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Neige Morte Interview

samedi 8 février 2014 à 10:33
Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
SA : Not much actually, we worked on new songs and re-arranged some old ones in order to perform them on stage. We booked a small tour in Belgium/ Holland in mid-February. We’ll keep on working in that direction…at our own speed.
JG: Waiting for the next tour, and composing some new songs.

2.Recently you put out a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction you have taken on the new album and also how does it differ from your last recording?
SA : To be honest, the direction we took wasn’t planned. Since J.G. joined Neige Morte, the music went more brutal and weird…but we wouldn’t be able to clearly explain why. The possibilities to explore and experiment went crazy as we felt there were no more musical boundaries.
JG: It’s the first recording with me behind the drums although I integrated the band at the end of 2010. HLC (nb: first drummer) had more punk feelings whereas I play more like a metal drummer with double pedals and blastbeats. Anyway, the idea is to stage a dark disturbing nightmare.The music we play actually is the frontal result of the instrumental meeting of SA and me, XT brings the vocals at the end, after adapting his choices and feelings to the musical orientation.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?
XT : There is no main subject, no kind of concept but the title “Bicephaale” is about duality in me. And duality in Neige Morte’s music too. A duality you can find in the lyrics. Some are really aggressive and violent (500 jours de haine, Eater of soul), some are more peaceful or appeased (Death shall have no dominion). If there was a concept behind “Bicephaale”, it should be that we are not simple creatures, all black or all white. We are more complex and got to daily deal with this complexity, our inner contradictions and all that things that make we cannot be described with a simple adjective. But violence is present in every lyrics, in a way or another.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Neige  Morte'?
SA : There’s no real meaning, I mean, none that we would have thought about in the first place. After the years, we found loads of meanings that could fit…it depends on the mood. As for the name itself, it obviously came from the Norwegian Nazi-Zombie movie Dead Snow. We came up with this name (our first drummer HLC and me) when we started the band. But there’s no meaning either behind this name, just 2 words that sounded good together. We then translated them in French.
JG: “dead snow” in English, it’s poetry, beautiful, we are geniuses.

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?
JG: A NM’s show is played as one long track. The intensity level we give often makes me forget that I’m only playing music. It’s a 40-minute fear and violence fever.Incubate in Tillburg was great. The Yellfest in Lozere’s mountain in august 2012 was fantastic too.  
XT : We feel ok with all our shows but I’m really proud of the one at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg. Our stage performances are honestly in your face, without any artifices. We don’t communicate with the audience, we just play, give our guts on a plate and that’s all.
SA : Yes that show at Incubate was pretty intense, in front of people who are really into Black Metal…and open minded enough to appreciate what we gave that evening.
As XT said, our performances and pretty simple. Maybe because there’s so much theatricality in Black Metal (and Metal in general) – we feel better with plain simplicity.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?
XT : We’ll do a small tour in Benelux with Alabaster in February and will play some local shows later. Because of our lives and obligations, we cannot extensively tour. So we give our best at the few shows we do.

7.The new album came out on Consouling Records, do you feel this label has done a lot to get your music out there heard?
XT : It’s too early to tell but the fact you’re making an interview with us is a good sign.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
SA : We don’t really know. We never thought about it I guess and never try to find out about it. I would say open-minded people can like our music…
JG: I won’t say worldwide, it’s exaggerated. Metal can speak to very young people, we don’t. Maybe because we don’t use theatrical accessories. Metal can refer to a type of sound, precise and surgically controlled. In matter of sound we have chosen something very weird thanks to SA and Bruno. From any other openminded metalhead, we have some good feedback.
XT : Some really like it, love the extreme and harsh approach. Some hate it, complaining about that extreme and harsh approach.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
JG: I don’t know for the future but the latest track we’ve composed sounds a little bit more death metal.
SA : I like to believe we’ll dig deeper in this direction we took. Try to make an even more personal music, wherever it may take us.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
XT : For my vocals in Neige Morte, Leviathan, Attila, Portal, old school Death Metal, Funeral Mist and Swans are my main influences. But bands like Neurosis, Kiss It Goodbye, Napalm Death, Blut Aus Nord, Sixteen Horsepower, Quicksand or His Hero Is Gone are very important to me.
These days, I’m a lot into Beastmilk, Aosoth, Gorguts and Foals.
JG: For Neige morte I was really inspired by Antoine Hadjioannou from Aluk Todolo for the repetitive playing certainly because he is influenced by Christian Vander like me. Today, Staer and Portal have blown my mind. For now I’m waiting for the next Warsawwasraw and Daughters album.
SA : For my part, I’d say my main influences would be Orthrelm, Krallice, Portal, US Maple, Arab On Radar or even The Flying Luttenbachers. And regarding the stuff I listen to, I’d say also Foals and also Autechre, Tool, Sister Iodine, Impetuous Ritual, Jai Paul…

11.Do you have any non musical interests?
XT : Sure we do.  

