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Martelo Negro Interview

mardi 23 septembre 2014 à 02:00
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?
Greetings, blasphemous readers and chaos mongers from Hell!
Well, I can tell you we are already composing new stuff for a 7? ep to be recorded late this year and rehearsing hard for the upcoming gigs.

2.At the end of June you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
  Our new album is far more mature than our debut effort. It?s the same musical purpose on a more adult level.

3.On your facebook page you label your music as 'New Wave Of Portuguese Proudly Obsolete Black Speed/Thrash Metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this tag?
  N.W.O.P.P.O.B.S.T.M is just a joke, really! In reality, it does not even define our musical approach in its entirety, it?s just  some nonsense crap i posted on facebook without even thinking too much about it. Still, some truth resides in it!

4.You have covered some occult topics with the new album, how would you describe your views on Occultism?
  Occultism is a huge motivation for me, as i see no interest in the mundane. Our lyrics revolve around religion, occultism, witchcraft, cosmology, mithology and everything beyond the visible and palpable.
The true power lies beyond the senses.

5.On the new album you had songs in both Portuguese and English, what was the decision behind writing in 2 different languages on the new recording?
  There?s no rational reason to justify that, really. It just happened! Some songs had a Lusitanian feel to it and some others  were blatantly anglo saxonic (at least from my point of view).
I really didn?t think much about it and let things instinctively flow.

6.Originally the band was called 'Black hammer' but know has the same name but in Portuguese, can you tell us a little bit more about the band name?
  The band name is a mere metaphor for the dark forces that drive the band. The name change was a suggestion from a friend (Belathauzer- Filii Nigrantium Infernalium?s mastermind).
The fact is that Martelo Negro is less cliché than Black Hammer, even though the essence is the same. Also, as a moniker, Martelo Negro is far more mysterious than Black Hammer, i guess....

7.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
  I guess that, at a certain point in time, it just became too serious for me as soon as i realized i wouldn?t want to remain confined to the walls of my bedroom, programming lousy drum machines and living in misanthropic  burzumesque isolation. Heavy Metal is supposed to be celebrated on stage, even though there?s nothing wrong about one building a career as a one man project and refusing to play live.
  It?s just a matter of artistic direction and personal choices. Hail Quorthon!

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?
  The 2014 edition of Steel Warriors Rebellion was a huge moment for us, as it was the 2012 edition of Degredo Metal Fest at Covilhã (crazy, crazy bangers and moshers!).
I would say we are a very intense band, even though we are all
heavywheight veterans reaching 40.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
  There are no plans for touring, except for some one-off gigs here and there. We all have complicated professional and familiar lives that don?t allow us to play live as much as it is desirable.
Still, we have plans to play abroad, even though we cannot do it on an extensive level due to the reasons i exposed.

10.The new album was released on HelldProd, can you can us a little bit more about this label?
  HelldProd is a label focused on the real shit and we are very proud for being part of what they have been doing for the past 20 years.
No trends, no fashion! That?s what they are about! Apart from that, Helldprod is a very hardworking label, headed by people who know what professionalism is about.
Just take a look at the label?s catalogue and let all doubts be dissipated!

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans of extreme metal?
  Well, taking into consideration the album was released on a very limited edition (300 copies LP), i can only speak about a dozen of very positive reviews.
As for Portugal, the feedback has been great so far, as I believe we have finally gained the respect we have aimed for in the past 8 years.

12.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the band members are involved with?
  Well, Melkor?s other band (Neoplasmah) is about to release a new album after a few years of inactivity.
Me and Thamuz are working on the debut cd of Bathürzüm (fast and destructive black metal with some Voivod influences) and i have my own personal project called Black Blood Whoracle going on (also fast black metal with some Sarcófago/Blasphemy/Beherit influences).
Our drummer Maalm is currently playing with Atentado and Filii Nigrantium Infernalium.
We also have a funeral doom thing going by the name Capela dos Ossos, with Pedra from Grog on the vocals.
I can say we keep ourselves very, very busy when it comes to making music related stuff.

13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
  I guess we won?t change much during the course of the years. We feel really comfortable doing this kind of primitive thing and our goal is to keep our music rooted in the 80?s.
That does not mean we are heading towards stagnation, we just feel we can do interesting and refreshing stuff without abandoning the elements that define what Martelo Negro is about.
But as far as innovating anything, I guess not! Reinventing METAL means disaster, or at least that?s the way I see it.

