Monday, June 26, 2017

Kassad Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Kassad is the sound of black metal broadcasting from a concrete metropolis wasteland. I wanted to take black metal from the empty forests and mountains to the crumbling, dirty monoliths of the city.

The first EP I released, Humans, was about the utter destruction and human cost of the Israel-Palestine conflict. For this album, Faces Turn Away, I wanted to concentrate more on the story of an individual. The album is a narrative that describes shame, ostracisation from society and the slow descent into madness and exile.

2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

To me it sounds like modern black metal with post-rock and post-metal influences. It’s fast and powerful but I always look for the wave to break during a song and to build on slower, ambient passages before unleashing the full force of the track. Im strongly influenced by bands like Darkspace, Isis, Anaal Nathrakh and Burzum.

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

Covered above.

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

Skipped is it’s not particularly interesting I’m afraid!

5.With this album you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I've played in quite a few bands over the years but I'm happy with Kassad being a one man project. This music is very personal so it's best for me to have complete creative control. It does mean wearing a lot of different hats though as I do everything myself, including the recording, mixing, mastering and even the artwork. Having said that, it would be really interesting to do a split EP in the future with some likeminded musicians.

6.Recently you have signed with 'Hypnotic Dirge Records', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

Nick at HDR has been great. They've been very happy for me to create the artwork for the digipacks and tshirts myself. They've also been fantastic at getting the album previewed on blogs covering some great bands.

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

The reaction has been really great. People have made some very flattering comparisons to bands like Dark Funeral, Marduk and Waning.

8.Are you also involve with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Nothing worth mentioning here.

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

I'm actually working on the next album at the moment. I've made a lot more use of ambient drone guitars and the music has a more atmospheric feel to it. A release is still quite a way off but the new album will be about a city as a living, malevolent entity. I really want listeners to be able to feel the dirty gravel and grit between their fingers.

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?

I'm listening to the new netra who are also on Hypnotic Dirge. He's doing something really interesting with the black metal genre I think by combining elements of electronica and jazz. I'm also enjoying revisiting some old genre classics like ColdWorld's Melancholie and the Thorns album. In terms of new(ish) stuff I've particularly been digging Bloodlands by Ash Borer and The Force of the Ancient Land by Eldamar.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Didn’t have anything for these two if that’s ok.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Aktor/War Hymns/2017 Demo EP Review


  Aktor  are  a  solo project  from  Colorado  Springs,  Colorado  that  plays  a  raw  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "War  Hymns".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  programmed  blast  beats  while  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  of  the  faster  riffing  almost  border  on  war  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  while  deep  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  briefly  and  on  the  second  track  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  raw  from  beginning  to  end.

  Aktor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,  fast,  raw  and  aggressive,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Islam  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aktor  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Kill  The  Pedophile  Prophet".  8  out  of  10.

https://aktorforthemasses.bandcamp.com/album/war-hymns   

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BVDK/Architecure Of Future Tribes/2017 Full Length Review


  BVDK  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  industrial,  ethnic and  electronic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Architecture  Of Future  Tribes".

  Melodic  choirs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  mix  in with  elements  of  industrial  and  electronic  music  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  and  programmed  blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  at  times.

  Elements  of  ethnic  music  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  spoken word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  some  traces  of  the  more  atmospheric  post  style  of  the  genre  in  the  melodic  guitar  leads and the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  later  tracks  adds  in  clean  guitars  and  you  can  also  hear  touches  of  psychedelic  at  times. 

  BVDK  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  post  black  metal,  industrial,  electronic  and  ethnic  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  African  and  Haitian  Voodoo.

  In  my  opinion  BVDK  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  industrial,  electronic  and  ethnic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Surreptitious  Cluster"  "Bahir  Dir"  and  "Psalm  32".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Black Blood Invocation/Self Titled/Deathrune Records/2017 EP Review


  Black  Blood  Invocation  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  demo  which  was  released  by  Deathrune  Records.

  A  very  ritualistic  synth  intro  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  along  with  some  bestial  death  metal  growls while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  solos,  leads  and  only  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodies  and  focuses  more  on  a  raw,  dark  and  brutal  sound  and  synths  return  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Black  Blood  Invocation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  ceremonies,  occultism,  atavism,  and  obscurity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Blood  Invocation  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Blood  Invocation"  and  "Baphometical  Prayers".  8  out  of  10.

