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Ordoxe Interview

mardi 10 juin 2014 à 02:39

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We did two album release shows(Quebec city and Trois-Rivières)  followed by 6 shows in Quebec's province and Ontario during May. Right now we are already working on the next album.

2.You released your new album in the month of March, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you had released in the past?
Beyond Mankind is very different of every other past releases. In fact, every Ordoxe releases are very different! Beyond Mankind is more musical and melodic, but still with the hate and the fury of Nihil. It's also the the best production we've done so far.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album?
J-F Jalbert have a strong interest for astronomy and ancients civilizations, It influenced him a lot for the writing of the last album. "Orion Nebula", as example can give you a good idea.

4.The band has been around in some form or another since 1989 but waited until 2006 to release to first album can you tell us a little bit more about the hiatus the band took in the 90's and also the decision to reform?
In 1990 Ordoxe became Slaotvean and it stay the principal project of J-F Jalbert until Slaotvean's split off in 2011. He reactivate Ordoxe as solo-project from 2006 to 2007 to record alone two albums(Sorrick Ked Tho and Magnum Opus). He took the decision to reform again Ordoxe in 2012 when he had the opportunity to tour South America. And then he ask me, Steve and Sam to join to have a complete line-up.

5.On 1990 you had a demo with this band, what was the musical direction like in the beginning?
It was a lot more death-thrash oriented, Ordoxe at this time was a high-school band. It's only when the band became Slaotvean that black-metal influences arrived.

6.According to the Metal Archives page there was also a split between 2007 to 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during those years?
As I explained before, from 1993 to 2011 Slaotvean was the priority of J-F Jalbert. During the 2007-2011 period, he released few albums and toured a lot with them.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Most of the South American tour last year was totally awesome! I remember city like Viedma, Cordoba and Villa Mercedes who was totally insane. People are very different (in fact EVERYTHING is different!). About our stage performance, we give the best we can every night and we stay the most professional as possible.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We finished our "week-end tour" of 6 shows in May and it was very cool to play in cities where we played long time ago. We saw many old friends! Most of these shows we played was with our fellows label mates Haeres.

9.The new album was released on Hymnes d'AntAn , can you tell us a little bit more about this record label?
Hymnes d'AntAn is a label led by our friend Keven from Chasse-Galerie and Forteresse. He started the label few years ago, and released albums of bands from Quebec and France. He works hard to push the bands of his label internationally. (www.hymnesdantan.com)

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
In South America the reaction was very good. When we released our first video "À travers ses yeux", we been surprised to see to good reactions from countries like Russia, Czech Republic etc. Worldwide, things looks promising for the future.

11.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with? 
For myself I don't have other musical project for the moment. J-F Jalbert work sometimes on his doom-metal project called Silent Cries, Steve our drummer is involved in rock/metal band called The Authority and just left a metalcore band named Hopeless Nation. About Sam, he still have his thrash-metal project Horfixion but I don't think he work very hard on it since he is a member of Ordoxe.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The new songs are more catchy and are more rock-oriented. Maybe a little bit less black-metal but you'll still recognize the raw side of Ordoxe! We are not that kind of band who release the same album few times under different names.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Since the beginning Darkthrone have been a major influence. Others black-metal bands like Enthroned or Rotting Christ have to be mentioned but many other bands of many other genres influences us.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
As a typical guy born in Quebec, hockey is since the begining of my life one of my bigger interest. I still playing every week. As says before, J-F Jalbert is a lot interested by astronomy, he can spend nights long watching it. Sam is interested by everything about computer, and Steve is interested by only 3 things : sex drug and rock N roll!!!

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, thank you for the review and the interview! Second thing, thanks to everybody that who visit and watch our videoclips on Youtube! Don't be shy to contact us about anything! Hail from the mighty north!!

www.facebook.com/ordoxe
http://www.reverbnation.com/ordoxe
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbS-HB3SeEYHRfgPDgcZ-ag
http://ordoxe.bandcamp.com
www.hymnesdantan.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/can-you-give-us-update-on-what-has-been.html


Dawn Of A Dark Age/The Six Elements Vol.1 Earth/2014 CD Review

lundi 9 juin 2014 à 02:30

  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw,  experimental  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "The  Six  Elements  Vol.  1  Earth"  which  is  also  the  first  chapter  in  a  6  album  concept  that  will  be  released  in  between  2014-17.

