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Burnt Offering Interview

samedi 7 mars 2015 à 02:27
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Burnt offering was formed in winter 2013 by Nameless Enemy on vocals and guitars and Blind Idiot God on bass and backing vocals. The drummer Asbath joined in a couple of weeks later. From the very beginning we decided to play raw old-school Black Metal. Our first demo “Besnovanie” (“Daemonomania”) was recorded in summer 2013 but after that the band went on hiatus so the record was released only in 2015. Now the band is active again and we have a lot of plans for the future.

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

Burnt Offering stays for raw, grim and venomous primitive Black Metal in the vein of the early 90s Norwegian scene. We were recording all the instruments live during a rehearsal, so the output is really straight-to-the-face and unpolished. Also the demo is released on tape which makes the sound even more disturbing and filthy.

3.The band refers to it's musical style as 'old rite black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about the tag?
This moniker is wordplay, referring to both «Old-School Black Metal", a term that would be a good, though trivial, description of our musical output and to "Orthodox Old Rite Church". For those who don't know, "old-riters" or "old believers" are schismatic religious groups that didn't accept the religious reforms of 17th century and existed in isolation and secrecy ever since, adopting strange and macabre practices. The gloomy blend of archaic, almost inversed orthodox christianity, remnants of most dark and primordial pagan beliefs, alcohol-infused madness and the atmosphere of utter hopelessness, very typical for old rural Russia is one of the most important inspirations for our band. That is why we came to call our band "Old-Rite Black Metal".

4.Your lyrics cover Satanism and Slavonic chthonic deities, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

We consider ourselves Satanists from rather early age. We feel ourselves inspired by and committed to dark and destructive sides of spirituality and that is what we sing about.
As for the Slavonic deities, we have to say that we have nothing in common with the so called “neo-pagans” who grew in numbers in the Slavonic regions in the 90s. Their pastoral new age nature worship often combined with idiotic political ideas is of no interest to us.
We are interested in primordial chthonic sides of traditional Slavonic beliefs and celebrate the gloomy deities of deadly swamps and rotten pines, of starless nights and spilled blood. We see Slavonic paganism as being akin to Dionysian cults of insanity, drunkenness and of the irrational. Since all Indo-European religions come from the same root we think that such a point of view is more than sound. Even more, seeing the Slavonic reality of the present it is very unlikely that our ancestors were worshiping the Spring and the Warmth.

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

Burnt offering is a sacrificial ritual described in the Old Testament. It is called "Vsesozhzhénije" in Russian, and this is how our logo reads. Some of our songs deal with obliteration of life and personality for the sake of higher spiritual revelation, a kind of self-sacrifice. So a sacrificial rite was a good choice for the band name.

6.The band members where originally from Russia, Ukraine and Kyrgystan but now reside in Germany, how would you compare living in Western Europe to Eastern Europe?

We live in Leipzig and this city, let’s say, doesn’t belong completely to the Western Europe. Leipzig has Slavonic name and it’s early history is connected to the history of Slavonic tribes. The Sorbs, a Slavonic folk that populated the eastern parts of modern Germany in the early Middle Ages are still living nearby, and still speak their archaic languages. Also in the recent past Leipzig and the whole Saxony was a part of GDR, a socialist country that came to life after a part of Germany was occupied by the Commies after the WWII. All this has left a deep trace. Leipzig is a gloomy and uncomfortable place and a lot of people who live here have the “fuck you all and die” attitude very common to ex-socialist mentality.
One of our songs is a Hymn to Mokosh’, the Goddess of underground waters and divination, similar to Hecate. The idea of the song came to us when we’ve found out that her sanctuary was located on the territory of nowadays Leipzig’s neighborhood called Mockau. Since the level of underground waters is very high in Leipzig, this seems to be appropriate.

7.Has the band been able to do any live shows or has this been strictly a studio project so far?

We never played live as Burnt Offering up until now, but this can change in the future. In general we have no objections against live performances.

8.The demo was released on Narcoleptica Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Narcoleptica Prod. is an underground label from Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia. The guy who runs it is a real underground fanatic! He still works with tapes, and we goddamn love the tape sound! To produce the tapes he uses the records of sermons and Christian music from some neo-protestant sect and records his bands over them, a great idea! It was our dream to release "Deamonomania" on tape, so Narcoleptica was the best choice. We are really glad to work with this label.

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

Well, there were positive reviews and personal feedback from all over the world, from USA to Indonesia. We didn’t expect the coverage area to be that wide. On other hand, since “Daemonomania” is not a major release, it surely didn’t attract the attention of the broad masses. But it is good that way. We are definitely not planning to become the idols of the silent majority.
Some of the comparisons were really strange, for example with the early Absurd, the band we don’t really take seriously…

10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are a part off?

