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Dimholt Interview

mardi 29 avril 2014 à 23:11
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

The idea about Dimholt came in 2003 when we first discussed the subject with Woundheir (vocals). We shared some thoughts on a possible co-operation and soon the band was born, at least as project in its initial form. It was not until the next year, 2004, when the first musical ideas came into form, and in 2005 Rumen (guitars) joined Dimholt to mark the completion of the band that was to come. Later Yavor (bass) joined the band too, and soon after that Stanimir was auditioned and invited to the band as well. One of the things that slowed down the whole process of creating music and rehearsing was the fact that I was residing in Germany for most of the time and spent just a couple of months in Bulgaria each year. Until 2010, when I came back home for good.

2.Recently you had released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?

The debut album captures our view on black metal and the ideas that we had developed throughout the years. Some of the songs had already been composed in 2005/2006 but found their place in the album as we thought they fit properly to the overall sound.
We didn't have any particular concept about the album. Our main desire was to create music in terms of black metal that carries a variety of emotions and that shows as much possible intensity with regard to the sound. Yet we never closed the door to influences from other genres that each of us enjoys in some way.
The difference in comparison to the prevous releases is that we improved some of the arrangements and the sound in technical terms since we felt it neccessary in some of the songs.

3.This is the first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time?

The period 2010 – 2012 was intense regarding gigs, so we did everything possible to play live and work on new songs for a debut album. The actual recordings for "Liberation Funeral" started in 2012 but we had different kind of obstacles (technical ones and sometimes just ordinary daily life stuff) that came in our way and pushed the release of the debut further. But finally it saw the light of day.

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

The dominant part of the lyrics deal with inner emotions and one's soul journey through the darker side of reality. Some of the songs describe scenes of loss and pain, others try to elaborate on some philosophical topics.

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

Dimholt is the wood situated before the entrace to the Paths of the dead in the "Lord Of The Rings" story. Woundheir came up with the idea to name the band afer it, as it also translates into something like a dark, obscure wood, if we take the direct meaning of the words dim and holt.

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 gigs with Cradle Of Filth in 2013 in Sofia and more recently – Rotting Christ – were  one of our most memorable experiences, not olnly because of the bands with played with, but also due to the fact that we managed to play on a larger stage which gave us a lot more energy and presented our music in a different way. But larger stage is not a must – recently on a mini-tour in Romania we played in some clubs with the size of a regular pub and the acceptance and energy from the visitors was indescribable.

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

Right now we are preparing ourselves for an official album promotion and after that we will check the opportunities to play in different plaes in Bulgaria to present "Liberation Funeral". Gigs abroad will also be considered, especially after the summer when club are more active and schedule live performances.

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

We are looking for a label and we will check the opportunity to come in contact with anyone interested. With the release of the album we will consider any offers.

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

So far the debut has received positive feedback, or at least on an underground level, so to say. We don't aim at major media exclusively but at anyone interested to check the band is more than welcome. In general, the feedback has been mostly positive – by reviewers and by fans during gigs.

10.Are the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

Woundheir is also the vocalist of Bulgarian death metal band Impenitence and Yavor, our bass player, fronts the sludge/post metallers Trysth where he handles vocals and bass too. Both bands are preparing releases which well be  a fact very soon.

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

As far as black metal is considered, for know it seems a solid foundation for us. Yet we will not hesitate to bring in other influences, if we feel it fits our purpose. For us black metal brings a soundscape with a specific feeling and it naturally appears, no matter what stylistical approaches  are being used in a song.

12.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?

Each of us enjoys a variety of music genres and sub-genres. Our main influence have been the classic black metal bands of the 90s but recent prominent acts such as Wolves In The Throne Room or Deathspell Omega have also had a great influence on us.

Personal tastes vary within the band – from classic black and death metal to doom and even post- rock/sludge acts of these days.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

We all have daily jobs and it consumes a lot of our personal life so the music takes most part of the time that's left of a regular daily life. I would say, although it may sound cliche but any outgoing activities that brings us closer to nature is a good choice, at least for me. It is not so about the inspiration people always say it provides but more like  an escape from the rashness and routine of modern life. But ultimately we are human beings, so anything like books/movies or other art is present in our interests list.

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

First of all I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share some thoughts about Dimholt. We wish your zine the best of luck and give you kudos for exploring different bands from various regions/backgrounds.
"Liberation Funeral" is already out and anyone interested is more than welcome to check our exploration of the black metal art.

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Fordarv Interview

mardi 29 avril 2014 à 21:51

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

GAST: At the moment we are preparing to release our full length album Between the Eternities.
The starting point in this will be to release a song from the album in advance on youtube, which will happen on the night of Walpurga. Alongside with that we are working on new material for a third release.

