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In Cauda Venenum Interview

mardi 2 juin 2015 à 07:58
1.For those who have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

IN CAUDA VENENUM is two French musicians, N.K.L.S. and I, Ictus. We play a kind of Epic Black Metal with Post Rock influences and French lyrics.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Some people call it Atmospheric or Post Black Metal. To describe it in term of inspirational bands, I would list ALTAR OF PLAGUES, LUNAR AURORA and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM for the dark, progressive and solemn aspects. We are also inspired by bands like DRUDKH, NOKTURNAL MORTUM and PRIMORDIAL for the epic side. To conclude, I am a big fan of ANOREXIA NERVOSA, FALL OF EFRAFA and Post Rock bands like JUNIUS, TOUNDRA and TOTORRO and I think these influences can be heard in our music.

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

This first album depicts human passions from utopia to fatalism, and illustrates the porosity between life and death through such themes as Art, History and Legacy. It is about the need for utopia and the strength needed to create and about leaving a legacy that will still be here after our death. We explored both sides: from the dead creator to the receiver of this legacy, who is alive.
I am also personaly very interested in the European utopian artistic movements of the early twentieth century, and this album is actually a tribute to Walter Gropius, one of the greatest utopist who funded the Bauhaus School after WWII.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'In Cauda Venenum'?

In cauda venenum is a latine/roman phrase translation The poison in the tail (in reference to the scorpion). It was originally used to describe a text or a speech which starts nicely to make the audience or the adversary comfortable, and suddenly ending in a sharp and nasty tone. But for us, this phrase also describes life itself. We all have one common fate, which is death. We know everything could suddenly turn wrong unpredictably, for us or for the people we care about. Life has taught me not to ignore how vicious it can get, and not to be blinded by the present, as comfortable as it could be. It may seem pessimistic, but I think fatalism and vanity can be quite healthy and sane to project ourself in Life.

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?

During 2009-2010, I was alone and I wrote 4 « proto tracks » over 15min using a drum machine. Then N.K.L.S. joined me as a drummer, which was extremely beneficial to our music. He is a friend. We played as a duo (guitar + drums) between 2005 and 2006, so we knew we could make things work pretty well for IN CAUDA VENENUM. As a drummer, he brought a different feeling and an approach of our music I would have never been able to capture had I continued to use a drum machine. An important point I would like to insist on is that he isn’t an exclusively Extreme Metal drummer. He enjoys double bass and blast beats, but his musical background is made up of groovy and minimalistic mid tempo drums with open/close hi-hat and lots of cymbal variations. That’s why he was able to bring an extra dimension to the songs, so we decided to re-write all the songs to fit his style. He was so involved in the process that he started learning guitar and he added some of the atmospheres and arrangements you can ear on the album.

The only difficulty is that we don’t live nearby, so everything is done on-line. It takes much more time than if we were to work side by side, but this is how things are and we have to deal with it. That is partly why we decided to focus on two 21min tracks for the first album. The two others will be the logical follow-up and will conclude this tetralogy.

Since the release of the album, I have met people who could be a part of our next release, but I can’t really announce anything just yet.

6.The album was released on Emanations, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

Emanations is a young subdivision of the French label Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions which features great bands in its roster: THE GREAT OLD ONES, PARAMNESIA, REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER, PENSEES NOCTURNES, … I'm personaly involved with this label as a graphic designer and I am also in charge of manufacturing process. We created Emanations to promote undergound bands like IN CAUDA VENENUM. As musicians, it gives us the possibility to share our music through an already established network and fan base, which is wonderful for a band which does not play live shows for the time being.

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

I must admit that we were surprised the first time we sent something to Canada and to the US. I can't explain why, but we've had very good feedback from Eastern Europe too. Maybe because of the French lyrics...

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

IN CAUDA VENENUM is my main band but I have also a side project with N.K.L.S., something more instinctive, primitive and raw, with shorter tracks and more thrashy and catchy riffs. This project is inspired by the Tchernobyl accident.
During the writing process of our album, N.K.L.S. wrote about 10 songs for his side project: an epic progressive metal band in the vein of BATHORY or MOONSORROW.

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

We are already about 80% through writing our next album. It is the logical follow-up to our first full length. Our musical approach is similar, and if you like the first one, you should love its sequel.

10.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?

