Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Anifernyen Interview

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

LUÍS: Anifernyen is a melodic Black/Death metal band from northern Portugal. We are a group of five elements with some musical experience and history in the portuguese underground. In 2008 we released our first work. A 5 track EP, produced by Daniel Cardoso (Anathema) at Ultrasound Studios. After a hiatus of 7 years, we returned in 2017 with a new formation and recorded our debut album in 2018. One year later we are anxious for the release and to get back on the road.

2.In September you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2008?

LUÍS: A long time has passed between these two records. Augur is a more mature work in every way. We gave it a lot of thought structurally and in terms of concept. The renewed band structure allowed us to improve lyrically and rhythmically. As the guitars continued to work harmoniously together, Daniel brought a more careful approach to the lyrics and his vocals are brutally solid and very dynamic. Hugo is bad ass drummer and, together with Ricardo brought a new life to the rhythm section.

3.The band was broken up for 7 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

DANIEL: The band had not broken up. It really was a hiatus. There were quite a few line-up changes throughout the years and it was around 2013 that I replaced the former singer, Ricky. After that time we had some other line-up changes and we also had to change our rehearsal routines. Fortunately, it all ended up alright, since the core of the band has always remained strong with both Luís and Diogo. And after that much restructuring the band finally found a bit of stability and we were able to focus on our main goal which was to get our debut album out.

4.The lyrics cover apocalyptic and end times themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

DANIEL: I’m not a believer in any folklore, faith or creed, be it considered holy or profane. However, I believe that everything ends. And certain images about the end times that have been transmitted to all of us by the writs of certain religions have this curious appeal. When I was listening to our demos those were the images that our music brought to my mind, those were the places to where my imagination travelled, and somehow it felt fitting to write about these themes of destruction, desolation and death. They marry well with the sound of Anifernyen.

5.I know that the band's name means 'A Cold Hell' in contemporary English, how does this name fit on with the musical style you play?

DANIEL: I think the name Anifernyen is quite fitting for our musical style. Our music can be categorized in the black/death metal genres with some melodic elements to it. I can get all metaphorical and poetic about this and say that it is fast and harsh at times like the blazing flames of Hell, and sometimes it becomes slow and bleak like a wintery frost.But seriously, I guess that when Luís came up with the name for the band was because it was unusual and all quite different from the rest, or the band could have ended up has yet another band with a name that ends in “...ation” or yet another one that associates the adjective “Dark” to any other word. I don’t mean that is wrong. I’m just glad that we are different.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

DANIEL: The cover art, as all the art in the booklet was created by the extraordinary Credo Quia Absurdum which deserve a big shout out for their excellent work that exceeded our expectations. We knew that when we contacted them for the job that we would get a superb end result, but what we got was beyond that. And it shows. We gave them the guidelines about the themes and the aesthetics of the album and they followed through. The cover art is but the tip of the iceberg. The figure in the center represents the herald of the end times, here to take us all, and if you flip through the CD booklet you'll find so much more amazing artwork.

LUÍS: The impressive thing about the artwork is that everything is connected with the lyrical content. We were very thorough with our briefing and passed on all the lyrics as well as a summary of the meanings for each song. Luckily I think we found in CQA a lot of common interests that made our communication somewhat facilitated. A lot of the concepts referred in the lyrics were well known to them. This way we managed to construct an imaginary that illustrates almost each song. The level of detail is very high and is interesting to find the similarities between the writings and the illustrations.

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?

DANIEL: The band had a lot of amazing gigs when the EP “Pledge of Chaos” was released. But by that time I wasn’t in the band yet. For me, in particular, one of the best shows so far was when we played Vimaranes Metallum Festival in 2017. It happened just at the right time, when we felt that we were ready for a live performance. The venue was great, the bands that played with us were amazing, and we felt very comfortable, which led to a great performance. In every performance we try to stay true to what our music. Kind of a stoic presence in between songs, but aggressive and fierce when we perform. Our shows can grow into something more visually spectacular given the chance, but right now that’s not one of our main concerns. We want to sound good and we want the audience to understand our music. Everything else that may be an accessory for the stage performance will come later.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

LUÍS: We're getting in contact with venues, promoters and festivals to establish a schedule for the end of the year and next year. We're also working with ESW Booking agency. We expect some results very soon. Next gig will be with Lucifer's Child(GR), Humanart(PT) and Akouphenom(ES) at Hard Club in the 14th of September.

