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Friday, November 15, 2013

Desolation Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Sure – thanks for giving us the opportunity to spread the word about DESOLATION! Well, we've been around since 1994 and so far we've recorded three albums that have established us as a fairly well-known underground act in the northern part of Germany. In 2014 we celebrate our 20th anniversary and hope to make yet some more new friends and fans.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
That is always a difficult thing to do if your music doesn't fit the common categories easily. We've mostly been described as a melodic death- black metal act. Somebody recently pointed out that we have an urban feel to the music, and I guess that fits our new album DESORIENTED quite well.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Our new album deals with questions of belonging and the idea of home – where is our place in this world and which values do we navigate by? This may sound rather theoretical, but in the songs there's always a certain perspective that explores these concepts, for example in "Dorothy" I imagined how it would have been if the little girl from Kansas had not returned home but ended up a cheap whore who breathes her last in a seedy hotel, which itself is a metaphor for this world where we never quite belong... I guess some of the lyrics may seem a bit strange at first, but there's certainly plenty to explore.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Desolation?
To be quite honest - we were fifteen, sixteen when we formed the band and wanted a cool-sounding, simple name that somehow would help to describe our sound. One of us idly flicked through his LP collection and pulled out a Morbid Angel record: Abominations of Desolation – and there it was. Apart from the fact that now there are a few other bands by that name in the US and GB, we're still very happy with it.

5.What are some of the best show that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We've enjoyed sharing the stage with such fine bands as God Dethroned, Disillusion or Malevolent Creation. Currently we're playing some gigs with our good friends in Bloodwork. Our gigs tend to surprise fans who only know our CDs, as we have a much more brutal live sound while at the same time preserving the melodious aspects of the songs.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future/
As I said, 2014 will see our 20th anniversary and we'd like to play a couple of special shows to celebrate, but so far we haven't really made any definite plans.

7.Currently , you are unsigned are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are currently affiliated with Rebellion records, a small German label that supported us in our search for a distribution solution. We're very happy with the current arrangement, but if an interesting metal label were willing to back our work with a somewhat larger budget (i.e. larger than our own...), that would be a great opportunity.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Worldwide? Wow – that’s a bit hard to tell from where I’m sitting J. Judging by the reviews we’ve received, people have responded well to the fact that our music is far from boring – that there are worlds within the songs that want to be explored. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) it’s not music for the masses, yet at the same time it’s not only music for the die-hard death metal fan, but other people can relate to the more melodic or experimental parts. So we’re very glad that there are always listeners who give the CDs the couple of run-throughs they need before you get hooked.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
That’s impossible to say. We certainly will not part with any of our trademarks. DESOLATION without prominent keyboards would not be DESOLATION, no matter how much some people whine about the fact that we use them. And we’ve always liked to experiment, so I guess there will be lots of experiments in the future. However, our music has always come from the heart, not the head, so we won’t turn into a math metal band all of a sudden.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your msuic and also what are you listening to nowadays?
That is as diverse as the six people we have in our band. Our drummer and main songwriter is head over heels into progressive rock, while I listen to early nineties European death metal exclusively. The one band we can all agree on is Samael, so there may be some influence from that side…

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Again, this is quite different for all of us. Felix is a passionate downhill biker, whereas to me bliss means a good bottle of wine and a fine piece of literature. The band and extreme metal is our common denominator and the basis of a fine friendship that has lasted almost twenty years. Job and family commitments allowing, we spend a lot of time with each other, so everything beyond that pretty much has to play second fiddle…

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
First of all thank you for taking an interest in DESOLATION. We love what we do and we’d love others to enjoy our particular kind of metal. If you’re the least bit curious now, go to www.desmetal.de to find out more and have a good listen.
Please go out and support your local underground – wherever that may be. Go to concerts, buy CDs and shirts, talk to the bands and keep the metal alive. HELL YEAH!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Desolation/Desoriented/Rebellion Records Germany/2013 CD Review


  Desolation  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  symphonic  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Desoriented"  which  was  released  by  Rebellion  Records  Germany.

  "Home  Is  Where  The  Heart  Is"  which  is  also   the  first  song  on  the  album  begins  with  heavy  guitar  riffs,  drums,  synths  and  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal screams  before  adding  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  song  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  speeds  up  in  some  parts  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  at  times.

  "Dorothy'  starts  up  with  some  melodic  guitars  riffs,  drums,  synths  and  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  death  metal  vocals  and  it  leads  to  some  heavier  parts  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  utilizing  some  symphonic  elements  as  well  before  adding  in  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  while  also  keeping  around  the  growls  and  screams  before  adding  in  some  spoken  word   parts.

  "Desorientated"  which  is  also  the  title  track  begins  with  heavy  guitar  riffs,  drums,  synths  and  blackened  death  metal  vocals  and  a  few  seconds  alter  guitar  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  song  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  getting  heavy  again  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  lead  to  some  high  pitched  screams  and  growls  before  alternating  between  fast  and  slow  parts.

  "On  Bloodshed"  begins  with  some  symphonic  synths and  a  few  seconds  alter,  drums,  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  black  metal  screams  make  their  way  into  the  song  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  a  minute  later  guitar  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  song  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  towards  the  end  the  bass  guitars  start  utilizing  more  power.

  "L'auberge  d'esolation"  kicks  off  with  psychedelic  sounds  before  adding  in  guitars,  drums,  synths  and  melodic  vocals  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  progressive  sounding  bass  which  also  leads  to  growls  and  screams  to  kick  in  and  after  awhile  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  song  before  adding  in  some   fast  parts  and  blast  beats  for  a  few  seconds  along  with  a  small  amount  of  female  spoken  words.

  "The  Sainthood  Of  the  Fallen"  opens  up with  symphonic  synths  and  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  adding  in  some  growls  as  well  as  some  screams  and  a  minute  later  guitar  solos  start  coming  in  briefly  along  with  some  doom  metal  influences.

  "Ava  Maria"  hits  off  with  some  classical style  violins  before  adding  in  some  drums,  heavy  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  which  lead  up  to  some  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  alter  before  adding  in  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  halfway  through  the  song  there  is  some  power  being  added  into  the  bass  guitars.

  "Contagion"  makes  its  way  in  with  symphonic  synths,  drums,  heavy  bass  and  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  growls  and  screams  and  then  the  guitar  riffing  starts  utilizing  some   melody  as  well  as  putting  in  some  spoken  word  parts,  halfway  through  the  song  there  is  a  brief  sue  of  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  being  utilized  briefly  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  being  utilized  and  the  song  closes  with  some  clean guitars.

  "Agnus  Dei"  comes  in  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  synths,  blast  beats  and  black  metal screams  and  a  minute  alter  the  music  goes  into  a  more  mid  paced  direction  along  with  some  growls  before  alternating  between  fast  and  mid  paced  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  some  slower  sections  and  guitar  leads  and  a  minute  alter  melodic  vocal  make  their  presence  known  for  a  few  seconds.

  "Iche  Hassee  Ein  Bisschen  Die  Welt"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  begins  with  powerful  bass  before  adding  in  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  drums  along  with  some  synths  black  metal  vocals  along  with  some  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  halfway  through  the  song  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  coming  into  the  song

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Desolation  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  and  melodic  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Home  Is  Where  The  Heart  Is"  "L'auberge  d'esolation"  "The  Sainthood  Of  the  Fallen"  and  "Agnus  Dei".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

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