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
XT : We don’t.

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Shroud Of Despondency/Tied To A Dying Animal/2014 Double Album Review

samedi 8 février 2014 à 04:21

  Shroud  of  Despondency  are  a  band  from  Milwaukee,  Wisconsin  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  which  also  continues  their  progressive  black  metal  sound  on  this  recording  while  also  bringing  in  thrash,  death  metal,  folk  and  neo-classical  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Tied  to  A  Dying  Animal".

    The  album  starts  out  with  distorted  sounds  before  adding  in  a  darker  and  heavier  sound  which  is  brings  in  a  blackened  feeling  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  powerful  and  melodic  leads  and  then  the  music  goes  for  a  more  fast  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  along  with  high  pitched  screams  which  also  use  death  metal  growls  at  times.

  As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  Morbid  Angel  and  other  death  metal  in  influences  being  added  into  the  music  while  also  bringing  in  even  more  melody  and  keeping  the black  metal  sound  which  also  leads  to  a  blackened  death  metal  direction  while  the  focus  is  more  on  the black  side  through  the  first  batch  of  songs  while  also  having  elements  of  thrash  and  progressive  rock  and  at  the  end  of  part  one  of  the  album  there  is  a  movie  sample.  

  When  the  album  goes  into  the  second  part  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  neo  folk  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  classical  music  influences  with  acoustic  guitars  becoming  the  lead  instrument  while  there  are  also  folk  instruments  and  synths  being  utilized  and  the  second  side  is  mostly  instrumental  while  you  can  still hear  a  small  amount  of  vocals  being  used  on  certain  songs  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  As  we  get  more  into  the  second  part  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  electric  guitars  briefly  being  mixed  in  with  the  acoustic  parts  along  with  more  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  after  awhile  and  on  one  song  they  bring  in  a  modern  neo  classical  feeling  similar  to  Death  In  June  as  well  as  bringing  in  an  electronic  guitar  lead  on  a  couple  of  the  songs.

  When  the  album  goes  into  the  bonus  tracks  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  dark  ambient  and  experimental  direction  before  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  parts  and  grim  vocals  as  well  as  some  doom  metal  in  the  guitar  riffing  which  also  leads  up  to  melodic  solos  and  leads  and  as  time  goes  on  by  death  metal  growls  are  brought  into  the  music  along  with  more  progressive  parts.

  As  we  got  more  into  the  other  bonus  tracks  they  return  to  a  more  instrumental  neo  folk  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  shamanistic,  tribal  elements  and  nature  sounds  which  add  more  power  to  these  tracks.

  With  this  double  album  Shroud  Of  Despondency  show  off  2  sides  of  their  sound  with  part  one  being  black  metal  and  part  2  being  neo  folk  and  they  show  a  great  amount  of  skill,  talent,  variety  and  originality  with  all  of  the  songs  they  bring  onto  the  recording  and  on  the  last  track  to  make  a  return  to  black  metal.

  Song  lyrics  cover  the  despair  and  alienation  of  city  life,  while t he  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  neo  folk,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Man  Can  Dream"  "Long  Hours"  "Prominent  Cross"  and  "The  Unrewarding".  8  out  of  10.

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The Great He-Goat/Last Rites For A Generation/2014 Full Length Review

vendredi 7 février 2014 à 23:59

  The  Great  He-Goat  are  a  band  from  Oklahoma  which  has  had  their  previous  material  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  grim  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Last  Rites  For  A  Generation".

    The  album  starts  out  with  a  dark  dungeon  synth  style  sound  before  going  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  vocals  as  well  as  adding  in  old  school  melodic  death  metal  elements  while  the  main  focus  is  still  black  metal  along  with  an  atmospheric  background  which  also  leads  to  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  before  bringing  in  melodic  metal  solos.  

  As  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  traditional  metal  influences  are  brought  into  certain  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  slower  parts  that  bring  in  a  depressive  feeling  to  the  recording  before  finding  their  sound  with  the  more  fast  and  melodic  material  which  they  are  really  good  at  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  symphonic  elements  form  the  keyboards  but  they  are  mostly  in  the  background  and  do not  over  power  the  album.

