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Nefastoreth Interview

mardi 10 février 2015 à 08:30
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?

Void: In advance, thanks for your attention. At the moment, we're working toward two different goals: training the band to play together for live gigs (working in rehearsal room) and write new songs for the next album.

2.In September 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?

Void:  Our aim is to reflect, in our music, the uncompromising attitude of Nefastoreth's project.  For this reason the musical sound, as much as possible, have to be raw, direct, effective and real. We really do not like the nowadays super hi-tec triggered productions that sounds powerful but are too fake. We want to continue a sort of "analog" tradition. For sure this not means that we do not use the technology in our recording: we tend to use it in a right proportion. In ITR album we used very simple tools to gather togheter the recordings, to give to our sound the above traits. In ISE album we did a different work, using more technology, without lose the our ideal raw Black Metal sound's guideline.

3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Void: Seven years it has been a long period that has seen so many different line-up changes and sudden and silly defections. Due to these reasons, the Nefastoreth's project has been slowed respect to the "physiological" release timetable that, on average, the other bands follow. For sure, it was a difficult Time. We're forced to deal with so many different logistical and organizational problems. Luckily, new valuable musicians have joined the band in the meanwhile, giving the opportunity to gain new energies, inspiration and trascendental attitude, that are been gathered in new album ISE.

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

Nahash:  Music is a means for us,it allows us to undertake and follow the Left Hand Path,which you may find in many different cultures and religions.That’s the first thing we care.  The nourishment of Imperium Serpentis Evalngelii is the Gnostic Satanism. Refuse the spiritual structures of the bright tradition is the most important value of our lyrics.  "Enlightenment  is not reached by visualizing the light but by exploring the darkness" Our goal in this project,is not the cohesion with God  “unio mystica” but  be able to go beyond metaphysical obstructions,to achieve the self-deification,through chaos,darkness and individual freedom.  If you listen to the title track,you are going to ask yourself a question: “ Does the Serpent give us the knowledge between the  Good and Evil,or is it only representing the essence of the last one? “

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

Void: The name "Nefastoreth" cames from an ancient sumerian myth that it has been borrowed to the arcaic tradition. It tells about a star, called "Nefastoreth", belonging to the Orion's constellation, which, at the moment of her appearance on the celestial Equator, once every 10 years, it brought famine, pestilence and death. At the beginnings, we decided to use this ancient symbol as a band name, to underline the antihuman attitude of the project.

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

Void: We did few live gigs, due to our extreme underground definition: we really do not need to show ourselves playing in a live dimension, we prefere to raise our esoteric culture to lift up our inspiration in music and to tend to the indefinable side of our reality. Nevertheless, we do not reject at first live gigs, it depends from the context: serious Black Metal Orthodox environment only. We did it in our past and probably, due to some new requests received, we'll do it again soon. I remember one particular stage performance in my city, in 2008 after the release of ITR, where all the guys listened with intense participation our live songs, literally "drain" from these, their esoteric and transcendental meaning. It was really satisfactory for me: not only the uncompromising features was released that night, but also the more important Spiritual message.
Our stage performance are very direct and effective: no words between songs, no thanks and regards. Only Black Metal musicians which play at their best their instruments to give our message in a shadowed and foggy stage, lit by candles only. To have an idea, you can see the live gallery on our web site www.nefastoreth.com .

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

Void: We have received some different request about, however we do not fix nothing yet. We're managing again some little logistic problems and, once solved, for sure we'll repeat some live gigs: we're preparing the band set for that.

8.The new album was released by Vanth Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Nahash: Vanth Productions is a young label. It wants to work  inside the purest Black Metal’s dimension, to keep  the primeval issues and the  true spirit alive , far from fashion and waves of these last years .

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

Void: Like a Black Metal Orthodox Band, the true underground is our environment. Therefore our focus is oriented in a different scenario: for sure we have received a very positive feedback from guys which follows this genre, and this is very important for us like band, however, like musicians, we do not pay attention only about the fan's view (that we respect...) or "market judgment"... We really focused ourselves on an esoteric an Left Hand Path to attempt to transfer in our music its values.

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

Nahash: Black Metal, we are born under the sign of that, so that's what we want to do. Surely we’ll travel to trails much more obscure, ritualistic,turned into deep sounds. Anyway, the music will follow our own individual asceticism.

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?

Nahash: The last period  of Nefastoreth is basically influenced by all the bands  born from De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas like Ondskapt - draco sit mihi dux,  Aosoth, Deathspell Omega until  Svartidauði and Sinmara, but Void and I were always interested in the Black Metal  from the beginning so our influences are very broad. Beside the bands  I mentioned before,I’m listening  to Grav, Acerbitas, Bekëth Nexëhmü, Nawaharjan, Ormgård, Sons of Fenris  but these ones  affect more my  side project WON. In closing, we are great listeners of this music most of all,without forgetting other different kinds of sounds as you can find in the Electric Wizard.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Nahash: Occult is not what is hidden but what is not known yet, it is the Sakti,it  is the dark path Vamachara, it is the  Qlifoth shade of Sephiroth. Occult are forces,  knowledge hidden in darkness that  let us  destroy the world of appearances.

