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Murrum Interview

dimanche 2 février 2014 à 04:52
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Mörg - Murrum has always been a band with the purpose of reaching far into the chaotic energies that exist outside the limits of existence. Our aim is to present music with meaning, as a way to open the eyes of those worthy of seeing, and awaken the fire that burns within our being. We have always held the ideal of being more than just another band that gets on stage, plays, gets off and goes home. We put our hearts, souls and conviction into our art. Murrum is the result of what we have been searching for in this life. We are not here to be a part of a metal community... to put our arms around our brothers shoulders and become a part of something. We have no wishes to do so. We are here to tear this world apart and leave bodies lying torn and bleeding. Murrum is not for just anybody...for most, what we do goes no deeper than the music. For some, they are better off not knowing or meeting us; as they flee upon such a chance. But the few who remain are those that understand our art and will (hopefully) gain something from it. However, it was not until recently that we have found a line-up in which every member is dedicated to this purpose and we can only foresee progression and a deeper understanding ourselves.

2.So far the band has released a demo, EP, and a split album, how would you describe the musical sound on all 3 of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Heretic - Actually, the demo and the songs that are present on the Wolves of New England split are the same tracks, which were just remastered for the split, with the addition of "Under His Watchful Eye". The sound on these is rougher, as we recorded everything ourselves. The sound on 'In His Tacita Atria' is amazing. Pat Gilbert at Röthammer Studios in Rhode Island did a masterful job of capturing the true essence of what we were trying to put forth with the songs. Obviously, we stand behind all of our material, but the songs on Wolves of New England represent a bygone era in Murrum's history and, with the exception of us playing "The Summoning" and "Under His Watchful Eye" live, one that is done with. 

3.Your lyrics cover Satanism and occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in The Black Arts?

Mörg - I don't express my personal convictions to just anybody very often, but what I will say is that I have always been drawn to Satanism and the practice thereof. It is a foundation upon which I base my life and I research multiple paths and ideas as a means to expand my knowledge and ability. The keys are out there for those who put forth the time and energy, and the paths I study take a long time to gain a strong understanding. It's hard to call it just an interest....reason being, an interest is something a person likes, is into, etc, but doesn't necessarily do on a daily basis. For most people, an interest is something they come back to from time to time but it doesn't have a large part of their life. I have dedicated myself to Murrum and our work, so it lies a lot deeper than just an interest. What Satanism and my pathwork means to me is much more than merely a hobby and is hard to put to words.

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

Mörg - The use of music as a tool/weapon is something that we hold dearly. Words are just as important as the music. They are the means by which the artist portrays their ideas and provides knowledge to those that can see past their basest meaning and look deeper into the gnosis they can provide. That being said, Murrum is a palindrome derived from the word murmur. Murmur in Latin means noise, whisper, and the sound of trumpeting. Murmur is also a name, and for those willing to look, they can find more than... just a word.

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?

Heretic - We've played a lot of great shows. I think one of the ones that sticks out in my mind as being memorable was opening for Absu at the El N Gee Club in New London, CT on their North American Connexus Conjuration tour. Also, the Wrath of the Goat fest in Pittston, PA with Krieg, Sathanas, Gravewurm, etc….all great bands. 

As for our stage performance, we strive to not only recreate the sound of Murrum live, but also to convey a sense of the feeling behind what we do. Our shows are a success not because we play all the parts faithfully, although that is certainly a part of it, but because we offer the audience a glimpse into the chaotic fire that lies at the heart of what we do. This is accomplished through a number of techniques, some of which have included fire, animal blood, self-harm, and more. 

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

Heretic - We are always open to booking shows, and try to play at least 4 or 5 times a month in the Northeast area of the US. We are currently looking at booking a 2 week tour of the Eastern US, going as far west as Chicago, and as far south, possibly, as Louisiana. When Mörg was touring guitarist for Neldöreth out of Pennsylvania, they had a great response in Silver Spring, MD, so we're going to make sure to make a stop there.

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

Heretic - We are always open to any offers from labels or distributors. Currently, we are self-releasing a limited edition cassette of 'In His Tacita Atria', and would be honored if a label would choose to release it on vinyl.

8.A year back the band released a split album with Malacath, what are your thoughts on the other band that participated on the recording?

Heretic - Malacath is a one-man project from northern New Hampshire, and releases some of the greatest underground black metal I've heard in a long time. Total Darkthrone and Burzum worship. Lykos, the man behind Malacath, is a great comrade to all of us in Murrum.

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

Mörg - As of yet, we haven't received much negative feed back. Most people have been generous with their praise of our music and we have seen a rabid following forming. many faces are ones we have seen before and people that have spoken to us at past rituals. Every show we play seems to draw newer faces that have heard great things about us and want to experience our live set for themselves. There are still those that express their hate for us, though they are few and far between and their reasoning for their hate is unjustified... simply being that they just do.

