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Cult Of Erinyes Interview

jeudi 25 février 2016 à 00:36
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Corvus: We are working on our third full-length. This is a (way too) long process, but we are seeing the end of the tunnel as we speak.



2.In February you have a new ep 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?

Mastema: Initially we felt that these songs were very close to our previous effort Blessed Extinction, and thus too different from what we had in mind for the future. But we also judged them too good to be just thrown away, that’s why we settled for an EP format. Now with some distance, I think the songs actually already represent an evolution from Blessed Extinction, though they were written during the same process you can feel we’re heading toward something else. They are a real ‘transition’ to what we want to do next.



3.This is the first release to come out in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Corvus: We never stop the madness but decided to stay in the shadows for a while. When you have nothing to say, just stay quiet…

Mastema: We have no agenda, this is in no way a ‘business’ for us, and thankfully we have a record label that thinks the same way. The next step will be a big one, so we don’t want to rush anything. But I can tell you we’re ready to move forward this year…



4.You label your music as 'ritualistic' black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Corvus: That label is not that important actually. But when I'm writing/recording music, I'm really in a bizarre yet simple, pure state of mind. Space and time become pointless.



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

Mastema: As I said the next record will be very ambitious. Musically it’s a giant leap forward, as Corvus did a fantastic job. Lyrically it will be a concept album about the second Roman Emperor Tiberius. I do not wish to reveal anything more at this point.



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?

Corvus: As intense and honest as possible. When possible we use videos. I think we did only  6 shows, and the best one was probably in Paris, with Aura Noir, in September 2011. I also enjoyed a gig in Genk, because I liked all the other bands (Code, Glorior Belli, Aosoth, Gorath).



7.Are there any touring or show plans for 2016?

Corvus: One release show in Brussels and one show abroad (it will be announced very soon). Touring will probably never happen. Mastema hates playing live and I don't see the point of playing the same songs every night during 10-15 days. That must be boring.

Mastema: “Hate” is probably too strong of a word. But I agree with Corvus, my main goal is recording the songs we’ve worked so hard on. The whole “behind the scenes” thing is what I enjoy the most, I don’t like moving out of the shadows.



8.The new ep is going to be released on 'Caverna Abismal Records', how would you compare working with this label to the other labels you have worked with so far?

Corvus: I met Nuno from Caverna Abismal in 2014 and I have complete trust in him. He was the very first person who helped the band, back in 2010, when he released the tape edition of the Golgotha EP. That's a thing I'll never forget of course. So I'm more than happy to collaborate again, 5 and a half years later.



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

Corvus: The EP is not out yet, but the first reviews came out and they are good. We can’t complain, of course, but I don’t care.



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

Corvus: Right now, I'm also playing in Monads, Wolvennest, We All Die (Laughing), but also in three other bands which rather keep the identity of its members secret. Wolvennest just released its first full-length. Musically, it's definitely bizarre. You can listen to the whole album on Bandcamp, which is better than any shitty musical description.

Mastema: I think Corvus is trying to settle a new record. He must be in 47 bands by now.



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

Corvus: Black Metal will still be the core, musically, but I think the structures will become more and more bizarre. I do not want to push too much boundaries, but I would like to have saxophone, fretless bass, bizarre guitar sounds, weird clean vocals. I am now more confident about my guitar skills, and I'm sure it will help the band becoming more interesting, musically speaking.

Mastema: This might sound arrogant, but I really feel the “musical culture” of Corvus and myself is our main quality. The next record will definitely be more adventurous than ever, we will try out lots of new things but there’s never been any doubt. We know when something sounds right, and believe me the new songs are incredible. This must be our best record so far, it’s our goal and we won’t be satisfied with anything less than that.



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

Corvus: Right now I'm only but  listening to Savatage, one of the most underrated bands of all time. Brilliant songwriting, fantastic vocalist(s), incredible guitar player (Criss Oliva).

Mastema: I listen to tons of music, constantly. Right now I listen to stuff like the latest Spektr, Borknagar and Mgla records. Prog rock/metal still does it for me: the last Steven Wilson album is nothing short of brilliant. And then there’s of course the old stuff I enjoy listening for the thousandth time: Metallica, Savatage, Mayhem, Exodus, Immortal, and so many others.