9.The new album is going to be released on 'Ethereal Sound Works', can you tell us a little bit about this label?

DANIEL: Even though ESW is an independent label, they are very interested in the projects they sign. I worked with the label before, with my other band, and one thing is for sure, they are motivated in representing the bands in their roster in the best way possible, and we are sure it’s going to work in the same way with Anifernyen.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of melodic black and death metal?

LUÍS: In 2008, when we released "The Pledge of Chaos" we've got very good reviews from national press as well as international, but most of our contacts were made by standard mail and social networking was not as developed as is today. We hope to increase a lot the spectrum this time. The research was much wider and we have a label behind us. We are starting to get very nice reviews from across the world by now and we hope to get much more after the official release in September.

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

LUÍS: It's going to evolve for certain. Not really sure where yet. I feel that during the production of Augur a lot of growth was achieved in terms of sound production knowledge which will certainly help us in composition as well. There's also a will to try new techniques and perhaps try something new in terms of sound.. Who knows.

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?

LUÍS: As individuals we have musical preferences that resemble and others that not. I think the common ground between us is mainly black, death and doom metal. Bands like Immortal, Funeral Mist, Behemoth, Mgla, Svartidaudi, Ascension, Deicide, Carcass, Paradise Lost, Shape of Despair, Paradise Lost, to name a few..

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

DANIEL: Nothing out of the ordinary, i guess. And once again, I speak for myself, of course. Reading, watching movies and TV shows, listening to music, playing videogames. We all have normal lives outside the band. We all have jobs and families and the band, even though we take it very seriously, is escapism from all the other stuff.

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

LUÍS: We would like to thank everyone who spend some time reading this interview. Is very difficult to cultivate any kind of interest in people nowadays. If you are reading this please pass by our Facebook account and give us a shout. We are simple guys and gladly exchange some words with anyone. Tell us what you liked and what you did not for that matter.
The end is nigh!

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https://anifernyen.bandcamp.com/

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Netherbird/Into The Vast Uncharted/Eisenwald/2019 CD Review



  Sweden's  Netherbird have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Into  The  Vast  Uncharted"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  also  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Elements  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and struggle  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Netherbird  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Saturnine  Ancestry"   "Lunar  Pendulum"  and  "Nexus  of  Unlight".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Cabrakaan/Cem Anahuac My Home/Sliptrick Records/2019 EP Review


  Cabrakaan  are  a  band  originally  from  Toluca,  Mexico  but  now  resides  in  Calgary,  Canada  and  plays  a  mixture  of  folk,  symphonic  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Cem  Anahauc  My  Home"  which  will  be  released  on  August  27th  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Shamanistic  and  tribal  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  folk  instruments  also  being  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at times.  Symphonic  elements  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  clean  vocals  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  ep  progresses  an  instrumental  is  also  added  onto  the  recording.

  Cabrakaan  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  folk,  symphonic,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Spanish  and  English  and  cover  pre-Hispanic  Mythology  and  Mexican  Folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cabrakaan  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk,  symphonic,  melodic  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  Flame"  "Calm  In  my  Storm"  and  "Blood".  8  out  of  10.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Brotthogg/Echoes Of The Past/2019 Full Length Review


  Brotthogg  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  melodic  and  progressive  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Echoes  of  The  Past".

  A  very  fast,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  elements  as  well  as  having  its  progressive  moments  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Brotthogg  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  melodic  black  and  death  metal  while  also  mixing  in  some  progressive  and  thrash  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  philosophy  and  the  writings  of  Dante.

