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Aversio Humanitatis Interview

lundi 6 mars 2017 à 04:53
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?

We finished the production of 'Longing for the Untold' at the beginning of this year 2017, and now we're preparing ourselves for some live dates we have in Spain and Portugal very soon. Also, I'm already working on new songs, our objective is to release a full album as soon as possible, probably during 2018.

2.You have a new ep coming out in March, 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?

Roughly, I'd say it's just Black Metal with traces of Death and even Doom in some passages. It sounds otherwordly, oppresive, distressing, destructive... It's hard to describe music with words, there's always something you miss, you definitely should stop reading and start listening!.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Our lyrics are shaped with personal experiences and views about our existence as individuals and the humanity as a whole, the death, the way we tend to destroy ourself and what surround us, humanity can be fascinating in its own mess.

We try to separate ourselves from the obvious and most common, that includes our music, lyrics, graphics and band's image. There's no better way to distance yourself from the rest than just releasing your own thoughts and concerns, that are always changing and evolving during your life.

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

The most intuitive and literal translation would be “Aversion to humanity”, but actually the meaning of 'Aversio' that we like to use is something like avoiding, or rejecting (the humanity). And in a more free interpretation, for us it represents abandoning humanity.

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?

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new ep is released?

I don't think it would be practical for us to plan a tour at this moment, we're still a small band. If you go to places where nobody knows you, and play for 15 or 20 guys, you'll spend a lot of money and energies uselessly. Touring is expensive, and no matter how good you are, you also have to be popular enough to attract a decent amount of people to the concerts and make it viable.

However, we'll be giving some isolated gigs here and there during this year. Let's see what the future brings.

7.In 2015 you were part of a split with 'Primigenium', did you feel it was a huge honor to be on the same album as this legendary band?

I myself played (live) for Primigenium during four years, so I have big respect and affection for that band, the person behind it (Smaug) and for the rest of comrades with whom I shared stage.

During all those years both bands were very close (we shared rehearsal room, Smaug has also played live for us in some ocassion, I produced their last EP, etc.), so the idea of making a split together just came up naturally. As you said, it was an honor for us to share a work with such a classic band, and they also wanted to share an album with a rising band like us. It was an union two bands that has shared a lot and respect each other.

8.Currently the band is signed to BlackSeed Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It's a very well known label here in the peninsula and also has a name in the european Black and Death underground circuit. It's not a big label, but it has built a very good reputation over the years (it's active since 2003), releasing some gems like the Beastcraft albums, Tenebrae In Perpetuum's Onori Funebri Rituali, Beelzeb's Misanthrope's Aurora, most of Primigenium albums (Intolerance, Faith Through Anguish, For the Children...) and some Decayed albums, etc.

More recently, it has been releasing some other bands like Balmog, Graveyard, InThyFlesh and us, among others. It has also some releases I dislike. In any case, I consider it a very competent label and the best one from Spain.

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

To be honest, I don't know. We always has been a small band and we still are, so we don't usually get much feedback. There are some people that follows our work and has written to us, asked for our albums from different places arround the world, the usual things..., so I'd say the feedback has been little but very positive. With our upcoming EP it seems that there is a lot more expectation than the usual, so we're excited with this new work.

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?

There's always a lot going on, we're all very active and participate in projects of different nature, from raw black metal bands, to recording drums for a hip hop artist or contributing with all kind of fucked up avant-garde bands, anything you can imagine. There's a lot of musical concerns among the members of this band, but we are very clear on what Aversio Humanitatis is and keep it separated and impenetrable from the rest.

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

We'll keep doing the same... but better. That has been always our philosophy and things has taken its own path. If you listen to all our discography, since the first album from 2011 to our upcoming EP in 2017, you'll feel it's always the same band, the same feeling and intention, some changes have occurred, but it's basically the same thing getting better and more complex with every release. I think our style is broad enough to let us try different approaches to our inner demons, musically and lyrically, so we are not limited in any way, except that we stay in the darkest side of humanity and life.

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

I mainly listen to Black Metal, the most fucked up and opressive the better, but this include a wide range of bands and doesn't mean I listen to the same shit always. BM is a world in itself and I manage to find a proper band for every moment in my life. I Also listen to some Death Metal acts, some classical, jazz and rock too.
Lately I've been listening to Death Fetishist, Behexen, Blood of Kingu, Oasis, and my own bands, to put some examples. I also run a recording studio, so I spend a lot of time listening to the music I have to mix or whatever.

It's hard for me to say which bands influence my compositions (musically) , because I listen to so many acts and unconsciously pick up a what I like and mix everything up, but I'd name some bands I've been listening for some of the recent years like Infestus, Reverence, Lorn, Blut Aus Nord, Plebeian Grandstand, Behexen, Inferno, etc... won't name the classics because they're always implied. However, I don't think we sound like any of those bands and I don't even like their whole discography. On the contrary, we're never compared to them, and actually I constantly read comparissons with bands I don't even know or like.

13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interest in the band.


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Dekadent/Dekada-A Manifest Of Liberty/2016 Compilation Album Review

lundi 6 mars 2017 à 04:43

  Dekadent  are  a  band  from Slovenia  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Dekada-A  Manifest  of  Liberty".

