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Widerwertig Interview

samedi 11 janvier 2014 à 06:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are three guys with three instruments. That means there is one instrument per guy (guitar, bass and drums, a very special constellation). We started making music four years ago and produced three albums, two of them are already available and one is in production and will be released in a few weeks. During the time in which we were writing our first album, we were two guys, but then a third guy appeared. Fortunately he has not disappeared until now.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
We try to build up a dark atmosphere to destroy this atmosphere with other elements (punk, psychedelic, sparkling unicorn fights ...) in order to produce something bizarre. For us, it is important to mix very deep feelings with elements which might seem to not fit in totally.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Sometimes we take passages from books (burroughs, nietzsche, freud..), sometimes we could not resist the urge to write about meaningless philosophical topics. There are also songs we just tried to imitate animal sounds (dying pigs, screaming goats..) The new album will have no vocals.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Widerwertig?
It is a wordplay because in germany "widerwärtig" with the letter "ä" is the german word for "disgusting". "Wider" means something like "against" and "wertig" refers somehow to "values". We know it is not possible to be against social values, it is just a try to stand for a critical view on morality (the only problem is, the more you are outside, the more you are inside). Therefore you can´t reduce our philosophy to nihilism, but if you want to, you can reduce it to sparkling unicorns.
5.Has the band done any live shows or is this a studio project?
We had a few live shows in our area. Because of our upcoming album release we plan some other shows.
6.The new album came out on Negation Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It is a recently founded label to support the local underground scene. There are a few other projects which release there, also some black metal projects like "Flagellant". The label has no focus on a specific genre.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
The eastern hemisphere seems to like our music, especially the chinese one. The russian black metal community has been teared apart into the ones who like us and the others who do not. today there is a big war between them and we hope no one gets hurt because of our music. In the future there will be another big war about if this statement is true or not.We would like to get more feedback from america, because there are great bands.
8.Are there any other musical projects besides this band?
In the past there was the project "miriquidi eremit", a mixture of post rock and punk. We also make music together in other constellations and perhaps there will be releases in the future. For example there will be a split beat tape from "cap farewell" and "onkel jutter king".
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We will stick to our way of permutating our style slightly while we are always trying to approach our idea(l) of music.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The bands which influenced our music are still the bands we are listening to today. there are bands like "paysage d'hiver", "Gris", "Bone awl", "Porcupine Tree", "Pyramids", "Randy Newman", "Wu-Tang-Clan", "Beach House" and "Aphex Twin", the usual stuff.
11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Searching for food in trash cans, fighting homophobia, thinking about the structure of social existence, truck driving, physics. We also like to sleep in the woods and drink alcohol.
12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
We like racoons and we hope to see some soon. There are not many in germany but they become more. And finally we want to thank god for all that oxygen in the air around, because without all that oxygen we believe we would probably suffocate very slowy which certainly would mean a painful death... We want thank you for your interest in our music and for this interview.
We apologise that it took so long until we answered!

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


Anakeion/Ghooric Zone/Katabaz Records/2013 Full length Review

vendredi 10 janvier 2014 à 06:59

  Anakeion  are  a  1  man  band  from  France  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black/dark  metal  with  symphonic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album  "Ghooric  Zone"  which  was  released  by  Katabaz  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  some  symphonic  synths  and  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  a  minute  alter  programmed  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  album  and  when  the  album  goes  into  the  second  later  melodic  black  metal  guitars  are  added  into  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  it  starts  adding  in a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  while  still  focusing  more  on  heavy  and  symphonic  parts  and  the  guitars  also  bring  in  elements  of  melodic  death  metal  and  have  as  much  power  as  the  synths  with  the  album  being  more  rooted  in  metal  than  most  bands  of  this  genre  which  usually  focus  more  on  synths  which  also  bring  in  a  lot  of  dark  ambient  and  epic  elements  to  the  recording  which  you  can  also  hear  on  the  2  instrumentals  where  they  take  over  and  when  solos  are  added  into  the  recording  they  enhance  the  dark  black  metal  qualities  of  the  record.

