Monday, May 22, 2017

Slaegt/Domnus Mysterium/Van Records/2017 CD Review


  Slaegt  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Domnus  Mysterium"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Van  Records.

  Distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  classic  metal  style  melodies  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  both  retro  and  modern  elements  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  a  great  amount  of  NWOBHM  elements  can  be  heard  at  times.

  All   of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  traks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast   parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  pianos  on  a  later  track.

  Slaegt  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  traditional  and  classic  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  individaulism,  isolation  and  magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Slaegt  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Smell  Blood"  "The  Eye  Of  The  Devil"  and  "Remember  It's  A  Nightmare".  8  out  of  10.

Irae Satanail Interview

Irae Satanail – Interview.
1. For those that have never heard of before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well,  Irae Satanail is a Black Metal band from South America,  Colombia,  the city of Pasto -  Nariño exactly,  we have been playing in the underground since 2005,  telling dark and antichristian stories in our lyrics in Spanish, we think and support that the bands sign in its nattive language,  and we have been influenced by many bands from the South American and Colombian Cult,  but for this upcoming album may be some lyrics in English too. 

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
We grew up listening all of those black metal bands from the 90’s with those dark and supreme well done melodies, fast drums,  and atmospheric passages that let you  in at the realm of shadows, the black metal of the 90s reflected something epic and special.

3. The band has been around since 2005 but the first full length, is not scheduled to be released until 2018, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
We were very young when start to play and It was an apprenticeship of several years  We record some songs with low quality and play live in many cities of our country with good support from black metal scene.  Now we have a solid spiritual philosophy at the left hand path,  and we have grown in all aspects.  We are ready to spread the flame now.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I. S.  Start writing satanic and antichristian lyrics, now we walk The Left Hand Path,  and its occult doctrines to shift the  conscience to self divinity and illumination,  we  write about that experiences.

5. Originally the band was known as 'Sucor Benoth' what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Irae Satanail'?
The evolution in the ideology of the band  and the need to have a unique and unrepeatable name make change it.

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?
the show we share with Inquisition in Cali – Colombia were magnificent. Our shows are full of strength, really a discharge of energy and a tribute to the light carrier.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yeah,  we expect  a tour would be possible next to the release of our album at 2018

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
If any label are interested can  contact us.  At the moment we have been auto sufficient.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Few black metal fans around the world know about I. S.  But this path is not made for crowds.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Life is about evolution,  we don't now what the future holds,  but we will be making our dark art till the end.
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?
As i said many South American  and Colombian bands were influenced our way,  also of course many of the Scandinavian scene too,  specially Swedish Black Metal. Nowadays are too many bands outside,  a few we listen are,  Ignis Haereticum,  Gexerott,  Dantalian,  Cabra Negra,  Azoth, from Colombia,  Morbosidad,  Yaocuicatl de Mexico,  Conceived By Hate from El Salvador,  Wisdom from Paraguay,  Patria from Brasil,  and worldwide,  Uada,  Nordjevel,  Bathushka,  Acrimonious,  Acherontas,  Inferno,  Nightbringer Etc..

12.How would you describe your views on 'Satanism' and 'Occultism'?
Our view of Occultism are routed to the destruction and creation of our own gods and demons from the abyss of our dead egos.

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

https://youtu.be/7UnmiBcj5sk

Vulpus Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We’re a blackened post-metal band from the northern city of Porto in Portugal! We’re four musicians (guitarist, drummer, bassist, vocalist), all from different academic backgrounds and who share musical tastes that can be completely opposite from each other. We formed in 2013, in early 2014 we released our first Demo that quickly sold out and we went on to do some shows between Portugal and Spain during that time. The formation of the band on the big picture stayed the same with some small changes that didn’t prove themselves fruitful and in 2016 we decided to enter the studio to release our first full length entitled ‘’Certitude’’!

2. So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
The demo is only that – a materialization of our roots as a band. We’ve re-recorded the best song for this album and dropped the other two. On the album our approach to black metal reflects our love for other music genres but we never forced anything onto the record, it flowed naturally. The most obvious influences are post-metal and drone/noise, which enhance the mood that’s present throughout the album, simultaneously giving space for contemplation and making the heavier parts stand out by contrast.

