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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Hedon Interview

 


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


Hedon started out late 2012 in gothenburg, Sweden. Our goal was a blend of black- death- and trashmetal, which I think we´ve succeeded in. 2014 we released our debut, ”summon the demons” by ourselves. We had a break after that for some years, but since 2019 we´re back on track again!


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


I´ts more raw and filthy, like we wanted it to be from the start. The first album is somewhat colored by our previous band, Arise, which most of us played in before Hedon. This time we also have a new singer (Sebbe) who fits the music better, and a new guitarrist in Christoffer – who is replacing Kenneth from the debut.


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


We´ve had struggle of all kinds – no rehearsal place, member who grew tired and quit, severe deseases and some of us got kids. I guess you can say life happened.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


Overall dark lyrics, hedonism, war, antireligion. I guess the songs have grown longer and not as predictable as before. We always try to challenge ourselves and you will always get new influences too.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hedon'?


Hedon is simply a newer/ alternative spelling of heathen. I think Dark Tranquillity has a song spelled the exact same way. It has always been close to us beeing from Sweden, as we were called heathens before christianity came. And it´s hard not to be fascinated by the vikings.


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


It was an idéa we´ve had for years – a symbol in form of a family weaponshield. Since goats has a big role in hedonism, it felt obvious to have a couple of those in guard on a shield. We gave a friend the task to virtualize the ideas and we´re very happy with the result!


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?


Because of the long break 14-19 we´ve had not made many liveshows yet, but we did one with Puteraeon and Turbocharged – and that was a good one. We have also played a couple of times in gothenburg, and should have played with Avslut this april, if is wasn´t for covid. But as soon as the restrictions will losen up, we will start making shows again. I guess we´re pretty fierce on stage, at least that´s what I´ve heared. We constantly trying to bring something new when performing – fans, sidedrops, megafones for some vocal parts etc


8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of melodic black and death metal?


Overall very good. But we have suffered lack of promotion and a good distro. Right now we have Downfall records, so I think we will reach out to many more this time. We have to work on this. Because of the blend between black and death metal we do often get connected with Necrophobic, but I think we have more variation than they do. They´re good though, so it´s a honourable comparing.


9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


Kenneth have been playing with the Accept tribute band Accepted, but don´t know if he´s still in there. Patsy (former vocalist, and also vocalist of Arise) is in a band called All Wasted now.


10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


Don´t know to be honest. In a way it feels like the full lenghts is of less importance these days – most people does not play a full record, but some songs and that´s it. On a full lenght there is always fillers and it takes much longer time to do and is of course a lot more expensive to do also. On a Ep you will not get fillers. But we´re still fond of the full length format after all, so there will be one some time. But for now the next one will probably also be an Ep.


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?


There are so many, but some of the most relevant has to be Dissection, Mgla and Behemoth. We´re trying to listen to most music in our genre, for example the new Uada and Necrophobic is spinning a lot now.


12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?


Not particulary, but I guess you can say that every sub-culture is of interest. Anything that in a way is antireligious or pagan or just mystic.


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


Thanks a lot for the interview, we appreciate every form of support and spreading the word! We always try to give as much as we can to the fans – take a look at the new Ep for example; we spend a shitload of money to include a nice poster and an etching for the fans. Just to get a nice package and give them some little extra instead of just a standard thing. Check out our facebookpage or instagram for news and also the Downfall page. Cheers and hope to see some of you out there after this pandemic!

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Hedon/In Blasphemy Reborn/Downfall Records/2020 EP Review

 


  Hedon  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "In  Blasphemy  Reborn"  which  was  released  by  Downfall  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  era  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements.  A  couple  of  songs  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  along  with  a  brief  use  of  growls  and  the  closing  track  is  also  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Hedon  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  90's  melodic  styles  of  black  and  death  metal and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  blasphemy, occultism  and  war  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Hedon  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRCACK  "The  Beast  Of  A  Thousand  Demons".  8  out  of  10.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Strydegor/Isolacry/MDD Records/2020 CD Review

 


  Strydegor  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of   black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Isolacry"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  MDD  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  synths  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  melodic  direction.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  clean singing  is  also  utilized  at  times.  


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  into  the  music.


  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  along  with  the  synths  also  making  a  return  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  instrumental  can  also  be  heard,  and  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  scientific  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Strydegor  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Innocence  Corroded"  "World  In  Your  Hands"  "As  April  Slowly  Fades"  and  "Still  Alive".  8  out  of  10.


