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Murk Rider/Exile Of Shadows/2019 Full Length Review

mercredi 5 juin 2019 à 05:23

  Murk  Rider  are  a  band  from  Northern  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  stoner  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Exile  Of  Shadows"  which  will  be  released  on  June  20th.

Sounds  of  fire  burning  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  and  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  sounds  of  nature.  Vocals are  mostly  aggressive  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  are  heavily  rooted  in  stoner  doom  metal.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of   the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  tribal  and  ritualistic  sounding  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of   clean  female  and  male  vocals  can  also  be  heard,  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  concept  of  Joseph  Campbell's  Heroic  Journey's  and  Shamanism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Murk  Rider  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  stoner  doom  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Return".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/murk-riderexile-of-shadows2019-full.html


Ferenres Tenebris Interview

mercredi 5 juin 2019 à 03:23
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are based in Mexico City. The band’s current lineup consists of Mario (LG), Andrés “Huachi” (RG), Antonio (B), Natalia (V) and Oswaldo (D). It all began in mid 2014, because of the desire to play together and make our own music. At first, the band was planned to be a full on Black Metal act, but it was Mario who disagreed. His proposal was to have flexibility to incorporate various elements and sounds, so that our music making process could flow naturally without necessarily having to stick to a specific genre’s aesthetic. We are glad to have agreed collectively on this, because we have created material that has different colors, moods and swings. Over the years we’ve had various lineup changes due to personal or circumstantial reasons, until we came to the current one, which has been together since mid 2017.
2019 has definitely been our busiest year so far, and we want and are looking for more. Locally, audiences have enjoyed what we’ve presented to them and we hope you do too.



2.So far you have released one ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
We wanted a good production value in the quality of the sound but we also wanted to avoid that everything sounded over processed. Therefore, we decided to embark on the adventure of the DIY path. Our bassist, Antonio, was in charge of the recording and mixing; the attention to detail he showed in all 4 songs was quite admirable. He really wanted to accurately represent the sound that the band has developed over the years and we really think he nailed it. If anything, we had a fun but also emotional time while recording the EP and it shows…every song has an honest feel to it.



3.Your lyrics cover misanthropy, introspection and the darkness of the human condition, can you tell us a little bit about your interest in these topics?

We believe that our interest in these topics come very much as a consequence of the society that we currently live in. These are brutal, dark and senseless times where one’s hope and peace of mind one can easily be shattered. Be it by witnessing how most people, in a small or large scale, only care for their own interests and will step on anyone who gets in their way…be it by the self-abandonment in a world that favors technology over humanity and the inner conflicts that arise in one’s mind when being subject to that scenario. Be it by the constant overexposure to media, information of any kind, consumables, etc., that mire the mind and desensitizes us. It’s kind of inevitable not to talk about something that you are currently witnessing in the flesh. To sum things up, we are one sad bunch.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ferentes Tenebris'?

The band’s name comes from Latin and it stands for “Those who bring/carry the darkness/shadows”. As the name states it, the inspiration came from the dark reflections of our world, which we embrace and show, so that the darkness can be seen, felt and acknowledged. We also thought it sounded evil.



5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

The artwork was created by our talented vocalist, Natalia. Her work in the band has been remarkable, not only as a musician, but as a designer as well. She’s also the responsible for the band’s logo and name design. She’s got a great eye for visuals and concepts. The aesthetic is based on the German Expressionism Movement because we thought that it’s exaggeration and/or mockery of real-life elements go well with the songs and the lyrics contained in them. We also have other surprises related to this concept which we’ll announce via social media. Stay tuned.



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

So far, the best shows have been two. One we did in Puebla alongside Kai Flood, a Mexican Black Metal band that has opened for Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Sekhmet, etc. It was a small audience but a dedicated one, nonetheless. The reactions were amazingly positive, plus all the organization and staff did an excellent job the whole show.

The second was here in Mexico City alongside Nuclear Chaos, who have played in major metal festivals like WOA and Metaldays, and Healing Harm, who just recorded their second album at Studio Fredman. We played to a full venue and the audience were down right awesome.

Our live performance has been classified by fans of the band as hypnotic. The reasons they give is the atmosphere and power we create with our music and Natalia’s presence, which they call theatrical and raw. This makes us happy.



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

We do, at the moment we are booking several local shows ‘til the end of the year. We would love to play abroad someday.



8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We’re not actively looking for one, but we’ve received a couple of local invites as well as international invites, one of them being from Chicago.



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

We wouldn’t really know how to respond to that since worldwide fans rarely interact with us, but we’ve seen that we appear in various sites on the internet, mainly from US and Europe, as well as having a profile at Encyclopaedia Metallum that was created by a couple of people from Russia and China, so you could say it’s been positive.



