Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wolfhorde/Towards The Gate Of North/Inverse Records/2016 Full Length Review





  Wolfhorde  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  folk  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Towards  The  Gate  Of  North"  which  will  be  released  in  2016 by  Inverse  Records.

  Classical  guitars  and  folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  and  when  keyboards  are  added onto  the  recording  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  and  symphonic  feeling  and  on  the  second  track  tribal  beats  find  their  way  onto  the  album  and  they  bring  in  a  shamanistic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  very  melodic  folk  metal  feeling  to  the  songs   and  the  vocals  bring  in  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  guitar  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  to  the  tracks.
 
  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  spoken  word  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  the  clean  vocals  bring  in  elements  of  pagan  metal  and  the  music  at  times  also  brings  in  a  medieval  atmosphere  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and f ast  parts.

  Wolfhorde  plays  a  style  of  folk  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  symphonic  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  black  and  melodic  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Finnish  and  cover  Viking  heritage and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wolfhorde are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuimbulvter"  "The  Retribution"  and  "The  Gates  Of  North".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Against The Plagues/Purified through Devastation/Non Serviam Records/2015 CD Review


  Against  The  Plagues  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Purified  through  Devastation"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  A  very  fast,  brutal  and  technical  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  growling  vocals  and  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  atmospheric  sounds  in  the  background  at  times  and  after  awhile  melodies  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musicla  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Black  metal  screams  are  utilized  quite  often  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  elements  of  melodic  death  metal  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  symphonic  elements  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken word  samples and  there  is  also  a  short  acoustic  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  2  heavy  tracks.

  Against  The  Plagues  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  brutal  death  metal  with  symphonic  and  melodic  black  metal  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Inner  Strength  and  War  Themes.

  In  my  opinion  Against  the  Plagues  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  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  "All  Flesh  Had  Corrupted"  "TerrorForm"  and  "Enemy  Herein".  8  out  of  10.

   

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Satarial/Lunar Cross/Satanath Records/Metallic Media/Black Plague Records/2014 CD Review


  Satarial  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk,  gothic  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Lunar  Cross"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  Metallic  Media,  and  Black  Plague  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  which  bring  in  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  and  a  few  seconds  later  operatic  female  vocals  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  in  the  music  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

   Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  blast  beats  and  elements  of  industrial  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  whispers  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  the  energy  of  gothic  rock  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  symphonic  elements.

  As  the  elements  progresses  elements  of  folk  music  are  added  into  some  of  the  tracks  while  the  influence  of  industrial  can  be  heard  at  times  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  album gets  more  diverse  with each  track  mixing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  influences.

  Satarial  plays  a  musical  style  which  mixes  symphonic  black  metal,  goth  rock,  industrial  and  folk  music  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  style,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Satarial  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  goth  rock,  industrial  and  folk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Horned  One"  "Witches  Night"  "Flower  Of  Datura"  and  "Spell  Of  Formation".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fortress Black/I.N.R.I/Demons Run Amok Entertainment/2015 EP Review


  Fortress  Black  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  hardcore  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "I.N.R.I"  which  was  released  by  Demons  Run  Amok  Entertainment.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavy  yet  dark  musical  direction  along  with  some  screams  that  mix  black  metal  and  sludge  together  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  anger  of  hardcore  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  also  brings  in  elements  of  modern  post  metal.

  Some  of  the  riffs  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  of t he  tracks  also  bring  in  growls  and  angry  shouts  along  with  a  touch  of  post  hardcore  and  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  the  music  does  speed  up  briefly  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  the  more  modern  side  of  black  metal  being  mixed  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Fortress  Black  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  post  metal,  sludge  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  dark  and  heavy  musical  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy and  modern  while  the  lyrics  cover  social,  emotional  issues  and  anti  fascist  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fortress  Black  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leave  me  Alone"  and  "I.N.R.I".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

Images At Twilight/Kings/Indie Recordings/2015 CD Review


  Images  At  Twilight  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  an  orchestral  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Kings"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  dark  and  haunting  keyboard  sound  starts  off  the  album  using  a  variety  of  many  different  keys  as  well  as  having  whispers  and  growls  in t he  backgrounds  and w hen  they  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  a  fast  black  metal  style  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  while  also  keeping  the  symphonic  elements  and  growls  which  also  gives  the  music  a  death  metal  vibe.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  bring  in  the  more  melodic  side  of  mid  90's  symphonic  black  metal and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  instrumental  tracks. 

  Images  At  Twilight  takes  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic style  of  black  metal  which  they  mix  in  with  a  lot  of  orchestra  and  symphonic  elements  to  create  a  very  epic  sounding  album,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a   concept  album  based  upon  epic  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Images  At  Twilight  are  a  very  great  sounding  orchestral  black  metal  band  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ninhagaz"  "Awazor"  and  "Zatholoch".  8  out  of  10.