  In  my  opinion  Brotthogg  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  progressive  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Summoning"  "The  Aftermath"  and  "Total  Death".  8  out  of  10.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Morast/II Nostro Silenzio/Totenmusik/Van Records/2019 CD Review


  Morast  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "II  Nostro  Silenzio"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Totenmusik  and  Van  Records.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  The  riffs  also  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style.  One  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Morast  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  disenchantment  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morast  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Farewell"  and  "November".  8  out  of  10.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sick Sad World Interview

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

Since the album came out we've had lots of feedback from the media, news and articles, for the most part very positive. We've played a few gigs too, but not as many as we'd like. We also recently released a music video. All of this allowing us to gain notoriety, listeners and fans, little by little.


2.In August you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

That was in February... it was the video that came out in August. What's changed with our new album, compared to our older ones is probably that it's more mature and definitely darker. We have some tracks that are more violent, almost black metal, on this album. The previous one was more ambient.


3.This is also your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

We are not full-time musicians, so unfortunately we can't invest as much time in the band as we'd like. During the past few years we've worked on our old tracks to better perform them and written some new ones. Recording the album also took almost a year, from initial planning to release.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Our lyrics on the whole are pretty dark tales. They are sometimes based on true stories such as “The Family” about the Manson family, on fiction like “The Rope” about a deserter during war times, or on a personal observation of society like “Market” about consumerism. Many things inspire the lyrics, such as watching a documentary or film, or reading a book or a news article about a certain subject. I did not set any rules or themes in particular for the album. Lyrics just need to adhere to the general feel and rhythm of the track. Regarding evolution, whether in the text or the music, I'd say that with time we are indeed more and more mature.  This is to be expected because as we age we gain experience musically but also at life in general.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sick Sad World'?

The name comes from the MTV cartoon “Daria”. It's the name of a TV news report, often cynical, in this also cynical cartoon. To begin with Sick Sad World had a bit of a crossover punk-metal side. It was precisely this cynicism that suited us. Eventually, with time, the group evolved towards a darker and more melancholy style of music. The name ultimately still works well, although on a more literal level now. I'm afraid that this might go along with the changes in the world today.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The cover art was done by illustrator and tattoo artist Berenice Tattoo. It began as a photo of a dead crow, which she retouched to create something more aesthetic. The crow is a unifying thread for us, as they were present on our previous albums cover art. On the last album they flew, now it's a single dead crow. This ties in with the darker evolution of our music. The rest of the art was done by Karoline Horn, who supplemented the work done by Bérénice.

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?

This all depends on what you mean by “best shows”. Those with the biggest audience, those where we've laughed the most, those that have given us the most pleasure... Often concerts where we're the opening act for a “big” group are cool because there's a big crowd and we're just there to warm up the room, to give our all in a short period with nothing to lose. This was the case when we played with Rosetta or with Hypno5e, for example. We've also played some gigs in small bars, with smaller audiences but where we really had a good time, were welcomed warmly by the venue, and enjoyed good food and a friendly atmosphere. This is something different, but equally pleasant.

On stage, when we're in a venue that allows for it technically, we play with little lighting and often a bit on retreat, and we play a video on a screen behind us. We don't have a particular desire to be in the limelight, so becoming shadows within aesthetic lighting effects, with the film as a backdrop which goes with the music creates a different ambiance, which allows the audience to enter the vibe, enter our universe, without scrutinizing everything we do.



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

One of our members will become a first-time father in about a month, so we've decided to slow down the rhythm a bit until the end of the year. We have some concerts planned in the West of France: Rennes, Bordeaux and maybe Nantes. To be honest, we're not always very active in seeking out gigs, we usually rather wait until they come to us.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of metal and hardcore?

As I've mentioned in other interviews, something that surprises us each time we release an album or video is that we have more success internationally than in France. Our music must not be suited to France, as most of the interest in our band, most of the fans who contact us, and even most merch and album sales come from foreign countries. Reactions are 100% positive so far.  It's rather funny because some fans must take us for a much bigger French group than we really are. We've had some comical surprises, like seeing one of our tracks used in the Instagram video of a New York chef, or following debates about our album on Russian forums. We struggle to understand this!



