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Vorna Interview

dimanche 16 février 2014 à 03:48
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Vesa: Sure! The release of our debut full-length "Ajastaika" went quite well and we got some requests to do live shows before the end of the year. We would have been more than willing to promote the album on gigs but unfortunately we didn't manage to do that. We just couldn't find enough time and resources to do that and Mikael's (our drummer) military service didn't make things any easier. However, that doesn't mean we have been idle. We've actually started to write new songs and done some other preparations for the year 2014.

2.A few months back you released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from your past recordings?

Vesa: The sound of the album can be described as melodic and melancholic yet harsh and aggressive metal. There are distinctive influences of at least melodic black metal and folk, maybe some other genres too. I think that it in many ways sums up the past five years of Vorna's existence. Of course our sound has developed quite remarkably from the early days, for example in terms of arrangements and production, but it still has a very similar overall vibe that was already present in our demos. 

3.I know that the band name and the lyrics are based on Finnish Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also are you interested in the Paganism of other cultures and countries?

Vesa: Paganism and the ancient religions in general are very interesting and inspiring topics. Or I could just say 'folklore', for some reason that word appeals to me a bit more than paganism. Maybe its because the word 'paganism' is little more related to anti-christianity or something and that is not something I'm interested in writing songs about. Even though I can't totally avoid it. In any case, the fond of my interest to the topic does not lie with the actual religious aspect of it. Rather, I'm more interested in tradition, customs, tales, myths etc. And that goes with the folklore of other cultures and countries as well, not just Finnish. In Ajastaika's lyrics, paganism/folklore or nature related vocabulary are often present in a way or another, but usually that's not the main theme: it is more like "background" for some other story.

4.The new album came out on Inverse Records, do you feel this label has done a lot of help for getting the bands name out there heard?

Vesa: We've been satisfied that we chose to release the album via Inverse Records. They have promoted the album well, distribution has gone smoothly and our contract also makes it possible for us to promote and use the song material in any way we want to.

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?

Vesa: We have actually performed live very seldom so far. There is no particular reason for that, we just haven't. Perhaps every show we have played has been a bit better than the previous one. So I'm gonna say that our next show will be the best one!

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

Vesa: Yes. We have plans to do bunch of shows in Finland this year, we'll be giving more info about that pretty soon. There have also been conversations about doing some shows abroad. But we shall see. Hopefully we'll manage to do that one day.

7.I remember reading in metal magazines around 10 or 15 years that extreme metal bands where making the top 10 in your home country, is metal still very popular out there these days?

Vesa: That's an interesting question. Perhaps metal isn't as popular here in Finland as it used to be some years ago. But it's still very popular. You can see metal bands in the official Finnish album sales charts quite regularly. Maybe not so often in the top 10 but still in the charts. And there are a huge amount of metal bands which in fact makes things sometimes quite problematic livewise because there are relatively few venues compared to the number of bands. And Finnish people hardly ever go to shows on weekdays so weekends are true prime time and competition is rough. 

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

Vesa: In general, the album has been really well received. Worldwide. It has also divided opinions, though. Some listeners and critics have said that Ajastaika is an amazing and very original album which has it's unique sound and atmosphere. And on the other hand, there are people who think it is an average, typical folk/black record. Of course there is everything in between too. There have also been a wide range of bands from different genres that our listeners have compared us to. Even though there are those certain standard names (which will come up almost every time when its possible to put Finland, folk metal and your bands name in the same sentence) many of them have actually been quite surprising. I think that's one sign that tells us we haven't been totally predictable and boring after all!

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

Vesa: Most likely that certain melancholic atmosphere will always be present in our music. If I have to describe the sound of our next album, I'd say that it's general musical direction won't be too different compared to our previous releases. There will be fast and black metal-ish moments, acoustic parts and lots of melodies but also some new tricks and ways of expression. We'll do whatever feels natural for us at the time.

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

Vesa: It's extremely hard to answer this question as all of us are composing/arranging Vorna's music and we all listen to many different bands and music styles. So our songs are also influenced by huge amount of bands and styles. 

11.Do you have any non musical interests?

Vesa: Sometimes I play recorder purely for sadistic purposes. Seriously though; I have three dogs, like to take long walks in the woods, watch movies, play games, read books and enjoy alcoholic beverages with me mateys.

