Sunday, February 26, 2017

Temple Of Nihil Interview

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

Our music will tell about us much better. In a few words Temple of Nihil is a black metal band from Kaluga (Russia) that was formed in 2015 by two musicians who had a long experience in other bands. At this moment we have released EP «Soul Extremist» and working on a full length album.



2.In December you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We represent EP «Soul Extremist» as our first declaration. For it we chose the most expressive and not very intricate songs. So the EP sounds heavy, flamingly and aggressive. That’s what we wanted in the very beginning as a result of our work.



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

The lyrics are grim and figurative. It affects the themes of nihilism and obsession by evil. In many ways it is inspired by philosophy and texts of Nietzsche. There are anti-religious and misanthropic statements and images in our texts. Special place in lyrics of EP is dedicated to Lucifer as the image of first rebel and eternal antagonist.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Temple Of Nihil'?

On a one hand it’s an ascertaining of nihilism as the basis of our life philosophy, world view and our main inspiration. We define nihilism as perception and understanding of a failure of all kinds of idealism whether it is religious, political or humanitarian; it is understanding of objective inanity of any life and denial of all absolute categories. On the other hand, there is some satire in this name, because for us all religions, cults and every object of worship is fiction. So every temple in the world is a temple of nihil, because «Nihil» it is absence and void.



5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We are looking for musicians to play live shows. But we will be always the only leaders of the band, and all necessary decisions about the band and its music we will make as a duo.



6.The ep was released through both 'Symbol Of Domination' and 'Narcoleptica Productions', are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?

Yes, it is very nice. Hope to work with them in future.



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

In general we are satisfied with the reaction. We have received good reviews on EP from web-zines and ordinary bm fans from all over the world. It is a good start.



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

Now we have a stuff for the LP and it is ready for recording on 90%. During this spring we are planning to make a record. So I hope it will be out this year. On LP there will be more space to express ourselves and it will be more deep and dark as in music so in lyrics. Also we have some experimental ideas which will be realized. You can check out it on LP.

 We have chosen the musical direction and will go on it as Temple of Nihil. But we will not stay at one place and our music will evolve with us.



9.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 listen to different music and it will be fairly to say that anything could inspire us and have influence on our music. But our aim is to create music in our unique sound. There is no reason and sense to copy the sound of other bands. Many young bands sound  like one of the famous bands and It is as funny as irritating.

 We are interested in different musical genres and black metal is about 30% of what we listen to. Our tastes spread wide out not only extreme metal but even rock music. There are no borders for interesting stuff and we don’t have any preconceptions about music genres. But in general it should be something dark, atmospheric and original. In black metal our favorites: Inquisition, Burzum, Behemoth, Peste Noire, Carpathian Forest, Gorgoroth… Besides there are many interesting bands on post soviet area such as: Sect, Stielas Storhett, Beyond the Grave, Pseudogod, Nocturnal Amentia, Balance Interruption, Drudkh etc.



10.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

We don’t do any occult practices. As I said before we don’t have any object of worship. But Lucifer for us is a very strong cultural and philosophical image that reflects our world view and direction of our creation. For us black metal is Darkness and Evil incarnated in music. The process of performing it or even creating new music is like a ritual in which we contact inner and outer darkness and channeling it in a music form. For us there is no objective darkness or evil. It is all just human perception. But if we live and create in space of human culture we should use images and concepts which will be understandable.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

There many. Different kinds of art, politics, history, science, traveling, some extreme sports and other joys of life))



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

Thanks for the interview! Follow the news about Temple of Nihil and be ready to check out our full length album soon.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

ROSK Interview

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

'We should play music to which people would want to hang themselves' - these words were said when we first decided to start a band. It happened in April 2014, after Amenra and Cult of Luna played their shows in Warsaw, Poland. The same words were repeated many times during long evenings spent in the basements of local Warsaw pubs, where ROSK was being created and shaped. The sole reason for starting this band was a need for creating music that we ourselves would enjoy, music that would stand no compromise and would be completely honest. It is dark. And quite sad.



2. So far you have released one ep and one full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

We are not really capable of describing the sound of the records. It had been such a long process with various inspirations crossing our way that the final outcome is just what it is. We started off inspired by post-metal music, but that is not what we would call it nowadays, it was more of an impulse. The aim was always to create a dense atmosphere, to go on a musical journey and to lose ourselves in the ritual.

What can be said about the two records, however, is that they already show a change of the sound. We had been working on the DEMO EP remotely, recording everything separately at homes, and meeting only to talk and discuss the themes and ideas. Three out of four tracks on our full-length album MIASMA are the same tracks that were on the demo, but with the influence of rehearsing and modifying them together with the full band. The music immediately started to evolve, mature and improve. The final track, over 20-minute-long Beneath the Light was almost entirely created while jamming in our rehearsal place.

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

The concept of the album is based on the theme of the Black Death. It follows the journey of a plague doctor, both the physical journey through the empty and dead world and the journey within his own mind. However, the lyrics are also filled with emotional, personal elements. We do not want to explain it in much detail and want to leave some space for private interpretation. It should be a personal journey for the listener as well.