3. Your lyrics cover Existentialism and Anthropocentrism; can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
As much as everyone likes to think of themselves as individuals, we exist in relation to the society we live in. Western culture tells us we are above all other species and can do whatever we please with our environment, and our religions typically tell us that either God or the Universe has a plan for us. However, looking at the world through that point of view is bound to cause distress as what we’ve been told and what we see from our own experience does not match. Our lyrics reflect that uneasiness but we don’t try to make it too personal, it’s a way of coping with a problem that has affected Mankind for ages and which becomes increasingly obvious as our knowledge, lifespan and quality of life improve. Hopefully, it will work in the same way for the listeners as well – we want to share that uneasiness, but it’s up to each person to decide what to do with it.

4. I know that the band name represents the archetypal concepts between the fox and wolf in mythological beliefs, how does this fit in with the musical style that you play?
On the broad musical spectrum of what we play we try to put into our songs both the fierceness of the wolf and the ‘’footprint’’ of the fox which is known for its stealthiness. Ideologically speaking it doesn’t deviate that far from it. The wolf may be fearless, but it relies on his wolfpack. It’s both a symbol of individual and collective strength.
The fox, on the other hand, has always been seen as a trickster who sided with pre-classical Divinities and conveyed particular messages onto mankind. Thus, the name Vulpus (Vulpes + Lupus) is a symbiosis of concepts, of stories, and of behaviors that describe us as a group.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Mood setting is very important for us. We respect our audience but there is very little interaction as we try to make the songs flow into one another. As we gained more experience we started to improvise and use noise and drone passages to tie everything together, which ultimately affected the album as well.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
It will all depend on how the album is received. Nothing is planned so far, as we’re entering the season in which so many festivals happen that small shows are largely ignored. However, we won’t discard the possibility of touring in the future.

7. The new album is coming out on 'Pest Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
We’re very happy our music has struck a chord with such a reputable label, we share the same vision and it was very easy to come to an agreement regarding the release. They have a lot of bands that we admire so we take pride in seeing our name alongside them. Plus, we know that having Pest’s seal on ‘’Certitude’’ will for sure open some doors for us in the near future and at least give us more credibility in the genre.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
Although some bands draw a line between traditional and post/atmospheric black metal, we believe our audience is diverse as we try to be eclectic as well – labeling ourselves as “blackened post metal” was a short and simple way of making that statement. We’re eager to see their reaction as soon as the album is released, but our single was very well received.

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have some songs left over that didn’t fit the mood of the album, so we might rework them for later use. We’re also interested in folk music – not the folk metal approach, but we are very impressed by what bands such as Wardruna are able to do, so we might write some non-black metal compositions as well if we feel we have something to say and aren’t simply copying other bands.

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?
We all listen to different styles and bands so any one of us would give you a different answer – from grindcore to stoner metal to electronics. However, all of us would surely mention Mayhem, Altar of Plagues, Neurosis and Amenra as bands that have had an impact in us as musicians.

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?
Our interest in other arts and philosophy is also evident in the album cover art and lyrics. We all have different hobbies, but the passion for knowledge and discovery is common to all.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the support and your interest in our music as soon as we put it out there!

Acedia Mundi Interview

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

V : J and I have been playing together for almost 9 years. We had been involved in different death or black metal bands that remained studio projects since we were in high school. After a short break in our musical activities, we decided to reunite and create Acedia Mundi at the end of 2013 and after several demos in our former projects, we didn’t want to get through this step again and we began to put together directly a debut full-length album. Then W (bass) and G (drums) joined us in 2014. Following French bands we like such as Temple of Baal or Glorior Belli, we went to the Hybreed Studios and worked with Andrew Guillotin on the recording, mixing and mastering of our first release “Speculum Humanae Salvationis”.
2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording ?

V : We wanted to propose a music of  the 2010s. We are tired of these bands that sell you a “refreshing” and “uncompromising” extreme metal, while they sound like an uninspired patchwork of all that has been done in the 90s. Like others, we do have influences of course and it appears in our music, but we tried to bring out our own personality through dissonant arpeggios, crawling melodies and sharped and catchy riffs, as well as mixing black, death or thrash metal with some influences from rock. In addition to the fact that we like Andrew’s work for different kinds of bands (black, death or more modern metal), he managed to catch the sound we wanted: heavy, bold and harsh.
3.Your lyrics cover psychoanalysis and the writings of Georges Bataille, Jean Genet and the films of Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, can you tell us a little bit more about these interests?

