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Profundae Libidines Interview

vendredi 8 mai 2015 à 10:03

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
“El Viaje Definitivo” was released 2 weeks ago by Emanations, but it was actually recorded in 2013. In the first place the album was supposed to be released by a Canadian label, but the label owner changed his mind after sending the contract… that was really weird. This whole thing wasted about 1 year of my time, and explains why it took so long to be released. But now I am glad Emanations handles this, because I know they are dedicated to their bands and 100% reliable.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?
Grossly, I would describe it as “unorthodox black metal”. The music sounds like black metal and a few other things, but the lyrics are not about Satanism at all. Musically, this latest album probably focuses more on the melodic aspects than the first 2 releases.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?
Every release focuses on one or several “themes”, all related to spirituality in general and human passions in particular. The first album was about religion, the tracks from the split with INSSECT were about drugs and perception, and this new album is about magic and shamanism in non-occidental cultures.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Profundae Libidines'?
The name was taken from a Cicero excerpt. It could be translated by “The Pit of Passions” and refers to the endless depth of human passions. Every Passion is a good opportunity to ask questions and Profundae Libidines is all about asking questions and laughing at the answers.

5.The current album was the first one to be released in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time period?
As I said, I had issues with the label I had signed with, so I wasted a lot of time. To be honest, I also have older material that is not released yet which I want to rework before; a drummer friend of mine was interested in recording the drums for this future release, so we don’t have this crappy electronic drum sound anymore.

6.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?
I don’t know who you refer as a second member, because I have always been the only permanent member. I am not planning to change this yet unless I decide to try to setup a real lineup, which is not likely to happen for many reasons.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I guess most of them have never heard of Profundae Libidines. And among the ones who actually listened to the first album, there was a lot of misunderstanding because the lyrics were taken from the gospels which lead some people to think the band was christian. The second release was a split tape, so I guess very few people listened to it.

8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Before starting composing and recording stuff, I never know where I am actually heading into. But since it is already recorded, I can tell you the next album will sound a bit different: with very little distortion and lyrics in old French.

9.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 think Castaneda is the most obvious influence of PL, because some of the lyrics directly refer to his works. Otherwise I cannot really say if any bands/styles had influence on PL music. Probably not directly. Recently I have been listening a lot to Urfaust and Varsovie. You probably already know Urfaust if you’re into atmospheric black metal, but please check Varsovie: this post punk band is really amazing, especially the lyrics.

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?
I am currently involved as a bass player in Eros Necropsique (goth music) and Tales of Blood (old school death metal). Both bands had gig(s) last year and Tales of Blood is working on a new album.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
If you refer to occultism as a practical way of understanding or even interacting with the mysteries of the universe, then NO. I may use occultism (in my case: shamanism), but only as an illustration of the weirdness of all things.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
My first interest is my wife and my daughter. Otherwise I am interested in reading, politics and in 1 video game (yes, only one of them).

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have nay final words or thoughts?
If you’re interested in listening to Profundae Libidines, please note the tracks are released under a creative commons license which allow you to copy them legally. Everything can be downloaded at http://profundae.libidines.free.fr/.
Thanks for your review and interview!

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


Dawn Of Azazel Interview

vendredi 8 mai 2015 à 09:47
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
 
We actually completed tracking it over a year ago now, The mastering and art took us through to May.  From there we were talking with unique leader about releasing through them, however they still owe us several thousand dollars and weren't going to work that out so we opted out.   We has some other offers from a few other labels, but nothing we felt was going to produce a significantly different result than if we released it ourselves and retained control of the music.  So the process of getting this all together and on track has pretty much been our focus from august onwards. 
 
 
2.You have a new album coming out in the end of April, 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 think we all felt Relentless was a little too simple and stripped back for where we saw the future of the band.  Tides is alot more involved and has a few elements I don't think we have brought through since our first album.  I'm pretty happy that we have created something which is modern and precise but not super clean computerised sounding rubbish that tends to be a common feature in alot of modern death metal releases.  We wanted something that didn't sound out of place in 2015 but at the same time had a slightly more old school edge, but most importantly of all had its own sound and was unique.  I'm pretty happy we achieved that. 
 
3.This is the first album to be released in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
 
Shortly after Relentless I had an offer to move into a covert area in the police force.  By this stage I had decided I would be leaving in the next 3-4 years so I wanted to make the most of the opportunity while I was still able to.  That took me through to mid 2012, and from there its just been a case of slowly getting this album and what Dawn of Azazel is in 2015 together. 
 
