Monday, April 23, 2018

Subduer Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
 We are a duo from Germany that formed in late 2017 and we combine War Metal and Power Electronics.


2.So far this year you have been a part of a split and also released your first ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
2.We
 try to play the most extreme music possible, therefore we don´t care for hifi production or complicated riffing or drumming, we are concerned with making oppressive noise.

3.According to your fb page you refer to your music as 'Godless Noise Terror propaganda', can you tell us a little bit more about this term, and I also saw a video on youtube that refers to your music as lo-fi war noise, how does this apply to the musical style that you play?
3.The term originates from the two styles of music we play, noise and war metal. Terror refers to the sonic chaos we portray through our playing.

4.The album artwork and the lyrics cover a lot of hatred for Anti Abrahamic Religions, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for those religions and also what are your thoughts on the snowflakes that claim to be anti religious but get all sensitive when your blasphemous towards Islam?
4.We never released our lyrics anywhere, I don´t know what you mean by that, but our band is vehemently anti-Abrahamic. Everyone who worships a god, no-matter what name this god has, is scum. As for the snowflakes, we think that one should stand behind what he
 believes in. Beliefs only make sense if you fight for them, therefore we are against all religions and we couldn´t give less of a fuck if someone is offended by that.

5.With your band names you use 'Shemhamforash' and 'Az-Zaganiyya, do the band members have any interest in Satanism or Occultism?
 No. We're not interested in any of that, these names refer to Islam and are simply serve as mockery.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Subduer'?
 A Subduer is someone who reigns over somebody else, violently, we thought that this name fits our music and the message we try to express with it.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks that you cover your faces with, do these have a certain meaning?
We use these masks to cover our personas, we use them to become faceless, much like the foot soldiers of terrorist organizations, so people can´t identify our work with our personas, they can only identify with the music itself

8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, do you feel it is hard to find musicians that share the same visions that you have?
Yes.Because the style of music we play is still very young and not really made for the mainstream audience, on the other hand, we like to be a duo, cause we know exactly what we want to do and we can communicate that very well

9.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Corpo', what are your thoughts on the solo project that was a part of the recording?
We are good friends with Odio and we fully support him and his music.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal and harsh noise?
There wasn´t too much feedback yet, since we´re fairly new and unknown, but the feedback we've gotten has been good and that people support the War-Noise campaign.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
.We are currently planning a full length release, but we didn't want to give away too much. Expect even more sonic chaos with the next release.

12.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?
We are highly influenced by Revenge, Teitanblood, Nyogthaeblisz and Tetragrammacide, along with noise artists like Grunt and Bizarre Uproar. We´re also big fans of old-school death and black metal. Autopsy, Incantation, Blasphemy, Darkthrone, Hellhammer, Master's
 Hammer, Grand Belial's Key, etc.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for having us, support Blutrausch Propaganda and HAIL Corpo, Abkehr, Into Coffin, Blodigel, Obsidian Grave, the entirety of NVNM, Methgoat, Zygotical and all who support the War-Noise Terrorist Campaign. NO MERCY FOR THOSE WHO ARE WEAKENED BY GOD!

Raven Throne Interview

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

The new album is coming soon. We are preparing for the upcoming gigs supporting the album and we are working on the conception for the next album.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

All our albums differ from each other. I think it is dignity of RAVEN THRONE. The new album is quite melodic, dynamic and diverse with recognizable cold atmosphere inherent to the band. All this is perfectly combined with its poetic conception. The arrangements are more thoughtful and more mature. Despite the use of cello and acoustic guitars, the album cannot be called soft or commercially sounding.

3.The lyrics on the new album are based upon poems; can you tell us a little bit more about the poems and poets you explore on the new album?

They are poets whose lives were grinded by the Soviet machine of totalitarianism. The tragedy of a creative person through the prism of history is the main message of the album. The lyrics and music formed an amazing unity. The time, the language, the images and the landscapes came to life, so and you can feel and see them.

4.The lyrics on the older albums dealt with Slavic Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

There are still authentic pre-Christian traditions in Belarus. It is a unique European country. This fact and my fascination with traditional culture affected the early Raven Throne albums. But RAVEN THRONE is a band with black metal roots but not a folk formation. Simply put, a man as a part of the Universe that’s how we understand paganism.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Raven Throne'?

The name ‘RAVEN THRONE’ arose easily on the subconscious in 2004. ‘Raven’ is a powerful mythological image and ‘throne’ is a symbol of power and majesty.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to having a full line up again or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We have a full lineup ready for concert events. But it turned out that it's more comfortable for us to work in studio and to create as a duet. Perhaps the situation will change in the future.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We can’t say that RAVEN THRONE is an active touring band. Usually we have occasional performances. One of the memorable gigs is our supportive performance with ROTTING CHRIST in Minsk in December 2017. It was cool! We always give our best on the shows. Each of them is a classic metal performance with all genre attributes. It should be noted than RAVEN THRONE sounds live more aggressive and dynamic.