Asbath is founding member of Epic Shamanic Metal band Darkestrah, a band that started in Kyrgyzstan, then relocated to Germany and is focused on a combination of traditional Central Asian music and Black/Doom Metal. B.I.G. plays bass for Darkestrah since 2013. A new album of Darkestrah will be recorded this month and will be released through Osomose Prod.
N.E.(on guitars) and B.I.G.(on vocals and bass) play in a Post-Punk/Psychedelic Rock band Nietzsche and the Wagners and also work on an album now. The band was inspired by European modernist culture and also explored such topics as insanity in the time of Eurpoe’s lethargic sleep. But then Europe was broken out of the sleep by the Revolution and war in Ukraine, the land where Nameless Enemy comes from, and where B.I.G.’s ancestors hail from. This fact has really influenced the band and it’s concept.

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

We do have some new stuff and surely Burnt Offering won't stop at this point. However we are not yet sure about the exact format and dates of our future releases.

12.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?

We were mostly inspired by Norwegian Black Metal scene of the early 90es, early Mayhem, Darkthrone, Isengard, Burzum and such. Also early Eastern European scene had an impact on our music, demo-era Graveland or Ukarine's Astrofaes to name the few. Other important inspiration would be 80s-90s soviet/post-soviet Punk and Hardcore, such as Grazhdanskaja Oborona, Kooperativ Nishtjak or Orgazm Nostradamusa.
In the beginning we considered Burnt Offering more a tribute project than a band. We've started to play our own songs from the day one, but were more focused on recreating the atmosphere of the 90s underground. With the time, however, we've managed to create our own. At least we hope so.
As for our musical tastes, we are surely not concentrated on the aforementioned music, even though it definitely formed us as musicians and personalities. Our musical interests vary from extreme metal to Post-Punk, Coldwave and Neofolk.

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

Thank you for the interview! Stay tuned! And to everyone in the world, who is interested in the events in Eastern Europe, remember that Putin is a dickhead! Don’t get caught by the bullshit!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/burnt-offering-interview.html


Athanor/Winterhearth/Narcoleptica Productions/2015 Split Cassette Review

samedi 7 mars 2015 à 01:26

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Italy's  Athanor  and  Canada's  Winterhearth  which  was  released  by  Narcoleptica  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Athanor  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  medieval  torture  sounds  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  and  melodies  find  their  way  into  the  songs  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  a  touch  of  thrash  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  enhance  the  death  metal  side  of  the  bands  musical  style   and  as  their  side  of  the  split  progresses   whispers  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  the  production  sound s very  dark  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  necrotism,  Satanism  and  Occultism.

  In  my  opinion  Athanor  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "New  Order's  lords"  and  "Human  Rottenness  For  Hell".

  Next  up  is  Winterhearth  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  technical  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  acoustic  guitar playing  and  a  small  amount  of  flutes  that  gives  the  music  a  70's  rock  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  which  slowly  starts  to  lead  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black/thrash  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  touch  of  early  Kreator  style  screams  and  the  music  mixes  a  mid  80's  technical  thrash  style  in  with  a  more  raw  and  second  wave  style  of  black  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  th e musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  occultism,  death,  life,  anti  Christianity,  life  and  philosophy.

  In  my  opinion  Winterhearth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  technical  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Tarot  Cards".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal.  8  out  of  10.
                 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/athanorwinterhearthnarcoleptica.html


Terra Interview

vendredi 6 mars 2015 à 08:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Ryan: We formed last year when I convinced Luke to play drums for us because I'd got a gig for the band but no drummer, also Olly was in Australia so I forced him to come back which only gave us a month to prepare for said gig. Somehow it all went really well and we've managed to put together an album in this short space of time.

Olly: Me and Ryan have been trying to make music together for about a decade! From failed grind-core projects to many different iterations of a Black Metal band. After a hiatus of a couple of years Ryan got back in touch with me asking if I was willing to play bass for his new project. I agreed on the condition that he found a drummer willing to learn huge songs: Enter Luke. One month later we had a band!

2.You have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Ryan: It's pretty relentless, I kind of went at it taking aspects I liked of Drone and infused it with Black Metal. It wasn't something I'd heard done often so it was kind of a way to scratch an itch for me as I was craving something heavy yet with a hypnotic feel.

Olly: I would describe it as Atmospheric Black Metal. There are many dark elements but also plenty of more upbeat melodies by way of contrast.

3.I have seen the band being labeled as cascadian black metal and when i think of that term I think of bands from the Northwestern areas of the U.S and Canada, does the band embrace the term or is that something that the media has tagged you as?

Ryan: Whilst I can see why we get that as I am a fan of a lot of the bands from that scene, I wouldn't really say it's representative of who we are. Equally we get tagged as DSBM sometimes and I hate to admit we had to look up what that was.

Olly: I had never heard the term before people told me that's what I was playing. We are also described as DSBM a lot, having looking into the genre I can see where people are coming from with that one! But we have no specific sub-genre affiliation, we are just trying to make music that we enjoy.

Ryan: Yeah, I think Black metal might be as far as I'd be willing to go down the sub-genre rabbit hole. We just make music for ourselves and if other people like what we do then all the better.


4.What are some of the themes and images the band brings out with its musical style?

Ryan: I like to to be intentionally vague in terms of themes for the music, I leave that open to interpretation of the listener and let them let them form their own impression rather than imposing it on them.