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

The name should actually be spelled with capital letters: ROSK, and it has no meaning at all. We consider ROSK a being of its own and didn’t want the name to represent anything other than what the band is. It is always a struggle -  creating a band and choosing a word or a couple of words that will describe the band and its whole idea. We didn’t want this.

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

Our first show was an extraordinary experience, since it was the first opportunity to share our ritual with others. It took place in a club called Chmury (Clouds) in Warsaw  and the other bands - Gnoza and Cétieu - helped to create an exceptional atmosphere. We also really enjoyed our gigs as supporting acts for Djevel and for Obscure Sphinx.

When it comes to the stage performance, we really feel it as a ritual. The most important things are probably the unity and the atmosphere. On the one hand in the very beginning we decided to perform with visuals played behind us as a form of a setting for the performance. On the other hand we are definitely not keen on performing statically, if everything feels right we experience the freedom to break our fears and leave our comfort zones. Our vocalists prefer to be offstage, close to the audience (if it’s possible). It blurs the division between the performers and the spectators.

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

We are constantly looking for opportunities to play live. We already have a couple of shows in Poland scheduled for this spring, and there are definitely more to come. However, we can’t wait to start playing shows abroad as well. Hopefully it will happen this year.

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

We would very much appreciate the possibility of releasing our album on a vinyl or  on a cassette. Apart from that we are not very fond of losing any control over our music both in the rights and in the distribution. We are quite happy releasing it on our own.

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

The feedback has been surprisingly positive! We get messages from people all around the world saying that the music resonates with them. We did not see it coming and it feels great to know that someone, somewhere spent the time to listen to an unknown band from Poland and the music truly affected them in some way.

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

We don’t know and we have no way of planning that, really. We have MIASMA - the album which is a closed, complete concept. When the time comes, we will try to create something better and different in some way. We will use any means to make something that feels right and that we are happy with.

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?

There is six of us, so obviously there is a huge amount of different inspirations. Providing the names of the bands would be almost impossible, since while creating our music we never really focused on what it might resemble or be inspired by. Post- metal or black metal are the more obvious musical styles which influenced the sound on MIASMA, but so did ambient music or nordic folk music. And quite possibly everything that we ever heard in our lives. We never had a style or a genre in mind, we simply knew what we wanted to feel while playing our music.

If we were to mention what all of us are listening to nowadays, you would probably get almost the whole spectrum of music. But some of the common elements at this point would be Amenra, Cult of Luna, which affected us to create this band and definitely polish Furia.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

As with previous question the answer is pretty obvious - there is six of us. Each one has his own hobbies, interests and stuff he does in his free time and we try to keep it separate from the band. ROSK is strictly about music and art.

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

We would like to thank you very much for the interest in our music and for this interview. Take care!



Visit us on Facebook and Bandcamp:
https://www.facebook.com/roskband
https://roskband.bandcamp.com

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Plagues/The Great Dark Devotion/2017 Cassette Review


  Plagues  are  a  band  from  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "The  great  Dark  Devotion"  which  will  be  released  in  March.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  soundscapes  and  chants and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion.

 You  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  vocals  also  start  getting  deeper  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  samples.

  Plagues  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  sounding  more  modern  and  melodic  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  misanthropic  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Plagues  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abyss" "Hell"  and  "Devotion".  8  out  of  10.

Beorn's Hall/Mountain Hymns/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Beorn's  Hall  are  a  band  from  New  Hampshire  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Mountain  Hymns"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht Productions.

  Melodic  yet  ritualistic  pagan  chanting  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  rain  and  thunder  sounds  are  added  onto the  recording  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  before  adding  in  a  heavier  yet  melodic  musical   style  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Most  of  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  mixing  the  heavier  and  atmospheric  parts  together.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  influences  from  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  acoustic  guitars  also  return   on  later  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  clean  pagan  singing.

  Beorn's  Hall  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  with  a  touch  of  folk  while  also  having  a  raw  and  old  school  edge  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beorn's  Hall  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Foe  Of  The  Earth"  "The  Accused  Wind"  and  "Lord  Of  Silver  Fountains".  8  out  of  10.

Grima/Tales Of The Enchanted Woods/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Grima  are  a  duo from  the  Siberian  part  of  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tales  Of  the  Enchanted  Woods"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  deep  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times and  atmospheric  synths  are  also  used  on  some  of t he  tracks.

  Melodic  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  using a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  acoustic  guitars  at  times  along  with  a copule  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  the  music  also  adds  in  progressive  rock  and  post  black  metal  touches  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  Cascadian  influences.

  Grima  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grima  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Moon  And  Its  Shadows"  "The  Ritual"  and  "The  Shephards  of  the  Mountains  And Plains".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Verwesung Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Verwesung is a black metal project that I founded in 2015. The only member is me, Paha Henki, although I sometimes get help by guest musicians. Even if this project basically is my second solo-BM-project (I already founded Todesnacht a year before), I had the visions for this project long before and so e.g. the lyrics of the first demo already got written in 2013 and I sadly just wasn't able to record them until late 2015.. But this project for sure is something like the center of my art, meaning that I got much more plans with it than with any other project I'm involved in and so spend the most of my time and energy into Verwesung...

