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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)

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/daemonheim-interview.html


Eisregen/Flotenfre/Massacre Records/2014 EP Review

dimanche 27 avril 2014 à 09:04

  Germany's  Eisregen  have  return  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  band  continuing  their  original  sounding  mixture  of  dark  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Fletenfre"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

  Drums  beats  start  off  the  ep  being  adding  in  synths,  heavy  guitars  and  bass  and    grim  black  metal  vocals/screams  and  the  music  also  has  elements  of  symphonic,  synth  pop  and  electronic  music  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  mid  paced  black'n'roll  direction.

  On  the  later  tracks  guitar  leads  and  spoken  word  parts  become  a  part  of  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  the  band  also  adds  folk  instruments  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  5  of  the  songs  have  a  very  different  sound  to  them  while  you  can  still  tell  it  is  the  same  band  on  all  of  them  and  on  the  last  song  the  band  speeds  up  a  bit  and  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Eisregen  remain  true  to t heir  sound  and  this  recording  only  came  out  months  after  the  full  length  which  must  of  meant  they  had  plenty  of  material  written  during  the  time,  the  production   sounds  very  professional  and  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death,  gore,  cannibalism,  necrophilia  and  murder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eisregen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band, you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tausendschweiner'  and  "Mordlust".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/eisregenflotenfremassacre-records2014.html


Dimholt/Liberation Funeral/2014 CD Review

dimanche 27 avril 2014 à 03:40

  Dimholt  are  a  band  from  Bulgaria  that  plays  a  very  psychedelic  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  this   is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Liberation  Funeral".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  blast  beats  and  melodies  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  vocals  which  have  a  deeper  edge  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  some  death  metal  growls  and  bringing  that  influence  into  the  riffing  along  with  some  more  progressive  structures  and  when  they  add  in  clean  vocals  the  album  starts  evoking  a  more  avant  garde  feeling.

  On  the other  tracks  the  black  metal  sound  is  the  most  dominant  part  of  the  recording  and  the  band  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  to  make  the  music  more  diverse  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  band  also  starts  adding  in  more  psychedelic  structures  into  the  music  and  also  mix  it  in  with  a  good  amount  of  old  school  black  metal  influences  as  well  as  adding  in  both  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  mixing  both  modern  and  old  school  black  metal  sounds  together  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  catchier  parts  of  the  guitar  riffing  have  a  black'n'roll  feeling  to  them  at  times,  on  some  of  the  tracks  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  are  brought  in  briefly.

  Dimholt  create  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  bringing  in  psychedelic  elements  but  with  guitars  and  making  them  heavier  and  bringing  in  a  true  black  metal  sound  to  mix  them  with  as  well  as  some  avant  garde  and  death  metal  element s which  make  the  music  sound  very  original,  the  production  sound s very  powerful  and  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  Armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dimholt  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blindead"  "Chaos  Reborn"  "Ruins"  and  "Theodicy".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/dimholtliberation-funeral2014-cd-review.html


Black Anvil/Hail Death/Relapse Records/2014 CD Review

dimanche 27 avril 2014 à 02:15

  Black  Anvil  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  hardcore  and  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Hail  Death"  which  will  be  released  by  Relapse  Records.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction  which  leads  up  to  black  metal  screams  becoming  a  part  of  the  album  along  with  some  raw  elements  and  blast  beats,  after  awhile  the  band  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodic  back  up  vocals  being  utilized  briefly  along  with  some  thrash  style  guitar  riffing  and  powerful  sounding  bass.

  The  guitar  leads  on  the  album  bring  a  traditional  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  while  also  having  a  melodic  black  metal  edge  to  them  and  most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  hardcore  style  gang  vocals  in  the  background  and  the  clean  singing  parts  also  starts  having  a  more  powerful  presence  when  they  are  utilized.

  In  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  guitar  riffing  you  can  hear  some  old  school  raw  black  metal  elements  being  utilized  and  the  thrash  metal  influence  becomes  a  very  huge  part  of  the  later  tracks  while  the  main  focus  is  still  on  a  very  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  and  they  also  bring  in  clean  elements  at  times  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  70's  heavy/hard  rock  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  punk  rock  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  slower  sections  also  start  evoking  a  more  doom  metal  like  atmosphere,  the  last  track  on  the  album  is  a  cover  of  Kiss's  "under  the  Rose".  

  Black  Anvil  show  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  talent  with  their  music  taking  the  raw  and  melodic  elements  of  black  metal  as  their  core  sound  and  mixing  in  elements  of  hardcore  and  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  which  is  diverse  enough  to  appeal  to  fans  of  both  Watain  or  a  more  mainstream  band  like  Lamb  of  God,  the  production  is  very  professional  sounding  and  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Anvil  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  melodic,  death,  thrash  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Still  Reborn"  "Seven  Stars  Unseen"  "My  Hate  is  Pure"  and  "Next  Level  Black".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/black-anvilhail-deathrelapse.html


Hellgoat/End Of Man/Boris Records/2014 7 Inch Review

dimanche 27 avril 2014 à 00:36

  Hellgoat  are  a  band  from  Atlanta,  Georgia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  7  Inch  "End  Of  Man"  which  will  be  released  by  Boris  Records.

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  ep  and  they  bring  a  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  chants  which  lead  up  to  demonic  growls  and  chaos  and  then  the  band  brings  in  a  more  heavy  black/death  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  then  the  music  starts  getting  very  fast  and  raw  along  with  some  brutal  blast  beats  before  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  wit h the  slower  parts  having  a  doom  metal  feeling  to  them  and  the  first  track  closes  with  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts.

  On  the  second  track  the  band  continue  with  the  ritualistic  parts  before  going  into  an  all  out  fast,  raw  and  bestial  black  metal  assault  with  the  music  being  very  brutal  with  some  death  and  war  metal  elements,  and  during  the  last  minute  of  the  song  the  music  gets  more  avant  garde  and  occult  sounding.

  Hellgoat  show  a  great  amount  of  darkness  and  heaviness  with  their  music  and  the  music  is  some  of  the  most  raw,  blasphemous  and  true  black  metal  that  has  been  released  this  year,  the  production  is  very  heavy  and  raw  and  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hellgoat  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  7  inch.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Demonic  Worship  of  The  Horned  Beast".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/hellgoatend-of-manboris-records2014-7.html