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Harda Skit Interview

mardi 25 février 2014 à 01:54
1. Can you give us an introduction to the duo, for people that will be hearing of you for the first time?

Basically the idea of a black metal project formed somewhere in the spring of 2008. I scribbled together some riffs back then, but the project didn't fully start until T. joined the band as a drummer in 2010. Since then we have released two EP's (the first one by ourselves and the second one through Art of Propaganda) but we haven't really had the time to do anything else besides that, since we both have also several other musical projects going on.

2. So far you have put out 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical direction both of them have taken and also how do they differ from each other?

The first EP, Helvetes Ild, was quite a straight forward black metal record with mostly fast tempo riffs and occasional atmospheric moments here and there. On the second EP, Ros Rus, we decided to take our music into more atmospheric direction but still keep the black metal edge to it. Songs are longer and more progressive compared to the first EP, with influences from several different music styles.

3. Both of the band members also have a background in death metal, are you more comfortable playing black metal with this project or do you prefer playing death metal?

We both listen to quite a broad range of music styles, maybe even mostly outside of metal. Therefore it is pretty hard to dictate which one we prefer, since we like playing any music in general.

4. The lyrics are written in Norwegian and the band is from Finland, why did you choose this language over your native language?

Originally the idea of using Norwegian for the lyrics was a way to pay tribute to the Norwegian black metal bands from the early 90's. Norwegian language also fits the music quite well, being grim and cryptic to understand when heard by a random listener.

5. The song lyrics cover Gloom, Satanism, Alcohol and Black Comedy, can you tell us a little bit more about what those mean to you and also how would you describe your views on Satanism?

I don't really think there are any directly satanic views in the lyrics. Although Satan is used as an entity in the lyrics, it still represents the fallen angel as a light bearer, symbolizing knowledge and enlightenment, as in Luciferian outlook. Alcohol in this case is considered as an igniter for a process to move towards the said enlightenment or towards the exact opposite of it, depending on the subject. Lyrical content not being humorous by any means, the black comedy aspect is still always there.

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

Basically the goal of the band was to play as hard shit as we can. No further mystique to it. We have recently discussed about doing the next release under a new name but there isn't any certainty about it yet.

7. Do you have any plans in the future to add more members?

We have been talking about putting together a live line-up for gigs but it isn't a current issue right now, since we have so many other projects going on. The band works well with just the two of us so it is unlikely that we'll take any more official members.

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

The feedback has been mostly good, especially for the newest release. Of course there are always some people who don't get it or label it as "untrue" or some shit like that, which is typical. But we've had some great reviews of Ros Rus so I guess we've done something right anyway.

9. What is going on with your death metal band these days?

We are currently recording the first full-length album for Coffincraft. That's why we have been keeping a little low profile for some time now. The process has been quite slow due to lack of scheduling and other urgencies. We are also doing pretty much everything ourselves this time so it takes time. Anyway, the album should be ready sometime this year.

10. Are there any plans for a full length album in the future and also what direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Yes, almost all the music has been composed for a full-length album now. Lyrics and some adaptations are still to be done. Recording starts when we find the time and money for it, maybe in next fall or winter. The new album will take an even more atmospheric approach on black metal and there's an even greater amount of influences from different genres. I always like to try new things in music and won't easily stick to what I've already done. So I guess you'd better have an open mind towards what's coming next.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Personally I think that there is good music in every genre. You can find some inspirational stuff in the fields of folk, classical, jazz, rock, blues, metal or even pop music. I think we both just listen to whatever sounds good to us and ignore the rest. When it comes to Hårda Skit, the biggest influences I think come from the classic black metal bands, some post-rock and shoegaze bands, psychedelic and progressive rock, drone and downtempo, and sometimes from folk music. Surely you can't hear them all in the music, but they have definitely influenced the creating of it.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Movies, art, food, video games, tasting beers. To name a few of them. Basically anything that has something to do with culture.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thank you for an interesting interview and I hope these answers shed some light on things! If anyone should be interested, you can check out both of our EP's at Bandcamp. Thanks!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/harda-skit-interview.html


Signalfeide Interview

lundi 24 février 2014 à 02:20
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the project?
J.N.: Hails, first of all I want to thank you for granting us this interview. Signalfeide was conceived back in 2012, more specifically around May or June if I remember correctly. I give all the credit to J.H. for making the whole thing happen, because he approached me with the idea of composing and recording a black metal-sounding demo and releasing it on tape. I remember us discussing that Norwegian band named Forgotten Woods and the brilliance of their “Sjel av Natten” EP and the whole sound and atmosphere surrounding that particular record. From there we simply started working on a few songs together, but they ended up sounding nothing like Forgotten Woods at all ha ha. In late 2012 we had 5 songs in the can, and for quite a while we were toying with the idea of releasing them on tape, but eventually we decided to release the whole damn thing digitally as a free download. It feels great to finally have those songs out and I'm psyched about the whole thing.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the demo?
J.N.: Well, the easy way out would be to simply state that the “Fornjot” demo is a mixture of extremely lo-fi black metal and minimalistic ambient music, but I guess it would be fair to say that there is a sense of melody to the whole thing and quite a few layers of guitars and vocals and so on, so the songs aren't as one-dimensionel as some would probably think. You can discover a lot of subtle nuances and details hidden in the background when listening to the demo with your headphones on. Mixing simple, melodic black metal with ambient music is hardly anything new or groundbreaking at all, but the songs and lyrics are 100 % honest to us and that is what matters.  