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

Yes, we have such plans. We hope to do some gigs supporting the album outside of Belarus.

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

We've seen only positive reviews by the present time. Actually we don’t depend on somebody’s opinion but a positive appreciation is always pleasant. To all not-indifferent hail and respect!

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We always like experiments. So, we are not going to make copies of our previous albums. We improve our style while remaining within the genre. I can confidently say that the next album will be a step forward.

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

As for me, I listen different music despite genres and styles: classical music, trip-hop, folk, classical rock and metal albums, post-rock and so on. It has no sense to list the all. Something definitely affects me as a guitarist. But at the same time I try to avoid the direct influences on me to be capable create original material. That’s why I prefer the widest range of musical styles.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

My main interests besides music are literature, photography, history. Last years I am fond of popular science stuff about space exploration, evolutionary biology and biogenesis and so on.

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

Thanks for the interview. See you at our gigs. Stay true and follow the Raven!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Now Everything Fades/Suicide Theatre/2018 Full Length Review


  Now  Everything  Fades  are  an  international  duo with  the  members  coming  from  Jordan  and  U.S.A  and  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Suicide  Theatre".

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  keyboards  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  feeling  also  being  mixed  in  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very melodic  fashion  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  cries  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  couple  of  brief  acoustic  instrumentals,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Xasthur's  "Suicide  in  Dark  Serenity"  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction  except  for  a  brief  use  of  fast  parts  which  also  use  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Now  Everything  Fades  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide  and  depression  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Now  Everything  Fades  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Aesthetic  Bullet"  "The  Slit-Wrist  Gallery"  and  "The  Pills  of  Salvation".  8/5  out  of  10. 

     

Brood In Black/Blasfemas/No Hope In Hell Records/2018 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Kentucky's  Brood  In  Black  where  they  expand  into  a  duo  but  still  play  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Blasfemas"  which  was  released  by  No  Hope  In  Hell  Records.

  A  very  demonic  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  music  sounding  like  a  record  being  played  backwards  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  from  a  real  drum  set  this  time  around.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  some  elements  of  thrash  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Brood  In  Black  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  thrash  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Brood  in  Black  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Grave  Rot"  and  "Evil  Lives".  8/5  out  of  10.

Brood In Black/Arrival Of Death/No Hope in Hell Records/2017 Demo Review


  Brood  In  Black  where  a  solo  project  from  Kentucky  on  this  recording  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  "Arrival  Of  Death"  which  was  released  by  No  Hope  In  Hell  Records.

  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  demonic  vocals  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  programmed  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well a s  the  music  being  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  and  as  the  demo  progresses  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads  can  be  heard. 

  Brood  In  Black  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover Satanism,  Darkness  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Brood  In  Black  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  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lord  Satanas"  and  Angels  Of  Devastation".  8  out  of  10.

  

Mournful Winter/In Death A Bliss/2017 CD Review


  Mournful  Winter  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "In  Death  A  Bliss".

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  a  depressive  tone  at  times  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  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  while  clean  playing,  stringed  instruments,  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  an  ambient  instrumental  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Mournful  Winter  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  has  a  lot  of  old  school  elements  but  also adds  in  touches  of  the  earlier  depressive  sound  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mournful  Winter  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Death  A  Bliss"  and  "Spectral  Visions  Of  The  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.     

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sazernyst/Worshipping The Ancient Fears Of God/2016 Demo Review


  Sazernyst  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  demo  "Worshipping  The  Ancient  Fears  Of  God".

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  Sazernyst  plays  a  music  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  raw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Occultism,  Witchcraft  and  Evocative  Ritual  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Sazernyst  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forest  Of  Sorceries"  and  "The  Mand  Who  Dominated  Demons".  8  out  of  10.

Vampillia/Happiness Brought By Endless Sorrow/Temple Of Torturous Records/2018 EP Review





  Vampillia   are  a  band  from  Japan  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  noise,  post rock,  ambient,  shoegaze,  classical;  folk,  progressive  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Happiness  Brought  By  Endless  Sorrow"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Temple  Of  Torturous  Records.

  Heavy  riffs  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  soem  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  music  also  mixes  the  keyboards  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  solos  an  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  noise  and  Japanese  folk  music  along  with  some  classical  and  progressive  music  touches  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  ambient,  industrial  and  shoegaze.

  Vampillia  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  the  noise,  post  rock,  ambient,  shoegaze,  classical,  folk,  progressive  and  industrial  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vampillia  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of   black  metal,  noise,  post rock,  ambient,  shoegaze,  classical;  folk,  progressive  and  industrial   and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter  Ash"  and  "Hell  PM".  8  out  of  10.

