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.       

Catechon Interview

For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Sinister: Catechon formed in 2013 by the hand of Morgue (voice) and Dawn (former guitarist). Line-up would become stable only by the end of the same year with Jackal (bass) and me (drums). After recording the demo ‘Il richiamo di Orfeo’, distinguished by a mixed style Black Metal, Dawn left the band, and Dusk takes his place. After recording the new split with Infernal Angels and Ad Noctem Funeriis (which includes two new songs and the remake of the first demo track), Dusk left and the new guitarist, Mourner, joins in. In these four years Catechon played in 22 gigs along various bands of different levels and had to reprint the demo three times.
Morgue: I'm the only founder who's still around and I'm very proud of it. It's difficult to find musicians with the right attitude and skills to play Black Metal around here, this is why we had so many line up changes. This, and my authoritarian-ish personality, which keeps on causing some quarrel within the band. I'm very proud of our results though, since the band is growing musically and “spiritually”.

So far you have released a demo and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on those recordings?
Sinister: The demo ‘Il Richiamo di Orfeo’, as we said previously, is distinguished by tracks which take inspiration from a diverse array of Black Metal styles. There was no intention to imitate the style of some bigger and more famous band, the songs were recorded exactly how they were composed in the first place, and in a live recording session. The songs to include in the split ‘Italian Black Metal Assault’, on the other hand, were picked for their raw and violent feeling: it's easy to find Blackened Death influences in ‘Legacy of Cain’, while ‘Succube’ borrows some element from the most Punk-ish Black Metal, and finally the third track is a remake from the demo.
Morgue: I hate limiting creativity, so Catechon will probably remain a multifarious and chaotic entity, without ever getting stuck on fixed standards; but if I must point out a  common theme between the demo and the split album, then it's the reference to those who came before us. I have the deepest respect for the creators of the black flame, and I'll never stop listening the classics with their atavic darkness, although I'm open to experiments.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Morgue: I don't follow a fixed pattern, I take inspiration both from everyday reality which disgusts me more each passing day, and from personal studies and experiences. A good portion of the lyrics I write involve a mix of philosophy, mysticism and occultism.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Catechon'?
Morgue: The name Catechon is borrowed from the second letter of St. Paul to Thessalonians, a text we also quote in latin in one of our songs in the split album. The literal meaning is “that which holds” and it stands for the last bond to break before the coming of the Antichrist and the end of the world, which however could be happening already (the “Mysterium Iniquitatis”). The exact meaning is still a matter of debate among scholars, some say it's the Roman Empire, others claim a symbolic meaning in connection with human nature. What inspired me in choosing this name was Deathspell Omega's EP ‘Chaining of the Kathecon’ (the usage of K is due to Greek spelling) and a book on the topic by the Italian philosopher Massimo Cacciari.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Sinister:  We have a handful of shows we remember more fondly among all the ones we played in:
- 13th of March 2015, in Padova with Common Grave, Helegion and Nocturnal Depression
- 5th of September 2015 in Marcerata (Howling at the Moon 2) with Goat Vomit Noise, Black Faith, Sedna, Selvans, Oltretomba, Ad Noctem Funeriis, Infernal Angels e Handful of Hate
- 9th of October 2015 in Venice with Dispersion, Brunndl, Enisum e Mortifera
- 27th of February 2016 in Verona (Verona Nera act 5) with Blaze of Sorrow and Vanhelga
- 7th of January 2017 in Verona (Verona Nera act 10) with Afraid of Destiny and Vanhelga
Our shows are often enriched with designs and rituals prepared specifically for the event, so no Catechon show is the same as the previous.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Sinister:   No.

Recently you were part of a split with Infernal Angels and Ad Noctem Funeriis, what are your thoughts on the other bands that are presented on the recording?
Sinister: We played with Infernal Angels and Ad Noctem Funeriis in Macerata in 2015 and there was an immediate and spontaneous synergy. Those two bands, despite being seasoned veterans of our genre, never tried to show themselves as “Kings of Black Metal”, something which is sadly common in Italy these days, and their music is terrific. We liked them, and they liked us, so the idea of the split was born.
Beyond the mutual esteem, I must say that personally, I consider Ad Noctem Funeriis the best italian band in terms of “pure” Black Metal.

The split was released on 'Adimere Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Sinister: Adimere Records is a label managed by the guitarist of my second band, Afraid of Destiny. After we discarded some labels which didn't think we deserved a reply, Adimere Records offered its help in producing the split.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Sinister: We're not that known around the world, so that's kind of a difficult question to answer. After all, we published just a demo and a split album. Here in Italy the feedback is generally positive, considering the fact that here, in Northern Italy, Black Metal is hardly seen anywhere in its live form.
Morgue: I agree, to me ‘Verona Nera’ events, in which I had the honor to take part sometimes, represent a safe haven in a simply desolating panorama.