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

I honestly don't know, as our recent compositions are all over the place. The most recent track, for example, is clearly doom, almost psyche. That said, we enjoy exploring different styles. When we finished recording Imago Clipeata we decided that the passages that were more violent and tinted by black metal suited us well and that we should accentuate that. But ultimately, once improvising in our practice room, we ended up creating some doom! We try to set rules and structure ourselves but we never stick to it. In the end we improvise and we let ourselves be guided by the feeling.



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?

There are 5 of us and overall we all have different musical tastes. There is always one member that doesn't like one or another group. When it comes to groups that all 5 really like, there are but a few: Deftones, Russian Circles, Obscure Sphinx. On the other hand, when it's groups that the majority enjoy there are more options: Cult of Luna, Amen Ra, Solstafir, Envy, My Sleeping Karma, Mono, Agalloch, Emperor, Will Haven, Tool... In general we go for groups who play strongly on emotions and ambiance and who avoid clichés. In terms of what I'm listening to at the moment (I'm not sure for the others) there's Wear Your Wounds, Brutus and the soundtrack from the series Dark.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?

This also depends on the members. Some of us are fans of cinema or TV series, others are more sporty and go climbing, diving or wake-boarding. Some of us love art, exhibitions, museums, drawing, tattoos. For others it's nature, reading or ecology. There's just too much to include everything, and as with our musical tastes we would never find common ground for all 5 of us.


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

Simply: go listen to the album, and tell us what you think! These days everything is done at a distance, in a clinical way. People go onto platforms like Spotify, YouTube or Bandcamp, they hear our music, they like it or they dont, then they move onto something else.  All we get is statistics. If you've enjoyed it, send us an email or a Facebook message, or make a comment. It's great to have a direct link sometimes.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Baradj Interview


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

► Since the release, we've been working on some media content related to Hunnar: artworks, play-through videos, several music videos, interviews, and more. New interesting merch is coming soon as well. J At the same time, we prepare ourselves for a live show, the first one since the album release.

1. Можете ли вы рассказать нам о том, что происходило с группой с момента записи и релиза нового альбома?

► На данный момент мы работаем над различным медиа-контентом, который связан с альбомом Hunnar: графическое оформление, видео play-through, несколько клипов, интервью и многое другое. Скоро у нас появится интересный мерч. J На вторую половину июля мы планируем подготовку к первым выступлениям с момента выхода альбома.

2. Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


►Alex: Well, it would be easier to say what it has in common with previous albums. When the work on Hunnar was about to start, even at that time, it was pretty clear, that the musical idea, structure and sound features will be different from the previous releases, but it's still Baradj. Perhaps, the melodic elements and some part of songwriting (structural) elements, which we used in Hunnar, may have something in common with Nardughan and Triptych, our previous studio records.

Djonathan: The new release is connected with the old ones through their concept and idea, while the difference is in the sound’s progression and production. Album Алтынчәч was done in 2006 inspired by old folk-metal. Nardughan 2012 was also folk-metal, but mixed with fresh melodic death and metalcore. The next one, EP Tryptich 2013 is the beginning of post-folk-metal. And the new release Hunnar is the mix of the old Baradj and the new one, in both sound and the band’s line-up.

We added vocals to post-folk-metal, made more atmospheric sound, and the result is album Hunnar. The album’s bonus track #14 Boygala ham Laish is an allusion to Алтынчәч 2006, a remake of a khiyal from that demo-album. Also, it is worth noting that Hunnar took 6 years to create, which is also its difference from previous releases.
2. Недавно вы выпустили новый альбом, чем с музыкальной точки зрения он отличается от материала, который вы выпустили до этого?