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Monday, October 12, 2020

Nachtblut Interview

 


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


Skoll: Since we recorded Vanitas we spend a lot of time to prepare the release - photo-, video shoots, planning the promotion etc. Unfortunately, due to the Corona pandemic, all festivals and shows for 2020 have been postponed. Regarding shows, we're just hoping for better times, crossing fingers for 2021 and waiting. 

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


Skoll: I believe with Vanitas we offer a lot of facets and variety, but still managed to have a homogenous sound, upholding the fundamental vibe. It’s exciting to have such a diverse album and the feedback from fans and critics approves that. Regarding the sound, I think we found what we were aiming for. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


Skoll: As diverse as songs on the album, so are the lyrics. Of course, we are dealing with transience, mortality and death, but we didn’t stop there. Further the Vanitas art is also about deliberate, reflecting your lifestyle, your present and what choices you make. So, from the kind of moral dogmas nowadays, gathered in “lifestyles”, in which each thinks it’s superior to the others, to the question of who is in charge of your knowledge, point of view on things or your definition of happiness, dictatorship and unusual bonds between people, you will find a whole range of topics on Vanitas. 


4.I know that the bands name means 'Night blood' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Skoll: There are several rumors out there, stating why we chose the name or what it means actually. I won’t comment on this ;-). But for sure, the name itself has something dark and sinister, so is our music.

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

Skoll: As the record is called Vanitas and deals with aspects of this art, it was obvious to include the Vanitas-still-life-art at our artwork for the album. Inspired by the paintings of the 16th and 17th century you will notice certain symbols on the cover. They are not randomly chosen. Every object has a symbolic meaning. It’s like a code, which gives you a detailed picture of the thoughts of the artist, or the issues addressed. What the several objects are representing, is to figure out by everyone by himself. I won’t spoil this, it would take away all the fun. 

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Skoll: For me personally the very first show in China was a highlight. I didn’t know what to expect, and I was touched by the energy and emotions of the people. Over the last years there are many great concerts and experiences. Of course, playing Wacken for the first time is very special, so are small club shows in which the crowd goes nuts and water/sweat is dripping down the ceiling. I would say our shows are full of energy. It’s always have been part of our shows to have a lot of movement on stage and in front of it. So for example we stage dive and having moshpits with the fans. Nothing for a quiet and comfy evening. 

7.Since 2012 all of your albums have been released on 'Napalm Records', do you feel they have been very supportive when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Skoll: Yes! It’s great to be with Napalm Records, they are always supportive. You hear a lot of stories about other labels and bands not getting along. Even sometimes labels interfere into the music or artistic decision. I can’t say anything like that about Napalm, it’s always have been a cool with and never an against each other. Over the years, a certain bond manifests. 

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of dark metal?

Skoll: Very good, almost overwhelming. Fans as critics like the record. Of course, you will always find one that isn’t convinced or the old stuff in general is better. But for those people it doesn’t matter what you do, they will always find something to moan about. It also seems that the international interest grew compared to Apostasie. So all in all a very well-received album! 

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

Skoll: I don’t know. Like I said, for me we found the sound we were aiming for. Regarding songwriting, we never sat down and brainstormed like “the next record needs to be like this and this, because it’s a trend”. Things are developing naturally, call it evolution. So the direction will depend on what we are into at the very moment the songs are written. But no worries we will stay true to ourselves. 


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?

Skoll: I think every one of us listened or still listen to Rammstein and Cradle Of Filth. Also, we all enjoying Black Metal. But as we are 4 individuals everyone brings in another backstory. Speaking for myself, I don’t care too much about the label put on the music. I listen to all kinds of genres, depending on the mood. Probably if I would turn on the music right now, it would be Ghost. 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Skoll: I like to do sport, like to read, mainly scientific books, or books about a certain topic. There are just a few fictional, storytelling books I really like. But to be honest, most of the time, it's about music. Drumming, bands, touring, you name it. 


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


Skoll: Famous last word of every band in an interview - listen to our new album Vanitas, out now! Enjoy and in those times, stay safe and stay healthy. Thanks for having me, thanks for the interview!



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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Final Dawn/Mina Olen Pimeys/2020 CD Review


 

Final  Dawn  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  melodic  and  progressive  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Mina  Olen  Pimeys".




  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.