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?
Sinister: Afraid of Destiny (the Depressive Black Metal band formed by me, Mourner (aka M.S.) and Adimere) has a good feedback abroad. Our new full length has been released by a medium sized label, and we got a good number of positive reviews. We see ourselves as a slap in the face of Black Metal purists in Italy. Solitude Project (my Depressive Metal project) is currently in stand-by, but the first full length is completely ready, as far as composition is concerned.
Mourner: As Sinister already said I’m playing guitar in Afraid of Destiny although I’m mainly a live member as of now. I will be giving my insight, help during the production and possibly write something for the future releases but my main focus stands on Catechon.
Jackal: Outside of Black Metal, I'm working on a Funeral Doom project, A View From Nihil, whose first release will be out in September, with a mix of Funeral Doom and Drone.

When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Sinister: We're working on our first full length right now, and we hope to release it within one or two years. We're not gonna reveal how it will sound, but we can just say that it will be extremely different from our usual Raw Black Metal style.
Morgue: It will be a kick in the ass to everything that now represents a trend in Italian Black Metal.

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?
Sinister: Personally I have no influences on my drumming style. I listen to so many very diverse bands, I couldn't make a unitary play style out of them. My ultimate goal is to have my very own style.
Lately I've been listening to a lot of Depressive Black Metal, but normally I listen to anything that succeeds on stimulating my emotions.
Morgue: Regarding vocal technique, my models are Attila Csihar and Meyhna'ch. Right now I'm savouring once more a lot of second wave albums along with the reading of ‘Black Metal Compendium’, a really well written book recently published in Italy which, in my opinion, perfectly pictures the true essence of Black Metal through a series of high quality reviews.
Mourner: My guitar playing is heavily influenced by modern Metal music, I love the new horizons that many bands have uncovered in the latest years and I personally think that some of those concepts can be applied to Black Metal as well. In my opinion Black Metal is lacking some kind of new element to find the spotlight once again. Of course the styles I’m talking about have nothing to do with Black Metal and as such many might label me as some kind of “poser” or “betrayer” but honestly I could care less, if listening to a Progressive Metal band or even electronic music can help me garner new ideas for Catechon’s music I don’t see the problem as long as I adapt those ideas toward a Black Metal aesthetic. Having said that don’t expect my songwriting to be following any kind of standard procedure, if it sounds good it’s good, that’s my motto.
Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Sinister: Of course.
Morgue: Absolutely, but we're still at the beginning of a long journey, a research that has somewhat yet to begin.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Sinister: Black Metal can be considered dead only if the public keeps listening to bands who are only on YouTube, born and dead on the internet, and keeps avoiding live concerts. True Black Metal is outside the social networks, it's on the stage and in our souls.



Evil Nerfal Interview

English Version

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Evil Nerfal is a band of Black Metal that emerged in the south western Colombian, in the city of Pasto, department of Nariño; forged by Brannagh Bapheker in 2007, where he began rehearsals with musicians of sister bands, setting up a fast, aggressive and intense music, in the vein of the first and second wave of black metal of Europe, similarly under the influence of South American extreme bands of the 80`s. There were several years of inactivity due to changes of city, however the horde, since year 2012, is reconstituted in the city of Pereira, center of Colombia. Brannagh Bapheker composes all music and lyrics, and plays guitars, bass and vocals; Purson Dominus, who joined in 2012, is in charge of percussion. In the year 2010 a demo-rehearsal with 5 songs was recorded and distributed in cd-rom format to metal brothers close associates. After the reconstitution of the band begins to rehearse with discipline to, at the end of 2013, to record 8 songs that would be the components of the first album. Evil Nerfal incorporated session musicians for live performances; Óreidu is in charge of the second guitar and Engram Zulphur of bass. The band, after the first production, was dedicated to work on new compositions, revealing a remarkable evolution in all areas, improving the production and quality of music, which will be reflected in the next album, which will see the light on January 2018.

2.A year ago you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The best epithet to describe the sound characteristics of our first production is INTENSITY; Evil Nerfal executes a INTENSIVE Black Metal, ostensible by the speed and the superposition of contrasts, in the alternation of fast and average times. Obviously this intense sound is a Classic Black Metal, satanic, blasphemous and anti-religious.

3.The band has been around since 2007 but waited until 2016 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 9 years?
In the answer to the first question you can glimpse some considerations that answer this question, despite that there is something more to add. We are not professional musicians, and what leads us to create black metal is our passion, a fervent passion, insane and obsessive. Now, it is not less important that in Colombia support for emerging bands is few, so the underground cult must be self-financing, and not everyone has the socio-economic conditions in their favor, not for nothing someone said out there the social conditions of production determine the area of ​​cultural elaboration, and if someone omits this and does not understand how difficult it is to overcome this fact, he is simply an ignorant man living in a world surrounded by pink elephants, in the placid comfort of his stupidity. Evil Nerfal had to overcome this type of difficulties before having a stability that allows him to unleash the creation. In this sense, and taking into account that our professions are far from being musicians, of making music a modus vivendi, we have had to overcome difficulties of city change, which lead to inactivity, problems with the satisfaction of the expected sound, which implies that the publication of music has been scarce.

