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Aether Interview

jeudi 25 février 2016 à 10:00
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

For sure. I just released two new singles, one is that Anomalia, you recently reviewed (thanks for that) and one is the collaboration with me and my friend Mäander. Anomalia also got a nice video with peices of dadaism filmlets of Hans Richter, an german dada artist from the last century.


2.Recently you have released a new single, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the song and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The main difference is: Anomalia is dance music. Since I was working on Aether, I went through problems with shitty synthie drums. But they are great for any kind of other music than black metal. So I decided to make beats and put a pretty nice Black Metal riff over them. The next point is, that I worked on the composition of Metamorphosis II for about two years, for Metamorphosis I about a half year. Anomalia just took about a day and it was written, but the mixing, the arrangement of the percussion and so took more than a month – for one song. Composition time and producing time switched.

And the difference to Altar and Esoteric Violence is the whole concept. That's clear.

I would describe the music as simple, but in many ways touching. You can hear the spontaneity of creating it, you hear the process of how I got into that sound, how I learned making it.



3.All  of the songs are instrumental, are you open to using any vocals in the future?

Yeah, maybe. But not in the way I used vocals on the Metamorphosis works. I would make samples, something fragmentary, teared apart.


4.You express some anti racist,anti fascist, anti homophobic, atheist, and anarchistic views, can you tell us a little bit your views?

Gladly I will. As I couldn't think otherwise as the human I still am behind Aether and Ravachol, I couldn't imagine to not express my beliefs. Even if I got attacked for that via facebook after I told that the last time in an interview in the Trvefrykt Zine. Yes, I stand against discrimination, espacially discrimination of minorities and women. I stand against ideologies and religion. And I fucking hate fascists.


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

I had no special thought about that when I choose that name, but it seems to me that some possible associations appeared since then. Aether is a german name for the chemical ether that can be used as a drug that makes you sleep, but before that you get drowsy and euphoric. Äther is as well a obsolete physical conception about how light spreads. I think that meaning sounds good as something materialistic, but critical in not pointing out the width of materialism. That is something important to me: don't be perfect in concepting and creating music and art. If there is no conflict, then your stuff is boring.


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

Maybe. I don't know. I don't need other peaople for the music, but perhaps someone will participate for a guestpart, a collaboration or a feature.



7.Recently you did a collaboration with 'Maander', can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Mäander is a friend of mine that started making noise music. We decided to meet up one day and jam a little with the new equipment he bought. So we recorded that jam and what came out is Esoteric Violence. I like doing noise and all that experimental stuff. It feels like action painting. And I love doing something like that with my friends. Greeting to you, Mäander!


8.Your last few releases where self released but you have worked with a record label before in the past, are you open to working with another label or do you prefer the DIY method a lot more?

Yeah, it's much better to release via a label. Both labels i signed in – Negation Records and No Sleep Till Megiddo – are doing great work. And perhaps Metamorphosis II will appear soon. For Anomalia and that new material I'd love to find a label again. But the DIY method is also great if you just want to release something now


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

For Anomalia there is a lot of nice feedback. But it is still a little too unknown although I try bringing it to the people in various ways. Thanks to all the feedback, help and responds to my people!



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

I definitely want to extend my way of Electronica Black Metal to record a full length album and to play it live. And there are two experimental splits in the queue.


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?

My influences are located in older and modern Black Metal, but also in classical works of Stockhausen and Mahler. I currently listening to Ancst, Fall of Efrafa, Norn, Naðra, Jungbluth, Ära Krâ and Kalte Tage. I like the actual german Black Metal innovations and that icelandic scene seems to be something great, too.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I enjoy experiencing with film and filming. I read a lot and write sometimes.


13.Before we wrap up this interview,do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just want to thank the people that are into Aether, the people got touched by my music and share it. Thanks. And fuck NSBM.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/aether-interview.html


Cult Of Erinyes Interview

jeudi 25 février 2016 à 00:36
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Corvus: We are working on our third full-length. This is a (way too) long process, but we are seeing the end of the tunnel as we speak.