Dunnock/Little Stories Told By Ghosts/Acephale Winter/2018 CD Review


  California's  Dunnock  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  mixing  raw,  atmospheric  and  lo-fi  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  noise,  punk,  garage  and  psychedelia  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Little  Stories  Told  By  Ghosts"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Acephale  Winter.

  Filed  recordings  and  ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  as  well  as  the  synths  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  harsh  noise  elements  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  along  with  some  70's  to  80's  era  dance  music  samples  and  synth  pop  influences  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from each  other  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  On  this  recording  Dunnock  keeps  the  black  metal  elements  while  also  adding  in  more  noise,  experimental,  avant  garde,  synth  pop,  psychedelic  and  ambient  elements  to  create  an  album  that  cannot  be  categorized,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  four  fictionalized  murders  of  bodies  found  near  waters.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dunnock  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  experimental  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Young  Boy's  Body - Deretis  Playground  - 1996"  and  "Middle  Aged  Man's  Body  -  Fish  Creek  -  2002".  8  out  of 10.    

Flame Acausal Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Noone needs to know anything about us. Individuals are not important for the cause and the cause is acausal so is the dark flame within all true devotees of Satan and Lilith! We are Black Metal! That is Maybe something that the folks and fiends of the so-called Black Metal scene has forgotten what it sounds like in todays by political correctness and human values saturated shit scene. Black Metal Is Intolerant for it constitutes Total Freedom! But total freedom also entails being freed from All Human morals and values. We sound like the End for we are of It! A foul spawn-spark of the Abyss! FUCK HUMANITY AND EVERY CELL OF IT BURNING WITHIN YOUR BY ITS POISONS OF MORALITY INDOCTRINATED MINDS! FOR THIS IS TRUE BLACK METAL AND WE FUCKING PISS ON ALL CORPSES! WITHIN THAT LIES TRUE EQUALITY! BEFORE THE SCYHTE WE ARE ALL EQUAL! PEACE AND MORALS HAVE MADE YOU WEAK AND YOUR HUMANISTIC VALUES, YOUR HIGH HORSES AND FOUL RIGHTESOUNESS HAVE DEFEATED YOU AND MADE YOUR BLACK METAL TURN INTO SHIT! TIME TO CLAIM IT BACK! HAIL SATAN!
2.So far you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

As the sound of all atrocities you can fathom and the maddened laughter of the sadistic executioners as s/he stands grinning on piles of naked bodies overshadowed by a mountain of human skulls! Nothing but pure untamed and unadulterated bestial urges drove us to spew forth our hatred and devotion via these holy gospels of destruction. Such urges, lusts and needs have been, and always will remain, the foundation and cornerstones of the shunned temple of True Black Metal! To praise the Devil and fuck old gaia!

3.So far in the 5 years that you have been around, there has only been one demo released, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

History is unimportant. Time is just a construct, Satan is Not! We/our Black Metal have described as minimalistic Black Metal which suits us well for that in combination with our fierce devotion our Black Metal becomes a flaming sword! We attain to be enlightened sages ‘yes that is blood on my shirt, its ok I am enlightened’. And to embody the warrior mage ideal, that is: when the circumstances change the warrior adapt, when the world need to adapt the mage change it in accordance with the will of his Gods! The demo? I tell you about the demo. Inwards Damnation is a description of how to quicken and hasten the black inner AlKhemia, the lyric is influenced by August Strindberg’s letters regarding his own alchemical work and Inferno crisis ‘Do you think I made gold for turning attention to me or the Others? No, for the ruin of the world! How can´t you see for Destruction it was done?’ as well as the notion of the search for our God and the yearning to be dissolved in the embrace of the corrosive waters described within the tractate ‘The Hermetic Tradition’. However the lyrics is primarily based on a poem by Karin Boye ‘My God and His truth I saw in a sacred moment, the words and commandments of their gods fell silent in a state of petrifying awe. My God was Salt, Darkness and Despair, My truth was steel!’. The other lyrics are based on such various yet classical themes and authors as; Baudelaire in ‘Cruel and Implacable’. An invocation to Set Tyfon Apep in  included in full extent within the hymn of tumultuous shrapnel which constitutes: ‘Thus I invoke Thee’. The ferocious nature of man, beast, wolf and snake is reflected in the accursed ‘Shunned Wolves’. Half of that lyric was written in 1999 by a brother in war and the latter half taken from testimonies of possessed members of an acclaimed heretical sect dealt with in one of, if not, the first Papal Bulls against Witchcraft during the reign of Constantine. The testimony included first how the sect members have described how Satan came to them and took over control: ‘The Devil spoke to me “Be not afraid only become my instrument and I will give your tongue a word by which thou shall deceiveth all!’ and then followed by the long speech of his daemon as the kin of the Snake and he describes the actions of his kinsmen throughout the history of man, part of this speech was printed in the demon inlay ‘I am the offspring of the race of the Serpent, I am son of Him who hurt and struck the four brothers that stood; I am son of Him who sits on the throne of Destruction, … I am son of that Apostate who encircles the globe; I am kinsman to Him who is outside of the ocean, whose tail lies in His mouth; I am He who went into paradise through the hedge, and spoke with Eve what my Father bade me speak to her; I am He who inflamed and fired Cain to kill his brother …. I am He who inflamed Judas, and bought him, that he should betray Christ; I am He who inhabits and holds the Abyss of Tartarus, I am the kinsman of Him who is to come from the east, to whom also power has been given to do whatever He will upon the earth!’