   

Thulnar Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1.Well, I'm a one-man band based in northern Italy. I put my first mp3 online back in 2004, very raw material. That year was a discovery... meaning I had to learn everything by myself: notation, orchestration and the use of a sequencer. My long-time friend Elrick Blackcrow helped me a lot with everything and he's the other pillar of Thulnar. Oh, about the name: Thulnar is the main character's name of the lore behind all my music, crafted by Elric and I. Because, you know, if you want to label yourself "Extreme Fantasy Metal", a concept is capital.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2.The musical sound is pompous and symphonic. I repeat: symphonic. Orchestra in my mind has the importance of the classic rock/metal quartet in the final mix balance, not a mere keyboard put in the rear. This often complicates things with producers and engineers, but once they understand my vision, everything flows smoothly.  So, think about Thulnar like Rhapsody (of Fire) plus Summoning and you get the idea.

3.This is the first release to come out in 8 years, can you tell us a little bit more bout what has been going on during that time frame?
3.Meanwhile, I released two demos, called "Thulnar Demo" (you cand find it online) and "The End of the Blissful Days" (try it on my Soundcloud page!).

4.Your lyrics cover Fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
4.This answer could last pages! Apart from classic philosophy books, my other readings are related to fantasy fiction. I buy stuff and stuff on Amazon Kindle just for the sake of discovering new and interesting fantasy authors; I read them in English, 'cause the vast majority is unpublished here in Italy... even if the knowledge of the language itself is far from perfect.

5.Originally the band was called 'Darken', what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Thulnar'?
5.Well, "Darken" in a very common name in the metal... culture, underground? Call it the way you prefer. So back in the days I decided to change the moniker to avoid possible copyright trouble, just in the case the band will grow.

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?
6.I read, everyday, of splitted bands... Of founder members and main composer kicked out from the project they had created. Metal and rock, and metal and rock community as well, are not so deeply respectful towards composers and thus they lament downfall quality when these persons leave bands. Think about it: we remember Mozart and Beethoven, not the guys playing their stuff.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7.I'm not actively looking, because I lost hope. And some patience as well. Very few labels now-a-days want to take risks, they want bands that already sell. So... how can you call yourself an entrepreneur without taking risks? I just don't get it.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
8.In eleven years now, only a moderately bad review. I can't rely on music for a living, at all, but since my songs are genre mixed I can get a bit of attention. In the beginning, I didn't have so much expectations, but now the overall project is evolving slowly, yet in a positive way.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
9.Elric, my singer, is involved in another Italian band called "Mors Tua", where he writes lyrics and plays trumpet. Yes, he's a classical trumpet Maestro, playing in various European symphonic orchestras all year around. By the way, check this out, if you are curious about "Mors Tua"! http://ilmaleproduction.bandcamp.com/

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10.Musically, the band will follow the same genre directions. I will try to improve the quality more and more, 'cause I'm never satisfied, of course. I'm planning to release a single in 2016,  "Bellum".

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?
11.Rhapsody are my main inspirations. Hollywood movies' soundtracks as well. Early Immortal too. Mix these three elements and you obtain Thulnar!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12.Gaming and sport, road cycling and bodybuilding above all!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13.Final thoughts are about the music industry. Always remember it's the fans who make the industry. We artists are creative and we are entertainers, but our art is inside of us. Without the listeners' minds, our art is a dead end. So, listen to music without genre boundaries and support the artists!

The Canyon Observer/FVCK/Kapa Records/2015 CD Review


  The  Canyon  Observer  are  a  band  from  Slovenia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "FVCK"  which  was  released  by  Kapa  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavy  sludge  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  post  metal  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  being utilized  at  times.

   Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  being  brought  into  some  of  the  tracks  and  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  experimental,  noise  and  drone  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  on  the  last  track  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  briefly  and  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats.

  The  Canyon  Observer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  touch  of  experimental,  noise  and  drone  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  disturbing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Canyon  Observer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bounds  Tied Tight"  and  "All  Of  her,  Mine".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Solomonic Demons Interview


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


Solomonic Demons is not just and Ordinary Metal Band even if I'm no the best skilled Musician or Lyricist outside I try to put all My effort in the composition of the Solomonic Demons music trying to give the band an Unique sound with lyrics  of Occultism, Death and Ordinary man issues this is the result of 6 years trying to find the adequate sound because Solomonic Demons is not just music is a cult.


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


I focus in Keeping the sound  Raw and Clean; this may sound a contradiction but Metal genre has so many subgeners so is Possible even if Im not an Engineer. I know how I wanna sound it has to be Heavy Thrash and Death.