  Anakeion  bring  in  a  different  approach  to  this  genre  instead  off  being  a  copy  of  Summoning  Or  Fear  of  Eternity  they  he  used  a  little  bit  more  guitar  and  melodic  death  metal  sound  while  also  taking  influences  from  the  previously  mentioned  2  bands  and  creates  his  own  musical  style.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes  along  with  some  of  the  lyrical  content  based  on  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  dark  and  epic  sound  with  none  of  the  songs  going  past  5  minutes.

  In  my  opinion  Anakeion  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  dark/black  metal  project  with  some  symphonic  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  the  Ghooric  Zone"  "The  Shapeless  Messenger"  and  "The  Altar  Of  Madness".  8 out  of  10.  http://anakeion.bandcamp.com/album/ghooric-zone


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/anakeionghooric-zonekatabaz-records2013.html


Arathgoth/Brutal Winter/Katabaz Records/2013 Full Length Review

jeudi 9 janvier 2014 à 06:14

  Arathgoth  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  Forgotten  lands  that  started  out  as  a  dungeon  synth  project  but  started  utilizing  elements  of  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  with  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album  "Brutal  Winter"  which  was  released  by  Katabaz  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  some  heavy  and  dark  sounding  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  synths  and  then  going  into  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  melodies  being  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.

  As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  dungeon  synth  being  mixed  with  black metal  while  the  heavy  parts  dominate  over  the  synths  and  the  screams  also  start  utilizing  more  depressive  elements  and  when  the  album  goes  into  the  third  song  it  shows  a  return  back  to  the  dungeon  synth  style  of  earlier  albums  and  the  black  metal  makes  a  return  halfway  through  the  album  and  takes  over  again.

  The  music  on  the  album  starts  to  change  it  starts  out  being  black  metal  and  then  goes  to  dungeon  synth  and  after  awhile  it  will  alternate  between  both  styles  while  also  being  mixed  together  and  you  can  hear  Arathgoth  has  progressed  a  lot  with  this  recording  and  he  never  repeats  himself  and  so  far  all  4  of  his  albums  have  sounded  different  for  each  other.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  cold  and  pagan  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  which  is  perfect  for  the  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth  and  the  music  is  not  too  overproduced.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arathgoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  dungeon  synth,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Brutal  Winter"  "Lost  In  The  Blizzard"  "Pale  Moon"  and  "Thin  ice".  9  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/arathgothbrutal-winterkatabaz.html


Dragon Smile Interview

jeudi 9 janvier 2014 à 02:33
1. Can you give us an introduction to the band for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?
I’m Serit, the only member of Dragon Smile. Right now, Dragon Smile has only released an EP (on Katabaz Records http://katabazrecords.bandcamp.com) but a Full Length is currently in process. The EP is available on bandcamp :http://dragonsmile.bandcamp.com
 

2.In your own words how would you describe the musical sound that is present on your ep?
Well, it is a mix of Epic Black Metal, Dungeon Synth and Medieval/Movie Soundtrack, with some Soundscape/Field Recordings. But all very spontaneous, without any pretention : just doing what I want to hear.

3.When i listened to the ep there seemed to be a good mixture of dungeon synth and black metal, out of these 2 style which one do you prefer?
I agree with you. I don’t really prefer one style rather than one other : when I like a music, I don’t care about the style as long as there is emotion in it.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I sing in ”Dragon Speech” : I create the language and use my own words to name the songs.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dragon Smile'?
This music is inspired by Dragons : their look, their stories and thoughts, their “voices”.

6.I have noticed there was no metal archives page for this band and there was not much present on the fb page, do you prefer to keep this musical project mysterious?
Yes and no, it is not really a choice and I would be happy if more people talk about it : but I’ll communicate more about this project when I’ll release a Full Length. But I thank you to already focus on my EP.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and dungeon synth?
I got some upload on Youtube but nothing big right now. I expect to have more feedback with a LP.

8.When can we expect a full length and also what direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I’m working on it. I guess during the first quarter of 2014, I hope so. It’ll be more metal but still with a very personal touch : it’ll mix more different influences.

9.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Summoning, Howard Shore, Mortiis… but I do it with what I have so my sound could be cheap and raw but this is how I like it : very spontaneous, only feeling matters.