4.In the beginning the band was more in a war metal direction then you went for more of a brutal death metal sound and the new album also shows a different musical style can you tell us a little bit about how your musical sound has evolved over the years?
 
In our demo days we were influenced by blasphemy, sarcofago, bestial warlust, conqueror, but also quite heavily by today is the day, dillinger escape plan and to a lesser extent gorguts.  Not many people at the time really got what we were about or that mixing some of the more mathy, discordant chaotic stuff was as important as the raw chaotic sound.  I think the change to a more death metal sound is largely due to Joe having more and more musical input, but I think our first European tour with Urgehal and Thunderbolt also made it pretty apparent to me that the mentality and scene politics of the more "necro" fans wasn't something that was well suited to our vision of where we wanted to take the band.  Since sedition we've really aimed to do something quite different with every release and the thing that I'm probably most happy with in regards to our musical legacy is that we've managed to avoid being clumped in with any scene or movement for 16 years now. 
 
 
5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
 
The Tides of Damocles is primarily about persistence in the face of adversity, toil, suffering and in a sense the futility of existence.  On all our albums I think The Will to Power has lyrically been the underlying narrative, and I've simply tried to reflect how that manifests in my life at the particular point in time I'm writing the lyrics. 
 
Compared with the content of Relentless, at the time of writing this one I'd purposely sought out some pretty testing experiences professionally and personally.  I wanted to cover the mentality behind that, the hardness, resolve, confidence and to a degree cynicism that comes from purposefully stepping into situations that are rather dangerous and outside your comfort zone. You could say it's a more mature and sober perspective than Relentless was, for a number of reasons haha. 
 
 
6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn of Azazel'?
 
I came up with that name when I was quite young, 16 from memory, reading about demons and the occult.  I came across Azazel- known as both an angel that was cast out of heaven for sharing the art of war and beautification with mankind, and a demon that was ritually sent goats that bore the sins of the hebrew people as a form of atonement.  I thought it was a perfect symbol for what I the band being about.
 
 
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
 
We try to avoid gimmicks and keep it focused on the music on stage, be in the moment and channel your anger and energy into the performance.  Too many shows to list haha, Touring Europe with immolation, one of our biggest influences was a definite stand out though. 
 
8.Do you have nay touring or show plans once the new album is released?
 
Beyond the New Zealand and Australian shows we have scheduled we're working on a few extra shows in Australia and the northern hemisphere right now.  We most certainly want to get out of the confines of our tiny little island again as much as is possible to promote this one. 
 
9.The new album is going to be self released, are the band members open to working with another record label again?
 
We'll have to see how this one pans out really, I am actually looking forward to seeing what the advantages to doing this one ourselves are.  I don't really feel that any of our past labels have done that much for us apart from connections that have helped us tour in the northern hemisphere.  I don't believe that a label is anything like the necessity that it was in 2009 when we last released our album, In fact I think good management is far more important at this stage of the game.  We wouldn't rule it out, it would just have to be for more than simply organising PR, pressing and distribution, all of which we are pretty capable of organising ourselves. 
 
 
10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer music by fans of extreme metal?
 
We'll its still pretty early days, but the reviews we have received so far have been really, really good, despite the fact its alot harder these days to get people take 3 minutes out of their life to listen to your music. 
 
 
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 
We'll we are already well into the writing process for the next album.  I think there will be a much stronger psychedelic influence on the next album, but not in the way that most people understand when that term is used in music.  We touched on it a little on Tides, but we've got some great ideas already on how to draw that out in a pretty unique and creative way. 
 
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?
 
A pretty wide range really.  Personally I'm quite enjoying Promulgation of the Fall by Dead Congregation at the moment, and Lazerhawks Skull and Shark. 
 
13.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
 
The word "satanism" is loaded with so much misunderstanding, wankery and rubbish, particularly in the world of metal music.  Despite thus I would describe it as my spiritual outlook, but not in the way that most people would understand it to mean.  Furthermore I'd say it's a pretty strong undercurrent of all the lyrics and ideology that I have contributed to every release that we have done. I prefer subtle to overt and those that are going to get it will get it, the others won't. Doing otherwise is contrary to its underlying principals in my opinion. 
 
14.What are some of your non musical interests?
 