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


The Main Idea of Solomonic Demons was Demonology I was so obsessed with the grimoire of  the Lesser key of Solomon in 2009 that I decided to create a Project only to focus on the Invocation and description of the Demons founded on the spell books. The album Firestorm is divided in 2 parts  the first part is the Invocation  that focus Lyrics on the topic mentioned already Demonology theres no Satanic themes so far on the lyrics do not get confused , The Second part is the Evil part  were Lyrical themes are more about Death, War and Real world issues also the music is more faster and

less melodic in this part of the album.


4.Your name is Beelzebul and the band name and some of the songs are based upon the Goetia, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the occult?


Beelzebul cause destruction through tyrants,  cause demons to be worshipped among men, to excite priests to lust, to cause jealousies in cities and murders, and to bring on war when you hear Solomonic  Demons thats what you expect and only the prince of Hell can sign that thats why I call myself Beelzebul, Like I Mentioned Before I was obsessed with Demonology on some point of my life and maybe Im still

thats the Flame that Solomonic Demons always going to need.


5.From 2008 to 2013 there was no music being released can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?


The Project had to many Music changes over the years I never was satisfied until 2013 maybe 10 demos were recorded before I cud present a solid Idea thats why so many years.


6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself but also have a full band on the side, how would you compare the two?


Solomonic Demons and Notas Fantasmas are to different.  Notas Fantasmas is a Black Metal band and focus in Satanic themes is faster even blast

beats  is more nasty like a wild child running with no focus more than destruction.


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


I had seen a lot of reviews and this makes me very happy by the way Im trying to make this thing even better and I can promise next music is going to be better and more technical


8.What is going on with your other band these days?


unfortunately Notas Fantasmas broke up on 2012 I couldn't Make Black Metal anymore I don't feel myself as a Satanic  person without that you cant make black metal even if you just sing just about blasphemy


9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?


I hope I can tour worldwide with the project I want people to see Solomonic Demons live more albums are coming like i said this is just the beginning


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?


I love Metal and I have to many influences and I cant list them all but I can list Solomonic  Demons influences: Atomizer ( Aus ) Coven ( 60s Rock band ), Amorphis, Angel Witch, Destroyer 666, Crematory, Deathhammer, Decapitated, Megadeth, Dissection, Devil Lee Rot, Mercyful fate, Metalucifer and a few more that I don't remember right now. I collect Vinyls Records I love to buy music from New bands that I like and Oldies reiused


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


I have family wife and kids so when Im not either Working or making Music Im spending my time with them


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


Im really pleased that I finally was able to exposed Solomonic Demons to the World I was working for years in this project but I promise that this just the beginning of Solomonic Demons journey

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Eshtadur/Oblivion/RebelSign/2015 EP Review


  Eshtadur  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Oblivion"  which will  be  released in  December by  RebelSign.

  Symphonic  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  a  few  seconds  later  aggressive  vocals  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  more  modern  metal  elements  that  where  not  on the  previous  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  adds  in  more  of  a  melodic  death  metal  style  along  with  some  growling  vocals  and  they  also  mix  the  symphonic  and  heavier  parts  together  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also a  brief  use  of  spoken  word parts.

  On  this  recording  Eshtadur takes  a  modern  style  of  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  symphonic  black  metal  to  create  a  style  of their  own  on  this  ep.  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  rebellion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eshtadur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  more  melodic  styles  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Last  Day  Of  the  Condor"  and  "The  Currency  Of  My  Empire".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Solomonic Demons/Firestorm/Merdumgiriz/2015 CD Review


  Solomonic  Demons  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Firestorm"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along   with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  after awhile  melodies  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  use  a  great amount of  melody  while  also   adding  in  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  growls  make  their  presence  known.

  Most  of  the  riffs  are  mid  paced  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small   amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  mixes  in  a  great  mixture  of  80's  and  90's  extreme  metal  influences  from  a  variety  of  many  genres  and  the  whole  album  remains  true  to  a  very  heavy  and  retro  musical  direction  while  the  production  updates  the  music  for modern  times  and  melodic  vocals  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Solomonic  Demons  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  heavy,  thrash,  death  and  melodic  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  musical  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Goetia,  Evil,  Witchery,  Magick  and  Demons  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Solomonic  Demons  are  a  very  great  mixture  of  heavy,  thrash,  death  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Firestorm"  "72  Spirits"  and  "Brotherhood  Warfare".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Grimorium Verum/Relict/Symbol Of Domination Records/Cold Raw Records/2015 CD Review


  Grimorium  Verum  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of t heir  2015  album  "Relict"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Records  and  Cold  Raw  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  keyboard  sound  starts  off  the  album  before going  into more  of  an  epic  and  symphonic  direction  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  symphonic  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  and  the  riffs  also  get  very  melodic  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  finally  added  into  the  music  they  also  enhance  the  melody  that  is  present  on  the  recording  along  with  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing.

