Thursday, January 17, 2019

Suffering Souls Interview

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

Immediately after the recordings, of course, as with every album, the mastering came and immediately afterwards the concept for marketing, advertising, organization and the tuning of a release date.
We, Patrick especially and I, are working really hard to bring the album to a very high level, and the worldwide reviews and ongoing interview requests prove us right. So far we are doing everything right and things are going very well.

2.You have a new album coming out during the beginning of 2019, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

There are nine symphonically arranged Black Metal songs in the usual Suffering Souls style.
The main difference to the previous albums is that this album is going to be much more structured, catchy and towards medium tempo. However, still satanic and inhuman.

3.This is the first release in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

At the end of 2009, after the release of "Sadistic Goat Complex" I started to work on new songs right in the middle of 2010, which I was working on until the end of 2014.
After the pre-production in September 2015, which was created in my studio, I decided to let the almost finished album rest. In November it was time that I went to a longtime companion from Nuremberg in a very familiar studio, where I once again played all the instruments from scratch for months and reorganized the orchestral parts with him.
In the autumn of 2016, I then started with the vocals, but something was missing, right: Vocals are sometimes "clean". Like listening to "In Synergy Obscene" now, I also wanted to try the "normal" vocals, which I think I coped quite well with. I also brought in Joe Jones, a guy from an Irish folk band, to help out, which is on the album now. Writing, arranging and recording the whole album took from January 2010 to autumn 2017. Afterwards, the tracks were mixed and mastered by me for about nine months until mid-2018, in a local studio (Musikomm) in my hometown of Amberg.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album?

As with all Suffering Souls albums, it's about inhumane themes, satanism, occultism, and the end of the human race throughout. Of course, death and the devil in their most beautiful and abominable form, as the world has earned.
I love it...


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Suffering Souls’?

The name of the band is self-explanatory if you and especially the followers deal with the topic, the lyrics and especially with the music and deal with it intensively.

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

The artwork was made by the Frenchman Remy C. from Headsplit Design, just like for the 2009 album "Sadistic Goat Complex".
A few ideas of me in a sketch packed, the album title and a "have fun" were sufficient that I had two months later, the first serious drafts on the table.
It has become absolutely fantastic and reflects the complete album in its gloom. Every single song is visually united in this picture. Listen to it intensively and you will understand what I mean.

7.Currently the band is a solo project but had a full line up in the past, are you open to adding other members in the band again or do you prefer to work alone?

Since completion of the second album "Incarnated Perfection" in 2003, I do everything in complete solo. Since I was responsible for most of our riffs from the beginning, that is, since our founding in 1994, it has taken endless years from the first official demos, "In the Moonshadow of Dispair" and "When Silence Cries Eternally" MCD "Cries of Silence" on the first full-length album "Twilight Ripping Souls Apart" to the "Incarnated Perfection" the second longplayer, forced us to be a band. Eternal discussions about riffs, length, structure and type of lyrics have limited me in all too much what I wanted to express with "Suffering Souls". Although "Incarnated Perfection" already came completely from my pen, both musically and lyrically, I needed the then members as extras and means to the end of the album. Ultimately, my own studio and the advances in technology were the logical consequence: "It was not nice with you, Fuck Off, dictator Esgaroth is now sole ruler over the Suffering Souls."
.... and the burden of having to endure other people had also been dealt with.
It will remain so in the future, that I will do everything alone, except it should eventually be a big gig or a long tour pending, then of course I will have to work with some session musicians together.

8.Was there any live shows back when there was a full line up?

Yes, of course, every band wants to play live and that's what happened to us back in 1994 when Suffering Souls was founded. On March 16, 1996, we had our first appearance in a local pub and were absolutely sold out. However, at that time there were only about 110 people. From then on we were unstoppable and until our little European tour in 2000, after the release of "Twilight Ripping Souls Apart", we played permanently live.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of symphonic black metal?

The massive and worldwide response to the new album "In Synergy Obscene" is so overwhelming that it takes Suffering Souls to a new level in Black Metal. Above all, the reactions, ratings and sales figures have skyrocketed in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Inquiries from interviews and presentations in radio shows have increased so much that I am fully booked with my appointments.
The album teaser that Patrick from Schwarzdorn Production produced has also been a big help.

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

Suffering Souls will be the spearhead of German Symphonic Black Metal. Of course I expect a chart placement !!!
... only for this album, not for the next, because I'm back "true". It will always go on ...

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?

Brahms, Rachmaninow and I, the calm, the loneliness and the bringer of the light, it changes, promised, nothing!

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

He is always and everywhere, among us, in us and in every crappy religion.

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

Stop the Norwegian Incest, long live German Black Metal

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fenrir Interview

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

In fact, the new album was recorded quite long ago now, but we had to face the departure of our two guitar players, Sylvère and Tristan. It took a moment to find our new musicians, but now we are complete again and our guitarists Alex and Kael are ready to play all our songs, old and new !



2.In 2019, you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

This new album is a mix of all that the members of the band have brought : it is louder in the drums parts, with hints to pagan metal, but also closer to traditional folk, with acoustic parts and the use of flutes in addition to the violin in two songs.