  With  this  album  The  Great  He-Goat  show  a  great  amount  of  progress  with  their  music  while  the  music  does  has  its  raw  black  metal  moments  they  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  melody  and  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  and  symphonic  elements  as  well  as  a  traditional  metal  feeling  and  you  can  tell  the  band  does  not  follow  any  trends   and  it  shows  with  the  diversity  they  bring  onto  the  album.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  some  of  the   songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Great  he-Goat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  heavy,  fast,  grim  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hollow  Victory"  and  "The  Cloak  Of  Shadows".  8  out  of  10.

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Ritual Decay/The Conquering Darkness/Caligari Records/2014 Cassette Review

vendredi 7 février 2014 à 09:05

  Ritual  Decay  are  a  trio  from  Memphis,  Tennessee  that  plays  a  very  blasphemous  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "The  Conquering  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  The  cassette  starts  out  with  with  a  dark  and  heavy  sound  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  piercing  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  become  a  part  of  the  music  which  also  leads  to  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  which  also  brings  in  an  old  school  early  90's  feeling.

  As  the  recording  continues  the  band  start  going  into  a  more  early  second  wave  black  metal  direction  while  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  keeping  around  a  good  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  they  bring  in  some  angry  sounding  shouts  and  on  the  last  song  they  go  for  more  of  a  slow  and  heavy  direction  while  still  having  their  fast  moments

  On  these  cassette  Ritual  Decay  go  back  to  the  raw  roots  of  second  generation  black  metal  and  bring  in  some  influences  from  the  dark  side  of  death  metal  to  create  a  recording  that  is  very  fast,  bone crushing,  raw  and  heavy  sounding  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blasphemy  and  morbid  sounding  melodies  which  a  lot  of  newer  bands  seem  to  be  lacking.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness,  occult  and  blasphemous  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Ritual  Decay  are  a  very  great  sounding  blasphemous  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reach  For  the  Axe"  and  "An  Oath  to  Spilling  Blood".  9  out  of  10.  


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Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus Interview

vendredi 7 février 2014 à 07:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus began outside Philadelphia in 2012 when co-founders Mika Mage (me) and Manuel Rodriguez decided to create music reminiscent of the arctic winter.  Manuel had a great collection of riffs but no time to record them, so I contributed my own and a few unique tracks and recorded a short demo myself.  M.W.S. (Serpent ov Old, Shadows in the Crypt, ex-Wykked Witch, ex-Evil Divine) heard it and asked me to record a full-length at his Thee Illuminated studio, thus 'Synkkä Tuuli' was born..  Manuel was only interested in creating one album and M.W.S. left to focus on Serpent ov Old, leaving things a one man project from the 'Väinämöinen' EP onward..

2.So far you have released a demo, full length, and an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound that is present on those 3 recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The self-titled promo and ST had tracks featuring equal contributions from Manuel and me, but since I wrote my riffs to complement his it's his influences that shine through.  All the material after ST was composed solely by me, and I think the stylistic difference is evident on the EP, and will continue to be more so on the next album..  I'm more progressively oriented, thus I took some creative risks that I hope the kvlt faithful respond well to..

3.From what I have seen so far is that the project was originally based in Finland but is now re-located to the New England part of the United States, what was the decision behind the move and how would you compare the black metal scene of the east coast to the one in your native country?

I'm a dual citizen of Finland and the US, my family still owns a cottage in Finland but I've lived mostly in America since I was a child, so America is where the band was formed.  Did we actively decide to start a black metal band in the US?  No, we aren't idiots, we're victims of geography..  I would compare the European black metal scene to that on the east coast but there is none to compare it to.. at least not in this area..  Sure, there are clusters of bands making great black metal here and there, like Inverted Trifixion in Maryland and our HPGD label mates Shadows in the Crypt and Serpent ov Old in Philadelphia, but I would hardly call it a scene..  There does exist a small scene for brutal death, which has bred some excellent bands (Sapremia, Nightfire, Black Crown Initiate) and musicians I like to commandeer on occasion for my own evil devices..

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

This music is a love letter to the frozen north, or perhaps more a suicide note..  For ST, I wanted to take the listener on a bleak voyage through a desolate arctic landscape, thus the opening track begins with footsteps fighting a blizzard, and the album ends with a melancholy acoustic piece implying a frostbitten finality..  I decided to keep the lyrics minimalist on all tracks except 'Anhedonia' to emphasize the wall of sound and compliment the searing, wind-like M.W.S. vocal style.  For the follow-up I looked to the Finnish national epic the 'Kalevala' for inspiration, further embracing my Nordic roots..  The EP 'Väinämöinen' is named for the hero protagonist and the lyrics to the title track are taken directly from the text.  The new album will follow suit..

