Friday, December 19, 2014

Arthedian Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the ep?

Since the recording and release of Arias Exalted I have been taking some time to begin working on the lyrics for the new full length album. I have also begun recording some demo versions of the new songs while planning out the song structures. Right now I am focusing on getting shirts created, a second pressing of CDs printed, and numerous other things related to the release.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I would describe it as a cold, powerful blast of music that serves as a standard of what to expect on the full length. While writing the lyrics I was inspired by my own personal beliefs as well as experiences. The music serves as a means to deliver the lyrics, but I wanted it to be memorable. I enjoy classical music and I think that’s one of the reasons why I always end up including melodies in every song.

3.I have seen the band refer to itself as 'transcendental black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this tag?

Sure. Transcendental in this case would mean “that which goes beyond”. When I came up with the concept for the band, I knew that at the heart it should be a black metal band but I never wanted to limit the style based upon an idea of what constitutes black metal. So I suppose you could say that I am open to including many other musical styles such as death metal, doom, ambient, and so on. I’ve never liked the whole “purist” mentality so I think people may be surprised at some of the elements that will be included on the next album.

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

Well for this album the lyrics were based on feelings of isolation and despair, as well as some focus on the Chaos God Pan. The book PANPARADOX by Vexior 218 was definitely a source of inspiration for the song “Through Immolation Sparked". Even the cover art for the album, created by Robert W. Cook, depicts Pan. He is a central theme to the overall concept of the EP. As for the rest of the album, the songs were partly inspired by nightmares and visions that I have experienced. The new lyrics I am writing are going in another direction and I can see them starting to take the form of an overarching concept.

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

Arthedain is a word that was created by J.R.R. Tolkien and describes one of the three realms of the Dunédain created from the dissolution of the Kingdom of Arnor. It’s residents were described as being fearless and victorious in battle. I thought that is something that applies to everyday life; each day is a battle against something if you’re working to make a change in the world.

6.The band members live in both Germany and United States, what kind of effect does the long distance play in your musical style?

Actually I am also living in Germany at the moment so it makes it a little bit easier. It is still a little difficult for Tobi and me to get together and rehearse though because he has previous obligations with his other bands, Der Weg einer Freiheit and Fuck You And Die. So the process we have now is that I create all of the music and record demo versions of the songs, then Tobi listens to them and writes his parts, and we meet in the studio and record quickly because we already have everything independently rehearsed.

7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

I am open to the idea of expanding the lineup, it would just have to be with like-minded people who share the same vision. In the studio, it’s no problem being a duo. In a live environment it would be nearly impossible for us to play all of these songs as a duo. Some bands can really pull it off; Inquisition and Bölzer for example. In our music though it just wouldn’t work.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive from all over the world. I just took 20 CDs to the post office to mail out today and out of those 20, there were 12 different countries as destinations. That really makes me happy and it serves as a testament that music transcends all borders and barriers.

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

We have received some label interest and I would want to sign with a label, but the timing and conditions would have to be right.

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

You can expect a full length album sometime in 2015. As of right now, the writing process is going very quickly but I want to make sure that the music is the best that I can write before we head into the studio. As for musical direction, expect us to venture into even darker territory and include some new elements in the music, perhaps some acoustic passages and longer songs.

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?

Some of the bands that have had an influence include Dissection, Type O Negative, Mortiis, Explosions In The Sky, Ulver, St. Vitus, Dark Funeral, and Emperor. Some artists I have been listening to lately are Stortregn, Norot, Lebensnacht, Sólstafir, and the new Wolves In the Throne Room.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to collect rare books and vinyl. I work as a professional photographer covering everything from concerts to fashion to weddings. Apart from those things, I enjoy nature, reading, and writing. I’m currently working on a photo book about the Catacombs of Paris.

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

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of the CD or digital download so far. It’s really awesome to see people supporting the music. Be on the lookout for big things in 2015. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Unsacred Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We started in the winter of 2011 in Richmond, VA as a 4-piece. We did a small amount of touring through the last couple years and released 3 separate EP’s before our full length with Forcefield Records.

