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Euphrasia Interview

mercredi 27 novembre 2013 à 03:14
1.Can you introduce the musical project for those that have never heard of you before?

Hi, my name is David and I am 19 years old. Euphrasia is a musical project from Zurich, Switzerland, I started on my own about 3 years ago. The desire was to create my expressions and views of how I think about the world, or how I see it and feel about it, in a musical way I can completely define by myself. I have not been very long into the whole spectre of Black Metal by the time of the first trys creating songs, but I had a very clear view of how I wanted this project to be.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the demo?

That’s difficult, because on the demo you’ll find songs that were created 2 years ago, and songs I’ve finished just before I started recording everything. So there’s a lot of time, where I – like all the time actually – discovered new bands, new styles of music, that influenced me again in a special way, especially for how I write my music.
I’d define the sound on the demo as a combination of Atmospheric-, Depressive- and Post-Black Metal.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

The project serves as a personal dispute for topics that have – at first sight - a personal background, like beeing overwhelmed from feelings of despair when thinking about today’s condition of the world. But this refers to the other topics, which are about my political awareness and my beliefs, which I express in a lyrical and emotional way.

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

Well to be honest, there’s is not that much of an „inspiration“ behind the name Euphrasia. I came across the name by accident, while searching for a name I like.
It’s the greek botanic definition of a plant, the german name is „Augentrost“ (could be translated in „solace for eyes“). It is used mostly in the alternative medicine as an aid against disorders in the area of the eyes. The greek expression means: joy.
I see it as fitting, because behind all my pessimistic views of the ongoing history of mankind there’s is also always this little hope and a little optimism, which can also overwhelm me in certain situations. You can call this some sort of solace.

5.Currently there is only 1 person involved with the project, are you open to working with other musicians in the future or do you choose to remain solos?

Yes, I’ve planned working with other musicians for future releases and songs.
There are no clear statements I can give, but there will pretty sure be guest vocals from a friend of mine on one of the next songs. For the whole writing process I’ve decided to stay on my own at the moment. There are also thoughts about getting this project ready for concerts, but this is not sure at all in the current situation.
What I definitely can confirm is the planned Split Release with Syrgðr Skógr somewhen next year.



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

I’m not actively looking to get signed at a label, but if there will be offers from labels, which I find interesting to work with, then I’ll maybe change my view.
The important thing to me is not to share stage with NSBM bands or bands that sympathize with reactionary, far-right policital views.
The only offer I’m really thinking about, is the one from Fragile Branch from the US.
If there really will be future cooperations with them, I can’t tell at the moment.

7.How would you describe your Anarchist views?

First of all: I do not see myself as an anarchist. I’d say that I sympathize with the radical left, but my political influences cover a lot of different origins and so I’m not sure what sort of political name I’d give me (I also don’t see this as an important thing to do). I believe that the current situation of worldwide capitalist societies does not have it’s source in the „destructive nature“ of mankind, neither in some sort of „greediness“. Modern society is the result of a historical process, a historical process I understand as a history of class war. This is a statement firstly published by Karl Marx, which I think has done some of the most important essays and writings about capitalism – the form of society we unfortunately live in, for it has made it’s way around the globe. I therefore take a lot of my understandings of society from his writings. I think also a big influence for me and especially for Euphrasia are the writings of the „Critical Theory“, specifially the ones from Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer.
They have made really important and interesting notes about the history of civilization, how modern society works and how, despite the whole process of the Enlightenment, we have seen a mass genocide on jewish people during World War II.

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

I don’t really have an overview of where the people, that listen to my music, are actually from. So the feedback is mostly from people I know personally. I had a few feedbacks online, mostly positive, but also some critics on the sound of the demo (which I completely agree with, by now – wait until the new version!)

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Difficult to say, because I don’t want to make something static and so I don’t want to set myself limits in experimenting with different musical aspects. I once recorded a song only with acoustic guitars, I never released it – maybe I’ll decide to make a pure acoustic release once in the future, who knows?
My approach is to express something through music. I have a lot of different concerns that could be expressed, and so will the musical forms of expression be different. I will of course not leave the musical territory of Black Metal, I have explicit projects for the other genres I want to explore.