Since I have left my previous career I'm focusing pretty heavily on working in adult education and moving in the direction of public speaking.  I'm intensely interested in how conflict and disruption is a beneficial force in the world and in between turning that into a well paying career, music and the gym that's pretty much me. 
 
 
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
 
Thank you for taking the time to compose this interview, I appreciate it.  Fans of original, imaginative and intense metal, check us out at https://dawnofazazel.bandcamp.com/album/the-tides-of-damocles
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/dawn-of-azazel-interview.html


Dys Indunden/One With Morbidity, The Opus Misanthropy/Liflatinn Productions/2015 CD Review

vendredi 8 mai 2015 à 08:04

  Dys  Inbunden  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  epic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "One With Morbidity, The Opus Misanthropy"  which  was  released  by  Liflatinn Productions.

 A very  dark  and  avant  garde sound  starts off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  spoken  word  parts that  add  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  recording and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  going  into more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  also  addign  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  and  blast  beats.

  When  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  remain  true  to  a  melodic  Swedish  style  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean singing.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  also  mix  in  grim  elements  with  the  more  melodic parts  at  times  and spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  some  of  the  songs and  are  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitar  playing  can  be heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  have  a  blackened  death  metal  feeling at  times .

  Dys  Inbunden  plays  a  style  of  Swedish  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  epic  sounding  while  the  melodic  vocals  when they  are used  makes  their  music  stand  out  a  bit  more  from  most  of   the  bands  that play  this  style,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  chaos,  the  otherside,  misanthropy,  depression,  occultism  and  left  hand  path  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Dys  Inbunden  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  epic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  the  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Opus  Misanthropy"  "The  Illuminating  Gaze  Of  Lucifer"  "Larva  Pazuzu"  and  "He  Who  Worships  Death".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/dys-indundenone-with-morbidity-opus.html


Malphas Interview

vendredi 8 mai 2015 à 06:13
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1.Malphas is the dust of old project of the guitarist Raven reanimated by Belaam who has brought his voice and Xzebeth with the seconde guitar, Machete on drum and finally Barbarian Whore on bass. In the middle-end of 2014 the band can finally start to compose and play some old songs already written since long time.

2.Recently you have released your first ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2.Indeed the EP occult propaganda has been composed in major part by Raven and the lyrics of Belaam. In the song Awaking excesli Luciferi it is totally other things everybody put sound influences what returned a result which was totally in our expectation musical. Every member participated has the composition without forgetting the influences first one of the band. we’re satisfied about the result but we really want to push the limite of our music.

3.The lyrics cover some left hand path and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your involvement and interest in the black arts?
3.For me the left hand path is a subject that I appreciate private individual to write. To put my faith through my lyrics to worship my divinities is very important for me. To represent what we are.


4.I know that the band is named a mighty grand prince in hell from demonology, what was it that had drawn you to this particular deity that also made you want to name a band in honor of him?4.We wanted to choose a demon name for our project because of our for interest in demonology and occultism but we needed a demon who reflecting our idea and Malphas corresponded. It’s a raven and it’s the builder of huges monument like we try to do with our music.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5.You know some members have some concerts has their active. Concerning machete and barbarian whore on March 21st, 2015 were their first concert. Concerning the show, the atmosphere we have a kind of trance who come automatically that we enter on stage. It is a way for us of implored our gods has fault our music, a harmony with our gods…Fire,candles,fog,blood,corps paint and clothes unearthed.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6.At the moment we are spirit of composed our album to be able to brought in  recording studio in September but we have some demands and invitations to play for the next years.

7.The ep was released on BMTC Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
7.Yes we recorded our Ep in the BMTC record. The BMTC is a label native from Switzerland taking care of the event Night of Blasphemy and also taking care with recording and distributed some band of black Swiss metal.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8.We do not have has the hour at present a world fame. For the moment we have of good reviews concerning our EP and our presence on stage

9.The band is from Switzerland a country that has produced a few known bands in the first and second wave of black metal, what are some of the newer bands from your home country that you would recommend?
9.In this case of the Swiss scene Black metal I shall recommend to you of listen to our friends of The True Incest, Chotzä and Forsaken Legion. For us it is groups that we appreciate their music a lot are absolutely good.

Hi!