  Grimorium  Verum  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  that  is  more  closer  to  the  mid  90's  era  and  also  brings  back  some  of  the  blasphemy  that  has  been  missing  in  the  genre  for  years,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grimorium  Verum  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rising  Morning  Star"  "Night  Burning  Icons"  "In  Satan  We  Trust"  and  "Odium".  8  out  of  10.     

Monday, November 16, 2015

Blood Of The Wolf Interview


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

The band started in 2012 as a project of mine while I was playing guitar in Kommandant. We became a live band in 2013. We had a few member changes since then. As of right now the line-up is myself, Mike Koniglio, on guitar and vocals, Frank Garcia on guitar and vocals, Brandon Waszak on bass and Max Colunga on drums. We play blackened death metal with a lot of blasting and a heavy dose of melody.

2.So far you have released a demo, single and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

I would describe it as blackened death metal with a lot of blasting and a lot of melody. I would say the writing style is akin to late 90’s/early 2000’s aggressive black metal. There is a lot of fast paced tremolo picking, dual guitar harmonies and melodies, and blast beats. Lots of blast beats.

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

Lyrics revolve around the ethos of warfare. Sometimes the lyrics describe the gore and brutality of war, but most of time they center on the philosophy of warfare and the ideal of completely destroying your enemy.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blood Of The Wolf'?

It has no meaning. The inspiration came from watching a Nova documentary on the Viking sword. In that show they entertained one theory that the Vikings would grind the burnt bones of their ancestors, or enemies or animals they slew and use it to forge their swords. The bone made the steel stronger. The Vikings would also name their swords, often after animals like the bear or wolf, which would then give their sword that animal’s power.


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

We played a show with Incantation, Cardiac Arrest and Abysme at the Beat Kitchen here in Chicago. That was the best so far. Our live shows are relentless. We play the songs without stopping. There is very little talking. The audience gets bulldozed.

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

Not at this point. We are just rehearsing, getting tighter and writing new material.

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

We’re not looking for a label. We’re doing everything ourselves and that’s fine with us.

8.On the new album you had done a Marduk cover, what was the decision behind during your own version of one of their tracks?

Marduk is one of my favorite black metal bands and a huge influence on my songwriting. “With Satan and Victorious Weapons” is one of my favorite songs and I thought it would sound cool with low vocals.

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

So far it’s been all positive.

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?

Our drummer Max plays with Disinter. Frank plays guitar in Asphyxiator. Brandon and I only play in Blood of the Wolf. As for me, this is my sole musical pursuit. It’s the only thing I am interested in investing my free time in.

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?

I love Vader, Marduk, Belphegor, God Dethroned, and Infernal War. I would say those bands have had a great influence on my writing style. Currently I am really enjoying the new Temple of Baal album “Mysterium” and Malevolent Creation’s “Dead Man’s Path”.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

I have no interest in either.

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

None. Thank you for the interview!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Blood Of The Wolf/I: The Law Of Retaliation/2015 Full Length Review


  Blood  Of  the  Wolf  are  a  band  from Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  melodic  form  of  blackened  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "I: The Law Of Retaliation".

  War  samples  and battle  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical direction t hat  also  introduces  guitar  leads  that  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  the  intor  the  music  goes  into  a  very  brutal  blackened  death  metal  direction.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  the  vocals  use  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  lot  of  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  90's  style  of  melodic  death  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  heavier  riffs  also  bring  in  thrash  influences  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Marduk's  "With  Satan  And  Victorious  Weapons".

  Blood  of  The  Wolf  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  brutal  and  melodic  styles  of  death  emtal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences   and  a  touch  of  thrash  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  darkness  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Of  the  Wolf  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "With  iron  Weapons  And  Will"  "The  Darkness  Of  Chaos"  "Of  Strength  And  Valor"  and  "With  Satan  And  Victorious  Weapons".  8  out  of  10.   


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thulnar/Nightfall In Theros/2015 EP Review


  Thulnar  are  a  band  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  fantasy  metal  that  is  a  mixture  of  symphonic  black  and  folk  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Nightfall  In  Theros".

  A  very  epic  and  symphonic  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  melodic  guitar  leads  that  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  hear  blast  beats  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Operatic  female  and  male  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  power  metal   and  there  is  also  a  brief use  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  incorporating  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Thulnar  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  symphonic  black  metal  and  folk  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  death  and  power  metal  to  create  a  style  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thulnar  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  symphonic  black  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "City  Of  the  Golden  Halls".  8  out  of  10.    

    

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Zardens/Blackness Unfolds/Satanath Records/Death Portal Studio/2015 CD Review


  Zardens  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2015  album  "Blackness  Unfolds"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between Satanath  Records  and  Death  Portal  Studio.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  invokes  a  very  dark  atmosphere  before  adding  in  melodic  guitar  leads  that  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  the recording  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  when  the  music  starts  getting  heavier  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  melodies  and  elements  of  thrash.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a death  metal  influence  in  the  music  while  the  fast  parts  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  a  few  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  goes  back  to  the  80's  styles  of  melodic  Swedish  black  and  death  metal  and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental  track.