10.Does paganism play any role in the music?
No, only medieval imagery and Dragons.

11.Do you have any non musical interests?
I guess like everybody : books, movies, etc.
 

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this interview and follow me on Facebook to get updates about the first LP : www.facebook.com/smileofthedragon

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


L' Hiver en Deuil Interview

jeudi 9 janvier 2014 à 00:27
1. Can you give us an introduction to the band for people that would be hearing of you for the first time?

David: When our former bands split-up we grew sick and tired of being in a band with people which were not like-minded.  We started of L’HeD basically for ourselves to be able to dig into our hearts and feed our souls and minds. At that point we had no intention at all to leave the rehearsal room and make this band public. It was only after we had a complete line-up and we were offered to play a gig as support for Forgotten Tomb that things got more serious so to speak.

2.In your own words how would you describe the musical sound that is present on your ep.

David: Well, obviously I would say our sound owes a lot to the BM genre, there is no denying in that. The key words I would use to describe our sound would be raw and harsh on one hand but also melancholic and at times even beautiful on the other hand. We cover a wide range of contrasts in our songs, from calm clean acoustic moments to heavy blasts. Atmosphere is a crucial element in our sound. In this band we wear our hearts on our sleeves, so a lot of genuine emotions are involved. I do believe our sound is quite different of what is common in Black Metal.

Boris: The production on the EP also supports this specific atmosphere. We were really lucky to work with Phorgath (Enthroned, Emptiness), who was able to understand our music and give our songs the right sound while recording at his Blackout Multimedia studio.

3.The lyrics are written in a mixture of Dutch, English, and French, what was the decision behind writing songs in a variety of many different languages and also can you tell us about some of the topics that you cover with your lyrics?

David: It is more of a coincidence as you have to understand that we had a dozen of songs available for the EP of which we decided to record five. So what you hear on the EP is a mixture of some of our very first songs and more recent ones.
Basically all future lyrics will most probably be in Dutch. I used to write in English but somehow felt I lacked the proper ‘finesse’ to express my feelings accurately. I still remember exactly when I wrote my first lyrics in Dutch... it was such a relief! I feel the Dutch language has a harsh bite, it sounds cold, raw and is very direct and confronting. If the lyrics deal about loss for instance, in English it would hardly make any impact anymore because people are used to most of the words already but when I scream in Dutch ‘de angst rijt mijn ziel aan parten’ it really feels like a punch in the face.

I realize that singing in Dutch might be a disadvantage since most people who pick us up live abroad. Details might get lost but I’m convinced the atmosphere and the bite of the words will do their job here anyway. People, and especially people into BM, will use their imagination, and that is why it is so rewarding to be active in this genre. BM acts like a vessel that when it touches the right buttons it can carry you away from the material world right into a spiritual one. A transcendental journey into another state of mind or another consciousness.

Of course there is a deeper cohesive leitmotif behind the band, the lyrics, title and artwork of the EP. We hope people can interpret it in their own terms. We all wear our cross. L’HeD is about locking yourself  in these dark places and confronting yourself with thoughts you do not want to roam in, your fears and nakedness. A perpetual and  spiritual search for a deeper truth. Rather than going outside we dig into our souls for solace and truth. In the words and songs we cover this from different angles, often based on real life experiences, and from different point of views e.g. that of the deceased in ‘Fatum’ or that of a surviving relative in ‘Ocean Black‘.



4. I know that the band name means ‘winter in mourning’ in French, what was the decision behind using it as a band name?

David: Johan came up with the name. We live near the French speaking border of Flanders and he has been living in Brussels now for quite some time so the French name feels comfortable. In this band we are always looking for the correct words. Elements of nature, seasons etc. are often a metaphor for human emotions. We formed in winter and we all felt like shit to be honest. ‘Mourning’ is crucial in this band name as it is also very symbolic for all things in life. They come and they wither, in spite of light all is dark.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band played in its 4 years of existence, and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Boris: We're not a very active live band so to speak. Our first official gig was with Forgotten Tomb in 2011, and it has been our main appearance on the Black Metal scene here in Belgium. We also organized a few gigs ourselves, mostly in intimate settings, which were very valuable for the band's progression.