2.I have read that you recently finished recording your second album and already working on material for a third album, can you tell us a little bit more about your current musical direction and also how does it differ from the music that was presented on your ep? What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

GAST: The second album (that is, our full length Between the Eternities) will be somewhat different than Echo. The musical approach this time will be more aggressive. We have some shorter songs with a fiercer style, alongside with a couple of longer songs which may remind more of Echo due to their more epic sound.The subject on this album will be that of Death, from different perspectives.

EN: The music is also less melodic than on Echo and uses more grim chords and chordprogressions such as dim7, +5, m-9 chords and so on. This we think contributes to a more sinister and/or uncanny wibe to the whole music. Also the sound of the recording is quite different from Echo.Between the Eternites sound more claustrophobic and caged compared to Echo which had a more open and thin sound...

GAST: When it comes to our third release, we will divulge more information in time. But at this point I still think it is safe to say that this music will be more minimalistic and epic sounding than Between the Eternities.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism, mythology and philosophy?

GAST: We find that these subjects do a pretty good job in giving words to those things that can not be expressed in words, for instance ideas about the state of Death. These are old ideas and thoughts which we find still have a lot of relevance today.
Some ideas are eternal and timeless, as we find our music. The subjects mentioned above goes well with our aim to create music to put the listener into a trancelike state so that he/she may dig deeper into himself/herself to find the personal treasures hidden in the darkness.

4.Currently there are 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?

GAST: To present new members to the band poses a risk we think. We have a certain chemistry as a duo which we would like to remain, so no, we do not feel the need to add new members to this project.

5.The ep came out on Nigredo Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

GAST: Nigredo Records is a newborn label run by Katia Losanno, a true devotee to darker music.
The name Nigredo itself is an alchemic term describing the first step of many to find the Philosopher's Stone.
This is a painful state, "blacker than black" which requires a lot from the practicing magician.
Katia's aim is that the music she presents is to correspond to this state. And we feel that this is really the right label for us, not only when it comes to our agenda, but the collaboration with Katia has been great. She is really passionate about her music
and our relationship has become intimate in the sense that she contributes not only with musical advices but also with lyrics and promo photos for example (not to mention the excellent food and wine).

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

GAST: Nothing but positive! So far at least. It seems that many people have been craving this raw, primitive old school black metal which we want to create. More people in fact, than we initially thought. So yes, it has been a great support for what we want to do so far.

7.When will the new album be released?

GAST: It will be released sometime during the Summer.But there is no exact date set yet.

8.What are some of the bands or musical that have had an influence on your music?

GAST & EN: We are always influenced by the old stuff, that is first and second wave of black metal. This includes classic bands like Bathory, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Dissection, Master's Hammer etc.
We are also influnced by other types of music like classical and medieval music.

9.On your blogspot you mention the hermetic philosopher Giordano Bruno who was burned at the stake,
can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this philosopher?

GAST: Apart from Bruno's philosophical works, based on the hermetic perception of the world, we see him as a strong symbol of free speech and a man who had a firm faith of his own ideas. So firm, in fact, that he oppossed the papal state and for that was burned. Needles to say, the papal state was probably more frightened than he was and this is a classic example of "the pen is mightier than the sword"; Bruno's ideas lives on whereas the acts of the papal state are being looked down upon nowadays. The reason why we mentioned him was simply because our final mix of Between the Eternities was finished on the day of his death,
the 17th of February, which coincedentally is the day of birth of Quorthon. We like to underline coincidences, to us they are meaningful.

10.What are some of your non musical interests?

GAST & EN: Literature, philosophy, religion

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

GAST: We thank you for the oppurtunity for this interview and the support! Follow us on our official blog or our label (which now also exist on facebook: ).
New material will be announced soon! Support the Underground and let's keep the Flame alive! 

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The Nightstalker 2014 Interview

lundi 28 avril 2014 à 11:28
1.Can you give us an update with what is going on with both Sercati and the Nightstalker these days?
1. A lot of things. We have release our new albums with the both project and we start the promotion. I finish and release the second book about the story of the Nightstalker. I'm very happy. And one of our friend translate the book in english to export it. We finally find two news guitar players. Florian Hardy and Olivier Clément. Very nice guys and with us in the story of The Nightstalker. They are some friends and they already supported us before join the band.