12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Corvus: I am nothing. We are nothing. Consequently, my opinion has no value. But still I'll try to explain a part of it. To me occultism is a term that could define the people that refuse dualism as a way to understand the world and the universe we are living in. People who try to THINK and who accept that nobody has an answer, only a possible explanation. You may be right, but just don't think you are. Doubt is, and always will be the key.



 13.I have read that the band is inspired by Nietzsche, do you also have an interest in any of the other philosophers?

Mastema: Nietzsche was a big influence during the early days of the band, he’s not anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still admire his work and I feel close to a vast number of his ideas, but he’s not an influence on our music and lyrics these days. Philosophy as a whole is not much of an influence anymore, actually. History is our main interest right now.




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

Mastema: I’ve never been as confident as I am for our next album. The people who know what we do will be surprised… in a good way I hope. Brace yourselves.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/cult-of-erinyes-interview.html


Eldarmar/The Force Of The Ancient Land/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 24 février 2016 à 04:53

  Eldamar  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  ambient  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "The  Force  Of  The  Ancient  Land".

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  that  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  clean  singing  female  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.  

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  at  times  mixes  dungeon  synth  with  black  metal  and  the  songs  also  have  a  few  minutes  where  vocals  are  not  used  to  build  up  upon  the  epic  and  atmospheric  qualities  of  the  tracks  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  songs  that avoid  any  use  of  heavy  guitars  or  screams.

  A  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times  in  some of  the  songs  while  one  of    tracks  is  all  instrumental  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars while  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to a  very  slow  musical  direction  from  beginning to  ending  of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Eldamar  creates  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  takes  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  mixes  it  in  with  an  atmospheric  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  to  create  a  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  J.R.R.  Tolkien,  Heathenism,  Elven  Magick  and  Nature  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Eldamar  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  ambient/black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter  Night"  "Valkrjur  Ancient One"  and  "New  Beginning".  8  out  of  10.  

   
   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/eldarmarthe-force-of-ancient-land2016.html


Speirling/The Piper/Ulthar Records/2016 Cassette Re-issue Review

mercredi 24 février 2016 à 01:00

  Speirling  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very old  school  and  atmospheric  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2008  album  "The  piper"  which  will  be  re-issued  in 2016  by  Ulthar  Records.

  An  almost  silent  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  and  spoken  words  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  all  sound  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  Sounds  of  rain  and  thunder  can  be  heard  briefly  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  while  the  solos  and  leads  also remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  metal  and  the  riffs  also  use  melody  at  times  and  some  parts  of  the  music bring  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.

  When  synths  are  utilized  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  some  of  the  fast  tremolo  picking  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  Speirling  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  here  that  is  very  raw,  old  school  and  catchy  while  also  having  its  melodic and  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  piper  neglected  and  raised  by  a  community  by  people  weakend  and  corrupted  by  Christianity  and  how  he  takes  there  children  out  of  the  light  and  into  the  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  Speirling  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Filthy  And  Cold"  "The  Worlds  Breaks"  and  "Born  Again  Damned".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/speirlingthe-piperulthar-records2016.html


Aether/Anomalia/2016 Single Review

mercredi 24 février 2016 à 00:10

  Aether  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  mixes  electronica  and  black  metal  together  on  thi  song  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  "Anomalia".

  Distorted  and  electronic  sounds  start  off  the  track  and  you  can  also  hear  some  depressive  black metal  riffing  in  the  music  and  after  awhile melodic guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  song  is  also  9  minutes in  length  and  the  whole  song  is  also  all  instrumental  with  no  vocals  used  and  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Aether  plays  a  musical  style on  here  that  takes  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  instrumental  black  metal  and mixes  it  in with  electronica  music  to  create  an  original  style  of  there  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Aether  plays  a  very  interesting  mix  of  black  metal  and electronica  on  this  song  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/aetheranomalia2016-single-review.html


Krater Interview

mardi 23 février 2016 à 22:28
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?

While we write these answers there is one week to go until we will release our new record “Urere”.
Krater gone through a lot of changes since the recordings, that took place during 2013 and 2015.

We played a lot of gigs and toured with Endezzma, Total Hate and Thornesbreed.

We have also signed a record deal with Eisenwald.

In the recent past our guitarist Lupus left the band and was already replaced by an old friend of ours.

2. You have a new album coming out in February, 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?

With our last record “Nocebo” (2011) we have completely changed our sounds from the ground up.
You can hear the difference through the years from release to release. Influences have changed and so has the musical taste in general.

