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Siaskel Interview

lundi 21 juillet 2014 à 07:36

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?

Hi, guys from Occult Black Metal Zine. First of all, thanks for the support by asking us for our first interview in english language. Well, we spent a lot of time trying to release the first album, an album we are really pride of, basically because some labels did not want to work with us, and here we are now, destroying ears and bursting heads of our audience. Right now we are ad portas of finishing the recordings of our second album, the songs on this one are more powerful and vicious, and we gave the chance to ourselves to make some experimentation on the melodies. You may ask why "so soon for a second album", and the answer is because the first album are old songs that had to be recorded and released, since those ones were created 2 or 3 years ago. We are "non stop" music maniacs, so new stuff had to came up... In a couple of weeks we will ritualize the city of Rancagua in our country, Chile, as an official live release of our debut album "Jatenentolpen Thejin", and maybe a couple of more gigs later, who knows. After that, we plan to start compositions for the third album, the colossus Siaskel will not stop!!

2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released a few years back?

The promo cd we release on 2010 was a rehearsal recorded in multitrack, both of those songs are in the full length cd we already self release. There were not changes on the music, only a more professional recording and different vocals. 

3.This is the first release in 4 years since the promo demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the 4 year gap between releases?

At the beginning of 2011 we recruited Gorrge, the new vocalist of the band. By that time we had the music of Jatenentolpen Thejin already recorded and we had to wait until he learn the songs and work the vocal duties...After that he was ready to impregnate the songs with the darkness we were seeking and recorded his part. At the end of that year we had a pre-agreement with a french label on a vinyl release, but after a considerable delay on the answer, the label told us the release was cancelled by financial problems. That was the moment we decided to self release it by the back up of Gorrge, without his support and perseverance, the release of our first full length album maybe would have taken so much time to be done.

4. Can you tell us a little bit more about the song lyrics that are present on the recording?

Our lyrics are tales covered in blood, horror, war and destruction. We talk about stories of Selk'nam culture, natives from Tierra del Fuego, at the south end of Chile. We pray about their cosmogony and describe in a personal way, their rich mythology, so different to others, thanks to the cultural parallelism of primal civilizations.

5.On the album you sing in a mixture of Spanish and Ona which was the language of the Selk'nam, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision to write in these languages and also can you tell us a little bit more about the Selk'nam tribe?

As you say, the lyrics on the album are written in spanish, and we use different words and sentences of the Selk'nam language. We had a very hard work studying the Selk'nam culture, mainly reading old historical descriptions/writings of investigators, scientists and religious people made long time ago. The main point of this is because, this culture has so many shocking events, that, respectfully, we didn't want to disown and treat the themes lightly at all. We wanted that each phrase and story have their own weight and interpretation. Is in this moment we decided to sing in not another language but our own, and add the Selk'nam ingredient to give sense at what was being sung about the own creation, heroes, shamans, demons, spirits and gods of this now extinct culture. As the whole universe of different cultures, the Selk'nam had own special aspects related to their beliefs and the way to conceive life and death, so does their conception of the creation of the universe, the rites and shamanic invocations, between long aspects of history. Our songs deal with many of those aspects and specific stories of the past.

6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Siaskel'?

The legend says Siaskel was a merciless and vicious being, evil made flesh. This colossus was capable of terrifying every single being on the Onaisin (territory occupied by the Selk'nam). He was a destructive force feared by all of the souls on the firmament, as the story says. And well, the name by itself is so powerful we didn't have any doubt of calling the band like this.

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

Extreme Metal Festival, 2008 in Chile. This one was made open air. In that time, the vocalist of the band Occidens was singing on Siaskel, only for live performances purpose. In Chile, it is very difficult you get watched by much people at once, and to be in front of 1000 maniacs it's a lot...This happened basically because the line up of that fest was exceptional for those years: Magnanimvs, Denying Nazarene, Bellum, Melektaus, Gorgoth and Occidens between others. About the stage performance, it is very difficult to say since we have not played live at least in the last 3 years and the actual line up is very different from the past one, as we told you before, we will start promoting our album by live performances very soon, so probably you'll figure out yourself by watching some live videos people may upload in the future. And as a bonus: we are preparing to play some tunes of the second album on this year.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?

The first gig will be on Rancagua, on the second week of August. We hope to do a couple of more shows on the left months of 2014. About touring, in Chile it doesn't work, at least you have 3 or 5 gigs and that is not touring. We hope to play outside Chile someday, and following that, we have to keep working in our music since, obviously, is very difficult any promoter wants you if you are not well known to make people pay a fee to watch you.