2.In 2016 you had released 4 demos with this project, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well, it really depends. I got some recording problems at every demo and also each one got a different concept. The first demo was a nihilistic tribute to the norwegian necro sound of bands like the almighty Sort Vokter, the second demo more was a chaotic hate-filled massacre of raw black metal and was the most inspired from bands like early Absurd, Goatmoon and Satanic Warmaster..although I also experimented with some Noise elements and got a guest part by a Horrorcore rapper; the third demo is a story of vampyric suffering and also much influenced by Satanic Warmaster/The True Werwolf but even more through mighty LLN bands like Mütiilation; the fourth demo still is depressive vampyric black metal but this time I was more influenced by Saatkrähe/Sale Freux. And of course you can't play vampyric black metal without a obvious Darkthrone (Transilvanian Hunger-era) influence, haha!

3.You refer to this project as being 'raw vampyric black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in vampirism?
Blood is life, so consuming blood is a act of anti-life worship for me. Especially if it is human blood then it can be very misantrophic, I mean just think about how many Vampyres killed humans just to drink their blood. If this isn't a total act of misantrophic death worship then what is? Also, who could suffer more than someone who is condemned to live eternally?

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with this project?
My hatred for mankind and religions & my interest in nature, nihilism, death and dark art. And all the suffering of my soul...

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Verwesung'?
It's German for "putrefaction" and I guess this name just fitted the best to describe the sound of the style of black metal I play. Rotten, melancholic, raw, depressive,... With lyrics about death and similiar topics...

6.With your projects you release a lot of material, do you spend most of your time creating and writing music?
Yes. I think that, beside listening, I spend the most time with creating music and other forms of art.
7.With this project what are some of the things you are able to bring out musically that you have not been able to with your other musical projects?
I guess I have projects for every thing that goes with me in my life, haha..
Depression (Per La Lumon, Todesnacht)
Anger/Misantrophy (Teufelskopfstreitkolben, Per La Lumon, Todesnacht)
Vampirism/occultism (Per La Lumon, Verialttari)
Experiments with other genres (Kindstod, Enbilulugugal)
Verwesung just units it's all as my main-project.

8.PahaHenki Productions recently re-issued one of your demos on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
That is a wrong information. There is no label called "PahaHenkiProductions" (yet), that's just the name of my bandcamp page..so if any you could call it a netlabel. And all my demo tapes of this project got released by different labels yet, I only self-released the third demo as a CDr limited to 16 copies. The following other demos got released by this labels: Narcotic Necro Nihilism - Narbentage Produktionen
Crushing Thy Existence - Barbatos & Wulfrune Worxx
Tiefschwarze Todessucht - Wulfrune Worxx (also as CDr on Deadly Maelstrom Records)

9.How have black metal fans worldwide reacted to the musical style of 'Verwesung'?
Mostly positive if they are familiar with my influences and like them. Of course if you don't like rotten underground black metal and only listen to plastic commercial metal that is made by and for posers then you will hate Verwesung..and I welcome that!
I only produce art for myself and the very few true worshippers of darkness out there...

10.Where would you like to see this music hea1d into musically during the future?
It depends, the 2 upcoming splits will have the sound of my last 2 demos. The next, fifth, demo is finished to 33% and for now the sound is very fucked-up and the most similiar to the second demo..filled with more hatred than vampirim; but who knows how the finished release will look like, haha. Other planned upcoming releases are some EP's that could end up very different but I don't wanna reveal too much information to them now.

11.Are there any musical influences that are able able to bring into this musical project that you are not able to do with the other groups you are a part of?
Yes, I have or play in some other projects, but only with Verwesung I reach the rotten, vampyric, suffering, melancholic sound that I love so much. Last year I released a demo of my side-project Verialttari and that also has a very similiar sound but I did some experiments with the vocals, drums, etc and so even there the sound is different from Verwesung. I mean, even the sound of every of Verwesung's demos is different but I must say that it got better and more like I intended from release to release..so it just can get better in this way I guess and seriously hope with my whole ghoulish heart...

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Visit my dungeon at pahahenkiproductions.bandcamp.com and await more stuff soon! Some splits are planned and also a fifth demo and a promo tape!
Also thank you for the interview and I hope I reached some rotten souls with it.
Hail DarkneSS! Hail Death! Hail Nihil!
-Paha Henki, MMXVII

Orm/Self Titled/Indisciplnarian/2017 CD Review


  Orm  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  melancholic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Indisciplnarian.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody. 

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  female  vocals  are  also added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  ritualistic  and  melodic  chants  are  also used  at  times  and  the  last  two  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  towards  the  end.

  Orm  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melancholic  and  melodic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  Paganism,  Magick,  Ancient  Times,  and  Supernatural  Creatures  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orm  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melancholic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Of  Your  Blood"  and  "Apotheosis".  8  out  of  10.