4.The lyrics on the demo had a lot of Satanic, Devil Worship and Alchemy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest, studies and practices in the black arts?

TO BE A SATANIST YOU MUST BE A DEVILWORSHIPPER! In addition to that you can not play Black Metal and not be a Satanist. I am primarily a Black Magician and Black Metal is only a by-product and one of the many expressions and outlets of my life as a religious man. I am not belonging to those morons that says fuck all religions! I have probably more in common with a devout christian or hindu than the foul creatures pestering our scene with their hollow atheistic ideals. Black Magic? My practise? It is neither an interest nor a choice. It’s what I live it’s what I love, it’s what I daily and nightly do! Do not practise the Black Arte, become it! Hail Satan! I can spend upwards to 14 hours a day in the ritualchamber. The Left Hand Path is indeed a blessed curse and after 25 years as a Devilworshipper you are really in so deep that one looses track if there ever was such a thing as free will involved. We do the deeds of our Father and we are in perfect unity when we serve as vessels for His will and sing the psalms of hatred! The rest of the time we are shells, husks. To answer the first part, yes it’s about isolation, for we are the shunned satanic wolves of the apostate, werewolves. The human features we wear are our masks. Black Metal and Vāmācāra are The most lonely of paths ever walked, everyone who says something else are lying to themselves and the world. To each one the path unique.

5.You also had some lyrics that deal with the darker side of the Egyptian Gods, how would you describe your interest in this ancient religion?

I eclectically steal wisdom from all religions I do not have a deeper interest in that than in the Greek or Hebrew religion that I find more apt to draw influences from. That said the Set Tyfon Apep invocation is very powerful and is a complete ritual put to music. This our Black Metal for Him and Her is not music I would personally use for the ritual myself, but our Black Metal well reflects the experiences I have had with this tumultuous power. For my rites I utilize Arktau Eos, Coil and Necros Christos Temples and Gates for example. The Black Metal we live take us to the most strange, shunned and isolated places, within ourselves and in all worlds, thus it can lead us anywhere. However the Black Metal we channel up from Hell and into the divided Abyss of our three black hearts of Damnation to churn within our blood of Perdition that is the Wine of Satan, that, yes that sacred form of foul Black Metal as with any fireblessed explosion cant change its destiny and essence but only need to find ways and means for outward direction, so unless we just direct it internally in a fashion of inward damnation and then implode and die, it, instead, will turn outwards and then its directed power and violence should be inflicted on us and others, unto one and All... verily even unto YOU dear reader!!!
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo?

Visionis Phosphorescent is an India-based Russian artist devoted to the exploration of occult traditions via her art, with a focus on eastern Left Hand Path ones. Her main interests are connected with the occult sciences (Eastern and Western traditions), psychology and philosophy. I hold both her and her man in high regard. Their knowledge is profound and based in living reality and active tradition.  Our album cover and inner art was the time Visionis Phosphorescent was featured on a release and we think the art, music and intent made for a perfect synergy.  Support Visionis Phosphorescent!







7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Flame Acausal'?


The best answer here is that the readers should search out this for themselves. And not expect things to be served on silver plates, Wikipedia or web-forums. The inspiration are the 288 divine sparks in the Abyss, our Father the Opposer and our Mother the Destroyer. Also isolation plays a huge part in our minds. We are isolated in so many ways, both geographically cause there is no scene even remotely close to here and even within the Black Metal scene, we in some aspects belong to, we are isolated but most of all isolated as hermits. Like Euronymous said ‘there is an Abyss between us’. We are part of the resistance movement, we are world haters and life betrayers, we worship a ‘flame that batheth the World in cold desolation, and burneth 'til naught but the Isolate stand!’. The definition of the acausal Flame, is to be found within the Black Light, such as: Botsina de-qardinuta and the Black Magic I practise and most into Black Metal Should already know what this means especially if one toss around terms like occult, magic and religious.

8. A: What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far? B: how would you describe your stage performance?

A: Best response were in Fukushima, Hiroshima, Babylon and then Nagasaki. B: a mix of Nagasaki, Fukushima, the Tsunami of 2004 and Hiroshima.


