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Vivisektion/Gaskammer Edict/Wohrt Records/2015 Cassette Review

samedi 23 mai 2015 à 06:28

  Vivisektion  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  war,   black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  cassette "Gaskammer  Edict"  which  was  released  by Wohrt  Records.

Harsh  noises  and  air  raid  sirens  start  off  the  cassette  before  going  into  a  very  raw  and  bestial   war  metal  direction  along with  some  blast  beats  and  deep  growls   and  after  awhile  chaotic  guitar  solos  and leads  are  added  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  the whole  demo  sticks  to  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  from  beginning  to  end.

  All  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  fast  musical  direction  and  the  songs  take  the  speed  of  Black  Witchery  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  vocals  style  of  Archgoat  and  you  can  also  hear some  influences  from  Revenge  and  Bestial  Warlust  in their  musical  style  and  all  of the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  a  little  over  2  minutes.

  Vivisektion creates  a  musical  style  that  is  more  in  the  war  metal  and  bestial  black/death  and  also  beings  in a  great  amount  of  brutality  and  raw  aggression, the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent, hateful  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vivisektion  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres, you should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "Scum Dishonor".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/vivisektiongaskammer-edistwohrt.html


Mur Interview

vendredi 22 mai 2015 à 06:52
1.       For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?


    Well I initially started Mur as a proper musical “entity” back in the winter of 2012. At the time I was really drawn to the more honest, kind of emotionally heavy black metal being put out at the time – stuff with more emphasis on a holistic approach of hope and hate – agony and ecstasy.  I was living in a really claustrophobic studio apartment in the city, it was a long winter as usual, and I wanted to try and take that sound and infuse it with some air or negative space around the music to sort of free myself a little bit. That turned into a three-song EP that was more cynical, raw, and hateful than intended but basically came from the space my head was in all winter into spring.  That creative purge was so total that I really just let it fall by the wayside and lay dormant until more recent months when I felt the need to walk that path – again towards the end of a long Minnesota freeze.



2.       Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?


    The new album, Athabasca, is definitely a more refined statement. There’s really no wasted space – every moment is the way it is to carry a specific emotional burden.  The doom, drone, and Americana flavors in the mix are also a lot more developed and accentuated and I think make more sense in this album’s context.  I wanted to really focus on quality of the sound in relation to the concept – focusing mainly on esoteric imagery or obtuse emotion rather than a certain “tone” to guide the sound that came out in the end.



3.       The lyrics on the album have a concept to them; can you tell us a little bit more about them?


    During the last year my fiancé and I have been in the process of moving out lives away from the usual life trajectory in the kind of manufactured/hollow/endlessly cyclical urban world to a more rural/agrarian one.  For a more thoughtful, real, and focused one in line with natural rhythms.  The natural landscapes and relationships in Minnesota began to feel more real and significant for me after we started the process.  I kind of rediscovered them and they moved me again and again.  I wanted them to really inform the themes in the new music but I wasn’t interested in the done-to-death typical naïve, vague, and overly romanticized notion of nature in a lot of black metal has today. 

  

  The complex ecological relationship between the Northern grey wolf (Canis lupis) and the American bison (Bison bison) is symbolic of this place and I think has a lot more personal resonance with people as a focused concept.  This specific ecology also acted like a lightning rod for the writing process – inspiring much of the album in a very short time.  The lyrics basically examine this natural niche through abstraction and minimalistic symbolism.



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


    The name’s appearance and sound just fit the atmosphere and inform the journey.  Obscured by simplicity.



5.       With this musical project you record everything by yourself; do you feel this is a better way of achieving what you want with your musical style?


   Not necessarily, I just want to convey something very personal but also universally understood on a very primal level.  At some point when people create together or collaborate, the message usually gets completely formed over time. Compromise needs to happen between people too so I think the concepts and ideas behind the music can sometimes get watered down or changed.

  

   There’s nothing like making meaningful music with other people, and there’s also nothing like making something absolutely personal that other people connect with just as much.



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


  Yeah I think if it was the right label I would definitely want to get together with them. And if something happened it would be great, but I‘m not really trying too hard to square that all away right now.  I’ve got a lot keeping me busy in the near future, but the music will surely keep coming and I’m open to anything that happens to cross my path.



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


    It’s been better than I could expect honestly – there’s been a lot more feedback than I thought there would be.  I’ve also been surprised as how many people have told me how much they’ve been affected by the album and how much it’s moved them down deep – a really healthy percentage of people who have bought/downloaded the release since it came out.  It’s inspiring me into working on new stuff even as we speak!