  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  clean  playing  when  it  is  utilized  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  First  wave  black  metal  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  singing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  traditional  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive,  satanic,  chaos  and  war  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Final  Dawn  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  progressive  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Till  The  Bitter  End"  "Satan;s  Hourglass"  and  "Fire  Of  The  North".8 out  of  10.


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Monday, October 5, 2020

Gwydion/Self Titled/Art Gates Records/2020 CD Review

 


  Gwydion  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  epic,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  symphonic  mixture  of  folk, Viking, black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  album  which will be  released  in  November  by Art Gates  Records.


  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  symphonic  elements  onto  the  recording  that  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times. The  vocals  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  aggressive  shouts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  deeper  vocals  also add  in  some  touched  of  death  meta.  Elements  of  folk  music  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit throughout  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 


  When  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  also  give  the songs  more  of  a  Viking  metal  touch  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  plying  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording,  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  traditional  metal  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  female  vocals  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vikings,  Battles,  Iberian  Culture/History,  Mythology  and  Alcohol  themes,


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gwydion  and  if  you  are  a  dab  of  atmospheric,  melodic  and  symphonic  folk,  Viking,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stand  Alone"  "Battle  Of  Aclud  Ford"  "Ale  Mead  And  Wine"  and  "Hammer  Of  the  Gods".  8out  of  10.


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Friday, October 2, 2020

Sacramentum/Finis Malorum/Vic Records/2020 EP Re-Issue Review

 


  Sacramentum  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  melodic  and  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1990  ep  "Finis  Malorum" which  will  be  re-issued  on  October  30th  by  Vic  Records  and  the  re-issue  also  consists  of  their  1993  demo  "Sedes  Impiorum"  Sepultura,  Mercyful  Fate  covers  and  one  very  early  and  rare  track.


  Melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  more  melodic  side  of  Swedish  death  metal.  One  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  into  the  music  along  with  another  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  cover  songs  also  bringing  in  a  different  style  than  the  original  versions  as  well  as  introducing  some  demonic  growls  onto  the  compilation.  The  intro  on  the  demo  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  demo  material  has more  death  metal  elements  than  the  more  recent  material  but  still  very  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal.  some  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  fantasy,  paganism,  chaos,  darkness  and  death  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Sacramentum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Travel  With  The  Northern  Winds"  "Pagan  Fire"  "Stormbringer"  and  "Morbid  Humanity". 8out  of  10.


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Aeolian/The Negationist/Black Lion Records/2020 CD Review

 


  Aeolian  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  blackened  form  of  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  folk  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Negationist"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Black  Lion  Records.


   A  very  fast  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  blackened  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  classic  metal  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  also  bring  elements  of  folk  metal  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  clean  chants  also  being  utilized  briefly.


  Some  of  the  heavier  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  thrash  metal  along  with  a  later  track  also  introducing  power  metal style vocals  onto  the  album  and  as  the  album   progresses  some  songs  also  add  in  stringed  and  folk  instruments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  damage  earthlings  are  dong  to  their  own  planet.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aeolian  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black, death,  folk,  thrash  and  power  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Momentum"  "Unseen  Enemy"  "The  Flood"  and  "Reborn".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Ancient Thrones Interview

 

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


 


We’re Ancient Thrones from the east coast of Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We play our own brand of blackened death metal with a desire for drowning our listeners in cosmic anguish. If you push play, prepare for a grand sonic journey into the depths of the void that is purgatory.


 


2.You have your first full length coming out in November, musically how does it differ from your previous ep? 


 


Under our old name Abysseral Throne we had released an EP called “Storming the Black Gate”, which we cherish as a learning process for the band. The band today is vastly different with new members and no more clean singing. Dylan our guitarist and main songwriter has a lot more ideas and boundaries he’s looking to push than we did previously. With the line-up change came the desire to showcase more extreme music to match my blackened shrieks and guttural growls. 


 


3.This is also your first released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


 


To be honest, a lot of things that were out of our hands prevented this release from coming sooner. Putting out this record has been a slow process, but good things take time, so they say. We wrote the album skeleton in 3 months, then I really planned and took my time with the lyrics. I moved across the country for a little bit to clear my head and to isolate myself to finish the lyrics and story. It was very therapeutic for me to take a break from the heavy subject matter. Once I returned to Halifax, we began recording in the winter of 2019. It’s been grueling to get to where we are today, but we’re excited for everyone to finally hear the record on November 6th!  