(As I listed influences in the first question, I suggest not to repeat it here and rather focus on albums I’m listening nowadays)

Right now I mostly listen to GLACIATION (FR), which is simply a pure masterpiece of French « High-End » Black Metal. The upcoming albums of MAIEUTISTE (FR) and REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER (FR) are also constantly playing at home. You can ear some tracks and pre-order these albums at http://lesacteursdelombre.net/productions/.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Considering my schedule between my job, managing Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions and writing for IN CAUDA VENENUM, I can say that Music takes actually the most of my time… However, I try to read books when possible. If I can recommend some books, I would say The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy, By Reason of Insanity, by Shane Stevens, Sukkwan Island, by David Vann and the masterpiece autobiography 3,096 Days, by Natascha Kampusch. These books really moved me and inspired me to write music for IN CAUDA VENENUM.

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


Thank you for promoting our work and giving us the opportunity to talk about our music. I hope this interview will provide the listeners with some key elements to better appreciate our music.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/in-cauda-venenum-interview.html


Total Negation Interview

mardi 2 juin 2015 à 07:29
1.Can you give us an update on what  has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new  album?
I was quite busy with all the necessary stuff that has to be dealt with when releasing an album. The music video for the song „Kronzeuge“ was a huge project that ate up a lot of time, but since I'm happy with the result, the time was well spent and it was worth the trouble. Now I'm knee-deep in the process of sketching out and writing the material of the next release. There will be some changes again, in terms of sound and compositions and I know what has to be different this time. It is a very adventurous time when you don't yet know what's going to happen on the next record.


2.In June you have a new album coming  out, 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?
I see myself moving away from what most people associate with black metal more and more, which is an important step towards musical independence. This is not a planned decision, but a natural progression, that ultimately ends up in “just” music, if you know what I mean. Sound-wise “Zeitzeuge” is still a typical metal record with a very clear sounding production, which is a step away from “Zur späten Stunde | Zeiträume”. But this time the songs needed to have that clarity, otherwise the whole album wouldn't have worked.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Basically everything I write about is based upon the very wide topic of death in general. Learning to cope with your own mortality and the fear of dying. I usually wrap everything up in a little more abstract but coherent concept for every album. On “Zeitzeuge” the storytelling is much more present than before and everything is related to a very concrete vision of a man who I present as a “Zeitzeuge”, which is German for “contemporary witness”.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration  behind the name 'Total Negation'?
The name dates back to 2007. Back then I thought that would be a good name for what I had in mind with this project musically. And it certainly was the right and fitting decision during that period. Over the years the words “total negation” somehow lost their literal meaning and formed a pure graphic identity. Now the name is just a name to me. It's really not important. It's the music that counts.

5.On the albums you record everything  by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians on the recordings or  do you prefer to work solo?
Some years ago I would have said that Total Negation should always be a solo project, but since I play live shows with the support of session musicians, that attitude has shifted somehow. It is not that important to play everything yourself. So I'm getting rid of the ego-driven decision to be the sole performer on a Total Negation record. The importance lies in the artistic control and vision. If there are people who can improve the overall product, why not use these possibilities? It is about the band, the music and not about showing-off my skills as a musician. Of course, this only works if you have the right people around you.

6.What are some of the best shows that  you have played with this musical project and also how would you describe your  stage performance?
I only played four shows until now and I'm still in the process of refining all the details of a TN performance. So the best show was the most recent one on 8th May 2015 in Münster, Germany. Theatrical elements, props and costumes are important parts of the show. I don't see myself as an entertainer on stage and I don't care if people are headbanging. My experience is, that people just stand there and keep watching, which I find very honoring. The whole show is staged as a constant reminder of your own mortality and a direct confrontation with death.

7.Do you have any touring or show  plans once the new album is released?
Booking a full tour is very difficult, so there are only single shows planned. The only confirmed one is in Cologne on Friday 31th July.

8.The new album is coming out  on Temple Of Torturous, can you tell us alittle bit more about this  label?
Fu, the man behind ToT, is a very ambitious and independent guy with a good taste in music and the right sense for picking out bands with a unique character. That ensures a constant output of high quality releases. Above all I have to mention ToT bands like Valborg and Fyrnask. It is incredible to be a part of this family.


9.On a worldwide level how has  the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
Honestly, I don't really know. People who dislike TN don't often verbalize it, they just ignore the band and skip through to another one. It's the same way I handle music I don't like. People who like it tend to verbalize that on the internet. They simply like it and for me, that's nice to hear and it is nice to be heard. Regarding “Zeitzeuge”: Some people don't like what I did with the vocals this time, so that might be a dealbreaker for some.

10.Are you also involved with  any other musical projects these days?
Yes, I am. Once in a while I do some session work in the studio. The latest example is the current Vargnatt record, on which I played drums. My other project called “Nachts” is still in existence, but I'm not actively working on new material right now, because TN is my priority. Otherwise I'm always involved in different projects, writing and recording stuff, playing live.