2.Recently you have put out new albums with both projects, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recordings and also how do they differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2. For the second album of Sercati, the most important thing was that there was only Yan and me for the recording. We worked together to find some new sound. We illustrated the fight of the nightstalker against the hound from hell. The track are more energic and epic. We worked in a very good collaboration between Yannick, Jonny Mazzeo (our session guitarist for this album) and me. We can feel it when we listen the track. The writing of the songs were more complete.
For the second album of The Nightstalker, i didn't know what would be the subject of the tracks. So, i finally choose the most important thing to do. Speak about the other character and what's happening in the city. So, i go deeper in the story and illustrate all the characters with some songs. The ambiance are different to correspond of the mind of the character that the nightstalker explains. It's how the nightstalker see them and the world around him, it's all the album like that. It's not a step in the story but an explanation of the context.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical concept of The Nightstalker with these 2 new albums and where it picks up from on the past albums?
3. For Sercati, at the end of the tales of the fallen, a new character comes and warn the nightstalker about a future struggle with him. It's the first real ennemi who Lucifer send to destroy him. It's a physical and mind fight between them. We follow all the doubt of The Nightstalker. It's the direct next part of the story.
For the Nightstalker, it's different. There is a lot of thing to tell about the other character and the universe, so it's more like a explicative album and a way to discover the context of the story and the future character that the Nightstalker will see in his adventure in Sercati and in the next album of The Nightstalker.

4.Are there any touring plans for Serecati with the new album and also will you also be bringing in more live songs from the solo project?
4. We have some live show in Belgium and yes we play two or three songs from The Nightstalker project
5.How do you feel black metal fans will react to the new albums that you have released and also have the reviews also been positive?
5. For Sercati, there is a lot of good feedback but for The Nightstalker i'ts different. The people like or don't like there is no equilibrium, it's yes or not. Sometimes it's difficult for the review.
6.Where do you see the concept of the Nightstalker picking up on future albums and also what musical direction can we expect from future albums?
6. I hope to write three books more and follow the story with Sercati. The other project, i think to give him some orginal stories, maybe, or continue to explore the other face of the story. We thought to tell the story of one cop of the Natural City police Departement.
7.Out of the 2 albums that you have released which one are you the most happy with?
7. The both, it's all my work. I'm very glad because some people believe in my work and my character, so i want to give him a lot of adventure.
8.Have you discovered any good music during the last year?
8. Sword at hymns. The single and the full album are very good. The new Heathen Foray too. I discover "Happy Days" too and Sombre Labyrinthe.
9.Are there any plans in the future do introduce any other concepts in your song writing besides the ones you already have written about?
9. Yes, we really thought to tell a parralel story. See the story behind other eyes. We have a character in the book. A cop, the Sergent Patrick Matennen. He don't know that there is some angels and demons in his city (and in the world). He follows the action but without the truth. I wrote the second book about his story.
10.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
10. Thanks to Occultblackmetalzine to support us. I invite all people to go on our facebook page's and support us. And we hope to continue the story.
Thanks to you for this opportunity. We are very glad of this. Have a nice day

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Yass-Waddah/Cities Of The Red Night/2012 EP Review

lundi 28 avril 2014 à 06:13

  Yass-Waddah  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  ep  "Cities  Of  The  Red  Night".

  A  very  fast,  raw,  dark  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  vocals/screams  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  the  background  along  with  the  band  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  On  some  of  the  other  tracks  melody  is  added  into  certain  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  black  metal  sound  and  the  melodic  guitar  leads  enhance  the  dark  atmosphere  this  band  creates  with  their  music  and  you  can  also  hear  some  death  metal  elements  being  utilized  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  you  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  thrash  elements  being  utilized  on  the  last  track  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Yass-Waddah  bring  out  a  very  raw  and  true  90's  form  of  black  metal  with  their  music  ignoring  all  of  the  modern  sounds  and  bringing  in  a  death  metal  edge  to  enhance  the  heaviness  of  the  recording,  while  the  production  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  old  school  sound  to  it  and  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  based  on  William  Burroughs's  novel  "Cities  Of  the  Red  Night".

  In  my  opinion  Yass-Waddah  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation"  and  "Casbah".  8  out  of  10.     

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Daemonheim Interview

lundi 28 avril 2014 à 03:21
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Well, after finishing the new record called “Tidian” we made a contract with Naturmacht Productions to release the album in 2014. We also did some smaller promotional things because 6 years between the releases are a long time. And then we will see what happens after the release is done.

2. You have a new album coming out during the end of May, 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 have released in the past?

Musically it is a mixture Black Metal with some elements of Death Metal, folk influences and some other (non-) Metal styles. Mostly in high tempo but also with lots of mid-tempo atmosphere-passages. The main difference between “Tidian” and the former albums is that it is really more progressive but still in the way Daemonheim created the last 15 years. It is brutal, in some way also raw but no less intense and atmospheric. The production is also more powerful than our former releases but still in a raw way that Black Metal should be.