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

Probably my favourite question, because I love to talk about music and the different bands out there and how much of an influence some of them can be!
I think the most important band or project, which finally inspired me to start this project, is Panopticon. I was completely thrilled, when I discovered his music.
He was like my ideal of connecting political statements I can agree with, with beautiful music.
Another big influence is the whole musical pantheon coming from the Cascadia Area in the US, with all this really great bands like Ash Borer, Fauna, Addaura, Alda, Falls of Rauros, Agalloch - to name a few - and of course: Wolves in the Throne Room, who left me completely stunned the 2 times I had the pleasure to see them live. Besides these - more or less - „modern“ bands, there are of course all the „traditional“ Black Metal bands I listen to, like Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, Kvist, Ulver and Taake. So, I think most of the time, I listen to music you could associate with Black Metal. Besides that, there is a lot of Crust, Hardcore Punk, Post-Hardcore and all the new bands who make some sort of mix out of it – the best example and also my favourite would be Alpinist (or Converge).
But for quiet times, when I’m doing something I need to focus on, I also love to listen to Ambient, more and more I’m getting into Singer/Songwriting and the whole Bluegrass stuff, and yeah, even Reggae. I’m actually listening to music all the time – except for while I’m sleeping (even then sometimes).
A band I’m listening to a lot at the moment, that I really recommend, is Nhor.


11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Like said above, I’m almost permanent connected with music, be it by writing or doing it myself, listening to it or searching for it, so there’s almost no „outside“.
But I like running a lot, that’s something I’ve been doing seriously since this Spring.
Next to that I spend a lot of time reading books & essays, mostly about political stuff.
Then of course I love walks in the forest and here in Switzerland we have a really great hiking road system, so I try to spare me some time I can spend on hiking through special places. And I try to see the people that are important to me as often as I can. And because I like to eat good food, I also spend a lot of time on cooking vegan meals, mostly with my girlfriend.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Yeah, thank you very much for offering me to do this interview, it was quiet interesting getting asked these sort of questions. And I’d like to thank the people reading this and showing interest in my music for doing so, it is really an honour that my musical expression is getting heard out there!
My last words are: check out Syrgðr Skógr, he’s from northern Germany and does some of the most atmospheric music I’ve heard in a while!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/euphrasia-interview.html


Vixenta Interview

mercredi 27 novembre 2013 à 03:03
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

B.: Vixenta was formed at around July or August 2010 in Hervey Bay, here in Queensland, Australia. At the time, I was the only member writing and recording demos until I relocated in late 2011 when another guy joined called J. on vocals and second guitar (Though more as a session musician). Through him I joined a band called Celestial Hierarchy, where I met our current vocalist The Chancellor, and he joined as vocals. Eventually, J. had to leave and currently it is just us two with a session drummer (J. Moran), with some new members to be announced soon.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the recordings and also how do your releases differ from each other?

B.: A Moment In Solace was almost straight up depressive black metal with some post-rock influence. I was 15/16 when I wrote all this music so we don't consider it up to our standard of what we have been doing at the moment. Our upcoming release, Predation, is a slight shift in direction, going into a more post-black metal with more presence on the strings and orchestral elements, but still retaining some of the depressive black metal sound we had.  Both releases are recorded at a small home studio.

Chancellor: To me, it's depressive black with a little more post-black or post-rock in it than anything else. The differentiation in releases to me is quite significant. My vocal style has changed dramatically from hard yelling to the more traditional falsetto approach. I didn't really have control of much throughout AMIS's creative process due to my late arrival versus Predation + later material having all of my own lyrics bar one song. Anyone that has followed us over the years will be blown away by the difference, that I can assure fans of.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explores with the releases so far?

B.: The lyrical content on our first album shifts quite a bit. Invocation was actually written for a previous band I was in, and the lyrics were a part of a concept album which J. wrote, so the lyrics don't exactly fit very well with the rest of the lyrics, which are about loss and going into a downward spiral.

Chancellor: As B has spoken about AMIS' themes I'll just speak about Predation. Everything I write has a some sort of relation to a life event, often dragging it to which ever extreme it makes me feel, often lost or deranged by lacking a true indentifying emotion for some one, or something. More often than not, lyrics are written first and resemble a fixed or free verse traditional format in poetry.

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

B.: I'm not quite sure how to answer this, as there's not really a meaning to the name.


5.Recently you have played your first live gig, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Chancellor: It was amazing and the reception for it was even better than I expected, some of the most unlikely people complimented our sound. Combine that with the realization that months and months of planning had finally paid off... I can't wait for the next one!