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

We hope it can be soon. There’s more than enough material for a full length…regardless, we haven’t stop writing new music. We don’t really know what the future holds for us and the sounds we make, but we’ll make sure to keep growing and evolving.



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?

The answer can become so broad because we have different tastes overall. Influences range from Opeth, Immortal, Dissection, Black Sabbath, Bathory, Darkthrone, King Diamond, Katatonia, A Perfect Circle, Kent, Death, King Crimson, Camel, The Melvins to classical music such as Vivaldi, Rajmáninov, Schubert, Holst, Tárrega, Taméz…even jazz like Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Coltrane, etc. There are many other musical styles that we as band and as individuals listen to and are influenced by.



12.What are some of your nonmusical interests?

Many things that go from programming, art in many of its manifestations, many forms of comedy, audio engineering, psychoanalysis, philosophy, nihilism, anarchy, coffee, beer, many kinds of food, cigarettes, etc.



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

To everyone who reads this, thank you for making it this far. Keep creating, keep resisting. Art is truth. If you would like to keep track of what we do, you can find us at Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Bandcamp. Our EP is available in all music streaming services. Thanks to OccultBlackMetalZine for taking the time to listen and rate us and also, for the space given for this fun interview. We greatly appreciate it. Fucking Methüüül!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/ferenres-tenebris-interview.html


Grimdor Interview

mercredi 5 juin 2019 à 02:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Yes, Hails! we are Grimdor we play a very Lofi and Raw style of Black Metal and Dungeon Synth music or "Dark Ambient music" for those that don't know, only influenced by the world of J.R.R Tolkien.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Our first EP [The Lonely Mountain] we had a few influences in mind but we wanted specially to sound like a mixture of Isengard, Burzum, and Mortiis and the early second wave of Black Metal, for the second EP [Stone of the Hapless] Due to a very tight schedule and personal reasons Narzug is absent on the album but I quickly recruited three very talented friends to fill in for the album's vocal duties and they are the masterminds behind Lord Einsamkeit, Coniferus Myst and Erythrite Throne, very influential and important musicians in the Dungeon Synth movement, musically this album had to be different from the first because I did not want to repeat the same album over again, this is a different album with a different story so I took it as a challenge to write very different type of songs, adding more influences while trying to keep the traditional sound alive, look out for it on early July on Akashic Envoy Records.

3.The lyrics are based upon the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work and also are there any other authors that have had an influence on your songwriting?

Me and Grimdor are big fans of Tolkien and well we want keep the lyrics influenced only on Tolkien's work because that was the original idea, we do not write about any other topics because we do not want to mix ourselves with other politics in this band, it is not important to us.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grimdor'?

Grimdor are two words I [Grimdor] put together, it means Fierce Lord in Elvish tongue, nothing special.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

Yes, the artwork features a very gloomy and broken Turin Turumbar done by Heraldo Mussolini a very talented artists who gave us permission to use it, we had a few album covers in mind but we are glad we went with this one, everyone seems to love it.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We would like to remain a duo for now.

7.One member lives in Germany while the other one lives in the United States, what kind of impact does this have on your musical style?

We live in two very different places , different wheaters and all, Narzug lives in a very green and rainy area in Germany while I live in the hollow Arizona desert in the US so that also influences us. We do not care to play live so being far apart has no impact on our band but it doesn't mean one day we won't do it, you never know.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and dungeon synth?

Both have been very welcoming, both Back Metal and Dungeon Synth fans seem to like the mixture and enjoy what we do.

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

We would not like to discuss that.

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

Our next album might take a while but we keep writing constantly, A third full Dungeon Synth style only EP might drop before it. Who knows.. and musically we would like to keep our sound and original ideas.

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?

We listen to everything and share so much music with each other it would be impossible to name all the type of stuff we listen to, but for the most part we try to keep Grimdor with that old school early second wave of Black Metal and Dungeon Synth style, that is very important to us.

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

Yes long live Tolkien!, Black Metal! and hail the Dungeon Synth movement! and thanks to everyone who supports us.





Grimdor Official

grimdorofficial@gmail.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/grimdor-interview.html


Oppress. Interview

mercredi 5 juin 2019 à 02:33
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

There's not much to tell, as there is only one EP so far. I am, or have been involved in certain other projects, including Horla, live duties for Wytchfilth, and most recently Soulphernus.  Oppress. is a project in the vein of Mayhem, Aura Noir, Urarv, DhG ,1349, Corpus Christii, etc. The music for the current demo was recorded in the summer of 2018. There is more material in the works, which I will sit on until there is enough for a full-length album. My intention with the music is to do what the name says: oppress.