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

Yes, we are currently unsigned, and yes, the idea for the next album (and the next after that) is to be released by a label. We hope a good and professional label get interested in our stuff, since releasing your own material is really exhausting, not only financially speaking, but it requires a lot of working time. By the moment we have not talk with any labels, since we are focused on distributing and selling the first release. As the new record is almost ready, we will probably send some promo stuff to labels of our interest or vice versa, if any label contacts us, we will have to discuss a deal. Time is running.

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

It's funny, since we have a better response of the audience outside Chile, than inside. The album has a lot of reviews by now and only positive ones (average 8 of 10) by the moment...for us that is surprising and very satisfactory. Our website is visited mainly by people of outside the country and the main request of buying the album are not from Chile as well. We thank our vocalist, who has worried of promoting our cd in different sites of the world, not only by "sending" the stuff , but by promoting our material in situ in a couple of countries he has recently visited. We prefer to call our music by the tag of "extreme metal" only, since the "style" of Siaskel has been very discussed on the media, about being black metal, death metal, blackdeath metal, and shit like that, but finally, the feedback has been very good. We released 500 copies in a professionally manufactured cd and right now we have maybe 100 or less left.

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

Our drummer and lead guitarist share a project called INTENEBRAS, and they are releasing a full length album very soon. Our vocalist used to sing in the band ANCESTRAL, a death metal band, but he is not longer part of that band, he is working in a black/doom metal project now, called CONCATENATUS, where he does vocals and drums. Our bass player and rhythm guitar belongs 100% to SIASKEL.

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?

Well, we have a wide taste in music, but the goal of Siaskel always has been to create extreme music, related to the roots of our music taste in the past years, bands like Dissection, Limbonic Art (old), Marduk (old), Dark Funeral (old), Infernal War, Thunderbolt, Ondskapt, Setherial (old), Kriegmaschine, etc. Every member has it's own music taste, but the usual and common thing is old school black and death metal.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
As every member of the band are full grown adults, everyone has their own different activities, and a different vision of life of course... but taking beer outside of the map, we enjoy history and stuff like non-conventional movies. 

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

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america/Coping With Loss/ Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2014 CD Review

lundi 21 juillet 2014 à 02:28
  american  are  a  band  from  Virginia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  punk,  industrial  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Coping  With  Loss"  which  was  released  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Drones  and  clean  playing  before  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  a  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  brings  in  blast  beats  and  dark  sounding  melodies  and  then  the  music  slows  down  and  adds  some  sludge  influences  into  their  depressive  black  metal  sound  while  they  also  keep  around  the  fast  parts.

  Bass  guitars  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  the  album  along  with  the  slower  sections  bringing  in  some  very  heavy  doom/sludge  metal  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  brought  in  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  band  also  adds  in  a  good  amount  of  drones  and  harsh  noises  with  the  guitars  and  amps.

  Sound  effects  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  make  the  music  sound  a  lot  more  experimental  as  well  as  giving  the  album  a  more  underground  industrial  edge  while  the  faster  and  raw  side  of  black  metal  is  the  most  dominant  sound  to  be  heard  on  this  recording  and  they  also  add  in  some  of  the  more  modern  elements  of  this  musical  genre  into  their  sound  at  times,  one  of  the  later  tracks  sees  the  band  stepping  away  from  black  metal  for  awhile  to  create  some  dark  and  evil  sounding  drone  before  making  a  return  back  to  that  direction  as  well  as  sounding  more  raw  and  vicious  as  well  as  adding  in  a  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitar  playing,  the  last  track  sees  the  band  adding  in  melodic  Gregorian  chants  in  the  background  and  the  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  goes  for  more  of  an  ambient  noise  direction.

  american  creates  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  with  their  style  being  mostly  in  a  raw  and  depressive  direction  and  they  make  their  sound  more  diverse  by  adding  in  sludge,  doom  metal,  drone  and  harsh  noise  elements,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  american  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  sludge,  punk,  industrial  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual  Suicide"  "Lamb  To  Slaughter"  and  "Solace  in  The  Silence".  8  out  of  10. 

