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Shabti Interview

mardi 24 décembre 2013 à 04:04
 I formed Shabti with Greg (formerly of Gift of Tongues and Shabti, currently in Feral, ZUD (US), and Stones Tools) in Portland, ME in 2008.  Prior to playing in Shabti, I played in guitar and performed vocals in Kurixis from 2002-2006.  The original goal of Shabti was to create aggressive, visceral, uncompromising music.  Over the years we have released two eps (Self Titled and "Labors of the Dead") and we just released our first full length, "Paracusia".  We have also played live throughout New England and fairly consistently in the Southern Maine region.  Since the band's inception several drummers and bass players have lent their talents to the project.  Though other band members have occasionally submitted riffs I am the primary songwriter. "Paracusia" features Denis (also in Eastern Spell) on bass and Ray (also in Falls of Rauros) on drums.

2.How would you describe your musical sound? 
Most metal fans who have given me positive feedback typically describe Shabti as a natural sounding blend of death metal and black metal.  I think that this is a natural culmination of my influences as a guitar player and the types of music that I enjoy listening to.  When I originally started Shabti I wanted to go for more of a grind/black metal sound: fairly minimalistic and to the point.  As you can hear in our songs, however, our music is fairly technical, though this is not intentional.  I write riffs that I personally find interesting and rewarding to play and they just naturally evolve in that direction.  I have heard people go so far as to compare us to Necrophagist though I do not quite agree.

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

Religion, death, disappointment in humanity and the struggle to find something worthwhile in a universe with no apparent meaning are reoccurring topics.  Some lyrics are quite personal whereas others are just observations about society, the human race, and the world in which we live.  I am heavily influenced by "The Golden Bough" by James Frazer, HP Lovecraft, and books about ancient/classical/medieval civilizations. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Shabti? 

Shabti (or Ushabti) are funerary figurines that the ancient Egyptians placed in tombs to serve the dead in the afterlife.  I am inspired by the mythology of many different cultures, though we are not explicitly an "Egyptian" themed band. 

5.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 have not played many high profile shows but there are several that I have especially enjoyed.  Worcester, MA has a dedicated metal scene and I have always enjoyed playing down there.  Some of our best performances have been in small bars or obscure basements.  I would describe our stage performance as intense and straightforward without any gimmicks or catering to the audience.  My focus is on executing our songs to the best of my ability with precision and authenticity.  This is what I appreciate as an audience member.  Playing metal live for me is all about a sense of power and catharsis. 

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future
We currently do not have a live drummer.  Once we find someone suitable, I plan on playing in New England on a regular basis again.  I would like to plan a short US tour at some point.  In any event, I will continue to record and release music as Shabti.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest? 
I have never bothered to actively seek out record labels in the past with Shabti but with the release of "Paracusia" my interest in these kinds of collaborations has been reignited. At this stage we do not have any plans to work with a label but I am open to any offers that we might receive.  I think that a band in this day and age really has to work independently, promote themselves, finance their own work, and generate their own following. It seems to me that when a label is interested in signing us they are more likely to approach us after we have sufficiently proven ourselves.

8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that the other band members are involved with?

Ray also plays drums (and occasionally other instruments) in Falls of Rauros, which is an atmospheric/folk/black metal band from the Portland area. Last I knew they were putting the finishing touches on a new cd and they also have some older material that they are putting out in the near future.  They do not play live very frequently but they have been pretty prolific songwriters over the years.

Denis plays bass in a doom metal band by the name of Eastern Spell.  They play out fairly often in the area and they are going to be releasing a split with Sylvia (another local band with former members of Ocean).
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Shabti is always going to be my outlet for extreme metal, though the exact sound is subject to where ever my interests reside at the moment.  I think that there are plenty of things to discover in the world of distorted guitars, drums and bass, simply by driving myself to write interesting riffs and dynamic songs.  Though I have interests in other genres, I have no desire to incorporate them into Shabti in a direct way.  If I ever decide that I want to write something more straightforward with clean vocals, or electronic music, for instance, I will just start another project.  I have various riffs and ideas floating around.  One of the songs that I wrote more recently is very dissonant and jagged, with busy death metal riffs and sinister doomy parts.  Shabti is basically my homage to what I consider the best of extreme metal in its various forms.

