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Hangatyr Interview

jeudi 16 janvier 2014 à 00:52
1. Can you give us an introduction to the band and also what has been going on since the recording of the new album?

Well, we are Hangatyr, consisting of vocals, 2 guitars, bass and drums. We play a sort of “paganized” Black Metal – without being too restricted in our style of music.
The recordings of our last record “Elemente” (elements) was finished in early 2013. Since then we played some live gigs, have been looking for a record label and finally decided to release it independently. Now we are looking forward to release it on February 1st this year.

2. Recently you have recorded a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style it has taken and also how does it differ from your past recordings?

The song writing process was nearly the same as always, the recording sessions took place in the Unholy studio like on the album before. So there are no big differences with this part. The musical style is mainly Black Metal, but as always there are a lot of influences. I think “Elemente” is far more compact in the songs, coming more straight to the point than “Helwege” back in 2010.

3. The lyrics as well as the band name are based on Norse paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Norse Paganism and also are you interested in the Paganism of other cultures?

We all are interested in Norse Mythology more or less, so that is why the lyrics are about this topic. And I know, there is a lot in interest in other mythologies or paganism of other cultures. Of course I can’t tell about how well-marked this is for the other guys.

4. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Uhm… now you’ve got me there.. There have been lots of shows, and every single one has its very special moments. Personally, I liked a lot our third show at all, it was on the inner yard of a castle, the atmosphere was quite impressive.

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

First of it all, the Release-Party of course, like said before it will happen on February 1st in Jena (Café “Wagner”), the second fixed event is our appearance on the Barther Metal Open Air in August this year, more are planned but still to be confirmed. A “tour” in the proper sense will is nearly impossible at the moment, since we all got day jobs.

6. The new album is coming out in March, what are some of your expectations once the album is released?

I don’t know who informed you, but the official release date is January 31st – but still, we got no special expectations, we just hope, people will like it and it will reward us with some gigs.

7. The new album is going to be self released after releasing your previous album on Nocturnal Empire, are you open to working with another
record label again in the future?

We are open to work with a label again, no question. The decision to release the album independently had several reasons. One, the search for a label for an underground band like we are, is hard and time-consuming. In these times, labels try to get by with their already signed bands (especially for financial reasons). On the other hand, our album was finished for almost a year and we wanted to present it to the world.

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

Feedbacks are always different, some people like what we do, some others not, so this is hard to say.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Time will show… there are no exact plans to choose one direction or the other. We do what we want and what we think is fitting our band, there are no restrictions so far, as long as we are satisfied with it.

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

There are few bands that really “influenced” our music. At least, we hope so. One can never say, he would not be influenced by anything, your environment, your personal constitution – everything will have an effect on you more or less. The style of music we listen to is mainly death, black or pagan metal, but everyone of us has its one favourites. All in all its really widespread.

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

Speaking for myself, I like painting a lot (if time permits, though), for the others… don’t know, nothing uncommon… just the stuff we all do like hanging around with your friends, drinking (lots of) beer…

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

Thank you very much for this interview, to all of you reading this: visit us in the internet (www.hangatyr-metal.de), visit us live – have fun.
Horns up!

Off the record: Interview was conducted with Tele (guitars), cheers

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/hangatyr-interview.html


Hovf Interview

jeudi 16 janvier 2014 à 00:10
1.Can you give us an introduction to this musical project for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?
I started Hovf in 2010 when I began in “High school”, at the time I already had a band (Svartkonst) where I was playing bass and managed the vocals.
But I felt that I had to do something on my own, with the material which did not fit into svartkonst.

2.You have released a lot of material in a 2 year span, in your own words how would you describe the musical sound that is present on your recordings and also how would you describe your progress as a musician over the years?

It is some kind of mixture between Black/ folk (pagan) metal.
I have also experimented with different styles, keyboards and vocals.
My opinion is that I have much more experience of recording and writing music/ lyrics then I had only 2 years back when I released Risveden.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects over the years with your recordings?