14.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?
Well, the obvious stuff, I guess.
We have always been death metal fans, specially death metal from the 80?s crust, speed metal, thrash metal, etc Our most prominent influence is Hellhammer and Celtic Frost but, personally, I?ve always been a huge Iron Maiden fan...
We also have a huge grindcore background, since we all played in grind bands in the past...
It?s kind of complicated to define our influences because we are, in a very abrasive and extensive way, extreme music fans.
I, personally, listen to everything that sounds honest and true. I?m really into stuff like Anaal Nathrakh, Absu, old Carcass, Electric Wizard, Incantation, old Maiden, old Anthrax, old Slayer, Darkthrone, Carnivore, etc.
Complete musical schizophrenia!

  15.What are some of your non musical interests?
  I would say that some of our non musical interests are the things that our music is about: occultism, witchcraft and (anti)religion.
We are not huge sport fans (except soccer) and no one in the band is into bricolage, crochet, dancing, stamps collections or cooking...

  16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for this interview!
Please, keep up with what we are doing here in this forsaken piece of land and stay true to yourselves. Keep it metal! DIE HARD!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/martelo-negro-interview.html


Promethean Horde Interview

lundi 22 septembre 2014 à 22:54
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We have a couple shows in queue to play later this year. But until then we are actually working on new merch ideas, demoing out new riffs and such.

2.Recently you have 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? The 2009 EP/Demo contained 5 of the songs on the new record. We used to have keyboards and they did play a prominent role in the sound. Over the years, we have more-so steered away from that sound and began utilizing the guitars and bass to bring our more of the melody.

3.This is the first recording to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
A ton of gigging. Also, we actually worked with several drummers during that period while we played shows. So a good portion of that time was teaching new people the songs. However we only had about 6 months there where we didn’t play a show but stayed pretty regular while we worked on that.

4.I have seen the band being labeled as symphonic black metal and I heard none of that on this recording, how did the band end up being labeled with that 'tag'? Well, as I previously mentioned, for many years we had my brother Mike (Lull Me To Larvae) on the keys. He had a lot of input on our earlier stuff, so naturally some of it came out pretty keyboard-heavy.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The album covers a few different topics, but to touch on a couple: Ördögszereto is Hungarian for "Demon Lover." This song is about this female demon that comes in causing complete paralysis and has her way with you and then accepting it time in and time out. Unknown Corpses is a story about a group of ancient warriors that wonder the land in search of war and kingdoms to overthrow. They eventually find out they're already dead and they, themselves, were plundered. Sort of reliving the tragedy of realizing they were defeated and their village, burned.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Promethean Horde'?
The story goes, Prometheus stole fire from the heavens to benefit mankind. We all have an idea of what is, and what things could be. To us, its a great idea that promotes selflessness. Our lyrics generally speak of removing the oppressive forces in this world, such as religion, greed and unwarranted suffering.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance? We always have a great time doing national acts, for sure. Its hard to pick a favorite but we've played with Wintersun, Cannibal Corpse, among probably a dozen others over the past couple years. Those two shows stick out to me because the energy and vibe were excellent. Our stage performance, is not so much of a performance as it is just us getting drunk and playing the Hell out of our instruments. I would say its high-energy with plenty of movement and plenty of buzzed on-stage banter. (Laughs)

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
The tour that just ended in August was to directly support the album, but we never go too long without getting on stage. We have probably around 3 shows booked through this year, so far, but one focus has already been the next album. We're already putting ideas together.

8.The new album was released on Metal Swarm Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
This is a very small label that I formed, recently. Metal Swarm Productions (formerly Death N Decay) will represent artists that we like and feel that we might be able to help out.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black and death metal? So far we have actually be received very well. Selling albums in Canada, Italy, Germany, UK and such including states that we haven’t been to. Things seem to be on the up-rise.

10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are involved with? Me, Jack and Jechael are still involved in Paths of Possession, but we can only do so much with George’s scheduling and such. The 3 of us in (Paths) have put Promethean Horde on top priority as we have no restrictions to anything. Our drummer is in a death metal band called Ulcer and he stays pretty busy with that.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're feeling like we want the next album to be very cold, dark and hateful. We'll probably always have the elements from Ashes of The Empyrean, with the clean guitars/singing and melodic riffs. But this next record, I would expect to be insane!

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? A few of the other guys are a little more eclectic than I am, I would say. I tend to stay with the black/death/folk metal stuff. That's pretty much the case with Jack and Jechael, but Jack likes punk and Jechael likes old Country/80's love songs. Jones likes a wide variety as well, ranging from death/metalcore/various acoustic artists. And finally, Gary can sing every Journey song almost perfectly. I think I'll stop there.