►Alex: Честно говоря, проще сказать, что у него есть общего с предыдущими альбомами. Когда мы были близки к началу работы над Hunnar, даже тогда было вполне очевидно, что музыкальная концепция, структура и звучание будут отличаться от предыдущих релизов группы, при этом это по-прежнему Барадж. Возможно, что у мелодических элементов и некоторой части структурных элементов, которые мы использовали в альбоме, могут иметь что-то общее с альбомом Nardughan и EP Tryptich, нашими предыдущими студийными записями.

Djonathan: Связь между старыми и новыми релизов – это ее концепция и идея, а отличие в прогрессии звука и ее извлечение. Альбом Алтынчәч 2006 был написан в духе старого фолк метала. Пластинка Нардуган 2012 была написана в том же стиле фолк метала, но с примесью свежего мелодик-дэт-метала и металкора. Следом вышла студийная работа ЕP Триптих 2013 является началом жанра post folk metal. Новый релиз "Гунны" – это смесь старого Бараджа с новым. Как и в звуке, так и в составе.

Мы добавили вокал к Post folk metal жанру, добились более атмосферного звучания. и получился альбом Hunnar. Бонус трек, который мы добавили в альбом, является отсылкой к первому альбому Алтынчәч 2006. Мы переписали один инструментальный хыял «Бойгала и Лаиш», который уже выходил в первом демо-альбоме. Также стоит отметить, что альбом Гунны формировался 6 лет, это тоже отличает его от предыдущих релизов.

3. The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you had covered on the album?

►The new record’s track list builds a sequence that corresponds to the chronology of historical events in Asia and Europe starting from the fall of Roman Empire and nomadic invasion. Each track describes a story of historic figures or the characters of myths and legends of ancient Bulgarian ethnicity.

We are going to post a series of publications describing the detailed story behind each of the record’s tracks.
3. В текстах песен заложена концепция альбома, можете ли вы рассказать нам немного подробнее об истории, которая была рассказана в альбоме?

►Треклист нового альбома соответствует хронологической последовательности исторических событий в Азии и Европе, начиная с падения Римской Империи и вторжения кочевников. Каждый трек рассказывает об исторической личности либо о персонаже из мифов и легенд древне-булгарского этноса.

Мы планируем опубликовать серию постов, в которых мы более подробно расскажем историю, стоящую за каждым из треков пластинки.

4. You also have some lyrics that deal with Tengrism and Bulgarian Folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


►These elements do really have place to be. As our lyrics are inspired with the history of the nations, the cultural experiences of these epochs are highlighted as well. This is actually one our base goals – to share these myths and legends shaped and delivered with the music. We see our mission as not only to promote our native culture, but also to encourage people to discover and remember their own roots.

4. У вас также есть тексты, имеющие отношение к булгарскому фольклору и тенгризму, не могли бы вы рассказать нам немного больше о вашем интересе в этих темах?

►Это действительно имеет место быть. Поскольку тексты наших песен вдохновлены историей народов, культурным особенностям тех эпох мы также уделяем особое внимание. Одна из наших основных целей – делиться этими мифами и легендами, заключенными и передаваемыми в форме музыкального творчества. Мы считаем, что наша миссия заключается не только в популяризации и развитию нашей родной культуры, но и в том, чтобы призвать людей к изучению своих собственных корней и хранению памяти о них.

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

►According to legends, Baradj is the name of the dragon (a chimaera of three animals – Snow Leopard, Snake and Falcon) that lived on the place of Şaytan qalası (Shaytan’s castle, also known as "Yelabuga settlement"), a 10th century’s fortress in the town of Yelabuga, ruins of which are still there. The dragon protected Bulgarians from all evil spirits and wars. One of varations of this dragon can even be found on Kazan city's emblem (Zilant is Baradj, the thing is that archaeologists found a different name for it based on Tatar word “yılan/елан"). So even the name of the band comes out from Bulgarian folklore.

5. В чем значение названия "Baradj", и чем оно было вдохновлено?

