Monday, March 30, 2015

Macerie/Self Titled/Sentinent Ruin Laboratories/2015 EP Review


  Macerie  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2015  ep  which was  released  by  Sentinent  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  few  seconds  later  a  good  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  an  you  can  hear  element s of  post  metal  in  the  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up it  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  The  faster  sections  bring  in  elements  of  crustcore  while  the  slower  parts  are  more  influenced  by  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  the  vocals  bring  in  traces  of  black  and  death  metal  and  every  song  has  a  sound  of  its  own  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  bringing  in  atmospheric  elements  and  a  more  brutal  sound and  the  last  song  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Macerie  takes  a  very  dark  and  heavy  style  of  sludge  metal  and  mixes  it  with  black  metal  and  crustcore  along  with  a  touch  of  post  metal  and  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark  and  desolate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Macerie  are a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Agonia"  and  :Macerie".  8  out  of  10.  

Vetten Aparat Interview

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

We're preparing for recording an album and our upcoming gigs this summer and fall.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

We work in the general framework of folk metal but don't limit ourselves to just one end of the genre. Sydäntalven Viha as long song is a good reflection of our music as a whole with it's combination of low and distorted guitars, heavy drumming and our traditional folk melodies.

3.The band has been around since 2006 but waited until 2011 to release any material, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 5 years?

Back in the year 2006 we were still just kids. We started everything from scratch. While playing some Ensiferum covers in our school's band room the line up changed many times. We needed to buy all instruments and amps by ourselves and that took time because getting money that young wasn't that easy.

Also it took a long time to find people on the same wavelength. The current line up stabilized just one year ago and we're now finally ready to start making more process. We had a rocky start but the whole time our main concept has had time form and it's always been worth the effort and the wait. With all this time and the current line up our vision is more clearer than ever. Just wait for the album.

4.The band considers themselves part of the second generation of Finnish folk metal, how does the newer generation differ from the older bands?

We can only speak for ourselves on this one since every band has their own approach on the music. In our mid and late teen years we were influenced by the big five from our country. During "the golden years" of the first wave of folk metal in Finland (2005-2009) these band toured heavily here and we were all in the audience every show.

Now we're trying to bring in some theatrical elements to our live shows for giving an unique experience driving the genre forward. We believe the show needs more visual elements not just great music. For example creating a whole atmosphere of a cold dark winter forest on stage with trees and props or using the smell of tar to convey an otherworldly essence of nature.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

They range from our version of the classic themes of describing the harsh but beautiful northern nature to expressing personal feelings in a lore form of battles and old tales. Sami processes a whole variety of strong emotions from his life through his lyrics.

Sydäntalven Viha or Winterheart's Wrath is about the destructive spirit of the north that demolishes an invading army
The chorus also conveys the desperation in a place where no one can hear you cry in rage.

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

Vetten Äpärät is kinda old finnish. Straight translation is "Bastards of Waters". Word "Vetten" means "Waters'" but can be used as "Lakes". "Äpärät" word means "bastards". The idea of the name is that back in old days in Finland, kids born outside of christian marriage were not blessed. So we use that word instead of for example the word "pagan". Another idea is when people went to explore the wild north they encountered "natives" and called them "Bastards of the North of Thousands of Lakes". And later shortened as "Bastards of Waters" - Vetten Äpärät.

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 could say we had three shows which stand out from the others. First was in Nosturi which is the one of the biggest concert places in Helsinki. It was during one band competition. Even though it was not a whole set, just playing on that big of a stage felt good.

The second was at Semifinal where we first tried out decorating the whole stage to look like winter in Finland. We had some poetry and some acting on stage. Not the average "that song was... We are Vetten Äpärät. The next song is... Are you guys ready to rock" type of boring bullshit.

The third was at Club PRKL. We were warming up for Kivimetsän Druidi and the place packed during our set. People were actually there to watch folk metal instead of just drinking in a bar with live music. Getting actual reactions from the crowd felt extremely positive.

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

We have already booked some shows for the next summer. After the album comes out next fall we are going to have the release gig/tour.

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

Generally it has been always positive. We've gotten lot fans from Central and South America. There is a surprising amount of love for all folk metal there. It's harder to gain attention in Europe and especially in Finland because there is so many other band pushing their music and trying to be the next big thing metal no matter the genre.

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

New album will be released sometime next fall. In the future the music will be more and more close to ancient times but also people's daily life. We'll be figuring out more and more ways to sound more primal and raw. Down to earth but not black metal.

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?

Hard to tell what will influence us next but here is something from our current playlists:

Sami: More and more neopagan folk music like Wardruna, Omnia and Faun. I highly appreciate composers like Tuomas Holopainen and the new Nightwish album is worth listening.
Leo: Actually I haven't listened to that much metal lately. There is so much too average or borderline boring metal coming out just now. Last few months I've gotten in touch with Southern Gothic music and 90's harder rap acts. It's good have a diverse taste in music.
Anton: Wide range of metal, some EDM, glimpse of acoustic folk music and I also really like certain movie scores.

