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Paimonia Interview

dimanche 20 avril 2014 à 02:23
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Of course. Created in 2011 by myself, Paimonia is an extreme metal act coming from Serbia (Europe). Since then, we have 2 releases, EP, full-length & a 3-way split is on its way.

2. So far you have released an ep, full length and a split, can you tell us a little bit more about your music sound on all 3 of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Like I said in the previous question, 2 releases are done so far. “Modern Way Of Distraction” EP (Silent Scream Records/Bleichmond Tonschmiede) is the first material we ever made, which is crafted back in 2011. Back then, we had Swedish Black Metal bands such as Dissection, The Moaning & Vinterland as our main influences, so the sound was pretty melodic. In the end of 2013, debut full-length album entitled “Disease Named Humanity” (Humanity's Plague Productions/Exalted Woe Records) is recorded & released. In comparison with the previous material, this one is totally different & more advanced. Sound is more dissonant & disharmonic, more acoustic elements are used, such as acoustic guitars & violins etc. As for the upcoming 3-way split, we put 2 tracks from the full-length album & a Sargeist cover song, specially recorded for this release. Logically, the goal is to create a different sound for each upcoming release, not to have the same one all the time.        

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

Misanthropy, nihilism & everyday stuff we are surrounded by.

4. I know that the band is name after Paimon, one of the kings of Hell, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?

Exactly. Well, the band name was given by the ex. band member. He's interesed in occultism & that kind of stuff, also he did the lyrics by that time. After we parted ways, I've completely changed the band concept  & lyrical themes, but kept the band name, because I really like it & there is no other band out there with the same name. You know how difficult is to find something original for a band name nowadays. As for me personally, I'm not interested in occultism or that kind of stuff.

5. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future, or do you chose to remain a duo?

Maybe there will be some live performances in the future, we have some plans for that as well, so we will have a session live bass & guitar player for that purposes. Currently, there is no need for someone else besides N.P.V. & me, because the fact is, I do all the music, lyrics & arrangements, he does all the drum work, recording & production stuff, that's it.

6. The full length came out on Humanity's Plague Productions, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?


I got in contact with R.A.F, the man behind Humanity's Plague Productions, in September 2012, during the promotion of the first material we released. He really liked it, also it reminded him on the old No Fashion Records releases & he offered to release the full-length. I'm pretty satisfied with this release, it's done on a really professional level, he also promoted the release heavily on the internet, so I hope we will cooperate in the future as well.  

7. Recently you where part of a split with Mrznja and Zloslut, what are your thoughts on the other bands that participated on the album?

Amazing people & great musicians, we are all good friends for a few years now, that's the most important thing for me personally. Besides, Hunter (Zloslut) was our session live guitar player in 2012, Mrznja was a live bass player in Zloslut & also did the complete design for our full-length. The idea for the split just came some one day, we got in touch with Martin (Atramentum Productions), planned everything & that's it, we are now waiting for the release.

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

Mostly people liked our music, we try to promote the current material as much as possible, doing interviews, receiving good marks & thoughts in reviews etc.

9. Can you tell us a little bit more about the other musical projects that both of the band members are involved with?

Why not. I'm a part of Avantgarde/Atmospheric Doom Metal project called Elsewhere Shine, we released a debut EP entitled “The Wired” through Depressive Illusions Records last year. At the moment, we are working on a full-length album. N.P.V. has his own project/band called Svarun, which has a demo, 2 EP's, full-length & a split with Russian band called Midgaard. The second full-length album entitled “Завештање I: Земља" (The Legacy Vol. I: The Land) will be released soon, so watch out for that.  

10. Where do you see the band progressing into musically during the future?

At the moment, I'm working on some new material & all I can say is it's going to be slower, more obscure & dissonant than any previous material we did.

11. 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?

In the beginning, like I said, we've been influenced by classic Swedish Black Metal bands, but at the moment, believe it or not, I don't have any “metal” influences at all, I just write what I think it's the best for me personally. Currently, I'm listening to some non-metal stuff, like Hurts, Estas Tonne & Vlado Georgijev.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?

Besides music, we study & work as well. I study economics, N.P.V. is studying music, graphic engineering & design.

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

“Keep Calm & Let The World Burn.”

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/paimonia-interview.html


Zeugen der Leere/Seelenwanderer/2014 Full Length Review

dimanche 20 avril 2014 à 01:28

  Zeugen  der  leere  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  dark/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Seelenwanderer".

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  getting  more  heavy  and  going  into  a  slow  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim  vocals  and  screams  and  after  the intro  classical  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  violins  and  the  music  starts  to  find  its  sound  with  a  slow  and  melodic  approach  to  atmospheric  black  metal.

  The  drum  programming  on  the  album  adds  a  militant  feeling  to  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  when  the  music  speeds  up,  the  album  takes  a  rawer  direction  and  the  screams  become  more  high  pitched  but  the  album  mostly  focuses  on  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  with  the  music  only  getting  fast  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  the  music  starts  getting  a  little bit  more  experimental  adding  guitar  slides  and  acoustic  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  dark  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  also  start  adding  in  deeper  parts  along  with  the  screams  and  they  also  bring  a  death  metal  feeling  to  the  recording,  halfway  through  the  recording  the  band  brings  in  a  cover  of  Erkryss's  ''Forsaken  Astronaut"  and  it  is  also  the  only  track  on  the  album  that  has  an  English  title.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  traces  of  electronic  music  start  making  there  way  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  programmed  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  some  modern  metal  influences  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  every  song  has  a  very  different  sound  to  them  while  you  can  still  tell  that  it  is  the  same  band.

