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Showing posts with label The Magik Way. Show all posts
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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.

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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.