Friday, May 27, 2016

Gebrechlichkeit' 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 new album?
We were playing some more concerts and for this, the constellation of the musicians changed. Now grom on drums, Kveldulfur e- guitar and myself on bass guitar and vocals. We have get rid of the bassist, because it doens´t worked with him well.
Now it runs better then before; just three members, but they take the project and the music serious.

2.In March you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
A walk trough the darkness, beside the abyss, where you can hear bones breaking and the damned cream. This explain exactly how the sound goes.
The songs are more structured and produced at the point. It´s much better then the previous one.


3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Well, the last years I have focused primarily on the live project.
Ii am a perfectionist, too. You will see this work on layout of the album for example.
 Creating a new musical masterpiece is a fist full of work; everything about this album is, again, all done by myself.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?
Primarily fear, a deep unnormal suspect of oddities.. packed in methaphorical, ambiguity lyrics.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gebrechlichkeit'?
It is about the fragility and transience of human life, the experience for what black metal stands.
It has no context with burzum songs or stuff like this.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians on the recording?
Basically yes, but I think my sound could get (negative) influenced by this.
If it could be interested for me, I dont know yet.

7.What are some of the best shows your live line up has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
One of our best the concerts was in b-hof, wuerzburg. A nice location in an old winecellar. The place has an awesome atmosphere, perfect for our performance. One word for our show: repulsive.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
An own tour is instead of working time not possible.
But it´s also not easy to get gigs for coming years. For some organizer our show is too extreme, so that they dont want to take us again. We play exclusive concerts in special chosen locations, everywhere in germany. But for concerts outside from this country we're open, too.

9.The new album was released on 'Human To Dust', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The label HDT just working with black metal projects.
So far a good corporation. The owner lives not far away, so if there are any problems we can meet  and talk.


10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans of black metal?
Consistently positive. You know you can´t satisfy every different tastes of music, but fans who are interested in this music and lifestyle are fascinated.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Still making fuckin Plague'n'Roll


12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
In past Gorgoroth, for example, is a band which open a gate into a new world for me.
Today I´ve got no idols, I do my own stuff, go my own way. I dont want to step in footsteps, I will leave my own..

13.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
I am the god of my own world, I determine my way. Loving the negatives in life.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Like i did it every time:
Someone walking with blind eyes through life. Others are determined to accomplish bigger things. So I go my way for accomplishing great doings, that I'm going to immortal.

Noire Interview

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

A)   Noire is a 'Progressive Black Metal' band coming from the bitter heart of Candada, Winnipeg.  We try to explore the more intricate sides of music; having acoustics, piano, and other instrumentation within our music.  This is done in contrast to the more traditional 'black metal' stereotype.  We put an emphasis on song structure, and melody.


2.You have a new ep coming out in July, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

A)   This album is quite different from our debut.  It's 6 tracks of mostly acoustic and ambiance tracks, centred around the main 'metal' song, "The Tracks of The Hunted".  We were able to write more focused and condensed ideas this time.  We always wanted to write more atmospheric and enchanting tracks.  We feel the recording is more specific to the atmosphere we're trying to capture, making it a more immersive and personal experience.

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

A)   Each song is is designed to emote a strong feeling that is inspired and cohesive with each performance piece.  We have a few overarching common themes that we try to emit through our music.  Sadness, isolation, darkness, and Death.  The lyrics are largely introspective and a result from being disenchanted by the world. 

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

 A) Noire as a name is simply something we thought implied a certain sophistication, all while implying an overall sense of darkness.  All of this while remaining vague enough not to musically put us in a box.

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

Best show we played so far would have been Farmageddon.  We took to the stage, and instantly the sun started setting and it started raining almost snowing as we were playing.  As we were playing "Where Death Keeps" the rain was falling sideways from off stage, and our banners were blowing in the wind.  It was a very cold show.  Our stage performance is 'shock-and-awe', you can see the excitement in peoples faces as we ring through our first chord.