12.Does Paganism play any role in your music?

It's hard to say. The six of us come from varying ideologies. Sami identifies himself as a pagan and as our main songwriter he writes about paganism but does not preach it. Vetten Äpärät is more influenced by different European lores and mythologies than just paganism.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Fitness and fatness. Some of us come from the same group of friends so social gatherings with alcohol included is our thing from time to time. Also Skyrim and gaming in general.

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

Buy our album and come see us live. Get ready to surf on the second wave!
Have a cheerful and beerful spring people!

Vetten Äpärät

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Piah Mater Interview

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

Luiz Felipe Netto: Piah Mater is a two-piece metal band from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that consists of myself - Luiz Felipe Netto - and Igor Meira and we play extreme metal with unconventional deviations, I guess we could put it that way…

2.In December you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

LFN: The sound we achieved on those 7 songs was a product of experimentation with different song structures and combinations of opposing feelings such as restlessness and quietude, frantic riffs in contrast with acoustic passages and so forth. It is beyond me to classify what we created into a specific genre though.

3.The band has been around since 2010 but waited 4 years to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?

LFN: We took the two initial years to mature ourselves as musicians, settle down our expectations and define our goals. The writing process for the debut itself wasn't so long though, it took us less than an year to put the whole thing together. By early 2013 we had the album completed, and in the time span between that and the release date we worked to get the production sounding exactly as we wanted (we only got so close!)

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

LFN: I wrote the lyrics for Memories of Inexistence from a very personal stand-point, about things that are close to home for me as I find that would be the only honest way to deliver these tracks, making them personal enough so that others can relate.

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

LFN: For the name, we wanted a clean slate to start with, something that evoked no prior interpretations to the minds of the average person when exposed to it for the first time. When I eventually came across the name I felt an immediate connection to it. I pitched it to Igor and we both agreed that it couldn't be anything else. It had to be that one.

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?

LFN: We have plans to expand into a quartet and we are currently working a few connections to make that happen. But if it doesn't, we have no problems keeping the core band as a duo. We'll see how it unfolds…

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

LFN: No labels have stepped up so far. Although that is not something we discard for the future, we definitely are not losing sleeping over it.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of both progressive and extreme metal?

LFN: It's been good so far. At this point I can't say we had exposure enough for me to distinguish between the feedback from the metal and the prog camps. From where I sit, it feels like we are reaching the intersection first, the people that already are familiar with both ends of the Prog Metal scope. Maybe from here on it will become clearer which side will embrace us stronger.

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

LFN: We already have a second album pretty much sorted out. I am so deeply involved with it that is hard to say in which ways it sets apart from its precedent, but if I should risk a few words I would say it's more focused, more melodic and overall emotionally heavier than 'Memories of Inexistence'.

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?

LFN: Igor and I both listen to and get inspired by all sorts of music. Currently I have been listening to some Tears for Fears, Alcest's Shelter and Enslaved's In Times. Igor has been digging Memento Mori, latest Obituary and Cannibal Corpse records and Brazilian virtuoso Edgberto Gismonti.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

LFN: I'm a senior in film school and Igor is majoring in engineering so…  that pretty much summons up our external interests in life.

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

LFN: Thank you for arranging this interview and thanks to the readers who have made it this far. We have big things coming in 2015 and it's good to know we're not alone on this.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Piah Mater/Memories Of Inexistence/2014 Full Length Review


  Piah  Mater  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very melodic  and  progressive  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Memories  Of  Inexistence".

  Dark and  melancholic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  progressive  death  metal  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  clean  playing  which  also  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  heavy  parts  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  at  times  the  music  brings  in  death  metal  growls  and  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  As  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  at  times  and  one  of  the  later  songs  is  an  acoustic  ballad  while  the  later  tracks  show  the  band  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  some  of  the  acoustic  sections  do  bring  in  a  touch  of  70's  progressive  rock  at  times..

  Piah  Mater  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  progressive  and  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  melodic  black  metal  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  encounters,  loss,  and  healing.

  In  my  opinion  Piah  Mater  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  progressive  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anticipation"  "Young  Rust"  and  "A  Greater  Freedom".  8  out  of  10.     