3.This is going to be your first release since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Thanks to our previous album, we had the opportunity to play in many different places and festivals, so we tried to meet new fans and audiences in France and also in Belgium and Switzerland for example. We also took time to work on new songs again and again, in order to be sure they were exactly what we wanted.



4.The new recording is a concept album based on the King Arthur Legends, can you tell us us which stories you brought from these legends into the music?

Most of the new songs refer to the stories about Arthur himself : how he was hidden by Merlin as a child (A red sun rises), how he grew up and discovered his sword Excalibur (The son of Pendragon), how he married Guinevere (Camelot) and met Lancelot for the first time (La dame du lac), how he was killed by his son in battle (Mordred)... But we also created songs about other characters of the legends : Perceval, Gawain, Morgan.



5.I know that the bands name came from 'Norse Mythology', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Paganism?

This interest comes firstly from our interest for history of the Middle Ages (that was my major at university) and from our love for mythology and old legends. We are into all kinds of legends (Celtic, Norse, Scottish...) but what is really fascinating in Norse Mythology and Paganism is that in fact we know very little about it, because these people did not write books, and stories about it were written later, with a different point of view. So it remains very mysterious !



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

This artwork, created by talented Edouard Noisette, alludes to the story of the Fisher king : Perceval meets the old man who takes him in a boat to his castle where he will see the Grail, but will not dare to ask anything about this marvellous object.



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?

I think our best shows are often festival ones, when we discover a new audience that did not know us before, for example at Cidre&Dragon in Normandy. But shows in small pubs, close to the fans, are also  really enjoyable ! On stage we wear medieval fantasy outfits and try to take the audience with us on a journey in old legends, with energy or melancholy, depending on the songs.



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

The shows are being prepared right now so we cannot announce a tour yet, but it will come soon ! And we are still looking for shows to complete the tour.



9.The new album is self released, would the band be interested in working with another label again in the future?

We are open to any proposal of a label, but it depends on the conditions !



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

We were really surprised to discover that people loved our music as far as in Japan or South America. As a matter of fact, there are not so many folk metal fans in France. Of course, fans of screamed vocals only may not enjoy our music that much, but we can move a rather large range of metalheads !



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

Our new guitar players will bring something new by writing some of the new songs. But we also want to keep our personal sound and atmosphere.



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 have influences of bands such as Ensiferum or Amon Amarth for the music, but my singing has been more inspired by folk singers such as Loreena MacKennitt or bands like Faun. And the violin is more influenced by Irish trad fiddle. Personally I listen nowadays to varied styles of music, and I enjoy metal opera projects such as Ayreon.



13.What are some of your non musical interests? I practice medieval and folk dances, and medieval historical reenactment. I also read a lot of Heroic fantasy novels.



14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Thanks for your questions, it is always a pleasure to expose our universe and explain our music !

Monday, January 14, 2019

Diabolical/Eclipse/Indie Recordings/2019 CD Review


  Sweden's  Diabolical  have  returned  with  a  new  recording which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  symphonic  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Eclipse"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  choir  vocals  before  evolving  into  death  metal  growls.  Clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  heavier  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music. At  times  the  riffing  also  gets  very  technical  sounding  and  choirs  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  starts  to  speed  up  at  times  and  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  keeping  the  main  focus  on  more  of  a  slower  or  mid  tempo  direction.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  dark  side  of  humanity.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Diabolical  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  symphonic  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Are  Diabolical"  "Failure"  "Tyranni"  and  "Requiem".  8  out  of  10.     

   

  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Downcast Twilight/Wrath of The Anunnaki/Stygian Crypt Productions/2018 CD Review


  Downcast  Twilight  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  band  and  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  black,  death  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Wrath  Of  The  Anunnaki"  which  was  released  by  Stygian  Crypt  Productions.

  Middle  eastern  style  instruments  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  a  good  amount  of  orchestra  and  symphonic  elements.  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  black  metal  influence.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  folk  music  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  playing  is  also added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  aggressive  screams  are  also  added  into  the  music  along  with  one  song  also  bringing  in  female  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while the lyrics  are  based  upon  the  Epic  Of  Gilgamesh  and  Sumerian  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Downcast  Twilight  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black,  death  and  folk  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Snarling  Chaos"  "Wrath  Of  The  Anunnaki"  "Elder  Terrors  of The  Deep"  and  "Ereshkigal's  Throne".  8/5out  of  10.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy/The Lord Of Shadows/Sliptrick Records/2019 CD Review


  Dark  Mirror  Ov  Tragedy  are  a  band  from  South  Korea  that  plays  a  very  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  goth  and  classical  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Lord  Of  Shadows"  which  will  be  released  on  January  22nd  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  A  very  avant g arde  and  classical  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  keyboards  and  symphonic  elements  onto t he  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Operatic  choirs  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some classical  guitars  which  are  also  used  on  later  tracks.

  Vocals  are  mostly  aggressive  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  heavier  riffing  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  also  adding  in  a  neo-classical  touch.