4.Your lyrics cover a lot of Satanic, Occult, Left Hand Path and Anti Religion themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
The lyric aspect of the band is eminently Satanic, nourished by symbology disseminated in literature, mythology and history; we are satanic beings, that is, opponents and adversaries of any system of alienation, especially when it comes to Semitic religions, which constitute the greatest plague in human history. Luciferianism as a source of knowledge, elevation of the vital potentialities, and self-affirmation of the subject in its singularity, constitutes a consequential existential praxis, which goes beyond the conceptual sphere.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Evil Nerfal"?
It should be noted that the Hebrew word NERFAL (ליפול) was used in the Old Testament when evoking the “fall” of Lucifer, the expulsion of the kingdom of God into hell; “Fall” (ליפול) is poured into our alphabet as Nerfal, and decided to join the adjective “Evil” to designate the precipitation of evil, the steady decline of evil on the world, an ontology of evil; this concept of evil is understood as a radical opposition to all divine domain, where knowledge and arts are forbidden weapons to fight endlessly to the gods. Evil Nerfal then, while black metal band, represents the symbol of the fall ontological evil to fight all religious discourse, to declare war by sound shocking violence.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
In the performances the band has 4 members, because a second guitar and a bass are essential to define and establish the sound made in the studio. Concerning the recording process, it is not necessary to have more members, because the drummer and me are more than enough to make the sound captures.

7.The last album was released on 'Tribulacion Records', are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?
Definitely the support of this label has been fundamental for the band to have an opening in the underground movement of Colombia. And I want to highlight the great work of the owner of the record label, because it is thanks to him, Mauricio Sanchez, known on the scene as "MORTAS", who for more than 25 years has managed to spread the Colombian black metal scene all over the world, and this was reflected in the support for Evil Nerfal.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
As it is black metal undeground, the diffusion spectrum has not been wide, to this it is added that of our first disc only released 300 copies, and thanks to the work of the label and the trades, the material has wounded to some countries of South America and Eupora, where the reception of our music has been favorable, highlighting the classic and raw character of the first production, which has been received with fervor in European countries.

9.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?
Pereira Colombia, where the band is currently based, is an emerging scene in terms of groups and musical productions, so the number of bands with released physical disks are few. At the moment I (Brannagh Bapheker) am active member of 3 more bands; in the horde Tormentor 666 (Pereira Colombia) I am vocalista, in Darkness Almighty (Armenia Colombia) I execute the rhythm guitar and the voices, and in Siniestra (Pasto Colombia) I am in charge of the lead guitar. On the other hand, the drummer of Evil Nerfal (Purson Dominus) and the guitarist of session (Óreidu), militant in the band War Legion (Pereira Colombia) taking charge of the percussion and guitar and voices respectively.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have just recorded our second album, and with this we intend to expand more, to release the material with some European label, at the same time as to make a release with a national label, in order to disseminate the art in the two Continental fronts. Logically in our projection is the realization of national and international tours, all in order to internalize the message of satanic freedom in all who enjoy Evil Nerfal.

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?
It is worth mentioning that the repertoire of listening of this type of bands to nourish and inspire our music is so broad and vast that it goes from the classic black metal of the 80's and 90's to the new proposals of orthodox black metal, the new wave. We are always listening to the classical bands and we have been following the path of laudable creations that for about 5 years have been forging around the world. There is another aspect that has personally been decisive when it comes to composing, which will be especially evident in the second production of the band; It is about classical music. Indeed, I always nourish my spirit by listening to this type of music, attending recitals where the sublime apotheosis has its place.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all rise the fucking horns for your interview, honors for supporting the Colombian cult of black metal.
For all black headbangers of the world: if you make black metal that is because your existences are covered by the cloak of satanic opposition, counter culture, dark forces and the deepest sense of difference; if you make black metal by entertaining or by being accepted, let me tell you that you are a bastard who, as such, is nothing more than a hologram. If you don’t live what you do, if you don’t but feel the force of dark music,  if that does not allow your life to be a work of art of emancipation,  let me tell you that you are nothing more than a dilettante of the flock insipid. If you make black metal with the passion of a consistent existential praxis never forget that you must walk under D.D.O.: DISCIPLINE, DEDICATION AND OBSESSION; that the Luciferian forces of knowledge accompany your existence. HAIL BLACK METAL MADNESS! HAIL SATHANAS!
REGARDS
BRANNAGH BAPHEKER

ESPAÑOL
1. ¿Para aquellos que nunca han oído hablar de ustedes antes, ¿puede decirnos un poco sobre la banda?
Evil Nerfal es una banda de Metal Negro que surgió en el sur occidente colombiano, en la ciudad de Pasto, departamento de Nariño; forjada por Brannagh Bapheker en el año 2007, donde principió ensayos con músicos de bandas hermanas, configurando una musica veloz, agresiva e intensa, en la vena de la primera y segunda ola de metal negro de europa, de igual modo bajo el influjo de bandas extremas suramericanas de los 80`s. Hubieron varios años de inactividad debido a cambios de ciudad, sin embargo la agrupación, a partir del año 2012, se reconstituye en la ciudad de Pereira, centro de Colombia. Brannagh Bapheker compone toda la música y las letras, y ejecuta guitarras, bajo y voz; Purson Dominus, quien ingresó en el 2012, se encarga de la percusión. En el año 2010 se grabó un demo-rehearsal con 5 canciones, distribuido en formato cd-rom a hermanos de metal allegados. Posteriormente a la reconstitución de la banda se empieza a ensayar con disciplina para, a finales de 2013,  grabar 8 canciones que serían los componentes del primer álbum. Evil Nerfal incorpó musicos de sesión para las presentaciones en vivo; Óreidu se encarga de la segunda guitarra y Engram Zulphur del bajo. La banda, luego de la primera producción, se dedicó a trabajar en nuevas composiciones, revelando una notable evolución en todos los ámbitos, mejorando la producción y la calidad de musica, lo cual se verá reflejado en el próximo álbum, que verá la luz en Enero de 2018.