2.In February you have a new ep coming out, 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?

Mastema: Initially we felt that these songs were very close to our previous effort Blessed Extinction, and thus too different from what we had in mind for the future. But we also judged them too good to be just thrown away, that’s why we settled for an EP format. Now with some distance, I think the songs actually already represent an evolution from Blessed Extinction, though they were written during the same process you can feel we’re heading toward something else. They are a real ‘transition’ to what we want to do next.



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

Corvus: We never stop the madness but decided to stay in the shadows for a while. When you have nothing to say, just stay quiet…

Mastema: We have no agenda, this is in no way a ‘business’ for us, and thankfully we have a record label that thinks the same way. The next step will be a big one, so we don’t want to rush anything. But I can tell you we’re ready to move forward this year…



4.You label your music as 'ritualistic' black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Corvus: That label is not that important actually. But when I'm writing/recording music, I'm really in a bizarre yet simple, pure state of mind. Space and time become pointless.



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

Mastema: As I said the next record will be very ambitious. Musically it’s a giant leap forward, as Corvus did a fantastic job. Lyrically it will be a concept album about the second Roman Emperor Tiberius. I do not wish to reveal anything more at this point.



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?

Corvus: As intense and honest as possible. When possible we use videos. I think we did only  6 shows, and the best one was probably in Paris, with Aura Noir, in September 2011. I also enjoyed a gig in Genk, because I liked all the other bands (Code, Glorior Belli, Aosoth, Gorath).



7.Are there any touring or show plans for 2016?

Corvus: One release show in Brussels and one show abroad (it will be announced very soon). Touring will probably never happen. Mastema hates playing live and I don't see the point of playing the same songs every night during 10-15 days. That must be boring.

Mastema: “Hate” is probably too strong of a word. But I agree with Corvus, my main goal is recording the songs we’ve worked so hard on. The whole “behind the scenes” thing is what I enjoy the most, I don’t like moving out of the shadows.



8.The new ep is going to be released on 'Caverna Abismal Records', how would you compare working with this label to the other labels you have worked with so far?

Corvus: I met Nuno from Caverna Abismal in 2014 and I have complete trust in him. He was the very first person who helped the band, back in 2010, when he released the tape edition of the Golgotha EP. That's a thing I'll never forget of course. So I'm more than happy to collaborate again, 5 and a half years later.



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

Corvus: The EP is not out yet, but the first reviews came out and they are good. We can’t complain, of course, but I don’t care.



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

Corvus: Right now, I'm also playing in Monads, Wolvennest, We All Die (Laughing), but also in three other bands which rather keep the identity of its members secret. Wolvennest just released its first full-length. Musically, it's definitely bizarre. You can listen to the whole album on Bandcamp, which is better than any shitty musical description.

Mastema: I think Corvus is trying to settle a new record. He must be in 47 bands by now.



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

Corvus: Black Metal will still be the core, musically, but I think the structures will become more and more bizarre. I do not want to push too much boundaries, but I would like to have saxophone, fretless bass, bizarre guitar sounds, weird clean vocals. I am now more confident about my guitar skills, and I'm sure it will help the band becoming more interesting, musically speaking.

Mastema: This might sound arrogant, but I really feel the “musical culture” of Corvus and myself is our main quality. The next record will definitely be more adventurous than ever, we will try out lots of new things but there’s never been any doubt. We know when something sounds right, and believe me the new songs are incredible. This must be our best record so far, it’s our goal and we won’t be satisfied with anything less than that.



11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Corvus: Right now I'm only but  listening to Savatage, one of the most underrated bands of all time. Brilliant songwriting, fantastic vocalist(s), incredible guitar player (Criss Oliva).

Mastema: I listen to tons of music, constantly. Right now I listen to stuff like the latest Spektr, Borknagar and Mgla records. Prog rock/metal still does it for me: the last Steven Wilson album is nothing short of brilliant. And then there’s of course the old stuff I enjoy listening for the thousandth time: Metallica, Savatage, Mayhem, Exodus, Immortal, and so many others.



