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Blaze Of Perdition/Near Death Revelations/Agonia Records/2015 CD Review

samedi 27 juin 2015 à 07:19

  Blaze  Of  Perdition  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Near Death Revelations"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Avant  garde  sounds  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  choir  vocals  in  the  background  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  solos  and  leads  that  are  very  melodic  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music.

  The  vocals  the  band  uses  are  very  deep  and  grim  and  there  is  also  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Some  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  songs  also  go for  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  style  and  as  the   album  progresses  some  of  the  vocals  get  more  high  pitched  and  depressive  while  some  of  the  heavy  parts  have  a  blackened  death  metal  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Blaze  Of  Perdition  plays a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  modern  sounding  while  also  bringing  in  a  lot  of  heaviness  along  with  a  great  amount  of  epic structures,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Near  Death  Experiences.

  In  my  opinion  Blaze  Of  Perdition  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Void  Again"  "Cold  Morning  Fears"  and  "Of  No  Light".  8  out  of  10.  

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Sacrimoon/Reflections Of My Suicide Melancholy/Vacula Productions/2015 Full Length Review

jeudi 25 juin 2015 à 09:19

  Sacrimoon  are  a  duo  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Reflections  Of  My  Suicide  Melancholy" which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Depressive  cries  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  and  the  cries  also  mix  in  suicidal  black  metal  screams  and  after  a  couple  of  minute  melodic guitar  leads  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  and  ambient  style  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  album  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a later  track  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  blast  beats  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  singing  while  the  songs  for  the  most  part  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental  ambient  outro.  

  Sacrimoon  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  mostly  mid  tempo  and  melodic  along  with  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  sadness,  depression,  melancholy,  mental  disorders,  loneliness  and  distress.

  In  my  opinion  Sacrimoon  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Shadow  of  A  Forgotten  Feeling"  and  "Disappearing  In  the  Memories  Of  Melancholy".  8  out  of  10. 


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Ritual Possession Interview

jeudi 25 juin 2015 à 08:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Ritual Possession began in the fall of 2014 as a studio project of
Yaotzin and Canor Morum to produce raw, uncompromising, dark, black metal music.
currently we will have released through VANGUARD PRODUCTIONS a  7 track  cassette EP
it is a testment to black metal in its most die-Hard and underground form.

> 2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

YAOTZIN: The Ep is unrelenting,uncompromising raw black metal.
which carries man negative messages and sounds in its 27 minute running time
definlty a release for those who are into the genre... it will divide the strong from the weak.
> 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

YAOTZIN: the darker side of existance as humans, isolation, misanthropy, anti-human sentiments
the truth of death.
> 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ritual Possession'?

 CANOR MORUM: I think it's about invoking or becoming something else, through the ritual of creating music.

> 5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

 CANOR MORUM: It's always a possibility, we could add more members or even have guest musicians on a recording. The core of the band will always be the two of us though.

> 6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

CANOR MORUM: It's a studio project. If we play live, we would need more members to recreate all of the studio performances. It is something we've talked about but there aren't any plans at the moment. We've both played lots of shows with our other bands. Personally, the idea of playing in front of twenty people at a dive bar isn't very appealing to me. If the right opportunity came along I might change my mind.

YAOTZIN: Yes to play live it would have to be the right circumstances and situation for Ritual Possession.
we will not play live just to play.

> 7.Can you tell us a little bit more about Iron Wolf productions?

YAOTZIN: Iron Wolf PRODUCTIONS started back in 2001 as a small D.I.Y. label I ran to distribute demos/full lengths of bands I was in at the time or one man projects I did. it ended in 2013.
> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

CANOR MORUM: There hasn't been a whole lot of feedback but what we've gotten has been good. I'm not expecting praise or seeking validation and I tend to ignore criticism on the web from anonymous people with more time than sense. I do appreciate people that take the time to listen.

