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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Baron SAMEDI Interview

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

Hi, I'm from Novokuznetsk, Kuzbass region. In 1997. Me and my friend are influenced by: Sepultura,Sodom, Korrozia Metalla, Diecide and other extreme bands. They started rattling at my house.

 Since we did not have money for normal musical instruments (in the 90-ies in Russia we lived poorly, even for clothes we did not have enough money). We stole from the school music class: a bass in the shape of A Paul McCartney violin, two snares, and cymbals. They rattled, but since the game we could not, it turned out noisecore act.
 In 2000, I bought a Cassio synthesizer and started playing music alone. The project was then nameless. I made recordings on Sharpe's tape recorder.
 In 2005, I made a self-release of cassettes with my songs, called "Project Golem". Now these recordings can be heard on the albums "Я - Пустота" and bonuses on "Ralph Werner-Project Golem". In 2007, I renamed the project Baron Samedi.

Later I because of this name, my social networks consisted of 50% of fans of rap and hip hop)). Metalheads were repelled by this name))

 2.Your recent full length came out in September, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

It is completely spontaneous and dirty recorded. I worked on tracks at different times without imagining how they would sound. The oldest song on it, "Black'n'roll Necronomicon", was recorded in 2001.

 3.You have also work with a variety of many different musical genres on your recordings, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical styles you have brought into your music?

Any dark, aggressive, pompous genre can appear on my recordings. Dark rock, dark folk, industrial, noise, ambient, free jazz, power electronics, death industrial, glitch, gorenoise, death metal, dark metal, black metal, terrorcore. I used all these genres in my music еxcept rap and hip hop.

 4.You have also covered some occult topics with your lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?

I have always had an irrational, mystical perception of the world. But in theoretical occultism, I am not well versed, if you compare me with some Alister Crowley. From occult books I read two books by Elena Blavatsky, a few Apocrypha, Everything related to the Necronomicon, Russian black witchcraft.

 I sometimes dedicate my music to the essence of Graov, which is worshiped and invoked by homeless vagabonds, inhaling the smell of burned beetles-mediums. The essence of Graov is similar to the evil shown in the movie "the Fifth element".

 I use glossolalia when singing. Sometimes I use decoctions of herbs to fall into a trance, then the essence speaks through me. I record it and use it as vocals., this can be heard in the track Graov and Жнец

I also sell for graves.

 5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music?

Sad stories about a witch's house or a forest fire. Social: bad neighbors, corrupt cops, spitting in modern art. Abstract texts about death, mystical journeys.

 6.I know that the musical project was named after from Haitian Voodoo, can you tell us a little bit more how you got interested in this deity?

 In the nineties, there were many books with witchcraft spells, they were sold in every kiosk. .
 It was scary to live (crime,devastation, poverty, drug addiction), people conjured. My grandmothers had spell books. These books contained spells from all religions, and I learned about Baron Samedi from them. For Siberia, this name sounded original.
I don't practice voodoo myself. I plan to rename the project to "Пан Zимородоk".

 7.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

Yes, I record everything alone.I am open to working with other musicians, but my knowledge of musical instruments is poor and I can't read music.So I'm not good for serious musicians. I can work with noise industrial musicians.

 8.Are you also involved with any other musical projects/

In 2007-2008, I was the bassist of the band "Kolobus". Played brutal death metal. Then I went into business (construction) and there was no time to play.

 9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of metal, experimental and industrial?

Metal fans are throwing shit, they need well-recorded music. Fans of experimental and industrial music reacted positively.

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

I will also try to make dark music. I don't plan to perform. I played concerts with Colobus in 2007 and I didn't like it.

 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?

Inspired to make music: Sepultura, Korrozia Metalla, Sodom. Later Samael, Agonoize, Suicide commando. But you won't find much musical borrowing from them. I didn't grow up to them as a musician.Technically, I can't borrow from them.  Now I listen to everything, but mostly it's power electronics, ambient, raw noise black metal. I order interesting releases on cassettes.

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

The problem of rock fans and generally conditionally "Good music" is that they think that everyone is seriously listening to music. While simple and often not stupid people just need a background and not a loaded product . Due to the fact that their ability to enjoy listening to music and composing quirks, is much lower than music lovers. They don't fucking need it.

