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Solbrud Interview

mercredi 18 juin 2014 à 10:10


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1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. The band was formed in summer 2009, but it was not before Ole joined the band in 2010, that we really found the sound and vibe we were looking for.

From the beginning it has been our intention to play long atmospheric black metal. Trying to recreate the sound of a grand storm. We started off quite well with the band and had some of our songs played on a national metal radiochannel.  In 2011 we played at the Copenhell Festival in Copenhagen, and last year we played at Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The first album came out in april 2012 and gave us a lot of positive response in our homecountry and probably lead to some of the bigger local support gigs.

2.According to the bandcamp page, you have a new album coming out in the middle of 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the newer material and also how will it differ from the previous full length and demo you had release din the past?
2. Yes it's true we have a new album coming up. It will be out by september 2014. We have still managed to stick to the original sound from the first album, but its not difficult to hear that we have also moved in some way. You will probably hear a change in how we play our instruments and how the songs are written. Its been two years since the first album so we have moved a bit since then. The new record is faster and more intense, but still have the long and immersive passages, keeping it true to the first album. But we think the new record has a better overall flow in terms of the musical and lyrical themes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
3. There is an overall topic in the new lyrics. The lyrics are sort of written in ancient language and metaphors, refering to subjects revolving around the human quest for greed and power and the resulting corruption of the mind and the earth. How for instance the world is tainted with the influence from too much ridiculous TV, and from that the hunger and longing for false fame and mammon.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Solbrud'?
4. The name Solbrud has many meanings in danish. We all have different opinions and we also heard a lot of different opinions on why we call ourselves that, so we like to let each one decide what the name should mean. In Danish some of the meaning would be sun blast or burst, a bride of the sun, or simply that light is breaking to shadows or breaking out of somewhere - shining through.

5.According to the R-A-B-M website the band is a part of the leftist and anarchist movement in Denmark, can you tell us a little bit more about your views on these topics?
5. It's true that we have a connection with the left wing and anarchist and punk movement in Denmark, but it does not have anything in particular to do with the band as such, besides perhaps our personal attitudes may shine through in the music to some extent, and our rehearsal room being located in the radical left sanctum called Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. We have had a lot of great gigs during the last couple of years. We played for approximately 2500 people at Roskilde Festival last summer. That was quite an awesome experience and amazing crowd. But we have also played a lot of great gigs at smaller venues. If we play at a small venue and it's packed, its often more fun to play for a smaller crowd, getting more intimate and sensing the energy from the crowd and vice versa. We seldomly address the audience in speak, and that is as much because we have nothing to say as that we want our music to speak for itself.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is out? 
7. We are planning two release gigs in Denmark in september 2014. Besides that we will have a couple of shows around in Denmark when the album is out. In spring 2015 we will be touring Germany and eastern Europe.

8.The band is signed to Euphonious Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8. The old label that signed us for our first record is a danish label called Euphonius Records. It has switched it's name some times i think, and also been co-working with some swedish and norwegian labels under VME(Voices Music), who released some of the Ulver stuff in the 90's, among other things. On the new record we've moved up to a somewhat bigger danish label though, Mighty Music which is a metal label under Target Distribution.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. We received a lot of positive response for the first album which we are were happy for. We have followers from a lot of places outside Denmark and Europe, and a lot of people asked if we could come play near them. We started the band because we all love this genre, so its really awesome to get this much positive feedback, and hearing that people appreciate what we do from far away.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
10. We all have a couple of different side and solo projects, but nothing really going anywhere or releasing anything for the time being.

11.Where would you like to see the band heading into during the future?
11. We'll just take one step at a time and see where that leads us. Sure we'd like to do more records and do more gigs outside Denmark. But we're certainly not in this for the money or the fame, because then i think we'd have chosen the wrong thing. We just want to play black metal 'cause thats what we love to do. And if other people want to listen to it, that's just great.

12.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12. It would be a long list if we started namedropping, we all listen to a lot of different music. Of course we all listen to a lot of different black metal bands, and each of us have got our own personal favorites and tendencies to other metal subgenres, but we also like alot of different stuff like old 70's rock, blues, country, medieval folk music and classical music.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13. Quite a few, but that is not really so important.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Thanks for taking your time with us for this interview, and thanks to all the people who support Solbrud and listens to our music. We look forward to releasing our next album.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/solbrud-interview.html


Fiends At Feast/Tragic Death/Purgatory Rites/Horror Pain Gore Death Productions/2014 Split CD Review

mercredi 18 juin 2014 à 09:54

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  California's  Fiends  At  Feast  and  Wisconsin's  Tragic  Death  called  "Purgatory  Rites"  which  was  released  by  Horror  Pain  Gore  Death  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Fiends  At  Feast  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  death  metal.

  Demonic  sounding  spoken  words  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black/death  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  evil  sounding  growls  and  screams  and  the  music  also  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  dark  sounding  melodies.