12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Corvus: I am nothing. We are nothing. Consequently, my opinion has no value. But still I'll try to explain a part of it. To me occultism is a term that could define the people that refuse dualism as a way to understand the world and the universe we are living in. People who try to THINK and who accept that nobody has an answer, only a possible explanation. You may be right, but just don't think you are. Doubt is, and always will be the key.



 13.I have read that the band is inspired by Nietzsche, do you also have an interest in any of the other philosophers?

Mastema: Nietzsche was a big influence during the early days of the band, he’s not anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still admire his work and I feel close to a vast number of his ideas, but he’s not an influence on our music and lyrics these days. Philosophy as a whole is not much of an influence anymore, actually. History is our main interest right now.




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

Mastema: I’ve never been as confident as I am for our next album. The people who know what we do will be surprised… in a good way I hope. Brace yourselves.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/cult-of-erinyes-interview.html


Eldarmar/The Force Of The Ancient Land/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 24 février 2016 à 04:53

  Eldamar  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  ambient  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "The  Force  Of  The  Ancient  Land".

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  that  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  clean  singing  female  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.  

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  at  times  mixes  dungeon  synth  with  black  metal  and  the  songs  also  have  a  few  minutes  where  vocals  are  not  used  to  build  up  upon  the  epic  and  atmospheric  qualities  of  the  tracks  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  songs  that avoid  any  use  of  heavy  guitars  or  screams.

  A  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times  in  some of  the  songs  while  one  of    tracks  is  all  instrumental  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars while  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to a  very  slow  musical  direction  from  beginning to  ending  of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Eldamar  creates  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  takes  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  mixes  it  in  with  an  atmospheric  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  to  create  a  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  J.R.R.  Tolkien,  Heathenism,  Elven  Magick  and  Nature  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Eldamar  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  ambient/black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter  Night"  "Valkrjur  Ancient One"  and  "New  Beginning".  8  out  of  10.  

   
   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/eldarmarthe-force-of-ancient-land2016.html


Speirling/The Piper/Ulthar Records/2016 Cassette Re-issue Review

mercredi 24 février 2016 à 01:00

  Speirling  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very old  school  and  atmospheric  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2008  album  "The  piper"  which  will  be  re-issued  in 2016  by  Ulthar  Records.

  An  almost  silent  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  and  spoken  words  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  all  sound  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  Sounds  of  rain  and  thunder  can  be  heard  briefly  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  while  the  solos  and  leads  also remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  metal  and  the  riffs  also  use  melody  at  times  and  some  parts  of  the  music bring  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.

  When  synths  are  utilized  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  some  of  the  fast  tremolo  picking  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  Speirling  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  here  that  is  very  raw,  old  school  and  catchy  while  also  having  its  melodic and  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  piper  neglected  and  raised  by  a  community  by  people  weakend  and  corrupted  by  Christianity  and  how  he  takes  there  children  out  of  the  light  and  into  the  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  Speirling  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Filthy  And  Cold"  "The  Worlds  Breaks"  and  "Born  Again  Damned".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/speirlingthe-piperulthar-records2016.html


Aether/Anomalia/2016 Single Review

mercredi 24 février 2016 à 00:10

  Aether  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  mixes  electronica  and  black  metal  together  on  thi  song  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  "Anomalia".

  Distorted  and  electronic  sounds  start  off  the  track  and  you  can  also  hear  some  depressive  black metal  riffing  in  the  music  and  after  awhile melodic guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  song  is  also  9  minutes in  length  and  the  whole  song  is  also  all  instrumental  with  no  vocals  used  and  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Aether  plays  a  musical  style on  here  that  takes  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  instrumental  black  metal  and mixes  it  in with  electronica  music  to  create  an  original  style  of  there  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Aether  plays  a  very  interesting  mix  of  black  metal  and electronica  on  this  song  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/aetheranomalia2016-single-review.html