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Visions Interview

dimanche 20 juillet 2014 à 23:22
1. Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We have recorded this time at Traste Cero Studios , the difference between  this record and the old ones is that now we have a sound more appropriate with that we have in our minds. The old recordings were just amateur ones in comparison

2. The bands earlier material was more blackened death thrash and the new ep is more in an old school or more traditional style of black metal, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

The idea with this band was taking a different point of view in each recording, but always into the extreme metal stuff. I hate those bands who record the same song with different names in all their releases. I will really get bored working always on the same idea

3. Your song lyrics cover a good amount of satanic, occult and pagan themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

In this EP we use these topics as a provocation and a sample of intolerance against those Judeo-Christian sects who corrupts the natural values and the moral of the human being

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

Visions name came from the enormous influence that the Sepultura’s greatest “Morbid Visions” gave to me. At the beginning, the band name would be Morbid Visions, but I prefer using only one word on a name

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

I have good regards of all the shows we have perform, our bass player broke his leg on his first show, that’s the way we want to do the things! I will define our stage performance as “cold and direct”. I hate those stupid frontmans who are always interacting with the public and doing monologues. People goes to the shows to see you playing at live, not to hear your jokes!

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

We’re planning a national tour to present the new Ep. At this moment we have some confirmations, but we can’t say anything more about this. Let’s see what we can do!

7 .The new ep had a cover of Burzum's  "Journey  to the  Stars" what was the decision behind during your own version of this legendary track/

As you have said, it’s a legendary black metal song, and we think it fits perfectly into the atmosphere of this Ep

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

At this moment there isn’t much demand nor follow up far beyond our country. We hope this recording can change this situation

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

We want to spread the words about the new Ep and make some noise at live first. Then, and if we have enough money, we’ll be able to record a full length album to make more chaos! The future is simple, our path is chosen, the extreme way is our way

10. 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 classic ones, from Black Sabbath to Beherit, going on Celtic Frost and Morbid Angel. Right now I’m interesting in very extreme things like Teitanblood, Katharsis… and those bands who are doing that new sound like Malthusion or Bölzer…amazing!!

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

Thanks a lot for your time and the time of those who have dedicated a few minutes to read this

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Ak-11/Once Upon A Time In Europa/2014 CD Review

dimanche 20 juillet 2014 à 05:42

  Ak-11  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw,  melodic  and  pagan  form  of  black/war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Once  Upon  A  Time  In  Europa".

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  getting  a  lot  heavier  and  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  leads  to  a  faster  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  guitar  leads  and  they  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  a  good  amount  of  melody  into  their  music.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  sound  very  powerful   and  there  is  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  in  the  bands  musical  sound  and  after  awhile  deeper  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  they  bring  in  a  death  metal  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  sound  which  also  shows  up  in  the  riffing  and  blast  beats  at  times and  this  album  goes  for  mostly  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction.

  On  the  track  "Slava"  you  can  hear  some  world  war  II  samples  and  then  the  next  track  takes  the  music  into  a  more  fast  and  chaotic  war  metal  direction  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  melodic  side  of  black  metal,  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  sees  the  band  add  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  which  gives  the  music  a  more  militant  neo-classical  feeling  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction while  the  synths  do  appear  later  on  briefly  before  going  into  the  last  track.

  Ak-11  remains  true  to  the  musical  direction  that  was  found  on  the  ep  while  also  adding  in  more  melody  and  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  skill  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Russian  and  German  and  cover  war,  carnage,  bloodlust,  Ancient  European  Paganism,  Left  Hand  path  and  Existentialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ak-11  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black/war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cleansing  Stream"  "Sniper  Glory"  "Europa  (Once  Upon  A  Time)"  and  "Europa  (The  Future)".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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Skiddaw/Self titled/SixSixSix Music/2014 EP Review

dimanche 20 juillet 2014 à 02:43

  Skiddaw  are  a  band  from  the  united  Kingdom  that  plays  a  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  ep  which  will  be  released  by  SixSixSix Music.

    Rain  and  weather  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  guitar  lead  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black   metal  screams  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  mid  paced  direction.

  On  the  3rd  track  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  going  into  a  slower  direction  which  adds  an  evil  atmosphere  to  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  last  track  starts  out  very  fast  before  going  into  a  more  mid  paced  direction  while  it  still  also  has  its  fast  moments  and  blast  beats.  

  Skiddaw  adds  a  lot  of  diversity  into  their  raw  occult  black  metal  sound  with  every  track  having  a  different  sound  to  it,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  and  the  lyrics  cover  the  Mythology  of  Cunbria  and  Demonology.  

  In  my  opinion  Skiddaw  are   a  very  great  sounding  raw  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skiddaw  Towers"  and  "Even  Titans  Fall".  8  out  of  10.

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