Black metal is not a very popular genre where we live. Most people can't see past the corpse paint, they don't take it seriously. Or they only know about the murder and arson that happened twenty years ago in Norway and ignore the contributions of bands from other countries from all over the world. I can count the number of real black metal listeners that I know personally on one hand.

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

CANOR MORUM:I'm currently working with some other musicians on a project that incorporates elements of death/gothic rock, doom metal, and black and roll. That's about all the information I can share about it at the moment.

YAOTZIN: I play guitar in the death metal band  CRANIAL IMPALEMENT

> 10.You have a new ep coming out on Vanguard productions, how will the musical sound on the new recording differ than what was on the full length?

CANOR MORUM: Well it's on cassette so it will probably sound even more raw and primitive.
YAOTZIN: its an EP to be released on cassette it's pretty damn raw and dark.

> 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?

CANOR MORUM: All of the early black metal bands, first wave, second wave. I'm a big fan of 80's post-punk and death rock as well. Also, Drudkh.

YAOTZIN: yes all the classic black metal from the USA and other countries like finland,poland,germany,Sweden etc
mostly first and second wave black metal for me personally alot of the first wave acts like
hellhammer,bathory,venom,celtic frost,bulldozer.

> 12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

CANOR MORUM: It's a useful tool or method of seeing that I delved into earlier in life. I no longer have the capacity to believe in the supernatural though, the skeptic in me is always looking for evidence. I haven't found much in the way of that. I'm more fascinated by the mysteries of black holes and quantum mechanics. The only true god is entropy and death.   

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Leiru Interview

jeudi 25 juin 2015 à 08:05
1.For those who have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

There is not much to tell, the band was founded ten years ago, I performed almost everything until Sadaist (drums) joined in 2010. Leiru was a typical bedroom project and in many aspects (it) is still one, mostly because of my working method. Albeit this is a lo-fi project, the songs always evolve in time, I modify them several times, and they get a lot of care. We have far-flung influences, from black metal to classic rock, and when I create songs, I usually throw away the themes which are orthodox but boring. My intention is to create something that affects emotions. Not something big, strange, evil or monumental, but something about sorrow, loneliness, love, desires, fears, ego and relationships. In the end, all that matters is the song. Not any kind of ideologies or expectations from the outside.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Amateur, lo-fi, accidental, experimental. I have no real talent nor real interest in the technical background of the music, but I compensate this a bit with my perseverance. This is a patchwork which contains a lot of energy and sweat, high blood pressure and stomach ache.

3.Since 2009 there has only been an ep and a split, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

I live in a small town in countryside, Sadaist lives in the capital city, Budapest. We got jobs, we rarely meet, we got only 1-2 rehearsals a year. But this is just one side of the coin. I have long empty phases in my life, when I cannot create, there is no inspiration, or I simply play too much with Dark Souls. Despite, I already have several songs written, enough to record a full-length album, but the new songs are more complex than before, so we need to practice more, pay more attention. I try to manage this.

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

They are mostly based on my average life experiences squeezed through my twisted mind. I mix my experiences and my visions. I often write about dreams and nightmares, my relationships also appear for a few sentences. It’s a self-centered music, so that’s all.  

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

Archangel Uriel is the guardian of Hell’s gates, a mighty divine creature with goals, a mission and no free will at all. My creature Leiru is similar to him in some ways, but mainly the inversion of him: a powerful, immortal creature without any meaning or purpose for its existence. He could be called anti-cosmic as well, with the desire to abolish mankind and the creation, because for him these things like life, humanity, existence are foul, because they were created by the powers of the Demiurge. People have a tendency to romanticize nature, although it has always been our biggest enemy, civilization is based on the ability to rule the powers of nature. But in the meanwhile, we still can’t control our own human nature.
I hate people since my childhood, but on the other hand, I have always understood them, I can even sympathize with them. I have sleepless nights because of the concerns and worries because of the sins we commit and I hope that there is no other form of intelligence in the universe, because humanity’s crimes are unparalelled, but then again: the only thing that can solve or cure this is intelligence. But intelligence and culture are always crushed down by our own nature, the will to power and dumbness. These things are normal parts of the human nature and existence as well. Absorb, devour - that is a law. Leiru is against that law, against the law of nature.