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

Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus (nihilistic barbarism in English) is a philosophical concept I came upon while reading 'The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality', a book written by French philosopher Andre Comte-Sponville.  I think he explains it best:

"Nihilistic Barbarism has no program, no ideal, no ideology.  It has no need of these things.  Its advocates believe in nothing; they know only violence and egotism, contempt and hatred.  They are prisoners of their own instincts, their own stupidity and lack of culture, and slaves to what they think of as their freedom.  They are barbaric because they lack faith and/or fidelity; they are the mercenaries of the void."

6.Currently there is only 1 member in the band, are you planning on working with another line up again in the future or is this going to evolve into a solo project?

Due to the nature of the music and my personal life it will likely remain a one man project..  Creatively this leaves me with more freedom, and managerially less headaches..  I find it's easier to just recruit session talent when needed, like on 'Väinämöinen' I had Lawrence Wallace (Shadows in the Crypt) program drums and play synth, M.W.S. returned to play bass, and James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate, Nightfire, Antikythera) sang.  For the new album I played guitar and bass, I split duties on keys and drums with Lawrence, and James signed on to sing again; for future work I will handle all duties myself (except perhaps vocals)..

7.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

I'm not opposed to live shows if it were ever convenient, but as music is not my primary occupation (currently I work as a medical assistant until I begin medical school later this year) I have little time to coordinate a band.  The truth is, we already have label support and an international audience, thus I see little to gain playing dive bars in Delaware, especially since no one ever got laid playing guitar in corpse paint, at least not in America..

8. Currently you have Horror  Pain  Gore  Death  Productions releasing your albums on cd and Infernal Kommando releasing them on cassettes, do you feel that working with 2 different record labels has done a lot for getting your music out there heard?

The head of HPGD Mike Juliano was great and bent over backwards to make us happy when we released ST; as an American label it gave us some traction in the states and legitimized NB as an entity.  The French label Infernal Kommando Records came along after I put out 'Väinämöinen' (it was first a promotion with the blog Gun Shy Assassin), and I think it has done just as much if not more for NB, since they were the gateway to the international underground.. speaking of which, I want to thank Tuomas at Primitive Reaction in Finland and Sergiy at Depressive Illusion Records in the Ukraine for their awesome support distributing our CD and cassettes.

9.When can we expect another full length and also what direction will the music be heading into during the future?

I'm the only creative force in the band now and I think the new material will show for it, but the attitude is still very much the same.  Although I strive to create atmospheric tracks, I personally tend more towards melody and greater dynamic in riff structure, while still preserving the raw feel essential to this music.  The next album is complete except for vocals; James will be singing again but as Black Crown Initiate has recently become bigger than Jesus (opening for 1349 and Marduk on their upcoming tour) we have to operate on his hectic time frame..

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

The faithful have responded very positively to us; the more raw the publication, the better the response.  It just goes to show this is a niche music for a niche group of people, an obscure sub-genre in an already obscure genre.  I listened to Velvet Cacoon when I first got into metal and I thought it was trash, but now 'Avalon Polo' is one of my favorite albums.. The 16 year old kid who shops at Hot Topic and listens to Amon Amarth and Lamb of God isn't immediately going to be into (let alone understand) raw depressive black metal, it takes time to get that grim.. but hopefully they find NB when they do..

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

Manuel mostly regards Graveland, Hate Forest, and Horna as his influences, and that seems to be what most people recognize in ST; these days he listens to a lot of Altar of Plagues, Dragged Into Sunlight, and Ulcerate.  Manuel is admittedly a lot more kvlt than I am..  My taste is more progressive and I purposefully try not to listen to other ambient black acts since I don't want to be inadvertently influenced while writing, thus for black metal I stick with Hakuja, 1349, Rotting Christ, and Nagelfar..  My guilty pleasure is Sonata Arctica (their sticker comes with the new Finnish passport)..

12.Do you have any other interests than music?

Manuel has a degree in game design and works for a large video game company in Colorado.  I have a graduate degree in medical research and will be attending medical school in the fall to be a physician; currently I work as a medical assistant, and between that and NB I have little time for else.. as it should be..

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

Thanks for the support and opportunity to speak to the trve grim out there, and keep an eye out for the next NB album later this year.. I know I already said in some press release it would be out this winter, but sh*t happens..  Also, the 'Väinämöinen' EP is still a free download on our Bandcamp ( and at Gun Shy Assassin (, so grab it if you don't already have it.. I know it's not so fun to download music if it isn't stealing, but do it anyway..

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