8.       Are you also involved with any other musical projects?


    Other than Mur I play guitar in Hymnal – a two piece with a drummer. It’s more in the vein of heavy, drone-influenced Americana. It’s kind of like heavier Neil Young on a Quaalude binge. A lot of tone, American melody, and cyclical progressions.



9.       Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

   

    Continuing everything I’m currently involved with hopefully.

   

     I’m planning to do some splits with other like-minded people in the near future and probably come out with another Mur release in the next year or so – pushing that sound further as I go.



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?


   In the metal realm I was mostly influenced by certain atmospheric black metal (Drudkh, Winterfylleth, etc., lots of others), some funeral doom (Ahab, Bell Witch, Loss, etc.), and some more avant-garde/drone stuff (Blood Of The Black Owl, Botanist, Earth).



  But I’ve been listening to mostly non-metal these days and I think their influence helped add some fresh air into the mix too.  There’s a lot of music that I would call heavy without being “heavy” if you know what I mean – carrying significant emotional weight and power - American Primitivism (John Fahey, Kottke, Takoma Records in general), some modern folkie-types (Wooden Wand, Will Oldham, Smog/B. Callahan, Mount Eerie), and just some more experimental/Avant/drone stuff (Swans, Barn Owl, Brian Eno).  Lots of weird shit.



11.   What are some of your non musical interests?


   Well currently my fiancé and I are in the process of beginning some sustainable farming on a family farm in rural Minnesota and we’re also building an off-grid solar tiny home out of a Bluebird bus to be at said farm.  Basically just trying to create a lifestyle with a lot more freedom than the typical city-dweller/modern American.



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


   A sincere thanks to everyone who’s taken an interest in this album and the music so far and thanks for the chance to talk about it – keep an eye out for more to come!

SPLIT THE GOLDEN HERD!

CULTIVATE SAVAGERY!



                                                           Cam.


FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/murminnesota

BANDCAMP:  https://murmn.bandcamp.com/album/athabasca

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/mur-interview.html


Verlassen Interview

mercredi 20 mai 2015 à 09:54
1. For those that have never heard of you can you tell us a little bit about the band?

A: Hi, my name is Skinrur and i play in the german Black Metal band ‚Agonie‘ since early 2014. In February 2015 i had some song ideas that don’t really fit into Agonie, so i decided to start a little solo project and named it ‚Verlassen‘. Due to the unexpected big and really positive feedback i decided to move on and make some albums.

2. Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on this recording?

A: All of the recordings are home made, but i think i did a really good job with it. It sounds raw but a lot better then the typical Black Metal underground cliché.

3. You also play in 'Agonie', what are some of the things your are able to do with your solo project not you are not able to do with the band?

A: I do not plan on playing live with Verlassen, so i am able to write multiple guitar tracks along with some keys and synths without any trouble. While writing songs for Agonie is a little bit more difficult since we are limited to 2 arms and legs per person.

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

A: The Demo has very little lyrics, but it is mostly about pain, hate and the willing to die.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ;Verlassen’?

A: One proper english translation of Verlassen would be ‚desolate‘. It means that I am left by all good spirits.
6. With this musical project you record everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to working with a full band?

A: Sometimes it is easier to write songs since all the communication process is not needed but on the other hand, it is really hard sometimes to come up with all the ideas by myself. Working in a team with good buddies is much more fun though.

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

A: I don’t look forward to sign anything yet since i have a lot of private stress right now, but i would appreciate every offer of some labels. If the offer is right, i could see my self signing a label.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
A: The very most of my fans came from Germany. I think it is a bit hard to get noticed outside of Germany with german lyrics. But the feedback was very positive, especial by those who are not from Germany.

9. When can we expect a full length,  and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future??

A: I think the first full length will be available around spring 2016. Until then i will probably make some short things like a split, an EP or some covers. I also plan on writing songs with some other Black Metal genres. Currently it is kind of DSBM but i would like to bring some variety in the future. And of course, we have big plans with Agonie. So make sure you are ready for this!

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your musical project?


A: I wanted to make some really depressive music along with some ambient influences that makes you start thinking about your current live position. I think the biggest influence for the instrumentals is Burzum.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

A: I do like developing software which i also do job wise right now.

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

A: Thank you very much for this interview and your review. And a little shout out to SixSixSixMusic. They did a lot of promotion for me.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/verlassen-interview.html


Isvind/Gud/Folter Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 20 mai 2015 à 08:37

  Isvind  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  alum  "Gud"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Folter  Records.