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

A) Noire will be taking to Western Canada this summer.  We were invited out to play Armstrong Metal Festival, and planned a two and a half week tour around it.  The dates are as follows:
      July 2 – Winnipeg, The Windsor

July 6 – Calgary, Distortion Live Music Venue

July 7 – Edmonton, Brixx Bar & Grill

July 8 – Vancouver, The Astoria

July 9 – Penticton, The Legion

July 10 – Victoria, Logans Pub

July 11 – Nanaimo, The Cambie

July 14 – Prince George, Artspace at Books & Company

July 15 – 17 Armstrong, Armstrong Metal Fest

July 18 – Banff ‘Secret Show’

July 21 – Red Deer, The Vat

July 22 – TBA

July 23 – Regina, The exchange

Past this we're looking into breaking into new markets, either the US or Europe for sometime in 2017.

7.The new ep is self released, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

A) Yes, we have parted ways with DeathBound Records for our upcoming release, on good terms.  We were weighing out some options for release of this record with several labels, but we have decided in the end a self release of our EP would be best, and to work with these labels in the future.  This all being said, we have talks with a few international labels who want to distribute the EP.

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

Going off a few reviews of the first album we seem to have some international fans in Greece, and Russia.  Within a few days of release Dark Reverence was uploaded to several Russian websites, We expect about the same with this new EP.

9.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?

A) For most of us this is our main project.  Josh our newest member and drummer is part of a local progressive group.


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

A)  We plan on heading in more of the direction of our EP for future releases.  We want to incorporate more atmospheric progressions and tie this in with our strong string leadership, and the dual guitar harmonies.

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?

A)  We're heavily influenced by Opeth, Dissection, Enslaved, Opeth, Emperor, and Ulver.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

A) We have dabbled in many things as a group, we all attain to be healthy humans through exercise.  And of course, Coffee. 

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

A)  We feel this upcoming EP is our strongest effort yet.  We're very pleased with the production, and our overall goal we feel has been met.  The Tracks of The Hunted will be available to pre-order off our bandcamp for $1 (https://noiredarkmetal.bandcamp.com/), this is done in order to spread the darkness further.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Crowhurst/II/Broken Limb Recordings/2016 Full length Review


  Crowhurst  are  a  band  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  their  newer  music  being  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  industrial  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "II"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  broken  Limbs  Recordings.

  Industrial  style  noises  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  guitar  drones  and  after  a  minute  drums  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  both  post  hardcore  and  sludge.

  Clean  singing  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording   and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  industrial  metal  while  some  of  the  vocals  bring  in  a  touch  of  80's  post  punk/goth  and  you  can  also hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  coming  out  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  more  of  a  melodic  post  metal  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  being  all  instrumental.  

  Crowhurst  creates  a  recording  that  takes  a  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  industrial,  hardcore  and  post  punk  along  with  a  touch  of  sludge  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  desolate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crowhurst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  more  experimental  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Take  This  Pain  Away"  and  "Fractured  Lung".  8  out  of 10.    

Lament/Invocation/Ekhidna Records/2016 Demo Review


  Lament  are  a  solo  project  from  Slovenia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  necro  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "Invocation"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Ekhidna  Records.

  Distorted  amb  sounds  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  being  added  onto  the  recording  along  with some  non  traditional  melodies  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  straight  forward  black  metal  style.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  melodic  in  a  more  darkened  approach  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  more  chaos  into  the  songs  when  they  are  utilized  while  also  having  a  melodic  tone  to  them  at  times  and  the  whole  demo  also  remains  very  heavy  and  grim  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Lament  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,  raw,  and  necro  sounding  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  bringing  in  a  more  modern  touch  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lament  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  necro  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nuclear  Winds"  and  "Wicked  yet  Divine".  8  out  of  10.

  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Some Happy Thoughts Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1- Of course. We've been looking to do a black metal project about 12 years ago and it miserably failed... Recently, we re-opened the project, and it gave us Épitaphe as a first official product. We wanted to explore a different facet of what is usually considered as DSBM and we're confident we achieved it.

