Monday, January 26, 2015

Keep Of Kalessin/Epistomology/Indie Recordings/2015 CD Review


  Keep  Of  Kalessin  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  is  very  well  known  and  also  have  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  this  recording  shows  them  going  even  more  towards  a  mainstream  style  of  melodic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Epistomology"  which  will b e  released  in  February  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  dark  science  fiction  style  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  while  still  having  an  atmospheric  background  and  a  few  seconds  alter  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  all  of  th e musicla  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent,  skill  and  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  After  awhile  grim  black  metal  vocals  find  their  way  into  the  music  while  melodic  singing  is  still  used  on  quite  of  a  regular  basis  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  just  like  many  other  Norwegian  black  metal  bands  before  them  the  music  has  gone  in  more  of  a  mainstream  direction  and  lacks  the  power  of  the  earlier  material  while  they  have  progresses  quite  a  bit  as  musicians  and  have  a  modern  style  to  them.

  Keep  Of  Kalessin  creates  an  album  that  still  has  roots  in  black  metal  but  also  mixes  in  more  of  a  melodic  and  modern  thrash  sound  that  continues  the  progression  they  have  been  making  with  previous  recordings  and  while  the  music  is  not  bad  it  would  not  more  accepted  by  some  of  the  fans  of  their  earlier  material,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  decent  sounding  recording  from  Keep  Of  Kalessin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  their  newer  material,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Spiritual  Relief"  "Necropolis"  and  "Epistomology".  7/5  out  of  10.  

  

Vulturium Memoriae Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Hi,
well, nothing special in reality, I'm simply waiting the release date of the album, February 14th (yes, the Valentine's Day) but in the meantime, I am noticing that a lot of people, of different countries, are developing interest around my music and that's great.

2.You had just released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Mmm... I cannot describe it in clear way, I don't want in reality, because I would like that they were the people to describe what they feel, having listened to it.
Vulturium Memoriae is a project "open", each can feel protagonist of the disk, when they have it in the ears becoming an unique thing with it.
The only thing that I can tell the respect of "Nato For Unknown Reasons", just to listen the album, nothing more, nothing less.
It's an individual experience of growth, I can't say to other people what they must perceive from my music.

3.What are some of the concepts and images you bring out with your musical sound?

My inner world, the way that I see things, music is just the soundtrack of my mind.
Walk, for me, it's a religious ritual of research, between memories and landscapes that I through.

4.All of the songs are instrumental, are you planning on using vocals in the future or do you feel this style of music is meant to stay instrumental?

For now I don't have a singer for my next albums, but, i would like it.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vulturium Memoriae'?

“Vulturium” is the ancient latin name of my hometown, Voltri, so the meaning is “Voltri's Memories”, it's a little tribute of this place that keeps gifting to me inspiration for music and grow my person.
It's a some kind of personal church.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with any other musicians on this project in the future?

No, i don't think.
Maybe some little collaboration, but nothing more.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the album by fans of dark and underground music?

For now, the feedback comes from worldwide black metal listeners.
And it is very good, many persons have appreciated the album.

8.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that you are a part off?

I'm recording the new Macabre Enslaver album, in these months.
But i don't want to anticipate nothing.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I imagine myself in the same today situation.
But, i hope to leave music, society in general and dedicate myself in a spiritual existence.
But, who knows?

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?

Christian Death, Nadja, The Cure, Lycia, Lady Gaga, Madonna (“Ray Of Light”), Marilyn Manson (“Mechanical Animals”), Terminator O.S.T., Lurker Of Chalice/Leviathan, Nine Inch Nails, Cocteatu Twins, Julee Cruise, Xasthur/Nocturnal Poisoning, Chelsea Wolfe, Marissa Nadler, Robert Miles, Enigma, Burzum ambient works, Kraut/Ambient and many other artists.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Books, footing/walking, nature, food, friends, family, my cats and even the stray cats... myself...
Very interesting uh?

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Haha, I hate this kind of questions, because i'm not dying, but I take the opportunity to bring my best regards to Tara and Mike from Lycia.
And, of course, thank you all of the staff, for the space that you have given me here.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Eerie Interview

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

V.: Eerie is cooperation between Ancestor and V.O.W.O.C., coming from different cities in Poland, yet sharing the similar ideas. You might classify our music in black metal genre, or you might not. It makes no difference from our point of view.