2.Recently you have released a full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous ep’s?
-The musical sound on False Light is our attempt to challenge ourselves and move forward from our previous releases. It also sounds different since we have a different singer than all of the other EPs.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The negative effects of the exploration of one’s mind and the pure, fucked up reality that is mankind.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Unsacred’/
No response.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
All the generator shows that we have played in Richmond and Asheville, NC. Our stage performance attempts to eliminate all the bullshit associated with live music (long rants, mercy plugging, insincere thanks, etc.). We try to set up, play, and break down as quickly as possible so as to draw the least amount of attention to ourselves.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

7.The new album was released on Forcefield Records, are you happy with the support they have given the new album?
Yes. Tim has been awesome to work with, he has helped us gain a lot of great connections, and we are very appreciative of him for giving us this opportunity.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and crust?
We have received mixed reviews, not unlike any other band in any other genre of music.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We hope to continue to push ourselves as musicians and songwriters.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influenc eon your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We all come from different musical backgrounds. Most of our heavy influences lie in punk and metal. We believe that you can take inspiration from any form of artistic expression.
Scott (drummer): I’ve been heavily listening to Phillip  Glass’s piano works, The Marked Men, Craft, and Thin Lizzy.
Hunter (bassist): Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath, and Lil Ugly Mane
Miguel (guitarist): Craft, Ravencult, Entombed, Dead In the Dirt.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Psychadelics, BMX, skateboarding, smoking copious amounts of marijuana, and BBQ’n.
12.before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
- We takin’ over 2k15 gon’ be a big one.  *puffs/passes*

Nocturnal Degrade/The Deep Tragic Condition/Bylec-Tum/2014 Cassette Review

  Nocturnal  Degrade  are  a  1  man  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "The  Deep  Tragic  Condition"  which  will  be  release d on  cassette  by  Bylec-Tum.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  depressive  screams  and  the  guitars  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  after  a  few  minutes  dark  ambient  style  synths  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  The  ambient  parts  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sound  giving  the  album  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along   with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  faster  parts  bring  in  a  very  old  school  90's  sound  at  times  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  album  closes  with  a  dark  ambient  piece.

  Nocturnal  Degrade  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  a  lot  more  raw,  fast  and  old  school  sounding  than  most  of  his  counterparts  while  also  still  having  some  elements  of  dark  ambient,  th e production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Suicide,  Life,  Death,  Apathy,  Decay  and  Anti  Human  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nocturnal  Degrade  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  ambient/black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Above  The  Bitter  Depths"  and  "Era  of  Nothingness".  8  out  of  10.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sextrash/Sexual Carnage/Greyhaze Records/2015 CD Re-Issue Review

  Sextrash  are  a  band  from  Brazil  and  are  considered  one  of  the  earlier  war  metal  or  bestial  black/death  metal  bands  while  there  music  also  brings  in  a  good  dose  of  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1990  album  "Sexual  Carnage"  which  will  be  re-issued  by  Greyhaze  Records  in  the  year  of  2015.

  Bells  and  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  evil  horror  movie  style  synths  which  leads  up  to  a  first  wave  black  metal  style  of  guitars  and  screaming  vocals  which  mix  in  with  the  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  heavy  black/death  metal  sound  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  element s in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  earlier  traces  of  war  and  bestial  black  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  what  you  would  expect  from  a  mid  80's  extreme  underground  metal  band  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  growls  and  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  it  does  not  affect  the  raw  or  brutal  nature  of  the  songs  and  at  times  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  but  it  is  done  very  rarely  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  make  their  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  enhance  the  evil  atmosphere  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  bonus  tracks  come  from  a  1989  ep  and  some  demo  material.  

