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Ande/Licht/2015 Demo Review

lundi 28 décembre 2015 à 03:30

  Ande  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015  demo "Licht".

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  an  atmospheric  musical  direction  and  the  music  also  gets  very  melodic  at  time sand  there  are  brief  intros  before  every  track.

  When  synths are  utilized  they  add  in  more  of  an  organic  style  of  ambient  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Ande  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  having  more  of  a  raw  and  misanthropic  take  on  the  genre  and  also  mixes  in  ambient  intro's,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  his  native  tongue  and  cover  hateful  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion Ande  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  misanthropic black metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  demo.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Paniek"  and  "Den".  8  out  of 10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/andelicht2015-demo-review.html


Hatecrowned Interview

lundi 28 décembre 2015 à 01:46
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We have started on creating the concept of an upcoming album, but this will take at least a couple of years of work until it is mastered, some tracks are finished, lyrical wise, and the general idea of the full-length is already set.

2.In August you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2013?
It is definitely stronger and fits the misanthropic and adversarial message in the Newborn Serpent, the recording was with no doubt alot harder because this time we did not do it at a recording studio, instead we recorded it at Dahaaka's home studio in France (as for the guitars) and other instruments were recorded in Lebanon like the bass guitar and my vocal parts at Eddy Ferekh's home studio, and the drums were recorded by at Benjamin's home studio in the Denmark, while the EP Warpact in Black was all recorded in one local studio who's equipment were not meant to be for metal recordings and the drums obviously was VST because we could not find or afford any studio for a live drums recording.

3.Your lyrics are very diverse with the Misanthropic, Occult and Anti Cosmic Satanism topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?
Of course they are, but I would not degrade our devotion to the knowledge of the Other Side as only interest or curiosity or a bit of information and general ideas we know, instead, our lyrics are merely drawings made with words, invocations and vibrations to eternalize our true blood lineage and to feed our ever blazing black flame. Hail Azerate.

4.Currently the band is a duo while you have had session musicians on the new album and in live settings, are you open to working with a full line up again if you could find the right musicians that reflect the ideology and musical style of the band?
Hatecrowned has always been a duo and we are fine with it this way, but of course if we ever find committed musicians who share our ideologies and misanthropic blood they would be welcome if we saw it fit and needed.

5.You have done live shows in both Lebanon and Europe, what was the experience like in Europe where the religious laws have less of an influence on the government and what where some of the best shows that the band has played over the last 4 years?
We never played outside Lebanon, but of course we wish to and we are working on it, as for the local shows, I must not hide it, none was a good one because of the lack of experience for the organizers and the the shrinking of the local metal scene.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Unfortunately we dont for the mean time

7.The new album was released through both Satanath Records and Darzamadicus Records, while I know about the first one mentioned, can you tell us a little bit more about the other one you had worked with on the new release?
Actually it was a deal between these two labels, I think Darzamadicus (from Macedonia) have assisted in the production of the material, we dont know alot about what both labels have agreed on but both have done great work.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer material by fans of black and death metal?
The reviews and direct comments from other musicians, fans, magazines, reviewers and other labels were very good and even alot better than expected, even Satanath told us the same, we are very proud of it and we thank and hail each one who supported this work !

9.The band is from Lebanon, a country that is a bit more strict and violent than the American and European countries, do you feel living in this climate adds to the hateful energy that is presented throughout the recording?
Well, maybe, I would not notice, because we were born and raised in such an environment. Violence became a very ordinary and daily thing for us, on personal and social level, but at least when we speak about war and hatred we know what we are speaking about.

10.Where would you like to see the band head into musically during the future?
I would leave that to the future, Im not saying that we dont plan our moves, but we dont plan for too far.

11.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?
The first wave of Black Metal, some classical music, very little of chosen heavy and thrash metal and strongly Death Metal, and nowadays I am listening mostly to bands that share our ideological affiliations, like Watain, Dissection, Acherontas, Cult of Fire, Acrimoniouss...

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview, and we would like to thank all our fans and supporters ! HAIL DARKNESS, HAIL KAOS !

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/hatecrowned-interview.html


Hate Manifesto Interview

lundi 28 décembre 2015 à 01:40
1.For those of heard of you, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



WE FORMED IN 1997 AS CARPATHIAN LORDS AND THE FIRST YEARS WE WERE PLAYING A NORVEGIAN INFLUENCED  BLACK METAL ALONG WITH GREEK BLACK METAL ELEMENTS.

