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Nevaloth/The Antagonist/2013 Full Length Review

mardi 14 janvier 2014 à 04:25

  Nevaloth  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "The  Antagonist".

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  very  distorted  sounding  intro  which  also  has  some  am  radio  noises  in  the  background  along  with  some  tribal  style  beats  as  well  as  some  industrial  and  then  the  music  goes  into  a  more  blackened  death  metal  sound  along  with  a  mixture  of  screams  and  growls  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  slows  down  at  times  and  adds  in  synths.

  When  the  guitar  solos  are  added  in  they  bring  melody  in  the  atmospheric  chaos  this  music  generates  and  the  album  also  has  a  good  amount  of  avant  garde  and  classical  music  influences  which  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  brutal  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  and  the  bass  guitars  enhance  the  progressive  nature  of  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  industrial  and  experimental  elements  return  at  times  while  the  main  focus  is  the  more  heavy,  brutal  and  progressive  parts  and  the  music  also  starts  getting  more  dark  and  while  the  focus  is  mainly  on  black  metal  there  is  still  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  on  the  record  as  well  a  good  amount  of  90s  and  70s  style  prog/psych  rock  being  added  in  while  also  having  a  more  modern  twist  to  it  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  brought  in  briefly  they  enhance  the  progressive  and  tragic  qualities  of  the  music  and  on  a  couple  of  songs  melodic  vocals  are  brought  in  while  they  still  have  a  rough  elements  to  them.

  Nevaloth  show  a  lot  of  talent  and  diversity  with  their  music  they  take  in  traditional  and  black  metal  influences  and  build  on  it  by  adding  in  brutal  death  metal,  symphonic,  progressive  rock  and  classical  to  create  a  sound  that  is  very  original  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  talent  and  skill  being  utilized  in  the  musical  instruments.

  Song  lyrics  cover  philosophical  and  occult  themes  along  with  some  of  the  writings  of  Aliester  Crowley,  John  Milton,  William  Blake  and  Max  Striner,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album.

  In  my  opinion  Nevaloth  are  a  very  great  and  original  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Moment  Of  Apostasy"  "Per  Aspera  Ad  Astra"  "Lightbearer  Empire"  and  "Herostratic  Fire".  9  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/nevaloththe-antagonist2013-full-length.html


Excruciate 666 Interview

mardi 14 janvier 2014 à 03:05
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the release of the new album?

Hail, well a lot of things! We get ready to take part in a mini-tour with Handful of Hate (It) and Stahlsarg (UK) at the beginning of February. We also plan a tour through some European countries  for the end of this year. Meanwhile, we already work on the third album and some songs which are intented for a split with an other band of Brothers as Excruciate 666 is used to.

2.Recently you have released a new album can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how would you describe your progress as musicians over the years?

 “Rites of Torturers” is different to “Riding Fires of Hate” and the previous prod’. Actually the song are more slower, lood and brutal but you can always find epic and black metal riffs with Heavy Metal consonnances as we are used to do. Our music is more thrash and warrior  than early but you always find the soul of Excruciate 666.
 Our style  sharpened along 20 years of existence. Line-up has changed a little for this time but Blasphemort and me, are here since the origin and even if we evolved musically, we always wanted to preserve our identity.

3.The band has been around since 1996 and while there has been plenty of material released this is only the second full length, what was the cause of it?

Yes indeed. We were never very fast in the composition Ahaha! And we have so many brothers-in-arms that we were often taken on of other one projects. I think you understood that we like a lot  the split album concept. It’s a pure underground idea. Now, I think we passed less time between two full lengths...We’ll try.

4.The lyrics cover Paganism, War and History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in these topics?

As for me, I always was fascinated by History but more particulary by the history of our heathen ancestors. I always found their way of thinking was big and honorary. We are not followers of whatever heathen religions, but we are proud of our  origins and we like to approach highly-rated glorious of our history. Excruciate 666 allows us to tell this great story! 

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Excruciate 666, and also do you have an interest in Satanism?

Torture has always fascinated us. And because we are interested in the obscured practises of midle ages, we have thought Excruciate was a good name for a black-metal band. After to have kept this name for a litle time, we have discovered an other band with the same name. It was the Death metal band from Sweden. Originally, we were interested in Satanism, chaos and we wanted to play Black Metal. We thus have to add “666” to mark down . Now we aged and we became  more down-to-earth. We believe rather than in the strength of the self-made-man and survivalism. We think that we shall soon be brought to fight because a new era warrior arrives. And we get ready!

