Sunday, May 20, 2018

Brahdr'uhz/Land Of Darkness/Grimm Distribution/Lepre Productions/2018 Compilation Review


  Brahdr'uhz  are  a  duo  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  album  "Land  Of  Darkness"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Grimm  Distribution  and  Lepre  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  style  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length    along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  keyboards  are  utilized  briefly  they  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  horror  movie  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  modern  influences  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Brahdr'uhz  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics are  written  in  Swiss  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Brahdr'uhz  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desmahavos"  "Stalegrada"  "Dejsstrina"  and  "Dsysjiflet".  8  out  of  10.  

Akhenaten/Goldern Serpent God/Satanath Records/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/Murdher Records/2018 CD Review


  Akhenaten  are  a  band  from  Manitou  Springs,  Colorado  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  middle  eastern  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  album  "Golden  Serpent  God"  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings,  Murdher  and  Satanath  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  middle  eastern  folk  music  elements  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  sounding  very  tribal  at  times  and  the  son gs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  few  instrumentals  can  also be  heard   before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  tracks  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  chants  onto  the  recording. 

  Akhenaten  creates  another  recording  that  continues  the  black,  death  metal  and  middle  eastern  folk  music  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mesopotamian  and  Egyptian  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Akhenaten  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  middle  eastern  folk music,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dragon  Of  The  primordial  Sea"  "Through  The  Stargate"  "God  Of  Creation"  and  "Apophis:  The  Serpent  Of  Rebirth".  8  out  of  10.          

Panchrysia/Dogma/Satanath Records/2018 CD Review


  Panchrysia  are  a  band  from  that  plays  a  very  modern  and  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Dogma"  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  melodic  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  mixture  of  shouts  and  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also h ear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  middle  eastern  style  instruments  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  sounds  can  also  be  heard  and  on  the  closing  track  early  20th  century  music  samples  can  be  heard  briefly.

  Panchrysia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  yet  retains  a  lot  of  the  more  classic  traditional  sound  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Panchrysia  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Each  Against  All"  "War  With  Heaven"  and  "Rats".  8  out  of  10.

Striborg/Mysterious Semblance/Satanath Records/Death Portal Studio/2018 CD Re-issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Striborg  which  is  also  in  the  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2004  and  called  "Mysterious  Semblamce"  with  the  re-issue  being  released  in  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Death  Portal  Studio.

  Ambient  style  synths  and  drones  start  off  the  album  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  tremolo   picking  riffs  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  most  of  the  drum  beats  being  programmed  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  ambient  instrumental  is  added  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  tracks  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  depressive  and  there  are  also  3  bonus  tracks  that  where  not  included  on  the  original.

  On  this  recording  Striborg  took  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  elements  to  create  an  album  that  was  very  different  for  its  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  nights,  misanthropy,  forests,  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Striborg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mysterious  Semblance  Of  Spectral  Trees"  "The  Ghostly  Pallad  Hand  of  Fear"  and "Lurking  The  Murking  Damp  Forest".  8/5  out  of  10. 

     

Vanhelga/Fredagsmys/Osmose Productions/2018 CD Review


  Sweden's Vanhelga  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  atmospheric  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  depressive  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Fredagsmys"  which  will  be  released  in  June   by  Osmose  Productions.

  Melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  rock  elements  as  well  as  some  melodic  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  post  rock  influences,  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instruemntal.

  Vanhelga  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  their  atmospheric  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  depressive  rock,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  personal  issues,  suicide,  melancholy  and  hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vanhelga  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  post  black  metal  and  depressive  rock,  you  should  check  ut  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Somnparalys"  "Ensam  Mot  Alla"  "Keep  The  Window  Closed"  and  "You  are  Temporary".  8  out  of  10.      

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tyhja Interview

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

We formed the band in fall of 2016 after 10 or more years of trying to find the time and motivation for it. We played in The Republic Of Desire from 97 to 2010 when I left the band due to personal reasons. We began planning to form a band together somewhere in the early 00's but found out that there wasn't time or need for it due to things with The Republic going so well.