►Согласно легендам, Барадж – это имя дракона (химера из трех животных – Снежный Барс, Змей и Сокол), жившего на месте Чертового городища (Шайтан каласы, Елабужское городище), крепости, построенной в 10-м веке, руины которой по-прежнему сохранились в городе Елабуга. Дракон Барадж защищал булгар от всех злых духов и войн. Одну из вариаций этого дракона можно найти даже на гербе города Казани (Зилант – это Барадж, только ученые археологи нашли ему другое название исходя из татарского слова Елан (змей)) . Поэтому даже название группы происходит из булгарского фольклора.

6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

►This cover is a digital artwork that was made by Djonathan Lindaive (band's guitar player, singer and founder) based on Bulat Gilvanov's picture. Bulat is a modern painter, and he's our close friend who has influenced the band a lot, and even gave the band a hint about its name back in 2003. Bulat created most of the paintings that are displayed on our album covers, wrote lyrics for many songs of Baradj, including Altynchach and Bolgar Dalasy from the new album.

6. Можете ли вы рассказать нам немного больше об оформлении обложки нового альбома?

►Обложка альбома Hunnar – это графическая работа Джонатана Линдэйва (гитариста, вокалиста и основателя группы), сделанная на основе картин Булата Гильванова. Булат – современный художник, он близок к самой группе и значительно повлиял на нас, начиная с того, что подсказал само название для группы еще в 2003 году. Булат создал большинство картин, которые изображены на обложках наших альбомов, является автором текстов многих песен нашей группы, включая Altynchach и Bolgar Dalasy из нового альбома.

nnar7. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

►It's not so easy to point out a specific show because there were many of them since 2003. What for our live performances, we're currently working on it as we having a first live show after a big break, and literally it's gonna be our 3rd show in the current line-up. All of us have reached the understanding that a live performance should be aesthetic and sincere.
7. Какие из концертов, которые были даны группой за годы ее существования вы можете назвать лучшими, а также как бы вы описали свое выступление на сцене?

►Выделить какое-то отдельное представление сложно, поскольку их было достаточно много с 2003 года. Что касается наших живых выступлений, в данный момент мы готовимся к нашему первому шоу после долгого перерыва, и это будет в буквальном смысле наше третье выступление в нашем текущем составе. Мы пришли к тому, что живое выступление должно быть эстетичным и искренним.
8. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

►For now, we have approved the first big festivals of youth-oriented ethnic music. As regards a tour, we can't announce any exact information right now, but will do that in September, so stay tuned!

8. Есть ли у вас какие-либо планы насчет турне и концертов в поддержку нового альбома?

►На текущий момент мы утвердили первые большие фестивали молодежной этнической музыки. Что касается тура, пока мы не можем оглашать точную информацию, но сделаем это в сентябре. Следите за новостями!
9. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

►Actually, it seems better for us to stay an independent DIY band, however, this is a classical case "never say never". Currently, we’re relying on our own funds, digital sales and fan donations, but if we get a reliable proposal from a good label, we would be interested to discuss it.

9. В настоящий момент вы не подписаны на лейбл. Ищете ли вы для себя лейбл, получали ли подобные предложения?

►Честно говоря, наилучший вариант для нас – оставаться независимой DIY-группой, хотя это и классический случай "никогда не говори никогда". В данный момент мы сами занимаемся всей издательской деятельностью, ведем ее в на свои средства, плюс доход от цифровых продаж и донаты от поклонников, но если мы получим надежное предложение от хорошего лейбла, нам будет интересно его обсудить.
10. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of post and folk metal?

►According to the latest data, Hunnar is already the most listened of all of our releases ever, and it's based only on Bandcamp stats, as the album is available exclusively there at this moment. We were quite surprised, for example, that the US is one of the "top-listening" regions. We have a lot of listeners across Europe, especially in Bulgaria and Turkey.

As for genre, it appears that many post and folk metal listeners find our music interesting enough. We get new reviews for the album every week and will share some of them in our social media.

10. Какова была реакция фанатов пост-метала и фолк-метала на вашу музыку, если рассматривать глобальный уровень?