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

V.: I think that everyone interested should take some time to see for him/herself and not take everything that's written for granted. But to actually answer your question: the first time I've heard the music only one band came to my mind and it was Heresi from Sweden. Although there are many voices that these compositions have  their sound originating from modern French black metal bands. Others say that it's pure Norway with a bit of modern touch. So who's right? I don't know and neither do I care. It sounds like Eerie.


3.This project formed in 2014 and also released an album in the same year, do you put a great amount of time and effort into this musical project?

V.: We put as much time and effort as it is necessary. Composing is entirely up to Ancestor. What I'm doing is trying to transform his tunes into emotions, and then  emotions into words, and then words into vocals. Still it doesn't take ALL of our time.


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

V.: The lyrics are about Death, more or less. The meaninglessness of the eternally circulating time. About one's despair, for it is known you can't dodge what’s inevitable. About that the more you're trying to understand from the things that keep happening again and again, the more mad you shall become. And if you lose touch with reality, then you'll finally have a hint of what is it about. But it won't matter anyway. Hopelessness of human nature. Journey through the consciousness. Go read the lyrics if you're curious, for fuck's sake.


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

V.: The term "eerie" means something unsettling, weird and horrifying at the same time. That's the way we'd like the others to see our music anyway.


6.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?

V.: We'd like to round up some guys for a live line-up and play a gig or two. Whether they become full-fledged band members or not, is entirely up to Ancestor... and their commitment and ideas of course. I'm not going to come up with any names at the moment. But let me assure you - the people we're thinking about are no newbies to this music and will be a worthy addition to the band, should everything go well. Actually some of them have already agreed, but as I've said - no names at the moment.


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

V.: Hell if I know. We've received some positive feedback from Russia, a few kind words from the Western Europe and that's about that. The reviews in Poland are mostly positive, and that's good. There were, naturally, some negative comments as well (more or less accurate), but then again you can't expect all the listeners to completely like your music, if ever. And you can't expect to catch everyone's attention - there are hundreds of black metal bands out there that have just been formed. I don't have time or will to listen to all of them, and likewise, the people out there can't be expected to listen to Eerie just because we're out there. There are some die-hard black metal maniacs of course, but let's face it - their 24/7 is the same 24/7 we all have. Just now, you won't ever be able to listen to everything that's been created in metal genre until now. And there's more to come. I guess the music should be able to defend itself. And I believe our album can do just that.


8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

V.: Nothing much on my side. Contrary to popular belief, I've never been a part of Blaze of Perdition, I'm just doing some vocals as a guest when there's need. Anyway,  they've seem to somewhat recovered after their accident in Austria a little more than a year ago which resulted in Ikaroz's death (may He find comfort, wherever He is) and Sonneillon's being bound between the wheels. They're coming up with a new album entitled "Near Death Revelations". As you might have guessed, it's their most personal stuff they've ever recorded. I've heard the whole thing already and believe me - it'll be totally worth listening to. We’ve had some talk about moving on with Oremus, but nothing's certain yet. There’s some music composed, but when or if it’s done is almost completely up to Aiwass. As for Ancestor's part of the story, his main band Outre has recorded a new album "Ghost Chants" and everything points out it's going to be a killer. It will be a good year for Polish black metal.


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

V.: Ancestor is working on some new songs as we speak. We’re still not certain if they’ll be released as EP… or perhaps a split? There are a lot of possibilities to think through. As I look at our music, it's going to be different from the stuff we have made on "Into Everlasting Death" - it'll be more complex and dark for sure. Some of our listeners might not like it, but see if we care. The emotions are still the same, that's all that matters for me. And no, we've not decided to play dark electro now if that's what you're afraid of.


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?

V.: As of late, Ancestor draws his inspiration from the bands like Urfaust, Ascension and Deathspell Omega - these are also the bands he listens to most often, I believe. Me, I rarely listen to music at all. But if I do, you'll find me listening to "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark", "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" or "Filosofem" rather than any late stuff if you get my point. Urfaust might be an exception. And perhaps some other bands, but these are the first names that came to my mind. I'm also a huge fan of Funeral Mist and eagerly await Arioch's new album - but it seems to me that he's too busy with Marduk lately ("Frontschwein" blew me out of my shoes, by the way). When it comes to my inspirations, well... I don't know. I'm trying my vocals to be as varied as possible and reflecting the emotions that are coming from the music at the same time. But truth be told, no particular names come to my mind.