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

Thank you very much for the interview! And for the rest of the world: if you are reading this and haven't heard our debut album 'Ajastaika' yet, check it out. You will love it. And if you don't, you shall cry and love it. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/vorna-interview.html


Forbidden Knowledge/Ancient Gods From The Stars/Holographic Universe Productions/2009 CD Review

dimanche 16 février 2014 à 02:48

  Forbidden  Knowledge  are  a  1  man  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2009  album  "Ancient  Gods  From  The  Stars"  which  was  released  by  Holographic  Universe  Productions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  drums  and  grim  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  blast  beats,  heavy  guitars.  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  also  brings  in  guitar  solos  and  synths  as  well  as  slowing  down  at  times  and  bringing  in  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts.

  After  awhile  a  small  amount  of  nature  sounds  are  brought  into  the  music  along  with  some  ritualistic  passages  and  you  can  also  hear  avant  garde  elements  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  parts  of  the  music  which  also  mix  black  and  death  metal  together  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  more  raw  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  traces  of  industrial,  dark  ambient  and  experimental  music  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  Morbid  Angel  influences  in  the  music  without  being  a  copy  of  them  and  on  one  of  the  songs  a  small amount  of  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  psychedelic  elements   which  are  used  on  the  instrumental  tracks.

  When  the  album  gets  closer  to  the end  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  dark,  ritualistic  and  experimental  direction  as  well  as  having  a  lot  of  dark  ambient  sounds  being  brought  into  the  recording  but  after  awhile  the  recording  returns  back  to  a  heavy  black/death  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  around  the  avant  garde  and  experimental  traces  and  the  bass  guitars  also  start  having  a  more  powerful  premise  on  the  tracks  and  the  last  track  is  all  spoken  words  about  a  forest  incident.

  With  this  album  Forbidden  Knowledge  show  a  great  amount  of  diversity  with  the  way  he  mixes  occult  black  and  death  metal  are  mixed  with  avant  garde,  experimental  and  ambient  which  brings  out  a  very  original  and  diverse  ritualistic  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  guitar  work.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Enochian,  Occultism,  Annukanian,  Reptilian,  Illuminati,  Necronomicon  and  Apocalypse  and  Ritualistic  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  dark  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Forbidden  Knowledge  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  ritualistic  occult  black/death  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Messengers  Of  Cuthu"  "Supreme  ANU.  NA.  KI  Council"  "The  Sacred  Well  Of  A  Thousand  Of  Lives"  and  "The  Realm  Of  The  Tyrant  Sons". 8 out of 10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/forbidden-knowledgeancient-gods-from.html


Sun Worship/Elder Giants/2014 Cassette Review

dimanche 16 février 2014 à 00:18

  Sun  Worship are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  cascadian  style  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  cassette  "Elder  Giants".

  The  cassette  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  and  drones  before  going  into  a  more  raw  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  getting  faster  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  which  also  use  grim  and  depressive  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  post  black  metal  traces  in  the  recording  but  they  are  done  in  a  more  aggressive  manner  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  band  continues  this  approach  throughout  the  recording  while  also  bringing  in  more  atmospheric  and  cascadian  black  metal  elements  and  they  also  bring  melody  into  the  music  in  certain  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  doom  metal  influences  being  utilized  briefly  and  on  the  last  song  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  harsh  noise  sounds  as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  synths  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental  and  also  has  a  more  dark  and  epic  ambient  sound  to  it.

  With  this  recording  Sun  Worship  continue  their  fast  and  raw  approach  to  the  cascadian and  atmospheric  forms  of  black  metal  and  they  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  aggression  to  their  music  and  stay  away  from  the  post  and  shoegaze  influences  some  of  the  newer  bands  and  this  really  shows  in  the  songs  while t hey  still  have  a  good  amount  of  diversity  to  them.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  metaphysical  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sun  Worship  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  fast  atmospheric/cascadian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Sleep"  and  "Elder  Giants".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/sun-worshipelder-giants2014-cassette.html


Sol Negro/Dawn of A New Sun/Chaos Records/2013 CD Re-Issue Review

vendredi 14 février 2014 à 05:52
   Sol  Negro  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black,  dark  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Dawn  Of  A  New  Sun"  which  was  re-issued  by  Chaos  Records  in  the  year  of  2013.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  along  with  guitar  leads  and  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  all  of  the  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  before  heading  into  a  blackened  doom  metal  direction  as  well  as  speeding  up  a  bit  as  well  as  having  a  dark  atmosphere  in  the background  before  adding  in  NWOBHM  influences,  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of male  and  female  clean  singing.

