Friday, May 30, 2014
[2004 - 2007]
Well, at first it started as a side project from Johans other bands Dii Minores and Well of Tears. We got to know each other through mutual friends and quite soon we felt that it would be a good idea to write songs together. I (Bosse) have Tinnitus related hearing problems so I didn't play live or rehearse like bands usually do and Johan had much to do with the bands he already played with. We jammed together in Johans apartment and wrote different riffs, put them together to songs and after a while I (Bosse) started doing lyrics to some of them. The music style at the time were more old school black metal with some influences from viking black/death metal.Remembrance (a song on the EP) were recorded 2004 to a demo with Dii Minores at the time.
After a while we almost had enough songs for a full length and we did our own demo recordings on some of them, but many of the songs were never truly finished. The quality of the demo wasn't good enough soundwise to see the light of day. We put the project to rest now and then and unfortunately with time many of the songs were forgotten. But the songs we did remember and felt were the strongest were Diabolical Masquerade and Nattvandraren.
Johan started playing with Planet Rain around 2006 and played with them on 3 demos until he left the band during the autumn of 2007. I (Bosse) took his place and played with Planet Rain from autumn 2007 to the beginning of 2009 and left the band when my Tinnitus got worse.
[2010 - 2014]
We brought the project back to life as none of us played in any band at this time! Johan had a bunch of ideas laying and started writing the songs that became Dead to Dust Descend and To Forevermore. Some of the songs we remembered we started to update with new ideas.
During 2012 we did a pre-production to the EP with digital drums to get a picture of what everything could sound like. We asked Tommy Holmer from Planet Rain if he could record the drums for us which he gladly did. So the drums got recorded around 2012-2013 and after that we started recording the guitars, bass and the vocals.
The song Av Skymning Kommen, Mot Gryning Går got written and recorded during the summer 2013. That song is more explained with the lyric content.
Later we got in contact with Sliptrick Records and the end result is the EP Dead to Dust Descend released by them.
2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The music is a mix of black metal and melodic death with some thrash influences. Perhaps influenced by old school black metal and the melodic death metal scene from the early 90s. So the music is dark, heavy but with a lot of melodies. We've never had a plan to try to sound like anything else. We've written songs we like and if they sound like anything else, it's more of coincidence. But then again, on a subconscious level, of course you get influenced by bands you like or by bands you've played with.
The EP is mixed and mastered by Jonas Lindström at Studio Apocalypse. He created a great dark atmosphere with a sound we really like! He did an awesome job!
3.The band has been around since 2004 but waited until this year to release an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the 10 year gap?
See the answer in question 1.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Most, though not all, of my (Bosse) lyrics are metaphors for something. Some lyrics however are more straightforward.
Dead to Dust Descend is a dark metaphor for the inevitability of death (death as an entity, opponent to and hating all life) and one's inner demons in a kind of inner struggle, that sometimes slam against you with this fact. When hopes and dreams dry out during gloomy days and is replaced by discomfort, doubt, anger, sorrow and in worst case even anxiety.
To Forevermore is about lost hope, agony, the feeling of being betrayed by people you thought you could trust, about losing your path, the thought of giving up and so forth.
Av Skymning Kommen, Mot Gryning Går is a song and lyric I (Bosse) wrote as a way to process a really close to succeed suicide attempt I did 24th of September 2011. It’s about my way back, all thoughts that came to me while I lived at a psych ward after it for about 3-4 weeks. So about the darkness I was in and how I made up my mind to head to a new dawn.
Diabolical Masquerade is about all organized religion and everything negative it causes between people and their different religions (fanaticism, conflicts, wars, death) but also everything it imposes on the individual level. All rules that people apply about what and what not to do concerning everything. How to live, food, clothes, who to love, who to sort of hate, forced weddings, the mutilation of men and women when they are small and so forth. Plus how small children doesn’t have a say in it. They are born in their family’s religions and beliefs. If you have a belief on a personal level, fine. But don’t force that on anyone else!