  Tribal  style  beats  start  off  the  album  and  gives  the  music  a  very  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  feeling  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  some  keyboards  in  the  background  and  the  music  also  slows  down  and  adds  in  a  melodic  guitar  lead  before  returning  back  to  a  faster  direction.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  thrash  metal  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  the  band  always  remains  true  to  a  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  avant  garde  traces.

  After  awhile  you  can  hear  traces  of  progressive  and  folk  music  being  added  into  the  bands  heavy  and  grim  sound  and  they  also  add  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  into  certain  sections  of  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  also  keeping  the  solos  and  leads  in  a  melodic  direction  and  they  also  add  an  instrumental  on  the  album  which  also  utilizes  some  saxophones.

  After  the  instrumental  the  band  adds  in  a  more  melodic  black  metal  song  along  with  the  following  track  being  in  a  more  experimental  but  still  very  blackened  direction  with  some  thrash  influences  and  all  of  the  songs  on  the  recording  have  their  own  sound  which  events  this  album  out  as  being  very  diverse  and  original  in  sound  and  they also  make  the  vocals  sound  deeper  on  the  later  tracks  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  acoustic  and  progressive  sounding  outro.

  Dawn  Of  A   Dark  Age  show  a  great  amount  of  diversity  with  their  music  taking  the  heaviness  of  rawness  of  old  school  black  metal  and  mixing  it  with  melodic  guitar  leads  and  experimental  and  avant  garde  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult,  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  and  experimental  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Winter"  and  "Eurynomos  Army".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/dawn-of-dark-agethe-six-elements-vol1.html


Nefandus/Reality Clever/Daemon Worship Productions/2014 CD Review

dimanche 8 juin 2014 à 02:19

  Nefandus are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  melodic  and  occult  form  of  mid  paced  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Reality  Clever"  which  was  released  by  Daemon  Worship  Productions.

  A  slow,  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  noises  being  in  the  background  for  a  few  seconds  in  the  beginning  as  well  as  some  powerful  bass  lines  before  the  grim  screams  start  to  kick  in  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  adds  in  blast  blasts  along   with  some  guitar  leads  that  have  a  good  amount  of  melody  in  them.

  The music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  to  mid  paced  direction  on  the  most  speeds  with  only  a  small  amount  of  speed  being  utilized  and  the  musical  style  is  mostly  in  a  melodic  and  Swedish  style  of  occult  black  metal  and  I  can  also  see  similarities  between Ofermod  which  also  shares  a  member  of  this  band  but  with  a  more  slowed  down  approach  than  the  band  that  was  mentioned.

  With  this  recording  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album  and  when  the  music  goes  into  the  6th  song  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  adds  in  some  raw  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  more  powerful  lead  than  what  was  presented  on  the  first  track  and  there  are  certain  sections  of  the  recording  where  you  can  hear  a  slight  death  metal  influence  being  utilized  and  towards  the  end  the  music  starts  having  a  more  atmospheric  edge  being  added  into  their  musical  style  and  the  last  track  utilizes  melodic  male  and  female  chanting  and  singing  while  the  music  still  sticks  to  mostly  a  heavier  direction.

  Nefandus  create  a  very  dark  sounding  occult  black  metal  with  this  recording  with  the  music  being  mostly  melodic  and  mid  paced  as  well  as  evoking  a  ritualistic  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Draconian  Current,  Religious  Fanaticism  and  Occultism.

  In  my  opinion  Nefandus  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Single  Second  of  Clarity"  Reborn  As  A  Wolf"  and  "Scorn  Of  All  The  Mind".  8  out  of  10.