 


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


 


It’s a story of pain and loss and overcoming yourself to move forward in life. Sometimes we are in the way of our own happiness and we must dissolve our own attachment to pain to see the light. There’s a lot of metaphors lying within each song, but narratively it’s the journey of a dead man finding peace with his reality and how he’s able to reach acceptance. I was in a very hard place in my life while I was writing the lyrics, and stuck right in the middle of a painful grieving process myself, so I really wanted the record to follow the 5 stages of grief most people go through to find that acceptance. If it helps just one person going through a tough time, I’ve done my job as a writer. 


 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ancient Thrones'?


 


I went through a few different names before landing on Ancient Thrones. Abyssal Throne, Abysmal Throne. We knew we wanted to keep our initials and not distance ourselves completely from Abysseral Throne. Shortly after I was listening to one of my favorite songs from Wolves in the Throne Room called “Astral Blood” and one of the lyrics mentions “Ancient Thrones”. It was just the sign I needed.


 


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


 


I really wanted a strong visual landscape for the record with no logos or words, and I wanted something that could exist in the universe outside the album, like a glance of what could be happening in our world, while the character of the record is dead. The veiled woman in the water represents the grief we feel, but also represents the character of death in the album. I wanted this figure in a place that was not only beautiful and vibrant but one I had a personal connection to. We shot the cover near a waterfall called Crooked Creek, just outside my hometown in New Brunswick and our friend Mallory geared up and got in that freezing cold river. The emerald green water also plays a strong metaphorical role in the record. 


 


7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


 


We love to demolish our audience with crushing guitars, blazing drums, and well thought out tones. I love to see people's faces when we’re done playing, especially when people are surprised that I’m able to drum and do vocals at the same time. We’ve shared the stage with Beyond Creation, The Faceless, Rings of Saturn. Some of the best shows we play are right here in our city, in front of the always hungry east coast crowds. 


 


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


 


We’d love to talk to a label and we’ve never had any real serious talks before. I feel like it’s only a matter of time before someone hears what we’re doing and wants to work with us. We’re definitely open to having a discussion with the right person. 


 


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


 


Reception for the record so far has been stellar, and I’m glad people are making their own interpretations of the material. We really like to dance on the edge of both black metal and death metal, so it’s fun seeing fans trying to lock down our sound.  


 


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


 


With COVID-19, it’s hard to say right now. I hope we’ll be back to touring soon. What I can tell you is we are working on our follow-up record right now, and we should be back in the studio next year if all goes as planned. 


 


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?


 


Skeletonwitch and that blackened thrash sound has been very influential to me, as well as Wolves in the Throne Room, more so for the atmosphere they create. I find I’m able to pull a lot from the listening experience they create. I’ve been listening to the new Phoebe Bridger’s record, “Punisher” on repeat, I think she brings a beautiful darkness for her listener to inhabit while she also mends the soul with her tender voice. I also just got really into Vale of Pnath, who like us have a blackened sound but it’s mixed with a more tech-death style, which is a totally deadly combination. 


 


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



We’re Ancient Thrones from Canada and we’re here to bring you cosmic anguish. Our new concept record “The Veil” is arriving on November 6th to all digital streaming platforms and is also for sale on our Bandcamp  https://ancientthrones.bandcamp.com/.. You can pre-order it now. If you’re a fan of metal in any variety, take the journey with us and welcome the void of oblivion into your soul. Thank you for having us and for these well thought out questions, it was a pleasure speaking with you.


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Nachtblut/Vanitas/Napalm Records/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Nachtblut  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  symphonic  and  gothic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Vanitas" which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Napalm  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Symphonic  elements  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  one  track  also  introduces  stringed  instruments  into  the  music  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  sounding  at  times.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  one  track  also  adding folk  instruments  and  touches  of  goth  rock  onto  the  album  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  songs  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  dark  metal  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  also  sticking  to  a  mid  tempo  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal growls and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nachtblut  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  goth  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vanitas"  'Kaltes  herz"  "Meine  Grausamkeit  Kennt  Keine  Grenzen"  and  "Die  Toten  Vergresson  Nicht".  8  out  of  10.


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Friday, September 18, 2020

Ancient Thrones/The Veil/2020 Full Length Review

 


  Ancient  Thrones  are  a  band  from  Nova  Scotia,  Canada  that  plays  a  melodic  and  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Veil"  which  will be  released in  November.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispers  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction.  All  of  the  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  lot  of  black  metal  screams.


 Elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  faster   riffing.   


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  pars  as  well as  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length.