Nattvandraren the most obvious is that it's about the myth and fascination of vampires as a being/ledgend. But it's also a metaphor of all who works in the shadows, doing stuff on the other side of the law and all admiration some people feel about that sort of underworld/sub world. I'm talking about serial killers/mass murderers and cruel violent gangs; and that some of them becomes legends for doing what they do and even admired and copied. In conclusion, also the dark side of mankind.
Remembrance doesn’t have any lyrics as it is instrumental, but it’s about the people that have died that I’ve (Bosse) known. It’s also about nostalgia. Memories that sometimes appear for any reason. A smell you feel, a song you hear, something you see that activates it and you get lost in that memory for a while.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'In My Embrace'?
In My Embrace as a name comes from life itself. Your life is in your embrace. Of course things happen which you can’t control but you can control how you’ll deal with it (doing that by yourself or with help from family/friends or experts in some profession). Other things in life you can control, or at least think you do, as nothing is certain in life. You can’t and should not control another person or try to. But the point is that life is what you make of it, how you deal with it and how you choose to live during the circumstances you either been given or the plans you have to get to that point you want to reach. Giving up or striving forward, your choice. With that said, life isn’t easy, a lot of people have really tuff situations around the world. And a lot of people go through and experience things we can’t even imagine. The name is about continuing your fight to live your life no matter what.
6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
The plan is to expand the number of members to be able to rehearse correctly and to play live. Tommy did the drums on the EP and is the obvious choice to continue working with on upcoming releases and possible gigs. We are trying out a bass player at the moment too (Jon Brundin), a friend Johan played with in Dii Minores and Well of Tears. But for me (Bosse), playing live isn't an option because of my severe Tinnitus - so who would take my place during gigs is uncertain. That means we probably will need a live guitarist as well. Time will tell what happens.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
The EP is newly released and when we write this, only digital so far, but in spite of that the feedback has been good. The physical version is soon to be released and can be bought from us when we get our copies and from the labels [Sliptrick Records] partners. A press release with the physical EP and the music video will come next week.
8.Are the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Johan: has a side project that he's thinking of starting up again. The future will tell if it happens.
Bosse: does guest appearances now and then on other bands albums with guitar solos or lyrics.
9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The plan is to have a full length album released during spring 2015. Musically it's getting faster, heavier but still melodic and dark.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Well, I listen to a lot of bands. Mostly it´s Death and Black Metal. These are however some of my favorites from different genres: Edge of Sanity, Ensiferum, Wintersun, Decide, Behemoth, Naglfar, Kalmah, Morgana Lefay, Helloween.
Hard question to answer, but I listen to almost everything when it comes to music. The important thing is that the music gives me or enhances some sort of a feeling. At the moment these are my favorites: Alscest, Winterfylleth, Dark Funeral, Funeral Mist, Agalloch, Windir, Undivine, Amorphis, Rimthurs, Diabolical, Planet Rain, Behemoth, Marduk, Katatonia, Ereb Altor.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
There are a lot of things I like to do, but at the moment my cabin and girlfriend takes up most of my spare time.
Hmm, hanging with friends, visit nature and take walks or run in natural areas. Go to the gym a couple of days during the week and so forth. At the moment my studies at the University as well. Plus a beer now and then. Trying what I can to feel as good as possible.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the review (!) and for this interview! =) Don't forget to check out our music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv8VFrJ-Pd4
Thursday, May 29, 2014
1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band?We are a symphonic blackened metal band from Nantes (France) composed of six members: a singer, two guitarists, a keyboard player, a bassist and a drummer.
We have a strong historical concept and aim at playing melodic and powerful riffs.
2.In January you released a full length album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2012?
The EP was a first step towards the album. Indeed, the album contains the four songs of the demo. They were re-recorded and remixed however.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
It was important for us to keep a balance in the points of view and hence to introduce the positions of the different sides: cathars, crusaders, inquisitors, the king of France, etc.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ad Extirpenda'?
Ad Extirpenda is the name of a papal bull published in 1252 by pope Innocent IV. It allowed and defined the use of torture by the inquisition.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Concerning our stage performance, we are currently working on improving the theatrical impression while keeping the energetic side. We have worked to design a consistent, balanced and efficient set-list and are very pleased to see that the audiences really enjoy it.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7.According to the Metal Archives page, the band was formed in 2008 but waited for years to release anything, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap?
