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Vargstuhr Interview

lundi 1 février 2016 à 05:08
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

It is an atmospheric black metal project linked with nature and environmentalism, and in which tracks are full of contrasts.





2.In April of 2015 you had released your first demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

First of all, the music evokes landscapes and, therefore also the sound plays a crucial role in the atmosphere. I opted for a raw, cold and sharp sound, because the scene takes place in an icy landscape where life has to struggle to survive.



3.Each track on the album has a concept involving wolves, can  you tell us a little bit more about your song lyrics?

First of all, it´s a conceptual album that tells a wolves pack story which fights to survive the hard Winter. The first song, “Howling 1: The Wolf Pack, Sköll´s sons”, is the main character´s presentation: the wolf pack and its social spirit. Musically, this song has a folk and pagan touch that realize the connection between nature and wolf.

“Howling 2: Running on the Snow”, it´s the presentation of the scene where the action take place: a frozen landscape covered by the snow.

“Howling 3: Howlings in the Night”, Here the wolves greet to Winternight with their howlings.

Howling 4: Winter Hunger, The wolves are possessed by hunger, and then they cross their huntzone border.

“Howling 5: The Hunt, in Search of the Prey”. Once there, they find prey traces and then the hunt starts: they follow the trace, encircle the prey, but it belongs to a sheperd.

“Howling 6: The Hunter Becomes the Hunted”. Turn the tables, and the hunter becomes the hunted. The sheperd follow the wolfpack with his shotgun.

“Howlings 7: Wolf blood”. The sheperd shoots and the bullet hurt the alpha wolf, which dies over the snow.

“Howling 8: Wolf Cup, a New Era”. A wolf cup born in the wolf pack.

“Howling 9: Wolf Lair” This track is instrumental, but it imagines how the wolf cup grows and plays.

“Howling 10: Running Between the Trees”. The Winter ends and it closes the circle.



If you want, you can read the lyrics in the next link: http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Vargstuhr/Howlings/523176



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

It is a mix between "Varg" (“wolf” in Swedish) and a variation of my real name.



5.With this project you record everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to a full band?

I´ve weighed up the pros and cons. On the one hand, when you're alone only depend on yourself, so you can work at your own pace and do what you like, without give any explanation. But on the other hand, you can´t enjoy the variety of ideas as if you were in a band where several minds are synchronized, nor there is the coexistence of rehearsals, neither the possibility of gigs, so everything is more personal and introspective.



6.On the album you also bring in a good amount of folk instruments but also keep in the aggression, do you feel this makes your music stand out a bit more?

As I said, it is a project related to environmentalism, hence I confront the mechanical and technocrat future/present with a traditional past, whereon the human beings were more rooted in the nature (romantic idealization of the past), then, composing with a touch of folk music is relevant to achieve that goal.



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

I can not answer this question because I have left the distribution to the records companies which have released the album: Depressive illusion (CDr) and black death productions (cassette), but I have facebook and youtube pages and I can tell you that the followers´ nationalities are varied and balanced, in other words, the Spanish audience has lesser weight.



8.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

Muert are composing their third LP and Schwarzwald are recording their first LP. But also, I 'm writing new stuff for the second album of Vargstuhr



9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I´m going to record the Vargstuhr´s second album, under the title of “Dystopia”. It will be, again, a program music and a conceptual album, but focusing in the impact of the human being over the nature, and in a dystopical and technocratic future society.



10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are your listening to nowadays?

Bands: Ulver (early), Agalloch, Wolves in the throne room, Enslaved, Taake, Satyricon (early), Shinning… Musical styles: atmospheric black metal, blackgaze, depressive black metal, avantgarde black metal…



11.Does Paganism pay any role in your music?

More precise than paganism, rather it is to speak over an anti-technical, ecological and unscientific view; in other words, a vision on which the nature were not an object that you could handle at will, nor broke up in simplifications which do not allow that it moves us.



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

Thank you very much for your work and effort; and greetings to the readers of your webzine.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/vargstuhr-interview.html


Frostbite Interview

vendredi 29 janvier 2016 à 17:25
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Frostbite is a band active in the Montreal metal scene since 2012. We were initially more of a classical typical Black Metal band but as we progressed and line-up changed, we evolved into a more progressive Black n' roll genre.