11.Where do you see yourself  heading into as a musician in the future?
Less metal, more sound. My goal is to get the focus right and to keep a healthy distance to metal in general. Although my music will be part of the metal world, I would like to avoid thinking and composing like a metal musician. It's becoming more of a dead end to me.

12.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?

In general I like music that has some air between the notes, so to say. Something that leaves room to breathe. You can find these characteristics in almost every good piece of music. Many years ago, I was told to listen to the album “Wave” by Antonio Carlos Jobim. This is when I started to develop an open mind music-wise. I cannot pin down what exactly influenced the music on “Zeitzeuge”. Maybe it was something between Frank Zappa and Darkthrone. But these influences are not audible, but more like a guideline on how to develop and to further handle your own musical output during the process of songwriting. Currently I'm listening to early Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson records and female artists such as Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Emiliana Torrini and Laura Gibson.

13.Before we wrap up this  interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
One last wise-ass comment on top of all that: Stop listening to genres. Listen to music. Everything will be much easier If people start thinking that way. Thank you.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/total-negation-interview.html


Leere Interview

mardi 2 juin 2015 à 06:01
 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1
Leere: We began in 2004 and in 2009 we released the first album „the mystical gate to oblivion“. And now, 6 years later we released „Bleak“.

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?
2
Leere: It's organic and authentic Black Metal in the style of the nineties. The new full length is more  complex and clearer than the debut.

    3.The band has been around since 2004 but so far has only released 2 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
3
Leere: We filled the gap with our other bands Moonfrost and Ghost Kommando.


    4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
4
Sarcamon: The lyrical topics are personal and progressed in my very own style in the last 20 years.


    5.I know that the band name means 'void' or 'emptiness' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
5
Leere: Our name describes the essence of the concept of Leere.


    6.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?
6
Leere:
No, its ok like that.


    7.The new album was released on Gravity Entertainment, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
7
Leere:
Yes, we are very satisfied with Gravity.


    8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8
Leere:
We don't know 'cause we don't really care.


    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?
9
Leere:
Our other bands are very active and we're working on new material.


    10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10
Leere:
Straight forward without mercy!


    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?
11
Sarcamon:
My interest in Metal began in 1988 and through all the years I was inspired by so many different bands and styles of music, it's infinite. Nowadays I'm musically more open than in the past.

Thorn:
In the past I was influenced by Black Metal from the nineties. Today I listen to many styles of  music, from Metal to Indie Rock to Dark Ambient.



    12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Sarcamon:
...when the twilight burns across the sky you'd better run and hide, the beast will roar from deep inside. -Exciter 1983-

Thorn:
Thanks for the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/leere-interview.html


Code/Live In The Netherlands/Heidens Hart Records/2015 CD Review

lundi 1 juin 2015 à 08:38

  Code  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays a  mixture  of  progressive  black  metal  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  live  2015  album  "Live  In  The  Netherlands"  which  was  released  by  Heidens Hart Records.

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  modern  style  of  that  genre  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  band  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  structures  into  the  heavier  parts  of  their  musical  style.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  the  band  also  interacts  with  the  crowd  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  show  post  rock  elements  being  mixed  in  with  black  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  clean  singing  at  times  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.     

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  songs  also bring  in  a  small  amount  of  angry  shouting  style  vocals  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  very  melodic  and  also  display  a  great  amount of  talent  and  skill  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  bit  of  the  90's  Norwegian  avant  garde  black  metal  sound  at  times.

  Code  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  modern  and  progressive  and  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  and  avant  garde  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  along  with  all  of  the  songs  being recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paranoia,  Illness,  Personal  Weakness  and  Death.

  In  my  opinion  Code  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  live  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE "The  Cotton  Optic"  "Glimlight  Tourist" "The  Lazarus  Cord"  and  "brass  Dogs".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/codelive-in-netherlandsheidens-hart.html


A Forest/Worn Out/Satanic Records/2014 CD Compilation Review

lundi 1 juin 2015 à 05:53

  A  Forest  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  compilation  album  "Worn  Out"  which  was  released  by  Satanic  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with some  grim  screams  a  few  seconds  alter  that  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  also  uses  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments on  the  album have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you can  also  hear  acoustic  guitars  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  both  the  riffs  and  solos while the  whole  album has  a  very  vintage  second  wave sound and as  the  compilation  progresses  ritualistic  ambient  sounds  are  brought  in  at  times  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw  style  of black  metal.

  A  Forest  plays  a  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave sound  and  also  brings  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic style  of  that  genre,  the production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Cold,  Winter,  hate  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  A  Forest  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "A Trial  Of  Strength"  "Worlds  From  Light"  "Dark  On  Darkness"  and  "Litany".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/aforestworn-outsatanic-records2014-cd.html