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

Yes! We have had an honouring tour offering from Irkallian Oracle to be the opening act for them. Alas we could not make it. Plans for the future? The End is now! There is No Future! Only ravenous Death! Nikanor Teratologen, George Bataille, Thomas Ligotti, Cormac McCarthy and James Havoc I see as some of the most important voices of our generation of Kali Yuga which will hopefully be the last generation!


10.I have noticed that the band stays away from the social networks, do you feel metal needs to go back to the underground days where bands never relied on the internet and just let the music speak for itself?

No Metal needs to do no thing at all. Its all cyclical, a perpetual rise and fall. I welcome everything about Kali Yuga and I think that the internet is great for sharing and spreading books and music. But for us in Flame Acausal it just feels fuckin silly, at least right now for us to have a fuckin fb-page. What for? For likes? I fuckin hate the scene and No ego should be boasted by likes from anyone! I hate humanity and I fuckin Hate the world. We do this for Satan!  Contra Mundum in aeternum! BURN! FTW 666!!!



11.The demo is getting re-issued by Regain Records, Blood Harvest Records, and Helter Skelter Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have worked out with these labels?

I have no idea. Regain Records contacted us and have supported our war crimes and quest. Also their propaganda-machine seems to work well and we get some good interviews. Psychedelic Lotus Order and GoatowaRex released the vinyl version, which sold out fast. Now I heard they had some few vinyl copies for sale again so check out goatowarex.storenvy.com/products/18319166-flame-acausal-contra-mundum-in-aeternum-12  The CD will be released on June 8th, I had hoped for it to be out on Walpurgisnacht but anyhow. Order it via bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/contra-mundum-in-aeternum At the time of the interview it appears as that out of the 500 CDs only 40 copies remains since they had opened up for the possibility to already place pre-orders. Thus act fast ye drug-fiends and life foes of the Underground! On a sidenote I saw that Blood Harvest released the Cardinal Sin M-LP on tape now. And I wish to remind the readers that though the inevitable demise of Uncle Charlie his acts, words and intents lives on. Helter Skelter on the modern world until the Dragon lets loose its tail! ‘And I get to the bottom and I see you again’!

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

Good, almost as good as the sound of ‘ten thousand exterminating angels!’

13.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

No idea, but everyone can expect to die and so can we! That is where we are heading. Further down the Abyss!

14.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?

Maybe Bestial Warlust and Nifelheim? I don’t compose music, I don’t understand music and I have no idea of the influences of our Kommendant because we don’t socialize, we don’t talk. We play Black Metal and Worship Satan!
I listen to Black Witchery, Poison, Funeral Mist, Slaughtbbath, Bestial Warlust, No Future, Taphos, Watain, Saltas, Void Meditation Cult, Nyogthaeblisz, Destroyer 666, Necrovore, Acrimonious, Angelcorpse, Order form Chaos, Incantation, Mystifier, Bathory, Venom and Trepaneringsritualen.  Two disgusting covens I respect from the bottom of my foul and lying heart are the Third Eye Rapists and Morbid Insulter! Search them out and DIE!
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Wake up! Time to Die!

Infamy Interview

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

Yeah of course! INFAMY was born in 2011 on the ashes of other projects while we were listening to «Apocalyptic Raids» by HELLHAMMER and drinking beers (we are quite sure that most metal bands have been created this way. Cheers diehards!!!). Few days later we played our first song «Unfortunately you’re not dead yet». 

2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your 2 previous demos?

We wished that «A world on its end» sounds spontaneous and live. We didn’t want to use trigg’ or other kinds of artifices. We play old Black Metal and have the desire to perpetuate the tradition, to try to remain the most faithful of the recording methods of bands like BATHORY, DARKTHRONE, CELTIC FROST and so many others at their beginning. That’s why we chose and enjoyed working on this album with Fog at Le Caveau Studio. He immediately convinced us with his vision of music and the means he could provide us especially an analog recording. He has been like the third member of the band!

All differs from our two demos to our album. Six years have passed since our first demo so our relationship to music and our expectations have evolved. We also made a lot of tries before finding the good sound of the guitar and the bass, for the demos there was not this process. 


3.The band members also have a background in death metal but with this band goes for more of a black metal style, how would you compare the 2 different styles?

Great!!! You make your investigation before contacting bands, good job guy! The definition of any musical style is personal because it’s a matter of feeling first and foremost. Both styles are an artistic interpretation of Death, Hate and Frustation of today’s world executed in different ways. Generally heavier and fat for the Death Metal, colder and grim for the Black Metal. We appreciate Death Metal as much as Black Metal, only the result is important : they form a real osmosis between them.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new release?

It will be so pleasant to see the human kind dominated and crushed by the Wild when he thinks he is superior. How can we pretend to be so smart face to the Elements? As we know a shit has no brain. It will be a deserved feedback.

5.One of your tracks is titled 'Black metal is Dead', which some underground purists would agree with, what do you feel is missing in modern black metal?