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sigh/Graveward/Candlelight Records/2015 CD Review


  Sigh  are  a  band  from  Japan  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  symphonic, experimental  and  avant  garde  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Graveward"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  melodic  guitar  lead  which  also  dominates  throughout  the  album  and  symphonic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  guitars  using  a  lot  of  old  school  metal  riffs  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  clean  singing  vocals  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  traditional  Japanese  music  elements  in  with  the  heavier  parts  and  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  both  male  and  female  choir  vocals  present  throughout  the  recording  and  at  times  both  the  solos  and  synths  bring  in  a  heavy  influence  of  70's  psychedelic  and  progressive  rock  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  Japanese  folk  instruments  can  be  heard  at  times  and  some  of  the  later tracks  also  bring  in  spoken  word  parts  along  with  an  influence  of  noise  music  being  brought  in  at  times  and  the  heavy  parts  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  thrash  influences  while  the  saxophones  enhances  the  avant  garde  side  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Sigh  creates  another  album  that  is  still  very  heavily  rooted  in  black  metal  but  just  like  with  previous  efforts  the  music  also  remains  avant,  garde,  symphonic  and  original  sounding  while  the  band  has  gotten  back  a  lot  of  their  heaviness  over  the  years,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  movie  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from Sigh and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Graveward"  "The Molesters  Of  My  Soul"  "The  Casket  Burner"  and  "Dwellers  In  Dream".  8  out  of  10.    

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Omrade Interview



1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Bargnatt : Edari is our first release. We are two in this band, I play guitar and vocals
Arsenic : I play drums and keyboards.

2.You have an album coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Bargnatt : Our music is like a picture, every song is a contemplation of a situation or a simple landscape. Like painters, we try to capture an intense moment and  a definition of sadness, light, and human emotion. It's our vision of darkness and beauty, but our songs could be read in different axes, it's not easy to follow all the time our evocation of cold feeling.
Arsenic : for me "Edari" is a journey between past and future; we have chosen old and modern sounds to reach that goal

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Bargnatt : There is different lyrical, sometimes we talk about our experience of hardest life, the abandon sentiment or sometimes about anger and rage of human being. Our lyrics are special and sometimes ironic, the constant of our lyrics is the melancholia, sadness, every song is a short history, a mutilation of fairy tales.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Omrade'?
Bargnatt : Område is very specific field or area of neighborhood.
Arsenic : it can be understand like a friendship too

5.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?
Bargnatt : It's an interesting question, we have a lot of great guests on our album, and I think a duo is better for a project like Område. But who knows what the future holds...
Arsenic : we have several great projects for Område, some are in the pipes and they are awesome, it may includes other people but for the moment we go straight.

6.Has the band done any live shows yet or is this strictly a studio project?
Bargnatt : It's not a strictly studio project, but due to other projects, it doesn't let for arsenic and I the time for this, but I would like play our music on stage.
Arsenic : it also depends of the feedbacks we will have on the album, we will see...

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
Bargnatt : It's fun, because sometimes metal heads don't understand our music, because we have a lot of inspiration and we listen different kind of music. It's very hard for a pure metal heads to classify Område. It's our goal to do a music, we would like listen with different things, like Manes, Ulver, god is an astronaut, Head control system, Gazpacho, Nordic giant, Dodheismgard, I love the avant garde scene with a metal basis.
Arsenic : honestly the promotion is only at the very beginning, our first review gave us a 8/10 (and it was today :)
We hope they're will be more and more like that; moreover, our first clip "Mótsögn" is acclaimed by the critics; a really good start

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Bargnatt : I have a band, but we prefer keeping the secret because now the important matter is Område.
Arsenic : me too, but at this time we want to separate the projects

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Bargnatt : I see Område in a perfect evolution with no restriction. I have a dream play Område's music in a theatre with an orchestra.
Arsenic : Musically, we are exploring new sides, we have to merge our 2 universes, it's sometimes hard but we are now convinced that we did the right choices on "Edari"; the next album could be different but always with our own personality, we will see...

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?
Bargnatt : My first influence is The Doors, I like Ulver, Manes, Dodheimsgard, Paradise Lost, Caspian, Leviathan, Treha Sektori, Gazpacho. And a lot of other bands, the list is very long, I listen all time music.
Arsenic : some many bands, from Soilwork to Queen

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Bargnatt : I like reading, and writing, poetry and litterature for me are the best inspirations.
Arsenic : I am very busy to create music but i like art in general


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Bargnatt : I would like to thank you for the great itw, and I take this opportunity to thank our great partners of “Edari” release Francesco from My Kingdom music and our PR agent Christophe Sousa and his team from Dooweet promotion.
Arsenic : we also want to thanks the great guests we had on "Edari" (Asphodel, Guillaume Bideau, Leo Sors, Kriss Mandra, Damien Legret) and our friend Benoit Tillier for the great teaser and clip production

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Orakle/Eclats/Apathia Records/2015 CD Review


  Orakle  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Eclats"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Apathia  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  progressive  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  start  out  with  clean  singing  and  bring  an  avant  garde  feeling  to  the  recording  and  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  70's  prog  rock.

