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Astral Blood Interview

jeudi 8 janvier 2015 à 23:18
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the ep?
Since the EP has been released we have been focused on finding a new live drummer. And just last week we found our guy. Ex (By The Thousands) Matthew Paulazzo. We will also be posting a Drum play through video on YouTube, Facebook and what not within the next week. The play through will be of song (Our Almighty Gaze)

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
We kind of touch on both atmospheric and symphonic black metal at times

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Darkness, Death, Astral Projection, Depression, Nature, Magick. I write kind of all over the map. I don't really stick with one formula.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Astral blood'?
Honestly and I don't care if I get crap for it. But Astral Blood is one of my favorite song by one of my all time favorite bands Wolves In The Throne Room.
Their writing has had a big impact on my life and when I was in one of the hardest patches of my life and really going through a tough time their music got me through. So When I started this band up I guess I just wanted to pay some kind of homage to those guys.

5.One part of the band lives in Illinois and the other half lives in Minnesota, do you feel the long distance between band members adds to the atmosphere of your musical style?
Tommy who played guitar on the EP is just a really good buddy of mine. He plays in the Black Metal band called (Sept Of Memnon) out in the Quad Cities(IL) side, and he agreed to just help us out with the recording of the EP. But unfortunately he will not be able to be present as one of the live guitarists in this band.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
This band has yet to play live. At the time we are currently getting the new drummer Matthew up to speed. While rehearsing our first set which will consist of the two main tracks on the EP (Secluded And Forbidden) and (Our Almighty Gaze) along with two other songs!!! that have just been wrote by guitarist Brandon Petree.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
No plans have been made as of yet. The goal is to be ready to play live by March. And yes we will be doing a little touring.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
So far its been super positive. We have had some reviews done from all different parts of the world and none of them have had anything negative really to say. So this makes us all that were involved super happy.

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 off?
I (Andrew) am also drumming in a power metal band called  Noble Beast. Right now we are currently writing and going to be recording the 2nd album shortly.
Joe has his hands in a few other projects such as Nuklear Frost, Adora Vivos and Amiensus who is also working on their 2nd album. Brandon also plays in a band called Burning Bethlehem  which once again are also working on a 2nd album. Then Matthew our new drummer will also be playing in the band (Upon His Flesh).

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have already starting doing some writing for the 1st album about 4 songs in currently. But at this time I couldn't really tell you when it will be released.

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?
A few bands that have really had a big impact on me and the music we create would be (Nightbringer) (Wolves In The Throne Room) (Winterfylleth) (Der Weg einer Freiheit) (Watain) and (Borgne) Just a few off top of my head. But obviously there are so many more.

12.Does occultism play any role in your music?

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Writing ! I am always writing lyrics or poems even if it isn't for the band
Other than that I find interests in Occultism, Satanism, Spirituality, Nature, Tattoos
Lots of different things I
 find interests in.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just want to thank everyone that has showed their support and anyone that has followed this band since the begging, really thank you so much ! And hope to see you all very soon CHEERS !

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Dhampyr/Oceanclots/Acephale Winter/2015 CD Review

jeudi 8 janvier 2015 à 09:11

  Dhampyr  are  a  duo  from  Rhode  Island  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  indie,  art,  Psychedelic  rock  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Oceanclots"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Acephale  Winter.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  recording  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  slow  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  keeping  an  experimental  atmosphere  and  they  also  mix  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  together  along  with  some  synths  that  bring  in  elements  of  indie  and  alternative  rock  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  deep  growls  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  When  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  the  songs  bring  in  more  elements  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock  along  with  a  touch  of  psychedelia  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  depressive  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  mixed  in  with  the  more  experimental  nature  of  the  recording  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  few  instrumental  tracks  are  added  onto  the  recording  some  that also  stay  away  from  black  metal  and  go  for  more  of  an  ambient  direction  while  some  of  the  later  songs  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  suicidal  sounding  screams  and  cries  and  some  of  the  tracks  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  being  utilized  at  times.