J. : Frankly speaking, those artists you are referring to are just a few instances of what we were really into when we wrote the lyrics. We are not a so-called “conceptual band” – a notion I don’t really like -  and even if we have our little obsessions which perfuse through the whole album, each song is completely singular. When we say that Bataille or Genet were inspiring for us, it just means that we had their works in our mind when we wrote the lyrics, and that we tried to catch a kind of emotion that we felt while reading their books, and what is true for them is also true for many others.

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

J. : “Acedia” means “disgust”, or “tiredness”, and “mundi” is the genitive form for “mundus”, the world. So it means “the disgust of the world, the tiredness of the world”. Grammatically, we can as well understand that the world is either the object or the subject of that feeling of disgust. Furthermore, the word “acedia” is used today to refer to a spiritual moment of doubt for a monk. But, between us, we would call the band “Acedia fucking Mundi”, which makes it a bit less old fashioned. Now that you’ve heard about it, it’s up to you to choose what you want to see behind this weird name. 
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance ?

W.  The band has never played live. Way before the recording sessions of « Speculum Humanae Salvationis » we had claimed that Acedia Mundi would be primarily a studio project that wouldn’t get on stage until its second album. This decision was made because of the demands of members’ schedules. After a long process, the album is finally released thanks to Throats Productions (Mexico).

  Witnessing the concrete rise of our band, we could not resist the urge to take a step further and get the band on stage. This does raise some serious issues for us as we are a three-piece band and we need a drummer. G. is and will remain an honorary member of the band. She composed the drums that were later programmed on studio. Her participation in the album has been decisive. Now, we are looking for a competent and motivated drummer to work with, someone who understands the needs of our music.

  Being a studio project Acedia Mundi has never rehearsed together before nor after the recording of « Speculum Humanae Salvationis ». If J. and V. have indeed worked together to compose and record the album, the bass tracks were not done at the Hybreed Studios. I recorded them at Mannaz Records a few months later.

  As the songs weren’t composed with the thought of live shows, mastering them will be another challenge we’ll have to face. If we continue as a four-piece we’ll may have to make a few adjustments in terms of lyric placements.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future ?

W.  As a matter of fact, we do. Having played around fifty shows across France and Switzerland, I now know many venues and some promoters who would be interested in having us. Reaching other cities than Paris shouldn’t be too difficult.
7.The new album was released on 'Throats Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far ?

W. We are very happy about the deal we currently have with Throats Productions. We discovered the label when they produced Antilife’s debut album. I got curious about the reasons that lead an underground band from the north of France to sign with a label from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. That is why I thought I’d give it a try and sent an email to Edgar from Throats P.

  After a few emails I understood I had found what I wanted for the band : a deal based on trust with a down-to-earth label manager that would leave us a good amount of freedom and listen to our questions. For now, the CDs are still at the factory and we look forward to see the result of this collaboration.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal ?

W. I guess the fact that our album is on a shitload of torrent websites means people are digging our work. Aside from that we’re pretty thrilled about it all. I’m proud of our work. I know its strengths and weaknesses. Of course, it ain’t a perfect album, but it is a solid foundation and the number of individuals interested in our music grows by the day.

  Our aim is to shape an extreme form of music for this 2010 ending decade, instead of being another tedious counterfeit of the musical masterpieces from the past century. We waited a long time for this record to rise from the dark. Knowing that people around the world understand and feel the purpose of your work feels good. And if it doesn’t change the profound feeling we have about this record, it may shape the borders of that feeling.

  Recently someone asked us what vaginal speculums had to do with the concept of the album. It actually makes sense to ask that question. Seeing the titled of the album from a latinist’s point of view I hadn’t even thought about it. Speculum is a latin substantive that means mirror. Thus, Speculum Humanae Salvationis translates as The Mirror of Mankind’s Salvation. As this linguistic similitude between the two speculums matches the aesthetics of our album, the reflection of the mirror is now a bit more repugnant.

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

W. I have the reputation of being an underground whore. I’d say I’m far from being the dirtiest of them all but it is true that the parisian underground scene is incestuous. You get to see the same faces. Lately I’ve had the pleasure to do some gigs with my friends of Ave Tenebrae (Melodic Black Death Metal).