11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

V.: As much as in our lives.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

V.: Our non musical interests are none of anyone's business but ours. We don't feel like sharing the details of our personal lives and we'd like to keep it that way.


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

V.: No, we’re done here. Thanks for the interview.

Sigihil Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are after release of our debut material Trauermarsche (and a tango upon the world's grave) and keep rehearsing before the first show scheduled for this year.

2.In December you had released your first album, how woudl you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It's fucking noise from hell

3.On the album there was no regular guitar and the saxophone was also used as a lead instrument, do you feel this gives you music more of an original style?

It's not really original these days, in Poland there are at least two bands using this instrument on regular basis. It was not our intention to make the sax as an any extraordinary thing, it came pretty natural and honestly saying it is an outcome of meeting the right people in the right place. When it comes to lack of guitar - we wanted to get the sound as filthy and gloomy as possible. We came to the conclusion that having a maximum distorted bax and saxophine is good enought to reach this goal

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

Fall of the world, human relentless about beliefs and related to this infatuation and fanaticism.

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

It's the sigil of Satan of course, it does not need any explanation.

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

There were not much of them so hard to answer this question. The stage performance is a ritual of noise, worth to check if you want to be taken to other dimension.


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

Yes we have the plans, however its hard to find a companionship for this kind of music here in Poland. So we focused  on booking rather one-time shows and festivals. If anyone would like to book us, we are open for propositions.

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

Pretty good, to be honest it's better than I expected while I've been composing the riffs. It's not the music you listen while doing the dishes, you need to focus on it and it is not what people prefer today.Anyway, the reviews are pretty good so I'm happy for that.

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 off?

I'm involved in Outre and we are now finishing the recordings of vocals. The "Ghost Chants" is set for release early spring, I believe it's going to be a first half of march. Grekh is also finishing the other material with his firends, they are working on it with Nihil from Furia/Massemord/Morowe etc. Kvass is promoting his two albums - Moanaa and Got no Soul.

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

I don't know. You can ask me this question after releasing the second album. It's unknown what will happen in our minds in a year or two.

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?

People used to say that everything needs an inspiration and they usually refer to other bands, artists, etc. In some review I've read that we are surely inspired by the band The Body. This was the first time I've seen anyhing something about that band, not even saying about listening them. For the inspiration is my guitar and the rig I have. I like to close in the rehearsal roon and just play. Then the best things comes out. Of course I'm aware that I listen lot of things and some of them are getting deeper in my head what results in riffs that may seem to be more similar to some of the others. But I don't really care about that. I just play what I like.


12.How would you describe your views on occultism?

The most important thing for me is the freedom of speech and beliefs, but only when it not harms anybody else. Basically I've nothing against Christian, Muslims and any other religion, but I'm staying in oppose to those representants of these religions who are trying to impose peopple around them their point of view. I'm fighting with that and I have no remorse to tell uch asshole that I don't care what are you doing with your life, just let the others do what they want. As you see it has nothing to do with occultism, but with clearly what people used to call as satanism. In Judeo-Christian culture such attitude is associated with Satan, the left hand path etc and is seen strictly negatively. I don't care about that and follow my own way.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love to read. Also I have wife and son, which I'm trying to sacrifice as much time as I can. Having a regular job, a family and two bands there is not much time for anything else.

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

Follow your own way and let the others do the same, the world will thank you for that and you will not have to mourn on its grave.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Abaddon/The Existence/2014 EP Review


  Abaddon  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "The  Existence".

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the ep  and  after  the  intro  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  and  slowly  start  taking  the  music  into  more  of  an  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  incorporate  a  little  bit  more  melody  in  the riffing.

  Most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  as  well  as  being  heavily  influenced  by  the  second  wave  bands  of  the  early  90's  and  also  bringing  in  a  primitive  aggression  that  has  been  missing  in  this  genre  for  quite  some  time  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  are  brought  onto  the  recording  and  also  creates  more  of  an  occult  atmosphere.

  Abaddon  creates  a  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  tradition  and  focuses  more  on  mid  paced  songs  to  bring  in  more  of  a  satanic  message,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Adaddon  are  a  ver y great  sounding  raw,  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lucifer's  Fall"  and  "The  Satanic  Beauty".  8  out  of  10.
  