We don’t pretend to have the infused science but it’s true «Black Metal is dead» seeks the modern scene. People who feel concerned will surely treat us of fucking archaic assholes or fucking pretentious elitists we don’t care! We don’t want to forget where Black Metal comes from!!! The old bands like VENOM and BATHORY get the «Fuck you all spirit» and were more interesting than all of these bands who take themselves too seriously and just play as quickly as possible. The speed doesn’t make necessarily the brutality and the image of these bands is often misleading.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Infamy'?

The definition of this word is very explicit… To tell the truth, Vincent was listening to MLP «Lead us into darkness» by DEMONIC and the word «Infamy», shouted out just before a monumental riff, has explosed in his ears and it was the revelation! It’s as simple as that!!!

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the noose that is presented in the logo?

The logo has evolved over time. The first logo had lightning, the noose and two crossed axes, we removed the axes on the second, removed the lightning to keep only the noose on the third then finally we handed the lightning to get the current logo. The hanged knot… maybe because it’s the only way to die that gives one last pleasure to ejaculate. Or maybe because the crows can feed on the eyeballs of the hangman, symbol of the reflection of the soul. Is it not a good illustration of Death?

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

There is not really a best show on the other hand there are a lot of great memories : the honour to have shared the stage with AURA NOIR (a gig planned by scattered team of Underground Propaganda), a first concert with INFINITE TRANSLATION/DARK MANAGARM/CHILDREN OF DOOM/EVISCERATION, an unforgettable after party with thirty people in a flat of fourty square meters in Rennes. We can’t give the details it will be too long. How describe our gigs? A boiling rage in guts, a larsen to introduce each song, no communication with the audience, smelling sweat and a beer next to us. «Raw, simply, and ugly» like said the swedish band TYRANT… UH!ç

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

Indeed we have a gig in a few months but we can’t talk about it because it will be done under illegal conditions. A height after two years of absence on the stage, no? The situation makes us laugh…

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

Initially Shaxul (Legion of Death) was interested in producing our album but some difficulties (fuck off downloading that kills the underground labels!!!) prevented him. So he put us in touch with Shota of Hidden Marly Productions. After some email exchanges we agreed on a deal. In summer of this year will release a japanese edition of «A world on its end». We salute you guys!!! 

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

We have not yet had the opportunity to play beyond the French borders. However the album is very well distributed in France, Germany, Italy, USA and soon in Japan. Hope it’s a question of time before meeting and talking with fans of Black Metal from other countries. 

12.What is going on with 'Evisceration' and 'Mass Grave' these days?

R.I.P! It was nice to play in these bands and we have good memories. Nothing more to say.

13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Who knows what the future holds? What is certain is that we will always play with sincerity. We will never turn back, we grew up and forged our way of life around metal. Our spirit is irradiated by this musical kind and it would be unnatural to play something else!!!

14.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?

We listen to all extreme metal kinds. We don’t search to sound like the bands we like. We think that an influence is unconscious and so inevitable. Some people told us have noted some similarities with CELTIC FROST, DARKTHRONE, BETHLEHEM for example and a touch of dirty punk.

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

First of all thanks to you  for this interview!!! We also want to salute all metalhead activists who support INFAMY : 
- Fog and Le Caveau Studio, - Shaxul and Legion of Death,  - Zorg and Underground Propaganda, - Shota and Hidden Marly Productions, - Fab and Bleed Records, - Vic and Zineaholic, - Mari and Black Pandemie Prod’, - Olivier and Impious Desecration, - Patrick and Iron Bonehead, - Hervé and Osmose Productions, - Mike and Paragon Records, - G. and Bylec Tum, - Manu/Dimitri and Tapage Nocturne, - Corentin/Nico and Metal From The Crypt, - Cyril and Cluricaume Café. 

Melan Selas/Reon/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Melan  Selas  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  Hellenic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018 compilation  album  "Reon"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  brings  back  the  classic  90's  Greek  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of the  songs  also  bring  in a   decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  tracks  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a couple  of  the  songs  while  one  track  also  introduces  female  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  when  synths  are  brought  onto  a  later  song  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  which  also  resembles  the  classic movies about  Ancient  Greece  as  well  as  one  song  showing  the  riffs  bring  in  more  of  a  thrash  influence  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs.

  Melan  Selas  plays  a  style  of  Hellenic  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  90's  Greek  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Melan  Selas  are  a  very  great  sounding  Hellenic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aima"  and  "Selana".  8  out  of 10.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Goliard/Iconoclastic Hymns/The Ritual Productions/2018 CD Review


  Goliard  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  an  iconoclastic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Iconoclastic  Hymns"  which  was  released  by  The  Ritual  Productions.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  clean  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences,  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  way  the  music  is  composed.