Here's the answers:

1.Malphas is the dust of old project of the guitarist Raven reanimated by Belaam who has brought his voice and Xzebeth with the seconde guitar, Machete on drum and finally Barbarian Whore on bass. In the middle-end of 2014 the band can finally start to compose and play some old songs already written since long time.

2.Indeed the EP occult propaganda has been composed in major part by Raven and the lyrics of Belaam. In the song Awaking excesli Luciferi it is totally other things everybody put sound influences what returned a result which was totally in our expectation musical. Every member participated has the composition without forgetting the influences first one of the band. we’re satisfied about the result but we really want to push the limite of our music.

3.For me the left hand path is a subject that I appreciate private individual to write. To put my faith through my lyrics to worship my divinities is very important for me. To represent what we are.

4.We wanted to choose a demon name for our project because of our for interest in demonology and occultism but we needed a demon who reflecting our idea and Malphas corresponded. It’s a raven and it’s the builder of huges monument like we try to do with our music.

5.You know some members have some concerts has their active. Concerning machete and barbarian whore on March 21st, 2015 were their first concert. Concerning the show, the atmosphere we have a kind of trance who come automatically that we enter on stage. It is a way for us of implored our gods has fault our music, a harmony with our gods…Fire,candles,fog,blood,corps paint and clothes unearthed.

6.At the moment we are spirit of composed our album to be able to brought in  recording studio in September but we have some demands and invitations to play for the next years.

7.Yes we recorded our Ep in the BMTC record. The BMTC is a label native from Switzerland taking care of the event Night of Blasphemy and also taking care with recording and distributed some band of black Swiss metal.

8.We do not have has the hour at present a world fame. For the moment we have of good reviews concerning our EP and our presence on stage

9.In this case of the Swiss scene Black metal I shall recommend to you of listen to our friends of The True Incest, Chotzä and Forsaken Legion. For us it is groups that we appreciate their music a lot are absolutely good.

10.We are at present spirit of composed the album to be able to record it in September and we think that at the beginning of 2016 it will be available. Concerning the future of Malphas we hope to be able to climbed on the level musical compound of other one title and why not to do  more dates

11.It’s fucking definitely different for each of us….for the drummer it’s more like Led Zeppelin and the Who even if you dont ear on our music like the influences of the guitarist Xzebeth…more thrash metal for him. For Belaam,Raven and Barbarian it’s just black metal and especially Swedish black/death metal…Dissection,Watain and other.


12. Hail satan!


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2015-04-29 8:59 GMT+01:00 John Larsen :
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

2.Recently you have released your first ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

3.The lyrics cover some left hand path and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your involvement and interest in the black arts?

4.I know that the band is named a mighty grand prince in hell from demonology, what was it that had drawn you to this particular deity that also made you want to name a band in honor of him?

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

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

7.The ep was released on BMTC Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

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

9.The band is from Switzerland a country that has produced a few known bands in the first and second wave of black metal, what are some of the newer bands from your home country that you would recommend?

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10.We are at present spirit of composed the album to be able to record it in September and we think that at the beginning of 2016 it will be available. Concerning the future of Malphas we hope to be able to climbed on the level musical compound of other one title and why not to do  more dates

11.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?
11.It’s fucking definitely different for each of us….for the drummer it’s more like Led Zeppelin and the Who even if you dont ear on our music like the influences of the guitarist Xzebeth…more thrash metal for him. For Belaam,Raven and Barbarian it’s just black metal and especially Swedish black/death metal…Dissection,Watain and other.


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

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


Feign/Into The Void/Into The Night Records/2015 Demo Review

mercredi 6 mai 2015 à 09:12

  Feign  are a  solo  project  from  Maine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo  "Into  The  Void"  which  was  released  by Into  The  Night  Records.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  that  also  dominate  throughout  the  recording  and  also  bring  a  a lot  of  epic  melodies  into the  songs  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  very  grim  soundign  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Deep  growls  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  blast  beats  can also  be  heard  at times  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  sections  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw style  of  black  metal  and  the  synths  also  play  a  huge  part  in  all  3  of  the  tracks  and  the  second  song  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  he  closes  the  ep  with  a  brief  instrumental  track  which  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  ambient.

  Feign  creates  another  demo  that  remains  true  to  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style of  black  metal  as  well  as  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  that  is  very   close  to  a  great  amount  of  the  veterans  or  legends  that  play  this  musical  style,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  cosmic  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording  from  Feign  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Soulcrusher".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/feigninto-voidinto-night-records2015.html