FROM 97’ UNTIL 2002  WE PERFORMED MANY LIVES IN THE LOCAL SCENE AND AMONG THESE LIVES WE SUPPORTED BANDS LIKE MARDUK(99’),ANCIENT RITES(2000’)AND IMMORTAL(2000).WE RELEASED TWO DEMO TAPES AS CARPATHIAN LORDS(RIDE THE WINGS OF BAPHOMET(98’)AND THROUGH THOSE DARK AND MISTY AEONS(99’).

IN 2000 WE CHANGED OUR LINE UP AND WE DECIDED TO CHANGE OUR STYLE ALSO  BY COMPOSING A WHOLE NEW MATERIAL.ACTUALLY WE WERE NEVER  SATISFIED BY OUR MUSIC THE PREVIOUS YEARS.WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME WE BECAME BETTER MUSICIANS SO THE NEED FOR CHANGE CAME NATURALY.IN 2001 WE ENTERED THE STUDIO TO RECORD OUR FIRST FULL LENGTH ENTITLED ‘’RECOUNTS OF A CONQUEROR’’ BUT DUE TO PERSONAL PROBLEMS OF OUR PREVIOUS SINGER(AND FOUNDING MEMBER)WARFROST ARMAGEDDON WE LEFT THE WHOLE RECORDINGS ASIDE.

IN 2003 WE CHANGED OUR NAME TO HATE MANIFESTO AND WE PUT THE WHOLE THING ON ICE.


2.How would you describe your musical sound?

BARBARIC WAR BLACK METAL WITH SOME DEATH METAL ELEMENTS.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that the band explores with the music?

OUR MAIN CONCEPT HAS TO DO WITH WAR BETWEEN THE AGES MOSTLY.BESIDE THAT WE EXPLORE DOMINANCE/DEPOPULATION/GENOCIDE ALONG WITH HISTORICAL REFERENCES TO WAR AND PERSONAL HATE BELIEFS AND DOCTRINES OF EXTINCTION.WE DON’T FOLLOW THIS CONCEPT AS AN EASY SOLUTION FOR OUR BAND WE’RE STRONGLY COMMITTED TO THESE BELIEFS AND WAY OF LIFE.

WE STUDY HISTORY A LOT AND TRY TO REACH A HIGH FORM OF DISCIPLINE.

4.The band has been around since 2003 but waited until 2015, to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the 12 year wait?

ACTUALLY THE BAND IS AROUND-WITH IT’S ORIGINAL LINE UP-SINCE 97’.IN 2003 WE CHANGED THE NAME AND SLOWLY HIATUS CAME DUE TO MANY EXTERNAL DIFFICULTIES.ALREADY I WAS PLAYING IN OTHER BANDS-I.AM.GOD.ALSO-AND WARFROST ARMAGEDDON DEVOTED HIM SELF TO BODY BUILDING SO THINGS ROLLED NATURALLY.BESIDE THAT I HAD MY OWN PERSONAL WAR AND ISSUES TO SOLVE AND THAT LASTED SEVERAL YEARS.IN 2009 I MOVED TO ENGLAND FOR SOME YEARS AND THEN WE DECIDED WITH WARFROST ARMAGEDDON AND I.AM.GOD. TO RUN AGAIN THE WARMACHINE.I RETURNED TO GREECE AT 2003 BUT WE DIDN’T FIND A PROPER FORMULA(IN PERSONAL LEVEL) WITH WARFROST ARMAGEDDON TO CONTINUE SO SINCE THEN I’M RUNNING THE BAND WITH I.AM.GOD ONLY.

5.Originally the band was known as 'Carpathian Lords', what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hate Manifesto'?

WE WERE KIDS WHEN WE CAME UP WITH THIS NAME AND STILL GOING IN SCHOOL.AT THAT TIME IT WAS OK BUT OBVIOUSLY IT WASN’T A QUITE SERIOUS NAME TO REPRESENT US SO WE CHANGE IT.HATE MANIFESTO REPRESENTS EVERYTHING FOR US.IT REPRESENTS OUR MUSIC,OUR BELIEFS,OUR ATTITUDE AND WAY OF LIFE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR THAT IS TOTAL HATE TOWARDS ALL AND EVERYTHING.IT’S OUR PROPAGATION.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer a duo?



WE’RE TOGETHER SINCE 97’ AND THAT’S QUITE A LOT OF TIME.WE’RE NOT JUST BAND MATES WE’RE BROTHERS CONNECTED WITH A STRONG BOND LIKE FAMILY AND WE WOULD LIKE TO UNDERLINE THAT FOR EVERY POTENTIAL INFILTRATOR.WE DON’T LIKE STRANGERS AMONG US AND IN THE BAND UNLESS IS A PERSON OF OUR STRICT TRUST.