  There  are  a  great  amount  of  guttural  sounding  death/bestial  black  metal  growls  throughout  the  4  songs  they  bring  in  the  album  along  wit h some  raw  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  leads  being  added into  the  music  at  times  and  most  of  their  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  darkest  elements  of  early  90's  death  metal  being  mixed  in  with  black  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and   one  of  the  later  tracks  uses  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  on  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  last  song  on  their  side  of  the  split.

  Fiends  Of  Feast  remain  true  to  their  dark  and  evil  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  death  metal  while  also  bringing  in  longer  songs  and  adding  more  doom  metal  element s into  their  musical  sound  which  makes  their  music  sound  more  evil  on  this  recording,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  evil  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fiends  Of  Feast  and  if  you  are  into  the  most  evil  and  blasphemous  forms  of  black,  death  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Four  Winds  Of  Destruction"  and  "Into  The  Darkness".

  Next  up  is  Tragic  Death  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black, death  and  thrash  metal.

  Siren  sounds  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  before  going  into  a  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  evil  sounding  melodies  and  after  a  few  minutes  clean  and  atmospheric  parts  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars.

  All of  the  songs  the  band  brings  onto  the  split  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  great  balance  between  brutality  and  atmosphere  and  as  their  music  progresses  more  elements  black,  thrash  and  melodic  death  metal  are  added  into  their  musical  sound  and  the  last  song  displays  a  lot  more  of  the  bands  black  metal  sound  as  well  as  having  some  psychedelic  elements   being  utilized  in  the  background. .

  Tragic  Death  creates  an  interesting  sound  with  their  music  that  takes  from  occult  black  metal,  doom,  melodic  death  and  thrash  metal  which  they  label  as  'apocalyptic  metal'  and  they  have  a  very  original  style  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult,  and  desolate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Taragic  Death  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  occult  black,  melodic  death,  doom  and  thrash metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band  and  there  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Dissolution  Of  The  Clay  People.

  In  conclusion  i  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  add  this  album  to  your  collection.  8/5 out  of  10.

 
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/fiends-at-feasttragic-deathpurgatory.html


Dawn Of A Dark Age Interview

mercredi 18 juin 2014 à 08:06
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Dawn Of A Dark Age was born last January with the aim of exploring different elements within the matrix Black Metal, which permeates the compositions, especially for the use of wind instruments such as the clarinet and saxophone, trying new colors, underused in the genre.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the album?
I would say that, as the title suggests, the sound I have in mind for this project is the sound of nature, in his prime, in contrast with what is the human discomfort, who continues to abuse, fueling and satisfying his continuous thirst for power. For this I am opposed to the sounds (almost) clean that tend to the perfection of nature (drums, bass, horns) with those who are the frustrations of modern man, the distinctive black metal, distorted and raw guitars.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
As mentioned earlier, the texts concerning man's relationship with nature and with higher beings and supernatural. The alienation of modern man, who has everything but doesn’t have anything, it leads to madness, to make slaughter against nature and against his fellow man. Hate, war, religion and frustration, the ingredients that are raping the nature and reduce man in misery.

4.The new album is the first chapter in a concept of 6 different albums that are going to be released in between 2014-17,
The first album, Earth, will be released on July 1st, and is the first chapter of the saga “The Six Elements”, divided into six elements that govern human nature. Each of the six discs will explore new territories and lands, that I feel more in touch with the elements in question. At the end of the sixth the circle will be closed and all the elements will be brought together under one dark sky.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn Of A Dark Age'?
We are in a world of ego, exploitation, misery, poverty, and the blind man doesn’t realize that the nature to which it owes its precarious life is rebelling against him. And it does so explicitly, with the force of the elements that will lead to the inevitable break between the human race and the Earth.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to working with other musicians in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
We are already considering to add other musicians for live, and for the studio it depends on the ideas and colors that nature and music will require. If there will be no good conditions we can remain a duo without any problem.

7.Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or do you feel labels have become obsolete  in these days and ages?
I decided to self produce the entire project, unless some label can be interested in the global concept without hindering us in any point of view, especially music. It’s a project that requires enormous efforts for its realization, a kind of Wagnerian Ring of the Nibelung, and a label not willing to believe and promote our project at 360 degrees, would only hinder our work. If no one is willing to contact us at these conditions, we will happily remain independent to reign in the underground, which continues to have its own dignity and its own particular source of inspiration.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We are really pleased with the reaction of the fans of black metal, as well as fanzines and fans who decide to support us, giving us a great support to bring to an end our mission.

9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects?
Yes, Buran is the leader of the black metal band Athanor and death metal band Hellsteps, and I'm busy with a side project of Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, “Suicidal Ruin”.