Study well, listen to your mom and dad and don't tell them you want to play hell's throat. Don't upset your loved ones.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Baron SAMEDI/Nidarozd salmundshichti/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2019 EP Re-Issue Review

  Baron  SAMEDI  is  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  industrial,  harsh  noise,  power  electronics  and  ritual  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Nidarozd  salmundshichti"  which  was  re-issued  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

  Demonic  voices  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Grim  black  metal  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  bass  guitar  sounds  very  powerful  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.  Elements  of  industrial  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  some  harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments,  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  as  the  ep  progresses  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Baron  SAMEDI  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  industrial,  ritual,  harsh  noise  and  power  electronics  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  dark,  poetic  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Baron  SAMEDI  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  industrial,  ritual,  harsh  noise  and  power  electronics  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "POems"  and  "Hilka-hilka,  demon  demon  !!!">  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

(මහසෝනා​)​* /යන්ත්‍ර​.​මන්ත්‍ර​.​ගුරුකම්!/Virvpi Propaganda/2020 Demo Review

 (මහසෝනා​)​*   are  a  band  from  Sri  Lanka  that  plays  a  ritualistic  and  experimental  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  metal  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  demo  "යන්ත්‍ර​.​මන්ත්‍ර​.​ගුරුකම්!"  which  will  be  released  on  January  13th  by  Virvpi  Propaganda.

  Distorted  drones,  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  track  which  is  also  over  14  minutes  in length.  Elements  of  sludge  and  doom  emtal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  track  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  death  metal  growls.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  ritualistic  sounding  at  times.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  repetitive  sounding  while  also  capturing  an  improvised  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.

  (මහසෝනා​)​*  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  drone,  ritual,  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover t he  occultism and  demonology  and  occultism  of  Sri  Lanka.

  In  my  opinion  (මහසෝනා​)​*  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  ritualistic  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  metal  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  8  out  of  10.    


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Haiku Funeral/Decadent Luminosity/Aesthetic Death/2018 Double Album Review

  Haiku  Funeral  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  blackened  industrial  and  ritualistic  satanic  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  double  album  "Decadent  Luminosity"  which  was  released  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  first  side  of  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length   along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  done  in  a  very  grim  black  metal  style  and  synths  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  programmed  and  militant  beats  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  chants  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments,  some  tracks  also  add  in  whispered  style  vocals  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  and  when  percussion  is  utilized  briefly  it  adds  in  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  and  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  elements  of  Indian  ethnic  music.

  Ritualistic  percussion's  start  off  the  second  sound  of  the  album  along  with  some  clear  yet  chanting  vocals   while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  they  also  sound  very  demonic  at  times  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ambient  style  synths  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  second  half  of  the  album  while  grim  whispers  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental.

  With  this  double  album  Haiku  Funeral  brings  out  2  different  sides  of  their  musical  style  with  the  first  side  being  blackened  industrial  and  the  second  side  ritualistic satanic  ambient,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Eastern/Western  Occultism,  Rituals  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Haiku  Funeral  an  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  industrial,  experimental,  ritual  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scientia  Intra  Satana"  "Dreaming  Kali  In  The  Temple  Of  Fire"  "Lacerate  The  Light"  and  "Endlessly".  8  out  of  10.


Friday, April 28, 2017

The Magik Way/Ananke/Sad Sun Music/2017 DVD Review

  The  Magik  Way  are a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  ritualistic  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  dvd  "Ananke"  which  was  released  by  Sad  Sun  Music  and  consists  of  live  performances,  experimentalism  and  documentary  elements.

 A  spoken  and  ritualistic  intro  starts  off  the  dvd  before  going  into  a  live  performance  which  starts  out  with  violins  and  an  introduction  which  also  shows  the  band  practicing  in  a  rehearsal  room  and  the  song  starts  out  with  an  avant  garde  vibe  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  drum beats.