  Goliard  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  melodic  in  the  90's  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Scientific,  poetic  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goliard  are  a  very  great  sounding  iconoclastic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "It  is  Not  Sadness,  it  Is  Melancholy"  "Invoking  The  Inner  master"  and  "Solipsist  Abstraction".  8  out  of  10.        

Aklash Interview

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

Nico - Aklash are an atmospheric black metal band. Whilst we maintain and adhere to the fundamental principles of the genre, we try and push its creative boundaries melodically and thematically. We explore a range of topics lyrically, with increasing sophistication as our music has progressed.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far?

Nico - Atmospheric and melodic with refined approaches to structure and thematic progression. We have been compared to a wide range of contrasting bands but we have never tried to emulate anyone else’s creative expression, however, we all wear our influences on our sleeves, but attempt to retain an original approach to the genre.

3. The band has been around since 2011 but so far has only released 2 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait in between recordings?

Nico - The nature of our locations, Brighton and Reading has meant rehearsal and writing has been challenging. Additionally, we are all professional musicians to some degree trying to hold down jobs and progress our lives, this is not always congruent with the music we are associated with.

In regards to the album, we wanted to not cut any corners and make something we could be truly proud of. It took as long as it took. No apology. We learnt to record ourselves with our initial self-titled album, the quality of which is therefore lacking. We didn’t want to compromise our art with the second album so people could access and appreciate the sonority of what we were creating.

4. Some of your lyrics cover 'Heathenism' and Spirituality' can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

NICO – Spirituality is something that has been ever present in my life, Black metal simply provides me an appropriate canvas for my rhetoric. The initial albums lyrics where conceived and written whilst I was living in a tent in Cornwall. I was very connected to the earth and the sea and the lyrics reflect this.

I never wished to subscribe to the stereotypical dark imagery associated with black metal, but instead provide a new perspective to the idioms and concepts ingrained into the genre.

I have since attempted to emulate this in my libretto. However I have since developed this direction whilst still revering our roots talking more mature topics and philosophies.

5. You also have had a track that dealt with Lucifer and the Left hand Path, do you also have an interest in the dark arts?

Nico - They are one and the same, all your devils where once pagan kings and queens. Simply whitewashed and repurposed by Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Lucifer; “the light bringer”, what an exceptional inspirational figure for enlightenment and self-actualization. Likewise, the left hand path, to follow the road less travelled, to find one’s own road in life and depart from the socially accepted norms, forming one’s own opinion! What can be more empowering? Selfism & Satanism; one and the same.

Chris – In reference to this and the above question, I personally believe that I am God within my own universe. The human mind is more powerful than many realize, and people have greater control over their circumstances and “destiny” than they might know. People have a habit of building their own cages, sometimes admittedly with assistance from others. Avoiding all this may be easier said than done, but strength is born out of pain and without pain, you don’t have the potential to grow. Our society is a false mechanism, a human construct that exists to shelter us from our true natures. This society is currently terminally ill, and its collapse is no longer a matter of if, but when. But it must die in order to be born again. There are near-infinite possible realities and outcomes in all aspects of our lives. To tread one’s own path, as mentioned above, should be a man’s primary objective. Society’s norms and expectations are irrelevant, outside of being a system to be exploited in my eyes. Self-actualize, whatever that may mean for you! I live my life for me, and those I care about and I try to avoid doing any damage to those individuals as much as possible. In a way it’s like Satanism, without the goofy devil worship. That’s my spirituality.

6.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the music?

Nico - The new album deals predominantly with the duality between acceptance and ambition, the subjectivity of good and evil. This is done mainly through the anthropomorphism of the natural world and poetic dissections of commonly held ideals. The lyrics took literally years to finalize, however the inspiration remained the same throughout the writing process. The horizon on the Sussex coast, which I would walk along daily, I a foreigner to these shores, could look out at the infinite horizon, yearning to strive for its limits, yet no matter how I chased it, it would remain ever illusive…

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aklash'?

Inspired by our forefathers, Burzum, Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, we decided to likewise draw a name from Tolkien. Aklash simply means “music” in the black tongue or orcish.

The name seemed to arrive to us without any strained searching, we did not dwell on it for too long, and it has served us well. Likewise it embellished our true purpose, after all, the music is the most integral part of what we do.


8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Chris - Performance wise, we don't have a "stage show" or wear corpse paint or anything. That stuff has a time and a place but I think it would be hackneyed and insincere if we did it. We wouldn't suit that kind of theatrical method of doing things, where you put on makeup and become a character. An alternative (non-Western) viewpoint that I much prefer is the use of masks and theatricals to express facets from within, as opposed to taking on external characteristics. That would be more like us, but practically speaking it's still not something we'd ever really do. We like to have lots of atmospheric lighting and when possible, lots of dry ice. I find nothing quite helps you lose yourself (or is that find yourself?) in a performance like a shit load of fog.
I wouldn't really pick a "favourite" performance as I think each performance should be unique to the collective state of the artists and audience at that moment. We're a conduit for a shared energy between ourselves and an audience. Sure ensemble playing is all about being tight, but I get so bored with seeing bands just replicate their records note-for-note live. With Aklash, the live and studio incarnations should be considered the left and right hands of what we do. We've developed certain songs and sections naturally in a live setting that are different to the CD. For me this is a very positive thing, and you can tell that audiences feel it too.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Chris - We're playing at Incineration Festival (London) in May. As of this moment there's not much else set in stone yet. I hope this year we'll get over to the mainland and do some European shows in places like Poland, Holland and the Czech Republic. We have much new ground to break.