2. So far you have released an ep 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?


They are both completely different in my opinion, The EP was made with the initial line-up. The full-length album was initially supposed to come out a year or so after the release of the EP but right after it's release, our drummer was forced out of the country due to a visa problem and the other guitarist quitted the band. So it took quite some time to reform under a different line-up, the project almost died at some point, also had to part our ways with the original singer/bassist. In the end though, we reformed with new musicians who all had different musical backgrounds and influences, which brought us to redo all the songs a bit differently, also approaching composition a different way. Which explains the difference between the 2 releases.


3. You label your music as 'progressive black'n'roll' can you tell us a little bit more about this term?


To be honnest, I'm not a fan of having to label everything. I wouldn't say we're Black Metal, we also don't really fit the melodic death metal genre in my opinion. We put a little bit of all our influences in the writing process and don't really care what people will call it. Progressive Black'n'roll is sort of a made up label that I feel resumes the best what we do but people can call it whatever they want!


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


The lyrics mainly revolve around the brutality of society, inhumanities, inner struggles and the existence that is beyond us. Lyrics are also intentionally a bit abstract and could be interpreted a different number of ways.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Frostbite'?


The band's name was our original singer's idea, I don't really think there is a huge story behind it, except maybe inspired by our harsh Quebec winters...


6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


We have had the opportunity to play with some very amazing bands like Abigail Williams and Negura Bunget, as well as some up and coming like Dreadnought from Denver, The Visit from Ottawa and of course all the local bands. We enjoy every show we get to play. It is great to share the stage with talented musicians no matter if they are a small local band or a bigger touring band.


7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?


So far we have a few shows planned but nothing major yet as of a tour.


8. Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with 'Tmina Records'?


We are happy to have good European representation joining Tmina and currently have a deal for the release of Etching Obscurity. We have also been joined on with the PR team Black Element out of Ontario for our North American representation.


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


At this point it is too soon to tell really. It really depends on what genre of black metal you refer too. I don’t think we are going to do as well with people that just enjoy raw black metal. We would be more in the melodic, ambient or atmospheric black metal area fan. With those we have had a very positive response so far. It will be more telling once the full album is out.


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


I play live for Bane (black/death metal originally from Serbia) But right now we are looking for a live drummer so the band is a bit on the ice as for live performances but we have a 3rd full-length album coming up. The other members are not currently in any other active projects.


11. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


Definitely more progressive, probably more clean parts, but only time will tell. We only just started writing stuff for the second album.


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?


We are influenced by many musical styles, everything from metal, punk, rock to classical, jazz and prog and a lot in between and far beyond. Each of the band members have many different influences they bring to the table and each of us bring a different side of the spectrum to it.


13. Does Occultism play any role in your music?


Not really. We did have more of a Satanic imagery in the past but nowadays we don't really focus on that. It is an interest of mine amongts others but I wouldn't say it really influences the writing. I find the human being much more interesting.


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


Thanks for listening, feel free to reach us  on facebook (facebook.com/frostbitemontreal) or our official websitewww.frostbitemetal.com.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/frostbite-interview.html


Akoman Interview

jeudi 28 janvier 2016 à 17:12
 1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
1.            At the moment, our priority is the third full-length album. We have almost finished writing songs. This album will definitely be the most dark and grimly of all that we have ever recorded, and reminds of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and Mysterion Tes Anomias. We spent a lot of time to write songs using only the best reefs, and I am sure that this album will be the best. The lyrics devoted to the Luciferian triad Samael - Lilith - Cain and their reflection of my self-universe. That's what I always say - the study of himself in terms of the Left Hand Path. I am not interested in primitive blasphemy or anti-christianity, I wonder to self-iniciation path. So the lyrics are very personal, it shows own experience.

    2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2.            We have gained more sound recording experience, etc. As for the sound, I was always interested doing something new and never repeated, because I hate when records sound the same. I like what we're doing, more bloodthirsty and predatory.

    3.In the beginning the lyrics where heavily influenced by Michael W. Ford, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?
3.            Michael W. Ford interested me when I first encountered work dedicated to the Persian Ahriman. It was around 2009. His view of the western esoteric tradition seemed very exotic. One of his works «Luciferian Witchcraft» had a great impression on me, especially at a time when we were writting debut album, now it is one of my favorite authors. I like how it reveals Luciferian aspects from different perspectives, both theistic and atheistic, using psychological and magical approach.