2.So far you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The answer to the question above gives you some clues to the overall sound. I like to wrong-foot the listener from time to time in different ways. There's nothing technical here, nothing could be less interesting to me, but I'm also not interested in only giving you the same things you can get elsewhere. I used a very un-metal guitar to get a "nagging" tone because I want the listener to feel unwelcome, unsure, not quite at home in the comfortable world of "black metal". I used a mix of different vocal styles, grunting, croaking, gurgling, hissing, because that run-of-the mill BM shrieking gets boring quickly now that we've all heard it a million times on a million other records.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

Sex and death. Mass-murder-perversion, nuclear war and orgasm, fetishism of mass-extinction. Paradox. Insane desire for what is not possible. Transcendence - but downwards, not up. The lyrics are available to read on bandcamp, so find out for yourselves.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Oppress.'?

"Oppress." is an instruction to me: oppress the listener. Oppress. is not only about moronic blasting, it is sadistic, it withholds pleasure, it pleases itself with your discomfort. Future releases will go much further in this direction. 

"Oppress." is an affront to the rational autonomy of my audience. I order you to do something "immoral". 

"Oppress." is an order issued to the listener that they cannot help but obey in their daily lives, in small, subtle ways that they would rather not think about. It amuses me to make people sit with the thought of their own guilt, and then laugh at them for it.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover/

It's an absurdist dick-pic. The two symbolic meanings of the horn we all know. The meaning of the picture is your reaction to it. 

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

We'll see.


7.Online there is very little information on the internet with no metal archives page or any social media, is this intentional?

Sure, why not.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Not actively, no. I can do without the hassle of extra paperwork. Maybe once I have enough material for another release.

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

Who cares what those idiots think! ;)

In all seriousness, it's early days, it's only the first title by Oppress. and the demo has been out for no longer than a week or two, so we'll see.

10.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Yes. I am working on an industrial/noise/black metal project with old co-conspirator K.H. of Wytchfilth, in the vein of Blut Aus Nord, Gnaw Their Tongues, etc. I have various releases with other projects in the pipeline, too, but I won't say anything about those here.

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

Headlining at Glasto, appearances on chat shows, celebrity friends, a "featuring" track with Jay Z or Kanye, a legal dispute with Taylor Swift, money, glamour, fame... 


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?

I already mentioned the main sources of inspiration above in Q1 and Q10. But also: The Arrival of Satan, Death Worship, Revenge, Axis of Advance, Throne of Katarsis, old Leviathan (USA), the other Leviathan (SWE), Antediluvian, Aosoth, Vhernen, Xasthur, old Deathspell Omega, White Medal, Lucifericon, Sonne Adam and a million others.

Non-metal stuff too like Boards of Canada, Burial, Death's Dynamic Shroud, Merzbow, Mars Volta, Keeril Makan ("the noise between thoughts"), Rued Langgaard ("music of the spheres") Penderecki, Ligeti, Mussorgsky, Berlioz. 

Anything dark, mocking, obnoxious, evil.


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

Nothing especially.


Thanks,
OG

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/oppress-interview.html


Mercy's Dirge Interview

mardi 4 juin 2019 à 02:45
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

The band initially started out as a solo project of guitarist Vlad in 1991. During that year, Clepy joined the band as vocalist and Leo as drummer. In this format we released the "Another Hell" demo in 1993. Then Dan Chirap became our bass guitarist and togheter we created the "Unholy Doom Creation" demo in 1995. During these years the band toured all over the country, thus leaving a mark in the Romanian Metal Stage. After playing the last confirmed gig in '95, Mercy's Dirge disbanded. In 2015 the band reunited with founding members Clepy and Vlad, alongside new guitarist Nistor. In 2016 the band found a bassist and a drummer. The band started gigging all over the country and released in 2018, "Mercy's Dirge" EP and "Live, Raw & Relentless" LP. 
What got us together was our passion for music and our rebel spirit, our anti-system attitude, formed during our adolescence governed by the communist system that ruled our country so long and with such disastrous consequences.

2.In 2018 you had released both an ep and a full length, musically how do they both differ from your previous demo's?

