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Benthik Zone Interview

mardi 7 juin 2016 à 04:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are a two-man project from Porto. Both of us have a strong connection with the ocean since our childhood, and that is a very affirmative cause to what Benthik Zone came to be. Also we both grew up listening to most types of metal and trance/techno music, and that had also a major role in the foundation of this this project. The project itself aims to transcend those who listen to it, into their deepest fears and demons, where you learn to face them head on.

2.In May you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The album has a strong underwater vibe, and to us, and others who listened to it, we can ascribe the feeling of taking a journey, mostly because we normally don't tend to repeat music segments that often, to give a sense of progression throughout the whole experience. The quality of the recordings it's not the best, and that is so in order to enhance the shivering feeling of one being crushed by the immense pressure of swimming in the ocean's depths.

3.On the album you had written the songs in a variety of many different languages, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?

The concept came from the analogy of the way surface creatures communicate through sound, movement, smells,... (specifically humans, and their languages), with the way deep fish interact with one another, through the huge variety of bio-luminescence, and electrical impulses. And so, as each song passes, it's as like you're having a life lecture from each shark.

4.Also on the recording you cover the ocean with some demonic and alien concepts, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

Each song represents a shark, and each shark represents a "demon" derived from the gift of our consciousness, which according to some theories and scientific evidence, was bid to us by a superior alien race as a way to herd the human race. And so, we are trying to help the listener detach itself from those commandments in order to live a life based on free will. It's very similar to the message in early BM bands, against religions of sheep such as Catholicism, in fact we are against the same people behind the mess of this planet, but we go above the religious idea of god, since to us those religions were made by that alien superior race as a way to control the minds of the sheep. Since now they've recurred to other methods of sheep herding such as controlling the economy and politics, by giving a false sense of freedom of choice, we call out to everyone to open their eyes, and to make a change for the better of our planet.

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

The name came from the scientific designation given to the deepest parts of our ocean, and it's supposed to mean that we address and cut the problems of our planet and our race, by their deep roots, and not by the leaves in the branches.


6.Currently there is 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?

We plan on continuing to be a duo, but wont stop us from maybe inviting some friends to play in a song or a EP. We don't know, only time will tell.

 7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

No to both of the questions, we don't plan to make this a huge project, and so we are in charge of every single aspect of it, from the recordings to the distribution.

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

The best feedback we had came from a share in the YouTube channel "Atmospheric Black Metal Albums", which was a great help for our disclosure. Some people got impressed by the innovation the project aims to be, in both thematic and sound levels.

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

Bragadast had another project named "Afogado" which is in stand-by for now, and both of us played in a very raw and atmospheric project, named "Druser", which was a great and fulfilling experience.

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

We hope to always be doing and playing stuff that we like, otherwise there is no point to continue.

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?

Yes, such as Burzum, Darkthrone, Summoning, Coldworld, Battle Dagorath, The Ruins of Beverast, Blut Aus Nord... Nowadays we try to listen to every music that doesn't feel empty, which can go from underground hip-hop, psy-trance, deep jazz, trip-pop, indie rock, to the grimmest wonders of black metal.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We both like to paint and draw, photograph, read (Tolkien, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky), go on trips away from the main city, and hit the bong near the ocean, or wherever.

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

Don't let yourself be taken down by the problems that appear in your life, take them as challenges, and find the best path for a better enjoyment in sailing the ocean of life, not offending anyone who doesn't deserve it, and always use your comprehension and empathy to understand the problems of others, and help them understand those problems if you think you can, but if you can't don't be upset. You can't change the world, you can only change yourself, and maybe by doing that, others will look upon you and change themselves as well, and eventually changing the world. Be aware of your actions and their consequences. And above all respect mother earth, who gave you the gift of life, and is now being destroyed by the ego and greed of humanity. Still, have hope for the best, live and let live!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/benthik-zone-interview.html


Thokkian Vortex/Into The Nagual/Unexploded Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 6 juin 2016 à 23:10

  Thokkian  Vortex  are  a  band  originally  from  the  United  States  but  now  re-located  to  Israel  that  plays  an  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2016  album  "Into  the  Nagual"  which  was  released  by  Unexploded  Records.

  Ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction  and  elements  of  classical  music  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  uses  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  mix  the  classical  and  ambient  elements  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  spoken  word  parts  and  samples  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  some  of t he  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  tribal  sounds,  on  one  of  the  tracks  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of "Jesus  Must  Die"  from  the  Jesus  Christ  Superstar  soundtrack.

  Thokkian  Vortex  plats  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  black  metal  of  the  90's  while  also  standing  out  with  the  ritualistic,  ambient  and  classical  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Anti  Christian  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thokkian  Vortex  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Funearel  Winds  Beckon  My  Return"  "Choronzon  Conjured"  "Evil  Sluts  Of  Satan"  "This  Jesus  Must  Die".  8  out  of  10.   