  Dhampyr  creates  an  album  that  still  has  a  lot  of  their  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  roots  and  they  mix  them  in  with  experimental,  avant  garde,  ambient,  indie,  post,  alternative  and  psychedelic  rock  to  create  and  album  that  is  very  original  and  hard  to  categorize,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  cover  suicide,  drug  overdoses  and  mental  illness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding from  Dhampyr  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  experimental,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waltz  of  the  Salivating  Avalanche"  "This  Nirvana  Of  Tangled  Bullets"  "The  Sewer  Epiphanies"  and  "Her  Cloudless  Shoulders  &  All  Our  Smoke".  8  out  of  10.


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Ecferus/Prehistory/Fragile Branch Recordings/2015 Cassette Review

jeudi 8 janvier 2015 à 03:00

  Ecferus  are  a  1  man  band  from  Indiana  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  cassette  "Prehistory"  which  will  be  released  later  on  this  year  by  Fragile  Branch  Recordings.\

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  cassette along  with  some  ambient  and  atmospheric  synths  which  also  show  up  again  on  a  later  track  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  minute  melodic  guitar  riffing  is  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  which  also  evolve  into  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing   being  used  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  more  melody  to  the  recording  while  still  having  a  raw  edge  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  melodic  elements  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Ecferus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  raw,  heavy,  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  while  also  adding  a  good  amount  of  variety  in  all  4  of  the  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  evolutionary  anthropology,  mythology  and  science.

  In  my  opinion  Ecferus  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "One  Who  First  Make  Fire"  and  "Walk  With  the  Feral".  8  out  of  10.  



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Suhnopfer/Offertoire/Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions/2014 Cassette Review

mercredi 7 janvier 2015 à 06:59

  Suhnopher  are  a  1  man  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Offertoire"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Les  Acteurs  de  l'Ombre  Productions.

  A  very  melodic  and  epic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  melody  and  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  chants  on  some  of  the  tracks  in  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  which  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  melodic  black  metal.

  After  awhile  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  used  on  this  recording  remain  true  to  the  melodic  black  metal  style  that  is  found  on  all  of  the  tracks  while  also  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  a  good  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  some  of  the  tracks  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  faster  and  heavier  sections  of  some  of  the  song s bring  in  elements  of  thrash  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  acoustic  guitar  track  which  adds  in  more  of  a  medieval  atmosphere  while  the  following  tracks  see  the  music  returning  to  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal.

  Suhnopfer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  and  also  brings  in  a  Swedish  feel  at  times  while  also  making  his  music  more  original  by  adding  in  a  depressive  black  metal  vocal  approach  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sounding  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Religion,  Misanthropic  and  Nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suhnopfer  are  a  very  great sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Offertoire"  "Majestuexe  Repaire"  and  "Messe  Des  Mortis".  8  out  of  10.  

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Darkenhold/Castellum/Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions/2014 Cassette Review

mercredi 7 janvier 2015 à 05:44

  Darkenhold  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Catellum"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Les  Acteurs  de  I'Ombre  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  once  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  grim  screams  and  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   Acoustic  guitar  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  heard  on  the  album  remain  true  to  a  melodic  black  metal  style  along  with  a  good  portion of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  some  of  the  songs.

  Synths  which  are  also  a  huge  part  of  the  album  bring  in  a  lot  of   epic  and  dungeon  synth elements  on  the  tracks  that  they  are  presented  on  and  there  are  also  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants  being  utilized  that  add  more  of  a  medieval  and  pagan  atmosphere  to  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  instrumental  before  making  a  return  to  vocal  tracks  which  also  bring  back  quite  a  bit  of  the  mid  90's  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  sound.

  Darkenhold  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  mid  paced  as  well  as  being  very  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  in  the  90's  tradition  of  epic  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  Castles,  Medieval  and  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Darkenhold  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Strongholds  Eternal  Rivalry"  "Glorious  Horns"  "Mountains  Wayfaring  Call"  and  "The  Bulwarks  Warlord".  8  out  of  10.

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