6.With the exception of the drummer the main member records everything by himself, would you consider this more of a solo project?

Yes, but I hope one day Sadaist will bring his own ideas. He does not classify himself as a creative person, but I think he’s not exactly right. Drumming satisfies him, but he bought an analog synth not long ago, and I hope he will learn how to compose, try different things, dare to experiment, and it will help him to develop, and this is Leiru’s interest too.

7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Kolp', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Kolp was the only Hungarian band I could imagine Leiru being on the same recording with. Still, we are far away from each other both musically and lyrically, but I felt something common. I’m not sure what is it exactly. I heard the Valley of Plague EP and I thought: that is it. Miserable and painful, but still human, no fake image. Sadaist was the drummer at the few gigs of Kolp, and he is also a friend of Knot, so I came up with the idea of the split through him. Knot had a lot of work with this, I owe him much. And I am very satisfied with the outcome I feel like this release brought Leiru to a new level.

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

I don’t know. Who are the fans of black metal? I can hardly imagine that a fanatic Marduk fan hears this stuff, and says: “Oh, what a masterpiece!” Or some progressive shit and sound fetishist, who is not laughing because of the lack of sound and instrument quality. I’m afraid, some post-BM guys like it, but I can live with that. I don’t care. I think our music isn’t post black metal, I write riffs for the love of god, but I admit: this music can be confusing. Not pure stuff, but our roots definitely are. The reviews are mostly positive so far, and we already got 104 likes on Facebook \m/. 

9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that the drummer is a part of?

Sadaist: In the last few years I took on too much work, So I had an urgent need to make a selection because the constant rehearsals had a bad effect on my enthusiasm. From now on, my main project is Purulent Rites. We have a full length record finished, it is online for streaming until we find a label. This band is a live band, we would like to play as much as possible.

Limb for a Limb is currently on hold, we had no gigs or releases since 2 years, and I am not sure if we will ever come back. I also quit Niedergang after the recording of the second album, which will be out soon btw.

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

Soon, I hope so at least, but the thing is as said above: we work slowly. Even though the songs for the new full-length album are written, a lot of work is still to be done. It is possible that it will take even years until we come up with the new album, and I have no idea what will happen after that. Maybe we're just gonna go down the drain. But there is something I can say about the musical direction for the forthcoming album. The new songs are somewhat METAL oriented pieces, influenced mostly by heavy and thrash metal. The split was the goodbye to our middle age, the times of our 90 bpm fast black metal ballads are over. Why? I got bored of that. I feel like I’m about to lose my creativity, so maybe that is the reason I prefer the fast, complex guitar rhythms now. But we’ll see how things evolve.

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?

At the age of 15 I listened to the first 3 Metallica albums and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son by Iron Maiden again and again. (Kill em’ All is nowadays’ an inspiration to me again.) Then Impaled Nazarene came, and everything changed. When I made the first demo, my main influences were the early Ulver, Enslaved and Burzum albums, the Norwegian classics. I transform my inspirations, I work like a filter and recreate something similar but different. The songs of the last split MC are plagiarisms, I copied myself. I know that I have my own style, but my style is to steal from different artists, even from myself. This is not on purpose, but that’s how it goes. Some new songs are inspired by Plaga, In Solitude, Spite Extreme Wing, Ash Pool, these bands are all time favorites, they always touch me. This year I listened mostly Funereal Presence, Emptiness, Misþyrming, Pallbearer, Alraune, Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies, Elder, The Soft Moon, the first Deutsch Nepal album and Necros Christos.

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

Go and hope!