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/thokkian-vortexinto-nagualunexploded.html


Korgonthurus Interview

lundi 6 juin 2016 à 00:25
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?

Necron: After the recording, we have been mostly been updating and keeping up our live condition. Also composing new material.

2.In May you had 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?

Necron:What we wanted for "Vuohen Siunaus" was a clear but still raw sound. How it differs from the earlier works is that it was recorded by mr. Lius. All the other releases were recorded by our drummer Kryth. Because of lack of time we decided to outsource the recordings to mr. Lius.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

Necron: Lyrics are made by Corvus. Topics vary from misanthropy to satanism. Always has, always will.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Korgunthurus'?

Necron: First of all, it is KORGONTHURUS ! To us Korgonthurus is a channel to express our satanic views.

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

Necron: We haven't done that much shows. One to remember is Under the Black Sun Festival in Germany. Surprisingly a lot of people came to see the show. Also our last show in Tampere, Finland was totally awesome experience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Necron: None whatsoever

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

Necron: So far so good. Quite positive. What is the most important that we are satisfied with the end result, i personally couldn't care less what everyone else thinks about it.

8.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?

Necron: Three of the members also play in Totalselfhatred and we ( TSH ) have been recording the third album for a quite a long time now. Also we have done several shows all around Europe. Kryth has been busy with his own projects during these months ,if i remember correctly MUSTA KAPPELI should release or has already released their latest album. Kryth is also involved with ANAL BLASPHEMY, so keep your eyes and ears open, 'cus they'll be releasing a new album.

9.The band started in 2000, do you feel black metal has changed for the better or the worse since then?

Necron: All a matter of opinion. How i feel is that there is too much hype on NSBM. Black metal is SATAN ! It has nothing to do with political views or any related. But back into your question, i wouldn't say that it has gone worse, it is good that the flame is kept alive but still there is too many bands that should not exist.

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

Necron: Hard to say. We do what we want. We don't like to limit our music.

11.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?

Necron: There isn't any specific musical styles where we get our influences. Influence can come from anything basically. I personally listen to all kinds of music, boring to limit yourself into something specific. But my roots are in Black Metal. I guess i'm getting old since almost everything what i listen is recorded in the nineties and i get the kicks from it. Not that many bands has made an impact on me.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

Necron: For me this is a very personal thing. I don't want to share my views on that matter.

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

Necron: Thank you for the interview. Listen to the "Vuohen Siunaus", love it or hate it.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/korgonthurus-interview.html


Malauriu/Circle Of The Last Promontory/Media Vit In Morte Sumus/Land Of Fog/2016 Split CD Review

lundi 6 juin 2016 à 00:08

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy's  Malauriu  and  Circle  Of  The  Last  Promontory  called  "Media  Vit  In  Morte Sumus"  which  was  released  by  Land  Of  Fog  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Malauriu  a  band  that h as  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and   plays  a  very raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side of the  split  starts  out  with  spoken  word  parts  and  traces  of  classical music  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  a  great  amount  of tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  that  also  takes  the  music  into more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  direction.

 Vocals a re  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  riffing  brings  in a  small  amount  of  melody  while  the  music is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  last  track  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  human  misery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Malauriu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Malauriu"  and  "Deus  Mortuorum".  8  out  of 10.

  Next  up  is  Circle  Of  The  Last  Promontory  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  distorted guitar  sound  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times   and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  also  speeding  up  briefly  and  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and tremolo  picking  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of a  raw  black  metal  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Circle  Of  The  Last  Promontory  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  solo project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rainy  Solstice"  and  "Free  And  Indipendent". 

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

   

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/malauriucircle-of-last-promontorymedia.html


Blliigghhtted/Into The Cunt Of The Witch/Merdumgiriz2016 CD Review

samedi 4 juin 2016 à 01:40

  Turkey's  Blliigghhtted  have  returned  with  their final  album  with  the  music  style  being  a  raw  form  of     black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Into  The  Cunt  Of  The  Witch"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  here  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  rififng  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  yet  melodic  black  metal  style  while  the  vocals  can  get  very  deep  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  some  of  the  slower  riffs  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  singing  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  and  raw  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Blliigghhtted  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  this  will  be  the  final  album  due  to  the  suicide  of  'Ruhun',  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  divided  into 4  different  concepts  black  flame,  illusion,  death  and  suicide  along  with  some  satanic  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blliigghhtted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Flame  II  -  Keep  Your  Life  Away  From  Me"  "Illusion  III  -  Suicide  Id  Painless"  "Death  III -  Black  Flame  Is  Refusal"  and  "Suicide  II  -  Naked  Life".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/blliigghhttedinto-cunt-of.html