  Blast  beats  are  also  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  while  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  violins  also  being  utilized  at  times,  When  female  vocals  are  brought  into t he  music  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  soprano  style  which  also  expands  on  the  classical  influence  of  the  bands  musical  style.

  Elements  of  goth  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  while  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  adopt  a  more  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  style  in  some  parts  of  the  music.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  heard  briefly.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  story  of  a  man  who  becomes  the  Lord  Of  Shadows  himself  and  his  journey  to  rule  the  world  of  a  dark  mirror.

  In  my  opinion  Dark  Mirror  Ov  Tragedy  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  "Chapter  II.  Possession"  and  "Chapter  V.  I  Am  The  Lord  Of  Shadows".  8/5  out  of  10. 

  

Friday, January 11, 2019

Sinnrs Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
We have been very busy trying to promote the album. For the time being the album has only been digitally distributed, but we are planning to release it on cd and vinyl as well. Also working on getting  live gigs together. Further, we are already working on new material for the next album.

2. In July you had released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
We wanted a really ”solid" sound on this album, so we decided to work with Hertz studio in Poland, who are top professional and really know how to make a heavy solid sound. We wanted to make a great extreme metal album, with a lot of orchestral parts. So we focus a lot on getting the orchestral tracks match with the guitar/drums etc and vice versa. It took us time to find a good balance for that as its easy to overdo the orchestral parts. Also you can have a great guitar riff and a great orchestral part, but when put together it can sound awful. We really think we managed to find the balance we wanted on this album.

3.You refer to your music as 'dark matter', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Taken the name from cosmology (not the meaning) it suits our music perfectly. Its a balance between the extreme and the orchestral. However . Can argue that we play metal, but we try to perform with some kind of unique sound. It will only get more darker, harder and more epic. Come and hear for yourself..   

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Nero: My lyrics is deranged and utterly dark yet with compassion and erotic vibes. So I feel quite at home when I have completed a song. I draw my inspiration mostly through the occult, and other off world topics. written down and expressed in morbid poetry. Some things made up, some very real....   
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sinnrs'?
No purity! “love the sin, embrace transgression”. We all do it.. Also a notion to our nordic roots, by spelling it without an E. 

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover
Working on several ideas we came across this concept and idea. We had different hands on it, in the working process. The cover depict a picture of an archangel enthroned, forcing his surroundings into submission, with a great beast at his side. It transcends into a profound moment.

7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
For the time being we will remain a duo, as it makes it very effective creating new music since be both agree on the musical direction. But if the right person/persons show up, we will be open to expand.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, we would like to be on a label, as a lot of labels have a very good platform for promoting and distributing music. With that said, it has to be a label that works with this genre of music, and know what audience to direct our music to. We contacted a few labels before releasing the album, but they were all busy, so in the end we decided to release it ourselves, as we wanted to get the music out ASAP, and hear people’s feedback.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of symphonic, black and death metal?
Very very positive. We have received great reviews from around the world, and gotten lots of comments and messages from people who gives us very positive feedback. We have been played on some metal radio stations where they were also positively surprised by our album. So all in all, we can definitely not complain about the reaction from people who have listened to our album.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Evolving into even more orchestral mayhem and dark compositions. We have a lot of ideas on how to take our music to a further level. We are constantly making music and again evolving ideas and how to put it all together. Working on new material we´re using, I think 4-6 hours a day on one song. And its been now 2 months. So if we´re not satisfied we begin from the top until it lands in our laps.   

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?
Well we could say mostly anything from the 60ties and 70ties, cause almost the best music originate from there, but.. Deeply inspired by some renowned composers of our time, Hans Zimmer Ennio Moricone. Also the written word by (in our opinion) some very talented authors, that also inspire us. 
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks to all who have supported us. To the people who haven't heard the album yet, check it out on bandcamp and let us know what you think. We are very happy for all feedback. And we can´t wait to perform for people so we can show, what we´re made of. Thanks

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Oldd Wvrms/Codex Tenebris/Cursed Monk Records/2019 CD Review


  Oldd  Wvrms  are  a  band  from  Belgium that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Codex  Tenebris"  which  will  ve  released  in  February  by  Cursed Monk  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  slow  and  heavy  riffs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  capturing  a  psychedelic  atmosphere  at  times.

  All  of  the  music  is  instrumental  with  no  lyrics  or  songwriting  while  their  previous  material  had  more  of  and  this  takes  their  sound  into  a  different  direction  but  spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly  on  the  closing  song,  You  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  modern  post  metal  elements  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  presence  throughout  the  tracks.

  Modern  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music    which  can  be  heard  in  the  dark  and  melodic  riffing  that  band  creates  as  well  as  expanding  on  the  influence  and  making  it  a  more  powerful  part  of  the  sound  than  previous  recordings.  Clean  playing  is  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  diversity  while  guitar  leads  when  they  are  finally  added  into  the  music  are  one  in a  very  melodic  style  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive.  All  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction  while  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Oldd  Wvrms  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental,  black,  doom,  sludge  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tenebres"  and  "La  vallee  des  tombes".  8  out  of  10.