  Aside from Acedia Mundi I am seriously involved in Atavisma (Doom Death, Paris) as bass player. I’m in charge of promotion and booking, doing similar tasks as the ones I do for Acedia Mundi. The band will soon release its first EP entitled « On The Ruins Of A Fallen Empire » through the swedish label Blood Harvest. It’ll be a 7 inch vinyl. I also get some proposals from time to time and do some replacement if it doesn’t get in the way of my two main bands.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

V : At this time, what I can say to you is that we have already started composing some new materials for the next release. We don't know how it will sound, but it will be a little bit different, for sure. We want to keep that dissonant and punchy vibe, while increasing the punk/crust side of our music. The lyrics will be shorter too. This album will be more fitted for lives, more than “Speculum” which is pretty “opaque” and has a very complex atmosphere, really hard to faithfully transpose on stage. But for this first album, we accepted that challenge and I think the result will be interesting, and even more when we'll be ready to add some new stuffs in our setlist! 

J. : We already have two new songs, and a bunch of new riffs. Those songs are a bit shorter, probably catchier than what we did before. We also want to break free from the traditional models of the genre, especially in terms of imagery. I want something more modern, less cliché, more provocative. Blood, nails, crosses, religious bullshit, all that doesn’t make anybody uncomfortable anymore. I want to piss the tamed metalheads off with what they are still afraid of. The extreme metal scene is getting boring because it is so codified. Metalheads want to stay in their comfort zone, we want to break it. So, it’s of course far too early to be very specific, but I would say that the main idea is to bring punk back into extreme metal.
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?

J. : Madonna, of course, and the last Bethlehem.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

W. : Blood, anal sex and piss.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Written In Torment/Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Written  In  Torment  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Si   Vis  Pacem,  Para  Bellum"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  siund  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  tremolo  picking  and  grim  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

    Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amouint  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  second  wave  infleunces  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  melodic vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  movie  samples  and  some  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  and  thrash  along  with  some  solos  that  have  a  technical  death  metal  edge  to  them.

  Written  In  Torment  creates  another  recording  that  brings  in  a  raw  style  of  occult  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  infleunces  from  other  genres  of  metal  to  take  their  sound  to  a  different  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Human  Suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Written  In  Torment  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metql,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spear  Of  Destiny"  "Worthless  Child  Race"  and  "Ouroboros,  Thou  Art  Levithan".  8  out  of  10.

Astarte/Doomed Dark Years/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Astarte  where  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  played  a  melodic  form  of  Greek  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1998  album  "Doomed  Dark  Years"  which  was  re-issued  by  2017  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Water  sounds  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long   and  epic  in  length.

  Keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album.  long

   Acoustic  guitars  can   be  hear briefly  as  the  album  progresses  while  one  track  also  bings  in  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  on  the  bonus  tracks  they  bring  in  a  rehearsal  version  of  Mayhem's  "Deathcrush"  along  with  a  couple  of  unreeased  instrumentals.

  On  this  recording  Astarte  had  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  than  later  releases  while  still  utizing  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  atmospheric  keyboars,  the  production  soounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,   Greek  Mythology  and  Fantasy  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding recording  from  Astarte  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  90's  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Voyage  Of  Eternal  Life"  "Doomed  Dark  Years"  and  "The  Rise  Of  Metropolis".  8/5  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ancient/Trolltar/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 EP Re-Issue Review

  Ancient  are  a  band  from  Norway  that has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  played  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1995  ep  "Trolltar"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  In  certain  sections  of  the  recording  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Folk  elements  are  also  used  briefly  while  one  song  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  along  with  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  some  demo  and  live  tracks  as  bonus  tracks  which  also  display  a  more  rawer  style  for  the  bands  musical  approach.

  On  this  recording  Ancient  played  a  more r aw  style  of  Norwegian  black  metal  which  was  a  lot  more  different  than  the  more  mainstream  symphonic  or  goth  approach  they  took  to  later  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while t he  lyrics  are  written  in  a mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Ancient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  90's  era  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ew-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trolltaar"  "Eerily  Howling  Winds"  and  "The  Call  Of  the  Absu  Deep".  8/5  out  of  10.