  When  solos  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  very  melodic  and  progressive  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  grim  black  metal  screams  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  some  sections  of  a  few  songs  and  each  track  also  brings  a  diverse  sound  to  the  recording.

  Orakle  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  has  a  lot  in  common  with  the  avant  garde  side  of  the  genre  of  the  90's  while  also  being  very  experimental  and  adding  in  a  touch  of  the  more  modern  and  progressive  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  cover  Nature,  Curse  and  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orakle  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  progressive  and  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS    TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Solipse"  "Apophase"  and  "Aux  Eclats".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Omrade/Edari/My Kingdom Music/2015 CD Review


  Omrade  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Edari"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

  A  very  dark  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  saxophones  and  after  a  few  minutes  black  metal  screams  become  a  huge  part  of  the  music  and  the  synths  also  get  more  symphonic  and  also  add  in  an  influence  on  classical  music.

  Elements  of  industrial  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with some  traces  of  trip  hop  and  electronic  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  spoken  word  parts  and  female  vocals  being  utilized  at  times  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  long  and epic  in  length  and  the  music  gets  more  progressive  halfway  through  the  recording.

  Omrade  creates  and  album  that  brings in  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  genres  from  black  metal,  avant  garde,  trip  hop,  electronica,  ambient,  industrial  and  post  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  dark  and  psychotic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Omrade  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde/post  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mostsogn"  "Satellite  And  Narrow"  and  "Friendly  herpes".  8  out  of  10.

Vetten Aparat/Sydantalven Viha/Inverse Music/2015 Single Review


  Vetten  Aparat  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  heavy  form  of  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  single  "Sydantalven  Viha"  which  will  be  released  on  March  27th  by  Inverse  Music.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  song  before  adding  in  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  that  add  a  folk  music  feeling  to  the  music  and  a  few  seconds  alter  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  track  which  leads  up  to  the  song  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  to  get  aggressive  and  add  in  element s of  death  and  black  metal  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  back  up  gang  shouts,  and  after  the  acoustic  parts  make  their  return  the  song  starts  utilizing  some  symphonic  elements.

  Vetten  Aparat  plays  a  style  of  folk  metal  that  is  very  heavy  and  melodic  and  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  Nordic  black  metal  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  foklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vetten  Apaarat  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.    

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sulphur Aeon/Gateway To The Antisphere/Van Records/Imperium Productions/2015 CD Review


  Sulphur  Aeon  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Gateway  To  The  Antisphere"  which  will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Van  Records  and  Imperium  Productions.

  Rain  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  a  few  seconds  alter  melodic  chants  and  heavy  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  and  after  the  intro  more  melodies  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  screams.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads a re  used  they  are  very  dark,  melodic  and  technical  sounding  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  the  atmospheric  elements  in  with  the  heavier  and  melodic  parts  of  their  musical  style.

  At  times  the  music  goes  fro  a  brutal  style  of  death  metal  which  they  also  mix  in  with  some  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  influences  and  the  sound  effects  from  the  intro  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  throughout  the  recording  and  they  also  close  the  album  with  a  very  atmospheric  outro.

  Sulphur  Aeon  creates  another  album  that  is  in  the  blackened  death  metal  direction  and  mixes  brutality  and   melody  with  atmospheric  elements  and  epic  structures  to  create  an  album  that  will  show  them  getting  known  on  a  higher  level,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft  and  Darkness.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sulphur  Aeon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devotion  To  The  Cosmic  Chaos"  "Abysshex"  "Seventy  Steps"  and  "Into  the  Courts  Of  Azathoth".  8/5  out  of  10.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Revealing The Conscience/Time Will Reveal/WormHoleDeath Records/2015 CD Review


  Revealing  The  Conscience  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  power,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Time  Will  Reveal"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

A  very  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  bringing  in  a  classical  music  feeling  and  after  the  intro  melodic  progressive  metal  guitar  leads  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  also  keeping  around  the  symphonic  elements  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  are  used  on  a  regular  basis.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  while  the  power  metal  influence  is  mixed  in  with  the  musical  instruments  and  the  vocals  stick  to  a  more  aggressive  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  before  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction  while  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard.

  Revealing  The  Conscience  takes  both  black  and  death  metal  and  combines  them  together  with  symphonic  metal  and  the  melody  of  power  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Revealing  The  Conscience  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  symphonic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  power  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hellbinder"  "Struggling  Within"  "Farewell"  and  "God  And  Satan".  8  out  of  10.  

  

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Augurs/Deathgrave/Sentinent Ruin Laboratories/2015 Split 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  Oakland,  California's  Augurs  and  Deathgrave  which  will  be  released  by  Sentinent  Ruin  Laboratories  on  March  17,  2015  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Augurs  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom  and  crust.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  that  starts  to  speed  up  a  few  seconds  later  and  bring s in  elements  of  crust,  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  doom  and  post  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  as  well  as  some  deep  growls,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  themes and  towards  the  end  the  music  gets  melodic  and  also  incorporates  a  brief  guitar  lead.