  Clean  guitars  are  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  dvd  mixing  in  a  video  and  the  dvd  also  brings  in  live  performances  along  with  the  music  also  having  a  psychedelic  and  experimental  vibe  at  times  and  the  clean  vocals  also  have  a  very  avant  garde  vibe  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  live  rituals  are  also  performed  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their presence  known  and  the  video  also  shows  a  Qabalistic  and  Hermetic  approach  to  rituals  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  video  from  The  Magic  Way  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  and  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  dvd.  8/5  out  of  10. *

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Magik Way/Curve Sternum/Sad Sun Music/2015 CD Review

  The  Magik  Way  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  the  musical  style  moves  away  from  the  avant  garde  black  metal  style  of  previous  recordings  to focus  more  on  an  experimental  and  avant  garde style  of  ritualistic  occult  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  'Curve  Sternum"  which  will  be  released  on  May  11th  by Sad  Sun  Music.

  Clock  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  some  of  the  songs  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  recording  more  of  a  gothic  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses the  music  starts  getting  more  experimental,  avant  garde  and ritualistic  sounding  while  also  adding  in  clean  yet  semi  distorted  guitars  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  amount  of  melodic  vocals  and  chants  and  none  of  the  songs  have  the  heaviness  or extreme  metal  elements  of  previous  recordings  but  you  can  hear  some  grim  elements  in  the  vocals  at  times that  are  very  close  to  black  metal.. 

  The  Magik  Way  moves  away  from  the  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  to create  an  album  that  is  more  in  ritualistic,  avant  garde  and  experimental direction  along  with  a  touch  of  neo  folk,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Quabilistic,  Occult  and  Esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Magik  Way  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  occult  music,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "La  Mano  Raccolglie"  "Yod-He-Vau-He"  and  "In  Alto  Come  In  Basso".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Magik Way Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?

Well, The Magik Way was born in the 1996 as the result of an idea: to create a form of music totally linked to esoterism and magik, where sounds are influenced by our studies and our personal vision of music, as a mix between theatrical moods, applied music and experimental music.

Even if we started the project playing an obscure kind of black metal, after a couple of years we began to consider the music with new parameters, abandoning every kind of cliché.

The Magik Way is not a simple musical band, is even an order. Members of The Magik Way order are involved in the practise of Magik and principally spiritism and necromancy. As an esoterical order lot of members are not involved in music; inside the order operate philosophers, photographers, painters, psycologists, mediums, mathematics.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

A mix between dark sounds and theatrical attitude. A sort of expressionist music, inspired by composers like Nino Rota, John Cage, Nicola Piovani, Bernard Hermann and a vocal attitude near to some conceptions of artists like Demetrio Stratos, Marina Abramovic, Diamanda Galas, Ettore Petrolini.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

With our lyrics we want to explore the Man and the Nature, two macro-subjects. The Alchemy is the instrument we use to observe it, as a propagation of necromancy and spiritism.

Our effort is to find questions and not answers, is our conviction that “questions” generates knowledge.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

La Via Magica Mistica (The Magik Way) is a term coined by Fulvio Rendhell, a great Italian spiritist, about a path divided in 4 phases (The Doubt, The Dizziness, The Sacrifice, The Knowledge).

The adept, is committed to overcoming and understanding of his condition, false before, wise after, through great suffering that will lead him to live different levels of emotion, annihilated first, then elated, until they reach a state of "Sacrifice" as renunciation of the Ego, to conquer a wider and dual vision of reality, dualism guaranteed by the presence, in the fourth phase, of the sign of Mercury which, as is known, is bipolar (Aurum et Argentum).

5. The music was recorded in the 90's why did you wait until 2013 to release the music?

The reason we came out with a retrospective CD is about the passion that Marco Cavallini of Sad Sun Music put on the project as a dream come true: to present to people what The Magik Way played in the ’90.

Marco told me he still remember when The Magik Way demo tape was considered a “top demo” in the ’96 and after 13 years he purpose me to realize a work as a testimony of those years.

What Marco did not know is that The Magik Way created some other materials, and after heard it, he decided to publish the CD and start a collaboration.

6. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and occult music?

This is the first time we have the opportunity to communicate to the World our music, with the exception of some fans we have since the ’90 years. Even if we are involved in this project since the 1996 and we played in a great and famous band like Mortuary Drape, we always prefered to stay in a limited scene, in our country, working inside the theatre scene or the video-installation world, so far from the so called “market” of the music.

Simply we concentrated our energies to create something good for us.

7. What is going on with Mortuary Drape these days?

I really don’t know, unfortunately I’m not in contact with the band.