2.So far you have released one ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Aggresive and raw burst of hate. It's recorded 100% analog and mostly on one take, we had only two days booked at Astia Studios for recording, mixing and mastering it. So there simply wasn't time to do overdubs or retakes. All the drum, bass and guitar tracks were recorded simultaneously, then the second guitar and finally the vocals.

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

Lyrics for this EP were written and sung by Kylliäinen whit whom we've since parted ways. We had discussions about the lyrics and the subject matters, but ultimately he had the freedom to write what he wanted.

The four songs can be viewed as parts of a longer story in wich the main character is betrayed by his friends thus losing faith in mankind and humanity. He then tries to return to the world and to his fellow men wich he left behind but sees that it's become impposible due to reasons not in his control anymore. In isolation he then comes to an conclusion that he no more wants to be a part of this world nor mankind and chooses death by his own hand. But they were written as individual pieces.


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

Tyhjä translates to empty, void, nothing, blank etc. Wich can be viewed as the pure state of consciousness or the true infinite state of cosmos. Inspiration for the name arose from my long studies and experiements of Buddhist teachings and meditation, where silencing your inner voice with wich your ego speaks to you is crucial for one to exceed the limitations of ”normal”  consciousness. It resonated with the other members, wich I believe have their own explanations and views of the word, so we kept it. It was also the first that we thought of and finally decided to keep it, there were a lot of alternatives to choose from in the end.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the logo, it looks like there are a few runes in it?

The logo has double-crosses in first, middle and last letters wich is the symbol for the hermetic maximum ”as above, so below”. The runes are Fehu and Ansuz Murkstave.
I had a vision of the three double-crosses, with the middle one being a double double-cross in my head very early on. It has its own meaning wich, once again, differs from person to person and because of that should be left to the viewer to figure out.

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

Everyone of them has been great and a bit different. We like to keep as much of control in our own hands as possible, starting from the bands we share the stage with, lighting, props etc. So it depends a lot of the evening. Sometimes it's a whole show with smoke, intros, blood, lights, incense and so on. Sometimes it's just us giving everything we've got, not caring if our fingers bleed or teeth are broken.

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

We've been asked to do some gigs with Kasvoton and Deadneck after the summer, wich we'll gladly  do because they're great bands and good friends with us. After those it really depends on the gig and the venue, squats, shitholes, whatever. If we want and are able to do it we'll do it and work with whatever we can find to create somekind of atmophere. But it all depends on the overall ”feeling” of the evening, organizer, other bands, venue etc. If it doesn't feel right we wont do it, we have no need to do gigs whenever it's possible, we do them when it's appropriate for us or the other bands and venue.

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

The nameless/. EP  will be officaly released in co-operation with Void Wanderer and Goatlordth at the end of May as an limited edition digipack. We have the rights for the material and they keep whatever the income from the sales is.  We printed some promotional copies of the EP to send to companies and to sell at gigs, however none of the companies we sended them have responded.

White Wolf from Italy was the first to contact us about the release, at that time we were still waiting responses from the companies that we had send the promo records. Goatlordth then asked to release it in Filippines and soon after Void Wanderer proposed to release it as their first release under their own label.

We turned down a lot of other offers because: Most of them wanted more money from us, on top of that wich we had allready spent on the studio and printing of the record. That's just not how it works in these modern days, releasing music by ourselves is so much easier than it was in the early 00s. How much I despise these modern times I can't deny the benefits of its fruits, one doesn't need a record company to release and sell their records anymore, ofcourse it helps a lot to have someone doing the business side for them though.

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

It's been suprisingly positive so far. We received some criticism about the lyrical subjects not including satanic elements and therefore expelling us from being Black Metal at all, wich I fully understand. It's been an eye opening experience to witness the exposure the EP had in such short time, bearing in mind the last time we released anything was the Tower with Republic Of Desire in 2008(?) and it was a lot longer proscess back then to get any feedback.

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

Our bass player Peuhkuri is busy with his main band Madred and some other groups he performs with. I'm doing some occasional gigs with noise/ambient group OK as KUOLT wich is my Noise project, TYHJÄ being the main band for me and Jarva.