2. Hace un año habías lanzado tu primer álbum, ¿cómo describirías el sonido musical que se presenta en la grabación?
El mejor epíteto para describir las caracterísiticas sonoras de nuestra primera producción es INTENSIDAD; Evil Nerfal ejecuta un INTENSO Metal Negro, ostensible por la velocidad y la superposición de contrastes, en la alternancia de tiempos rápidos y medios. Obviamente este sonido intenso se trata de un Clásico Metal Negro, satánico, blasfemo y antirreligioso.

3. La banda ha estado activa desde 2007, pero esperó hasta 2016 para lanzar un álbum, ¿puede decirnos un poco más sobre los primeros 9 años?
En la respuesta a la primera pregunta se pueden entrever algunas consideraciones que respondan a este interrogante, pese a eso cabe agregar algo mas. Nosotros no somos músicos profesionales, y lo que nos conlleva a crear metal negro es nuestra pasión, una pasion ferviente, demente y obsesiva. Ahora bien, no es menos importante que en Colombia el apoyo a las bandas emergentes es poco, por lo tanto el culto suberraneo debe autofinanciarse, y no todos tienen las condiciones socio-económicas a su favor, no por nada alguien dijo por ahí que las condiciciones sociales de producción determinan el ambito de elaboración cultural, y si alguien omite esto y no comprende lo dificil de rebasar este hecho simplemente es un ignorante que vive en un mundo rodeado de elefantes rosa, en la placida comodidad de su estupidez. Evil Nerfal tuvo que superar este tipo de dificultades antes de tener una estabilidad que le permita dar rienda suelta a la creación. En este orden de ideas, y al tener en cuenta que nuestras profesiones distan mucho de ser musicos, de hacer de la música un modus vivendi, hemos tenido que sortear dificultades de cambio de ciudad, que conllevan inactividad, problemas con la satisfacción del sonido esperado, etc., lo que implica que la publicación de música haya sido escasa.

4. Sus letras envuelven muchos temas satánicos, ocultos, de la mano izquierda y de la anti religión. ¿Puede decirnos un poco más acerca de su interés en las artes oscuras?
El aspecto lírico de la banda es eminentemente Satánico, nutrido de la simbologia diseminada en la literatura, la mitologia y la historia; somos seres satánicos, es decir, adversarios y opositores a todo sistema de alienación, máxime cuando se trata de religiones semitas, que constituyen la mayor plaga en la historia humana. El luciferianismo en tanto fuente de conocimiento, elevación de las potencialidades vitales, y auto afirmación del sujeto en su singularidad, constituye una praxis existencial consecuente, que rebasa la esfera conceptual.

5.¿Cuál es el significado y la inspiración detrás del nombre 'Evil Nerfal'?
Cabe señalar que la palabra hebrea NERFAL (ליפול) se usó en el Antiguo Testamento al evocar la "caída" de Lucifer, la expulsión del reino de Dios al infierno; "Fall" (ליפול) se vierte en nuestro alfabeto como Nerfal, y decidió unirse al adjetivo "Mal" para designar la precipitación del mal, el declive constante del mal en el mundo, una ontología del mal; este concepto del mal se entiende como una oposición radical a todo dominio divino, donde el conocimiento y las artes son armas prohibidas para luchar interminablemente contra los dioses. Evil Nerfal entonces, en tanto banda de metal negro, representa el símbolo de la caída ontológica del mal para luchar contra todo discurso religioso, declarar la guerra con la violencia del sonido.

6. ¿Actualmente hay solamente 2 miembros en la banda, es usted abierto a ampliar la alineacìon en el futuro o usted elige permanecer en dúo?
En los performances la banda tiene 4 integrantes, debido a que una segunda guitarra y un bajo son imprescindibles para definir y establecer el sonido elaborado en el estudio. En lo que atañe al proceso de grabación no es necesario contar con mas integrantes, porque el baterista y yo somos más que suficientes para realizar las capturas del sonido.

7. El último álbum fue lanzado en 'Tribulacion Records', ¿estás contento con el apoyo que la etiqueta te ha dado hasta ahora?
Definitivamente el apoyo de este sello ha sido fundamental para que la banda tenga apertua en el movimiento underground de Colombia. Y quiero destacar la gran labor del dueño del sello discográfico, porque es gracias él, Mauricio Sanchez, conocido en la escena como “MORTAS, quien durante mas de 25 años ha logrado diseminar por todo el mundo la escena del black metal colombiano, y ello se vió reflejado en el apoyo a Evil Nerfal. Vio

8. A nivel mundial ¿cómo ha sido la retroalimentación a su música por los fans de black metal?
Trantándose de black metal undeground, el espectro de difusión no ha sido amplio, a ello se le suma que de nuestro primer disco solo salieron 300 copias, y gracias a la labor del sello y a los intercambios hechos, el material ha llagado a algunos paises de Sur America y Eupora, donde la recepción de nuestra musica ha sido favorable, destacando el carácter clásico y crudo de la primera producción, lo cual ha sido acogido con fervor en paises europeos.