  One  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  piano's  along some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  instrumentals  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  symphonic  elements  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very progressive  and  technical sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  and  cover  the  5 stages  of  grief.   


  In  my  opinion  Ancient  Thrones  are  a  very  great sounding  melodic  blackened  death  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Sight  Of  Oblivion"  "Viduus  (The  Veil)"  and  "The  Infinite  Eyes".8out  of  10.


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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Sarcator/Self Titled/Redefining Darkness Records/2020 CD Review


  Sarcator  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self titled  2020  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats. Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of thrash  metal.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  an  80's  influenced  style  of  extreme  metal.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 The  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  death  metal  influences  along  with  some  growls  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small amount  of  back  up  shouts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Anti  Religion,  Blood,  Fire  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sarcator  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abyssal  Angel"  "Midnight  Witchery"  "Heretic's  Domain"  and  "Purgatory  Unleashed".  8  out  of  10.

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Kromheim/Self Titled/2020 EP Review


  Kromheim  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  viking,  folk  and  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2020  ep.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  growls  and s creams  which  also  add  in  touch  of  black  metal.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  elements  of  folk  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  more  of  a  symphonic  style  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording.

  Kromheim  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  folk,  viking,  melodic  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vikings  and  Medieval  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kromheim  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  viking,  folk,  melodic  death  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Prayer"  and  "Storm  Of  The  Gods".  8  out  of  10.

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Nocturn Interview

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

Séb : Hello and many thanks for asking. Vincent and I decided in 2009/2010 to create Nocturn with a bunch of old friends who had already
played together on several previous local metal bands .I was abroad a few years and came back at that time, and as all of us, with the objective to mix
all our influences on a melodic black/death basis and have some fun by playing a kind of duo/duel between the guitars
and the keyboards. We realized 2 EP, had a few line up changes like almost every bands, and we are now releasing our first album,
"Like a seed of Dust".

Vince : Nocturn is a melodic death/black project with various influences. Seb founded the band, then called me to renew our past collaboration in music.
We released a first EP in 2013, had a few live dates until 2015,until we had to face a big line-up change.
We took the time we needed to get the perfect members for Nocturn, and with the new team we entered in studio in summer 2018. The mixing and mastering were performed in summer 2019,
and after a while seeking for a good label, we signed with Sliptrick Records, that we thank for their trust in our project, in february 2020. The next album is in advanced process.

2.In September you have a new album coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Vince : We always wanted to play something dark, speed, but with no limits of in songwriting influences or orchestrations. Black and death metal are present in our music,
but also a backing of heavy/speed metal, thrash metal, classical music...
The keyboards orchestrations explore  various parts from choir melodies to teknical beats, we try to keep rich instrumentation's and harmonies between the instruments without becoming a mess.

Seb : The main style is mainly death metal, but we also love other styles and the fun for us was to add something else and different on every song, so you can sometimes find a reggae riff or
some little electro/techno moments. Anything that we liked and without fixing us any limits because it's not "trve"
or something else, just to have fun. A big patchwork.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

Vince : Death, life, war, love, destruction, anger, drugs, hope, duality, fragility of existence... Some texts are allegories told like a story, some are thoughts, some may be personnal. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nocturn'?

Vince : I like the night. The veil of darkness covering the land, predators hungry for flesh, creatures of evil hidden in the shadows or in our hearts...
Not about the Skyrim deadras !

Seb : We tried a few other names but this one was really the one we prefered.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented in the album cover?

Vince : It was created by Jean-Philippe Sonnet at Threadbare artwork. I was seeking for a drawing that represented beauty and fragility of life, decay and rebirth.
Our album is released for the fall, that perfectly suits with the concept.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Vince : Our best shows were in little and medium stages at Chambéry, at the Brin d'Zinc and at the APEJS. People were completely crazy, it was a killer public both times. Our performance was good, but we always can do better.

7.On the new album you also have a few guests, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions on the recording?

Vince : The first album guest is now part of the band, it was Sophie , singer and composer in her project 'From Hell with Love'. She performed all the clean female vocals of the album
and a part of dual voice with her harsh vocals upon 'The wraith in bloodied wings'. It worked so perfectly that she joined our crew definitely a few while after, and now I share
the microphone with her in dual voices.

Gilles Croset is a saxophonist that we met as the friend of a friend, who gently helped us with his instrument for a very special part in the song 'Under the Darkest Sea'.
We were glad to record a real saxo instead of the emulated sound on keyboards.