  Zardens  plays  a  musical style  that  goes  back  to  the  more  melodic  sides  of  the  90's  black  and  death  metal  genres  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  some  modern  blackened  death  metal  elements  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  obsession  with  death  and  the  dark  side  of  human  nature.

  In  my  opinion Zardens  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  "The  Berserker"  "Slave  To  The  Moon"  "Lifeblood"  and  "Among  The  Dead".  8  out  of  10.


 

Selvans Interview

Answers by Selvans Haruspex

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Selvans is the celebration of Italic folklore and cults -  through lyrics, music and aesthetics -inspired by the different traditions of our nation.

2.So far you have released a single, ep and a full length how  would you describe the musical sound that is presented on those recordings?
It’s atmospheric black metal with archaic and modern Italic 'folk' instruments; the lyrics – in italian, english but also middle Italy dialect and latin – are about Italian history, legends and fables from different time periods and different points of view.

3.Your lyrics cover the different ethnic groups from Italy that dwelt there before in the past, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?
I don't consider it a concept album: as I’ve already said, I am simply attracted by 'the other side of the coin' so I chose not to tell only facts about my region or my town, by the point of view of my ancestors possibly brave and pagan (as is fashionable). I like to study topics that interessed me so I have written songs with lyrics about the mount Soracte or the river Clitunno which are kilometers far away from me, simply documenting about their role in the ancient times and visiting them to breathe that atmosphere imagining tales and facts about braves and cowards that dwelt there before me.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the meaning behind the masks?
They are inspired by the Hirpi Sorani myth, an etruscan legend: the priests devoted to the god Soranus could turn into wolves, probably because they were cursed. A track on the album is also named Hirpi Sorani, you can find the lyrics on our website www.templeofselvans.com

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Selvans'?
Selvans or Silvanus is an ancient divinity who represents nature, and particularly the woods are the perfect scenario for our stories: such mysterious and unchanged places are the only real thread among our songs.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain a duo?
We’ll remain a duo.

7.At one time both of the members where in Draugr, is this band a continuation of your previous group?
No, it has nothing to do with that project. I gave a lot to Draugr because this is the way I am, but what I now do with Selvans is what I feel I should have done from the beginning.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Astonishing. We are very surprised by the how the foreign zines and fans are welcoming ‘Lupercale’...this is probably because even if the themes and melodies are Italian, the general atmosphere is universal.



9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We’ll see in the future. All I can say is that some of the innovative elements you can hear in ‘Lupercalia’ will be developped in the next album.

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?
I listen to metal, rock, ambient, folk music and other kinds of music, that are apparently far from my works: electro, punk, italian and french songwriters, jazz...
About the influences I’d say Inchiuvatu and the eastern heathen black metal scene Nocturnal Mortum, Kroda, Negura Bunget...), but, as I told you, both Sethlans and I are influenced by everything we listen to.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Literature and literary essays (mostly historical and revisionist), sports.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this interview! Greetings to the ADifferentShadeOfBlackMetalZine readers...check our ‘Lupercalia’, you won’t regret it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cult Of Occult/Five Degrees Of Insanity/Deadlight Entertainment/2015 CD Review


  Cult  Of  Occult  are  a  band  from France  that  plays  a  blackened mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Five  Degrees  of  Insanity"  which  was  released  by  Deadlight  Entertainment.

  Drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  noisy  reverb  and  after  a  minute  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  and  goes  into  more  of  a  sludge  and  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  distorted  sounding  and  as  the  album  progresses some  of the  riffs  start  utilizing  more  melodies  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  growls  at  times  and  on  a  later  track  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  before  returning  back  to  a  slower  musical  direction  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  psychedelic  elements.

  Cult  Of  Occult  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  heaviest  styles  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,   the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satan,  Alcohol,  hatred  and  Ant  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cult  Of  Occult  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nihilistic"  and  "Satanic".  8  out  of  10.    

  

 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Synkervet/Forgotten Memories/2015 EP Review


  Synkvervet  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  symphonic  black  and  neo  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  'Forgotten  Memories". 

  Melodic  male  and  female  chanting  starts  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  a  heavier  sound  that  also  utilizes  folk  music  elements,  black  metal  screams  and  clean  singing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Operatic  male  vocals  can  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  keyboards  add  symphonic  elements  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  add  a  touch  of  melodic  death  metal  onto  the  recording.  