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

Heretic - Dubh-Faol and I are the only members that have musical activities outside of Murrum. Dubh-Faol is involved with a studio-only project called Wordbearers, and I have a one-man pagan black metal project called Kveldskog, that I've had going on and off since around 2005.

11.When can we expect a new release and also what musical direction do you see the band heading into during the future?

We're currently writing new songs for what will eventually be a full-length release, but as for when that would be recorded or released, we can't possibly say at this point. It is something we're actively working towards, though. As for musical direction, we're right where we want to be as far as themes, lyrical content, etc. All will be revealed in time. We do our best to prevent our work from reaching the public before we feel it is ready. However, everything retains the feeling at the center of what we captured with "In His Tacita Atria." We are always looking to progress... evolve if you will. For it has major role in our work. if we are not progressing spiritually, then Murrum can no longer thrive, for our spiritual yearnings are what feeds the flames of Murrum and builds them ever higher.

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

Mörg - I don't list too many bands as a personal influence for my music. As of late, Watain, Dissection, 1349, and Marduk have held influence on my composition, but I always look inwards for the greatest percentage of inspiration. If you spend all of your time listening to others and emulating them then you are lying to yourself and limiting your true potential, therefore Imlisten more for what feelings I get when I play and building on that. The aforementioned bands are bands that hold a strong resonance with me, thus are helpful in my writing. As for bands I have been listening to aside from those listed earlier are: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Nightbitch, Sassu Wunnu and Obsidian Tongue, to name a few. I know Heretic is fond of the more obscure second wave acts like Dawn, Kvist, and Thy Primordial, as well as DSBM like Bethlehem and Silencer.

13.Do you have any non musical interests?

Heretic - I'm currently in the process of building an independent photography business, doing fine art stuff as well as concert and promo photos for bands, and I go to school for photography, so that eats up a large portion of my free time. 

Mörg: I am for the most part writing music and writing lyrics, but aside from that I research different left hand paths and practice my arts. If I have any free time, I'm in the woods taking in the energies and preparing for our next live ritual, as is Dubh-Faol. Abyss spends much time in the woods and keeps up his drumming.
 

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

Hail Chaos! Hail Lucifer! Fuck the world!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/murrum-interview.html


Murrum/In His Tacita Atria/2013 EP Review

dimanche 2 février 2014 à 00:05

  Murrum  are  a  band  from  Connecticut  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  form  of  satanic,  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  ep  "In  His  Tacitia  Atria".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  before  going  into  a  raw,  heavy  and  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim  vocals  and  after  awhile  the  band  starrts  mixing  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  together.

  As  the  ep  continues  the  band  continue  their  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  old  school  death  metal  assault  while  also  having  somewhat  of  a  death  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  small  traces  of  war  metal  at  times  while  the  main  focus  is  still  black  metal  and  on  the  3rd  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  which  enhances  the  evil  qualities  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  With  this  ep  Murrum  stick  to  a  more  mid  90's  old  school  satanic  black  metal  sound  that  seems  to  be  more  Swedish  than  Norwegian  influenced  while  also  having  more  of  their  own  sound  and  they  have  everything  I  have  been  wanting  to  hear  from  newer  bands  and  this  is  what  I  feel  black  metal  should  sound  like.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism  and  Rituals,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  but  they  do  sound  very  powerful  in  certain  sections  of  the  last  song.

  In  my  opinion  Murrum  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  aggressive  satanic,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual  Bloodletting"  and  "Experts  From  The  Scriptures  of  Armageddon".  8/5  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/murrumin-his-tacita-atria2013-ep-review.html


Nigra Mors/Self titled/Lupus Niger/2014 EP Review

samedi 1 février 2014 à 01:47

  Nigra  Mors  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  ep  which  was  released  by  Lupus  Niger.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  all  of   the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  before  going  into  a  more  dark  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  fast  parts  that  have  a  thrash  feeling  to  them  along  with  grim  vocals  which  also  have  a  ritualistic  edge  to  them.

  As  the  ep  moves  on  old  school  underground  metal  solos  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  blast  beats  and  they  bring  this  unholy  assault  to  other  songs  as  well  along  with  some  early  90s  style  black  metal  melodies  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  vocals  utilizing  a  more  depressive  tone  at  times  and  at  other  times  you  can  hear  some  deep  demonic  growls.

  With  this  ep  Nigra  Mors  take  the  old  school  occult  black  metla  sound  and  add  in  a  small  amount  of  underground  thrash  influences  and  create  a  sound  that  is  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  a  good  amount  of  fast  parts  and  unholy  aggression.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.  

  In  my  opinion  Nigra  Mors  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  raw  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mater  Lacrimarum".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/nigra-morsself-titledlupus-niger2014-ep.html


Arathgoth Interview

mercredi 29 janvier 2014 à 04:20
1.Can you give us an introduction to the band for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?

Arathgoth! This is the name of the only musician of this project of Dungeon synth, dark ambient and atmospheric black metal! So there is no group but one musician : who I am does not matter. I live in the musical world  that I’ve created and that is the foundation of my existence !