THE BACK BONE OF THE BAND WILL ALWAYS BE ME AND I.AM.GOD.THE ONLY ONE THAT IS AFFILIATED CLOSELY WITH THE BAND IS WARHEAD FROM WARGRINDER THAT WILL BE THE WARMACHINE BEHIND THE DRUMKIT FOR THE FULL ALBUM ALSO AND THAT’S SOMETHING REALLY SATISFYING FOR US(IN PERSONAL AND MUSICAL MANNER).

7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Wargrinder', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

WARGRINDER IS A MASSIVE BAND THAT FORTUNATELY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GREEK SCENE CONCERNING MUSIC AND ATTITUDE.I CONCERN THEM A TOP BLACK/DEATH METAL BAND IN THE AMERICAN VEIN AND ALSO VERY UNDERRATED.BUT THAT’S THE GAME ISN’T IT?WE DON’T PERFORM MAINSTREAM OR HYPE BULLSHIT SUCH AS ORTHODOX OR MELODIC CRAP SO THINGS FOR BANDS LIKE US NEED SKILLS EFFORT AND PLENTY OF TIME TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED.

8.The split was released on Fistbang Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

FISTBANG RECORDS IS A SMALL BUT UPRISING LABEL THAT EMBRACES BANDS AND ACTS THAT HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY.GIANNIS IS AN ORIGINAL UNDERGROUND GUY PURE AND HONEST.HE BELIEVED IN US FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND WE THANK HIM FOR THAT.CHECK ALL THE RELEASES OF THAT LABEL AND YOU’LL REALIZE THAT EVERY BAND  IS HAND PICKED CAREFULLY

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

VERY GOOD ACTUALLY GREAT SUPPORT FROM ABROAD.

PEOPLE THERE APPRECIATE AND WORSHIP THAT KIND OF AGGRESSION.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

YES I.AM.GOD. PLAYS ALSO FOR CULT BLACK METALLERS VORPHALACK AND RUNS HIS PERSONAL PROJECT CALLED DEATH.FOR.YOUR.RACE.BESIDE THAT HE ALSO RUNS PROJECTS THAT I’M NOT AUTHORIZED TO MENTION.AS FOR ME MY MAIN BAND WILL ALWAYS BE HATE MANIFESTO AND BESIDE THAT I’M RELEASING A 7’’ EP WITH A PROJECT CALLED CULT OF EIBON IN THE VEIN OF THE OLD ROTTING CHRIST AND VARATHRON ERA.

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

MID OF FEBRUARY WE’RE RECORDING THE DRUMS.I HOPE AFTER THAT IN 3/4 MONTHS TO HAVE THE FULL LENGTH FINISHED.

AS FOR THE FUTURE EXPECT NOTHING MORE OR NOTHING LESS THAT THE TYPICAL HATE MANIFESTO AGGRESSION AND STYLE.WE’RE A BAND WITH A CERTAIN MUSIC DIRECTION AND THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE.WE’RE TAKING OUR TIME AND CREATE ONLY WHEN WE FEEL IT NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO.

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?

WELL HARD TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION.WE’RE MOSTLY INFLUENCED FROM BANDS THAT WE GREW UP WITH,THRASH/DEATH/BLACK METAL BANDS.WORSHIPPING BATHORY,SODOM,IMPALED NAZARENE,SARCOFAGO,ABOMINATOR,BESTIAL WARLUST,INCANTATION,OLD IMMOLATION,OLD ANCIENT RITES,PROFANATICA,ORDER FROM CHAOS,DEMOLITION HAMMER,DESTRUCTION AND MANY OTHER GREAT BANDS.

NOWADAYS I'M LISTENING MOSTLY CLASSICS FROM THRASH AND HEAVY METAL THAT I GREW UP WITH.AS THE YEARS PASS I DIVE MORE AND MORE TO MY ROOTS AND TO BE HONEST I REALLY ENJOY IT.

13.Does
Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

NOPE,NOT AT ALL.

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



FIRST OF ALL THANK YOU AND YOUR ZINE FOR YOUR HONEST AND IMMEDIATE SUPPORT  STAY PURE AND DEVOTED BROTHER.

AS FOR FINAL WORDS AND THOUGHTS  I HAVE TO SAY THAT  EVERYTHING AROUND IS CHANGING AND DETERIORATING CONCERNING PEOPLE MUSIC AND EVERY DAY LIFE.STAY TRUE TO YOUR BELIEFS AND LIVE WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING.DON’T DEGENERATE  YOUR OWN EXISTENCE BY WEAK PATHETIC HUMAN ACTIONS.LIFE IS WAR CHOOSE YOUR SIDE.