  In  my  opinion  Augurs  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  Next  up  is  Deathgrave  a  band  that  plays  a  brutal  mixture  of  power  violence,  crust  and  grind.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  guitar  sound  and  high  pitched  screams  before  speeding  up and  adding  in  blast  beats  that  also  take  their  music  into  more  of  a  brutal  grindcore  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  growls  being  added  onto  later  songs  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deathgrave  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hugged  In  Half".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  fans  of  black  metal,  doom,  grind,  power  violence  and  crust.  8  out  of  10.

    

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Northland Interview


Northland / interview answers by POL LEMAIRE (keyboards) and PAU MURILLO (singer-guitars) / A Different Shade Of Black Metal / 2015

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?
Well, as you can imagine we've been very busy preparing everything related with the release and promotion of Downfall & Rebirth. We've been working hard on promoting it through the world, and also have been looking for gigs so as to spread our music around. It's been really nice to finally release the album after almost 3 years of hard work (the recordings started in March 2012), so we are really happy!

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?

The musical sound from the new album is definitely more diverse. We've taken more time for composing the songs, so everything sounds more refined and filled with details. Of course we love our first album, but since we've matured a lot in the last 5 years, so has done our music. We hope people will enjoy the different touches we have given to our new music!

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

Well, during these 5 years we’ve been playing around Europe (festivals and some tours), which has been a really great experience. There have been as well some line-up changes, but finally we’ve managed to reach stability. Our drummer Jose also had to endure a hard recovery from a bike accident, which took him 8 months to get recovered. Hopefully he’s so strong and if fine again!

Of course, we've also been busy composing and recording for half of the five years, but we mainly got focused on playing anywhere and spreading our music.

4.The lyrics cover some Pagan topics, how would you describe your views on Paganism?
Yes, that's right! We do inspire our lyrics on some pagan cultures but we also add a little bit of fantasy so that we don't follow a particular pagan religion or way of thinking. We create our own pagan way of understanding the universe. We might use some shades of the Viking and Celtic culture, but we are not saying "Hey, we are Vikings or Celts". We try to give a personal point of view and we want the listener to think about it.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Northland'?
Well, it is indeed a quite strange and funny story. The origin of the name takes place in 2004, when Pau Murillo (singer and guitars), along with some friends from the high school, decided to create a band. One day, one of those friends proposed to call the band "Northwind". All of them liked that name, but after investigating a little bit they realised there was already a band called like this, so they decided to turn the name into Northland. That's it!

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 always enjoy any show we play in! We're always finding incredible people anywhere we go, and this is something that we enjoy so much. But to name some, the best shows might be the ones at Ragnarök Festival, Vagos Open Air, Wave Gotik Treffen... We also enjoyed a lot the Black Trolls Over Europe Tour we did in 2010, we hope we can do an European tour like that soon!
Regarding our stage performance, over time we've got more experience, so we can focus more on the contact with the audience. We've always been told that we have a good live performance, and we want to keep this so people can enjoy each and every gig we perform in!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Well, we have plans for performing around Spain (and Portugal) during this spring (April, May and June). The tour will consist of around 10-15 gigs, and we will play in many cities we haven't played in before, so we are excited about this! We hope we'll have good feedback from these places, and we are promoting the tour so as many people as possible can come. Besides, we are also planning some international tours for the second half of the year, but we still have details to manage before we can announce it.
Of course, we are eager to play in as many places as possible, since we wish to bring our music to all the people around the globe!

8.The new album was self released but the band has been signed to a label before, are you open to working with another record label again in the future?

Of course! We don't discard any possibility. We had some problems with our previous label, so in the end we thought the most practical way to release our second album was self releasing it. If we got a nice proposal in the future, we'd be glad to work with another label, so it's just a matter of time.

9.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of viking, pagan, folk, and death metal?

Overall, the reception of our new album has been pretty good. We've been working hard on the promotion of the album, so it can reach as many metal fans as possible, and the feedback we are receiving by now is positive. We usually read the comments from Youtube and the social media, and we are happy to see that many people like Downfall And Rebirth. We are also receiving positive feedback from the magazines, fanzines, blogs, and other media that have reviewed our new album. We hope our music can be enjoyed as many people as possible!