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

Bands that have had a significant direct influence on me over the years are Emperor, Dissection, Morbid Angel Carcass, Kreator, Mayhem, Anaal Nathrakh, Napalm Death, Enslaved, Gorguts, Bethlehem, Neurosis, Angelcorpse and Death.  Bands that I enjoy that do not fit into the metal genre include The Cure, Unto Ashes, Skinny Puppy, Dead Can Dance, Nick Drake, The Dead Boys, Christian Death (just the Rozz Williams era), etc. 
11.outside of music what are some of your interests? 
I enjoy reading.  Some books that I have recently read which are a pretty good representation of my interests are "The Greatest Show on Earth" by Richard Dawkins, "Thermopylae" by Ernle Bradford, and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil".  Over the past couple of years I have rediscovered old school pen and paper rpgs and "ameritrash" board games  (such as Arkham Horror, etc).
12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thank you for the interview.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/shabti-interview.html


Cold Crypt Interview

mardi 24 décembre 2013 à 02:36
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Cold Crypt is a one man metal project that concentrates more on the atmospheric side of black metal rather than the fast paced-hail Satan side, its much more industrial now then it was in the beginning and in my opinion far more haunting.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been present on all of the recordings that you have put out so far?
2. Each release has been quite unique in its own way really, the first release (Devil May Scream) was a very standard style of black metal and the following album (Darkest Symphonies) kind of expanded on that with more synth and vocal experimenting.
the split album and the latest release (Bearing The Light) are the best of what the project has to offer so far, it would be a waste of time trying to describe it, you'll just have to listen to it and find out for yourself.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical content of the music?
3. The lyrics have always been about madness, negative emotions and exposing faith in a heaven as a fairytale fantasy, Bearing The Light is a concept album meant to remind people of the witch hunts in religious history and hopefully shed light on the madness of the church.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Cold Crypt?
4. Actually in the beginning the project was called Cold Veins, I just wanted a name that no one else had used and was able to reflect the feel of the music, but one day I was stuck in traffic next to one of the many old graveyards near my home and by just staring out the window at all those graves the name Cold Crypt entered my mind, it sounded so much more morbid and chilling then the original name so I changed it.


5.With this musical project you work all solo, do you have this gives you more room to be creative?
5. To be honest I just hate relying on other people for things, they would just slow me down and try to change the music in a way that seems shitty and over used by others, that's why I use a drum machine half of the time because I don't want to have any one else in on this project. Half of the songs in Cold Crypt have real drums played by me and the other half programmed drums.


6.A few  months back you put out a split album with Smorg, what are your thoughts on the other musical project that that was involved?
6. Smorg is a great band, it has punk, grindcore and black metal all rolled into one. The style has become a lot more like grindcore these days and in my opinion the quality of the music is improving with each release, some people seem to pick holes in the crusted rehearsal like quality of the recording they do but I think that just makes them sound more old school so hopefully they wont change that.


7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7. So far the response has been pretty positive actually as far as I can tell there has been only had one bad review at this time so that's good enough for me.


8.What is going on with your other musical project these days?
8. Marahkain has got a lot in the pipeline, we have a split album, a single and a full length album all lined up, we are also preparing to try a new sound but its just trying to find time to do it that's the problem, I'm always busy and so is Khalvst Ov Mhurn.


9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
9. Well I'm currently working on a new and more mechanized album called Utter Contempt For Life which will hopefully be released late 2014, the album artwork has unfortunately already leaked on to the fucking internet so its there for anyone who's interested.


10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. The bands that influence me the most are Fear Factory, Xasthur, The Berzerker, Nosvrolok, Leviathan and Striborg. The album that actually pushed me to try and make my own music was Leviathans Tentacles of Whorror. Right now I'm listening to Lunar Auroras album Hoagascht.


11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
11. well I've recently become a father so that takes up most of my time but whenever its not family or music I just play video games.


12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
12. yeah if you like a band then buy a CD, don't be a prick and go looking for torrents.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/cold-crypt-interview.html


Chemical Cascades interview

samedi 21 décembre 2013 à 06:32
.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1.We are 3 astral travellers residing for the moment in human form.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the 2 demos and also how do they differ from each other?
. The first demo has been long kept within, each song is a chapter of our cosmic voyage, while the second demo has been created from looking outward from our earthly sphere into the cosmos. i.e. the first was created on our journey to and the second conceived upon our arrival, looking outward.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about your song lyrics?
the lyrics have been created though our understanding and interaction with earths magnetic field.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Chemical Cascades?
.Different medications and poisons designed to pacify the human mind eventually cascading forth after reaching the limits of what man is physically capable of withstanding.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
.Our last gig was at the whistle stop bar for “Total Fucking Death”
    As for stage presence, we simply are.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. We plan to tour sometime in the new year. East coast of Aus.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7.We may begin a search for a label after our album (3rd release) which shall be recorded January 2014.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. It seems to go well from the few reviews and fans from overseas (those privy to the lost windom)

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
9.We progress as is indicated by astronomical events.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. Many classic black metal bands as well as 80’s death and some of the energy channelled from the ancient Australian landscape.