Olly: The music is certainly open to interpretation. In my opinion it is rooted in nature however if someone else hears our music a different way, that's cool too.

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

Ryan: Terra is Latin for Earth, I've always lived out in the countryside and as such nature is all around and a constant source of inspiration so it seemed appropriate.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Ryan: I think our favourite as a band was our first gig down in London supporting Sonance, we were the oddball band on that bill supporting a bunch of fantastic Doom bands, it was a great gig and somehow we went over really well with that crowd.

Olly: I would have to agree with Ryan about the Sonance show, the lineup was so solid it was quite intimidating to open the bill. Another favourite was supporting Old Corpse Road. Sidious were brought in as a replacement and totally smashed it. They were really cool to hang out with too, I hope our paths cross again sometime.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Ryan: We've got a few things lined up but nothing major, we love playing live so we're always looking for shows to play.

Olly: Luke tends to look after this side of things, because he's much better at it than either of us. I certainly hope we get to play out loads more supporting this album.

8.The new album is coming out on Hibernacula, are you satisfied with the support they have given you so far?

Ryan: We're really appreciative for them to have taken us on board for our first album. We were approached by the owner after a gig, for him to take a chance on such a new band is really awesome of them.

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

Olly: The album hasn't been released yet so there aren't loads of reviews at the moment, however the early feedback we have received has been very positive.

Ryan: I've had some great feedback from people who aren't even into Black Metal so that's kind of interesting, we also get some great responses from people at shows which is always great to hear people are digging what we do.

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

Olly: We're already working on some new ideas and are hoping to spend more time working on new material together as a band. The only thing I can say for certain at this stage is it's sounding heavy as fuck!

Ryan: I'd not like to restrict where we might go and what we might do in the future by predicting it at this early stage, I'm sure it'll be heavy though.

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?

Ryan: I've a broad set of influences, a lot of the early black metal pioneers have influenced my writing of course; 'Hvis lyset tar oss' and 'Nattens madrigal' are particularly inspirational. I also find the modern American black metal scene is especially interesting these days. Outside of this I'm fairly open to what I listen to, if I like it I'll listen to it, I don't particularly stick to any specific genres. I like to think listening to a wide selection of music has a positive impact of the creative process as well.

Olly: Im a total fan of the classics as far as Black metal is concerned give me Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Emperor etc. and I'll be happy as a clam. Im also heavily into dark drum and bass, Hardcore and other extreme electronic styles. Guys like The Outside Agency, Switch Technique and Current Value influence my playing more then you would think.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Olly: That's a really good question, I mean I work in music and spend much of my spare time working on music. Computer games and getting hammered I suppose!

Ryan: I like to run, being out in the countryside and away from civilization for a while is particularly cathartic.

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

Olly: Clam

Ryan: Thanks for reading and checking us out.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/terra-interview.html


Astarium/Chthonian Miasma/Narcoleptica Productions/2015 Single Review

vendredi 6 mars 2015 à 04:32

  This  is  the  final review  of  a  recording  from  Astarium  for  now  which  shows  a  return  back  to  a  symphonic  black  metal  sound  with  the  single  being  called  "Cthronian  Miasma"  which  was  released  by  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  A  very  melodic  guitar  lead  and  symphonic  synths  start  off  the  single  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  also  bring s in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  song  is  divided  into  2  chapters  along  with  all  of  the musical  instruments  sounding  powerful  and  the  second  part  displays  more  of  a  raw  side.

  Asterium  creates  a  very  grim  approach  to  symphonic  black  metal  with  this  single  while  also  adding  in  more  powerful  guitar  leads  and  bass,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  focus  on  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Astarium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.    

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/astariumchthonian-miasmanarcoleptica.html


Astarium/Reverie/Ratten im Gemauer/2015 Demo Review

vendredi 6 mars 2015 à 03:40

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Astarium  with  the  song  being  a  50  minute  long  track  that  combines symphonic  black  metal,  dark  ambient  and  neo-classical  with  the  demo  being  called  "Reverier"  and  released  by  Ratten  in  Gemauer".

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  atmospheric  dark  ambient  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  as  the  song  progresses  more  distorted   guitars  find  their  way  into  the  track  which  also  bring  in  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times.

  At  times  the  music  has  a  depressive  black  metal  feeling  while  the  spoken  give  the  song  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  after  awhile  the  synths  also  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  symphonic  atmosphere   while  still  not  as  dominant  as  the  previous  recordings  and  the  whole  song  remains  true  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Astarium  creates  more  of  an  epic  50  minute  song  with  this  recording  staying  away  from  the more  symphonic  or  raw  sides  of  black  metal  that  where  a  part  of  previous  recordings  and  he  creates  a  song  that  is  more  in  the  dark  ambient  and  neo  -classical  direction  while  still  having  some  black  metal  elements  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts,   the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  focus  more  on  a  dark  concept.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Astarium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  black  metal  and  neo  classical,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/astariumreverieratten-im-gemauer2015.html