Lyrics are completely related to the Apostles’ doctrine, as Malhkebre is one of the Apostles’ mouths. Everything done within Malhkebre is done by and for the Apostles, for Ignominy. We are a sectarian entity that propagates its own beliefs through arts, and Malhkebre is nothing but a tool in the name of religion.

As you can imagine the album’s lyrics deal with spirituality, self-humiliation and elevation. The Apostle’s philosophy is a philosophy of doubt: to refuse the established order, the common “truth”, to refuse the supposed superiority of man and every kind of self-deception. We all are worms, every fucking one of us on this shitty planet. There is no elite, there is no superior race. No religion holds the truth and no political system is the key to harmony. There is only the omnipotent vanity of man, who comforts himself with lies, and everything he builds is destined to fade and perish. Face your own self, pass trough the mirror, burn down what you believed in and accept your own mediocrity. Acknowledge that you are nothing, and that He is all. These are the first steps towards spiritual elevation. Relève toi, assume toi…



5.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

 The Left Hand Path -which can took a lot of shapes- is above all a long and painful one. It’s the work of a whole life. A life of studies, readings, rituals, experiences, failures… paradoxical as it may seem, failures are more important than successes, because they force you to put yourself into question and change. To accept you’re not perfect and to evolve, rejecting your ego. The cardinal virtues are humility, patience and will. Don’t brag too much about your practices or realizations, stay humble, discreet, and keep your rituals secret. Learn by yourself, from your own experiences and not from the other’s. Never consider something as a plain success, as something acquired. Our biggest adversary is not the world but ourselves. That’s why the practice of Occultism is demanding, difficult and unrewarding at short term. Such are His ways, and only the worthy and the sincere ones will tread this path till its end.



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?

 There are a lot of great memories associated with live ceremonies, too many to be detailed. Many bad ones too, of course. A satisfying stage performance is when we reach a point of transcendence, when we literally lose contact with reality and become subjected to His might. When we forget that we are on stage. Then everything can happen, even descending from the stage and beating up some fans. If you see Eklezjas’Tik Berzerk punching someone for free, then it means that it’s a good ceremony which is occurring. First time it happened was in Zürich during the tour with Christicide (RIP). It wasn’t planned at all, we just feel the urge to do so at that moment. And it was great.

Generally speaking, losing contact with reality is the purpose of every form of religious music, whatever tradition it belongs to. Transcendence, elevation, becoming close to a divine presence, are the goals of a musical ritual. That’s why we call our gigs “ceremonies”: it’s a form of magick. And the more powerful it is, the more unpredictable it can be. The best we can imagine would be to see people not just moshing but fighting each other of course. A black metal concert has to be somewhat dangerous and uncomfortable, because every form of violence is a gift in His Name.

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

 As I said previously, we’re currently working on booking ceremonies to support ‘Revelation’. We will play in France in October with Horna and Behexen, and at the Satan’s convention in Speyer (Germany) late December. Other appearances onstage will occur in the future, in several countries so you’ll have opportunities to share our liturgy, and maybe be a part of it yourself if you’re worthy enough… There are numerous souls we have to corrupt, numerous bodies we have to beat. The propaganda must be spread; the faith has to be celebrated.



8.The new album was released on I, Voidhanger Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Eklezjas’tik BerZerK: I discovered this label through their works with some bands of their roaster. Their releases have all great packaging with big booklets and are of good quality. Their roaster is not a typical extreme metal roaster, and each band has its own identity. And Luciano has given us the best and respected all his engagements. He believes a lot in “Revelation” so we believe in him. I Voidhanger is maybe not what the Ignominy’s fanatics wanted, but we’re not here to please all, we don’t care to be a simple number on a big catalog or metal supermarket, we don’t care to be on a pseudo occult label. We want to work with devoted people that are transcended by our Art Noir and give their best to spread our doctrine. Nothing less nothing more at this time, fuck rumors.

9.I know that the vocalist also runs Battlesk'rs  Productions, are there any new releases coming out on that label in the next few months that black metal fans should be aware of?