2.How would you describe the musical sound of all 4 of the albums and also how do they differ from each other?

I’ve started with Medieval Dungeon Synth for “the season of ashes” then I've lost myself in space and Science Fiction with “Interplanetary Travel”. After that, I was proud of “Man With No Fate” because it sounded exactly like what I had in mind. Finally, “Brutal Winter” was made in 2 times : first, the synth tracks inspired by winter and, then, the black metal ones inspired a lot by Conan The Cimmerian.

3.The earlier albums where more dungeon synth but the new one is more black metal influenced, what was the decision behind going into this direction and also will this direction continue on future releases?

I’m a guitar player so I wished to put guitars and vocals.. and by the way, I was angry at that time ;)

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the themes you explored with the synth albums and also what style of lyrics did you use on the black metal recordings?

I often imagine an adventure or a feeling and I try to express that into music. Very often, this is sad or melancholic emotions, sometimes anger but never hate ! I’m inspired by what I felt when I read a book or watch movies. For the lyrics, I’m a fan of Conan from Robert E Howard. In fact, there is a song “ the deadly night “ which is about a short story of Conan “The Lair Of The Ice Worm”. “Brutal Winter” takes some parts of a poeme from Robert E Howard and “Gods of the North” is inspired by the short story “The Frost Giants Daugther”.  About the 2 others : “Lost in the blizzard” is about my anger and my will of going behond my limits and “Pale Moon” is about loneliness and the fact that, at the end, we’re always alone.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Arathgoth?

I’ve created this character to illustrate my musical world. The name came by itself, without thinking !

6.Currently there is only 1 member in the band, do you see the line up expanding in the future or do you chose to remain solo?

Maybe… it’ll depends of the opportunity. On Brutal Winter, there is a bonus track made with Mystic Demonia, a friend of mine. I stay open to collaboration.

7.You have put out 4 albums in less than 2 years, would you say that music takes up most of your time?

Music takes time. To compose an album takes more than one day and, sometimes, it is hard to deal with music and everyday life at the same time. But I always have a bit of music in my head !


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

Right now I only have positive feedback. This is also what makes want to go further ! In “Brutal Winter” I tried to put some black metal elements in my music, we’ll see where it goes…


9.When can we expect the next album?

Maybe during spring or this summer ! I’m still trying to find a new direction but I think it will be more black metal with some atmospheric parts. I don’t really like doing the same thing again and again.

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

I’ve been influenced a lot in my youth by movie soundtracks such as : Dune, Willow, Dark Crystal, Star Trek, 2001 space odyssey, etc. Later I came to metal music. I’m also a huge fan of John Carpenters soundtrack et the OST of Conan by Polidoris, remains one of my favorite soundtrack. A part of that, I’m listening to metal, black metal and affiliate (Burzum, Dimmu Borgir, Amon Amarth, Summoning), dungeon synth, indus and electro… I also like Ministry, Nine Inch Nails… I’m searching inspiration in litteratute and Nordic culture.

11.Does paganism play any role in your music?

Not really. The cultural aspect of paganism is interesting… However I’m not affiliate to any religion nor political movement.

12.Do you have any non musical interests?

No, the music takes all my free time. It's a passion!

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

like my music or go to hell ! ( just kidding : Hell would be a great place to appreciate my music ;) )

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/arathgoth-interview.html


Sunn 0)))/Ulver/Terrestials/Southern Lord/2014 CD Review

mercredi 29 janvier 2014 à 03:05

  This  is  a  review  of  a  joint  album  between  U.S.A's  Sunn 0))  and  Norway's  Ulver  who  teamed  up  together  to  create  an  experimental  sounding  album  with  the  recording  being  released  by  Southern  lord  in  2014  and  called  "Terrestials".

  The  album  starts  out  with  experimental  sounding  drones  and  noises  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  elements  of  ambient  are  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  saxophones  which  leads  up  to  drums  5  minutes  later  as  well  as  a  more  doom  metal  orientated  sound  which  brings  in  the  introduction  of  bass  guitars.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  darker,  experimental  and  heavy  and  you  can  also  hear  synths  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  traces  of  psychedelia  and  after  awhile  a  brief  use  of  clean  and  acoustic  guitars  make  their  way  onto  the  album  and  on  the  last  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  being  utilized.

  On  this  album  Sunn  0))  and  Ulver  team  up  to  create  a  more  experimental  drone  and  while  Ulver  started  out  as  black  metal  and  Sunn  0)))  experimented  with  it  in  the  past  there  are  no  traces  of  that  genre  on  this  recording  but  it  still  has  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  to it.

  Song  lyrics  are  mostly  absent  from  this  album  with  the  music  being  mostly  instrumental  but  the  short  amount  they  have  cover  poetic  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  professional  sound  with  all  3  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  joint  effort  between  Sunn  0))  and  Ulver  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Western  Horn".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/sunn-0ulverterrestialssouthern-lord2014.html