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
11. There is much to be learnt here within that subject.

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
12. Astronomy, Astrology.

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
13.LSD and satan.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/chemical-cascades-interview.html


Esotis/Eternal Silence Of These Infinite Spaces/Katabaz Records/2013 Full Length Review

samedi 21 décembre 2013 à 06:21

  Esotis  are  a  1  man  band  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album "Eternal  Silence  Of  These  Infinite  Spaces"  which  was  released  by  Katabaz  Records.

  "Holy  Void"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  heavy  and  atmospheric  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  synths  as  well  as  some  drum  beats   and  a  minute  alter  grim  black  metal  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  some  ambient  elements  which also  mix in  with  the  heavier parts  to  create  a very  dark  sounding  ambient    black  metal  song.

  "A  Blaze  of  Darkness"  begins  with  dark  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs  which  are  in  a  slower  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  a  few  seconds  alter  as  well  as  drum  beats  and  ambient  style  synths  which  take  over  for  a  couple  of  minutes  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction  and  then  back  to  the  ambient  sound  which  closes  the  song.

  "Those  Hills  Above  An  Endless  Millennial  Forest"  opens  up  with  a  black  metal  scream  that  comes  in  and  out  of  the  song  before  putting  in  dark  ambient  synths  and  drum  beats  as  well  as  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  shortly  after  that  and  then  the  music  alternates  between  ambient  and  black  metal  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies,  towards  the  end  nature  sounds  and  classical  guitars  are  added  into  the  music.      

  "Lightning  Whisper"  starts  up  with  dark  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  ambient  synths  which  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  as  well  as  some  drum  beats  and  there  are  only  a  small  amount  of  vocals  being utilized  in  the  song  with  the  music  concentrating  more  on  dark  atmospheres.

  "Oblivious  To  The  Earth"  kicks  in  with  dark  atmospheric  synths  which  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  a  few  seconds  alter  heavy  guitar  riffs,  drum  beats  and  grim  black  metal  scream  start  to  come  in  along  with  the  music  concentrating  more  on  the  instrumental  side  of  the  spectrum  and  halfway  through  the  song  classical  guitars  become  a  part  of  the  music  and  they  also  close  the  song.

  "Beyond  the  Last  Constellation  Shore"  comes  in  with  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  ambient  synths  and  drum  programming  as  well  as  some  grim black  metal  vocals  which  also  utilize  some  screams  and  as  time  goes  on  by  you  can  also  hear  some  electronic  music  elements  coming  in  and  out  and  a  couple  of  minutes later  drum b eats  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  "Abyssal  Vertigo"  breaks  in  with  dark  sounding  synths  that  bring  in  atmospheric  and  ambient  elements  as  well  as  a  variety  of  many  different  keys  and  the  music  is  an  all  instrumental  ambient  piece.

  "Human-shaped  Emptiness"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  begins  with  dark  ambient  drone  sounds  as well  as  some  atmospheric  sound  effects  and  the  song  is  very  long  and  epic  with  the  length  being  over  12  minutes.

  Song  themes  cover  darkness,  cosmos  and  galaxy  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Esotis  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Holy  Void"  "Lightning  Whisper"  and  "Beyond  the  Last  Constellation  Shore".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.          
    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/esotiseternal-silence-of-these-infinite.html


Emanation/Under Magnetic Sleep/Black Mass Records/2013 EP Review

samedi 21 décembre 2013 à 04:51

  Emanation  are  a  1  man  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  ep  "Under  Magnetic  Sleep"  which  was  released  by  Black  Mass  Records.

  "Under  Magnetic  Sleep"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  ep  as  well  as title  track  opens  up  with  noise  style  sounds  before  adding  in  heavy  distorted  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  atmospheric  elements  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  spoken  word  samples  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  leads  to  more  black  metal  elements  kicking  in.

  'Cryptograms  Of  Larvae  Desire"  begins  with  heavy  and  distorted  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  spoken  word  samples  are  added  in  and  the  song  is  in  an  all  mid  paced  direction.

  "Quintessential  Ectenic  Psychode"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  ep  starts  up  with  dark  and  heavy  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs  with  an  avant  garde  background  which  also  leads  up  to  some  drums  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  elements  of  drone  in  the  music  along  with  some  guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  music.

  Song  themes  cover  Spirtism,  Metaphysics  and  Science,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Emanation  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Under  Magnetic  Sleep".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/emanationunder-magnetic-sleepblack-mass.html