9. ¿Qué está pasando con algunas otras bandas o proyectos musicales en estos días, algunos de los miembros de la banda son parte de estos?
Pereira Colombia, lugar donde actualmente esta radicada la banda, es una escena emergente en cuanto a agrupaciones y producciones musicales, por tal motivo el número de bandas con discos fisicos liberados son pocas. En estos momentos yo (Brannagh Bapheker),  soy miembro activo de 3 bandas mas; en la horda Tormentor 666 (Pereira Colombia) soy vocalista, en Darkness Almighty (Armenia Colombia) ejecuto la guitarra rítmica y la voces, y en Siniestra (Pasto Colombia) estoy a cargo de la guitarra líder. Por otra parte, el baterista de Evil Nerfal (Purson Dominus) y el guitarrista de sesion (Óreidu), militan en la banda War Legion (Pereira Colombia) encargándose de la percusión,  guitarra y voces respectivamente.

10. ¿Dónde ves que la banda se dirige musicalmente en el futuro?
Nosotros acabamos de grabar nuestro segundo trabajo discográfico, y con este lo que pretendemos es expadirnos más,  liberar el material con algun sello europeo, a la par que realizar una liberacion con un sello nacional, ello con el fin de diseminar el arte en los dos frentes continentales. Logicamente en nuestra proyección esta la realizaciòn de giras nacionales e internacionales, todo con el fin de interiorizar el mensaje de libertad satánica en todos los que disfrutan de Evil Nerfal.

11. ¿Cuáles son algunas de las bandas o estilos musicales que han influido en tu música y también lo que estás escuchando hoy en día?
Las influencias de Evil Nerfal parten del Black Metal de la primera y segunda ola, por lo tanto enumerar bandas aqui sería muy dispendioso; al respecto cabe resaltar que el repertorio de escucha de este ripo de bandas para nutrir e inspirar nuestra música es tan amplio y vasto que va del clásico metal negro de los 80´s y 90´s hasta las nuevas propuestas de black metal ortodoxo, la nueva ola. Siempre estamos escuchando las bandas clasicas y hemos ido siguiendo el camino de las loables creaciones que desde hace unos 5 años se vienen forjando alrededor del mundo. Existe otra vertiente que personalmente ha sido determinante a la hora de componer, la que sobre todo se hará ostensible en la segunda producción de la banda; se trata de la música clásica. En efecto, siempre nutro mi espritu escuchando este tipo de música, asistiendo a recitales donde la apoteosis sublime tiene su lugar.

12. ¿Antes de concluir esta entrevista, ¿tiene alguna palabra o pensamiento final?
Antes que nada arriba los malditos cuernos por tu entrevista, honores por apoyar el culto colombiano del metal negro.
Para todos los Black metaleros del mundo: si haces black metal que sea porque tu existencias este cobijada por el manto de la oposición satánica, de la contra cultura, de las fuerzas oscuras y del más profundo sentido de diferencia; si haces black metal por entretener o por ser aceptado, dejame decirte que eres un bastardo que, como tal, no eres más que un holograma. Sino vives lo que haces, sino sientes la fuerza de la música oscura, sino eso no permite que tu vida sea una obra de arte de emancipación, dejame decirte que que no eres mas que un diletante del rebaño insulso. Si haces black metal con la pasion de una praxis existencial consecuente nunca olvides que debes caminar bajo la D.D.O., DISCIPLINA, DEDICACIÓN Y OBSESIÓN; que las fuerzas del conocimiento luciferino acompañen tu existencia. LARGA VIDA A LA LOCURA BLACK METAL, LARGA VIDA A SATANAS!!!

Birkenwald Interview

For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
*H110413D – Birkenwald were born at the beginning of 2016. My aim was the creation of something which could give shape to the torments I felt and I still feel inside. I was already in touch with all the actual members of the band, but we had never played together before. Their empathy on the topics I wanted to express with my music pushed me to give birth to Birkenwald. We decided to release a promo single, called “Shrinking”, which was the result of several riffs I had composed through the past years. The good feedback from the audience conviced us to take the project to the next step. Some months after, the creation of MDD, our first album, started and, in 2017, our efforts were rewarded thanks to the great job of Federico Ascari of Wavemotion Recordings, who engineered our sound. So, here we are.
*H110311A – Birkenwald were created in order to express our deepest feelings through music. However, our songs mainly with the self-conflict which dwells in certain human minds and, therefore, our themes are also open to everyone who finds himself in the same situation.
*H081213S – The band was born in early 2016 by an idea of the bass player. We started recording our first song in june (the same period in which I definitively chose to join Birkenwald) and, in september, we released it. During january 2017 we started recording our first album, MDD, which can be considered as a concept album divided in four songs (in addition to an intro) representing 4 states of depression. It will be available from 22nd june.