  Synkervet  creates  another  recording t hat  takes  a  symphonic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  pagan  folk  music  to  create  an  ep  that  is  very  heavy  but  still  full  of  emotion,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  paganism,  Mythology,  Folklore,  Mysticism  and  Nature.
                                                    
  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Synkervet  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  and  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Loneliness  Of  A  Heartbeat".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Monday, November 2, 2015

AtoruM/Structurae/Apathia Records/2015 CD Review


  Atorum  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Structurae" which  will  be  released  by  Apathia  Records.

  A  very  heavy and  avant garde  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  influenced keyboards  and  a  few  seconds  later  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of melody  and  after  awhile  folk  instruments  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Deep  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  gets  very  experimental  at  times  as  well  as  bringing  clean  singing  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  symphonic  black  metal  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  electronic  music  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in a  touch  of  prog  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  the music  starts  mixing  in  more  elements  of  jazz  and  spoken  word  samples  as  well  as  male  and  female  choirs  are  also  brought  in  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds up  briefly  a  small  amount  of blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding.  

  AtoruM  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  black  metal  but  also  mixes  in  folk,  experimental  and  avant  garde  music  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German,  English,  French,  Spanish,  Latin  and  Russian  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  AtoruM  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Menschsein"  "Amapolas"  and  "Equipartition".  8  out  of  10.

 

Tine Interview

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

Count Murmur: Tine is an extreme metal band that combines elements of symphonic black metal with modern death metal to convey a thematic musical vision covering topics ranging from ancient history to supernatural horror and many things in between.  The band was founded in early 2011 by me (songwriter/composer).  Currently, Tine is a husband and wife duo consisting of myself (vocals, bass, guitars, drum programming, and lyrics) and Vanth (keyboards, art, management).  Almost all facets of the band are handled by Vanth and me.  For example, I designed the logo and Vanth created the album cover art.  Tine is truly an independent musical entity untainted by the pressures of the music industry or the forceful hand of a record label.

Vanth: When Tine first came to be, Murmur and I were living in our first house together.  The house was weird and we were in a weird town.  It was a duplex and the other half was unoccupied.  I swore it was haunted!  It was unfinished, so there was a lot of dust and dirt everywhere.  One day I saw young children’s handprints on the door.  I mean, it could have been just some kids, but I never saw kids that young running around.  The town we lived in was frequently visited by that show “Paranormal Activity.”  One day they came to our door asking if we have experienced anything supernatural.  I was disheveled and 6 months pregnant at the time and I did NOT want to be on television looking like a barefoot and pregnant hillbilly, so I didn’t tell them about the other half of the house.  It’s quite fitting that Tine was birthed in that house at that particular part of our lives.

2.So far you have released a single and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Count Murmur: It was very important for the music of Tine to be full of atmosphere and spirit.  I feel that this came through in both recordings; however, the difference in sound between the single and the full-length record are noticeable.  For the “Encounter with the Shadow People” single, everything was recorded in a more amateur way and I attempted to mix and master it all myself.  I considered the single a warm-up for things to come.  For the album, I implemented lessons learned from the single and recorded it more properly.  Additionally, the album was professionally mixed and mastered.  The differences between the single and the album version are substantial as a result.  It is important to note that both recordings were done on a shoe-string budget.  Both were recorded in my basement with fairly low-end equipment.  I used a total of 3 mics for the full album (SM57, SM58, and e609 Silver).  I used a Spider IV Line 6 Amp for the guitar and a Behringer BXL3000 for bass.  I used a Scarlet 2i4 for the recording in Cubase.  And, I used Easydrummer to write the drums note by note.  Despite not having the high end equipment or the resources of the big label bands, I feel that the sound of the album is powerful and full of atmosphere.  It certainly has that feature of black metal but also the power and production of death metal.  It’s a true representation of what Tine is all about.

Vanth: I think you can feel the passion that went into the creation of the music.  Each song takes you on a journey through the mind of Murmur.  Tine really has a sound all of its own.  I really can’t think of anything that’s similar.  The usage of clean singing throughout the album is really a unique touch. 

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Count Murmur: I am glad you asked this question, as lyrics are oft overlooked in music.  When the band was formed, I was determined not to focus on only one topic.  I let the music and my mind decide the topics.  Therefore, the lyrical subject matter tends to be varied.  Still, it is important to distinguish variation from randomness.  The lyrics certainly do not span random topics.  The focus of the subject matter includes supernatural experiences from my youth, ancient history and philosophy, lovecraftian and supernatural horrors, anti-religious themes, and the occult.  For example, the song, “Encounter with the Shadow People”, is inspired from an experience I had as a young adult when I actually saw a shadow demon in the middle of a church.  When I told the pastor of this church what I’d saw, the look of absolute horror that washed over him was something to behold, as this pastor had known me personally as a reputable person of straight fact.  I must say that I did get quite a kick out of this in hindsight because I realized just how corrupt this church was – as many churches truly are.  Perhaps I was glimpsing a manifestation of this corruption? 