    4.I also know that you have an interest In Thelema, Kabalah, Eastern and African cults as well vampires, witches, and werewolves, can you tell us how you got interest in the Occult and also how has your interest has evolved over the years?
4.            Satanism to interest me in the early 00-ies. Later, interest to occult orders such as the Order of the Golden Dawn, Ordo Templi Orientis, Dragon Rouge, etc. So I got acquainted with works by authors such as Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant, Thomas Karlsson, elements of Kabbalah and plunged into a serious study of the Tarot, meditation for arcana and observe their manifestation in the spiritual and material terms. When I began to study the works by Michael W. Ford, it was around 2009, his research into ancient cults inspired me to explore exotic magical practices such as the African religions Palo, Voodoo and Santeria, Persian, witchcraft Yatuk Dinoih, Egyptian Seth and of course Luciferianism. Austin Osman Spare, he is very charismatic and talented and went against the traditions and developed its own system of Zos Kia Cultus, sigils and fundaments for Chaos Magic, very difficult for an unprepared reader. Now I still interested in tarot and Luciferianism.

    5.Originally the band was known as 'Funeral', what was the cause of the name change?
5.            The main reason for the name change was my desire to reflect self-development. Akoman is very well suited to what I want to convey by music, the key word is "mind". Also was important the original name. Funeral was underground band consisting of adolescents, while Akoman reveals the serious themes, so the name change was inevitable.

    6.What are some of the best shows that the band has the band play so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6.  It is very controversial. At concerts, we tried to create ritualistic atmosphere, but the public is often not ready for such a show. People come to concerts to relax, have a beer, etc. and I do not like it. My favorite performance is show in the beginning of 2013, when we controlled everything and the people were focused on what we were doing. We decorated the concert hall dry branches and roots brought from the forest, were also candles and candlesticks, we wanted to bring the coffins, but we were not able to deliver them. Of course there were corpse paint and other attributes of Black Metal. Now I am not interested to shows, but perhaps in the future we will perform at some private events, without casual visitors.

    7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7.  At the moment, we are focused on studio work.

    8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Сказ', what are your thoughts on the other band that have participated on the recording?
8. They are my friends and one of the band members is now Akoman member also. We communicate and support each other, and this split was friendly. Their music is different from what I do, but with this album we show respect for each other.

    9.You also did a 'Black Funeral' cover, what was the decision behind doing your version of one of their songs?
 9. The main reason is feel a spiritual connection and inspiration from their music. I think this is one of the bands that made the greatest impression on me and I wanted to express my respect and esteem.

    10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
10. I did not get negative reviews. But I think the main reason why our music has not become popular among the many of fans of Black Metal is its dark and predatory spirit in music, but that is our nature.

    11.Are any of the band members involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
11. Our drummer (DLL) is a member of Through, Ancient Funeral Cult and Сказ. I prefer only Akoman.

    12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
12. I'm interested to the ritual elements of industrial and ambient. I think that such experiments would make our music more hypnotic and the atmosphere even darker.

    13.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?
13. Next album was influenced Mayhem «De Mysteriis Dom Satanas», Ofermod, Ondskapt and Malign, "orthodox" reefs style etc. As for my musical preferences, they are very diverse, but mostly is industrial, electronic and ritual music, rock music of the 70's, black / death metal, etc.

    14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Black Metal is only a form, look deeper and try to find the source from which comes the music. Thanks for the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/akoman-interview.html


Carthaun Interview

jeudi 28 janvier 2016 à 15:37
1) 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?



The recording of „Staub und Schatten“ took some time because we have done all by ourselves. We started recording in the very end of 2014 and finally it was released on NORTHERN FOG RECORDS in december 2015.
There had been a change in the line up because our former guitar player (“DS”) moved to another part of Germany so we had to replace him (with “P”). Since then we have played gigs in Italy, Switzerland, Denmark and of course in several German cities.


2) 2.Recently you have 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 stuff you have released in the past?


We just call it Black Metal. Like always we tried to keep the music varied and not too one-dimensional. It´s always a mixture of (sometimes very) fast and (sometimes very) slow parts. We don´t want to focus too  much on one direction. But of course there are songs who are just fast/slow, cause it fits to the riffs/lyrics. In future we will go on this way.


3) 3.Since 2005 it usually takes a few years before a new recording comes out, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?