The previous demos were played first in a 3-man band rather than a 4-member formula. There is an important issue regarding the quality of sound, we produced those demo’s in a basement with improvised microphones and old equipment , recording it all on an Russian tape recorder, with poor mastering skills.
The music was raw, simple and extremely brutal  and what resulted was something original,  amazing, surprising and sounded unexpectedly good considering the conditions we had. It sounds as the old northern/scandinavian Black Metal albums and demos of bands like Celtic Frost and Darkthrone.
 Now we recorded the album in a professional studio, the EP was recorded on separate tracks, each one of us at a time, but the LP was recorded in a Live Session, a much faster way of recording all songs.
The quality of the sound is professional this time, the music has more Death Metal substance and sororities than the earlier versions, but the complexity is much higher and we are now five members, each of us bringing his own contribution to a more complex and better sound. We can say that our music is now mature and evolved. 

3.The band was broken up for more than 20 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform the band?

We gathered the band when we were students, with no obligations, no families, no jobs, so we were free to do whatever we wanted. However, as soon as we finished our studies, we had to find jobs in order to survive, so life and social conditions at that time had a major influence over this decision.
The decision to reform the band was an act of reclaiming our past that was stolen from us, in the beginning we were curious if we still can do this, and soon we got caught by the passion for music that we never lost . The conclusion was that we got better as the time passed over us.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with their music?

The themes that we approached were about the realities of society, about the revolt we felt against a cruel and unjust  social system, about our anarchical attitude over authority, showing to the world that our spirit cannot be broken.
The eternal struggle between good and evil is also a major theme of our lyrics. In this theme we have included tales and legends, from which we have things we can learn from.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mercy's Dirge'?

It is a combination between the empathy that we have for the problems of the present society, for the human race (Mercy) and the sound that struggles to burst out, the sound of our anger and the wrath (the Dirge), both of them caused by the unjust and unequal system that we live in, the pain and the suffering that this life offers us.
 That was the concept that we had in mind 28 years ago, as youngsters. In the present days, the spirit, the wrath, anger and also the empathy remained , but maybe the concept would be different nowadays, as we lived and accumulated experience. Still we are loyal to our name and past.

6.Originally the band started out a solo project what was the decision, what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?

 We felt that we needed more in order to achieve a more complete sound, a more complex formula of expression,  evolution is a necessity for every band , it is also a normal thing in life, you evolve or you perish. Almost twenty six years passed since most of the songs were composed, so we had to enhance them and to bring new sounds and a modern and improved concept in order to be more actual. There are also new songs to complete our playlist. The new members also contributed to the rebirth of our music.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

It is something that for ordinary people and priesthood means immortality and occasion of subjugation and indoctrination, but in reality it is rotten for a long time and can not do anything miraculous.

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?

We remember nostalgically of our earliest concerts that took place at the national festivals (earned awards at ‘Top t ’93 Buzau’ and ‘Metal Fan ’93 Bucharest’ for the most brutal vocal, best entry and best drummer) than at ‘Top t ’94 Buzau’ ;
We also had great shows during the last years at 31 Motors Pub , the best local scene, LIVE in Bucharest – Rotheads-Release/ Mercy’s Dirge/ Slicer/ FuckYouDracu – 03 Mar 2018.  LIVE in 31 Motors Pub Suceava with Blodiga Skald [IT], Aether [PL] – 17 May 2018, LIVE in Quantic Bucuresti with Akral Necrosis – 18 May 2018, Wacken Metal Battle Romania 2018 Semifinala III (Iasi, Underground Club) – 26 May 2018,  LIVE in Vintage Ploiesti with Saddayah/Blasted – 27 Oct 2018, LIVE in B52 Bucharest with Ulcerate / Rotheads / Walk The Abyss – 11 Apr 2019 and many others.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are still working on the touring part, once we know something we will inform you.
In the close future we have a few shows where we will participate, in June the 15-th at Iasi, The Gate Bar ,  DETLAND PROPHECY Festival, than there is the FLEX FEST, at Club Flex , on 5-7 July in Arad. These are the nearest events in the future. We are taking it step by step, creating our own public and fans, making our name and music heard everywhere.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?



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

We have to go further against all odds, there is no turning back, if we really want to leave a legacy, something worth taking account of, there is a long and hard road we need to follow. That has never scared us in the past, why should it be different now? 


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?

 There was a lot of Black and Death Metal that we were listening in the past, practically Venom, Celtic Frost, Darkthrone, Burzum, Bathory, Emperor , Mayhem, Rotting Christ, Enslaved ,Marduk, and other bands on this style, then Napalm Death, Carcass, Entombed, Obituary, Unleashed, Bolt Thrower, Benediction and many more on the other part. We also listen to the new wave of Metal bands as Mgla, YLVA, Behemot, Gaza, Car Bomb, Ultha, Leeched, Thy Art is Murder and so on.


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

MUIE PSD, MUIE BOR

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/mercys-dirge-interview.html