8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of symphonic black metal?
10.What is going on with the singer's other musical project these days?
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
12.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
One of the strengths of our band is that we are listening to different kinds of music from one another so it will be difficult to draw a list of what we are listening. Though one edge of touring is that it is easier to discover bands, which is a great privilege since there are a lot of little gems which do not have the promotion they deserve.
13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
14.What are some of your non musical interests?
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Finally, we are always pleased to have constructive discussions about our music so anyone wishing to do so is welcomed to contact us.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Bastion are a band from Russia that plays pagan/folk metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Vremya borby" which was released by Der Schwarze Tod.
Drums and melodic playing start off the album along with some heavy parts and folk instruments as well as a faster direction that utilizes blast beat and black metal screams and the band also uses a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as adding in death metal influences, aggressive shouts and clean singing pagan vocals.
Guitar leads that are utilized by the band are very extreme and melodic sounding guitar solos and all of the musical instruments on the album have a very powerful sound to them and the band also starts utilizing more death metal growls on the later tracks as well as adding in small amounts of acoustic guitars in certain sections of the recording while remaining true to a heavier sound and they also add a brief use of spoken word parts to one of the tracks and the last 2 songs are very long and epic in length.
Bastion takes a melodic pagan form of folk metal and makes it a lot heavier by mixing in more black and death metal elements and blast beats to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very powerful and professional sounding while the lyrics are written in Russian and cover Slavic Paganism and fantasy.
In my opinion Bastion are a very great sounding black pagan/folk metal ban and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Arkona 1168" and "Bylina". 8/5 out of 10.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
We are a blackened death metal band from NYC with 3 record releases under our belt. I incorporate a guitar synthesizer pickup on my guitar to give an additional color and texture to some of the songs. Most of our songs are composed in a chapter-like structure rather than typical verse/chorus style. Also individually we have been part of the NYC underground scene for more than 15 years and opened up for some of the biggest bands like Behemoth, Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel, etc.
2.So far you have released 2 ep's and a full length album, how would you describe the musical sound of all 3 recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
The first EP Time Eclipse I feel was a blueprint for what I wanted to do with Ambient Death. It has a dark feel to it and it's saturated with reverb. The song Crusades has a very epic feel and people loved it. We recorded the album with our friend Vin Cin who occasionally was Peter Steele's bass tech from Type O Negative.
Our Second EP Transmigration Of Souls was recorded by Joey Z from Life Of Agony and it was definitely more aggressive from the first one. Nocturnal Mirage sounds like a ton of bricks right out of the gate. The record sounds more dry and more raw in comparison.
The full length Dismembering The Image Of God I believe showcases our sound and vision. The album was produced by Aady Pandit and took us almost a year to record. We achieved an awesome balance of melody and heaviness. I wanted the album to be an audio experience from beginning to the end.
3.In the 7 years that the band has been together there has only been 3 releases, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps between recordings?
The main reason is that the last few years were consumed by my studies and my career in Maritime. Also because of our jobs and work schedules it was almost impossible to get something going consistently as far as rehearsals or playing shows. This eventually resulted in some line-up changes which again prolonged things even further. Just like majority of metal bands we do not make a living from this so other things in life have a priority but we play music whenever we can and continue to do so because of our love for it.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
In one word....death!! lol
Everything I write revolves around death, the afterlife, the mortuary art and philosophical notions of our existence. I've been fascinated by that since I was a little kid and to me death and existentialism are the roots of our beloved metal subculture.
A lot of new metal I hear I feel the lyrics were written by a 12 year old. There's no substance to it and I laugh when I hear a strong emphasis on word combinations such as darkness of the shadows or 30 year old dude singing about slaying dragons lol
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ambient Death'?
To me the name has a dual meaning. One has to do with the music itself and the ambient interludes as well as the guitar synth pick up I use. Two is my fascination with death and metaphysics which reflects in my lyrics.