  Sextrash  where  very  heavy  and  aggressive  for  their  time  taking  an  influence  from  early  Sarcofago  and  taking  the  music  into  more  of  a  raw  and  extreme  direction  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  early  war  and  bestial  black  metal  in  the  bands  raw  and  brutla  approach  to  the  black,  death  and  thrash  metla  genres,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  for  the  time  it  was  recorded  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism,  Moshing,  Alcohol,  Necrophilia,  Sex  and  Death.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  album  from  Sextrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  most  raw  and  aggressive  styles  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  want  to  learn  the  roots  of  the  music,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seduced  By  Evil"  "Black  Church"  "Jack  the  Ripper"  and  "Satanas".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Chaoscraft/Procreation Through Disaster/War Against Yourself Records/2014 CD Review

  Chaoscraft  are  a  1  man  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Procreation  Through  Disaster"  which  was  released  by  War  Against  Yourself  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along   with  blast  beats,  guitar  leads  and  high  pitched  screams  and  at  time s death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  when  the  clean  parts  make  their  return  at  times  they  bring  in  an  atmospheric  feeling  to  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  a  heavy  Swedish  style  of  black  metal  influence  to  the  songs  when  they  are  utilized  and  when  one  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  blasphemous  direction.

  Chaoscraft  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  bands  with  a  touch  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  strong  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti-Religious,  Anti  Authority  and  chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chaoscraft  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Broken  Shackles"  "Damned  Roots"  and  "Annihilation  Dwells  In  Dusk".  8  out  of  10.     .


Lidelse/Self Titled/2014 EP Review

  Lidelse  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2014  ep.

  A  very  distorted  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  post  metal  style  melodies  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  on  the  recording  are  very  long  and  epic   in  length.

  At  times  the  vocals  bring  in  a  depressive  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  stick  mostly  to  a  slower  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  a  doom  metal  influence  in  the  bands  musical  sound  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  suicidal  feeling  in  some  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  atmospheric  sounds  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  more  of  a  melodic  depressive  black  metal  sound and  the  ep  closes  with  some  depressive  sounding  synths

  Lidelse  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  can  be  very  depressive  at  times  as  well  as  being  atmospheric  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lidelse  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Atrocious".  8  out  of  10.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gnaw Their Tongues/Collected Atrocities 2005-2009/Crucial Blast/2015 Compliation Album Review

  Gnaw  Their  Tongues  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  occult  black  metal,  avant  garde  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  record  that  will  be  released  in  2015  by  Crucial  Blast  and  contains  all  of  his  work  for  this  particular  project  from  2005  to  2009.

  Dark  sounding  violins  and  avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  compilation  and  after awhile  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  an  industrial  noise  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  some  black  metal  screams  in  the  background  at  times  which  also  get  more  depressive  as  well  as  havign  a  more  powerful  presence  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  have  an  experimental  feeling  throughout  all  of  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  which  also  adds  a  doom  metal  feeling  to  the  tracks  and  at  times  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  s  &  m  samples  in  some  parts  of  a  few  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  bass  guitars  start  becoming  more  of  a  lead  instrument  on  a  good  portion  of  the  songs  along  with  some  regular  rhythm  guitars.

  On  a  few  tracks  a  decent  amount  of  harsh  power  electronics  and  actual  drums  are  added  into  the  music  adding  in  more  of  an  underground  and  avant  garde  feeling  and  there  are  also  some  tracks  that  bring  in  raw  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  always  gets  diverse  with  each  track  adding  in  some  epic  style  synths  in  with  the  heavy  sound.

  Gnaw  Their  Tongues  combines  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  styles  together  throughout  the  compilation  wit h black  metal  being  the  main  influence  but  there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  doom  metal,  industrial,  noise  and  experimental  sounds  being  mixed  in  all  of  the  tracks  to  create  some  very  original  and  evil  sounding  music,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  compilation  while  the  lyrics  cover  sex,  violence,  occultism  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  of  songs  from  Gnaw  Their  Tongues  earlier  days  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  All  Slaves...A  Song  Of  False  Hope  II"  "Slaves"  "Another  Study  In  Bleakness  And  Despair"  and  "Glorification  Of  Rats".  8  out  of  10.