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

Chancellor: We have a few bomb shells to be dropped but they should not be mentioned as yet but now that we're partnered with the newly established Legion Touring, let's just say that Australia-wide (at least) stages will be seeing us soon.

7.According  to the fb page the band is signed to Psycho Originals, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

B.: They're a small American label located in Minnesota I believe. They have releases for a few underground bands including Hell Icon and Barbaros, but their main focus is film/TV and they also run a webstore. Our physical copy of AMIS is currently in pressing with all new artwork.

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

B.: I'd say we have a small following. Most of our fans have been in Mexico and Spain which surprised us, but we've also had fans from Europe and the US. Response has been quite good with AMIS so far.

9.Are there any other musical projects besides this band?

B.: Currently, I've been working with a Venezuelan named Ausk for a project called Beyond the Dawn, which is basically atmospheric black metal. I've been experimenting more with the sound for it. I'm also working on a depressive rock/shoegaze project with Malphas from a band called Idaaliur called Solar Wanderers. 

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

B.: We've already written material for a split with another band called Everlasting Silence. We go back to our depressive black metal sound, but also have some doom metal and more post rock/atmospheric elements included in it. We also have begun writing for something next year.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

B.: I've been influenced by Akira Yamaoka in virtually all my compositions over the past 4/5 years. I've also taken a lot of influence from The Cure, Blackfield, Amesoeurs, Bathory, Burzum, Hateful Abandon and Gris, to name a few. I've currently been listening to Mewithoutyou's discography and Solstafir's latest album.

Chancellor: For myself, the biggest influence for vocal delivery has been doom/funeral doom. My Dying Bride, old Anathema, Shape Of Despair just to name a few but style is actually a practice attempt at vocals years ago by a Sydney black metal band, the style stuck and I've been using and changing it ever since. I'm currently listening to a lot of Woods Of Desolation and Deafheaven since I heard about their Australian tour. 


12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

B.: I enjoy bike riding, as well as camping and hiking every few months. Generally, we also do our band photoshoots on these trips. I work on music in most of my time though.

Chancellor: I'm Leninist-Marxist so I read too much into political sciences, I'm also an advocate and member for an Australian political party and a rare book hunter (which isn't cheap to do in Australia)
13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Chancellor: I'd like to offer you my thanks for this interview and hope that we may get a chance to conduct another one in a few years time.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/1.html


Valdur/At War With/Bloddy Mountain Records/2013 CD Review

mercredi 27 novembre 2013 à 02:12

  This  is  the  review  of  the  new  album  from  Northern  California's  Valdur  which  shows  them  going  for  more  of  a  black/death  metal  sound  with  the  recording  being  called  "At  War  With"  and  was  released  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records  during  the  year  of  2013.

  "Enter"  which  is  the  intro  for  the  album  opens  up  with  dark  sounding  synths  an d  spoken  word  samples  as  well  as  some  distorted  noises.

  "Conjuring  The  Fire  Plagues"  which  is  also  the  first  official  song  on  the  album  begins  with  heavy  and  raw  black/death  metal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  blackened  death  metal  growls  kick  in  as  well  as  blast  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  some  chaotic  sounding  war  metal  guitar  leads  before  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  you  can  also  hear  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  "Death  Winds  Will  Cleanse"  opens  up  with  dark  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  before  adding  in  bass  guitars  and  drums  which  also  utilize  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  guitar  riffing  getting  more  primitive  which  also  leads  to  the  black/death  metal  vocals  kicking  in  and  the  song  sticks  mostly  to  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  while  also  speeding  up  at  times.

  "Incantre"  begins  with  slow  and  heavy  guitar  riffs,  drums  and  blackened  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  hear  bass  guitars  in  the  background  before  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  adds  in  bestial  black  metal  elements  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  adds  in  blast  beats.

  "Vast"  kicks  in  with  evil  sounding  choirs  and  a  few  seconds  alter  clean  playing  and  blast  beats  from  the  drums  kick  in  along  with  bass  guitars  and  the  song  is  mostly  instrumental  with  no  screams,  growls  or  regular  guitars.

  "At  War  With  the  Old  World"  which  is  also  the  title  track  of  the  album  opens  up  with  dark  sounding  synths  and  war  sounds  before  adding  in  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  drums  and  a  minute  alter  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit,  adds  in  blast  beats  along  with  black/death  metal  growls  and  screams  and  towards  the  end  the  music starts  to  alternate  between  slow  and  fast  parts.