The Risveden EP is all about a large forest area next to where I live, and there are many stories and stuff from the medieval age that I write about.
The other demos are about various folklore and tales from Sweden.

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

Hovf is and old spelling of “Hov” which in English means “Court”.
I found it in a book if I remember it right.

5.With this musical project you work solo, do you feel this adds a lot to the creativity of the music?

Yeah of course, I can do whatever I want to do without having people around having opinions about it!

6.There has been a lot of material released in the last couple of years, would you say music takes up most of your time?

Yeah, no not really. I record and writes songs when I am in the mood, and when I feel the creativity is right. I guess that so is the case very often haha.

7.A few months back you released a split album with Nocturnal Nightmare and Ash, what are your thoughts on the other bands that participated on this split?

I know one of the guys in Nocturnal Nightmare pretty good so he asked me if I wanted to participate on a split, and I said yes. The guys play excellent music!
The other band Ash had I never heard of but I suppose that he is good in what he does.

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

The things I have heard is only good spoken words, so I suppose I am doing well haha.

9.According to the metal archives page, you are also involved with some other musical projects, can you tell us a little bit more about them?

In late 2013 I became the vocalist for the Death metal band Isolated, and we have begun to re-record some old songs.
In early 2014 I also became the session bass player for the Black Metal act Dødsfall.

10.Where do you see 'Hovf' heading into musically on future releases?

I am recording a single just in this moment and will contain 3 tracks.
Then I am also having plans for a Full-length album.

11.Recently a lot of your demos where compiled together and released as a compilation album, where you satisfied with the way they came out out?

Yeah, but it was not a compilation and no release!
I was just packed together so I could send and spread them much easier.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have influenced you as a musician and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Some of the bands that has influenced me is Vintersorg, burzum, angantyr, otyg, unpure, satyricon, nattsmyg, skald, arckanum and many more!
Things that are to my liking and appeals to me.

13.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

It is a interesting subject to talk, write and writing music about.

14.Do you have any non musical interests?

My girlfriend of course haha.

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

Yeah, check out my other band Svartkonst haha

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/hovf-interview.html


Buzruh/And They Shall Desire To Die/2014 Full Length Review

mercredi 15 janvier 2014 à 08:57

  Buzruh  are  a  1  man  band  from  Turkey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  very  raw  and  depressive  approach  to  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "And  They  Shall  Desire  To  Die".

  The  album  starts  out  very  slow  and  dark  and  a  few  seconds  later  depressive  and  suicidal  black  metal  screams  start  to  kick  in  and  after  awhile  melody  is  brought  into  the  music  and  on  the  second  song  the  album  starts  mixing  in  more  fast  and  mid  paced  elements  into  the  depressive  black  metal  sound.

  As  time  goes  on  by  the  music  uses  of  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  songs  with  the  faster  ones  having  an  early  Darkthrone  feeling  to  them  but  more  suicidal  along  with  a  touch  of  Vlad  Tepes  and  Mutiilation  while  the  more  slower  and  suicidal  stuff  follows  in  the  same  path  of  the  previous  recording  and  on  the  5th  song  synths  are  brought  into  the  music  and  they  are  used  mostly  as  a  background  enhancement  and  the  following  track  also  brings  in  middle  eastern  style  acoustic  guitars  and  on  the  8th  track  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  mix  and  the  last  song  is  a  dark  ambient  piece.

  Buzruh  show  a  lot  of  growth  and  progress  with  this  recording  while  it  remains  true  to  his  depressive  black  metal  approach  that  he  uses  on  his  other  projects  as  well  as  this  one,  he  makes  this  one  more  primal  and  also  brings  in  faster  parts  at  times  while   mostly  sticking  to  a  slower  pace.

  Song  lyrics cover  depressive  and  suicidal  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Buzruh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suicide  Screams"  "And  They  Shall  Desire  to  Die"  "There  is  No  Fucking  Hope"  and  "Warm  Hands  of  Suicide".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/buzruhand-they-shall-deserve-to-die2014.html


Omnizide/Death Metal Holocaust/Carnal Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 15 janvier 2014 à 05:03
   Omnizide  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  old  school  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Death  Metal  Holocaust"  which  will  be  released  by  Carnal  Records.