►Согласно последним данным, альбом Hunnar уже является самым прослушиваемым из всех наших релизов, и это только данные с Bandcamp, поскольку альбом на данный момент доступен исключительно на этом ресурсе. Мы были удивлены, например, тем, что США являются одним из самых слушающих регионов. Также у нас достаточно много слушателей по всей Европе, особенно в Болгарии и Турции.

Что касается жанра, то похоже, что многие любители жанров пост-метал и фолк-метал находят нашу музыку интересной. Мы получаем новые рецензии на альбом каждую неделю и будем делиться некоторыми из них  наших соцсетях.
11. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

►Can't make any forecast, but even for today, our early demos of the new songs sound somewhat differently, but it is a follow-up to Hunnar. So the main goal for us is still the same – to create a brand new music while preserving the band's authenticity and familiar sound.

11. Как вы считаете, каково будет дальнейшее развитие музыки вашей группы?

►Пока мы не можем давать каких-либо прогнозов, но даже на сегодня наши ранние демо-записи новых песен звучат несколько иначе, при этом являясь продолжением альбома Hunnar. Поэтому основная цель с музыкальной точки зрения остается той же – создавать совершенно новую музыку, сохраняя аутентичность группы и узнаваемое звучание.
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?

►Each of us has totally different playlists. There are some common artists between them, but it's quite hard to mark exact artists that had influence, or how one or another artist has influenced our music. However, it’s important to note that our fans and reviewers mention such names as Opeth, Amorphis, Pelican, Eluveitie, In Flames, Brontide, Holding Onto Hope, Insomnium, Long Distance Calling, Cellar Darling, Ирбис, Deva Obida, Yaşru, Tengger Cavalry, Scale The Summit, pg.lost, Sunpocrisy, Syberia, Toundra, Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster.

As for the music that we listen to now... OK, here are some last artist names came from each band member: Cloudkicker, Mother's Cake, Рубежи, We Lost The Sea.

12. Назовите несколько групп или музыкальных стилей, которые повлияли на вашу музыку, и расскажите, что вы слушаете сейчас?

►У каждого из нас совершенно разные плейлисты. Между ними есть кое-что общее, но довольно сложно выделить конкретных исполнителей, которые повлияли на нас, и как именно. При этом важно отметить, что наши слушатели и авторы рецензий к альбому отмечают его сходство с такими артистами как Opeth, Amorphis, Pelican, Eluveitie, In Flames, Brontide, Holding Onto Hope, Insomnium, Long Distance Calling, Cellar Darling, Ирбис, Deva Obida, Yaşru, Tengger Cavalry, Scale The Summit, pg.lost, Sunpocrisy, Syberia, Toundra, Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster.

Что касается музыки, которую мы слушаем сейчас… Окей, вот несколько последних имен исполнителей, о которых было слышно от каждого из участников группы: Cloudkicker, Mother's Cake, Рубежи, We Lost The Sea.
13.What are some of your non-musical interests?

►We also give time to another arts and hobbies, like visual and digital art, clothes design, electronic music, photography, traveling, trekking, languages and self-education. Sometimes, it could also be jam sessions, video games, some scientific content found on the Internet, education of a cat or even just slopping around for some time J

13. Чем вы интересуетесь помимо музыки?

►Мы также уделяем время другим делам и хобби, таким как изобразительное и цифровое искусство, электронная музыка, фотография, путешествия, горный туризм, языки, медитации и самообразование. Иногда это могут быть джем-сейшены, видеоигры, научные материалы в Интернете, дрессировка кота или даже просто немного безделья J
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

►We wish you to remember who you are in your essence, and always learn the things that people have already forgotten. Keep the peace of the world! With love, Baradj.

14. Перед тем как мы закончим это интервью, что вы можете добавить напоследок?

►Мы желаем всем вам не забывать кто вы есть на самом деле и всегда учиться тому, что люди уже позабыли. Всем мира во всем мире! С любовью, Baradj.

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