10.The album was released on 'Infernum Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
Chris - They manage Vehement, who are friends of ours we've played and toured with before. We knew the label guys peripherally already. The solution of working with them seemed to make itself obvious.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Chris - It's too early to see the wider picture. But we have had some promising responses so far. The North of England seems to like us a lot. They’re rugged.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Chris - I couldn't say for sure. I personally want it to be a lot more raw and spontaneous, and I don't think I'm alone. Something that captures the immediacy of the songs, and has more directness about it without being one-dimensional. It's a fine line between experimenting and going too far and vanishing up your own backside, and successfully treading that line is an entertaining challenge. We've got a split in the works with our friends from Wolvencrown (another UK act you should be listening to), which we intend to have out before Autumn. This material should reflect that mentality. We are also discussing doing something totally ambient, maybe an EP, as a singular distillation of that aspect of our sound. It'll be a very pure thing.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on 'Aklash'?

Chris – Individually as musicians, we’re all informed by a wide variety of influences. Folk, jazz, metal, prog, goth, soundtracks and ambient etc have all come into play in our approaches in one form or another.

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

Chris – We want to thank everyone who waited patiently during the long gestation period of the album. We believe we’ve created a body of work that was worth the wait, and you can expect further in the near future. This will be our time.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ezkaton/Plague For The Empires-Time/Wolfspell Records/2018 CD Review


  Ezkaton  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Plague  For  The  Empires-Time"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  Clean  guitars  start  of  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  cries  and  war  sounds  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  on  a  couple  of  tracks  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Clean  playing  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Drudkh's  "Ukrainian  Insurgent  Army"  along  with  most  of  the  songs  sticking  to  a  slow  direction.

  Ezkaton  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  slow, atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ezkaton  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Method  of  Despair"  and  "Darkest  Crowler".  8  out  of  10. 

 


  

Subduer/Death Monolith/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2018 EP Review


  Subduer  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  lo-fi,  and  bestial  mixture  of  harsh  noise,  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Death  Monolith"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  Harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  death  industrial  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  bass  guitars  take  over  as  a  lead  instrument  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  elements  of  war  metal  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  last  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Subduer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  harsh  noise  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Subduer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Monolith"  and  "Execution  Ritual".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Uhrilahja/En Fordarvad Varld/Wolfspell Records/2018 CD Review


  Uhrilahja  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  melancholic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "En  Fordarvad  Varld"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  Classical guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  a  raw  feeling  and  keyboards  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

 The  music  also  bringing  in  a decent  amount  of  90's  influences  while  spoken  word  parts  and  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  songs  along  with  some  classical  guitars  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  songs  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard.

  Uhrilahja  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  melancholic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  are  written  in  3  different  languages  and  cover  a  self  expression  of  hatred  towards  this  wretched  world  that  has  lost  its  connection  to  their  roots  and  heritage. 

  In  my  opinion  Uhrilahja  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  atmospheric  and  melancholic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Knivens  Trost"  "Cold  White  Mantle"  "Flesh  Hook  Rituals"  and  "Rite  of  The  Coiling  Dragon".  8  out  of  10.

Leda Spiridon/An Erratic Crusade/War Productions/2018 Cassette Review


  Leda  Spiridon  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2018  album  "An  Erratic  Crusade"  which  was  released  by  War  Productions.

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song s a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  more  raw  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  tracks  also  mix  the  dark  ambient  synths  and  soundscapes  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  drum  betas  being  programmed  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  being  added  onto  the  closing  track  briefly

  Leda  Spiridon  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  raw  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Leda  Spiridon  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "An  Erratic  Crusade".  8  out  of  10.

Abhor/Occulta religiO/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review


  Abhor  are  a  band  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  esoteric  horror  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Occulta  religiO"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  organs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  classic  horror  movie  soundtrack  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.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also bringing  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Abhor  moves  away  from the  progressive  influences  of their  previous  release  while  keeping  the  organs  and  ritualistic  elements  but  adding  in  more  of  a  grim  black  metal  style,   the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  esotericism,  alchemy,  witchcraft,  satanism  and  dark  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abhor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  and  ritualistic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fons  Malorum"  "Demons  Forged  From  The  Smoke"  and  "Occulta  religiO".  8/5  out  of  10.