The word 'ambient' appeared as a name for one of the guitar effects I used when I was writing some of the stuff for the first EP and it just kind of clicked in my head 'ambient death' and I said why the fuck not! lol
6.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 only played a handful of local shows because of previously mentioned issues we had but one of the shows we played with Malignancy was pretty awesome. A lot of the audience seems enchanted by our instrument proficiency especially when they hear my guitar make keyboard sounds.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes. We're going to play a few shows here in NY this summer and a few out of state in the late Fall and Winter.
8.According to the fb page the band is looking for a new bass player, have you had any luck in your search?
Not yet! We went through 3 bass players in the process of working on Dismembering and finally we had the 4th one, Aady Pandit (our record producer) knock it out of the park with amazing bass lines on the record. We also had the 5th bass player, Carlos who appears on our two videos. Since I had to let go of our 3rd bass player two days before the video shoot we had Carlos learn the bass lines on the spot and be our stuntman-bass player for the video. lol
Until we find the right fit Aady is going to fulfill the bass role when we play live.
9.Can you tell us a little bit more about Silver Harp Publishing?
Silverharp Publishing is my independent publishing entity registered with ASCAP.
I use it to release our music to the public and collect remainder pennies from our stolen royalties lol
10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and black metal?
I think it's been absolutely amazing. We've had a lot of individuals from all over the globe even from Formentera (look it up lol) who are not afraid to stand alone behind less known independent bands and do their research for themselves rather than have someone tell them who's cool to follow and who's not. Ultimately it's the greatest pay off for our invested time and money to have someone take their time and reach out to us just to say how much they enjoy our music.
11.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Yes! John is very much involved in a black metal band from NYC Jotunheim fronted by our friend Arthur who was also Ambient Death's 2nd bass player. lol The NY metal scene is very incestual. lol
Also Jaimen is currently playing with The Gemini Method.
12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Not sure! I would definitely like to experiment with some new sounds and new instruments. I always challenge myself in my abilities which helps me grow in my writing and it's very much noticeable if you listen to our albums in chronological order.
13.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?
Lyrically and musically I always admired the work of Dissection, Death, Paradise Lost, old Opeth. My non-metal influence always have been Dead Can Dance, Tom Waits, New Model Army to name a few. Right now I find myself listening to a lot of Septicflesh, Sopor Aeternus, Barren Earth, Arcana, Arcturus, etc.
14.What are some of your non musical interests?
Definitely water. I work on the water here in NY harbor and I'm very passionate about it just as much as my music.
Jaimen is one of the biggest graffiti artists in NYC and if you're from NYC you probably have seen his work without even knowing.
John has published a book 'From An Ill Mind' (available through Barnes&Noble website) which is a collection of his short poems. Besides writing he likes to spend his time at his local barber shop trimming his perfect beard like a Bonsai tree. lol
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Sure. I would like to thank you for giving us a voice and everyone who takes their time to read this and enjoys our music. I also would like to encourage everyone to check out our video for Apotheosis Of The Hangman which was shot on the same stage where Albert Einstein made his speech in late 1800's and more recent Colin Powell. We also have a new video for City Of The Silent coming out any day now!
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Oprich are a band from Russia that has been featured before in this zine with an atmospheric form of folk metal and this is a review of their 2014 ep "Winds' Heavy Mead" which was released by Casus Belli Musica.
Nature sounds start off the ep along with some clean guitars and folk instruments as well as some melodic pagan vocals which leads to a heavier direction which also sees blackened death metal growls becoming a part of the music while also keeping around the folk music elements and adding melody into the heavier sections of the music.
The following tracks are also in the heavy folk metal direction as well as adding in a small amount of fast parts at times and they also bring in a good amount of both clean and heavy parts and the 3rd track is all acoustic and they close the ep with a cover of Temnozer's "Folkstorm Of the Azure Nights" which also sees them adding in female vocals and the song is 10 minutes in length along with small amounts of blast beats.
Oprich remain true to their atmospheric folk metal sound sticking to the same direction as the album they released a year back, the production is very professional sounding and the lyrics cover Russian folklore and Paganism.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Oprich and if you are a fan of folk metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Winds' Heavy Mead" and "Volga's Lullaby". 8 out of 10.