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?

Our better memories are the Maniac Metal Fest in 2009 with a lot of bands of friends like LORD, PHOBOS, DAWN OF CRUCIFIXION, INKISITOR and more, the Maniac Metal Fest III in 2011 with MANIAC BUTCHER and INFERNO, the good gig with INQUISITION in 2010 and recently the No Compromise Metal Fest with ATTIC, SLAUGHTER MESSIAH, HORACLE and many more was a very good gig in Belgium. Thrash, Black, Death and Heavy ar mixed and it has created a very old school atmosphere.
Excruciate 666’s shows are very dark, violent and bestial and sometimes epic. And a particular little gift, we impaled heads of pigs on the stage as made it the barbarians to frighten the ennemy! ...it’s our trademark!

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

Yes, as I tell on the first question, we plan to be on tour for the end of the year with 2 other bands. We should play in Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Meanwhile, we maybe shall have the oppotunity to play in England...There are a lot of plans...

8.The band has a long history, what is it that motivates you to release some of the heaviest black/war metal, after all of these years?

We want to glorify the war! It’s it which created History. And for that, Excruciate 666 is a formidable weapon! We have forged our style in using all our influences and our know-how to create true war hymns.

9.Over the years the band has been a part of a lot splits, out of all the band you have worked with on these splits, which one did you enjoy the most?

Yes, as I said it before, we like this principle. All those bands are or were very good friends and we enjoy  all of its. And it’s far from being the last one!

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

Strangely, It’s not in France where we have the most recognition...Maybe because we are so old and we seem has-been in our country. French people like fashion and I think we can hear here a new generation of extreme metal which I don’t like. I think Excruciate 666 is more estimated in countries of True Metal like countries of South America or now in Asian countries. But maybe you can tell me it?

11.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I think we evolved and that the important changes of line-up are going to open us new doors. The soul of Excruciate 666 will continue for ever but it’s highly likely that our songs are enriched and worked more in a more professional way. We think of incorporating elements of different styles as “Swedish Death Metal” for example...I think it’s going to give something really good.

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

Now we have our own style, but many bands which we listen to for many years belong to closely or remotely of our influences. I can quote you Morbid Angel, Venom, Bathory, Impiety, old graveland,  Dissection, Impaled Nazarene, Slayer, Kreator, Possessed, Satyricon, Darkthrone, Morbid, Mayhem And many more!!!!
Recently, I have listened to Nocturnal, Grave Desecrator, Slaughter Messiah, Arkona, Desaster and old Massacra (one of my favorite band since the beginning of my metal life)!

13.outside of music what are some of your interests?

As for me, I get a big interest in History but we have a lot of occupation with our own job. For some of us we have parallel musical project.

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?  

Thanx a lot for this interview! Spread our art and get ready for war!

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/excruciate-666-interview.html


Mors Spei Interview

lundi 13 janvier 2014 à 00:02
1. Can you update us on what has been going on with you and you musical projects these days?
Hail…in these days I’m working on the songs for the new Mors Spei’s work…it’ll be a full length titled “Necrocosmos Genesis” and it’ll contain 7 tracks + intro. I don’t know yet when I release, but it’ll be a work full of raw, hateful black metal.

2.You have 3 different musical projects  can you tell us about the musical direction all 3 of them take, and also how do they differ from each other?
Gort is a full band..we started as raw black metal without any kind of compromise in 2002..but now we’ve inserted some “melodic” riffs, in the veins of Satanic Warmaster or Nargaroth
Vita Odiosa is my first solo project. I created ‘cause I’ve felt the needing to express some feelings which didn’t fit with the Gort’s style. For this reason I decided to create a different project…I loved too much those riffs and I wanted to use them in some way…and I’ve found the way.
Mors Spei is my most recent solo project. It’s recent as birth, but it has its roots in the ’90..years before Gort were even in my mind. So the songs are very easy, with few, raw riffs per songs..I wanted to keep a nineties flavor, so I’ve released only in tape, with xeroxed cover, like the old, beautiful demos…

3.When I listened to Mors Spei it was old school black metal and Vita Odiosa was more in the ambient depression direction, out of all the different style of black metal that you work with, which one do you feel reflects you the most?
Both of them reflect me totally…Vita Odiosa reflects my deeper feelings, my sadness and desperation..Mors Spei, on the other side, reflects my hate towards mankind…all these feelings coexist inside me and this the only way I know to express in a constructive way.

4. What are some of the topics you bring out lyric wise with your musical projects and how would you describe your song writing progress over the years?
As said above, Vita Odiosa express my sadness and desperation, Mors Spei my hate…
I don’t know if I’ve had a progress in composing songs over the years. My approach to my music is always the same: I take guitar, plug in the jack, turn the amp and I start playing…Of course I’ve made some progress in playing, but the composing process has never changed. And I think it’ll never do.

5.I know that the name Mors Spei means "Hope's Death" in Latin but what is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Vida Odiosa?
Vita Odiosa can be translated as Hateful Life. It was the first name of a song present on Gort’s debut album, before changing it into “The Noble Art Of Suicide”…the name expresses all my disgust for the unwanted “gift” called life.

6.You have 2 solo projects and on where you work with a whole band, do you feel you are able to express yourself a lot more with your solo projects and how would you compare to working with a full band?
I think I express in different ways with my solo projects and my full band…nor better neither worse, simply different..the main difference is that when I work alone all the decisions don’t have to be shared or approved by no other persons than me..so, I can work faster..on the other hand, working with a full band has allowed me to grow up both as person and as musician. I’m not Chuck Schuldiner, so, when I work with other person, I listen to their suggestions.

7.Have you been able to do any live shows with your full band?
Yeah, with Gort I’ve made some shows. Not many as I wanted but I’ve played live sometimes. One of our best show has been the one with  Dark Funeral,back in 2009…we were the first band to play but the people went totally crazy for us!

8. With Mors Spei you had your demo released by Lupus Niger, do you feel that they have done  a lot of help on getting your music heard out there?
Lupus Niger is my own label, so..yes, I think I’m doing all the best to promote my bands ahahahhah…

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your musical projects by fans of black metal?
People enjoy a lot my musical proposals…above all in south America, rather if I don’t  know why…but we’ve a lot of fans there…above all Vita Odiosa…

10.What direction do you see your musical projects heading into on future releases?
I don’t think my music will change radically, in the future…I love to play this music..maybe I could be involved in some other project, but the style of Gort, Vita Odiosa and Mors Spei will never change...at most,it will evolve, but I’ll never abandon black metal. It’s what I am.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have influenced you as a musician and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Surely my first influences can be found in bands like Dark Throne, Emperor, Mayhem, Burzum, Nargaroth, Make A Change…Kill Yourself, Silencer and many others…nowadays I still listen to those classics, but I’m always in search for new bands in the deeper underground…right now I’m listening to Doedsstraff, a very promising band from Norway.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your musical projects?
No, never…I hate every religion…I’m my own God, so I don’t need to kneel in front of none but me. But, maybe, I can be seen as the worst of satanist, by christians ahahahhahahha

13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I love reading those strange object made of paper called books…sometimes I’m looked like I am an alien just because I’ve a book in my hands…the new generation doesn’t understand what they loose without reading…
I also look a lot of tv series or film…
Of course, I love going to see concerts..
Maybe these words depict me like a nerd but I don’t care…

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for the space given to my bands. If interested, don’t exitate to contact me on facebook pages.
In blood, darkness&hate
Wolf

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


Thy Worshiper Interview

dimanche 12 janvier 2014 à 23:50
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We have finished recording in March. It took us 10 days. Then we've been waiting for mixes for a few months. Since then we found a label – Czarna Dzika Czerwień will be released on 18 February by Pagan Records. We’ve played a few gigs, one of them on festival in Poland. Also we have a few new songs. We are still working hard in the rehearsal room ;)

2. Recently, you have put out a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from your past releases?
Probably all of the bands are saying that they want to do something special that was not recorded before. We also tried to that. Our main goal was to create music that will take listeners to different dimension. It was whole concept: our photo session, our video (not released yet), our lyrics and music. Check out our pictures - I think it's really good illustration of Czarna Dzika Czerwień. Gloomy, strange and beautiful landscapes. We tried to take our listeners to that place –full of mysteries and demons.

3. The band was broken up for 9 years, what was the cause of the split and the decision to reform?
Actually, band was never disbanded. After Popiol , I’ve recorded a few demos but never released them. You can find them on youtube if  you want. I couldn't find a proper person to join me. In the end i've met Peter and together we recorded Signum.