Alien Deviant Circus/Ananta Abhava/Necrocosm/2015 CD Review


  Alien  Deviant  Circus  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  industrial  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Ananta  Abhava"  which  was  released  by  Necrocosm.

  Ritualistic  industrial  sounds  and  occult  style  chanting  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  and  after  a  few  minutes  electric  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  used  on  a  regular  basis  throughout  the  recording.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  can  be  very  melodic  but  done  more  in  a  dark  and  grim  way  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  at  times  Gregorian  chants  and  operatic  female  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  in  some  parts  and  brings  in  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  the  screams  getting  more  high  pitched.

  While  the  drum  beats  are  all  programmed  they  still  can  get  brutal  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  recording  and  at  times  there  are  also  rituals  and  invocations  of  the  ancient  deities  being  done  to  music  while  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  political  samples  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  shows  the  vocals  using  more  of  a  deeper  style  of  screams.

  Alien  Deviant  Circus  plays  a  modern  style  of  occult  black  metal  which  they  mix  in  with  industrial  and  ritualistic  music  to  create  an  album  that  is  very  original  and  epic  as  well  as  expanding  the  black  metal  genre  into  a  new  direction,  the  production  sounds very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Philosophy,  Metaphysical  and  esoteric  themes  with  a  touch  of  eastern  Tantra  and  Mysticism.

  In  my  opinion  Alien  Deviant  Circus  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult,  industrial  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ap  (Nada)"  and  "Aham  Tattva  (Kriya)".  8/5  out  of  10.   

Kerker Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Arges: At the moment, we are working on new material for a 3-track-MCD. We occasionally meet in order to jam a bit, to arrange the new tracks and to find ways to improve the sound for our next recording. And Neideck is currently recording songs for a new Trauer release.

2.Recently you have 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?

Neideck: The sound is much better, denser and more forceful than before. The songs are shorter and mostly there’s a common structure of verse and chorus, which we’ve used rarely on the last two records. We’ve wanted the songs to be more direct and straight.


3.The album was recorded in 2012 and you waited until 2015 to release the album, can you tell us a little bit more about the delay?

Arges: Neideck’s Trauer album A man with a load of mischief was recorded several years ago. Due to problems with another label, Nihilistische Klangkunst offered him to release it. So it was decided to release the Trauer album before Kerker.


4.Between 2007 and 2012 there was no new music released or recorded, what was the cause of the gap?


Neideck: Sometimes it is hard to find any time for making music beside work. Another problem was my move six years ago. In the past Arges and me lived in the same village and it was very easy to jam and to make music. Nowadays we’re split to 200 miles, so we can not spend the same amounts of time like before. A lot of other things happened and so sometimes we talked about doing another Kerker Cd, but we didn’t. Actually there’s no good reason to explain it. Maybe it just wasn’t important enough. Whatever, Kerker is back.


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


Neideck: The whole album is meant as a “memento mori”, by using the ferryman as a leading figure. I like albums with a concept running like a golden thread through all of the songs. So we tried to create a coherent construct.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kerker'?

Arges: Well, it was the best term to describe our music and our sound. In 2006 when we recorded our first rehearsals, we had a horrible sound. But nevertheless these recordings had a certain oppressive and gloomy atmosphere which brought us to the name.

7.Has the band ever done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Neideck: I wouldn’t designate Kerker as being just a studio project to constrain our options in the future, but at the moment I don’t think that we’ll appear live.


8.The new album was released on Nihilistche KlangKurst, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Neideck: It is a very reliable label. A man, a word. All what I want.

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

Neideck: They love us. Based on the four praiseful e mails we’ve got in the last seven years.


10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are a part off?


Neideck: At the moment I’m recording the next Trauer album.

Arges: I only concentrate on new Kerker material.

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


Neideck: We’ll do black metal. Hopefully we’re getting faster. And maybe we’ll sell more than 1000 copies.


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?

Neideck: In fact I don’t listen to music very often since I’ve started doing it by my own. But to name a very cool band: Mgla.

Arges: I personally listen to a wide range of genres but I’m definitely not up-to-date regarding new releases, especially in black metal. There is simply too much out there. But everything you listen to is an influence, in a way. Either you like it, you get inspired and try to make something similar but better or you do not like it but learn from it.

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