Eskapism/Tales Of Elder Forest/Folkvangr Records/2017 Cassette Review


  Eskapism  are  a  duo  from  Ukraine  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2017  album  "Tales  Of  Elder  Forest"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  in  August  by  Folkvangr  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  they  also  start  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  which  also  introduces  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Angry  shouts are  also used  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  track  being  an  instrumental  that  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Coldworld's  "Tortured By  Solitude".

  Eskapism  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very  synth  orientated  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Ukrainian  and  cover  nature  and  poetry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eskapism  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "And  You  Speak  The  Runes"  "Have  Forgotten  Forests"  and  "Tortured  By  Solitude".  8  out of  10.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Blackest Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We've been around since June of 2012 writing and recording all of the album's material.

2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I'd say it's very big sounding. The idea behind the mix was to give the listener all of the sound that was recorded in as raw of a form as possible with as much of that sound coming out of the speaker without any peaking or distortion. We want to immerse the listener with this album.

3.The band has been around since 2012 and except for a couple of singles and a contribution to a split you waited until 2017 to release a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 5 years?
We did not wait 5 years on purpose. The reason we didn't put it out sooner is because this album from start to finish took 5 years to make. I wanted to get everything just right with this album and I had a lot of things I wanted to do with this album. A lot of the work was "off and on" kinda stuff but to put together an album of this scale it took a lot of time and considerations. Especially when you have little to no money to put into it. We could have said screw it and "half-assed" it but I wanted to put out something that 5 or 10 years down the road I could still look back on and be proud of. 

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Lyrics are kinda hard for me to write. The first thing I usually think is, "What can I say that hasn't already been said?" But a lot of the time if I can get an idea I can write around that idea. There are not a whole lot of tracks on this album and a couple are instrumental so I didn't need a whole lot of ideas this time around. Obviously a lot of the lyrics have a very dark tone to them and for this album in particular they seem to be a bit vague. 

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blackest'?
I wanted the darkest name for the darkest kind of music I could write. It seemed fitting.

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'd like to expand the band but only if I can find people that would be a good fit for the band. I'd like for them to kind of have the same ideas and mind set for the band, but I'd also be happy with anyone who can handle playing the material well.

7.I have noticed the one band member goes by the name 'Seidr', does Norse Paganism play a role in the music?
Well at this point I don't think it has but I'd like to think there is a lot of room to grow lyrically with the band so it could very well play a part in our future endeavors.

8.The album was released by 'Blood And Brutality Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a label that I started about 10 years ago or so. I pretty much put out everything on the label myself. I've got a number of bands on that label but I also play in some bands that are not on that label. My most recent band I'm in that isn't on the label is Seid in which the vocalist of Blackest also does vocals. We, as Seid, have put an album out called "Darkness Shall Fall".  

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Well we're still growing considering we just put out this first album but so far with what little exposure we've had at this point, everything seems to be very positive.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Well we definitely still have plenty of ideas and plan on future albums. I like to try to grow musically a little without changing too much of our sound. I'd like to be able to offer new sounds and ideas mingled with what we've done with this first album.

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?
I like to try not to let any of my music influences affect how or what I write. As crazy as that may sound. I know it's impossible for other bands or music to not influence what we do but there isn't a band that I know of that influenced the idea of Blackest. I like a lot of the older bands that have been around for a while and I listen to all kinds of stuff. But bands like Death, Slayer, Pantera, Immortal, Emperor, and Morbid Angel are probably what I like the best and listen to the most. 

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would like to that you for the interview and the interest in Blackest and I like to extend my appreciation to anyone who happens to read this interview or listen to the album. Thanks to all.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Rimruna/Der Hatz entronnen/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Rimruna  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  cold,  grim  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Der  Hatz  entronnen" which  will  be  released  on  June  25th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  and  wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in a   decent  amount  of  second  wave  influences  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  make  a  brief  return  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Rimruna  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature  and  coldness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rimruna  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wirrwen"  and  "In  Ewigkeit  versunken".  8  out  of  10.