Eklezjas’tik BerZerK: We are working on the next OSCULUM INFAME full-length opus, also a tape release of the last THOU SHALT FALL. We have currently less releases planned as we are more and more concentrate on The Apostles of Ignominy. Lots of releases will spread our anger in the coming months.

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

 The feedback is overall excellent. ‘Revelation’ gets positive reviews from everywhere. It seems that the album was awaited, or better to say that there is a demand from the audience for militant and uncompromising art. The black metal scene as a whole is nothing but a joke. That’s an old story, but now we can see that even the “religious” movement has become a trend. Superficial bands pops from everywhere and youngsters proclaim themselves as true practitioners of the kabbalah or whatever form of occultism they didn’t even know four years ago but of which they are now specialists. Bands with a traditional black metal imagery à la Marduk turning into tantric sorcerers in no more than two years, sure, credibility is at its best.
I’m repeating myself but I can’t stress enough how HARD and LONG is the way to the Left Hand Path. Studying, practicing, learning from the Black Arts, melting it into your everyday life to become someone else, is a lifetime task. People CAN’T understand His mysteries in a few months or years. Malhkebre has been here since more than twelve years and we know that we are just at the beginning of our journey. We take this spiritual path seriously and feel humble in front of Him. And so we focus on real devotion, instead of superficial yet impressive manifestations. That’s why Malhkebre records so few releases, why we never really tour or try to play at huge festivals. We do things slowly, because they have to be done in a proper mood, with proper rituals, at the right time, backed with the right occult knowledge that is so long to obtain. The result is a work of fanaticism that took its time but is completely uncompromising and full of its force. It sounds different than faint-hearted productions, it is different to experience on stage and I guess that a growing part of the fans understand that and -even unconsciously- want that, because they start to be fed up with fake bands. Thus the good response.



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 off?

 The Apostles are still active with their other projects. Mostly with Sektarism, with some new releases to come. The second album is already recorded, and there will be a split LP with Darvulia, each band offering a 15 minutes exclusive track. This said, it will be Darvulia’s last work. The band is definitively dead, and Crüxvheryn K. accepted to reactivate it only for this release. It’s the very last nail in the band’s coffin.



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?

 The Apostles’ influences have always been the same. Every talented and dedicated practitioners of the Black Arts, whatever musical style they choose: Antaeus, Diamanda Galas, Elend, SVEST, Grunt… be it black metal, harsh noise, drone or cryptic classical music, we take influences from everywhere.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?

 To witness the mediocrity of man and His grandeur in every aspects of life. Studying history, arts and esotericism, practicing martial arts, smoking powder made out of human bones… Black metal is just the tiny top of the iceberg. You can reach Him every time, everywhere, in every domain of your life.

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

Memento, homo, mors ultima ratio!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/malhkebere-interview.html


Ancst/In Turmoil/Wooaaargh/2014 CD Compilation Review

vendredi 22 août 2014 à 14:29

  Ancst  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  and  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  compilation  album  "In  Turmoil"  which  was  released  by  Wooaaargh.

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  distorted  drones  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  which  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  sound  and  then  aggressive  crustcore  style  growls  start  to  kick  in  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  elements  of  melodic  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  on  a  regular  basic  throughout  the  recording  and  after  awhile  more  raw  black  metal  elements  are  added into  the  music  along  with  a  more  crust  orientated  take  on  the  genre  and  the  band  also b rings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  giving  the  band  more  of  a  post  rock  feeling.

  On  some  of  the  tracks  ambient  drones  are  brought  in  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw,  fast  and  melodic  musical  style  and  at  time s you  can  also  hear  elements  of  screamo  in  a  good  amount  of  the  tracks  and  spoken  word  samples  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  melodic  black  metal  lead  finds  its  way  into  the  music.