3.What are some of the themes and concepts the band brings out with the music?
J.N.: Norse Mythology, military history related to WWII, and desolate nature are the themes, subjects, and motifs present in and covered by our song material. One could argue that all three of those subjects are related in one or more ways, but to cut a long story short our songs focus on and bring to life things that interest and inspire us. Of course, Norse Mythology and military history are such vast subjects that one will never be able to cover everything related to them, thus they serve as endless sources of inspiration in my opinion. I love reading the old Icelandic sagas and the stories of the ancient Norse kings as well as all manner of things related to WWII, namely in relation to Scandinavia during the occupation, but I also love taking long walks in the mountains and woods and sensing the wonders and beauty of nature. There is a sweet sense of melancholy and longing to the latter that I embrace wholeheartedly. All of these things we have tried to channel into the music and lyrics of Signalfeide. J.H. and I have a lot in common, that's for damn sure.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Signalfeide'?
J.N.: That is a very good question. The term relates to military history in that it revolves around allegiances and loyalty and pacts and so on in times of war. There was a discussion going on in Norway back in the 19th century involving the famous writer Bjoernstjerne Bjoernson that revolved around the Franco-Prussion war and who the natural allies of Norway were. From what I remember Bjoernson was of the opinion that Norway should support and ally themselves with France, but he eventually changed his view-point and argued that Germany and Norway were much closer in spirit and that they should gravitate toward each other. Somebody named the whole thing “signalfeiden”, which can be taken to mean “switching allegiances” and I think Bjoerson was mocked and became somewhat unpopular for a while because of the whole thing. Nevertheless, I think it's a great name for a band such as ours and quite original if I may say so myself. Signalfeide is not a political band by any stretch of the imagination, so for us the name is mostly interesting in a historical perspective.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the project, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain a duo?
J.N.: No, we have no plans whatsoever to expand the line-up. I hope that we will always remain a duo, because there is a certain chemistry present in Signalfeide that I have never experienced before when working with others in a musical setting, and since we can handle pretty much all the instruments ourselves (for better or worse:), I see no need to bring others into the fold and change things around. Having more people in a band usually results in more problems and shit like that, so unless we have to play live someday we will remain a duo.

6.One member lives in America and the other in Norway, how does this work when it comes to the recording process?
J.N.: We mail files and recordings and so on back and forth between the US and Norway. The ambient pieces on “Fornjot” were pretty much done at my place, but J.H. started out by recording the drum tracks for “Miles from Home” and “Black Sun Insignia” at home and then mailed them to me so that I could put the instruments on top of the drum tracks. It's a strange way of working, but it works for us ha ha. My parts were recorded on this cheap little Boss 4-track micro recorder, which is all I had at the time, so I am mostly to blame for “Fornjot” turning out so crude and ugly ha ha.  

7.The demo came out on Floodgate moons Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
J.N.: Yeah, Floodgate Moods Productions is a label-but-not-really-a-label-of-sorts that I finally launched not that long ago. I have tons of different recordings lying around by my previous outfits and projects (Vornoff, Sagntid, and Picture Ann) and I was just so goddamn tired of having all these MySpace and ReverbNation and YouTube accounts and whatnot for each and every project, so I simply decided to collect some of the releases that I have made or taken part in making under one roof and banner. Floodgate Moods Productions is a direct consequence of that decision. Vornoff and Sagntid do not exist anymore and have not done so for quite some time, but I try to keep alive some of those old releases that I am proud of and make sure that they're available to the public in one or more ways. I asked J.H. if he was cool with me releasing the digital version of “Fornjot” via Floodgate Moods Productions and he said “Go for it!”.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
J.N.: So far people seem to like it, but I suspect that people will either love or hate our music. At least that is what I'm hoping for ha ha. I like the idea of it provoking strong reactions, but maybe that's just me.

9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects?
J.N.: J.H. is busy running Regimental Records and is involved in a couple of other musical entities apart from Signalfeide, and the only other active band I have beside Signalfeide is Picture Ann, which is strange and moody music indeed. Listening to that will ruin your day, so I cannot recommend that you do that. Like I said earlier on, Vornoff and Sagntid no longer exist.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also what musical direction do you see the band heading into during the future?
J.N.: We're currently working on a new 5-song release entitled “Occupation Poetry”, which is similar to “Fornjot” in the sense that it will contain two black metal-sounding songs and three ambient pieces, but let me just make it clear that these new songs of ours truly rule compared to “Fornjot”. Musically, I think some of our new material as well as future material may well turn out a bit more melodic and melancholic, but we shall see how things turn out. Those new ambient pieces that we are working on contain a lot of acoustic guitars for instance. For now there are no plans to make a full-length album, but I'm not ruling out the possibility that one may well surface one fine day.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
J.N.: Ugh, I just don't know where to begin as I am a junkie when it comes to music and I listen to so many different styles and genres. Everything from black metal to country music and further on to electronica and horrible dungeon synth records. In relation to Signalfeide I have been inspired by bands such as Grafvolluth, Burzum, Taake, Forgotten Woods, and early Gehenna. I'm listening to “Transilvanian Hunger” by Darkthrone as I write this, but apart from that I have been listening to different records by Mayhem, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, and Nebelung lately.