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Some members are really busy with their other musical projects. For example, Vic (the bassist) is working hard with his band Moonloop, because they are recording their new studio album. Jose (the drummer) is also busy with his band Aggression, and will also record a new album soon, as well a perform in some gigs. Some of the other members play in other bands as well.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
First of all, after the long time it has taken to finish our second studio album, we will get focused on playing live in as many places as possible. We want to spread our music around the entire world, know new bands and people, get more experience... We still don't know where will our music head into in the future, but we are sure it will get better, because all the experience we get on our lives (both musically and non-musically talking) is something that we can transfer to our music. We think this is something that makes music richer, and will of course be important when we decide to record our third album.

12.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?

We've been listening to a lot of new stuff. The older you get the more open-minded you become and we are 6 people in the band, so imagine the wide range of music styles we listen to. To resume, I would say that we mainly listen to folk music such as the masters Luar na Lubre, Assambly Point and so on. We also love to listen to epic music: Two steps from hell. Immediate music and a lot of modern composers. That's more or less where we get our inspiration from nowadays, a part from thousands of bands that we might listen to particularly.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

All of us have different interests.

For example, Pol (keyboard player) likes Japanese culture and speaks Japanese, and also likes hiking in the mountains and playing videogames. Vic (Bass player loves Photography, Sound engineering, board games, Magic the Gathering, Sociology, Travelling, etc. Pau Murillo (Lead vocals and guitar) also loves Videogames, sports, traveling and so on! We all have different interests but of course some common ones!


14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We want to thank you for helping us promote our music around the world by giving us the chance to share our thoughts we all the A different Shade of Black Metal community. To all the people reading this interview, we hope you enjoy our music and come to our gig whenever we play in your country!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Aegrum/The Arrival/Narcoleptica Productions/2015 EP Review


  Aegrum  are  a  band  from  Indonesia  that  plays  a  very  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "The  Arrival"  which  was  released  by  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  slowly  start  to  evolve  into  more  of  a  symphonic  direction  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  while  still  having  the  symphonic  sounds of  the  intro  as  well  as  bringing  in  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times.

  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumental  tracks  and  the  symphonic  elements  are  more  related  to  the  mid  90's  era  of  the  genre.

  Aegrum  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  closer  to  the  original  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Mysticism  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aegrum  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternal  Whisper  Of  The  Dark  Forest"  and  "The  Ancient  Ov  Cult".  8  out  of  10.        

Friday, March 6, 2015

Revogar/Vale Dos Suicidas/Narcoleptica Productions/2015 Cassette Re-Issue Review


  Revogar  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  album  "Vale  Dos  Suicidas"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  on  cassette  by  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  brutla  and  technical  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melodic  leads  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording  and  after  awhile  blast  beats,  grim  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls  are  added  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  good  portion  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  there are  some  acoustic  guitars  added  onto a  few  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  different  song  that  uses  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  melodic  black/death  metal  sound.

  Revogar  plays  a  style  that  mixes  the  melodic  death  and  black  metal  sounds  of  the  mid  90's  and  the  music  has  a  heavy  Swedish  feeling  to  it,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Revogar  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hipocrisia  Crista"  "Solo  Maldito"  and  "Vale Dos Suicidas".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, March 2, 2015

Wrathage Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Scythe:
Well first of all thanks for the interest and the review, it was great after seven years of absence to read the first DISCIPLINE review \,,/
After the album was finished we of course started looking for labels for possible collaboration on the release and finalising the booklet designs and all the promo materials, shirts etc. and since we're a pretty much do-it-yourself band it all takes it's time to get things done. Also as we're not rehearsing nowadays for live performances we're already planning the next release and choosing the song drafts on which to work on. Also we're in the process of making a music video for the song "Walking to death" from DISCIPLINE.

2.You have a new album coming out in March, 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?
Scythe:

There's a lot of that good old late 90's second wave black metal atmosphere combined with really cool guitar work and Finnish harshness. I think we complicated things a bit too much on Crawlspace antipathy just to make it sound more progressive or unusual, this time we weren't pushing to make everything sound unique or difficult, we just let the music take it's course and let it go where it needed to go and how we enjoyed playing the songs. So I think the song structures have a more constant feeling to them and thus propably a bit more accessible. Also we haven't been that big on guitar solos earlier so now with H.Beast and Viha on the line-up there's a lot of magnificent guitar porn on many of the songs.

3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

Scythe:
We have never been really efficient in producing material, we get a lot of ideas and drafts but a lot of good stuff never gets made into a song and released as we can't finalise them. Also this is the first full lenght album we have done and this time we recorded everything by ourselves and that was a learning experience. Next time I think it will go a lot more smoothly, I promise it won't take seven years this time :) There's also some really old stuff on this album, on "Distortion" there is a couple of old D.V Grim riffs from his 1999 song "Into the holocaust" which has never been properly released, I just really thought they went well with the other parts of the song and put the final song together, also "Walking to death" first draft was done in 2003 with a really heavy and slow sluggish touch where as the final version is a whole lot of different than what originally planned.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Scythe:
I could give it a go but I'll let Koba who writes all of our lyrics tell you about his take on Black metal and things.