  Ancst  takes  a  lot  of  songs  from  their  past  splits  and  ep's  and  create  a  compilation  that  displays  some  of  the  best  in  raw,  melodic  blackened  crust,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  racist,  anti  sexism,  and  anti  fascist  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  from  Ancst  and  of  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  album>  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entropie"  "The  Faceless"  "Howl"  and  "Peripheral".  8  out  of  10.    

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/ancstin-turmoilwooaaargh2014-cd.html


Towers Of Flesh/Antithetical Conjurations/Candlelight Records/2014 CD Review

vendredi 22 août 2014 à 12:43

  Towers  Of  Flesh  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Antithetical  Conjurations"  which  will  be  released  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodies  and  after  the  intro  brutal  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  combines  the  darkest  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  together   and  the  band  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  to  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  they  also  do  have  their  fast  moments  at  times  mostly  on  the  alter  tracks.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  guitar  playing  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  a  more  modern  direction  and  after  awhile  modern  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  samples  which  bring  more  of  an  occult  and  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  which  also  sees  the  band  adding  in  more  death  metal  growls  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  track  there  is  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  being  utilized.  

  Towers  Of  Flesh  take  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  of  occult  death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  modern  style  of  death  metal  to  create  their  own  musical  style,   the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Luciferian,  and  Gnosticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Towers  Of  Flesh  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black/death  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Veiled  Conception"  and  "Imperfect  translations".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/towers-of-fleshantithetical.html


Black Autumn/Losing The Sun/Rain Without End Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 21 août 2014 à 12:54

  Black  Autumn  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Losing  The  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction  along  with  the  leads  and  solos  taking  the  same  out  as  the  riffing  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  some  keyboards  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Ambient  elements  are  a  huge  part  of  this  album  and  they  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  at  times  as  well  as  the  guitar  riffing  bringing  in  more  raw  and  black  metal  traces  and  the  vocals  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  clean  and  acoustic  guitar  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  bring  more  of  a  post  rock  edge  to  the  recording  and  they  bring  in  a  more  progressive  side  to  the  artist's  musical  style.

  As  the  album  progresses there  are  some  psychedelic  and  electronic  music  elements  being  mixed  in  with  the  more  ambient  side  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  when  the  guitars  start  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  fast  riffing  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  slow  dark  metal  musical  style  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  sees  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  as  some  of  the  songs  on  the  album  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Black  Autumn  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  black  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  more  melody  this  time  around  and  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  on  the  guitars  and  keyboards  which  also  have  more  of  an  organic  feeling  this  time  around,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover dark,  poetic  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Autumn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  project,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Losing  The  Sun"  "From  Whence  We  Came"  and  "In  The  Ruins  Of  June".

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/black-autumnlosing-sunrain-without-end.html


Ghast Interview

jeudi 21 août 2014 à 07:43
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?

Arrrrrrrach: Nothing really, a few gigs and rehearsals for them. Live Evil.

2. You had a new album released in August, 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?

Arrrrrrrach:  The new album came out this month, having been recorded 2 years back. Listening to it these days, it seems a little more damp and morbid, but whether that is the production and vox or the writing is hard to tell.
Kz: We’ve taken it further, and knew better what Ghast is.

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

Arrr: I've been focusing on painting and drawing and stressing out.
Kz: 3 years! I suppose just life. I’ve also been playing drums for a range of other bands, but that’s calmed down now too, these years? I don’t know.

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

Arrr:  It's all about the album title, which came retrospectively.  Songs of black magic, trial by torture, the curse of violence, a hallucinogenic death ritual, resentful ghosts and of blind, murderous rage.  In that order.
Kz: For me, from behind the kit “The Magic Men….” During Hate Stone.

5. The band was originally known as 'Souldust' what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ghast'?

Myrggh: We wanted a better name. I was ignorant of Lovecraft at the time, although I saw the word 'ghast' and took it to mean a particularly wretched kind of ghost. It just suited the mood. It has nothing to do with a certain boxy looking creature in a popular computer game.
Kz: I remember being outside our rehearsal room, by the drains, in the wind and we all didn’t like being called Souldust.

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?