OPPRESS OR BE OPPRESSED

W.S.P.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/hate-manifesto-interview.html


Nil Abyss Interview

dimanche 27 décembre 2015 à 05:31
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. We're a two man outfit. The demo was written in 2010 with the aim of creating bleak, hideous atmospheres. We pressed the demo tape ourselves and Joe from Regimental Records did a CD. Our debut full-length 'Burgeoning Death Void' recently came out on cassette through Spanish label Nebular Carcoma Records.   

2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
2. The demo is pretty rough but the intent is clear. More a result of what gear we have access to as we record and mix everything ourselves, so it's been a bit of a learning curve. Burgeoning Death Void definitely has more power in the guitars which helps to convey the horror. Other than the production the sound hasn't changed, maybe a bit more movement in the rhythms.

3.The band has been around since 2010 but waited until 2013 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 3 years?

3. The demo was written in 2010, but we spent those years playing live and making records in other bands. We both backed the material and neither of us were in any rush to push the demo out until it was filthy enough. So the delay was a result of working around other projects and figuring out how to get the right sound with the gear we had.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
4. Human suffering, particularly relating to famine, disease, cataclysm and possession. And Inhibition, epiphany and revelation. Both of us write lyrics, and are taken by the horror of Poe, Machen, Lovecraft, Bradbury, King.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nil Abyss'?
5. 'Ill tendency to be, the Nil Abyss inverting deeper' is a phrase from the self-titled demo track. We were reading things like Less than Zero, and short, supernatural horror stories at the time and noticed a common theme of a 'moral abyss', be it on the behalf of a pimply teenager or elder god.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
6. Making records has been the focus so no live shows up to this point. It's not completely off the cards but we have other projects which perform live so it's a matter of having the time to take another band on the road.

7.I have noticed that the band stays away from any social networks, do you feel that this been making black metal too mainstream?
7. We have a bandcamp page and that's enough. Social media is good for bands that want the exposure but that's not a priority for us. I've always thought people into underground metal will seek it out regardless. The actual substance of the music and how bands market themselves seems more likely to be what makes them 'mainstream', saying that I wouldn't consider bands like this to be playing black metal at all. A limp-wristed sub-genre at best.

8.So far you have worked with Regimental Records and Nebular Carcoma, do you feel these 2 labels have been done a lot  to get your music out there heard?
8. Joe from Regimental got behind us early on and definitely helped get the demo heard in the states and Europe. Nebular Carcoma have been promoting the full-length pretty hard, and being based in Spain should help the maniacs over there get their hands on some tapes too.

9.The new album was also released on cassette, do you feel this format has been making a comeback in the underground for the last few years?
9. I think tapes have always been a big part of the underground, especially for those getting into rock and metal before CDs came about. They never really lost their charm for us but at a guess I would say they're more tactile, and definitely more durable.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
10. Yeah good mate, we've had interest from hellmen in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, India, USA and Australia. Those who've gotten behind us should know what to expect from here on out, unrelenting, horror-laden filth.  

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. The emphasis on horrific atmospheres and rhythms will definitely stay as it is the foundation of the music. New chords and transitions need to be there personally to keep the interest for us. Further sickness and obscurity in the instrumentation is always a goal.

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?
12. Hard rock, death/black metal. Horror soundtracks by Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Goblin, Hermann Kopp. These days AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Master's hammer, Pestilence, Mortuary Drape, Bathory and the likes normally get a spin over a few beers. 

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. Cheers to all the maniacs who've supported Nil Abyss. More communion of stark, charnal horror awaits.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/nil-abyss-interview.html


Dawnstar/Music Cassette/Lone Tower Publishing/2015 Demo Review

dimanche 27 décembre 2015 à 02:49

  Dawnstar  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  an  instrumental  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo which  was  released  by  Lone  Tower  Publishing.

  A  very  dark,  melodic,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  with  no  vocals  or  song  writing  ever  being  utilized  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  sound  while  also  speeding  up  briefly  with  a  couple  of  blast  beats.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  can  be  easily  heard  on  the  recording  and  there  are  also  elements  of  ambient  being  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  thunder  sounds  and  there  is  also  a  brief  spoken  word  part  before  the  music  goes  into  more  of  an  epic  yet  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  each  track  sounds  different  from  each  other.

  Dawnstar  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  avoids  any  vocals  and  also  mixes  in  a  touch  of   ambient  to  create  a  style  that  stands  out  a  bit  more  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Dawnstar  are a  very  great  sounding  instrumental,  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/dawnstarmusic-cassettelone-tower.html