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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Hedon Interview

 


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


Hedon started out late 2012 in gothenburg, Sweden. Our goal was a blend of black- death- and trashmetal, which I think we´ve succeeded in. 2014 we released our debut, ”summon the demons” by ourselves. We had a break after that for some years, but since 2019 we´re back on track again!


2. Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


I´ts more raw and filthy, like we wanted it to be from the start. The first album is somewhat colored by our previous band, Arise, which most of us played in before Hedon. This time we also have a new singer (Sebbe) who fits the music better, and a new guitarrist in Christoffer – who is replacing Kenneth from the debut.


3.This is also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


We´ve had struggle of all kinds – no rehearsal place, member who grew tired and quit, severe deseases and some of us got kids. I guess you can say life happened.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


Overall dark lyrics, hedonism, war, antireligion. I guess the songs have grown longer and not as predictable as before. We always try to challenge ourselves and you will always get new influences too.


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


Hedon is simply a newer/ alternative spelling of heathen. I think Dark Tranquillity has a song spelled the exact same way. It has always been close to us beeing from Sweden, as we were called heathens before christianity came. And it´s hard not to be fascinated by the vikings.


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


It was an idéa we´ve had for years – a symbol in form of a family weaponshield. Since goats has a big role in hedonism, it felt obvious to have a couple of those in guard on a shield. We gave a friend the task to virtualize the ideas and we´re very happy with the result!


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?


Because of the long break 14-19 we´ve had not made many liveshows yet, but we did one with Puteraeon and Turbocharged – and that was a good one. We have also played a couple of times in gothenburg, and should have played with Avslut this april, if is wasn´t for covid. But as soon as the restrictions will losen up, we will start making shows again. I guess we´re pretty fierce on stage, at least that´s what I´ve heared. We constantly trying to bring something new when performing – fans, sidedrops, megafones for some vocal parts etc


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


Overall very good. But we have suffered lack of promotion and a good distro. Right now we have Downfall records, so I think we will reach out to many more this time. We have to work on this. Because of the blend between black and death metal we do often get connected with Necrophobic, but I think we have more variation than they do. They´re good though, so it´s a honourable comparing.


9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


Kenneth have been playing with the Accept tribute band Accepted, but don´t know if he´s still in there. Patsy (former vocalist, and also vocalist of Arise) is in a band called All Wasted now.


10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


Don´t know to be honest. In a way it feels like the full lenghts is of less importance these days – most people does not play a full record, but some songs and that´s it. On a full lenght there is always fillers and it takes much longer time to do and is of course a lot more expensive to do also. On a Ep you will not get fillers. But we´re still fond of the full length format after all, so there will be one some time. But for now the next one will probably also be an Ep.


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?


There are so many, but some of the most relevant has to be Dissection, Mgla and Behemoth. We´re trying to listen to most music in our genre, for example the new Uada and Necrophobic is spinning a lot now.


12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?


Not particulary, but I guess you can say that every sub-culture is of interest. Anything that in a way is antireligious or pagan or just mystic.


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


Thanks a lot for the interview, we appreciate every form of support and spreading the word! We always try to give as much as we can to the fans – take a look at the new Ep for example; we spend a shitload of money to include a nice poster and an etching for the fans. Just to get a nice package and give them some little extra instead of just a standard thing. Check out our facebookpage or instagram for news and also the Downfall page. Cheers and hope to see some of you out there after this pandemic!

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Kiova/Empty Fields And Smoked-Filled Skies/Off Records/Maniyax Records/2020 EP Review

 


Kiova  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Empty  Fields  And  Smoked-Filled  Skies"  which  will  be  released  on  October  30th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Off  and  Maniyax  Records.




  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  post  hardcore  elements.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  sludge  style  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  

  The  songs  also  add  in  a    decent  amount  of  d  beat  elements  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal style  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up a   small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also b e  heard.


  Kiova  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  post  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  mythology  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.


  In  my  opinion  Kiova  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "From  Man  Of  God  To  Voracious  Beast".  8  out  of  10.


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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Hedon/In Blasphemy Reborn/Downfall Records/2020 EP Review

 


  Hedon  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "In  Blasphemy  Reborn"  which  was  released  by  Downfall  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  era  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements.  A  couple  of  songs  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  along  with  a  brief  use  of  growls  and  the  closing  track  is  also  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Hedon  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  90's  melodic  styles  of  black  and  death  metal and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  blasphemy, occultism  and  war  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Hedon  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRCACK  "The  Beast  Of  A  Thousand  Demons".  8  out  of  10.


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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Twisted Mist Interview

 


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? Twisted Mist is the result of a musical project in which we compose morceau mixing a rather brutal and primitive metal tainted with medieval sounds. Our music can be perceived as pagan or folk metal. We try to relate a tale through concept albums, which are mostly made of instrumental songs. Traditional instruments, such as the hurdy gurdy, the bombarde or certain types of flutes are featured in our albums. Our next album, Orbios, will be released in November and deals with legacy. 


2.In November you have a new album coming out in November, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? Musically, Orbios is quite different from our old stuff. With "Mortui Vivos Docent" and "Le brâme", our goal was to offer a travel throughout the album, halfway between traditional song and death metal. Even if it’s the goal behind Orbios too, the travel isn’t the same here. We wanted something more spiritual, with a large panel of feelings and tried to highlight this during the writing and composition process. However, in Orbios, we needed to emphasize the topic of the legacy, therefore we decided to sing in languages such as Latin or old French.