3. This is going to be the first album released since 2007, can you tell us a little bit more about the 7 year gap?

It was no real gap rather than a developing process. If we had “Tidian” released a few years earlier it would be a completely different album than it is today. Of course there were several problems with equipment and spare time but nothing uncommon like other bands have. In conclusion it was a good decision to create this album for such a long time. It is really the best work we have ever done and the third album in history
of a band is the most significant one (if you believe in such things).

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

“Tidian” is the conceptional second part that began with “Hexentanz” in 2007. It goes on with myths and legends of old German lore that depends on the landscape of Harz, our homeland. “Hexentanz” dedicated itself on the myths that are quite known by many people who are interested in lore. “Tidian” is more on the minor known legends. It is also more regional than “Hexentanz” was. “Tidian” is about hunting dragons, mythical phenomena, revenge and such things that mostly happened in the early middle ages. A journey between fantasy and reality.

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

The name itself means nothing special. I invented it 15 years ago. It was in a time Black Metal was more mystical and not mass-beloved than it is today. It should have been a name that is unique, not depending on a book, film or something like this. The inspiration behind Daemonheim was to create our own vision of Black Metal, to make our own unique interpretation of an art style that it is in my opinion that best one to express the most emotional feelings.

6. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to working with a full line up again in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

I think Daemonheim will remain a duo consisting of TH and me. We play together for more than 12 years and every line-up went be back to this stable formation. I don’t want to exclude that it will grow bigger again if we meet someone who is in the same way as we are and who is worth to be along with us, musically and personally. But the chance that this will happen is very low. We are able to play all instruments that are needed for our music and have a really good way to compose the music with which each other so that there is no need for another one. But time will show the way.

7. The band has never done any live shows, do you feel this adds up to the
mystique of the band?

Yes. Maybe a little bit. There is nothing against live gigs but I never felt that Daemonheim should have stand on stage. Why should we do this? Because most of the other bands do? No way. It is no music to get drunk in a crowd and should not be cried along by the masses. It would destroy the kind of misanthropy that stands behind Daemonheim. And to play the songs just down on stage is disgusting. The material was never written to be performed live and it would no be the same feeling as it should be. So it is improbable that you will see us on stage.

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

It’s really hard to say. I don’t much about the feedback of Daemonheim outside our homeland. I think it is still not well-known out of Germany and of course inside it is also at best an underground hint. But this is nothing to regret. It is quite ok when more people listen to our music and may understand what we are standing for, what lyrical themes we try to spread. On the other side it won’t change a thing if less people listen to it. We will always be the same ones and do the same style of art.

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

Another point that is hard to say. Daemonheim ever stood for its own style of unique interpretation of Black Metal. What kind of progression of our own style it will be on the next album is impossible to predict. The only thing I can say for sure is that the lyrics are in some kind back to the first album but also in a completely other way. The lore lyrics were just written for the last two albums and were just an excurse. It was never meant to go on with these themes because we are not such a type of band
(see question 11).

10. 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?

There does not exist a special band that had a main influence on the style of Black Metal we play. You just need to hear into our music (also the older ones) and you will understand that point. We both like the bands of the 2nd wave of Black Metal in the mid of the 90s until nowadays but also all the other metal and non-metal styles. If music expresses feelings in a quite great way it is worth to be listened to!

11. How would you describe your views on paganism?

At first Daemonheim is NO pagan band. We don’t play Pagan/ Heathen- or any other style of this (Black) Metal. It is just Black Metal. We don’t have any pagan views. The last two albums might be deceptive in a way but they have nothing in common with paganism. I know that our last label and many mailorders sell our albums as Pagan or Heathen Metal. We have never been asked if this is the right description of our style. It is just wrong. To worship nature and a part of our homeland lore does not automatically make pagans out of us. Daemonheim is a nature-worshipping, misanthropic (and in the past also anti-christian) band at all. The next album will lead back to the main themes and show again what the main lyrical topics are. “Tidan” and
“Hexentanz” were (only) monuments to our homeland and just an excurse.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?

I don’t think that it is a place for our belongings beside Daemonheim. People that we are in acquaintance with know who we are. All others shouldn’t. It is maybe a part of mysticism of Daemonheim that we are trying to keep.

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

Thanks for the interview. On May 30th “Tidian” will be released by Naturmacht Productions. So listen to it and get your copy. Be part of our worship to German Harz!

(Questions were answered by b. of Daemonheim at end of April 2014)

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