The other guests were a surprise for me too, because our two producers Rob and Arnaud who are also extremely talented singers in their own bands,
came behind the microphone to perform backing vocals, and they recorded killing material.

Rob Carson is the engineer who recorded us at his Carsonian Studio Solutions, and the singer of Xaon (they record their 3rd album lately). He came to perform with Léo and I for the gang vocals
on several songs : Pandaemonium, Liberhate and Odyssey. He was also a real support in some complexes studio situations and dilemmas, findind solutions to every production matter we faced.

Arnaud Ménard is the engineer who recorded all the bass guitars and vocal additionnal contents, and mixed our album with this incredible sound in his Sicarius Productions studio.
He is vocal teacher at 'Ecole La Sirène and also the singer of Alkemyst. He performed the vocal harmony with Sophie upon the song 'Infernale', and the melting of their crystal voices sounds incredibly good. 

8.The new album is coming out on 'Sliptrick Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

We contacted many labels but as a little band we had some propositions that was not always interesting, with A&R good reviews but no good deals in sight before Sliptrick Records proposition.
Carlo, their A&R, and the team took the time to really listen to our album before making us a proposition, and they were honests.
We took the time we needed to find a label, because autoproductions are complicated to promote and it's important for the future of Nocturn. The next album is under preparation and
everyone is hot to play the past and the next songs. 

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

Some years ago, I started to invite people all over the world to like our music.
I was positively surprised by very good feedbacks, and we have people that liked our music almost everywhere : Europa, Russia, North and South America, Africa, India, Indonesia, Japan...
It's great !!

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

Vince : We will continue to play a melodic and technical death/black metal, and Sophie will sing more harsh vocal parts.
The next album will be in the same vein that the wraith in blooded wings, liberhate... with still many types of passages and ambiences.

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?

Vince : When I was young I studied classical piano in a music school during some years, that explain my neo-classical tastes sometimes.
I fell into distorded guitars when I discovered Scorpions, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Clapton, Aerosmith, AC/DC ...
I discovered something that could aggressive and beautiful at the same time and it surely defined my taste for metal music.
I still listen to old school heavy metal, thrash, death black metal. Bands like Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Angra, Sepultura, Pantera, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer,
Death, Cradle, Immortal, Dying foetus, Dimmu, Behemoth,Children of Bodom, Godkiller, Summoning, Dissection, The Faceless, Origin, SOAD, Dagoba, Rammstein, Guns'n Roses, Hendrix,
only a part of each's discography; also mostly classical, blues and rock influences, there are countless .
But during the songwriting processes I don't listen much music, to avoid parasitizing the creation and fully express myself.

Seb : About the influences, they are really a lot and really different too ! We could say from Chuck Schuldiner to Jean michel Jarre for example !

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

Vince : Thanks again to our producers Arnaud and Rob, and to all the artists involved in this project. I hope you will enjoy this album.
Thanks to you and to A Different Shade Of Black Metalzine for your interest, and hails to your audience ! Cheers !

Seb : Thank you again for this interview and your interest in our music, we hope you will appreciate it. Cheers

Monday, August 31, 2020

Juodvarnis/Nerimo Dienos/Dangus Productions/2020 CD Review


  Juodvarnis  are  a  band  from  Lithuania  that  plays  a  progressive  and  melodic  mixture  of  pagan,  black  and death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Nerimo  Dienos"  which  was  released  by  Dangus  Productions.

  Viking  war  battle  sounds  start  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  are  also a dded  into  some  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  thrash  style  bordering  on death  metal.

  Clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark,  black  and  pagan  metal  elements, sitar's  and  percussion's  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  A.M's  "Trys".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Lithuanian  and  cover  Paganism  and  Nature  themes,.

  In  my  opinion  Juodvarnis  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  melodic  mixture  of d ark,  black,  pagan  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Is  Amziu  Saknu"  "Tik  Dulkes"  and  "Sielos  Dugne".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Reticent/The Oubliette/Heaven And Hell Records/2020 Full Length Review


  The  Reticent  are  a  band  from  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Oubliette"  which  will be  released  in  September  by  Heaven  And  Hell  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  clean  playing  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.  Clean  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  bring  in  more  of  a  prog  metal  style  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic style  and  keyboards  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Touches  of  jazz  and  psychedelic  music  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal.