 On one hand there had been line up changes between the releases and all who are involved in CARTHAUN had a lot to do with jobs and families, so there was (and is) no chance in spending each hour on music. Creating new songs takes some time, too.
Besides that we are not interested in releasing stuff every year. There are more than enough releases coming out every day/week/month so there’s no reason to hurry.

4) 4.The lyrics are based upon famous writers of past and present themes, can you tell us a little bit more about who these authors are?

 It doesn´t matter who these authors were/are nor where they come/came from or for what they stand/stood. It´s just important that it appeals to me, having the music in mind. That’s the reason why themes ranges from propaganda-poems over romantic themes up to anti-war lyrics – the only important thing by choosing lyrics: it has to go under my skin!

5) 5.I know that the band name is from an old German artillery cannon, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the wars that have happened in your home country?

Our interest in war does not depend on our fatherland. The situation leading to World War 1 for example are unthinkable for nowadays people. It is frighteningly and fascinating at the same time. People in that time did not have a choice – most even didn´t think that it’s necessary to have one. They just had to deal with it. Apart from that human abysses rise in times of war or just chaos – quite good time to get an idea of that by looking around in the EU nowadays.

6) 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?

 We prefer small gigs in gloomy locations. For us this is the way our music, or Underground Black Metal in general, should be presented. Playing on festivals during sunshine or acting on big stages with lot of lights is not really attractive – of course we played the one or the other festival or a gig in a venue, that doesn´t fit our imagination – we are not fussy at all– but we prefer a dark, shabby, small, nebulous stage, no showlight, just some torches, blood and dirt – that’s where we feel home!

7) 7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

There are several live gigs planned and more will be. We prefer playing two or three shows around weekends instead of playing a whole tour. Organizers can get in contact for second half of 2016.

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

We do not care much about that and therefor don´t have a real idea about it. The feedback we get is mainly positive but for us it is much more important that we are satisfied with ourselves and with what we are doing. We know that there are lots of people who aren´t into CARTHAUN  cause we are not using that typical cliché and therefore we are not that stereotyped nowadays Black Metal band.

9) 9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

None of us is involved in other active bands/projects these days.

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

There are no special plans – and never where. Time will tell what happens in the future. We are not willing to plan too much. But quite sure we will go on.

11) 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?

One of the main influences for sure is Black Metal from the early/mid 90ies. We are into that music up to 20 years now. But of course we are influenced by every sound we listen to. We are not only into (Black) Metal. There’s much more that might grab you by the balls if you listen to it – we stopped only listen to (black) metal quite early and would advise anyone to do the same – life is to short to be narrow-minded.
Apart from music there’s literature, movies and last but not least experiences in our life that  have an impact on what we are doing.

12) Get in touch for gigs, cd´s and merch. Trading is welcome! For those who missed some highfalutin philosophical maxims: Take more drugs! Be less stupid!
NEVER STOP MADNESS!!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/carthaun-interview.html


Vakslen/Crucifucked/Merdumgiriz/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 28 janvier 2016 à 01:38

  Vakslen  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both  Norway  and  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2013  album  "Crucifucked"  which  was  re-issued  in  2016  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Harsh  noise  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  power  electronics  and  after  a  few  seconds  melodic  chants  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  melodic  as  well  as  adding  in  black  metal  screams  that  are  a  little  bit  more  different  than  most  bands  of  the  genre.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  anger  in  the  screams  while  also  being  grim  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  porno  samples  along  with  the  music  adding  more  melody  into  the  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  very  dark  and  melodic  when  they  are  utilized.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  rock  music  and  punk  are  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  diversity  to  be  heard  throughout  the  whole  recording  and  one  of  the  later  song  brings  in  militant  style  beats  and  spoken  word  samples  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  they  also  bring  in  covers  from  Bathory  and  Alice  Cooper  before  closing  the  album  with  a  couple  of  original  tracks.

  Vakslen  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  a  raw  style  of  old  school  black  metal  and  they  change  things  around  by  adding  in  experimental,  rock  music  and  punk  elements  to  create  a  very  original  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  Hateful,  Anti  Religious,  Satanism,  Sluts,  Darkness  and  Politically  Incorrect  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vakslen  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anti  Muslim  Hate  Speech"  "White  Pride-Black  Art"  "Seig  Fucking  Heil"  and  "666  lashes".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/vakslencrucifuckedmerdumgiriz2016-cd-re.html