Vanth: Many of the songs were written before a song topic was chosen.  Murmur matched the song with an appropriate experience or topic, based on how the song felt.  I remember when “The Watchful Eye” was just one bass riff, and now it’s a ripping song about something truly terrifying.  The evolution of the songs was a profound thing to be a part of.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tine'?

Count Murmur: This is an interesting question and the answer requires a bit of a story.  When I was a child, I was quite artistic and imaginative.  I would invent mythologies, people, and places in my mind, and I would invent stories of their heritage and struggles.  One such place I invented was a world called, “Tine”, which was a world of fire where beings of fire lived.  Of course, my scientific mind would also seek to explain how this was all possible – even back then.  But, at the time, I had no idea what the word “tine” actually meant.  The name just popped into my head…  So, many years later, when I was developing the concept for this band, part of the inspiration for the band was some various haunting encounters I’d had in my childhood, and, so the name “Tine” seemed like a name befitting, as it was straight out of my childhood.  But, the name also has further significance.  A “tine” can be part of a fence or gate, and I see the music as a gateway into my mind and into a mythology from my childhood.  Additionally, a “tine” is a prong on a pitchfork – a symbol often associated with Satan.  I see the name representing defiance of Christianity.  Finally, a “tine” is also a weapon.  I see the music as my weapon against the world.  This band is my statement to all.

Vanth: Before Murmur settled on the name Tine, he was thinking of naming the band “The Cult of Quindorrian.”  Quindorrian is yet another manifestation of Murmur’s mind when he was a child.  It was a Lovecraftian creature with a head like an artichoke.  I don’t know where Murmur comes up with this shit, but he’s a creative genius.

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?

Count Murmur: For now, we will remain a duo unless someone comes along [particularly a drummer] who can match my passion for this music.  This will be a rare person, indeed.  When I first founded Tine, I actually intended it to be a full band.  Initially, it started as a 3-piece project, but guitarist Azim Erebus, as he was known, went in a different direction.  It is, then, that I decided to handle most of the musical duties myself and work solely with Vanth.  The search for like-minded musicians has been fruitless and frustrating to say the least.  I certainly tried to find supporting musicians, but I quickly realized that the work ethic, musical ability, creativity, and, most importantly, the passion, was just not there for the local rabble.  This was initially discouraging, but later liberating, as I soon realized that my desire to expand the band membership was not necessary.  I realized that I could do this myself without desperately clinging to the local mediocrity.  If nothing else, this has ensured a consistent musical vision for Tine.

Vanth: I think it would be extremely difficult to find someone who would be a good fit for the band.  It would be like finding another person to marry.  Compatible band cohesion is just that to me; a marriage.  The reason why Tine made this album is because Murmur and I are on the same creative wavelength, and we’re happily married.  I don’t know if there’s someone out there that could join us in the band, but I won’t completely rule it out.

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

Count Murmur: We have not received direct interest from any labels as of yet, but I also would not expect us to.  Labels are mostly blind and usually only take notice of bands that are hard not to notice.  We don’t have a dramatic gimmick and do not play live shows.  This makes labels scoff.  Record labels tend to be quite idiotic in their marketing and strategies.  They aren’t looking for real music; they are looking for a marketing scheme.  They seek to ride the popularity of bands who’ve already busted their asses to get where they are.  I view record labels in the harshest light.  They are mostly the scum of the Earth.  Tine will never kiss a record label’s ass.  In this day and age, record labels are mostly irrelevant in my opinion.  They seem to only truly benefit bands that have already gained a massive amount of success, which, to me is the opposite of how it should be.  But, then again, they are in it for their own profit, so this should be expected.  It’s the easy way for them, after-all.  I see Tine as turning down most record “deals” unless the rare label comes along that seeks to support the music and genuinely believes in what we are doing.  This doesn’t mean that I feel Tine would not be a good signing for a black/death metal label; on the contrary.  I just don’t feel they will see it this way.  Nor, do I care.

Vanth: Murmur summed this question up perfectly.  I’m not really interested in being signed.  I have negative things to say, but I want to keep my good Karma.

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

Count Murmur: The support we have been receiving has been overwhelmingly positive.  We have had people say some amazing things to us, much of which can be viewed in our press on ReverbNation.  When someone recites the lyric of a song back to me, and tells me that the album gets them through their day at work, it truly warms my heart.  The fans are feeling what I felt when I wrote these songs, and that is amazing to me.  I’m quite flattered by all this.  It also amazes me that the support is so global.  We have fans in the Philippines, Russia, Brazil, and many other countries around the world.  What is also special to me is that the music seems to appeal to black metal fans, death metal fans, and fans of other styles of metal as well. 

