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Friday, February 23, 2018

A Cunning Man/To Heal A Broken Body/2018 EP Review


  A  Cunning  Man  are  a  duo  from  Scotland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  melodic  death,  folk,  power  and  progressive  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "To  Heal  A  Broken  Body".

  Saxophones  and  atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  alter  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  power  metal  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  blast  beats  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  and  progressive  metal  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  influences  from  classical,  jazz  and  post  rock.

  A  Cunning  Man  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black,  melodic  death,  power  and  progressive  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Goetia,  Alchemy  and  Western  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  A  Cunning  Man  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  melodic  death,  power  and  progressive  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Picatrix  &  The  Calcine  Alchemist".  8  out  of  10.

https://acunningman.bandcamp.com/

    

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Cunning Man Interview


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


A Cunning Man is one man metal project combining different styles of extreme music. Expect blast beats and tremolo picked guitar lines, but also piano, strings and clean vocals sung with a Scottish accent.



2.In January you had released on ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?


I wanted to fuse all my favourite things about music. The sounds range from Black and Melodeath Metal to Modern Classical and Post Rock.

Everything is shaped by my own experience living in Scotland.



3.Your lyrics cover some Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?


Each song title is named after a Renaissance period Grimoire.

As the EP title: Practical Applications of Theurgy hints, the content is concerned with different Occult and spiritual topics. These range from The Shared Unconsciousness to Folk Hymns.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'A Cunning Man'?


Cunning folk were the esoteric advisors of the common people throughout Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

I wanted a name which reflected my interest in this history. I also wanted it to reflect that the project was the work of a single person.



5.On the ep you had recorded almost everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to remain solo?


At the moment I’d like to continue doing the majority of the work myself, especially the composition. For the next EP though, I think I’ll be bringing on board a guitarist.


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


At current I’ve only been sending the EP out to press. I’m comfortable handling the distribution and PR myself at current.

I’m very interested in working with a label for future releases though.



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


Broadly positive at current, which is very exciting. I’m really enjoying receiving feedback on my work and connecting with fellow metal fans.



8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


I’m currently studying music so most of my time goes towards that. A Cunning Man is my only project at the moment.



9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?


The next release will be another EP. After that I'll consider a full length. Pending possible label support.

I’m always looking to improve my compositional and song writing skills, so expect increasingly complex music going forward.



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?


Iron Maiden’s Brave New World is what really inspired my initial love for music.

My influences include Katatonia, Evergrey, Shade Empire and Eternal Tears Of Sorrow. I love my metal as melodic as possible with lots of different instrumentation.

At the moment I’ve been enjoying the new releases from Harakiri for the Sky, Insomnium and Dark Tranquillity.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?


I love gaming when I have the time and play a lot of RPGs. I’m also big into table top gaming with friends.



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


Thanks very much for the interview and for reviewing the EP on the site.

You can expect a new EP in the early months of Summer.

https://www.facebook.com/acunningmanmetal/

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Cunning Man/Practical Applications Of Theurgy/2017 EP Review


  A  Cunning  Man  are  a  solo  project  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  melodic  death,  power  and  progressive  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Practical  Applications  Of  Theurgy".

  Tremolo  picking  which  gives  the  music  a  black  metal  feeling  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  singing  that  adds  in  a  touch  of  pagan  and  power  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  keyboards  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  prog.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  stringed  instruments  are  also  used  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  and  the  music  also  mixes  metal  influences  from  the  80's  up  to  modern  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  A  Cunning  Man  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  aggression  of  black  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  melody  of  power  and  progressive  metal  to  create  something  very  original, the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  A  Cunning  Man  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  melodic  death,  power  and  progressive  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Honorious  &  The  Choral  Forecast".  8  out  of  10.

https://acunningman.bandcamp.com/