10.What can we expect music wise when the second volume is released?
It's like asking what the weather will do tomorrow! Maybe it is like today, maybe it will be hot, cold, snow? What I can anticipate is to not expect a copy of Earth. Each of the six discs will have features and elements  different from the previous one. The other certainty is that it will be released January 1, 2015, exactly six months after Earth.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I listen black metal from the beginnings of the genre, but in the meantime I have played in a Classical Orchestra and jazz and Avant-garde band. The bands that have made a guide for this project are some of the most violent in the landscape, such as Marduk, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Dissection and other more melodic as Tsjuder or Sargeist, as well as Penderecki, Webern, John Zorn and traditional music for the composition. What I want is to get a personal sound that combines all the elements that I put in the game, and that is as fresh as possible and less obvious. I listen a lot of music, at all hours, I currently have the headphones Wolves In The Throne Room, but Beethoven is the next.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
The occultism in our music, or rather in the overall project, is seen as symbolic associations and numerical correlate with those who are the six elements. To get an idea all discs will be composed of 6 tracks, 2 of which are instrumental for a duration of 36 minutes flat. They will come out at the exact distance of six months of each other and so on. You'll notice in the text as in later records that there are elements and symbols that will come back periodically, as the leitmotiv, which take inspiration from the occult and beyond.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Reading plays an important role as well as hiking in nature, without which this project would probably not have had any reason to exist (“the sky the sea, the sun, the moon, the rhythm of the season” from the title-track Dawn Of A Dark Age).

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Meanwhile, I can only thank you and Occult Black Metal Zine for the interview, as well as all those who will feel part of our project, supporting us in the realm of the underground.
www.facebook.com/dawnofadarkage  
http://dawnofadarkage.bandcamp.com/album/the-six-elements-vol-1-earth

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/dawn-of-dark-age-interview_17.html


Hiverna/II. Macabre/2014 CD Review

mardi 17 juin 2014 à 08:36

  Hiverna  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "II.  Macabre".

  Flutes  start  off  the  album  bringing  a  medieval  folk  music  feeling  to  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  and  then  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  adds  in  some  blast  beats  before  slowing  down  again  and  adding  in  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  flutes  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  throughout  the  album  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  always  having  a  melodic  atmosphere  in  each  of  the  tracks.

  A  good  amount  of  the  faster  riffing  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  raw  black  metal  elements  in  the  musical  sound  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  and  on  the  later  tracks  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  enhances  the  folk  music  elements  the  band  adds  into  their  musical  style  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  grim,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  atmospheric  and  the  bass  guitars  also  start  making  a  very  powerful  presence  in  the  musical  sound  and  you  can  also  hear a  bit  of  pagan  black  metal  in  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  there  are  a  lot  of  epic  qualities  in  the  last  half  of  the  album  along  with  a  couple  of  instrumentals  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  go  pass  the  6  minute  limit  and  the  last  song  also  has  a  slight  classical  music  feeling  being  invoked.

  Hiverna  shows  on  this  album  that  a  band  can  still  create  a  very  raw,  fast  and  melodic  style  of  music  with  the  flute  being  one  of  the  main  instruments  of  the  band  and  while  this  band  has  a  good  amount  of  folk  music  in  them  and  have  been  labeled  a  folk  metal  band  by  some  people  I  feel  their  style  is  a  lot  more  close  to  black  metal  on  this  recording,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  mostly  in  French  and  cove r  nature,  human  and  lucidity.  

  In  my  opinion  Hiverna  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black/folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Boreal"  "Sang"  "Hiverna"  and  "Ages".  8/5  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/hivernaii-macabre2014-cd-review.html


Grue/Rake/2014 EP Review

mardi 17 juin 2014 à 04:22

  Boston,  Massachusetts's     Grue  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  with  one  of  the  tracks  continuing  his  raw  approach  to  occult  black  metal  and  the  second  song  being  a  Townes  Zan  Zandt  cover  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Rake".

  Thrash  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  the  music  starts  getting  a  little  bit  black  metal  shortly  after  that  when  the  grim  vocals  start  to  kick  in  along  with  some  background  screams  and  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction  shortly  after  that  along  with  some  blast  beats  being  added  into  the  track  before  slowing  down  and  adding  some  melody  and  acoustic  guitars  into  the  song  while  also  remaining  heavy  at  the  same  time.

  On  the  second  song  which  is  a  Townes  Van  Zandt  cover  the  music  stays  away  from  the  country  music  sound  of  the  original  song  and  takes  this  cover  tune  into  a  more  heavier  and  darker  direction  as  well  as  using  black  metal  style  vocals  instead  of  the  original  style  and  the  song  also  has  a  very  depressing  and  melancholic  feeling  and  there  are  also  some  fast  parts  and  blast  beats  being  added  into  the  music  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  song  goes  into  a  cleaner  and  softer  direction  while  also  still  having  a  decent  amount  of  heaviness.

  Grue  remain  true  to  their  occult  black  metal  sound  on  this  ep  as  well  as  showing  a  great  amount  of  growth  with  more  thrash  metal  elements  and  melody  being  added  into  the  musical  sound  of  the  project,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occult  themes.

 
In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grue  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  thrash  influenced  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "All  Mortal  Greatness  IS  But  Disease".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/gruerake2014-ep-review.html