  The  album starts  out  with  dark  and  evil  sounding  effects  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  old  school  death  metal  direction  along  with  solos  and  black  metal  style  screams  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  dark  sounding  melodies  and  there  are  also  some  slower  sections  being  added  onto  the  record.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  bring  a  lot  of  black  metal  influences  into  their  old  school  death  metal  sound  as  well  as  some  elements  of  bestial  and  war  metal  and  they  can  go  from  the  most  fast  and  raw  sounding  assaults  to  some  slow  and  heavy  soul  crushing  riffing  and  they  also  make  every  song  stand  out  form  one  another  as  well  as  adding  a  lot  of  evil,  darkness  and  blasphemy  to  the  melodies. 

  On  this  album  Omnizide  combine  some  of  the  rawest  old  school  black  metal  with  the  darkness  and  heaviness  of  early  death  metal  to  create  a  very  great  quality  underground  metal  recording  and  this  album  has  a  classic  feeling  from  beginning  to  end  as  well  as  being  a  very  fast  all   out  assault  on  the  white  light.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  War  and  blasphemous  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  Omnizide  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  the  old  school  forms  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rotting  Flesh  Parade"  "Crystals  of  Death"  "Nuclear  Strike"  and  "Desecration  Art".  9  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/omnizidedeath-metal-holocaustcarnal.html


Hovf/Diskografi/2013 Compilation Album Review

mardi 14 janvier 2014 à 09:00

  Hovf  are  a  1  man  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2013  compilation  "Diskografi".

  The  first  demo  is  "Risveden"  and  it  starts  out  with  some  slow  and  raw  black  metal  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  melodies  and  after  awhile  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  clean  singing  which  leads  to  more  pagan  and  folk  influences  being  brought  in  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  and  on  the  second  song  the  demo  goes  into  a  more  folk  direction  while  also  retaining  the  black  metal  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  on  this  recording  and  faster  riffing  is  used  on  the  fourth  and  fifth  song.

  The  second  demo  is  "Det  Forsta  Inseglet"  and  it  starts  out  with  with  some  really  slow  and  grim  black  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  atmospheric  melodies  which  bring  in  a  medieval  sound  and  then  folk  music  style  synths  are  added  in  and  on  the  second  song  melodic  vocals  start  mixing  in  with  grim  screams  and  on  the  3rd  song  raw  and  fast  parts  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  demo  starts  getting  more  pagan  and  epic  and  the  ep  closes  with  melodic  viking  chanting.

  The  3rd  demo  is  "Morka  Skyar"  and  it  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  solos  and  grim  vocals  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  folk  music  elements  are  brought  in  and  on  the  nest  song  it  goes  more  into  a  fast,  raw  and  old  school  direction  as  well  as  mixing  it  in  with  folk  music  and  bringing  in  spoken  word  parts  and  on  the  last  song  the  demo  returns  to  a  slower  direction  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  the  returning  synths  which  also  close  the  demo.

  The  last  demo  is  "Skuggdans"  and  it  starts  out  with  some  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  along  with  grim  screams  and  melody  which  also  leads  to  more  pagan  and  folk  elements  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  words  and  this  demo  is  the  most  black  metal  out  of  the  four  reviewed  and  you  can  also  hear  certain  parts  that  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  and  on  the  3rd  song  synths  make  a  return  to  the  recording

  On  these  4  demos  Hovf  takes  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  adds  in  pagan  and  folk  influences while  also  having  a  good  sense  of  melody  and  this  is  some  of  the  most  primal  pagan  metal  I  have  heard.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  folklore,  darkness,  nature  and  war,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Hovf  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  project  with  a  folk  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slaget  Vid  Norde  Alv"  "Demonfjallet"  "Det  Dystra  Landet"  and  "Solted".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/hovfdiskografi2013-compilation-album.html