 3.Your earlier music was instrumental while the newer music has vocals, what was the decision behind going into this direction? In our previous albums, we wanted to create an atmosphere, more than relating a tale. On this new album, it’s totally different. If it’s still important for us to make people travel through our album, we wanted above all a narration, a message behind the concept.


 4.A lot of your lyrics cover Paganism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic? We are fond of the Middle-Ages, Pagan legends and the History of Music more globally. It was pretty obvious for us to incorporate some pagan stuff during the writing process. That’s why Orbios is an album which deals with spiritual legacy. This topic means a lot to us so that’s why we wanted to allude to it and even present it throughout our lyrics. 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Twisted Mind'? Actually, we wanted to create a “misty” or “tortuous” aspect to the path taken by Twisted Mist and its compositions. We venture to music in which we experiment, thanks to a substantial collection of traditional instruments. We explore new things and we think that this name is a representation of what we create. It is not constantly the same, we don’t follow a straight path, from time to time it’s brutal, joyful, melancholic, and often spiritual… We also like to think of it as branches of a tree. We can also add that there is a forest in Verzy, near our city, Reims, in which we can gaze at Faux, trees which are naturally tortuous. So this was also an allusion to these trees, that we can also find in the logo of the band... 


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on this album cover? There are a lot of aspects to take into account. First, the colour. We chose to use mainly the red and it is scattered by black spots. On the one hand red represents life, energy and most importantly blood, the first true legacy of a parent to their child even before birth. Black, on the other hand, represents death, void and is an addition to the duality dealt with in Orbios. The hand symbolizes a mark. A mark is a visual and tangible track of somebody's passing. It corresponds to the theme of our album. Finally, there's a circle which surrounds the handprint in the centre of the sleeve and which is like the representation of the album: cyclic and without beginning or end, just like an Ouroboros 


7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea? Considering the number of instruments played and the fact that we are a pair, even if we’ve played live on our own in the past, it’s difficult to think about a live performance for the moment because of some logistical reasons. Of course the COVID context doesn't really help us. Anyway, we’re not opposed to this idea, but we’ll need more time to think about it and more musicians to help us play all these instruments during a show.


 8.The new album is coming out on Music-Records, how did you get in contact with this label? We were looking for a label that could understand the way we decided to take on Orbios and the work behind this concept album. We wanted to work with people who are passionate and ready to support our music. We were lucky enough to hear about Music-Records. We were able to talk about our album and they perfectly understood our approach. 


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of pagan and folk metal? It is too soon to really know and tell. We’ve already had good feedback on our previous compositions and they are also really positive for the first single of “Orbios”. Some listeners tell us that they “travel thanks to our music”, it is obviously heart-warming for us. 


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? To be honest, we still have some difficulties imagining things that far. For the moment, we want to support, promote Orbios and share our music as much as we can. We are beginning to think about the successor of Orbios.


 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? We often listen to traditional medieval music. We particularly enjoy some of the performances of Guillaume de Machaut’s morceau. We are interested by traditional formation such as “Les derniers Trouvères” or the Belarusian band “Stary Olsa”. We also admire bands such as Danheim or Wardruna. We really are fond of metal music: we can listen to Iron Maiden, Hypno5e, Gojira, Meshuggah, Grorrr, Sepultura, Avatar, Eluveitie, etc. 


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?  We would like to thank you for showing interest in our project and also thank the label Music-Record for putting their trust and helping us promote our creations !


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Friday, October 16, 2020

Poison Wind/Virus!/Eleventh Key/2020 CD Review

 


  Poison  Wind  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death,  thrash  metal,  avant  garde,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Virus!"  which  will  be  released  on  October  30th  by  Eleventh  Key.


  Hardcore  style  shouts  and  crust  influenced  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing.  At  times  the  music  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  80's  era  grindcore  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  singing  onto  the  recording,  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also be  heard  and  one  track  also adds  in  touches  of  harsh noise.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  COVID19  pandemic.


  In  my  opinion  Poison  Wind  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death,  thrash  metal,  avant  garde,  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Branch  CoVidians"  "Viral  Tales"  and  "Weight".  8 out  of  10.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Skalmold/10 Year Anniversary - Live In Reykjavik/Napalm Records/2020 Live Album Review

 


  Skalmold  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  Viking  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "!0 Year  Anniversary  -  Live  In  Reykjavik"  which  will  be  released  on  October  23rd  by  Napalm  Records.


  Live  audience  reaction  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  pagan  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  At  times  the  vocals  add  in  more  of  a  semi  rough  style  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  music.  Keyboards  and  folk  music  elements  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic in  length,  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard,  some  of  the songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. 


  On  this  recording  Skalmold  takes  their  mixture  of  folk  nd  Viking  metal  plays  a  bunch  of  songs  from  albums  they  have  released  over  the  years  to  a  live  audience.  The  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology,  Icelandic  Poetry  and  Battle  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Skalmold  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Viking  and  folk  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  live  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aras"  "Niflheimur"  "Daudi"  and  "Kvadning".  8  out  of  10.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Strydegor/Isolacry/MDD Records/2020 CD Review

 


  Strydegor  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of   black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Isolacry"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  MDD  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  synths  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  melodic  direction.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  clean singing  is  also  utilized  at  times.  


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  into  the  music.


  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  along  with  the  synths  also  making  a  return  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  instrumental  can  also  be  heard,  and  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  scientific  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Strydegor  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  "Innocence  Corroded"  "World  In  Your  Hands"  "As  April  Slowly  Fades"  and  "Still  Alive".  8  out  of  10.


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