12.What are some of your interests outside of music?
J.N.: Apart from music and family life my days are filled with literature, movies, art, comic books, and the outdoors. It's a damn shame the day only holds 24 hours.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
J.N.: Thanks once again for granting us this awesome interview and for letting us spread the pagan gospel that is SIGNALFEIDE! I strongly urge all you moody suckers out there to check out and support Regimental Records and Floodgate Moods Productions. Don't forget that “Fornjot” is free to download, so there is no excuse not to check that one out!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/signalfeide-interview.html


Menschheitsdämmerung/Clever Of Skies And Tenants/No Sleep Till Megiddo Records/2013 EP Review

dimanche 23 février 2014 à 07:58

  Menscheitsdammerung  are  a  1  man  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  heavy,  fast,  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  ep  "Clever  Of  Skies  And  Tenants"  which  was  released  by  No  Sleep  Till  Megiddo  Records.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  before  going  into  a  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim  vocals  and  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  the  recording  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.

  When  the ep  moves on  the  music  sticks  to  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  which  reminds  me  of  the  mid  90's  Swedish  black  metal  bands  while  having  a  different  approach  to  the  music  lyric  wise  and  at  time s the  music  produces  a  death  metal  feeling  while  being  a  lot  more  closer  to  black  metal  and  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  darker  during  the  slower  sections  and  on  the  5th  song  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  fast  old  school  black  metal  and  thrash  elements.

  Menscheitsdammerung  bring  back  a  lot  of  memories  of  the  mid  90's  with  their  fast  and  melodic  approach  to  black  metal  while  also  having  a  good  amount  of  slow  parts  which  add  to  the  diversity  of  the  recording  and  this  is  a  decent  example  of  melodic  black  metal.

  Song  lyrics  are  a  concept  based  on  instincts  and  perversions,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  powerful  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Menscheitsdammerung  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Pick  (or  When,  fortuity  and  violation  intervene)"  and  "The  Kill  (or,  How  the  quientessence  of  nature  prevails)".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/menschheitsdammerungclever-of-skies-and.html


Nekrospell/Demo III/2013 Review

dimanche 23 février 2014 à 07:10

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Nekrospell  which  continues  his  fast,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  with  his  3rd  demo  being  self  released  in  2013.

  The  demo  starts  out  with  an  intro  that  has  a  very  heavy  and  dark  sound  to  it  along  with  traces of  doom  metal  and  melodic  leads  before  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  faster  black  metal  direction.

  After  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  slow  and  depressive  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim  vocals  before  adding  in  fast  parts  while  also  keeping  the  melodic  leads  of  the  intro  and  the  music  also  has  a  mixture  of  both  fast  and  slow  parts  which  the  brings  out  in  all  of  the  songs  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  the  last  song  brings  in  more  atmospheric  elements  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  before  returning  to  a  faster  direction  and  during  the  last  few  seconds  melodic  vocals  are  added  in  briefly.

  With  this  demo  Nekrospell  slow  the  music  down  a  bit  and  the  music  takes  a  more  dark,  melodic  and  depressive  direction  while  the  fast  parts  are  still  brought  into  the  music  on  a  regular  basis  and  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  demo  for  the  black  metal  genre.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  along  with  one  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  demo  from  Nekrospell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Path  Through  Arkhanic  Rituals"  and  "Land  Of  Black  Lakes".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/nekrospelldemo-iii2013-review.html


Nekrospell/Demo II/2013 Review

dimanche 23 février 2014 à 06:37

  Nekrospell  are  a  1  man  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  before  that  his  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2013  second  demo.

  The  demo  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  sound  and  a  minute  later  the  music  goes into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  as  well  as  mixing  slow  and  fast  parts  together.

  On  the  following  track  grim  screams  and  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  bringing  in  clean  sections  a  few  minutes  later  for  a  few  seconds  before  returning  to  a  heavier  and  darker  direction  and  as  the  demo  progresses  you  can  hear  more  melody and  depressive  elements  being  added  into  the  music  and  start  mixing  in  with  the  more  fast  and  raw  parts  of  the  demo.

  With  this  ep  Nekrospell  show  a  bit  of  diversity  with  the  way  he  mixes  in  fast  and  raw  black  metal  with  some  more  slow,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  depressive  parts  while  mostly  sticking  to  a  faster  style  and  this  recording  is  another  great  example  of  true  black  metal  the  way  it  showed  be  played.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  to  it  along  with  one  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nekrospell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  fast  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cryptic  Voices"  adn  "Darkened  Path".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/nekrospelldemo-ii2013-review.html