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Belliciste Interview

jeudi 25 juin 2015 à 08:01
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

I am recording drums for the next full length (to be titled Bàrdachd Cogaidh) in just over a week. Guitars, bass and vocals will be completed at my leisure sometime over the next few months. I also have two split releases planned, which I am very excited about.

2.So far you have released a demo and a full length with this solo project, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

I would describe the overall sound of Belliciste as raw, aggressive black metal with a strong sense of melody. It also incorporates some elements of punk and heavy metal. I suppose the sound of Belliciste is most comparable the ‘Finnish’ style of black metal.

There are no major differences in sound over the 2 releases. The album consists of eight tracks, so there was more room to explore different influences and feels, but overall, there is no huge departure from the demo.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

The themes put forth by the music don’t differ to those of the early recordings in any way. These are themes of hatred, death, barbarism, pestilence, war, apocalypse and the depths of human cruelty and depravity, often explored through mythological references.

4.In one interview you had talked about bringing  in Maori concepts into some of your songs, and while a lot of ancient cultures have been explores in black metal over the years do you feel the mythology of your homeland has for the most part been ignored in black metal?

As far as I am aware, Vassafor from Auckland are the only other band to explore such themes. I think the reason for a lack of black metal bands covering these topics relates directly to the lack of black metal bands in New Zealand. I don’t have any Maori blood personally, but some aspects of Maori history and mythology were perfect for the themes explored in Belliciste (cannibalism, concepts of revenge, the deities Whiro and Hine-nui-te-po to name just a few). I also wanted to use themes that were unique to New Zealand.

5.You have also talked about Anglo Saxon folklore in a previous interview, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Yes, as well as Maori mythology, Anglo-Saxon and Norse folklore and mythology are often used to explore the various morbid themes of Belliciste. These topics have interested me since a young age, and again, they are very useful in exploring the themes of Belliciste.

6.I know that the band name means 'warmonger' in French, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

As the music of Belliciste is sonically abrasive and performed with violent and aggressive energy, the moniker is really a perfect fit. It also suits the lyrical themes of the band extremely well.

7.Over the years this musical project has been based in 4 different countries, what was the decision behind all of the moves and do you feel this has made your music a lot more stronger being around the different types of cultures?

The numerous relocations were all based on personal reasons and the flow of life, and were not based in music at all. I don’t think the different environments have really had an effect on the music. The music is composed with the same visions and energies in Serbia as it was in Scotland. I guess it’s difficult to really gauge the effect of changing environments on the music.

8.You have talked about eventually making this solo project into a live band, are there still plans for this or do you prefer to remain solo?

Recordings will always remain a solo endeavour, but I have established a line-up in Serbia, featuring some excellent musicians from some excellent bands. We hope to begin performing sometime in the latter part of 2015 or early 2016.

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

Belliciste is very much an obscure band and I haven’t noticed much feedback, either positive or negative.

10.What is going on with your other musical project these days?

Barshasketh is my main source of musical output and our third album ‘Ophidian Henosis’ is set to be released by Blut & Eisen and World Terror Committee on July 30th. We also have a number of performances booked and tours in the works. As well as this, I create atmospheric black metal under the name Bròn. The debut demo Fògradh (digitally released in 2014), is set to be released on CD in the coming months, and a full length album has been completed.

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

Creating music is part of my everyday life and is vital to maintaining some degree of harmony, so I will continue to do so as long as I am able. This will mostly be in the form of the bands discussed previously in this interview, but will also manifest in some newer projects.

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?

There have really been no influences in the newer music which weren’t present since the beginning. Belliciste is just my vision of what pure, raw black metal should be. I listen to a wide range of musical styles these days. Outside of extreme metal, I guess the most common are classic heavy metal/classic hard rock, post-punk, neo-folk and d-beat punk, although these cover only a fraction of what I listen to.

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

Thanks for the interview. The past is dead, the future is death!

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