Friday, May 23, 2014
In My Embrace are a duo from Sweden that plays a mixture of black and melodic death metal and this is a review of their 2014 ep "Dead To Dust Descend" which was released by Sliptrick Records.
Distorted guitars start off the ep before going into a more heavy and blackened direction along with some melodic guitar leads and all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the band also speeds up a little bit at times along with a small amount of blast beats as well as adding in black metal screams.
When the death metal elements are added into the music the ep starts having a more modern feeling mixed into their sound and you can also hear a small amount of thrash influences in certain sections of the recording along with an old school melodic Swedish death metal sound being mixed in with black metal.
On a cople of the later tracks acoustic guitars are added into the music briefly before returning to a more melodic black metal direction and adding more blast beats into their musical sound along with a dark and atmospheric sound and they also add in a small amounts of clean parts with the heavier guitars for a few seconds on one of the tracks and the last 2 songs are all acoustical along with a slight symphonic element on the first of the last 2.
In My Embrace have a more dark approach than most bands that mix melodic death with black metal with a sound that would attract both both and old school listeners of the genre, the production sounds very dark and powerful, while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Swedish and English and cover sorrow, agony, hatred, life, death, religion, society and existential matters.
In my opinion In My Embrace are a very great sounding mixture of melodic death and black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dead To Dust Descend" and "Diabolical Masquerade". 8 out of 10.
Last FM: http://www.lastfm.se/music/In+My+Embrace
Sunday, May 18, 2014
A very heavy and melodic sound starts off the album along with some high pitched screams that bring a black metal feeling to the recording while the music style from the instruments are in a more death metal direction and the guitar riffs and leads incorporate great amounts of melody into their musical style.
There seems to be a great amount of modern metal elements in their music at times along with a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls and the band also have a great amount of blast beats in the faster sections of their music along with powerful sounding bass lines and some of the later tracks utilize small amounts of acoustic guitars which bring in a post metal feeling.
As the album progresses the music gets more diverse with along with a couple of the tracks adding in symphonic sounding synths and a few instrumentals with one beign all acoustic and the title track is very long and epic in length as well as having the vocals make their return as well as adding in spoken word parts and the last track adds psychedelic and prog sounds into their heavy and melodic musical style.
Ambient Death have a very diverse sound that combines melodic black and death metal together while also mixing in a great amount of heaviness, the production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover dark, anti religion and philosophical themes.
In my opinion Ambient Death are a very great sounding melodic blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Apotheosis Of The Hangman" "Dismembering the Image of God" and "All Too Human". 8 out of 10.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Hyperborean are a band from Sweden that has been featured before in this zine that plays a very melodic and experimental style of black metal and this recording and this is a review of t heir self released 2014 album "Myths Of the Great Pestilence".
A very heavy and melodic sound starts off the album along with some blast beats and black metal screams as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound and the band also uses deep growls which bring a death metal feeling to the recording and they also bring in guitar leads that utilize a great amount of melody, talent and skill and the music also utilizes a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Thrash influences have a good amount of dominance in their music and they also add in technical parts at times as well as some really fast guitar picking and as the album progresses the band also starts adding psychedelic elements in certain sections of the recording and the black metal elements on this album go for an even more grim direction than the recording I reviewed 3 years back.
Halfway through t he album acoustic guitars are added onto one track and they enhance the experimental qualities of the recording while the main focus is still on melodic black metal along with a few long and epic in length tracks which also starts utilizing traces of classic rock in the guitar riffing and the last song is a black metal version of Blue Oyster Cult's "Dont Fear the Ripper".
Hyperborean show a great amount of growth with their new album which is still true to melodic black metal direction but t hey also add in more diverse elements to make the recording more original sounding, the production is very professional sounding and the lyrics cover historical battles, war and mythology.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hyperborean and if you are a fan of melodic black metal, you should check out this album> RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hail Dystopia" "The Slaves Of the World" "On The nature of Mankind" and "Dont Fear The Ripper". 8 out of 10.