David: About performing live, you will get different answers depending on whom you ask in the band. If technically all is going fine I can completely lose myself on stage. I need this otherwise it means nothing.  Afterwards I can hardly recall anything from the show, the audience and the band  itself because I‘m so absorbed by inner emotions. I will always go to the limit. I wish it would be more cathartic though…it is but it also feels very confronting and painful. On one hand it is liberating to put off the mask that you wear everyday but at the same time it feels really scary to leave this comfort zone. Personally I see very few convincing front men these days in BM. They all seem very busy looking though and more occult than thou but often  their performances are lacking of the same energy and any deep emotion which is really a shame. More artist should let their guard down and being more true to themselves rather than hiding behind fake imaginary.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for 2014?


Boris: We have a gig lined up in January with Borgne and Lugnasad, but no other concrete plans. We hope to be able to arrange a few more gigs this year and reach out to the local Black Metal scene, as our current visibility there is rather low, but our main focus will remain on writing new songs.

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

David: So far the reactions are really positive. We have not re-invented the wheel of course, we realize we still have a long way to go but it was really nice to read all the positive comments from all over the world. It is rewarding that people despite the fact that the lyrics are in Dutch somehow seem to pick up the right atmosphere we intended to create with this album. We have been sending ep’s to all over the world, it feels unbelievable and very rewarding.

Boris: Most reviewers seem to like our music and approach, while admitting that it's nothing new. More like, reusing an old formula with a twist, and executing it well. We do get the Drudkh comparison quite often... And some also give us credit for the Dutch lyrics, considering it a sign of authenticity to sing in our mother language.

8. Are any of the band members involved with other musical projects these days?

Boris: I have also been playing in Marche Funèbre (Death/Doom) for about a year now. We released a full length album (Roots of Grief) in 2013, and have some nice gigs lined up for this year, including a UK mini-tour with Eye of Solitude (January) and a self-organized doom festival with Esoteric and Procession in Brussels (April).
Me and David also have a separate project called Soul Dissolution, but it is still in its early stages, with a first demo recording planned for February.

9. When can we expect a full length album and also what musical direction will it be heading into?

David: We’re already busy writing new stuff but it takes time. We have one song ready which we play live and a second one of in the making.  We really want to progress in comparison to the EP. ’Gekluisterd’ was the last song we wrote for the EP and acts like a standard for any new songs we compose. Rest assured the new songs will really top everything we have done so far. The last one sounds like Hate Forest drenched in an aura of melancholy; there are running shivers down my spine just thinking about this song, I‘m really confident about the new tunes.

Boris: At the current pace it would probably take about one year to have all the material ready for a solid album. It could be sooner but it all depends on inspiration which is not a very predictable thing, and we really don't want to rush it and put lots of effort in each song to get the best result. So all in all, you can expect an album somewhere in 2015.

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

David: Stijn, who is our main composer, doesn’t follow the scene much these days, so his influences come directly from the 90's Black and Death Metal bands. In reviews we often are being compared with bands he never heard at the time when he was composing the songs for the EP. I believe this is a very healthy situation for the band to not be directly influenced by any current trends in BM. The others and myself we follow what’s going on more closely. I still buy albums on a regular basis most being basically post BM but also everything from Religious Black Metal, DSBM to Bestial War Metal and everything in between. Besides BM most of us like listening to Sludge, Postcore, Doom & Death Metal as well. My favourite band is Amenra, no other band on earth comes even close to them. Their level of darkness is beyond what is still to be discovered by most contemporary  BM bands.

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

David: I do not feel like really going to deep in this question as it is irrelevant to L’Hed. Most members are still studying so that is their main focus of course. For me personally it would be my family. I have twins at home so I’m always running on a busy schedule.

Boris: Our jobs and daily lives are indeed not so relevant, but it is worthwhile to mention that we have five members of very different ages and backgrounds, with an age difference of more than 15 years from youngest to oldest, some of us studying, some working, some with kids,... This contributes to the richness of the band as a whole for sure!



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

We thank you very much for this interview.
We wander in darkness…



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/l-hiver-en-deuil-interview.html