2.In April you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2- It's quite raw, but at the same time we managed to get a depressive feel throughout the demo. There's moments where it's quite calm, but others where it moves a lot - a balance between the living and the dead... We also opted for simplicity and doing so we noticed that it fits with our lyrics, where only life and death are absolutes, but if you can accept it, you'll die happy even if the world you see is dark and depressive.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3- We explored the topic of life and death through Stoicism, a school of thoughts that believes that life and death aren't good or bad, but indifferent. We all die, so why would it be a bad thing? Especially since no one knows what death is, except being an inanimated corpse. So as long as you experienced sadness, but also happiness, you can say that your life is full and decide to leave it of your own will. We also wrote a song about someone that is ready to shoot himself, but he misses and wakes up in the hospital, more depressed than ever...

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Some Happy Thoughts'?
4- There are happy thoughts in our lyrics, but there's also a will to end our own life. Why must suicide always be about hating life and the world? Why can't we kill ourselves happily knowing that we fullfilled our life and are satisfied with it? The crushing part is really about those that missed their suicide and must linger around longer than expected - that is depressive. So yes, there are happy thoughts, there is hope, there is life, but there's also the opposite...

5.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?
5- No. We work really well together and the only instance where the band would be bigger is if one day there's a demand for live performances.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
6- Yes, we've submitted our demo to a few labels and haven't received any feedback so far. We're thinking of releasing a few tapes eventually - of course, once again, if there's a demand for it.

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

7- Strangely, we've received a lot of support from other countries than our own mostly! It's great feedback, they seem to understand what we've achieved and we're satisfied with it. Knowing that a complete stranger is taking the time to write you and tell you that your music is good is an amazing feeling and I can't thank them enough!

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
8- We received an offer for a side-project, but honestly we're already writing new material for Some Happy Thoughts, so we refused.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9- Regarding a full-length, we're not at that stage yet. We were planning to do this project and move to something else, but there are people that really likes it, so we're looking to expand our repertoire. We're also looking at making something more personnal, smoother and sadder too...

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?
10- To name a few bands that inspired us, we'd say Anti, Silencer, Hypothermia, Life Neglected, Niflheim (now Gris), etc.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11- M.S. LeCri is a collector and 21 is a huge reader. We enjoy life like everyone else I guess.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12- Thanks to everyone that is supporting us and that took the time to listen to our demo entirelly! It's really appreciated and we never thought we'd be doing this today, so a big thank you to Occultblackmetalzine for reviewing us and giving us the opportunity to answer some questions. Hails!


Noire/The Tracks Of The Hunted/2016 EP Review


  Noire  are  a  band  from  Winnepeg,  Manitoba,  Canada  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016 ep  'The  Tracks  Of  The  Hunted"  which  will  be  released  in  July.

  A  very  dark  and  tragic  sounding  piano  intro  starts  off  the  ep  and  on  the  second  track  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto t he  recording  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  with  the  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  tortured  voices  can  be  heard  in  the  background.

  One  of  the  tracks is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  the  first  2  songs  which  where  all  instrumental  the  music  goes  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  use  a  great  amount of  melody.

  Some  parts  of  the  tracks  mix  both  the  acoustic  and  heavy  parts together  and  clean  singing  vocals  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  also  bring  in  an  all  ambient  instrumental  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  neo  folk  feeling  and  only  one  song  is  black  metal.

  Noire  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  neo  folk  while  also  mixing  in  some  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  to  create  a  diverse  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Noire  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Tracks  of  the  Hunted".  8  out  of  10.

VIII/Decathexis/Third I Rex/2016 CD Review

  VIII  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of   avant  garde   black  metal  on  this  recoridng  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Decathexis"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Third  I  Rex.

  Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  harsh  noises  before  going  into more  of  a  heavy  and  technical  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  and  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  album  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  saxophones  when  they  are  utilized  enhance  the  avant  garde  and  experimental  nature  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  in  the  slower  riffing  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  classical  guitars  along  with  traces  of  psychedelia  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  VIII  changes  their  musical  style  on  this  recording  and  goes  into  more  of  an  avant  garde  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  misanthropic,  philosophical  and  individualism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  VIII  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Diagnosis".  8  out  of  10.