13.Does Paganism or Occultism, play any role in your music?
I would say very little if at all. Those things tend to sit a little close to religion. And as I've said earlier, we shy away from preaching things like that. We know that nearly all religions have taken unnecessary steps to eradicate those who differ in beliefs. Our message is to remove these religious ideas.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?Jack is a huge reader and also does a lot of artwork. We all love video games. Jones has his own business which makes (ear) plugs and gauges, called Stretch the World. Gary pretty much straps on some leather and goes riding on his motorcycle.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thought?
Thanks a ton, for the support! We hope to see you all, next time we tour!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/promethean-horde-interview.html


Akatharsia/2014 Demo Review

vendredi 19 septembre 2014 à 07:35

  Akatharsia  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California  that  plays  a  very  raw  from  of  black  metal  mixed  with  grunge,  punk  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  demo.

  Clean  playing  which  is  also  used  again  on  a  later  track  starts  off  the  demo  and  it  has  a  garage  like  atmosphere  to  it  before  adding  in  more  of  a  lo-fi  heavy  sound  which  also  brings  in  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  to  go  for  more  of  a  raw  mid  paced  direction  bringing  in  a  punk  rock  and  grunge  vibe.

  The  black  metal  side  of  the  bands  musical  sound  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  style  and  after  awhile  it  speeds  up  a  bit  and  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  some  melody  and  guitar  leads  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  reverb  noises  have  a  drone  like  quality  to  them.

  Akatharsia  plays  mostly  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  has  some  grunge  and  punk  rock  influences  which  also  gives  the  band  a  more  original  vibe  while  still  having  a  very  dark  atmosphere  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes  with  a  philosophical  twist.

  In  m y opinion  Akatharsia  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  punk  and  grunge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Excreta"  "Blood  Opulence"  and  "Dross".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/akatharsia2014-demo-review.html


Promethean Horde/Ashes Of The Empyrean/Metal Swarm Productions 2014 CD Review

vendredi 19 septembre 2014 à 05:01
  Promethean  Horde  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  a  very  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Ashes  Of   The  Empyrean"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Metal  Swarm  Productions.

  A  very  fast  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats,  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  some  melodies  and  death  metal  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  growls  and  after  awhile  the  band  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  more  in  a  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  heavy  parts  are  very  raw  and  brutal  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  the  mid  90's  Swedish  black  metal  sound  being  mixed  in  with  Florida  style  death  metal  and  as  the  album progresses  clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  pagan  metal.

    A  couple  of  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  some  of  the  later  songs  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  they  also  bring  a  more  progressive  and  folk  music  orientated  sound  when  they  are  utilized  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  to  find  their  musical  sound  on  this  recording  which  is  mostly  in  a  blackened  death  metal  direction   mixed  in  with  some  melodic pagan/folk  metal  while  sticking  more  to  a  guitar  orientated  direction.  

  Promethean  Horde  takes  a  style  of  melodic  black  metal  and  adds  in  a  a  lot  of  speed,  aggression,  heaviness  and  rawness  while  also  being  influenced  by  pagan/folk  and  death  metal  in  the  more  brutal  parts  and  they  create  an  album  that  could  appeal  to  a  variety  of  many  different  extreme  metal  fans,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Promethean  Horde  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metla  band  with  a  touch  of  pagan  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Artisan  Of  Silence"  "Spirits  Of  Water"  "Dark  Black  Catacomb"  and  "Divinity  by  Conquest".  8  out  of  10.
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/promethean-hordeashes-of-empyreanmetal.html


Ellorsith/1959/Caligari Records/2014 Cassette Review

jeudi 18 septembre 2014 à 07:46

  Ellorsith  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "1959"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  cassette  which  also  bring s in  a  small  amount  of  distorted  noises  and  spoken  word  parts  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  deep  growls  which  also  have  a  bestial  black/death  metal  feeling  to  them.

  After  awhile  there  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  being  presented  on  this  recording  and  the  slower  sections  display  a  very  heavy  death  metal  influence  to  them  bringing  back  some  of  the  morbid  sounding  melodies  of  the  early  90's  and  mixing  them  in  with  a  more  modern  black  metal  style  and  after  a  while  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  song  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and  it  closes  with  some  melodic  Gregorian  chants  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Elorsith  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  original  sounding  taking  some  influences  from t he  early  2000's  era  of  the  genre  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  well  as  some  doom  and  death  metal  influences  to  create  a  sound  that  is  very  different  than  what  most  bands  go  for,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  Dyatlov  Pass  Incident.

  In  my  opinion  Elosith  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sussuration"  and  "Compelling  Natural  Force".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/ellorsith1959caligari-records2014.html