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Azziard/Vesanie/Mortis Humanee Productions/2013 CD Review

vendredi 7 février 2014 à 04:23
Azziard  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  brutal death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Vesanie"  which  was  released  by  Mortis  Humanee  Productions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  dark  and  evil  sounding  synth  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  melody  and  then  the  black  metal  screams  kick  in  along  with  brutal  blast  beats.

  As  the  album  continues  death  metal  influences  start  mixing  in  with  black  metal  along  with  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  thrash  being  added  into  the  recording  along  with  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  sections  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  elements  of  modern  extreme  metal  being  brought  into  the  music  and  on  the  last  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  the  band  take  the  sound  of  mid  90s  Marduk  and  mix  it  in  with  recent  Behemoth  but  adding  in  a  more  melodic  and  grim  approach  to  the  way  they  play  their  instruments.

  While  there  is  nothing  very  original  present  on  this  recording  Azziard  are  very  decent  at  playing  their  instruments  and  their  speed,  brutality  and  melody  make  up  for  what  is  lacking  in  originality  and  I  am  sure  this  band  probably  sounds  great  live.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  war  and  nihilism,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  brutal  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Azziard  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Allegorie"  "Sur  La  Toile"  "Ekphrasis"  and  "Digression".  7/8  out  of  10.    

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Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus/Vanamoinen/Infernal Kommando Records/2013 EP Review

mardi 4 février 2014 à 05:34

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus  which  continues  their  ambient  black  metal  sound  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "Vanamoinen"  which  was  released  by  Infernal  Kommando  Records.

  The  ep  starts  out with  a  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  sound  before  going  into  a  more  fast  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  while  also  keeping  around  the  synths  as  well  as  bringing  in  deeper  elements  to  the  vocals  and  then  slowing  down  and  adding  in  a  more  traditional  metal  feeling  while  also  remaining  true  to  their  core  sound.

  As  the  ep  progresses  they  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  before  going  into  an  even  more  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  around  the  faster  parts  and  the  following  song  is  a  brief  instrumental  which  uses  acoustic  guitars  and  ambient  synths.

  With  this  ep  Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus  continue  the  sound  that  was  on  their  previous  recording  while  also  adding  in  more  raw  sounding  aggression  and  heaviness  and c reating  a  song  that  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.    

  Song  lyrics  cover  Artic,  Northern  Winter,  and  Isolation  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and raw  sound  to  it  with  only  one  full  song  and  an  instrumental  being  present  on t his  ep.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  cold  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Vanamoinen".  8  out  of  10.  

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Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus/Synkka Tuuli/Horror Pain Gore Death Productions/2013 CD Review

mardi 4 février 2014 à 04:58

  Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  cold  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Synkka  Tuuli"  which  was  released  by  Horror  Pain  Gore  Death  Productions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  before  going  into  a  slow  ambient  black  metal  direction  along  with  drums  and  grim  screams  and  raw  sounding  guitars  which  also  lead  up  to  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melody  which  also  leads  up  to  dark  sounding  synths  and  on  the  following  song  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  more  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  around  the  acoustic  and  ambient  parts  along  with  powerful  bass  lines.

  When  the  band  goes  into  the  3rd  song  they  go  for  more  of  an  ambient/folk  direction  with  this  brief  instrumental and  go  into  a  more  grim  black  metal  direction  on  the  following  song  while  also  retaining  their  dark  ambiance  which  they  also  utilize  a  lot  more  of  on  the following  song  which  is  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  black  metal  and  adding  in  a  classic  music  feeling  along  with  a  melodic  Swedish  feeling  and  the  last  song  has  acoustic  guitars  which  bring  in  an  early  Satyricon  sound.

  With  this  album  Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus  take  a  very  grim  and  cold  form  of  black  metal  which  is  mostly  in  the  mid  paced  direction  and  mixes  it  in  with  atmospheric  adn  dark  ambient  elements  to  create  an  album t hat  is  very  dark,  raw  and  interesting  sounding.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Artic,  Freezing  North  and  Isolation  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  which  also  brings  in  an  old  school  black  metal  feeling.

  In  my  opinion  Nihilstinen Barbaarisuus  are  a  very  great  sounding  cold,  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ylittaen  Jaatyneen  Pohjoisen  (1)"  "Anhedonia"  and  "Synkka  Tuuli".  8  out  of  10.

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Gethsemane Interview

mardi 4 février 2014 à 04:00
    1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
    It started as a one-man project, creating a swirling murk of hatred. As my drumming skills are obnoxious, a friend of mine helped out. The murk remains.

    2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the demo?
    Sloppy, raging, harsh. Ugly.

    3.The song lyrics are based on the writings of Simon Vestdijk, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?

    He was a man at constant war with those who avoided thinking for themselves. He constantly berated stupidity and mocked the gullible. He was called the devil's artist. He's an inspiration.

    4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Gethsemane?