  Zeugen der Leere  bring  in  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  focusing  on  a  more  slow  and  mid  paced  melodic  black  metal  direction  while  also  having  its  fast  moments,  the  synths  and  violins  enhance  the  epic  and  symphonic  qualities  of  the  music  while  the  band  also  brings  in  a  raw  and  experimental  approach  at  times,  the  production  brings  a  very  powerful  and  epic  sound  to  the  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Zeugen der Leere  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  dark/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Der  Seelenwanderer"  "Forsaken  Astronaut"  "Untergang"  and  "Canis  majoris".  8/5  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/zeugen-der-leereseelenwanderer2014-full.html


Signalfeide/Midnight Sun/Floodgate Moons Productions/2014 EP Review

vendredi 18 avril 2014 à 00:36

  Signalfeide  are  a  duo  with  members  from  both  Norway  and  U.S.A  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine,  while  their  first  recording  was  a  more  lo-fi  black  metal  ep,  their  new  work  is  more  in  the  vein  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of   their  2014  ep  "Midnight  Sun"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moons  Productions.  

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  22  minute  long  piece  and  the  synths  bring  a  variety  of  many  different  types  of  sound  to  the  track  and  you  can  also  hear  some  programmed  drum  beats  being  utilized  in  the  background  and  after  a  few  minutes  vocals  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  track  and  at  time s you  can  also  hear  traces  of  dungeon  synth  in  the  music  which  also  enhances  the  melancholic  atmosphere  this  song  creates  while  also  bringing  in  other  styles  of  ambient  music  and  after  15  minutes  acoustic  guitars  make  their  way  into  the  music.

  Signalfeide  show  a  stylistic  change  with  this  release  staying  away  from the  black  metal  elements  of  the  first  release  and  focusing  on  a  more  dark  and  melancholic  ambient  sound  with  their  new  release  along  with  a  very  powerful  sounding  production.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Signalfeide  and  while  some  of  the  more  close  minded  black  metal  fans  might  not  enjoy  this  release,  I  see  this  ep  however  appealing  to  fans  of  ambient  music  and  the  more  open  minded  fans  of  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/signalfeidemidnight-sunfloodgate-moons.html


Blitzgeistig/I/2014 Demo Review

jeudi 17 avril 2014 à 22:37

  Blitzgeistig  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  demo  "I".

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  demo  along  with  drums  and  the  first  track  is  a  5  minute  long  instrumental,  on  the  second  song  the  music  gets  more  distorted  and  heavy  which  leads  up  to  a  slow  depressive  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  suicidal  screams  and  cries  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  The  band  brings  this  slow  depressive  black  metal  approach  to  the  other  tracks  along  with  a  mixture  of  both  long  and  short  songs,  on  some  of  the  tracks  you  can  hear  a  slight  post  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  melodies  and  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  the  music  is  mostly  instrumental  while  the  black  metal  vocals  are  used  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Blitzgeistig  carry  the  tradition  of  slow  and  depressive  black  metal  with  their  music   and  bring  out  some  of  the  best  elements  of  the  genre,  along  with  a  dark  and  raw  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  suicidal  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blitzgeistig  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Walking  Life  In  Depression"  and  "Suicide".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/blitzgeistigi2014-demo-review.html


Jumalhamara/Songless Shores/Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions/2014 EP Review

mercredi 16 avril 2014 à 21:38

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Jumalhamara  which   shows  the  band  returning  back  to  a   more  experimental  black  metal  sound  with  the  ep  being  released  in  2014  by  Ahdistuksen  Ahio  Productions  and  called  "Songless  Shores".

  A  variety  of  many  different  bell  sounds  start  off  the  18  minute  piece  and  you  can  hear  some  guitar  riffing  in  the  background  which  brings  the  black  metal sound  to  the  recording  along  with  some  weird  voices  that  evolve  into  grim  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  start  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  a  few  minutes  in  that  direction  the  band  goes  into  a  more  calmer  sound  with  some  classical  guitars  while  also  having  drones  coming  out  of  the  guitars,  which  leads  to  melodic Gregorian  chants  becoming  a  part  of  the  track  along  with  psychedelic  sounds  and  a  few  minutes  later  you  can  hear  some  experimental  sounds  starting  to  kick  in  along  with  some  shouting  style  vocals  and  after  awhile  the  Gregorian  chants  and  psychedelic  sounds  make  a  return  to  the  song.

  Jumalhamara  show  a  great  amount  of  diversity  with  their  18  minute  song  bringing  in  a  black  metal  sound  in  the  beginning  and  then  going  into  a  more  psychedelic  and  experimental  direction  as  the  song  progress  along  with  a  very  powerful  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  enlightenment  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Jumalhamara  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/jumalhamarasongless-shoresahdistuksen.html