  "The  Calm  Before  War"  comes  in  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  blast  beats  along  with  some  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  then  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  "Hellish  Dischord"  hits  it  off  with  spoken  word  samples  and  wind  sounds before  adding  in  fast  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  slower  direction  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  then  alternating  between  fast  and  slow  parts.

  "Hammer  Pit"  is  introduced  with  bell  sounds  before  adding  in  heavy  guitar  riffs,  drums  and  deep  growls  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  the  song  close  with  synths.

  "Outro(Creation  Pt.  II)"  closes  the  album  with  avant  garde  sounding  noises  and  blast  beats  from the  drums  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffs  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  screams  in  the  background  and  towards  the  end  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  synths  being  utilized.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  War  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t his  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Valdur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  the  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Conjuring  The  Fire  Plagues"  "At  War  With  the  Old  World"  and  "Hammer  Pit".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/valdurat-war-withbloddy-mountain.html


The Great He-Goat/Kantharos Raised Above Me/2013 Demo Review

mardi 26 novembre 2013 à 08:16

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  The  Great  He-Goat  which  continues  their  old  school  and  depressive  approach  to  black  metal  with  the  demo  being  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "Kantharos  Raised  Above  Me".

 
  "Kantharos Raised Above Me"  which  is  the  title  track  as  well  as  the  first  song  on  the  demo  opens  up  with  drum  beats  and  black  metal  style  guitar  and  bass  riffs  which  also  lead  to  grim  vocals  kicking  in  as  well  as  the  guitar  riffing  getting  more  melodic  and  halfway  through  the  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts.

  "The  Cloak  Of  Sorrow  2013"  begins  with  acoustic  guitar  playing  and  a  few  seconds  later  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  drums  kick  in  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  more  melodic  and  mid  paced  direction  along  with  black  metal  vocals  for  a  few  seconds  but  being  mostly  instrumental  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  fast  and  clean  parts  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  synths  and  towards  the end  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  for  a  short  period  of  time.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of   the  musical instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  the  last  song  being very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  demo  from  The  Great  He_goat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school,  melodic  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Kantharos Raised Above Me".  RECOMMENDED

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-great-he-goatkantharos-raised-above.html


The Great He-Goat/Demo 2012 Review

mardi 26 novembre 2013 à 07:53

  The  Great  He-Goat  are  a  band  from  Tulsa,  Oklahoma  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo.

  "A  Hollow  Victory"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  demo  opens  up  with  dark  nature  sounds  and  a  few  seconds  later  fast  and  raw  black  metal  riffs  kick  in  along  with  drums  and  shouts  in  the  background  which  also  leads  up  to  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  after  awhile  the  guitar  riffing  also  utilizes  some  melody  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  more  slow  and  depressive  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  melodic  guitar  leads  which  also  leads  to  a  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitars  before  getting  heavy  again.

  "The  Traveller  in  The  Cloak  Of  Shadows"  begins  with  night  sounds  and  a  few  seconds  later  acoustic  guitars  come  in  along  with  drums  and  bass  guitars  before  adding  in  heavier  guitar  riffs  which  after  awhile  get  more  melodic  when  the  grim  vocals  kick  in  and  the  song  sticks  to  a  mid  paced  direction  for  a  couple  of  minutes  before  adding  in  fast  parts  as  well  as  returning  to  the  clean  sections  for  a  few  seconds  which  also  leads  to  the  music  slowing  down  again  and  then  alternating  between  fast,  slow  and  clean  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads.  

  "The  Cave  of  Forgotten  Dreams"  opens  up  with  dark  ambient  sounds  and  a  few  seconds  later  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  before  adding  in  slow  depressive  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  along  with  grim  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  bass  guitars  in  the  background  which  in  return  also  leads  up  to  some  melodic  guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  song  and  towards  the  end  the  guitar  riffing  gets  more  melodic.    

 "A  Hollow  Victory"  which  is  also  the  last  song  as  well  as  an  instrumental   is  the  same  song  as  the  first  one  but  with  no  vocals  being  present.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  The  Great  He-Goat  are  a  very  great  sounding grim,  melodic  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Traveller  in  The  Cloak  Of  Shadows"  and  "The  Cave  of  Forgotten  Dreams".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-great-he-goatdemo-2013-review.html