Koba:
For me the reason I work in the medium of Black Metal is that I see BM still, though it's not a new thing anymore, in the frontline of cultural evolution. BM is a force driving progress, since it hasn't stagnated into a doctrine and it continues to challenge new boundries. Of course there was this misunderstanding that true BM is set thing, but that too was challenged. Rebellion is to me what drives humanity forward. This could be traced back to Albert Camus and his collection of essays titled the Rebel (originally in french: le'revoltee). Camus's philosophy of the Absurd is also close to my thinking.

Death in Black Metal is dominant as is Darkness and desolation. They all are imagery and symbols of the soulscape. Death is a part of life as evil, or whatever one decides to call it, is of the whole of being human. Religious and moral hypochrisy is to me appalling, and the cry for death and absolute annihilation is not: it is a real sensation, even if it is infantile and selfish. Most feelings are everything but exulting. This is not how I thought in the beginning or earlier on, but this is how I see it now.

The political aspects are new to BM, but I see it as a natural progress of evolution within BM to take on new areas and enemies. BM has nor a BM artist doesn't need to shout out the hidden death yearns or to showcase a prayer for destruction: destruction and death of the palnet are evident and humanity as a mass is working directly towards those ends. BM can move on to pin point the hypocrisy of polithcs and other codes of human conduct that are as absurd as dogmatized religion. Maybe politicians should come out in the open with their real intentions and the effects of their decisions on the course of all existance. 248 million years ago 99% of all living organisms were annihilated. Politicians have a way to go to achieve this, but they're on the right track.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wrathage'?
Scythe:
A bunch of immortal angry youngsters from Northern Finland gettin' drunk and playing metal music:) I came up with the name when I was like 16 years old and you know teenagers are always angry at something and it sounded cool so it was chosen as the band name. I think the original work in progress name was a really cheesy and cliche one called "autumnal dusk", it sounded nothing like us and thus wasn't chosen.

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?
Scythe:
The first one is always huge and we were lucky to be opening up for DISMEMBER with DEATHBOUND as our first ever gig so there was a good crowd there and all went really well. However the best ever respond has been in Jalometalli Winterfest 2007 with a lot of young metalheads banging their heads out and a couple of great moshpits emerging occasionally, it was an amazing feeling to perform to that crowd (cheers to everyone who were there \,,/). But what it looks like? I think a Half a dozen good looking fat metalheads from Finland :) HAHAHAAA!!!...\,,/ Well not that fat anymore. We enjoy playing live, I like both the making and performing of the music, however now as we have spread the band all over Finland we're not actively rehearsing and thus propably we'll be releasing new material more frequently.

7.Do you have an any or show plans once the new album is released?
Scythe:
Nothing now, we'll first see how well it is received and whether we receive any good offers, we haven't rehearsed in a couple of years at all so in order to get the live-performance solid we'd have to rehearse quite a lot and that needs a good motivation to get the crew together.

8.On the new album you did a Morbid Angel cover, what was the decision behind doing one of your own versions of their songs?
Scythe:
Actually I was thinking of doing Emperor's "With strenght I burn" but untill that was rehearsed Kuisma had already recorded the drums for the Morbid angel song and since it's a really bad ass song we decided to do our intepretation of it. It was also nice to hear and see H.Beast playing Morbid angel solos \,,/.

9.The new album is coming out on Maa Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Scythe:
Well there isn't actually a lot to tell, the communication has been limited to facts about the release. But how we came into co-operations is that I noticed them releasing the latest "As light dies" album so I took contact to them and since they were interested in releasing the album and what I had heard from others they seemed to handle their business really well so we took their offer. And what I've heard Japan is one of the few markets nowadays where people are buying more CD's where as pretty much everywhere else the sales are plummetting.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by both fans of black and death metal?
Scythe:
Based on our previous releases I think Sweden hates us:) HAHAHAA!!! (Please someone prove me wrong?) A lot of good feedback mostly, some of the more underground true black metal circles haven't been too fond of our style which can be understood but in overall we're really pleased to see how well people from across the globe have understood our vision of the Metal extreme.


11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?
Scythe:
Kuismahc plays drums in Kalmah which is currently composing new material for the next album and they're doing their first gig in Norway this year at may in Karmøygeddon Festival (http://karmoygeddon.no/).

I have actually been ramping up a new international online collaboration of sorts with some really cool people, stylishly we're doing a kind of a Jazzy-Avantgarde-post-metal-
rock-thingie, a lot of Ved buens ende, Virus and Yurei influences with maybe a hint of Arcturus to accompany the weirdness, really excited to see how people receive that material. This project goes by the name of "Selcouth" and will be made public soon. Currently we have people participating from Finland, France, Spain and Russia.

