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Monday, January 21, 2019

Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy Interview

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

We had some live shows in Seoul, and now we prepare for upcoming live show in 2019.

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

We tried to concentrate on DARK MIRROR’s essence on this album. It means we endeavored to find the originality ov DARK MIRROR. I think you can be assured our pure essence from the 1st album. Like the 1st album, we tried to reduce the unnecessary things on process ov songwriting and playing.

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

We had some tours in Asia, and started making the new album in 2016. We needed time to arrange the songs and orchestrations.

4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit bit about the story you portray with this album?

[The Lord Ov Shadows] is the story of a person who becomes the Lord Ov Shadows. Shadows represent the dark side of the inner self. When I wrote the lyrics, I wanted to tell you that  we must face with our inner selves. I just wanted to say “Do not blame the others, Fight with the fear. Do not avoid. Everything is in your mind. Then you can be the Lord Ov Shadows.”.

5.I know that the band was named after Nostradamus's mirror, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?

It is said when Nostradamus saw the future through the mirror, it was kind ov dark mirror, he saw the tragedy ov human being. I think the tragedy is important part ov human being. People want to hide the tragedy and don’t want to face it. But the tragedy  makes human stronger. If you can find the peace in sustained tragedy, you can hear the voice from the deepest space ov your soul, then it makes you think about the reason why you live.

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

It is easy. It is The Lord OV Shadows him self who rules the world inside the dark mirror

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 remember the very first time when we played the full version ov [The Lord Ov Shadows]. It was ASIAN BLACK METAL TOUR 2018 in Japan. Not a big live hall, just a small metal club. But I think the audience, they faced The Lord Ov Shadows in their mind when we played on stage. It is the one ov the most impressive shows that we played.

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

We really want to go to Europe, but there is no chance yet. In April we will go to China for the tour. Right now we are talking about some other tours, but not fixed yet.

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

It is greater than I thought. People say the new album is one ov the greatest albums in history ov symphonic black metal. We released the music video few weeks ago, many fans love the video.

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?

In Korea, there are only few metal musicians and metalheads. So we have to do a lot ov things like playing in 2 or 3 bands. Still, that’s the reason why Korean metal scene is still alive. For example, I play in 2 bands. One is Thrash/Metalcore band cal

led “METAMORPHOSIS” with Gash, another is Depressive/Post black metal band called “Madmans Esprit” with Confyverse. In 2018, Whole members concentrated on ]The Lord Ov Shadows], maybe this year, some members who play in other bands can lead the bands.

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

Good question. I’m not gonna show you the future ov DARK MIRROR. I want the audience to imagine and expect the next album without spoiling.

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?

About orchestrations, DIMMU BORGIR has an influence on DARK MIRROR’s sound. Not directly but CARACH ANGREN also has an influence on musical approach. Also DEVIL DOLL has a great influence.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m open-minded to other music. But I don’t listen to Korean ballad/soul-pop music.

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

It was good interview. I hope you meet The Lord Ov Shadows someday.


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.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy/The Lunatic Chapter Of Heavenly Creatures/WormHoleDeath Records 2014 CD Review

   Dark  Mirror  Ov  Tragedy  are  a  band  from  South  Korea  that  plays  a  very  symphonic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "The  Lunatic  Chapters  Of  Heavenly  Creatures"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

   A  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  choirs  which  gives  the  music  a  very  epic  feeling  and  after  the  intro  melodic  guitar  leads  and  a  heavier  sound  find  their  way  into  the  music  along  with  some  black  metal  style  screams  as  well  as  keeping  around  the  symphonic  elements  and  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  and  death  metal  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  after  awhile  growls  find  their  way  into  the  music  along  with  some  violins  and  doom  metal  elements  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  which  also  bring  in  traces  of  classical  and  folk  music  while  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  heavier  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  some  prog  metal  elements  being  mixed  in  with  the  more  symphonic  and  extreme  sides  of  the  band  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental   before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  sound  on  the  later  tracks  and  the  band  shows  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  with  both  the  guitar  riffs  and  solos  with  the  music  having  a  technical  feeling  at  times  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  melodic  female  vocals  find  their  way  onto  one  of  the  tracks.

  Dark  mirror  Ov  Tragedy  plays  a  very  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  that utilizes  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  along  with  a  gothic  touch  to  create  a  sound  of  its  own,  the  production  sounds very  professional  and  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Dark  Mirror  Ov  Tragedy  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  gothic  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thy  Sarcophagus"  "Dancing  In  The  Burning  Mirror"  and  "The  Constellation  Of  Shadows"  and  "The  Noumenon  I  Carved".  8  out  of  10.