How would you describe your musical sound?
*H110413D – If I should find a word to describe our sound, I would definitely say “schizophrenic”. Indeed, when you will listen to MDD, you will probably notice the constant alternation between those parts which we could define as “atmospheric” and some more aggressive parts, in which we decided also to experiment, introducing elements from other genres (it's not an usual thing to find so much breakdowns or slap bass parts in a black metal group). What is the result of this alternation? Probably in your review you went straight to the point, saying that we play “a musical style that takes atmospheric black metal and mixes it with depressive post rock to create a sound on our own”.
*H110311A – In my opinion, it is a very particular sound. When we create our music, we do it without respecting any criteria. We just follow our pulses, and this leads us to alternate some really obscure and heavy riffs to a lot of clean guitars, which aim to create melancholic atmospheres and, in many parts, seem to sound like voices. Black metal is not the most suitable definition for our music, according to me. Birkenwald are just Birkenwald.
*H170207C – From my point of view, our sound reflects the character of each member. Every song is just the reproduction of feelings and thoughts that we usually live and therefore are able to recall through the instruments we play.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
*H110413D – Our lyrics represent that empathy I was previously talking about. Indeed our convergence is based on themes like melancholy, sorrow, grief and, at the highest level, depression. These are feelings (or, in certain cases, illnesses) which are constantly present in our society. However, they are at the same time ignored, refused and not accepted, in spite of the fact that they exist and change radically people's lives. Our aim is to dissolve this mask of hypocrisy and to tell how our life's experiences cannot be controlled by it.
*H110311A – All the lyrics are really important and strictly closed to our life experiences. Indeed, who is going to read them, is also going to read a brief diary of our lives.

I know that the bands name means 'Birch Forest' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
It was thought because of the bark’s very bright colour of these trees as a recall to the all-white walls of mental asylums; indeed, with the word “Birkenwald” we are supposed to find ourselves in a natural place of madness which, of course, may inspire our music.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? - Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
*H110413D – We still haven't played on a stage. Anyway, we are finally ready to face the world outside and, for this reason, we're going to perform at In Tormentata Quiete's release party in Bologna, our native city, on 24th June. Be there, and join us for a extremely melancholic night!

Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
*H110413D – We received some offers, but they were not interesting enough. Therefore, we have decided to distribute MDD by our own. Our album will be digitally available on many web platforms like Spotify, Itunes, Bandcamp etc. from 22nd June and physical copies will be sold at concerts or sent worldwide, if ordered, at the price of 5 euros (plus shipping costs).
On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
*H110413D – As previously said, our promo single received a good feedback from the audience. Let's see how will be the reaction to MDD.
*H081213S – When we released Shrinking, many people found it interesting, and now, the preview of MDD seems to be appreciated by the first listeners.
*H170207C – We know that our sound cannot be properly defined. However, each of us is influenced by black metal and our listeners will be able to recognize this influence, despite our experimental approach.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
*H110413D – In a mental asylum, probably...

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?
*H110413D – Well, I kinda listen to a lot of genres, but, concerning to Birkenwald, I think that our deepest sources of inspiration come from Depressive rock (I am talking about bands like Vanhelga, Apati, Psychonaut 4, Joyless) and Atmospheric/Post Black Metal (Harakiri for the Sky, Woods of Desolation, Lantlŏs).

What are some of your non musical interests
*H110413D – Personally, I would like not to talk about this. Everything that people have to known about us is already told in MDD.
*H170207C - Music surrounds most of our time, but, personally, I have a great passion for cars, since, according to me, driving seems very similar to playing an instrument. Indeed, you have to feel the best part of it, experiencing and doing always better, as time goes by.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
*H110413D – Thanks both for the review and the interview. Enjoy our misery, listen to MDD and spread our madness.
*H110311A – We hope to see you at In Tormentata Quiete's release party on 24th june. It will be a special night. Spread our madness.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hate Manifesto/To Those Who Glorified Death/Fistbang Records/Unholy Distro/2017 FUll Length Review


  Hate  Manifesto  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "To  Those  Who  Glorified  Death"  which  was  released  as a  joint  effort  by  Fistbang  Records  and Unholy  Distro.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  bestial  growls  being  added onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  while  still  sounding  very  contemporary  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Hate  Manifesto  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  blackened  war  metal  style  that  was  established  on  the  previous  split,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  hatred,  and  genocide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hate  Manifesto  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Those  Who  Glorified  Death"  "Wrath  Hammer"  and  "Conqueror's  Memorial".  8  out  of  10.

 

Ljosazabojstwa/Sychodzanne/Hellthrasher Productions/2017 EP Review


  Ljosazabojstwa  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  a    mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 ep  "Sychodzanne" which  will  be  released  on  June  30th  by  Hellthrasher  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  heavier  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls are  added  into  the  music.

  Touches  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  riffing  along  with  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  war  metal  elements  being  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  of  black/death  metal  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  and  classical  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  instrumental  before  closing  the  ep  with  a  vocal  track.

  Ljosazabojstwa  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  90's  era  genres  of  war,  black,  and  dearth  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belarusian  and  cover  anti  Christianity,  death  and  cruelty  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ljosazabojstwa  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zhuba" and  "Zabojstwa  Ijosa".  8/5  out  of  10.   