4. According to the Metal Archives page, the band is originally from Poland but recently re located to Ireland, what made you decide to relocate to another country?
Economic situation in Poland. All of us met here in Dublin where we had a fresh start.

5. Since 2005 there have only been 2 albums and a demo, what was the cause of the gaps?
First all of us have to had find our musical language. We tried to create something new and that takes time. Our album Wschód – our first one with the new lineup was far from perfect. We tried to improve all what we didn't like and that also took a lot of time. In the end we’ve never officially released, it remains a demo.

6. The lyrics cover a lot of Paganism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your Pagan views?
It's even hard to tell what paganism is, would you agree? The scene is full of band which claims that they playing pagan metal. In most of the cases it means that they are using flutes or some other folk instruments and singing about ancient gods. That's not our way. For us paganism is being close to the nature. To be in harmony with yourself.

7. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Thy Worshiper'?

Author of that name is Capricornus from Graveland. It was in early 90's. So you could imagine that first meaning was the most extreme one... To be honest I think that his inspiration was first Samael’s album Worship Him.

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

In the 90s our best gig was with Vader in Poland. We didn't played too many gigs so almost every one was special for us. In Dublin we are playing much more often. Among recent ones - maybe with Cruachan for their 20th anniversary? Our performance? A few stoned shamans and one witch ;)

9. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
There will be few gigs and festivals in future that we will play. But none of them is confirmed at the moment.

10. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and pagan music?
We received good feedback and we are really surprised! We thought that no one will understand our music but reviews are amazing. The guys who listened to the album pay attention to these parts of our music that are really important for us. Maybe that means that people are bored with predictable music.

11. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

We already composed few songs. Our next album will be more groovy and more shamanistic than CDC. As always, we are trying new things.


12. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
As a teeneger I was a maniac of thrash then death then black metal. So that Music is still in my blood. But nowadays I can't and none of us can listen to much metal. Most modern albums are just boring. Bands are playing the same stuff like 20 years ago. But back then everyone at least tried to be original. Now? Labels like bands which playing like other popular bands. The same story with the most listeners. Where are all these people for who the music is like an adventure? Like a journey to discover new worlds?

13. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Every of us had a bit different interests. Ania is a digital disigner, Grabaż is a sculptor, Tomasz is a kung fu master, Marshall is a mountaineer and Darek likes dogs.

14. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
If you want to listen to something new? Try Thy Worshiper! Slava! 3 / 3

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


Vinter/When Everything Dies/Depressive Illusions/2014 CD Review

dimanche 12 janvier 2014 à 05:40

  Vinter  are  a  band  from  Mexico that  plays  a  very  depressive  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "When  Everything  Dies"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  human  suffering  sounds  before  adding  in  melodic  singing  and  a  couple  of  minutes later  clean  guitars  and  drums  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  having  an  ambient  feeling  to  the  song  and  it  continues  in  this  direction  when  the  second  song  comes  on  for  a  minute  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.

  Once  the  heavy  parts  kick  in  the  music  goes  into  a  more  slow  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  depressive  screams  while  also  still  utilizing  an  ambient  atmosphere  which  also  utilizes  elements  of  post  rock  as  well  as  adding  in  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  album  keeps  a  very  melancholic  and  suicidal  feeling  to  it  and  the  music  never  goes  into  a  fast  direction  until  around  the  6th  song  which  adds  to  the  tranquility  of  the  recording  but  the  music  does  have  its  heavy  moments  as  well  as  adding  some  tragic  sounding  pianos  and  on  the  fourth  song  drones  make  their  way  onto  the  record  and  when  guitar  solos  are  utilized  they  use  a  great  amount  of  skill  and  talent.

  Vinter  have  their  own  approach  to  depressive  black  metal,  while  there  are  vocals  utilized  at  times  the  band  concentrates  more  on  instrumental  work  to  get  their  message  across  and  it  adds  to  their  dark  and  tragic  take  on  this  sub genre.

  Song  lyrics  when  they  are  utilized  cover  dark,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  dark  and  heavy  sound  to  it  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Vinter  are  a  very  decent  and  different  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nostalgia  Arises"  "Ashes  of  A  Suicidal  Life"  and  "When  Everything  Dies".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/vinterwhen-everything-diesdepressive.html