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

Blacker and harder. We're focusing more on writing the songs as whole pieces, lyrical side being more in contact with the music and so on. The EP was written, recorded and released during the course of one year, during wich the band was formed. So it's an honest piece of work, us letting out all the hatred and disgust we had build up during the years. We're now crafting material for a full length, wich will be a more focused entirety.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Black metal, past and present obviously, older Hardcore, Grincore etc. When 1349 released Liberation it had an huge impact. So did Tragedys Venegance and Mayhems Wolfslair abyss to name a few records.

Lately I've been listening to Grafvitnir, Theurgia, Iskra (wich was used as an reference to describe our music by one of our fans), Portal, Abigors latest, Schammasch, Nightbringer, Alkhlys and early WITTR. 

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Studying the occult and the esoteric teachings, mostly trough writings of Star Of Azazels Nefastos, who've had an huge impact on my views of Lucifer and the left hand path since I and Jarva met him in the early 00s. I strayed away from all of it somewhere in 2007 but in 2011 we were on the beach with my wife and children when some guy rode a jet ski trough the lake and handed me the Vasemman käden tie (left hand path) book by Nefastos and  tried to convince us that in that book there's the love and the truth. And from that moment on I've been entering, or returning, deeper and deeper to the esoteric world, wich I'm convinced is true and the truth. 

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

Know and respect your roots, grow to the full potential of thyself and don't be a fucking dick to others. Support the underground and the local scene. Use your time in this vessel wisly and preserve the land for future generations.
Ave Satan.

Imperious Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We are very happy and excited about the signing with Massacre Records. At the moment we are busy with preparing the worldwide release of the “Tales Of Woe” and looking forward to it and the reactions it will get.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music?
Epic, melodic & atmospheric but also harsh, fast & aggressive. It depends on the mood and the emotions we want to create.

3.Your last 2 albums where based on Homer's "The Odyssey", what was the decision behind doing a black metal version of the classic novel?
The Odyssey contains a lot of inspiring substance to work with. Very detailed and versatile discriptions of emotions the characters go through and exhibit. In my opinion black metal suits very good for expressing different types of emotions and so it suits very good for setting music to Homer's Odyssey

4.You have also explored the Roman Empire on a previous album, do you have a huge interest in ancient history?
Yes, I'm very interested in history. There is a famous quote of Cicero, which I always like to use in that context: “Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain a child forever.”

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Imperious'?
“Imperious” is the same like “commanding” or “authoritative”. We thought that it sounds also a bit like “Empire” (maybe there is in fact a common origin, I don't really know) and we were and are also oldschool metal fans and have learnt that the name of a metal band should be a statement. :-)

6.Originally the band was a solo project what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?
I needed musicians to record my album with. After I found them and after a few sessions we all agreed to transform that solo project into a full band line up.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
There weren't that much shows because we have always focused more on writing songs than playing songs. But I think the best show of them was at the Ragnarök Festival 2012 with an early slot and a very good crowd.
Our stage performance in doing so is very passionate, epic and we have the ability to dive into our music also on stage.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
No, not at the moment



9.In November, Massacre Records are re-issuing both of your concept albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer versions?
The newer versions will contain a new booklet design and it will be available in shops and stores all over the world while the first press was self produced by us and was only available in our own online shop. 

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
The reactions we got were very positive and came mainly from the underground by people, who have the ability to listen very intense and aware to music. Like us they are also able to dive into music. To get into our music you have to do that in that way, because our songs are mostly very long. I think fans of black metal possess that ability and are also used to songs with lengths over 4:50 min. 

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are a band which keep all doors open. Our fundament is black metal but we also allow our minds to add all kind of ideas and styles to it, as long as it helps the songs going forward and expressing the emotions we want to transport. Our songwriting process is exciting every time because songs may develop in directions we never thought of in the first place.

12.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
All three of us bring in different types of ideas and we don't want to stick to a certain genre or band. More variety brings more ideas. We allow everything from major oldschool heavy metal over swedish death metal to underground black metal and so on.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Sitting together, having a good beer and an interesting discussion about all kinds of stuff. :-)
14.Before we wrap up tihs interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you  OccultBlackMetalZine for the interview and thank YOU who reads this right now for your interest in those questions & answeres and in the music & words of IMPERIOUS. Pro Salute Omnium!
Sertorius on behalf of IMPERIOUS