Also I participated a little on another online collaboration called Hécatombe Humaine with a couple of songs, I think the release will be mosly ambient but I made a couple of metal songs, one in the vein of Cadaver - Necrosis in 280Bpm \,,/. This will be a more underground release.

Tero:
I also play bass in a band called Liverbox.
We are a bunch of old men, (I´m the youngest and I´m 34), playing rock´n´roll. Currently we are mixin our forthcoming Ep, playing gigs and planning the future of the band.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Scythe:
Onwards, there's a lot of new songs already being composed for the next release and no drastic changes on the style anticipated, maybe even better songs \,,/

13.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?
Scythe: The biggest influence over the years is definitely the second wave norwegian black metal from late 90's, grew up on those albums and still listen to them on a regular basis. Currently really excited of the new Dodheimsgard album "A Umbra omega", the one sample song they've released "Aphelion void" is just fantastic piece of art. I try to discover new interesting bands all the time, recently discovered a lot of great French avantgarde metal bands like Spekt, Igorrr, Smohalla, Pryapisme, Stagnant waters and Deathspell omega. Also I've acquired the entire Adversum catalogue - only quality releases there like Yurei, Delirium bound, Alpha obscura, Manimalism etc. I actually made a list of my favourite 2014 releases so I'll share it here:

Bloodway - Sunstone voyager and the clandestine horizon EP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMb5Sf-TaiU

Deconstructing Sequence – Access Code EP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngqgRaMx7co

Bölzer - Soma EP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qYVNcmZyLc

Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w9TbulMd70

Execration - Morbid dimensions
https://www.youtube.com/watch…

Manimalism - Manimalism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbmEtfDBNOI

Mayhem - Esoteric warfare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d7cr-zdm1Y

Kampfar - Djevelmakt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtifXWB3IQQ

Thy darkened shade - Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6pqbDMKBt4

Necrophagia - WhiteWorm Cathedral
http://necrophagia.bandcamp.com/album/whiteworm-cathedral

As light dies - TLA vol1.
http://aslightdies.bandcamp.com/track/nemesis

The Deathtrip - Deep drone master
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ijl7crxqkg

Philm - Fire from the evening sun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAoBuFewYMs

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
Scythe: I've been into Ashtanga yoga for a couple of years soon which balances the extreme metal side nicely.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
It feels good to be back! \,,/

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Synkvervet Interview

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

Synkvervet started out as a one-man studio project by Ingemar in the fall of 2011.  Originally Synkvervet was supposed to be a pure instrumental project, but it didn’t take long before he realized that the project needed vocals. Not being much of a vocalist, he called in his friend and band colleague Truls. Together they created the mysterious, trollish and aggressive folk sound that is SYNKVERVET. Synkvervet's debut album (Vår Avmakt) was released in the winter of 2013. A few months later Truls and Ingemar started working on a new album. They decided to bring in a drummer and a guitar player. The decision fell on Rino and Espen. With the new sound that Ingemar created, it opened new doors to inspiration for Synkvervet. During the
recording of the new album, Christina and Niclas was invited as guest vocalists on a few tracks. Later they became permanent members of Synkvervet. The band now consists of six permanent members. And the new Synkvervet album "Trollspeil" was released in December 2014.

2.So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The first album was much more black metal inspired, while the second album is more melodic and atmospheric. Also adding two new vocalists on the second album contributed to changing the sound a bit.

3.Originally the band started out as an instrumental solo project, what was the decision behind adding in vocals and bringing in a full time line up?

Ingemar felt that the music needed another element, and the choice fell naturally on vocals. On the second album Ingemar and Truls decided to take the studio project to a possible live performance act. Therefor
they decided to bring in some new musicians.

4.The bands name and some of the lyric come from Old Norse Sagas, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Nordic Paganism?

The name "Synkvervet" means illusion, and this describes both the music and the band. Hearing stories about folklore, norse mythology and fairytales is a normal part of growing up in Norway. And when we started
to make music, this was the natural path to take.

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?

We started out as a studio project therefor we have not been able to play live. And since we just recently became a full band we only had a couple of months to rehearse.

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

We hope to do our first gig in the autumn 2015.

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

We`we had some offers, but for now we are happy to be independent. But if the right deal comes along you never know.

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

The feedback has been amazing from both black and folk metal fans.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the bands members are a part off?

Greyzone and Blindfolded are currently playing gigs, PelleK are rehearsing, and Twisted Autumn Darkness are in studio making a new album.

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

After working on Trollspeil, we think we found our sound. And that's is the sound we are going for in the future.

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

A mix of all kinds of genres. But we are striving to create our own sound.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

History, reading, gaming, cats and of course beer.

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

Thank you so much for reviewing our new album and taking interest in Synkvervet.