  Melodic  female  vocals  and  chanting  starts  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  later  on.  off the  album along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  alter  that leads  up  to  a more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  clean  parts  do  make  their  return at  times   and  after a couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  mixing  in  more  of  a  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  

  The  bands  approach  to  black  metal  brings  in  a  bit of  the  mid  90's  raw  Norwegian  sound  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  a  raw  yet  melodic  direction  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there is  also  a brief  use  of  clean  singing  male  vocals  at times  and  some  of  the songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  and  the  whole album  is  very  diverse  and  shows  a  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  being  played  with  a  more  updated  approach  while  also having  more  of  an  underground  approach. 

  Isvind  creates  a  black  metal  album  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Norwegian  style but  mixed  in  with  some modern  elements  and  unlike  a  lot  of  other  bands  from  their  country  the  band  still  remains  true  to  its  underground  roots,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  their native  tongue  and  cover   grimness,  darkness,  death  and  winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Isvind  are  a  very great sounding Norwegian  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flommen"  "Tonen"  "Giften"  and  "Spiret".  8  out of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/isvindgudfolter-records2015-cd-review.html


The Ugly Interview

mercredi 20 mai 2015 à 06:10
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on since the recording of the new album?

Well, first and foremost we’ve been through a couple of changes in the line-up since Slaves to the Decay. Our original drummer Henrik quit the band and a while later we parted ways with bass-player Peter. We had some other constellations before we landed with drummer Fredrik Widigs and bassist Joakim Antman. Their addition to the existing line-up really opened up new ways for us to pursue our aspiration to create ferocious and relentless swedish black metal.

2.You have a new album coming out in June, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I would say that Decreation as a whole is a more dynamic record than Slaves to the Decay. Decreation varies in both tempo and atmosphere in a way Slaves to the Decay didn’t do. Decreation also includes two songs written by guitarist Per Rinaldo, which of course also adds to making it an even deeper and more varied experience. Slaves to the Decay was more like being hit by a steamroller going in 200 mph from start to finish.

3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

As I said earlier, mostly problems with departing members and lineup changes. And of course writing the new material to Decreation. We’ve made maybe one live performance every other year, and besides that, just focusing on Decreation.

4.The lyrics on the new album cover the destruction of the world, cosmicism and Lucifer, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Destruction of the world, or death in general are things that I think have fascinated people for as long as we have existed. Just look at all religions. All of them have their own interpretation of the end of the world. From Ragnarök in the norse mythology to the apocalypse in christianity.

Cosmicism is a philosophy developed by famous horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. It states that there are no divine presence in the universe and that humans are particularly insignificant in a larger cosmic perspective. Crawling around like insects, oblivious to all and everything, always at the risk of being wiped from existence at any moment. 

To me Lucifer is interesting as a symbol and as a concept. Since I am an atheist, I don’t see Lucifer as some form of higher force or being, but as a fitting symbol for enlightenment, rebellion and humanity.

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

For me it’s a name of depth and it can have several different meanings. What is the thing that comes to mind for you when you hear it?

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?

I can tell you that our worst show was our first gig ever, as one of the opening acts for Napalm Death. It was a complete clusterfuck from start to finish in every possible way.

Otherwise our live shows are high in energy and ferociousness in a way I don’t think is too common when it comes to black metal. For me it’s a complete and total channeling of all my frustrations and scorn when I’m on stage.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Right now we only have our release party planned. We’re gonna play in Stockholm on june 13:th with support of two other great bands: Mystruin and IXXI. I’m really looking forward to playing our new songs live!


8.The new album is going to be released on ViciSolum Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

We got in contact with them through friends who have bands on ViciSolum too, and they had only good things to say about the label and Thomas who’s running it. He really liked Decreation when we presented it to him, and then we agreed to sign a deal with him.


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

When we released our first album it was really only released in Europe. We got some really good reviews from german magazines, and the reviews for Decreation that are starting to pop up have been really good. Sometimes people don’t like the name or the logo, but that doesn’t really matter to me.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Our drummer Fredrik plays with Marduk, and Joakim plays in a band called Overtorture as well. Johan is only focused on The Ugly, I lend my voice to various other black metal projects from time to time and Per always has a shitload of other projects he works with simultaneously.

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

We’ll probably continue to keep playing our type of swedish black metal. We’ve already begun working on the next album and it sounds really, really good, I think.

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?

Dark Funeral, Marduk, Tsjuder, Venom to name a few. I listen to a lot of different music. Lately I’ve been into the early albums by WASP and Twisted Sister. Brings back memories from my childhood when my older brothers listened to heavy metal.

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

I just wanna thank you for taking the time to interview me, and I hope all the fans of The Ugly are gonna appreciate Decreation as much as we do. We’re really proud of this album, and it won’t disappoint anyone who likes Swedish aggressive black metal!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-ugly-interview.html