Through Chaos & Solitude Interview

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

Actually not too much story behind it... I just really love black metal music, but somehow never got to play in a black metal band (I currently sing in Castigator, which is more of a death/thrash metal band and play guitar and sing in Forward To Eden, which is more of a 90's style metalcore band). So, during the winter months of 2016/2017 I just started recording some Black Metal tunes for myself and eventually got my good friend Sebastian (Guitar of Castigator) to write and record me some drums. So, until now it's only a project, but I already started writing some new tracks which will probably recorded during the next winter months or so ;-)

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

Idk, I guess with something like that everyone would hear another genre and different influences in it, depending on what he/she is usually listening to. But as far as I'm concerned, I guess I tried to create some melodic black metal tunes in the likes of Woods Of Ypres, Agalloch or Falls Of Rauros for example.

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

Actually they differ a lot... but they definitely were an equally important topic to me.
The first one is kinda personal, but still kept somewhat abstract, so that people can relate to it on different aspects and levels.
It is about the complexity of your own mind and how it deals with problems, like loss and grief... it is about forlorn love and the yearning for a healing sleep. It is about the ever ongoing quest for an answer that you'll probably never receive.
The second one is also pretty personal... again about forlorn love and the transformation of a persons heart and mind which can result from that. It is about feeling out of place and having the weight of the world on your shoulders. The person you are now is different from the person it was last year and also from the one it will be next year. We are all striving for something, for some kind of a transformation, to eventually become something else... but to achieve that, sometimes we first have to go through chaos & solitude.
The third one is different. It is about us all, about mankind... About the thawing winds of the morning sun and how we are our own blessing and our own curse. We are the stroke of wing which causes these winds to blow. We try to become god ourselves while declaring him for dead and still we deny our nature. We subdue the earth and it's children and still we strive for more. By now we already realized our purpose and we willingly choose to neglect it. We're flying directly into the sun and still we're accelerating...

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Through Chaos & Solitude'?

I guess I already broached the subject with my last answer, but for those of you who aren't familiar with this phrase (and also didn't yet felt like googling it), it comes from the pen of the magnificent David Gold (Woods Of Ypres) "I am equal parts blood and ice / I am just as much man as tree / through chaos and solitude I came / to become this black metal being" and to me fits just perfectly.

5.So far this project has been mostly solo with one other person helping out, are you open into turning the project into a full line up?

Yeah, of course! If you'll provide a band, I'll happily tour the world with it :D
But seriously, I'd love to have a live line-up for this, I already even thought about doing this live myself (solo)!

6.The ep was released by 'Bound By Modern Age Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Sure, it's my label! So, after no other cool Black Metal label answered my demo submission positively, I just went to release it on my own.
I started with BBMA Records in 2012 as kind of a hobby. Did a 'zine, put on some shows and then started dubbing tapes for bands that I liked and yeah, before I even knew what was happening, I started doing vinyl releases and began shipping distro overseas. I still do everything completely DIY besides working a full time job and 3 bands... so, this probably isn't really the most productive way but I guess it's still just my hobby and I know that I won't get rich with it... hell, I'm still always glad when I have break even with a record!
Also, BBMA isn't really known for its killer Black Metal releases... it's actually more of an oldschool hardcore/metalcore label with a majority of vegan and straight edge releases, but yeah since I am the boss of it, I fucking decide what I put out on it! So, better keep an eye open for the future! ;-)

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

Kind of strangely contrary... I guess the first big problem is that people don't just give it a try. I have 56 facebook likes and the official youtube video has 161 views. I also never really got any bad feedback back to me... which probably is because only so few people even have heard of it. On the other hand, I already got 3 really nice reviews on really cool internet blogs/webzines and also got superb feedback from people who bought the tape/cd! ...but: I only sold like 10-20% of the press (slightly more cd's than tapes though) yet... which also is noticeably little.
Idk, I feel like people really like it, when they give it a try - but most of them don't...

8.What is going on with the other bands these days that you are a part of?

All good man! Castigator is up and running. We rehears once a week, what is really cool, and we're also working on some shows again for later this year. Besides that, we also wrote a couple new songs, which we'll hopefully manage to record in the not so distant future (and then release on vinyl). Forward To Eden is also going well, I mean, basically its likewise just a one-man-project of mine, but yeah... there is a new 7" coming up already and a bunch of new songs is currently being recorded.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

If everything goes as I planed (what it rarely does though), end of the year. As I said earlier, I already wrote a couple new riffs and stuff, but I definitely won't get in the mood of recording them before the fall sets in ;-) ...also it needs to be good, because I really love the demo EP myself - I listen to it on a regular base - which is something I wouldn't have expected from me... so it will be hard for me to keep up with my own standards! ...and I'd also really want to have it on vinyl (and if possible on a cool label) then!
Myself, as a musician, in the future? Definitely not professional! I don't expect to able to live from my music or my label and I also don't want to get any more capitalistic with it... So, probably still where I am today? Recording a killer demo during the night, after a hard day of work - not getting recognized at all - crawling to the coffee machine - repeat.

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?