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

Void: Be critical and contemplative: our reality not ends in the material world. The diaphragm that divides us from our true divine nature is so thin... With an aware use of our time and minds, we can elevate our knowledge to reach higher level of consciousness...

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/nefastoreth-interview.html


Wounds/II (Decay)/2015 Full length Review

mardi 10 février 2015 à 08:11

  Wounds  are  a  1  man  band  from  Virginia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  album  "II  (Decay)".

  A  dark  ambient  drone sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At time s the  music  bring s in  some  experimental  avant  garde  style  melodies  that  are  all  done  on  guitars  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  few  tracks  are  also  all  instrumental  and  in  the  faster  sections  of  the riffing  you  can  see  a  very  heavy  90's  black  metal  influence  being  utilized.  

  Some  of  the  tracks  also  have  more  deeper  and  demonic  vocals  that  are  over  powered  by  the  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  dark  ambience  while  some  of  the  heavier  riffs  can  be  very  melodic  at  times  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw,  dark  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  and  some  of  the  alter  songs  also  utilize  a  small  amount  of  synths.

  Wounds  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  and  raw  while  also  being  very  diverse  and  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  creating  an  album  that  is  very  diverse  yet  always  retains  a  grim  and  true  form  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Esoteric,  Death  and  Disembodiment  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wounds  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  raw  and  atmospheric  b;lack  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Exit  Human  Life"  "Spiritual  Entrapment  (Revisiting  my  Place  of  Death)"  "As  I  Wraith  i  Haunt  these  Desolate  Woods"  and  "Treachery  And  Fear  (Among  The  Pines)".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/woundsii-decay2015-full-length-review.html


Human Serpent/Human Parasites/Servants Of Extreme Misanthropy/Old Graves Productions/Mercyful Hell Productions/2015 Split Cassette Review

mardi 10 février 2015 à 06:35

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Greece's  Human  Serpent  and  Human  Parasites  called  "Servants  Of  Extreme  Misanthropy"  which  was  released  by  Old  Graves  Productions  and  Mercyful  Hell  productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Human  Serpent  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  before  adding  in  more  raw  aggression  and  grim  yet  hateful  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  the  music  bringing  in  more  blast  beats  as  well  as  using  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  the  music  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  Gregorian  chants  on  both  songs  and  the  second  track  is  8  minutes  in  length  and  also  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  the  bands  musical  style  while  also  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  towards the  end,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent,  hateful  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Human  Serpent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Chapel  of  Bones".

  Next  up  is  Human  Parasites  another  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  classical  music  and  spoken  word  samples  before going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  both  of  the  songs  are  in  a  90's  old  school  black  metal  direction  and  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  also  have  a  very  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  in  the  background  and  the  second  track  also  shows  the  music  getting  more  violent  and  also  having  a  small  amount  of  deep  demonic  growls  and  Gregorian  chants,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Black  Death  Plague  and  Misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Human  Parasites  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  both  of  their  songs,  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Total Misanthropy".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  split.  8  out  of  10.         

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/human-serpenthuman-parasitesservants-of.html


Idoltria/Breviarium Daemonicus Idolatrorum/Mater Tenebrarum Records/2015 CD Review

lundi 9 février 2015 à 14:46

  Idoltria  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  blasphemous  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Breviarium Daemonicus Idolatrorum"  which  was  released  by  Mater  Tenebrarum  Records.

  Grim  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  going  for  a  very  fast,  raw  and  extreme  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  has  a  war  metal  feeling  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  adding  in  morbid  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  the  songs  also  have  a  brutal  approach  throughout  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the main  focus  remains  more  on  a  fast  and  chaotic  style  of  black  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  Gregorian  chants  and  deep  growls  before returning  back  to  a  more  raw  and  aggressive  direction  which  also  shows  the  screams  getting more  high  pitched.

  Idoltria  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  extreme,  fast,  raw  and  generates  a  good  amount  of  chaos  from  beginning  to  end,  th e production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Anti  Christianity  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Idoltria  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  satanic  and  blasphemous  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sathanas  Cult  -  The  Redeemer"  "Reminsence  And  Folklire  Of  Lucifer"  and  "Resolution  Of  Vatican's  Head".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/idoltriabreviarium-daemonicus.html


Kurhan/G _od/Arachnophobia Records/2015 CD Review

vendredi 6 février 2015 à 07:22

  Kurhan  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  extreme  mixture  of  black, death  and  thrash  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "G-od"  which  was  released  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  few  seconds  later  angry  shouting  style  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  giving  the music  more  of  a  thrash  metal  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  influences  from  both  the  first  and  second  waves  of  black  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  brutal  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  an d  the  later  songs  show  a  very  heavy  death  metal  influence  to  them  which  they  mix  in  with  a  fast  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  heavy,  brutal  and  raw  sound  and  there  are  no  soft  or  clean  parts  present  anywhere  on  the  recording.

  Kurhan  takes  the  most  raw,  extreme  and  brutal  elements  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  combine  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording  that  is  non  stop  brutality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  darkness  and  death.

  In  my  opinion  Kurhan  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  extreme  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Porz_Dek"  "O_Tarze"  and  "Koniec".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/kurhang-odarachnophobia-records2015-cd.html