8. Can we expect future material from this music or is this only a one time thing?

As I explained, we are surprised that people deserve so much attention to our project. What can I say is that for the future we continue to work with Marco Cavallini (Sad Sun Music) and Francesco Palumbo (My Kingdom Music) in order to think about the publication of other material of the past (there are several works we have made in these last 10 years) or suddenly to focus our attention to new music we have composed in the 2012.

9. What are some of the bands and musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We listen to all music with an open minded attitude, it is impossible to know which kind of music influenced us. Considering the fact we started every project by the lyrics we could say that probably is the Magik our favorite starting point.

Personally I’m dedicating lot of time listening Claudio Monteverdi and the Serbian-Byzantine choral.

10. What are some of the forms of Occultism and Satanism that have the most interest to you?

We are totally unreleated to all forms of religions, or pseudo-religious cults, especially the Christian cults or anti-Christian cults. We consider the atheism as a primacy to defend, a fact of freedom.

We practise the contemporary Magik, we observe the Nature and his duality, the Man and his role in the aureal space.

Recently the order of The Magik Way is doing study around the Water.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

There are a couple of great passion in my life: contemporary art and the good red wine of my country.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Well, I just want to thank you. We hope you’ll enjoy the CD.

Please follow us on FB in order to know all the news about The Magik Way.

We need your inspiration.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Magik Way/Materia Occulta (1997-1999)/Sad Sun Music/2013 CD Review

  The  Magik  Way  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  is  a  side  project  of  Mortuary  Drape  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  avant  garde  black  metal mixed  with  ritualistic  occult  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Materia  Occulta  (1997-1999)  which  will  be  released  by  Sad  Sun  Music.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  tribal  sounding  percussion,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark and  avant  garde  ritualistic  sound  to  the  music  with  some  touches  of  classical  and  they  are  the  only  musical  instrument  that  are  present  from  songs  5-17,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffing  that  combines  black  metal  with  avant  garde  music  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  they  are  mostly  present  on  the  first  4  songs  but  make  an  appearance  later  on,  while  the  lead  guitars which  are  only  utilized  briefly  are  very  dark  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads.

Vocals  which  are  only  utilized  on  the  first  part  of  the  album  range from  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  to  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  male  and  female  vocals  which  are  used  on  the  non  metal  side  of  the  recording,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Necromantic,  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes  with  the  songs  being  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and Latin,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  The  Magik  Way  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  avant  garde  black  metal  and  ritualistic  occult  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dizziness  (La  Folgorazione)"  "The  Knowledge  (La  Conoscenza)"  "Gloria"  and  "La  Quiete".  RECOMMENDED  BUY. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Osman Arabi/Beast Mutation Rituals/Kalpamantra/2011 Album Review

   Osman  Arabi  are  a  band  from  Libya  that  plays  dark  ambient/drone  with  a  black  metal  influence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Beast  Mutation  Rituals"  which  was  released  by  Kalpamantra.

  Synths  bring  a  very  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  drone  sound  to  the  music,  while  the  sound  effects  bring  in  harsh  noise  and  psychedelic  sounds  to  this  long  and  epic  25  minute  song  which  uses  a  variety  of  many  different  sounds,  as  well  as  some  samples  from  black  metal  songs.

  Vocals  when  they  are  utilized  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  with  some  spoken  word  samples  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  song  theme  revolves  around  dark  occult  rituals,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Osman  Arabi  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  ambient/ritual/drone/Black Metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Cultus Sabbati/Descent Into The Maelstorm/Buh Records/2011 CD Review

Cultus Sabbati are a band from Norway that plays black metal mixed with experimental ritualistic noise and this is a review of their 2011 album "Descent Into The Maelstorm" which was released by Buh Records.

There is not much in the way of drums on this recording but there are some tribal ritualistic beats being utilized at times throughout the recording, as for the bass playing there is none present on this album>

Rhythm guitars are all slow riffs that utilize a lot of heavy distorted ritualistic noises and there are no led guitars or solos present on this recording, as for the noise effects they are very brutal, dark, ritualistic and evil sounding with a great amount of reverb.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams and ritualistic chanting, while the lyrics are based on an Edgar Allan Poe story that this recording is named after, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and brutal sound to it.

In my opinion Cultus Sabbati are a very good black/ritualistic/noise band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Mouth Of The Beast" and "Walls Of The Abyss". RECOMMENDED BUY.