  One  track  also  introduces  percussion  onto  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  tribal  feeling.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  the  more  brutal  sections  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  saxophones  onto  the  album  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals,  orchestra  and  symphonic  sounds  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  man's battle  with  Alzheimer's  Disease.

  In  my  opinion  The  Reticent  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  progressive,  black,  doom  and    melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "His  Name  Is  Henry"  "The  Dream"  and  "Stage  7".  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Skyless Aeons Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Skyless Aeons formed in 2014 in London, Ontario when I (Nathan Ferreira) and guitarist Nicholas Luck were 18 years old. I met him at a Cryptopsy show when a mutual friend introduced us, and immediately we clicked - as a metalhead, when you meet someone else who listens to shit like Adversarial and Antediluvian, it's like discovering your long-lost brother. I wanted to be in a metal band so bad, and this guy not only knew his shit, but was also incredible at guitar, AND he knew a drummer that he was practicing with - and that guy liked extreme metal too! I tagged along to their practice one time, screamed my face off not knowing what I was doing, and they liked it enough to keep me around. Shortly after we found our bassist and we haven't had a single lineup change since, which has allowed us to learn to feed off each other's strengths and create a cohesive, tight, and very unique sound that draws from every type of extreme metal you can imagine.

2. In October you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous ep?
"Drain the Sun" is much more of a complete piece with a beginning, middle and an end. Our last EP was more of a "get every good idea we have on recording" type of release, with songwriting that's more wandering and all over the place. It's good for what it is, but with the new album, we decided to focus more on the death, doom, and atmospheric elements. The songwriting process was much more laborious, with many sections being scrapped, re-written, or just taken out entirely if we felt they did not serve the songs well enough.

You can also expect a much more professional and polished album - Era of Famine was recorded live off the floor, in one or two takes, over the course of a single day. With our new album, we wanted to make sure everything was fine-tuned to perfection, so we recorded in multiple sessions layer by layer to a click, with the whole recording process taking months as opposed to hours.

3. This is also your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
As I was saying above, it took a while to make sure everything was right! We focused on quality over speed, so although we had already had a couple of songs mapped out for Drain the Sun when Era of Famine was released, we didn't actually complete writing until about the end of 2018 and didn't hit the studio until summer of 2019. Simultaneously, we were also trying to play live as much as possible in order to build our reputation, so whenever we had a show coming up we'd be focusing more on rehearsing our set overwriting new material. That, and we all have day jobs, most of us play in other bands as well, and (very) occasionally, one of us manages to get laid...ya know, life and stuff.

Oh yeah and I think there was like a global pandemic or something? That definitely set back the release process a few months.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the music?
On metal-archives, our lyrical themes are listed as "space", "death", and "corruption". That's a good three-word summation.

Our new album actually has a bit of a concept going on with the lyrical themes, if you'll allow me to get a little pretentious. As a group, we're frustrated with how humans over-consume, over-indulge, blindly conform to baseless beliefs to justify it, and fail to recognize that this is exactly what causes us suffering, guilt, and our eventual demise. Each song on this album explains a different way that this happens. "Age of Regression" and "A Consciousness Decays" are about our obedience to ideology being our downfall, "Go Forth and Multiply" laments our relentless urge to breed, and "Dimensional Entrapment" explains how our limits as humans make our downward spiral inevitable. "Drain the Sun" is a metaphor - everyone has their own Sun. For some of us, it is pleasure, for others love, for some it is money, for others it could be power, but whatever it is, we will drain it until we die.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Skyless Aeons'?
I like to think it refers to the period of time before the earth existed - when there was nothing more but raw matter and void, and the idea of a "sky" could not even be fathomed. Our sound is both an audio representation of that time period, and also a warning of where we're headed if we don't change course and fail to see the error of our ways.

The actual origin of it is much less glamorous - we stole it from an obscure New York death metal band, Haagenti, who has a song titled "Skyless Aeon". Nick thought that it sounded cool, we didn't hate it as much as we did the other names that were going around, we added an "s" to "Aeon" to make it more our own thing, and there you have it.

6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The cover was done by the talented Sam Nelson/Stigma Art, who has also done pieces for some of our favorite tech bands - First Fragment, Vale of Pnath, Virvum, and a bunch of others - so we were followers of his work already. While we were fleshing out the concept for our album, we came across this piece that visually described what I had in my head so perfectly - there's a beacon of light at the top, and the entire environment seems to be drawn towards it to the point where it starts to block out the light. The relentless pursuit of light creates an eternity of darkness. The album cover actually influenced the songs very greatly, since most of the album wasn't written until we bought the rights to the piece.

7. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Tough to name a personal favorite. Lots of local shows with good turnouts and killer bands. One of the more memorable ones was our most recent show with Killitorous back in January, which was hosted by a drag queen who interacted with the crowd throughout the night, got people into the sets and got freaky on stage with us while we played. That was definitely different.

Our live performance is tight, focused, and delivered with conviction, but as you might have gathered from the drag show I mentioned above, we don't mind letting loose and having a bit of fun with it - where else do you get to just go berserk without judgement?

8. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We looked (and are still looking really, if you run a label hmu) for a while, but despite a couple of promising responses, no one showed enough interest to get something going. We're kind of in a difficult spot, because labels usually have a very distinct vision and style that they go for, and we kind of mix a little bit of everything in. We don't really fit on a straight-up black metal label, we're not quite doom, we're not quite death metal...but we're also all of those things? Either way, we'd love to be on a label if possible, but these days it seems you have to establish yourself more independently first before labels will show interest. Hopefully, with this new album, we do just that!

9.On a worldwide level, how has the reaction been to your music by fans of underground metal?
Hard to say what the general consensus is, but it at least seems like most people like it! The overall reaction to our first EP was that it had some very promising ideas but was a little raw and amateurish, which is fair - with our new album, we're looking to tighten all of that up, and so far, the reaction to the new song has been really good. It seems like everyone has a different idea of what it sounds like - I've heard Gorguts, Deeds of Flesh, Rotting Christ, Anaal Nathrakh, Cradle of Filth, and all sorts of the stuff mentioned as comparisons by others...which is funny because I don't think any of those were direct influences. That's kind of the cool thing about music, everyone hears something a little bit different.

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?
We like to keep busy and have a lot of other projects - there's no such thing as too much metal!

 Earlier this year our guitarist Nick joined Aepoch, who are a fantastic progressive death metal band that just put out an EP, and he's working on new material with them as we speak. He also plays slam death metal in Existential Dissipation, and they're putting out a split with a huge band from Norway soon.

I've always been more of a black metal guy myself, and in order to scratch that itch I play in two other bands: one is Cryopathy, a DSBM band that takes heavy influence from stuff like Lifelover, Intig, Woods of Desolation and Apati, and we are actually just getting ready to enter the studio to record our first full-length this fall. I also play in Hell is Other People, a post-black metal band. Covid put a bit of a strain on our practice regimen because half the band is in Windsor and the other half is in London, but we've got new songs written that we're fleshing out as well.

Our bassist Stefan has been jamming with a prog-rock band for the past year or so-called Free the Kid - they were about to play live in April before all live music imploded before our very eyes, and they've got some stuff coming out soon. Don't know much else myself, but I heard a raw demo track one time and it was pretty neat, had some Protest the Hero/Scale the Summit kinda vibes.

Martin doesn't play in any other bands because we keep him chained up in the basement. As long as we feed him enough Cheese Nips and don't make the shackles on his ankles too tight, he doesn't complain about it too much.

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

Once live shows become a thing again, we'd like to get out on the road and play outside of our hometown to spread our sound as far as it'll go. We also have some songs written for a follow-up release already, and we've already agreed that we want to continue going down a heavier and more atmospheric path. It took a bit, but we've found our sound with this new release, so the sky's the limit.

12.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/
We all have different tastes in metal (though it would be fair to say we're all primarily metal fans). I tend to go more for black and death metal, Nick likes more modern brutal and tech death, our drummer is a huge Opeth fan and likes a lot of melodic death/doom like Dark Tranquillity and Swallow the Sun, and our bassist likes a lot of black, folk, doom and prog.

We're fans and consumers of metal as much as we are creators, and we're constantly buying new albums and sharing/trading them with each other during our practices. Some bands that released super cool albums recently: Aronious, Defeated Sanity, Wormhole, The Spirit, Ulcerate, Like Rats, The Great Old Ones, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, Augury...that being said, like most fans of music, our playlists could consist of anything from Iron Maiden to Psyopus to John Coltrane to My Bloody Valentine. Influences can come anywhere and from anything.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for taking an interest in our ruminations on humanity's collective failures. Drain the Sun drops October 2nd. Check it out, buy a CD or a shirt, or at the very least write angry messages to us about how we suck. Your acknowledgment of our existence draws us away from the void, if only for a fleeting second. Support underground extreme metal!!!