With “Nocebo” we tried to make a honest and aggressive record, in which we have absolutely succeeded.

With a similar approach as "Urere," we took a similar attitude in making it extreme, but this time with even more intensity.

Moreover we recorded the last two records on our own. Failures were made during the recording process of “Nocebo”.
We learned from that whole process, and that’s where “Urere” shines by comparison.

3.This is the first album to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Read question number 1.

4.While the music on the new album is still very much rooted in black metal, you can also hear the influence of doom and death metal, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

We don’t follow a strict line. One motive always was to create something dark and aggressive. Since “Nocebo” our material became faster and more aggressive. We emphasized that on “Urere."

We try to let our intention speak. When creativity flows we capture it and keep the ideas over a certain time, expand them or let them go. But it’s always the first spark that counts. That spark still has to be there when it comes to recording stuff. Regardless if the idea exists only hours or years. The first song on our new record was written back in 2010 I think.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release?

We try to bring our personal thoughts to paper. Sometimes you have no influence if they are sorted or not. So its up to every listener if they understand. If he made the same experiences we did, possibly then. It is a kind of presence that you try to give a voice with the combination of the music and lyrics.

You have to exploit the meaning of the lyrics for your own. If you can connect to the lyrics on a personal level than that’s a real artistic endeavor that has been undertaken.

6.On the new album you had a song entitled 'Vexillum Luciferi', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Luciferianism and Occultism?

When you read the lyrics of 'Vexillum Luciferi' you should recognize that this song is not only interspersed with occult motives.

Generally particular writings have no influences on us and we would never use already formulated doctrines. But you can use them to get the inspiration to form a personal path.

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Krater', and also are you aware of the many other bands that have used the same name?

Back in 2004 we choose the name referring to a part of a forest we frequented daily. That place looked like a crater which is Krater in german. There was a special kind of energy there. And we experienced some things we cannot clearly define.

Also Krater is a very strong word. It’s the ultimate place when it comes to destroy and purge. The Chicxulub-crater in Yucatán with a diameter of 200 km is the result of of a meteorite impact and is the monumental contemporary witness of the annihilation of the dinosaurs.

Also volcano craters can extinguish whole cities in just one moment.
Also you can see it as a place of resurrection. Something you have to go through due to all the chaos and annihilation to become strengthened yourself.

When we started the band back in 2004 we could find no other band with that name through the internet.

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?

It is kind of hard for us to put a value on concerts. The time you stand out there on the stage is fleeting and there are only a few moments you realize what you are doing.
The most of the time you put yourself into your own world and you see through the images you had when you were writing the songs. So its almost impossible to comment on your own concerts.

Maybe you get an own impression when you search to pictures of our past concerts you can find all over the internet.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

There are some local concerts planed in 2016. Also we will enter the stage at Phantoms of Pilsen which will take place in October in the Czech Republic.

You can find all dates on www.facebook.com/abstrusekrater.

Since we have a new strong lineup in 2016, we want to play more show in the next years.

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

Nocebo got overwhelmingly positive critiques back in 2011. Some magazines said it was the black metal record of the year for them.

We previewed two new songs of “Urere” in early 2016 that were also recognized with high interest.

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

Every member is involved in other projects. They don’t play any role in the context of Krater.

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

Krater has developed in a more clear direction with the last album. So the main concept will be aggressive and furious Black Metal. With our new guitarist there will also be new influences. We will see where this leads us.

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?

We cannot name that single musical influence from the last years because we don't concentrate that much on other bands or try to copy them.

We are all shaped by the bands that were our first contact through extreme metal.
So we also hear extreme metal nowadays, and other musical genres are also acknowledged by the band.

Every member has his own preferences. Sometimes they coincide. Our record collections exist of records from the 50s to present releases. From Archgoat to Zeppelin.

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

On 26 of February we release our third full length record „URERE“ through Eisenwald. URERE (lat.) means „burning“.
A blazing torch that starts as a smoldering ember and ends in a raging fire taking everything away. The honest fury that becomes an inner madness, burning you from inside. That’s what the lyrics and the musical directions means to us.

Organizers and promoters that want to book us can contact us through krater_blackmetal@mail.de.
Also we will release our second record “Nocebo” on tape in 2016.
Thank you for your attention.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/krater-interview.html