   When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  influences  from  the  early  Italian  and  Greek  masters  of  early  90's  occult  black  metal  as  well  as  mixing  in  ritualistic  sounding  synths  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  other  songs  they  bring  in  the  early  90's  British  doom/death  metal  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  traces  of  thrash  and  death  metal  to  their  approach  of  occult  black  metal.

  With  every  song  that  is  present  on  this  recording  the  band  manage  to  bring  a  different  sound  to  every  track  which  always  keeps  the  music  sound  very  interesting  while  you  can  still  tell  it  is  the  same  band.

  On  this  album  Sol  Negro  creates  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  dark  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  songs  have  a  very  old  school  90s  feeling  and  there  is  a  very  dark  occult  atmosphere  to  the  music  which  really  makes  this  album  sound  very  interesting.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil  and  occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Sol  negro  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  mixture  of  black,  dark  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Fear  to  Die"  "Nuclear  Sentinel"  and  "Where  Flies  the  Raven".  8/5  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/sol-negrodawn-of-new-sunchaos.html


Frostland Darkness Interview

vendredi 14 février 2014 à 04:21

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the project since the recording and release of the new album?

Nothing much. I'm just spectating how everything goes with the latest album. I also decided to make some shirts for the band, so I've been working on them lately.

2.A few months back you put out a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from the album you released in 2010?

This was a different kind of project than the first album. It was easier to write and record the first album in Lapland, where I used to live, as I had all equipment and instruments in the same place. This time I had to schedule when and where I'm going to record the next instrument. I also hired someone else to do the mastering for the album. I don't believe that the musical direction has changed much.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new release?

Main lyrical topics are, surprisingly, again about blasphemy, anti-religionism and satanism. I focused on pedophilia within the church, especially within Laestadianism, in a song called "Lestaroihu" which basically means a pile of burning Laestadians. There are also songs about the apocalypse and human sacrifice, as well as crucifixion.

4.I have noticed that with the first album the lyrics where all in English and on the new one they were all written in Finnish, what was the decision behind writing in a different language with the new recording?

There were a couple of songs written in Finnish on first album. It's a bit of a shame, that so many bands are writing their lyrics only in English, and forgetting their mother tongue. It wasn't an actual decision to write all lyrics in Finnish for the newest album, it just happened when I started to write. There will be songs in both languages in the future.

5.Currently there is only 1 member in the band, are you planning on adding other members in the future or do you chose to remain solo?

Perhaps there could be a full line-up at some point in the future, if I can find the right people for this project. Anyway there will be somebody else playing drums for the third album.

6. the new album came out on Inverse Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Mr. Vuorma, the gentleman who made the cover art for the album, asked me if I had any intention to try to make a deal with some label instead of publishing it on my own again. I thought about it for a while and decided to contact Inverse, if they would be interested. I'm very satisfied with the job that they have done.

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

There has been many kinds of feedback, of course.

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

Time will tell, but I don't believe it's going to change radically in one way or another. I'd like to keep it this way for now.

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

It's very hard to say, which bands have really influenced my music. Bands such Venom, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Windir, Gorgorth etc., were the source of inspiration when I first started to write music, but I'm not sure how much can you really hear them. I listen to many bands nowadays.

10.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

Let's put it this way. I rather not to call myself a satanist, I just think like one. When I'm talking about satanism, I'm talking about atheistic satanism. For me it's a way of life and way to view the world. It's also kind of a private matter for me, and I don't see any point in preaching about how it has changed my life. Everyone who wants to read satanic literature will discover if it's suitable for them or not.

11.Do you have any non-musical interests?

Of course, but nothing worth mentioning.

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

Thank you for this and for the review. Hail Satan!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/frostland-darkness-interview.html