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  they also  mix  the  synths  in  with t he  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  that  give  the  music  a  more  atmospheric  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  deep growls  are  also  used  at  times and  clean  signing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and  symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  a couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Dekadent  compiles  a  bunch  of  tracks  from previous  releases  and  re-records  them  and  they  also  have  the  atmospheric  black  metal  style  of  previous  albums,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  loss,  mourning,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  of  songs  fro  Dekadent  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kires"  "A  Cry  of  Revolt"  and  "Blind  Finale".  8  out  of  10.  

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Nemus Interview

samedi 4 mars 2017 à 23:01
 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Nemus is an Atmospheric/Post-Black-Metal project.
So it is a really melancholic kind of metal with midtempo sections, some fast blast beats and acoustic parts which try to give the whole music some relaxing moments and atmosphere. The lyrics are shouted in german language and I have some folk influences in my music I guess.

    2.Recently you have released your fist album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
On my first album I used many nature sounds like rain, wind, birds tweeting and small gurgling streams to make the listener feel like sitting right in the woods.
And that’s probably the meaning of my whole music project. I want to give the listener some melancholic moments and maybe some of natures magic.
I think there isn’t any better genre then black metal to convey emotions to the listener. So I took these forest samples and inserted them into some melodic and melancholic guitar riffs. In conclusion to describe the musical sound of „Wald-Mensch“ I would say naturespheric.

    3.According to the fb and metal archives page you started this project this year and already have an album out this early, do you put a great amount of time and effort into writing music?
Yes I just started in the beginning of January as I had a week of vacation. It is probably a small amount of time to write a whole album within 6 days, but the riffs and lyrics just poured out of me. The mixing process needed 3 more weeks. I could have spent way more time in the writing process of curse, but I wanted to record the first impulses, that came to my mind for my first album to see in which direction it will lead me.
I probably use every second of the free time I’m given beside being a trainee to make music. It’s my biggest passion since something like 10 years, I think. And the first one-man-project I started is 7 years ago in the age of 15.

    4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
The main topic of my first release is a kind of fable I wrote. It’s about a man, who goes deep inside the woods and then bogs down into the forest floor.
He starts to get one with the forest. At first he is scared as hell, but after some time he get’s used to it and starts to grow roots to becomes a huge tree-man.
Each song describes a phase of this growing tree-man and all the feelings and necessities he has. And in the end of curse his death.

    5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nemus'?
The meaning of the word Nemus is forest or grove and it’s latin. For me, Nemus is a way to get rid of anger and stress I experience in every day life.
My inspiration for this band is the beauty of nature and my respect for it’s force.

    6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
I’ve played in many local bands before. And I am still playing in a band, in which I share songwriting with another guitarist. So I’m open to work with other musicians of curse! I love to learn from other musicians and music engineers and share experiences. Currently im thinking about to set up a live-band for Nemus with some friends of mine, but for songwriting I would prefer to stay solo.

    7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, I am unsigned and I hope, this will change! I would really like to cooperate with some guys who know how to merchandise music and maybe get some support for my next recordings. It’s really hard to manage a band with that small amount of time I’m given.
There is/was some interest, yes, but I would like to cooperate with a label, that provides the kind of music, that Nemus stands for. Or, at least,hard metal.

    8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
The feedback was good so far! As Nemus is a really new project, I don’t have a huge audience. But there were some guys from North/South America, Russia and different countries of EU reviewing Wald-Mensch and the reactions always were positive and I’m glad about this!

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

In the future I hope, I will have the ability to spread my music and to get heard by a bigger audience. Maybe a contract with a label and more following Nemus albums! The songwriting for my Next LP has already started and this time I will take myself more time to make the songs as good as possible.

    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?
My influences are exactly the bands which I’m am listening to day and night at the moment. Just to call some names Alcest, Lantlos, Harakiri For The Sky, Agalloch, Mgla, Deafheaven, Agrypnie, Heretoir, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Austere, Galar… The list goes on.
I also like electro like minimal techno and house as well as indie and alternative.

    11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I’m really into fitness and spend a few hours a week in the gym.
I often go out at weekends because I live in Bamberg, the city with most breweries in the whole world! So how could I not?
The time that’s left I sit in my home studio making music or listening to vinyls.

    12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would like to thank you for the chance to be interviewed!

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Crimson Throne/Self Titled/Apocalypric Witchcraft/2017 EP Review

samedi 4 mars 2017 à 22:45

  Crimson  Throne  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  which  will  be  released  on  March  17th  by  Apocalyptic  Witchcraft.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavy  direction  along  with  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with t he  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  atmospheric  sounds  can  also  be  heard  at times  on a  couple  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  while  one  song  brings  in  ambient  elements.

  Crimson  Throne  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  elucidating  themes  inspired  by  world-historical  figures  and  events  from  antiquity.

  In  my  opinion  Crimson  Throne  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Praetorian  March"  and  "Shadows  Of  Ruin".  8  out  of  10. 

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Rimthurs/Gravskrift/Ketzer Records/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 4 mars 2017 à 05:46

  Rimthurs  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  has  recently  been  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Gravskrit"  which  will  be  released  on  March  18th  by  Ketzer  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  in  the  musical  style  and  after  awhile  clean  pagan  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  grim  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  couple  of  songs  are  instrumentals  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

 Some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in some  parts  of  the  music  while  a  couple  of  later  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  and  clean  guitars  which  also  makes  the  album  a  lot  more  diverse.

  Rimthurs  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  pagan  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  the  dark  side  of  Nordic  Mythology,  Frost,  and  Cold  themes.

  In  my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Rimthurs  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan/black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Braddjup"  "Drommar"  "Irrlara"  and  "Vaka".  8  out  of  10. 

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