Arrr: It's always down to the crowd.  Long been fond of our Scottish shows, as well as a few in London and Bristol.  No strange events, just good reactions here and there.
Myrggh: There was a gig we did in Ashton-under-Lyne, supporting Pantheist in the back of a pub. It was very cold and very dark; one of the few performances where I think we all felt in control. It just struck me as being very much a Ghast gig. There weren't many people there.
Kz: We’re changeable, every gig is unique. Easy highlights are Bristol opening for WITTR, just the atmosphere. Camden in London for the first night of our tour, another time in Camden when we were very late and everyone hated us but we won ‘em over. Our first gig with Daemonolith in Bristol and all the subsequent gigs we played together. The London bloodbath, the Edinburgh boozy!

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

Arrrrrrrach: No, we're contemplating.

8.Colin Marston did the mastering on the album, are you satisfied with the way the album was produced?

Arrrrrrrach:  Both the mixing by Swine and the mastering by Marston are great.  We wouldn't be half as good without these efforts.
Kz: We recorded the album in two days. I recorded my drums in four hours, that’s for an album that’s nearly an hour long. To capture that Swine did well! Ideally I’d like to spend more time but that hasn’t been an option for us.
I like what Colin has done, I’ve been trying different stereos and it sounds great no matter what you do!

9. Fenriz of Darkthrone had you listed as band of the week, where you honored having this metal legend liking your music?

Arrrrrrrach:  Yes, Darkthrone is one of my top bands and Fenriz is my favourite drummer, especially on Blaze and Goatlord.  Fucking disgraceful hammering.
Kz: Yes!

10. The new album came out on Todestrieb Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Myrggh: Nobody would have heard of us if it wasn't for Todestrieb. In fact, they're the reason we decided to record our first album.
Kz: I think at our first gig as Ghast in Bristol (opening for Amputated - 2007) somebody brought a copy of our split release, and played it to Todestrieb.
Arrr:  Massive.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer album by fans of black and doom metal?

Arrr: It's been out since Monday; two guys said it's great.

12. Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

Myrggh: I'm just starting something new in my garage. Don't hold your breath - it's all happening at a snail's pace and will sound like a peat bog when it finally gets heard.
Kz: I’ve been recording with a doom band called Reclvse.

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

Arrrrrrrach: I can't see us straying far under this moniker.  I never know what will happen; it all begins with sitting there messing about on the instrument, inspired by who knows what just happened that day.  If it doesn't fit, it doesn't get used.  We have plenty of stuff that was abandoned due to being 'off'.
Myrggh: No, not abandoned. I've recycled all the bargain basement riffs.

14. 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?

Kz: In Ghast I’m influenced by Arrrrrrrach & Myrggh. I aim to add bitter emotion to my snare, spite to my cymbals, it’s hard to hold it down and I slip sometimes. I listen to Crust Punk, Dub, Doom Metal, Pop, Drone, Your phone..
Arrrrrrrach: I'm currently listening to a lot of USPM, mainly 80s stuff, catching all the reissues I can find.  As well as 70s prog, as always.  Some of my influences regarding Ghast would have to be Autopsy, Darkthrone, Paradise Lost, Bethlehem, Weakling.
Myrggh: Got to mention early My Dying Bride. There's nothing wrong with their new stuff either, but you're usually more influenced by what you heard when you were young. Mayhem. My riffs on Scorn and Death are Profanatica inspired. Always early Bethlehem. Horna. I've been enjoying Saxon, Agent Steel, Vostock, Elderwind, Phlebotomized, Emperor (Wrath of the Tyrant. Everything after Anthems is awful). Bad News.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

Myrggh: Drinking, and doing just enough exercise so that I don't feel guilty about it. Staring into space when I have the time. Posting out copies of Dread Doom Ruin. Neglecting my sleep.
Kz: I’m stuck on writers, and periods of writing. Back on the Beats again, thought I’d read my way out of it. The other one is travel, I like seeing new places.

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

Arrr:  Thanks for getting in touch!  Be careful removing the booklet!
 

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