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/nefandusreality-cleverdaemon-worship.html


Skaphe/Self Titled/Fallen Empire Records/2014 EP Review

samedi 7 juin 2014 à 04:05

  Skaphe  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  an  asphyxiating  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  ep  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  having  a  darkened  atmosphere  in  the  background  which  also  has  an  ambient  feeling  to  it  and  then  the  music  adds  in  fast  parts  and  blast  beats  with  the  more  atmospheric  side  of  their  sound.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  and  distorted  melodies  can  be  heard  in  a  lot  of  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  powerful  bass  lines  and  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  as  well  as  the  music  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  sections  and  on  some  of  the  later  songs  the  ambient  elements  having  a  more  powerful  presence  on  the  recording  while  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  heavier  direction.

  3/4  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  drones  being utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  slower  sections  have  a  funeral  doom  metal  feeling  to  it  as  well  as  some  of  the  later  tracks  have  vocals  that  utilize  more  depressive  and  suicidal  elements  in  the  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  variety  in  the  riffing  throughout  the  recording  and  the  last  track  is  an  ambient  drone  instrumental  piece.

  Skaphe  creates  their  own  form  of  black  metal  on  this  ep  with  the  music  showing  a  more  asphyxiating  approach  to  this  genre  as  well  as  retaining  a  grim,  dark  and  depressive  edge  in  their  musical  style,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Skaphe  are  a  very  great  sounding  asphyxiating  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that is  true  to  this  genre  but  a  little bit  different,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Every  Soul  Entombed"  and  "The  Obelisk  Gleam".  8  out  of  10.  

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/skapheself-titledfallen-empire.html


Emperor/In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary/Candlelight Records/2014 Double CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 5 juin 2014 à 07:43

  Emperor  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  are  one  of  the  most  well known  and  famous  Norwegian  black  metal  bands  of  all  time  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  classic  1994  album  "in  The  Nightside  Eclipse"  which  will  be re-issued  by  Candlelight  Records  in  the  year  of  2014  and  contains  bonus  tracks  on  both  disc's  as  well  as  the  second  disc  being  an  alternate  mix  of  the  album.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  sounding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  adding  more  atmosphere  into  the  synths  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  utilizing  more  melody  into  their  musical  sound.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts  utilizing  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  spoken  word  parts  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  even  after  20  years  the  music  sounds  very  powerful  and  atmospheric  as  well  as  showing  a  musical style  that  modern  Norwegian  black  metal  lacks  these  days.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  elements  in  the  synths  that  a  lot  of  later  bands  copied  and  took  into  a  more  symphonic  genre  but  Emperor  on  this  album  showed  how  synths  where  suppose  to  sound  when  mixed  with  black  metal  and  the  music  on  this  recording  never  loses  its  raw  aggression  even  during  the  atmospheric  moments  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  some  of  the  later  songs  clean  playing  is  added  into  the   music  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  on  the  last  track  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  being  utilized.

  The  bonus  tracks  originally  appeared  on  the  demo  and  are  re-done  this  time  around  along  with  a  better  sounding  production  while  still  having  the  rawness  of  the  original  versions  which  where  some  of  the  truest  black  metal  you  could  find  in  the  early  90's  and  the  music  also  has  the  atmosphere  of  the  full  length  albums,  the alternate  mix  of  the  album  has  a  more  dark  and  raw  feeling  to  it  and  the  last  3  songs  are  pre-production  tracks  that  where  recorded  before  the  album  and  have  a  more  primitive  feeling  to  them  as  well  as  lacking  the  power  of  the  versions  that eventually  made  the  full length.

  Emperor   created  one  of  the  early  Norwegian  black  metal  masterpiece's  off  all  time  with  this  album  and  even  20  years  alter  it  still  sounds  very  powerful  and  better  than  a  lot  of  newer  bands  that  have  tried  to  follow  in  this  album's  footstep's  and  this  album  today  even  influences  younger  bands,  the  production  has  a  very  powerful  sound  to  it  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism,  Darkness  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Emperor  and  while  everybody  that  has  been  into  black  metal  for  a  long  time  probably  already  owns  this  album  I  would  recommend  it  the  younger  generation  that  would  be  interested  in  hearing  the  beginnings  of  second  wave  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Infinity  Of  Thoughts"  "Cosmic  Keys  to  My  Creation  And  Times"  and  "I  Am  The  Black  Wizard".  8/9  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/emperorin-nightside-eclipse-20th-year.html