Vanth: The feedback we have had has been extremely positive.  I knew people would like Murmur’s work.  It’s just so memorable.  I listen to it all the time.  Every time I listen to the album, I pretend in my head, that I am someone completely different who has never heard the music before.  This way, I am able to kind of experience the music for the first time, over and over again.

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

Count Murmur: First, I feel it important to say to our supporters and fans that the music of Tine will continue on this path and will not falter or “sell-out”.  I have at least 5 songs already in the works for a new record and some are the darkest aural monstrosities I’ve ever written.  More of the black metal element will come out in the next album and I see the music further increasing in both density and atmosphere.  Vanth continues to explore her talents as a keyboardist, so I see the symphonic component of the music being even more profound than before.  Other than this evolution, you will definitely recognize the music as being distinctly “Tine” on future releases.

Vanth:  I plan on practicing and learning more of the keyboard.  I am constantly expanding my knowledge and bettering myself.   I really want to be worthy of being in Murmur’s band.  I want to be the best I can be, for him, for me, for you (the fans), and for Tine.

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?

Count Murmur: My two biggest inspirations, musically and on many levels, are Behemoth and Burzum.  I find both of these bands inspirational for me (if Burzum would be considered a “band”?).  Behemoth influences me musically and spiritually as I find myself having a lot in common with Nergal.  His battle with cancer and his steadfast diligence in the face of death is certainly inspirational.  And, I love his brilliant blend of black and death metal.  Varg Vikernes of Burzum is the one who inspired me that an album could be created by even just one person and that it could be successful and profound.  You don’t need expensive equipment or big label marketing to make an album; all you need is the passion, the musical vision, and the will to see it through.  This is what Burzum has taught me.  You may notice in the album photography for Tine that I am wearing my Burzum shirt; this is intentional and symbolizes this album being created and released in a manner not unlike the works of Burzum.  As far as my general influences, I would say that my music is influenced by various Black Metal, Death Metal, and Thrash Metal.  Influential bands for me are the two aforementioned, in addition to Old Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Mayhem, Immortal, Old Morbid Angel, and Nile.  I have a vast CD collection and listen to all genres of metal, however.  On occasion, you’ll catch me listening to classical music or even blue grass.  I love being consumed by music.  It is one of my great loves in this world.  I also tend to stay up with the times regarding metal.  For example, I am really enjoying the new Cattle Decapitation, Lychgate, GhostBath, Non Opus Dei, and Panopticon records.

Vanth: I am really into atmospheric black metal.  Big names like Agalloch, Alcest, and, most recently, a big name, Panopticon, is what inspires me.  Most of the good shit isn’t a big name, though.  Currently I’m listening to Ghost Bath, Ghost, Abigail Williams, Beyond Creation, Cattle Decap, Summoning, and Crow Black Sky.

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Count Murmur: There is much more to this world than the common human perceives.  Additionally, I know for certain that objects, places, and thoughts can hold great power.  The secrets of this world are far more than anyone would care to believe and I enjoy learning and uncovering these secrets as I journey through my life.  I do invoke them through my thoughts and my music and would currently consider myself a LaVeyan Buddhist, philosophically.  I believe in the power of mind, spirit, will, and self.  What I do not believe is the Christian and other religious doctrines that were written by infinitely corrupt men some years ago.  To me, Christianity is among the worst cults to ever exist in this world.  Living in the area where I reside, I am surrounded by this hypocrisy and it is sickening.  But, it does give me plenty of inspiration to draw upon for lyrical topics. 

Vanth: I think it’s all very interesting and anything is possible.  As Murmur considers himself a “LaVeyan Buddhist,” I would consider myself a “Buddhist Wiccan.”   I believe in the concept of Karma, and I feel the earth holds much power.  I’m constantly trying to collect good Karma.  I love doing this.  Call me superstitious, but I’m a big believer in the supernatural as well.  I also have experienced things in my life that concretes my belief.

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

Count Murmur: I would like to thank yourself and any who would listen to our musical and attempt to learn more about Tine.  There is more than meets the eye when it comes to Tine and I enjoy when the fans and supporters find these “Easter eggs” (sorry for the Christian term, although technically “Easter” is a pagan holiday by origin…) within the music, lyrics, and album art.  For those with the patience and interest, please do look further at the lyrics, music, and art and feel free to contact us with questions.  Some of the songs have more than one meaning.  Certainly, the substance of our debut record is not merely superficial.  There is more to it than just heavy metal.

Vanth: I want Tine to reach every corner of the earth.  More people need to hear it.  I am always working on getting it to new ears.  If you enjoy the music, help us out and tell someone with like-minded interests about Tine.  Murmur’s work is definitely profound.  I never tire of it.  I need more people to feel the same way as I.  There will be more from Tine.  We have already started work on material for the sophomore release.  Stay tuned, and keep believing in our musical and artistic vision.  We thrive on your positivity.