Definitely Woods Of Ypres... I mean, it's not just the name (as I just introduced), also the lettering and everything is inspired by them!
My top 12 band plays from the last couple of weeks (in no particular order): Woods Of Ypres, Agalloch, Panopticon, Falls Of Rauros, Caladan Brood, Thrawsunblat, Ancst, Immortal, Summoning, Winterfylleth, Cattle Decapitation, Amon Amarth.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Besides Friends/Family and the label? Collecting records and band merch (and being a big nerd about it). Reading (and collecting) comics, graphic novels and mangas (and being a big nerd about it as well).
Watching movies (going to the cinema), series and animes. Going to the gym (whenever I have the time). The Vegan Straight Edge. Playing Guitar. Drinking Coffee... and definitely not sleeping at all! :D

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

Thanks a lot! I really enjoyed it - it was the first time I got to talk about TCAS :-)
Please check us out and give us a like: https://www.facebook.com/ThroughChaosAndSolitude/
...and if you also happen to be further interested in my weird and packed life: https://www.instagram.com/xrulex/

Friday, June 16, 2017

Zurvan/Gorge Of Blood/Satanath Records/The Eastern Front/2017 CD Review


  Zurvan  are  a  band  originally  from  Iran  but  now  re-located  to  Germany  that  plays  an  aggressive mixture of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Gorge Of  Blood"  which  will  be  released  on  June  28th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  The  Eastern  Front.

  A  very  fast  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  before  also  adding  deep  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements.

  Throughout the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  later  song  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  briefly  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  brought into  the  riffing  it  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  edge  and  one  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Zurvan  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  death  metal  influences  along  with  a more  modern  approach  to  create  a  sound  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  paganism,  history,  misanthropy  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Zurvan  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gorge  Of  Blood"  Isolation  Of  Sense"  "Hallucination"  and  "Massacre".  8  out  of  10. 

Kassad/Faces Turn Away/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Kassad  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Faces  Turn  Away"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  more  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  along  with  some  post  rock  elements  are  also  used  at  times  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  is  also used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  closing  track  brings  in  elements  of  ambient  and  is  also  all  instrumental.

  Kassad  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  while  also adding  in  a touch  of  post  rock,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  existential  terror  and  claustrophobic  anxiety  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kassad  are  a very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shame"  "Madness"  and  "Pulse".  8  out  of  10.   

Serpentfyre/Illuminating Ruin/Altare Productions/2017 MLP Review


  Serpentfyre  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  mini  album  "Illuminating  Ruin"  which  will  be  released  in July  by  Altare  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim y et  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  music  along  with  some  blast  beats  when  the  music  speeds  up.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and the  riffs  also  mix  in  melodies  at  times  and  clean  guitars  are  also utilized briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Serpentfyre  plays  a style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  Finnish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  devotion  to  the  Black  Arts  and  the  Will  Of  The  Great  Serpent  along  with  one  track  being  written  in  Finnish.

  In  my  opinion  Serpentfyre  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  mini  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation  Of  Phosphorus"  and  "Supreme  primal  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Torvara/Killing Culture/Satanic Records/2017 CD Review


  Torvara  are  a  band from Italy  that  plays  an  old  school form  of  black  metal  with some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Killing  Culture"  which  was  released  by  Satanic  Records.

  War  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

   When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  fast riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  90's  second  wave  feeling  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  death  and  thrash  metal  elements  and  war  samples  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Torvara  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  war  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion Torvara  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Forest"  "Killing  Culture"  and  "Submit  And  Obey".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Israthoum/Channeling Death & Devil/Altare Productions/2017 Full Length Review


  Israthoum  are  a  band  originally  from Portugal  but  now  re-located  to  the  Netherlands  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Channeling  Death  &  Devil"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Altare  Productions.

 

    A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  is  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music a   more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,   mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  having  a  perfect  balance  between  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  clean  guitars  can  be  heard  along  with  one  of  the  later  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Israthoum  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  occult  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  left  hand  path,  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Israthoum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Channeling Death  And  Devil"  "Drudges  Of  Ruination"  "Well Of  Bitterness"  and  "Turn  Stone  To  Ash".  8  out  of  10.

Through Chaos & Solitude/The Thawing Winds Of The Morning Sun/Bound By Modern Age Records/2017 EP Review


  Through  Chaos  &  Solitude  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  ep  "The Thawing  Winds  Of  The  Morning  Sun"  which  was  released  by  Bound By  Modern  Age  Records.

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  direction  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  both  the  riffs  and  solos  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  growls  are  also utilized  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount of  melodic  singing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  also  give  the  recording  a  more  raw  edge  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Through  Chaos  &  Solitude  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  sounding  with  a  touch  of  folk,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Through  Chaos  &  Solitude  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Intransigence  Of  The  Soul".  8  out  of  10. 

Irdorath/Denial Of Creation/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 CD Review


  Irdorath  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  black  metal  with  touches  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Denial  Of Creation"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash  and death  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals bring  in  a mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  growls  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  on  a  few  songs  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Irdorath  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes a   modern  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  great  amount  of  thrash  and  death  metal  elements  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  damnation,  feelings  and  anti  religion  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Irdorath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devoured  By  Greed" "The  Curse  That  Haunts  The  Earth"  "Blessings  From  Above"  and  "Denial  Of  Creation".  8  out  of  10.