    It is taken from the poem Gethsemane, which is read by him on the demo. Especially the phrase
    Zóo zijn goden vaak op ’t eind vereenzaamd,
    Menschonwaardig haav’loos en verkild,
    Dat zij need’rig smeeken om de bijstand
    Van een vriend die ’t zelfde heeft gewild.
    A translation would be something like
    And thus are gods at their endings often alienated,
    dehumanised, ragged, bleakly tame,
    therefore they humbly beg for the succor
    of a friend who longed for the same.

    5.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?
    As there are no plans to perform, why bother? This works.

    6.The demo came out on Kimchi Kills Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
    It's a tiny Korean label, a guy I met on a forum. He was interested, as was I. He held up to his end of the bargain, but hasn't been heard from since. A second pressing of the demo was released by Colloquial Sound Recordings, whom I feel more indebted to than Ji.

    7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
    It's a clear "this can't be music, what the fuck" most of the time. That's good. This was my own music. If there's someone who can appreciate it, good.

    8.Are there any other musical projects besides this band?
    Yes. But since they have no affiliation, they needn't be mentioned.

    9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
    More lo-fi midtempo, I liked how that worked out. More guitars. Faster drumming. Louder.

    10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
    A Pregnant Light, Axis of Light, El Ahrairah, Woddrea Mylenstede, Dommedagssalme. These bands were and are essential. Bands I have been listening to lately are Thou, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, 13th Moon, Lluvia and Engrave.

    11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
    Reading, alcohol, Anselm Kiefer.

    12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
    My apologies for taking so long. Thank you for supporting a scene filled with people trying to find a purpose. Rage is a purpose. Act.

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Nigra Mors Interview

lundi 3 février 2014 à 00:49
First of all, I'm not Severus. I'm Thorgrim and with Wolf we are the only ones allowed to talk and promote Nigra Mors through media and webzines.
Sorry for the "surprise".

1.Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?

All started as a Black Metal project in 2010, Severus' intenction was to recreate the feeling of the norwegian old school Black Metal bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone and so on, but some serious events changed his feeling about music and life so he began to write more introspective and dark material calling the band Nigra Mors. Personally I know Severus from a while and maybe I'm one of the few contacts with the world he has.

2.Recently you have put out a new EP, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken?

As said before, the music in Nigra Mors is really introspective and connected deeply with the lyrics. All I can say is that these two aspects will always work together in the best way.

3.According to the Metal Archives page, the project was formed in 2010 and the first release came out on 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap?

This gap is due to the personal issues of Severus, nothing more nor less. I was involved in the project in the late 2012 and Wolf about a year later, so I don't know if there are other reasons besides the ones I know.

4.The lyrics cover Occultism and Death, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in these topics?

The lyrics for this EP are all in latin and they are focused on de Quincey's 'Suspiria de Profundis'. Severus read the 'Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow' essay and he was so fascinated by those stories to make a short concept about the three mothers. That's the reason why all the songs in this EP have different styles and feels.

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

Nigra Mors means Black Death in latin. The medieval plague that decimated the entire european population in the late 14th century. I think Severus choose this name for the evocative feel or maybe is for something more personal I cannot explain now.

6.Currently there is only 1 member in the band, are you open to working with a full line up or do you chose to remain solo?

As the biography say: Nigra Mors is Severus - Severus is Nigra Mors. Anyone else involved in this project is only a guest, included me.

7.The EP came out on Lupus Niger Records, how did you get in contact with them and how would you the support that they have given you so far?

I know Wolf for 17 years, he's a close friend of mine and we also play together in Gort from 2004. I know that if he wants he can reach every corner of this world so, why I shouldn't be satisfied of his work? This collaboration started even if Severus initially didn't want to contact any label for his work, but we strongly insisted and after long discussions he decided to sign for Lupus Niger giving us the duty to promote the EP.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal that have heard it so far?

It's still too early to say how Nigra Mors' music has been received on a worldwide level, but all the responses by now are positive so we keep waiting for other reviews and feedbacks.

9.When can we expect a full length album and what musical direction will it be heading into?

I don't know what to say about, the only thing I know is that Severus is strongly bonded to Black Metal and he consider it as a second skin. Nigra Mors will continue playing Black Metal for a long time, that's for sure!

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

The main influences in Nigra Mors are the first Black Metal bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone and Bathory, as said before. Nowadays I'm particularly attracted by Hardcore/Crust bands that use Metal influences to evolve their sounds and Severus is listening to various Classical composers I don't even know: he thinks that Classical music is more similar to Black Metal than any other forms of Metal itself. In a certain way it helps him to be not influenced by the myriad of Black Metal bands worldwide.

11.Do you have any non musical interests?

Severus is a really complex personality. He likes the arts in any of its forms with a predilection for the dark and dramatic tunes. He's really influenced by visive and humanistic arts but read in his mind is a kind of lottery sometimes!

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

Thank you for the support and keep the black flame alive! Horns up!!!

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