Monday, February 25, 2013

Luna Ad Noctum Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

AN6: hell-o, currently we’re focused on our new album promotion. By the way I’d like to mention we’ve signed a deal with booking agency for shows in Poland & abroad too. There are some gigs already booked, perhaps we’ll go for a tour but no details yet. We’re happy that our album reaches some European countries where we haven’t had chance to get so far. That’s pretty much optimistic, creating our good mood these days definitely (

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it
differs from previous recordings?
AN6: first of all, we reduced keyboard sound a lot, giving more strength into guitars. I guess 5 string bass helped us to obtain much better effect than we supposed.. We did take care about drum section a lot. We found a good passable balance between drums sound and guitars as well. The idea of this album was to get a certain brutal kick parallel with clear sound of melodies without priority of keyboards , as it used to be in our former Cds.. You know, we had enough time to develop the right demanded result. Previous albums were saturated by keyboards & effects; we had different concept for that albums indeed. This time we decided to go in slightly other direction.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores
with the new release?
AN6 : Actually, real life and true emotions create up inspirations for Luna Ad Noctum.  Believe me mate, daily real life in Poland can bring a lot of inspiration towards our music (. Basically, we deal with human behaviours, psychic extreme emotions. Analyze of various human feelings. Sometimes it concerns true human stories, also self experiments are the part of inspiration for either LAN music or lyrics as well. It’s obviously seems to be quite different topic than orderly subject in black metal genre, but I guess our lyrics are much darker dealing with true human stories.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
AN6: Luna Ad Noctum means Moon towards the darkness. It’s taken from Latin language. We invented this name in 1997 inspired by early black metal bands from Norway and Sweden. Since that time many things changes but the moon still delights, blinding us a lot (

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and
how would you describe your stage performance?
AN6 : hmm actually there have been many shows so far which I could easy describe as good. I remember tour in UK and Belgium, yeah, that was pretty much nice. “Black Diamonds Tour” was very cool as well, we spent unforgettable time. Currently we have changed a little bit our image during shows. Anyway, we still wear corpse painting since the beginning, it’s indispensable part of our live shows.





6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
AN6:  Yes we do. Our Booking agency is working on tour proposal for us right now. The cooperation looks good so far, we cannot really wait for some good shows announced. Anyway, we have several gigs booked in advance so far. We gonna participate in Castle Party, play some gig with Belphegor and few more. I hope we drop by some other countries as well have a chance to present “Hypnotic Inferno” live version to our fans in Europe.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by
fans of extreme metal?
AN6 : so far so good. The album receives very good reviews. We’re very happy and excited of that fact really. Anyway, in our opinion “Hypnotic Inferno” is dedicated not only for black, trash metal fans, I think everyone can find something interesting in this album.

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a
full time line up?
AN6 : We have no any project beside LAN, of course we used to participate in some other bands but I think it’s better to focus on one project and drive it well. Anyway, I spoke with Dragor recently about his cult black metal band revival, might be some day we shall make it back to life. Let’s see.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
AN6:  surely we will keep on similar style which we’ve developed through all these years. “Hypnotic Inferno” has exactly everything what we wanted to obtain regarding good sound for the 4th LAN album. I ‘m sure we’ve found the right solution for our music finally, and certainly we shall go on this way. Worth to say, that many ideas for the brand new stuff have been already pending to be composed. So, in near future we will start to prepare music for another album.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your
newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
AN6 : well, it’s difficult to say. Basically each of us listens to different kind of music, not only metal even. Actually, creating our sound for this album we mix several different sounds come from modern black metal, trash, and even heavy metal as well. We found out that 5 strings bass added the excellent basis under the guitar parts. Also we test a lot with many different effect for guitars. Anyway, it worked and we got it !
Recently, I’m listening to Susperia, I like this band a lot. The “Attitude” album crashing me down he he.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
AN6 : we spent time with our families mostly during the week time. Dragor and Blasphemo got kids, Infamous is going to be a dad in August. I’m looking forward to be the next one he he (. Anyway, we meet every weekend not only playing but also make some party drinking and talking a lot, just spending time together.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
AN6 : Thank You for support and interesting in our band. Greets for our fans in US
Visit our fan page at HYPERLINK "http://www.lunaadnoctum.com" www.lunaadnoctum.com and FB : HYPERLINK "http://www.facebook.com/lan.official" www.facebook.com/lan.official
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Otoño /Ghosts Of Smoke/2008 CD Review


     Otoño  are  a  band  from  California  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  melodic  black/death  metal  with  some  progressive  and  thrash  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2008  album  "Ghosts  Of  Smoke".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  dring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  melodic death,  black,  thrash  and  progressive  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of their  own  with  some  soft  and  clean  playing  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  full  chords  and  finger  picking  to  add  more  progressive  touches  to  the  recording.

 Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death/black  metal  growls  with  some  movie  samples  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  thrash  style  vocals,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for t he  production  it  has  a  very  strong,powerful  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t his  recording  with  a  couple  of  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Otoño     are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  melodic  death,  black,  progressive  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ghosts  Of  Smoke"  "The  Omen"  "Cannibal  Jesus"  and  "Under  A  Grey  Autumn  Sky".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.    

Luna Ad Noctum/Hypnotic Inferno/Massacre Records/2013 CD Review


  Luna  Ad  Noctum  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Hypnotic  Inferno"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark, atmospheric  and  symphonic  sound  to t he recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.
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  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  symphonic  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  some  thrash  and  death  metal  influences  as  well  as  some  melody  in  the  riffing,  while t he  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  growls  and  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  chanting  being  used  on  one  song,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  philosophical  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Luna  Ad  Noctum  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fear  Technique"  "Fleshless"  "Ether  Dome"  and  "Total  Sleep  Disorder".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Batillus/Concrete Sustain/Seventh Rule Recordings/2013 CD Review


  Batillus  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  doom/sludge  metal  with  some    industrial  and  noise  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Concrete  Sustain"  which  was  released  by  Seventh  Rule  Recordings.

  Drums  range  from slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  no  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  being  present  on this  recording,  while  the  synths  and  noise  bring  a  very  dark  avant  garde,  industrial,  drone  and  ambient  sound  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  black  metal,  doom,  and  sludge  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  dark  sounding  ambient/doom  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  high  pitched  black  metal/sludge  screams,  deep  doom/death  metal  growls  to  industrial/hardcore  style  vocals  as  well  as  a  brief  spoken  word  part  in  addition  there  is  some  clean  singing  being  utilized  on  the  last  song,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  dark,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Batillus  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal,  noise,  doom,  drone  and  sludge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cast"  and  "Thorns".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

XCIII/Like A Fiend In A Cloud/Naturmacht Productions/2013 CD Review


  XCIII  are  a  band  from  France  that  mixes  folk,  black  metal,  trip  hop  and  progressive  metal  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Like  A  Fiend  In  A  Cloud"  which  was  released by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  some  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  keyboards  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric,  avant  garde,  and  trip  hop  sound  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from s low  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  avant  garde,  prog,  doom  and  black  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing   while t he  lead  guitars  when t hey  are  utilized  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  more  progressive  and  folk  elements  to  the  music  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  slide  guitar.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  to  clean  singing  male  and  female  vocals  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  XCIII  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  folk,  black  metal,  doom,  trip  hop  and  progressive  metal  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original  sounding,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bal  Macabre"  "Autums  Call"  and  "Perpetual  Place".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

        

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Oprich/Birdless Heavens/Casus Belli Musica/2013 CD Review


  Oprich  are  a  band  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2013  album  "Birdless  Heavens"  which  was  released  by  Casus  Belli  Musica.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  no  fast  drums  are  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  folk  instruments  bring  a  very  medieval  pagan  dark  ages  sound  to  the  music  with  some  sounds  of  nature  being  utilized  at  times,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  folk  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  more  folk  music  elements  to  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  all  clean  singing  folk  metal  vocals  with   some  deep  growls  and  high  pitched  being  utilized  at  times  that  give  the  music  a  black/death  metal  feeling  as  well  as  a  brief  spoken  word  part,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Russian  Folklore  and  Paganism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  in  my  opinion  Oprich  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  First  Wintry  Touches"  "The  Sit -River"  and  "Soon,  Very  Soon!".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Deathcentrik/The Fourth Reich/Death Incarnate Records/2013 CD Review


  Deathcentrik  are  a  band  from  Colorado  Springs,  Colorado  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  on  the  new  album  I  would  describe  as  being  as  being  industrial  noise  with  some  black  metal,   doom  and  punk  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "The  Fourth  Reich"  which  will  be  released  by  Death  Incarnate  Records.

  Drum  programming  or  all  slow  beats,  while  the  sound  effects  bring  in  alot  of  elements  of  industrial  and  harsh  noise,  as  for  the  vocals  when  they  are  utilized  they  mostly  spoken  word  parts  with  some  distorted  sounding  industrial  vocals  being  utilized  at  times.

  Guitars  and  other  traditional  musical  are  all  absent  form  this  recording,  while  the  song  themes  cover  violent  and  philosophical  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deathcentrik  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "